Saturday, 23 August 2014

Exploring home: Trader's Outlet finds...

We have all experienced that feeling where you invest in a Topshop piece, only to go out and find that every other girl you pass on the street is wearing that exact same thing. For this reason me and Charlotte have recently found ourselves disillusioned with high street stores and decided to explore the range of small businesses in our area. 

We occasionally wandered into Traders Outlet, a local store with different sections selling various jewellery, vintage furniture, handmade bath bombs ect but up until now we hadn't realised that there were also some fashion stalls with cool pieces, much cheaper than you would find on the high street.

Charlotte is wearing a black oversized quilted shift dress with a kind of snake texture to it whilst I am wearing this white pleather cami dress. Both dresses comply with our usual styling comfort zones of black, white and leather so all in all a pretty good find!

We definitely recommend checking out Traders Outlet to anyone in the Manchester area!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

OOTD: Tropica

Top: Forever 21, Jacket: River Island, Sunglasses: Forever 21, Jeans: Topshop, Boots: Topshop, Necklaces: Zara and vintage, Bag: Vintage

What is it about trying to take a few blog photographs that is so difficult? Well for one there is lighting and the realization that your outfit is either too basic or horrifically unflattering. Then amongst a range of other technical issues there is the large problem that is the general public. 

I could try and disguise our mishaps in order to appear professional, however that's not the kind of girls we are so I will admit that en-route to our location, we recieved a multitude of heckles from passing vans. I mean really, yes we have a camera, we are in fact taking photographs, that is generally the use for which people purchase a camera? 

Anyway... rant over with, I decided to go with a summery outfit despite still including the staple black and grey. I'm really into layering necklaces at the moment and so I stacked this Zara one over a vintage, handmade shark tooth necklace which my great grandad brought back from Africa. 
The sunglasses make me look like a fly or possibly an 80's police officer but I felt that they went well with the outfit. Let us know what your frustrations are when creating blog content!

- Grace

Friday, 8 August 2014

OOTD: boyfriend.

Top: Ali Express, Jeans: Vintage Armani, Coat: Vintage, Shoes; Converse, Rings: Shop Dixi and antique

I picked this coat up from Oxfam because I loved the boyfriend esque shape and it was inexpensive considering the quality. I think I'll get a lot of wear out of it in the colder months (can't wait for October-January) but I must admit I'm a little wary of it's extreme oversized nature. These jeans have been featured before and I thought that they would add to the vintage feel of the outfit. I've paired them with my striped crop top although I should mention here - get ready - that I am SWORN off crop tops. I feel like I've had my moment with them and I'm getting kind of sick of them if I'm honest. Also they're not particularly flattering with my less than washboard abs - not like I mind cake over Jodie Marsh type stomach any day.
My hair is a lot shorter after I went for the cut again and I'm now getting used to having a bob again. I hope you're having a lovely Summer, I must admit I have so many exciting things coming up in the following months. Especially seeing the 1975 in September where I can be in the same room as my LOVE Matty Healy.


Sunday, 3 August 2014

OOTD: Summer grunge

Dress: Handmade, Boots: Matalan? Shirt: New look, Necklace: Miss Selfridge, Bag: Cynthia Rowley, Watch: Ali express, Bralet: H&M

I have never been good at sewing, maybe it's because I always attempt something ridiculously complicated *throwback to the 3D structured telephone bag which now lies half stitched in my wardrobe* However, I had been looking for a casual summer dress for hot days so I decided to attack a Primark maxi skirt with a pair of nail scissors and ended up with this dress which I knotted at the back. Whilst my sewing is very amateur I feel like the rough edges work well over this caged back bralet from H&M and give the look a grunge feel.

The Miss Selfridge chain collar was overdue for a rotation in the cycle of statement necklaces adds bit of drama. I tied a shirt round my waist because you never know what the weather will do!
Finally I resurrected these extremely battered boots from Matalan which have practically no soles left and plenty of holes but they are the comfiest shoes I own so worth looking rocking the whole homeless-chic look for.

I have seen a lot of blogger bucket lists of action packed summers, yet in all honestly my greatest achievement has been mastering the Sims 2 open for business expansion pack and finishing The killing series four in 48 hours... I love doing nothing :)

Hope you're enjoying a relaxed summer x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

OOTD: H-eye!

dress: Zara (similar), shoes: converse, bag: not sure sorry!
Ahh trends, how they come and go. A few months ago this dress was massive in the fashion world and EVERYONE had it, I managed to get the last one in stock while on a trip to London. I decided to pull it out of my wardrobe as I hadn't worn it in a while and I now remember why we all went crazy over it. I love the shape and the material and how it looks way more expensive than it actually once. Zara don't stock this anymore but I've seen them floating around Depop for not too expensive and Choies have brought out a copy although I'd be wary of the material. 

I must admit I'm harbouring a secret desire for Autumn to come around and with it dark fashion. However we are still in the midst of Summer I am trying to embrace it. I feel like this outfit is as summery as I'm going to get!


p.s. look out for my fairly dramatic haircut in my next post!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

OOTD: Down on the west coast

Shirt: Primark, Necklace: Topshop, Shorts: H&M, Shoes: Topshop, Sunglasses: Forever 21

Summer is here again and that means a renewed obsession with Lana del rey and all of her Lolita fueled palm tree inspiration once again translates into our wardrobes. I paired this vintage palm tree inspired shirt with leather look runner shorts to add a bit of contrast as even in summer there has to be some form of leather look item in most outfits. 

My white collar necklace is from Topshop and goes with pretty much everything, a piece I'm loving at the moment.
My over sized cat-eye sunglasses are from forever 21 and match the vintage 50's feel of the shirt. Finally I slipped on my Topshop croc effect skate shoes with no socks! If any of you own these skate shoes you will know that this was a brave move, however I did end up borrowing a pair of Charlotte's socks to walk home in...

Also as a side note I am wearing a few wefts of my new clip in extensions from Luxury for princess  which I bought mainly to add volume to my hair. I am so impressed with the softness and quality of the extensions and would really recommend them to anyone considering buying some!

- Grace