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. 





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?

September 21, 2012

Boutique beauty.

It's not secret that I'm a fan of a loose-fitting shirt. In fact, shirts have featured in many of my posts this year alone (see here, here, here and ohhhh wait, here). What I'm noticing more and more is my love for shirts with contrasting collar and cuff detailing. This style seems somewhat fresher and more modern.

I've had my eye on this particular shirt since Thanksgiving last year, when my sister & I stumbled across Oak + Fort in Canada. I literally fell in love with everything in this boutique and haven't stopped thinking about the store ever since. Unfortunately they didn't have this shirt in my size at the time, but now they've updated their stock and I'm very tempted to purchase this and get it sent to my lovely father's house in The Emerald City (unfortunately they only ship to North America at the moment). I feel that even though I'm unemployed, this beauty would totally help me with interviews & nailing that perfect job. Justification much?

I love the leathery bits and the olive colour - so aligned with the current army trend. It also comes in black and ivory, but I feel that a military vibe would totally work in Holland.

image source: becka blouse - www.oakandfort.comAhhh the joys of unemployment, so much time to shop online, it's dangerous

August 30, 2012

Backpacks for big kids

Now that I've moved to Holland I've realised that though my wardrobe may be London-friendly, it's not exactly Amsterdam-friendly. It's tricky to bike in mini skirts & short dresses (of which I seem to own a lot of) and I have yet to master cycling with a handbag swinging from the handles.

This is why I've found myself taking a break from job hunting and checking out the Herschel Supply site. I've admired these bags for a while now, but never felt that I had a good reason to buy one of their backpacks in London. However, now that I'm here, I feel that I could totally work the Herschel backpack into my going-dutch look.

There are soooo many different kinds to choose from, so the first step would be determining size, then colour & style. After checking out the website, I kind of want them all. Surprise surprise.

herschel classic in beeswax

herschel heritage in black

herschel pop quiz in desert storm

herschel little america in washed black

herschel settlement in navy/red

herschel heritage in burnt orange

herschel standard in army

image source for all: www.herschelsupply.com

Next stop, buying a pretty bike & replacing my lost Harry Potter glasses. I'll be dutch before I know it!

August 16, 2012

Words from the wise

Sometimes we all need a little madness.

image source: wood wood 123 joker mens tee - www.woodwood.dk

July 24, 2012

OC pops up London

London is a city of pop-ups. Pop-up restaurants, pop-up cocktail bars, pop-up clothing stores...I love it. There's no way you can get bored here with new goodies popping up all the time.

One of the latest pop-up stores is Opening Ceremony in Covent Garden. The store opened last Thursday and is only temporary, although I hear that they're opening a permanent store in the same area in the near future. 

I love the range of clothes that they have, especially the ones designed by Chloë Sevigny. They have a whole Olympics-inspired collection too incase you're wanting to pimp out your wardrobe for the Games.

image source: opening ceremony london store - www.oystermag.com  
chloë sevigny for opening ceremony lissy boxy swing dress
opening ceremony exclusive cat embroidered sweater

adidas originals x opening cermony quilted reversible hooded poncho 

opening ceremony exclusive flag tee

chloë sevigny for opening ceremony baggy button down
image source for clothes - www.openingceremony.us

I love the look of the store - so bright and spacious, I can't wait to check it out!

Hope you're all enjoying the glorious sun! Yay summmmeeerrrrr!

July 10, 2012

Aztec Idol

There's nothing like a bit of aztec to brighten up a once-again grey and rainy Tuesday. I reckon this skirt would be even better with a neon green / orange drawstring instead of white, but that's just me. I love all of the Navajo-inspired prints around at the moment, perfect for both festival & everyday outfits.

image source: the village green aztec skirt - www.no-one.co.uk

July 4, 2012


Happy 4th July x

image source: equipment diem stars and stripes-print silk-georgette shirt - www.net-a-porter.com

June 28, 2012

Dutch folk

I saw these booties, and thought to myself 'these are well Amsterdam'. They would be perfect on the bikes, strolling by the canals, or pottering along Herenstraat. The fact that they're on sale at Folk clothing ( which is based near work) is even more appealing...
image source: stephanie - ambra ankle boots - www.folkclothing.com

The fact that I'm saving for impending unemployment is really hindering my plans to own these shoes, which is a pity as they're so beaaauuuutttiiiiiiiiifullllllllll.

Thems the breaks.

Why am I obsessed so much with footwear at the moment? Definitely going through a phase...