“Curb Appeal”
                                                                             Marie Claire US, December 2012
                                                                             Lakshmi Menon by David Schulze  

                                                                             by Kimbjork

                                                                             MARCEL BREUER. 
                                                                             Tubular Steel Chairs, 1928-29. Bauhaus.

                                                                          CHRISTOPHER GRAY


coat - M&S Vintage (similar here)
neckpiece - MMM x H&M
Yesterday I travelled to London town to shoot with the lovely walnutwax. I had to get the train at 8.55 and my first train was late meaning I had to collect my tickets, enter the damn reference code and sprint the whole length of the platform in 2 minutes flat- thankfully I made it and my friend Hal held the doors. We got to London early and went on a spontaneous shopping trip before the shoot where I ended up caving into the Margiela hype and bought this gorgeous necklace which I wore later in the shoot. More on this coming soon!

STYLE | Contrast

shoes Dr Martens
blouse - Cow Vintage
trousers - Moschino
dress - American Apparel
I am totally in love with vintage Moschino prints right now and low contrast colours mixed with strong blacks and whites. Oh, and it's my birthday soon so I'm trying to subtly hint at what I want!

STYLE | Metallic

I recently fell in love with the silver windbreaker by Acne,  but on closer inspection in Selfridges I realised that it wasn't at all worth the £200 price tag it had, hanging forlornly from the zip. So I did some research and came across a Sirocco silver windbreaker on eBay, not of the same weak material, but a stronger one. It was a complete bargain for £13.

But my love of metallics continue, I spotted these Marni brogues in a random i-D Magazine I found lying around in Andy's flat, the bond was instantaneous. I am searching for some very similar or a spare pair that I can DIY (I don't want to ruin my other pairs).

The windbreaker will also appear in a future music video for Chad Valley, where I play the part of an extraterrestrial girl wandering around a barren planet, or a deep, excavated sand quarry located near Severn Trent (the smell was awful). I think I took most of the sand home with me!

LIFE | October

October vibes, in pictures.

October has been a funny month. After such a horrible and shocking summer I've had to get back into the swing of things, regarding my final year of 6th Form college, so quickly and it's amazing how easily it can get you stressed. UCAS, deadlines, coursework, it all adds up. Thankfully I'm a pretty organised person if I don't get behind.

Last year was an awful year. My Chemistry teachers never turned up, my Sports teacher was not fit to teach (she has since been, subtly, demoted), my art teacher turned buddhist due to a break up with his wife and manic depression, and my other art teacher was a GCSE moderator turned A Level supply teacher, and laughed in my face at the use of a certain font in my piece.

All-in-all a disaster, apart from my brilliant success in AS English Language - I love you Sarah Mackenzie!

And now I'm organising my 18th, and wow, what a stress that is.

LIFE | Turkey


Bikini: Kurt Geiger
Watch: Casio
Mesh Vest: H&M
Dress: H&M
Clutch: Mulberry
Bomber: Cos

FILM | Turkey

I recently purchased an Olympus mju II (aka a Stylus Epic) for my travels to Turkey this summer. I bought it for £6.99 from the Oxfam website whilst I was watching an identical one on eBay go for £80!
Here are a few of my favourite, and most unusual photos, I managed to capture.

STYLE | Plastic Fantastic

The use of silicone and plastic stands out to me a lot and materials usually influence my buying.
Recently I bought a mint green, silicone printed shirt from Cos and a pair of perspex sandals from Topshop (My first buy from there!).

RUNWAY | Stella McCartney Pre-Spring 13

Here are a selection of the garments that stood out to me most. They're fresh, chic, and portray absolute brilliance. 

STYLE | Uterque

Online shopping's best kept secret is now out in the open,

It belongs to one of the most important fashion design & distribution groups in the world, Inditex, which is made up of 8 chains:  ZaraMassimo DuttiBershkaZara HomeStradivariusPull and BearOysho and Uterqüe.

And right now, they are killing the tropical trend. Here are a few of my favourites. 

LIFE | Suffering from Perfectionism

LED Installation - Yee Wong
Nails - Madeline Poole
PlaqueBasim Magdy
Editorials - Marlen Keller S/S12 and Maud Welzen in Zoo Magazine S/S12
Bed - Unknown
I don't really talk about my personal state much online. I tend to keep myself to myself, which is unusual as I am quite an extrovert. But recently I've come to question myself. Maybe I have a different persona online.

I have been lucky to experience many things in my life including a variety of sports. And yes, I can picture that baffled look on your face.

I am a sportswoman, I have been shaped into the person I am now by the activities I take part in. From horse-riding to golf and from gymnastics to 400m hurdles. You name it, there's a 95% chance I've done it.
Although sport plays a huge part in my life many of you readers would not realise this.

"How is it possible that you can be indulging yourself in sport & fashion simultaneously" you ask? I don't have an answer. I've had a very good upbringing, born into an extremely open-minded family, and keeping the perfect balance of education, sports and my online networking with fashion and culture has been tough.

There are some days where my perfectionism and "OCD" ways get in the way of my life and I crumble. Take today for example, I was extremely close to closing down every online account I owned, including this one. This all spurred from reading Tavi's blog after a long time and seeing others being successful with their blogs got me down. According to my family I am too hard on myself. I'm also told continuously that I can't be a "Jack of all trades" - but what if I can!

My career path is set in plasticine, I can mould it to fit any situation. But the basis is that I finish college, take up a foundation course in Art & Design, move to London, get an internship or, even better, a job. Then from there I will decide my next course in life. Do I take a course in "Fashion Sportswear" at LCF? Do I work my way up the ranks in a business or design company? Do I set up my own label?  Do I train for the next Olympics? I want the possibilities to be endless.


I am an English Language student and was intrigued when I came across this list of words which do not exist (by definition) in the English Language. It just goes to show how so many languages have evolved around their country's culture and way of living. 

Cafuné (Portuguese): the act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair.

Toska (Russian): a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for.

Mamihlapinatapai (Yagan): the wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start.

Litost (Czech):  a state of agony and torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.

Botellón (Spanish): a gathering in which youths meet in a street or a public area in order to consume alcohol.

Schadenfreude (German): the feeling of pleasure derived by seeing another’s misfortune.

Wabi-Sabi (Japanese): a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.

Ya’aburnee (Arabic): a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them.

Torschlusspanik (German): the fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages.

Ilunga (Tshiluba): a person who is ready to forgive and forget any first abuse, tolerate it the second time, but never forgive nor tolerate on the third offense.

Shemomedjamo (Georgian): to continue eating food even though you’re already full, just because you like the taste of the food so much.

Saudade (Portuguese): refers to the feeling of longing for something or someone that you love and which is lost.

Waldeinsamkeit (German): the feeling of being alone in the woods

Forelsket (Norwegian): the euphoria you experience when you are first falling in love

Naz (Urdu): the pride, the assurance that arises from knowing you are loved. From knowing that no matter what you do, you will always be loved.

RUNWAY | Maria Escote F/W 12

I am so glad I came across this collection. It is full of everything I absolutely despise seeing on the high street; leopard print, fluorescent colours, pvc and netting, but, some how Maria pulls it off. The sheer shirts with fluoro collars which distract attention away from the risqué amount of skin being shown. The metallic, stiff pvc jacket teamed with a zip embellished skirt looks edgy but elegant. The floaty, chiffon floor length dresses have a sort of fantasia and "pop-princess" feel to them. Completely audacious pieces worn with the wrong items, but absolutely stunning teamed together. 

I might buy something for myself....

RUNWAY | Theyskens' Theory F/W 12

I am absolutely in love with the colours and textures used in Theyskens' Theory new collection. Here are  a few backstage shots.

4 of my favourite looks on the catwalk. Stone wash, leather, greys, browns, blacks, sheer tights and flowing material all come together to create a raw, organic style which fashionistas all around will love. The runway had a wooden warehouse feel, interlinking with the rough, sophisticated looks that were coming down it.

WORDS | How to pronounce designer names

I made this quite a while ago now, and it attracted a lot of interest on Tumblr, so I thought I'd post it here for you! I'll probably add to it over time.

Alessandro Dell'Acqua: Ala-SAND-roe del-LA-kwa

Ann Demeulemeester: Ann DEH-moo-lah-MEE-ster

Bottega Veneta: BO-teg-a VEN-eta

Burberry Prorsum: BUR-bur-ree proar-SOME

Christian Louboutin: CHRISH-tan LOO-beh-tin/CHRISH-tee-ahn LOO-boo-tehn or CHRISH-tee-ahn loo-boo-TAHN, depending on which store you call.

Comme des Garçons: Comb day gar-SON

Dior Homme: Dee-OAR OM

Dolce & Gabbana: DOLE-chay and gab-BON-a

Dries Van Noten: DREEZE van KNOW-ten

DSquared2: DEE squared

Giles Deacon: Jy-els Dee-KIN

Givenchy: Zshee-VON-she

Gucci: GOO-chi

Haute couture: If you say ‘Hot Kew-ture’ or Kucher, you’ll want to change that to ‘OAT ku tour’ (trust me)

Hedi Slimane: Eddy slim-MAHN

Hermès: AIR-mehz

Issey Miyake: Eees-AY Me-Yah-Kee

John Varvatos: John var-VAY-toes

Junya Watanabe: JUNE-ya Wah-TAH-nah-beh

Kris Van Assche: Chris van-ASH

Lanvin: Lon-VAUN

Louis Vuitton: Loo-E vo-WE-ton

Maison Martin Margiela: MAZE-on Mar-TIN mar-GEL-a

Moschino: mo-SKEEN-o

Raf Simons: rauph SEE-mon

Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren (as in Lauren the girl’s name, not Sophia Loren)

Rei Kawakubo: Ray Kah-wah-koo-bo

Sonia Rykiel: Sonia Ree-KEE-eel

Salvatore Ferragamo: Sal-va-TOH-reh Fair-a-GAH-moe

Veronique Branquinho: Ve-ro-NEEK BRANG-kee-no

Versace: ver-SAH-chay

Yohji Yamamoto: YO-jee ya-MA-moto

Yves Saint Laurent: EVE Sane-LOR-aunt

Zegna: ZANE-ya

RUNWAY| Spring 2012 Details

I will always love the rawness to some preview photos of collections. The detail is infinite and they most certainly aren't edited until they look nothing like the real thing.

Giambattista Valli / Spring 2012 Preview

Giambattista Valli / Spring 2012 Preview Couture

Rick Owens / Spring 2012 Preview

Givenchy / Spring 2012 Preview

Givenchy / Spring 2012 Preview
Shark Tooth Necklace

Jason Wu / Spring 2012 Preview

Jason Wu / Spring 2012 Preview
Lindsey Wixson

Jason Wu / Spring 2012 Preview