Monday, 22 August 2016

The Statement Jacket

left to right: leather jacket - Gucci S/S 16, denim jacket - Marc Jacobs S/S 16, embroidered bomber - Gucci S/S 16, Marc Jacobs S/S 16

The spring summer collections by Gucci and Marc Jacobs have set the trend this year for statement outerwear. 2016 is all about customizing your beloved denim jacket or investing in painted leather jacket or an embroidered bomber. I've found some amazing jackets on the high street that are pretty similar to the high end styles we seen on the runways last year.

The Leather Jacket

The first jacket by Goldie is available online at Topshop. It has really cute embroidered daisies placed over the sleeves and lapels. It is a more toned down version of the embroidered leather jacket and is also really good value at only £58. The second jacket is a hand painted vintage leather jacket by Elizabeth Thilsley. She makes one of kind leather jackets with sassy slogans painted onto the back. She is launching her collection at Liberty London this week where she will be selling 24 bespoke hand painted leather jackets. The bright pink leather biker jacket from The Ragged Priest is a real stand out piece. It comes with an assortment of slogan badges so you can customize the jacket however you like

The Bomber

The purple satin bomber with embroidered floral detail is a really good imitation for the Gucci embroidered silk bomber. River Island also sell the bomber in black, silver and pink. I love this ASOS bomber jacket because its comes in a bright yellow with a metallic trim. Its really eighties and can be customized to look like the Marc Jacobs bomber with a few enamel pins. I think the black velvet bomber from Topshop has some serious Gucci vibes. The floral embroidery gives the jacket a vintage feel and can really make an all black outfit

The Denim Jacket

There are some amazing denim jackets on ASOS this year. I think the first one with the black spray paint and the phrase 'Didn't Get Caught' really stands out. I love the over sized fit too. The second one by Monki has some really cute embroidered phrases and symbols contained within the upper back section. I love the black denim jacket by the Ragged Priest because it has an assortment of hand painted symbols that are unique to every jacket.

The first denim jacket by ASOS has a number of patches and detailing including a slogan on the back that says 'Daydreamer'. I think its a really good price at €67 considering the amount of detail on it. The black denim jacket from Topshop is a bit more punk than the previous jackets. It has a number of patches on the front, sleeve and a statement patch on the back. The last jacket is another Ragged Priest beauty. It is in more of a kawaii style as it has pastel pink sequined patches that spell out Mermaid. 


It is also quite easy to customize a jacket yourself and make it a more statement piece, especially if you have a beloved denim or leather jacket that you wear all the time. You can buy some really cute pins from a website called Shop Art Theft. It was created by a group of artists after their designs were copied by Zara. By buying from the website you can show your support for independent artists whose work is being stolen by major retail store. I think its good cause and another excuse to buy more cute enamel pins!

Etsy is also a great place to buy patches and pins for customizing jacket. Just search for you favourite band/movie/tv character and you'll be sure to find a patch to match. How cute are these patches that I found on Etsy :)

You can also choose to buy patches and pins from different places you've visited in order to give it a more personal touch. Blogger Helen Anderson made an awesome video on the jacket she has customized with things she bought on her travels. You can also buy patch bundles at Local Heroes and Skinny Dip London. There's so many options so get customizing!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Tavi Gevinson for Teen Vogue

Why Teen Vogue's editorial of Tavi Gevinson is everything! 

1. Tavi is styled by Grace Coddington
2. AND Interviewed by Grace Coddington
3. It's shot by female photographers Inez and Vinoodh as is the entire issue
4. It makes you nostalgic for Style Rookie
5.That Gucci dress!
6. The editorial is true to Tavi's personal style
7. In the interview Tavi talks about personal style, acting and her journey from teen blogger to Broadway actor

Photo Diary: July

A lot of things have happened this month, I got accepted by the University of the West of England in Bristol to study a Msc in Marketing Communications and I secured a flat in Bristol with my boyfriend ... so in a few weeks I will be moving country and starting a masters eek! I'm terrified but also really excited
a kills tshirt that Chris bought me and a velvet bow choker from ASOS
I really enjoyed reading this book this month!  It is an autobiography by Viv Albertine who played guitar for the Slits, before reading this book I didn't really who Viv was but I loved the way she writes so honestly about being a women and an artist in the punk scene, if you liked Patti Smith's book Just Kids then I think you'll love this too
I also worked at Next for their summer sale, I'm trying to get some work experience so someone will actually hire me for $$$ at some point
I went to see the Neon Demon but I was totally disappointed and left early. I was really excited to see it because I love stylized movies and it reminded me of a cross between Suspiria and Under the Skin but in reality the poor direction and awkward dialogue kills the movie's potential.
I went to Caerphilly Castle with Chris last month because we thought we would do something touristy for one of my last visit to Wales

we also went back the Lab 22 in Cardiff for the best cocktails
I bought the deluxe lp of The Last Shadow Puppets latest album. I'm obsessed with the song Miracle Aligner and I really wanted it on vinyl. You get a coloured 7 inch of Bad Habits and a booklet with the deluxe version so its totally worth the extra £5

look how cute hehe
I also bought this Lou Reed compilation at a market for £8! 
I got a balyage colour in my hair but I'm not really happy with it because its made my hair so dry and its not the all over colour I wanted so I'll probably get it cut shorter again soon :)
I'm also selling some things on my depop, including these ASOS heels, my username is emmamarieod ... help fund my move to Bristol!

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Bardot Top Wishlist

The off the shoulder top was made famous by my gal BB and is one of the biggest trends this summer. It's one of the easiest pieces to style up or down and its perfect for transitional weather. I've made a wishlist of my favourite bardot tops from four high street stores. I personally love the tie up bardot top from Topshop and the blue jumpsuit from Miss Selfridge, let me know your favourite in the comments below :)


New Look

Miss Selfridge


Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Band Jumper | Hades

You must think I'm crazy talking about jumpers in July but these band jumpers from Hades are just too damn cute to wait until Autumn to show you! I discovered this brand when I seen a picture of Carrie from WishWishWish wearing the pink Smiths jumper. Hades is a British knitwear brand that was established in 2015 and uses Scottish lambs wool. Their current winter collection is called 'Some Girls are Bigger Than Others' and is based on the celebration of cult status bands and musicians. The collection reminds me of Bella Freud's famous 1970 Jumper. They are priced at £160 so they are cheaper than Bella Fraud but still a little upmarket. The collection is available to shop on the Hades website or at Liberty London. Liberty London have an exclusive version of each jumper from the collection. The inner fangirl in me wants to buy them all ... 

Sonic Youth

Patti Smith

The Smiths

The Slits

Monday, 4 July 2016

Photo Diary: June

a photo diary of things I got up to in June (insert beach related emojis here)
last week I visited Chris and we went to Barry Island in South Wales, we were lucky enough to go on the sunniest day of the week :) a lot of the fair wasn't open so we took a walk along the beach and got some chips, you know typical seaside things
Barry Island Beach
We also played some mini golf, it was so much fun even if I did lose :(
as you can see it was pirate themed hehe
we also went to a cocktail bar in Cardiff that day called Lab 22, they had a prohibition themed night with twenties style cocktails and a live jazz band, unfortunately we couldn't stay for the band but we are definitely going to go again this month
this was literally this nicest cocktail I've ever had
it was super hot at the start of the month so I did a little sunbathing which was perfect after finishing my exams :) I also got a temporary job as a waitress in a diner so I was working for a lot of June
I also went to another beach! one closer to home this time though
one of the reasons I love summer is because I love summer music, my favourite bands to listen to in summer are The Stone Roses, Melody's Echo Chamber, Peace and Alvvays

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Rebel Girl: Three Female Fronted Bands To Watch This Summer

Black Honey

Brighton born Black Honey have been creating a lot of noise in the British indie scene since their gig at The Great Escape in 2015. A year later their homecoming gig was met with a loyal local following and national press interest. DIY magazine describes the bands confident return to the Brighton stage as an unstoppable performance. The band have gained notoriety for their volatile stage presence and eccentric Americana. They are often seen hauling plastic flamingos onstage and staging Tarantino-esque photographs with rising photographer Charlotte Patmore. The mid-Western image extends to their single 'Spinning Wheel' which opens with a verse reminiscent to Nancy Sinatra's Bang Bang before launching into a reeling Spaghetti Western riff. Front woman Izzy Baxter's love of Americana has caused her to be compared to the likes of Blondie and Lana Del Ray. However, in an NME article the band assert that they are "quintessentially British" and have recently announced a UK tour this Autumn to promote their latest EP Headspin. Black Honey's recent tour with Catfish and the Bottlemen and rumors of a possible record deal makes them one to watch this summer.

Black Honey - All My Pride at The Great Escape 2016

The Big Moon

London band The Big Moon have the potential to be one of the biggest break through acts this summer. Since the release of the 2015 single 'Eureka Moment', they have been steadily touring the UK indie circuit, supporting The Maccabees and The Vaccines on a couple of dates. The release of The Road EP earlier this year reveals the band's potential for mass indie appeal. The debut EP sounds as fully fledged as any established band with pop pleasers like 'Sucker' and 'Nothing Without You'. Front woman Jules Jackson's nack for writing catchy singles is equally matched by her impressive vocals, brilliantly showcased on the EP's self-titled track 'The Road'. Despite only being new to the gigging scene, their stage presence is wrought with a playful confidence that is translated though guitar shredding duels and onstage banter. Their latest single 'Cupid' is another banging hit that according to an interview with DIY is about a failed romance involving a boy who dresses up as an angel. The Big Moon will play a host of summer festival dates including Latitude, Kendall Calling, End of the Road and Glastonbury.

The Big Moon - Cupid

Dream Wife

Image by Aidan Zamiri

Dream Wife are a Brighton based band that are heavily influenced by nineties girl groups and London's growing art scene. The trio - Rakel, Alice and Bella - formed the band a year ago as part of an art project for a gallery exhibition. The project involved creating a fake girl band that played with concepts of femininity in pop culture. The exhibition created such a stir that Dream Wife booked a number of gigs around the UK and became signed to Enfer Records. The members' background in art and love of pop culture continues to shape the band's image and sound. The influence of nineties grrrl goddesses Bikini Kill is clear in the single 'Hey Heartbreaker' which opens with a taunting hey hey hey before releasing a riot of guttural cries and scything guitars. Dream Wife also cite The Spice Girls, Grimes and Debbie Harry as influences in an article with The Guardian which describes them as an "Icelandic Brightonian three-piece with the attitude of New York punks and pizazz of disco queens". Dream Wife harness the energy of nineties girl power for their theatrical live performances. The band's glam pop image is conceptualized in their videos with the help of London creatives such as Maisie Cousins, Sam Boullier, Eleanor Hardwick and Aidan Zamiri. Dream Wife's self-titled EP is now available to stream or purchase. Dream Wife will support Black Honey on their UK tour this Autumn so you catch two great bands for the price of one, tickets are on sale now

Dream Wife - Hey Heartbreaker