Thursday, 14 August 2014

you said you felt more like a boy

Bleeding Knees Club's "Virginity" EP has sort of become the soundtrack to my summer. The band capture the essence of teen so well in all of their songs in a cheesy-pop-music-let's-have-fun-we're-young kind of way. The music video for "Teenage Girls" is great in the way that each scene is shown for just a couple of seconds then we're shown another teenage girl doing things that teenage girls do, like writing in journals and painting nails. The video has a kind of Petra Collins/Rookie/Palo Alto vibe that generally comes down to a sort of caricature of adolescence; seen in the scenes of bubblegum and smoking. I think that Bleeding Knees Club would be a really fun band to hang out with in the living room, getting drunk and playing music hmu guys.

"Have Fun" has more of an Urban Outfitters/On The Road kind of vibe. I imagine that this is exactly how summer is every year when you die and go to heaven. Everything about it is so dreamily perfect. I also love the maxi skirt and top combo.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

i wish i had a suntan, i wish i had a pizza and a bottle of wine

Hiiii. It is now the middle of the summer and I have some things to update you on re: self promotion but also just some really great things that I've come across lately due to having the extra time to browse the ~interwebs.

- Writing blog: I've had my writing blog for a long time but last week I reverted every post to draft, redesigned the layout and created a new welcome post. I'll add the link to the sidebar of this blog soon. It's 

- Zine: Issue 5 should be finished and available to purchase here by Thursday evening. The next issue (and the final issue of this summer/year) is Eighties and Enlightenment. As usual, all submissions are welcome and it is the perfect opportunity for aspiring writers, photographers, critics, general artists to get their work published. Here are some ideas to get the creative juices ~flowing~.

- A review of your favourite '80s album/film/band
- Enlightenment through religion or spiritual belief or an epiphany moment
- Meditation
- Ways to feel enlightened
- Negatives of enlightenment e.g. lost innocence, finding out all the terrible things about the world, ignorance is bliss? etc.
- '80s fashion
- A TV show/film/band/novel that changed your life 
- Any other ideas that you have

Please comment your favourite '80s album at the end of this post (or message me on tumblr for a feature I'm going to do. It would be much appreciated. Mine is "The Queen Is Dead" by The Smiths.

- Here are some links that I have enjoyed recently and thoroughly recommend checking out: 

Lastly, can we talk about this shoot in the September issue of British Vogue?? The fairytale vibes remind me of Grace Coddington's Alice In Wonderland shoot, but it seems much darker than that. This red silk dress is perfect.

bubblegum pop dreams

Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Drew Barrymore, Mean Girls, Hilary Duff, Brooke Shields, Cameron Diaz and Mean Girls.
These pictures were the inspiration for my outfit on Monday because I love the kitschy, tacky look of the nineties and noughties at the moment. The whole nineties normcore revival can be seen in some of the above looks but an uber pink girly version. The noughties are generally seen as a time when fashion went downhill and, for the most part, that is correct, but there is a place for it. I've been getting back into the celebrity culture obsession that I felt last summer after watching The Bling Ring. I think it's because I've been playing Kim K Hollywood, watching #RichKidsOfBeverlyHills and listening to Kanye West. Searching my wardrobe for pink clothes, I only own over the top babydoll Meadham Kirchhoff-esque frilly pink things so my outfit ended up a little different to the looks that inspired it. Sunglasses from Primark, shirt from Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop, thrifted dress (worn as skirt), tights were a gift, shoes from Rocketdog.

Dressing like this feels a lot more purposeful then how I've been dressing lately. I used to feel pressure to have a huge cultural context attached to every outfit I wear and to try to make it so different to what other people are wearing. Lately I've been dressing more casually but also more sophisticated and stereotypically fashiony. I just LOVE normcore. I'm going to write about it in the next issue of my zine and I'll post the article on here too.
I love wearing things that feel well-made and look really intricate and delicate. I'm sure that everyone does, as it feels luxurious and the closest that most people get to wearing couture. 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

edge of seventeen

Today was my seventeenth birthday. It's weird because I do actually feel older. Like I'm at risk of becoming boring and mature...weird...because I know that I won't become any more mature. However, I do feel wiser than I did last year as I sat in the car on the way home from seeing Patti Smith (just name dropping don't mind me) and I feel a lot more emotionally mature. I have lots to write about that, but I'm going to put it in the Eighties and Enlightenment issue of Pretty.

(Drawings by Antonio) Seventeen year old me partying in my CocoMadeMe t-shirt and American Apparel tennis skirt ft Lorde screeching (beautifully, I'm  sure) (but she looks kind of like a bird) (sorry Antonio) in the background.

 Matt Hitt was too tall to fit on the card.

The whole gang (left to right): Lorde, me, Morrissey, Antonio, Matt Hitt, Grace Coddington, Anna Wintour and Patti Smith.

Antonio and I made a tiramisu then he nicknamed it "teenamisu" (because if you don't nickname homemade desserts then you're living your life WRONG) and my mum was like "why are you calling it Tina???"

This morning was kind of a rush because my mum woke me up 30 minutes before we needed to leave for the facial that we had booked. I was tired because I always wake up super early on my birthday so was up from 4-5am trying to fall back asleep. I put together some of my favourite items today. Ilovestonefox sunglasses, Topshop t-shirt, Debenhams cape cardigan, New Look skirt, M&S tights and Rocketdog shoes. 

I got these sunglasses for my birthday and I adore them. I saw them on Charlie Barker at the height of my sunglasses obsession in June and was like "muuuuuummm" and she was like "ok, but for your birthday" and now I have them!! I had a dream after ordering them where I was telling everyone how cool they were but when they arrived they were like a plastic box that covered my whole face. I woke up regretting ordering them, but thankfully, they look acceptable. 
Pictures by my mum outside the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican. It was absolutely fantastic and I still cannot believe I've been in the same room as pieces such as this:

and this:

The exhibition is on until the 25th August and you should definitely go if you can.

I've always thought of seventeen as a bit of a weird inbetween age. Perhaps it's because I just prefer the sound of even numbers or perhaps it's because it means that I am even closer to eighteen year old privileges, but they are still out of reach. Also, I feel like I should have done a lot more than I have with my teen years. Realistically I didn't think it would all be road trips and rebellion but it could have been a bit more exciting. They're not over yet and more could still happen, but I think I'll dedicate this year to capturing moments and vibes because I realised the other day that next month is the last time I ever go ~back to school in the Autumn. I cannot wait to leave school but it is sometimes sad to think of life without it, like it is with anything that has been a part of you for so long. 

The sunglasses again.
I'm going to go to sleep now because although I am still young an invincible I'm also very lazy and teen and need to prep for watching the DVDs I got for my birthday back to back in the morning.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

all the girls had long hair

unknown, unknown, unknown and Andrew Lyman- Alone Together

Lately I've really felt like changing my appearance in a somewhat drastic way. I've been seriously thinking about going blonde but I have feelings of uncertainty about it. I wish I could have ice blonde totally straight hair down to my waist, but that is the exact opposite of the hair I have. Last time I tried to grow my hair out, it just took too long to style so I'd always wear it up. Furthermore, my hair is never straight straight unless I get it straightened at the hairdressers. So, perhaps I'll go blonde and perhaps not. These photos make me want to though.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

hot fun in the summertime

hot fun in the summetime

H m coat

ALDO studded sneaker
£15 -

ALDO studded crossbody
£8.91 -

Miu Miu black round glasses
£220 -

Beach Sexy
£29 -

This look is inspired by Susie Bubble's style. There's nothing like colour blocking to inject summer fun into your wardrobe. You may as well dress bright in bright weather. It gives off a tacky '80s vibe, like House of Holland's Resort 2015 collection. Ideal for city day trips, this eye catching outfit is the perfect way to start off the summer as you mean for it to go on. 

the promise of summer

Victoria s Secret high waisted swimsuit
£15 -

American Apparel clothing

Aldo shoes
£17 -

Banana Republic canvas tote
£47 -

H M bracelet


This collage conveys a much simpler and more sophisticated style, which is the more on trend this summer. I only buy black and/or white garments at the moment, so this is perhaps more representative of my current dress code. There is no need to go overboard with prints; it can look silly and clownish. A basic black and white palette is so much chicer (think Acne and Balenciaga.) 

All the items in these looks are from shops that you can buy discounted gift cards for on From Sunglass Hut to Subway (both supplying absolute summer ESSENTIALS, I'm sure you'll agree), is the first online marketplace for buying and selling gift cards. You can sell your unwanted gift cards for cash, which may be useful to me as my birthday is a week away! Whether you are going on a beach holiday, working, or, like me, chilling out as well as spending a handful of days visiting places with friends is the perfect place to aid your summer wardrobe. 

What are your summer wardrobe essentials this year?