31 August 2017

Spirit Animals and Lucky Charms

What’s your spirit animal? Mine would have to be a tiger, as it has many characteristics I aspire to, especially its strength. You may recall my tiger obsession from this earlier post (Tiger, tiger,burning bright). Sometimes I have a timid approach in life, always proceeding with caution and making decisions carefully. But the tiger seems to have no such limitations. While I can’t be a big cat for a day, it was lovely to put on this striking jacket by Glamorous, which has three embroidered tigers on it (front and back!), and is lovingly detailed. I’ve never seen embroidery this elaborate before. I could hardly believe my luck getting it on ASOS, as it was heavily reduced and normally retails for triple the price (£93). It was the last one they had and I saw it purely by chance, and ordered it on the spot. Amazingly, it was the right fit. I’ve included a link to a similar tiger-embroidered jacket at the end of this post, for those who would like to recreate this look.

I’ve always believed in the transformative power of clothes, and their ability to create a persona. Sometimes it even seems possible they have unknown powers, like they do in many myths and legends. Donning this jacket helped me to feel bolder, and channel the strength and confidence I wish I had more of. Naturally, I had to accessorise the look with my faithful tiger stud earrings to add a little sparkle, as that was only fitting. I also have shorter hair now, perhaps you've noticed? For the finishing touch, I applied a slick of eyeliner in jet black to add some drama. I headed to one of my usual haunts and captured these images before sundown. 

I hope you love this look and the resulting pictures. Please comment below and let me know!

And please remember to support the work of WWF, which is doing great things to protect endangered big cats. Learn more about how you can be a tiger protector at this link.

Thanks so much for dropping by and see you soon. Lots of love Saba xx



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Sunglasses - Foster Grant (exact)

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30 April 2017

Tiger, tiger, burning bright

Hi everyone! I’m back with an outfit post to share with you. I took these pictures on a sunny evening during my Easter holidays from work. I was drawn to this pink jumper by ASOS petite, with its vivid depiction of a tiger on the front, and clusters of red and white flowers. I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and it definitely stood out to me. Lately, the items of clothing I love seem to feature animal imagery of some kind. You might remember my recent outfit post (Embroidered Swallows and Gem-Encrusted Jeans), which featured a top with a striking bird motif. I wasn’t sure how the petite fit of this particular jumper would turn out on me though, as I normally get my tops in standard sizes. However, I was really pleased that this top did fit me, and the proportions weren’t too small. I was able to get the jumper over my head without feeling strangled, and the sleeves weren’t tiny, so I was happy I could keep it! Luckily I got it half price during the sales, making it a must-buy! As it’s a fine knit rather than a heavy jumper, I’ll definitely get more opportunities to wear it. I wore it several times just in the first week of having it!  

Anyway, I wore this pastel shade of pink after many years. I’m not sure why I stopped wearing pink in the first place, other than feeling it somehow looked immature and not ‘grown up’ enough. But these days I just wear the colours I like, rather than sticking to dark tones. I love darker colours too for a more dramatic look sometimes, but I feel bright and vibrant colours suit me more, having a positive effect on my mood.

I styled the tiger jumper with indigo jeans and big twinkly earrings from my jewellery collection, which I don’t get many occasions to wear. I like the shimmer to them and the way they make a more casual daytime outfit suitable for evening. I added my leopard print furry coat, as it still gets cold when the temperature drops in the evening.

What do you think of this look? How would you style a tiger jumper? Please let me know in the comments below. 

Thanks for dropping by, and have a lovely bank holiday weekend. Lots of love Saba xx
TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
             (The Tiger, William Blake)

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9 April 2017

Osaka Embroidered Jacket with Leopard Print Pointy-Collar Top

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for your supportive response to my last blog post. I truly appreciate your positive messages. Are you enjoying spring so far? If you're anything like me, you're making the most of it and not wanting to miss a single moment of it!

I'm super-excited to share this outfit with you, after taking these pictures last weekend. This is my first official spring outfit of the season, and it was lovely getting a chance to wear my Osaka embroidered jacket at last. I got the jacket during the post-Christmas sales from Oasis, after having my eye on it for several months. Although it was from the autumn / winter collection 2016 and intended for the party season, it was distinctly summery, with contrast sleeves in cream. As it's made from a lightweight satin-like material, it was much too light for winter wear. The embroidery is really special with a strong Oriental influence, which I love as you know, and the embroidery also covers the back of the jacket and is very intricate and detailed. The level of detail is impressive, and is captured close-up in some of the images below. Overall, with the sales reduction, and the 10% discount from my NUS extra card, I got the jacket for better than half price. (As I work at a university, I can buy the NUS extra card for £12 for twelve months, and it offers various high street discounts, so it's definitely worth it.) If you're looking for a jacket like this, fear not, as the embroidered bomber jacket trend is still going strong this season, and I've included a link at the end of this post to a similar jacket. There's also a good variety of embroidered bomber jackets on Ebay.

For this outfit, I wore my leopard print top which has a pointy white collar, paired with dark denim. To complete the look, I added crystal Art-Deco inspired drop earrings, which I bought many years ago, my sunglasses with leopard print round frames, and my beloved swan bag. You can see another Oriental-inspired look paired with leopard print in an earlier post here (This Twilight Garden). I took those pictures at the same location, but in the depths of winter, so it was lovely to see how different the landscape looks in winter, and spring.

What do you think of my outfit? How would you incorporate Oriental elegance into your look? Please let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for dropping by and see you soon. Lots of love Saba xx
Jacket - Oasis (similar)
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