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The Little Red Dress

dress - topshop (sold out)

A few outfit pictures from my birthday wearing my trusty red dress. I think a little red dress is an essential piece in anyone's wardrobe. I've worn this dress from Topshop on so many occasions when I couldn't decide what to wear. Unlike the LBD, the red dress is perfect for the transitional season as it can be worn as a summer dress with sandals or with a coat and boots on a colder day. I've made a wishlist of some beautiful red dresses I found online. The Millie Mackintosh button up dress is just the perfect day dress and I think the Topshop applique dress would look amazing at an Autumn wedding or on a night out :)

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!

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!