Friday, 18 April 2014

Brighton Pavilion

So this is the second set of photos from my trip to Brighton a week ago, and these were snapped outside one of Brighton's main tourist attractions - The Pavilion. We didn't go inside this time although I've been twice before, and it's really spectacular, especially if you like your oriental inspired decor.
I really used the trip to Brighton as an excuse to go all out on the colour. I especially like this outfit because its got a very vintage feel (things hipsters say) but I feel like the colourful accessories such as the 2d bag from my last post and the glasses update it. photo brightonamended2jpg_zpsc5863579.jpg
Coat - Charity Shop
Top - Primark
Glasses - Romwe
Skirt - Ark Vintage (sold out but you can check out their other stuff)
Shoes - Clarks
Bag - Choies

I guess the main attraction of this outfit is this beautiful skirt. As I've mentioned before, I am a huge fan of Ark Clothing, it's probably my main place to buy clothes off the internet. Usually I don't show a huge amount of interest in 'vintage collections' from big brands, as they tend to be overpriced and not particularly well curated (funnily enough I actually don't want to pay £30 for a stained dress) but Ark's collection is pretty impressive. This skirt jumped out at me and I thought I'd give it a go. I absolutely adore it - it's long, flowing, stretchy and easy to wear!

Most of my accessories can be found in my last post. Go here to see me fawn over those!

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Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Brighton Pier

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There's something very bittersweet about writing about a holiday you just went on, but are now back from,with the experience of sun, sea, sand and adorable little vintage shops gradually becoming a distant memory. The experience I feel is particularly intensified by the fact that I am in the midst of my last month of university, trying desperately to ignore impending deadlines. But it's good to have a break every now and again isn't it? I've just had four days in Brighton with mostly glorious weather, and spend a lovely few days getting reacquainted with old haunts. As usual I documented the occasion, although unlike my last Brighton post it's less of a guide and more of a fond remembrance with outfit photos.
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Coat - Whistles via charity shop
Dress - American Apparel via Asos
Glasses - Romwe

Shoes - Clarks

First a little rundown of the outfit on Brighton pier. I wore this orange fur coat on my trip to Brighton last year as its so fun and colourful and almost certainly one of my favourite pieces that I own. Unfortunately the lining is going after excessive wear but I'll probably just deny that it's in its last days, as I don't think I'll ever be able to find a coat like it again.
I'd been eyeing up this American Apparel dress for a while on asos, and when a magical 20% discount appeared I snapped it up for the reduced price of £30, still pretty expensive for a Summer dress but even so. Alongside the coat, the look is so colourful and perfect for a sunny day on the pier and walking through the lanes.
Also, just a thought, Asos are pretty generous with their discount codes, and it helps to trawl discount websites occasionally to find them. If you want to keep on top of their offers Codesium is a brilliant website for asos discount codes!
The glasses are romwe, and I believe are inspired by a Wildfox pair of glasses, except those I imagine would be about £60 as opposed to a tenner. There'll be better pictures in my next post after this, but I just love how oversized they are, which may look a bit silly but nevertheless that's why I love 'em.
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Ah, this bag. This bag is my new love. This bag makes me look like the cartoon character I've always wanted to be. I'd absolutely fallen head over heels with 2d bags recently, but seeing as they were quite expensive I put them firmly away in my wishlist archives (or 'the never ending story' as they're otherwise known). So when I discovered the amazing Choies and saw that they were selling them for $30, which is only around £18, alongside a %15 discount off my first order, I had to have one. I was a little bit sceptical about how it would turn out, as brand knockoffs can be really unpredictable, but I am just so pleased with it. Despite not looking spacious, it fits my camera and all my other little essentials, which is to me the sign of a good bag. It fitted perfectly alongside this outfit and I was on my way to looking like I'd been crudely coloured in and given my own comic strip adventure of antique shopping and achingly cool vegan cafes (I love you Brighton).
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I have to say, though I think the pier is visually absolutely beautiful, that sort of entertainment isn't really my cup of tea. I love taking pictures of it but you wouldn't get me on the waltzers for love nor money.
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One place that I can always get along with is anywhere that sells peculiar oddities and knicks knacks, particularly clothes. Enter Snoopers Paradise (surely the only shop where you enter via a turnstile) and you will find a department store of weird goodies. Of course it's a little overpriced, but not the most unreasonable place in Brighton by any stretch. Highlights of this trip included a seven foot knight statue, a one eyed baby on a swing and a Wurzel Gummidge doll that I myself had as a toddler (going for £25, so I may just dig it out again).
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Caption for this shot is 'quick, take a photo of me pretending to look thoughtfully at all of these clothes'

Stay tuned for another Brighton based outfit post! I mean, you can leave my blog, but do come back.

Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Embracing the Crop Top

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The prospect of Summer, after six months of what can only be described as frosty weather conditions, is making me feel very excited. As you might have already gathered, my sense of style doesn't necessarily translate itself well to the Summer months. This is probably why this outfit appears to be somewhere inbetween. But who knows, maybe in a few weeks I'll be getting more into the spirit. But being an English girl, I am intensely suspicious of positive weather changes, and it'll take more than a peek of the sun from behind the clouds to get me out of my tights.
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Hat - C/O Pieboy
Top and Skirt - Motel
Jacket - New Look (old)
Shoes - Olive and Frank
Bag - Zatchels

I thought it also might be a good time to address how summer clothing, which allows us to bare a bit more flesh, also forces you to stare your imperfections in the face, or in this case, the thighs, stomach, bingo wings - you get the idea. I would always avoid crop tops as a young girl, not just because it made me look less Miranda Kerr and more Winnie the Pooh, but because of a rather long scar across the middle of my stomach, from an operation I had when I was younger. Now, you can withhold taking out the violins for just a bit longer, but its just something I've been confronted with again now that I'm slightly more open to the prospect of wearing crop tops. Normally I just forget about it, or half expect everyone else to have one as well. But I guess I'll just have to put up with the one extra roll on my stomach!
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Now on to the clothes. First mention goes to Pieboy, who are genuinely one of the loveliest companies I have worked with. They have a large selection of beanies to keep your head toasty, including a varsity line, so if you're at university you can wear the name of your establishment across your head with pride. I went for Urban Green, as I always find that green goes best with the purpley blue tones in my hair. The hat is so incredibly well made and I can sense that it will rarely leave my head for the last few weeks of cold weather!
My Motel combination is one of my new favourite outfits. People kill asking me if its a certain suspicious looking plant that is commonly smoked (I won't say it as I'm at least attempting the family friendly card) but this was not my intention when I bought it. It's actually sold as a 'palm leaf' print so make of that what you will. Motel are probably one of my favourite brands, their clothing is so fun colourful and young, and I'd wanted a top and skirt set for a while, and this will be absolutely perfect for Summer! I feel like this look is very East London girl, not a look that is necessarily becoming of me, but it's great for when the stubborn winter chill sticks around into June.

Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

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