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#TodayImWearing my @lamapeach jenson boots, @ybdfashion @sophie_hulme tote, @hidelabel leather biker jacket and my #DIY homemade Very Easy Vogue summer floral print maxi dress.
#BloggerChallenge Styling the man in my life with @Superdry.
One for the boys… and girls.
I was recently asked to choose a t-shirt from Superdry’s vast collection that I could then coerce my man into modelling for me. Not bad eh?
“Inspired by a trip to Tokyo in 2003, Superdry fuses design influences from Japanese graphics and vintage Americana, with the values of British tailoring.”
After scouring through the 533 or so items online, I sent over the website link and asked JMG which of the t-shirts he liked best.
After being together for a good 5 years now, I was pretty spot on when he came back saying he liked the Superdry Grindle Contrast T-shirt, in grit charcoal best.
You see, JMG is a big big t-shirt
collectoraddict. I have lost count of the number he’s managed to hoard/accumulate over the years. From band tee’s to branded tee’s. Streetwear to sportswear. He owns one of everything it seems. But he’d never had a Superdry one before.
He does now!
I really like the colour grey on him, and he really liked the orange pocket detail. He isn’t one for ‘in your face’ numbered tee’s, so this is quite a good fit for him.
The Superdry Grindle Contrast T-shirt is £24.99, I decided to style it up in three different ways.
Look 1: Night out
Worn with black H&M skinny jeans and Bertie chelsea boots.
Look 2: Summer sport
Worn with a pair of burgundy Topman shorts and his favourite red and grey Nike trainers.
Look 3: Skate
Worn with a pair of baggy GAP camel coloured chinos and purple Vans.
Photography © Lucie Kerley
Hanging out at the beach today with @jmgcreative wearing his new @saucony omni 11 trainers from #runningfox and his @LeicesterTigers shirt. Apparently, they say they’re good for ‘men with problem feet…’
I decided to try my hand at some #DIY outfit accessorising aka a pair of Pat Butcher earrings moonlighting as collar tips.
#todayimwearing my @topshop silver/grey midi dress (eBay), tie-dye Primark leggings, and my new @topshop FARAH multi stud sandals.
#BLOGGED My very first ‘swishing’ experience at the @vouchercodesuk Blogger #MWSwapshop.
I recently attended a Blogger clothes swap in East London after receiving a lovely invite from the vouchercodesuk Most Wanted team. How does that work you might ask? Well… you take along stuff from your wardrobe that you’re sick o’ the sight of and trade it in for a few stamps. The number of stamps you get depends on what items you are ‘cashing’ in so to speak and where those items were originally bought.
A MW revolution…
“The first rule of a MW Swap Shop? Absolutely do talk about, Tweet and Instagram the#MWSwapShop!”
How it works…
- Rummage around in your wardrobe
- Find up to 5 items of clothing or shoes, in good condition, that you’re fed up of or no longer wear and bring them along to the party.
- Arrive at party (on time or you’ll miss all of the good stuff!) and exchange these old clothes you’ve brought for stamps.
- Browse the rails for clothes that other peeps have given away and see whether there’s anything that tickles your fancy. ‘One woman’s waste is another woman’s is treasure’ and all that…
- Start shopping other fashion bloggers’ clothes using your stamps. All items at the end of the night that are not swapped will be donated to charity.
To make the swapping fair all clothes are separated into different categories.
It works like this:
- 1 stamp – Affordable high street (e.g. H&M, Primark, supermarket clothing), small accessories.
- 2 stamps – Mid-Affordable High Street (e.g. Topshop, Warehouse) jumpers, shoes in a good condition, good vintage clothes.
- 3 stamps – High-end high street (e.g. Reiss, All Saints) and designer clothes.
I handed over a dress from Warehouse, a pair of boots from Newlook, a Topshop handbag and a Topshop cropped vest and ended up coming away with a beautiful dusky pink recycled vintage blouse that had actually belonged to my friend Laura. (I could’ve just gone and raided her wardrobe… but then again… we would’ve missed out on the cocktails, DJ, Say Fromage photobooth, nailbar and DIY clothing customisation action.)
It was a fun night!
We both went a bit stud crazy. Laura picked up a navy blue cardigan and added little gold star studs all over the front and back of it whilst I decided to take the plain pink buttons off my shirt and replace them with snazzy vintage looking gold replacements and add a smattering of gold tiny circular studs to the collar - so that it looked like I had collar tops on. Nice!
After quaffing down a few cocktails and nibbling on a few cakes and old school sweets, we got in front of the camera and pulled silly faces in the Say Fromage photobooth.
I’m looking forward to styling my new cropped pink shirt and creating some cool summer looks… watch this space.
Thank you vouchercodesuk.
Take a look at the vouchercodes.co.uk MWSwapshop blog post here.
Photography © Lucie Kerley
Dear legs and feet, summer has arrived! Today I’m wearing my @zaraclothes tapered silk paisley print trousers and my new FARAH multi stud T-bar sandals @topshop.p>
#todayimwearing a @hidelabel leather biker jacket, @borneby black silk midi dress, DIY studded denim shirt, @henryholland #HOH house tights, Clemency @drmartensofficial boots and my @ybdfashion @melimelobags Thela bag.
Blue suede shoes @river_island, @sophiehulme @ybdfashion Tote bag, @forever21 trench coat, @tightsplease tights, and a peek of a @charlottetaylorltd zebra mini dress.
#Todayimwearing a celebration of #nextgeneration @ybdfashion.
My @CTaylorLtd zebra minidress worn over a simple @topshop white shirt, chevron print cream tights and @riverisland navy suede Karen Parade lace-up shoes.
Looking at my outfit today I wouldn’t blame you for thinking it’s winter. #todayimwearing @nextofficial coat, Primark floral skinny jeans, tweed detail ankle boots and my @ybdfashion Meli Melo Thela bag.
Not worn these bad boys in a while… I love my @drmartens Clemency boots. #Todayimwearing them with my @topshop Leigh skinny jeans, my @cosstores striped knit dress and @melimelobags Thela bag from @ybdfashion
#todayimwearing ‘don’t-look-at-me-I’m-ill-but-still-want-to-look-nice’ nude @HelenECosmetics Lip Crayon in Nectar from my @companymagazine #fashionforum goody bag.
Let me introduce you to Young British Designer’s Charlotte Taylor of @CTaylorLTD and her wonderful Sloane Square #CTPopup Shop.
I recently had the good fortune to receive a beautifully illustrated invitation to the press launch of the Charlotte Taylor Sloane Square pop-up shop.
From the Holly V Maslen designed invitation alone, I knew I was in for a treat.
Charlotte Taylor, and her kaleidoscopic world of prints, first came
onto my radarinto my wardrobe after spying her AW12 creations on Young British Designers and the rest, as they say, is history.
Charlotte’s prints are bold and daring. They instill confidence in their wearer. I promise - I’ve worn them a lot!
They turn heads.
“A collection inspired by a mother/daughter adventure through Rajasthan, India in April 2012, presented to you is a rich, colourful, playful yet modern take on this magical land.”
From parrots, lanterns and trumpets in AW12, to peacocks, the Taj Mahal, feathers and cows in SS13. Her pieces are always colourful, fun to wear and beautifully made.
When you visit the Charlotte Taylor Sloane Square pop-up store in London, which is open until the 7th June, you will see for yourself just how very irresistible her pieces are.
NOTE: I had to mentally-prise myself out of the two little quilted jackets - I loved them that much! (See photos)
“Traditional techniques complement Charlotte’s quirky prints and elegant silhouettes in a vibrant, endearing collection for spring/summer 2013.”
The small peacock quilted print bomber jacket in orange and - its sister - the Taj print quilted bomber jacket, in pale purple and lime hues, are the perfect summer statement jackets to throw over a simple shift dress, (I’m wearing my new Cos striped knit dress in the photos) or even a pair of jeans and summer sandals.
“Watch out for India’s national symbol, the peacock, whose elaborate feathers are heavily featured, along with the sacred hump back cow and infamous Taj Mahal.”
My other favourite pieces from her pop-up shop include the Taj quilted dress and the Taj bandeau bikini. You can never have too much Taj in your life as far as I’m concerned.
Charlotte selects her prints carefully and reworks them by crafting numerous garments. All equally covetable.
I’m a big fan of Charlotte Taylor, the person (a fellow Northerner, as I found out at the press launch) and her work. I’m genuinely excited to see what guises her next collections come in. A dark ‘Circus’ theme is on the cards for AW13 and I can’t wait!
Charlotte Taylor Pop-up
54 Sloane Square
Photography © Lucie Kerley