AW17 Inspiration

If you’ve been following me for a while now you’ll know how much I hate the colder weather. The only good thing about this time of year is the fact you can wear multiple layers of your favourite clothes to keep you warm. As always I’m going to be keeping it causal this season, however I hope to add in some more interesting pieces with a pair of tailored joggers and a Levi’s sherpa jacket at the top of my wishlist. I also have so much time for the revival of classic Nike silhouettes such as the Air Max 95 and 97s!

What will you be wearing this season?
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AUGUST FAVOURITES & NEW SEASON PURCHASES!

With the end of August, we also say goodbye to summer and welcome in the autumn months – This year is really flying by! I know I’m being quite optimistic with my selection of favourites this month but I’m not ready to leave summer behind just yet. I’m hoping we can still wear shorts for another month yet! In this post I have rounded up my favourite purchases from the past month along with some new releases for the upcoming seasons. Let me know what you think!

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On the back of the success of the Calabasas drop from Yeezy Season 4, the launch of Yeezy Season 5 expands on Kanye Wests Calabases line and features a whole host of  socks, sweatpants and hooded sweatshirts paying homage to the designers Californian  residence. One piece that caught my eye was the Calabasas Sports Tee, which I managed to pick up from END clothing.

I went for a size M as I had previously bought the Calabasas crew neck last season in the same size, however this thing is very oversized and I probably could have gotten away with a smaller size. The garment itself is heavy, and definitely feels luxurious compared to a everyday t-shirt. On too the design and the shirt features a ‘Cali SPORT’ slogan to the chest on a relatively plain shirt. As mentioned the shape is very oversized and has drop shoulders to emphasise it.

Next on the list is another tee, but this time it’s from French brand Drôle de Monsieur. The relatively new brand has been a favourite of the blog for some time now, having previously featured it here and here. Despite admiring the brand from a far, I have never actually purchased any of their clothes as it was hard to source in the UK. Fortunately the brand is now stocked on END also, so I decided to buy my first piece. The Not From Paris Block Tee from the infamous gender free ‘Not From Paris Madame’ line features a slogan print to the chest and is constructed from a light twill fabric, making it really lightweight to wear but soft and silky to the touch. It fits true to size with a relaxed fit making it an ideal alternative to the everyday white tee.

Staying with clothes, I picked up these raw hem jogger shorts from H&M not long ago. They are so lightweight and comfortable and I have been wearing them so much these past weeks. At £9 you really cant go wrong.

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On to footwear and my first pair comes from Vans and the latest Anaheim Factory collection. The collection pays tribute to the original Vans factory in Anaheim, California,  by borrowing details from the original designs and bringing them up to date. The Anaheim Factory Authentic 44 DX features throwback details, using the original style number and colour palette, higher glossed foxing tape, cotton laces, original drill lining weight, and a heavy 10 oz. canvas to complete the look  The silhouette has been upgraded with UltraCush sockliners making them even more comfortable.  I have been waiting for these to rerelease for some time now so knew I had to grab a pair this time around!

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Another pair I couldn’t resist was the Nike Air Max 97 in the black and white colour way. After purchasing the OG ‘silver bullet’ pair a few months back to coincide with the shoes 20th anniversary I had a feeling a host of other colours would be releasing in the near future and was hoping for a black pair. So when I saw these were releasing, I knew I had to add them to my collection.

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The last item in my favourites this month is the latest Calvin Harris album ‘Funk Wave Bounces Vol 1″. although the record was released a couple of months ago, the vinyl I pre-ordered only arrived a couple of weeks ago so I have had it on repeat (again) since it came and I can’t see myself getting bored of it for a while yet! Favourite tracks are ‘Slide’, ‘Rollin’ and “Faking it’.

I hope you enjoyed my favourites! As always let me know what you think in the comments.

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ADDING TO MY SUMMER WARDROBE

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With the summer sales already in full swing, now is the perfect time to pick up some new pieces to add to your summer wardrobe.

With a holiday booked  for the end of September, I have been on the look out for some items to take with me which will not only look good whilst I’m away, but will also stand the test of time.

This year I have tried to focus more on what I have been buying. Rather then spend money on seasonal clothes and styles, the goal is to have a wardrobe of staple pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of looks; whether for day or night. So, instead of trying to keep up with current trends, I have been looking at more timeless pieces that never go out of style. I don’t think I have done too bad so far – you’ll have to let me know what you think about my most recent purchases in the comments!

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Valentino Camo Slide.  I had been wanting these for a while so when I saw a 25% off code at END, I finally bought them. I know you might be thinking even when discounted, they are still quite an extravagant purchase, however I know I will get loads of wear out of them and can see myself loving these well after the ‘sliders’ trend is over. I went for the black and grey camouflage printed pair as they will go with almost anything – I love how subtle the camo print is!

All Saints Half Sleeve Shirt. I would describe my style as casual at the best of times. I feel much more comfortable in a pair of jean and a t-shirt over a shirt and trousers any  day! Truth be told I don’t actually own that many shirts, especially ‘summer’ ones so when I saw this half-sleeve shirt in the All Saints sale I knew it would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. It’s perfect for those summer evenings where you still want to make a bit of effort, but keep cool at the same time. I really like the ecru, neutral colour which I think will look good with a pair of black cropped chinos or smart shorts.

ASOS Cropped Smart Trousers. I decided to buy a new pair of cropped trousers as mine are looking a bit old (and tight!) now. I don’t know what it is about ASOS sizing but I constantly have to order two sizes of everything to make sure they fit. I kept the size bigger than I would usually go for, so would definitely take it into consideration if you’re thinking about buying a pair. As for the fit, they’re skinny but feel quite relaxed. They also show just the right amount of ankle and will sit nicely above my footwear of choice. I’m thinking about pairing these with a crisp white shirt and my Common Projects for a simple smart casual look.

Converse x Comme des Garçons Play All Star High. Like the Valentino slides I have had my eyes on these for sometime but they were always out of stock! Luckily, I had signed up for restock alerts on Dover Street Market months ago so when I got an email notification about them being back in stock I immediately bought both the high and low pairs –  undecided about which one I would keep. Turns out I liked both pairs, so I have ended up keeping them both – one to wear and one to keep for best. I haven’t worn the high tops yet so I’m going to save these to take away with me.

It’s still a while before I go away and I have my eyes on a few other tings, but for the time being I’m happy with my purchases and can’t wait to start putting them together. What do you think about my latest pick ups? What’s your go to outfit this summer?

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ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST ‘PRIDE’

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To coincide with Pride celebrations this weekend, my latest pick up comes in the form of this new pair of adidas Ultra Boost.

Much like Nike’s ‘Be True’ collection, the ‘Pride pack’ from adidas celebrates Pride month with four models featuring the colors of the Pride rainbow flag.

Staying true to previous releases, the “Pride/LGBTQ Ultra Boost 3.0” features a tonal black Primeknit upper and white BOOST midsole, much like the ‘Core Black 3.0’ released earlier this year. However, the moulded heel cage is now white and is adorned with multi coloured bubbles – paying tribute to the colors of the LGBTQ Pride flag.

At £160 these aren’t cheap, but when you consider adidas’ donation to The Rainbow Laces campaign to coincide with the release; a charity which aims to champion LGBTQ equality in sport, you can see past it. In addition if you have ever owned a pair of Ultra Boost you will know just how comfortable they are on foot!

What do you think about the latest Ultra Boost?

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My Summer Rotation

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With summer rapidly approaching its finally time to unbox those shoes you’ve had stored away since the end of last summer – the warmer, dryer weather means you no longer need to worry about the wet weather ruining you’re favourite footwear.

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a new pair for the summer, now is the time to start thinking about what you want out of your footwear.

A good starting point is thinking about what you will use them for. Are you looking for something for everyday wear or something more premium that you will wear less frequently. If you’re paying a lot of money for something, you are going to want to make sure it lasts, so also think about quality – A leather shoe is going to stand the test of time against a canvas-style shoe.

Depending on the use, you may want to consider the colour. For me, I always go for black or white or a combination of the two as you can never go wrong with neutrals.

Whether you are looking to invest in premium footwear or are just after a new summer beater I have put this quick list together to show you what my favourite pairs are for this summer. You’ll have to let me know what you think in the comments!

01. Nike Air Max 97 OG ‘Silver Bullet’

Earlier this year, Nike announced it was reissuing the OG Nike Air Max 97 as a limited release in Italy. Fast forward a few months and Nike confirmed a wider release, seeing it  sell out immediately. Love them or hate them the Air Max 97 is back for 2017, the infamous silhouette from Nike is also celebrating it’s 20th anniversary so expect further colour options through the year. Personally, I love the OG Air Max 97 and I’m praying for a triple black version!

02. Converse X Comme des Garçon Play CT 70

I have been waiting for the COMME des GARÇONS PLAY and Converse collection to restock forever. They were on one of my first ever wish lists when I first started this blog, so it’s been a while! At the time I had the first collaboration between the brands so didn’t feel the need to pick them up straight away. When I saw that Dover Street Market had restocked them a couple of weeks ago I had to get both the high and low versions and can see these being my everyday pairs this summer!

03. Nike Mayfly Woven

The Nike Mayfly Woven is another of those pairs that you either love or hate. I bought these last year for my trip to Thailand, but haven’t worn them since then. Back in a fresh set of colourways this year, the Mayfly Woven is the perfect casual summer shoe for 2017.

The woven perforation detailing along the suede uppers are great for keeping cool and the leather laces and details to the heel adds a more luxe feel to the shoe, making them a great transition between day and night. I’m looking forward to wearing these a lot more this year so lets hope the weather holds out.

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04. Common Projects Original Achilles Low

Famed for their sleek silhouette, minimal branding and premium price tag, the white Achilles low is probably the most iconic of the Common Projects designs. I’ve wanted them for so long but could never justify the price tag. Lucky for me I got them £100 cheaper in the sales after Christmas and have been saving them for the warmer months.

With luxury Italian leather covering them inside and out, it’s clear the see why they have  so much hype around them. The quality and craftsmanship on these are unreal and the size and style code gold stamp is just the right amount of detail. From first wear you can really tell they are going to last for years to come, I’m really glad I took the plunge!

05. Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Essential

Another pair of Nikes… This time its the Air Max 95 silhouette. This updated version of the original shoe features a no-sew upper which makes them feel a lot more streamlined compared to the originals which are on the chunky side. I’m really enjoying the revival of some of the other ‘less popular’ models Nike are bringing out this year.

So there you have it. My top 5 pairs I will be wearing this summer. What are your favourite pair? What will you be wearing this summer?

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