Sunday, 3 May 2015

Can't get enough of...

Alex's HRH Collection Vlogs: *girl crush alert* I've watched Alex from HRH collection for a few years and I'll be honest - I've subscribed and unsubscribed a few times. But recently Laura mentioned that Alex was vlogging again and this time I just can't get enough! Her videos are real, outspoken, down-to-earth and honest. They're not planned out, not edited, not censored. She is self-professed quirky, weird, unique and in my opinion, fabulous. She's also unapologetic about not having tonnes of friends which I totally relate to. She and I are in many ways a world apart, but similar in being very principled, selective, and having a list a mile long of pet peeves, whilst also being (I hope) kind hearted. She also has her own jewellery line from which I plan to place a giant order any day now. Anyway, I'll stop rambling but I needed to share the love - just go check her out.

Metallics: I don't know what's gotten into me but I'm obsessed with metallics. This 'trend' has been around for a few years now so I'm not sure why now is finally the time. But in the last couple weeks I've bought 2 pairs of metallic shoes (stay tuned) and stopped myself from buying at least a couple metallic handbags. I think the appeal is that I wear almost exclusively neutral colours - black, white, grey, and very occasionally navy or oatmeal. Metallics remain neutral but add a very noticeable pop or point of interest to any outfit. It's my way of dressing a bit more fun or fierce (as the case may be) without having to wear colour (ha!).

TK Maxx: Guys. Funny enough, even though I'm American, after living in Australia and then Denmark for 10+ years, a branded discount store like this is so freaking novel. I find myself popping in here on a weekly basis to see what new designer treasures have been delivered. I'm under no illusions - there's tonnes of crap and it's always hit and miss. But over the past few months I've also found so many gems. I go to the store in Manchester Arndale - I'm not sure if they're all so good! I also think because my dress sense is a bit more understated/minimal/casual than the average Manc, the bits I go for are often passed over by others. The result is awesome pieces by Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, J Brand, Vince, Theory, you name it. It's making me wonder how I could ever pay full price again. A word of warning though - it takes serious discipline and a discerning eye not to be blinded by the bargains! Would I buy this at full price? Would I have chosen this without seeing the brand or the price? These are the things you must ask lest you'll end up with tonnes of designer shit you'll never wear :)

A bit of a stream of consciousness ramble today, but I'd love to know what you can't get enough of lately?

Friday, 1 May 2015

Fashion spotlight: (mostly) dainty rings

I mentioned in my In & Out post that I go through phases with shopping... well back in Feb when I was in New York, I was buying all the rings.

Oddly enough, I'm not really a huge 'jewellery person'. I have a small collection of lower-to-mid range pieces (I'm talking anywhere between ~$20-$200) that have been carefully chosen and most of them don't even get a good workout. But, I wish I was a jewellery person. I love the whole stacking thing, and I envy the chicks who wear tonnes of rings and rock it so well. Me? I wear a watch daily, stud earrings mostly, and the set of 3 c-heart-d rings hadn't left my hand in 3 years prior to taking the photo above. Other than that, you may on occasion find me sporting a statement bangle or simple necklace, but in general it's not a part of my outfit that I put a lot of thought into. So, the above purchases were a bit aspirational... I figured the only way to start wearing rings was to have a range of them that I like and could be mixed and matched together.

They are all different brands, but aside from the first stack which I've had a long time, and the last ring which is from Intermix, the rest are all from Saks Off 5th, and all were purchased very much on sale for great prices. I've been mixing and matching metals, regular and mid rings, and while I'm still getting the hang of it, I've definitely been enjoying wearing more rings!

From left to right:

  • Catbird Alphabet Rings: These little initial rings are ubiquitous now, but I got mine from a handmade jewellery brand in NYC. I love the little rose gold heart on a silver ring. Obviously these can be worn singly or mixed and matched. I always wear mine as a mini stack.
  • Jules Smith Beat It Midi Ring: a teeny tiny heart beat, perfect as a pinky ring or a midi ring.
  • Jules Smith Love Midi Ring: A gold pave script love ring. There are all over the place for basically any price (high or low) you're willing to pay.
  • Vita Fede Double Crystal Hexagon Ring: Definitely not dainty, but I love this ring. It's geometric, just a tad sparkly, and makes a statement on its own.
  • Freida Rothman Belargo Sparkle Stack: This is the unexpected winner of the lot and the ones I've worn the most. I absolutely love the combination of the pave with oxidized metal - it seems less 'done' but can also look a bit glam. I don't love the rings on their own but stacked they provide a really beautiful effect. 
  • Kelly Wearstler Rote Single Perforated Row Ring: Another perfectly 'dainty' ring that is a bit industrial/not too girly (sense a theme?)