It’s been nearly 2 years since my last post. A lot has happened! Like this:
Safe to say I outdid myself from the last post and got myself some liquid gold Nike Air Max. Best £125 I’ve ever spent. They go for £500 on eBay now WTF! Still I love them too much to ever let them go.
This blog was created mainly because I wanted to get into the fashion industry. Where I got a taste through interning at GQ magazine and did get an offer for buying experience at a retail brand. I was probably going to be looking at a few years on zero wage (if that) – having a mortgage and living in London makes this an impossible dream. Unless I worked 2 jobs and had no social life, which definitely isn’t an option. Hence why I now work in finance! Luckily enough though it was while I was interning at GQ that I managed to luckily get my hands on these. They were the last pair in my size in the gold (rather than silver). I ummed and ahhed for a while as I wasn’t getting paid and would have to use my savings. My feet were soaked so it was just meant to be.
Having worked and lived in London for a year now I thought I’d get back onto Salvadora and not leave it as a dead space on the world wide web. My sister Nat is still about! Although I think her life doesn’t really allow much time for writing…
I’ll leave you with a few shots of me and my Air Max enjoying the lovely weather at Stoke Park Spa where I celebrated my 10 year anniversary with my super gorgeous unicorn fiancee. That’s right I’m engaged to a unicorn. How many people can say that??? I’m so lucky
“The unicorn designer is the most in demand and rarest of product team members — someone with excellent interaction design skills, visual design skills, and coding ability”. Unobtainium.
I sadly threw away my monochrome Air Max 90 trainers I’ve had since I was 14. And how well they lasted! We’ve grown up together threw school to university. Sweeeet. Anyway, out with the old and in with the new! I love the Air Max style and how they have just been revamped over time. On my trainer wish list are these two styles of Air Max 1. They are so pretty! If I had to choose between the 2 I would go for the Navy ones, purely because they are more wintery colours. Ahhhh they would be my Christmas party dancing shoes!
Nat is going to New York at the end of the month so I’ve been racking my brains trying to come up with a shopping list for her from me! Top of the list is a new watch.
This is my current watch collection. It’s a mix of mostly vintage + fakes…I’ve learnt that even though fake may be cheaper it is actually a waste of money in the long term. No surprise there! The fakes just stop working and the vintage ones just seem to fall apart! I’ve had to glue back the buckles on 3 already, but that’s inevitable if you wear your dad’s old watch from the 90s (the brown Seiko leather strap one). So I would like to treat myself to a nice watch if I may! I’ve been watch shopping online, looking at UK sites and these are my favourites…
I decided I really liked the Kenneth Cole Skeleton watch and even though Kenneth Cole is from New Yoiiirk I don’t think I’ll be getting Nat to buy me a watch for the sake of a £5 saving. I still don’t know if Kenneth Cole is the one…as I’d like to have a look in some London boutiques to see if I find a similar watch but in brown leather with a more vintage feel. I’ll make sure I find it just in time for Christmas! What do you think of the watches?
I had an absolute blast assisting Fashion Scout’s blog at this year’s London Fashion Week SS14. Fashion Scout are a platform for emerging designers where they hold many awards such as ‘Ones to Watch’ and ‘Merit Award’ for those they believe will be huge names in the future. I met some really cool people and I have to say the blog is looking amazing…check it out!
Highlights for me have to be the Tabernacle Twins, LULU LIU and Pam Hogg.
Vibe Lundemark’s label is quirky and playful transporting you to a fantasy land. This is an approach which he bases on the adventures of the fictional ‘twins’. The collection is ready to wear and street style inspired with the psychedelic bomber jackets and jumpsuits covered in cobras. The white combined with sharp purples gave off a really strong edgy look topped off by the Dr. Martens. I could definitely see myself wearing the jumpsuits to a festival…nice and comfortable..not practical for toilet breaks though! Head to toe lace is demonstrated here as a key trend for SS14.
Photos by Tracy Asslanian and Jamike Latif @TracyAsslanian @JamikeLatif
Again taking inspiration from fantasy worlds, Lulu Liu took her inspiration from ‘Yarrow Wando’ a dragonfish conjured up in her own imagination. The Japanese influence is evident in her printed pieces using a colour palette of coral, turquoise and fusia to name a few. The pieces were wearable and along with the make up, fresh and natural. The arms of this last piece does look like it could be part of a fish! I love the volume in her garments, which is signature to her designs. Metallic leather in greens, silver and pink were also seen as a strong component of the designs and accessories. Still on trend for SS14.
Pam Hogg’s ‘Future Past: War and Peace: Past Future’ collection was reflected by the mixture of military inspired uniform ranging from two piece suits and sexualised jumpsuits. This was contrasted by flowing skirts and bright coloured jumpsuits in PVC, adorned with floral and feathered head pieces. This show, as expected generated a huge buzz and astounded reactions from viewers, to quote DJ Gemma Cairney’s tweet “I don’t even know how to explain how wonderful that show was.” It is clear to see why Pam Hogg has dressed so many rock stars such as Blondie and Siouxsie Sioux as her signature PVC jumpsuits are spectacular. Florals are yet again evident for SS14 however life sized flowers stitched onto the garments giving a 3D appearance.
Summer is apparently on its last legs so I decided to choose the items in my wardrobe that will soon be going into storage. I bought this H&M crochet style camisole top at the start of the season and it is such a handy staple! The length means that I can wear it to work with high waisted bottoms as my midriff isn’t hanging out, and the detailing of the crochet layer is great for smartening up an outfit.
Don’t you just love these red knee-length shorts?! They used to belong to my mum’s friend who is half my size…I’m intrigued as they must have been trousers on her! Can’t believe this time last year it was already snowing??!! My friend was reminiscing about last year’s fashion week saying how she was queuing up in the snow to get in… that’s why I love Engerrrland! Fingers crossed for an Indian Summer…
My Primark sunglasses I got for 50p last year are on their last legs. They’ve done pretty well considering what they’ve been through: Brazil carnival, Turkey, Spain, Guatemala and Belize. The scratches are blocking my view so I think that’s enough of an excuse to buy some new ones. So, what to get? Hhhmmm…I am a sucker for Clubmaster Ray Ban sunnies…classic and cool they will always be stylish (and because my pastel blue Primark ones are a full blown copy of them).
But then I came across Finlay & Co. They sell handmade 1950s style wooden sunglasses. What I love about the wood is it adds a unique dimension to your overall outfit whatever it may be. As the wood is neutral it will combine with pretty much anything. The wood is sustainably sourced and every pair made has a different grain pattern, meaning that every pair is different (if you care about the fine details…)
Or there’s Panda. If you want to shop and feel good about yourself at the same time buy a pair of these. Their strap line is, “Every pair sold gives the gift of vision to someone in need”. In more detail this actually means:
“For every pair you purchase, the PANDA-TOMA partnership will provide an eye or medical exam to a person in need. We will also donate a pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses (for those with cataracts or a similar type of eye deficiency). For this reason, and from the charitable purchases from our customers, we are honored to team with TOMA in order to facilitate the give the GIFT OF VISION”
I first thought it was to help blind pandas, but its actually because they’re made of sustainable bamboo – and pandas eat bamboo (duh). Their styles are adaptations of the wayfarer giving them a contemporary feel. There are eight different styles you can get, and they’ve got a fit guide to help you choose the most flattering style for your face shape. My favourite one is Kennedy which I may be able to get away with. All styles come in 3 different finishes: black, brown or natural. They offer free shipping and free returns and this counts for the UK. I don’t think they are physically stocked in the UK yet so watch this space.
Hello again! I got back from holiday last Sunday…and what an amazing 3 weeks it was in Guatemala and Belize. Yes, a holiday post is due…just need to sort out all the photos (there are only over 1000, no biggie). So after being back from holiday and being back in the shops (just lusting as I have no money and am banned from my mum from buying anything new) I have noticed I have been attracted to the shiny things. When I was snorkelling in Belize we had barracudas following Henry and I because we were wearing shiny metallic watches (my little Casio)…I’m like a little barracuda, everything shiny I want! So I’ve made a list of all the metallic things I’ve seen that I like. Hope you like too!
ASOS / £28 (Mine was a gift but I know you get cheaper ones elsewhere)
A friend of mine popped round last night for an evening glass of pimms in the sunshine, and while we were sitting and chatting her necklace caught my eye and I fell in love with it straight away! The one she had on was gold, but I’m loving it in silver.
One thing me and Nat have been fussing about recently are fedora hats. As you may know Nat is in Brazil at the moment for São João music festival , and before she went she was looking for one to take to Brazil with her. Then it got me thinking, I really want one too! I’ve never been a hat person as I thought I looked like a try hard…this was more at the time that bowler hats came in. But there’s something quite sweet and understated about fedora hats. The style is very flattering and adds that extra layer to a very simple and classic outfit. Can’t go over doing it with accessories if you get a hat involved. Sometimes a simple and understated outfit is best and more effective! You can wear them in any season and it will look swell especially if you’re going to a festival this summer – they look nice, will hide your greasy, knotty hair and shade you from England’s blistering sun rays. Here are some street style examples that I think are bang tidy:
This weather isn’t really anything to go by, but a way to warm me up is by putting a dream summer outfit together. If the weather isn’t great there’s no reason to not bring a bit of summer yourself with what you wear. So here I have arranged a pastel paradise My favourite item has to be the Whistles sandals. They look like they’d be really comfortable with the platforms, and they’re not too high which I’m sure you’ll agree is an added bonus. What’s your favourite item?