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THE 'IT' EARRINGS

A while ago, thanks to late night eBay scrolling under the tag "acrylic 80s earrings" I stumbled across a pair that cost me genuinely less than a cup of coffee (Although not less than a Pret filter coffee, which is what 80% of my body consists of.)

I frequently receive DM's from people asking me to send over the link, and because I have less than ten thousand Instagram followers, I'm unable to link them on my Stories. So if an influx of people could just follow me now that would obviously make everyone's lives a lot easier. It'd purely be for everyone else's gain. I joke.

Anyway, here they are. £1.42 I'll have you know. Enjoy.









THE BAG EDIT

If like me you carry your entire life around with you, a good bag is absolutely key, and the good news is is that you absolutely don't need to invest to find a good one. As ever, the high street just keeps on pumping out the high end inspired pieces and dupes, which is bloody great news for a local "Topshop Princess" like me. 
I've collated a collection of my current high street favourites with my new but painfully amateur photo editing skills. Making these collages in the adult equivalent of playing Polly Pocket.
Fiddly as feck, but oddly satisfying. Anyway, straight to the bags. 

Beaded Bags
Pretty much the "it" bag at the moment, and aren't they pretty indeed. Try combining one with a pair of Dad trainers for ultimate contrast. 

The Shopper 
Laundry bags, shopping bags, tool bags - the more domestic looking and practical, the better. Ideal for the ever cautious type, that carries half of their life around with them *just in case*. Hi, that's me.



Highstreet Splurge 
If you've been lusting over the Shrimp's Antonia bag, but don't fancy declaring yourself bankrupt then perhaps this Mango option is the one for you. Still pricey for a high street bag (£59.99), but much more reasonable than £450 for a financially broken soul like me.

Bum Bags
Bum bags, fanny packs. TomAto, tomARto. You can find one anywhere these days and to be honest, they mostly look the same which is why I was super impressed by this Topshop number. Perfect for teaming with a plain white tee on an off day.


Straw Bags
Straw bags - forever floating around our Instagram feeds during the brighter months, and it doesn't look like they're going away anytime soon. If classic isn't your thing, then opt for bright colours, textures or even a bit of check, because when are checked prints never a good idea?

Transparent Bags
It's clear to see that transparent bags are a must have right now, being probably the most versatile bag you can own. One bag can transform into twenty, and all you have to do is pop in a colourful clutch, or a sequinned mini bag to change up the look. We all own those impractical little mini bags that are visually great, but in terms of practicality, I couldn't fit my self esteem inside them. 


*Please note, some styles may be sold out online, but available in stores, and vice versa.*
























1992 bag http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/1992-perspex-tote-bag-7671130


I TRIED TO BE COOL AND FAILED.


Have you ever tried to wear something that you've seen plastered all over the 'Gram, and realised that that's where it should probably stay? Yeah I had that this week. Welcome to my opinion on the 'chunky trainer trend' - not that you'd asked. Disclaimer : I think they look absolutely amazing on everyone but myself, hence why I purchased them in the first place.

Thanks to Balenciaga, and their Triple S shoe, we've seen chunky trainers everywhere. Gucci has also jumped on board with their own version, the 'Rhyton'
I'm not a trainer person at all, but I've seen chunky trainers styled in so many amazing ways that I caved and tried to jump on board. Not with a pair of Balenciaga's of course, no, no. My budget says more like the Fila Disruptor 2, so that's what I ordered from the JD website for £80.

I went into their store to pick them up. Click and collect. I took them out of the box, and my gut instantly told me that they're not for me. RETURN THEM YOU IDIOT! I ignored my gut, and took them home for further inspection.

I wish I hadn't bloody bothered.

I tried them on and I looked like a had the Titanic stuck to my foot. They were HUGE. They looked horrible. Nothing like how they looked on all these other super cool bloggers. Don't get me wrong, in a small size, they look bloody great. But I looked like a P.E teacher, and I wasn't impressed. I take a UK7. I'm a tall girl. Needs must. But you actually have to size up in these shoes and it does not flatter the style of the shoe at all. I'm not shaming any girls with "big feet". Really, I'm not. I HAVE "BIG FEET". Of course I do, I'm 5 ft 9. But what I found was that the larger the size in this shoe, the more it altered the appearance and style of the design, and it honestly looked like I'd borrowed my Dad's shoes. They just didn't look on me how they looked on everyone else. 

I was disappointed. I like the trend. I wanted in, but let's face it - £80 is £80. For me personally, that's a lot of money to pay for an item thats merely a trend. Will I appreciate them this time next year? Probably not. As a blogger, and someone who absolutely lives for fashion, I enjoy experimenting with new trends, and integrating them into my personal style, of course I do. It's fun. But here's the thing - I do it on the cheap if it's a fad. I'll invest when it's a personal classic, or a staple. If it brings me a real sense of joy, and I'll be wearing it next year, then by all means - take my bloody money. 

One good thing did come from this failure though - I felt more in touch with myself and my own personal style. I felt more aware of what I truly love and feel comfortable in, and realised that actually, I don't need to be "on trend" if it doesn't suit me, and that actually I don't need to be "on trend" at all if I don't want to. Sometimes you just gotta accept that in many cases, things just look better on Instagram. There would of been a time in the past where I would of wasted my money and kept the trainers anyway for validation and approval, just because everyone was wearing them.  
Not this time. 

To all the people who own them, I'll still enjoy admiring your outfit posts wearing them, 'cause they look AMAZING, but on me, I just can't say the same.


GUCCI DUPES

Gucci gang, Gucci gang. It's inescapable. My Instagram feed is absolutely saturated with Gucci, or looks inspired by their previous campaigns, and to be honest I love it, I'm not complaining. Whether or not I can afford it is a different matter entirely, but it doesn't mean that I can't appreciate it all the same. I found these Gucci inspired sunglasses on my explore page of Instagram from an e-store called Glow Glammin'. They ship from Australia, but the total cost for the glasses and the shipping was about £11 (they had a sale on at the time)



Would I wear them outside? Maybe. Maybe not. They're a bit too flamboyant, and look even more extra off camera. Like really extra. They do give an otherwise basic outfit post a little oomph though.


                     
                     

               Boots (similar)
Blazer (no longer available)

80S MOM


I started my 2018 well, with a trip to the high street to find some quick, easy jumpers that I can throw on during these bleak months, whilst still feeling like "myself". By "myself" I mean I've made an effort. I enjoy making an effort in the sartorial department on a daily basis. It makes me feel like "me", and I take a healthy dose of pride in it. During the winter though, you would think the struggle to look "nice" whilst remaining practical would be difficult, but actually I find it the easiest. I love texture, faux fur, and chunky statement pieces which is so easy to pile on. Buy a couple of pairs of fake leather trousers, and few statement coats, a healthy polo neck collection and you're good to go, if that's your thing. Summer is the real struggle. I hate showing skin. I hate being exposed. I don't enjoy wearing dresses, and the anxiety that comes along every time the wind blows. I don't want to be done for indecent exposure. I don't have a criminal record to date. Let's keep it that way shall we?

This look is so simple and comfortable, and yet makes me feel like a well-groomed 80s mum with a  modern twist. Get yourself a pair of chunky statement earrings if you want to look like you've really made an effort, even on the most laziest of days.


Vans 
(in red too, as pictured above)

I HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE

This doesn't come easy, but I have sinned. At least, in the sartorial sense.
For some time now, I've had Uggs playing on my mind - yes, you read right, Uggs.
The biggest faux pas of all faux pars in the fashion world. The Crocs of the boot world.
I try to suppress the thoughts, but they seem to come harder.

It all started when I imagined that I'd seen a pair of Uggs embellished with what looked like pieces of costume jewellery, or gems. Does anyone else ever do that? Imagine outfits or items in your mind that you swear you've seen on your favourite blogger, or inside a window of a high street retailer, only to realise you've unconsciously designed it yourself? I do that often. Well, sort of.
Turns out that what I'd actually seen, was a pair of embellished Crocs. I'd clapped eyes on Christopher Kane's SS17 Croc collab, developed a distorted memory of what I'd actually seen, added two and two together and made nine. Unconsciously.

Image saved from Refinery29.com

I guess my only explanation for that is that Crocs and Uggs have been tarnished with the same brush. Slapped with the ugly stick. The taboo shoe. A footwear felony. Any nostalgia of my teenage Ugg wearing days, and the warmth they brought will be instantly slam dunked back where it belongs. Deep into my subconscious.

Now this article is edited. The irony is that after writing it, and saving it into my bottomless pit of drafts, I later discovered that these gem encrusted boots do exist. They actually do, in the form of a collaboration with Jeremy Scott and Ugg. Am I insane? Did I confabulate these outrageously ugly-but-also-kind of amazing boots? Or did I absentmindedly scroll through my Instagram feed pre-morning Coffee, and forget I'd ever saw them? I'm not sure. Memory is a funny thing. That aside, let's get back to my internalised guilt and shame about slowly liking Uggs again.

Image saved from Ugg
I'm trying to fight it. And I will not cave. But let's just say if Vogue posts an article tomorrow along the lines of "Bella Hadid, makes the case for the worst boots on earth", I may accidentally buy some. You know, for the sake of Fashion.

It's funny. In my opinion, most trainers that are like the "it" item to own, and pretty damn ugly.
But it's all subjective isn't it. All it takes is promotion from the right "influencer", and suddenly it's the right type of ugly. Whatever that means.


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