Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Hot Air Bellonn

Really excited to start this post off by saying that I've ticked something off of the bucket list, and that's visiting Estonia. My great grandad was Estonian (not a close link I know, but one I've certainly held on to with all my might) and as a result I've become fascinated with the place, attempting to learn some of the language and listening to their music (the Estonian folk playlist on my itunes is one of my favourites, hipsters get on my level), basically taking in as much as I can without actually going there. So when my friend Leigh expressed an interest in visiting Estonia's capital Tallinn, I finally had an opportunity to visit this place I'd wanted to see since forever! These photos were taken in the Old Town, on a ridiculously sunny and warm day (for a Nordic country anyway). Shout out to Leigh for being a consistently awesome and patient photographer!tallinn topshop vintage 2
Tallinn certainly did not disappoint. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know about my obsession with colourful houses, and Tallinn is absolutely full to the brim with them, particularly the Old Town and the impressive Kadriorg palace. These guys really like their pink buildings, the Estonian parliament genuinely looks just like the Grand Budapest Hotel. The Old Town was totally delightful, full of cobbled streets, cafes and craft shops. You genuinely didn't know what you would discover as you turned every corner, whether it was one of the dolls that they hang outside the shops (sounds creepy, sorta is) or a hugely impressive Russian Orthodox church (a pretty bizarre experience involving hundreds of tourists congregating around an open casket funeral, an interesting mix of selfie sticks and Russian chanting). I had always imagined that Estonia would be a magical, fairy tale like place, due to its extensive forestland and ethereal music such as Kerli, and I think that was certainly the case.
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Jacket - Topshop
Top - The Whitepepper
Skirt - Charity shop
Shoes - Nike
Glasses - Michael Kors via Shadestation

I wore this outfit on the second day of exploring. The skirt is obviously the centrepiece (giving my banana jacket a day off from being the first thing to attract stares from passers by) serving parachute/hot air balloon realness. This became all too real as it was a very windy day and the skirt kept billowing, giving some unsuspecting Estonians quite an eyeful. I found the skirt in a charity shop round the corner from me, and although it was a size 6 and far too small, my mother was able to work her seamstress magic and adjusted it to fit me. I thought it might be quite tricky to style as it is very loud, but this outfit turned out to be one of my favourites in a while!
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I loved you Estonia and I will be back one day! If you're looking for a place to visit in Europe for a weekend away then I would really recommend it, Leigh and I has a fantastic time and were really struck by how charming it was and how friendly and helpful people were.


Monday, 9 May 2016

Back to Brighton

Yesterday my pals and I visited Brighton, a place I've actually visited many times before (see my other posts here!) Quite coincidentally, my friends and I picked the hottest day of the year so far to visit, and evidently every other Londoner had the same idea because the place was packed to the rafters, nonetheless it was still such a lovely day of wandering around the Laines, sunbathing and eating our dinner of fish and chips whilst watching the sunset. brighton vintage nike 2
Dress - secondhand
Bag - Choies
Shoes - Asos
Sunglasses - Primark

I guess I have a lot of nostalgia attached to the seaside, growing up in Oxford I was about as far away from the sea as you can get, so I maybe only saw the beach once or twice a year. I remember the first time I visited Brighton, aged 15, and being really struck by the place, how much there was to do, how colourful and uh, bright everything was. I don't think the label 'London by the sea' does it justice because it has a very distinctive character of its own, trendy but not necessarily pretentious because it still retains that traditional seaside charm.  It still feels like the coolest place in the world to me now, and as you can see from these photos I dressed up for the occasion, looking quite literally like a stick of rock. This dress was actually £3 from a charity shop and it is a godsend, about as 'British seaside chic' as you can get.
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The sunglasses were just £1 from Primark and they fulfil all of my iridescent dreams. Alongside my freshly dyed hair and the bag I was feeling as colourful and cheerful as it was possible to be, despite the weather being just a little too hot for me (I know I shouldn't complain, but I'm super English and even the slightest bit of heat feels a little uncomfortable for me).
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Have you been to Brighton? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments!


Sunday, 1 May 2016

Pink Tresses and Dungaree Dresses

You know when you decide to delve a bit further into your wardrobe one day and actually find something that you haven't worn in years that could do with a revival? I bought this dress years ago whilst I was studying at university, a bright-eyed bushy tailed young thing who was delighted by London's huge selection of vintage shops. I have loved secondhand clothes shopping for as long as I can remember and having such a large selection of items available to me seemed like the most exciting thing ever. vintage nike 9
This dress is a little tight on me now, but it's just because I've grown upwards instead of outwards, I promise! The whole look makes me think of Factory Girl for some reason, I can imagine Edie Sedgwick walking around New York in it. Though instead of New York, I was walking around Bloomsbury, London with Jess where we decided to snap these pictures on a street that she excitedly lead me towards (we often use the term 'blogger streets' to describe the perfect location for taking outfit snaps) only to find that I had actually taken some photos there before just last year! Who'd have thought it? Anyway all the cool old Victorian(?!) lamp posts made the perfect accompaniment to the outfit snaps you see here! I'm getting a bit old now so I actually have to prop myself against something whilst posing, sigh.
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Dress - East End Thrift Store
Top - H&M
Shoes - Nike via Asos
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