Friday, 16 March 2018

The Price of Wales check - Style post

Hey Guys,

Spring is taking its time to come around this season, only the other week we had snow in Cornwall.

As I am looking forward to Spring but we all know Winter is my favourite season so I love this time to compromise, keeping jumpers, dark colours and boots but slowly getting warmer no need for coats all the time its great. 

I got both this jumper and trousers in the end of the last Zara sale and have been wearing them both loads. Especially this jumper which is so fluffy and oversized it works well over the top of a body-con skirt too. 

Hat - New Look / Jumper - Zara / Jacket - Primark / Trousers - Zara / Boots - Next / Necklace - Topshop 

I am so glad I finally managed to find the perfect check trousers, last season the check blazer was everywhere especially on instagram and now I think the trousers will have a moment too. 
As I am forever saying I love being able to style a classic tailored piece with graphic tees and over sized band tees. I adore the little touch of the lace trim along the hem. 
I am definitely not a hat person and have barely worn this check baker boy hat, still not sure I can pull it off, need more confidence wearing hats, would have been useful when we had all the snow.

I think its going to be awhile till I move into spring style with lots of colour and put away my boots.

Love Charlotte

Friday, 23 February 2018

Women in music - Style Post

Hey Guys,

As promised in my last post here is the second part to my film shoot with Betsy. 

For this look we went for a much more rough and 'urban' styling. In my head I think I was pretending I'm so cool female solo artist like Charli xcx or someone. I wish !

As you know I have a pretty varied music taste ranging from early 2000s pop punk to 80s new wave and here was a time when I'd say 90% of the artists I listened to were men. Just looking at the 2000s emo culture pretty much the only woman we had to look up to was Hayley Williams (who is still just as inspiring) and there are a few more women in that genre now such as Lynn Gunn of Pvris but its such a male dominated genre of music that women are treated so differently. 
Then looking at the older music I listen to again its mainly men the likes of The Cure, Talking Heads, Hall & Oates, Prince and more. A while back I sat down looked from my Apple music and realised that the only female artists I really listened to was Carole King, Blondie, Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton.  

This is obviously partly due to my own lack of variety in who I listen to and not going out of my way to discover new artists earlier however its also linked to the way the media treats female musicians but most importantly the kind of opportunities they are given and how they differ to those of male musicians. For example the control some agents and producers have over every part of the female musicians process from songwriting to the clothes they wear, obviously the happens to male musicians on some level.

Top - Zara / Fishnet top - Zara / Trousers - Bershka at ASOS / Nike air max - borrowed from my housemate.

So as I mentioned as I became increasingly conscious of the lack of female musicians in my music taste, I tried to find more female musicians but the last year or so its become increasingly easier so I thought I'd share with you so of my favourite female musicians I am adoring right now.

Hinds - I've mentioned in a few previous blog posts (here) are a really cool Spanish four piece girl group who have super catchy pop vocals. A few of my favourite songs by them include I'll be your man and I will send your flowers back.

Charli XCX - Has been around for a while now, I think her first big song was featuring on Fancy with Iggy Azalea but 2017 was such a great year for Charli XCX between releasing both Number 1 Angel and more recently Pop 2 and the single Boys with that iconic video she has been on repeat all year.

Jorja Smith - Is someone who I've only recently discovered as she released a collaboration with Stormzy titled Let me down, which is such a beautiful song but also listen to Blue lights which is so poignant. Jorja is gonna to such a star already on the cover of so many magazines and winning awards at the BRITS.

GIRLI - Is a super underrated singer who released an EP, titled Hot Mess last year, she has such a girl power ethos (as all of these women do) through her lyrics. What I adore about GIRLI is her unique approach to electronic pop that's balanced with rap and punk spirit. Her songs cover all of my favourite topics about gender quality, mean girls, boys and societal pressures.

Dua Lipa - When New Rules was released last summer it was just everywhere and quickly became the first solo female single to hit UK number one in over 2 years which is a shocking stat. New Rules is a super catchy song with super relatable lyrics but I thought it was just a generic pop song but once I gave the album a full listen I fell in love with this girl some of my favourites on the album are Thing 'bout you, homesick and blow your mind (Mwah). The BRITS happened this Wednesday which is partly what inspired me to write this post, Dua Lipa made history this year with the most nominations for a female solo artist ever and took home two of these awards. She also gave an amazing speech (watch it here) in which she speaks about how inspiring the women who had been on that stage before her were and not just to female musician and it summed up for me how she is changing the music industry for women.

Lorde - Again I'm pretty sure I've spoken about my love for Lorde multiple times on here. I first loved Lorde back in 2013 with the single Royals which was repeated everywhere that summer but in 2017 she took it to a whole new level with the masterpiece of an album. Melodrama has quickly become one of my favourite albums of all time, it has stand out singles like Green light for the radio and to play at pre drinks but it is also so special to play in order. It tells such a beautiful story in that way she described it has being the story of a house party while also going through the stage of a relationship, I used to be slightly bitter of Lorde's talent as she is the same age as me and she can put into words exactly how certain things feel, especially when it comes to dating at this young age in ways I could never explain.

There are also so many other people I could talk about such as Bulow, Mabel, Sigrid, Chastity belt etc but I've also made a spotify playlist to go alongside this post with loads more artists like this featured, find it here. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and the photoshoot. Please suggest in the comments some more artists like this I should check out xo

Love Charlotte

Monday, 5 February 2018

Ross Geller is that you? - Style post

Hey Guys,

So its been over two months since I've sat down to write a blog post, just between two jobs and third year university I am too busy. I am getting into my final project at university and feeling really inspired again. Bit late to say Happy New year but hope you are all well!

Jumper - New Look 
Fishnet top - Zara 
Trousers - Bershka via ASOS 
Trainers - Nike air max's, borrowed from my housemate. 

Photographer - Betsy Humberstone 

Without looking like Ross Geller in 'The one with all the resolutions' or an 80s glam rock singer I have been looking for the perfect leather look trousers for ages. I picked up these from Bershka via ASOS and as they aren't too shiny and have a kick flare rather than being super skinny on the leg they are actually pretty comfy for leather look trousers. Teamed with an oversized royal blue jumper, a fishnet top underneath and trainers I actually really love this look. I am still trying to not just wear jeans and a jumper all through winter and this is the perfect alternative look to jeans at the moment. 

For this shoot I got to collaborate with my friend Betsy for a film photoshoot and I am so happy with how these have come out, getting my confidence and inspiration back for blogging. 

Love Charlotte

Monday, 20 November 2017

Cord trousers / Style post

Hey guys,

We all know how happy I am that cords have become cool again, I spoke about the cord jacket in this post and now I finally got a pair of cord trousers. 

I had this great pair of purple straight leg cords as a kid from Gap that I lived in for as long as I could until they no longer fitted and I was on the hunt for a replica of those.

Top - ASOS / Cords - Marks and Spencer / Ring - Accesorize / Jacket - Primark / Shoes - Vans

So I found the perfect pair after a long search shopping in Exeter after trying Zara, Gap and Urban Outfitters with no luck we saw these in Marks. I went straight for the purple obviously, classic. They are the perfect straight leg fighting, they are a little long but it looks cool rolled up I think. Best part was the price, I was shocked but they are only £19.50. So if you are looking for some staple cord trousers this season I am recommending these plus there is 6 colours to choose from.

Styling wise I have one thing on my mind at the moment, stranger things! After we re-watched season 1 and the release of season 2, the late 70s early 80s aesthetic is all I can think about. Katie from Steal the spotlight has a new YouTube series around the costumes on iconic shows and films which began with Stranger things and an interview with the costume designer who explained that a lot of  the obvious iconic 80s trends (e.g. neon and leg warmers) didn't become relevant to the late 80s especially outside of the main cities hence a lot of the style in Stranger Things like the colour palette and cords are usually associated with 70s style. At the moment I'm only buying things if they vaguely resemble something Nancy Wheeler could wear, with my own take hence the purple too. Next I'm just on the hunt for lots of big knits in the earthy tones, a mustard or orange.

Love Charlotte

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Alligated, The Art life and other films I'm obsessing over

Hey Guys,

Something I little bit different tonight, I wanna talk about films a few I've seen recently that I can't stop thinking about and a few I am super excited to see.

I'm sure you all know how obsessed I am with David Lynch, the other week I went to see David Lynch the art life which left me feeling even more in awe of his work than I was before. I am always inspired by his aesthetic especially that of Twin Peaks. The art life is essentially a biopic but obviously its so much more than just his life story. Some essential viewing for any of us into film, art and Lynch.

Sticking with the Lynchian theme I wanna talk about Alligated, a short film inspired by Lynch and 'It follows' a horror that's next on my to watch list. Alligated  follows a strange young boy obsessed with crocodiles and alligators who is then accused of murder. A young woman sweeps him up to help him hide away, but are her intentions good? This film aims to look at the relationship between two different characters on the same scale. How do we view people who are different to us? Who can you trust when things don't make sense?

Sounds good right, well the crowndfunder page just went live so please take a look at the trailer, more info and even donate to help fund this wicked new film. I'm sure you'll here loads more about it from me over the coming months. 

Now two films I am so excited to see at the cinema are I, Tonya. If you haven't seen the trailer for this yet, go! I don't know much about the real life events this is based on but it looks amazing and I am just so ready for my love Margot Robbie's true acting skills to get the appreciation she deserves. 

Finally I wanna mention Lady Bird, which is Greta Gerwig's directorial debut. I first saw Greta Gerwig shine in 20th Century woman which I mentioned a few times on here and is still one of my favourite films. Really impressive, thought provoking 'coming of age' films is probably my favourite genre of film if you can group them all together like that and especially one that is directed, wrote by and staring amazing females I know its gonna be important and so far the reviews are looking amazing. 

I hope you enjoyed this sightly different post, a quick look at some super cool films, please leave me any film recommendations based on these films and go and check out the crowdfunder for Alligated. xo

Love Charlotte

Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Graphic Tee - Style post

Hey Guys,

The slogan tee has been a huge trend for quite awhile now but its something I've only now bought into, as I was always looking for slogans I actually agreed with or resonated with, so the feminist and political ones have been my faves. 

Although it doesn't stop just with the slogan tee I am currently obsessed with graphic tees in general from lusting over the Topshop Stranger things collection (I still haven't started season two yet) to vintage band tees. I am also rotating between a back to the future baseball tee and a Prince top I have. 

When it comes to styling graphic tees now, any skirts or trousers I buy have to be able to work just teamed with a graphic tee from prince of Wales check trousers, velvet wide leg trousers and loud skirts. As I teenager I pretty much lived in the graphic tees and different jeans, even a collection of the colour hand print ones from Blue Banana but now I am loving trying to avoid wearing jeans as much. This skirt I picked up for only £7 in the marks sale and I love the wrap detail which makes it a little bit more flattering, plus blue is a colour I've always been told suits me but I don't have enough blue in my wardrobe. 

Top - Topshop sale / Skirt - Marks and Spencer sale / Boots - Primark

With the finishing touch of this season must have, a sock boot. These ones are from Primark at around £10 with the perfect height heel, of course I had to get the in metallic. It has weirdly been a super mild October here in Cornwall but with a leather jacket over the top outfits like this are what I am living in while trying not to wear jeans as much and resisting the need for knitwear so far.
I do wish I had got this top around May time when we were preparing for the last general, would have been perfect for political posts and wearing canvasing but even when we don't have a general election coming up its still so relevant and important to be politically active (look into joining your party) and keeping informed.

Love Charlotte
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