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

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Last Sunday I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Amber Lee; writer, blogger, maker, and plus sized fashionista. Amber was gracious enough to be my guinea pig on a trial run of the Gwen and Wear Vintage Shopping Experience which I’ll be launching at the end of the month.

We met at Shoreditch Highstreet Station and began an epic journey through nearly a dozen hand picked vintage shops. We visited everything from the high end, highly curated to the thrill of the hunt, bargain basement, to the market stalls stacked on top of eachother along Brick Lane.

When you book the experience you’ll receive a questionnaire via email. This questionairre is to help me get an idea about your personal style, fashion strengths and struggles, and just to get to know you a bit better.  The questionnaire will help inform me and allow me to tailor every experience to the individual.

Between shop stops we snuck down quieter side streets to shoot some cute street style photos. This is a big part of the experience! Not only am I your personal stylist, personal shopper, and tour guide, I’m also your personal paparazzi!

We broke for a coffee break halfway through at Close-Up a cozy cafe come film library come cinema tucked down Sclater Street.

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‘I’m totally put at ease by Gwendolyn, who is a complete pro; I even managed not to laugh with a reflector two feet from my face for better light! The pics were killer – well I think so; see for yourself!’ -Amber in Red

Amber was an absolute pleasure to work with! She was open and adventurous and as a result scored some real treasures! We struck gold in at nearly every stop, but as it is with vintage some items were damaged, or ill fitting, so they were left behind.

Amber defintaly didn’t go home empty handed! At the end of the day she hoped on the train having added a vintage NIKE sweatshirt, a super chic semi-sheer glittering top that’s as cute now as it was when it was worn at Studio54, a couple of dresses(shown below), sunglasses(above), and the most babely dusty pink lace and sheer bed jacket to her regular wardrobe.

 “As you might be able to tell, I had an absolute ball. Gwendolyn was an excellent planner, guide, co-shopper, photographer, creative – and it was a really personal, not at all stuffy experience. In all honesty, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to try a lot of the things I did without a seasoned vintage shopper to show me the ropes; it made all the difference and counteracted the overwhelm I sometimes feel when shopping in unfamiliar environments.” – Amber in Red

I had such a wonderful time with Amber and am so thankful to have such a wonderful  first run of the Gwen and Wear Vintage Experience! I finished the day on such a high and can’t wait to launch the expereince at the end of the month!

Thank you again Amber for coming to London and exploring the vintage shopping landscape of East London!

Here’s Amber at home showing off some of her haul! The hot pink dress was a STEAL at 5£!!!

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You can read her full review of the ‘Gwen and Wear Vintage Shopping Experience‘, follow her instagram, and twitter.

If you’re interested in taking the tour and booking your own vintage shopping experience you can follow @fakeproductionco and send us a DM or email us at fakeproductionco@gmail.com.

Another quick shout out and BIG THANKS to Afroglory for putting us in touch!

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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…

When the weather is grey and wet you’ve got to bring your own rainbow,

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I love bright colours and loud prints, but I also love simple black, good tailoring and classic accessories, and these loves aren’t hard to reconcile.

I love to coordinate and to clash, and this outfit sums up my attitudes towards fashion; you should wear what you want, how you want, as long as it makes you feel good.

Wearing; Outfit from bottom to top,

  • Jeffrey Campbell patent leather pointed toe brogues, thrifted
  • Frilled black Socks, Topshop
  • 90s Floral/Geometric Print Skirt, Vintage
  • Ms. Selfridges Black and White stripped sleeveless top, thrifted
  • Blazer, Vintage
  • Sunglasses, Hunky Dory Vintage
  • Felt Hat, Vintage

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Shot by Rebecca McCambridge