Saturday, 30 May 2015

Personal Style

Hey guys, I thought I'd show you what I'm wearing at the moment. I know a lot of fashion bloggers do this, so I'm going to give it a try. Hope you like it! :) 


This outfit is from Topshop. The retro-style top is £16, and I got the pinafore in the sale last summer for £15 (although I'm pretty sure Topshop are bringing out dungarees and dungaree dresses again this year)


I was given this bag as a birthday present from my friend earlier this month. I don't normally wear bright pink, but this bag is really cute and it adds a nice touch of colour to an outfit. It has a detachable strap and I especially like the gold clasp.


So I finally got the classic American Apparel tennis skirt a few weeks ago, and I just love it. Branded tops are always cool, and Barbie is timeless; this top is from H&M for £14.99. Also, everyone seems to be wearing adidas/nike caps, so I've pulled mine out. It's plain navy blue which means that I can pair it with any outfit when the sun comes out.



Again, this outfit is (mainly) from Topshop. Ribbed cropped tops are literally everywhere right now, and I have so many plain crop tops I decided to buy a striped one. My a-line denim mini is also from Topshop; I bought it before I went on holiday to Cuba in Easter because I feel like I only wear shorts in summer, and dresses are sometimes a bit much. The jacket is an imitation Adidas Originals jacket that used to be my mum's when she was young :)



Rucksacks are so practical, and I realised earlier this week that I don't actually have one I can use for casual, daily wear. There are some really cool ones in Topshop and American Apparel (glittery, metallic, transparent...) but they're pretty expensive for what they are (just plastic rucksacks!). I bought this Firetrap rucksack in Sports Direct.

Another item I've waited aaages for are these Superga flatforms, designed by model Suki Waterhouse. Lately I've been loving baby pink, and these give you a sneaky height boost too ;)

Hopefully this has served as some kind of inspiration for you. Please leave a comment below if you want to see more posts like these, or if you have any suggestions for what else you want to see on my blog.


Clothes Collector xo

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Current Favourites

So I have a week's holiday for half term soon, and that means going shopping with friends. I'm saving up all the money I can, and I thought I would show you what I'm really loving right now.

American Apparel - "The Lulu Set"

1) American Apparel. I never took much notice of this shop until a few months ago, and now whenever I pass it, I have to go in, even if it's only to try on the clothes and take a #AAselfie. I love their cute, simple style - and I wish everything wasn't so expensive! At the moment they have some really sweet "Lulu" sets and patterned crop tops, as well as classic items including their "Tennis Skirt".
Accessorize "Stacking Rings"

2) Accessorize jewellery. Last week my friends bought me some beautiful earrings from Accessorize with matching necklaces and bracelets. They have a wide range, so there is something for everybody.

Rita Ora's "Roll On the Grass" polish
3) Rita Ora x Rimmel London nail varnish. I have tried A LOT of nail varnishes in my time, and I can't get enough of these. There are some pretty pastel colours in this collection, but what really makes these stand out to me is that they don't chip easily. I'm quite clumsy, so I'm always chipping painted nails, and then I can't be bothered to layer on another coat or begin again, so I'm very happy with these.

4) T-shirt dresses. Kylie jenner has been seen in these a lot and with a simple print and sneakers such as Converse or Adidas Originals Superstars, they give off a cool tomboy vibe. Ribbed t-shirt dresses are cute and cosy too, and you can go bare-legged with them now it's getting warmer.

T-Shirt Dress, H&M

Clothes Collector xo

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Hayden Williams and White Eyeliner

A few days ago I was going out for dinner with my family when I realised that I didn't have any black eyeliner left. In a hurry to leave the house, I picked up my white eyeliner and used it on both my top and bottom eyelids. White eyeliner has the effect of brightening your eyes, making them look bigger and more awake. It was a popular trend in the nineties, although since then most people have just used it on the inside of their lower eyelids. But now, this look is coming back for summer. Paired with a hot pink or bright orange lipstick, it gives a nice, warm feel to any outfit.

This week I also started an Instagram page for this blog, @clothes_collector , where I post a (usually) daily supply of fashion. As I only made the account this week, I was not expecting much attention, and I was very pleased to see my followers gradually going up each day. Nonetheless, I was shocked when, after posting one of his illustrations on my page, Hayden Williams liked my picture. Hayden is a British fashion designer and illustrator, who worked with Kate Moss on her Rimmel London Idol Eyes collection in 2014, and has 1 million loving followers on Instagram alone (including myself). His work is incredible, and is constantly being recognised and praised by celebrities including Beyonce, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian. I am honestly so touched that he would take the time to see my post, and I hope you check him out if you haven't already! Below are a few of his amazing illustrations. 

A "Selfish" drawing, created for the release of Kim Kardashian's new book, and reposted by Kim on Instagram

An illustration of BeyoncĂ© at the Met Gala this week

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sunglasses, Purses and Jewellery

Asos Sprinkle Clutch bag

Topshop's snake effect mini purse
When it comes to bags this spring, it's all about going lightweight. Lately I've seen less people with bags and more people with coin purses or clutches. A cute little purse and your phone in your pocket is really all you need to get around right now. Topshop is a good place for purses (it has a really good accessories section), but you can also go to places like TK Max or look online at Asos where they a wide range by all different brands at affordable prices. 

Sassy Catseye Sunglasses - Topshop
Lexi Round Sunglasses from Topshop

Although it might not be very hot at the moment, the sun is coming out and that means it's time to bring out the sunglasses. Whether you wear them on your head or on your nose, sunglasses always look classy. This spring catseye and round glasses are most popular, but aviators are a classic.

Claire's XL Gold Leaf Hoops

Jewellery-wise, hoop earrings are everywhere. Paired with a chunky bangle or bracelet, they go with every outfit, and suit everyone. Bigger hoops suggest a sassy, party girl; smaller ones are more casual, more cool. 

Also, you can now follow me on Instagram: clothes_collector

Clothes Collector xo

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Knee Socks

Topshop's "Twisted Glitter" socks
So summer is on its way, and the weather's getting warmer. But it's not nice enough to pull out your sandals just yet, and you don't want to bother with tights. My alternative? Knee socks. I am loving knee socks at the moment, they add a cool, sporty touch to an otherwise casual look. The ones in American Apparel are my favourites so far - very simplistic, for that "fresh from P.E." feel. Topshop is also a good (and slightly cheaper!) place to look, with sweet pairs of over-the-knee "twisted yarn" socks for those slightly colder days. 

River Island's fringed denim jacket

Pair a denim jacket with Topshops's denim mini 
Though it's not hot enough for flip-flops one thing you can get out again are jackets. Leather and denim are the staples at the moment. You can wear them with anything, and there are lots of different colours and styles out this season. If you want something a bit less basic, look out for tassels on leather and patches or fur on denim. 

Clothes Collector xo

Friday, 24 April 2015


A beach I visited in Varadero, Cuba. It was like being in paradise.
Not long after my last post, I went to Cuba for two weeks. I had no internet, which for a teenager who is attached to their phone, is a pretty big deal. But, I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I loved the sun (who doesn't?) and the freedom of not having notifications telling me who's changed their profile picture every 5 minutes turned out to be very relaxing. I also couldn't help noticing how happy people are there despite how little they have. Everyone walks around with a smile on their face, and they have a heartwarmingly strong sense of community. Visiting somewhere like that really makes you realise how lucky you are.

I downloaded an app on my phone the other day called INSPO, also known as the "Shazam" of fashion. It's so useful because you can take a picture of an item of clothing, or choose one from your camera roll (like a screenshot from Instagram), and INSPO will show you similar items, in a range of brands and prices. I have tested it out, and am surprised by how quickly it comes up with results. Also, you don't need a login, meaning you don't have to remember another password.

While I was away I started sketching fashion designs again (I haven't done that in a while) and I have been thinking of posting some. I am going to start collaging clothes in an old unused scrapbook I've found and I will let you know how I get on. 

Clothes Collector xo

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Who is Winnie Harlow?

Chantelle Brown-Young (known as Winnie Harlow) is the up-and-coming model who is proving that everyone has beauty, but not everyone can see it. 

The 20 year old has a skin disease called Vitiligo. This is when your skin loses its colour in patches, caused by a lack of the chemical melanin. As a child she suffered from bullying, with other children calling her "zebra" and "cow". But that hasn't held her back. Having competed in cycle 21 of ANTM (America's Next Top Model), Harlow was recently signed as the new face of Desigual and Diesel, and has proudly strutted down the catwalk alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell in New York Fashion Week. 

Harlow in a Desigual Campaign

I think Harlow is an incredible woman. Despite the fact that she is not the conventional definition of beauty, she embraces herself and she is beautiful for it. Her confidence and happiness are an inspiration to us all. I am really glad that the fashion industry is welcoming all different types of people: fashion shouldn't be for an elite group of size 0s, it's for everybody.

Picture sources: google