Recently I went to the House of Illustration and on the way there bumped into these cool neon art installations near King’s Cross. These were set up on the ground floor of buildings that weren’t being used yet and I think it’s a great way to make these places more pleasant and interesting. I haven’t been able to find the name of the artist who made them but if you know, please leave me a note.
Pastels – How to Wear SpringFebruary 3, 2014
I’ve complained before that I tend to wear too much dark or bright colours. When I was challenged to try the Fondant Pastels S/S14 trend by Most Wanted, the lifestyle magazine from the UK’s #1 voucher site, VoucherCodes.co.uk, I said yes, please.
I was given a budget of £80, to spend on the high street and get as many discounts as possible, using vouchers or shopping the sales. I then had to combine the acquired items with my already existing wardrobe and come up with a few looks, wearing the pastel trend my way. I managed quite a few key items as not only I found pieces that were already on sale but I also applied an extra 20% discount voucher at ASOS.
The first look I did was totally girly girl and perfect for the weekend. I had this adorable mint coloured mini cape in my closet for years. I bought it in Lisbon years ago but never got around to wearing it. Now I have other stuff to wear it with, as I never really wanted to pair ir with dark clothes.
Moz, always close to my heart.
Chunky Beret Hat – ASOS (£5.00), Mint Mini Cape – H&M, Long Sleeve Pink Top – Primark, Morrissey Necklace – Spitalfields Market in London, Cambray Skirt – American Apparel via ASOS (£35), Tights – H&M, Pink Polkadot Shoes – Irregular Choice (via Ebay)
I thought I’d make another look with the skirt as it is a very versatile item – I suspect I’ll be living in it over the warmer months! This time I thought I’d add a splash of neon, which is an option if pastels are too bland for you.
Perfect outfit to go out touristing, so comfy!
Head Band – Gingham fabric from local fabric store, Cambray Skirt – American Apparel via ASOS (£35), Ribbed Crop Top – H&M (via Ebay), Long sleeve Top – Primark, Camera – Fuji Instax, Camera Bag – Ebay, Shoes – Springfield, Neon $ Belt – River Island, via ASOS (£3.00)
This is the naughty secretary/ librarian look. The look of the kind of girl that looks very innocent in her saccharine coloured outfits and black rimmed glasses but it’s only just deceiving (I digress and no, I’m not talking about me). The chain for the glasses will be a practical and welcome addition to my working apparel and more so if I really was a librarian.
A pair of coral flats tie the whole outfit together.
Just a little detail of the beautiful deer ring my friend Ohlalali gave me last year. It’s from Irregular Choice and I think about her when I wear it.
“Which documents should I be filing next?”
Oui/Non Glasses Chain – ASOS (£2.50), Tights – Ebay, Pink Bow Playsuit – ASOS (£18.00), Shirt – Thrifted in Florida (cost me a dollar or so), Coral Flats – Timeless via ASOS (£10.00)
The last look is an evening look. I don’t really do the shorter than short skirts and the towering high heels when I go out (I want to be able to walk back home haha) but I do the glitz.
“It’s too cold outside, I want to stay here, wrapped up in my coat”
White Furry Coat – Ebay, Pink LurexDress – Miss Selfridges (£22.00), Tights – H&M, Shoes – Springfield.
As you can see, you can spice up your wardrobe with the latest trends as there are loads of bargains to be found. Don’t forget to check vouchercodes.co.uk for extra discounts, as there are always new discounts and promotions being added.
PS: Post made in collaboration with vouchercodes.co.uk
PS 2: photos by Filipa. Thanks to Rebeca for helping out!
Meet and Greet – Siobhan from ShopfloorwhoreJanuary 29, 2014
I am very much drawn to colour and texture and as soon as I saw the clothes Siobhan brought to the ASOS Marketplace and Swap Shop event, I knew this was a brand I wanted to know more about. I was very pleased to find that Siobhan is really nice and approachable and was happy to give a few moments of her time to answer a few questions. What a doll! It’s a good thing she did as I am sure some of my readers will go bananas over her clothes… Won’t you just have a look?
1 – When did you start Shopfloorwhore?
Shopfloorwhore started in 2012 and initially began as a headwear label, but last year I designed and produced our first women’s wear collection.
2 – Your designs are really unusual, how do people react to them?
Its a real mixed bag, but the thing with SFW is you either get it or you don’t! If you get it, you love it, and if you don’t well you are missing out 🙂
3 – Who inspires you at the moment?
My girlfriend Tina, she is the coolest babe I know!
4 – If you could dress any of the famous club kids of all time, which one would you pick?
She picked me!! I nearly died of happiness when Princess Julia was spotted at the V & A / Meadham Kirchhoff retrospective in a sequin turban from Shopfloorwhore. Basically I can die happy now 🙂 On the subject of club kids, I have a mini crush on new gen Club Kid Nicky Ottav (http://instagram.com/nickyottav) If you don’t know him, check him out, he is a mega babe and someone I would love to work with!
5 – What’s the perfect soundtrack for your clothes?
Bubble gum 90’s pop with some acid house elbow throwers mixed in for good measure.
6 – What is your vision for the future of Shopfloorwhore?
I want SFW to continue to grow and develop, but honestly I don’t know where we will end up, and thats the most exciting part for me.
7 – What can we expect to see happening soon?
Its a really exciting time for Shopfloorwhore, I am headed off on a 3 month tour of Asia at the end of Feb. Hitting Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and Bangkok and meeting some really exciting people – including stockists and buyers that I have been in talks with for some time. It really feels like this is the beginning of the next big chapter.
As well as taking the brand international, I am totally focused on making my new website (www.shopfloorwhore.com) a multi functional, destination. Where as well as buying you enter into a whole other world – one where faux fur and kawaii inspired headwear sits alongside flouro graphics and twisted takes on contemporary imagery. I am obsessed with the power of social media and the fast and furious stream of inspiration it throws up. I want my site to be a moving mood board and outlet for my vision of fun and accessible high fashion.
– Shopfloorwhore is about to go international, and its going to be a mega ride so make sure you stay tuned, you can follow all the lunacy and see SS14 drop over at www.shopfloorwhore.com
Thank you Siobhan for being so nice. I’m sure we’ll be very excited to know what will come of the SFW Asian tour! And now go take a look at the Shopfloorwhore website, you’ll be amazed!