the style hive: March 2014

pink lady + VACATION!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sweater: Topshop (here in blue) / Leather Pants: Miss Selfridge / Purse: Vintage Chanel / Cat Shoes: Jon Josef "Gatsby Cat" / Lipstick: MAC "Relentlessly Red"

Wanted to wear these faux leather trousers and threw on this pale pink sweater and oops, I turned into one of the Pink Ladies from Grease. I don't think Rizzo would be caught dead in cat shoes, but I can't help that. I fact I can't believe this is my shoes' first appearance on the blog. Well, everyone, these are my cat shoes. Cat shoes, this is everyone.

My generous mom got these for me after I about died at the price of the Charlotte Olympia pair. Of course now you find knockoffs pretty much everywhere (try Modcloth or Urban Outfitters) but these are from Jon Josef, so quite high quality still and incredibly comfortable. I wear them nearly everyday and actually the first ever time I wore them was to see Michelle Obama. So these kitties have seen a lot!

Today though they traveled with me to Urban Burger, a great little burger joint in Exeter that I can't believe I've only just been to. I spent a great meal there with the lovely ladies of my flat (one of our last nights out - sad!) and as we were all chowing down on burgers and slurping milkshakes I realized I was surrounded by cow not only with what I was eating but wearing...leather pants, jacket, and bag? Oops. Sorry, cows.

+ also! tomorrow starts my spring break! +
I will have sporadic internet access over the next two weeks so I won't be able to upload photos during my vacation, but since I'll be visiting places like Prague, Vienna, Athens, Paros, and Santorini (eeeep!) you can bet I'll have tons to share when I get back! I've scheduled a few posts so hopefully this won't become a total wasteland. Thanks to everyone for reading, and I hope everyone has an amazing next couple of weeks! Much love.

Photos thanks to Sarah!

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lazy schoolgirl

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sweater: Anthropologie (old, similar here or here) / Blouse: Vince Camuto / Silk trousers: H&M (last year, similar here) / Bag: Vintage Chanel / Loafers: Zara

It is finally so beautiful here! Or, well, my whole time in England has been beautiful, but now the weather's finally catching up. The sun makes me sleepy, so I threw on this easy, lazy outfit. Ease down the high buttoned collar with the untucked shirttails and silk joggers with the comfiest loafers ever. I'm going to have to stop myself from wearing this basically all the time.

But I was also being a lazy schoolgirl because, despite the massive amount of work I'm buried under (panic attacks ensuing...), I couldn't say no to a quick trip into Exeter's best vintage store, The Real McCoy. (Let it be said that I DID say no to actually buying anything...although I'm sure that's an achievement that won't last long.) The place, and its clothes of course, just exude cool. Check it out:

Thanks for reading! Have a lovely day xx

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craving / leather for spring

Friday, March 21, 2014

1: Target / 2: Zara / 3: Topshop / 4: Forever 21
5: Dorothy Perkins / 6: Forever 21 / 7: Topshop / 8: Nordstrom / 9: Zara

Although the classic black leather jacket can easily go from winter to spring, I thought I'd look out for more pastels paired with leather for this spring. I've had my eye on that baby blue Zara jacket for quite some time now...can you imagine how gorgeous they'd look with those bright orange pumps??

What are your favorite ways to wear (faux) leather for spring?

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on the seaside

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sweater: Zara / Pants: Sanctuary / Sunglasses: Madewell

Went out to the Cornish coast about a week ago. This is just a little sliver, a former smugglers' cove actually, so you can imagine the beauty that is the rest of the landscape! Of course had to wear some nautical stripes for the occasion. This was my second trip to St. Ives, the adorable seaside artist town (and of course home to Virginia Woolf and family!). But these photos were after a gorgeous hike in Penzance and before a visit to Mousehole (another, you guessed it, adorable town!). Can I start to make all my future plans revolve around living here please?

Photos thanks to Rebecca!

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style crush / natalia alaverdian

Friday, March 14, 2014

Photos via: Lord Ashbury, StreetFSN, Vogue, The Urban Spotter, The Sartorialist

How cute is she? I've seen her photo around different street style websites and finally managed to get a hold of her name. Natalia Alaverdian is the fashion director of Harper's Bazaar Russia but she's also got her own gorgeous line of clothes, A.W.A.K.E (standing for All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm - how cute is that?). Many of her recent designs feature a playful pattern of roosters which is just way too fun, if you ask me.

Who are some of your favorite style crushes?

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Shirt: J.Crew / Skirt: J.Crew / Belt: Anthropolgie / Tights: J.Crew / Boots: Dolce Vita

I have a fear (which many of my friends and family share) of being too matchy-matchy. We all get that, right? We want to step outside the box, create interesting contrasts, etc etc. Which is what I thought I was doing pairing a plaid shirt with my cream skirt since I didn't want to just do more black or white on top. Turns out almost everything I'm wearing is from J.Crew so I guess I'm still being matchy-matchy. Oops? Couldn't resist breaking it up then with this utterly adorable belt from Anthropolgie. Bunnies!!! Too cute!! Who doesn't love a good bunny belt?

Hope everyone has a great day, and thanks for reading!

Photos thanks to Claire!

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hardy country

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Cardigan: Madewell / Shirt: Forever 21 (old) / Corduroys: Anthropologie (old) / Boots: vintage / Sunglasses: Madewell

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday.

Yesterday we traveled to Dorchester, AKA Hardy Country. Most people who know me know that I'm an embarrassingly big nerd when it comes to Thomas Hardy. (If you haven't read Tess of the d'Urbervilles, at least watch the BBC version with Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne, I mean come on.) But not only is the town rich with literary history, it's also beautiful! These photos were taken at the Maumbury Rings, a land formation dating back to Roman times. Now of course they're covered over in England's famous mossy grass and are perfect for frolicking. Yep, this girl gives Dorchester five stars in frolicking.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Thanks for reading.

Photos thanks to Rekha