Sunday, 21 May 2017

Keeping it "real"




top & shoes - Primark
jeans - Zara
coat - Zaful





top - Zaful
skirt - StyleWe
bag - Zara
shoes - Primark

"Real woman" is one of my least favourite phrases. Emblazoned on the front of magazines, make-up packaging and lingerie ads, the terms has seeped into everyday life, much like ironic hashtag overuse and the ever expanding emoji encyclopedia (both of which I am fond of I must admit).
The word 'real' is usually put before a subject which you may question the authenticity of  e.g. lemon juice or that murder drama you've been binging on Netflix. By all accounts, by using the word 'real' to prefix something that very much is real, is tautologous. It makes you doubt whether the thing is real in the first place. As well as outlining certain characteristics as essential to achieving "real" womanhood, it's divisive. Rather than being allowed to exist freely, the hypothetical "unreal" woman becomes what we all need to aspire to. And yet, as we all know, she doesn't exist.

My mum is an avid fan of the home shopping channels, so much so that I have found a special place in my heart for them too. It's almost therapeutic hearing people talk so positively about a product you definitely don't need, as well as providing a welcome break from other current affairs, both nationally and globally speaking (Donald, I'm looking at you.)

However, what is one of my least favourite phrases actually seems to be rather popular among the presenters.Whether it's an anti-aging cream, cellulite serum or floral bomber jacket, it's always a product for "real women". That tailored coat will always help to cover those "problem areas" and those shaping jeans will always cover "the bits that you want to hide."

OK, so maybe you think I'm overreacting a tad. They're only phrases, right?
But when you're told the same thing on a continual basis, they become more than just phrases; they become thoughts.

Being told that your body or your face is a "problem area" tells you that it is a problem. It tells you that it needs to be changed to conform to something else.
I realise I'm not breaking new ground - far from it - it's this self-perpetuating rhetoric that underpins the beauty industry as we all know. But being told that we have "problem areas" goes beyond simply convincing us to buy that extra bottle of cleanser; it tells us that we need to correct ourselves, whether there's any kind of "problem" or not.

What's your opinion on these phrases?

xxx

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Pretending to be a grownup





skirt - Missguided
boots - Gamiss
coat - Rosegal




shirt - Rosegal
trousers - Gamiss
heels - Primark
bag - Zara

Dressing up is one of my favourite things to do, so it's convenient that my wardrobe doubles as my costume department.

Whether it's travelling on public transport, conversing with work colleagues or at the self-service checkout, there is always an element of pretend.

Adulthood is something I expected to just happen. I used to look at people in their early twenties and thought that they must know what they're doing, that something must have clicked.

I thought that my internal monologue would change when I reached that point, instructing me what to do now I was a real true fully fledged grownup.

Instead, I find that as much as I dress up in "grownup" clothing and perform "grownup" tasks, I know that it's something that's never going to come naturally.

Lucky that I've got that drama GCSE.

Do you think that you'll ever really grow up?

xxx

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Spring haul with VIPme





top & skirt - VIPme
shoes - Primark





shirt - VIPme
skirt - Missguided
boots - Gamiss





top - VIPme
jeans - Zaful

I could seriously get used to this four day week thing. Nice to be into the working week without actually working. 

Also nice to have parcels of nice things come through the letterbox, especially when they're from VIPme. After being asked to select a few pieces, I decided to add a little colour to my "Spring wardrobe" by picking things out of my usual comfort zone. That said, I did wear an all black ensemble today, ft leather jacket (sitting with my feet up in my comfort zone). 

Green jumper and skirt set - Desperately trying to veer out of my grey/black/white work wardrobe, I thought these shades might be a nice change. Forest green has always been a favoured shade for me, and the khaki skirt adds an almost safari edge to the set. Sadly I don't think I'll be off on any African adventures whilst sat at my desk.

Rust shirt - I absolutely adore the colour of this shirt. It goes so well with denims as well as my beloved leather skirts and trousers, the definition of a versatile piece. It's also ideal for going out but not out-out? Dinner or drinks with a necklace and heels: perfect.

Sleep all day t shirt - Could not resist this little gem. I am an avid wearer of slogan t's, and it's even better when they're so apt. The floral design was just the icing on the cake.

Which piece would you wear?

xxx



Monday, 17 April 2017

Weekend warrior







bell sleeve top - Chicme
jeans - Primark
boots - Gamiss
hat & bag - vintage




dress - Chicme
bag - Poppy Lissiman c/o ebay
heels - Primark


*sighs* Sad that Easter weekend is over but happy at the thought of a four day week. As well as being a favourite MGMT throwback, the title of this post very much expresses how I feel about the journey to Friday night. Much unlike these ootds, however, I am currently in my dressing gown with a cup of sugary coffee trying to find some motivation.

Rather than the usual bank holiday escapades, I enjoyed a rather refined couple of days eating, drinking, and laughing a lot with one of my favourite people. 
(Honestly, the amount of time I spend in restaurants and bars, I should probably start a completely separate blog; see photos for details.)




I hope your weekend was as enjoyable as mine however you spent it :)

xxx

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Muted Monday




jumper - Rosegal
trousers - Primark
bag - vintage
boots - Gamiss



jumper - Primark
scarf - Sammydress
trousers - Zaful
heels - Primark





coat - Rosegal
top - Primark
trousers - Zaful
heels - Primark
bag - vintage


These outfits do not reflect what I've worn this weekend, but are pretty much the colour scheme I opt for during the week. Soft, desaturated and familiar, clothes in these tones are so easy to reach for when I'm half asleep and am having a wardrobe calamity.

In between enjoying the rare British sun this weekend, I rewatched one of my all time favourite films - The Devil Wears Prada. As well as the treasure trove of quotable lines,
 (Florals, for Spring? Groundbreaking.), the film is, unsurprisingly, full of fashion inspiration.
As much as the cliche "transformation" scene is overdone, Andy's work wardrobe alone makes the second half of the film worth watching. From delicate shirts and Chanel chains to knee high boots and elegant jumpers; it makes me want to slip on some heels and a fitted jacket every Monday morning.

We'll see how that pans out.

Would you wear any of these looks?

xxx


Thursday, 30 March 2017

London Calling





coat - Gamiss
top - Primark
skirt - Missguided
boots - Gamiss

I've felt very "businessy" this week, spending Tuesday and Wednesday at a legal exhibition in London; pretty sure using the word "businessy" undermines that facade of professionalism though.
However, it certainly made a nice change from spending 7 hours at a desk, and I felt like I was on the Apprentice so that's always fun.

Have to say I do feel a bit like Del Boy in this coat, but as a big Only Fools fan, that is actually a plus. Fur lined and embellished with buckles, it's certainly been a staple over the past week or so.
A similar staple have these boots been. I've been in need of a solid pair of ankle boots and the gold details just won me over.

Which item would you wear?

xxx


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Big for your boots




jumper - Zaful
jeans - Zara
boots - ebay
bag - vintage

Super impressed by how lovely the British weather has been this weekend, but less impressed about the small-minded actions which took place in London earlier this week. At a time where the world seems to be in turmoil, your place within it can seem so small. 

And yet, that makes me more determined to make a difference; to make sure my voice is heard. 

I'm not one for preaching, but I think it's important to not to be afraid of sharing your opinion. It's easy to fall into the trap of talking without acting and it's something I'm trying to move away from.
Saying what I think is important and actually doing something important are very different, and its the latter which I hope to achieve.

Rather than adhering to the divisive rhetoric behind these events (which quickly litters my facebook feed), it's important to take a step back. Acknowledge the strength that unites us and gain a better understanding of  the importance our contribution - however small - brings to the world.

(For someone who doesn't think they're preachy, this sure sounds like a preachy post. Sorry.)

xxx



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