Scenes and Seams

So my mama turned 50 and wanted to celebrate the milestone abroad with the fam! (She’ll hate me for publicly announcing her age when she reads this but hey she doesn’t even look 40 and gets more attention that most). After deliberating where to go for quite a while as we wanted heat, which Europe lacks in March, and only had a week to play with, we booked Morocco! For the first time I was fortunate enough to experience a bit of Africa and was left more than pleasantly surprised.

We typically stayed in Marrakech but before arriving I made sure my family knew I was not keen on spending every day sunning ourselves and browsing the markets knowing the country has so much more to offer. Yes I did sunbathe for a couple of days and literally sizzled myself in Hawaiin Tropic to ensure everyone knew I had been away when I arrived back to London. Yes the souks were great, I bagged a few authentic bits for my friends and flat as well as tried some average street food but the excursions were the real ting that made the holiday sick!

Firstly the Atlas Mountains were stunning, we trekked as far up them as we could in the one day we had but the views were seriously impressive throughout the journey. Furthermore the Berber villages amongst these mountains really amazed me. I felt like I had gone back in time whilst walking around the sacred, green valleys and clay homes which inhabited the most grateful souls and were kept notably clean despite the poverty. Within the village were numerous teeny restaurants made up of colourful sofas and tables, serving the longest tagine menus, varieties of couscous and fruits covered in cinnamon. I have to admit the food didn’t overly impress me anywhere I went, however the lack of flavour in their dishes was made up by stunning scenes and the most gorgeous colour hues everywhere I looked.

We also went to the Ouzoud falls which again were wonderful, I wasn’t excessivly fascinated by the waterfall itself but that is probably because I have been seriously spoilt in seeing much better. However again, the walk through the Berber villages and gorges to get there is what fed my excited travelling soul. I would recommend going if you are ever in Morocco regardless of how spoilt you may be with past waterfall experiences, as it still is beauteous and you will meet such charming people along the way who want to teach you about their culture and history.

I spent most of Morocco in colourful, casual hippy attire as I was either on a sweaty adventure or lounging around in my bikini and a crotchet number/kaftan. There were days though where we would venture out for a slightly fancy dinner/lunch to celebrate my mum’s special birthweek. I used these days as an excuse to brush my hair and make a bit more of an effort with my outfit.

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Trousers- Renli Su

Shoes- Custom made

Top- ASOS

Skirt- Pitchougina

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Even though the aubergine didn’t hugely satisfy my taste buds and the hustlers within the souks were at times annoying, every other experience I encountered in Morocco was bladdy fantastic and I think you should all pop it pon your bucket list if you’ve not yet gone. Oh and treat yourself to a hammam, I had one the day I arrived and my skin still feels as smooth as a baby’s bottom!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Kitty

I recently had the pleasure of styling singer and mega babe LK Faith for a few different projects. Amongst the numerous rails filled with the dreamiest pieces, the whole team and I expressed a mutual love for Kitty Joseph.

I was introduced to Kitty Joseph a few years ago when I pulled one of her bomber jackets for a shoot but only in the past year have I thoroughly developed a true lust for her impeccably designed collections. The unique hues of each garment and accessory alongside the rare material and flattering cuts (too many turtle necks to choose from) is what makes the brand so fabulous.

Whilst wondering around Brewer Street Carpark’s designer showrooms during LFW SS16 I ended up stopping at Kitty’s showroom and conversing with her for quite a while. Kitty’s cool persona is the most accurate reflection of her whole brand and since meeting her again last week and previewing her AW16 collection, I can confirm that her pieces are only getting better.


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Do not be afraid to wear colour girls. Too many of us regularly shield behind black attire because its ‘slimming’ or ‘easy’ or ‘classy’… or boring! Sometimes its healthy to experiment, colour is more complimenting than you realise and can give an extra sass that so many ‘classic’ tones cannot.

Having a ball!

I’m back! I’m not even going to say that this time I will be more consistent with my blog because you know we can all talk the talk etc. I’m just going to post when work isn’t drowning me and when all the friends’ birthdays stop.

Anyway I just wanted to share my current ball obsession (and no not that type of ball). The Pom Pom ball obsession- stick a pom pom on anything and I’m fully feeling your flow.

It initiated last year when cute brands on Instagram started creating pom pom earrings which essentially entailed different coloured (usually furry) pom poms hanging off your ear either through a hoop or just a plain clasp.Then it progressed to hair, keys and bags pom poms. During LFW SS15 I wore these fabulous one of a kind heels customised by the amazing Rosie Williams and it seemed WGSN appreciated the coloured balls as much as I.

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Of course I was not the first to rock a pair of pom pom ones and twos nor will I be the last but for all those who fancy a pair, he’s a few designers and online stores that can fulfil your needs.

589362_in_pp  Sophia Webster

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ASOS pommy slippers which I would definitely wear as slides

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Agent Provocateur (I much prefer their older pompom mules and eBay have loads for cheap!)

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Enjoy pomming about!

I Love Big Sleeves and I Cannot Lie…

So during London Fashion Week a few collections really excited me and I realised they all had a certain feature in common- brobdingnagian badboy sleeves! I’ve been meaning to express this enthusiasm via my blog for a couple of weeks but we all know consistency isn’t my forte. J.W. Anderson and Roksanda gave me new fashion life, the bold patterns, the colourways, the styling and of course the sleeves. J.W. Anderson made his sleeves statement through the bicep detail while Roksanda focussed more on a bluebell vibe- both worked immensely.

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Emilia Wickstead also portrayed this hype through one of the most beautiful dresses I saw all week. I’m not sure I could pull off this amazingness myself as I think I would look like a drowned, 14 year old Asian Polly Pocket with nil sex appeal, however the cut, the elegance and pastels (and of course of the SLEEVES!) were absolutely splendid.

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Finally Margiela Maison jumped on the sleeve trend and gave extra sass to the staple white shirt that most high street shirts cannot give. Exceptional length, supplementary material and a whole new presence when you stroll into the office…

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I guess secretly my favourite part of this post is that with the help of the very talented Erica Janavi, one of my looks during the most hectic September week reflected this movement and I didn’t even mean it to! So go get yoself some sleeves girls, the best ones are hidden in the most treasured boutiques along Portobello.

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*Most of these pictures are cheekily stolen and were not taken by my DSLR*

Newborn Whites

Last weekend I attended my cousin’s christening with friends, family and the sun!! Spring has finally sprung and London is finally smiling again. I was typically left with no option but to bring out the white attire- anyone who knows me knows I love a white piece but even more so when the sun is shining.

I wore this two piece from Zara which I put together from two separate Zara stores. I don’t think it was supposed to be a co-ord as such but I reckon I could have fooled most! I was apprehensive at first in case it would be too formal however with my new hair (I’ve now got a ‘lob’!) everything feels a bit less conservative. I’m really loving suiting this season and clean cut pieces. There’s something very attractive about a woman in a good pair of trousers and I have been the girl to opt for a pair of tailored trousers/chinos/ culottes etc over jeans or a dress for a while now. I’m not only the token Asian in most girly ‘night out’  group pictures but I also tend to be the only one without my pins exposed.

This look would have also looked great with chelsea boots, a little leather jacket and lots of arm and hand jewellery however as I was going to a christening I dressed up the outfit a bit more with high stilettos and red lips.

 

 

 

Top and Trousers: Zara

Snake print shoes: Topshop

Jewellery: Vintage/ H&M

Orange Is The New Black

It’s been a while since I had some time to focus on my blog, but I’m making it an early New Years resolution to make time for it and give as many fashion ideas as I can through the changing seasons and trends.

Every woman owns at least one ‘little black dress’ and 99% of us always match it with black everything else, however I’ve teamed this dress with a classy orange heel from Office (a colour that stays in fashion whatever the time of the year).

This dress is slightly different from your average LBD, although its short its a loose fit and can be worn in the winter for all occasions without looking to under or overly dressed. I’ve always been a fan of turtle necks, they’re sexy, classy and shape your face. I’ve kept my jewellery to a minimum to maintain the elegance of the look, but paired it with a heavier sheepskin coat to give the outfit a bit of an edge and stop it from looking too formal.

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Dress: Asos Shoes: Office Watch: Rolex Necklaces: H&M

Photographer: Samantha Wheelwright