Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Pleats and Pastels


Wow. So it has been about 4 months since I last posted, it feels/is a ridiculously long time, and I have to say I miss writing....labouring over essays for exam scripts simply does not compensate! But finally now I am free from the terrors of exam halls and invigilators (for another year) I can blog to my heart’s content (although my lack of a camera could make this a bit difficult!) The pictures for the next few posts will be taken by the lovely Victoria Hrun; a photographer and friend with an eye for capturing natural shots – I’m currently in the process of persuading/forcing her to create a blog so she can showcase her work!

In true Brit style, when the sun shines, the flowing summery chiffons instantly take pride of place in my crammed, overflowing, about- to- break wardrobe and what better occasion to embrace the pastel trend than when the weather is actually vaguely pleasant!

This summer, my brain has been absorbed by saccharine sorbet shades, blaring neon hues and the kitsch printed coordinates that are flying from the catwalk straight into the trusty high street (ahem, Topshop).  Coupled with my excessive holiday expenditure for this summer, there is a definite possibility it is definite that I will be bankrupt come September...the latest collections are just too tempting, not to mention all the seductive 15% discounts that keep flying into my inbox. How can a girl say no?

This look combines sunny lemon pleats with my favourite new super cute swan printed bralet; my personal nod to the 50s...an abundance of sun ray pleats seems to have appeared in my wardrobe – I’m blaming American Apparel’s new pleated skirts! More of that to come later...

Pleated DressBraletstudded belt and loafers – Topshop
Vintage bag and earrings
Mum’s ‘James Allen’s Girls’ School’ Boater, from the 70s
Cat eye glasses – Aldo
‘Morange’ lipstick – MAC Cosmetics

Upon having a rummage in the state that we call a loft (honestly, we could be on the Channel 4 hoarding programme!) I came across Mum’s straw boater from JAGs, her rather lovely secondary school and just had to take it out with me for the shoot, it even had a candy striped ribbon encircling the brim; just too perfect!
...I have been noticing that my Mum’s clothes seem to be featuring more and more in my day to day outfits ...I should have been born in the 60s! Well actually no, the 20s are my favourite decade, but anyway, that’s just going off on a tangent! (Although I just have to tell you how ecstatically excited I am for the release of Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of Fitzgerald masterpiece that is the Great Gatsby. If the pre released pictures of the Carey Mulligan are anything to go by, the fash-pack hype will be on steroids over her enviable bedazzled flapper dresses!) Ah, one can dream.

The perfect accessory to my look was my cat-eye glasses (serious bargain), punchy neon lipstick and of course, a glass of Pimms to refresh myself after such a taxing evening of shooting!

Unfortunately, I could not wear heels, so please excuse my short little legs, as a ridiculous ankle injury is preventing me from wearing anything above 1 inch! I’m sure you understand how intense my frustration is...a whole cupboard of shoes, but not allowed to wear ANY!

Love, Claira xo


  1. As the McCann oven-chips say... "I'm lost'ere..."

  2. love the background and the pleats are gorg!

    hope to see you on my blog :)

    Figure of Chic

  3. LOVE the swan bralet and the sunshine and yellows work so well in this natural setting, great clothes combo.
    lovely written blog post, I look forward to more to swiftly follow this one, and would happily photograph you again now that you are free from exam perils!

  4. Wow. These photos are really beautiful. And you are stunning. Definitely following you on GFC to keep up with more outfit posts!
    xx, micol