The world you're looking for only exists from the outside - Chuck Bass.

It was my bloggerversairy this week! I can't believe it's been an entire year since I started blogging, my readers / followers mean the world to me (it goes without saying ;) but I don't want to patronize you guys, I know my blog's not brilliant. I may be quirky, pretentious and inconsistent, but I'm trying to improve this, once real life straightens itself out that is... hence the recent hiatus. Sorry I haven't been around or replying to comments properly. I could rant about how my so-called life feels like it's hanging by a thread, but hey I'm a teenager, whose world isn't falling apart, right? At least if no one else knows then I can pretend it's not happening. Simple as.
Wow, so, onto other news; FASHION WEEK. Yeah, I'm not cool enough to go, I'm not informed enough to structure an opinion, but should that stop me? ...mmm, no way matey! So here goes, the run-down on my fave aw.11 collections - enjoy!

Giles Deacon (via londonfashionweek.co.uk)

Giles is a definite favourite of mine (I have an undying love for those epic metallic dinosaur bags from his SS10 collection). I find his fall shows tend to maintain a more sophisticated tone in contrast with his quirky & colourful spring collections. On first inspection I didn't find it to be anything particularly groundbreaking and to be honest, the mow hair suit kinda reminded me of this.
After letting it sit in my mind for a while (the collection, not the badass gorilla), I found the sultry glamour to be vaguely reminiscent of the underground bar scene in 1920's Hollywood; dark, seductive, yet classy, with opulent embellishments. The high necklines and exposed arms (in the form sleeveless dresses and sheer embellished sleeves) evokes an air of mystery and a subtle nod towards sexuality. I must therefore commend his refinement of thematic design, and his movement towards creating more timeless and marketable pieces.

Behnaz Sarafpour (via elle.com)

Presenting an elegant and classic sillouette, with a put-together aesthetic that in it's simplicity seems pretty laid back; following on nicely from last years "the focus should be on the woman not the outfit" mantra. Some of the pieces struck me as the expected attire of a heroine in a classic James Bond movie. In this case it's not entirely dependant on the outfit making the statement, but rather the character of the woman herself.

Michael Van Der Ham (via style.com)

I watched Michael Van Der Ham's aw11 collection streamed live via topshop.com on Tuesday. Which in itself, was a brilliant experience, because even though I wasn't there, I could watch what was happening as it was happening, all from the comfort of my own home (wearing my unstylishly plaid pjamas might I add... probably wouldn't get away with that outside Somerset House, aha.)
In short, the show was just incredible. His designs are both innovative yet functional; striking the perfect balance of quirky sophistication, conveyed through interesting mixes of fabric and his exquisite use of draping.
The velvet dresses in particular struck me with a level of space-age sophistication; I was just captivated by the way the light streamed along the wondrous reams of jewel tone fabric. Though the feather light fringing on the leggings aren't something I'd wear myself, I had to admire his creative angle; seemingly of a lighter, more feminine take on summer's 70s 'festival fringing' trend. How true this is I don't know, it's just my interpretation. But after watching this show I looked back at his previous collections and I was truly inspired, more so then I've been in a long time, he's definitely one to watch in my opinion.

Also check out Jason Wu's collection here. Masculine meets feminine, black lace, sharp tailoring, monochrome colour pallet... it's striking, sophisticated and incredibly versatile. I would write endless paragraphs of how utterly perfect this collection is, and how I would in fact wear (almost) every garment for the duration of the season, but I shall spare you my mellifluous ramblings for another time...

Wow, so that was a long one ("that's what she said!" << ok, terrible inuendo, but I couldn't help myself...) but seriously, congrats on getting through this post! I'd say give yourself a pat on the back, but I feel that term in itself is a little overused, so let's try something a little different...
That may sound lame, but seriously try it! What have you got to lose? (apart from your dignity if you're in a room full of people, haha)

Ready? - aaand GO!

...Ok so, if you actually did just throw your arms up in the air - with genuine enthusiasm (s'all I'm asking for people) then you are officially awesome. End of. And if you won't put your hands up for me then maybe a bit of Flo Rida can change your mind??

Today's Anthem; "Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida ft David Guetta.

Until next time...
x x x


The ghost of an image, it's just fleeting glimpses, you're there then you're gone.

What I'm Wearing; Cape Blouse - Topshop . . . Skirt - thrifted . . . Cardigan - H&M . . . Rose Quartz Necklace - Diva at Miss Selfidge . . . Boots - New Look.

I did another photo shoot in the woods at the weekend. My photography cwk deadline is next Friday and oh boy have I got a lot of editing to do...

Uhh, I don't really like the first photo (sorry, I have no clue why I look so angry) but it's the only one with my cardigan off and I wanted to show you the cape sleeves of my new blouse. I've wanted it since November but they've only just released the petite version.
Ooh what with that beautiful rose blush colour, delicate sheer fabric and adorable peter pan collar - it literally screamed "buy me!"
(Literally? ... no, not literally, clothes don't talk to me, that's just, erm, insane... yeah, 'cuz talking to yourself is completely normal...)

Anywhoo, if you're wondering about how I achieved the 'smokey effect' on the above photos, then come a little closer my friends and I shall disclose the secret (of the universe?! ...umm, no.)
If you really wanna know, you'll have to come a little closer...

Little bit more...

WOW, ok that's too close...

Brace yourself, 'cuz this will blow your mind (or not, who knows) ...Ready?

Baby Powder.

DUN-DUN-DUNNNN! ... ok that was pretty anti-climactic.
But yes, baby powder, that's the answer (to the universe?! ... What? NO. What's wrong with you?? ... Wooow, don't want to go down that route...)

Today's Anthem: "Woodcat" by Tunng.

(p.s. If you'd like, you can see my previous experiment with the baby powder effect in this post here.)

x x x


Where all the children left without a trace, only to come back as pure as gold

I did a photo shoot with my lovely friend Tyne in the college studio space recently. I haven't edited all the photos yet as I've had to make a slight compromise with the levitation shots. I forgot to take a backing shot so now I have to add an artificial background, which will probably compromise the quality of the final images, (all because of my utter ditziness, but what is life without these little challenges, eh?)
Her hair looks gorgeous in the middle shot, it kinda reminds me of that 'make a swisssh' advert by Pantene... to be honest, it was one of those spontaneous photos that I didn't really plan, so I guess being ridiculously unorganized can have it's perks, tehe.

Today's Anthem: "The Adventure" by Angels & Airwaves.

x x x


I've been counting on the wrong things, to make life feel alright

Ohhh, I am immensely miffed off right now (that's the nice way to put it anyway) I bought a new coat yesterday, overjoyed and basking in it's utter perfection, I happened to stumble onto the website this evening and see they've halved the price! *sighs in exasperation*
Uhh, still, I adore my coat in all it's oxblood glory, it's just frustrating... beautiful, but frustrating.

Rant aside, I've gota admire the aesthetics of the coat; the colour contrast is just glorious (conveniently enough my two favourite colours at the moment), the double breasted gold buttons (which hold a certain resemblance to the doorknobs on my wardrobe... aha, it feels like this coat was made for me ;) oh and not overlooking the coat's general structure, which is in my view, utterly endearing. It's a swing coat; the style of which was very popular in the late 50s / early 60s, it's classic shape and generous fit (brilliant to go over layering in the cold weather) and the gentle swinging motion it makes as I move actually makes me want to skip with childlike glee, tehehe.

...Ahh, you know what? I don't regret a thing, I love this coat!
In the words of Jessie J' "Why is everybody so serious? Money can't buy us happiness!" ... maybe not, but clothes sure can ;)

(p.s. comments are turned off for this post 'cuz I'm still so backlogged, but I plan on posting again tomorrow, so until then, TTFN!)

x x x


Black & White.

What I'm Wearing; Bowler hat - H&M . . . Peter Pan collar dress - topshop . . . Lace crop top - New Look . . . Tulle tutu - Clothes Show Live . . . Black Satchel - Next . . . Grey socks - Peacocks

Hello there blogosphere...

Well I've had an eventful day; after staying up until 6am this morning (completing my art coursework 'cuz the dreaded deadline was today) I am now sat in a zombie-like state, staring at the TV, wondering when (if ever) my powers of telepathy will surface and spare me those energy-draining 3 steps from the sofa to the remote... oh it's just tragic, really. I've had a grand total of 3.5 hrs sleep yet I've been in a surprisingly good mood all day, thanks to the wonders of caffeine I guess.

I have no clue when I took these outfit photos to be honest, but they've been sat in my drafts folder for a while and I thought it would be a shame not to post them, who doesn't love a bit of lace and a good old' peter pan collar after all?

Alrighty then I'm off to catch some much needed zzz's, 'til next time lovelies ;)

Today's Anthem: "Your body is a machine" by The Good Natured.

x x x