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March 14, 2013

Ladyknuckles.

What more could a girl ask for?

image source: faris ladyknuckles -www.shop.farisfaris.com

LOVE this brand Faris. Minimalisim meets sleek design meets hiphop influence. 

Great descriptions too...'Our signature brass two-finger ring that’s bold without dominating your hand. Fierce and balanced. You betta work.'

You betta work indeed.

January 27, 2013

Sockingly beautiful.

I may or may not have a illness...well not an illness, more of a fetish...actually, let's call it an obsession. I have a fixation with socks at the moment. Is there a clinical word for that? A sock obsession? Hmm, not according to a quick search on Google. Maybe there should be, as I'm totally feverish over socks right now. I have spent hours browsing the suckers online and may have excitedly accidentally purchased six pairs this week. Woops.

Happy Socks would totally have to be one of my favourite sock brands right now: the story behind the company, the fact that they hail from Sweden (my future home) and the great range make them hard for me not to love. Plus their packaging is pretty beautiful, as is their tagline - bringing happiness and quality to every corner of the world.

image source: happy socks faded diamond socks - www.asos.com

image source: happy socks nation spot socks - www.asos.com

image source: happy socks faded diamond socks - www.happysocks.com

image source: happy socks stripes & dots socks - www.happysocks.com

image source: happy socks faded diamond socks - www.asos.com

Look at how happy the founders look here...how could you NOT love this brand?

image source: viktor tell & mikael soderlindh of happy socks - www.hypebeast.com

Another brand I'm loving for socks is Lazy Oaf, which hails from my old stomping ground, east London. My favourite pair in the range is the one below (which I now happen to own), which reminds me so much of Fred Flinstone. Classic.


image source: lazy oaf pineapple socks - www.asos.com

I'm thrilled that the weather is looking warmer for this week too, as it means outfits involving rolled up jeans and sneaky peaky dreamy socks. Excellent.

November 30, 2012

Festive fashion

Is it just me, or does every party at the moment (festive or not) require the quests to wear a Christmas jumper? I feel like this is the AW12 party trend and I kinda like it. So because of this I've been on the hunt for knitwear that Santa would approve of, and I've realised that I can either go down the ugly & cheesy route (read: hideous woollen numbers with tacky designs) or the fair-isle patterned / hipster graphic route (i.e. something that could be worn on a regular basis). Naturally, I'm swaying towards the latter as I'd rather fork out the dollars (slash euros) for something that will be worn more than once or twice. And I kind of like the idea of pairing a skirt with a festive jumper & a cheeky collared shirt underneath as part of my winter look.

After a lot of hunting (there are a lot of ugly AND expensive jumpers out there), here is the best of the bunch in my opinion. I've heard that Primark and H&M have some good offerings too, but their websites don't offer much for the online shopper. Half of me is tempted to buy a male jumper, as it'd be baggier and comfier, plus the guys seem to have a better range than the girls for some reason.

image source: navy christmas snowflake print jumper - www.riverisland.com
image source: river island ecru christmas skier pattern jumper - www.asos.com

image source: asos christmas jumper in woodlands fair isle - www.asos.com
image source: asos christmas jumper - www.asos.com


image source: grey vertical snowflake jumper - www.topman.com
image source: christmas jumper - www.asos.com

image source: oat reindeer crossing jumper - www.topman.com

I hope this helps some of you who are also on the hunt for a Christmas jumper this festive season, I'm guessing that the closer it gets to Christmas, the harder these will be to find, so get in quick!

I can't believe it's December tomorrow...where did this year go?

November 22, 2012

Howlin' into winter

I have a new-found appreciation for woollen goods and knitwear. I used to despise woollen clothes back in the day, most likely because we had to wear them as part of our school uniform - scratchy wool and classrooms that smelt like wet dog on a rainy day are not my idea of a fun time. After living in colder European cities and rediscovering snuggly wool (hello merino), I have a new love for knitwear. Now it reminds me of fun winter days with mulled wine, crisp fresh air and warming meals.

My friend recently introduced me to Howlin' and I have been mildly obsessed with (slash can't-stop-thinking-about) the brand ever since. They have such a great range of knitwear, from cuddly jumpers to cosy socks, warm beanies to snuggly scarves and more. Their range embodies everything that I associate with the cooler seasons - melange knit, festive fair isle patterns, lambswool, cable knit, ribbed material and seasonal tones. Makes me feel cosy just thinking about it.

will-o-the wisp claret cardigan
rufus oatmeal jumper
audrey bic blue cardigan
kolari red cable jumper

quantic scarf
bergen blue note scarf
fat albert beanie

bergen gloves volcano
scruff socks yellow / grey
spooky socks heath
spooky socks autumn 
image source for all - www.morrison.beThese items do seem pretty pricey but when you think about the fabrics and quality, it's definitely better to invest in good winter gear if you want to stay warm, rather than buy cheap stuff which won't do the job. Quality over quantity as they say!Happy Thanksgiving all.

November 2, 2012

I dream of beanie.

I love this snuggalicious-looking beanie from the latest Aubin & Wills collection. I've been on the hunt for bobble friend for the winter and this one totally takes the cake. Beautiful Christmassy tones, luxurious merino wool and a chunky cable knit. 

Get. 

On. 

My. 

Head.


image source: the gileston hat - www.aubinandwills.com

 I can totally picture wearing this on a crisp winter's evening at Christmas markets while drinking mulled wine & chilling with my friends. Bliss.

Almost makes me excited for the cooler weather!

October 17, 2012

The BOY done good

You can't help to be influenced by the culture that surrounds you. People say that their opinions, goals and values change depending on where they are and who they're with, and I've definitely noticed that these factors heavily impact on my style too. This is one of the reasons why I fell in love with BOY London, as the brand was so prominent within the east London culture and psyche, plus it was everywhere (who says advertising doesn't work?). 

I love the simple design of the clothes, the bold branding (which to be honest, I normally hate & find surf brands are the worst at doing this) and I totally appreciate the androgynous style. I used to steal my friend's BOY cap and we bought my flatmate a BOY vest for his birthday (which naturally I dreamed about stealing), but because I was saving for the Dam (read: spending my money farewelling London) I never purchased an item for myself. However, times have changed! A belated birthday present from my littlest brother arrived today, in the form of a BOY eagle vest. Best. Belated gift. Ever.


I don't care that we're going into winter and I don't care that I no longer live in east London. I'm bringing BOY to Amsterdam and I plan to rock this beauty around the canals on a regular basis.

Thanks Jimmy for a great gift, you're my...insert boy-related pun here.

October 3, 2012

Functional and fashionable?

Cycling in heels is tricky. Not impossible, but not easy. You're pedalling along, minding your own business when suddenly your heel slips, causing you to lose your footing and all of a sudden you're looking less chic & European than two minutes ago (this has made me respect French women even more). This has also made me realise that after moving countries and throwing out half of my wardrobe, I now own no flat shoes. Surprise surprise. A sensible wardrobe and I generally don't go hand-in-hand. I'm the kind of person who tries to get away with wearing skirts and heels whilst travelling, rather than wearing jeans & comfortable shoes like everyone else. C'est la vie.

So in attempt to make my wardrobe more practical, I discovered these. Flat, beautiful and wearable, plus somewhat Charlie Chaplin-esque? They're almost like the updated & modernised brogue, plus they look somewhat water-resistent. Perfect for cycling you might say.


image source: weekday pc chap shoe - www.weekday.com

These are definitely at the top of my list of things to buy once I have an income again. That, and a decent rain jacket. Cycling in the rain with a pretty (read: impractical) jacket is no fun as I found out today. 

But for now, I'll have to continue with the heels. Practice makes perfect right?