30 October 2013

Halloween Outfit: Zombie Apocalypse

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FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, Primark parka coat, ASOS beanie, River Island boots
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, Primark parka coat, ASOS beanie, River Island boots
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, Primark parka coat, ASOS beanie, River Island boots
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, Primark parka coat, ASOS beanie, River Island boots
coat and necklace Primark // beanie ASOS // leggings Topshop (similar here// boots River Island (similar here)

Being a huge fan of horror films, I have watched nearly every zombie movie no matter how crap or amazing they are (it's a guilty pleasure) and I have created a plan, in my head, in case there is ever a zombie attack - because, you know, there's such a huge possibility of it happening... - and today on the day before Halloween I will share with you my fail proof plan:

First of all, you need a comfortable and practical outfit, like the one I've got here. Combat boots are essential as they're comfy, sturdy and waterproof - remember in a zombie apocalypse there's highly likely to be ruins and glass everywhere you go especially places like the supermarket when you need to stock up on tins so good footwear is essential. Your choice must also be comfortable enough to run in as there's going to be a lot of running away from the undead. Next, I'd advise you to wear trousers for easy movement and keeping your dignity when climbing over fences, etc. Pair the trousers with a T-shirt and a short parka - the parka will keep you warm and comfy, but your outfit must be versatile enough to suit both cold and hot weather, as you never know how long you will have to spend in said outfit. I also picked up a beanie to keep my head warm as we are after all in Autumn. This outfit is perfect to move around in and to interchange between weather, so I'm happy with my choice and sticking to it. Now, onto the logistics.

First of all, gather all your loved ones and pack bedding/other necessities you might need. Remember food, weapons and as silly as it sounds - your tooth brush. After all, you're still a human even though it's the apocalypse! Round up the cars and convoy to a safe supermarket. A few of you must stay on the lookout whilst the quickest runners go to grab tinned food and anything else that will last a long time - don't forget bottled water. Then, you must make your way to the nearest army base where you will seek asylum and help defeat the zombies. Et voila!

This is my amazing plan! I hope you enjoyed this fun post in the spirit of Halloween and I'd love to hear what your zombie escape plan is! And yes, I do have a wild imagination / am a horror film geek so excuse the ramblings!


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29 October 2013

Halloween Outfit: Vampire

shirt All Saints // Robocop leggings StyleStalker // shoes and gloves Topshop

For years I have managed to dodge the obsession with vampire themed media like Twighlight and True Blood. Then, one day when I was bored and just finished the entire Arrested Development series, I searched on Netflix to find something to entertain me. I came across The Vampire Diaries which has never interested me before, in fact when I sad adverts on the TV I thought it was ridiculous. So naturally, I started watching it telling myself it was to prove a point, to prove that I was right and it was crap. 3 series later, realised that I am now truly addicted to the show. Not only am I successfully charmed by Damon, the evil gone good vampire in the series, but the mix of supernatural characters, life dilemmas and a confusing love story makes for a very balanced show.
Vampires started off being depicted in films as bald, creepy but clever men like Nosferatu, which then all changed and vampires gained a sex symbol status in popular TV shows and Hollywood blockbusters. Remember Angel and Spike from Buffy? Now there's Edward Cullen and Stefan and Damien Salvatore to match that. I started reading the original Dracula book not so long ago, and although Dracula is described as a balding, middle aged man with a large mustache, pale skin and sharp ears (not exactly an idea date) there is something very alluring about him.
I took the idea of a sophisticated and sexy vampire and created this look. I really enjoyed wearing long gloves with a structured outfit, I think it's an item which I will utilise a lot more this Autumn.

Hope you enjoyed this look and here's a question for you: which vampire character is your favourite?


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28 October 2013

Halloween Outfit: Witch

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FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, Halloween outfit, Autumn Outfit, Witches
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, Halloween outfit, Autumn Outfit, Witches
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, Halloween outfit, Autumn Outfit, Witches
hat, coat and necklace all Topshop // dress All Saints // boots boohoo.com // bag Camden Market 

It's the week of All Hallows Eve, my favourite holiday of the year, and I'm so excited to share a couple of looks with you which are inspired by some of the more famous costumes of the night. 

A lot of people tend to choose a bad witch to dress up as at Halloween with ugly noses, rotten teeth and dressed in rags. I have gone for a different witch and taken it back to the origins of Wicca when women (and men) would embrace the nature and draw powers from plants, their surroundings, the sun and moon, storms and creatures. Witches were naturally beautiful, I can imagine other women being jealous and making up stories that their men were under some sort of spell when they became infatuated by the flawless creatures.
As with anything else, occasionally you'd come across a witch which used her powers to control and gain what she wanted. Witches were powerful, and it could would take a white witch to stop the wrongdoing of her sister.
Witches were at one with nature and could easily communicate with animals, treating them as equals rather that pets. Plants would rule in the household of a witch, which would be light and airy.

Of course, this is only my idea and fantasy of witches centuries ago, I'm pretty sure that's not what you'd find in history books or the Salem Witch Trials! I would love for magic to exist in life, I just love all things supernatural! But the closest I have come to believing is horoscopes, which anyone can tailor to be relevant to them... But my favourite horoscope to check is the Elle Horoscope where you can get daily, monthly and yearly forecasts as well as my favourite "Astro Love Match" (it's only my favourite right now because it sounds promising).

Anyway, I hope you guys like this outfit, this is how I'd imagine a modern day witch to dress like! What about you?


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23 October 2013

Laura Orchant Printed Scarf

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FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, Topshop, Laura Orchant, heritage style, fedora hats
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, Topshop, Laura Orchant, heritage style, fedora hats
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, Topshop, Laura Orchant, heritage style, fedora hats
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, Topshop, Laura Orchant, heritage style, fedora hats
coat, dress, fedora hat and boots all Topshop // scarf Laura Orchant* // thick knitted socks Topman

There are sometimes such beautiful sights that it's hard to just walk by and ignore them - like a simple sunny reflection of the sky in the lake. I think we're all guilty of forgetting to appreciate the small and simple beauties in life when we're all so busy commuting, planning, working. It takes a while to step back and relax.

I received a sample scarf from the new Laura Orchant collection for a post which I had written on colour accessories, but whilst it's still with me I thought I'd try it out with a couple of styles - and I found it really worked with heritage as well as city chic. The colours and the print of the scarf make a beautiful pattern when it blows in the wind and catches the sun, almost like a stained glass window!

I got distracted halfway through because a cute little duck swam up to us and I felt horribly guilty that I didn't have any bread to feed it with, so I've got a debt to pay to this little chick when I go back to the lake! I found that birds are very inquisitive when we take pictures by the lake, last shoot we did we met a little swan which was mega cute but his parents were terrifying, big and fast.

Anyway, I hope that all my readers take the time to find beauty in everyday and let me know what that was today in the comments below!


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22 October 2013

Celliana Jewellery Neon Collar

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FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, street style, Celliana, neon collar necklace, leather dress, Topshop Jaja Boots
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, street style, Celliana, neon collar necklace, leather dress, Topshop Jaja Boots
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, street style, Celliana, neon collar necklace, leather dress, Topshop Jaja Boots
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, street style, Celliana, neon collar necklace, leather dress, Topshop Jaja Boots
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, street style, Celliana, neon collar necklace, leather dress, Topshop Jaja Boots
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, street style, Celliana, neon collar necklace, leather dress, Topshop Jaja Boots
faux leather dress Primark // shoes "Jaja" Topshop // necklace* Celliana
 // clutch Zara // LED watch* Born Pretty Store

I will be the first to admit that I never was a fan of neon until I started introducing bright accessories to my wardrobe. I think neon can look cheap on certain products, so I've always stayed away from it, however after American Apparel brought out its cult neon beanie I started to warm to the luminous colours.
I love styling bright accessories with dark outfits, like I showed you in my last outfit where I used a printed scarf, well this time I'm adding a little something with this neon necklace which was kindly sent to me by Celliana. When I saw this necklace, I loved the design and the bright colours of this tribal collar - it looks a little Aztec-y and I love the designs and prints from that civilization.
I paired it with a mini faux leather dress from Primark which I got last year but I haven't worn it much so I'm looking forward to utilizing it this year during the hit leather season! Team the dress with a fluffy black cardigan and your outfit is ready to wear.
It's a very simple and easy outfit to throw on, the heels I'm wearing are blocked and just the right height to not make your feet burn at the end of the day - so it's a perfect outfit to wear from day to night!

What do you think of this dress? How would you team a key leather item this season?


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21 October 2013

Printed Scarf: Bring Colour Into Your Outfit

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FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, street style, silk printed scarf, digital watch, Laura Orchant scarf, Laura Orchant
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, street style, silk printed scarf, digital watch, Laura Orchant scarf, Laura Orchant
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, street style, silk printed scarf, digital watch, Laura Orchant scarf, Laura Orchant
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, street style, silk printed scarf, digital watch, Laura Orchant scarf, Laura Orchant
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, street style, silk printed scarf, digital watch
FashionFake, style blog, fashion blog, street style, silk printed scarf, digital watch
top, leggings and boots all Topshop // scarf Laura Orchant// digital watch* Born Pretty Store // sunglasses River Island

A little while ago I was having a conversation with my mum about winter wardrobes and she mentioned how very little people actually wear colour in the colder months. I have noticed that, but for a lot of people darker colours are just a regular choice, for example my wardrobe is pretty diverse. I'm not exactly a Morticia Adams with all black, but a clown didn't throw up over it either.
To me, it's all about getting the balance right. If you prefer to wear darker shades, the easiest way to inject some colour into your outfit is through accessories. In the next couple of posts I'll be showing you exactly how to do that with simple accessories.
In this outfit all I have done is added a printed colourful scarf to an otherwise block black outfit. I still would like it if it was one colour because the top is structured and unusual, plus I mixed in leather look leggings to add texture - but I have to say that with the bright and colourful scarf the outfit is more noticeable. I was extremely lucky with the weather last week, but to finish this outfit (as I don't think we can get away with short sleeves anymore) I'd just add a simple, leather jacket or a black mac.

What do you guys think about colour pops in A/W? Or would you rather mute the colour and embrace the dark?


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18 October 2013

Elisha Francis Bridal Jewellery

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Elisha Francis, FashionFake, fashion blog, Lou headdress, wedding headdress, bridal headdress, applique maxi dress
Elisha Francis, FashionFake, fashion blog, Lou headdress, wedding headdress, bridal headdress, applique maxi dress
Elisha Francis, FashionFake, fashion blog, Lou headdress, wedding headdress, bridal headdress, applique maxi dress
Elisha Francis, FashionFake, fashion blog, Lou headdress, wedding headdress, bridal headdress, applique maxi dress

A couple of months ago I was asked to be featured in a Top Picks article for the jewellery designer Elisha Francis, and I jumped at the opportunity as I love the designs and unique collections from Elisha (pssst, keep your eyes peeled for the feature, I'll post a link on my Twitter once it's live!). I was sent this gorgeous headdress which was one of my Top 6 picks, and it's so funny I got this item as this is a piece from her bridal collection and it's called "Lou" - it was only a couple of months ago that one of my best friends Lou got engaged to her lovely boyfriend! So there's a bit of a story for you, that was one of the reasons I picked the headdress other than it being absolutely gorgeous too. Pearls are such a timeless trend, and this will look so cute in both winter and summer seasons, of course I personally will not be wearing it to any weddings unless it goes with my bridesmaid dress in 2015, but I will be styling it with everyday wear.

Let's save this for future posts though, and talk about how this item can be worn for your special day. There is of course the simple boho look like the one I am wearing in the photos above: loose waves with a middle parting and the headdress placed across; or you could go for a classy up do like Audrey sports in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffanys and use the headdress as a very simple and timeless headband. I was even thinking that for the creative types, you could attach a tiny and cheeky veil! Whatever you do, it will look gorgeous because let's face it - most of the brides look beautiful on their wedding days.

Are any of my readers set to walk down the isle anytime soon? What head wear did you go for, if any at all?


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