5 Ways To Wear A Long Scarf
Standard Double Wrap Scarf
You may recognize this outfit and a couple of the shots from the sewing machine giveaway I ran back in early August. I said the outfit post would show up the week after — my bad. But it’s here now! This is the one-size (plus-size one-size? So says the listing, but I gave my size rather than purchasing it straight out, so I don’t think it was my fault!) tunic I held together with bobby pins. I really love how the skirt looks in particular — the white net detail isn’t super noticeable in the product photos, and bunching it together around my tiny hips makes it stand out. It’s a fun touch.
I shot these with Christine Cherry in the garden of Keats House. It was my first shoot there of a few that will show up on the blog over the course of the next month. I still haven’t gone inside the actual house, and now that it’s within walking distance but not basically on my doorstep anymore, I… am actually more interested in doing that. One day!
Right now I’ve got a lot of work to do and a new room to adapt to. I forgot it always takes me a good half week at minimum to get used to a new place. Today is my first day properly working at my desk, and I got my landlady to switch out the chair that was here for an office chair of her daughter’s, who just moved out, and I’m starting to feel truly, genuinely, the-kind-that-leads-to-productivity-and-reduced-stress comfortable. I’m a little overwhelmed by pending work, but every now and again a little ray of optimism peeks through. It’s lovely. You’re going to see a lot more of me and my work and my writing from now on. Hope you’re ready! ;)
I’ve been toying with the idea of this series for a while now, and I’m ready to get started. Basically, I can’t actually be a stylist because it involves sourcing clothes and accessories and props, and I don’t have any money. But a girl can dream, right? And if nothing else, these posts could easily serve as moodboards for future shoots with someone else at the styling wheel.
For my first post, I’m dreaming up a casino heist shoot. It’s pretty influenced by Leverage, because I’m me (this is not the first time I use Leverage as inspiration) and also it’s weirdly hard to find heist movies that aren’t literally all dudes. I mean, I love Ocean’s Eleven, but come on.
I suppose next on the list would be scouting a location, but I feel like any high scale hotel lobby would do a fairly decent job. Though a casino would obviously be best. But I know nothing about casinos, and like, would they charge to let you shoot there? Would there be a conflict of interest re patrons’ privacy? Probably.
Regardless of location, during downtime throughout the shoot, we could go on www.riverbellecasino.com and play some online games such as roulette and slots to inspire us, right there from the comfort of the dressing area — you could even change outfits and retouch your makeup while you play.
You know, if you’re into actual gaming, and not just in it for the geekery of pretending to be in a heist movie. No judgment from me either way!
This post has been published in accordance with my disclosure policy.
I received an Aerie gift card as part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community. All opinions expressed are my own. (I think you can tell. Ahem.)
Bras! I love bras. I used to sleep in my bra, I love bras that much. I don’t anymore, but that’s mostly because I kind of killed all of them, and I basically have one bra left that’s comfortable enough to sleep in, and I don’t want to mess that one up because it’s also the only bra I have that I’m comfortable wearing on a daily basis.
Yes, I’m breaking Aerie‘s rules in the first paragraph. That’s kind of why I jumped at the chance to participate in their campaign. That and I’ve actually wanted to try Aerie lingerie for like, four years now? Five? Their products look so ridiculously comfortable, like they’re actually made to fit right, and these infographics they’ve put out confirm that for me. I take issue with the whole ‘real’ slogan, because I have an incredible aversion to campaigns that prop up one set of women by putting down the rest. I think it’s awesome that they’re educating people on finding the right bra size for their body type and the right bra for them, instead of doing that thing a lot of lingerie brands do where they just push the sexy aspect and perpetuate the myth that you have to be uncomfortable to look good, but like — you’re helping ALL girls. Because everyone who identifies as a woman is a real woman, and I know you all agree, so why imply that there’s a certain size of boob (a certain weight, a flat belly, a height) that has to be fake? Why not make it clearer that what you’re going up against is the lack of choice for women who don’t fit into the limited sizes that lingerie retailers stock the most of?
I mean, I think that’s what Aerie is doing. I like that a lot. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Now, I also disagree that you need to keep all the bra types listed above in your drawer(s). But it’s a really good bit of reference to figure out which types of bras you do need. I like t-shirt bras, I found out last year, and I wish I’d known they existed before, because I’m stuck with a bunch of super lovely fancy bras that I only wear when my lone tshirt bra is in the wash. It also took me ages to buy a strapless bra that fit, even though I love sundresses. I still haven’t found the right strapless bra, either, probably because of my weird fabric pickiness and because I hadn’t quite got my size right when I bought the last one? It’s been a while. But I think it escapes the 6-9 months rule by virtue of having been worn maybe twice since I bought it. It’s too loose on my wee bitty frame. (Also, let’s be real, I don’t stop wearing stuff until it’s literally unwearable. I can’t justify that kind of regular restocking, and also I get attached to pieces of clothing I find particularly comfy. It happens.)
I just want lightly lined (there’s a word for them! I had no idea! I’m not really into push-up bras for everyday wear but I can’t handle not having any padding around my nipples), demi coverage bras in stretchy non-shiny non-satiny cotton with as few frilly/lacy bits as possible, because I always end up avoiding anything that has lace on it, even if it’s comfortable otherwise. That particular type of bra is what I like, and that’s what I should make sure I buy whenever I get around to restocking my lingerie drawer. The Hannah multi-way looks all kinds of perfect — the entire Hannah range does — and the lightly lined Blakelies and cotton Bridgets aren’t far behind.
As for sports bras, what is the difference between ‘sports’ and ‘yoga’? I have a fitness racerback that basically has no room for a bra underneath, and I’ve been thinking about exercising in that. It feels like a swimsuit in a really comfortable way. But I don’t think I’d lounge in a sports bra. Just. Lightly lined, y’all. That’s what my boobs like. It doesn’t have to be what your boobs like. Boobs have options! We have options. And we should be allowed to choose based on whatever our priorities and preferences are, and be comfortable in the right fit even when one of those priorities is ‘sexy to other people.’
I chose to share this mini panel because I wanted to talk about what I talked about, but Aerie has made up two more infographics all about bras that you can check out on their blog — including one about how to get your sizing right!
Do you favor one type of bra over another or do you mix it up?
maxi dress: c/o New Look (here, on sale now!) | shoes: a boutique in Ciudad Real, Spain (similar styles: Modcloth / Sam Edelman / Tory Burch) | sunglasses/shades: c/o SpecsPost | earrings: Promethean Design (similar styles: Macy’s / Kate Spade / Kohl’s) | clutch: Southern Twisted Bags (similar)
Photography: Christine Cherry
Location: Hampstead Heath
A few weeks ago I had the chance to work with a fellow portrait photographer, Christine Cherry, and had a blast doing a bit of modeling for her — frankly my favorite modeling thing to date, and it was my first and I didn’t get paid for it. Not sure where everything went wrong. Men, probably.
One of the things we shot was this outfit featuring a gorgeous red maxi dress from New Look. The sunglasses were Christine’s idea, and I found myself more comfortable wearing them than I expected. The dress was a soft, light cotton and really comfortable, too. I’m still weird about maxi dresses, but in terms of comfort I’d definitely choose this one over the blue paisley one, even though I think the blue one is slightly prettier. But I don’t have to choose (unless I decide to get rid of one of them to make room in my luggage… let’s just not talk about moving, I already would quite like to crawl into a hole and die), so hey. ;)
Last month, I got a beautiful tunic from Joe Browns. It is gorgeous, and I gave them my size, and it came in… and it was massive, and labeled “one size.” Well, one size on non-stretchy linen means I looked like I was wearing a sack. One made with nice linen fabric, but a sack nonetheless!
Still, I don’t back out of a product review, and I had a shoot planned with the lovely Christine Cherry, so I decided to wear the tunic — but maybe pin it to my body a bit. With bobby pins, because I’m resourceful and it wasn’t supposed to bear too much movement.
I have to say I absolutely love what I did.
It turns out it makes an incredible, amazing, ridiculously freaking gorgeous flapper dress! And I can’t sew it in place because I don’t have a sewing machine, and it would be a terrible idea to get one when I’m not settled yet with a long-term lease and I’m moving in the middle of August again to begin with. But if I could — oh, I so would.
(Full outfit post coming next week!)
Since I can’t have the sewing machine, though, the lovely people at Hobby Craft told me I could give one away to my readers! Since I know plenty of you love to sew, many for your shops or blogs, I thought that was a truly fantastic idea.
The sewing machine Hobby Craft is giving away is a Janome Sew Mini 140M. It only weighs 2.5 kg, so it’s perfect if you don’t have a lot of space or don’t want to haul a huge dead weight every time you need to put it up on a table. (Not speaking from experience or anything…) It has a range of preset stitching options, widths and lengths, including zigzag stitching.
Giveaway is open to UK residents only, but I know there are a few of you around and hey — I’m a freelance photographer and model, so what better way to network with potential clients than offer them a free sewing machine in exchange for following and sharing my work? Never say I’m not transparent. And hey, if you’re in London, maybe you could fix up that tunic for me. ;)
If you need something heavier duty, or simply don’t win this sewing machine giveaway, I recommend having a look at all the sewing machines Hobby Craft carries — there’s something for everyone there, and an awesome range of prices to fit any pocket!
maxi dress: c/o New Look (here) | shoes: a boutique in Ciudad Real, Spain | glasses: Zennioptical | necklace: Dana Castle | earrings: The Two Wicked Magpies | bra: ASOS | bag: borrowed from my flatmate
Look, it’s an outfit post!
So, Saturday: I woke up relatively early for me, got up, and spent far longer than I care to admit trying to figure out the best and most inexpensive way to get from here to Bethnal Green, where I’d agreed to meet Sarah at 1 PM. That turned into 1:30 PM and once I actually got on the buses, 2 PM due to delays and traffic. Sarah was actually leaving when I finally found her!
But the story has a happy, if awfully warm, ending. We walked around East London, which she really loves and I don’t quite see the charm of, and got to know each other (it was our first time meeting!) as we walked through various crowded markets in the area. She got some lovely peonies and we took pictures of each other’s outfits — as planned — “just off Brick Lane,” she says, and I’ll have to believe her because I have no idea. Spitalfields Market was just on the other end of the street, though, if I recall correctly, and she walked with me to Liverpool Street Station before going on to a Jack the Ripper tour that I may have to take myself sometime, when I get a chance to reread The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson and maybe even start The Madness Underneath. It’s all about YA for me, y’all. Always.
Like I mentioned above, it was a very hot day, so I took the opportunity to wear one of two maxi dresses I received from New Look last week. I’ve never worn a maxi dress before, and I was worried I may fall over my feet at some point — I stepped on the hem on the staircase in the flat I’m living in when I first put it on, so not an unreasonable worry! — but it turned out to be very comfortable and breezy, and what actually hurt me was the sockless shoes.
I needed to do some food shopping before I got home, so I spent a bit of time going around Liverpool Street Station and, before changing trains, Kings Cross, where I found out that W.H. Smith has (some) food. I had twenty whole minutes to kill before my train to Harringay left, though, so I also took a number of selfies just outside the station, two of which you can see above.
My (current) (temporary) flatmate was on the same train I was, and I walked back home with her and her sister, and then she made roast chicken and I ate a lot and had to have a lie-down, and then I ate a whole bar of chocolate and felt a little sick after that, too. I need to work on my self-control. But it was pretty awesome and it was great to meet someone new-that-I-already-knew, if that makes any sense.
Black Leather Skinny Trousers by J Brand | Floral Chandra Top by Mother of Pearl | Silver Croc Swimsuit by Varley | Penny Cotton Pyjama Trousers by Araks | Grey Linen Alice Skirt by Etienne Deroeux | White Striped Cotton Lily Tee by LNA | Coral Marl Cotton Sweatshirt by Crippen
The wind keeps blowing and the trees insist on sounding mildly like rain when their leaves are rattled, which makes me excited until I look up and realize it’s still sunny and it usually doesn’t rain when there’s sunshine out. You’d think I actually want it to rain, which would be a safe thing to assume usually, and I have to admit I was really happy when it did last night, but I don’t think that I want the weather to go back to all rainy and gray all the time like it was when I was catsitting in Streatham, because that just meant I stayed inside all the time.
Which is exactly what I’m doing right now, but that’s not the point. The point is that, while proper summer heat has turned out to annoy me even here in England, and the unpredictable weather means sometimes I have to carry a jacket in my bag or take my socks off on the bus (what, like it’s embarrassing?), it is really refreshing to feel a breeze pick up and even have it rain within the same day it was awfully muggy outside.
If you’re wondering if I’m really writing an entire post about the weather, the answer is yes. Sort of. I’ve been working out my feelings on the subject. Loving rain is a pretty big part of my, like, personhood, and over the past year I’ve been realizing I don’t always love it, and it’s very very strange. Bear with me.
At first I thought the weather-changing days were also strange, but like I said, now I am into them. And on that note I’ve put together a wishlist featuring items from Avenue 32 to carry you from a sunny morning to a poolside afternoon to a sweet breezy night and a cool walk back home. And then bed. With awesome pyjamas. I need more awesome pyjamas. And summer shoes that won’t leave me limping because I’m not used to wearing them without socks. These sandals are pretty awesome, actually. Totally out of my budget, but I have a similar (ish) pair back home that my great aunt bought and never wore. You can catch a glimpse of all the sandals she gave me, none of which I brought to London with me because I ran out of suitcase space, in this video from last summer.
Leather pants are a new thing that I want, and these are incredible, but J Brand also features amazing fitting jeans for a fraction of the cost of their leather items.
At some point, I’m going to have an address for long enough to risk accumulating things, and I’m going to make my mom send me so much crap I miss. Or maybe build a whole new closet. Dreams, dreams. For now, I’ll just keep going and try to make enough money to stay fed. And to move around the city. I think transport is swallowing more of my money than food is these days, and some days I don’t even go anywhere.
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As this post reaches your screens, I am probably on a plane, catching up on design work or writing or snapping photos out the window. Or I may be napping, seeing as I had to catch a train at 6:45 AM and I didn’t bother with the whole night sleep thing. I took these pictures with my mom as my assistant last Thursday; hope you like!
dress (worn as top): Vespertine | jeans: Zara | shoes: local boutique | socks: River Island | flower crown: c/o Puff Piece Adornments | glasses: c/o SpecsPost | earrings: The Two Wicked Magpies | necklace: Sorrel and Rue | ring: Promethean Design
Do I or do I not look like a neurotic modern-day Greek goddess? Because I love it. Mighty Aphrodite is a Woody Allen movie I love that occasionally has a Greek chorus pop up to talk about the story, and my mind went straight to it when I looked back at the shots of my face. (My feelings on Woody Allen can be summed up like so: love his work + he should never work again and should probably go to jail. Somehow one does not affect the other, which is unusual for me, but I guess his work speaks to me that much.)
There’s a lot of Canada here. The necklace, the dress-worn-as-top and the crown all come from independent Canadian designers who have Etsy storefronts. The ring and the earrings come from jewelry makers in California and Arizona respectively. The shoes and jeans I bought locally, the glasses came from England, and the socks I bought in England — no idea where each of those was manufactured, though.
I took this at the park (full of graffiti, by the way; thanks for ruining my flower ceiling shots, assholes) that covers the distance between a supermarket in the outer part of my city and the train station. Went to get a train ticket to Madrid for Monday and look at suitcases — though I didn’t like what they had in stock and ended up buying the suitcase I saw in a store smack in the middle of town on Tuesday. Actually wore that leather jacket on top of the dress this time, too, because it was cold, and a bag I handed off to my mom because I’m down to two bags that are both not broken and big enough to hold my DSLR, and neither of them went with this outfit.
The dark side of fashion blogging, here on A Classic Notion! Transparency: 1; aura of mystery: 0. Greek goddess regardless.
Phew. Haven’t done an outfit post in a while, mainly because I don’t go out much and if I don’t go out, I go for comfortable and boring over photographable. But on Tuesday I was out of clean comfortable clothes, put on a dress, shaved my legs, realized I was freezing, and changed into a pair of jeans my sister handed down to me because she didn’t like them anymore. Or something. Maybe her ass got too big? Of all the skinny jeans I’ve tried on — which admittedly haven’t been many — these are by far the most skintight, and compared to my sister, I am a stick.
I’m actually really happy with how this all turned out. I was surprisingly comfortable in my skin — I felt good in the outfit and I felt good in the clothes themselves — and I feel like all I’ve learned in the past several months shows in these photos. Some are a little overexposed because I only did the one lighting test with my mom as a model and the sun kept coming and going, but I’m very, very pleased.