Last week the weather was utterly miserable and wet and there was zero possibility of shooting any outfits. Luckily, the weekend brought better luck and I was able to shoot my current uniform. I did warn you kids it was going to be simple for a while - as you can see, I wasn’t lying. But it’s where I’m at.
I’ve been pretty much living in these DL1961 jeans, especially since my other fave jeans, my MiH Oslo, ripped due to sheer volume of wear. I’m hoping Prince B’s mum will be able to patch them up for me when we next visit her. I can’t imagine life without those damn things. Mercifully I adore these Florence skinnies, so jeans crisis narrowly averted.
My t-shirt drawer has been seeing plenty of action lately, digging out some long forgotten tees. And as anyone who knows will tell you, I feel cold pretty much all the time, so my vintage leather waistcoats are getting loads of wear at the moment, both under and over my jackets. The extra layer of leather is providing me the extra boost of heat I need. Plus, fringes.
Even thought the weather wasn't exactly roasting hot, it was warm enough to finally wear my new ASH sandals. I love these so much. They are incredibly comfortable and don't shred my feet at all.
Vintage Leather Waistcoat
Vintage Samhain T-shirt
& Other Stories Bag
It's a holiday here in the Kingdom, so I'll keep it short. I'm certain our UK readers are all doing something other than reading this blog anyway.
Typical. We get a bit of great weather and my feet get suffocated because I have no sandals. So I spend my only disposable income on new sandals then the weatherdouchebag tells me that for the next month it's going to feel like we've teleported to the Arctic in December. So these amazing Ash sandals have been the stars of flatlays of what I will wear them as soon as it's even remotely acceptable to bare my toes.
(in view of the fact I only shoot outfits at the weekend and of those weekends only a small fraction will give me decent weather, I'll be adding more of these collage-style outfits instead. Hope you guys like them!)
Ponyskin - I love it.
Brogues - Queen Michelle loves them.
So it goes without saying that Rogues Shoes and The Kingdom are a match made in heaven!
Their wonderful AW15 collection was shot underwater. Crikey I can't even hold my breath underwater never mind try to model shoes...
Rogues were born from a desire to create footwear that's not only functional, but elegant and full of character. A love-child from the colour and comfort of trainers and the craft and credentials of brogues,
I'm guessing Queen Michelle would happily make room for all of these in her shoe wardrobe
Created from three pieces of leather to form an iconic shape, Rogues are manufactured in Portugal where generations of hand-crafted quality leather goods have been produced. The slight platform, the low cut around the ankle and the narrow fit on the toe all ensure that this is both an elegant and flattering shoe, whereas the pick'n'mix laces and wide range of colours place creativity and customisation at the heart of the label.
Team all this with classic shades of leather, luxurious pony skin and signature neon laces, and you have a dynamic combination that can't fail to stand out.
Designer and founder Katie Harland entered into the shoe business following years of frustration at the inability to find the perfect flat shoe: pumps were un supportive, heels uncomfortable, trainers unprofessional and traditional brogues unflattering.
Her background in advertising has formed an invaluable foundation on which to build a solid business plan, whilst her artistic education at The Slade and the School of Communication Arts 2.0 has given her a wealth of creative inspiration and contacts.
I'm guessing that Queen Michelle will struggle to choose her favourites.
Me, I'm going for these Tutti Frutti cheeky chaps above.
Sometimes you buy new shoes that are so precious and lovely that you can hardly bring yourself to wear them.
You sit them on top of their box, on a chair or even the table and just look at them. They sit there almost like a little piece of sculpture.
Julian Hakes designs shoes that take things even further. This award winning London based architect is man behind the Mojito which led to him winning footwear designer of the year by Drapers in 2012. These creations are from his ss15 collection...
This is not so much a shoe as a glorious contradiction. It looks as spontaneous and as a squiggle or scribble on a page but has been designed and engineered with precision and craft to create a stable, comfortable wearable shoe!
Sometthing that looks so simple has taken a long time to perfect.
It was away back in 2006 he first started exploring ideas for a new footwear design and production process. Over the next few years he developed the idea and produced early concepts for the Mojito shoe, which were seen on the catwalks at London Fashion Week with top Swedish designer Ann Sofie Back and London designer Ada Zanditon during the SS11 season. Following the concept launch he was approached with the offer of investment from a highly respected established business in the international fashion footwear and accessories world.
After nearly 2 years of development and refinement, to perfect every sculptural curve and surface, Julian officially launched his brand Julian Hakes London in Europe in 2012...
I'm willing to bet that Queen Michelle could walk a mile in these while I would struggle to even stand up straight! If you fancy stepping out in a squiggle you can buy a pair from Cloggs from only £80.
Back late last year I was busy working away redesigning the new Miista website. I have worked with Miista since they began and they are by far my favourite client. The new site had a soft launch just before Christmas but now the full site is up and running.
It was a really fun site to design and because Miista are a forward thinking brand I was really able to create something fun and big.
The launch coincides with their latest collection for SS15, Future Athens, which sees Miista take a decidedly sporty turn.
"A utopian world inspired by a future recast of ancient Athens,that’s Miista SS15. It’s a place where female physical prowess is the driving force, where vitality is celebrated. Our muse is a combination of ideas. She is the universal woman, capable of doing anything, but she is also a collective. They compete but ultimately still complement one another."
The sporty element of the collection is inspired by pioneering women such as 60's skateboarder Patti McGee, skater/surfer for Z-Boys, Peggy Oki as well as Layne Beachley and Dara Torres.
This is perhaps my favourite Miista collection to date. There is a plentiful mix of both flats and heels to choose from, which is exactly what makes Miista such a universal brand.
The older you get, the faster fashion seems to move.
That's the great thing about having a 'style' rather than being fashionable, your wardrobe has a much longer shelf life and never really dates. The downside of course is that you always look pretty much the same and some days looking in the mirror you can bore yourself to death!
Truth to tell, Queen Michelle and I have always found it tiresome when something we like becomes fahsionable. All of a sudden that thing you loved or have worn forever, is everywhere you turn. Even things that are almost anti-fashion. Case in point teva sandals...
For the last decade or more these suckers and prada sandals are pretty much the only things to grace my feet from Spring right through to September. It's hard to believe the Universal has been knocking about for 30 years now! This season sees some of them go flatform and that has put a big smile on my face...
Costing £45 you can find them in Office from April onwards. I think those orange ones have my name on them. Hopefully by then the hailstones and sleet will have stopped falling...
Glasgow got it first snowfall of the season at the weekend. It's a small amount of snow, but it's better than no snow at all.
So what better time to break out this gorgeous little jacket and skirt set by Hungarian designer, Anna Daubner, since they are part of her wonderful AW15 collection, entitled, Ski Trip? She referenced old photos of family ski trips and the clothing they wore to create the ski inspired capsule collection. This does take me back to the 80's when we wore ski jackets with these kind of patterns and textures.
In the case of this bomber jacket, Anna doesn't just talk the talk, she walks the walk too as the jacket is actually fleece lined and incredibly warm. I've been wearing it as a top too, under a bigger coat to keep me extra warm in these below zero temperatures we've been experiencing.
I also broke out the new Marni shoes for the first time. Rather ironically, they turned up the day I got made redundant, making that day both wonderful and horrific all at the same time!
The other peices in the collection are equally cute, with a stunning embroidered coat being my favourite item in the collection.
You can buy Anna's work at Not Just A Label.