8 November 2017

EMP // Band T-Shirt Gift Guide

I am sure regular readers will know of my undying love for collecting band t-shirts on my travels, the collection is becoming endless and I often find myself on the hunt for others to add to my never ending selection.

EMP are kind of like a one stop shop for all things music/movie/tv/gaming related including selling an array of band merch. Literally covering all areas of interests including books, vinyls and jewellery to name a few. So, with that in mind I thought I would share a few of my favourite band t-shirts from EMP’s range, which are all (might I add) super reasonably priced.

As a pretty big Black Sabbath fan and already owner of a couple of ‘sabbath tees’ I thought I would add this to the wishlist. In their classic purple logo, this is one which is iconic in its nature and a must. Pink Floyd have long been a band that I’ve been obsessed with, their process of creating albums intrigues me hugely especially as Dark Side of the Moon is their ‘most well-known’ concept album.  This t-shirt captures the classic album artwork perfectly and would fit quite nicely with my other ‘floyd tees'. Another tee that caught my eye was this one by The Doors, a band from an era I adore. Everything from their music down to the way they dressed currently serves as major style inspiration. Jim Morrison is the ultimate 70s style icon in my eyes, who I’m forever taking outfit inspo from. Motorhead is another legendary band that I could not include in a wishlist – there seems to be a bit of a theme here with iconic bands. “Ace of Spades” is a killer track and Lemmy is a rock icon in his own right. Lastly is band that despite being ‘short-lived’ has made a long lasting impact, Joy Division's debut album “Unknown Pleasures” is still such an influential album that doesn’t date.

If you haven’t already then EMP are worth checking out if like me, your interested in expanding your collection of band merch or picking up a few items inspired by your favourite tv shows and movies.

This post is in collaboration with EMP. All views are my own.

6 November 2017

redefining personal style


The injection of colour back into my wardrobe has been something which I've find myself gradually doing in past couple of months, thanks to a recent obsession of the colour red. It comes as no surprise that a large majority of wardrobe consists of a monochromatic palette, yet as someone who used to wear ALOT of colour and even have an array of colourful hair styles.

The recent shift to a more simpler (and sometimes limited) colour palette was something that came about naturally. It was like one day I woke up and decided that that sort of style wasn't for 'me' anymore and wanted to gradually incorporate a more refined look into my everyday style. The first major shift was dying my hair blonde, as I couldn't bear go back to my natural shade (brown) and then it all kinda began. Taking inspiration from both 70s style icons and the kings and queens of tailoring- David Bowie and Annie Lennox. Merging them both to form a loosely 'normcore' inspired look. It's been an ongoing process, almost as though I'm redefining my personal style again. With the process of redefining your personal style, it's about finding what works for YOU and trying not to get hyped up into the constant flow of new and sometimes recycled trends.

 Jumper - Shein (link)* | Coat - Zara (link) | Trousers - Missguided (similar) | Hat - eBay (similar)

25 October 2017

the conscious shopper - shopping vintage


Shopping vintage has long been an obsession of mine, and over time I've gone through phases with it. From traipsing round charity shops in my early teens to developing a love for Rokit on Brick Lane. Up until recently I wasn't really taking into account the positive effects that shopping vintage can have on both the environment and your wardrobe- you can find some seriously killer items.

That is until I took a trip to Goodwill whilst on holiday this summer, for those unaware Goodwill is basically a charity shop but the one I went to was on a 'supersize me' level. I'm talking the size of your local supermarket, filled with clothing, accessories and homeware. After picking up some impressive finds- like this jacket for $4, I came away from the trip feeling inspired and wanting to consciously fill my wardrobe with vintage clothing - buying less 'new' items.

You may have noticed the increase in sharing my vintage finds on the blog, as of late and that is by no means a 'coincidence'. Yeah, I admit that have been a few 'new' purchases (courtesy of my b'day) but the majority of these purchases have been made in local charity shops. I sometimes forget how amazing my local charity shops can be with stocking one-of-a-kind items, I evenly picked up few items for the bargain price of £1.99 (per piece).  Even since opening a Depop shop with my sister (selling both second-hand/vintage) has really opened my eyes to some of the amazing pieces you can pick up on the app. My sister is definitely more of a 'Depop shopper' than I am, and some of her purchases are killer.

Of course as a fashion blogger you get sent clothing from time to time, but when it comes to spending my own money, vintage is fast becoming the answer to styling up some truly one-off outfits. But that my no means that I'm becoming 'this perfect shopper', but by making these small *conscious* decisions (like this) can have a bigger impact.

Jacket - Vintage (similar here) | Top - M&S (similar here) | Red Flares - Missguided (link)
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