Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Bow ties are cool

JUMPER: H&M, SKIRT: TOPSHOP, BOOTS: OFFICE, BOW: ALDO & EARRINGS: THRIFTED

Bows bow bows. Such pretty little things. They have quite a strange gendered relationship with fashion though. Whilst the shape itself is rather unisex, it's interesting to consider that bow ties in formal wear are traditionally for men, whilst bow ties for hair and generally clothing are generally worn by women. I do however just love that trend of women in tuxedos currently. I'm not just talking about Angelina Jolie or whoever else your favourite female celebrity might be. It's surprising how many people think only one female has ever worn a tux on the red carpet... I suppose it's a wonder when 'female' bow ties might make the journey into men's fashion. We'll just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Spotlight: Keep It Bright


I am so unbelievably happy I found 'Keep It Bright'. They have the kind of positive mentality I just adore. It's not pink, glittery and cliche, but paper and string and authentic, if you get what I mean. They seem to really care. The business cards they sent in the parcel really do wonders for their brand identity. The 'today, make sure you' card has made it's way into my wallet, and even warmed the cockles of my mother's heart. I got the above as a present for a friend recently, and they went down a treat.

Printed onto a really sturdy card, the print is also particularly gorgeous. Too frequently there are websites with realms of positive quotes to tickle your fancy, but they all just seem drastically unauthentic. This print seems realistically drawn by hand, as opposed to something which looks like a stock image used on many different posters. It's something I also adore about the brand- it's just personable.

I loved this bracelet, because it's so simple and not outrageously priced. It's just a pendant of sorts and a piece of string, and the brand doesn't pretend it's anything more. Nor does the bracelet. 

CREATE MAGIC PENCIL:
Now the English student in me comes out. I just thought this pencil was literal magic. I loved the idea that something so simple is held in such high esteem, and as it should be. Wonders can be written and drawn with a pencil, and it's important to have a reminder of that. Especially in a day an age where self expression is equally encouraged and made an embarrassment of, I think this 'create magic' message is absolute perfection.