Sunday, March 29, 2015

These Here Pink Pants

I found these Gerard Darel pastel pink jeans on sale at TK max for £11 last weekend, and really liked the way they fit and felt, so it was kind of a no-brainer.  I did think going-in that they might be a bit more tricky to style than just any old pair of denim pants, and I was right. Sure, you can put just about anything with them, but I like to pair something this girly (if only in color) with something a bit tough. The trick was to get the balance right.

I settled on this rather classic sweater and polo combo on top, anchored by accents of black in a belt, handbag, and some tough black booties. This was the balance I was going for; grown-up, but not twee. It takes a color that can make you look like you spell your name with a heart over the "i" and toughens it up...just a bit. It goes from "look at my pretty pink pants" to "whassup. These here are my pink-ass pants."

Just the way I like it.

Gerard Darel jeans (via TK Maxx), similar / Ralph Lauren polo / Charter Club cashmere sweater (old), similar / Kelsi Dagger booties (old), similar / Judith Ripka watch (old), similar / sterling bracelets (old), similar / sterling necklace (old), similar - splurge, similar - bargain / Furla handbag (via Etsy), similar

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1971 Rides Again

I'd venture to guess that most of us who were born in the 70s are enjoying this new resurgence of 70s fashion - albeit this time done with the much-improved fabric technology of the current decade. Omigod, remember those scratchy acrylic and wool belted sweaters and the heavy, double knit polyester of our childhoods? I break out in a rash just thinking about it. Luckily, those inferior fabrics are where they belong, well and truly in the past.

Even though all of what I'm wearing is more or less from the current decade (some thrifted items notwithstanding), there is an undeniable 70s vibe to this look. Sure, the cut of the trouser is fit and flare, but probably the biggest reason for the similarity is the color - rust...or burnt sienna...or raw umber...or whatever the hell they used to call those Crayola colors back in the 70s (grain of salt: they used to call the light tan crayon "flesh" epic fail in this day and age).  Whatever the reason, the 70s are back, and personally, I think we have Nicholas Ghesquiére and his debut collection last year for Louis Vuitton to thank for it. That collection debuted this month, one year ago. If you missed it last year, take a moment and check it out. It's a revelation; a perfect balance of retro inspiration and modern edge.

I was born in 1971, and while I am all about taking sartorial cues from the past, I do believe that this kind of treatment of retro inspiration is necessary in order to inject a bit of modernity. If anything, it keeps you form looking like you're wearing a costume. You have to use it know, just sort of sprinkle some over the top, don't just dump it all in.

Thrifted top, similar / Gerard Darel trousers (last seen here), similar / thrifted Cole Haan platform sandals, similar / thrifted necklaces, similar/ costume ring, similar, very similar - splurge/ Andrea Jovine sunglasses (old), similar

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Made for Each Other

I happened across this printed top at Zara last weekend, and instantly had a feeling it would work well in my wardrobe. Although I had initially tried it on and loved it with jeans, when I got it home, I just knew that it would probably look cool with these printed H&M trousers that I have had in my collection for a few seasons now. The way that the prints sort of mix yet go together kind of reminds me they way design houses like Kenzo or Dries Van Noten work their print-mixing games, and I really like that it is a little more unexpected than just pairing it with denim. I had toyed with the idea of pairing this look with bright red statement pumps, but I didn't want to distract from the prints, which really are the main attraction. Maybe if I were going out for drinks or dinner or something I would choose a dressier, metallic pump...maybe add a cocktail ring...but I think that would be about the extent of it. These pieces were just sort of made for each other, don't you think?

Zara Printed Knot Blouse / H&M trousers (old), similar / Clarks Azizi Isis wedge heels (last season - last seen here),  / costume earrings (old), similar  / thrifted bracelet, similar

Create a Perfect Mix

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Black Pearl

I was recently contacted by online retailer Pearls Only, who specialise guessed it, pearls. They sent me this 10mm AA Freshwater Pearl and Sterling Heart Pendant to review, and I was thrilled when it arrived. I'm a bit of a sucker for a black pearl, and this lovely specimen slotted-in nicely with a few other freshwater pieces that I have in my collection. I love the elegant simplicity of a black pearl; it has all of the refinement of it's white cousin, but is just a wee bit more unexpected.  I like this pendant's modern, open take on a classic heart pendant design, and the fact that the sterling chain (included with the pendant) has a coating of rhodium over the silver to keep the tarnishing at bay. 

Pearls Only offers free shipping on all of their orders, and they have an amazing array of stock, with items ranging from freshwater and Akoya to the luxurious and coveted Tahitian and South Sea varieties of pearl (this multicolor Black Tahitian Pearl Necklace actually made me drool a little) . They offer free shipping on all of their orders, all of your pearls come with a free appraisal certificate, and there is a lot of educational stuff on the site that walks you through the different types of pearl, and how they are graded for quality. It's fair to say that I burned-through a fair few minutes of my day scouring their online this space for things to come. 

Visit Pearls Only to see their full collections of pearls.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tonal Greige

I faltered a bit trying to name this post, and as a result, came up with something sort of bland. Then again, when you are dealing with a tone-on-tone outfit that is anchored around the rather non-color of griege, I suppose one can afford to be a bit bland.

Thing is, it seemed a bit too easy to name this post after the 50 Shades franchise, what with all the grey hair and grey clothes and even grey (but they're glitter) booties. But any of you who have been around the blog for a hot minute will know that I full-on hate Fifty Shades of Grey. Not because I find it distasteful, abusive, shocking, or pearl-clutchingly inappropriate. No, Fifty Shades of Grey is quite simply the worst novel I have ever tried to read, and it pisses me off that everyone is so willing to overlook this not so small factoid.

Wanting to see what all the fuss was about (in addition to staying abreast of pop culture) I tried to read the first 50 Shades book last summer on a holiday, and simply could not get through it, it was that poorly written. I even skimmed through the sex parts only half-reading. And this is coming from a girl who on one holiday once read a book called Sin Tropez.

So that said, naming this post after it, even in a derivative sort of way, just seemed wrong to me. So there. Tonal Greige it is then. And for those of you who thought that the 50 Shades book/movie was all that and a bag of under salted, half-baked chips, I recommend the movie Secretary.It's based on a short story from a collection called Bad Behaviour by author Mary Gaitskill, and stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader, who happens to play a character called Mr. Grey. Coincidence? Yeah...sure it is.

Cotton Candy Oversized top (via TK Maxx), similar / Mango jeans / Vince Camuto booties (old), similar / sterling earrings (old), similar / sterling cuff (old), similar

Friday, March 13, 2015

Everyday Spangled Hotpants

These are my everyday spangled gold sequinned hotpants. I realise that I recently showed you these gold sequinned legging er...trousers, but they take a very prominent position in my closet, and I'm reminded of their presence every time I open the wardrobe door by a blinding flash of gold, after which I feel a pang of longing and a desire to wear them.

Today, I thought I would go for something "conservative". There is certainly nothing edgy about a cashmere turtleneck sweater, a pair of cropped cigarette pants, and a pair of Ferragamo Vara pumps, so adding something so potentially porny like a pair of gold hot pants just seemed like the right thing to do.

Oh, and that's my dog Fergus. He says hey.

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Neiman Marcus cashmere turtleneck (old), similar / H&M leggings (nearly sold out), similar / vintage Ferragamo pumps (Ebay), similar

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

I've Got Nothing to Wear

Yes, that's right. Another silly graphic tee to add to my collection. You didn't really believe that I was going to give that whole thing up, did you?

And yes, I am aware that I actually have plenty to wear. But that's not to say that I don't wake up on the odd day and feel like I have nothing to wear. Indecision is a cruel, cruel mistress.

What I like about this look is that it's easy. It's pretty much a sure-fire bet on days when you want to look like you made a bit of an effort without actually making much effort at all. This look is so easy I didn't even bother with accessories - I think the bright coral pumps are enough, don't you?

New Look tee / Mango Elektra jeans / Calvin Klein pumps / Armani wool blazer (Ebay), similar

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Friday, March 6, 2015

A Good Dressing Down

I found this wave-printed tuxedo jacket (last seen here) at a TK Maxx in Glasgow on the sale rack about two years ago. I had originally paired it with skinny jeans and a white button-down, but I think I like it much better this way, with flares (they're in again...yesss!) and a white tee underneath. I think the proportions are a bit better like this. At least, they are for me.

I am in love with the print on this jacket. Not only does it fit like a dream, but you just don't see anything like it floating around out there. I sort of feel like a Vegas lounge lizard in it; it has just the faintest hint of a velvet Elvis about it. That's why I prefer to dress it down with jeans, to keep it from taking itself too seriously. You know, like smoking jacket and ascot seriously...although personally, I can find nothing potentially less serious than a smoking jacket and ascot combo. It makes me giggle. Sure, you see plenty of people out there doing it, either "ironically" or in earnest, but every time I see someone in a smoking jacket and ascot, I have to fight the urge to run up to them yelling "Professor Plum! Professor Plum! It was Colonel Mustard! I saw him do it! In the library, with the lead pipe!"

At which point I'll probably get arrested.

So. Jeans then.

Clements Ribiero jacket (old), similar / Hudson jeans / Stuart Weitzman pumps / Gap tee / 14k and topaz ring (old), similar / Judith Ripka earrings (old), similar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

White Hot Hair

I recently had an opportunity to try White Hot Hair, a UK brand of hair care products that are designed specifically for those of us who have decided to embrace our grey hair. Ever since I ditched the dye a few years ago, I have been on a hair product roller coaster; I'm constantly trying to find products that achieve the perfect balance for my salt and pepper locks. The pepper tends to mind its manners, while the salt likes to move to the beat of a totally different drummer, going off in all sorts of tangental directions, creating a layer of silver chaos everywhere it goes.

The amount of advice you get on this subject is seemingly endless. Everything from sulphate free to coconut oil and everything in-between. If it is out there, I've tried it.

However, one I hadn't tried was White Hot Hair. Well, that's not entirely true, I had one of their deep conditioners once (and it was lovely), but I had never tried the day to day stuff. For me, the day to day stuff is probably when it counts the most. I don't take a lot of time on my hair in my daily routine, so I need a product to do the heavy lifting for me. And this one did.

I got a really good result from this product. In these photos (taken about three days apart), I styled my hair using the exact same techniques: wash, condition, apply product while damp, blow dry.  In the orange sweater, I had used a "natural" shampoo with no sulphates, dyes, etc. Supposedly it was extra-moisturising, but my hair felt like straw after using it. In the turquoise, I used White Hot Hair; my hair was so much softer and  smoother.

Impression? Yes please. I'll be having some of that.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hot Fuzz

I suppose I owe those of you who clicked on this link expecting to see Simon Pegg and Nick Frost an apology. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, rent the movie Hot Fuzz the next time you feel like a laugh. These guys are my heroes. Actually, while you're at it, you should probably see Shawn of the Dead too. That's actually my favourite of their films (because zombies), although The World's End wasn't bad either. Plus added bonus Bill Nighy points. Indeed. Right. What were we talking about?

Oh, clothes. Today I decided to jump on the bandwagon and channel the 70s with my faux fur vest (which is both fuzzy and hot) and a pair of wide legged jeans. Despite the official start of March, we are still enduring horizontal sleet and blasts of frigid gale force wind, so the hot fuzz is still very much in rotation. In fact, I had to dash outside in-between some squalls of seriously biblical proportion just to get these photos taken. No foolin'. I'm lucky to be alive right now.

Despite this vest being sort of silly and over-the-top (which is exactly why I like it), this look is actually incredibly easy to pull off, and perfect for a day out where you are in and out of shops and don't want to haul a heavy coat along with you. Plus, it adds an extra layer of protection around your vital organs, which not only keeps you warm, but will come in handy when the zombie apocalypse comes.

Rachel Zoe faux fur vest, very similar / Neiman Marcus cashmere turtleneck (old), similar / thrifted Seven For All Mankind jeans, very similar / thrifted bangle, similar / stretch beaded ring (old), similar / Ray Ban Jackie Ohh II sunglasses / ?earrings (old), similar

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