So we’re having a bit of a heat wave here in London so fashion become a bit of a struggle. Making sure an outfit is practical and comfortable while staying stylish is tough.

I spent the day running errand and volunteering at my local PDSA so I wanted something super simple so I went with a vintage tee and pyjama style bottoms! Can’t be more comfortable than the clothes you’d normally sleep in!

If you’re struggling trying to be comfortable and chic at the same time my hack is get dressed with only comfort in mind and then spend a little time with accessorising and makeup. I’ve only started to take accessories seriously, it’s hard but it’s worth it for sure! Took a page from style icon Rihanna, and did a white liner look, and paired it with a black lip to make it even more edgy. A little makeup and a pair of earring can take an outfit from slouchy to sleek with minimal effort.

Before I’ll get into the details of the outfit I want to say two things;

  • the #metoo movement has come for Quentin Tarantino and thrown on spotlight on his bullshit; sauce sauce sauce. He’s appologised for some of this fuckery but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
  • while I was on the high street, I had one of those terrible fundraisers approach me with ‘Great shirt!’ so I made eye contact and said ‘Sorry, I haven’t got time but good luck today.’ to which HE replied questioningly ‘Have you seen the film?’ and that kind of made me snap a little because the inherent misogyny(femme ppl don’t like action films) in that question. I turned on my heels, looked him dead in the eyes and said ‘Is a quarter pounder called a Royal with Cheese in France?’ and his eye kind of bugged out a bit as I walked away.

Alright so now that I’ve educated you a little on Quentin Tarantino’s problematic af behaviour, and shared my little rant let’s get down t o the dirty details of this look;

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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’

Happy holiday weekend!

This weekend is shaping up to be the warmest may bank holiday on record so bright colours and florals were an obvious choice.

The shoes although a great style choice weren’t the most practical. They’re pretty thick and did make me quiet warm. But overall the outfit was a great success. I say that because I am vain, I felt good, I got lots of stares while shopping in Selfridges and on Bond Street and the MOST fabulous drag queen told me I looked great so there’s that.

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Don’t forget you can shop my closet here.

 

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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!