Inspiration: Grunged

“Come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be. As a friend, as a friend, as an old enemy.”

I am and always have been a huge Nirvana admirer. Growing up with a brother eight years my senior, often had it’s cons, but it also had it’s pro’s and one of said pro’s was most certainly being in a house with a 90’s kid. Nirvana, Metallica, Offspring all took turns, rotating through his five disc CD player. Those were the days. Everything seemed simpler, but what do I know, I was only a pipsqueak.

Although I was only about seven or eight back then, I listened and I loved and I kept Nirvana (more so than the others) in my heart as I grew up – happy to share that love with other Nirvana fans as I grew older.

So considering my feelings for the band and the grunge movement, I dedicated today’s inspiration post to… you guessed it, GRUNGE!

I started with this gorgeous plaid shirt-dress from Charlotte Russe and paired it with an over-sized, distressed denim jacket from Choies. I thought about pairing it with Converse, but settled on this pair of Dr. Martens instead. Considering the nippier weather, I added a scarf from River Island and finished it off with these adorable skull earrings.

I know, I know, it’s slightly more feminine than 1994 would’ve been, but I thought it could do with a modern twist.

Let me know what you think. What would you have done differently or do you like this as much as I do. Comment below, or catch up on Twitter

Till next time…

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Valentine’s Outfit Inspiration

With Valentines around the corner, many of us will be checking our V-day to-dos. Hot date? Check. Reservation? Check. Best friend on speed dial if it all goes wrong? Check. Outfit? No? I’ve got you covered.

I’ve selected four of my favourite looks for some inspo.

Look 1: Casual

The ‘Date night’ look will probably be the choice for all the couples in the house. It says, ‘I’m making an effort, but I’m already comfortable enough to slum it in flats.’ Probably in the region of what I’ll be wearing for V-day. For this look I chose an uber cute heart, cut out dress from Chicwish. Personally, I prefer the red, because it’s really bold, but the black has a beautifully detailed back. I’ve paired it with a simple pair of Chelsea boots from Oasis and a moto jacket from Topshop. To finish it off, I found this quirky headband, also from Topshop and Kate Spade bracelet.

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Look 2: Alternative

‘Mi Amore’ is for the girl with a slightly more alternative style, who would possibly even swap out the red heels for something a bit more chunky, like this. To me, leather automatically depicts a girl with an edge, which is why I opted for these leather leggings. I then paired it with a beautiful, zip-front top from Helmut Lang and waterfall cardigan with sultry lace sleeves from New Look. To accessorise, a somewhat gothic bracelet from Baccarat and a love ring from Sydney Evan.

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Look 3: Quirky

Picking out an outfit is all about having fun for the quirky girl. You’re likely to end up in something similar to this, because you love pairing amusing prints with something simple and adding a playful accessories as a final touch. For this moodboard, I picked out this Oasis jumper as the focus point and then went on to find this beautiful faux leather skirt, also from Oasis. I thought thigh-high socks may be a whimsical touch and found these killer boots from Bagheera with a pair of Kate Spade earrings to finish it all off.

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Look 4: Glam

This one’s a slightly more formal approach to V-day, but I think sheer and lace is a win-win approach to any outfit. This may even be a favourite for a first date. I think this skirt is breathtaking, so I focused on that and paired it with this sheer blouse from H&M and blazer from Selected. These heels from Asos compliments the skirt and some bling goes a far way!

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So all that remains, is a trip to Ann Summers for those naughty knickers. Yeah. I went there.

As usual, let me know which one you’ll be trying or send me snaps of your look.

Till next time x

The trend: All choked up

Another 90’s revival! The choker has made its comeback people, but you don’t need to stick to the good ol’ tattoo prototype we all had a love-hate relationship with. There are a tonne of options and whether you’re grunging out or dressing up, there’s sure to be one just waiting to be worn.

Asos Tattoo Choker £5.00

Aha, the dearly beloved tattoo choker. Or not. I remember thinking I was the bees knees wearing one of these back in the day, when I was about 10 or 11 and looking back now, I realise how ridiculous my style sense really was. So I won’t be wearing this specific one. Ever. Again.

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Revolve Aurora Choker £17.11

This is a bit more sophisticated and can easily be paired with a simple white shirt, jeans and a pair of heels for a simplistic yet chic look. You could always aim for futuristic too –  think leather, mesh,  you get the picture.

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Nasty Gal Rebel Charm Chain Choker £16.53

I have to admit, this one isn’t exactly my cup of tea. But hey, I cater to everyone and I say, whatever floats your boat. I do like that it’s chunky and bold, but not a huge fan of the charms. Maybe if it was something different. Maybe. Feel free to give me your opinion in the comments below.

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Nasty Gal Emory Vegan Leather Choker - £11.90

I’m really loving Nasty Gal’s leather choker and I actually already own a bracelet that would match this perfectly. I think this piece could easily be dressed down with a check shirt and skinny jeans, or up with a black dress (possibly with some leather inserts)

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Asos Rock ‘N’ Rose Zaria Turquoise Choker Necklace  £14.50

One word. Beautiful. Everything about this is spot on; the turquoise oval, the intricate border, the velvet – it just works. This would be lovely with a skater dress or perhaps something with lace.

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ASOS Triple Chain Choker Necklace £10.00

LOVE. This is definitely another favourite for me. It’s chunky and would definitely add an edge to a plain, white T and some torn boyfriend jeans.

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ASOS Multi Row Choker 90’s Hamsa Charm Necklace  £10.00

Eastern inspired items are always beautiful and I’ve noticed lately how popular it’s become. I often see people getting a Hamsa tattoo or wearing a necklace, so I think this will be a huge hit.

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ASOS Shard Choker Necklace £15.00

I’m finding it difficult to put into words how amazing this is. I love multi-layered items and that each necklace has a different texture and of course the pendant – just perfect.

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ASOS Beaded Feather Choker Necklace £6.00

I loved this one so much that I ordered it (I’ll be Instagraming once I have it, so keep your eyes peeled) I find turquoise and silver to be a match made in heaven and think this will be a great piece for workwear, going out and casual Fridays (casual Fridays extend to about 3 days a week for me)

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ASOS Triple Cut Diamond Choker  £8.00

How cool is this? I was close to getting this one too, but thought I’d reign it in and be a bit more responsible – which is how I ended up buying two shirts and a pair of jeans. Nice. Again, the colour is eye-catching and the shapes are really cool. Its a bit of a geo inspired piece, so you’ll kill two trends with one stone. Plus two more for backup.

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ASOS Multi Row Eagle Choker Necklace £10.00

Last, but most certainly not least, this one’s pretty exciting and I wish I noticed it before I checked out on ASOS. I love the eagle and the ‘tooth’ and the rope detail delivers a finishing touch. Kind of makes me feel like it was inspired by American Indians – really lovely.

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Let me know what you think of the choker trend by commenting below or sending me a tweet. Not digging it? Tell me why not or send me pictures of your favourite piece.

Inspiration: 27 January 2015 – Knitwear

With the ‘Big Freeze’ crawling from the Artic to get its icy grip on Britain, now is as good a time as any to stock up on knitwear. Lucky for us, you don’t need to frump out with jumpers straight from your nan’s wardrobe. Nope, textured sweaters are HOT right now (and the pun was totally intended) take a look.

SPLURGE: Bloomingdales – Free People Pullover

Probably not the most expensive thing you’ll ever buy, but would I dish out £75.94 for this? Maybe.  I love the rough texture, the hemline and the shoulder detail is just spot on.

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SAVE: Van Mildert – Vero Moda Libby leopard print jumper

Not only is this £18.00, but it’s 50% off the retail price. I mean Ka-Ching! Love leopard print, love red, love a gradient, just bueno all round!

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SPLLLURGE: Mytheresa.com – Chloé Textured stretch sweater

This is my idea of splashing cash. Dishing out £810.00 for a jumper that may give the appearance of a shedding polar bear is simply not a smart investment to me. It’s cute, but is it that cute?

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SAVE: Mango – Textured mohair-blend sweater

Marked down to £17.00 this jumper is a great cut and it may brighten up those grey Monday mornings!

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SPLURGE: Ekseption – Vince Textured stripe sweater

Love this? It’s £155.00. Still love it? I thought you might. I’m loving the contrast of this and what’s more is that’s it’s not just your usual ombre, it’s more of a creative gradient.

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SAVE: Question Air – American Vinage Stripe jumper

This item was a splurge item in its previous life, but it’s currently on sale for only £41.00. Whoop’s all round for a good deal. Stripes. That’s all I need to say.

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SPLURGE: Mytheresa.com – CLOSED Textured Sweater

I probably wont spend £126 for this, but if I did earn 5 or 6 figures a month, I definitely would. The texture is great and I don’t think you could every go wrong with grey. Very interesting!

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SAVE: Nasty Gal -Hypnotize Textured sweater

I still haven’t grown tired of aztec, which is why I love this long line jumper at £38.16. I can imagine how stylish this will look with leather tights and a faux fur scarf.

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SPLURGE: Gilt – Twenty Checked-Out Creweneck sweater

Okay, so it’s £72.22, but it has been marked down from £154, so you’re saving even if you’re splashing a bit. This colour is gorgeous and got check and dog tooth prints – I’m not sure there’s a better combo out there.

 

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SAVE: New Look – Misumi Grey bruched texture oversized jumper

Marked down to £12, you simply can’t resist getting your mitts on one of these. Lovely texture and colour.

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So there you have it, whether you save or splurge, make sure to get your hands on one of these! Let me know which your favourite is or send me your winter style inspiration via Twitter or Instagram.

Project: 22 January 2015 – Going green update

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I did it! Step one’s complete and I have to say, I’m quite happy with the result. I did strip my hair down from black, so not at all a bad deal and I didn’t take quite as much damage as I expected. The objective now, is to condition the heck out of it to make sure it’s nice and healthy for Ombre dos!

In the meantime, I’ve also invested in John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo, as well as the Highlight Activating Moisturising Conditioner (both a mouthful and available from Boots – just follow the links) This will hopefully remove the brassiness in my hair and lighten it in the process.

So the next time I update this project will probably only be once I dye again, so wish me luck! Oh and if you’re confused as to what I’m on about, you probably didn’t read the first instalment – have a peek here.

In the meantime, feel free to tell me if I’m on the right path and what you think so far.

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Project: 20 January 2015 – Going green

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Okay. So this post isn’t actually about my efforts to save the planet. But wait…don’t leave! You may actually enjoy the read if you give it a go.

I’ve become restless again – I blame the New Year, stupid resolutions and an urgency for change when the calender resets. In any case, I’ve decided I want to add some colour to my life by getting creative with my hair. I’ve been through different shades of red, brown and black; I’ve had highlights in different variates; I’ve had a copper ombre and even a bold purple fringe (as below) but I want something fresh, something that says ‘I’m not dealing with a midlife crises at 25, I’m merely having fun’ – oh wait, that’s not it. I just want it to say ‘I’m a pretty cool gal’.

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SO… why not go green? Who doesn’t love green? Well maybe Bruce Banner, but that’s irrelevant at this stage. The point is, green’s fun and the colour reminds me of mermaids or elves or something mystical. Anyway, it’s always greener on the other side.

‘So go for it,’ you say. Here’s the problem… my hair is BLACK and I can’t afford to spend £70 at a hair salon, so a DIY job it shall be.

I realise it’s going to take me a while, but I have a game plan and here it is: First I’m going to ombre my hair – I’ll probably have to do this twice to get the black out and then I’ll tone it down from there with some purple shampoo and toning conditioner to get a nice ‘clean’ blonde. From there,  I can easily go green.

I will be posting my progress,  so those of you who are interested in doing it yourself can know what to and what not to do. It will be super useful; you know, if my hair breaks off after the second ombre, then you will all know NOT to make the same traumatizing mistake.

If you have any tips, please do get in touch, because we’re all in this together ladies!

Jewellery: 05 January 2015 – Multiple Earrings

It’s my first post of 2015, so I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Hope you all enjoyed the last moments of 2014 and really made them count. Likewise, it’s a new year with new beginnings, dreams and opportunities – so make the most of it!

Right, so I was MIA (or AFK for the gamers out there) for the last few months of 2014 and regrettably, I missed out on a lot of posts I wanted to share with you guys; Christmas gift ideas, New Year’s outfit inspo and the like. Never mind though, we’ll start fresh this year and the first topic I want to tackle is something I think is a trend on the rise. Multiple piercings have been pinned all over my Pinterest page and I’m starting to understand why. It’s yet another way to be totally creative. Whether it’s in the way you line your them up, or simply the jewellery you use – it’s fun and it looks pretty darn bad-ass!

So, I’ve decided to share some of the pictures I’ve taken inspiration from. Right now, my left ear is host to a single lobe piercing (used to be a stretcher) a tragus and a helix and my left has two lobe piercings. The plan is to pierce a third lobe and a forward helix. Pretty sure I’ll be happy with that, I wouldn’t like to overdo it.

Are you planning on getting a piercing? Let me know what or where or share some pictures of what you’ve already got!

Enjoy.

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Multiple aligned piercings

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Multiple aligned piercings

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Lobe, Anti-Tragus, Tragus and Diath

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Double Lobe, Helix and Triple Forward Helix

 

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Double Lobe, Double Auricile, Helix and Snug

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Multiple Lobe, Auricile and Rook

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Lobe, Auricle and Helix


 

*Please note, pictures are not my own.