Today is my birthday and I celebrated by going for a bit of shopping and lovely lunch with my mum and grandma. The weather was very spring-like indeed and gave me the opportunity to test-run my new Acne dress, which I musta say, I’m a bit in love with! I often try these long, draped garments, imagining I will like them and end up returning them after feeling like I’ve been swallowed up by a creased rubbish bag… This however, is different; it has a boned Basque in the inside, that keeps the dress in place and also makes sure all the folds fall beautifully. The leather straps around the neck also add a unique touch.
I paired it with my usual mix of accessories. I love the silver chainmail against all the black and I also decided to take my Givenchy pumpkin bag with silver hardware to match. The leather tassels mirror the leather cord on the dress and its shape compliments the folds of the fabric.
I decided to go for comfort with my black, wedge high-tops, although I think this dress would also look great with boots or sandals, both heeled and flat.
My trusty H&M sunglasses finish off the look. I think they are probably the last ones standing now and I need to add a new pair to my collection!
I think the images of the back of the dress really show how the internal barque really helps the dress stay in place and affects the way the garment hangs.
I’m looking forward to wearing this again in Berlin next month for my best friend’s hen do!
Jewellery: Richard Ayres
On Saturday evening we went out to celebrate my best friend’s birthday. It was quite a grey day but I managed to fit in some quick outfit shots, just before walking the dogs.
I am making an effort to be more strict with my blogging schedule this year and aiming to take outfit pictures every Saturday, or at least once a week. I have tried this previously and managed to keep it going for a few months but I always end up getting swamped with work and giving up at some point.
Fitting in blogging while running a business and a household can be tricky, but I’m trying to change things around to give me more time for blog posts and videos. I also filmed the “furry friends” tag for my youtube channel on Saturday so keep an eye out for that!
Necklace: Richard Ayres
On Saturday, I had the chance to enjoy a chilled walk by the reservoir with Ziva before heading into town for cocktails. Ziva loves the water, but we have to be careful not to let her go near the swans as they are scared of her and can get quite aggressive.
I wore my Wolf Child majestic wolf tee and realised the wolf illustration does look a bit like Ziva and features similar facial markings. I was kindly sent this tee by the brand and really enjoyed wearing it, it was really soft and comfortable and the print seems good quality. I love seeing independent brands with strong ethos producing quality items and am always looking for new ones to feature on here.
Images by Janet Ratchford
Blazer: Karen Millen
T-shirt: Wolf Child
Skirt: Miss Selfridge (similar here)
Yesterday I went into town with my mum to choose a new fashion book for my collection.
I wanted something that actually had the potential to inspire me, as well as featuring beautiful imagery. We looked through a variety of book at both Magma and Waterstones and I ended up choosing the Alexander McQueen book that accompanied the V&A exhibition, edited by their senior curator, Claire Wilcox.
On the way back to the car, we spotted a nice, white corredor, ideal for taking outfit pictures in.
Images by Janet Ratchford
Jacket: Christopher Kane for TOPSHOP (no longer available)
Cardigan: H&M (similar)
Shirt-dress H&M (sold out)
Biker leggings H&M
Bag: Givenchy pumpkin bag
The book I chose
Those of you who have been following my blog for while will have seen the unicorn inspiration board that I posted last year. I’ve been wanting to do a dark unicorn shoot for a while now and have finally managed to arrange it with photographer Jamie Mahon, who’s dark aesthetic should fit the theme perfectly.
I gathered my initial inspiration on a board and I’m excited to see how the ideas evolve from there.
My wardrobe for the shoot is being provided by Eustratia and Richard Ayres and I’m also using some accessories by Sophie Adamson.