little things I love

Recently I’ve been loving leopard print, and especially pairing little hints of it with this spotted dress. I didn’t know where I’d put this dress for a while, but I finally found it among my stupid amount of clothes and now I’ve been wearing it non stop. It’s been one of my very favourites over the summer. The cut and fit of it are simple, but one that I find really flattering.

I bought it a couple of months ago from Temt. I spoke about this dress a while ago in a favourites post I think it was, and in that post I said that I never buy clothing from Temt, and I still don’t. After I found this dress there I kept returning to try and find more things I love as much, but I never have.

I feel like leopard print is such a classic print, but at the same time can be done so wrong. I do love when things are a little tacky, but I also don’t like it to be too much. I bought my phone case and scrunchie from Princess Polly, they were not expensive at all and they just add a little bit of the ugliness I seem to love so much.

It’s probably kind of obvious already that I love clashing patterns, and I think this combination of spots and leopard may be one of my new favourites. I think because all the tones in this outfit are neutrals, it makes it very unoffensive and much easier to feel like an easy combo to pull off.

I’m getting a bit bored of summer dressing and the hot weather just seems to keep dragging on and on, so for the most part I’ve just been wearing really boring outfits like this one. But even though it’s a boring outfit, I think it relies pretty heavily on the dress being a flattering cut for me, and also the cute (tacky) little accessories I put with it.

I know this is a very short post, but I realised not everyone wants to read essay length posts about why I love clothes so much, and I’m going to try and write my posts shorter and maybe more frequently. Plus, there’s really not much else I can say about this dress and some leopard print goodies.

Dress: Temt / Shoes: Doc Martens 

the most perfect combination

Am I really about to dedicate a whole post to velvet and checked pieces? The answer is absolutely I am. I think it’s pretty normal for everyone to have a (favourite is a strong word and I’m not sure if I can commit to it) fabric that they love to wear a little more than most, and for me, that’s velvet. And of course my favourite pattern to wear has to be checks.

I’ve loved velvet forever, and the fact that in the last few years it’s gotten super popular and super accessible, makes me very happy. Everything about it is so luxurious, and I feel like it can just elevate almost any piece of clothing.

This singlet I got probably 2 and a half years ago from Zara, and I still love it so very much. It’s a really simple design but it’s the dark blue velvet that makes it special. Because it is so simple, you can wear it with pretty much anything you want and it looks good. Plus, the colour is absolutely one of my very favourites to wear.

My skirt I bought while I was in Ireland at Urban Outfitters. It’s so cute and you can wear it with so much. For me it’s pretty much my alternative to wearing denim skirts. The fit of it is really nice, and I love the asymmetric hem and of course the tortoiseshell buttons.

The bag I spoke about a little in my last post about the best things I’ve found in salvos recently. It’s so cute and I’m still so happy and excited that I found it.

Top: Zara / Skirt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Kmart / Bag: Vintage 

This next outfit is two brand new pieces. Straight neck dresses like this one are my favourite style to wear. I have another dress really similar to this one which I’ve included in other blog posts. Over the summer I’ve worn my other one to death and I’ve been trying to find another one that I’ll love as much, so when I saw this one I had to get it. Plus, this yellow shade is so very cute.

I’ve never seen a more me piece of clothing than this blazer. As soon as I saw this I had to have it. A green velvet blazer, it had my name written all over it. I usually don’t go for crushed velvet, but I definitely can overlook it for everything else this blazer offers. I always go for oversized, long-line blazers, and this definitely isn’t one, so I got one a few sizes up. I usually wear a size 8 and I bought a size 14 in this blazer, just for reference.

The bag I talked about in a recent post, I haven’t stopped using it since then. The colours in the bag just go with so many colours that I wear day to day. I’m still in love with it.

Dress: Neon Hart / Blazer: H&M / Shoes: Doc Martens

diamonds in the rough

I’ve always loved second hand shopping, I can’t remember a time ever when I haven’t. I think a lot of the love for it definitely came from my mum, because she’s always loved going there and has been taking me to them since I was tiny. Both me and my mum are very creative people, and I think maybe that’s why we both love the challenge and thrill of finding something amazing.

I’d say probably around a third, or maybe even half, of my closet is made up of pieces I’ve found at op shops and vintage stores. Something I find is that when I’m second hand shopping, I’m so open and ready to experiment with new looks and pieces because everything is so cheap, so I never feel like I’m gonna be wasting my money.

There’s so much waste in the fashion industry, which is kind of hard for me to talk about because I absolutely contribute to it, but buying second hand lessens the feelings of guilt for sure.

Apart from the shoes, everything is this outfit was bought second hand. The t-shirt isn’t mine it’s my friends, but I know that she bought it from an op shop, and I’m pretty sure she cut it into a crop top which immediately makes it that little bit more flattering. The blazer, pants are bag are all things that I found and bought myself at different salvos.

The pants fit me like a glove, admittedly they’re pretty short on me, but they kind of fit like a kick flare on me so I think it works. A good pair of pants that fit well and really flatter your figure are always a major staple in my wardrobe, and I think they’re amazing for everyone to own at least one pair of.

I love how blazers look, but they can be really expensive, and I never wanted to invest in one because I wasn’t sure how much I would wear one. I’ve spoken about the Jaeger blazer that I found in salvos last year, and I recently found this one which I also love. I really love the way blazers look, especially longer line and slightly manly looking ones for a more androgynous feel. As much as I love blazers, I don’t wear them enough to warrant spending a lot of money on one.

The bag is one of my favourite recent op shop finds, it’s so gorgeous and I was looking at buying a bag in a similar style so it was such a lucky find. The velvet and beading on it is so perfect and so my style, plus being black means it goes with everything.

colours & textures

I’ve always been really into wearing colour, even when I was younger and it was kind of the edgy thing to be wearing all black everything. As much as I wanted to come off cool and different, I really just could never wear all black or monochrome everyday. Use of colour is something that hugely inspires me, not just in terms of fashion, but in almost every creative aspect of my life.

It’s a well known fact that colour can have a huge affect on your mood, and I think it’s absolutely true. I also find myself gravitating to certain colours and tones, and depending on how I feel I can definitely see changes in what I’m wearing depending on that. Wearing certain colours can definitely make me feel certain ways.

Green is my favourite colour, in particular dark emeralds and forest green shades. It’s always my favourite colour to wear by far, and I always seem to feel most comfortable and confident when I’m wearing it. The dress I’m wearing in this post is one of my favourite pieces in my whole wardrobe, and a lot of that is attributed to it’s gorgeous colour. I’m just so attracted to these shades of green, I feel like they suit me, and because of that wearing them makes me feel really good.

I think this dress is honestly perfect. Obviously the colour is completely beautiful, but the cut of it and the way that the satin makes it sit on the figure makes it so flattering. The fabric they’ve used for this dress is perfect for it’s style and shape, and it lets the cowl neck drape so beautifully.

Colour is the number one thing for me, but texture comes in close second. I love clothing and accessories with interesting materials and textures. I love fabrics like satin, velvet and corduroy, and the way that they can transform a piece of clothing that would otherwise be nothing at all special into something completely different. For instance, if this dress had been made in a jersey material or even cotton, it would look and sit completely different to how it does.

My bag is new, and I’m so obsessed with it. Again, the things that really attracted me to it was the colours, and the mock snakeskin leather. The colours on this bag are amazing. Firstly, its got my favourite green, plus a beautiful deep red and burnt orange. In theory, these colours just should not look good together, but I love them next to each other.

This bag is quite obviously a huge rip off of the Chloe Faye backpacks. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you may have seen the rip off Fendi bag I have, well this is from the same little asian shop that I bought that bag from. I know a lot of people are really against buying fake designer pieces, but I have no where near the funds to be able to afford the real version.

As a little side note, you can see the green theme flow through into my jewellery. Everyday I wear one necklace with green malachite, and a an emerald ring. My other necklace I bought in Ireland and it has two coins with claddagh rings on it, and I also wear an actual claddagh ring too.

But back to the point of this post, if you’re feeling bored of your wardrobe, just adding in some textures that you wouldn’t normally go for can completely change the vibe of your look. While I’ve always been really into colour, textures that aren’t ‘conventional’ for whatever piece they’re used in, seemed a little scarier and harder to wear. Even more so when they’re also coloured, just like my bag.

As I’ve gotten older (that sounds really dramatic considering I’m 19 years old), I’ve made the decision to wear whatever I want to, and things that make me feel confident and good about myself. Wearing clothes that I see as boring, reflect in my mood, but whenever I throw on an outfit like the one I’m wearing in this post, I feel very ‘me’, and I think that’s one of my favourite things about fashion and it’s something that I personally think a lot of people are forgetting. For me, fashion is a form of self expression, and that makes it so much fun.

finding my inspiration

Lately I’ve been finding it hard to decide on what to write, I haven’t been feeling super inspired and like I’m just having a bit of a creative block. It’s super inconvenient and always leaves me feeling a bit down. Over the years though, I’ve found some ways that seem to work for me in getting me back on track and starting to create things again.

Usually I use this blog to talk about fashion or beauty, but there’s only so much I can do of that before it starts getting repetitive. This space is always going to be one where I can talk about and share my love of those things, but I think it should also be one where I can talk about whatever I want, just my own little space to rant about anything.

Creativity is a tricky thing. It can be so up and down, and it can seem like either way can almost always be an extreme. I’ve always loved art, and over the last 2 years I’ve fallen back in love with drawing, but for the last 6 months I haven’t drawn. It’s a very upsetting thing, for me it feels like I’m losing a part of myself. Over the last week though, I’ve started painting again.

I think for me, inspiration comes from everywhere. Things as small as seeing a location, to things like visiting galleries can get my mind going.

The overall point of this post is just to talk about ways that can get me feeling like creating again, and maybe give anyone who needs a bit of help to feel a bit inspired again.

Tumblr is something I’ve used for years, and it almost will always have some images on it that I will fall in love with, and that will give me some ideas. Images in general are a major source of inspiration for me. Tumblr I particularly find useful for finding beautiful images of visual arts and photography.

Blogs are a huge inspiration, for obvious reasons, and there’s a few fashion bloggers in particular that are massive style loves of mine, but also just their whole aesthetic really speaks to me in one way or another. All of their instagrams I stalk on a regular basis too, and the feeds are beautiful.

Here’s a little list of some of my favourites:

Lizzy Hadfield – www.shotfromthestreet.com – @shotfromthestreet

Lucy Williams – www.fashionmenow.co.uk – @lucywilliams02

Lindsey Holland – www.ropesofholland.com – @ropesofholland

Yan Yan Chan – www.yanyanchan.com – @_yanyanchan

Devon Carlson (not a blogger, just an insta I love) @devonleecarlson

Something that always seems to help me with blogging, is just going out and taking photos before I even know what I want to write about. Sometimes I’ll think of the idea before I take the photos for the post, but with me it’s very common to take the photos first, and then what I want to write about will hit me.

I think it’s pretty obvious to say, but I do different things to inspire myself in each creative area I undertake. So for fashion and blogging, I love looking at instagram accounts like the ones I mentioned earlier. Each of those women really seems to have their own aesthetic, and seeing the way the outfits they wear reflect that is something that I always admire. A few of those girls have youtube accounts, and I love watching the videos they upload.

I’m a big believer in retail therapy (which is kind of sad to admit), so I am always checking asos’ new-in section and just looking around in stores to see if there’s any new styles that I fall in love with. Majority of the time at least one of these options will get me thinking about outfits and clothing again, and getting excited about them. And sometimes I just need a classic salvos trip to get me to really think more about what I want to do with clothing. I think it’s maybe the fact that sometimes the pieces you find are so unique that really excites me.

When I’m having a complete creative block in terms of making art, the main social media I look at is tumblr. I guess like all other forms of social media, tumblr is really all about what you make of it. I follow a lot of blogs that post visual art and beautiful photos, so for me I find it really inspiring. Things like magazines and books are of course also good, honestly any reading can help me.

Like everything in life, I know that each and every one of us has our own ways of dealing with the issues we encounter, but I just wanted to share some of the little things I like to do when I’m feeling a bit stuck in a rut just in case there’s anyone out there who needs a little nudge. I’m sure to a lot of people these things might sound very small and trivial, but they tend to give me the little bit of help I need to get things started. The biggest thing though I think is trying to clear your mind as much as possible before you try and bombard yourself with information. Don’t try and force creativity on yourself, just try and get inspired and the creativity will come to you. Trust me.