29 July 2014

Pretty in Pink

I know I'm a bit slow on the uptake with this one, but I will never get excited about trends unless a). they completely work for me and b). they manage to be good enough to outweigh the frivolity of being new and 'on trend', which is why with pastel hair, which has been doing the rounds on fashion blogs for some time now (years?), I have finally given it its due attention. As a redhead, I have always thought that colouring my hair was never an option, but recently I have come increasingly preoccupied with the idea of dying the tips of my hair a pale pink shade. Most people, I think, would consider red hair and pink as two non-complimentary colours, but my hair is a pale ginger, and I really think the pink could work. One of the main reasons I like the pastel shades for hair so much in the first place is that it doesn't seem overdone but is meant to be a bit brash and home-made. Even just contemplating the idea is really liberating for me! Below are a images that I think manage to nail the look pretty perfectly. 
Looks:
Top Left: Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette
Top Right: Kate
Bottom Left: Drew
Bottom Right: Photograph by Anja Verdugo for Shop Summerland

25 July 2014

London in Summer

After finishing my final exams for uni I took advantage of not being tied down to a job or my studies for the first time in four years and went on as many weekend trips as I could. Before heading up to the Isle of Skye I spent a couple of days at the opposite end of the UK visiting my friend Abi (and her cute little cat friend Sasha.) Whilst she had to work one of the days I was staying with her, I went all over London re-visiting my favourite places that I used to sack class off for when I was studying at LCF, mainly The Nordic Bakery, the Geffrye Museum and Liberty's. London has such a special feeling in Summer, and it felt so good to wander around with the Clientele and Comet Gain playing in my headphones (and every other band that I associate with the city for some reason or another). 

     To be honest, I have quite a love-hate relationship with London. I remember how overwhelming it was being a student there, at times seeming so unbearably lonely and the difficulty of having financial problems was magnified by a thousand percent compared to anywhere else I've lived. But living there for a year was also one of the most informative and memorable experiences of my life, and I'll always have a soft spot for it in my heart (especially the Sunday flower market). The lure of job opportunities is already pulling me back. 





The interior of Lina Stores in Soho


The best cakes at Ottolenghi's


 Cinnamon buns and coffee at the Nordic 


 Dream house in Kentish Town



Dream clothes at Liberty



 Salted caramel and chocolate ice-cream from Paul A. Young 


 De Beauvoir Square






Looking at shells by Damien Hirst at Tate Britain 



 The Acne x Liberty collection (taking photos= feeling closer to them)



Sasha!

"London! The way you hate me is better than love and I'm head over heels.
London! The way you want to get rid of me makes me weak in the knees."
                                           -Lyrics from Frida Hyv√∂nen's song "London!"

19 July 2014

Camping in the Lake District

It's become a sort of new tradition for Mathew and I to go camping in the Lake District at the height of Summer during the first couple of weeks of August. We enjoyed it so much last year that we decided to go again this year when my dad and his family will also be in the Lakes, but after the disaster we had last year (bringing a tent camping that isn't completely waterproof is a BIG mistake), I'm hoping to prepare for it properly this year and hey- perhaps even camp in style! I've been keeping a lookout for outdoor-friendly items we could bring, like enamel or acrylic mugs and cups. A good picnic blanket is also really important, and super warm jumpers/socks as it can still be freezing at night in August. 

Top to Bottom: 
1. Enamel vintage mug found on Etsy
2. Acrylic candyfloss tumbler by Orla Kiely
3. Chic french matches by Merci
4. Pink jumper by YMC
5. Fold-away stool found on Etsy
6. Vintage thermos flask found on Etsy
7. Acrylic plate by Orla Kiely
8. Wool picnic blanket by John Lewis

9 July 2014

Pretty Pastels/Sleek Silhouettes

Whilst Whistles have always been on my radar, I've never really shopped there or paid the brand that much attention, for some reason thinking they were always a bit conservative, boring, even Kate Middleton-y if you know what I mean. So when I began seeing a few backstage fashion week images around on instagram, I couldn't believe how perfect the spring/summer 14 lookbook actually is! The most dreamy of pastels paired with metallic and lustrous accessories and classic shapes. I love romantic colours, but I'm always scared of looking frumpy if I wear them in a too girly kind of way with lots of pleats and long hem-lines. Whistles have done such an amazing job of making them sleek, sophisticated and effortless. I'm not even a hat person but I absolutely love the hat in the first photo and I think it might be the one I could get away with! I also love the overall way these looks have been styled: minimal but warm and very cool. 




 


 


7 July 2014

Skye

A handful of photos from the few days I spent visiting Tasha on the Isle of Skye in May whilst she's there working over Summer. It was cold, even mitten-weather, and was raining the entire time making it quite difficult to do anything but was atmospheric nonetheless. The first few pics are from Elgol, a village made up of a few houses dotted along a steep hill that leads down to the primary school on the shore. The photos are a bit dark and grainy on the whole but it was a very dull and damp holiday after the Mediterranean heat of London the weekend before! We also went walking most days on the heather hills surrounding Broadford, and we picked the flowers growing there that looked like tufts of cotton. I'm hoping to go back soon as Tasha says the wildflowers are in bloom and she's been making flower crowns with them!