Coat C/O SheInside | Libertines Shirt | High Waisted Trousers from Urban Behaviour | Steve Madden Pumps
Just another simple autumnal outfit! For this one, I paired a lovely camel coat from SheInside with a band t-shirt, high waisted black trousers, and my favourite old suede pumps. One of my favourite sorts of looks lately.
This look, while in a bit of a stark contrast to a lot of the looks I've posted recently, actually represents the sort of outfit I often wear on a daily basis. I do love dresses and skirts, but I've always felt a bit more comfortable in jeans (or some sort of trousers). Seeing as this woollen coat and these jeans don't lend themselves much to a very feminine look (and I don't like to go completely shapeless or covered up), I decided to contrast them with a lacy black blouse and a pair of classic heels.
I'm not entirely certain how to describe what sort of look I was going for with this outfit. It ended up a bit of a mish-mash, really. I had originally planned to style this red Chicwish coat with a pair of houndstooth leggings, but changed my mind upon seeing how that actually looked. Funny how sometimes things just look so much better in your head. I switched out the leggings for a pair of old thrifted trousers and opted for a cream sweater. And I wore a pair of suede Matiko pumps from Shopbop* and matched my lipstick to the trench. Not really worried about whether that last bit is a faux pas.
*Shopbop is currently (October 13th to 16th) having a 25% off promotion shop-wide, enter 'FAMILY 25' at the checkout!
When putting together this look, I had those Sex and the City castphotos in mind, where the ladies are wearing simple little black dresses and had decided to put together my interpretation of that sort of look! I paired a sleeveless bodysuit from Shopbop* with a bodycon skirt from Urban Behaviour. On their own, I felt the two pieces looked a bit unfinished so I popped on a skinny belt which I think tied them together a bit more nicely. I opted for a pair of vampy Matiko pumps and forewent any accessories to keep in line with my inspiration for this look. X
*Shopbop is having a promotion for 25% off all Calvin Klein intimate apparel until 13 October! I may finally have to go for one of these lovely bodysuits to add to my collection, love the lacey bits!
I have a new beauty tutorial coming up, but in the meantime I thought I'd put together a quick OOTD video. Autumn and winter are my favourite seasons for fashion, so I'm planning on doing a little series of these in the coming months!
I had wanted to film this outdoors but was rained out, unfortunately. Wearing a hat indoors always feels like bad form.
I thought Saturday morning would be a decent time to share my latest little project. This makeup tutorial is my interpretation of Edie Sedgwick's trademark makeup look! I do love how Edie dressed and did her makeup.
And due to an issue with the backing track in the original, I had to reupload my Marilyn Monroe tutorial from July. Like Edie, Marilyn is one of my biggest style inspirations!
Blouse from Stitches | Trousers C/O Shalex | Pumps from Aldo
I set out to style this outfit around a pair of trousers from Shalex and after changing my top about a dozen times, I settled on an old white blouse with a black collar. For shoes, I opted for a pair of patent platform pumps. I'm not usually one to pair loose fitting trousers with a loose fitting top, but I felt that they suited one another somehow and that the texture and weight of woollen trousers and sheer blouse contrasted each other nicely.
I love thigh highs but often find them a bit difficult to style without feeling that I look either too much like a schoolgirl or too trashy (a little trashy is fine, but I've always found there to be a line). Putting this look together, I was going for a bit of a retro rock n' roll vibe, however I think I might have ended up bordering on a Pretty Woman vibe instead...
I layered the thigh highs over sheer black tights and paired them with a loose-fitting mock neck sweater, bodycon skirt, and vintage suede jacket. In order to feel less drowned by my hair and the loose fitting sweater/jacket combination, I put it in a messy updo and, for shoes, I opted for classic black pumps.
I also did a little OOTD video for this look that I posted earlier this week to my Youtube channel!
I've been doing a little series of evening wear looks in the past few months and my latest one is featuring a lovely green lace dress from SheInside. I own very few green pieces of clothing, it's just one of those colours that I don't bother with much, along with yellow, orange, purple, etc. I just don't often come across things in those colours that I really like, but occasionally something will catch my eye, such as this dress!
I had originally planned to style it with my hair down and a nude lip, but felt my hair was looking a bit too cape-like and my face too washed out. I put my hair up and switched out the peachy nude lipstick for red and felt significantly less washed out and drowned by my hair. I thought about putting a fake flower in my hair, but decided against it for the sake of simplicity. And for shoes, I opted for a pair of little vintage heels that belonged to my mum years ago.
For me, when it comes to personal style, I've always taken inspiration from both women and men. Even when I first began blogging in 2009, I liked to occasionally incorporate pieces that looked inspiredbymenswear into my outfits. Nowadays, I particularly love 1960s men's fashion, which may, at least partly, have to do with my love of music from that era. For this outfit, I had Bob Dylan's style in the 60s in mind.
Now that it's nearly autumn, I've taken full advantage being able to wear all black without that uneasy feeling that your look might be bordering on looking like you're going through a belated goth phase in the middle of summer. So, without that on my mind, I paired a lovely black turtleneck by Splendid with a pair of black high waist trousers from Urban Behaviour. For accessories, I wore a pair of black Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses, classic black pumps, and my beloved Russian Red lipstick.
Dress C/O JollyChic | Skinny Belt from Sirens | Steve Madden Pumps | Cat-Eye Sunglasses C/O Shalex | Rimmel by Kate Moss Lipstick in Kiss of Life
a simple outfit involving a little black dress, skinny belt, pumps, and
cat-eye sunglasses. This will probably my last particularly summery
outfit post of the year. I'm so looking forward to autumn and winter
after a season that could only be described as truly a summer of
discontent. Upwards and onwards.
My newest video is a tutorial for a Barbarella inspired hair and makeup look. This is one of my favourite makeup looks of the 1960s, because while I've always liked the liner-centric looks of that era, I just love a classic 60s bombshell look!
Crop Top C/O YesFor | Trousers from Urban Behaviour | Steve Madden Pumps | Sunglasses C/O YesFor
I'm very picky when it comes to crop tops and how to style them. In my personal experience, they have the ability to look cute as often as they look terribly unflattering. Seeing as this black turtleneck crop top is a really versatile little piece, I decided to pair it with black trousers, pumps, and cat-eye sunglasses.
Was feeling very creative that day, obviously.
I was going for a bit of a nineties inspired look which got me thinking a bit about how nineties fashion and beauty trends have made a comeback in the past few years and I've got a little theory on why I think this might be:
Girls around my age are old enough to remember some of the popular trends of the nineties but were, for the most part, too young to try them out ourselves. Stuck in brightly coloured jumpers, baggy denim, and odd looking dresses made of questionably bad fabrics by our mums, we pined for the trendier things our old sisters and their girlfriends wore. Flash forward a decade or two and we're indulging in the trends that we missed out on by a few years the first time around. And the girls a bit older than myself get the chance to revisit some of the fashion and beauty trends that were their favourites several years ago, except this time the really awful stuff has been weeded out or toned down to acceptable levels. Think of Kylie Jenner's nineties influenced lipstick/liner combinations vs the original.
Autumn is nearly upon us and I, for one, am ready to welcome it with open arms. I have never been a summer girl. I find the sun and hot weather enjoyable for about a week before getting tired of sleeping with my duvet half fallen on the floor and sweating whilst doing the most minuscule of things. I hum and haw about getting a suntan until it's too late in the summer to even bother. And I always seem to begin the summer with plans to do this and that and end it having done about a quarter of the things I had planned to do. That, though, I think mostly boils down to the plans sounding better at the end of May than when faced with the reality of the blistering sun of July.
On the other hand, I've always loved autumn. Colourful fallen leaves, shorter days, cooler weather, nicer clothes, Hallowe'en and all that it encompasses, upcoming Christmas holidays.
Now, to write a bit about what I had sat down to write about to begin with -- my first proper autumn outfit post of the year. Sometime near the end of spring I bought a huge chunky knit sweater at one of my favourite thrift shops with the cooler months in mind. I'd had it sitting at the back of my closet and thought it would be perfect for the type of outfit I had in mind. I paired it with a skin tight black skirt and black tights to create a nice bit of contrast. For shoes, I opted for a pair of chunky heels I bought last autumn. And since I was going for a little bit of a 1960s vibe with this look, I backcombed my hair a bit more excessively and went with a heavier eye makeup look and lighter lip than I typically do.
And for accessories, I wore the Classic Bristol watch by Daniel Wellington. I absolutely adore the dark brown strap and rose gold face. Such a dream. I was contacted recently by the shop regarding a collaboration and so I also have a discount code to share! The code 'lifeinredlipstick' provides a 15% discount shopwide on www.danielwellington.com and is good through 15 September.
Skirt and Blouse Set C/O YesFor | Steve Madden Pumps
I don't usually mix patterns and prints, but when I saw this skirt and blouse set I thought I just might have to make an exception. Every so often you have to try something new or revisit something old, I figure. I love the cut of this skirt and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of both pieces. For shoes, I chose to wear simple black pumps so they wouldn't take away from an outfit that was already a bit more attention grabbing than what I'm used to. And I opted for a much lighter lip colour than usual to compliment the pretty summery colours of the blouse.
Just posted a new tutorial — this one is inspired by Tippi Hedren’s makeup in The Birds!
I was a bit uncertain about how I’d feel about the blue eyeshadow, but I actually love how this look turned out! I always forget how much I like 1960s makeup.