Friday, 25 July 2014

Glamorous on the beach



Dress - ℅ Glamorous / / Fedora - Missguided / / Sunglasses - ℅ Zerouv / / Shoes - ℅ Glamorous

I've been looking for a white boho beach dress for some time. I wanted something plain, floaty, relaxed; something that would look amazing just throwing on. This is it! How perfect is this dress for the beach? For £33 it's an awesome piece to have for the summer, very light weight and perfect to go from day to night. I have styled it simple, with very little accessories; it didn't need much. The crochet looking lace on the side is my favourite part, it adds the beach boho vibe. Looking a little too glamorous for the beach with the chunky heel sandals, i'd like to think it was toned down with the oversized shades and fedora.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

☾Moon Child

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Fedora - Missguided / / Top - ℅ Hellaholics / / Sunglasses - ℅ ZeroUV / / Necklace - ℅ Hellaholics / / Palazzo Pants - ℅ Missguided / / Kimono - ℅ USC

In love with this Moon Child vest, it's such a cool item to have as part of your wardrobe. I struggle when it comes to tops and tees, I never find any i like and my collection lacks variety. I like the cut of the vest; loose, floaty soft fabric and obviously i love the boho vibe! I've kept the styling simple (for me); monochrome, with grunge brown red lips. The look is pulled together with the Hellaholic skull cross, worn as a choker, oversized retro sunglasses and a burgundy fedora.

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Misspap are having a sale, items start from a whopping 99p, it's worth a gander! Here are my sale picks with a few wish list items in there.


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Frolicking with Clementine


floral headband, headwear, rose crown, rose garland, lilac roses, floral garland, roses and clementines

Palma Violet Rose Crown - Roses and Clementines / / Dress - ℅ Chicwish / / Cowboy fringe jacket - Frolicking with Clementine Vintage / / Boots - Vintage / / Sunglasses - ℅ Zerouv / / Guitar bag - Mary Frances 

Channelling my inner Lana Del Rey in this 80's western tassel denim jacket. I feel as though i should have been swinging on a rope swing in the desert for the full effect (like in Ride). She's such a style icon; the queen of the flower crown, it's hard not to copy her a tad bit.

It's fair to say i nearly peed myself when i seen this hanging on the rack in my local vintage store. I was shocked that no one had it hanging off their arm; guarding it, ready to buy. I suppose it't not everyone's taste, i mean it is a total 80's through back! I'm not normally a one for 80's attire, if i do buy something from that era, the first thing i do is cut out the shoulder pads. Shoulder pads that try to recreate armour or resemble american football upper body padding should be illegal. Why did women want to create a 'broad shoulder look', it just baffles me but the extra padding on this jacket doesn't make me want to hurl. Keeping that American western style, i paired it with a boho looking lace dress from Chicwish, My trusty cowboy boots, the cutest guitar bag and yes of course, a rose crown. Very Lana!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

All That Jazz


Fedora - Oasap / / Sunglasses - ℅ ZeroUV / / Sequin print dress - ℅ Great Plains / / Belt - Vintage / / Kimono - ℅ USC / / Necklace - New look (old) / / Shoes - All Saints

Trying something a little different today: a beautiful ultra chic and feminine dress from Great plains. I felt very womanly and grown up in this sequin print. When styling this i wanted to keep the elegant vibe but give it a fresh, younger feel. Adding a long oversized beaded necklace helps to keep the look i wanted to active, specially shortening the dress length by pulling it in at the waist with a thin belt. A bit of texture clashing always adds interest plus this delicate lace kimono adds a fun element (i'm sorry i really did try to leave the kimono out of it but i'm like a moth to a flame!) Although there is a lot going on in this outfit, keeping the accessories one colour pulls the look together. To me, i stepped out of my comfort zone styling something i'm not used to, i am really fond of this outfit and I'd like to think i still kept my retro edge.

P.S 'All that jazz sequin print dress' is now £25.50 from £85 

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Clash Of The Florals ☮ with Missguided



Sunglasses - ℅ Giant Vintage / / Ethic print crop top - ℅ Missguided / / Fedora - Oasap / / Kimono - ℅ Missguided / / Crystal pendant - Swarovski / / Neclace - Topshop / / Belt - Vintage / / Daisy print trousers - ℅ Missguided / / Shoes - Aliexpress

Working with Missguided, this is my take on 'Clash Of The Florals' campaign. As you all know florals is my thing and with my new obsession; pattern & texture clashing, i jumped at the opportunity to create an outfit. Florals are my go to for an season; they are so easy to wear, there's lots of fun designs out there and if your careful with your colour pallets, i don't see how you can't wear them all year round. Summer is were i truly exploit them, the crazier, the brighter, the better.

I really do love anything that looks like it's be revived from the 70's and with these awesome palazzo trousers, you really can't go wrong with recreating that vibe. I wanted to be brave and not go for the typical black or white top option and truly clash with the daisy print. The ethnic print crop makes the outfit pop and i knew that my outfit was going to be something no one else would choose to go together. Going for a crop top style is very flattering with the high waist trousers; it not only elongates your legs but creates the elusion of a small waist and bust. ( a huge plus in my books!) I normally wouldn't introduce another piece of patterned clothing into an outfit but this kind of works. The white kimono pulls out the white in the other items and give the ultimate hippy look. Very festival esq. 

Pattern clashing 1:1
When clashing floral my first piece of advise is to have one 'monochrome item', this means your can be pretty adventurous with your next pattern and colour choice. Everything goes with a black and white pallet. 
The next thing to look for is either try and match the pattern to create a co-ord; it doesn't have to have the exact same pattern on, it can be similar in colour, a slight difference in pattern but once it's on together it will have the same desired effect. (an idea here)
You can  also clash patterns and textures when you use the same colour pallet throughout your outfit. (an idea how to here & here)
Or if your brave enough you can choose a main colour that is in one of your patterns and try to make it the focal colour through out your outfit. I have an example for you here. I've made sure that the colour jade is a big focus on both items of clothing and then added a touch of accessorising in the same colour. 

I hope you give it a go! and be sure you leave links to your pattern clashing outfits in the comment box below. You can always tweet me pictures at @rachaeldobbins

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