Through my career as a model, I have spent a good portion of my adult life in Paris. I had an amazing time over the years that I’ve stayed there and I can pretty much walk all around Paris without getting lost. Its been a few years since I’ve taken myself back to Paris and so I did a big loop of all my favourite places on my last morning in town. With the first stop at Kiliwatch.
I make a point of doing a little vintage shopping whenever I’m in Paris because its a rather good spot to unearth some little gems. My favourite place to go search through the rails is at Kiliwatch. It’s pretty central and always an easy walking distance from most locations. I lived just around the corner at one point and loved popping in to see what I could find on any given day. This time had me on an accessories mission, I originally went in for a belt because they always have beautiful vintage leather belts in the men’s section right at the back of the store. I get them obviously too large but a quick trip to a leather shop they get shortened and round my waist in no time. So I originally went for a belt, I’ve got a beautiful floral almost burnt brown coloured belt which is all faded and lived in. Exactly what I was searching for.
Then I quickly went into the woman’s section and beelined straight to the military hats at the back, there were several different colours but being the brave soul that I am I put back the black version that I snatched up and picked the grey. Because I love to go wild with my colours.
There was also row upon row of berets in every colour possible, I’ve not really been sold by the beret trend but with all the different colours I had a good old try on and finally settled on a navy blue. And at just 10 Euros a pop it’s nice to try something a little out of my comfort zone fashion-wise. I’ve already worn this beret to Bramhall Park, have a look see here.
You can look forward to seeing these three accessories on an endless loop for the foreseeable future on my person, ill try and link similar styles below! But if you are near Paris get yourself to Kiliwatch and see what you can unearth.
I did a proper reorganisation of my wardrobe a few days ago. I’m rather lucky in the fact that I have a space that I walk through to get to my bed which has been fully utilised as a walk in wardrobe. No surprise there but in the six months I’ve lived in this apartment this space has been rearranged several times over. I like to see all my clothes otherwise they get forgotten and so I’m endlessly cycling all my items around the room trying to come up with a way to see it all. This week I rearranged it all anew and while sifting through my clothes and thinking I probably need a small clear out I came upon an old favourite. A vintage Christian Dior checkered shirt that I picked up in Paris years ago.
I fall in and out of love with shirts, some years I wear them on a daily basis some years I ignore them to the point where I almost throw them all out. But this is always one I reach for and will always keep out of all the others. The yellow that runs through the check print draws me in every time. It’s quite a muted mustard yellow check print that feels almost neutral and therefore can be thrown into any outfit. I especially love it with my straight legged Axyl jeans from Urban Outfitters, the washed out black matches with the muted check.
Unfortunately, the weather is not up for me wearing just a shirt under a jacket just yet. So there was some very quick photographing going on before I felt numb from the waist up. Besides from the two minutes spent photographing the shirt the rest of the day I had on my oversized H&M jumper and my vintage brown shearling coat with some huge fluffy socks hidden beneath my & Other Stories pointed Chelsea boots.
Two items I’m not sure suit my style and yet I’ve bought into because I’ve seen so many girls on my Instagram pull them both off in various ways so bloody well are culottes and berets.
Culottes I’ve tried and tried for the past few years and finally, I’ve kind of settled on this light grey corduroy pair. How many times they will get worn only time will tell, I do however love them styled the way they are here, with a pale cream knit jumper and accentuated with darker accessories.
The beret is a style of hat I’m not sure how to deal with, half the time I just think its too big for my head and falls wrong and looks bulky. And then in some of the shots, I’m all for it, it looks marvellous and IRL I generally love the look. Most of the time I’m just confused as to how so many girls rock it and make it look so effortlessly cool. I’ll continue on, trying to make it work. I picked one up in a navy shade, in the hope that it will work with most of my wardrobe and encourage me to try it more.
On another note, these are some of my favourite images were shot in a while. We went to Bramhall Hall in south Manchester and I think the old tutor building in the background with its black and white beams and the strong sun add depth. Creating some cool shadows that were a little difficult to shoot with but well worth the effort.
Mixing deep reds with light millennial pinks is a big old favourite in my books, its a colour combination I always come back too in my wardrobe. I love the contrast and how they seem to emphasise the others colour. I’m wearing an awful lot of layers as it was nippy outside when we shot this.
Let’s start at the top where once again I’m wearing a baker boy hat, this is from Topshop and a dream to wear, its wool material and lined inside for added warmth. I feel like all I go on about in winter is how much my clothes keep me warm but its basically what draws me back to certain items again and again. The colour combination of the nude and black also helps.
I’ve got on a & Other Stories very basic crew neck jumper that has an almost boucle effect on the knit, whatever material is it’s a good’un. Super soft and in a deep red that works wonderfully underneath my pale pink aviator jacket, this is from George at Asda and has been on high rotation throughout winter. The only thing that stops me wearing this jacket is the rain because I dread getting this dirty because how on earth will I wash this without ruining it???
Moving on from my first world problems, I’ve got a pair of black corduroy kick flare jeans from Urban Outfitters, they finish at mid-calf length and even though I love wearing them with these Stradivarius pearl detailed boots, I cannot wait for spring days where I can bust out the trainers with these. Anyone else dreaming of spring now?
I’ve finally started the long arduous task of taking all my coats to the dry cleaner to be fixed and sewn back into tip-top shape. I actually have a coat in dry cleaner purgatory right now, it’s been abandoned there for a week and I have yet to pick it up. But the process is slowly happening and this coat was the lucky one that got to go in first.
This beautiful brown shearling coat which was actually falling apart at the seams has a new lease on life. I’m very lucky that I had such a stylish auntie back in the 70s that kindly handed over all her coats to me. So it’s obviously vintage, sorry about that!
The stitching was a bit old and frail so it ripped underneath the arms but now that’s all fixed. This coat is heaven, fully lined with shearling it’s like wearing ugg boots but on your whole person. Weird to picture, wonderful to experience.
The beauty of this coat is I can wear all my clothes that aren’t quite appropriate for near freezing temperatures and actually feel comfortable and not like I’m going to turn into a little icicle. I’ve got my favourite skirt of the moment, a lovely millennial pink corduroy skirt from Topshop, it’s asymmetrical with four big tortoiseshell buttons running all down the front, it’s so pretty and makes me dream about spring and its warmer, sunnier days. I’ve got a forest green cashmere jumper that’s really rather old but is a beautiful colour and fits all oversized and slouchy. Just how I like my jumpers.
And then finally my new patent boots, all shiny and yet to be scuffed. Which won’t last long, so I must enjoy the new pristine quality of them before I ruin it all with my clumsiness. They have a nice big block heel that’s at a really good height for walking around all day and they have ring pulls for zips which add a slight sixties vibe that works well with the coat.