Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Christmas Wishlist

Christmas Wishlist
So that time of year has rolled around again and I've narrowed down a few things on my Christmas Wishlist.

Coat-Topshop//Skirt-Miss Selfridge//Jeans-Topshop//Perfume-Dior//Lipstick-Topshop//The Smiths

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Street Style at NYFW

Last week I had the fortunate chance to be in New York at the same time as New York fashion week was going on. It really was a very well timed trip, and although I didn't actually receive any official invites, I did go down to the Lincoln Centre on Thursday, and joined the clamour of fashion types milling around the square.
I was informed that the show which had just ended was Rebecca Minkoff, and that Janelle Monae was performing - it sounded so amazing.
I took a few photos of some of my favourite outfits I saw outside the centre:

This was by far one of my favourite outfits, the top and skirt are so elegant, finished off with the shoes and the red lipstick this outfit is really quite timeless, and something I would love to wear.

I absolutely love this dress, the print is so perfect, and her accessories work well, the shoes bring out the hints of silver in the dress, tying it all together nicely. 

I love this, it's simple, chic and I love the varying shades of blue contrasting with the hot pink lipstick and nails.

I love her glasses paired with her dress, especially with the vintage camera, the whole look has a very  40's Parisian vibe ( at least I thought so)
I love the crop tops and leather jackets here.

Here, I love the gold accessories with the black, simple yet effective.

I love this, the little boucle jacket with the shorts and the chelsea boots create a sweet simple and stylish outfit.

I love the cropped top contrasted with the long skirt, I also love how she accessorized with gold.

So those were some of my favourite looks from New York Fashion Week on Thursday, I had the best time walking round the Lincoln Centre, chatting with people and taking photos, everyone was so nice and it was one of my favourite days of my trip!
(Also I apologise for my terrible photography skills)
India x

Monday, 19 August 2013

Outfit of the Day:

Yesterday I went out for a celebration dinner with my family to celebrate getting into uni. I decided to dress up a bit for the occasion! I wore a cream blouse with a crochet collar, this is one of my favourite shirts as it is so versatile! I also wore one of my favourite skirts from Topshop, that I received for my birthday, I love the flower print detail.  I paired it with these tights, also from Topshop with a heart garter pattern, I never usually wear these but I thought they looked cute with the skirt and shirt combination. Finally, I wore my gold capped brogues from Asos, these are one of my favourite pairs of shoes, I love any excuse to get them out the box!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Outfit of the Day: A Level Results Celebrations!

Yesterday, the months and months of waiting on edge for results was put to an end yesterday as everybody received their grades, and found out whether they got into their uni of choice. I was so pleased to find out that I have been accepted to Southampton Solent, to study Writing Fashion and Culture! I'd been adamant that this course was the only one for me ever since attending the open day!
To celebrate me and my friends all went out into town, and had a great night.
I wore a black Zara dress, with shoes from Next, and accessorised with this statement necklace from Miss Selfridge. It isn't often I wear jewellery like this but I thought it added an extra something special to the outfit! I also thought it picked up on the gold accents in the outfit, such as the gold zip on the dress, and the gold studs on the shoes, tying it all together nicely!

I hope everyone who received their results got what they wanted, and had a nice time celebrating!               
 India x                                                                                                                                                 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Outfit of the Day : Sixth Form Leavers Ball

This is just a quick outfit of the day to show you all what I wore for my sixth form leavers event!
I found this black and silver sequined dress from Forever 21 - and on sale too! I really liked the exposed back detail and thought it would be perfect for the occasion.

 I paired it with simple black heels (that I had much difficulty walking in, I should add), a black clutch and chandelier style earrings. I also chose to be brave and wear red lipstick - which I very rarely wear, due to the fact there is a 98% chance I'll do it wrong and end up looking like a bit of a nitwit, but fortunately this time I think it worked for me.

So that was just a quick rundown of my outfit! The ball was so much fun, and I had a great time!

India x

Monday, 3 June 2013

A Response to "This Is Skinny Club" - Company Magazine Article

A certain article was recently bought to my attention by youtuber Rosianna. 
And the link to the article she scanned (trigger warning):

In her video she addressed an incredibly problematic, and quite frankly disgraceful article in Company magazine, called "The Skinny Club". I had a read of it myself and immediately saw the issues.
Throughout the article there were clear indications that the writer (whoever they may be, lets hope they think against putting pen to paper next time) herself had issues. The way in which she says she has "an addiction to being skinny" is clearly problematic. Another choice quote being "I suddenly realised how far I would go to stay thin"  and "If I don't lie, I get the nagging" is clearly indicative of a worrying state of mind. If not of an individual with an eating disorder
The words she uses to describe her feelings associated with food are problematic "aghast", showing her fear of food, another worrying idea. The article also promotes disturbing habits, such as lying to friends about having not eaten, extensive exercise "endless crunches" "I run for miles" - all in the pursuit of being "thin". At points within the article there was the implication that the writer was giving advice to the reader, as to how to follow their habits. It even included the infamous quote from Kate Moss "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" - which in itself is a damaging mantra. When coupled with this article could be worryingly influential to vulnerable readers.    

This article was especially alarming, as it could be highly triggering to those suffering with or recovering from an eating disorder. What I found even more bizarre, was that they featured this article in an issue that had Demi Lovato on the front cover, who has been known for her struggles battling with an eating disorder. Which at the very least seems disrespectful and insensitive. This just sums up the huge contradictions that are far too often found in women's magazines. Even the fact that the article was placed in the "my secret life" section of the magazine, sends off alarm bells in my head, as one of the main features of an eating disorder is the secrecy. 
I truly find it shocking that something this blatantly manipulative and triggering could be published in mainstream media. Especially when it has been made so easily accessible for young, impressionable teenagers. Why should magazines be publishing things such as this? Why should they make girls feel inadequate for not conforming to their unrealistic ideas of a "good body"? 

I really have no idea why Company thought it would be a good idea to publish such an article. It really makes me wonder if these publications even care about their readers at all
Surely if they cared about their readers, they would teach them self confidence, self worth, integrity and intelligence. Yet instead, they insist on bombarding us day after day, with unrealistic images, and cajole us in to "losing a pound here or there" in order to obtain our perfect "bikini body". 
I have recently been seriously doubting whether this is the kind of journalism that I want to be a part of, and this article may have cemented some doubts I have been having. I do not want any part in making people feel inadequate, or worthless. 
I want to write for a publication that cares about its readers, that listens to their input and makes them feel worthy and important. That reminds them their sole worth does not lie within the numbers on a scale, or the reflection in a mirror. Because you know what? It doesn't, a person is worth so, so much more than their looks, or their weight. 
You are a human being, and at the end of the day, you deserve to feel self worth, and you deserve to feel important. It isn't the right of some thoughtless careless magazine, or anyone else, to decide whether you get to feel good about yourself. It is your right, to be able to look in a mirror and be happy with what you see, and realise that it does not define you, as the magazines would have you believe.

What did you think of the article? Please let me know in the comments.

India x

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Selena Gomez - Come and Get It - Inspired Look:

Come And Get It
Selena Gomez's new song has a particularly catchy aspect, like really catchy. As in, playing it on repeat for a good few hours until you want to tear your hair out. But in a good way, of course. I particularly liked the look she had in this video, so I did a set inspired by it. Both black maxi dresses are from Miss Selfridge for £55, which is pretty reasonable.The shoes are from and are £45 each. Both necklaces are from Topshop, and are £50 and £30, whilst the finger chain bracelet is from and is £5. I think this look would look really stunning if you were going to an event or even just out for the night. Also if you really want to recreate the look from the video, one of my favorite beauty guru's Tanya Burr has done a make up tutorial on the look in the video, which I will definitely be trying out when I have an opportunity!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

That’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool...

The Great Gatsby

In the wake of the stunning new adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, the shops have been packed full of 20's inspired pieces.  I've found just a few of my favourites, and all on the high street! These pretty flapper style dresses are something I'm sure Daisy Buchanan would be proud to sport. Accessorise with Art Deco style jewelry, glamorous cocktail rings, and beautiful headpieces, and lest we forget a dainty pair of heels, you'll be ready to flounce into a speakeasy and Charleston the night away.  Now, if only I had a reason to justify buying any, or all of these outfits...Gatsby themed party anyone?

Monday, 13 May 2013

Music: Passenger

It was in October of 2012 that I first saw Passenger, he was supporting Ed Sheeran, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed seeing him.
Before the gig, me and friend Sam, and the rest of the unlucky giggers, were stood outside in the bitter freezing cold for at least a good 40 minutes to an hour. So as you can imagine, I wasn't in the best mood when we finally got into the venue. 
However this all changed when Passenger got up on stage. Me being my disgruntled self had grumbled through the first support act (who's name I can't remember...sorry!), and was fully prepared to grumble my way through the next support act. However this was made impossible when Passenger came along, with his fantastic stage presence and witty quips that made all the audience chuckle - and this was before he'd even started playing. He was honestly one of the best live acts I've seen, he interacted and worked with the audience, and got us to sing along with a few of his songs such as "Holes" and "I Hate" - which is one of my personal favourites, due it's brillantly funny honesty an example being "I hate The X-Factor, for murdering music, you bunch of money grabbing pricks"- how brilliant haha!
When I left the gig, I made a mental note to myself to go home and listen to more of his stuff, alas I did not.
However, just recently a friend mentioned they had been listening to him. And after showing me his wonderful song "Let Her Go", I've had his songs on repeat ever since.
The thing I really love about Passenger, is the refreshing honesty he brings to his songs, there is no holding back when it comes to writing relateable, funny and honest lyrics - my personal favorites being "You build your heart of plastic, get cynical and sarcastic, and end up in the corner on your own" and "We pretend to be friends on the internet, when in real life we have nothing to say".

Passengers album "All The Little Lights" is out now, go check it out if you fancy it!
So yeah,  that's just a little bit about what I'm listening to at the moment!
India x

Monday, 29 April 2013

Gatsby. What Gatsby?

I don't know about you but I am far too excited about the release of The Great Gatsby, it looks utterly spectacular. It's as if the film gods heard my prayers, and threw all of my favourite things into one film; amazing storyline, costumes, soundtrack, actors, have I missed anything? I've been excited for this film since last year, so come May 10th I shall be a very very happy girl.
So, where to start?
Okay firstly, the costumes. Oh my god, the costumes. Miuccia Prada has collaborated with Catherine Martin, the films costume designer, to create wonderfully luxurious Twenties gowns, whilst taking inspiration from the Prada and Miu Miu archives, need I say more? Oh and the jewelry is by Tiffany's. (Excuse me whilst I cry.)
Here are some of the sketches by Miuccia Prada:
Gorgeous right?
Oh the dress envy...
Love the neck detail on this black dress. 
Then there's the soundtrack. Lana Del Rey, The XX, Florence and The Machine, some of my favorite artists - I really don't know how this happened, I lucked out apparently. Never have I ever seen such an amazing soundtrack for any film, like, ever.

There's also the director, Baz Lurhmann. To be honest, I couldn't think of anyone better to direct this particular film, the lavishness and extravagance of Gatsby's soirees could only ever be done justice by such a director as Lurhmann. Who is renowned for stunning visuals and dramatic staging, take Moulin Rouge as an example.
When Lurhmann puts on a show, he puts on a show. 

 Lets not forget the acting talent -Leonardo Di Caprio. Just, wow, okay, yes I may or may not be crushing on him huge amounts. The impeccably tailored suits and mysterious Gatsby allure are just not helping either, seriously what are they trying to do to me here? Whilst he has some rather large shoes to fill in the form of Robert Redford, there is no doubt in my mind he'll be every inch as wonderful as Gatsby, if not more.
Also Carey Mulligan, who whilst being relatively new to the Hollywood scene, has landed herself a role in one of the biggest films this summer, which is pretty damn impressive I'd say. I think she'll do a good job as being Daisy from what I've seen so far. 
I may just add here, that I happen to be unashamedly jealous of her right now, Prada, Tiffany's and Leo - can a girl ask for more? I think not.
Tobey Maguire is playing Nick Carraway, now, I won't lie, I've never really been a fan of his acting, (Spiderman 3 kinda ruined him for me. He just did so much crying, and lest we forget that dance scene). However I shall hold my judgement and wait til I see the film before I criticize.
Also have just found out Isla Fisher is in the film too, cool right? Loved her acting since Confessions Of  A Shopaholic.
Now, I am no film critic and probably have no idea what I'm talking about, but I am so excited for the release of this film, and I am predicting a lot of Oscar nominations for this one, in many of the categories. I swear down if Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't get one for this, I'll start some sort of petition. No kidding.
Here's the newest trailer for the film, just be warned you will get shivers and heart palpitations, this is normal. However if you go into cardiac arrest do call someone...because that probably isn't normal, I mean I know it's exciting, but come on now. 

Thursday, 18 April 2013

DIY Cardigan - Plain to Pretty!

So I picked up a simple brown cardigan in the Topshop sale a while ago, however I felt it looked a bit plain. So I decided, with the help of my mum, to embelish it a little. 

The first change made was these little bows on the pockets. These were just stiched on. 
 Then I ( mum) added the pearl trim on the neck.
Then finally, we added these cute ditsy flower print buttons from Liberty. 

And the finished product! 

I really like the personal stamp just a few simple and quick customisations here and there can make. I thought the additons added a charm to a once plain cardigan, and will look good in summer to throw over pretty lace dresses.  
Hope you like! 
India x 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Birthday Haul!

I recently (or not so recently considering it is now 2 weeks ago, but oh well) celebrated my 18th birthday!(which was fun until I realised this meant I was like a proper adult and stuff, then I got scared and proceeded to hide under my duvet).
Anyways here's the lovely presents given to me by family and friends! (Mostly family, my friends mainly got me alcohol, which you know, I'm not complaining about. I believe that Blueberry Smirnoff should come in very handy at a later date).
So firstly, I received this cute pale green boucle biker jacket from H&M from my mum, and this coral peplum top from New Look which look awesome together. I also got these super snazzy earrings, I really love the perspex detail, and they'll go well with the jacket and top.
Also received was this gorgeous opal ring from my parents, I think they heard my not so subtle hints about how I really really like opals, or something. Along with that I got these lurrvley sunglasses again from Topshop, which I like to think harp back to the 1940's (kinda), and Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet which I have already received a lot of complements about!
I also got two new Pandora charms, I sense a flower theme going on here no?
Then two dresses, a lace dress from Primark, with this sweet bow detail at the back, which will be perfect for summer, if we ever actually get any sun. The second dress I wore that night, and was this black dress from Missguided, I especially liked the floaty skirt contrasting with the structured top half, with the slit down the chest, because lets face it, that's about as revealing as I'm willing to go.

I got two pairs of shoes, these brown leather weaved flats from Topshop which will look good with all manner of dresses and skirts in the summer (if we ever have one). And secondly these boots from Chockers which I wore when me and my friends went out that night. To be honest I'm surprised I didn't trip, fall and break my neck, myself intoxicated and in heels is a big no no.
So those were some of my favourite presents, I had a great birthday, and apologise again for the lateness of this post!
India x

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Take a tour round Liberty with me!

Wow, so it's been a while eh? Apologies for the lack of post's recently, life has been pretty hectic these past few months!
So a few days ago I went to London again, and this time went to the British institution that is Liberty a department store int the West End of London that was first opened in 1875. The visit was in order to see if I could find anything to spend my birthday money on (18 - woo- or perhaps not as it means I may have to adopt the behaviors of a real life adult - yelp) but alas I didn't find anything within my price range, however still had an awesome time walking round and looking.
Yes yes yes, outfit repeat, I'm sorry, I apologies from the very bottom of my heart, I really do. 
There were so many things to see, and my favorite section was of course the fashion, I was nearly sent into a comatose state at all the gorgeous, yet unobtainable, garments surrounding me. My favorite section was by far the Vintage section, I smugly instagrammed a few pictures (my followers don't need to know I could never dream of owning a vintage Chanel) before having to move on in case risking spontaneous combustion. I like vintage, a lot, however designer vintage is just too much for one girl to handle in one day.
1890's Chanel and 1990's Dolche & Gabbana (swoon)
Asides from the designer garbs in the fashion department, I kinda fell in love with the tea sets too, all pretty flowery and kitsch, just how I like it, unfortunately no smug instagram photos were taken of these, sadly.
However I found some cute flower pots and paper birds! (I'm not quite sure either...just go with it)

So I said "tour" in the title, what I really meant was sweeping visit in which I show you fuzzy instagrams of paper birds, whilst you picture me hyperventilating under a pile of vintage Dolce&Gabbana.

Better posts to resume when I can gather my senses after being bombarded with school stress.

India x

Sunday, 13 January 2013

OOTD: Peter Pan Collars & Velvet Dresses

Yesterday I went to London and finally got a chance to wear the new clothes I had accumulated over Christmas (yay!)
I wore a green velvet dress by Missguided, however I felt the dress looked slightly plain on its own, so underneath I added a small white lace top with a peter pan collar, to make the outfit more interesting. For shoes I wore my new gold capped lace ups that I picked up in the Asos sale, and am now irrevocably love with. I wore my navy Mango coat to finish the look. I also happened to convince my mum to let me borrow her black Louis Vuitton bag, under the warning that if it was not returned safely  there would be "dire consequences" (something about bread and water for 50 days, I wasn't really paying attention)