Friday, 18 April 2014

#255 - 爱 (Love)

Patterned high-neck top by Ruby Rocks, £29 from Stylist Pick* // Sleeveless jacket, £15 from eBay // Origami skirt from BANK (similar version in white here) // Black handbag, £39 from Nica* (coral version here) // Black flatforms, £36 from Fashion Union* // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, £104 from Sunglasses Shop // Glitter socks from Primark // Watch from Olivia Burton

I'm feeling inspired today, mainly by the Far East. I've always had a fascination with that neck of the woods. The fashion, the culture, the food! It's all right up my street. I think this printed top and embossed Nica bag add a modern, Oriental twist to this outfit. I'm a huge fan of the Ruby Rocks range at Stylist Pick. It's all a bit different, with patterns and textures that seem to stem from different cultures and countries. I definitely think this top was inspired by the Orient, however they've turned it into something really wearable and current with the high neck and boxy tee shape. I'm a sucker for a high-neck these days.

These flatforms (every time I type flatforms, my computer tries desperately to change it to flatworms) are my new fave wardrobe staple. Firstly because they're the comfiest shoes I own at the moment, and secondly because they make me a good 3 inches taller without having the woes of having to walk 'properly' in heels. I have to admit, sometimes I'm a right wobbly wizard when I try and walk in heels - my arms and legs go everywhere! These, however, are incredibly sturdy. It's guaranteed I'll be wearing them all summer.

Hope you're all enjoying the Bank Holiday!! I want to go on a picnic later today, I've been eyeing up all the discounted picnic baskets on the BHS site. Tempting...


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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

#254 - A tribute to Daisies

Floral dress with peter pan collar, £25 from So In Fashion* // Lace top, £15 from Topshop (in the sale) // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, £104 from Sunglasses Shop* // Hummingbird watch, £72 from Olivia Burton // Blue satchel from Sammydress // Yellow ballet pumps and rings from Primark

T H E  D A I S Y  P R I N T  D R E S S

The sun came out yesterday as did my shetland pony legs and this wonderfully summery, daisy print dress from So In Fashion. I decided to make full use of the garden to snap some pictures, as the flowers - particularly the daisies - are finally blooming and I thought it would be a shame not to feature those pretty little bumblebee-magnets that we call flowers.

I N  T H E  N E W S

Yesterday my blog was featured in local newspaper, The Shropshire Star, which was quite momentous. Gaining recognition from local press is quite a big deal for me, so I was super thrilled when somebody popped up on Twitter to say that they'd come across my blog after reading about it in the Shropshire Star. Cool yah?!

Hope you're all fine and dandy, and enjoying the four day week.
Two more days to go (waheyyy!) x x x

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Press Days: Nica + Fiorelli AW14 (plus a special interview!!)

N I C A  P R E S S  D A Y

The low down: Nica Kim, the very talented lady behind handbag brand, Nica, has drawn inspiration for next season's collection predominantly from her travels. Her designs are never trend-driven, but more of a showcase of what inspires her, what she's seen and what she likes. And I have to say, that girl's got good taste!

Next season's handbag collection shows off an Autumnal colour scheme with mustard yellow, teal (my fave), olive green, aubergine and postbox red being just some of the gorgeous colours to choose from. Yummy yummy, I love a good colour scheme. Sadly I didn't get to meet Nica in person (as I was a little late to the press-day-party) however I did manage to fire over some questions to her via email which she very kindly answered. After reading her answers, I've come to the conclusion that I'd like to be her best friend. Here's why...

G E T T I N G  T O  K N O W  N I C A  K I M

Which area of the world has inspired your collection the most?
I am always influenced by London where I live, as it’s such an eclectic mix of inspiring things. 
And also my native Korea!

What aspect of being a designer do you love the most?
Being able to do what I love is the best feeling ever. I love being creative, and the opportunity to travel to find inspiration.

If you could collaborate with any other designer in the world, who would it be?
I am influenced by many different designers but if I really had to choose it would be either Tsumori Chisato who does amazing animated prints. The designs are always fun and quirky, and tell a story. Or Paul Smith, because I love how he makes his designs approachable to not just one kind of girl.

Your designs have a vintage feel to them. 
If you could travel back in time to any era, which would it be?
The 70s because I absolutely love the fashion from that era. Flower power, the crazy creative colour pairings and of course the hippies’ styles. I’ve often created new handbags with the 70s in mind!

Finally the most important of all: do you like biscuits? And if so, which kind? 
Yes!!! I love all biscuits and sweet treats. In fact the only thing that I don’t really like is liquorish!

F I O R E L L I  P R E S S  D A Y

After mooching around the Nica showroom (and eating my bodyweight in ham sandwiches and sushi), I decided to venture over and check out Fiorelli's AW14 offerings. I was particularly drawn to the vibrant colours, croc-effect detailing and their amazing costume jewellery!

 I also spied some very pretty, nude undies from Princess Tam Tam on my mooching travels...

Which is your favourite bag from the Nica and Fiorelli AW14 collections?