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Summer Goth

Oh look! An outfit post. It’s been a while since I done one o’ them.

I don’t take naturally to the summer months. It baffles me when people celebrate the return of hot weather – I am in my element on a cold, bright day. I panic when the weather gets warmer because I am incredibly uncomfortable in any form of summer fashion; it’s taken me years to try and find something I’m happy wearing in the summer (and it’s usually jeans and a shirt). Once a goth, always a goth, eh?

This is how I deal with this kind of weather #onceagothalwaysagoth #isitwinteryet

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Having said that, I got this new brightly-coloured dress in the post the other day all the way from MEXICO. I am completely in love with it; seeing as this embroidered flower thing is *all the rage* these days, I wanted to pay homage to where this trend might have originated from, and so located myself a proper puebla dress from a lovely lady in Durango.

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flower embroidered mexican dress

My good pal Lyzi took these snaps when we were pottering around in Bath for the day on Friday. I’ve given up on looking cute in outfit photos and so have embraced the ‘I dunno’ kind of half arsed look which I seem to do so well (just like Lyzi and her little look over the shoulder), and also the standard cursory glance at my shoes. Y’know, to check they are still there. I feel these are my signature poses.

I’ve taken to wearing a lot of black recently; there is something to be said for the graceful melancholic elegance of an all-black outfit, and it’s been informing my recent fashion purchases more and more, as if my 15 year old goth psyche is slowly working its way back to the forefront of my brain. I noticed in Japan that people wore a lot of black and tended to look very made up from just a few simple pieces – wide leg trousers, a box cut top, a long coat of some sort, and depending on your age, either trainers or kitten heels.

This dress comes in a veritable rainbow of colours, of which orange was up there on my list, but I thought black just brought out my glowing pale skin that bit more, plus it makes those flowers POP.

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mexican puebla dress and leather handbag

Dress: Etsy // Jacket: Urban Outfitters (similar here) // Shoes: H&M (or there are some dreamy ones from Boden here) // Handbag: HANDMADE!!
I am still obsessed with my handbag which I MADE – did I mention I made it? I made this bag. Me. Made it. With my hands. It has been my go-to every day handbag since the workshop with Leather Needle Thread back in February, and I have since made another to add to the growing collection.

Plus my little barnet is slowly but surely growing out from its shaven glory a few months previous. This is 6 months of growth from a grade 2, and to be perfectly honest there have been times this past week where I’ve considered shaving it all off again. I’m pretty confused about what to do with it next, so if you’ve got any suggestions, I’m all ears.

This dress is most certaintly earning its keep, as it has been out no less than three times this past weekend, and am sure will be a staple for me to survive another dreaded English summer… *shudder*.

This post contains affiliate links. Photos by the lovely Lyzi.

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Tokyo Style / Cul-de-Sac Chic

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It’s nearly been two whole months since I came back from Tokyo… sigh. I’ve been far too distracted by the toils of modern life to even think about looking back at the thousands of photos I took over there, let alone assimilating them into some kind of photo diary I can publish on here for your perusal.

One slice of Japan I have been reliving on a daily basis, however, are these exceptionally comfy baggy pants I picked up whilst I was out there, which have been getting a wearing nearly on the daily. I took them for a spin on a grey Sunday down Tom’s parents cul-de-sac. Fashion! Read More

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Black is the New Black

Dark mornings, fog rolling over the hills on my way to work, crispy leaves blanketing Victoria Park and an insatiable appetite for baked potatoes means one thing – AUTUMN IS HERE, YOU GUYS. As if every lifestyle blog hasn’t been screaming about it for the last month; just a reminder – it’s here!! It’s finally here!

One of my favourite things about the most wonderful time of the year is digging out all of those fabulous knitted items lurking at the back of your wardrobe and unleashing them upon the world. My hideous jumper collection is growing; every time I go to a vintage fair or jumble sale of any kind I just cannot resist. They are my Achilles’ heel. They have been waiting patiently in the drawers for summer to pass and now, finally, they can be free!

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black outfit fashion blogger bristol
black outfit fashion blogger bristol

Dress – Beyond Retro // Hat – H&M (old – similar here) // Watch – Shore Projects // Bag – Radley Millbank (*) // Shoes – Dr Martens

This jumper dress is one of my absolute favourite items of clothing ever. Partly because it’s shaped like a potato sack and swaddles me in cosy black wool from head to toe, partly because it has snazzy pearl detailing on the shoulders which makes me feel like some kind of knitwear pimp, but mainly because Tom hates it, and nothing gives me more pleasure than wearing ugly knitwear to evoke confusion and digust in other people. #sorrynotsorry

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black outfit fashion blogger bristol
black outfit fashion blogger bristol radley milibank handbag

Winter is also a legit excuse for dressing head to toe in black. The newest addition to this ensemble is my stunning new Radley handbag (*), which I’m a little giddy with excitement over – a proper grown up lady handbag! I’m in love. It’s super roomy too, so I can fit my camera and all my other bits and bobs in and still have room leftover. Black is the obvious colour of choice for this kind of bag; you just can’t beat the simplicity and style of a black leather handbag.

radley millbank handbag in black
radley millbank handbag in black

Look at iiiiiit. My sunflowers also approve.

Sometimes you have to just take the plunge and invest in those pieces that are going to last a lifetime. This is the first time I’ve ever owned a handbag that I know is going to last more than a few months. It’s probably going to last more than a few years. Plus if it can make a vintage potato-sack-knitwear-pimp dress look good, what’s not to love?

This bag was gifted for purpose of review but all words & opinions are my own.