30 April 2017

Tiger, tiger, burning bright

Hi everyone! I’m back with an outfit post to share with you. I took these pictures on a sunny evening during my Easter holidays from work. I was drawn to this pink jumper by ASOS petite, with its vivid depiction of a tiger on the front, and clusters of red and white flowers. I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and it definitely stood out to me. Lately, the items of clothing I love seem to feature animal imagery of some kind. You might remember my recent outfit post (Embroidered Swallows and Gem-Encrusted Jeans), which featured a top with a striking bird motif. I wasn’t sure how the petite fit of this particular jumper would turn out on me though, as I normally get my tops in standard sizes. However, I was really pleased that this top did fit me, and the proportions weren’t too small. I was able to get the jumper over my head without feeling strangled, and the sleeves weren’t tiny, so I was happy I could keep it! Luckily I got it half price during the sales, making it a must-buy! As it’s a fine knit rather than a heavy jumper, I’ll definitely get more opportunities to wear it. I wore it several times just in the first week of having it!  

Anyway, I wore this pastel shade of pink after many years. I’m not sure why I stopped wearing pink in the first place, other than feeling it somehow looked immature and not ‘grown up’ enough. But these days I just wear the colours I like, rather than sticking to dark tones. I love darker colours too for a more dramatic look sometimes, but I feel bright and vibrant colours suit me more, having a positive effect on my mood.

I styled the tiger jumper with indigo jeans and big twinkly earrings from my jewellery collection, which I don’t get many occasions to wear. I like the shimmer to them and the way they make a more casual daytime outfit suitable for evening. I added my leopard print furry coat, as it still gets cold when the temperature drops in the evening. As you can see, this outfit includes different prints and various textures, but I think it works well overall, with the pastel pink and neutral shades of the leopard print coordinating, so the different elements don’t clash.

What do you think of this look? How would you style a tiger jumper? Please let me know in the comments below. 

Thanks for dropping by, and have a lovely bank holiday weekend. Lots of love Saba xx

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
             (The Tiger, William Blake)

Jumper - ASOS Petite
Jeans - similar
Coat - similar
Trainers - similar
Sunglasses - similar
Earrings - similar

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9 April 2017

Osaka Embroidered Jacket with Leopard Print Pointy-Collar Top

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for your supportive response to my last blog post. I truly appreciate your positive messages. Are you enjoying spring so far? If you're anything like me, you're making the most of it and not wanting to miss a single moment of it!

I'm super-excited to share this outfit with you, after taking these pictures last weekend. This is my first official spring outfit of the season, and it was lovely getting a chance to wear my Osaka embroidered jacket at last. I got the jacket during the post-Christmas sales from Oasis, after having my eye on it for several months. Although it was from the autumn / winter collection 2016 and intended for the party season, it was distinctly summery, with contrast sleeves in cream. As it's made from a lightweight satin-like material, it was much too light for winter wear. The embroidery is really special with a strong Oriental influence, which I love as you know, and the embroidery also covers the back of the jacket and is very intricate and detailed. The level of detail is impressive, and is captured close-up in some of the images below. Overall, with the sales reduction, and the 10% discount from my NUS extra card, I got the jacket for better than half price. (As I work at a university, I can buy the NUS extra card for £12 for twelve months, and it offers various high street discounts, so it's definitely worth it.) If you're looking for a jacket like this, fear not, as the embroidered bomber jacket trend is still going strong this season, and I've included a link at the end of this post to a similar jacket. There's also a good variety of embroidered bomber jackets on Ebay.

For this outfit, I wore my leopard print top which has a pointy white collar, paired with dark denim. To complete the look, I added crystal Art-Deco inspired drop earrings, which I bought many years ago, my sunglasses with leopard print round frames, and my beloved swan bag. You can see another Oriental-inspired look paired with leopard print in an earlier post here (This Twilight Garden). I took those pictures at the same location, but in the depths of winter, so it was lovely to see how different the landscape looks in winter, and spring.

What do you think of my outfit? How would you incorporate Oriental elegance into your look? Please let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for dropping by and see you soon. Lots of love Saba xx
Jacket - Oasis (similar)
Blouse - similar
Jeans - similar
Trainers - (similar)
Bag - similar
Earrings - similar
Sunglasses - Foster Grant (exact)

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2 March 2017

Embroidered Swallows and Gem-Encrusted Jeans

I’m thrilled to be sharing this blog post at last, after an unexpected break from blogging, which became much longer than I ever anticipated. Thank you so much to those of you who got in touch to ask how I am. Please rest assured I’ve been all right. I truly appreciate your concern. Since the start of this year, I’ve received very sad news regarding several people I know. These were unconnected things, that happened to occur in a short space of time. Even though I was not affected as directly as some others by these events, I still find myself reflecting and thinking about those who are going through hard times, and coping with a significant loss. In recent weeks, I’ve been online less often than usual, and my days have been taken up with work, chores and other everyday necessities. 

This situation, combined with frequent bad weather, meant that taking outfit pictures was put on the back burner for a while. I tried to capture some outfit photos on two earlier occasions, with mixed results. I take my own pictures, and I get so jumpy whenever anyone walks by, or if a big dog starts heading for my tripod. I’m a nervous wreck half the time! But last weekend I was able to get outside and have a more successful photo session with fewer interruptions, which came as a relief. Now I’m really happy to return to blogging and give it the attention it deserves, and keen to get back in touch with everyone. Although it seems frivolous to some, fashion is something which genuinely makes me happy and cheers me up, when other aspects of life are far from perfect.  

Moving on to the all-important outfit details. The top I’m wearing is brand new and features a striking pair of embroidered swallows, and is from Joy. In keeping with the red and blue swallows, I wore new jeans by Joe Browns, with red and blue floral embroidery covering the front pockets. The embroidery is encrusted with little gemstones in the centre of the flowers. I didn’t realise just how intricate the embroidery is, and I was even more impressed when my jeans arrived and I saw them in person. Amazingly, they fitted me just right, apart from the leg length being too long, which I expected. I saved a lot of money on these jeans, by getting them from Amazon, which had them for much less than other websites I’d looked at, and they've gone down in price even more since then. But the alteration itself was quite pricey, so that negated the saving! However, I’m really happy with these jeans, and it’s such a rarity for me to find embellished jeans in a dark wash that fit me well on the waist and leg, so it was definitely worth it. I’ve been waiting ages for a pair of jeans like this to come along, and I can’t recommend them enough. They definitely flatter a curvier shape and being a pear shape myself, I was thrilled with the fit.

When I first saw the swallow-print top on a mannequin in the shop window, I loved it but I assumed the top would be too short for me, as I always wear slightly longer tops and nothing too cropped on my upper half. But I went back later that week and tried it on, and I’m so glad I did. The shorter length of the top is ideal for showing off the embroidery on the jeans. I’m so glad I didn’t miss out on this top. Also, the top looked really familiar, and I realised it’s a dead ringer for the Stella McCartney Lorinda swallow embroidered bomber jacket from several years ago, which was beautiful and looked like this.

What do you think of this outfit? How do you feel about embellishment on otherwise casual pieces? Please let me know in the comments below. It’s always lovely to hear from you.

Lots of love Saba xx

Now to the Goths, as swift as swallow flies;
There to dispose this treasure in mine arms,
And secretly to greet the empress' friends.
                                                  -  Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare
Jumper - Joy
Jeans - Amazon
Jacket - similar
Trainers - similar
Tiger stud earrings - similar

3 January 2017

This Twilight Garden

Hi everyone! I hope you're all having a great start to the new year. I wore this colourful winter ensemble recently, as I wanted to wear something playful and bright, rather than the darker tones usually associated with winter. The focal point of my outfit was my beloved geisha doll jumper, styled with blue jeans, ballet pumps in a bronze shade, ideal for crunching leaves underfoot, and my leopard print coat again. Even though I have a few different coats for the winter season, somehow I always find myself reaching for my leopard print coat, which has a soft and familiar feel, and feels unfussy and just right.

It's getting to the stage of winter where I'm still trying to get enough mileage out of my favourite items, and combine them with different colours and styles to give them a fresher feel. In an earlier post when I'd just gotten this jumper, I styled it with a black blazer and trousers, leading to quite a different look which I still like (Left My Heart in Tokyo).

I hope you like my outfit. Do you have any creative ways to give your winter favourites a new lease of life? Please let me know in the comments below!

This Twilight Garden - The Cure

Jumper - similar
Jeans - Mantaray (similar)
Shoes - similar
Coat - similar
Sunglasses - similar
Gloves - Accessorize (similar)
Bow stud earrings - similar