Monday, July 27, 2015

Beauty: French Twist into a Rope Braid

This hairstyle is a continuation of the rope braid I've been playing with for the past few weeks. This time it's similar to a french braid. For a true french twist you don't have to twist each section before you cross them, but I find the twists help add dimension to the look.
How To:
-take a small section of hair from the top of your head and split it into two sections
-twist each section to the right, then loop the right side over the left
-add small pieces of hair to both sections on either side of your head
-twist them to the right again and loop the right over the left
-continue adding small amounts of hair before looping/crossing them
-at the base of your head add the rest of your remaining hair and create a rope braid
P.S. For a more detailed tutorial on the rope braid/twisted ponytail click here.

Outfit: Bluebird

You know what is really difficult? Trying to get an in focus shot of you riding your bicycle very, very slowly past your tripod. I think I've given up on a shot of me actually riding the bike when I'm taking my own pictures and these posing with it will have to suffice. Even without the riding shot this is sort of a landmark for me; my first bike ride in heels (very short heels, but heels none the less). It wasn't so bad and the extra height was actually handy for getting on and off my bicycle which is slightly too tall for me. The heels are also the only new thing I'm wearing; they're from Royal Vintage Shoes which specializes in modern shoes that look vintage. You can shop by the decade you're interested in; mine are 1930s style and I think they'll complement so many of my vintage (and vintage-looking) dresses.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Style Crush: Alex

One of the things I really enjoy about blogging is getting to "know" other fashion-loving ladies that I wouldn't have met through other means. One of these ladies for me is Alex of Larkspur Vintage. I'm a big fan of her blog and style and feel that if we hung out in real life instead of the occasional conversation online, we'd be kindred spirits of a sort. As her blog name might imply she wears a lot of a vintage and brings a retro touch to her modern clothes as well. Visiting her site makes me want to cut my bangs again and wear more vintage. For more of Alex visit her blog.

Outfit: Scouting

Feeling drawn to more casual outfits these days, or perhaps it's just the extremes. Some days I wanted to be dolled up in high heels with a cute little dress and other days I just want to throw on this parka, shorts, and go exploring. I took my fisheye lens out again--it's fun to experiment and see the different effects this lens yields.

Outfit details:
old necklace (similar)
Herschel Supply co backpack

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Outfit: French Fries

Sometimes British-English doesn't feel like English at all when Thomas says something and I just stare at him in confusion, but I'm steadily learning to call fries, chips and chips, crisps. Whatever you call them it's one of my favorite foods so learning the proper name is high on my priority list! Burger King was always my favorite treat stateside, but I've found a favorite chippy here with curry chips that I like to indulge in. All this fry/chip talk to say: this purse had to be mine...and now I'm hungry!

Outfit details: 
old Rachel Antonoff dress

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Lookbook: Hannah Kristina Metz

One of my favorite bloggers and ultimate style crush, Hannah Kristina Metz, recently debuted her first collection. She's already been a lady of many "hats" as the saying goes--running a vintage shop and designing retro lingerie, but she's really outdone herself with her latest project. The nine piece collection toes the line between modern art and wearable fashion with large hand-embroidered tears and eyes. It's inspired by her favorite literary star-crossed lovers--Tristan and Iseult. It's a delightful collection and I can't wait to see what she's whipped up for fall!

Outfit: Prad-nah

This dress reminds me of Prada's Spring 2014 collection; the way they mixed striped athletic socks with bedazzled evening dresses and glam printed coats. I went with equally incongruous styling--choosing the colors of my accessories based on the sporty stripes but styling the look more retro. I quite like how playful this outfit turned out.

Outfit details:
Betsey Johnson purse
*pictures by Thomas
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