Thursday, 27 December 2012


Spurred on by Christmas gifts and cold nights by the fire watching Gone with the Wind (Love a bit of Rhett Butler) Four Feathers and Sherlock Holmes, I have become a little obsessed with masculine clothing. Next on my list is the Aviator purely for Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn.

The present in question is a beautiful cashmere and wool coat from The Mother. It's a 46" coat and is massive on me. But with a waist-belt it can be cinched into a feminine silhouette. It is also extremely light weight and is not at all bulky. I just swan round the house feeling like a 1930s film goddess.

And from there I came up with some more masculine outfits I want to try out... This one is my old tweed jacket, a neutral vest top, my DAKS camel trousers. Have I mentioned them before? I got them from Absolute Vintage in London. Men's camel trousers- what more could a girl want? Teamed with a  cashmere beanie I made from an old jumper and my brogues.
For months I have been looking for a pair of tartan wool trousers. This was definitely spurred on by the Chanel show, but I just love the tartan patterns and the slouchy fit of men's trousers. So when I returned home and was bemoaning my lack of tartan trousers The Father said I could try on his. They are far too big on me but in a grey, purple, yellow and red print how could a girl resist? I am now entirely in love with them, but The Mother and my older sister says that I can't keep them. I decided that if I can take them back to Scotland I shall be wearing them with a rolled up white shirt.
I can't work out if I like this look at the moment. It consists of black skinnies, brogues, a purple silk shirt, undone cravat and waistcoat. Is it too much? Maybe. I do love a good waistcoat though, I don't feel I wear them nearly enough.
This is actually what my sister wore the other day. A Zara camel blazer with a vintage fur collar, mens white silk shirt, black shorts, tights and lace up knee high boots. I just really loved this look and I loved the subtle masculine tones of the blazer and shirt off set by the hotpants and fur.

This is just for fun. A flowery kimono, metallic obi belt, aforementioned tartan trousers and a neutral top. I think it may be too much, but if I saw someone wearing this it would definitely brighten my day!

I hope you are all having a great holiday and have a fabulous New Year! Off to Barcelona in a week!


Thursday, 13 December 2012


This blog was originally created as a form of procrastination, and, baring in mind my exams are next week, I feel like it is fulfilling its purpose.
Because of general procrastination I have been obsessing over blogs. I am currently loving grav3yardgirl on Youtube because she is generally awesome.
However in the past few weeks I have been loving Nadia Aboulhosn. Her blog is one of those that once you start flicking through the pages you can't stop. And then you reach the beginning. And that is a sad moment.

I love her blog because, not only is she beautiful, but because her style is simple and elegant, but with a twist. The fact that she was recently named one of Complex Magazine's Top 10 Hottest Plus Size Models only demonstrates how amazing she is. She is so inspirational in her fashion sense and just makes me want to wear bra-tops and high-waisted skirts. And get my legs out. And cut my hair short. And to embrace my dark eyebrows. Plus she has a great personality. Ok I may be developing a minor girl crush...

ANYWAY... I did a few drawings of her. Because she be awesome. I'm also not going to say anything else about her because you should just check her out. Basically.

Yay for procrastination.
I hope you're having a good week and are all excited about Christmas. I'm going home next week for the first time since August. Woop...


My previous piece on bloggers is here.

Sunday, 9 December 2012


This afternoon, whilst sitting on my bed, I was talking to my roommate about how annoying it when a style you love suddenly comes into fashion and suddenly EVERYONE is wearing it. For me it was gypsy skirts, 50s corsetting and skinny jeans. Because of this conversation I spent the rest of the day musing over the items I felt were missing from my wardrobe. My current inspirations are the TV show Girls (more on that another time) and just the general Scottish weather.
 Anyway, amongst the list of things I felt I needed in my life were checked high-waisted trousers (preferably in a  navy tartan cashmere...) a new massive coat, general tartan and wool, a new hat, bling and the idea of sporrans as handbags. I've always felt that was a bit inappropriate, but then I fell upon the most recent Chanel show in YouTube. (Here)

It is basically what I want in life. King Karl was supposedly in town a few weeks back and I can only think I was his style inspiration. IT IS BEYOND BEAUTIFUL. And he uses sporrans as handbags. I am sold.
Anyone trying to speak to me right now will realise that I am completely unable to put sentences together due to my extreme love for this collection. It is just a truly beautiful collection; a rich colour palette on luxury fabrics in an Elizabethan/medieval/Game of Thrones amalgamation. 
Because I can't put it into a coherent sentence here are some of the things I am loving about this collection:
  • Flat boots. With woolly socks!
  • Layering- perfect for the cold Scottish weather
  • Knitted layers.
  • BLING. Jewelled headdresses, necklines, earrings, brooches...
  • Dreamy chiffon with heavy knits. Long jumpers over floaty skirts
  • Tartan trousers. 
  • Feather capes, Elizabethan ruffs. Bejewelled chokers. Just some serious neck action.
  • HUGE coats. In navy, white, black, oxblood...
  • Hats- and scarves. The bigger the better.
  • Sporrans as handbags. YES.

I don't usually 'follow trends' but this show was basically everything I ever wanted in my life.
So here are a few outfits I knocked up. In the style of King Karl...

 Big Jumper. Short floaty skirt. Grey patterned tights. Massive rust scarf. 

 Structured black jacket. Big scarf (wrapped around then tied.) Tartan plus-fours. White stockings. Brogues.
I love plus-fours. I have for years though have never really had the calves for them. My mother has a couple of pairs of land-girls breeches that are awesome and the most comfortable things you could ever wear.

Tartan high-waisted trousers. Brogues. Brown jumper. White collar. Sporran Handbag.
 This was a sketch I actually did before watching the show. Crazy stuff. Seriously want these trousers.
 Massive navy coat. Docs. Massive scarf.
I have a huge vintage Laura Ashley duffel back in Suffolk. I am so going to wearing it like this.
Wool pencil skirt. Massive camel cardigan with oxblood lapels and cuffs. Large khaki scarf. Tartan beret. Brogues.
 This is my favourite sketch. As you know I love pencil skirts. And my brogues. I also love massive coats and jackets. I would never take this off if I had it.
Quick sketches. (Clockwise from top left:) Beret with brooch, strings of beads. Slouchy tartan beret. Leather, quilted, sporran handbag. Feather capelet (OMG) with small grey, embellished hat (kinda army style, can't think of the right word.) Grey scarf round hat and neck.

That's me done.

Just watching Joan Armatrading videos because I forgot how unbelievably awesome she is. 

Heading to Barcelona in a few weeks and am trying to plan a rough wardrobe. Any ideas?

I hope you've had a good week!


PS- An a capella group from St Andrews are going for the Christmas No. 1. Felt I should share. They are really good! Thanks!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Black Tie.

Due to it being the Christmas season and all everyday I seem to get invited to a society dinner or a friend's Mulled Wine party. I am in fact meant to be going to one this evening but have a 48 hour exam thing going on so I only planning to leave my room for tea supplies...

Last weekend I had two Christmas dinners- one for my tweed-wearing society and one for the Korfball club. Both were very different experiences with one taking place in one of the nicer restaurants in town and the other being in a pub with my team-mates.

For the first I had a running joke with my friends that I was going to wear the most inappropriate outfit I could think of. We were originally thinking just a black bow-tie, but then genuine plans were made for these two outfits...
 This is a sheer bronze dress with black underwear underneath...
 And your standard white dinner white with black belt and black bow tie. Sadly we deemed neither of them entirely appropriate so I went with this...
 I bought this dress about four years ago from TKMaxx waiting patiently for it to go down in price. It's a vibrant green silk with cotton panelling. It's quite short, but has a slip underneath. Which is a good thing as I forgot to do the zip up for the majority of the evening... I love the loose shape and the vibrant colour. Also, despite it being short, it is amazing to dance in which is always a plus side I feel.
This is one of my favourite dresses.I splashed out a bit when I bought it from Topshop two years ago. It has one cap sleeve and one short sleeve. It is black sheer at the top and has a sheer panel snaking across the chest and down one side. The rest of the dress is blue with heavy black glass beading. It is so beautiful! I wore it with my brown brogues  because I didn't feel like trekking across the cobbled streets (slightly worse for wear) in 5 inch heels.

Currently watching Pretty In Pink. So much love for Duckie...

Hope you're having a great week and not getting too cold!