Tuesday, 30 September 2014

LFW Street Style

Atosa - mybubbaandme

Street style is one of the best things about fashion week, because everyone can access it. That's not to say that I disagree with the exclusivity of fashion shows, but I think that accessibility is one of the reasons street style is so popular at fashion week. That coupled with the fact that anyone and everyone, from celebs and super bloggers to students or tourists without any show or event tickets, can be a photo opportunity. 

I wish I had spent more time photographing street style. I still feel awkward asking people if I can take their photo, so other than the photos of my friends (of which there are many, because they looked so good!) many of the shots I took were more candid, or were taken when the fashionista in question had attracted a crowd of photographers. This means that some of them turned out really well, and some didn't quite show off the outfit as well as I would like. It also makes me think about permission to publish photos - I had my photo taken countless times over fashion week, and not always with my permission. It seems to be very much the done thing, so I am including the candid photos in this post despite the fact that it makes me feel a bit awkward! I have also included a photo of Eddie Murphy the 9 week old French Bulldog because he absolutely melted my heart and made my day, nay my whole week. I even let him slobber all over my suede boots, oops! 

Megan - pagesbymegan

Monday, 29 September 2014

Outfit of the Night | Lace Dress

black and nude lace dress

Photos by Portia Hunt

A dressier outfit post for you today. I find it difficult to blog outfits like this because on occasions when I do wear them, (a) it's usually dark, and (b) I'm concentrating on enjoying myself rather than taking photos! Luckily, after wearing this outfit for a friend's birthday night out, I got dressed up again and the beautiful Portia took these photos for me. 

My dress is from SheInside, and is very very similar to the For Love and Lemons dresses I love but can't really justify spending £100+ on. This one is only £25, and comes in an equally cool neon yellow lace. I continued the nude and black theme of the dress with this Anna Sui bag from LYDC - the perfect size for an evening and just about big enough for daytime too. I think it looks quite high end, at least in comparison to the £22 price tag. Finally I'm wearing these surprisingly comfortable heeled sandals from Public Desire, I'm usually more of a silver kind of gal but I love the gold straps on these! What do you think?

for love and lemons dupe
for love and lemons dupe
gold ankle strap heels

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Outfit Of The Day | Grey Manchester

grey roll neck jumper

Photos by Kirsty Fletcher

When Missguided (one of my absolute favourite Manchester based brands) asked me to select my perfect Manchester outfit from their vast array of items, I couldn't have been more excited! The outfit I ended up with is definitely a recent favourite of mine too, and every single bit is from Missguided. I chose it as my perfect Manchester outfit as I feel like the black and grey represent our usually grey weather well, but also the combination of tailored trousers, a roll neck knit and heeled boots have that 'city chic' vibe. I have worn each of these pieces, especially the jacket, roll neck jumper, and biker boots, in other outfits since they arrived too, as they're all such great basics and ideal for layering. I'm especially pleased with the jumper, which I can tuck my hair into for style points and to disguise a bad hair day, and how fab is this Stella McCartney dupe bag?

Because my outfit wasn't at all colourful, I opted for a pop of blue eyeshadow using Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in 'Imagine'. I always find myself loving colour pop eyes on other people but am rarely brave enough to try it myself, usually preferring a bolder lip and a neutral eye. What do you think? 

Check out my 'guide to Manchester' on the Missguided blog here.

blue eye shadow
grey roll neck jumper
grey roll neck jumper
biker boots

Friday, 26 September 2014

My 21st Birthday in Instagrams

Last Friday, the 19th, was my 21st birthday! Whilst I love blogging, I decided to forgo the pressure of trying to take beautiful pictures of everything I did and instead give you a little snapshot into my birthday weekend via Instagram. If you don't follow me already, you can do so @hannahlouisef.

I began my birthday itself with an early start, wearing my super comfy South Beach loungewear - check out the Alice pants in photo 1! I then headed to Chester Zoo (how grown up, right?) with my boyfriend Paolo. I hadn't visited in years despite it being a childhood favourite and I had so much fun, especially seeing the cutest red pandas. 

In photo 6 you can see the best birthday card I received, very thoughtfully made by my brother. Yes, that is a picture of me! Photo 7 features my big birthday present, a brand new MacBook Pro, which I actually got a couple of weeks before my birthday so that I could get used to it in time for going back to university. I am so grateful to my parents for the money they put towards it, and I'm loving using it. 

On Saturday, the day after my birthday, I went out with my friends. We first went for food, and I wore the very Spice Girl esque combo of a silver glittery cropped roll neck and that Topshop leopard print skirt for dinner at Jamie's Italian (my first visit there - nice, but disappointingly small portion sizes!) and a few bars afterwards. My friend Hannah made these amazing cupcakes with my face printed on them...

Finally, on Sunday, I went home to see my family. Luckily my 'home home' isn't too far from where I now live in Manchester, so it's easy to pop back for a day. In photo 11 you can see a birthday present from Paolo, the sweetest personalised ring from Bloody Mary Metal. I arrived home to these incredible cupcakes (photo 12) from local Finch Bakery (which you can order in Manchester too!), and wore a powder blue Missguided suit (shop the blazer here and shorts here) with a striped jumper. Photo 14 is what I had for dinner at the Freemasons, a local posh pub - my birthday is the one day I feel like I'm allowed to order the fillet steak! Now, MY CAKE. Another Finch Bakery creation, there is still so much left in my kitchen. It featured iced pugs and a sort of caricature of myself made entirely from icing, honestly the best thing I have ever seen. Photo 16 rounds up my birthday - these yummy chocolates were a gift from my university friends.

I feel incredibly lucky to have had such a fun birthday, and I hope you enjoyed this slightly more personal and wordy post! Let me know if you'd like to see more like it.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Outfit Of The Day | Introducing... the Jessie, White Western Boots

camel fedora
Embellished Vest - F&F* | Jacket - Topshop (similar) | Dress - (similar) | Boots - Missguided* | Hat - Primark*

When you can't decide which neutral colour to wear, wear them all together! I think that a brown or beige or camel, or whatever you'd like to call the colour of my hat and skirt, is a nice way to soften an otherwise monochrome outfit. My skirt here is actually a dress, which I bought a number of years ago at one of those small-town-cheapy-shops when skater dresses were all the rage. I quite like the effect it gives here though! My camel fedora is from Primark and is only £7 but definitely one of the nicest fitting hats of a similar kind that I've tried - I will definitely have my eye out for other colours now. I'm also a fan of this subtly embellished ribbed vest, from Tesco's clothing range F&F - you can check out my look and lots more F&F outfits on their 'How You're Wearing It' page.

Now, the main event of this outfit has to be these incredible boots. White is a change from the usual little black boot for me, and as much as I was drawn to the black version of the Jessie I'm glad I went for these. They have a heel which is a tiny bit higher than I usually like for the daytime but are actually very comfy, and I just love the western buckles and detailing! Shop the Jessie and other fab new Missguided shoes at their Shoesuem.

camel fedora
camel fedora

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Outfit Of The Day | A Few Shades of Grey

Two-piece - Choies* | Coat - Primark | Trainers - Nike | Bag - Monki via ASOS

Photos by Portia Hunt

I'm almost back into the usual swing of blogging after catching up with all the fashion week craziness! I still have a few more things to share with you, including some street style snaps and a couple of opinion pieces on the collections that I didn't get to see in the flesh. For now though, here's another outfit for you. 

These photos were taken by the talented Portia, whose work you've seen here too. I feel like this is a very 'city' looking outfit, probably because of the grey pinstripe. I love a good co-ord, and this one is definitely a little bit different and a great way to wear a typically more formal print! I continued the 'city' vibe with a simple sleek cross body bag and this fairly classy pale grey trench from Primark, but kept it casual with my trusty Roshe Runs. What do you think?

grey co-ord

nike roshe run womens