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23 April 2017

Aviator Jacket

I was eyeing up various Aviator jackets for a while trying to find one that would last me beyond its current residency in the trends. Distraught after having to give up on a gorgeous black one that had sold out on Zara, I began to give up on finding my perfect jacket, until I found this blue one from Missguided. I wanted a jacket that was a sort of sheened-suede in material and had a boxy-oversized shape for layering in the winter time. I also wanted one in black so that it would go with everything, but I couldn't find one that I liked in the fit that I wanted. 

I was a bit hesitant about this blue one a first as I was worried that when it arrived it would turn out to be a lot brighter than the muted blue that showed on the website. Luckily I was as in love with it in person as I was with it online. It's quite heavy and the fur lining extends through the whole thing, even the arms, which is a little impractical for the warmer months- but I can't fault it for anything other than that. It has such a cool vibe to it and I love that its different from others that I've seen.

I wanted the jacket to be the main focus for this look so I kept the rest simple with some washed out denim and a white tee.

Coat: Missguided
T Shirt: The 1975 Store
Jeans: Asos
Shoes: Topshop
Bag: Primark
Sunglasses: Primark

9 April 2017

Not That Kind Of Girl

I can never decide if I'm a hat person or not, but when I saw this fedora with gold detailing from Zara last year, I couldn't resist it. I've owned a few fedoras in the past in my desperate attempts to achieve the same cool-girl aesthetic that I see time and time again on Instagram, but none of them have quite got me fully on the hat bandwagon. Having quite a round face means that I find hats with a wider brim more flattering and less baby-face inducing. To me, this one has the perfect width and structure to it. The minimal detailing, bar the gold lettering obviously, means that I can wear it with anything. Plus, whilst the material is thick enough to keep a structured look, it's not so thick that I can't see this through the spring and summer. 

It will take a bit of courage to wear the hat out in public as I worry that they can be a bit obnoxious, but if I style it with something simple like this jumpsuit, I think I can pull it off. I recently got this tailored jumpsuit for my birthday and I can't get enough of it. I was a bit hesitant that I would look frumpy in it, especially after seeing how great it looked on the model on Asos, but it actually turned out to be so flattering thanks to the synched waist. 

The material is super light and soft, so it will be perfect for the warmer weather. I especially love that it's a bit on the fancier side but still day-time appropriate, so I can literally wear this for any occasion. I can't wait to dress it up, maybe with some heels. I was worried about the length before it arrived, being a tall gal at 5'10, but it actually turned out to fit great! I went for a M in size, but perhaps could have sized down, especially as Monki are usually quite generous with sizing.

Hat: Zara
Jumpsuit: Monki
Shoes: Topshop
Earrings: Topshop

8 April 2017

A change in direction; Harry Styles’ solo debut heads into Bowie territory

Almost six years ago, I sat awake at 7.30am during a school holiday, eagerly awaiting the first play of One Direction’s first single, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. Now (somewhat embarrassingly) at age twenty, I was doing the same for the release of Harry Styles’ solo music.

It’s been a sixteen-month drought of hearing the beautiful raspy sounds of Styles’ voice, but after a haircut, becoming a movie star and adorning a trio of covers for Another Man magazine, he is back. Taking a little while longer in his release than his 1D counterparts, his widely-anticipated music drop was rumoured to be an amalgamation of his various musical inspirations. Whilst Niall gave us a Sheeran-esque, acoustic track, signalling a wholesome, folk-influenced direction for his future album, Louis teamed up with DJ/producer Steve Aoki to drop uplifting EDM song, ‘Just Hold On’. With the One Direction boys seemingly heading in opposite directions from the sort of music they produced as a group, it was now Styles’ turn to set himself apart from the pop-drenched discography of the boyband.

Previously citing music legends such as Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie as his influences, it was interesting to see if the spirit of their music would be present in Styles’ own. As rumours flew about his highly anticipated forthcoming album, sources claimed that the record came with an overarching stamp of 70’s British rock, and if his first single is anything to go by, the influences are evident. ‘Sign of the Times’ is a crooning, piano driven ballad that exhibits the full spectrum of Styles’ talents.

With somewhat melancholic lyrics (“Just stop your crying/It’s the sign of the times/We gotta get away from here”), the debut offers a taste of what’s to come of the singer’s raw and personal lyricism. Whilst it could be argued that One Direction’s music occasionally lacked integrity and harboured a “made for radio” formula, it would appear that Styles is making the music for himself. The song, coming in at almost six minutes in length, is slow and not exactly catchy. That isn’t to say that it isn’t good – because it is – it’s just that without the commercialism of Harry Styles himself, the song would perhaps struggle being a mainstream hit. It’s an interesting song for a debut, especially if you’re accustomed to the poppy, beat-driven singles of 1D. ‘Sign of the Times’ offers a hazy melody, filled with Bowie-driven intergalactic synth and guitar. The lyrics are repetitive, but not in a way that makes the song monotonous, in fact it’s more dreamlike. Styles blesses us with heavenly vocals, opting to showcase his ever-improving talents with a falsetto bridge alongside his signature raspy drawl.

Judging by his debut, it would seem that Harry has a promising solo career ahead of him. We’ll have to wait and see if future tracks offer an upbeat reminiscence of his boyband days, but something tells me that whatever Styles puts out will be a success. If not, he’s always got movie star as a backup.

5 April 2017

The Spring Coat

 I finally have a spare moment in between waitressing and essay writing to upload a blog post. My second year of university has certainly been overwhelming to say the least and blogging has had to take a back seat once again. As it's currently Easter Holidays and I've been enjoying some time at home, I thought I would take advantage of my younger sister and get her to shoot some outfits for me to bring my blog out of hibernation.

This longline navy coat from Topshop has seen me through the last 6 months, having bought it last October, and I'm still in love with it. Its classical, tailored style is timeless and can be paired with almost anything in my wardrobe. Plus, it's a perfect coat to see me through to the Spring as it's not overly heavy or warm.

For this simple look, I paired the coat with some jeans and a classic white shirt- an easy outfit but definitely a go-to. Statement earrings are still a must have for me this season, so I went with a pair of my favourite tassel ones for a pop of colour and texture. Matching those are these pink sunglasses I picked up from Primark recently. Their unconventional, hexagonal shape and reflective lenses drew me in and I couldn't resist them at £3. 

Coat: Topshop
Shirt: Topshop
Jeans: Asos
Bag: Primark
Shoes: Topshop
Earrings: H&M
Sunglasses: Primark
Scarf (on bag): Vintage shop