2 March 2017

Embroidered Swallows and Gem-Encrusted Jeans

I’m thrilled to be sharing this blog post at last, after an unexpected break from blogging, which became much longer than I ever anticipated. Thank you so much to those of you who got in touch to ask how I am. Please rest assured I’ve been all right. I truly appreciate your concern. Since the start of this year, I’ve received very sad news regarding several people I know. These were unconnected things, that happened to occur in a short space of time. Even though I was not affected as directly as some others by these events, I still find myself reflecting and thinking about those who are going through hard times, and coping with a significant loss. In recent weeks, I’ve been online less often than usual, and my days have been taken up with work, chores and other everyday necessities. 

This situation, combined with frequent bad weather, meant that taking outfit pictures was put on the back burner for a while. I tried to capture some outfit photos on two earlier occasions, with mixed results. I take my own pictures, and I get so jumpy whenever anyone walks by, or if a big dog starts heading for my tripod. I’m a nervous wreck half the time! But last weekend I was able to get outside and have a more successful photo session with fewer interruptions, which came as a relief. Now I’m really happy to return to blogging and give it the attention it deserves, and keen to get back in touch with everyone. Even though it seems superficial to some, fashion is something which genuinely makes me happy and cheers me up, when other aspects of life are far from perfect.  

Moving on to the all-important outfit details. The top I’m wearing is brand new and features a striking pair of embroidered swallows, and is from Joy. In keeping with the red and blue swallows, I wore new jeans by Joe Browns, with red and blue floral embroidery covering the front pockets. The embroidery is encrusted with little gemstones in the centre of the flowers. I didn’t realise just how intricate the embroidery is, and I was even more impressed when my jeans arrived and I saw them in person. Amazingly, they fitted me just right, apart from the leg length being too long, which I expected. I saved a lot of money on these jeans, by getting them from Amazon, which had them for much less than other websites I’d looked at, and they've gone down in price even more since then. But the alteration itself was quite pricey, so that negated the saving! However, I’m really happy with these jeans, and it’s such a rarity for me to find embellished jeans in a dark wash that fit me well on the waist and leg, so it was definitely worth it. I’ve been waiting ages for a pair of jeans like this to come along, and I can’t recommend them enough. They definitely flatter a curvier shape and being a pear shape myself, I was thrilled with the fit.

When I first saw the swallow-print top on a mannequin in the shop window, I loved it but I assumed the top would be too short for me, as I always wear slightly longer tops and nothing too cropped on my upper half. But I went back later that week and tried it on, and I’m so glad I did. The shorter length of the top is ideal for showing off the embroidery on the jeans. I’m so glad I didn’t miss out on this top. Also, the top looked really familiar, and I realised it’s a dead ringer for the Stella McCartney Lorinda swallow embroidered bomber jacket from several years ago, which was beautiful and looked like this.

What do you think of this outfit? How do you feel about embellishment on otherwise casual pieces? Please let me know in the comments below. It’s always lovely to hear from you.

Lots of love Saba xx

Now to the Goths, as swift as swallow flies;
There to dispose this treasure in mine arms,
And secretly to greet the empress' friends.
                                                  -  Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare
Jumper - Joy
Jeans - Amazon
Jacket - similar
Trainers - similar
Tiger stud earrings - similar

3 January 2017

This Twilight Garden

Hi everyone! I hope you're all having a great start to the new year. I wore this colourful winter ensemble recently, as I wanted to wear something playful and bright, rather than the darker tones usually associated with winter. The focal point of my outfit was my beloved geisha doll jumper, styled with blue jeans, ballet pumps in a bronze shade, ideal for crunching leaves underfoot, and my leopard print coat again. Even though I have a few different coats for the winter season, somehow I always find myself reaching for my leopard print coat, which has a soft and familiar feel, and feels unfussy and just right.

It's getting to the stage of winter where I'm still trying to get enough mileage out of my favourite items, and combine them with different colours and styles to give them a fresher feel. In an earlier post when I'd just gotten this jumper, I styled it with a black blazer and trousers, leading to quite a different look which I still like (Left My Heart in Tokyo).

I hope you like my outfit. Do you have any creative ways to give your winter favourites a new lease of life? Please let me know in the comments below!

This Twilight Garden - The Cure

Jumper - similar
Jeans - Mantaray (similar)
Shoes - similar
Coat - similar
Sunglasses - similar
Gloves - Accessorize (similar)
Bow stud earrings - similar

24 December 2016

Ophelia Inspired Flower Crown - Part 2

Happy weekend everyone! I hope you're all well, and feeling ready for Christmas. This week was very hectic, and I'm so relieved to have gotten through it! I'm so excited about the Christmas break.

I've been wanting to share this set of pictures with you, which I took on a very misty day last Saturday. As you perhaps know from my last post, Ophelia Inspired Flower Crown - Part 1, I've been planning this post for a little while. When I woke up on this particular day to see a dense mist covering everything, I was keen to get outside with my camera and start taking pictures. It was an unusually heavy fog which lasted the entire day. The mist seemed to envelope everything and gave an air of mystery to my surroundings, making even a familiar place seem strange and unrecognisable.

For this outfit, I donned my black fit and flare coat with metallic clasps on the front, which you may remember from my Halloween post (The Witching Hour). I wore everyday clothes in darker tones underneath, so my flower crown would be the centre of attention. With the festive season upon us, I think this look is ideal for a cold evening when you have a function to attend, as the coat provides much-needed warmth, and the flower crown can easily be added to the look for a bohemian touch, without compromising on style or comfort. I added my vintage marcasite deer brooch to my lapel, for an elegant finishing touch.

What do you think of this look? Please leave a comment below and let me know!

Finally, I hope you all have a lovely Christmas break. Season's greetings!

Lots of love Saba xx

Coat - similar
Jeans - similar
Flower crown - Claire's Accessories
Celtic stud earrings - Amazon
Marcasite deer brooch - vintage (similar)
Footwear - similar
Ophelia Inspired Flower Crown - Part 1

20 December 2016

Ophelia Inspired Flower Crown - Part 1

I've always wanted to wear a flower crown like this, and when I recently found one with small pink roses and realistic-looking leaves in Claire's Accessories, I just had to have it. It definitely felt quite grand to wear. I love the way it can transform a look, and make even a simple outfit seem much more dramatic and regal. As an English Literature student, I studied Shakespeare's Hamlet and know the story inside out, and this type of flower garland always makes me think of Ophelia, as she's often depicted in paintings. Since I took pictures on two different days wearing the flower crown, I thought I'd share some of the detail shots here, but there are more images to come in part two of this post! So watch this space! 

In the meantime, I hope you like these pictures. How would you style a flower crown? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thank you for visiting and see you soon! 

Lots of love

29 November 2016

Fallen Leaves and Leopard Print

Hi everybody! It feels so good to be blogging again, after an unexpected break from it this month. I'm so happy to be back and sharing these pictures with you. Winter has been hard for me, as it always is, and since the temperatures have dropped, I find myself reluctant and sometimes fearful of going outside, except for work-related and official things, and for the sake of getting my exercise. My hands get numb and painful at times, on account of Raynaud's Syndrome, and the cold feels very acute. However, I ventured outside for a photo session yesterday, and although it was freezing, it was bright and sunny, and the light was lovely. I donned my leopard print furry coat, which you may remember from early this year, paired with dark denim, and my blue heart print jumper with a peter pan collar, which you can see more clearly below. If you're in the market for a leopard print furry coat, I've given a link to a similar one at the end of this post.

I was happy to capture these images and do something creative. I didn't want to cancel life just because I have a hard time dealing with winter! Sometimes when we have health conditions, we can get in the habit of thinking of ourselves as less capable than we are, and lately I've been trying to resist this way of thinking.

Do any of you have similar afflictions to overcome during winter? Have you found any helpful ways of staying positive and dealing with seasonal lows? Please let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for dropping by!

Lots of love Saba xx

Jumper - similar
Coat - similar
Footwear - Lonsdale (similar)
Bag - (similar)
Sunglasses - Foster Grant
Tiger stud earrings - (similar)

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