I can’t be fashionable everyday. Today I had a load of errands to run and honestly I was not feeling myself. I’ve been suffering through this record breaking pollen counts. Allergies are awful and I HAVE SO MANY!

The scarf was a practical edition; trying to keep pollen out of my hair and sun off my face. It ended up being the centre of the outfit and earning me a few strange looks from passersby while I was out and about running errands.

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Outfit details:

  • Scarf, fake Louis Vuitton, thrifted.
  • T shirt, Emporio Armani tshirt, thrifted.
  • Dungarees, Liz Claiborne, Depop.
  • Leather Vans.
  • Sunglasses, Juicy Couture, TKMaxx
  • Bag, Juicy Couture, TKMaxx
  • Makeup to match the scarf; Nyx purple eyeliner w/ Rimmel Purple Mascara

 

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Spent a lazy Sunday strolling through Portobello Road Market, hay fever has had me in it’s grips for the last few weeks, so as I’m a bit worse for ware I went with a pretty basic look.

 

There’s a saying ‘West is BEST’ and it’s said, as one would expect, by people in live in west London. It’s an interesting borough to be sure, it’s home to the Portobello Road Market and Carnival, it’s where the film ‘Notting Hill’ took place and is home to some of the wealthiest and the poorest in the city. There is a massive divide between the have and have-nots. It was the site of the horrific Grenfell Tower disaster a year ago and the scars are still visible…

I used to work in the area but haven’t visited in a few years. This visit was heavy, the poverty and the wealth were suddenly more obvious to me.

I had decided to sport a high end handbag, to make myself feel less out of place and less judged by the monies milling about the area… but it mostly just made me feel guilty. Growing up poor, and now not being such, is really complicated. I struggle trying to establish an identity that is honest about both and it’s hard.

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Outfit details;

  • t-shirt by Armani Exchange, (thrifted)
  • Mom Jeans by Topshop, (thrifted, found these brand new WITH TAGS!)
  • leather trainers and sunglasses by Vans
  • Givenchy ’13 Rottweiler shopper

Sometimes you’ve got to go back to your roots. I am a nerd. Truly, madly, deeply I am. Now that I’ma little older it doesn’t always show up in my day to day wardrobe, but in days past it did. I either looked like Courtney Love in vintage dresses I’d had my mom alter a ‘little too short’ as she’d say, or I looked like Curt Cobain in oversized t-shirts, tatty jeans, and dad jumpers. This look is kind of an homage to my teenage self… this is what my teenage self would have liked to wear had they had the confidence and the budget. I even tried ‘faux freckles’ for the first time to add another layer of youthful fun to the look.

I’ve been struggling with being stylish for the past year. I’m climbing my way out of one of the longest and hardest depressive spells I can remember and it’s been a struggle. The things I really enjoy I just stopped doing, and I do enjoy clothes and styling. My ‘Outfit of the Day’ posts started way back as a way to document the daily looks I pulled, but now, here on the blog they’re more a personal log, to remind myself that I can do it and that I love it, and that sharing that joy with other people is what getting dressed is really about(for me anyway). I hope you’ve been enjoyin

I’ve jumped back in with both feet, but for a lazy Sunday afternoon of lunch with my husband and mother-in-law, a visit to the British Museum, and some errands in the west end I wanted something simple and comfortable, and what’s more comfortable than JEANS AND A TSHIRT? I gave it a little twist and voila!

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‘Mens’ Oversized denim jacket by ASOS, ASOS

Denim skirt by ASOS, thrifted

-Godzilla 1985 Tee by OldSkull Japan, Camden Market

-Gamer Girl Clutch by Soul Katherine, TkMaxx

Black Leather Vans

Frilly socks, Topshop

-Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in ‘Chaos’ (blue) by Urband Decay

-Vinyl Couture Mascara in ‘The the Trouble‘ (blue) by YSL Beauty

-Nyx Lipgloss in ‘Sugar Pie

Little Rosie the Riveter vibe today! Headed to Portobello Road to visit What Katie Did and do a little vintage shopping.

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outfit details;

  • Liz Claiborne denim jumpsuit, thrifted
  • red leather belt, thrifted
  • vintage black and white printed scarf
  • SKINNYDIP clutch
  • Vans
  • frilly socks
  • MAC lipstick in ‘Lady Danger’
  • NYX Butter Lipgloss in ‘Cherry Pie’

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At the National Gallery bright and early this morning for a private viewing of the new Monet exhibit. We’re a bit early so taking advantage of a nearly empty Trafalgar Square to take some outfit pics and have Joe practice his ‘Instagram Husband’ while I practice my blogger poses.

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I tried my best to looks normal and casual… or as normal and casual as I get. The viewing was for sponsors of the exhibition and Joe’s work is a sponsor so we snagged a couple tickets. I really love these work persk but it’s always a challenge for me to BLEND IN and even worse to socialise. I kept to myself this time as we lucked out and only one of Joe’s co-workers attended.

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I don’t LOVE this look, it wasn’t quiet right…

I always feel more comfortable in the more strange poses when it comes to outfit pictures.

Wearing vintage J. Crew light wash denim dress, thrifted red leather belt, and Nike Jordans.

Photos by Afro Glory.

So I’m trying to up my blog game, trying to get myself to make more of an effort again when it comes to my personal style, and trying to train my partner as an instagram-husband… it’s been slow going on all counts.

As you can see I am also not great at posing.

So outfit break down;

  • denim jacket, ASOS Menswear
  • handwarmsers, ASOS
  • Calvin Klein t shirt, thrifted
  • lip gloss, NYX
  • pearls, Tiffany&Co
  • handbag, vintage Beyond Retro
  • jewel print skirt, vintage
  • leggings&socks, high street
  • Leather Vans, high street

Can you tell it’s fashion week in London? I buy maybe 10% of my wardrobe new, that’s including underpants, and socks. The majority of my wardrobe is thrifted, then vintage. I do my best to not by new for a few reasons;

  • The idea of wearing the SAME thing as someone else totally mortifies me… I’m sure it has something to do with being one of nine children and desperately wanting to stand out and be noticed.
  • New clothes, especially fast fashion, is terrible for a few reasons; environmental damage and slave labour to name a few.
  • But mostly the reason I buy second hand is really the High Street doesn’t have much that appeals to me. I grew up in hand me downs so there’s something that doesn’t quiet feel right when I’m in new clothes. I like that my clothes have been somewhere and lived another life before they were mine. I like the challenge of sifting through rails and rails and odds and bobs and the THRILL when you find something special.

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Alright first outfit post down. Hope you like it, even if it’s a bit shit. Hoping they’ll get better.