Sunday, 23 November 2014

Headdresses for the Masses

I don't really know where I was going with this one - I love this jumper/dress's colours and sparkly, rough texture and its strange shape. It's struck a really nice balance between 'meh, I'm not bothered' slouchiness and 'WOO PARTAY!!' glistening glory. It's from TK Maxx, but I knew when buying it I had no idea when, where or how I would wear it. I still haven't managed to get outside the house with it on, but so far I have learned that I like capitalising on its more relaxed side, but in a way that still looks very presentable. Is any of this making sense?

The headdress/bindi thingy is a necklace that I nabbed in Claire's last year for a euro. See? I'm classy and stingey, all at once. The coltrane knock-offs, which I've featured in dozens of posts are from River Island.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014


Recently, my mother cleared out (and I mean cleared out) her wardrobe. Before she ran off to any charity shops with the loot, however, I had a quick once-over on the sacks of clothes myself to see if I could make use of anything. Lo and behold, I came across this glorious flannel wrap-around skirt I had never seen ever in my entire life. I honestly couldn't believe my luck. Even better: Its once hip and cool label, reading 'B-YOUNG'. Awesome.

The spikey choker is from Topshop. It's actually a headband, but I managed to tie up its elastic at the back to fit my neck. The simple navy top is from Penneys, and my sandals are from TK Maxx (yuck, feet..). I can't wait to wear this skirt in many other different ways, so stay tuned! 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Playlist: Current Favourites #8

Songs are as follows:
Alt-J // The Gospel of John Hurt
Keaton Henson Feat. Ren Ford // Emissary*
Buscabulla // Caer
Lxury // Never Love
Toro Y Moi // Harm In Change

*This one's a little more emotive than the others - just a fair warning.. If you're going through the playlist and want something a little more upbeat, don't give up on my little compilation! Just skip through - it sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the songs, but I had to include it all the same. Don't give up on my playlists, because they're BEAST. (According to me)

Friday, 10 October 2014

Autumn Brights

This jumper (River Island) is special to me. It's caterpillar-like colour and fabric, its softness, its shape, the way it drapes, its warmth.. I love it. Yet I don't think that in the year I have owned it that it has ever been featured in an outfit post. Its day has come! I've paired it with an equally fun Penneys dungaree dress, and my favourite socks ever - pink dinosaur socks. They're from Topshop. The Dr Martens are my school shoes, so cost-per-wear they've worked out well.

This is one of those outfits that will vary largely in outcome depending on how you stand, whether the jumper is tucked in or flapping out, whether the sleeves are rolled up or not... Exhausting. Cue obsessive mirror check-ups. However, its fun factor makes it every bit worth it, as far as I'm concerned - I'm being very good staying away from large doses blacks and burgundies associated with chillier months in this outfit. That deserves an applause, I'm pretty sure?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Ya Prep

DISCLAIMER: I don't usually wear this sort of thing... I feel like I'm obliged to state that, considering I've been away for what seems like so long (Sorry!) and you may think I've changed my entire being. As it happens, I saw Gone Girl on Friday and felt like going a little Amy-Dunne-in-private-school, although I'm not sure how successful I was.. I felt classy in this little getup, anyhow.

The fur collar is from H&M - I can't wait to add over to all my coats when it gets that bit chillier. It makes up for not being able to afford a full-on faux fur coat. The white shirt I've got on under the blazer (charity shop) is also from H&M. The plaid pants are from Penneys, and the boots are from Dunnes.

Not my usual cup of tea, but maybe I could waltz onto the set of a Tommy Hilfiger shoot and fit in? That could come in handy, someday.

It's Ya Preppy Girl :) Lacrosse Hockey xx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Shortcut to an Undercut

No, I'm not saying I'm the birth child of Grimes (repping everything I want in hair and life) and Cara Delevingne (source of hair inspo and a lot of insecurity).. This is a diagram to illustrate today's beauty experiment. Jeez, I need to stop cropping myself into photos next to beautiful people :xxxxxxxx

All in the name of science, I'm going to be recreating the 'neck undercut' look without touching an electric trimmer - or rather, try to do so. For science. 

The concept: 'Soft naff' - A term I've coined to explain the concept behind a neck undercut: It's as edgy and alternative as a traditional sidecut, but when sported with a dodgy bun and a grotty bomber jacket, it brings out a chavvy androgyny that's got 'street style' written all over it - very rare. Androgyny is normally a 'catwalk only' thing, often written in flashing lights with gothic undertones. I personally find the opposing subtlety of a neck undercut to be  faaabulous, and so I had to try one for myself - minus the nerves, dedication and awkward growing out of the real, shaven thing. Hence, I've come up with my own version - refer to my diagram above for the full idea - combining both the sectioning of an undercut with the principals of cornrows (do you like my logical lingo??????). Cara D did it last year at the Met Gala Ball, and now I'm looking to do the same - just on a different part of my head.

The Nitty Gritty: This took many a bobby pin, bobbin, elastic, comb, etc.. It also took a considerable amount of time, but I'm guessing that's because I was cornrowing for the first time, and I couldn't see what I was doing - this is where having two mirrors would come in handy. I started by sectioning my hair in a straight, straight line from one ear to the other, tying the top half of hair up out of the way. I then carried out the cornrow process (see the tutorial below - if I tried to explain it in my own words I would probably cause your reading device to implode with confusion, create a black hole, end the world, etc... I'm doing this for your sake). I did so starting at the base of my neck, working upward until I reached the upper section of hair, where I tied the braid off with a wee elastic.

The Result: I ended up with a mock undercut pretty close to what I had initially visualised, which was great! However, this is definitely a hairstyle that you'll do better on a friend than on yourself - eugh. I would advise anyone who wants to try out the look to get the braids as tight as possible also, just for neatness and a longer lasting style - having said that, I managed to wash my hair, sleep in it and wear it for a full day before taking it out, but that was moreso to do with personal preference than its upkeep. I'm sure I could've gone another day or two.

So, will you be trying out the fundercut? (Faux undercut - emphasis on 'FUN')

Whilst doing research, I found out that Paul Smith did something similar for his SS12 show - but they hid the plaits. So, can I claim it as my own invention or?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Playlist: Current Faves #7

 Songs are as follows:
Lykke Li//Gunshot
Saint Motel//Just My Type
Emika//Wicked Game
Grimes Ft. Blood Diamonds//Go