Thursday, 23 January 2014

Birthday Looks

I'm always a bit ambivalent about my birthday. Not because I necessarily fear getting older, but there's something about a day supposedly dedicated to you where you demand people to celebrate another year of your existence on earth that I find a little...stressful. Nevertheless, as a 21 year old, and an immensely happy one, I had to pull out all the stops. Or at least, some of the stops, the distinctly wine tasting stops. I'll lead you through my rather lovely day....
I woke up after a decent lie in (probably the part of the day which I was most looking forward to) and was treated to a cup of tea, some crumpets and a few presents from my boyfriend. I got the Prada Candy perfume I had been coveting for so long, perfume magpie as I am. I then took a luxurious shower and got ready to go out and have lunch at the Breakfast Club, which I had never been to before. Though not a food critic by any standards (see my best friend Luke's lovely blog for that) I can confirm that the menu is amazing, the decor bright and breezy, the staff friendly, and in regards to this particular branch, located in a beautiful area laced with overpriced vintage shops and antiques.We had a proper look around Islington, and I have to say that it is one of my favourite areas of London, though a little posh and overpriced, it has lots going for it. But more on that story later.
Here's what I wore during the day:
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Coat - Topshop via Ebay
Dress - Apricot
Hat - H&M
Bag - Zatchels
Shoes - DaisyStreet (no longer on there)

I went for a uncharacteristically 'girly' look, teaming my trusty Topshop sailor coat (the love of my young life and something I will inevitably pass down to the little News) with a dress I found in Apricot. It is essentially a brilliant replica of an Orla Kiely dress (I'm assuming this was intentional) that I had fallen for, but instead of being about £300, it was £8. This is one of the first times I have worn it, but I really love it!

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In the evening I treated my friends to a selection of alcohol that I had bought for a cocktail party, which involved me frantically scraping Iceland nibbles off a baking tray after burning them (it's possible) and honing my cocktail making skills (orange and vodka still counts as a cocktail chaps). Either way, it gave me the ultimate excuse to ur 'glam up' (coming out with all the embarrassing cliches today).
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Jacket - Topshop (sold out online)
Dress - Rare London via Ark (no longer online)
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This dress was just one of many frantic sales buys from Ark Clothing, which hands down is my favourite clothing shop on the internet. I could sing its praises all day but I probably won't because I talk enough about dresses as it is. All I'll say is that it's super reasonable, has a huge amount of clothing and brands and brilliant discounts. I'm not even getting paid to say this, but seriously, go visit them if you want your life ruined by dress based addiction. This particular dress is from an English brand called Rare, it has a slit up the side and is ideal for more sophisticated soirees, so probably not this particular one, but oh well. I paired it with my new Topshop suit jacket, I wanted a shiny suit and when I saw this beautiful piece from the Modern Tailoring collection go into the sale I snapped it up.

Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x
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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Offend My Eyes Lookbook

I have to say, it's usually not my intention to offend people in what I wear. But there are obviously some people who wear clothes to warrant a response, from the obvious (Lady Gaga's Meat Dress) to your Average Joe on the street, wearing one of those callous slogan t-shirts which tend to have something to do with fellatio. But this really wasn't what I was going for in these outfits. More 'I'm a little shy but through my styling choices I hope you bloody well know where to go.' It's safe to say I have a pretty English approach to offending people.
When the lovely Jack from Offend My Eyes contacted me, I was really impressed by some of their beautiful designs. They are an alternative clothing brand in the vein of companies such as Drop Dead clothing, not a style I've really tried before, so I was super excited to be given the opportunity to style up some t-shirts. Obviously it's not for the faint hearted, but there's something to suit most tastes, ranging from t-shirt adorning the 'Offend My Eyes' slogan to very intricately illustrated designs of Octopus's and female genitals. Though perhaps the latter was a little outlandish for what I'd say was a generally family friendly blog, there were two designs which especially stood out to me, which I've styled here, with both a colourful outfit and a dark outfit.
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So I call this one 'Christmas elf gets coloured in.' I fell super in love with this t-shirt, I've always been into anatomical designs which is something you'll be able to recognise in both my choices of t-shirts. The slogan 'it takes guts to be me' is both gutsy (couldn't help the pun) and cute, a combination of things that have always appealed to me. I really love the statement it makes. It was the perfect t-shirt to pair alongside my American Apparel disco pants (I know, they've died a horrible death in the world of fashun, but I'm still going to wear them to death) and my incredible new coat from Asos. This coat is absolutely my new favourite thing, my mum summed it up perfectly when she took one look at me and said: 'You look like a yeti on LSD.' I mean, who wouldn't want that?
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T-Shirt - C/O Offend My Eyes
Coat - Asos (in the sale, get in while you can!)
Disco Pants - American Apparel via Charity shop
Shoes - Converse
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T-shirt - C/O Offend My Eyes
Hat - C/O Offend My Eyes
Skirt - American Apparel via Asos (sold out)
Shoes - Olive and Frank

My Second outfit veers very strongly towards the dark side, Halloween round two! Except in January, too early? This second t-shirt is probably my favourite, I love the little details of body parts, again it manages to be mildly adorable but oddly grotesque. I will inevitably be wearing this until it is literally a rag as I love it so much (yep, that was the most cheesy inclusion of my blog name ever). Alongside it I paired it with my long sheer American Apparel skirt (shorts are mandatory for this look kids) and my Olive and Frank boots. The perfect completion of the outfit was my Offend My Eyes Beanie, which not only keeps your head snug but invites people to offend you on the street (although I wouldn't worry, people don't tend to take beanie slogans seriously, but think of it as a social experiment)!
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Beauty Bits
So what's the hair up to this time? What have you done to it Bel? Well dear reader, I'm in the process of stripping my colour and bleaching my roots so as to get a more vivid and even colour when I next dye it purple, so it's in a state of transition. With my newly blonde (and slightly green) fringe I took the chance to put on my Kevin Murphy Colourbug hair chalk in pink. If you're looking to spruce up an outfit and you have very light hair, I really would recommend these, as people always comment on it! It's like having first day dyed hair but whenever you want and without the commitment. I am planning to buy more in every colour.

So thank you again to Offend my Eyes for allowing me to style up these beautiful alternative pieces, and if you're looking for your own fix of 'out there' t-shirts, visit their website.

Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x
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