Friday, 27 May 2011


Chloë Sevigny, looking like a total Betty in this gorgeous Cher Horowitz-y skirt suit. I have dreams about outfits like this. I so wish this was sitting in my wardrobe waiting for me to wear it. But not as much as I wish that this were true. God, imagine the children.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011


Second-hand dungaree dress / St. Michael via my dad jumper / Casio watch / Topshop shoes / Second-hand rucksack

This bag is something of a novelty to me! Having not worn a rucksack since about year 9 (back when I defiantly put my foot down and demanded a 'cooler' shoulder bag for school) it's weird to have my hands free and not having a satchel banging against my side. It's huuuge as well, so I can carry all my wordly goods around on my back if I really want to. Eat your heart out Mary Poppins. Plus, I'm always cold, so it allows me to put both hands in my pockets. Winner winner chicken dinner.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Thinking little thoughts

Winona Ryder weheartit / Jil Sander a/w '06 / / Anna Molinari '94 / eBay / eBay / Miu Miu a/w '11 / Carey Mulligan weheartit / johannaochjennifer

Things on my mind:
Doc Marten shoes, leather backpacks, the end of the world, Winona Forever, bum bags, homemade peanut butter cups, ankle socks, glitter, glittery ankle socks, glittery lurex, glittery sunglasses, glittery nails, glitter, Carey Mulligan, glitter, Swedish girls, oversized jackets, mens jumpers.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Double the fun

Second-hand jacket / AA top / Topshop skirt

For my generation, I think the concept of denim-on-denim conjures up images of Britney and Justin and awful 90s boy bands with curtains. You definately walk a fine line when dipping your toe in the double denim waters, there is no denying that. The majority, myself included, use denim as a canvas. If you took denim to a party, nine times out of ten it would sit in the corner with a Diet Coke while a pair of shoes or a blouse told jokes and anecdotes. I guess double denim is the equivalent of denim getting drunk on tequila shots at the bar, doing the bus driver dance and showing the whole party its knickers. What I'm trying to say is that it makes a statement out of something that isn't normally the focus. While it is a statement in itself, I think at the same time you need a distraction from the double denim action, like a stripe or a polka dot. Is that right there an admission that double denim is inherently wrong and that you need something to trick the eye into looking at something else? I'm not quite sure. I think like Marmite and Jedward, you either love it or you hate it. And I love all three. So hate me.

What do you think of denim-on-denim, very right or very very wrong?

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Where dem girls at?

Vice's 100th issue, 100 girls feauture. Lots of enviable haircuts and outfits that make you go 'why didn't I think of that?'. Especially fond of the St. Michael-style, dad-type t-shirt clashed with the patterned trousers in number 84.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Things that aren't mine

Our house is like a Chinese laundry the majority of the time (none of this minimalist, clutter-free malarky), so I always get a good look at what my respective family members have stashed in their wardrobes. Currently eyeing up this Harvey Nichols cord shirt and a pair of Marks and Sparks boating shoes. It's stuff like this that makes me wish I was a boy - in a non identity crisis kinda way, just so I could show the other boys how to dress.

How was your weekend? I spent mine at work, catching up with my best friend who has just returned from a trip round America and talking about how amazing Liam Neeson is. I also got overly competitive and oddly patriotic while watching Eurovision. It's a dark day when Jedward make me proud to be Irish. Click the link - catchier than the common cold.

Friday, 13 May 2011


Roope Vintage

If you were to peruse my family album, because you're nosy like that, you wouldn't have to be a gene scientist to work out I was always doomed to have shocking eyesight. Both my parents and all my grandparents wore glasses, so it was inevitable that I would have a similar ability to see long-distance as a fruit bat. What also seems to be hereditary, in addition to being deprived of the chance of going to Top Gun by stupid genetics, is the compulsion to wear ridiculous glasses. Think large, late 80s and pearlised and you're along the right lines. Where I had previously mocked my parents for their choice in specs, my scoffing has been replaced by feelings of jealousy and bitterness that they didn't hang onto them longer.

I haven't been able to get retro glasses out of my head since I visited Paris last summer. I couldn't put my finger on what made the Parisian residents' simple t-shirt/jeans/trench coat ensembles so perfect, until I found myself cooing over a shop dog in Le Marais - who was watching the city go by from the doorway of a glasses shop. A good pair of glasses has the power to elevate an outfit, which was reiterated to me countless times as I wandered around the City of Lights pretending I was a local. Nine months on and I still can't stop thinking about timeless, yet statement, tortoiseshell glasses, green with envy every time I see a picture of Morrissey or Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. For the first and last time I think this man will receive style snaps, I also genuinely admire Tudor historian David 'rudest man in Britain' Starkey for his choice in eyewear.

I think it was about time I accepted the fact that I need to wear glasses every day. I don't know what I'm so bothered about, gone are the days of 'speccy nerds' and 'never making passes at girls who wear glasses'. Oh, who am I kidding, there is only so many times a person can live with the embarassment of waving at people and realising that you don't actually know the person you are waving at.

Thursday, 12 May 2011


Margaret Howell A/W '11 loafers / The Face December '99 / Funny Face 1957 thrills and frills / The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 / Margaret Howell A/W '11 / Amélie 2001

Things on my mind:
High-waisted black bikinis with clompy men's shoes, red midi skirts with clompy men's shoes, being annoyed at the things you want going out of stock, great glasses, classic summer dressing, top buttons done up on cardigans, the perfect pair of brown loafers, homemade rocky road, The Face's editorials, Jean-Pierre Juenet, men's shirts.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Woop woop, it's the sound of da puh-leat

American Apparel sweater / Casio watch / Topshop skirt / Repetto shoes

Should have issued an apology in advance for the awful pun in the title. Sorry to any KRS One fans. Or to anyone who hates cheesy wordplay. Actually, I'm sorry for writing it in the first place.

This is one of my favourite skirts, with just the right ratio of granny (the length, the pleats) to modern (sheer with a short underskirt). Or should that read granny to slutty ratio? I might start giving all the clothes in my wardrobe a granny/slutty rating. A 1 to 10 scale or something. Might even get some post-its and dividers involved...

Monday, 9 May 2011

Simply red

If you were British girl and between the ages of 9 and 13 around the year 2000, it's a pretty safe bet that you read Mizz magazine. For those who weren't lucky enough to have a subscription from Dodgy Dave's newsagents or were simply denied it by geography, it was your typical pre-teen magazine, with celebrity gossip, 'Which member of S Club 7 would be your best friend?' type quizzes and fashion tips.

As well as helping pre-teens find their fashion feet, Mizz also offered advice to clueless girls how to pick up boys that were more interested in Pokemon than they were in the fairer sex. One 'tip' that has stuck in my mind is to wear one colour head-to-toe to a party. Apparantly it makes boys notice you more, and when "your crush" sees that colour again he will associate it with you. Clearly it's not Freudian-level psychology, but the abudance of colour that's around this season has made me very aware of the potential effect that I might be unintentionally having on the opposite sex.

Betty Jackson A/W '11 / Paul & Joe A/W '11 / Charles Anastase A/W '11

I haven't really got on board with head-to-toe paintbox colour trend for spring/summer, but I like that it's sticking around for autumn/winter in my favourite hue. Head-to-toe anything requires a lot of commitment, be it an adult onesie or matching separates of any colour of the rainbow. I myself have always been an all-or-nothing person, so, choosing to ignore Mizz's words of warning and risking leaving broken hearts scattered in my wake, why bother with red nails or lips when I can get away with wearing it from my hair to my heels? What do you think, is monochrome red a good thing or will I end up losing friends because they all get dots on their eyes when they hang out with me?

Saturday, 7 May 2011


This is my pop-to-the-shops-for-mango-and-Vogue look. My trench coat is M&S, my dungaree dress is eBay, my t-shirt is Topshop and my old faithful lace-ups are Repetto. I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

A zebra can't change its stripes

Cindy Crawford, Vogue '87 / L'Agence jeans / A.P.C. striped t-shirt / Aubin & Wills striped t-shirt / Office sandals / Clarks sandals / Stella s/s '11 / turnedout / Prada s/s '11

Okay, we all know that this spring/summer we're supposed to be ditching our Breton's and donning a migraine-inducing Fruit Pastille lolly ensemble. Muiccia and Jil told us, Vogue from every corner of the globe is telling us, and the high street is screaming it at us so hard I'm surprised it hasn't lost its voice. While I want to embrace The Stripe - I really do, my wardrobe is bursting with them - the rainbow-bumblebee-look looks as if it will be sticking with us for as long as it takes for your '99 to melt. I guess I want something with a little more longevity. Cindy's clashing-but-matching horizontal stripe get-up is just outside of the majority's comfort zone, giving it an edge, yet still manages to look classic over twenty years on.

Like I said, I'm not short of a striped piece or ten, so I'm using this season as an excuse to wear my existing classic pieces all at once. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that these get restocked by the Topshop fairies so I can clash it with one of my million Breton tops, a pair of nice sensible brown sandals and my pasty English legs.

How are you wearing your stripes this year? And does anybody know if zebras can change their stripes?!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Who am I?

I have several failed attempts at starting a blog. I am the blogosphere equivalent of a commit-o-phobe. I will pretend like I am interested but when it starts to take a little effort I won't ever call again. I'd like to think that, in common my real-life commitment fearing counterparts, I leave sobbing women and broken hearts in my wake, but I'm not sure a few pixels and a couple of fashion-related posts has that extreme an effect. While it does feel a little like I am jumping onto an already full bandwagon, here goes nothing. Third time lucky, perhaps?

The pressure of The First Post. Who am I? What do I do? Do I come here often? You can make do with some pictures of my family. The people around you make you who you are. These people have dressed me since I first arrived as a little bundle of screams in 1991, and since I have been old enough to put together my own (sometimes questionable) ensembles, I always seem to subconciously channel them. While many girls and young women look to their mothers for inspiration - and don't get me wrong, mine is one stylish mama - my main style inspiration is my dad. And I'm not the only one. Instead of fighting over designer bags or silk dresses, me and my sister are currently at war over a ratty old Greenpeace t-shirt that my father wore throughout the 80s and 90s. My dad is the most featured in both this collage and in my wardrobe; as I type I am wearing an oversized St. Michael jumper previously belonging to him, rescued from the charity shop pile. This is in addition to the countless scavenged oversized jumpers and t-shirts from his side of the wardrobe. The fact that we are the same size in 501s is a bonus; a nice steady stream of hand-me-down, knee-less Levis. My heart actually sobs a little when I remind myself that neither my dad or any other members of my family, with what appears to be a hereditary compulsion to wear statement specs, have any of their glasses left for me to fit with my lenses.

While I do feel a pang of jealousy after reading 'What's In My Closet?' feautures and wonder why my Daddy wasn't a Stone or my mother wasn't a Chanel muse, I guess I only have to look in the photo drawer to realise that just because he wasn't on tour or she wasn't in Vogue, that is by no means an indicator of how cool they were. Oh, and under my bed. At the time of posting, I'm winning the t-shirt war.