Wednesday, 30 September 2015

LFW: Clio Peppiatt SS16

With a mission statement of making clothes that make women feel happy, bold and fearless, 24 year old Clio Peppiat's deigns are at their very core fun. Her latest collection "Kiss The Future" is a send up of the lack of strong female role models in computer games, which she's resolved by designing her own. Sassy, strong and confident - her sci-fi inspired collection is retro futurisim meets Barbie for the ultimate millenial mash up.


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

On counter-intuitive dressing

Big boxy shapes are the last thing I should wear, at least if you go by "how to dress for your body shape" guides.  I'm a size 10 and uber busty, so the last thing I should do is wear loose fitting clothes less I look matronly. Seems like I didn't get the memo because loose, boxy pieces are my utter favourite. Wearing loose boxy items together? Even better.  At this point I've all but got the "how to dress" guide and set alight to it. In short, telling women how to dress for their body is bullshit, but you already knew that didn't you?


Monday, 28 September 2015

LFW: Gemma Roe SS16

For someone who lives in trainers, I'm a helpless shoe addict. Against my better judgement I buy heels season after season. There is just something about them that plugs right in to my lizard brain before directing straight to the pleasure cortex. What I'm saying guys, is that I really like shoes. And what I really like is the work of emerging shoe designer Gemma Roe.

Tropical Disco is exactly what you expect it to be, a mix of shiny mettalics with bright tropical hues, and it's none the less delightful. It's 70's disco meets your favourite beach holiday and added glamour. Her SS16 collection cherry picks from fanning plants and florals to bitter limes and lemons to create a super fun, sexy and playful collection, ripe for holiday season.


Sunday, 27 September 2015


Do any models look like they are having as much fun as those walking for Ashish? If there are, I'm yet to find them.  Dancing, skateboarding and, as always, heavy use of sequins, were the main takeaways from this seasons show that borrowed heavily from 90s skate culture.

Everything about Ashish is effortlessly super-cool. Grunge with sparkles doesn't seem like the most obvious of mixes but here it works. White floaty joggers with light detailing, sheer cropped glittering applique tops are contrasted by bleached out denims and illustrated slips that manage to be both wry and playful in the same breath. Ashish is fun, but this show managed to do this while mixing in some subversive gender politics with 90s counter culture.


Saturday, 26 September 2015

LFW: Fyodor Golan SS16

It's retro futurism but not as we know it. Fyodor Golan return for their SS16 collection with their ecclectic mix of sports luxe with billowing femminine flourishes. Paper cut flowers juxtoposed with transformers battle print sweaters only begin to scratch the surface of the uber-kitsch Spring Summer collection from the design duo. 


Friday, 25 September 2015

LFW: Sophia Webster SS16

Time to come out of your shell, Sophia Webster's SS16 Mermaid Laundrette is not for the faint of heart. Once more, Webster's collection splashes on to the scene in a fit of colour and glitter. This year saw the illustrious show designer take us under the sea for a mix of high fantasy inspired by ocean life. 

Her slogan bags are back with the likes of "Don't be Jelly" and "Beach Babe" which are sure to be popular. The shoes saw mix of coral inspired sandals to chunky bubble platforms. With shoes like these, any mermaid would be giving up her tail for a chance to wear them. Crashing waves, pearl details and pastels, acceutated by acidic brights pack a real punch for Webster's Spring/Summer collection. 


Thursday, 24 September 2015

LFW: Lettermans and Court Shoes

Day 2 and everything I thought I knew about dressing for London Fashion Week went straight out the window. I've been one for bringing layers and living in flats, and for the past few seasons, it's done me in good stead, so naturally the weather was 20 degrees and my dreams of roll necks and high tops went straight out the window. And you know what came in? Heels. Sure, like that hasn't ended badly before. Oh and before you ask? Yeah the t-shirt is a Taylor Swift x Sonic Youth mash up.


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

LFW: Holly Fulton SS16

We're heading under the sea for Spring/Summer 16.  Holly Fulton made quite a splash with her seaside collection inspired by the art of Eileen Agar. Straight off the bat, it gives off a 70s bejwelled cowgirl vibe, though on further inspection, her beach theme and it's stylings can be found throughout. From the repeated starfish motif to the emebelished wave detailing on the collars, Scottish born Fulton's collection fast became a firm favourite for me.

Skirts and skirts with ruffled detailing were contrasted by super high waisted wide legged embroidered trousers. As always, the prints took centre stage both on the skirts, jeans and dresses.  The ocean blue that provides a backdrop to much of the collection is accented by bursts of citusts. Biting oranges and limes are a perfect contrast to the candy pinks and softer blues throughout.

While Fulton once more has teamed with Christian Louboutin for her Bella Tige wedges, the lunchbox bags were the real highlight.   She's teamed with Macedonian label, Petek 1885 for a series of bright coloured lunchbox bags with applique leather detailing with the orange purple starfish being a stand out. Holly Fulton continues to create playful, bright designs without being gimmicky and making her, as always, a personal highlight for LFW.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

LFW: Easy to wear Boxy Classics

My fashion week evolution from sky scraper neon heels to full on tomboy is near complete. Fashion Week comes but twice a year and I always look forward to it, so being comfortable enough to survive the long days is essential.  Easy to wear, loose, boxy layers made up most of my fashion week wardrobe. Important note: you can never own too many rollnecks.

Jumper - Boden
Dress - Boohoo
Bag - Samantha Vega x Sailor Moon
Shoes - Boden
Glasses - Iolla

First day in and fashion week was already in full swing. Betty and I made sure to pop in to some presentations, check out the Will Broome x Henry Holland collab with Debenhams before hitting up a BFC American Express talk about careers in fashion. With creative director of Agent Provoceteur, Sarah Shotton, it was a real highlight. Whatever you come to fashion week for; buying, showcasing, street style or review, making time to take some talks in should be part of anyones calender. It was truly inspiring and I could have listened to the panel talk all day.

I paired an oversized dress with the off-duty merino roll neck from Boden. I love pairing big boxy shapes with each other, even if stylistically it may sound counter-intuitive. I wore my dress mostly unbottoned to give me a big of shape and movement instead of looking like a giant rectangle. And always flats. Always. least till Day 2.


Friday, 11 September 2015

Stripes and High Kicks

I think it's time that I accept that I'll never quite get the hang of weather apropriate dressing. After a chilly couple of days I thought it was about time I took my new wool trousers for a spin. Turns out it was mid-September and 21 degrees. Proper taps aff weather. Let's just say monochrome wool is not the most sun friendly outfit and leave it at that?

Coat - Aquascutum
Top - Cos
Trousers - Boden
High Tops - Boden
Hat - Boohoo

Autumn is my favourite season so I've been super excited to crack out my rain coats, longer sleeves and, yeah, wool. After a chilly couple of days it looks like we've been blessed with the last remenants of an Indian Summer. I can't say I'm complaining, but I wish I hadn't packed away all my Summer clothes first. No doubt we'll be back to normal service soon enough and I can all but live in wool and cashmere.  I've steadily been building my Autumn wardrobe all year with a mix of high quality British wool, rool necks and lined dresses and trousers. Like a real adult.  When the thermometer finally drops, believe me guys, I am ready.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Bride x Tested: Choosing a Photographer

Picking a photographer for your wedding day can be one of the trickiest parts of the whole process.  Hell, depending on how long you book them for, you could be spending more time with them on your wedding day than your OH, so it's kind of one of those things you need to get right.

I'm bias, but I think spend as much as you can afford on your wedding photography. If you're on a budget, it's better to skimp on quantity than quality. Sit down and think, what shots do you really need. Do you want the getting ready photos? The first dance? Write a timeline for your wedding, think of the photos you really want and work back from there.  It's obvious but a half day is going to be much cheaper than 12 hours of coverage that in the end, you might not actually need.

Once you've decided on your budget, have a look at some different photographers. Wedding blogs, wedding forums, friends - ask around, get recommendations and have a good shop around. Reading through a photographers website is a great idea to get a general idea of their vibe but more importantly, a handy way to nosy at their portfolio. Be wary if they only have one or two pictures per wedding (anyone can fluke and get a couple of really great shots) but instead look for an extensive and full portfolio. A photographer with a great hit rate is the horse you want to back.  I fell in love with my photographer after seeing a gorgeous wedding she shot on a blog I followed. The fact she had a dancing popcorn and swinging Aladdin gif on her site only made me love her more.  Shortly after I found myself reading about every wedding she covered and deciding she was it. She needed to be the one there on my day.

While weekday weddings are becoming more popular, you can still negotiate extras a bit easier than in high Summer Saturdays.  Most photographers I know tend to do rates for quiet, weekday elopements and are willing to work with couples, especially if it's something they really want to work on.  Be honest and up front with your budget and photographers will let you know what they can do for that amount. It could mean less time on the day, or less final edited images, or if you are spending a bit more you can see if you can work for prints. Great photography is very rarely cheap and you can expect to bat around £1000-£1200 for a starting point for great photographers.  Truly though, it's an investment and something that I am happy to spend my money on.

I feel it's important, where possible, to meet with your photographer with your OH. If you can do an engagement shoot. It helps build a rapport, talk through how the day is going to go, and also helps the photographer find out what you like. Even a cheeky wee Skype convo can make all the difference and make things slightly less high pressure on the big day.

Communication is key when you're working with your photographer.  Documentary style pictures have become so popular recently but if you want the family photos, make sure you say. Want a picture of your groom watching you walk down the aisle? Snaps of your family over from Egypt? Make sure you really think about what pictures are important and who you want in them. Cake cutting, first dance and speeches, these tend to come in standard, but a list of people, a handy member of the bridal party and a shot list will mean you have one less thing to worry about and will definitely help your photographer. Pics of every guest may not be realistic (though if you really want it, can be done) but remember it does eat in to your time. It can be as brutal as guest-list but you'll be thankful you've thought of your key moments and can enjoy the day.

Most important of all is to trust your photographer. You've booked them for a reason and they are going to get the most beautiful snaps possible. You're in safe hands, so kick back and enjoy the day.

Photographers you should 100% consider using because they are 100% bad ass

Tub of Jelly - Photography, video and yeah, all of it is super stunning. From highland elopements to city escapes, Betty is a dab hand at this whole wedding photography. Also, spoiler, totally booked the hell out of her for my wedding because she is super wonderful. Did I mention the dancing popcorn?

Christina Riley - Dreamy romantic photography captured on film. Perfect if looking for capturing those quieter moments. Also without the doubt one of the nicest humans you could ever meet. Give her your money for the most chilled out day and loveliest photos.

A Sassy Nation - One of the most prolific alternative wedding photographers in the U.K and for a good reason.  There isn't a single one of her weddings that I haven't gone all heart eyed about.

MB Wedding Photography - Martin's more known for his fashion photography having shot for Lazy Oaf, Hope Street magazine and Abandon Ship. But yeah, turns out he's a dab hand at weddings too.

All photos thanks to Tub of Jelly - because she is wonderful 

Monday, 7 September 2015

Doubled Checks and Yellow Specs

Not that I like to fall into classic stereotypes or anything, but god damn, I fucking love Autumn. Call it being a product of my environment or my penchant to horde jackets like Winter is coming (in Scotland it nearly always is) but it's without a doubt one of my favourite seasons. At least for dressing. It's that sweet spot where you can layer up without being the warmest person alive OR a human marshmallow.  It's that time of year where I can wear wool AND have bare legs. It's the small pleasures really.

Jacket - Vintage Kilo Sale
Skirt - Charity Shop
Top - JD Sports
Shoes - Primark
Hat - Aymee Charlton
Glasses - Iolla

I have a pretty steady supply of vintage that I have prepared for the season. From checked skirts, oversized coats and bombers - I have seasonal dressing down. I'm not really in o straight decade dressing or wearing one trend at once so I like to cherry pick some new bits to update my wardrobe without buying all of the things. I'm pretty casual 80% of the time, so sporty, slouchy, oversized pieces and flats work for me. I like to be able to move around a lot so cropped tees that I can layer up or down and feature pieces like yellow acetate glasses are exactly the kind of things I need for on the move and that can take me from the last of those Summery nights into those slightly more biting months. For now though, I'm biding my time till I can crack out the good old 80D.
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