Sunday, 31 August 2014

my AW14 essentials

AW14 is fast approaching and I'm pretty darn excited. I just said darn, I feel so American. It's my favourite time of year not only because of the best costa and starbucks drinks and the fact that it's my birthday soon, but because we get to snuggle up in layers and layers of wool and faux fur and the more layers you need means the more clothes you buy, right?

I'm not one to follow trends religiously but I am a fan of the seventies trend we're seeing sneak into streetstyle lately. I've always been a big fan of the decade, I guess it suits my sometimes hippy vibe. In fact I often describe my style as a clash between punk and hippie influences (I know this isn't always relevant) so the 70s really does suit my style if you put it that way. I've already got two pairs of flares, don't worry, you'll see them soon, and I'm on the hunt for the perfect pair of shoes to wear with them this season. It's tricky actually, they ideally should have a platform to balance out the jean, but I can't wear heels everyday on account of my bad back, so I need the right mix. Tweet me if you see any you think I might like!

AW14 essentials for the seventies trend; poloneck, paisley shirt, faux fur gilet, flared jeans, duster jacket, platform boots and cords
For image credits, see here.

I'm also still on the look out for a good paisley shirt. You can't beat vintage paisley if you ask me, so I'm trawling the vintage and charity shops right now. Speaking of charity shops, I picked up a faux fur gilet of my own the other day, it was originally 15 euros from H&M and I got it brand new for a fiver! It'll look great with key 70s styles like a poloneck and cords. Yep, they're cords and they're back. I've got a feeling they're going to be controversial, do you love them or hate them? And what are your new season essentials?

I'd also quickly like to mention that I'm sorry for the irregular posts lately, the truth is I've been feeling very uninspired and quite frankly lazy. I am working on a Leeds festival style diary but it's taking longer than I thought so do stay tuned for that and thankyou for sticking with me. If you are vaguely interested in what I'm doing when I'm not blogging, follow me on twitter and instagram :)

Good vibes guys 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

DIY: halter crop top

If you haven't noticed fashion's obsession with everything 90s, space aged and let's face it, tacky, then you've been living under a rock. And if you want to come out from that rock and join the space/90s/tacky bandwagon, you can follow these simple steps to making your own halter crop top. This is actually one of the easiest DIYs I have ever done, in fact it only took me a couple of hours in total! I'd give it a difficulty rating of 2/5.
DIY sewing tutorial on how to make your own halter crop top

list of sewing equipment what you will need to make your own halter crop top

What you will need:
✩1.5m of your chosen fabric (preferably with stretch)
✩1m ribbon or cord
✩tape measure
✩thread (use polyester for stretchy fabrics)
✩newspaper or tracing paper
✩sewing machine

halterneck crop top pattern pieces

You will need your measurements for this, if you can find somebody else to take them for you they'll be more accurate, just remember to leave some extra for seam allowances! These are the shapes of your pattern pieces, once you have those, just follow these simple steps. 

p.s when you have sewn your top together, there will be a point at the top at the front, fold this over into a small triangle and sew about 1.5cm away from the edge, this is where you will thread your ribbon or cord to tie around the neck.

DIY make your own halter crop top step by step tutorial

And voilรก! You've got your sassy crop top. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give it a go! If you have any questions, or any results to show me, please please drop me a tweet or tag me on instagram, I'd love to see :)

Good vibes guys 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

vintage florals and a duster coat

I don't think I ever wore a midi skirt until this summer. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about them, but I do know that I love this print. I picked up this beautiful skirt in my local vintage shop, the vintage corner, see more about that here, for just a tenner. The weather has been a bit dull lately, except one miraculously sunny day, so I paired it with black pieces which gives it a slightly autumnal feel. Admit it, we're all pretty excited to wear coats and boots again, aren't we? Speaking of coats, this is my new duster coat which I am completely in love with. And would you believe I picked it up for just £17? It's actually remarkably similar to topshop's version which retails at around £70. Get in!

OOTD featuring primark black duster coat, black crop top, studded belt worn with vintage floral midi skirt, primark black satchel and asos ankle boots summer 2014

duster coat primark / top primark & DIY / skirt vintage / belt ebay / boots ASOS / bag primark (old)

Do you have any new pieces in your wardrobe for next season? Link me up below!

Good vibes guys