Saturday, 30 May 2015

Coletterie - Wardrobe Architect: Week 4

I seem to have missed this out for a week or so... but oh well!

This week's Wardrobe Architect is all about silhouette, and finding one that you are most comfortable in. I referred back to Week 3 (read it here) in which I spoke out the different lengths, fits and shapes that I rate in my clothes and those I feel uncomfortable wearing, and used those to pin down what kind of silhouette I like to wear.

So, thinking about all these things I like and dislike, I've put together a couple of boards with silhouettes I enjoy wearing. I used clothes of mine so I can really focus on what I can pull together from my wardrobe. I have four boards, x2 everyday and x2 going out based around skirts and trousers. I've kept any bags, jewellery or other accessories off the boards, and stuck to basic colours so not to distract from the silhouettes.

Board 1:
A-line or Skater Skirt. Fitted Top. Semi-fitted Cardi. Flat Shoes.


Board 2:
A-line or Skater Skirt. Fitted or Semi-fitted Top. Fitted Cardi. Mid/High Heels.


Board 3:
Straight or Skinny Trousers. Semi Fitted Top. Semi-fitted Cardi. Low Heel Boots.



Board 4:
Straight or Skinny Trousers. Semi Fitted Top. Loose Fit Shirt. Mid/High Heels.


I think these boards cover the silhouettes I wear pretty well. I have a small waist and good legs so these are things I can show off wearing silhouettes like these.

As always, I've added some images to my Pinterest board as 'For Silhouette' so have a nosy at them here.

Happy Weekend!

Em x

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

I can't believe how quickly May has gone, it whizzed by! In a matter of days it'll be June which I personally think is the 'official' start of Summer, June/July/August will always be summer to me... even with our weird British weather! But anyway, I jam packed the last bank holiday weekend for a while with lots of fun things, one of those things being a visit to the V&A Museum in London to see their exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

"Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe."
- V&A

I'd booked the tickets for this ages ago and to be honest I'd forgotten about it until a week or so before, but oh was it worth the visit. The exhibition itself is huge, and took myself and my Mum just over 2hrs to get round! And yes, as always I left with the exhibition book!


To be honest with you, the first display you see of some early McQueen isn't 'all that'. Let me clarify, I say that in the loosest sense as it's still McQueen and the clothes are still great, but just wait until you get round that first corner... you're in for a treat!


Room after room, display after display of beautiful, strange, detailed clothes by Alexander McQueen.

Honestly? It blew my mind. 

I wanted to touch everything, open the jackets and see how they were made, what they were made of, what fastenings they had, and more often than not, how you would actually get inside and wear that!


I've always been a fan of McQueen, seeing his work in Vogue and various books I read whilst at uni, I remember being genuinely sad when I heard the news of his death. I love his work mainly due to the theatricality of it all. His clothes are stunning and dramatic. I have also always admired the tailoring aspect McQueen brought to his work, having started out his training on Savile Row. The panelling details on some of the jackets were incredible. I also love the way McQueen was inspired by the dark and twisted, a lot of his work as a very gothic element to it, it's not all about being pure and fair.


 This exhibition collates not only beautiful garments, but the amazing hats, headpieces, shoes and accessories used in McQueen catwalk shows and editorials. There are some very interesting pieces! Some of the shoes were especially impressive, particularly some that looked like they were made of bones. Turns out, they were 3D printed for McQueen! Amazing!


But out of everything I saw, I still now cannot choose a favourite outfit, garment or accessory. There was too much to take in, my poor brain was overloaded with creative-ness!

If you haven't been to this exhibition yet and are still 'umming' and 'ahhing' over it... STOP!
This is only on at the V&A until 2nd August so just go right now and book your tickets! 
I promise you won't be disappointed, it truly is a beautiful, dramatic and inspiring exhibition.
Click here to see if there are any tickets left.


Savage Beauty really did showcase some amazing McQueen pieces, and celebrate the talent of an amazing intriguing designer. So for the next few weeks I will be curling up in bed at night with my big McQueen book, reading about his journey and creative process, and soaking up as much inspiration as I can!


If you're not already bored of my statements of love for McQueen, go check out my Pinterest board for lots of gorgeous McQueen images here

Enjoy!

Em x

**Images from the book 'Alexander McQueen' by V&A Publishing**

Saturday, 16 May 2015

More & More Dinosaurs!

I have decided to re-join the ranks and reactivate my Instagram account.

I had it about a year ago and never used it so deleted my account... or so I thought.
Then on whilst on holiday one of my gf's informed me she had been tagging me in our holiday snaps on Instagram. So obviously deleting your account does nothing, cheeky Instagram!

Anyway I'm still getting to grips with it (how old am I?!) but if you've been on my profile you may have seen that I picked up some very dashing dinosaur socks from New Look last week!
I'm wearing them today and...I LOVE THEM!

I've gone for a bit of a green theme, and I'm wearing them with my 'Roar Dino Necklace'



This may be becoming a dinosaur obsession!

Dino Socks: New Look
Jeans: River Island
Lace Top: H&M
Strap Top: H&M
Necklace: Sour Cherry

Check me out on Instagram here, I'll get the hang of it soon!

Happy Weekend!

Em x

Coletterie - Wardrobe Architect: Week 3

So here we are again visit the Coletterie 'Wardrobe Architect' project.


This week is all about exploring shape, what shapes of garments you feel best in and what shapes you feel uncomfortable in. This week had a table to fill in, rating from 0-10 what styles you feel most comfortable in, thinking about ease, length, fullness and waistline. I was a bit in-between on some of the options, as the website says some time it really does depend how you're feeling at the time! I won't bore you with the specific ratings I gave in each box, but here's a summary below. 

Skirts

I like my skirts to be somewhat loose and full. Think A-line of circle type skirts. Preferably mid thigh length to sit on my natural waistline. Very fitted, very short, very tight skirts are my nemises!

Dresses

Again, I like my dresses to be semi fitted, usually in the bodice, with a mid thigh to knee length skirt.
Although we all know how much I love a high-low hem! haha! As with skirts I cannot bear short body con style dresses, I normally end up feeling pretty self conscious. However I do have one dress from River Island that seems to break this rule, it's a zip up black number with pu panelling... (it's nice I promise!) needless to say I only wear it when I'm feeling on top of the world! Trust me, any kind of food or alcohol tummy kills the overall look! 

Trousers

This part I whizzed through as I always seem to buy the same kind of trousers. A standard straight leg jean with a normal waistline works best for me. I did buy my first pair of cropped patterned trousers last summer but I am normally weary of any kind of cropped or 3/4 length and I feel like it makes me look stumpy! On the other hand I LOVE SHORTS! There, I said it. I like my legs, and getting them out... to a certain extent. Fear not, no hot pants for me! But a lovely pair of mid thigh length shorts? I'm in them!

Tops & Blouses

I like my tops and blouses to be semi fitted and normally hip length. I do have quite a few loose fitting shirts but normally wear these un-done over a fitted strap top. Cropped or midriff bearing super fitted numbers just don't do it for me!

Jackets & Blazers

Again, semi-fitted jackets with a normal waistline are my faves. (I'm sensing a pattern here!). 
I do like to wear various length of jackets depending where I'm going and usually if it's raining or not!

Cardigans & Jumpers

I found I was pretty easy going when I came to cardigans & jumpers, I'll wear pretty much anything!
I'm not a fan of high necks or anything overly chunky but otherwise anything goes! 

Necklines

Again, I'm pretty easy going when I comes to necklines. The only neckline I steer clear of is a turtleneck. Just... ick!

Sleeves

Anything from above elbow to spaghetti straps is good for me. I'm not a fan of long sleeves unless in a jumper or cardi. And with sleeveless/strapless, again it just depends!

It was a pretty quick exercise this week to get through and I found I already have a pretty good idea of what I feel most comfortable in, and what makes me really uncomfortable. I guess this just reinforced the way I feel about certain shapes which I can then keep in mind when I'm shopping for or creating new clothes.

Let me know if you're taking part in or have already done the 'Wardrobe Architect' project :)

Em x

Monday, 11 May 2015

Women's Swimsuits Throughout History

Well wasn't yesterday lovely and sunny?!

I admit to missing the main chunk of the sun over lunchtime, but I did spend the late afternoon and evening sitting in the garden in a strap top & sunnies enjoying what was left of the sun.
It finally feels like summer is trying to make a break for it!

And on that summer note, check out this cool little vid, which has come via BuzzFeed, showing the changes in womens swimwear since the 1920s.

It's only a short video and covers the basic styles. I'd be interested to look into this more at some point, maybe I'll start yet another Pinterest board on the subject! 
**Not that I'm addicted to Pinterest or anything... I could totally give it up if I wanted to...**

Anyway, enjoy!



Em x

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

... In a while crocodile!

Just a quick one today.

I rediscovered this crocodile necklace at the bottom of my jewelley box yesterday.


Isn't he cute?!

I can't resist quirky jewellery!



Outfit Details:

Crocodile Necklace: Gift. 
Floral Print Jumper: George at Asda. 

You can find loads of great crocodile necklaces on here

See you later Alligator!

Em x

Monday, 4 May 2015

Coletterie - Wardrobe Architect: Week 2

So here we go with week 2 of the Coletterie 'Wardrobe Architect' project. (You can read week 1 here). This weeks goal is to..

"Uncover the styles that make you feel like yourself and attach words and images to them."

First up is identifying how I feel when I wear my favourite clothing. This is easy for me to answer, I feel confident, comfortable and depending on the outfit somtimes even sexy! I hold myself better and walk taller. I feel like I can talk to anyone and hold my own in any situation.

Then moving onto how I feel when I wear something that's 'not quite right', I always use the word 'frumpy'. It makes me feel uncomfortable, self conscious and out of touch, so obviously I'd want to avoid all of these!

I then had to consider who is my style icon and what about them appeals to me. This part I found quite hard , my immediate reaction was to say Audrey Hepburn is my style icon. She was so classy, elegant and feminine and I really admire that. But then I got to thinking that I could never dress in an Audrey style all the time, I like to mix it up a bit. As I mentioned in week 1, I love more of a rock chick look, which someone like Lzzy Hale just OWNS! Then you have people like Katy Perry and Jessie J (minus the stage outfits!) who have fun, bold, quirky styles that I like. Randomly, Taylor Swift even popped into my head as someone who's style I quite like! She's so cute! I think the thing that links them all is that they're comfortable in their own styles but aren't afraid to experiment which is really appealing.



Audrey Hepburn - One of the most stylish ladies of all time!

Then I needed to think about styles I like in theory but aren't really 'me'; I chose 'boho', 'gothic', and 'vintage'. I love all the little details that goes into all these styles but they are all quite 'extreme' in terms of the time and dedication I think it would take to get dressed every day! I like to experiment with different clothes and not narrow my choices down to one category. I like to have the freedom of choice when I dress depending on my mood, the day I have planned or the event/place I'm going to.
The next step was to decide on the styles that make me feel like myself. I took 15+ words from last week's answers, thinking about moods and feelings I associate with those words. I then had to narrow that list down to five words. 

I chose: Comfortable. Quirky. Fun. Easy. Detail.

Here are a few images from my Pinterest board I think represent these words well.


Cute comfy jumper - love the colours and pattern


So much love for this shirt!


I really love the lace & tassel details on these shorts - you could wear casually during the day or dress them up at night.

You can see the Pinterest board I created to collect more images I think represent those words. It has different outfits, inspiration, patterns and details to explore what these words mean to me in terms of style. You can view it here

Hopefully I can incorporate more of these styles and influences into my wardrobe.

Em x

Friday, 1 May 2015

Movie Nights: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The other night I curled up on the sofa with the Ginge and finally watched The Grand Budapest Hotel. I mentioned earlier in the year that TGBH had been nominated for 'Best Costume' Oscar 2015 and after watching the film I can totally see why costume designer Milena Canonero came away with the award. 


The film is beautiful,  a typical Wes Anderson quirky world in a gorgeous mix of pastel and candy colours with bold tones thrown in as accents. I think you can definitely see Milena Canonero's style coming through in this picture,  it reminded me a lot of Marie Antoinette which which Canonero designed the costumes for in 2006 which also won her an Oscar.

"Working with Wes is always different because he takes me to different places and different characters and situations, but however different they may be, he creates a world of this own that is very specific to him," she says. "The more I work for him the more I see he is crystalizinf his cinematice style to go with it. One has to immerse oneself into it, his world, which at first seems so light, but has many layers"

- Milena Canonero, Vanity Fair


Reading about this film has been really interesting and a great insight into costume design and development in this film. I love that the colour palette developed from some purple face cloths Canonero found and how Wes Anderson didn't want the miliatry uniforms to be too period specific or historically accurate. The film's costumes even included collaberations with fashion powerhouses Fendi and Prada. It's the small design decisions that shape the look of the characters and the overall visual feeling of the film.

"One also is stimulated by looking not only at the real people of that time, but also at other images and literature that unrelated to the period and the setting of the story" she says. "The look of each actor has to have it's raison d'etre."

- Milena Canonero, Vanity Fair


There are some great articles by Clothes on Film , The LA Times & No Glitter No Glory if you want to read more about the design in TGBH. 

I've added also some more TGBH pins to my Oscar nominations board on Pinterest so take a look and let me know what you think!




I honestly really enjoyed the film & but it was not what I was expecting at all!
I can't really describe my feelings at the end of it...! The film as strange but thoroughly enjoyable! It's fun and quirky with a subtle dark edge  I would definately recommend giving it a watch.

Em x