Outfit: Cherry Shoes

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 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.

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Outfit: Marie Claire China

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 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.

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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.

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Outfit: Tokyo Laundry

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 Wearing: Sweater Tokyo Laundry, ‘Mom’ jeans H&M, shoes Vivienne Westwood Gold Label

For someone who loves fashion and loves getting dressed up at any possible occasion, I find myself seeking out simple basics more and more at the weekends. After planning work outfits five days a week on top of any outfits for nights out its reassuring to have comfy bits I know I can just pull on to go out for lunch or a walk around the shops. I’ve been living in a mix of jeans and these two sweaters from Tokyo Laundry*, simple classic basics you can dress up or down as you like. I hadn’t shopped with Tokyo Laundry before but was impressed with their fast delivery and quirky packaging. Both jumpers were under £20 and yet really great quality, both lovely and soft – my purple sleeves even got stroked. They do a Menswear line too so one for the guys to check out. I really am looking forward to dressing these two pieces up, I would wear both to work with a pencil skirt and heels for a smart-casual look.

You can also see my new photo spot on our balcony, its a real sun trap and we are looking forwards to sitting out on long summer days- when they get here anyway!

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Wearing: sweater Tokyo Laundry, shorts River Island, shoes Converse

Outfit: Censored, or not

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I have had this little Vivienne Westwood kilt for years, its one of those pieces I can rely on – easy to dress up or down. Lately I’ve been pairing it with either this cream jumper or my Worlds End boobs t-shirt, I like how simply changing the top makes a hugely different statement. The boots I’ve had for many years too, the super high stiletto means I don’t wear them all too often but when I do I think they make quite an impact. If you are looking for similar this pair from Charles Jourdan are beautiful and Bronx are generally a great brand for boots.

 

Outfit: Those Boots You Are Sick Of Seeing

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There aren’t many things I will wear to death, but when I do find something I really, really like then I will wear it until it falls to pieces! These black suede Ash Jalouse boots, which I have mentioned far too many times to remember, haven’t left my feet since I got them. They are the perfect heel high to be both comfortable and a little dressy and really do go with everything. As I love these so much and have really not been kind to them I also got a pair of the Ash Jess boots in a soft grey-brown, but I am trying to save those until the weather is a bit more friendly. I took my Jalouse to the cobbler for a re-heel and he also gave me some black suede dye so I can try to revive the colour – will let you know how that goes.

Outfit: Repertoire Fashion

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 Wearing: Day Birger jumper*, M&S jeans, Guess shoes, Vivienne Westwood handbag

 Jeans and jumpers are pretty much my work wear staple at the moment. With this impossibly cold and changeable weather simple yet classic items are key, then you have the option to dress them up or down. This Day Birger jumper from Repertoire Fashion is the perfect neutral base item, it goes just as well with jeans as it does skirts. It is a great balance to these patched jeans and leopard print shoes, taming the prints clash. I especially like the longer back and side split, which is not only a flattering cut but adds interest. You really can’t beat an Aran knit sweater for winter. If you’d like the chance to win a fabulous new winter knit check out the Repertoire Twitter giveaway too.

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What Pearl Wore 2014

Since starting this blog I have started off each new year with a round up of my favourite outfits. I wasn’t sure if to do so this year due to the evolution of the blog, but then again I think its interesting to be able to look back over my fashion journey.  Sadly the blog is still suffering from the recent hacker incident and some of the images aren’t showing, it is disheartening to say the least. It will take time to rebuild so please bear with me.  Here are the links to my previous 5 years in fashion and a rather sparse year 6:

What Pearl Wore 2009, 20102011,

(sorry but posts for these years aren’t back up yet from the hacking, its taking a long, long time to restore 2012, 2013)

 

 What Pearl Wore 2014

Full on Westwood

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 My Carrie Bradshaw moment – the skirt is a version of her wedding dress in the Sex and The City movie! All Vivienne Westwood couture

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Squiggle, squiggle, squiggle!

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One of my favourite Gold Label gowns, its got a train what more can I say.

 

 

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My favourite Worlds End piece and favourite dress in the world, the Shirtwaister.

Evening wear

Once upon a time I would have said there was no distinction between by day to night wear, these days my workwear has to be really toned down which has influenced by style all round. These are two cheap High St outfits the black is River Island and Zara, the floral is Select but I really like the cuts on them both – with crazy shoes by Chanel and Agent Provocatuer though, you can’t take the girl that far out of the city!

 

 

 

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Winter

Best thing about winter? Its the coats and this is my favourite coat by a mile, 90’s Westwood at its finest. You can’t keep a coat like this locked away for best, worn here with River Island jumper, M&S jeans, ASH boots.

 

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Can’t beat a vintage aran knit and a VW kilt with some killer boots.

 

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Summer

As much as I like coats and boots I am much more of a summer girl, if only for the easy of getting ready in the morning. Dress + shoes = done!

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60’s influence in a dress from my beloved Mooch vintage in Sheffield, Fendi B belt, VW shoes

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If you aren’t sick of seeing this dress on the blog by now then you are doing well!

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Little pin-up/sailor inspired outfit. top River Island everything else VW

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Cute little Topshop find with staple Converse, wish we had more days hot enough for this!

Outfit: Current Favourites

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Wearing: Markus Lupfer Saint tshirt, M&S jeans, TK Maxx gold glitter boots, nails Chanel Malice

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Wearing: vintage Hoola girls shirt from Mooch Sheffield, M&S jeans, Vivienne Westwood red Sunny shoes

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Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Anglomainia coat & socks, Ash Jalouse distressed boots, Tibi paisley printed dress

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Wearing: shirt & pencil skirt set from Select, Vivienne Westwood argyle shoes

 

Just a couple of Instagram snaps of my favorite outfits lately – I do have some none iPhone photos to post soon and thanks again for bearing with me through this whole hacking nightmare. The blog will be back with a bang in the new year.

Outfit: Ash Jalouse Boots

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I know I joke about ‘blogger items’, you’ve all seen it, the same items which keep cropping up on everyone’s blog. These Ash Jalouse boots are one of them, I can’t tell you how many outfit posts, reviews and posts raving about them I’ve seen. I was looking for an easy to wear pair of black boots to wear this winter and kept coming back to the Jalouse. They came, I wore them and I basically haven’t stopped wearing them for two months straight! Now I can clearly see why so many people rave about them, they really are perfect. Perfect heel height, impossibly comfy, go with everything. What more can I say? I am obsessed with them, so obsessed I’m currently plotting getting a back-up pair for when these wear out. They come in a few different colour ways, these are the distressed black suede. I have mostly been wearing them with jeans and jumpers but they look amazing with dresses and even dungarees. As they are quite low cut I think they would work well as summer boots too – yeah totally trying to justify that second pair…

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