Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Twentynine Palms

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It has suddenly got really cold here in Manchester so I'm dreaming of the heat of the southwest again. I know, I know, I "hate" hot weather but I'm pretty sure my love for the desert acclimatised me to 30+ degrees. Although we did visit the desert town of Twentynine Palms, these photos were actually taken back in San Diego. The title just seemed appropriate. :)

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Infatuation

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vintage top from Cow
flares from LA
bag from Bangkok
River Island shoes

I came across this top during the launch party for the new Cow Manchester store (still need to photograph the outfit I wore to that…) - I've not seen anything like it before. The print really reminds me of a Western orientalist painting at the time of the French post-impressionists; kind of like Gauguin but someone infatuated with Japan rather than Haiti. In any case, anything with faces on gets my attention (also the colours are fab!). Also, my green lips are not due to Photoshop but rather a mixture of OCC lip tars which were high on my list of things to get from the States. I haven't experimented much with them yet but expect multicoloured lips to become my new trademark! :)

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Miscellany

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jeans made by me
Topshop top
Pandora bracelet
Converse

For the past week and a half I have basically been wearing variations on this outfit, rotating between three pairs of printed jeans and various plain-ish tops. But these jeans are special because a. they're not denim (I think they are actually curtain fabric but whatever) so they are soft and super comfortable, and, more importantly, b. I made them. Yeah, I make quite a lot of clothes now but jeans are supposedly difficult because they have special seams and a complicated zip, so I feel pretty damn proud of having made my own jeans from scratch and that they fit perfectly. And how amazing is this fabric?! I got it from Amsterdam earlier this summer and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to wear it. Loads of people have said that the print reminds them of my Worship project (that project has resulted in a lot of spin-off clothes inspiration for me!). I guess I just love colourful, kitschy, fun stuff. :)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

I'm Forcing Goodness Upon You

^ Shari Elf

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mother's yukata
dress made by my mother
Asos hat
platform Converse
vintage sunglasses
shoe wings from San Diego

The title of this post is the title of an album by Shari Elf that I picked up from another funky desert stop, this time in the town of Joshua Tree. We visited Shari's World Famous Crochet Museum and shop/gallery Art Queen and even without her actually being there (we let ourselves in), she single-handedly re-ignited my desire to live in the desert with a bunch of artistic renegades!

About these photos: taken back at the Cabazon dinosaur park, I was just doing some standard editing when I accidentally managed to turn the second photo purple. I could only recreate the effect on two other photos but I love it - they look like film posters for a 1950s/60s surreal sci-fi film don't they? :)

Ps. Also, definitely one of the best albums I have ever bought. I highly recommend it if you ever get a hold of it.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Desert highway

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dress made by my mom (designed by me)
Asos hat
platform Converse with shoe-wings from a market in San Diego

This summer I visited two deserts (the Sonoran Desert in California and the Chihuahan Desert in Texas) and I can now safely say that: a. the desert is full of art in unexpected places and b. I LOVE the desert. These photos were taken by the side of a highway in the desert on the way to Joshua Tree National Park. :)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Chilli-picking

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Primark jumper (back painted by me)
trousers made by me out of fabric from NYC
Topshop cropped shirt
backpack from Spain
YRU shoes
old scrunchie

I'm home now but here's a quick throwback to Amsterdam in June, wandering down one of the tiny side-streets in the old centre of the city. Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities for its beautiful architecture and canals, art galleries (can you say Van Gogh and De Stijl?), and most of all its laid-back atmosphere. It's one of a few cities that I would seriously love to live in for a few years when I'm older. :)

Saturday, 23 August 2014

TX

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Asos shirt and shorts
bag made by E
Topshop boots
Sekonda watch

Going back to my first day in Texas, exploring the backstreets of Houston, probably the most spread-out city I have ever been to! :)

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Backwaters

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Meadham Kirchhoff x Topshop dress
Zara belt
Topshop boots
arm cuff from Manchester Christmas markets
Pandora bracelet
Sekonda watch

If I look tired in these photos it's because they were taken in some tiny desert town (aka a truck stop) during an 8 hour drive from Austin to Marfa. Even though this dress is not great for sweltering Texas heat, I had to pack it because it reminds me a lot of the dresses in Meet Me in St Louis and Gone With the Wind (aka my main points of reference for Southern belles). Seriously, this dress is an absolute joy to wear and I don't care if that sounds weird, I thought I really blended in with the small-town ranchers in their Stetsons and alligator boots. :)