Sunday, 19 October 2014

Branching Out From Black Jeans

Today I wanted you guys to rejoice, as guess what?  I'M NOT WEARING BLACK JEANS!  Okay, well kind of.  In the pictures they do look black, however, I'll have you know, these in fact are 'off-black'.  Basically a very ashy-dark grey coloured wash.  I've fallen in love with them.  I am very particular about what wash and fit of jeans I get, but these stretch slim ones from Topman, were perfect for me.  Black jeans are my safety net, and I feel uncomfortable in anything else, but I really want to start, branching out.  I'm taking baby steps!

I'm sure you've seen a similar combination on my blog before, but I'm wearing a simple plain-white-tee from Topman, my aviator style bomber jacket, also from Topman.  And on my feet, another obsession of mine, my New Balance 420s.  I love these as they are so comfy, but provide really great support.  I love going for more simple looks, as I feel it gives you a sense of sophistication. Understated outfits are always my favourite, as you can't go wrong.

I hope you enjoyed seeing me wear a very daring new pair of jeans (I hope the sarcasm is sensed)!  Thank you for reading, 

Nik

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wardrobe Inspiration?

Recently I've noticed myself getting into a bit of a rut with my wardrobe. I just feel like I've warn everything a million times, and generally feeling uninspired. I get into this routine about twice a year, usually during the transitional months. Spring/Autumn. The situation can either go one way or another. I will go out, and buy everything I see, becoming broke and stranded in a pool of clothing, that I don't really like. Or I will be smart and try to pick up some inspiration, throughout the next couple of weeks. 

I want to tell you guys about the latter method, as this is what I find most useful, and efficient. Typically I would go into town, look at what some people are wearing, go into stores and see what's on the campaigns, note some of my favourites down on my phone. This is a nice way of doing things, but it can sometimes be an impractical way of getting some inspiration, as we don't always have the time to just spend our days people-watching. And this is where the fashion Gods answered our prayers. The Mallzee App. 

I discovered The Mallzee App fairly recently, and I've been on it everyday since my discovery. It's in some ways a fashion social media, and provides a condensed form of inspiration for whatever you desire. My favourite feature of the app is definitely, the Style Feed. I've created copious feeds. The way it works is by, filling in certain criteria of what you are looking for. Brands, colours, price-range and types of clothing. Once you've filled that in, hey-presto! All the hard work is done for you. The little Mallzee robots run around the internet and gather together the criteria you entered, and condense it down into a feed of potential new wardrobe staples.

Mallzee is honestly such a convenient and easy way to get some inspiration, and change up your wardrobe. It's so much easier than going to each specific website, and browsing through. Mallzee does all the tedious work for you, and gets you the results. If you want to give The Mallzee App ago, you can download it here. It's free! 

Let me know if you've downloaded the app! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and trying out the Mallzee app, thanks for reading,

Nik

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and photographs are my own, unless stated otherwise.
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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Autumnal Favourite Pieces

Todays outfit is definitely one of my favourites. It's perfect for this transition into winter, as it's layered, therefore meaning I am free to shed a few layers if it begins to warm up, yet I'm also able to remain warm when it starts to get colder. At the moment we are going through a very awkward time in regard to getting dressed weather appropriately, as it's constantly changing, throughout the day. Unfortunately there is no simple answer to getting your outfits weather fit, although I have managed to find a simple tip, that can really help.
Layering.

Layers have saved me, time and time again. They make life that tiny bit easier. It was definitely colder on this day, however I knew I was going to be in and out of rooms, therefore I needed something that would accommodate to warm and cooler temperatures. To achieve this I wore my light grey Rib Jumper, from Topman. This has definitely became a staple in my wardrobe as it's lightweight, but extremely easy to layer. Over the top I wore my Denim Jacket, which is also from Topman. Again, another staple in my wardrobe, I feel a Denim Jacket should be a staple in anyones wardrobe, as they are so versatile to any style. You can make them look grungy, by having an oversized, distressed one. A highstreet feel, by getting a lighter wash, a punk vibe using the darker washes. So many choices! I like to go with a slightly oversized jacket, as this way I can wear it as a type of coat. My scarf is, you guessed it, also from Topman. I really love this scarf as it goes with everything, and has a lovely houndstooth/prince of wales tartan design, which is rather unusal but very stylish and understated. 

For the bottom half of my outfit, I decided to wear my black, slim-fit jeans as I am not a fan of skin tight jeans on myself. I feel they can sometimes look a bit tacky, however the right fit can look good. Of course I chose to wear my black, high-top converse, as I don't think I could live without these. Stylish, and extremely comfy!

I hope you enjoyed reading this outfit post, let me know some of your favourite pieces this autumn! Thanks for reading,

Nik


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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Autumn Sounds



As I previously mentioned, autumn is definitely here. The weather has finally turned into the nippy air, that England is known best for. So of course that means, it's time for The Autumn Playlist. This one has a few of my absolute favourite songs on, at the moment. These ones are marked with an asterisk; keep an eye out for them!

Track Listing:

1) Bottled Up Tight // Luke Sital-Singh
2) Sweater Weather // The Neighbourhood*
3) Honest Man // Luke Sital-Singh
4) Intro // The xx*
5) Play // Fickle Friends*
6) Dreams // The Kooks
7) Rhiannon // Fleetwood Mac*
8) Arrival In Nara // alt-J*
9) Waiting Game // Banks*
10) Bed Of Thorns // Josh Record*

As you can tell, I adore pretty much every single one of the artists above. Please feel free to leave me some suggestions of other artists to listen to, as I'm always on the search for new music! I hope you enjoyed listening to my autumn playlist,

Nik
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Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Sunday Casual

If you are from England, then you will have definitely noticed by know, the change in weather. I really noticed the brisk air, and despite the sun shining, it was still very chilly. Luckily for me, Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of the year, as there is so much to look forward to. Birthdays and Christmas! 

On Sundays I really like to relax, and don't like to do much (that's what makes them my favourite day of the week). I take this into account when styling myself in the morning. I decided I wanted to go for something very simple, and very comfy, and here is the end result. I wore my black aviator style bomber jacket (I did warn you about how much this little gem is going to be popping up on my blog!), with a grey basic tee, which are both from Topman. I didn't realise how cold it was going to be, and did regret not wearing a sweater underneath! Sticking with the whole casual theme, I absolutely did not want to wear any form of skinny jeans, so opted for my trusty, Slim low-waist H&M jeans, which are so comfy. And for the epitome of comfort, the highly controversial, White Converse. I know a lot of people either love or hate them, but they are just so easy to style, and are ridiculously comfy. Over time they have become a staple in my wardrobe.

Here is where, my inner 'white-girl' comes out. My first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year. Unfortunately I am a sucker for a PSL, it's like Autumn in a cup (all the nice things about Autumn anyways!). I really enjoyed just strolling around the streets of Clifton, and taking in the sights, it's a very beautiful place.

Let me know what your ideal Sunday would be! I hope you enjoyed this Sunday round up post, 

Nik


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Thursday, 2 October 2014

New Balances, Alt-J & Lip Balm | September Favourites

I usually like to avoid the whole, favourites-bandwagon, however this month I've accumulated a lot of things that I've became obsessed with, and thought you might like to know what they are.

I've had my pair of New Balance 420s for over a year now, and up until this month, have worn them a grand total of 2 times. I documented each occasion on my Instagram, because this was a very important thing to me, obviously. For some reason I didn't feel confident in them. As I've been changing up my wardrobe, I've found that my 420s are now a staple in my wardrobe, as they are comfy, but provide so much support. If you live in London, you need a pair.

I'm sure you are all area of the start of Tour season, and with every Instagram refresh, churning with envy, as strangers see your favourite band. I was lucky enough to see my favourite band. Alt-J. My friends and I saw them in Wolverhampton, on the release day of their highly anticipated (at least by me anyways) album, This Is All Yours. Oh my goodness, it was worth the wait. I am in love with every song, and having seen them preform the tracks live, made me realise, the musical geniuses that they are. Everything about the show was coordinated perfectly. The light show was amazing, and despite Alt-Js rapid growth in popularity, the show still managed to feel humble, and intimate. 

A blog that I've more recently discovered is Jeffery Chung. His photography is insanely beautiful. He  manages to capture an emotion in each photography (whether that's intentional or not). It feels so relaxing to just scroll through his blog.

Randomly this month I've really came to appreciate my phonecase. Which is only down to the fact, I love it so much. I just love the contrast between, the simplistic styles of using black and white, yet there's the chaos of the intricate design on the elephant. It's from caseable, and is reasonably priced. However I have to warn you, the quality of the actual image isn't very good, but I love the design so much that I'm willing to look by it.

I picked up this hounds-tooth scarf from Topman, and it's the softest thing. It's so warm, and I've already worn it an awful lot this month, I can tell it's going to become very loved. I also love the print, as it goes with everything, but can really make an outfit look extremely sophisticated. 

And finally, lip balm. A very manly one I know, but I have an issue with dry lips, when my lips are dry, they become very painful. Unfortunately I don't like the idea of applying lip balm in public, as I don't think it is the most, let's say, attractive thing to do. Therefore I needed something that would last throughout the day, after one application in the morning. And that's exactly what the Burt's Bees lip balm does.

Let me know if you enjoyed this favourites post, and would like to see another one next month! Thanks for reading,

Nik

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Monochrome Styling Part II

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you will remember that I did a post on monochromatic outfits at the beginning of August (you can check that out here). In some ways that was the summer version, of how I like to style a monochrome outfit. For today's post I wanted to share with you a more, Autumnal, monochrome look.

Recently I visited Birmingham to see JAWS (the band not the film, although I would love to re-watch Jaws the film!), and on my way to the concert, we decided to spend the day in the Bullring. The Bullring is Birminghams main shopping centre, and it is brilliant. I preferred it so much more than shopping in London. Although I do enjoy the choice you have in London, I just find looking around the shops extremely stressful, as it is always heaving with people. The Bullring is basically, London shopping in a nutshell (a much more enjoyable nutshell). Yes there were still crowds, but nothing compared to London, they still had all the main high-street shops that adorn Oxford Street, so I was very pleased.

The jumper I am wearing is from Topman. I am so happy I've found it, recently I've became a little obsessed with stripes, and as we are heading towards the colder months, I thought this item would be perfect. I can tell that it's going to become a staple in my wardrobe, and I'm sure you are going to be seeing a lot of it on this Blog! The jumper is oversized, but not in a ridiculous way. It's the perfect balance between oversize, and slouch-fit. However be warned, if you plan to order it online, then make sure to get your regular size, as it is designed to be oversized. My bomber jacket is also from Topman, another staple piece in my wardrobe, as you know my love for bomber jackets grow stronger everyday, so does my collection. I really loved this one, mainly because of the pocket on the sleeve. To me this makes any look, feel more vintage and and is if I'm from the 70s. A boy can dream!

My backpack has been featured a lot on my blog, however I've never spoken about it. Its from Herschel, and I absolutely love it. It's so simplistic, yet so stylish. And my favourite thing about it, is that it will never go out of style, as it's simple. A more detailed post on my backpack, will be coming very soon!

I hope you felt a little inspired for Autumn/Winter in this post! Thanks for reading,

Nik

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