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The 'F' word: Is faking it ever okay?

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photo credit | jake armstrong

THIS might take some of you by surprise (judging by my countless diamond rings and golden medallions I wear each day) but I am not a millionaire. Shocking I know, but I am in fact an extremely average 21 year old student that unfortunately has an irrational obsession with shoes of the designer nature. Growing up I've always been taught to the idea that if I can't afford it, I can't have it, so for me adding a pair of shoes to a credit card (that I refuse to have) or spending the equivalent of three months rent on anything other than necessities (read: burgers) is a big no-no. 

So let's all address the elephant in the room here. These shoes? 110% not Stella McCartney, no matter how much I'd like to think they are. I toyed with the idea once upon a time, but no matter how much I love a pair of shoes I can't ever justify spending that much on something that simply stops my feet getting dirty. Because that's all they are, right? Apart from turning me into an instant goddess that one time I tried the Lugs on in Libertys (or so I'd like to think) the knock-offs are doing almost everything the real-deal shoes did for me. I'm probably losing some serious blogger points for this, but there we go.

Anyway, regardless of whether you own one thousand or one single pair of shoes, I'm curious to know what you think about the faux/fo' real fashion debate. Leave your opinions in the comments below. And before you ask, yes I did spill something all over this outfit. There's a reason I wear all-black black you know..

 

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SHIRT | Uniqlo  CULOTTES | Lavish Alice  RUCKSACK | Grafea  SHOES | Stella McCartney Chicwish

 

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How I styled the 'Sports Luxe' Edit with John Lewis

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photo credit | ollie lello

WHEN you're approached by John Lewis to style an outfit based on their latest Sports Luxe Edit, the outcome of the look is pretty obvious, for me anyway. I'm talking about my (almost) trademark sweats and vest combination that - at least in my mind - never seems to get old. Paired with the usual suspects (and with the addition of some new 'drilles) thrown over the shoulders and around the waist I guess you could say this is my idea of spring-meets-sport essemble. All that's missing is the personal trainer..although I suppose I have my boyfriend for that one. Anyone notice his name in the credits above? Bois got skillz.

 

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LEATHER JACKET | Warehouse  VEST | Kin (by John Lewis)  JOGGERS | Mint Velvet (via John Lewis)  ESPADRILLES | Natural Sur  BAG | Phillip Lim (as always)

 

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How I spend my day in the country

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photo credit | jake amrstrong

THERE really is no place like home - which is where I'll be for the next two weeks. I've had my first proper night's sleep in months (no thanks to my neighbours back in London) and woke up to a bed filled with cats. My own, of course - although all are welcome. 

This afternoon I've decided to leave my desk for a bit of fresh Cornish air, soon to be followed by a trip to le boyfriend's (who I haven't seen for nearly a month!) and a big all you can eat Chinese meal with his family. Not a bad day at all if you ask me. I wish I had something overly interesting and groundbreaking to say in this blog post, but since I've been asleep for the past eighteen hours not much has really happened. Instead, I'll leave you with yet another outfit featuring me in a dress. Until next time!

 

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JACKET | Warehouse  DRESS | Addison  SHOES | New Balance  BAG | 3.1 Phillip Lim

 

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Throw back Tuesday

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photo credit | jake armstrong

JUST a quick #tbt for today, as right now I'm out at an event for Ulanka on Oxford st. Strike that, at around 7am I'm potentially still in bed, but who knows, maybe I've decided to become a morning person for once. I wasn't going to post these pictures as they're fairly old and I'm not exactly looking my best in them, but that's just the way life goes I guess. Trust me, I'm probably looking a whole lot better here than I am whilst being sprawled out in my bed right now. I don't think any of you are ready for that imagery just yet..

Superga shoes are some of my favourites right now - I find that they literally go with everything I wear, so this outfit was kind of a no-brainer really..literally speaking. If you couldn’t already tell by the sleepy face situation I have going on in these pics, I was in a rush that particular morning, so I simply threw on the dungarees, slipped my feet into my flats and smeared concealer and mascara all over my face. Voila! All I can say is, thank the lord for Photoshop and my trusty blur tool..

 

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DUNGAREES | Paige Denim  CAMI | H&M  SHOES | Superga

 

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An attempt at feminine dressing

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photo credit | jake armstrong

THERE'S nothing quite as exciting as a package all the way from Paris, except a challenge. We're all so used to seeing me swan around the blog in sweatpants and leather jackets, so for once I decided to step outside of my comfort zone, get rid of the black (almost) and take a shot at semi-feminine dressing with this Claudie Pierlot sheer jacket.

Sans the outerwear I guess this outfit looks almost identical to most of my usual day-wear: Loose tailored trousers, a light tank top and my life-saving pair of heels that have lasted me way longer than they should. As well as the jacket I actually decided to make a slight effort with myself on this day - spending an extra three minutes applying eyeliner and actually brushing my hair for once (I know right?) - but the jacket is really what makes this outfit what it is. I'd love to know what you think of this secretive side of me?

You can shop more of the Claudie Pierlot Flirt collection online and in-store.

*Collection is available in the following Lodon stores: South Molten Street, Kings Road, Westbourne Grove & Hampstead

 

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SHEER JACKET | Claudie Pierlot  SILK VEST | Stella & Alf  TROUSERS | French Connection  SHOES | Boutique 9

 

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