16/04/2014

Love Triangl

Triangl Twiggy Stardust Bikini * | Monica Vinader Friendship Bracelet * | Pandora Bracelet 

When it comes to beachwear, Triangl bikinis are the pinnacle of cool. They are the undisputed uniform of instagram beach babes. You can't scroll through tumblr without seeing some tall fit blonde girl waving her sea soaked locks around on a sandy Australian beach in one of Triangl's finest creations. 

Naturally, you all of a sudden want to be tall, fit, blonde and Australian. Oh, and you want one of them bikinis. 

The brand has an unparalleled laid back vibe that just comes natural to Australians. The designs are equally laid back. No fuss minimalism is their signature. 

Being so simple in design begs the question of what makes them so cool and different from other beachwear brands? If their cult status and huge global following isn't enough to convince you then the craftsmanship surely will. 

Like all great minimal pieces the secret to success is in the quality and structure. Triangl bikinis are made from neoprene. Thick and insulating- so perfectly ideal for when the clouds start rolling in and the temperature dips on your day out to the beach. The thick fabric also hugs at your body making the bikini tops super supportive. Also, a complete bonus.

As for the pictures... the whole effect of the photos of myself were a complete accident based on the simple fact that I'm apparently not that great with a camera! It wasn't supposed to scream 'taken on a disposable camera at some crazy summer house party' (especially when I took them on self timer on my DLSR..) but this weird out-of-focus effect ended up working well. Plus, I'm usually so busy pulling the blogger bitch face that I wanted to have a little fun with it! 

Naturally, I chose the black 'Twiggy Stardust' bikini. With the lacquered look of the neoprene it is pretty sexy, but keeping it simple in black makes it less of a huge statement. 

Worryingly, the closer we get to summer, the more black things I keep buying. But as they say, black is timeless... right?

13/04/2014

#HatIssues




Mango Jacket | Forever 21 Tee | Jones & Jones Shorts * | Zara Mules | Zara Bag
Photographs by Ilona Robinson
Bloggers of Britain and fellow hat aficionados, I absolutely need to know this: how do you keep your hats on your head? 
Hats are great. They keep your head warm. They can keep your head cool. They hide a multitude of sins like a dodgy hair cut, bad roots, and greasy hair. Plus they look cool. But there always seems to be just a bit more than a 'gentle' breeze in the UK threatening with the security of your hat and makes it all more of a challenge than a pleasure. 
 Floppy hats, fedoras, bowler hats: have you ever noticed how the brim of a hat catches the wind so perfectly? You can see why Aliens choose a hat like shape for their spaceships when they glide so effortlessly in the breeze. 
There you are, minding your own business, just standing there in all of your grandiose hat glory and next thing you know your big floppy hat is flying through the atmosphere like the worlds chicest frisbee. 
Back in Cardiff when pork pie hats were still cool and the weather was particularly nasty, the wind caught hold of said hat so strongly that it blew it down the entire length of Stuttgart Strasse (to the majority of you who wont know this street, it is very long and has a big bend in it... ). It was like a bowling ball down an alley. Like rolling a coin across the table. How it avoided being ran over by a car I will never know. How I avoided being ran over by a car as I sprinted after it is an even bigger mystery. 
The things we do for fashion. 
So if anyone would like to tell me their top tips for keeping your hats on your head please do. I'm not sure how keen I am on superglue...
  

11/04/2014

World Traveller V | Boticca x ASOS Fashion Finder





 Topshop Coat | Primark Dress | Zara Shoes | 'Viper' Backpack by Sabrina Tach at Boticca* | Union Lane Scarf by Good & Co at Boticca *


Apparently I didn't get the memo that the Aztec trend died at Coachella 2012. 

Despite being dragged out for yet another season at Primark, in most other high-street stores the Aztec print has been replaced by three new print tribes: tropical (think vintage Hawaiian holiday posters for inspiration), arty prints (Chanel SS14, need I say more?) and folk (imagine boho interiors of a Romany Gypsy caravan).

Of course I can sit here bitching about how Aztec is so last year... but I'm not completely ignorant of the fact that I am wearing the offending print. 

In playing with the world traveller trend I couldn't resist channelling a South American vibe through the burnt orange aztec patterns. Set against the playful street art it makes me think of getting lost down the colourful backstreets of Rio or Buenos Aires. 

Besides, sometimes it's nice to revive a tired trend. It's like going for a drink with an ex: weirdly comfortable, you quite like it, but you know it's not going anywhere serious because it's already been done.

I wont start taking credit for bringing back the Aztec trend yet, because this dress is heading straight back into my 'beach cover up' bag (and FYI, I don't even have a summer holiday booked, so who knows when it will be revisited again...)

RIP Aztec print. Again.

08/04/2014

World Traveller IV | Boticca x ASOS Fashion Finder

 




Topshop Boutique Jumpsuit | Topshop Slip on Skate Shoes |  Primark Necklace | ASOS Sunglasses | 'Viper' Backpack by Sabrina Tach at Boticca * | Good & Co 'Union Lane' Silk Scarf at Boticca *

Silk on silk. One part minimalist black, one part a kaleidoscopic graffiti print. 

You can't do the world traveller look without pulling inspiration from some of the most exciting style cultures in the world, so each outfit has pulled influences from one main cultural capital or continent. 

 Influences from the far-east are muted, but still subtly visible in this silk jumpsuit (and hidden by the scarf!). The elasticated waist and wrap-around body lets the tar black silk drape over the body and three-quarter sleeves are cut wide and look slightly kimono-like. The loose, elegant fit and folds of silk provide a modern take on an eastern inspired silhouette. 

Eastern influences in fashion are often way too exoticised, so I stripped it back and made it casual with the shoe of the season: the slip on skater. I felt way chilled out. Nothing spells comfort like a glorified onesie made of silk and flat shoes, right? Get me on a jet plane, pronto. 


04/04/2014

World Traveller III | Boticca x ASOS Fashion Finder



Topshop Trousers | ASOS Top | Mango Jacket | Kurt Geiger Nina Sandals  'Viper' Backpack by Sabrina Tach at Boticca * | Good & Co 'Union Lane' Silk Scarf at Boticca *

World traveller has grown up. Smart slouchy blazer, a high necked blouse, and tailored trousers (albeit they are splashed with a fun, tropical palm tree print... )

One of my signatures would probably be mixing smart pieces with casual ones. For me, the key to good style is creating interesting contrasts by juxtaposing anything from dramatic polarised pieces to items with subtle differences. I'm definitely more on the subtle scale of contrasts, however... 

I've wanted to get my fashionable little paws on some cool tropical island prints since seeing Kenzo's incredible palm prints. But I didn't want to look all 'Dad in a Hawaiin shirt on holiday in 95', y'know? So what better than some tailored cigarette trousers in a muted palm print? Understated, but still just that right amount of crazy crazy. And it can be dressed up to be more fun and adventurous if you're not quite as boring as myself: imagine it with a bright orange blouse and a huge statement necklace. The trousers become something totally different. 

Speaking of understated prints, this Union Lane scarf by Good & Co at Boticca couldn't idealise the concept better.

At first I thought the colours would be a little bit too out-there for me, but with it's smudged painted pattern and the way the silk folds it makes the colours melt into something that is greatly sophisticated, despite it being printed with images of Australian street-art. More of the graffiti is revealed as it twists and gets blown in the wind. Being the perfect balance between sophistication and edgy.


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