04 May 2015

Backstreet's back

ASOS top, ZARA jacket and pants (similar), ADIDAS Stan Smith (here), FJALLRAVEN KANKEN backpack (here), JIYA bracelets*, BODYLEAF temporary tattoos* // Ph. Ella Kemp

Hey guys!
Sorry for the slow updates lately- been getting this sorted for a really exciting change of pace, and balancing exam preparation as well as some other life tidbits. I have a miraculous talent of taking on lots and lots of things during times when I really ought to be focusing on one thing, but life is a bit messy like that so it's all cool.
I have a mega coursework piece in soon so I'll try and hang around here as much as possible, but things might be a little slow until June- but BIG BIG changes coming in July so I'm really looking forward to sharing that with you guys and I'm trying to build something up you'll all love and that I'll  be happy with. The suspense! I know.
May the fourth be with you, have a great bank holiday Monday x

01 May 2015

Ibiza holiday wishlyst

see the full lyst here*

Getting psyched for all my summer plans these past few weeks (largely to fill the space in my head that is screaming EXAMS EXAMS all the time...). Sadly I won't be making it to Ibiza this summer, but I'll definitely be doing some beach-ing and city hopping so I thought I'd put together a little wishlist using Lyst of some bits and bobs that I'm excited to emulate this summer. Being able to plop everything I'm loving in one place is dangerous I tells ya. Everything from little dresses to funky wedges, Topshop to Missoni. Obviously some things might be out of my budget...let's be positive though...
Dream denim dress, is that you?

28 April 2015

Spring legs with Braun and Take Ten

ASOS jacket (here) and top, ASH shoes (via AllSole*), TOPSHOP skirt (here), FJALLRAVEN KANKEN backpack (here), JIYA and CARAT bracelets*, DANIEL WELLINGTON watch*,

LOOK MA' NO TIGHTS. The weather in Bristol has been 10/10 the last week or so, a lovely transition from being away for three weeks! I recently joined Take 10 and Braun decided to help us girls out by by sending us one of their new Silk-epil 9 epilators with a badass high frequency massage system (sounds exciting I know I know) and skin adaptng pivoting head. Basically, new and improved, with a wider head. You an use it in the shower and buy it at Boots, simples. Snazzy and my legs feel completely summer ready. I remember the first time I used one and I was a big ol' wimp about how much it might hurt (hello low pain threshold over here) but honestly it really doesn't, which is pretty spectacular. Also lasts a hella long time, so much credit for that.
In fact even though it's cooled down I'm still not wearing tights.
Anyway, I hope you all have a fab week and check out how the other ladies went to town on ditching trousers for this sun! Summer, is that you?

Shiny Thoughts / Anoushka Probyn / intothefoldfashion / The Magpie Girl / Pages by Megan / Hi Fashion / Hands of Style / Love Cloth / Media Marmalade / Dearest Deer

22 April 2015

Normcore and sartorial self expression

Pic // Nymag

I realise normcore is probably, what? So 2014 - if that's even a thing yet. Nevertheless I'm going to divulge some thoughts on it anyway since I'm renowned for being a bit slow on the uptake and you'll probably forgive me at some point for bringing it up again. I was reading an I-D article alluding to Cindy Sherman and came across something mentioned about her views regarding fashion that stood out to me; it was on Sherman's reluctance to the way that fashion can shape our sense of self (the plethora of selves she takes on in her own art seems a fairly poignant example of this) and while looking at some of the Pre-Fall collections something sort of sprang to mind (queue sarcastic light bulb above head). We spend so much time wondering whether personal style is an expression of our selves, or whether it is the selves we want to be- perhaps normcore is our way of explicitly trying to navigate away from the idea that our persona's are so intrinsically linked to how we dress ourselves at 7:30am when it's probably dark outside and life seems a bit shit because you even have to be awake at 7:30.

While I'm all for not having judgements made about my self based on decisions made pre-caffiene on a Monday morning (cliche but so freaking true) as it would probably lead to the assumption that I'm edgy because my socks don't match when, in reality, I just couldn't find two matching socks. Regardless it's an interesting notion for reasons beyond my own inability to match make undergarments accordingly. In the same way that Sherman both embraces and scolds fashions' ability to affect our sense of selves, making us feel more confident or more obscene or cooler, normcore seems to be rejecting the association of the labels and brands we wear to our persona's and I dig that. There's something humble in celebrating the idea that we aren't what we wear; that we could emulate our father in the late nineties and it be acceptable and not related to our character. The clothes are a blank canvas which requires no elaboration. That being said, maybe rendering such a colourful and artistic industry will hinder our ability to express who we want to be, or who we are, or what we like through clothing- maybe that's too key of an aspect of fashion to aspire to lose.

Going even further, the unisex aspect of such a trend is yet another way of separating fashion and styling from society; the branding of gender. It is, almost, entirely brand neutral. The entire grounding of normcore seems to be a complete lack of expression; and when tied to gender that is fairly monumental. It's one thing for women to embody a stereotypically masculine style via the use of tailoring and tradition male attire but an entirely new accomplishment when an entire trend is unisex. No appropriation (not a neccesarily negative term) of another gender's sartorial stereotypes but the simple act of wearing clothes, regardless of gender and charachter and person. Just. Wearing. Clothes. While we might like to invest a lot of our personality in our clothing choices, or we might not, the fact that there is neutral ground at all seems to be worth discussion. When in the past has clothing not been used to allude to something beyond the clothing? If we're losing the desire to self-express through our wavey or preppy or masculine or feminine garms (to coin a Bristol phrase) what does this mean for brands who themselves try to emulate and project a certain aesthetic and personality? Maybe people are bored of buying into a persona.

Pre-Fall collections by the likes of The Row that display plain polo shirts, cropped pants and button up shirts; plain, simple and generic. Steps like these seem to be a blunt reaction to the mass media frenzy regarding branding (see: Moschino by Jeremy Scott, Chanel's supermarket). It takes fashion back to a base level whereby label is almost irrelevant, both by making the biggest of statements by denouncing materialism in branding and the subtlest of victories by celebrating normal-ness (not a word but let's run with it). It is not showy, it is the statement that I am not what I wear. Normcore borders the line between lazy and dull, to fresh and is representative of a generation who are not concerned with gender, or labeling but something further. Maybe normcore is old news, but are the motives that started the trend gone, or are we on the brink of a sartorial revolution? *cue dramatic hand gesture* *drop mic*

*I use the word sartorial for the express reason that it makes this sound more intelligent.

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