Tuesday, 22 November 2011

 My mum is just a bit too cool, must be a recessive gene.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Yeah, yeah, yeah!



Ginnico shot by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia Jan 1994 via

My longtime favourite editorial that features things that are just so so so dreamy e.g.:
   adidas sportswear 
molten silver trousers
leather trousers
alice bands
ice blonde hair
shiny white pvc trousers
football tops
sleeveless football tops
strappy silver slips
white socks

Saturday, 29 October 2011

 It's been quite a long time since I posted (whoops!) but I've been busy being a sixth form chick and qualifying to be a lifeguard. Rather than potentially scarring you with you with pictures of me in a swimsuit I thought I'd post Pamela because I'm a sucker for sportswear.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Frank Lloyd (So) Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright's plans for Broadwater City (The Living City).

Imagine how perfect a Frank Lloyd Wright city would be.

Watching Tupac interviews rather than doing my homework. 17 year old Tupac is cute. 

Thursday, 8 September 2011

I've recently become obsessed with architecture, specifically Brutalist buildings. There's something about concrete, the use of geometric shapes  which is very clean and calming. I've only ever seen Trellick Tower, The Southbank Centre and The Barbican all in London. Brutalist architecture was  athe post war architects generation response to WWII and this really shows in the need for regulation and order. I like that they are so divise and unapologetically attention grabbing, when walking around Golborne Road I can't help but look at Trellick Tower and be fascinated by it. I don't know if I would want to live there necessarily as I don't deal well with living in a high rise flat but as a building I can't help but be a little hypnotized. Although of course knowing my slight OCD tendencies concerning straight lines and uniformity, it's hardly surprising.

I think that generally Brutalist architecture is regarded as cold, oppressive and uninviting but in my opinion they are far more inviting and interesting than the glass monstrosities that are currently dominating the skyline. As a kid I could happily spend hours exploring the bowels of the Southbank Centre, and I visited last week and found that the same was still true. I felt the sense of being cocooned, insignificant and very safe just sitting in a balcony. YOu can see so much and there are countless nooks and crannies in which you can secret yourself. Maybe I'm just romanticizing this but I like the idea of the post war generation thinking of how they could build a definition of what a city should be like. It's the same thing with Soviet design circa the Cold War they managed to create objects that are dated now but must have seemed groundbreaking at the time and I can't help but think that although Brutalist architecture has had its time that every glass high rise office building is a little bit of a disappointment.
Raymond Hillard Homes, Chicago, Illinois, 1966 via

Habitat '67, Montreal Canada

Cite Radieuse, Berlin

Park Hill Estate, Sheffield

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

'Bushwick' Russh Magazine Oct/ Nov 2010 by Will Davidson, Shalom Harlow

I'm half African and quarter Irish. My great grandfather on my Irish side was some sort of semi-famous doctor or something or other and thanks to the fact that I didn't completely fail my GCSE's the 'you are going to be a doctor talk has started....I don't want to be a doctor (I've spent more than enough time in hospitals) but I ure want to dress like one. How good would it be to dress like one. How simple and if I got to walk around in white Boston Birkenstocks without odd looks then I would be so happy.

(This might be partly triggered by my just having watched the skin I live in and being borderline hypnotized by a creepy, clinical Antonio Banderas.)

Also I bloody love TLC and had anybody else noticed how good 90's hip hop videos were case in point the mo' money more problems video.

Friday, 26 August 2011

What's new pussycat?

Maybe the best song ever.  Definitely the best dress ever.
 I've started to become slightly obsessed with cheongsam dresses thanks to babes like Sade and Bjork.  And thanks to a perfect day on an eerily quiet Portobello I think I've found my dream dress. The fabric looks to be from around the 50's and it is clearly homemade with a lot of love. I'm not even a cat person and I love the fact it has cats all over it. Although I do think with the kind of creeps I tend to attract I'll have to be careful when wearing it as it's pretty open to various pussy-related jokes. Nothing can detract from how happy I am with this dress, after haggling it down from £35 to £20, not even the fact that there's a little problem getting it over my hips thanks to a pretty sedentary and indulgent few months.

P.S. On a completely unrelated note I've been trying to work out how to wear a string vest post-puberty without looking like a dancehall queen  for months now and I've had to come to the conclusion that unless you are androgynous it is really really really hard. That is all

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Kate Moss's bum by Mario Testino, 'England's Dreaming' shot by Corinne Day for The Face August 1993, Andy Warhol at the Factory, Kate Moss (again), Cecilia Chancellor in Vogue, Jodie Foster being a gap toothed babe.

Always loved silver, even my floorboards are silver, but I have become a little bit obsessed as of late. I pretty much blame pictures like these.
 I mean come on I have a rather large soft spot for Corinne Day when you add molten silver sleeveless tops and listless gazes I pretty much melt. And then there are dungarees but silver (!!!). And then there's The Factory which I spent more than a few years trying to recreate minus the cool people in my room. Then there fabness that is sheer silver, although fairly sure I won't be attempting to go braless and sheer anytime soon outside of the safety of my room, it is mighty tempting.  And if you're wearing silver you can steer clear of makeup, not that I ever really bother, but who needs slap on when nobody's going to be looking at your face, but at whatever body part that's reflective, so they can check themselves out (narcissists).

P.S. reading this back it's a bit too gushy especially comsidering it's just a colour. But man what a colour, also pretty perfect for living out childhood aspirations to be a astronaut in a slightly more adult, less conspicuos way.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Summer Lovin'

 Daffodils via, Ali Mcgraw and Steve McQueen, Bridget Hall, Chloe Sevigny by Mark Borthwick, Julia Nobis in Russh, Darya (my favourite mealy mouthed model), Love Alice by Claire Shilland via, Penelope Cruz in Jamon Jamon, Harry Dean Stanton in Paris, Texas, Lily Donaldson by Alasdair Mclellan, Peggy Lipton via

Ah. Summer that word fills me with an inordinate amount of joy. It equals floating in bodies of water, Birkenstocks, bare legs. Itchy noses daisy chain making despite my hayfever and the inimitable feeling of cool water washing over your feet. Outfits consist of big shirts, knickers and shoes with which to potter around in and if I must venture out I just chuck on a silk slip over my tshirt or my old summer dress from primary school. Public transport is barely and if I want to get anywhere it involves leg power, skateboards, bicycles, or my favourites boats and trains. Most of all its fuss free, breakfast is raspberries from the garden, trying to make sure that the juice keeps well away from the white shirt I'm wearing. Hands smell of SPF 50 suncream and my Mum tries to compete with my tanning ability . Later on chilly breezes are solved by huge jumpers and wooly socks, with your sandals of course. And of course hats to protect my skin from the sun, either battered caps like Harry Dean Stanton's or my favourite bucket hats. And of course the recycling of three years worth of subjects that I will never have to do again! What does summer equal for you?

P.S. Also in a completely seasonally inappropriate way I am totally digging bomber jackets and possibly also puffa jackets(!). Bomber jackets are definitely cool...puffa jackets maybe not so much.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Thought these were rather fitting as Kate's getting married today. And look at that they are even shot by Testino who's lensing her wedding today! Let's just hope the wedding party is a bit more imaginative with their outfits.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Hot babes in Gingham...then there's me

Francoise Sagan / Marc Jacobs and Rachel Williams/ Alicia Silverstone/ Niki Taylor

After getting called Wally (due to constant stripes) by various people I have decided to branch out into other prints. So I decided that gingham (which is really just double stripes) would be a really good idea. As I am srudy leave I've had tonnes of time to make things so here are the spoils of all my hard work.
I particularly like how the seam is almost an arrow directing your eye away from any potential cameltoe. Next on my list is a pair of trousers to match the shirt, so I can go around looking like a mental asylum escapee or like I'm in my pyjamas, both are fine with me.

Also loving my saltwater sandals at the moment or my 'nun sandals' as my mum likes to call them. They are totally comfortable and functional and look even better when you can see my posture correcting green foam insoles creeping out (in a very uncool, very unPrada-creepers-foam-layers sort of way).

Friday, 3 June 2011

White on White

Alexander Wang's S/S 11 inspiration anyone? It's definitely mine, now if I can just persuade four friends to follow my lead then I will be very happy.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Be Prepared

When I was about seven wanted to marry David Attenborough. Not only did he travel the world he also wore cool clothes and had an aura of complete calm and wisdom and I felt that rather than going to school I'd learn a lot more on our romantic travels around the world. I spent an embarassing amount of my time 'presenting' nature documentaries in my garden, in preparation for our my future presenting nature shows.  We would also live in the prerequisite treehouse with our pet monkey and parrot and live off the land.  I felt that my future would require a swiss army knife to makeshelterand gut fish, but my mum steadfastly refused so I battled grass snakes in my grandparent's garden and covered myself in mud for camouflage, in preparation instead. 

I remember lusting after my friends' yellow and brown Brownies uniforms green eyes flashing. The idea of wearing that uniform now is unappealing but I love older Scouts style.  And it seems I'm not the only one, Virginia Mckenna and Lauren Hutton both seem like the kind of girls who would make really Mrs Attenboroughs good scouts. I don't think there are lion-raising and alligator-wrestling badges but there should be. 

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Undeniably Cool

It's his 70th today and just in case you don't know I am more than a little obsessed. I mean come on apart from his songs the way that he manages to be so effeminate and yet still very much a man, is something that appeals to me due to my infatuation with androgyny. His penchant for polka dots, cuban heels and cowboy hats all win me over. Heck he even looks cool wearing glasses indoors.

For those who like me have an obsession that borders on unhealthy I would recommend searching  on BBC iplayer for the plethora of stuff on there about him. I would start with AJ Westermann's documentary purely because he used to pilfer his rubbish, if that's not dedication...

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

All the cool girls wear cat eyes.

Tracey Emin/ Rose McGowan in Doom Generation/ Taylor Tomasi Hill/ Asos Sunglasses

I have lusted after those Asos sunglasses since the end of last summer and I finally remember to buy  them and they are out of stock! But I definitely want some cat eye sunglasses in tortoise-shell to replace my wayfarers.

I watched Doom Generation last week renewing my Rose McGowan obsession that Charmed.  Check out Naive Bone's post to see a really interesting interview with Rose.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Meryl Streep looking hot/ Giasco Bertoli's tennis court/ Tracey Emin and ?/ Random House/ Jade Pafitt in Jeurgen Teller's "Go See"/ Robert Clergerie for Opening Ceremony Sandals

Just a few thing I'm feeling right now. Check out Tracey Emin in her bucket hate, A-line button through skirt, socks, clogs and shirt, perfect outfit.  So excited for the Tracey Emin retrospective I developed a huge girlcrush on her last Autumn and cannot wait to see her work. I think the first time I was really aware of her was when I was about 7 and saw a BBC news piece on "Unmade Bed" and just thinking what a batty woman, but I've  been reading and watching interviews with her and although I may not agree with everything she says I am fascinated by her. She reminds me of Louise Bourgeois and Frida Kahlo other strong female artists whom I admire.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Big fat Western tourist in Bangkok.

Maarten Van der Horst's MA Collection at CSM/ Me in my cool shirt.

Unearthed this little gem in my little brother's pit room today, it's Gap Kid's from when he was 8. Was always jealous of this shirt so thanks mum for always buying us clothes that swamped us. 

What were the references for the prints and the use of layered fabrics?

 The use of Hawaiian shirts and its prints is a reference to escapism, exoticism and going on holiday. Also, I like the sexual ambiguity of Hawaiian Shirts. It’s a play on the so-called ‘Boyfriend jacket’ that has been so fashionable. Yet, this version is more a ‘Big fat Western tourist in Bangkok’ jacket. The print itself is based on original Hawaiian prints from the 1940s. ( via i-D online)

Friday, 13 May 2011

Mandiba, Style Icon?

The Fresh Prince/ Jonathan Pierce/ Nelson Mandela

I think we are all aware that Nelson Mandela is launching a clothing line by now and when I heard I thought WHY? Of course, Mandela is the kind of person who could contribute to anything and it would probably reap positive rewards. And after reading Long Walk to Freedom recently ( which I highly recommend) I voraciously googled him and rediscovered his penchant for natty shirts.

In my opinion shirts are good as long as they are slightly boxy and any sort of prints are a bonus.  Whenever I go to Brixton or see pictures of my paternal relatives I am always struck by the beauty of traditional African fabrics.  Come spring my clothing choices are usually awash with florals and hawaiian prints, which although beautiful can become repetitive. African Shirts = Perfect Alternative 

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Do I really need a reason to post 90's Kate?

Speaking of the 90's  I just rediscovered my inflatable plastic backpack, which has made me quite happy. The only potential pitfall being its transparency meaning that I cannot leaving a layer of detritus languishing at the bottom.

Friday, 29 April 2011

kiko mizuhara/ river phoenix/kirsten dunst/ alex james/ chloe sevigny/ wes anderson/ angela chase/ johnny depp/ justine frischmann
 margot tenenbaum/ angela again/ kurt cobain/ selma blair in storytelling

When I think of bobs, images of year 4 when EVERYONE sported one spring to my mind. Not a bad thing I still think your sense of style is never surer than when your age hasn't reached double figures. Plus bobs just scream for named velvet headbands and barettes, which are just cool. 

I'm gonna do it I think. My only concern is will it make me look cool like the people above or do they make the hair look cool? Last time I had a bob my mum cut it and for three years I was called triangle head, I would prefer this not to happen again.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Place your bets

Some of my favourite wedding outfits on some of my favourite women. I love Frida's accessorizing with her husband's face, Bianca's legendary suit and Pamela's 'functional' bikini.


Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Easter!  Easter is my fave holiday because you get to wear hats with little fuzzy yellow chicks on them and not be regarded as weird.

Spending the weekend in Cornwall getting my Surf Instructor award. I'm zonked so I think I'll just eat my eggs, have a late barbecue and curl up with my favourite show ( The Only Way is Essex).

What are you guys doing with your long weekends?

P.S. This shirt is so cool.  I don't wear Christmas jumpers but an Easter shirt is sounding very appealing if it looks like this.

Friday, 22 April 2011


Richard Avedon via/ David Beckham shot by Alasdair Mclellan for Fantastic Man/ Andrew Garfield for Band of Outsiders/ Guido Palau/ The Royal Tenenbaums/ Google

Polo shirts are cool.

My faves are either striped, ones with differnt sleeve and collar colours or pastels but always a little faded and shrunken. Whether I see pastel polo's on the King's Road flung under a jumper that is tied oh so casually at the neck of  a Sloane  or a Fred Perry number on an ageing skinhead and everything in-between, they undeniably fill me with envy.

This is not a new obsession like most of clothing inspiration it all stemmed from The Spice Girls, although this time it was Baby and not Scary who triggered this one. I longed for a polo dress like Baby SPice had, my best friend had one and I was positively green-eyed whenever she wore it. My mum denied me this particular item of clothing and after a quick google search and seeing how perverse Baby Spice looked I''m not sure I would want my toddler emulating her style.

When I was 10 and started going to disco's with boys school i was less preocuppied with their prepubescent dance moves, although there were some pretty good snakes, and more with what they were wearing. Yes, their hairflicks may have made me melt a little at the knees but really it was all about their Lacoste polos.

I'm not the only one who is a little obsessed

Monday, 11 April 2011


I'm 16 now, that means I can drive a tractor of a 50cc moped. Now I have reached these heady heights I think I should have a perfume. The last perfume I owned was a Barbie perfume, that came with a watch that had Barbie's face as a watch cover.

I'm very picky when it comes to smells. Too sweet or too strong and a wrinkle forms above my brow as I try not to choke. Scent is something so personal, so loaded with memories that I don't think it should be taken lightly. It's something that is associated so intrinsically with you. I try not to judge people on the way that they look but I do unashamedly judge people on the way that they smell. Smells tell a story; whether you need to wash more, if you have a fondness for chewing gum and countless other stories are all communicated by the way you smell.

I was sniffing through my mum's chest of her teenage memories, that for some reason is in my room. Upon opening it I found a cool little glass bottle and upon unscrewing it it was love at first sniff. Apparently its an old bottle that she kept from her Spanish boyfriend during the halcyon days of her youth. 4711 Eau de Cologne is manly, light and a little sharp plus it's super-cheap too!

P.S.Turns out I'm not the only one who likes the packaging

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Alasdair Mclellan/Awaydays/Unknown/Awaydays Still/Alasdair Mclellan i-D Nov 2008/Awaydays

Bowl cuts, adidas trainers, polo shirts, levi's, windbreakers and a penchant for adidas, no I am not talking about The Drums but about "casuals" of the 70's. Having watched the film Awaydays today my love of the casual has been reignited. The film itself can be described as a blend of This is England, A Beautiful Thing and Control, which are great films too if you haven't seen them. The moody shots add a certain romanticism to grotty 70's suburbia and the soundtrack that includes Joy Division makes me want to move up North (sort of). And the prevalence of Adidas football trainers makes me sad that my feet are half a size too big to fit into my mum's blue suede Adidas gazelles. Seriously recommend watching.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Prior to yesterday my only real awareness of Karen Walker was her eyewear, which I thought was fab. My former ignorance was blissfully amended last night and all I can say is hallelujah.

I really dig her S/S 11 show with it's clashing prints that remind me of curtains (not that my curtains are as cool as this) and parkas which I have a well documented love affair with. The print clashing was not LOUD but rather a subtle clash (?), which I think is more wearbale and more interesting. Some of the pieces looked pyjama-esque and I am definitely not complaining, considering i go to a school with no uniform I'd much rather be wearing this than a onesie. Then there were 'flatforms' (still not sold on that term) loafers. I think I've established by now that a clompy shoe always wins my seal of approval combine that with pastels which always capture my heart in spring and we are onto a winner.

Plus she had fisherman hats to top it all off. If that's not a girl after my own heart I don't know what is.

Gap teeth women are supposed to be sexier (WELL DUH)

Sorry guys,I kind of had to. After all my blog is named after them.

But in actuality this does look really interesting. I'm a bit of a historical and cultural nerd and though not strictly what you would call history, I find the perception of beauty through the ages fascinating. Plus the way that one of them talks about Lauren Hutton's fame making her feel more secure about her gap. is exactly what happened to me when I saw Lara Stone smouldering on the cover of i-D.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Werther's Originals + Liquorice Allsorts

Scored this in Topshop last Friday. I was flipping through the racks when I saw it and rather than doing the usual critique my mind jumped to Werther's Originals (although that may have been because I was hungry) and then to Liquorice Allsorts (which I despise just so you know). As somebody who's "passion for fashion" is probably only eclipsed by her love for food (and Johnny Depp/ River Phoenix) this top is the perfect amalgamation. Plus it also renewed my childhood obsession in Werther's Originals which whilst not great for the waistline or teeth is fantastic for the tastebuds.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Jane Birkin -need I say more/ more practical option via

It's gone a bit chilly now in London but early it was positively glorious. As somebody who's mood can be greatly influenced by good weather - or lack thereof- I was very perky today. I went to visit my cousin (and her new baby!) by Columbia Road and on my way I found an abandoned straw basket which was sheer good luck as the basket off of my bike had been stolen. Even more miraculously it fit on my basket bracket! Suddenly I had images of myself as a hybrid of Maria from the Sound of Music running through the hills and Jane Birkin running around Paris straw basket swinging. So when I got to hers I threaded some daffodils through the top and it was good to go and off I cycled through East London singing the Sound of Music. All in all a good day

That said this was a rare time when trying to emulate people who I admire's style worked - usually I fall flat on my face.

P.S (I am not joking about the falling flat on my face part. Last month I decided to channel Bianca Jagger in 70's platforms. This was not a good move as I do not habitually wear heels. Essentially my bus was really busy and the other passengers were just not moving so that I could get off of the bus. So I sort of launched myself off of the bus just as they parted to let me off and flew off landing in a push-up position on the floor. This was made even worse by the 11 year olds who take the same bus as me then proceeding to tell all of my friends.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Angela Lindvall for Miu Miu S/S 97

I have developed a small crush on Angela Lindvall of late due to her bottom lip which can look both moody and seductive AT THE SAME TIME.

You may well have seen these ads before but even so just bask in their glory. Much better than the LiLo monstrosities. They make me want to live in monochrome. They have mussed up ponytails and polonecks, distrustful gazes and white dresses, cool collars and grandpa knits ( and not the overstyled indie type. This is the kind of girl who wears Birkenstocks and socks as I have started doing sin of all sins. This is the kind of advertising that I like.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Let's be blunt.

Tati Cotliar by Ami Sioux/ Turned Out/ Natalie Portman in Leon/ Kid from Kid 'n' Play

I'm a pretty blunt kind of girl. I like to get straight to the heart of the matter and do not always consider what I'm saying as much as I perhaps I should. Bluntness is one of those qualities that can promote loving or loathing.(Also did anyone else notice that it is sort of onomatopoeic). It is the kind of hair that oozes cool especailly when modelled by cool women like Taylor Tomasi Hill and Chloe Sevigny.

With women like that rocking the look it is probably fitting that my (curly) hair would never co-operate then.


If you aged these girls by a decade and gave them moody stares rather than effervescent grins then they could appear in an editorial. AT the moment I am really inspired by evacuees, ( that sounds terrible in writing). They fulfill my love of knitted jumpers, florals, leather sandals and pulled up socks. Plus their hair is ALWAYS enviable. I know that the way they dress was not a contrived style but their slightly raggedy too small jumpers with socks that refuse to stay up on their stick thin legs makes me jealous.

This obsession is not however a new thing. When I was 10 I studied WWII and saw pictures of evacuees. Suddenly I asked my mum for brown leather sandals for school shoes and went to JOhn Lewis to buy knee high grey socks. I remember when I was 5 being jealous of girls who got to wear straw boaters to school and leather satchels and so when I was 10 I also added these to my uniform. You can probably tell I was a bit ... special, especially when you consider the time the school shoe of choice was this!

I'm definitely thinking that evacuee style has to make a repeat performance, starting with me knitting a replica of charlie brown's jumper with sleeves that are just that bit too short.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

It's better to live a day as a lion than one hundred years as a sheep - Mussolini

No home is a project by the Australian Centre for moving image showcasing fashion through film. . I love fashion and film so it would have been hard for me to dislike this but the fact that it has already managed to cover brands with such differing viewpoints bodes well for the future.

check it out.