I was once a young girl who would rush out to buy Vogue each month and examine in detail every page. I was once a young student who was so desperate to be part of the fashion industry I set up this blog to share my love of fashion. I am now not so young, I have worked in the fashion industry and I understand how it works all too well. I am now not so young myself but am privilidged to teach those who will be the next generation of fashion. It has been a long time since I felt the need to update this blog, my time now taken up by academic persuits and freelance writing, however I wanted to share with you an article I was asked to write for The Conversation ‘Vogues Attack on Style Bloggers‘. I write this not as a young girl full of hopes and dreams, but as someone who is now charged with helping those who are and I have to say it is with extreme disapointment that a monolith such as Vogue would treat those with hopes and aspirations in disrespect. It is a sad day for fashion.
Wearing: Converse Eyewear, vintgae coat and Levi’s Mooch Vintage Sheffield, shirt Topshop, watch Jord wooden watches
Taking a turn behind the camera – which I am preferring more and more these days. We took to the woods in autumnal hues to share this seasonal menswear look. The classic shirt and jeans with technicolour dream coat – everywhere we go he gets stopped about this coat, its like a celebrity!
I’m probably a little late to the game but I’ve recently discovered designer Tara Starlet, maker of the most fabulous vintage inspired clothes – vintage inspired but not replicas so they are modern but with those gorgeous ’50s shapes such as nipped in waists and huge skirts. This is the ‘Marina’ dress and it is pretty much everything I ask for in a dress, including pockets. They had a great sale over the summer so I had a bit of a binge, other than a few vintage finds this is the first shopping purchase I’ve made in a long time so expect much more Tara Starlet on the blog soon.
As you know product features aren’t something we do often on this blog, however there are sometimes those occasions which we simply cannot refuse, this was one of them.
We were invited to introduce Jord wooden watches and were blown away not just by the style and quality of these timepieces, but the ethos of such a lovely family run company. Locally owned and based in St Louis, Missouri Jord design and manufacture watches from real wood. All the wood used is sustainably sourced from around the world, allowing Jord to create some truly beautifully crafted pieces. We were intrigued as to how a wooden watch would feel to wear and delighted to discover it was light weight, smooth finished and so easy to wear. The wood also gives a lovely warmth in contrast to the usual metal watches, nor does it pinch like some metal straps can. In addition it is a great option for vegans who are looking for an alternative to leather straps. It also carried that lovely fresh, wood scent.
The watch chosen is from the 94a series in red sandalwood with brushed steel and red check dial, including a date mechanism. All Jord watches are unisex, James is the main watch wearer out of the two of us but I have tried on the watch too and it would make an equally attractive chunky ladies watch. Jord have a wonderful range which I do recommend checking out, they have lots of wood and face colour options not to mention designs. Jord take just as much care and pride in their packaging, ensuring each watch comes in a stunning wooded presentation case, making it a wonderful gift idea too.
If you are on Instagram you can find inspiration searching the #JordWatch hashtag and their account @woodwatches_com. What more can we say, we really were bowled over by Jord and look forward to sharing more styling options in the future.
Have you discovered Jord?
Sometimes here at FPOW we like to bust out some menswear, since we’ve not done that for a while here you go. One serious pretty boy and some cool duds. Many thanks to the city of Sheffield for always having some awesome street art available for posing opportunities. It just happens to be this guys birthday today too, so happy birthday my love x
Such a delight, the Dipped lace heart necklace and earrings
Before I say anything I will let you take a moment to enjoy the above image, bloggers delight in an concoction of macaroons and jewellery (jewelry since we are international here at FPOW). If that alone isn’t enough to get you click over to Uncommon Goods then let me tell you more. Before I go on and on and on about their stunning and unquie product range I’ll tell you a little about the company itself. Their mission is to bring us beautiful things, in a beautiful way. They pride themselves on working hard to achieve sustainability, in fact each month staff from all areas of the company get together to talk about how they become even more environmentally friendly. They look after their staff well and require that all their products have been produced in ways that do not cause harm to people nor animals alike – love them a tiny bit already don’tcha.
The stunning personalised love Birch cuff bracelet Shop Here
Let have a look at some of their gorgeous product then, they actually sell a wide range of jewellery and home-wear but it was the jewellery as always which caught my eye. The Birch cuff evokes the timeless romantic tradition of carving your sweethearts name into a tree (without the actual act of vandalism). You can have the cuff personalised with initials of your choice.
If you fancy something more quirky the A Penny for your Thoughts and Anatomical Heart necklaces which you can Shop Here are beautiful in their detail and sentiment. Who wouldn’t adore a lucky penny they can rub whenever they needed. If you’re not the hearts and flowers kinda girl then the anatomical heart carries all the meaning but in an edgier design.
Finally you will need somewhere to store all your jewels! I fell hook line and sinker for this storage bottle, I’ve never seen anything like it. Not only is it super stylish but its going to take up a lot less space on your dressing table than a traditional jewellery box.
That’s it I will let you go off and discover Uncommon Goods for yourself, they ship internationally too. I for one am glad I discovered them conveniently just before my birthday! Enjoy
I don’t just write about fashion but also my other love tattoos. If you’d like to read some of my musing on body art then you can check out my blog column for my favourite magazine Things & Ink.
Where I chat about the perceptions of women with tattoos, my feeling and experiences being tattooed and other thoughts on my mind.
Hopping around at Liverpool Tattoo Con with a massively swollen knee! Photo by Alice Snape
Today I’m Wearing: vintage 80’s dress from Mooch Vintage, Sheffield; Shadowlands sunglasses, Michael Perry cherry shoes
Picked up this dress last week, its one of those 80’s weird things that are just so peculiar you can’t help but think they are cool – once the shoulder-pads have been binned that is! Its got something like a wicker basket print and a little bit of exposed middle. perfect with tutti-frutti sunglasses and cherry shoes.
Last year I opened up my shoe collection for Marie Claire China to do an interview and photo shoot. I agreed not to share any details until the magazine was published. Sadly they let me down and never sent me the promised copy of the issue or any of the photos from the shoot. So if anyone did see the feature please let me know.
Anyway I thought I would share a few snaps I took myself from the day, especially as I adore the outfit I wore, Vivienne Westwood Worlds end jumper and Gold Label skirt and shoes.
These gold shoes have been my go-to favourites for a while now and sadly they are now a little worse for wear – multiple trips to the cobbler can only take them so far. Since I love a bit of gold metallic I’ve been on the look out for something a little more summery so I can give these a rest and these Michel Perry gold t-bar sandals really caught my eye. I already have a cute pair of Michel Perry sandals with cherries on which I adore so these are up on my wish list.