Dorothy Perkins- We Can Be Style Heroes

Do you ever have one of those days when choosing an outfit is literally the hardest decision you've ever had to make and nothing is inspiring? When you stand in front of your wardrobe for what seem like an eternity and you're  left with a complete feeling of lacklustre for every piece of clothing in there? We all get those dreaded days right? And I don't know about you but I find I have certain items of clothing I always turn to in my time of need. The kind of items which you know will always work, are effortless and able to turn any middle of the road, "I don't know what the hell I'm doing right now" outfit around. I like to refer to these items as hero pieces because believe me, when you've only got 10 minutes to run for the train, your hairs still not been tamed, you're running around frankly with one shoe in hand whilst the others gone AWOL and all you want is for some to make an outfit decision for you, this hero pieces will in fact save your life.

The very clever folk at Dorothy Perkins are also firm believers in the idea of Style Heroes and have very kindly but an easy to style, mix and match collection of staples for you to shop from. The collection consists of what I guess you could call a wardrobe survival kit, of pieces which are just going to make your life a little bit easer. Two of the key pieces which stood out to me from the collection were The Black Satin Bomber and The Black PU Skirt. Why? Because these are the kind of pieces you can style out to be as casual or as dressed up as you like (sorry I refuse to use the term "day to night", because this isn't a day time talk show but I guess that's another way of putting it). Your outerwear can easily make or break any outfits even the truly great ones, so it's always ideal to have a classic, black bomber jacket to hand. One you can rely on to go with just about EVERTHING! I guess its a similar reason to why I choose the PU skirt, they are a necessity. A little more interesting then opting for jeans but equally easy to style and timeless. I tend to style mine more casual with a chunky jumper or a slogan tee, but the great thing about a faux (or real) leather skirt is it will go just as nicely with lace or velvet for an outfit with a bit more, you know, sass.

To shop my look below or to choose your own life savers from the Dorothy Perkins "Style Heroes" Collection click HERE.

You can thank me later,
Sophia x

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Post sponsored by Dorothy Perkins. Photography by Lydia Haycock. Styling and words all by me! x

Ground Control To Major Trend

I don't know if anyone else does this or if it's just me being a little pedantic with clothes but I have this shopping list in my head, kind of like an "elite" wish list of all the items of clothing I feel my life is missing. They don't necessarily exist or more likely, I've just never been able to actually find the perfect replica to whats in my head yet, but I'm forever looking out for them. The kind of item of clothing which if you were lucky enough to stumble upon one day, you do a little dance inside, grab it, make a B-line for the till and reluctantly hand it over because; A) its the love of your life and you're not willing to let go just yet and B) you're worried in some horrible twist of fate the sales assistant will tell you, you can't have it or even worse steal it from under your nose. Trust no one with you're wish list items! It doesn't matter how much money it costs or more to the point, how much money you don't have, if you find that dream piece you've GOT to buy it, or a kitten dies, you die, the world will end (reasons for buying may be dramatised for your entertainment purposes and are not based on reality)!

To name a few items on my "elite" list; The perfect chunky knit navy blue crew neck jumper, The perfect woven basket bag with the perfect fastening, The perfect fitting vintage Levi's 501s, The perfect Breton top with just the right neckline, stripes and body shape, The perfect vintage sterling jacket and up until recently, the perfect star print shirt/dress/skirt. The last items, I say "up until recently" because  one of the most prominent trends out there at the moment is stars and I couldn't be more thrilled. It's everywhere, you name it and you can probably get it in a star print. Normally I find I'm a little to fickle for major trends and I tire of them easily but something about stars continues to make me smile. Maybe because it reminds me of a Glam rock era gone by or of some of my favourite songs, cue Don Mclean- Vincent, Elton John- Rocket Man and of course Bowie- Space Oddity/Star Man. Or maybe it's because star print manages to simultaneously make you look sophisticated and chic in a Chanel kinda way, whilst also helping you to channel your inner witch and look like the fourth member of the Hocus Pocus gang... who, FYI are the epitome of sass (I'm pretty certain Sarah Jessica Parker is solely responsible for my love of velvet). If I was ever to start using the term "squad goals" it would be aimed strictly at the Hocus Pocus gang and them alone. 

Needless to say I've managed to tick the perfect star print dress, shirt and skirt of my wish list over the past few months. One of my favourite buys was the & Other Stories star skirt photographed below. I was drawn to the unique design of the print which for a nice change is less goth and more galactic. I decided to shy away from teaming the skirt with more obvious "star" colour choices such as black and gold, opting for pastel tones instead; such as the lilac in my Miss Patina knit and a baby pink lip shade. I couldn't resist sporting my favourite Ziggy Stardust silver Office boots along with a pair of silver star earrings from & Other Stories. Stars, lilac and silver are a combo made in heaven! Ask any unicorn. Mix them all together and Abra-cadabra... One of my most recent favourite outfits!

Sophia x 

Shop My Outfit
Knit- "Airy Glare" Jumper at Miss Patina
Earrings- & Other Stories
Boots- Office



Earth, Wind And... Festival No 6?

As sad as the conitations that the term "last festival of the year" bring such as; it officially feels like the end of summer and t's time to head back to reality. I've got to be honest and say I'm a little relieved. It's been a funny old year with pretty unpredictable weather, not that we should ever expect anything less from British summertime . I'd like to think a spot of bad weather wouldn't rain on my festival pride (pun intended) but the truth is after a while it kinda does. There's only so many soggy socks and mud splatted clothes I can take. Give it a few months and I look back on these things with nothing but fond memories and the urge to do it all over again but for right now, I'm happy to resign back to my winter wardrobe and cosy coats... Sometimes I feel like we know more where we stand with Autumn/Winter at least (yesterday's northern weather not included, Manchester saw a months worth of rain in one hour. Trams were stopped and Market Street was a river, it was the end of the world as we knew it).

If there's one thing you quickly learn at British festivals it's: Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. Weather proof every possible outfit choice, something I still find hard to get the hang of but I'm definitely getting better. Festival No 6 was no exception to the rules, gale force winds meant several of the stages had to be shut down and if you were unlucky enough to have been there on the Sunday (I wasn't, I tend to take the "day tripper" approach to festivals these days and opted for just the Saturday thank you very much) my sympathies go out to you and I completely understand if you're off festivals for life. Negativity aside (I think I might be a little hangry right now), you couldn't ask for a more beautiful "last" festival then No 6. Set on the coast of North Wales in the "kinda make believe" village of Portmeirion. There's no real way to describe just how aesthetically pleasing Portmeirion really is and I feel like for how ever many photos I took, I still didn't quite fully capture it. You just have to see it to believe it. It's pretty enough to go on a chocolate box. The festival itself has such an amazing vibe full of Portmeirion's charm with secret sets dotted around the village itself, as well as your more conventional "festival in a field" set up further down the road. I guess this is the British festival which has it all and it needs to go on your bucket list.

What I wore- I kinda feel like my outfit was the first signs of my acceptance that summer was over as I opted for a knitted turtle neck albeit teamed with a floral A-line mini and of course... My Converse.... which wear quickly changed to Hunters (again, of course).

What I drank/ate- Again I totally jumped on the Autumn/Winter theme and drank Hot Chocolate! My partying days are over and my dancing shoes hung up until next year.

What I did/Who I saw- You'll never be stuck for things to do or see at Festival No 6, you could wonder round all day and never get bored. Which is exactly what I did! Unfortunately I got there much later than expected so didn't get to do half things I'd planned, so decided to prioritise exploring the village. I did however manage to catch one of the most amazing acoustic sets from Blossoms to date (think about it, I've seen a few) at the village town hall consisting of just Tom and Charlie and... oh you know, just a full orchestra. Magic!

So I guess that leads me to the end of my festival blog post frenzy which DEFINITELY means summer is O-V-E-R. I honestly hope you've enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them and hopefully we can do it aaaaall over again next year... Even better, maybe you'll actually catch me at one and we can have a real life boogie!

For now I'll leave you with the last batch of a million and one festival photos to nosey at. Have fun.

Sophia x 

Shop My Outfit
Turtle Neck- H&M
Skirt- New Look
Converse- All Sole
Earrings- Wolf&Moon