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Despite being dragged out for yet another season at Primark, in most other high-street stores the Aztec print has been replaced by three new print tribes: tropical (think vintage Hawaiian holiday posters for inspiration), arty prints (Chanel SS14, need I say more?)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


03/04/2014

Ancient Greek Sandals at Avenue 32 *

Gods and Goddesses: what was the secret to their divine powers? Their sandals.

Mythology dictates that a special sandal maker on the island of Crete crafted each pair and enriched each with unique and magical power. Whilst these Ancient Greek Sandals might not give you the ability to fly or throw thunderbolts at Hades, they do add a little bit of ancient magic to your wardrobe.

The genius behind the brand? Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton trained Christina Martini and her MBA graduate co-founder Nikolas Minoglou. These Greek natives use the rich ancient history of their homeland and combine the best of traditional handcraft with contemporary design.

Mythology plays a dominant role with winged ankles being the brands most dynamic trademark. The Ikaria sandal comes in a variety of colours from gilded gold to tar-black. 



Ancient treasures and artefacts also lace the collection with the Chrysso and Lysistrate sandals studded by embellishments that mimic crumbled pieces of ancient Greek jewellery and beads.


The Carven X AGS sandal demands attention in all of its high-legged-haute glory. Dynamic jet-black leather is daring and exciting, and screams with all the command of Athena, goddess of warfare and wisdom.


Using a muted colour palette with natural and earthy hues that are native to ancient Greek culture, the result is naturally authentic aesthetic. The spectrum moves into shimmering metallic’s to imitate ancient Greek coins and lost treasures.

Worthy of not only the Gods, the sandals have been spotted on celebrities too. Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Williams have been big fans of the label since its launch in 2012.

Ancient Greek sandals combine contemporary design, with sophistication and comfort. Walk in the footsteps of goddesses and enrich your wardrobe with some magic, mythology and culture.




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