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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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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:

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!

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

Theatre Night Out(fits)

After getting lost (twice) on our walk back from the top of the world (or as some call it, Edinburgh Castle), Katie and I nested, napped and basically recuperate from our tourist day out. I can honestly say we were exhausted. We sat on our beds and didn’t move for almost an hour. The original plan had been to get ready, and run out for a quick dinner before going to our show at the theatre that Katie had picked. However, plans changed once we took our shoes off and sat on our super comfy beds!

We decided to make getting ready part of our night out, and so committed to getting really dressed up for the drinking girls night portion after our evening in the theatre!

Navy blue chiffon dress – Asos

New black heels – New Look

Katie went for muted colours of black and navy, very grown-up and flattering. The dress had mesh lace with flower embroidery from the bustier up to the neck. The chiffon fabric cinches at the waist and gives the ultimate hourglass figure! The new shoes were such a good buy (ultimate black strappy staple in all wardrobes) and upped the look from formal day dress to formal(ish) girls-night out!Using an emerald green, silk quilt rose skirt as the base of the outfit – it gave the silhouette a flirty, fifties vibe! Tight around the waist and voluminous, thick skirt makes legs look super slim. Paired with a fitted black long-sleeved crop t-shirt makes the look a little more casual than paired with the co-ord matching bralet (as well as warm enough to wander around the Scottish city of Edinburgh at night)! And I too wore my new heels bought just that day – new pointed toe black staple for the wardrobe with the delicate detail of the diagonal gold bar.

Black long-sleeved crop top – Missguided

Midi skirt – Missguided

Black heels – New Look

Smiles on, coats over our shoulder and trotting up the road as quickly as we could meant only five minutes later we were at our theatre and bundled into our queue to collect our tickets!