Turns out our bedroom can be transformed into a photo studio given the right lighting, so I got Miz to snap some pics of my latest PJ addition from the Paul Frank collection from Primark and mess about a bit for these silly photos.
I don’t know what I’m doing in this photo are all, apparently I’m showing you how tiny something is or taking an imaginary photo…click! Either way, I’m pretty stoked to show you another DIY clothing project I’ve finished and show it off in the way it was meant to be.
So, it’s October and it’s still not cold enough for a coat? What’s that all about? Well, it’s raining today in Brighton but yesterday it was another super sunny day, fresh with a cold air but still no need for boots or a coat. We headed to the local park so that Miz could practise sliding on the skateboard and we grabbed a few photos of my latest dress purchase from Dr. Martens. Although this dress was purchased as part of their Summer collection, it’s clearly more of a Winter number which I’m pretentiously going to label as transitional. I’m SO fashion.
The dress is gorgeous, it’s a brushed cotton tartan which buttons through with pearly buttons, the skirt is pleated and it has some skinny belt loops which I’ve filled with a Forever 21 red skinnny belt which has start shapes punched out of it. I’ve accessorised with burgundy coloured cable knit tights and my beat up Converse. The bag is a fox/owl depending on which way you look at it and you can find this all over the internet! I’ve stolen the hat from Miz, I don’t know where it was from originally.
The dress was quite pricey at around £65, but it’s such a classic and lovely soft fabric that I think it’s totally justified. Plus, it fits me really well with a good skirt length too. It’s totally worth spending a bit more on something if you love it, especially if the quality is good as you know you can keep it in your wardrobe for years and still whip it out when you need a staple, easy to wear item.
My Sugar & Vice solar system necklace fits perfectly with the colours in the tartan so I think it’s a great choice to go with it, this beauty gets ALOT of wear! Make up wise, I’m wearing Lime Crime Velvetines in Red Velvet on my lips and a metallic green liner from Kiko Cosmetics for eyeliner flicks. You can’t really see them here but I’ve got blue/green ombre brows using Sugarpill. My base is a mixture of Smashbox BB Concealer and Balance Me BB Cream.
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With Halloween just around the corner we thought it would be wise to compile a little shopping list to counter all the random plastic crap on the High Street. There are loads of indie brands producing great Halloween themed merchandise (some of them all year round) so if you’re still on the look out for a seasonal costume or spooky mascot to take you through the year, we hope you’ll find some indie magic in this edit. We’ve thrown in some kawaii options for those who like to keep things cute. For more indie brand love and fashion and style inspiration, check out our other blog categories!
- Halloween themed dresses and accessories by Silly Old Seadog Handmade dresses from £105
- Kawaii Pastel Anime Witches Sweaters by Geenie Jay £40
If you’re looking for gorgeous handmade vintage dresses, Silly Old Seadog have a range for all shapes and sizes, all ethically handmade in the UK. This indie brand is run by Alison and always has a quirky option for every holiday and occasion. We particularly love this classic horror movie print for Halloween and beyond.
This pastel sweater featuring manga style witches is by Wolverhampton (UK) based Geenie Jay who shares her wonderful character design and illustration on Instagram too. If the sweater doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can find these dreamy drawings on stationary and enamel pins.
- Halloween Kawaii Halloween Creature Necklaces by Luna and Kiki £10
- Kawaii Ghost Glow in the Dark Acrylic Brooch by Asking for Trouble, part of a bigger range of kawaii stationary and accessories. Brooch £6.25
Nottingham (UK) based Luna and Kiki create dinky, kawaii cuties in various forms of jewellery. We love their little animal creations, including this Halloween themed trio for the season. Keep an eye on their social media to see if you can catch them at a craft fair.
Asking for Trouble has been selling various incarnations of their kawaii ghost for many moons. If you’re not a brooch wearer, you can find this ghostie on stickers and stationary too, but really, how can you not love this glow in the dark version?!
- The Model Diet inspired Acrylic Necklace for Halloween by Sugar and Vice £25
- Enamel and Gold Plated Poison Apple Stud Earrings by Em and Sprout £9.51
The brilliant Sugar and Vice have plenty of spooky options with their acrylic jewellery brand, the latest collection features piece inspired by classic Horror, this eye-popping design would make a creepy, yet stylish addition to any outfit. This is such a bargain for £25 too, considering the amount of handiwork and ingenuity that’s gone into this particular design.
For a sparkly nod to the season these Em & Sprout 22K Gold Plated earrings are lovely! You can also find this design in an enamel pin. You’ll find more Halloween spooks in the Em & Sprout store too, such as an adorable embroidered ghost beret and more pins and acrylic jewellery.
- Handmade Felt Pumpkin Hat by Pearls and Swine £180
- Pumpkin Rick Enamel Pin by Get a Life Designs £8 (currently on offer at 20% off!)
To make a statement at a costume party or add some class to your Winter vegetable shopping trip, this pumpkin hat from Pearls and Swine is a stunner, handmade too! If you’re looking for some fancy headwear for a party or special event, head to Pearls and Swine to find a wide variety of elaborate hair pieces, headbands, hats and more!
For nerd and pop culture references check out Get a Life Designs for this sweet Pumpkin Rick enamel pin, amongst a bunch of other gaming, TV and movie nods in pin form.
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Baccurelli felt like an especially lovely next brand to feature after I got in touch with them to see if they wanted to get involved, as they mentioned a mutual love for yesterday’s team, Sugar & Vice who helped Baccurelli figure out setting up their biz. Today’s #IndieLove team is made up of graphic designer Meli and her husband, Hugo and they are based in sunny L.A. I stumbled upon them via Instagram not that long ago and instantly fell in love with their geeky, 60s vibe designs, particularly Meli’s sweet doll designs.
Read to the end for a little promo very kindly from these guys…
If you’re a regular reader you know that indie brand Sugar & Vice have a special place in my heart. They’ve been around since 2007 and I’ve followed and adored their work since the first day I stumbled upon them. I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon them. I’ve never met Sarah, but I randomly met Matt in real life by bumping into him in Brighton (where he doesn’t live) to be greeted by “I made that!!” when he saw my necklace, we were in Tiger, it was cool that a stranger said hi and then when it clicked who it was it was one of those small world moments. Anyway, ramble over, the brand is based in Canterbury and is made up of just the two of them who design, cut and assemble everything.
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It’s almost no coat weather here in Brighton, but in that annoying way that it looks really sunny and then you go outside and realise that it’s all lies and it’s just as cold as it was last week. That’s why I’m all about layers at the moment! I can’t wait for the warmer weather and being able to sit on the beach again without shivering or getting a numb bum.
This morning, Miz and I headed to the skate park in Brighton so that Miz could get some practise in after a very long break of not skating. I unintentionally went dressed like a Star Wars themed skater girl, hopefully with a lot more originality that the Avril Lavigne type and with my super colourful, freshly dyed hair, thanks to Miz!
The Star Wars, Han Solo/ David Bowie Aladdin Sane mashup t-shirt is by Illustrated People, which you can pick up in ladies and mens sizes from the awesome website, Truffle Shuffle. I love this top, it’s geeky, but classy too. I teamed it with my Celia Birdwell x Uniqlo cropped trousers, which I’ve had for over a year, but am only wearing in public for the first time today. Being a tall girl, I’ve always been conscious that cropped trousers can look a little like I’ve just found pants that are too short for me, so I added turn ups to make them more obviously cropped.
The sunglasses are another pair of ASOS bargains, these ones were only £3 when I purchased them in the sale in the Winter. My necklace is my current favourite from my little collection from Sugar & Vice. The bag was also a sale bargain, from Accessorize about a year ago.
And quite possibly one of the best pair of shoes that I’ve ever owned? My Star Wars x Vans slip ons, that are incredibly still available now. It’s the first time I’ve purchased Vans slip ons, they are incredibly comfortable and for anyone with a geek side, this design is just pretty darn special. Miz, also got a pair, but the more pared down design of Yoda hiding amongst hibiscus flowers. If you haven’t seen the collection yet, you need to check it out!
Miz dyed my hair for my last night, he helped choose the shades and then I just let him loose on my hair and this is the result. It’s the second time he’s dyed it for me and he’s done another smashing job. Unfortunately my natural coloured roots are making an appearance now, so the dye didn’t cling to those so well to them, but until I can get a professional to work magic, I’m pretty pleased.
The blue is Directions La Riche Atlantic Blue and I’ve got purple streaks from La Riche Directions Plum and the underneath is Directions Apple Green. All of these shades were applied over the top of a faded blue and purple base and have taken very well. Next time, I’m going to try for a brighter colour on top of a bleached base for the first time ever, more on that very soon.
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So, here’s the second set of photos that I did with awesome photographer, Eleanor Jay and this time it’s an outfit that I’ve worn on a couple of nights out. We found more colourful walls to shoot against around Shoreditch, which make the most awesome backdrops to outfit photos. I’ll have to go and explore some more when I’m getting Miz to shoot outfits for me.
This outfit, I’m dubbing my cat fish outfit, for obvious reasons. The dress is a cheap one from Romwe which I got from their Amazon shop, it took a while to come as it gets sent from abroad (not sure where) but it’s awesome. It’s quite a small fit and the fabric isn’t the greatest but I adore the cute cat boobs and simple shape. Although it’s lined it’s that kind of fabric that gets static easily, which is a tad annoying, but the cuteness outweighs that fact.
The leggings are the third appearance of my beloved Black Milk mermaid leggings, they are clearly the best thing I’ve ever bought and I love how they brighten up this simple but kooky dress. Shoes are bronze cat wedges from Irregular Choice, which I’ve featured before, they have tails and whiskers!
I’m loving this acrylic necklace at the moment which is from Sugar & Vice, they’ve got this style in a variety of sizes and colours. This one is their medium sized cluster is awesome bright colours, it’s quickly becoming one of my favourite things. Sugar & Vice make tons of awesome acrylic jewellery which is great quality and comes boxed too, I’d highly recommend that you check them out! I would quite happily add every single piece on their website to my ever growing collection of acrylic jewellery.
The flower crown is a giant fabric one from Rock’n’Rose, which I’ve worn alot, they are expensive but they are great quality and more versatile than you think. I didn’t think I’d wear it as much as I do, it’s seen a lot of action, which is why it’s currently got a few splats of UV paint on it, remnants of a awesome New Year’s Eve with Lina.
Make up wise, I used Eyeko Liquid Metal in Black to do dramatic liner, did my brows purple with Sugarpill 2am from the Heart Breaker palette, cheeks using Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Sophie and lips in Lime Crime Poisonberry.
And then here’s me with my new dinosaur paste up friend avec blue New Look hoodie…
Have you got anything from Romwe or Black Milk?
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This week I went to Musical Bingo at Concrete, which is underneath Pizza East just around the corner from me in Shoreditch, I’ll write more about that very soon, but for now, here’s the random outfit that I wore.
The main bit of this outfit is the epic, tacky princess cat t-shirt which I got for about £5 from China on eBay. It’s a huge loose fit top and in that weird shiny, plasticy fabric but I love it nonetheless and it’s been worn loads!
To continue the space theme, since princess cat is clearly in space, I’m wearing my awesome Sugar & Vice planet necklace, which I won in one of their many Instagram competitions. I’ve only had this necklace for a month or so, but I’ve worn it loads. It’s very well made and the planets feature a variety of different finishes of acrylic. For some reason, I don’t have a close up photo this time, but I’ll make sure I feature this again soon so you can see it in all its glory.
My hat was a freebie from my old job, who do the PR for the Snowbombing festival. It’s a cosy, warm chunky knit bobble hat which matches my orange hair perfectly at the moment. Right now, it’s always between this and the ASOS Watermelon hat.
You can pick up suspender tights like these ones from lots of places, but mine were from the New Look sale and I love them, I think it was Henry Holland for Pretty Polly that did them first. I’ve got a old pair of Miss Selfridges high waisted denim shorts underneath, so as not to flash my ass. On some people this top would be long enough for a dress, but on me it’s not going to happen.
Trainers are Gola, which I picked up for about £10 in the ASOS sale, they look a bit like Vans lace ups but have a more feminine almond shaped toe, which I prefer at the moment.
Make up wise, I’m wearing Holika Holika BB Cream, Bobbi Brown Be Pretty Blusher, Kiko Cosmetics Inspirational Emerald Long Lasting Eyeshadow for flicks and Illamasqua Lipstick from the the Glamore collection in shade Soaked. More info on these beauty products coming soon.
What’s the best thing you’ve bought from eBay?
What do you think of this outfit?
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