Thursday, 23 August 2018

LA to London

Tee: J.Crew, Shorts: Madewell, Shoes: Birks, Bag: Ellen & James, Earrings: & Other Stories

You know, I've never actually been in LA - I've just had a layover in their airport. This post title is technically a lie, you guys! Now, because I have been super lax (LAX?) with blogging (did the winter of '17-'18 just not happen in my world?) you won't have far to scroll before you see that I also wore these shorts last summer. Loved 'em then, love 'em now. And believe me, they were a godsend during the heatwave we had in July and early August - anyone who thought climate change was just a myth will hopefully have received a wake-up call there. But anyway...

A few years ago, Madewell had a bright blue "LA" tee that I really liked, but as I had to be super selective with what I ordered from them (this was even before they started shipping to Europe), I had to pass on it. So imagine my delight when I discovered that J.Crew had reissued it in this much more classy navy shade and marked it down to what I consider fair to pay for a T-shirt! This was around the time of my birthday, and a friend had sent me a card with money on it (don't do this, btw! It could get stolen!) and her gift just covered the price of this T-shirt plus a cinnamon roll. Pretty neat, right? 

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Walking through Soho

Jacket + skirt: Anthro, old, Tee: Lindex, old, Bag via Etsy

We snapped these pictures while walking through Soho on our way somewhere. Possibly to have Japanese food at a Chinese-run restaurant called Dozo - Chinatown and Soho are right next to each other, and sort of overlap a little. Or maybe we'd already eaten, and were on our way to buy comics - that is, on our way to the comic store, where I would run downstairs and ask about my subscriptions, while Victor waited outside to avoid the "smelly man stink". Seriously, we're like, a totally genderswapped couple...

There was no particular reason to snap outfit photos - I just happened to like what I was wearing, and Victor didn't mind too much. This is the colour scheme I've been talking about - the blues, reds and pinks all together. My new favourite combo. And also my favourite Matsu-bag that I got on Etsy - it's just a shame I angled it to the side, or you'd see all the sextuplet heads with their different expressions. I don't care if people think it looks super nerdy, I just love this bag that I snagged for £16!

Wednesday, 25 July 2018


Dress & sunglasses: Madewell, Bag: Ellen & James, Shoes: Birkenstock, all old

So it appears that I have one dress that Victor doesn't hate, and this, my friends, is that dress. Now, you may wonder, which criteria does this dress meet, to warrant such praise? I sure wondered, so I asked him. "Well, it looks normal, doesn't it," was the replay I got. "Not so colourful." He said that last bit as though "colourful" was another word for "fart". Victor, you see, dresses in sensible, blokey colours. Even patterns like stripes can be too girly for him - stripes! And I wear a lot of stripes, and a lot of coulour. But, this dress soothes his tortured eyeballs.  

Sadly for Victor, I don't know how long this dress is going to live - it's made from some unholy polyester/viscose mix and it's already changed shape a little after hand-washing it once. Just a little, but still. Yup, these pictures were taken on its maiden voyage. It's a sale purchase from this past winter, so technically it's new-to-me, I guess - though I don't think Madewell carries this style of dress anymore. I'm sad I didn't get a proper picture of the sleeves, they're really cute and fluttery. Oh well, I'm sure I'll get a few more wears and photos of it before this dress disintegrates! 

Anyway - is this the cuddliest street art you've ever seen or what? It's just round the corner from where we live, so we walk past it all the time. It's funny how this dress has just a few flowers on it that match the yellow ball of yarn. Makes it looked like I planned the whole thing - I didn't. This wall used to get new graffitti all the time, but the cat's been there for months now. I'm hoping everyone in the local street art scene comes to a gentlemens' agreement that it's too cute to paint over, because we can't be the only ones who've grown fond of this thing!  

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Swish, Swish!

Dress: Anthropologie, Cardigan: Old Navy, Bag: Madewell, Shoes: Birkenstock, all old. 

I'm baaaack! Whew, holy GRANOLA bar, it's been over six months since I logged into this blog! To be honest, I actually thought my blog had been deleted due to inactivity because I could not find it! Yup, that's right, could not find own blog. Absolute failure as human being with a brain. In the end, I had to resort to finding it through the blogroll of a friend's now defunct blog and then trying various email accounts to log into google until one of them finally hit gold. Seriously, where did I hide my brain?!   

Anyway, let's talk accessories, since I've got three of them here! Numero uno, delicious matcha frappe from Starbucks. We are living in the future, where London is slowly turning into Hong Kong and I can buy my favourite matcha drinks at everyone's favourite coffee chain. LIFE IS GOOD. Numero deux, my pink aviator sunglasses, bought from Madewell to replace my original aviators, because god knows where they ran off to. And numero san (see what I did there, counting in Japanese), is a scarf I bought in Kyoto, in the gift shop of the Nishi Hoganji temple - which was once the headquarters of the Shinsengumi. I bought it because I was cold, because the colour happened to match the cardigan I was wearing, and also because it has bunnies on it. BUNNIES. 

Anyway, coral red (or should I say Routemaster Red, since I match all the London busses when I wear this dress) and lilac has been a favourite combination of mine for a while! Last time I remember wearing the combo was this winter, with a fluffy lilac mohair sweater I picked up in Tokyo over Christmas (she says, with a casual toss of her hair) and my red jeans that I bought in San Francisco (she says, giving herself mild concussion from all this hair tossing). So there's a combo that works for hot and cold weather, that combines my love of colours with this new style I've been developing, the way other people develop silly walks - only nobody's giving me a grant to do it, obviously. 

Also, let it be known that the only reason Victor agreed to take photos of me here, was so he could make it look like I'm wearing the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral as a hat. That's got to be like, GRADE A ADULTING right there. 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Brocade Pants Strike Again

Blazer: UniQlo, Blouse + pants: Anthro, Boots + bag: Madewell, Necklace: from Norway

Happy New Year! Well, we're like ten days into 2018 now, but my jetlag seems to finally have worn off, and it feels like a fresh start. These photos are weeks old now, from a town hall that had been painted candyfloss pink on the inside, where one of Victor's friends got married on a freezing Saturday morning. Anyway, this staircase wasn't pink, so it made a good backdrop for my outfit - because what do you wear to a wedding when there is a very real danger of freezing to death? Brocade pants, that's what - at least in my world, it is!

I apologize for my face. 

 So it strikes me that all the things I'm wearing in these photos are old - but that this is a totally good thing, because they're also all things that I really love. As I start the new year, I'm trying to be intentional with my style, with what I buy - and weirdly, or perhaps not so weirdly, that involves editing a whole bunch of stuff from my closet. (And storing it all at my mother's house, in case I have regrets. Ha.) Removing not just colours, but patterns, too. I have literally put myself on a polka dot diet, and I may also go buffalo-plaid free for 2018. It's like the Whole 30 except I can still have carbs and sugar, so win-win. But yeah, this entire outfit stays - my closet will always have space for brocade pants. 

So tell me - anybody else have style resolutions for the new year? 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Vintage + Yeti

Jacket: Monki, Tee + bandana: Vintage, Jeans: Madewell, Shoes: Ecco, Groceries: See Woo

So this summer while my mum was visiting, we happened to be walking past the local thrift/vintage store on the way to the Tube, when I spotted this T-shirt. It was on a rack outside the store, reduced to £2, and I fell instantly, inexplicably in love. According to the label, this T-shirt is from 1993. It frightens me a little bit that 1993 is now considered vintage, but it is what it is! I washed it and wore it with these same jeans the very next day when we went out for Chinese food with my friends. So I recycled the outfit a few weeks ago...  

.... only this time, with my Yeti jacket that I had just bought. This thing is warm, and soft. People like to hug me while I'm wearing it, because apparently it feels like hugging a Gwen-sized teddy bear. Also note that I am accessorizing with a stylish plastic bag from our Chinese supermarket of choice, See Woo. Here, have a side shot to give you some idea of just how big this jacket is:

And would  you believe I am wearing a small here? This thing runs oversized, all right! When I sit next to someone on the bus, I have to take the jacket off first! THAT'S how big it is!! 

PS: There is a pop star shooting a music video on our estate this weekend, so apparently I knew what I was doing when I picked this as the backdrop for my photos! (No, I have no idea which pop star. But the letter we all got warning us about it assured us that they are very famous.) 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Botanical Gardens + the one thing I bought on Black Friday!

Sweater: Esprit, Top: Anthro, Skirt + sunnies: Madewell, Shoes: Superga, Watch: Fossil

Hello, hello, does anyone still remember me? I'm currently down for the count with some kind of new super-flu, so I thought it would be fun to go through some pictures from this summer and finally blog again! What can I say, in the summer I just want to spend every living minute outside and soak up that Vitamin D, and blogging tends to go out the window. 

These pictures were taken at the botanical gardens in Cluj-Napoca in Romania. Since I had to have an operation this January, I didn't really think spontaneous trips would be in the cards for us this year, but well... Cluj-Napoca gives you value for your money! We had the loveliest long weekend there, probably my favourite memory is watching almost all of Little Shop of Horrors at a free student performance in the town centre. It was raining like crazy that evening so all the seats were wet, but we stood up for the whole thing anyway, swaying in time with the music. I'm telling you; you haven't lived until you've seen a man dressed up as a plant saying, in a thick Romanian accent, "No shit SHERRRRLOKKK!" 

Now since I'm here and have a lot of outfit photos backed up, I'm thinking I might alternate between summer and cold-weather outfits, just for some, ah, realism? Or something? You want realism, how about this: Yesterday, I hocked up some slime and then accidentally bit into it before I could spit it out. And that slime was thick enough to chew!

Oh, but let's talk about shopping! I'm usually not able to do much Black Friday shopping for one reason or another, plus I try to stay away from the whole shopping hysteria thing, but... this year... something I really wanted anyway was already on sale. And then I could get 25% off the sale price. And I just couldn't help myself when I had the chance to score a pair of designer jeans I'd been lusting over for that kind of money. So... 

These are the Pierced Cruiser jeans from Madewell's special event a few months back. They were supposed to be available in-store only, for one day only, but then Madewell took pity on those of us who don't live on that side of the planet and released a small batch on their website, too! I don't know if you can tell from this picture, but they've put in a stripe of lighter jean material on the outside of each leg. So. Damn. Cool! It will probably be a month or two before I get them, I mean they won't even ship until December. But it's nice to have something to look forward to!

Anyone else get something on Black Friday?