Sometimes it hard not to be inspired by your own footwear choices; these minimal 90s vibe Zara sandals had me feeling like everything was either too fussy or too much, so eventually I gave in and kept it bare with this white top and leather trousers. Kind of perfect for hanging out in East London on a Sunday, with the flower market gang Matthew, Kit and Shini, following a killer brunch. Yummeh.
Photos by Shini
There probably couldn’t be a larger contrast between eveningy in Antwerp and slumming it down on the farm, but there we have it, now my versatility is laid bare for all to see. The truth is this is a sort of birthday present to Michael, always begging to see me in my “farmer blue jeans” when I’m visiting Devon, and this is as close as he’s going to get.. unless he comes to visit.
Shooting with Camille last weekend, I was adoring her new Sandro jeans, the perfect slouch “I wish I looked good in jeans” I said, to which she replied “Everyone looks good in jeans! That’s the point!”. Maybe growing up where jeans are what you adorn to drive the tractor and muck out the sheep has put me off a bit; then again it’s still exciting to me that I can wear white in the city and it more or less stays that way. So for now these old Levi’s* stay at home on the farm waiting for my next return, whilst I enjoy my own softer wardrobe choices.
*I’m aware these “Boyfriend jeans” are more akin to MC Hammer pants, and I believe they originate from the 80s era instead of 90s, so that explains it.
This was the view we woke up to from our crate hotel in Antwerp on Thursday. It was crazy surreal as there was a horse show going on just next door; there we were looking equally out of place, stood harbour side in towel robes and slippers, whilst the horses stretched their legs and the jockeys pretended not to see us. Quite the experience, which I’ll go into more detail later.
For now I wanted to show off purchase numero uno from the Ann Demeulemeester stock sale. This white shirt from the super tassle collection of Spring/Summer 12. Most of the pieces were a bit OTT for me, so I settled for this beautiful crisp white shirt with one single white tassle hanging from the centre back. The beautiful little box clutch was pinched from Michael (still with tags on!), I’ll be ordering this little guy ASAP I think.
Photos by Michael
At this point I’m almost certain that I have one of those sunshine disorders, as I am just ridiculously happy when it’s hot and the sun it out, like today! Maybe it’s just everyone in the UK that has this but it’s reaching about 20 degrees here in London; which is nothing to scoff at considering that I practically have webbed feet from all the cold, wet weather we’ve been having.
I’m now back in London for a measly 24 hours before heading off to the Antwerp stock sales tomorrow with Michael, Louisa and Lexxi. Also excited to be meeting up with Ivania too in the city. We’re staying tomorrow night in this pop up hotel Sleeping Around, luxury bedrooms in traveling crates along the harbour(!). You can follow me on twitter and instagram where I’ll be updating regularly throughout the trip as I doubt I’ll have too much time for blogging. See you laterrr and enjoy the sunshine!
Where would we be without all our accessories? I actually managed to pack light for once realising that just because my suitcase is large-ish doesn’t mean I have to fill it to bursting, especially when I always leave Devon with an assortment of delicious homemade jams and chutneys (super mum alert!).
So here are the accessories I can’t quite live without at the moment. The perfect assortment of shoe types and various coloured metals, meaning I only needed to bring a tshirt and trousers. WIN! Have a good weekend and if you want to see more from my Devon roaming, you can find me on instagram under girlalamode.
Completely obsessed with these thin leather sandals from Zara. Actually way better than most of the designer sandals I’ve been looking at, and with minimal 90s vibes all around. SCORE! This long coat is also perfect for shielding my skin from the mean London weather which is currently sunny and rainy all at the same time. You must get bored reading English blogs because that seems to be the main topic of grumble-sation, sorry! Forgive me whilst I go and catch up on Aussie Fashion Week.
The Scandinavians always get it right, don’t they? Whether it’s the perfect oversized coat or the fluffiest softest mohair jumper; my wardrobe seems to be topping up more and more with designers like Stylein and Ann Sofie Back. One of my favourite London PRs is Varg, simply because they house the kind of designers that I want to be wearing ALL THE TIME (including both those mentioned above).
I obviously can’t get away with not talking about the shoes, which I managed to track down on eBay. I hadn’t even seen them in this colour way before but it was clearly love at first sight! Reminds me of those Stella McCartney shoes that are still firmly on my wishlist. Even if these do leave me a little bambi-fied, I can’t remember the last time I felt unsteady on heels, but they’re so worth it. A lot more to come from these once I’ve found my feet.
Photos by Lexxi
My final post from Bristol, perfecting the art of showing you what was underneath my hundred layers of coats and hats. Really looking forward to summer now, where I’ll no doubt be transitioning from winter whites to summer whites. WATCH OUT. ..Seriously though I must have worn predominantly white in the last 10 posts. Transeasonal dressing is now exactly the same, just plus or minus the tights it would seem.
Let’s talk about the perfect white coat. I knew as soon as I’d made this coat that it had to be mine immediately; it’s so hard to find a good white coat so if you’re able to make it yourself – even better. I’m just wearing the sample here but excited to have one for myself in a few months when production starts. How can I be craving winter wear after Spring has just started? Damn you FASHUN.
Now that fashion has taken a turn for the flats, I’ve been on the search for a great flat boot; Hudson came to my recue with these, they’re quite different to any of my other shoes, which I love. Sad to say the heel has fallen of my Haider Ackermann boots already so they’ll have to go in for repair. I swear I haven’t even worn them that much. GROAN. Anyway, I seem to be obsessed with croc or snake skin recently. I got a lil croc card holder from Smythson, as seen on my instagram, a while ago that may be making me fall in love with exotic looking leathers.
Super excited to go back to my university tomorrow in Bristol to talk to the fashion students. Going to stay for a couple of days to visit my brother too. I don’t think I’ve been back there since I graduated so it’s going to be fun, and weird!
Don’t ask me why I decided to pull my best Virgin Mary in that first photo. I hope I don’t subconsciously pull this pose sometimes whilst I’m waiting for the bus or something. If you hear people talking about the mad woman with the pointy shoes and painted shorts, you let me know, OK?
Anyway, these shots were taken just before I headed out to the Giles party on Monday of last week. The party was to celebrate the launch of his new accessories collection with QVC, trust Giles to make anything unfashionable, fashionable. Michael told me his AW13 collection was sponsored by Muller Light Yoghurt – Genius, I tell you! You wait and see if my next collection isn’t sponsored by Kellogs cornflakes or Gillette shaving foam.
Gently dipping my toes into print with these Topshop Unique shorts; I found myself loving all the graphic prints in their SS13 collection, probably stemming from my love of those J.W Anderson cross jumpers that I never got my hands on. Ah well, that was last season and all sales are over. The eBay search goes on.