Wearing: Tara Starlet dress, Prada shoes, Nicole Farhi sunglasses
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.
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!
Wearing: sweater Tokyo Laundry, shorts River Island, shoes Converse
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.
Wearing: Markus Lupfer Saint tshirt, M&S jeans, TK Maxx gold glitter boots, nails Chanel Malice
Wearing: vintage Hoola girls shirt from Mooch Sheffield, M&S jeans, Vivienne Westwood red Sunny shoes
Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Anglomainia coat & socks, Ash Jalouse distressed boots, Tibi paisley printed dress
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.
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…
Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Red Label Tux jacket, Phillip Lim top, Marni H&M trousers, Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Animal toe Court shoes
Wearing: Comme des Garcons H&M top, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania skirt, Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Bondage boots
Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Red Label blouse & velvet shorts,┬áVivienne Westwood Gold Label Animal toe Court shoes
Wearing: Stella McCartney blouse & coat, Topshop jeans,┬áVivienne Westwood Gold Label Animal toe Court shoes
Since October is my birthday month and Halloween I always enjoy it, there are flashing ghosts and pumpkins in my windows already! I’ve packed away the summer clothes and have been rediscovering warmer clothes, coats and boots. Here are a few things I’ve been wearing whilst the weather changes but I don’t think we will get to enjoy autumn for all that long, its getting colder far to fast. You might notice here that I’ve had the little tribal tattoo on my foot covered up by a larger piece – will post about that soon.
A few full on, head-to-toe Vivienne Westwood outfits I’ve worn lately. First two for play, last two for work! #SelfieQueen
I didn’t take a break from blogging, however as you know I have slowed things down this year after starting a new full time job and relocating it was hard to find the time and energy to create a photoshoot. On top of that working in sustainable fashion has put something of, not quite a guilt trip, but something of a more concious state of mind in play. I started to question my own shopping habits and in return what I was blogging about. I haven’t gone cold turkey on fashion but I have certainly changed, I will write a full post on this as its pretty interesting. What I wanted to talk about here is something else which is a big part of my life. For those of you on Instagram (@SuperElevated) this will come as nothing new, whilst I have forgone the fashion addiction (somewhat) I have been investing in another area. My body and body art. I had my first tattoo aged 16, I followed that up with five more over the next few years the last I think I was around 20, as an undergrad at university, was to remain unfinished for the next 12 years. I can’t tell you why it took that long, the most recent years having a tattoo was impossible due to the immuno-suppressant medication I had to take. I guess it was just something out of mind if not always out of sight. My first tattoo on my wrist I have now lived with just as long with, as without. When something is so much a part of you it isn’t a concious thing, not for me anyway. Its like remembering you have a left knee everyday, you just don’t.
A lot changed for me this year, another thing was finally coming off my medication, not cured but lets say on hold, how long for it isn’t known, a day, a month, ten years? But I feel mostly ok and that’s good enough for me, without the steroids I’ve been getting fit again and I think that was the first stage in deciding to get the unfinished tattoo on my thing sorted out. After putting a lot of thought into it, myself and my artist decided that a cover up would be the best option but due to the heavy black outlines a few sessions of laser removal first would give the best result. Everything I am mentioning here I will write about separately in more detail, gory photos too if you like. But this is the first time in a while I’ve really felt I had something to say without visuals to speak for me. Tomorrow is something of a big day for me, it doesn’t really feel like it is yet but I guess it must do in a way for me to be typing out the waffles like this. As of tomorrow I will go from being someone with a few tattoos to the first stage of the process in becoming what some would class as heavily tattooed. Its not a decision I’ve taken lightly or rushed into, obviously as I am well aware of the impact your appearance has on your life. But sometimes there are just some things you need to do, this is one of them. So whilst I am not changing the nature of the blog from fashion to tattoos, it will of course change in some ways as I do. I’ve never had a set agenda for the blog, its just rolled with me over the years and hopefully will continue to do so for many more. Lets say then its something of a new chapter.
Why the Converse photos? I got this new pair not even two weeks ago and they are already covered in blood and ink, custom body, custom shoes. I got these from Spartoo where these All Stars and some other styles are on sale. I hadn’t worn Cons for years and have been living in these, so comfy. Although I’m not sure cream was the wisest colour choice for me!
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, as always things get in the way, but I do like to get the chance to share older pieces from my wardrobe. The top and culottes are from the 1982 Savages collection by Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren. The fabric might be reminiscent to those of you old enough to remember the 80s as the cheesecloth which pot-towels used to be made of. You can wear it and dry off the dishes on it at the same time, practical!
┬áBen managed to find a great video of the collection on the runway which you can see on the Worlds End blog┬á
┬áHere is Vivienne wearing the same outfit in Worlds End and some of the other characteristic Savages prints. It only just occurred to me having the photos side by side we also have the same colour hair here!
Last time I wore my Savages jumper was at London Fashion Week last year – or was it the year before? Either way its one of my favourite collections and I love seeing pieces of it crop up here and there. You can still get the Apache print Pirate tops at Worlds End, as for the rest of it well you would have to hit up the vintage auctions!
Wearing Cleo Ferin Mercury Jaguar scarf*, Terry de Havilland Stella shoes, Lulu Guinness lips clutch, vintage t-shirt and necklace , TK Maxx skirt
Oh my gosh a blog post with actual photos, I know its been a while but I am finally getting settled in my new job and home. Not having a trusty team of photographers on hand means you will have to put up with the iPhone snaps too but I will do my best. Those of you on Instagram (@SuperElevated) will have seen my new friend already, the lovely gold Jaguar scarf by Cleo Ferin Mercury. Isn’t he lovely! I have had him draped over my shoulder for the past few weeks. Cleo’s scarves are utterly beautiful hand made from silk in the most striking of prints. What I really like about this scarf is that it’s an easy way to dress up a simple outfit, or vice versa if worn over a LBD you can tone down your outfit easily just by removing the scarf, useful if you have to adjust your style to your work place. Worn here with ┬átwo of my summer staples this vintage tshirt and pink skirt I’ve had for ages now. The purple bejewelled Terry de Havilland wedges usually live in my ‘fancy shoes case’ but I do break them ┬áout for special occasions they are so comfy for such a high shoe. They look amazing with turquoise nail polish, this sunny day caught me off guard though I’m afraid to say. I think I’m still in February can it really be spring already!