The WHITEPEPPER interviewed me for their blog feature ‘Customer Of The Month’ which was lovely of them as I adore their clothes – and wear at least one piece a week! Also they have the best sample sales – and lots of them. Winner.
Where do you get style inspiration from?
I’ve always been pretty into the aesthetic of the 60’s mod girls, and the kinderwhore look from the early 90’s – like Kat Bjelland and Courtney Love. Though as I’ve gotten older I’ve become more simplistic with what I wear and try to stick with things that I know suit me. I usually try and look a bit like a smart girl in a uniform. Maybe with a touch of scruffy though!
You can read the rest on their blog here.
And check out their new Autumn collection – it’s pretty fun!
Another illustration I did for Boden is in the current collection for teenage girls. This time it’s a gaggle of gals with different hairstyles! Old and new. Go check it out on the Boden site here! It’s probably one of my favourite illustrations I’ve done for the brand, mainly because I wish I could do all these hairstyles on myself and look as cool.
Recently my friends had a Japanese themed party to celebrate their engagement (it happened in Japan). At first I was like OMG best theme ever. But the more I thought about it, the harder it was! It’s actually a very vague theme, because there are SO many options. My attitude to fancy dress parties is that you should go as something that people will recognize, but something that’s not the immediate choice. I also think you should always put in 120% effort to your outfit, including make-up and hair. What’s the point in doing it at all, if you don’t go all out!
For the Japanese party I debated going as various animated characters, at one point I was even about to make a Pocky or Milky costume. As usual, time ran away so I decided to go as a Harajuku girl – I originally thought that maybe it was a bit too obvious, but it was actually quite a hard costume to pull together. Maybe harder than making a costume! There were so many parts to it..
For inspiration, I trawled Pinterest for days, which you can see on my Japanese themed board. Search terms like ‘Decora Girl’, ‘Pastel Goth’, ‘Fairy Kei’ became commonplace. As well as looking up classic Fruits magazine and book images.
Above: Image sources on my Pinterest here & here.
The approach I took was to go as colourful, pastel and plastic as possible!
So here’s how I found my outfit…
I always liked the idea of a photo every hour, it makes for a more realistic photo diary. It also means you have to think consciously about what you’re going to frame for that hour. I like the honesty it shows, a real insight into someones actual day to day life, be it fun, boring or mundane reality. It’s also actually quite hard, and I probably didn’t do it strictly every hour on the dot… As my first one, I know some of the photos are not that exciting/great. But I think it’s good practise and hopefully I can improve as I do more of these!
Here is my first photo diary of a Saturday…
11am: my new favourite breakfast. Granola that doesn’t have bloody wheat flakes in it. I’ve cut out gluten again as my IBS has been crappy and i’m going to be put on a strict ‘fodmap’ diet soon by a dietician.
Ingredients: Jordans simply granola (it’s oats, which don’t contain gluten. Though sometimes people who are extremely sensitive to gluten cannot eat oats because they are made in factories with wheat a lot of the time! But for me, they’re ok) / Real greek yogurt – I like FAGE as it’s proper greek. Not ‘greek style’. / Blueberries and raspberries. So good!
12pm: Walking through Dalston to go to Andy & Eliza’s new house. Spotted a Metal Gear Solid fan. Strong hoody.
12.30pm: LAMBY. Eliza’s toy from baby days!