Top Of The Town- Sunday Morning Collection

Back in November of last year (when times were arguably more simple) I proudly launched my very own Instagram vintage store, Top Of The TownVintage style is something I've loved since I was a teen and if you follow me on Instagram there's no doubt you've heard me harp on about it a million and one times. The sixties and seventies most notably have played such a huge role on my personal style and in turn my wardrobe, with hunting down great vintage pieces being one of my biggest hobbies (or vices on my purse strings). Vintage shopping as a whole is amazing, it's environmentally friendly and it means you're finding unique, one of a kind pieces. The only problem I've found is that when I'm sharing my outfits on Instagram and I'm being asked about one off vintage pieces, without giving people the clothes of my own back it's impossible for my looks to be 100% shoppable. Granted I've posted plenty of vintage inspired shopping guides in the past but still, I appreciate that not everyone has the time to trawl around vintage fairs, charity stores and flea markets, so this is where the Top Of The Town seed was first planted.

Super Size My Collar

I'm currently sat on my bed, typing this post out and feeling a little unsettled as we all brace ourselves for three weeks in lock down. Despite the current circumstances or possibly in spite of them, posting on my blog will resume as normal because I think a little normality is exactly what we all need for peace of mind (see my last post for further details on this), I hope you guys agree? So let's keep on keeping on and forget about lock down for a few minutes at least. One wonderful thing I have noticed over the past few days is how much Spring has sprung especially when you take into account how bv non-existant this season has been over the last couple of years (who can forget our long lost pal, the beast from the east?). The mornings have a golden glow, the temperature is mild and sunshine is sticking around well into the early evenings, let's try and be thankful for as much of spring as we possibly can this year. With this in mind I'm eager to celebrate the most joyful of seasons to dress for and have a little chat with you guys about some delightful spring style. 

Don't Bring Me Down

This post is inspired by the week's current (ever unfolding) events, pesky Mercury in retrograde, trolls and possibly a little dose of hormones for good measure. To summarise, the last few months have been an absolute abysmal corker in the bad luck department. I can say with 100% confidence that I've experienced my fair share of of mishaps, set backs and the odd bust up. Individually, each occurrence has- in the grand scheme of things- been minuscule and collectively, you're classic case of "first world problems". I'm acutely aware that at large my life is perfectly fine and when these problems are put into context, they really just don't matter that much at all but credit where credits due, my luck just really has played a massive number on me. Then when you add the increasingly frightening and completely inescapable news into the mix, I'd say I'm all but ready to graciously take a step back from 2020 and admit that maybe, just maybe 2019 wasn't that bad after all...

Joanie Clothing Tees- Take Two

So here we are! Another year and my second Joanie Clothing t-shirt collaboration consisting of eight brand spanking new designs for you to feast your eyes on! The success of collection numero uno absolutely blew me away and to say the amazing reaction we got came as a surprise would be a complete understatement. Truth be told in hindsight I don’t know what I was expecting from the first collection- it very much felt like stepping into unknown territory and was a huge learning curve; from working with the team and communicating my ideas clearly, to actually finding out which ones you all liked and which ones didn't work. It was a big step out of my comfort zone and one I'm so glad I took. So when Joanie Clothing approached me to create a second collection, I’d have been crazy to say no and this time I was armed with lessons learnt, fresh ideas and a boost in confidence. 

Book Club- Page Turning Leading Ladies

You may or not remember but last year I started hosting my very own bookclub on IGTV. I absolutely loved creating those videos, they were a great way to connect fellow avid readers, start a conversation and truth be told on a slightly selfish note, they simply encouraged me to read much more regularly. The only drawback was I just didn't feel like I was getting enough of a discussion going on each video and it kind of started to feel like I was just talking at myself so I decided to quit whilst I was ahead. Everything is a learning curve and one of the best things I took from the IGTV book club was that you guys want simple, quick recommendations. If you really like the book or you agree with me or want to make your own recommendation than of course you will, but all in all- very much like myself- you want less of the chit chat and more material to add to your ever growing reading list. I feel you and it's been noted. That said I still wanted to talk about books in some way on my platform because its one of my favourite pastimes, so this year I will be doing quarterly book recommendation over on here (and let's be honest, that way I'm encouraged to keep up the regular reading).

Zip It Good!

Another day in February, another day of grey skies and lots of rain. Not the most positive of ways to start a post off I'll admit but after a week spent with a steaming cold, avoiding going outside whenever I can and living in outfits which consist of three layers minimum, it's hard to see the bright side... Literally! Maybe it's the three consecutive storms we've just had or the lack of vitamin D but I just can't seem to pull myself out the funk I'm in at the moment and I think I'm possibly experiencing January blues a month late? With the weather still so cold and when dressing for comfort is still our main priority, it can often feel hard to feel inspired by our wardrobes, I know. But all is not lost, this week I'm sharing with you one of my favourite- most definitely comfy- pieces we see coming in stronger than Storm Dennis this season. The oh so leisurely zip up sweater!

Old Fashion, New Fashion

Over the past few months I've been spotting a real array of heritage style accessories, outwear and shoes cropping up and for me this is a sight for sore eyes because vintage inspired heritage is one of my all year round, fail-safe looks to opt for. So I realise "heritage" as a trend sounds a touch vague and possibly a tiny bit pretentious but it's the only word which really, truly does the aesthetic it's full justice. Basically this is a trend built up of quintessential classics. It's a little British and a little "college grad" all mixed into one and it's made up of staple pieces which have stood the test of time. It's definitely in the same ball park as preppy but think more sophisticated professor than fun and carefree student... As I type this, I realise what I'm trying to say is heritage is kind of a grown up version of preppy. Does that make sense?

It's Easy Being Green, Yellow and Lilac

This year I really wanted to put the effort in and get writing blog posts more regularly again but I already feel like I've fallen at the first hurdle, with only one post in January. General life admin and trying to be a grown up has meant that often my blog falls by the wayside, something I feel really disheartened about as it's a part of my job I've always wanted to maintain and something I feel passionately about. I've come to the conclusion that little and often is the best way to over come this niggle and instead of pushing myself to continually offer up mammoth posts, I will instead try and write more regularly giving a brief run up. Of course if there's a meaty topic I'm just itching to discuss with you guys than I promise I won't hold back. One of the main reasons I started my blog was because I felt constrained sharing my latests thoughts, feelings and inspirations on Instagram and  felt a blog let me branch out, I'm starting to think that's got lost along the way. I've started to feel like there's no point in writing on my blog unless I've got a lot to say and as bad as this might sound, not everything I want to share requires a wordy monologue accompanying it! Sometimes I might just want to share a trend I love, a time, place or moment which is inspiring or simply a book I've adored reading and with this in mind I'm going to push myself to create posts no matter how little or small the words within it may be...

2020 Vision

First blog post of the new year! Hooray! I always love writing this because not only does it feel like an official fresh start but it's a little benchmark to another year my blog is still ticking along and this makes me all kinds of happy especially as we now enter it's FIFTH year going strong. So amazing, if not a little daunting how quickly the time has gone by. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and an even more wonderful New Year Eve... Let's hope the Twenties are as roaring as they were hundred years ago. Flapper skirts, beaded head-dresses and jaw length bobs at the ready, I'm not at all opposed to bringing back a little 1920s fashion! Charleston and Gatsby inspiration aside I just wanted to very quickly check in with you guys because I don't know if it's just me but it seems reaching both the end of 2019 as well as the end of a decade has meant that the "new year/new me" talk flying round on social media has been ten fold! And as lovely as these posts are to read, I wanted to share my thoughts...