30 November 2015

Reflections on life lately

Whenever the year is drawing to a close, I feel the need to make myself useful and go the extra mile to get things done, whether it's making a big decision I've been putting off, or tackling a big project on the home front. I always want to tie up loose ends, and be in a position to start the new year afresh. Somehow it feels good to achieve small but important things, which clear the way for a more positive year ahead. Of course, things rarely go exactly to plan, and there are always unexpected things that come up, which cause me to review my plans. But these are things we all have to deal with in one way or another, and ultimately, I find it helps to remember the bigger picture. Though I don't always consider myself an especially positive or dare I say it, bubbly person, more and more I'm now remembering to keep a feeling of gratitude and appreciation in my heart, as there are always people with far greater challenges, who are tackling those challenges with a gracious attitude and complaining less than me.

One of the aims I did recently achieve, was to pay a visit to Mary's Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children, based in Ealing Green, London. This stylish charity store was opened in November 2013 with the input of Retail Queen Mary Portas herself. It has a boutique-style layout and modern design, as well as featuring a sought-after vintage rail, and has received an enthusiastic response from the local community. 

Having heard about the shop I was inspired to go through my belongings to see what I could contribute. There were lots of black sheer tops from my intense-goth phase that resembled each other, and some fancy handbags and accessories from my compulsive shopping days, which had been underused, but would make someone else very happy. While going through my belongings, I was a little startled to see the extent of my shopping habit over the years, and I have to admit I did want to cry when I did the mental calculations of my expenditure. But it did feel really good taking my things to the shop, knowing that one hundred percent of the money raised from my things will go directly to Save the Children, and be converted into something much more valuable. If I hadn't been encumbered with all the things I took, and it hadn't been dark and windy on the day of my visit, I would have tried taking some photographs. But that would be a good project for another time.

I've also been going through some of the forgotten photographs which never made it onto the blog, because I snapped a few pictures but didn't have enough for a complete outfit post. I decided to share some of those images here, as part of a slightly different blog post. I hope you like them. And if you're in London, be sure to visit Mary's Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children, and keep them in mind if you're de-cluttering your wardrobe.

Thanks for reading and have a fabulous week.

12 November 2015

Mad About the Boy

Today I'm excited to bring you details of an important event for your fashion diaries, which may have passed you by, and until recently had escaped my notice as well. Hot on the heels of London Fashion Week, and on the cusp of the festive season, October marked National Tuxedo Day! Although I'm fashionably late with my post, I was perfectly happy to don the outfit above to mark the occasion, albeit belatedly. I came to know about National Tuxedo Day (which takes place on October 10th) when I was approached recently by The Black Tux, a premium suit and tuxedo rental company based in the U.S, which offers a modern and fashion-forward approach to menswear for special occasions. When I found out about the unconventional holiday, I was of course inspired to put together my very own tuxedo-style look. I wore a blazer with a tuxedo shape and fit, but without the silky lapels, as I often wear a brooch on a lapel, and try to avoid damage to delicate fabrics.  

Now it's no secret I'm inspired by menswear just as much as I am by female fashion. I feel most at ease in a structured silhouette, with the addition of a few stylish accessories to soften the look. It's all in the details, and a few well-placed accessories can make a world of difference. Sometimes we feel bound by convention, assuming we can't dress a certain way. But breaking the rules can be empowering. See my complete outfit post below, and a round-up of my favourite head-to-toe looks and accessories from The Black Tux collection, which features luxurious materials and offers the perfect fit. 

The Black Tux collection - My Favourite Looks
The Rat Pack Outfit - A dapper head-to-toe look with all the accessories provided
The Holden Outfit - I love midnight blue as an alternative to classic black
Vinyl Record Cufflinks - These whimsical cufflinks are the perfect finishing touch
Midnight Butterfly Bow Tie - The Black Tux has a collection of bow ties in a range of colours for every occasion
* The Black Tux delivers rental orders to the continental U.S only. Images from The Black Tux website are used with permission.

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