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June 2019

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Summer Styling

Hey Guys!

Remember the Summer of 2018? Remember??!? It was…well it was 12 months ago. I remember it extremely well. There was so much sunshine my melasma stained face has only just returned to it’s regular colour of ‘Are you ok? You look ill’. I mourn the passing of ‘The Summer that was’ because whatever we’ve got masquerading as ‘a Summer’ in 2019 just doesn’t wash with me. ‘YOU SHALL NOT PASS’ I say! Obvs if you’re reading this in the US of A you’re perplexed. You lucky beasts get gifted a yearly Summer from the sensibly allocated time slot of May to September.

In Unit K, however, we rarely get the never ending heatwave that was Summer ’18. This year we very miserably have a piss poor showcasing of my favourite season and it means I’m struggling. I’m struggling because I’ve self diagnosed myself with SAD. But on a much more trivial level I’m struggling because I’ve got a wardrobe full of  bright, colourful clothing that simply doesn’t get worn. Let’s get down to the serious stuff here!

My beautiful & carefully selected garms hang in my closet looking back at me shouting ‘What the fuck?! PICK ME!!!! Do you not love me anymore?!’ 

The trouble is I do indeed still love these beauties but Summertime in the UK, and especially in a city, is not for a strapless dress I made out of material purchased in Zimbabwe. My Java print maxi dresses and Hawaiian MuuMuu’s look a little out of place on the Northern Line. And don’t even get me started on a flip flop at Leicester Square station. No. Sadly a crap city Summer needs a different type of styling and a whole rethink of one’s wardrobe.

The bright prints, the floaty skirts and the strappy sandals aren’t being discarded though. Don’t you worry. They’ll still be worn around the house and on that one really hot Wednesday we’ll get at the end of July. Also they’ll be accompanying far flung holidays where there is a lot more appreciation for them. But for now I’m looking to change things up a little and reinvent my seasonal style.

But where to begin I hear all the women reading this cry out?

Firstly divide your wardrobe up into sections. City Summer and Summer Summer. Summer Summer involves all our flimsy beauties. Anything brightly coloured, cut off tiny shorts, halter necks, sacklike crotch airing dresses and sandals that make a loud slapping sound ever step you take. City Summer, on the other hand, includes heavier materials and more muted prints. Longer skirts, sleeved dresses and a sturdier sandal. City summer is where I’m injecting some fresh ideas and I’m starting with linen.

 

 

Once a staple with the 50 plus woman who lives in the suburbs, the worlds oldest fabric has been reclaimed by the environmentally conscious. It’s breathable, stronger than cotton and most importantly more sustainable. 2019 sees me looking for midi skirts in double linen. Cool enough to float around in during the day but will keep my legs warm during those East London nights. Also a  vintage sweater plus a linen skirt looks #summerchicrealness

 

 

 

All hail the summer short! Whoop! Now I love a pair of shorts and love even more the fact that the shorts suit is back. Think smart, high waisted, crisp cotton/linen. Have them sit on or just above the knee. For evenings think silk boxers. Who cares if you’ve got to wear a long sleeve AND a jacket on top. You’re essentially wearing trousers….only shorter. Get it?

If like me you find it too hard to step away from prints and patterns then simply think smaller and less bright. Magenta and sunshine yellow hibiscus flowers scream Hawaii ~ Trailing petite roses in rust, olive and soft pink whisper English countryside. Choose a patterned dress with big sleeves as opposed to strappy thin ones. Pick something a little more fitted as opposed to loose and loungy. A classic print with more coverage of your body means you can seamlessly skip from a picnic in St James’ park to last orders in Soho.

How to house the trotter? A closed toe can feel restrictive when it’s 20 degrees outside but more often than not we’re wading our way through overcast, grey days. Thank God the open toed mule has made a return, right? A small enough heel to elevate our feet from the London streets and a suitable enough airing for our rarely seen pedicures. Leave the square toes in the noughties rather go for a classic shape. A mule can easily be worn with those linen skirts we’re dreaming of just as well as our newly purchased knee length shorts. Also, a loose, baggy jean and a heeled mule….Perfection.

Anyone else rethinking their Summer wardrobes? What’s on your revamp list?

Let’s discuss on Tooting common with a bottle of rose. I’ll bring the umbrellas….

 

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Monday

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September 2018

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Same old, Same Old

{Top L-R ~ Walk of shame Moscow, Rennes, JacquesMus, Caron Callahan. Bottom L-R ~ Simone Rocha, Caron Carahan, Rejina Pyo, Rachel Comey}

I recently executed an enormous Instagram cull and un followed about 400 people.

Big news I know but this needs to be discussed.  Like the majority of the world I found I was spending far too much time on my phone and it needed to stop. Mainly to regain the hours I lost and redirect them to watching TV instead but also because I didn’t want a really big thumb. I hear that’s a thing and I don’t need a big thumb as well as big ears.

What I came to realise is that what I was actually looking at, as I scrolled through hundreds of strangers images for hours on end, was essentially a variation of the same thing.  I obviously chose to follow similar brands as I have a certain style I like, right? Sure, That part I’m fine with. That’s simply personal taste. I like looking at houses full of plants and beautiful clothing that doesn’t look out of place on the set of Godless. I also like Streetstyle,bloggers I used to follow back in the naughties and Celine Dion {follow her and you’ll see why} The trouble is that following just one of these brands/people/pages is great to look at every once in a while. When you start to follow three or four of a similar ilk they all start to blend into one. They all seem to be influenced by each other and all seem, to me anyway, to just be posting the same thing.

Well, I’m over it. I need to see something new and something unique. I’m so bored of the monotony of these pages and their ‘same old same old’ images. I’m bored of straw hats, velvet hair ribbons, muted pastels and billowing white, cotton dresses. Of high waisted, wide legged pants and millenial pink walls. Of clay pottery, images of the ocean and gingham ruffles. Of pretty much my entire feed going to the ballet in Copenhagen all invited by and wearing the fashion brand Ganni. Don’t get me wrong I love these things. I really do but when I see them over and over again on page after page I think ‘Who started this and who’s copying who?’ ‘Why are we all posting the same thing?’ ‘Can we not think of something else?’ I understand that this life and fashion style is on trend with some people ~ Cotton workwear, white denim, black and white gingham, low heeled mules, oversized dresses, lilac, ruffles…. and if you follow Rejina PyoRennesRachel ComeySimone RochaWalk of shame MoscowCaron Callahan you’ll see all these images simply blurred into one.  But…but…How many times do I really NEED TO SEE THE SAME IMAGES!

I have followed the humerus fashion blog Manrepeller ever since it launched, back in 2010. It was started by Leandra Medine, a journalist major who, along with a team of writers, delivers good quality journalism on predominantly fashion based subjects. I like to read the debates some pieces provoke, in the comments sections, and often enjoy waying in with my say. My latest comment however made me extremely aware of my disdain for a life spent online….which, at it’s core, means that at 39 I’m just not getting it.

Leandra wrote a piece entitled ‘How to get more Instagram likes: A theory‘ Displeased with my intrigue I clicked on it and read an article about posting selfies, which gained more likes, as opposed to posting professional pictures, which didn’t. My reply to this useless piece of information came mid my aforementioned Instagram following cull and was as follows ~

Red shoes No knickers  7 days ago

For me I’d already seen and liked the first photo in my feed so when pretty much the same image comes up I didn’t need to like it again. It wasn’t a case of one looked better than the other it’s a case of what are we actually clicking and liking pictures for? For the sake of it or because we genuinely like it? Why would you need to do that twice?

It got six likes which was interesting but it also got the following comment ~

M Rae Red shoes No knickers  7 days ago

but this brings up an interesting point about the individual like-algorithms we all house in our own heads regarding what/why we are communicating via likes…is it purely selfish (i want more of this in my feed from the content creator and similar content on my discover page) or is it support (ill like anything leandra (sic) or MR post because i want her and the brand to grow forever and ever) or is it social (i want my followers to be able to see i already liked these) etc etc….

I agree with the majority of M Rae’s statement about algorithms and why are we communicating via likes but reading ‘I’ll like anything Leandra or MR post because I want her and the brand to grow forever and ever‘ prompted me to cull even more from my Instagram page. Liking images and content that people post just for the sake of it surely isn’t helping the brand evolve? How will that brand or person learn what works and what doesn’t? If everyone is clicking like after like on the same variations of the same big sleeved white dress simply because they want the brand to succeed how will that brand know if the work they’re producing is actually good/thoughtful/sellable? Also, if you’ve seen similar images elsewhere are you still enjoying looking at it or are needing a different visual stimulation?

For me it all boils down to the following questions…other than the four questions I just posted above. What can I say, I’m confused and I need some answers. Is the problem the people/brands I’m following? Is it what they’re posting? Or how often they’re posting? Or is the real problem how often I’m looking at Instagram?

I think I know the answer and it’s the same as what it is for everything at this moment in time. It’s to put my phone down and lift my gaze. To Engage, Listen, Dream and Think. I’m tired of looking at the same old things….I’m on the hunt for something new.

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Friday

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November 2013

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colourme

{m&s cashmere joomp & heeled brogues, alexander mcqueen dress, tabio tights}

Last week I was very pleased with myself as I managed two consecutive days of outfit fabulousness SANS NOIR. That, for the non french speaking amongst us, translates into ~ without black. I’m not going to lie to you my Shoelets, it was tough. When it’s grey & wet & cold outside black & dark colours are so easy to hide beneath. They’re our comfort blanket, our cup of tea, our wine & cheese. Well, after reading a great article on dressing like a bowl of Lucky Charms this winter, over on The Man Repeller {see HERE}, I am putting it upon myself to attempt a predominantly Non Noir winter. To dispel the drabness, the bleakness & the pretty~much~draining~on~everyoneness that his dark materials can achieve & brighten our days with colour. Cold, crisp, ca~mazing colour. Watch this space….

Ps. There is a great counter arguement for JUSTE NOIR dressing here

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Friday

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November 2013

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I feel that my life changed slightly this week.

I watched the documentary The Crash Reel on Saturday night and then watched it on Sunday night and again on Monday day. SO moved and inspired and humbled by this film I had to write about it over HERE.

Ps. Don’t watch the trailer but DO watch the film…trust me. It’ll surprise the hell out of you.

Posted in Inspire me, Snow Nix holiday

Friday

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November 2013

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Recently I’ve tried to make my life more streamlined. I’ve tried to clear my room, my wardrobe, my inbox, my make~up bag of STUFF. I just seem to own a lot of STUFF. And clutters of STUFF leads to a cluttered mind and an unproductive lifestyle ~ for me anyway. I’ve been bagging for charity, binning, donating to friends and Ebaying anything I don’t need or use.

I came across my camera, my film camera that is, and just thought to myself ‘I don’t use it, I’m all about the dige these days, let’s EBay!’ I then checked on EBay to see what the same models were fetching and the resulting search lead to nada ~ A whole lotta old school film camera’s where you can hear the film wind on and not a lot of money going towards them. I decided against paying to list an item and receiving nothing in returning and went for a vow to start using her again. The last time I did take her out was to Australia in 2010. Like we all used to do I came home, handed in my film to be developed and waited. I went old school….We don’t go back there enough.

The always inspirational Jamie Beck posted a series of black and white photos yesterday that had been double exposed but turned out to be a beautiful mistake. It reminded me of receiving my film back on returning from Australia. The pictures were so different to digital. Sharper, clearer, more natural. Of course there’s always a couple of duds but it makes you think more carefully about taking the photo in the first place. Only 36 pictures allowed remember….

I’m on a mission to use my film camera again. Now….mmmmm…..where to get a film….

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Friday

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October 2013

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yasmIt’s not the skirt over the pants that inspires me here {although I wouldn’t rule that out} No…it’s that tiny bit of frayed jeans poking out sitting above a stonking high heel…MMmmmmm Me likey. A couple of summers ago I saw Ms De Bruyn with a chopped off ankle on her straight leg black jeans. Then I saw The Man Repeller inspired by Yasmin Sewell above and my mind started a thinking….

Necessary items ~ 1. A pair of straight leg jeans. 2. A pair of scissors.

{photo from here}

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Friday

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October 2013

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As I popped over to bloglovin’ this week ~ Did you know you can also follow me there? It’s the same shiz as here but you know…more the merrier ~ I stumbled across Garance Dore‘s post on Skin Rehab. {see HERE}

I don’t know what happened but my skin has been so bad recently. Teenage hormone bad. I do realise that what you put into your body is just as important as what you slather on to it but for some reason nothing seemed to be helping & I had to take some time out & apply some face TLC. Sleep, steam, scrub & massage. I’m slowly getting back to looking like I own an adults face but reading Garance’s post & having been through a month of heavy duty concealer I realised I need to take more care of my boat race. Especially in these upcoming {read piss off} winter months.

I’m inspired by Garance’s post to make next week Saweet Body week ~ What we use, what we save our coins for, what we wish for & how we paint ourselves pretty…..See you on the other side for some pampering.

Posted in Inspire me, Make up my face

Friday

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October 2013

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highlowYou KNOW I love an opposite

A mix of high with low

A heel & a joomp

Smart & Sporty

Mixing & matching…it’s what makes the world go round

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{all images via StreetFSN ~ one of my favourite fashion week streetstyling blogs}

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Friday

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September 2013

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mmmm

As discussed here this winter is going to be all about making the masculine feminine and seeing this photo from The Satorialist made me want to wear my brogues more. I’ve long been a brogue lover but last year there was a lot of excitement about the new boots and I didn’t get much wear out of my gentlemen’s footwear. Granted, when it’s 2 degrees outside, a brogue is not going to cut the mustard but I’m excited to head back to my little brogue beauties and breathe some new life into them.

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Friday

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September 2013

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Having said I wasn’t bothered about Spring/Summer 14 fashions earlier in the week I’m afraid I’m going back on my word. After flicking through The Sartorialist’s photos I came across this beauty and decided that this was what I wanted to wear now! I can still get those legs out {WHO’S WITH ME!!???} as they have a little colour left on them but I’m wrapping up that top half nice and cosy. Love it! As I said to Tim last week {see comments here} it’s actually a really nice time of year ~ joomps & bare legs ~ let’s embrace it.

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