Just Another Manic Dungaree Day

I wish I was one of those girls who looked immaculate Monday to Sunday, 24/7. But unfortunately my biggest confession as a fashion blogger is that I'm not. Not even close. I'm a lazy dresser and the busier I am during the week, the more my overall appearance tends to take a backseat. This probably seems like shameful behaviour for someone who is supposed to write about her style on a regular basis. That said I've never been one to shy from the truth, scroll through my Instagram and you will be met by a back catalogue of "scruffy day" photos. Make up free, tussled haired (aka untouched by a brush), blasé outfits normally incorporating a stripe tee, a Mom jean and my trusty high tops. I just don't have the time for well thought out outfits every day of the week, I mean who does? Really? No disrespect to those amazing girls who do, you're heroes and your dedication knows no bounds, please teach us all your ways. But truth be told, it's just not my thing I guess. I'm a self appointed Tom boy in my personal style and I hate to break a habit of a life time. I'm happy to leave my more glossy, preened outfits for the weekend (who am I kidding? Even the weekends is pushing it).

Since I started my blog back in November, I've waxed lyrical about my love for dungarees and so it will come as no surprise to you that thy feature quite heavily in my working wardrobe as well as my "off" days. The truth is as adorable and care free as dungies maybe, they also hide a multitude of sins. They're just so God damn comfy and when you've got Monday blues and the idea of facing a smart work friendly outfit makes you want to crawl back in bed and sleep through until Saturday, dungarees are ready and waiting to save your day. Eat all the carbs you want to get you through the day, overalls are your trusty friends happy to hide the evidence, no bloated food baby and no tight waist band constantly riddling you with guilt for eating a croissant for brekkie and ALL of Manchester's supply of bread for lunch. 

My dungaree day, is my secret dress down day but the sneaky part is you CAN dress them up as I so often do. A cream blouse is a sweet little addition to be worn under black overalls, teamed with your favourite loafers (mine below are a new addition from Boden and they are like wearing slippers, ideal when you're up and out of the house at half 7 in the morning) and you're set to go. Proof that work wear doesn't haven't to be confined to an ill fitting, claustrophobia inducing shirt and you're standard A-line, uninspiring skirt. It's a boyish outfit, with a feminine touch and I thank it for making my Mondays a touch more bearable.

Dungarees, yet again I salut you. Should I stop writing about them? Probably. Am I ever actually going to? Probably not. Am I going to end up a 50 something year old woman STILL in dungarees? Well if Meryl Streep can rock them in Mamma Mia, then so can I....

Night night and have a happy Monday.
Sophia x

Shop My Outfit From Boden Below:
(aptly named the "Sofia" blouse I may add)


Jumper Jack Flash

Hello and happy weekend, I hope yours has been slightly less manic than mine. I've spent the majority of it shooting, which is promising because it means I have lots of tasty new outfits to share with you. As exhausting as the past couple of days have been, I've had such a lovely time meeting new, amazing people and scouting out some pretty awesome locations in both Manchester and Wigan. Not the most exotic areas I know, but believe me sometimes it's in the most unlikely of places you find the real gems. As cheesy as this sounds, it's been the kind of weekend which makes me super proud of my little blog and the opportunities it's presented. Don't get me wrong, it's bloody hard work and I have moments of wanting to throw in the towel, call it a day and spend the rest of eternity (always one to be a little over dramatic as per usual) in bed with my cat and the covers over my head, BUT it never ceases to amaze and inspire me. I'm constantly looking for new looks and new shoot concepts. Suddenly the most random locations in Manchester which, in the past I will have walked past a thousand times and never given a second thought to, I'm now looking at in a whole new light and thinking "oooh with that dress and those heels, next to that sign and this doorway". I love it! It's tiring at times for sure, but the creative output I've found from blogging is in a strange way so therapeutic?... And I'm appreciating my city more than ever and there's something very humbling about that...

Away from Manchester however and moving back a week or so ago, but still keeping in theme with hidden gem locations- I went on a little wonder down to sunny old London where I did a little shoot with a dear friend of mine and killer photographer, Phoebe Phox. The outfit I was shooting was my kind of dream outfit (but then again I have so many, I'm an outfit hussy... Can I say that?). It had definite hints of seventies glam about it; the jumper (now a firm favourite in my knit collection) was plain black with a vibrant flash of retro rainbow stripes, accompanied with gold star earrings and shiny patent leather boots. But the shapes were clean, simple and A-line. I guess all in all the outfit was a very well orchestrated mish mash of both the sixties and seventies... See what I mean? Dream outfit.

Myself and Phoebe sat in a cafe in Soho discussing locations. We came up with all the obvious, "tourist" areas which were great, don't get me wrong and they did the job of "swinging London" but they just didn't fill me with enthusiasm. I wanted something just that little more covert. My outfit wasn't obvious, it didn't scream sixties nor seventies. It almost just gave gentle nobs or more aptly put, "flashes" to my favourite eras and that's exactly why I liked it! I wanted a location that did the same job.

And I guess that kinda explains why we ended up shooting where we did! Thanks to Phoebe and her extensive London trivia, we ended up a narrow, dingy alleyway just off Regents Street in a phone box. A hidden gem within one of the busiest parts of central London. The very phone box which features on the back of one of the most iconic album covers of all time... The Rest And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust. And no one seems to care it's there. Kinda a bit like my beloved jumper, something simple with just a flash of something special. It's quite literally in my opinion, an undiscovered treasure. A diamond in the rough.

Sophia x

Big shout out to Phoebe Phox, for both the location and the photography. Check out her work below:

My outfit was entirely from Urban Outfitters. Click on each of the items below to shop them now!

Mean Mr Mustard

My favourite season is finally here! Hooray! Autumn has officially arrived and with it comes my first cold of winter. Great! Not one to be detered by feeling like utter rubbish, I've decided to use my recovery time wisely and catch up with some long over due blog writing. I kinda feel like I've been off the radar to past two weeks. I've had a busy old month of moving back to my home town (and being reunited with my cat), changing jobs, following my boyfriends band around to various cities on their first album tour... GAH! No wonder I'm run down! It's all been really positive change however and the tour was amazing, I can officially say I'm super excited for what the next few months will bring (for both myself and Joe).

I kinda thought what better way to kick off the autumn season then with a post about one of my favourite autumnal colours, MUSTARD! This colour has serious magical mood changing powers, making you feel all warm, cosy and toasty at a glance. More over, its the perfect splash of colour which can instantly add a touch of retro nostalgia to any outfit. As a self diagnosed colour-phob, Mustard is actually on my list on "safe" colours along with; brown, blue (preferably navy), burnt orange (and ONLY burnt) and burgundy. All of which funnily enough, also fall under your typical Autumn/Winter tones. The nice thing about all these colours (Mustard in particular) is that although strong, vibrant and vivid they are all really reeeeally difficult to get wrong and building an outfit around them is a (autumn) breeze. They are also the ideal tones for cord and velvet, FYI I'm a self appointed velvet addict, as well as a colour phob... Acceptance is the first step to recovery.  It's my personal believe that a cord/velvet mustard A-line mini skirt and/or pinafore is a NECESSITY in any wardrobe. To ideally be worn with a vintage cream blouse or a simple black roll neck (the choice is yours) and patent black shoes. Believe me, this is a fail safe, sixties inspired outfit which I pull out time and time again and it's yet to fail me. 

And this is the part where I would now like to thank aptedly named clothing label Mustard Studios, for creating THE perfect mustard cord pinafore, as seen below. I've gone a tad Austin Powers on you all here with this outfit, which to some might be a little questionable but it's my blog, I like it and so it's staying! The flared sleeves on my H&M blouse are to die for and give the hard, A-line shape of the pinafore, a more soft, romantic feel. Perfect for a dreamy autumnal stroll and maybe a bit of leave kicking and crunching. *plays The Mama's & Papa's- California Dreamin'*

Sophia (kisses and sneezes...sorry)

Shop My Outfit
Blouse (See Similar)- H&M
Pinafore- Mustard Studios
Mary Jane's- H&M