Inspiration / Modern day 1970

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I must be honest. I’ve been absent for a while, and I apologise. December is never an easy month, no matter what people tell you. Juggling becomes the most important survival skill and eventually takes it toll which is exactly what happened. I was exhausted, drained and in need of withdrawing myself from the big wide world, for some quiet time, ideally in Marrakesh, but at home was good enough. I must admit my confidence also took a bit of a hit, I was knocked a bit sideways and it was skewing my perspective of everything, leading me to begin to consider all sorts of alternatives and new avenues to replace a potentially redundant blog. However, if you’re reading this, then I guess you’ve been here before so, fear not, I haven’t decided to throw in the towel – breathing space was all I needed. And now I’m back, easing myself back in steadily, like a steaming hot Epsom-salted bath (of which I have recently taken many using my favourite Bathory salts who also seem to have taken a break from their old routine).

If you’re interested, here’s what I got up to:

1) Watched Girls Season 2 2) Watched Girls Season 3 3) Weeped when Homeland ended 4) Bought a lot of house plants 5) Did some room-swapping at home 6)Built some shelves 7) Burned a lot of candles 8) Cooked Vietnamese food 9) Hung some art 10) Played a lot of Monopoly 11) Read The Age of Miracles – highly recommend this.

Things I didn’t do:

1) Go outdoors enough 2) Clear up the home office (I just shut the door on that one for a while longer) 3) Didn’t finish reading Shantaram 4) Didn’t drink enough water 5) Didn’t sleep enough.

Let’s move onto the fashion theme, as thats probably why you’re here. You must know by now how much I’m into that Seventies thang (if you’re Cali-based) thing if you’re rest-of-the-world based. And my constant desire to stay visually inspired and stimulated has hit an all-time high. I was always into Seventies-bohemian-luxe, but with it being the biggest trend yet for Spring/Summer 15 it means that there are so many inspiring editorials and products becoming available that may otherwise be hard to get hold of, it is definitely going to be an expensive few months. I found a whole new bunch of images published, old and new and conclude three things 1) Can I pull off the turban? 2) Where can I get one? 3) Its reassuring to see that leaving your hair to dry naturally is again a thing. I’m off to contemplate these important questions. Peace out, folks.

 

Inspiration / Retro Grade

It’s always been my favourite decade for fashion. Suede, velvet, laces, shearling, shirred yokes, flares, kimono sleeves, raglan, side burns and chest hair. Well, maybe not the last two, at least not for us girls. And with a tsunami-wave of 70’s style heading our way, I genuinely predict the trend will never have been as prominent as it will be come 2015 (and even if it isn’t, I’ll be reppin’ it on my own). As with all trends re-presenting themselves, they always have, and need, a modern perspective. Vintage pieces can be added for an authentic vibe, but for me, that should be done in small doses, so as to avoid any semblance to that of Dr Who/Jeffery-from-Rainbow. Modern seventies luxe is where its at. And here’s a little inspo – some of my all-time favourite editorials from the last couple of years, put together by world-class talent, making my heart beat just a little bit faster every time I sit, look and dream.

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Isabeli Fontana By Scott Trindle, Styled by Geraldine Saglio for Vogue Paris November 14

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Mijo Mihaljcic by Marc De Groot, Styled by Jos van Heel for Vogue Netherlands May 2013

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Iselin Steiro by Josh Olins, Styled by Claire Richardson

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 Anna Ewers by Glen Luchford, Styled by Jane How for Vogue UK October 2014

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 Suvi Koponen by Glen Luchford, Styled by Jane How for Vogue UK April 14

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New / Heyonca Suede Fringe Jacket / Looks III, VI & V

Firstly, I owe you an apology. I’ve been missing in action, I realise, without explanation. But I’m back. Actually my hubby took me away to New York for 5 days as a birthday surprise so its not too dramatic, however pretty exciting, of course and I’ll write up about it as soon as my head is back on Planet Earth and not in the fluffy nauseating world of jet lag.

So back to the Essentiel Suede Fringe Jacket. So far, I’ve worn it two ways, and now its time for the remaining three out of the five looks. First up, with my new old vintage Levis denim skirt found from Rags-A-Go-Go, an awesome vintage shop in The Village, NYC, worn with another thrifted t-shirt from a tiny store in Tehachapi and these patent leather mules from H&M I bought a couple of months ago. Its a retro look, but modern enough to wear everyday without looking like an extra from Anchorman.

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Its pretty chilly here in England at the moment, even too cold to wear this jacket on some days, so layering it up over a roll-neck sweater and wearing a gilet/bodywarmer/vest – whatever you like to call it – over the top is a genius way of wearing half your wardrobe. I found this one up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn last week and love that you can throw it on, even over another jacket for a warm, therefore practical yet stylish alternative to being trussed up to look like a Michelin-man in a padded mattress-style extravaganza. I’m wearing a roll-neck jumper and shoes from Zara (similar here), a black jersey tube skirt from Topshop and bag from Chanel.

IMG_4778 IMG_4773 IMG_4745For the final fifth look, with Christmas around the corner, it made absolute sense to drag what little I have in the way of fancy occasion wear out to wear with this jacket, because lets face it, it seems to go with a lot of my wardrobe, right? On a night out, the fur gilet may have to be part of the party for practical warmth reasons, but that can soon be removed to make the fringe an equal team member up there with the lace. I’m wearing a Topshop Playsuit, Shoes from Aldo and clutch bag from Russell & Bromley.

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Inspiration / Fur

fur_1 fur_2 fur_3 fur_4 fur_5 fur_6 fur_7 fur_8 fur_9 fur_10 fur_11 fur_12My obsession with faux fur continues, this year I’ve branched out into colour (as you already should know) – its so warm, painfully stylish and doesn’t have to cost your months mortgage payment. Its worth investing in, at least once. Here are some of my current picks to help you on your way:

Atterley Road Grey Faux Fur Jacket /  Vila Shaggy Faux Fur Jacket / ASOS Coat In Faux Mongolian Fur / Belle & Bunty LOVES Pink Faux Fur Jacket

All images are from my Pinterest page – you can follow me here if you’re already obsessed like I am.

New / Heyonca Fringe Suede Jacket / Look II

IMG_0542 IMG_0543 IMG_0547 IMG_0548 IMG_0549This post was supposed to have come a couple of days ago, but unfriendly bugs struck this week so I was totally wiped out the first half of this week. However I’m pretty much back to my normal self now so my second outfit of choice is here, featuring this 70’s throwback Essentiel Antwerp Heyonca Fringe Suede Jacket. This time, its worn with a new purchase made from last weekend from the Army Surplus section of the local hardware store. This long-line shirt is the perfect shade of safari-khaki, with epaulettes and breast pockets adding to its informality and undress of this look for a very reasonable price of £3. What’s not to love? My all time favourite boots from Sam Edelman (similar here, here and here) add the perfect amount of print. Black boots would look equally as good (my current favourites are these and these) but I currently don’t have any (how unbelievable is that?), so I’m keeping my eye out for a pointy toed low-heeled pair, as they’re next up on my shopping list.

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