COACHELLA DAY THREE

1balloons2Lorenzo Sunglasses, Nick Campbell Eyewear // Cropped Cami, Urban Outfitters // Slit Silky Shorts, F21 // Suede Tassel Bag, Topshop // Arizona Sandals, Birkenstock //

Not even 100 degree heat can stop my love for all black everything. For day 3 I wore head to toe black in the form of slinky separates. The shorts were another bargain find from Forever 21 and I spied a very similar pair from Topshop Boutique for nearly 10 times the price. My biggest tip for navigating the fast fashion of F21 is to seek out anything plain and black. Sounds boring but these tend to be the pieces that look more expensive and as cheap staples they will nicely pad out your wardrobe. From my experience anything patterned or colourful runs the risk of looking cheap. It’s not going to work for everyones style but this mantra has paid off for me so far.

For my hair I took inspiration form a photo of Aline Weber, you may have seen it if you follow me on instagram here. I don’t often wear my hair up but I loved these plaits so much that I may try them in a non-festival setting. This turned out to be my favourite outfit of the weekend because it felt effortless and comfortable to wear all day. In the evening I added a denim shirt and a slick of deep coral lipstick.

So that was my incredible long weekend weekend in the desert. I promise I will stop going on about it now and get back to my usual city style and New York life… until next year that is x

COACHELLA DAY TWO

day2Fedora, Catarzi // Pleated Cami, Zara // Vintage Denim Shorts, Levis // Suede Tassel Bag & Leather Belt, Topshop // Arizona Sandals, Birkenstock // Hamza Anklet, ASOS // Sunglasses, Nick Campbell Eyewear //

Day two of Coachella. I decided to wear my favourite vintage levi cut offs, a staple for festival/summer fashion, I also have them in blue but the black wash makes a nice change to the typical denim short. Complete with tassel bag, Birkenstocks, my favourite fedora and obligatory round sunnies I partied way into the sandy Saturday night.

The second weekend of Coachella starts today and I almost wish I was going for round two! For anyone going my one piece of advise would be to bring some layers for the evening because at night time the temperature drops and it gets pretty windy. For the above outfit I added a H&M kimono jacket in the evening to keep me warm.

The main focus of The Wears is of course style but I had to share some cool photos from the festival itself, to check them out click below x

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COACHELLA DAY ONE

fullhathatbackdress1Straw Hat, Urban Outfitters // Silk Dress, Forever 21 // Velvet Pouch, H&M SS Collection // Cutout Boots, Topshop //

I’m sorry for the recent radio silence on The Wears, for the past week I’ve been basking in the Cali sunshine and partying at the awesome Coachella Festival. It was a weekend filled with incredible live music (my personal favourites were Bombay Bicycle Club, Little Dragon, Woodkid, MGMT, Jagwar Ma and Pharrell) and not to mention the finest festival fashion. Being out in the blissfully hot desert, surrounded by beautiful mountains and tropical palm trees, I did start to wonder why on earth I’d been living in arctic conditions in New York city. The next time I relocate somewhere constant vitamin D will be at the top of my non-negotiables.

I’m back to reality in New York now and have tons of cool photos to share from the festival. To start here is what I wore for Day 1. It was a scorching 38/100 degrees so my thinking was the slinkier the better to keep cool. The dress was a bargain find from Forever 21 for only $15, paired with the embroidered velvet pouch complete with tassels, arguably the perfect festival accessory, and of course a sun saving straw hat.

More photos to follow soon x

PLEATED

Pleated4Pleats1Pleated5Pleated6Black Top & Skinny Jeans, Topshop // Grey Pleated Top & Heels, Zara // Bag, Theysken’s Theory // Sunnies, Aldo // Watch, Casio // Rings, Selection of H&M & Monica Vinader //

The story of this pleated top begins, in my opinion, at Alexander Wang’s SS14 collection where a barely there plunging cami with full pleats under the bust strutted down the catwalk in the palest of blues, see for yourself here. Some months later whilst browsing Zara’s spring offering I came across a top with an uncanny resemblance to said Alexander Wang top. The Zara version is a pale grey with admittedly fewer pleats but it’s hard not to draw comparison.  It’s interesting how this particular topic of conversation can spark such debate on the wrongs and rights of the high street’s imitating. I for one cannot complain, that would be somewhat hypercritical having bought many a Celine-esque ensemble from Zara, and I now have a Wang inspired cami for a fraction of the designer price. Guilty. However for those lucky ladies buying the Wangs and Celines I’m sure it is endlessly irritating to see a copy crop up in every Zara in town. Of course they are not the only store to rely heavily on the runways for inspiration, they just do it so well! I can’t help but love the high street for its ability to make designs accessible that would otherwise be out of reach to so many. Call it democratisation.

All that aside, I bought the cami with summer in mind and plan to wear it a la Wang with high waisted wide leg trousers. In the meantime I’m getting wear out of it layered over a long sleeved top and my trusted skinnies. Let me know your thoughts on the high street’s borrowing in the comments below x

GREEN HOUSE

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Confession: I’ve been known to kill every plant, flower or succulent that has ever had the great misfortune of gracing my windowsill. Despite this affliction I love greenery, so, this year I’m on a mission to have some happy and healthy house plants. Something about spring being sprung has given me green fingers and I’m eager to bring the outside in to breath some life in to my apartment. My personal favourites are cacti (minimum maintenance required) and I’ve already potted one in an old candle pot which now lives happily (I hope) under a bell jar in my kitchen. The great thing is there are so many ways to have plants in the home that it doesn’t need to be boring.
Above is some inspiration from Pinterest I’ve been collecting, from full rooms and even walls of greenery to the more minimal potted ferns for your windowsill. Personally, I’ve got my eye on that geometric glass hanger x