This Charming Dam

Ok so I'm going to be honest, this post is way overdue by around 3 weeks! I really did have such good intentions! I had so much lined up for my blog, yet so little time to actually put any of it into action and unfortunately this pretty post has had to take a back seat. It's kind of a shame really because this post would have been perfect to get you into the Autumnal mood but we're over that now. We've officially moved on to bigger and better things, with our christmas spirit in full swing and a bratwurst/mulled wine in hand (in my humble opinion maybe a little too early, I'm more a strictly only enjoy Christmas in December kinda gal).

But enough of that, put your mince pie down for just one second and step back in time with me to the beginning of November when little old me went on a fleeting trip to one of my favourite FAVOURITE cities, Amsterdam! Little bit of a back story just to brief you up, my boyfriend travels A LOT and he's forever away (I blame Almost Famous for its false representation of what it's actually like to date someone in a band, trust me you spend more time with your cat and Netflix and less time riding the waves of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle than you'd care to believe). Unfortunately Joe has been away for the duration of November (two more days people, hooray) and with his birthday falling on the 1st November, this kind of sucked... Enter surprise trip to Amsterdam to surprise him on his birthday... Like I needed an excuse!

Amsterdam is such a beautiful place to visit in Autumn, they both go hand in hand and the city seems to lend itself to the vibrant rusty tones we're used to at that time of year. Needless to say it was awfully photogenic and I went absolutely snap happy! Yes, I was the tourists we love to hate and I didn't give a damn (excuse the pun... total lie, you know I love a pun). But I now get to share those lovely photos with all of you lovely people and so my annoying need to stop every 5 mins and snap, wasn't in vain.

I absolutely adore the vibe in Amsterdam; it's never showy, pretentious or flamboyant. Just like it's renowned higgledy-piggledy houses; Amsterdam in general, to me is like a mish-mash collection of quaint scenery all stacked together to make one incredibly pretty place. Like a happy accident. Its laid back attitude and unassuming character forever makes me feel right at home...You'll fit in a lot more with jeans and Converse than you would in a fancy dress and heels (the streets are cobbled, save yourself the energy of trying to walk in heels and opt for comfy flats), a city very much after my own heart. I guess on paper I'd love to tell you I'm more a Parisian kind of girl but truth be told, I'm no where near chic enough for that! Nope, when all is said and done I'm much more comfortable with the less intimidating style of Amsterdam. After all I'm at my happiest when I'm in my scruffy jeans, with my hair undone and a chunky knit. Just pass me a bicycle and I'll fit like a glove. 

Sophia x

Shop My Amsterdam Oufit
Peacoat- H&M but find similar from Jigsaw
Turtle Neck- Topshop
Jeans- Monki but find similar from Topshop
Mary Janes- Zara but find similar from Whistles
Bag- APC at Coggles

The Love Cats

The beauty of personal style is just that; it's personal to every single one of us in our own way, making us all so wonderfully unique. It defines who we are and reflects the things we love. We're constantly, whether we like it or not, inspired by what surrounds us every day and consciously or subconsciously we express this through our wardrobes. Some of us do this in a more subtle and abstract way; Vintage dressing to glam girls to Nordic style, it's not by any means a "pigeon hole" as such, but it does give the rest of the world a snapshot into your personal preferences. Some of us however, like to literally spell it out and announce it to the world. I guess the best example of this is the tried, tested and loved by many band tee (from Blink 182 as a teen to T Rex just the other week, I've flown the flag). Over the past few months I've grown increasingly aware, I am the latter. There are a hell of a lot of things which inspire me and I want you to know about it, apparently. Some of my favourite "tell all" pieces include; my Bella Freud "Je t'aime Jane" knit, translation- I love french style and more obviously I bloody love Jane Birkin. My Hades "The Smiths" jumper, translation- I like poetically, passive aggressive lyrics. My Blossoms Tote bag, translation- I'm a supportive girlfriend. And my Charlotte Olympia kitty slippers, translation- I'M A CRAZY CAT LADY....

Which brings me puuurrrfectly on to my newest addition in the "I Love Cats" clothes category. My new blouse from Lazzari featuring an adorable cat detailed collar! It's such a sweet addition to a classic cream blouse whilst simultaneously shouting out my complete and utter obsession with cats (isn't that what everyone's looking for in their clothing?)! Plus the featured cats are playing with balls of wool *bites fist with cuteness over load*. Basically what I'm getting at is, if this blouse doesn't add a little joy into a cat lovers day then I'm not sure what will. I teamed it with a simple velvet A-line mini and patent Mary Janes to give the overall outfit my signature retro vibe and show a little hint of my sixties love. Hey presto, I've pretty much managed to describe the majority of my personality (well the best bits anyway) in one adorable look... A cat lover and proud.

Ok so I'm not saying we should all walk around with our hearts on our sleeves, but for me a cat on a blouse will definitely do.

Meow/The End.

Sophia x

Shop My Look
Blouse- Lazzari
Skirt- New Look
Shoes- Similar from ASOS

Sail On Silver Girl

If you've been keeping tabs on my Instagram recently than you'll have possibly seen that this weekend was my little old (actually young in the grand scheme of things) blog's one year birthday! *Cue Stevie Wonder- Happy Birthday*. And what an absolute MEGA year it's been. It's gone by in lightning speed but then time truly does fly when you're having fun. I've had such an amazing time and I couldn't have asked for a better response. With every month that's passed, I've been in complete awe of every single one of you; who follows me, reads my blog or gets in touch to tell me your thoughts. Please know that it never EVER goes unnoticed! At times it's been really hard (hold off on the violins for just a moment, this isn't a sob story I promise), you're constantly second guessing yourself and if you're not careful you can very easily get wrapped up in caring TOO much what others think. Word of advise for any aspiring bloggers (or anyone in general come to think of it)- LET GO of the dead weight worry. It's not needed and it will drag you down. If you're passionate enough about something, keep doing what you're doing. You're not going to be everyone's cup of tea but for every one person who's criticising you (probably behind your back but what you don't know won't kill you... I'm alive to tell the tale), there's a dozen pretty amazing people ready and waiting to support you! In all honesty I got so exhausted towards the middle of this year; my blog was picking up and of course that's a great thing but it's a lot of (if not ALL your) time/effort and I was still working a full time job I didn't enjoy, for a company that just wasn't for me. I felt so torn between wanting to push my blog further, but not having the time or energy through working 5 days a week in an environment that drained me of any enthusiasm! I genuinely couldn't see a way out and I felt so disheartened at the idea of my blog having to take a back seat. But I kept on at it! I'd shoot at the weekend or I'd bring a suitcase of outfits with me to work and shoot in the evening, I'd be writing on my lunch, I'd be constantly jotting down post ideas as they came to me through the day, I'd be using holidays to see brands and make new contacts... Eventually I met the right people, my life changed for the better and my blog continues (fingers crossed) to grow! So thank you to all you wonderful people for reading this and unknowingly encouraging me to stick with it, you're the best.

And in light of my blog birthday, blothday? I have some rather exciting news... The wonderful people at AllSole have very kindly asked me to be their new Brand Ambassador to which I responded very quickly... Yes please! I'm thrilled to be representing AllSole, I love their shoe collection and I have been shopping their site for a while now... So you know how I live in Converse and Superga? Yup, all from the yummy selection at AllSole! And what better way to kick off (excuse the pun) representing AllSole than my latest outfit of the day featured below, in which I sporting my new favourite addition to my Superga collection and THEY'RE SILVER. They're basically everything I've ever wanted in a shoe. I know Superga can be perceived as a bit of a "summer shoe" so I wanted to show you CAN wear them past August and they CAN go perfectly will with a more winter based outfit. The great thing about the metallic collection is, they're a thicker, more hard wearing material than the  classic canvas so they'll keep your toes nice and toasty... And most importantly dry!!... Did you need any more reasons to wear silver shoes?

Sophia x

PS Thank you again.
PPS Big thank you to Rosie for the incredible photo's as per. Check her out HERE.

Shop My Outfit
Blouse- Fashion Union
Jumper- HE Official
Shoes- Superga at AllSole

With Tangerine Coats And Marmalade Skies...

As with so many I guess you could say my love for The Sixties started with The Beatles when I was an early teenager and on some levels I guess that's very true. I was MASSIVELY obsessed with both Help and Revolver when I was younger and would sit cooped up in my room listening to them both on repeat. I grew up in a strictly Northern Soul household and I remember asking for the Sgt Pepper album for Christmas and my mum responding simply with... "Are you sure?". But as reluctant as my mum was about my love for The Beatles, it eventually came round in a full circle. From The Beatles, you start listening to The Kinks and The Who and Small Faces and in turn you get caught up in the beauty and nostalgia of the Mod culture. Before you know it, I was back round loving Northern Soul again. I say again because the soundtrack of my childhood was without a doubt Tamla Motown and Northern Soul; every car journey, every meal time, every occasion, it was always in the background in our household. If you'd asked me what my favourite song was when I was 7, I'd have told you anything by The Four Tops. Cheers mum!

But in terms of my style, I'll let you in on a little secret... I'm a HUUUUGE film geek, especially sixties film and this above anything has helped inspire the way I dress. Alfred Hitchcock is one of my favourite directors and it wouldn't be a Hitchcock film with a strong leading female character, it's hard to not be inspired and in ore of them! I could probably sit and reel off a whole host of films I love but I decided to narrow it down (reluctantly) to just four. If you haven't seen any of them, please go watch them IMMEDIATELY after reading this post or we can no longer be friends, no pressure. (FYI- Breakfast At Tiffany's didn't make the cut, it goes without saying):

The Graduate- I don't know what it is about this film but i's so bloody calming! It's forever my go to "pick me up" film. The colours and the soundtrack- by none other than my musical favourites Simon & Garfunkel (just for the record my mum HATES my love for the legendary folk duo... it's just not how she raised me) are perfect for Autumn and cosying up on the sofa with you snuggliest blankest. Elaine Robinson aka Katherine Ross has a beehive and set of lashes to die for. She also owns the cream, princess coat of your dreams. In fact there's a hefty amount of jacket inspiration in this film, with classic trenches a plenty and Mrs Robinson sporting THAT leopard coat you've searched for a thousand times, in a thousand different vintage stores. Plus this film manages to make those "I don't know what the hell I'm doing" moments in life seem all the more sane and normal... Remember it will never be that bad, that you'd hijack a wedding, use a crucifix as a weapon and steal the bride.

Rosemary's Baby- I owe so much and yet so very little to this scary, devil worshipping film. Mia Farrow's aka Rosemary's wardrobe collection is a thing of beauty. Even her maternity wear will make you envious HOWEVER be warned you will be tempted to have a pixie cut, as I so naively did. And you will eventually spend 2 years of your life growing it out, where you will have to endure what I can only describe as a cross between a bowl cut and a mullet. That's the real horror in the film. 

Marnie- Technically my favourite Hitchcock is Vertigo but it was filmed in 1958 and I'm not about to break the rules. Tippy Hedren is on form in this film as the ultimate femme fatale leading lady, sadly it would be Tippi's last film with Hitchcock but that's another story for another rainy day. No one quite rocks a turtle neck and a two pieces the way Tippi does. See The Birds for further proof.

Breathless (A Bout Be Souffle)- French New Wave is not to everyone's taste. I studied film at college and we looked at Breathless, the entire class hated it bar little old me. I loved it. There's something REEEEALLY brutal yet romantic about this film. Starring Jean Seberg as the very chic Patricia (another veteran of the pixie cut- previous warnings apply), she will forever be your cigarette pant hero. She's effortless in that infuriating way only French girls are (I know, I know, Jeans actually American). More over this film holds one of my favourite fashion moments: The striped Dior dress, so special they kinda make a (out of context) point of her going to pick it up. How could you hate a film with such a beautiful dress in it?

So there you have my short list of sixties films to inspire. If you've seen them all before, you'll agree. If you've not, well then you've got something to keep you busy with until my next post.

Sophia x

Shop My Outfit
Coat- Monki at ASOS
Turtle Neck- H&M
Skirt- Topshop
Boots- Urban Outfitters

Big thank you to the wonderful Rosie for taking the beautiful photos below, check her out below: