Monday, 2 December 2013
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Meadham Kirchhoff's fourth collection for TOPSHOP launched on Thursday and it's their biggest yet. The British duo, known for their romantic and whimsical designs, have created a collection inspired by an imaginary girl band 'The Cherry's.' This rebellious foursome each has their own signature style - Cherry Cherie, Cherry Pikka, Cherry Blossom and Cherry Satanika.
The overall look feels very Harajuku girls - Mongolian fur in peachy pastels and vibrant kaleidoscope colours, glitter boots, PVC pinafores, ruffles, lace trims, and kitsch motifs.
Amongst the cartoonish chaos are some really wearable and covetable pieces. Featured below are my favourites, including the crochet patchwork dress. Worn with suede boots and a black floppy hat, it would be perfect for a 70's inspired look. I'm also a sucker for coloured fur coats, and anything sheepskin so of course the giant pastel big-bird style coat is my absolute DREAM. At a mere £750 I think it will sadly be only a dream for me however.
The orange angora monster jumper will just have to do for now! I can't wait to wear it with slouchy boyfriend jeans and an oversized tartan scarf.
images sourced // elleuk.com/topshop.com
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Wednesday, 13 November 2013
So I've gone BLUE.
I've been a fan of BLEACH LONDON for quite some time. I follow their Tumblr blog and Instagram account and am always lusting after the candy-coloured creations the stylists post.
This edgy East London salon is renowned for pushing the fashion industry toward the fun, fresh and vibrant colours that are all over the catwalks and popping up in Vogue every other issue.
The pastel trend has been everywhere the past two seasons, and now it's moving on up to hair too with Charlotte Free leading the pink parade last year with her amazing bright shade.
Soft peachy pinks and sugar-lilacs seem to be the most sought-after colours for AW.
BLEACH LONDON are now bringing their colours to the UK masses. The new collection has been created in collaboration with Boots, and is now available online and in stores.
There are 3 steps: 'BLEACH - TONE - COLOUR' using their Total Bleach, White Toner and range of 12 Super Cool Colours which range from bright red through to pastels to sea green and inky blue.
Each Super Cool Colour retails at just £5 and last for 2-10 washes depending on the shade.
I personally would say the Awkward Peach and Rose colour will fade out the quickest, whereas the blues are much more of a stain and may need the Washing Out Liquid to completely get rid of the colour. All the colours have a nourishing, conditioning base so as not to dry out the hair.
They also have a Dip-Dye Kit for ombre hair, Silver Shampoo and Conditioner to banish brassy tones, and a range of hair care products like the Reincarnation Mask and Split Fix Serum, and a Dry Shampoo.
I've never been very brave with my hair, having spent the majority of my childhood with a short bob and fringe. Scissors are now most definitely not my friend. The past few years I've stuck with a long, centre-parted honey/golden blond hue with plenty of root (possibly the easiest hairdo to maintain as no hairdresser visits needed!). Going bleach blonde was a pretty big change in itself. But I've been easily tempted into this new wave of My Little Pony style hair, and fancied trying out a pastel shade. The fact that they're wash-out makes them much more appealing. I must admit I've bought quite a few of the colours, as I'm so indecisive. They've been on my shelf for a few weeks as I haven't been quite brave enough to do it myself, so I enlisted the help of my good pal and hairdresser Chelsea to do it for me. Much less effort and worry for me.
All day I was adamant on going pink, but at the last minute decided I fancied the Blullini shade. Chelsea painted on the colour all over my roots and mid lengths, and then she used the Parma Violets on the ends. The price is pretty reasonable, but I was surprised at how small the bottles are. However, I have quite long hair (and lots of it) and we used only half of the Blullini bottle, and a 3rd of the Parma Violets, so really it is quite value for money if it has 2 applications worth. I left it on for around 15 minutes, and then rinsed off in the shower. Strangely it turned the water pink!
The result is a mermaid-eque blue hue. The roots are almost turquoise in certain lights, and the ends are more an ultra-violet shade than the lilac that I was expecting. My hair was super white-blonde before, though some parts were a little brassier than others, so the colour has taken better in some areas. However it doesn't look patchy, more multi-tonal. I am extremely happy with the result and am definitely gonna try out the other shades when this fades.
images // my own/ BLEACHLONDON tumblr
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Monday, 4 November 2013
Fluffy crop jumper - Topshop
Sheer floral shirt (just seen) - Urban Outfitters
Black leather mini skirt - Topshop Boutique
Camera (see last pic) - La Sardina Splendour
My love affair with black clothing has only increased since my hair has lightened.
'Boring' and 'Basic' are two words commonly associated with black, and it can be those things on the wrong sort of fabric..(don't get me started on super-thin cheap leggings worn as trousers!)
But leather, velvet and sheepskin suddenly turn it into a more luxurious shade. Even my new fluffy crop jumper aka. the gorilla looks a tad more premium and on trend than that of a cotton version. I had to buy it in the petite section as I am all legs and no body, so regular sized crop just looks, well, regular sized on me. It's so soft and comfy, and I've been wearing it over everything so I may have to invest in another one.
I'd also been lusting after a quality leather mini for ages, having played around with pleather versions for some time. This was from the Boutique section in Topshop and a little more on the pricey side, but I didn't mind as it's so buttery soft and has cute little pockets too. I love wearing it with a simple grey boyfriend tee and some chunky boots or trainers, or a silky printed shirt tucked in and a cocoon coat for when I'm feeling less grungy.
Photographer // Katie Mabey
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