Thursday, 27 February 2014

What I Wore To London Fashion Week | Fedora, Check Coat & Animal Booties

Check coat, fedora & flat booties
What I Wore to London Fashion Week: three down, one to go...! This outfit sees the appearance of the black & white animal booties some of you may have seen on Instagram a few weeks ago - and along with the red patent brogues in the last post, this is how I got round my heels vs flats for fashion week dilemma. Wear 'em flat, wear 'em funky - style and comfort can be done!! I may not feel as "fierce" when I'm not in my heels, but unless your sole purpose at fashion week is to get papped for street style photos it's so much better being comfy.

Does that make me sound like an old lady...?!


I teamed the booties (because I was determined to wear them, whether they went with anything or not) with my oversized check coat from Asos, a fedora and my trusty Maxwell Scott Birkin, which went with me everywhere during those few days. This got me through a full day of walking, underground escalators, queuing for shows, more walking, the David Bailey 'Stardust' exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, more escalators, a wander (walk) round Covent Garden, and lots of standing watching street performers. (Did I mention lots of walking?) There's no way I could have done all that in heels, and carrying flats to change into just makes your bag bulkier and heavier. I had the most chilled day, the sun shone and I remembered all the things I love about London.


One more LFW outfit to go, then it's back to my jeans and flats. Oh look, that's what I'm wearing here. Sue me, fashion police ;)


Check coat, fedora & flat booties
Animal booties
Maxwell Scott Birkin-style bag & check coat
Check coat, chunky snood & fedora
(These photos weren't taken at LFW as you can probably tell; sometimes you have to recreate the outfit when you get home as it's either too hectic on the day or you haven't got someone with you to take your photo on your camera at a convenient time.)
Catherine x
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Boots: Very.co.uk (sold out, sorry!), Coat: Asos, Snood: Asos, Fedora: Asos, Sweater: Thrifted, Jeans: !iT Collective, bag: c/o Maxwell Scott




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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

What I Wore to London Fashion Week | Vintage Tapestry Coat

Vintage tapestry coat, red brogues
So... continuing with what I wore to London Fashion Week! This outfit is all about the fabulous vintage tapestry coat that was very kindly loaned to me for LFW by The House of Pandora, a British online outlet offering an amazing selection of vintage fashion from around the world. It's such a beautiful piece - incredibly thick and warm as you can probably imagine, just right for a soggy cold day up in the smoke. It's a teeny bit big for me, but with the belt and its stunning buckle (check THAT beauty out!), I was able to pull it in without it looking too baggy.

And those of you who read my post questionning Heels vs Flats for Fashion Week from last week may have observed that I did do flats, but at least bright red patent brogues are statement flats! I could walk, and was comfy - that's a win-win in my book.


The Maxwell Scott Birkin bag was my fashion week workhorse, and I thought all the reds, browns and corals worked so well together, picking out the colours of this amazing coat. Shame I'm not keeping it, but it's still available to buy if you'd like it yourself. (As well as their online shop, The House of Pandora can be found at selected markets and vintage fairs around the country - follow them on Twitter @houseofpandora for updates. The pieces are second-to-none and if you're a vintage fan like me, I guarantee you'll be wanting so many of them... apologies in advance.)

Two more LFW outfits to go, with a bit of a twist on the last one; you'll have to wait and see what that is. Any fans of vintage out there? Any favourite pieces you've acquired - let me know in the comments!


Vintage tapestry coat
Vintage tapestry coat, red brogues
Red brogues, grey skinnies
Vintage tapestry coat
(These photos weren't taken at LFW as you can probably tell; sometimes you have to recreate the outfit when you get home as it's either too hectic on the day or you haven't got someone with you to take your photo on your camera at a convenient time.)
Catherine x
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Coat: on loan from The House of Pandora, Sweater: c/o Pure Collection, Jeans: Asos, Brogues: Asos, Bag: c/o Maxwell Scott, Rings: Asos (thin) and Asos (wide), Nails: Rimmel London Britpop





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I was loaned this coat from The House of Pandora without payment.
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Sunday, 23 February 2014

What I Wore to London Fashion Week | Sequinned Kimono & Boyfriend Jeans

Sequinned kimono, purple cowl neck sweater & distressed denim
At last I have photos of what I wore to London Fashion Week (part one). I've been back most of the week but it's taken me till now to catch up - I don't know how bloggers manage to publish their photos next day; I'm always about a week behind with all my outfit posts (and I blog full time). I apologise for my tardiness...!

These photos were very kindly taken for me by my "LFW BFF" Anna Elliott - she's captured my sequinned Topshop kimono beautifully (thanks Anna)! I did buy it with the intention of wearing it to Fashion Week, but honestly had no idea how I was going to style it. As it's such an OTT piece, I decided to do dressed-down but also practical for February in London for the rest of the outfit: a super thick cowl neck sweater for warmth (which dispensed with the need for a coat or scarf), my distressed boyfriend jeans and my high - but comfortable - black ankle boots. Of course I couldn't go to LFW without my recently-acquired Maxwell Scott Birkin style bag, which I think has the potential to be the most hard-working accessory in my sartorial arsenal.


So I was comfy, warm and sparkly; that, to me, is LFW heaven. I have two more fashion week outfits to publish on the blog, so watch this space... meantime, check out some of the beautiful kimono picks I've selected (at the bottom of the post). Are you also loving kimonos as outerwear? Any one doing sequinned or sparkly like me... Let me know!


Sequinned kimono, purple cowl neck sweater & Birkin
Sequinned kimono, purple cowl neck sweater & jeans
P.S. A squillion thanks to everyone that voted for me in the Fever London Real Models competition... I did it, I won my size category!! You won't believe a. How grateful I am for all the support that everyone showed me (I'm so humbled), and b. How utterly relieved I am that I can stop banging on about it and pestering people for votes! I'll be modelling the SS14 collection on the website very soon (vintage makeover & photo shoot on Saturday along with the four other winners) - so watch this space! Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you...
Catherine x
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Shop my look! I've picked a selection of wonderful kimonos in case a full length sequinned one is a bit much for you: some are long, some are short, some are sequinned, some are not... One thing's for sure - they're definitely all faaabulous ;)

Kimono: Topshop, Sweater: Diesel, Jeans: Asos, Booties: New Look (similar), Bag: c/o Maxwell Scott, Watch: Asos




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Friday, 21 February 2014

8 Incredibly Stylish Fashion Bloggers You Should Know

8 Incredibly Stylish Fashion Bloggers You Should Know
Every once in a while I stumble across a blogger so fabulous that I think I must be the last person on earth to have discovered them. I click to follow their incredible style on my Bloglovin feed, on Twitter, Instagram, etc. and I'm fully expecting them to have 100,000 Bloglovin followers and 75,000 Facebook likes; instead I'm surprised to find they have much more modest followings. These girls are producing some of the most incredibly stylish looks I've ever seen (rivalling the likes of Atlantic Pacific or Gary Pepper in terms of style), and are so deserving of hitting the big time in the bloggesphere.

I've chosen eight of these incredibly stylish fashion bloggers to share with you, and what makes me really happy is that they're all blog friends of mine - some I've known for practically the whole time Not Dressed As Lamb has been around (nearly three years), and some for just a few months. Nevertheless, none of them are strangers to me, nor me to them. They are all the loveliest girls who will reply to your emails and will respond to your Instagram comments, but at the same time creating a blog that's worthy of the pages of a fashion magazine (and 100k followers on Bloglovin).


Please take some time to check them all out: you'll see what I mean. Shout it from the rooftops about how fabulous they are...!


The Marcy Stop
The Marcy Stop

The Marcy Stop

If ever a blogger looked like she's stepped off the pages of a magazine, it's Lauren. She is so earth-shatteringly cool with her honey-coloured waves, beautiful bone structure and effortless rock-chick vibe, everything just looks amazing on her. Her New York flair is really evident with the clever layering, mixed textures and fabulous heels (not sure I've ever seen her in flats before). A perfect mixture of vintage, designer and high-street, Carrie Bradshaw would be proud to raid Lauren's closet.


Prosecco & Plaid

Prosecco & Plaid

Prosecco & Plaid

Jess is a recent discovery and I practically hyperventilated when I unearthed her blog. You will find a fair bit of plaid as the name suggests - but also sequins, delicate fabrics and a lot of fabulous denim. If there was one blogger whose wardrobe I would happily wear (exactly as she wears it) it would be hers, not changing a single thing. I love being influenced by great style, but Jess makes it so hard not to want to simply copy every. single. outfit. Forever.


Love BlairLove Blair

Blair Badge 
I love a blogger with a bit of personality, and Blair's got it in spades. She may look like a model (she is), but she's also, in her words, an "undercover nerd", and never takes herself too seriously. She swings from hippy-cool to layered sportswear and back again, all the time looking like she really did just throw it on - beautifully.


It's Not That Deep
It's Not That Deep

It's Not That Deep

I'm sure you're already thinking it: L - E - G - S. The owner of probably the best pins in the blogosphere, Sheree sure knows how to dress them. But whether they're covered up or very deservedly on show in shorts or a mini, they never detract from her ability to make everything look chic. Whether a vintage coat or the fiercest boots, she rocks everything.


Tigers Don't Lose Sleep

Tigers Don't Lose Sleep

Tigers Don't Lose Sleep

Bloggers don't come much more funky than Brooke, and she creates some of the craziest-outfits-that-work that I see in my feed. She doesn't apologise for her petite frame by wearing 'cute' outfits - she is fierce with a capital 'F'. She layers like a pro and has a shoe collection I'd happily steal right now; her style always has something of the unexpected about it.


The Wind of Inspiration

The Wind of Inspiration

The Wind of Inspiration

Victoria is basically grown up elegant chic with a twist. One of my oldest bloggy friends, she started her blog around the same time as mine - but she gets the Manhattan backgrounds where I get countryside and fields. I don't know anyone who does sportswear more elegantly than she does, and wait till you see her details shots of her amazing manicures and to-die-for accessories.


Lella Victoria

Lella Victoria

Lella Victoria

Daniella is a fashion goddess. I think she was born with the style gene; it simply oozes out of her no matter what she puts together. Her style is totally and utterly unique - I guarantee you won't find another blogger who dresses anything like her. At the moment she is owning the masculine chic look in men's boots, caps and oversized coats. She'll wear pyjamas as outdoor wear and kilts over jeans and make it all look so right. Her look is never too perfect, and that's what makes it all the more appealing.


The Wild Muse

The Wild Muse

The Wild Muse

I discovered Alicia a couple of months ago, and she reminded me that there are loads of incredibly stylish bloggers out there who've been blogging only a short while (barely more than six months in Alicia's case), waiting for us to find them and tell everyone about their fabulousness. Going through her archives, I couldn't find a single outfit I didn't love instantly. Oh and she must own the greatest lipstick collection ever. Whether in a black suit or jeans and sweater, those deep plum lips add a gorgeous finishing touch that make her look so polished. 



I hope you love these gorgeous gals and their amazing style as much as me - let me know if I've introduced you to some new bloggers won't you...? I hope the eight I've featured all visit each other as well. I feel like a bit of a blogger matchmaker ;)
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