15 Mar 2017

Spring Essentials 2017*

It’s brighter for longer, the storms seem to have passed and the temperatures are slowly but surely picking up. That means SPRING IS HERE! And what better way to welcome in the Great British Spring time than put together a list of essentials for Spring 2017?

I think a staple for everybody’s wardrobe this time of year has to be a bomber jacket. It’s a timeless silhouette and it’s light enough to be worn in Spring too! In recent years the bomber jacket has enjoyed huge popularity and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, especially with brands thinking outside of the box and making bombers more unique to their brand image. This black bomber jacket from Manière De Voir keeps it cool with an all black base and it incorporates extra zips on the sleeves to give it that more unique feel. It would be perfect for those days spent in the summer when you only go for 'one drink' yet you’re still sat in the beer garden at 11pm! 

Another trend that looks to be sticking around for the next season at least is 90’s sportswear. It came back to the high street a couple of years ago with Ellesse, Kappa etc sneaking their way back into stores. But the aesthetic really became an essential with the emergence of Gosha Rubchinsky. The Russian designer has collaborated with all of the brands you can remember from the 90’s and most recently a capsule collection with Sergio Tacchini, a brand that’s synonymous with the late 80’s/early 90’s football terrace culture. This is something Gosha has taken inspiration from in previous collections so it’s a match made in heaven, and the black sweater is to die for. 

Now, one of my personal essentials has to be PINK! I’m glad to say more and more men are comfortable with themselves to wear pink and I’m a definite advocate for that. Urban Outfitters are currently selling a pair of raw hem jeans in pink and I think it definitely has something to do with Gucci & Haider Ackerman showcasing an element of pink in their AW17 shows at London Fashion Week. 

An age old question is “can your wardrobe have too many stripes?” and my answer is no. I love stripes so much, they’re so easy to wear and they break up an outfit perfectly. Comme Des Garcons know the score as they’ve been running with long sleeve striped tees for an eternity, and they always seem to pop up in street style shots. You can go for a nautical vibe or even a Parisian vibe with this CDG long sleeve, very versatile! 

For Spring 2017 I’ll advise you to invest in ‘punk’ pieces. The band tee has been a trend that’s stuck, and the punk aesthetic is only going to get bigger. We all know my love for Vivienne Westwood and this Anglomania tee is a mix of cute and punk. As the pioneer of the punk movement, Viv will forever be a legend in the British Subculture. The punk look has also hit the catwalk at recent shows from Louis Vuitton and Coach. If these brands are too expensive (they are for me), I’m 99% sure there will be high street alternatives creeping up soon! 

For AW16 I made a post about orange, and pondered whether it would be a trend. The answer was almost certainly yes, as I’m still draping myself in orange at any given opportunity! I’ve got this delicious two piece from Vivienne Westwood you can see above as well as a pale orange sweater from American Apparel (RIP) and a striped long sleeve from Uniqlo (2 essentials in 1, aren’t I clever?) As a kid I used to swear by wearing all black but these days I’m wearing colour as often as I can, and orange is definitely a favourite. 

I think that just about covers it! A few honourable mentions for other Spring essentials include: Process by Sampha, Glaceau water and vitamin C tablets. I mean we want to look cool AND be healthy, right? 


6 Mar 2017

Unanswerable Questions For A Twenty Something

If you haven't seen all over my social media this week, I've just moved into my new flat which is great news! Since moving in I've been asking myself a load of questions about what I want to get out of my twenties, but I figured I don't actually have the answers. So what better way to try and find a solution than having a massive brain fart on the internet? This may seem like the ramblings of a maniac and that's not too far from the truth, but I'm hoping to give myself and hopefully yourselves a new perspective.

The most recent conundrum I've had is kind of relevant to me moving into a new place. Travel or settle? Clearly I've settled for the time being because I've shelled out a fuck load of money on rent and deposits for this new place so I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. But how cool would it be to be able to pack up and just work my way around the continents for 18 months or so? I think my thirst for travel has stemmed from my endless hours of scrolling Instagram where I see people in the most idyllic settings. I can be scrolling and see one person doing yoga in Bali and the next photo is someone at Shibuya Crossing in Japan. Add in the British weather and you've got a very jealous boy, sat in a flat watching old reruns of QI.
However, what do the people who travel do when they finally come home? Unless they're blessed to have a bit of money/property already then the likelihood is that they don't have their own place to live. Personally I couldn't imagine anything worse than travelling the world, making friends all over the world then having to move back home. Can you imagine that?

That leads me onto the next question which is work or play? Personally I've chosen to work option in recent years and I don't 'play' very often. My social life is almost non existent (my own doing) and a lot of my free time is spent sitting in coffee shops or writing blog posts. Whichever of the options you choose, you're losing out in one way or another. Like I said, I've chosen work and my social life has definitely been affected. Since I've become more of a recluse though I've definitely progressed in the world of work. I escaped the reins of retail and I'm now in a job which I enjoy.
Obviously there is the option to strike a perfect balance but that's something I kind of struggle with.
If you play more does that leave less time for work? As I can't speak from experience I can only assume the answer is yes. For example if I go out on the piss then I'm inactive for at least two days and I value my free time quite a lot. I often think of better and more productive things to be doing than wasting away in bed so this is why I don't go out very often.

With my lack of social life it strikes up the question play the field or relationship? Luckily for me the answer is out of my power because I don't know any girls (ha) but it is a question that most people have to ask themselves. We're constantly told that playing the field is the best thing for people in their twenties because we're free, we don't have too many responsibilities and now is the only time we can do it. Obviously that's the idea of the type of people who also believe you should be married and have a house with a garden by the time you're 30. As well it's much easier to play the field these days because dating and finding people has never been easier. The likes of Tinder have made it possible to find new people with a literal swipe of a finger!
I do think apps like Tinder also bring problems to peoples approach to dating & relationships, though. We seem to be in the middle of a culture that finds it difficult to settle down in relationships because there's so much choice for us. It is also fuel for peoples ego as it's a tool that allows you to hook up with people without actually hooking up, if that makes sense? You can match with people just so you can get the verification of being liked.

As you can tell I'm not an expert on relationships or dating but I have had experiences of both in the past and to be honest, neither is perfect. They both have pros and cons which can be said for all of the questions I've asked in this post! I'd love to hear your thoughts on these questions or any other struggles you've had in your twenties!


1 Mar 2017

Lookbook: February 2017

Following on from last month's lookbook post, I thought I'd check in and do another one for February! Here are a few of my favourite outfits from the last month, I'll also link where you can find the items I'm wearing if they're still available. Let me know what you think!

Outfit 1

Turtleneck - Weekday
Jeans - ASOS

Outift 2

Tee - Supreme
Jacket - Billionaire Boys Club (Charity shop find)
Jeans - Topman
Hoodie - H&M
Shoes - Vans

Outfit 3

Tee - Golf Wang
Jeans - Levi's (Vintage)
Shoes - Golf Wang x Vans

Outfit 4

Long Sleeve Tee - Weekday
Jacket - Levi's (Vintage & customised by myself)
Trousers - Vivienne Westwood
Shoes - Vans