Sukajan

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Photography by Glen Wallington (Instagram)

Moto Bleach Straight Embroidered Jeans – Topshop

White Vest – Topman

Satin Souvenir Bomber Jacket – Zara

Black Leather Clutch Bag – Topman Premium

Black Leather Alias shoe – AllSaints

Mix Crinkle Shirt – Topshop

Bronson Fedora – AllSaints

Round Framed Sunglasses – Topman

Hey guys, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a good lead in to the new year. Hopefully I’m not the only one when I say that I wasn’t in the spirit this year so I’m going to skip straight past any festive posts and give you a look that I’ve been meaning to post for quite some time now.  I’m sure you guys have noticed that I haven’t been posting much lately mainly down to the fact that I have been dealing with the most difficult time in my life. Due to that I decided to take a break but I am back now so here goes.

To start off the new year here’s one last look from 2016. New year, old me! To help welcome the New Year I have acquired the help from a good friend and fellow blogger Priya from Priya Renoo Designs. As we both work together and have lives outside of work its very rare that we are both free the same day. Even though we do work together we never have time to catch up so I guess this day was a blessing in disguise.

Obviously we planned ahead and decided to take a trip somewhere new and went to Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. This Japanese memorial garden inspired us to create looks influenced by Far Eastern culture which is in trend at the moment. For My look I used a lot of basic representations of Japanese traits. As you can see I’ve used a few embroidered pieces in this look. Let’s start with the jacket typically known as a souvenir jacket or ‘sukajan’. Originating in post-WWII Japan, these jackets were commissioned by American soldiers to commemorate their time overseas  which included vibrant, elaborate hand-crafted designs, mixing both Eastern and Western themes. Japanese/chinese dragons, tigers, koi, cherry blossoms and military iconography, making them a great fashion collab. This satin souvenir jacket from Zara has the traditional Japanese waves with a koi fish swimming up stream embroidered on the back. In order to not dim down the jacket, I have paired it with a plain white vest and a black and white mix crinkle shirt. Now, I don’t usually wear blue jeans but these straight leg jeans from Topshop had me sold. Everything from shape, denim colour and the finer details like the shredding and the embroidered birds just drew me in. These little subtle details just tied in with the jacket and completed the look. A great location for a great look.

Make sure you see the full details of Priya’s look and head over to her blog.

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Anglomaniac

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Photography by Glen Wallington (Instagram)

Lux Pink Textured T-shirt – Topman Lux

Floral Print Tailored Shorts – Topman

Round Frame Sunglasses – Topman

Clutch/Laptop case – Gentlemen’s Hardware

Black/Brown Paisley Bandana – Topman

Jimmy Tan Leather Sandals – Office

Brown Leather Belt with Western Buckle – ASOS

Feather Earring – Vintage

Saying goodbye to Summer.

Hey guys, it’s that time of year we start putting away our summer essentials. The days are getting colder and darker so it means it’s time to put the legs away. As we leave Summer ’16 behind, we shall leave it on a high with one last summery post.

Let’s begin with these shorts. Remind you of your grandma’s curtains? They’re far from boring that’s for sure. This dated print looks great with the proportions of these short shorts. If the shorts were longer it probably would be too much. The perfect balance. The floral pattern and subtle shades of purple and blues create a certain nostalgic feeling. That’s exactly what I was going with for this look. Pairing these statement shorts with pastels helps tone down the bold print and creates an overall earthy western-inspired aesthetic.

This T-shirt from Topman Lux was the perfect match for these vintage looking. although it has a boxy fit, it gives the outfit a modern twist but continuing the idea of that perfect balance.

The final details help create this western inspired look. Adding a bandana A.K.A a neckerchief in this instant, adds an extra flare. I didn’t want to be too literal with the whole western aesthetic by throwing on cliché pieces like a cowboy hat. Instead little touches like my vintage feather earring styled with my parted hair create a relaxed native look. As it was summer when I did this shoot, I wore my tan leather sandals and accessorized with a matching tan leather belt with a nice shiny western buckle and a tan and grey clutch to compliment the pastels. Last of all I have my bling bling as I never leave without it all. Funnily enough even my fabric woven bracelets, that I never take off…..EVER, work well with this look. Oh and my septum piercing felt like doing it’s own thing by the looks of things!

I’d love to hear from you guys – feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think. You find me on Instagram and you can also subscribed to my YouTube channel here

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Jardins de Santa Clotilde

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Photography by myself (Instagram) and Glen Wallington (Instagram)

Leaf Print Shirt – River Island

Beige Shorts – Topman

Black Brando Gryphon Sandals – Dr Martens (click here)

Sunglasses – Topman

Beige Canvas/Brown suede Totebag – TK Maxx

Hello beautiful people, hope you’re all enjoying the summer. As we all know kids have broken up from school and it’s now the time for that relaxing holiday whether it be with the whole family, friends or just with that special someone you love. I haven’t posted in a while so I thought I might as well give you two posts in one. A lifestyle post with an inspired holiday look too.  As it’s the peek season for holidays, I’m reliving my holiday in Spain and bringing you some well needed peace and tranquility with this picturesque setting. So let’s begin with the beautiful ‘Jardins de Santa Clotilde’.

With green being my favourite colour, there’s no better place to be. Not every holiday needs to be loud and hectic. We have enough of that in our lives when we are at home with reality so it’s always nice to step back and appreciate some peace and quiet. You get a real sense of history and culture exploring something beautiful as this. Plus you get to avoid masses of people! Also you don’t have to splash the cash to have some quality time with the ones you love. This garden was about a half an hour walk from where me and the other half were staying on the coast Lloret De Mar. This garden situated on the cliff tops just adds to the all that beauty. A landscape with a view!

Now on to the outfit. With all this greenery around, it made sense to channel all that nature into my look by wearing this leaf print shirt. I guess I wanted to be one with the surroundings and blend in rather than distracingt and standing out among this sea of green. To continue with this neutral look I paired up these beige shorts to compliment the green hues in the shirt. Going to the base of the outfit and down to my feet, I’ve stuck with my Gryphon sandals from Dr. Martens. Something durable and comfortable to wear when there’s a lot of walking involved. To hold all my gadgets and gizmos like that tourist I am, I’ve used this brown and beige dual textured tote bag which again ties in with the rest of the look. If you think about it, this outfit in a way emulates a plant. The dark base representing the earth and dirt where the roots are buried, as you go up we have the body of the plant made up of neutrals and at the top we have the foliage. I guess I have discovered my true identity. I’m a tree! Do you see the resemblance?

Expect to see loads of photos and a holiday video (also on YouTube) featuring an appearance or 2 of the other half. Enjoy!

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