While putting together the lasts bits of my inspiration collage I could not help but think about London. All of the amazing street style that I saw. And I realized how much the actual environment itself has a lot to do with the way we dress and our style. My style is extremely eclectic because I live in Florida, but spend at least 3 Months ever year in New York, born in Jamaica, and am in love with the European sense of style. I think that pretty much sum up my style influences as for as my enviroment go. Being an Island Baby has given me my love for colors and flow outfits. New York and London has blessed me with a fearless attitude when it comes to wearing thins you normally don’t see everyone else in.
I took a few lovely snap shots of London Outdoor Markets that I visited on a daily basis while I was there. I went to a few of the big name stores and high street, but I wanted to find things that I could not get back home. So wear else to look than London’s Famous Markets. And I must say that selection of things that you can get there are amazing and like no other. I can see why London definitely says the bar as far as outdoor markets go.
In famous Portobello Market and its lovely array fo style
Just trying to show you and overview of how packed it is on a Saturday
believe it or not, but this does not even show just half of how long the street is and all of its eclectic shops ans stalls. I truly can not wait to go back next summer for Festivals and more shopping. 🙂
I can see why Londoners are so crazy about vintage wear, when such great quality timeless pieces are so easily accessible, why wouldn’t you want to.
More views of inside the Canopy area at Portobello Market in London
Another side of Portobello Market. I think by now it is pretty clear to see that I had a serious love affair with this place while in London.
This was while I was at Brick Lane Market. I would consider this one the more Indie/Rocker ones of the all the Markets in London. And if you remember from the last post, this was also the one that had some of the most diverse food. Yumm!
Brick Lane had this very interesting and strange place call the Tea Room. I was not quite sure what to expect when I got in there, but it was awesome. Imagine a huge and ecltic antique shop.
The lovely fashionable masses at Brick Lane listening to some live music, while getting their make up done, and hair cut all in this very convenient area. By the look of this pick you can kinda see what I mean with how your environment influences what you wear. Almost every one is in the same color scheme, with some sort of leather on, scarf, and some sort of cross body bag.
Inside Brick Lane Market.
While at Brick Lane I met an artistic girl who designed all of these Awesome shoes by hand. This was just one of the amazing handmade things that you can find only at the Markets that you just can’t get anywhere else. I am a huge supporters of artist and people following their own paths so I had to get a pair.
These are my new babies that I had to have!
This is like the unofficial entrance to Brick Lane. Once again, the people are wearing different clothes, but all have the same vibe.
Leather, grey, and denim every where I turn on the cobbled streets of Covent Garden.
I love this photo because you have your Chelsea girl fashion on one hand, and on the other hand your kind of Laid Back Rocker like I saw all up and down in Liverpool.
My lovely European friends and I out and about on the streets of London.
Pubbing like a true Londoner with my Ladies. 😉
Well I just thought I would give you a taste of the London Street Style and Market scene to show you just how much your surroundings can affect the way you dress. Next time you’re getting ready in the mirror, ask yourself “would be wearing this if I were in a different city?”
Its been one of those weeks that felt like it was never gonna end, but it’s finally the week-end and that means a little more me time!! With that said I finally narrowed down my choice of patterns for the Fashion Mission to three. I am ao excited about this because I have put myself on a major budget for the next 6 weeks and this is a great way to still expand my wardrobe without doing so to my purse. 🙂
So while looking for the just the right dress that would suit my personality, I began thinking, what is my personal style? And how can I create a dress that reflects my it. I found out that my style is a mixture of Eclectic, bohemian, street style, and the classics of course. A majority of that mosh pit of style being Bohemian. So I need to make a dress that can suit all of these styles and still be Boho enough for me to throw on some gladiator sandals, and my messenger bag for a festival.
This where the three patterns fall into play. Now I just need to pick one. I am trying to pick something that is versatile and can easily be layered, inter-seasonal, and flattering of course. I think I will go with simpler cuts for they would be easier for a beginner like me to make.
Finally decided to make some form of a shift dress. I am a huge fan of that cut and style and it is flattering for almost every type fo shape and frame. As well as they are one of the most versatile of dresses when it comes to styling, layer, and just wanting to look put together effortlessly. Now I just need to pick a pattern to put up for sacrifice. I do not want to waste any of the good fabric from my Mummy so I will be taking a trip to Joanne’s and see what I can scrung up
I have always been cost conscious of clothes and spending money in general because my mother was always looking for the cheapest solution. I don’t blame her, feeding my 4 athletic brothers, 24 hr working/soccer player dad, and I was no joke. Thanks to her I have learned a lot about money management. And thanks to my “you get what you pay for,” Dad, I know good quality when I see it. That being said, I have always been pretty blessed with find great bargains on purchases. Even though that is true, I still feel like if I am going to properly reinvent myself, I must also add a bit of that change to my closet. That too, and thanks to the new fitness regimen, a lot of my clothes can no longer fit me. Yaaay!! 😀
So I will be altering some of the oldies that I can’t let go, while slowly adding new pieces to it little by little. Of course whatever I am unable to find in the stores, I will be looking for a way to make myself. I’m heading to Joanne’s tomorrow and will show you what fabrics I get later. As well as, maybe show you a bit of my wardrobe in some later post. And the Inspiration Collage will be up and posted Monday.
I hope you all had a lovely 4th of July weekend, because I know I sure did. As if you could not tell by my absence alone, I have been away for a week BBQing, swimming, and just enjoying some recreational fun on the beach with the friends. But now its back to business as we know it.
So I have been pondering what my next mission should be and it has taken me quite some time to pick one. You see I am always working on a series of projects and tasks, all which require a good amount of my attention. For instance, I recently signed up for Nike+ , which has been an awesome motivator for my running challenge. I have promised myself to run no less than 20 times for this month. I think that is a reasonable goal. Do you?
So my mission will be to design and sew an article of clothing. I have dabbled with sewing and I know how to make quite a few embellishments and rosettes, but I have only ever finished a few full pieces of clothing. I want to get back in the swing of sewing and create some really good pieces. One of the reasons being, that I do not really follow a lot of trends and prefer something original or timeless. My friends have always wondered where I get half of my clothes from, because they have not seen anyone else in it, or would not dare to try to pull it off themselves.
That being said, I bought a few books to help me with the basics of sewing. I mean how can you expect to get anywhere without knowing the basics and foundations of fashion. The plan is to make the basic piece and edit it from there. Like, raise the, hem, or add ruffles, rosettes, a different fabric, well you get the gist of it. I am thinking of making a dress. Lately I have been in the dress mood. Which is odd because I used to not be so crazy about skirts and dresses because that’s what I was forced to wear for a while when I was younger. Now my love for them is coming back and it’s hitting me hard. Everywhere I look I see skirts and dresses that I just have to stop and fawn over. Which is why I am on a mission to make either a skirt or just go all the way and make a dress. No worries though, I will keep you posted.
Lastly, I am almost done with my new Inspiration Collage and will be posting it shortly. Odd how creating it is helping me keep focused on my mission to finish up my BA and move to New York. The collage has helped to keep my inspiration and drive going. I’m really excited about it and how it is turning out. There are a few things that I kept from the old one, but also tons of new stuff, and it had to be bigger than the old one. Because if you’re gonna dream, than you gotta dream big, right?!! 🙂
After trying to drag my butt out of bed for an hour this morning to run, I realized I needed a serious pick me. You see I have that problem where it takes the move of God just to get me to the gym, but once I am actually there you can not seem to get me out of it. So I just rolled over and started browsing my Glamour UK App, and low and behold whom one of the articles was about… None other than one of my favourite celebrities, Emma Watson.
I absolutely adore this girl and love the how much her style has evolved. I thought she was an okay actress and never really paid much attention to her style until she did the Big Chop, but now I am a definite admirer. I’m a sucker for someone who goes against the gradient and makes fashion their own. Clearly, you must have some serious confidence to pull off half the clothes she wears, not just in her photo shoots, but in her daily life as well. And that is truly something to aspire.
She carries herself so well and might I say she has an amazing body. Those legs go on for days in this picture and I eventually want the same for myself. I do not normally care for big celebrities because I never really see them as being genuine, but something about her seems real. That too, and you can’t help but admire her fashion sense.
This girl has an amazing work ethic that I wish to will gain one day. She works hard at what she does and does not seem to compromise for anything. After her contract with the Harry Potter movie franchise was up, she was free to being who she really wanted to be. And because of it she is being taken more seriously in Hollywood and in fashion. That work ethic also affects her health. She may be naturally slim and seem like she does not need to workout, but even she knows that health is fleeting and something that you must keep up on.
I’m a very curvy girl and have quite a large derrière. I know that even at my healthiest I will probably always have these prominent child-bearing hips like Beyoncé or Jennifer Lopez. Something I have excepted and am actually happy with now, but I want to be able to stride like Emma. With just a Sports Bra and my running tights on. You see I still wear big shirts or hoodies to run, even in Florida’s scorching 90 degree summer. So though I have slimmed down a bit. The confidence level has not seem to gone up with it. Maybe…
Maybe if I had some fit girls or at least find a group of chicas who are actually into working out like I am, then I would be able to get serious about my fitness. So I am in dire need of a serious workout buddy or at least someone who will help motivate me to workout on those days that I just feel like staying home and writing. Even if all the person does is call me to get up every morning. That only can do wonders for my motivation. You see, I am a competitive person and hate letting people down. So when someone is counting on me to do something, even something little, I do not like to disappoint them in the least.
Well, while I am in search for that, might as well go think about it on the treadmill. Now with my new mindset and (hopefully) improving work ethic, I’m off to conquering those next 8 miles today and then who knows, the world??? hahaha