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Fashion Et Moi by Izziehardy@btinternet.com - 1w ago

I hope you all had a great bank holiday weekend! I spent mine picnicking in various parks across London and just generally enjoying having three days off at home after three consecutive weekends away. How amazing was the weather?! I fully enjoyed baring my legs and going jacketless for three days straight and this is what I wore on Sunday. While I normally utterly champion wearing colour, especially during the summer months when it seems even more natural to wear bright hues, today I’m sharing a monochrome look. This is how to wear a monochrome summer outfit, without sacrificing on the usual summer favourites and still being able to stay cool in the hot hot sun.

I styled the outfit around this incredible black and white seventies shirt that I picked it up recently at a vintage kilo sale. I knew it would be great for a monochrome summer outfit, with its retro flower print giving a nod to everyone’s favourite summer pattern – florals. In the past, I wouldn’t have dreamed of wearing sleeves on such a hot day but being made from some kind of linen/cotton mix, this shirt felt super light and I didn’t get too hot at all (a miracle). I love its boxy shape and loose shape – it’s technically a man’s shirt – and it looks great tucked into a pair of high waisted denim shorts.

SHIRT: VINTAGE | SHORTS: VINTAGE | CLOGS: VINTAGE | EARRINGS: VINTAGE | BAG: VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN

Sticking with the monochrome theme of the shirt, I chose to style it with a pair of white denim shorts. I bloody love white denim at this time of year – it adds a certain freshness to any look and it definitely makes this particular look more summery than if I had worn black shorts, for example. I’ve had these white shorts for a few years now and I love them – they are really high waisted and are the perfect snug fit.

I finished off the look with some pops of colour – How could I resist?! I always feel the need to add some bright hues to a monochrome outfit, whether that be with some yellow plastic earrings or a cute straw bag. Red is often the best colour to inject and while I usually opt for a red lip, for this look I thought I would go for some red shoes. Red clogs, to be precise.

I have toyed with the idea of clogs for the past few summers. In one way I think they are such an unusual yet cool summer shoe but on the other hand perhaps they are just weird, especially ones of this shape. Cool or uncool, I have never been swayed by the reputation of a fashion item before, so I thought I’d give this red pair a go. I actually really like how they look with some denim cut-off shorts, elongating my legs like no other flat shoes do. I have to admit, after a morning wandering around Portobello Road and then a trip to Battersea Park, the clogs did start to rub. However, you know how hot it was so maybe I’ll reserve this particular pair of shoes for slightly cooler days. I think they will look great with some blue jeans and a t-shirt for a cool, off-duty look.

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Fashion Et Moi by Izziehardy@btinternet.com - 2w ago

I’m writing this blog post on my lunchbreak and dreaming of being back in Barcelona, not just because Barcelona is awesome but because today it’s just absolutely freezing (I’m such a drama queen when it comes to weather). Luckily, this rainy Monday in London is just an anomaly (for now) and temperatures should be rising again in time for the bank holiday weekend – hoorah! Ok, weather report over, let’s chat about this look.

I bought these white Levi’s 501 jeans in a vintage shop in Montreal last spring, after years of searching for the perfect pair of white jeans. However, as Montreal’s spring lasted all of about two weeks, my white jeans didn’t get much air time last year, except for a blog post when I discussed the highs and lows of wearing white jeans. So, with a forecast of wall to wall sunshine and not too hot temperatures of 20 degrees, I thought a day strolling around Barcelona was the perfect time to get my white jeans out.

JEANS: VINTAGE LEVI'S 501 | T-SHIRT: VINTAGE | TRAINERS: CONVERSE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN

I kept the styling pretty simple and opted for a t-shirt and Converse to complete the look. Always wanting (and needing) to add some colour to my looks, I went for this 70s red and white striped tee that I picked up at in a recent vintage kilo sale haul. I just love its boat neckline, slim fit and the embroidery on the chest – which I’m guessing reads ‘mary’ but I could be wrong. Being still into the ever-popular colour combination of last summer – red and pink – I chose to add more colour with my pink Converse, wearing them with an exaggerated turned up hem. I finished off the look with my favourite Ray Ban round metal sunglasses, which I actually bought in Barcelona a couple of years ago. If you’re ever in Barcelona and fancy a new pair of Ray Bans, head to Optica Universitaria for amazing discounts on classic styles (not spon, just a fab tip!).

This is what I wore on our first day in Barcelona, exploring all of our old haunts, favourite streets and walking until our feet hurt (30k steps and new Converse made me a very footsore tourist). Parc de la Ciutadella has always been one of our favourite spots in Barcelona, we were lucky enough to live so close to this vibrant city park when we lived there, and this is where we shot this look. Not wanting to take my big Nikon DSLR, my film camera and my little Olympus Pen away with me to Barcelona (I have been known to do this on many trips), I decided to drop the DSLR and just shoot on film all weekend (with the exception of Instagram pics on my Olympus Pen).

I have been shooting film for years and years. I studied photography at A-level, where I learnt to develop my own film and since then it has been a great way of documenting the four years Lewis and I spent living abroad. However, since moving to London I have not been as inspired, although let’s be honest, the weather probably doesn’t help. Being back in sunny and colourful Barcelona gave me a fresh batch of inspiration and I really enjoyed shooting little bits of the city on film.

One thing I have not done much of is shooting outfits on film. It is something that I tried a few years ago on a dull day in Bristol but I didn’t stick at it. The problem with film is it’s a commitment and I don’t always know that I'll finish the roll on time to get it developed and ready to publish a blog post the next week. I often shoot just one outfit at the weekend so it’s always easier to just go digital. However, I definitely want to shoot more outfits on film. These ones didn’t come out quite as I had hoped – I don’t know why they are quite dark as it was such a bright and sunny day - but they do have a certain charm to them. Anyway, it’s a learning curve and I think Lewis, who takes my photos, actually preferred shooting on film because everything is much more considered. Now I just need to persuade him to shoot more than one look per weekend – or find some other creatives to collaborate with -  get in touch! X

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Fashion Et Moi by Izziehardy@btinternet.com - 1M ago

On the eve of the UK’s first “heatwave” of the year and after the longest stretch of dreary, rainy London days, I’m sharing what I hope will be my last winter-y outfit for a while. This is the kind of look that I have been wearing a lot recently and it incorporates a couple of trends that I have been loving over the past couple of months – vinyl and colour blocking.

If you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen this incredible seventies vinyl coat before (and indeed a very similar look to this one before) but I just had to feature it on this blog before winter was out. I bought this coat back in August last year when I stumbled across a closing down vintage shop in Vancouver. It was reduced from 100$ to just 20$ and as it was love as first sight, I was determined to squeeze it into my hand luggage back to Montreal and then into one of my already packed suitcases when we moved back to the UK a week later. I’m so glad I followed my heart because I am still totally in love with this coat to this day. It’s such a marmite piece – some people love it while others aren’t so sure but ultimately what matters is that I feel fab when I wear it.

COAT: VINTAGE | DUNGAREES: ZARA (old) | TOP: VINTAGE | BOOTS: TOPSHOP (in store)

Vinyl coats have been doing the rounds for a couple of years now but I find this one to be totally unique to the new ones currently on offer. Firstly, it is not a super shiny vinyl, like many coats are, but it has a cracked effect to it, adding an interesting texture to any look. Of course, I am obsessed with its retro shape. Being a genuine piece from the sixties/seventies, it has a flattering A-line shape but what I love the most is its super oversized dagger collar. It makes the piece even more of a statement that it already is and looks great when paired with one of my many dagger-collared shirts like in this recent Instagram photo. Finally, the colour is an absolute dream. Again, differing from the ever-popular black vinyl coats, mine is a beautiful shade of blue. It’s the kind of blue that goes perfectly with rust tones during the autumn, yellow come springtime and also lots of other shades of blue.

Aside from vinyl, the other trend that this look nails is colour blocking. If you’re unfamiliar with the meaning of colour blocking, it’s simply wearing lots of the same colour in one look and I absolutely love it. I don’t know what it is about colour blocking that excites me so much. Perhaps it’s the challenge of finding different shades of the same hue that compliment each or maybe it’s that colour blocking is actually quite lazy but effective styling? Either way, I am on board.

Since the weather warmed up a bit but whilst it has still been pretty wet I have been wearing this vinyl coat a lot. Usually paired with these Zara dungarees, I just swap the top for something like an orange turtleneck or statement shirt. I love how this 70s chevron print top with its flared sleeves adds to the retro vibe of this outfit and makes the blue colour blocking complete. The dark blue of the print goes really well with the colour of the dungarees while the turquoise shade brings a brighter hue to the colour block. To keep the look fresh for spring, I finished off the outfit with some white ankle boots in a faux patent leather (although, on super rainy days these would have been swapped for some black leather boots).

So as the weather finally improves this week, I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have been wearing regularly on recent rainy days. Maybe keep this post bookmarked, as the rain is bound to be back, eh? Even if it does, I’m off to Barcelona at the end of this week so I’ll be back with some summery content very soon! X

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Fashion Et Moi by Izziehardy@btinternet.com - 1M ago

You all know by now that I’m a total sucker for a good print. Whether that be a classic pattern like stripes or florals or something more out there, I’m always more likely to opt for a print than something plain. Enter this incredible 70s teddy bear print dress, which is new in my wardrobe and is now one of my favourite pieces I own, for many reasons.

Firstly, let’s talk about the print, which is the main thing that instantly drew me to this piece. Rows upon rows of multicoloured teddy bears with stretched out arms, almost holding hands, this teddy bear print is just so adorable, fun and unique all at the same time. Being always drawn to the vintage pieces with weird and wonderful prints, this is not actually the first piece that I own with a teddy bear print – shocker! A few months back I published a blog post entitled Some Things I Love Right Now, based around a 70s blouse with an unusual print of a teddy bear holding a flower. So, if you are looking for a new print to get on board with, I’m telling you, teddy bear print is going to happen!

DRESS: VINTAGE VIA ROKIT | BOOTS: ZARA | TIGHTS: PRIMARK (IN STORE)

Secondly, I absolutely love the shape of this dress. Being a wrap-style mini dress, it accentuates my waist and floats out over my hips, fitting me perfectly and flattering every single curve. Having seen the wrap dress trend explode last summer, I now totally get it and will definitely be looking into picking up some variants with shorts sleeves. I’m also obsessed with its collar, being an exaggerated pointed collar as seen on many shirts from the seventies era, yet with rounded tips, which adds a softer touch to this floaty piece.

Now for the colours and I am so obsessed with the colour palette of this dress. With forest green as the background, neutral and traditional coloured teddy bears stand by red teddy bears with burgundy or beige tummies and paws and purple teddy bears with lilac tummies and vice versa. Wow, that was complicated to work out! Anyway, you get the gist – it’s a feast of colours and having loved the colour combination of red and dark green for ages, I’m also loving the introduction of purple into my print collection.

Alright, alright, I’ll stop overanalysing this awesome piece now and chat about how I’ve styled it shall I?! In true retro fashion, I decided to pair the teddy bear print dress with some burgundy red tights as black tights just would not have worked as well. I do think some forest green tights or even some purple ones could have worked equally well – I just only currently have red and orange tights in my colourful tights drawer so maybe I need to rectify that, stat!

I finished off the look with my favourite black boots from Zara and if I had had it with me, my burgundy Coach saddle bag would’ve gone perfectly with these hues. Alas, these photos were taken in Bristol over the Easter weekend and I actually don’t mind going sans sac for this outfit as it just allows the dress to do the talking even more. These are some of my favourite photos in a while – the morning light is perfect and I love the location with the bright red door helping the colour pop in the dress.

If you could create a new print, what would you design? X

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Fashion Et Moi by Izziehardy@btinternet.com - 1M ago

As I write this I’m sitting editing these photos on a rainy Thursday afternoon bus ride back to Bristol for the Easter weekend and I wanted to put some relevant notes to paper. I had wanted to shoot these incredible sixties floral embroidered flares for so long and while I absolutely love these photos, I truly do, they also have their flaws too. I have very recently started editing my blog photos using Photoshop, which is nothing shocking or ground-breaking as many bloggers or the photographers that bloggers work with use this incredible tool to edit photos. I had wanted to master this programme for years and having recently been taught some basics by my fabulous colleagues at work, I decided to take the (£9.99/month subscription fee) plunge and download it.

Now, when I said that these photos have their flaws what I really mean is that they have not been over-edited and there are many things that could have been retouched to make the images more polished. My very visible bra straps, my visible panty line, the wrinkles in the fabric and, of course, my very hated eye bags could all have been smoothed out but that’s not really what blogging is all about is it? Don’t get me wrong – I’m not about to start posting untouched photos on my blog (except film photos of course) because I love photography and I love enhancing photos to make them look their best, in terms of the lighting and making the colours pop. However, I still want to have an element of “realness” to my imagery and that means the odd crease here and the odd visible underwear line there - or, in hindsight, not wearing underwear on shoot day! I guess what I’m trying to say is that despite wanting to play around with the endless editing possibilities of Photoshop, I am pledging to stay real in what I put online. (You guys will forgive me for Photoshopping out a dog turd in last week’s blog post photos right? No-one needs that much realness, ha!)

FLARES: VINTAGE | TOP: NOBODY'S CHILD | BOOTS: TOPSHOP (in store) | HAT: VINTAGE

Now with that little brain dump out of the way, let’s talk about this outfit! I bought these blue sixties floral embroidered flares probably about a year ago now and it was one of those many times when I fell head over heels for a piece but actually had nothing to wear it with. These trousers also came with a matching shirt/jacket and while I think the full suit looks absolutely fabulous, I am saving the ensemble for a special occasion. However, of course, I couldn’t resist sharing just one teaser photo of the full look before chatting about this outfit sans jacket.

As I was saying, it took me ages to find a way of styling these floral embroidered flares. I know that sounds ridiculous but I wanted to keep the look authentic to the sixties era that these trousers come from. Back in January my sister gave me this yellow and white striped turtleneck for my birthday and I knew instantly that it would go so well with the flares. It sits perfectly just above the super high waistline, its turtleneck is a nod to sixties styling and its colour matches the white and yellow of the floral embroidery on the legs.

Finally, finding the right pair of shoes to go with these floral embroidered flares was the trickiest part. Suddenly, the white boots trend emerged and all problems were solved. Not wanting to spend too much money on some white boots because they are going to get ruined quite quickly, I picked up this pair of white patent ankle boots from Topshop for less than £40. They are super comfortable and I love how they look with the flares, bringing to attention the white in the floral embroidery and tying the whole look together perfectly.

Thank you for reading my little ramble about Photoshop and I hope you enjoy this outfit as much as I do – it’s been a long time coming! Do let me know what you think about the two-piece – Lewis hates the whole ensemble but I love it, so back me up guys! X

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Fashion Et Moi by Izziehardy@btinternet.com - 1M ago

So, I knitted a cardigan! That’s right, I knitted this chunky pink cardigan with pompoms on the shoulders and balloon sleeves. It’s a total monstrosity but I absolutely love it.

There’s quite a story to the creation of this knit. Almost a year ago now, I was scrolling aimlessly through Pinterest and I came across this photo of a girl wearing a slouchy pink cardigan with pompoms on the sleeves. I loved its effortless fit and how good it looked paired with a slogan t-shirt and some light blue jeans.

After some investigation, I found out that the cardigan was made by Mums Handmade, a Greece-based brand whose products are hand-knitted by “kickass mums”. By now you may have seen bloggers around the world wearing Mums Handmade knits - they are quite the blogger favourite and there’s no wonder why. Taking inspiration, both from the handmade aspect of these cardigans and from the actual design itself, I decided to knit my own!

CARDIGAN: HANDMADE BY ME! | JEANS: VINTAGE LEVI'S 501 | T-SHIRT: TOPSHOP (old) | SHOES: CONVERSE

The creation of this statement knit was the collaboration of three generations. I had the idea and, of course, knitted the whole thing. My genius grandma helped with the design as we had no pattern to work from. My mum generously bought me the wool – it’s the Crazy Sexy Wool in Hot Punk Pink by Wool & The Gang. Sadly, my mum didn’t make it to see the end result as she passed away from motor neurone disease in October. I can almost hear her now, on seeing the end result – “wow, that’s great!” she would say, even if she thought it was totally wild.

I can say that knitting this cardigan brought me great comfort at the worst time of my life – knitting can feel quite therapeutic and it’s so great to turn off screens and just sit down to do an old craft. I loved collaborating with my grandma on this as it brought us closer together and gave us a distraction during such a difficult period. I feel that this cardigan will always feel special, having a connection to both my mum and grandma, and I know I will keep it forever.

Today, I am sharing the finished pink cardigan for the first time and I am so pleased with how it turned out. At times, I was worried that I’d made it too big or too small but it actually has that perfect oversized fit. It’s lovely and slouchy, billowing out on the back and being cinched in just under the bum by the rib. I love how the pompoms go across the back and the chest before creeping down the arms to a balloon sleeve.

I’ve styled it in a simple way that is reminiscent of the outfit that inspired me in the first place, which, of course, meant jeans, a t-shirt and Converse. These jeans are my vintage Levi’s 501s that I wear all the time and are super comfy. I think the wash of the jeans goes perfectly with the hot pink colour of the cardigan and I love how the cardigan sits just below the bum. This melon tee is a few years old now but I bring it out every summer and I love the way the green clashes with the vibrant pink of the cardigan.

So there’s the story of how I knitted this pink cardigan, from the inspiration to the making of it and the finished garment. It’s quite a personal piece to me and I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly different type of post. X

P.S. Have a bloody wonderful long Easter weekend! You deserve it!

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Fashion Et Moi by Izziehardy@btinternet.com - 2M ago

In last week’s Spring Inspiration post I wrote about how I wanted to inject some new colours into my wardrobe. I have been practically living in primary colours these past few months so I am looking to wear more pink, green and purple and here is the first outfit post from this quest! Featuring a pink blazer and some pink Converse, quite clearly I’m tackling the ‘how to wear pink’ aspect of my spring challenge and this look is a mix of forgotten, very worn and new pieces – as do many of my outfits on here in fact!

The pink blazer has been doing the rounds for the last couple of years, ever since the resurgence of all things pink and power-dressing made a comeback. I picked up this amazing 80s wool pink blazer in Paris back in 2014 just before a trip to Berlin, where I wore it non-stop over the long weekend but for some reason, I have not worn it since. I guess it’s because I had to streamline my wardrobe when moving to Barcelona and then Montreal and this pink blazer somehow didn’t make the cut. It’s funny because now that I am reunited with it, I remember how I felt when I first bought it. I absolutely loved the slightly coral pink colour but was worried that the shoulders were a bit too big. Of course now, in 2018, my perspective on oversized shoulders has changed and I think this pink blazer gets it just right – power shoulders are definitely the kind of shoulders I want in my wardrobe.

PINK BLAZER: VINTAGE | TROUSERS: VINTAGE | BRETON TOP: VINTAGE | SHOES: CONVERSE | EARRINGS: VINTAGE

For the rest of the outfit, I continued the smart/casual vibe of the blazer and layered it over a navy blue and white striped Breton top tucked into some high waisted navy suit trousers. I love pink and navy blue as a colour combination and seeing as I colour block navy blue, adding a touch of pink really brings this look into spring. 

Footwear-wise, I could not resist adding a bit more pink to the look, in the form of these awesome pink Converse, of course! I had wanted a pair of pink Converse for ages so when I spied this second-hand pair in like new condition it was a no-brainer. I love how awkward they look with the length of these trousers, with the top of the trainers just being covered – awkward, yes, but equally effortless with that “thrown together” vibe.

I finished off the look with a super straight low pony. I have been wearing my hair like this a lot recently because my hair is in desperate need of a cut and can’t take regular curling and hairspray! I also think it adds to the smart side of this smart-meets-casual look so swings and roundabouts, eh?

So, there we go – a look that’s quite different for me but one that starts to put into practice what I mentioned in my Spring Inspiration post. Don’t you love how good the green railings in the background look with the pink? (This was planned of course) I’m definitely going to try pairing these colours together in an outfit soon!

As a final note, pink blazer aside, I just wanted to mention that I want to start writing some more personal posts dealing with mental health/life in your twenties. These are the kinds of posts I have been drawn to lately and the comfort that I get from having someone else describe exactly how I feel is incredible and I want to contribute to that conversation. If I can help someone feel better like others have made me then that would be amazing. I’m just trying to figure out how to format these types of posts because I don’t want to stop writing about outfits I love either, so just bear with me.

Lots of love X

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Fashion Et Moi by Izziehardy@btinternet.com - 2M ago

After a dire week of weather last week (although, having lived through a Montreal winter, I did find the whole thing rather over-dramatic), I thought it was about time to start thinking about spring! Don't get me wrong, I love winter fashion. I love layers, coats and boots and the styling possibilities that come with generally wearing more clothes. However, I am definitely over being cold now and I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into the spring dressing. So with that, I thought I'd share some spring inspiration and some of the things that have been pinning over on my SS18 Pinterest Board. Enjoy! X

NEW COLOURS

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have noticed that I have been wearing A LOT of primary colours recently. I don't know why, I guess I have just been naturally gravitating towards pieces in red, yellow and blue and although I am not about to give that up anytime soon, I do want to inject some new colours into my wardrobe this spring. It is no secret that purple is going to be the colour of the season and I am really excited to inject some more of this forgotten hue into my looks and experiment with what other colours it goes with. Thanks to these mood boards, I can safely say that I'll be trying out the purple and yellow colour combo. I absolutely love it - it shouldn't work but it does and I'm already conjuring up and outfit featuring this 70s purple dress I have with that certain yellow coat you've all seen a thousand times before. Watch this space.

I also want to start buying some more green and pink pieces. I think these colours look great together but separately they are fun and fresh hues to be rocking this spring/summer time. I have a few pink pieces already, which you will see styled up in next week's blog post but I am seriously lacking in some green in my wardrobe. I love this ditsy print green wrap dress worn by Jeanne Damas (of course the Parisian balcony in the photo helps with its appeal) and I definitely think I'll be looking for something similar come bare leg weather. What colours are you looking to invest some time in come spring?

SHOP PURPLE/GREEN/PINK/YELLOW

WRAP TOPS

First came the wrap dresses last summer, now here come the wrap tops and I'm totally sold. They remind me of the ballet cardigan I would wear when I was younger and I'm totally ok with that. It's the perfect piece for the transitional period we are slowly breaking in to now or for those chillier summer evenings, paired with some high waisted jeans for the ultimate chic meets casual vibe. Wrap tops are great because, similarly to wrap dresses, you can synch them in at the waist as much or as little as you need to create the most flattering silhouette. I actually already have a wrap top made from linen that I got from my mum when she cleared out her wardrobe last summer. And it's purple, which is such a bonus! Think I might need to buy those yellow Weekday jeans now...

SHOP WRAP TOPS

HAIR CLIPS & SCARVES

I've been growing my hair for the past year or so and this spring/summer I definitely want to play around with more interesting hair styles. A quirky up do or an eye catching clip can totally change a whole outfit and also add some interest to a simple jeans and t-shirt combo. Last summer I played around a bit with this wearing vintage scarves in my hair but this year I really want to make this part of my look for the warmer months. I love the look of a colourful bandana looks entwined with a low messy bun or the retro vibe wide headscarf gives to an outfit, as demonstrated by Ms Bardot above. More recently, I have been drawn to statement or oversized hair clips too. I think messy hair pulled together in a low pony tail with a thin gold clip looks so effortless and a clip like this is definitely something I am going to look into purchasing.

SHOP ACCESSORIES

So there we are - some spring inspiration for you or "spring-spiration" if you like play on words as much as me, ha. I hope you have enjoyed this post - I loved putting it together and being able to organise my styling thoughts visually on Pinterest is always such a joy! What SS18 trends, colours and things in general are you getting into for the coming season? Share you spring inspiration in the comments below - I'd love to know! X

SOURCES

Victoria Beckham / Megan Ellaby / Sara Helleberg

Pinterest / Vogue / Jeanne Damas

Pinterest / Megan Ellaby / Lisa Says Gah

Free People / Alice Catherine / Pinterest / Pinterest

Lindsey Holland / Pinterest

 

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Fashion Et Moi by Izziehardy@btinternet.com - 2M ago

Today we're going to start at the bottom, with the feet, which is not a place where we normally start. I had been looking for a pair of black ankle boots for a long time. You would think this would be easy task, what with the vast amount of choice out there, but no. I can be particularly fussy when it comes to footwear, knowing exactly what I want and I became obsessive in the search for some reasonably priced black ankle boots. My criteria was a black leather ankle boot with a mid-height block heel in an almost sock boot shape. I find boots that hug the top of the ankle so flattering that I wasn't prepared to settle for anything looser. Of course, I have already found my perfect black ankle boots in the form of these lace-up beauties from By Far Shoes, but at €465, I'll have to save up a while for those!

Finally, after months of searching, I came across these ones from Zara. Although online it didn't look like they came up high enough on the ankle, at just £70 I thought I'd give them a go. I'm so glad I did because I just love them! They are the perfect height on the ankle, they hug the leg just how I wanted a pair of black ankle boots to and the heel is just the right height for walking around in all day. They are so comfy and £70 for some real leather boots is damn good.

DUNGAREES: ZARA (old) | RAINBOW JUMPER: ROKIT VINTAGE | COAT: VINTAGE | BOOTS: ZARA | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN

Thanks to being so snug on the leg, these Zara boots look particularly good with skirts and dresses as well as cropped length trousers, such as these dungarees. There is the perfect gap between the top of the boots and the bottom of the dungarees which is so flattering. Plus, this is will look even better come warmer weather when I’m not wearing tights under everything and can actually flash a bit of ankle!

You've seen these blue denim dungarees countless times on here and over on Instagram, styled for both day and night as well as in both minimal looks and more seventies-inspired outfits, which its shape lends itself to so well. This cream knit with rainbow stripes on the shoulders is a genuine seventies piece that I picked up for super cheap because there’s a teeny hole on the front. I love how it looks layered under the dungarees, even if the straps interrupt the rainbow, I quite like that, and of course the dungarees hide the small hole! It’s funny because I had been looking for a retro rainbow jumper for so long and then I found two at once - this one and the navy turtleneck that I wore in my recent Bold In Paris post. Like buses, like rainbow knits, I guess!

I finished off the look with my beloved yellow coat, which is another genuine seventies piece, and I love how it looks with the tone of blue of the dungarees. Finally, the sun was shining so out came the sunglasses – hoorah! Of course I chose my Ray Ban round metals to complete the retro look.

Thanks so much for reading about my search for the perfect black ankle boots. I hope you are all surviving the current arctic temps and I say roll on those warmer and sunny days. Who’s with me?! X

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Fashion Et Moi by Izziehardy@btinternet.com - 3M ago

Oh, Fashion Week. It’s been a while old friend. 

As I am sure you know, London Fashion Week has been taking place over the last five days and on Friday I popped down to The Strand bright and early to get some street style snaps for a blog post I had to write at work. If you’ve ever been to fashion week, you know that it’s totally normal to sucked into the “OMG, what am I going to wear” stress/excitement because there are so many factors to consider. Do I seek comfort in trainers or go for a (slight) heel to elevate the look? What’s the weather going to do? Do I need to plan my outfit around a coat for warmth or just risk it? Should I worry about trends or just go in what feels natural?

When I lived in Paris and would go to Paris Fashion Week as a freelance reporter, I would plan my outfits quite far in advance just to make sure there would not be any last minute hiccups. However, this year I only found out a few days beforehand that would be going down to London Fashion Week so it was a case of pulling an outfit together that considered the above factors but not to the extent of stressing me out.

CARDIGAN: ROKIT VINTAGE | FLARES: LEVI'S VIA ROKIT VINTAGE | TURTLENECK: VINTAGE | BOOTS: ROKIT VINTAGE | HAT: VINTAGE | BACKPACK: VINTAGE

So how did I put together my London Fashion Week outfit? To be honest, I just wanted to “do me”, without worrying about trends or what other people would be wearing and so I decided on a look that really reflects my style right now. Being highly influenced by sixties and seventies fashion, I knew that I just had to wear these uh-mazing 70s Levi’s flares that I got recently. They are a beautiful dark turquoise shade and being made from corduroy means I can finally get on the cord bandwagon.

I paired the cords with this incredible 60s fluffy cardigan that I had had on hold at work for ages. I figured London Fashion Week was the perfect time to air this statement jacket for the first time and the fact that its colour (almost) matches the cords shows that it was just meant to be. I broke up this tonal blocking with a contrast orange turtleneck, whose colour goes so well with the turquoise, adding more points to this retro look. On Friday morning I did get worried that I was going to be cold sans coat but I stuck to the plan, just layering a thermal top underneath the turtleneck for some extra warmth (oh, the glamour).

I finished off the look with some seventies-style accessories. These chunky black boots work really well with the bootleg shape of the flares and their slight heel was pretty comfortable for a morning on my feet. I chose to add the baker boy cap mainly to keep my hair (read: fringe) in check because let’s face it; no one wants windswept bad hair at London Fashion Week. Finally, I popped my essentials in this multicoloured suede mini backpack, which I hadn’t worn for ages.

So there we have it – “doing me” at London Fashion Week because sometimes nothing will make you feel better than dressing for no one else but you. X

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