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 this is a little post today.
With a change of season always comes a wishlist. Whilst my wishlists are never seasonal, my closet does however yearn for new shiny things to play with when the weather changes (and by changes I may is rains marginally less often than normal). My wallet has other ideas of course but wishlists are rarely fulfilled.
My current list reflects my inner biker girl muse, although she's gone a bit cowboy recently but I'm OK with that - I do have a concho obsession after all, so it's all good.
Here's what's on my current list:
What's on your wishlists for summer?
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!)
For most of my adult life, my handbag mantra has always been "bigger is better".
I have a tendency to carry a lot of stuff around with me on a day to day basis. However, for the past year or so I've been moving away from carrying tons of crap around with me and have instead been trying to swap to smaller bags. Partly for back health and partly because they just look better. I'm not there yet - I now carry a separate tote instead, along with my small bag, but I have dramatically reduced the overall amount I carry.
I haven't amassed a very big collection of really versatile small bags yet though. Most of them are brightly coloured offerings, suitable for only a few outfits, so I needed something more neutral that I could carry with most, of not all, of my clothes. My new found frugality has made me much more sensible with my choices. It's also sucked the fun out of fashion for me too, it must be said. If I do buy clothing now, it tends to be for ballet class.
A wee while however, I did buy this bag from And Other Stories. I liked it when I saw it and felt the snakeprint was a nice detail without turning the bag into a tackfest, however when it arrived I had no idea just how much I would come to love this little bag.
The bag comes in black and navy too, but there was something a little extra special about the snakeprint for me. I think it's because I've been dreaming a lot about going to California. I will never be able to go, but I've been imaging what it'd be like to ride along the highways of Cali on a motorbike in the warm sunshine, wind in my hair, without a care in the world. I imagine girls who ride bikes in California might carry a snakeskin bag when they go out. Well, my inner biking muse does.
My next necessary purchase is looking like it's going to have to be sandals. Whilst the weather turned to snow the other day, we did get a bout of warm sunshine the week before and it made me realise I only own two pairs of sandals, both of which shred my feet to bits. I might not like to bare any skin in the summer but I do like to get my toes out.
These Ash sandals are by far my favourite. The western style buckles are just perfect. Ash footwear tends to last and last, so I reckon these could be a good investment.
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.