Friday, 29 August 2014

east meets west

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Clothes shopping is never simply just a 'like, drag to shopping basket and pay' scenario. More often than not, I have a tendency to conjure up elaborate situations in my mind in which the potential piece in question, plays the leading role. There's jazzy music playing in the background, day to evening possibilities and a dance with my existing accessories and complementary tops/bottoms/outerwear. Everything comes leaping out of the wardrobe and if it's still two-stepping away by the end of it, it stays. This is exactly what happened with this Oriental floral shirt.

I remember clapping my eyes on it in H&M and thinking 'oh my, that would be the perfect thing to wear to eat copious amounts of dim sum/sushi/noodles in' - I know, I have my priorities in order. I dreamed of sitting cross-legged behind towers of steaming bamboo baskets and bowls of piping hot bowls with a pair of chopsticks in hand, and a pair in my hair (because chopstick constructed buns are a must).

 Shortly after that, I handed over my debit card and the rest is history (it came home with me).

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[shirt - H&M, crochet lace shorts - eBay, Lita lookalikes - eBay, felt fedora - ASOS]

From growing up by the south coast to becoming a full-time Londoner, I had to incorporate a touch of British influence into this ensemble somehow. Layers of lace and delicate crochet have always reminded me of the Victorians. During the years of primary and middle school, we'd dress up as characters from the era, twirl around the playground in our doily dresses and pen down our thoughts in our best cursive handwriting. Whilst the length of these crochet shorts are a touch higher than a below-the-knee cut, I couldn't resist pairing features from both the Far East and the West together - opposites attract.

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Now, is it strange to have dim sum with a side order of Earl Grey?

No, I didn't think so either. I'll stick to the prints.

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

shawl cardigan - botanical florals - oversized sunglasses

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A few years ago, my staple shades were variations of black and white. My wardrobe was a shrine to monochrome until I introduced a little summin' summin' to spice things up. Get your minds out of the gutter, people! A bright floral blazer joined the party. The print was obnoxious, busy, loud and everything that I had previously shunned so naturally, I loved it.

Little did I know that purchasing the £10 rejected outerwear from Topshop's sales rack started a full-blown affair with bright displays of colour and florals altogether. Case and point, this particular ensemble.

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Do you recognise the red dress? It certainly did the rounds around the blogosphere last summer. Whilst it's a primarily fitted, the slight skater-esque flare made it perfect twirlin' material on a summer's day yet appropriate with a pair of black opaques and platform heels in the evening. I was drawn to the graphics aspect of the piece with the stamps of monochrome botanical florals. I deem it a timeless addition to the wardrobe for many seasons to come (as I say for 90% of everything else that I own).

As for the cape like cardigan, my wish to look like a Hogwarts student/superhero hybrid had come true the moment I clapped my eyes on the AA boucle shawl cardigan. I fell in love. Since then, I can be found running around the city with my accompanying wings pretending that I'm the next Batman/Dumbledore/Victor Krum. 

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Moving swiftly on, did you spot the leopard print oversized sunglasses? Firmoo whisked over this pair of sunnies in time for the British heatwave and it's been living in my bag (and resides over half of my face when they're on) ever since. My mother even 'officially' announced that she'll be stealing them from me and proceeded to pluck them off my face and promptly sitting it on hers. I chose a non-prescription tinted pair but there are options for a prescription pair as well as choosing various shades and intensity of the tinted lenses. It's a $20-$50 addition should you require them to be photochromic or polarised. 

The customer service was great, shipping was fast and the whole experience was nothing short of wonderful. It arrived in a sturdy glasses case adorned with a charming map print, an extra black fabric bag, a cleaning cloth and a nifty screwdriver keyring for a quick fix should the screws loosen when you're on-the-go. 

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If you're interested in trying out a pair of glasses from Firmoo, they're currently running a 'free glasses' promotion for new customers. With the code 'FREEFIRMOO', you can choose between a selection of frames along with a complimentary case, cleaning cloth and accessories of your own. You'll just have to pay for the lenses and shipping! You can find out more details about it here.

I don't make any commission off the sales nor am I being compensated for this post, I was genuinely impressed with the product and level of service that I received so didn't hesitate to share it with you all on the blog incase anyone else was interested too! : )

And with that, I shall be off! The fruit bowl is calling me.

My mother brought home a case of 24 giant peaches yesterday. She bought them for a grand total of £3.99 from Chinatown (a mistake in their printing resulted in our household turning to an adaption of Shu and the Giant Peach(es)). 

She unknowingly bought a big carton of peach juice earlier too. 

Sending you all lots of love, I hope you're having a great day so far! :)

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Tropicool

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Sunday: Tropicool seems to have been titled appropriately for today's post! In London, our long stretch of summer has been loudly interrupted with sweeps of clouded downpours, an unannounced chorus of thunder and sudden spells of strong turbulence.

After bidding farewell to Jordan (and looking through the weekend's camera roll with a sigh and realisation that I will forever fail at goodbyes), I sloped upstairs, plonked onto my bed and decided that we were well overdue for a catch up.

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The sleeves of my mustard cardigan are messily hoisted up my arms and I'm sitting in my Marvel shorts listening to my sisters' replay past episodes of Breaking Bad. This is what Sundays are about, right?

I'd much rather be spinning around in the outfit above though. The classic Hawaiian shirt has branched itself out in shorts form... with pompoms attached. They were kindly sent to me by Missguided and I've been wearing them a lot since they arrived at my doorstep.

Jordan was very amused by the border of tiny white orbs and keeps thinking they're miniature marshmallows. I'll leave you to decide on what to think of that.

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[Hawaiian pom pom shorts - Missguided* | Vest - Zara | Wedges - Sister's | Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters]

Whilst they're a front runner for the beach, I wanted them to be a candidate for day-to-day wear too. This Zara vest is a recent sales purchase and it's been my daily uniform since. It dresses up casual bottoms (like these shorts) and looks dapper paired with a smart blazer, skinny jeans and barely there sandals. We're going to be very good friends.

Well, the last remaining chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are now calling me. The spine cover recently pulled itself away from the rest of the book and some pages have decided to detach themselves too. They don't deal with excessive rereading very well.

How will you be spending the rest of your day?

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