From the Hoods to Japan, Harajuku Girls ❤

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Flower Pin – Ebay 

Two Toned Monochrome Shirt – AliExpress

Sheer Black Kaftan – H&M

Black High-Waisted Skinnies – Topshop

Chunky Two Tone Camden Boots – ASOS (Out of Stock) Alternatives – River Island

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Bonjour mon petit fleurs,

I thought I’d be all charming and French for my first post in over 10 days(!) I admit that I have been quite bad but hopefully this look makes up for it ❤

I’m not quite sure how it worked out as well as it did but pictures don’t quite do this ensemble any justice. I got the blouse off the brilliant (and quite beautifully) priced Chinese retailer site AliExpress a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with it as soon as I saw just how much better it looked in reality than in the pictures on the site. I’ve been going through a monochrome phase which more or less started when I had a day trip out to Birmingham with a couple of close friends, so this outfit is one of the few I’ve put together over the last week.

The kaftan which I’ve been using as a drape over on top of my bedtime cami slips (don’t judge me! I just like to look good for myself rather than only doll myself up when in the company of a man – scandalous eh?), worked well over the shirt and being of a sheer material didn’t overshadow the blouse letting the two tone panelled detailing shine through. It gave me a really refined feel, like I was a divine priestess or something of that calibre. The skinnies were a necessity – of course, when are they not? And the chunky camden boots are my babies forever and ever. I hope they never wear out!

I didn’t really know what to do with my hair so just put it into a bun and attached the flower pin on to encapsulate that 70’s hippie vibe – Lover of nature? That I am xo

P.S Did anyone else notice the OVO decal on the store front? For those that are interested in Drake merchandise – the store behind me stocks it! It’s called Browns Focus and is on the street directly behind the one that houses Bond Street station.

Hope y’all like the fusion of elements in this look, be sure to let me know what you think 🙂

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Happy Mother’s Day

Nailah XO

End of an Era

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Black Sheer Kaftan – H&M

Lace Top – BANK Fashion – Glamorous

High Waisted Jeans – BANK Fashion – Glamorous

Two Toned Chunky Camden Boots – ASOS – New Look

Similar Eagle Necklace – Boohoo Outlet- Ebay

Pork Pie Hat – Topshop

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Lace Headband – Similar – Luulla

Floral Swing Dress – BANK Fashion – Glamorous

Similar Cut Out Wedges – Ebay1 and Ebay2 (Practically identical to the ones above!)

Say heyyy Ms Carterrr *waits for response*

I’ve been awful these last few weeks, disappearing without a word and practically abandoning my blog but I needed the break from reality and I’m well and truly back now! Today I thought I’d share two outfits I put together – seeing as I owe you this much at the least- Bank Fashion (love them) sent me a few samples earlier last week and now I get to share them with you all 🙂

The lace top is the cutest thing and as I have a bit of an obsession with the fabric and its texture, I adored it almost instantly. The high waisted jeans are super comfy and fit just right although not as tight as I would have liked around the ankles but that’s mainly because I have really skinny ankles compared to the rest of well, you get it. Don’t you just adore and covet my two toned boots? I’d been looking for a monochrome pair to go with my seemingly all black wardrobe (shout out to BEGS XO) and they are just perfect in every single way, be it the fit, the length and width of the heel, the laces, the zip details – EVERYTHING! Also how adorable is the sheer kaftan? Can you believe it’s only £6?! I couldn’t at all. I think it works perfectly as throw over for most outfits and love that I found it when I did – thank you H&M<3

I can’t really tell what was going through my head when I put together the second outfit. I just sort of threw things on and had a general direction of what kind of look I was aiming for. I have to say, it worked out pretty well. I’ve never really owned a swing styled dress in such a bold print before and was a bit unsure of how it would look on me but I’m kind of crazy about this piece now. The material is like imitation silk and the asymmetrical hemming of the dress as well as it’s fit – the way it flows and drapes ones form – is different to most that I have seen worn by people and for that reason it has captured my heart all the more. The accessories I paired it with gave off a slightly dark yet earthy vibe which I feel enveloped a lot of different styles – sort of a mess of the hippie 70’s and grunge 80’s, sixties’s vie de boheme with slight 1920’s flapper tendencies (never could say no to a lace headband – one of my weaknesses shh)

Hope everyone’s had a good start to the week!

Paz E Amor – Nailah **

Coquettish Charm in Tuxedo Gold

Coquettish Charm in Tuxedo Gold

River Island black cocktail dress
$25 – riverisland.com

Gold pumps
$200 – celebboutique.com

Bangle bracelet
lorisshoes.com

Versace post earrings
luisaviaroma.com

Clear glasses
shopzerouv.com

Lips makeup
lordandtaylor.com

Topshop nail polish
$9.93 – topshop.com
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A lot inspired this set in particular, one of the main influences being the Tuxedo dress. I’ve always had a thing for suits in particular the slim fit kind worn by the menfolk (maybe I’ll be a menswear designer one day, who knows). I keep saying that I’m going to wear one to the next wedding I go to… which may be why I haven’t been invited to one in so long. Not that I’m complaining!
This Tuxedo dress is almost an exact replica of the original Alexander McQueen one and for that reason asides from the fact that it looks so good, I purchased it from River Island as soon as I was  able to. Sadly they only had it in the size above and that didn’t fit well at all so I had to sell it.(Sad but I still made a 100% profit – Business has always more or less been my forte). I also have a huge love for face veils, some may say that they arouse an air of morbidity as they’re often worn at funerals but I think there’s something undeniably chic about them. That veil worked into an undo with the cats eye glasses would create a vision of 1960’s glamour which I feel needs to make a comeback pronto!
I kept the jewellery simple for this set as the Versace earrings paired with anything other than the minimal thin Gold bangles would, to me, look gaudy. Aren’t the heels amazing as well? The Gold  ankle cuff link detail complements the inclusion of the jewellery and the minimal beauty which I envisioned as a simple liquid eyeliner and rouge lips and nails look completes the ensemble.
I’ve been listening to a lot of Lana Del Rey lately and feeling the need to dress up at odd moments so as to encompass her sound in a more material form. Hopefully I’ll have some looks up soon to show y’all my LDR style! 🙂
Hope everyone’s having a great week! Bjs **

Fenchurch Womenswear

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Necklace – H&M

Black Turtleneck – Pink Queen (original from American Apparel)

Baseball Top – BANK Fashion – Fenchurch

Black High waisted Skinnies – Topshop

Black Pumps – Newlook

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Cat Ear Beanie – Alternative – Ebay

Leaf Print T-Shirt – BANK Fashion – Fenchurch

Bank Fashion Clare Lace Up Boots – Alternative – Newlook

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Recently got sent a few items from BANK Fashion’s new Fenchurch womenswear line and I have to say, I am in love! It is street wear at it’s finest and most flattering. The baseball top, I was initially going to pair with a slip dress and pinstripe tights to show how it could be worn as a nightwear look and compare it against a day look but my tights ripped and it ruined the outfit for me. There are a lot of different ways the top could be worn and I adore its versatility in this area. I assembled it with my Topshop Joni high waisted jeans (love, love, love them) and a turtleneck as well as a few Gold accessories and my high heels to give it an air of sophistication – (Just cause it’s street wear, doesn’t mean you have to play it down and be casual!)

The controversial Marijuana leaf print top is one of the coolest items in my wardrobe right now and I’ve already got a friend asking to borrow it (she can get her own to be honest xoxo). I created a laid back look around the top and paired it with a quirky cat ear beanie as well as my favourite boots (also from BANK!). At some point during shooting these pictures I picked up a block of wood lying around and pretended to be a hoodlum for a bit – I don’t really know why… but love my imagination guys!

The FENCHURCH brand recently released its womenswear line and I have been crazy about it since the S/S 14 Bank Press Day when I saw a few of the pieces for the first time. The cuts, patterns and fabric are perfect in my opinion and I can find no fault with any of the three (the material of the items I got sent is so incredibly soft!). I feel like I really need more pieces from the line and whats even more exciting is that they keep putting new stuff up on the site, so I likely will get more soon!

Listras Namorado

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Tartan CoatUrban Outfitters 

Alternative Men’s Striped ShirtNext 

Jacquard Embossed Slim TrousersTopshop 

ShoesASOS (Sold Out)

I loved the colour play in this outfit so much! Literally skulked around Oxford Street/Bond Street/God knows where for over an hour and a half before I came across this stylish woman. The first thing I noticed about her were her shoes, it’s odd but you can really tell a lot about a person through their choice of footwear – after seeing those contrast coloured heeled shoes however, I just knew that I had to take her photo!

Rain or shine, Tartan will always be in it’s prime. (I’m a poet at heart guys). Needless to say I adored the calf length tartan coat – been looking for one similar to it for months now myself! And the straight leg red trousers + her boyfriend’s striped shirt certainly complemented the overall outfit. How amazing is her hair by the way? I’ve always, always had a thing for afro’s! Could have had one if my mother didn’t relax my hair so much as a child (I was constantly breaking hair brushes in it). This woman also told me that she’s a blogger herself, not surprising at all because of her great style!

I was in a real rush and wasn’t able to talk to her much if at all – which I do feel guilty about – I just hope I didn’t come off rude! But hopefully she’ll be able to find my blog and we can reconnect 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

Bjs Nailah **

Fur Fur Faux

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Bleue Faux Fur CoatTopshop

Faux Fur StoleTopshop

Checkered Dress alternativeRiver Island

I adore the alternate faux fur colour scheme this girl was wearing, the light blue and the pastel peach stole went well together and served as my route of escape from one of the promoters outside Shepherd’s Bush station. The reason as to why people adore the (in my own words) dreaded Winter season has always evaded me but I think I may be starting to realise the basis for their ardour. These cold, cold months give rise to fashion that we otherwise keep under wraps, rise to the layers and fabrics that stay silent during the warmer months. Recently I’ve been quite taken aback by the fur trend  (faux of course). My primary coat for this season is faux fur itself and I wouldn’t want it any other way, it’s the Brown version of this coat by M&S and I am honestly in love. It keeps me super toasty and looking on point haha.

What’s your winter coat like? I’d love to know xo

Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop Collection!

I’ve been super, super excited ever since Meadham Kirchhoff announced that they were collaborating with Topshop at the beginning of this month and yesterday I took a look at the extended preview of the Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop collection online on British Vogue!

I am blown away by this collaboration, it doesn’t top their S/S 14 collection in any way, not at all, of course not! (I still have dreams about that wonderful victoriana avec gothica twist collection). However the individual ensemble pieces truly do represent Meadham Kirchhoff at their best for high street, they certainly didn’t tone it down for the masses! The pieces that I’ve seen so far have been a play of rainbow love; lots of pastels, very, very few dark colours, LOTS of plush fleece, mosaic prints, neon and pentagrams! I do think that this collection has taken stems from the S/S 14 troupe, the inclusion of the feminine lace trimmings at the end of dresses as well as the flow and hemlines/cuts of the dresses/blouses are similar to it at the least.

The inspiration for the amazing Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff’s collection for Topshop is an imaginary girl band called “The Cherry’s” and there will be four mini-ranges within the collection, each inspired by a different lady in the fictional band – Cherry Cherie, Cherry Satanica, Cherry Blossom and Cherry Pikka. Edward has said ‘It’s a bit Spice Girls, a bit Marylin Manson, and a bit Jem and the Holograms with a large dose of Kembra Pfhaler’ (Woah)

Well, are you excited yet?

To get you all more into the mood, here are a few of my favourite pieces from the collection preview so far!

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(And of course the ever present cherry motif)

The only thing I’m not too sure about are the shoes designed by the amazing duo, there is definitely a lot of harajuku influenced styles involved. I can appreciate the concept and it does grab my attention… just not in a good way. I would definitely buy a pair as a collectible or artwork piece but never to adorn my feet with. Take a look for yourself –

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(I think these are cute though)

The Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop collection releases in stores tomorrow on the 21rst of November! And I for one am definitely going to be swinging by the nearest Topshop to check it out for myself 🙂

Bjs Nailah **

This is my clique

This is my clique

Rebecca Taylor jean shorts
rebeccataylor.com

Topshop clothing
topshop.com

Miss Selfridge jean shorts
missselfridge.com

Topshop clothing
topshop.com

Topshop clothing
topshop.com

High waisted shorts
nastygal.com

ASOS platform sandals
$68 – asos.com

Carved ring
notjustalabel.com

Brooks Brothers gold earrings
brooksbrothers.com

Brooks Brothers stud earrings
brooksbrothers.com

Statement ring
jewelmint.com

Square pendant
nastygal.com

Just Female metal jewelry
$32 – nelly.com

Accessorize gold ring
accessorize.com

Rhinestone jewelry
maurices.com

Gold jewelry
whatsabouttown.com

Balmain scarve
stylebop.com

Ray-Ban sunglasses
bloomingdales.com

Black hat
toofastonline.com

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Lace Bralets, embellished short shorts, chunky block heels and minimal bling.

My inspiration for this set was the thought of a group of femme fatale’s who used their feminine wiles and sly disposition to get whatever they wanted in whichever way they pleased. I may have had a slight Wild West setting to the thought as well which is partly why I added the bandana’s. The chunky gold jewellery was added because I wanted the outfit to even out in terms of perhaps being too feminine. That as well as the chunky heeled boots  I picked out because of their versatile and comfortable nature adds a strong edge which could be provoked by the link to popular rap culture. Therefore it almost gives a ‘thug-like’ feel to the complete look.

Is it too odd that this would definitely be my desired outfit if ever I were to rob a bank?

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 😉

Bjs Nailah **

Persephone Silk and Mint Green

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ShirtHobbs

TrousersZalando, Zara and Asos (Original were from a charity shop)

CoatZara

Similar Brogue shoesNewlook

I was waiting outside the Topshop in Oxford Circus for a friend and noticed this girl and her great style. Sometimes the outfits that people wear look to have been thrown together by mistake as though that person had just woken up and picked what to wear with their eyes still glued shut as they reminisced about their dreams. This ensemble was definitely not from that criteria.

Seeing the lapelled coat and silk printed shirt paired with the skin tight white trousers and tan brogue shoes literally brought a smile to my face. I especially liked that her Mint green headphones (Amazon) corresponded with her outfit. Only the truly fashion savvy are able to tweak their accessories to flow with their garb.

She was also really sweet and even complimented me on the necklace I had been wearing. The surprise that registers on people’s faces when I ask to photograph them for this blog really does make my day because I know that it, in a way, makes theirs 🙂

Hope everyone has a lovely week! Bjs **