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#LFW Outfits at Somerset House

Revisiting the photographs we took during London Fashion Week has been so satisfying. Putting together these retrospective blog posts has been pretty heart warming too.tumblr_o4m1h2zvve1qcam0lo4_1280On my last day in London for Fashion Week (I had to return to York later that day, but #LFW would continue for a further two days) we headed over to Somerset House.

I was informed that in previous years #LFW had been hosted in the beautiful Stuart architecture of Somerset House – which is definitely a Fashion Bloggers aesthetic dream! Of course, a majority of my experience of Fashion Week had been situated in London’s Soho area, so it was nice to have an excuse to visit the historic 17th Century building.tumblr_o4m1h2zvve1qcam0lo5_1280We had come to Somerset House to visit the famed International Fashion Showcase, that this year was themed ‘Fashion Utopias’.

A rather extraordinary exhibition that had a very different take on fashion and its presentation to the catwalks and presentations we had seen elsewhere. Sadly the exhibition only lasted as long as Fashion Week itself.tumblr_o4m1h2zvve1qcam0lo10_1280If you’re interested in a little more information, you can check out a small summary and a few details I wrote up for The 405, here!tumblr_o4m1h2zvve1qcam0lo9_1280After strolling around the International Fashion Showcase, we decided to take a pause and snap a few pictures of our last-day-of-London-Fashion-Week-together outfits.

Cause that’s what besties do, right?tumblr_o4m35txben1qcam0lo3_1280From hair braids to silver skirts, we had decided to go all out on our last day as Fashion Week press! They say ‘the devil is in the details’, and this applied pretty heavily to both of our ensembles.

One of us had donned black, shiny, pointed, patent leather booties. While the other was in cheetah print, hairy, heeled booties.

One was sporting a long, black skinny scarf. And the other wore a neatly tied, navy bandana neckerchief.tumblr_o4m35txben1qcam0lo6_1280On Sophia:

Shirt – New Look

Fur coat – Noisy May

Jeans – H&M

Boots – Hobbs

Bag – Zara

Sunglasses – Ebay

Skinny scarf – repurposed Calvin Klein

tumblr_o4m3zeqfsu1qcam0lo5_1280On Kasimiira:

Shirt – Asos

Skirt – Asos

Jacket – H&M Trend

Neckerchief – Asos

Bag – Zara

Boots – Asos

tumblr_o4m3zeqfsu1qcam0lo6_1280We encompassed an array of trends that swirled together and somehow still worked! Our outfits complimented and coordinated in terms of colour palettes and style – and when walking around like a power couple – that’s all that matters!tumblr_o4m3zeqfsu1qcam0lo1_1280And that’s the conclusion of the Fashion Week diaries!

We’re out!

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#LFW Outfits and Photobooths

London Fashion Week, day number two; we all met up near Brick Lane for breakfast and coffee. Day two, was an opportunity for us to up fashion ensembles!tumblr_o4gboqzics1qcam0lo3_1280From hats to layering our coats on our shoulders, we were the epitome of coordinating Girl Gang partners!

With muted tones and mostly monochrome, our outfit-of-the-day pictures fit perfectly in front of these giant black and white chevron arrow panelling.tumblr_o4gboqzics1qcam0lo2_1280Kasimiira is wearing:

Hat – H&M

Coat – Urban Outfitters

Blouse – Zara

Shirt dress – Monki

Leather leggings – Topshop

Shoes – & Other Stories

Sophia is wearing:

Hat- H&M

Coat – French Connection

Turtle neck – Zara

Culott jumpsuit – F&F

Shoes – New Look

Bag – Zara

Watch – Links London

tumblr_o4gboqzics1qcam0lo5_1280After sharing enough romantic longing looks into each others eye, we decided we looked so fetching that we just had to swing round the corner to snap some shoots in the Rough Trade East photo booth!tumblr_o4gcm6en011qcam0lo2_1280Not only does this place boast a high quality (and affordable) photo booth for the perfect London souvenir you can make yourself, it also houses an extensive music collection worth picking through!

You never know, you might come out with more than one piece of memorabilia from your visit!tumblr_o4gcm6en011qcam0lo1_1280tumblr_o4g9kppp1u1qcam0lo5_1280We had arrived on a mission. We heaped up our extra bags and everything bulky on the floor next to the wallpaper of previous customers, and piled into the small square seating space.tumblr_o4gcm6en011qcam0lo3_1280The result consisted of a range of faces. Some where we were very obviously unprepared for the quick fire flash…

And others where we threw caution to the wind in terms of trying to look in any way attractive…tumblr_o4g9kppp1u1qcam0lo6_1280Next was practically a documentation of every (wannabe) chic pose we could vogue in our short time in front of the camera!tumblr_o4g9kppp1u1qcam0lo8_1280Finally, a group photo of the Fashion Week team! I will honestly tell you it was a struggle to squeeze us all in. And there was definitely only one of us sitting on the tiny stool at any one time.tumblr_o4g9kppp1u1qcam0lo7_1280 But if you’re going to take an #ootd at London Fashion Week – make it black and white, in a photobooth, on a rainy day in Brick Lane!

YSL Exhibition #OOTD

If you haven’t seen the previous blogpost featuring the extended exhibtion of Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal – check it out here!What better ensemble to throw together than dark colours and denim for a day out at an art gallery?

Belt – Thrifted

Jeans – H&M

Boots – H&M

Cropped turtleneck – Zara

Denim jacket – H&M

Bag – Nica

Watch – Baby G

Cropped sweaters and high waisted jeans are a match made in heaven, and an eye catching belt buckle will peep through perfectly between the two garments!

These are a key Autumnal staple for cosy chic that still lets you highlight your all important waist.To keep with the darkly vampy colour palette – I decided to apply a slick coat of rich berry lipstick!

Lipstick – Sleek

A completely comfortable outfit for a day wandering through beautiful English villages and the famed halls of the French Chateau of The Bowes Museum.

Behind the scene/blooper/prep shots:

Fo’ sure, Faux sure!

It’s been awhile since the last post here on Wild November – but here’s a little flashback to the beginning of the autumn months and an #ootd!When you wake up in the morning and your hair ain’t cooperating – you think ‘it would just be easier to commit to the chop’ – here’s an alternate solution to psychotic scissor rage that has gripped us all at one time or another!The faux bob.

A trick which is easier than it looks, and the perfect style to mix-up your usual hair game without committing to a drastic change!The outfit-of-the-day channels ultimate rocker L.A. chic; using grey and black neutral palettes, paired with a classic crisp white tee!Add accessories in black to compliment the jacket, but with minimalist clean lines means the edgier vibe still looks put together!

Jacket – H&M

White t-shirt – Primark

Jeans – H&M

Shoes – Primark

Bag – Asos

When it comes to outfits like this – the style is in the details. A light tuck of the shirt keeps you from losing your figure in oversized pieces on top. The jeans are both ankle grazers, and sport distressed hems which help draw attention to the slimmest part of the leg – the ankle – as well as these amazing flat pumps!Other details include the assorted accessories, as well as the choice to keep zippers undone on the cuff of the tight leather jacket – which helps add to the ‘thrown together’ vibe key for L.A. chic style! Stay tuned in coming weeks for a tutorial on the faux bob featured in this little #ootd post!

Military Chic for the Not-So-Secret Lazy Girl

For those days when you want to dress up, and you want to look chic, but you are also a not-so-in-the-closet lazy girl and could happily stay in your sweatshirt and bottoms all day long – I’ve got the perfect ensemble for you!And the secret weapon I suggest you absolutely need in your wardrobe arsenal? The pyjama pant! (Above: pictured in their slouchy chic glory!) For me, the pyjama pant always seemed like an item that belonged only in the wardrobes of seasoned Fashion Week attendee and would be too much of an effort to style in an everyday wardrobe. Oh, the irony!

On a whim, I plucked this pair of pyjama pants from a rack in the back of a Dorothy Perkins sale. I was drawn to them more for their colour than their cut and fit. This beautiful muted tone of olive is such a perfect Summer to Fall transition colour, as well as being very on-trend! The next morning I threw these babies on, and realised my mistake. My mistake in taking so long to purchase my first pair!Featuring a synched subtly elasticated waist with a ‘belt’ in the same material as the trousers – they are such a flattering fit (both to legs and butt)! The fabric is airy, light and almost silky so it really does feel like wearing a pair of bottoms from your favourite pyjama set!

White shirt – River Island

Pyjama pants – Dorothy Perkins

Boots – H&M

Watch – Links London

Sunglasses – Asos

I wasn’t about to let these fabulous trousers down – so styled them into a loosely tailored pairing with a crisp white button down (an obvious classic go-to). Tucked in, and sleeves slightly rolled, keep the look consistent with the ultimate laidback but fashion concious vibe!

To finish the look, I slipped on a wardrobe staple of plain black leather boots. Combined with the olive green trousers to outfit makes a nod towards to ever recurring military style we can’t help but love.The style and look really is perfect for those that want to look polished, but have to spend the whole day dashing across the city. Or those days where you woke up late for a meet up that you actually want to look put-together for!And that is my most important (at least for this week) advice for my fellow lazies out there! Pyjama pants – so you can live the ultimate dream of wearing pyjamas all the time!

Festival Fashion: Glastonbury Lookbook

A festival edition of ‘outfits of the week’; starring a collection of the top five combinations worn at this years Glastonbury Festivals of Contemporary Performing Arts!

Glastonbury was only two weeks ago, and already it feels too long since the freedom of roaming and exploring the huge fields of music and performance! This was my second year of the world-famous festival, and for a second time, I wasn’t disappointed!

I decided to reconstruct the main outfits I wore each day of the five days in the Glastonbury fields. These are important examples of how pieces you pack can be reused on alternating days for different outfits, since most of the time you are limited by what you yourself can carry!To kick it off, a double denim combo!This outfit suits day one of any festival, especially when a majority of the day is spent travelling! To get to Glasto from most locations in Britain, you’ll definitely be spending a considerable amount of time in a train/bus/car. Denim material is one of the hardiest fabrics, and so perfect for a day of varied movement and lifting and carrying (mainly bags and booze when locating a good place to set up camp).Distressed denim jeans, with over exaggerated holes in the knees, and a plain white tank keeps the look casual without progressing too far into the modern cowboy western vibe!

Black boots act as a perfect basic staple for a whole weekend of walking and helping your feet survive the unavoidable stomping of crowds. (These boots are a stand in for my actual festival boots. I wear black, lace up, army combat boots which are completely waterproof along with steel toe caps! A nice alternative to the classic wellies.)Sunnies are a must for the occasional brightness of British Summer sunshine, and a small backpack allows you to keep your valuables and important documents easily at hand when your larger rucksack goes under the bus/in the boot of the car/on the luggage hold of the train.With blues as the main colour for the outfit, it keeps the look light and fresh – unlike the general monochromatic palette of my black and white ensembles. (However, I am a creature of habit and most of the outfits are constructed of a majority of black!)Primarily, this outfit for day one allows you to wear a jacket, a full-length pair of jeans and your chunkiest footwear, instead of packing them. You have then allowed yourself more room in your rucksack for other clothing pieces and essentials for the rest of the festival!

In particular, the jeans and jacket can be used again and again for evening adventures when the temperature drops!

Denim jacket – FCUK

Tank top – Miss Selfridge

Distressed jeans – Asos

Sunnies – Polaroid (TKMaxx)

Boots – New Look

Backpack – Vintage

To finish off this particular look, I threw on a few of my favourite button badges in white. (Left reads; “What the Cat Dragged in”. Right reads; “One Night Only”.)

Day two is when you have the urge to break out your craziest and most interesting outfit for your Glastonbury festival weekend. Don’t! If you’re at Glasto for the long haul, day two should (roughly) be the Thursday. This is the day when there are not a huge many act playing across the many fields of the dairy farm, and so is the best chance to explore the layout of the festival without feeling like you’re missing potential performances!For this look I styled a kind-of basic, normcore-esque outfit. Plain, long-sleeved, black top and denim shorts.This particular outfit is designed for the sunshine, but can easily be adapted if the weather is looking a little colder or less forgiving. Simply pair with a pair of full-length jeans instead of shorts. Likewise; the cropped cut of the top can be substituted for a full-length piece!

(With the presence of the sun in the southern fields of Glastonbury, it’s easy to burn! Wearing a top that covers your shoulders protects one of the main vulnerable areas!) It wouldn’t be festival season without a bumbag strapped around your waist! Sticking with the basic style and colour palette, I’ve slung a multi-pocketed leather version of the nineties-style accessory around my hips.I was genuinely surprised by the sheer popularity of the holdall item at the Contemporary Performance festival! But these babies leave your shoulders free from rubbing or strain that a one shoulder bag can bring with loaded with your essentials for the day! You can get ahold of one of your own within any price range; from designer, to upmarket high street, all the way to mere pennies on ebay!

Black long-sleeved crop top – Missguided

Levi shorts – Vintage (Etsy)

Bumbag – Portugal souvenir

Shoes – TKMaxx

Socks – Gift

To keep the look from being too pedestrian, I paired a black pair of strappy sandals with some bright blue jelly bean socks. Socks and sandals are style a fashion choice that rides the line of rad or ratchet, but if you’re going to pull off the weird and wonderful – where best than a festival!?

Plus, the early days of a long festival weekend will be the few days where sandals are still manageable and your feet won’t be swallowed up in the mud that will inevitably come!

You’ve made it to day three! For me, this is the most whimsical and eclectic combination of pieces for an outfit over the weekend – and also one of my favourites!This outfit is all black, but doesn’t look drab or depressed. Instead, it harnesses the use of a monochromatic colour palette throughout to pair textures, patterns and cuts that wouldn’t necessarily work together is they were in more than one tone! This look boasts fringe, tassels, studs, a tongue-in-cheek slogan, a repeated symbol pattern, and statement sunglasses to create one successful over-the-top, badass ensemble!(Space buns optional, but encouraged.)Tassels have also been a big trend revival this year (like the bumbag), and this jacket is a clever way to incorporate them without directly drawing attention to their presence. Being made in black leather, rather than the choice of suede that is so popular allows the added movement and swish of the jackets tassels to be more subtle.This tongue-in-cheek slang isn’t for everyone, and not exactly a phrase you can wear on a day-to-day basis; so once again, the safety of festival idiosyncratic makes the ‘Pizza Slut’ (play on words of ‘Pizza Hut’) slogan just bizarre enough to fit in!The tie-around-the-neck black top is a piece that I love dearly! The cut links with the seventies influence of the jacket, but is obviously branded with a contemporary appropriation of humour! The light and loose shorts mirror the tassels of the jacket, but hold their own for when the weather is too warm to keep wearing the jacket! The repetitive pattern of the white symbols pairs well with the white writing on the top, without being too matchy-matchy. With the jacket removed, the option of adding a hat makes the silhouette of the look more conventional but still interesting, as well as more practical for the sunshine. (Likewise; the outfit works well in the rain as no pieces of the clothing will go see-through in the wet!)

Leather jacket – Depop

‘Pizza Slut’ top – O-Mighty

Tassel shorts – Arc Clothing

Sandals – TKMaxx (same as before)

Sunglasses – Asos

Hat – H&M

This happened to feature as my look on day four – but it can also give you an idea of an alternate option for a look that is all one colour (here, obviously being black).Instead of multiple textures, patterns and almost-clashing pieces, this look exudes an effortless, ethereal cool through the use of jewellery and accessories!Shiny metallics of varying sheen, shape and colour are layered from head to hands. These become points of interest, as well as combating the gothic likeness created from dark lip colour and clothing.

The peasant top (following the use of seventies silhouettes featured in other outfits) allows you to stay cool in the rare but inevitable summer heat. And the off the shoulder nature is actually very stable and connected to the arms rather than hugging the shoulder with elastic.The thick choker is a statement piece against a bare chest and collarbone!Repetition of clothing pieces is important – here, as before, the classic black boot.By wearing a centerpiece of both silver and yellow gold coloured metals, you’re able to ignore the dreaded rule that states you should never mix-and-match your jewellery metals! Here, I wore my usual assortment of many(, many) silver rings.Colour blocking on one section of your body allows that section to appear as one; the wearing of almost covered black shorts under the black floaty top makes your torso look smaller, so your legs look proportionally longer!

Top – France souvenir

Black Levi shorts – Thrifted

Choker – Glastonbury souvenir

Rings – Assorted

Boots – New Look (same as before)

Lipstick – Sleek (mixed colours; Naked and Mulberry)

This whole look has a modern vampiric, effortless cool about it – plus offers an all black outfit that works in the summer sunshine!

And then there is day five…The festival experience is nearly over, you wake up and realise, all too soon you must return home to work and schedules and responsibilities. And the outfit of the day kind of reflects that.An eclectic mix of the remains of clean clothing you’re able to scavenge from your rucksack – this look often presents as the most ‘flower child’ that ‘goes with the flow’. (Obviously the flower crown exaggerates this element of the look slightly…)Regardless of the improvised effort behind the look – it’s still one of my favourites! What I really loved about my first year at Glastonbury, and this year as well, is dressing up with friends and adorning ourselves in clichéd festival accessories! Because, even though they are clichéd, they are pretty and eye-catching – and most of all, they are fun!

By the time you’ve reached the last day, other people, too, have begun to relax their efforts as fashionistas of the festival. The last day is experienced without self-conscious tendencies! The outfit sports an unapologetic cropped cat tshirt, and restyles the boots and shorts from a previous outfit (with the hem rolled down and slightly paper bagged with a vintage belt). The flower crown adds a pop of colour, as well as variation to the silhouette with its oversized design. The whole look is comfortable but in no way boring or everyday!

Flower crown – Topshop

Cat t shirt – Killstar

Belt – Thrifted

Shorts – Vintage (Etsy) (same as before)

Boots – New Look (same as before)

Camera – Lomography (Urban Outfitters)

For me, a flower crown is a once a year accessory and is the privileged badge of a festival attendee! I delight in snuggly fitting the (slightly obnoxious) crown around my head! All of a sudden the mixture of ‘flower child’ happy-go-lucky attitude and Lana Del Ray calm serene descend upon your person and you can take anything the last day of festival madness has to throw at you!In my first year of attendance of the world-famous festival, everywhere you looked, someone was wearing a floral crown. But this year, the attire of the masses seemed to lean towards the everyday, basic nature of Kate Moss’s Glastonbury wardrobe back in 2004 and 2005.

(Lipstick – Sleek (colour; Heartbreaker)

However, I’ll still hold onto my love of the over-the-top clothing choices you can make in the safe space of a festival – especially Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. It’s the perfect time to experiment, and throw caution to the wind in terms of the pedestrian expectations of dress!

This was five festival looks. A throwback to my 2015 Glastonbury wardrobe.

Vintage Fair & #OOTD

‘York Does Vintage’ is part of the ‘Britain Does Vintage’ tours, and very recently the huge assortment of vintage venders hit the city of York! This time around, I cleared my schedule and decided to see if the event was worth all the hype.

(Spoiler; it totally is – check out this blogpost to see what you might and have missed out on and to convince to head on over next time the event is on near you! For more information of other dates the Fair features in the York area, click here!)The ‘York Does Vintage’ Fair was held in The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Piccadilly Street. The beautiful hall stands proudly by the river and surrounded by the well kept gardens. The hall is classed as one of the most important medieval buildings of the city and was a guildhall. A majority of the hall was built in 1357, and is still available for historic tours throughout the year. For more information, click here.

For the special occasion of the Vintage Fair, the hall was opened up, for a discounted fee, to the public, in order to spend the better part of a day perusing the stalls and enjoying the live band and supply of fresh cakes from the small cafe!A woman on a mission, as always, I headed straight upstairs to begin the investigation of what the event had to offer. It is truly a sight, to see a medieval Great Hall filled with life! The Great Hall had it’s walls lined with different venders selling a range of vintage apparel and homewares. I began by turning to the left and making a circle through the hall.One boutique that intrigued me was this one – Skylar-Belle – dedicated to refurbishing old furniture! The stall both sold pieces that had been successfully given a new lease of life, as well as willing to buy a majority of items you may have stashed away in your attic! They were also available on commision to to refurbish your own pieces! They even produced and sold their own paint!

I was particularly happy to find one soft-rose colour with my name stamped on the front of the tin. No purchase made (yet), but the business card was stored away carefully in my bag.

If you’re into vintage furniture, home interiors, or even painting DIY’s, you can also check out the York based ‘The Vintage Corner‘ and ‘Country Chic‘!(Below) More examples of the absolutely crammed racks of clothing that were up for sale across the room! If there was something specific you were looking for – you were very likely to find it!

I’m a sucker for finding vintage designer labelled items that are the equivalent of a one-off-piece by this point in time. Collecting an item that is so unique is very satisfying…And at one of the biggest stalls in the room, I just so happened to find a vintage piece of apparel that I just couldn’t leave without nabbing for myself!

This is a vintage limited edition Moschino dress. White with red printed cherries. Although on the hanger, the dress appears rather square and boxy – it actually fits the body like a glove! This is the tailored waist of a tradition 50’s dress, meets the cut and cool of the 60’s Go-Go dress! Flattering length and neckline – this has become basically my new Summer favourite!The rest of the stalls around the second half of the room offered a range of kitchen and homewares as well as some really intricately beautiful accessory pieces (we’re talking tiny metal clutch purses with built on lipstick, powder-puff, and cigarette compartments – the epitome of chic)!The displays extended downstairs into the Undercroft – where stalls, live singers and cafe were all situated together to create the ultimate immersion of Vintage Fair atmosphere! But I didn’t want to give everything away, so if you want to see what it’s like, check it out for yourself the next time the ‘York Does Vintage’ Fair returns!

After finishing the time spent inside The Merchant Hall (which is also a very privileged opportunity to venture around the hall without supervision in the same way as is the usual procedure for tours of the medieval building), I couldn’t help but take a pause in the sun of the gardens! And you all know, that time outside is always an opportunity to snap a sneaky out-of-the-day. This one was thrown together, trying to include the optimism of the spring sun, but with the knowledge of the cruel nature of British weather.

Scarf just in case, but also works as a wrap around while inside or against the wind. Leather jacket is slouchy, casual, but also a functioning wind-blocker. The top was a bit of a step outside of my comfort zone with the baby pink colour, but the cut was too pretty to not pick up back when I was in Portugal. This was my first time wearing it.Open toed shoes are an optimistic nod towards the potential of the weather. And these babies were a steal in a sale a few months back! Snazzy, grown-up look, and all the comfiness of a chunky heel!

Leather jacket – All Saints 

Pink tank top – Portugal Boutique

Jeans – Gift

Scarf – Colours of Benetton

Shoes – T K Maxx