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Asymmetrical White Blouse /Alternatives – SheInside

Black Bomber Jacket /Original Bershka (Sold out in Black)

Very Close Jacket Alternative /ASOS

Black Skinny Jeans (Self Ripped) /Topshop

Monochrome Cut out Shoes/Forever 21(Sold Out)

Alternatives/ASOS/ASOS1

Ola, Ola!

I started classes at university this week so haven’t had the time to upload the second part of my collaborative shoot with Faisal until now (I blame my time management and all the reading I had to catch up on). A major influence on the styling of this shoot -which was super fun as I’m sure you could tell, I do love my playgrounds! – was the aesthetic of minimalism and monochrome, two of my most favourite styles. I aimed to maintain youthful composure coupled with a sophistication that lends itself with years amassed on ones time scale, trying to keep the look contained to the boundaries of the persona that I wished to reflect. Ripped jeans are amazing and often a fashion staple associated with grunge – very rock and roll, very prominent in the 1980’s-90’s and they make comebacks every few years with runways paying ode to the aforementioned grunge/rock and roll culture i.e. Christopher Decarnin for Balmain 2009 S/S collection. I would have made a more recent example but that was the only one that popped into my head right now haha. I’ve been an advocate of grunge music/fashion for as long as I can remember and have always enjoyed playing around with pieces to create new looks that emulate the attitude as well as it’s carefree spirit with darker undertones… or maybe I just love the colour black? 

The asymmetrical hemmed white blouse was purchased years ago from Zara in Portugal and until recently hadn’t been used much if at all so I was glad to weave it into my look – I won’t lie, it is now one of my favourite pieces and I shake my head in disapproval at myself often for not making more use of it in the past. I also combined two necklaces to give the look more of an edge – a velvet band choker (go grunge!) and a softer wooden beaded necklace in order to neutralise the look. Overall, I think it worked well, what says you?

Shooting with Faisal was a pleasure and I hope to have a few more collaborations with him in the future but I’m currently looking for a photographer that could shoot on a more frequent basis. Hit me up if you’re interested (and live in London)! Until then posts may be a bit on the sparse side but I will be focusing on street style in the coming weeks so perhaps not (:

Here’s to the weekend! (One more day to go) XO

Vintage Fendi’s and Rainbow Love

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Similar Maxi ShirtsEbay, YesStyle and YesStyle 2

Black Skinny JeansAsos

ShirtMarcus Lupfer

BootsTopshop

Hat Topshop (Sold Out)

Bag – Vintage Fendi (Ebay)

I was on the train on the way back from the private viewing of artist Halima Cassell’s new work at the Contemporary Ceramics Centre and was caught up in my own mind as always, I had been thinking  ‘I wonder why I haven’t seen anyone style long shirt dresses/jackets with t-shirts in so long’. Twenty seconds later (maybe thirty) I saw this girl walking in from of me. I legit could not contain my glee! And of course I asked to photograph her. This is genuinely such a great look.  It’s so… chic. The only flaw I could see with this as a whole was the green fedora hat (I didn’t think it flowed too well) but it didn’t look too out of place either.

Another detail that caught my eye was the vintage Fendi bag, now I adore all things Fendi and I can’t help but think I had seen it before in a charity shop in Brick Lane. I was right. It was the SAME exact bag I had been ogling two weeks ago, how strange! Perhaps this is the universe’s way of letting me know I should have bought it when I had had the chance.

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Now I saved the best for last. I saw this amazing couple in Kings Cross St Pancras station and was awe-spired by their synergy. The vibrant colours, eye catching mix and match prints/patterns, the makeup, the facial hair? Wow. Just wow. I ran towards them as soon as they came into my range of peripheral vision. Asides from looking incredible in their chosen attire they are also well travelled, the clothing they are wearing has been collected from various corners of the globe. Be it from Thailand, Japan or Australia, you name it, they were wearing it.

A relationship in which both complement the others style, that mi amor, is what I want. Find me a man who’d agree to go out in public with me when I sport Princess Leia buns and he may put a ring on this finger. It would just be an added bonus if he wore his hair that way too 😉

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