We spent a day in St Paul de Vence wandering around the old cobblestoned pathways when I was in France last week. It’s a gorgeous medieval town and is definitely worth a visit if...Read More →
We spent a day in St Paul de Vence wandering around the old cobblestoned pathways when I was in France last week. It’s a gorgeous medieval town and is definitely worth a visit if you ever happen to find yourself in southeastern France with nothing to do for a day. I wore this new little red dress from River Island. I love the simple shape and little floral details . Worn with old battered Converse it feels a little grungy, which I like.
I’ve just returned home from a week spent in Jamaica at Sandals Royal Plantation. Looking back it feels like a dream. Was I really just in the Caribbean for a week? Everything was so perfect and idyllic that it doesn’t seem real.
I spent each day lying on the beach drinking piña coladas and strawberry daiquiris. In the afternoon, when I’d worked up a bit of energy, we’d go sailing or snorkeling. I’ve never been on a resort style holiday before this trip or had an all inclusive experience. Being able to eat and drink as much as I wanted meant I did exactly that… I’m definitely packing a slightly squishier middle section now. It was totally worth it though – the food was delicious. The real highlight of the trip has to be the fact that we had our very own butler for the week. When we arrived we were given a cell phone that we could reach him on. Now that I’m back home I’m totally craving that phone. Nothing equates to luxury quite like white sand beaches and your very own butler. Sandals, I miss you already.
Massive thank you to Sarah at Sandals for organizing the trip.
I’ve been completely obsessed with the latest 3.1 Phillip Lim collection since January. I love the superhero theme. In fact, I love it so much that I’ve even based the design for my bathroom on it (I’m still looking for a company that specializes in custom made shower curtains…). I’m totally hooked on this t-shirt from the range. It’s super slouchy and soft with a massive ‘Ka-pow’ on the front. Swoon. I love a good graphic tee. This is what I wore to the blogger yard sale a couple of weeks back when I was in London – perfect for a hot day in the city.
Photos by Kit
It’s no secret that I love a good blogger debate. This morning I was up unnaturally early (6am?! I blame it on the McDonalds at midnight) and saw that a post had gone up on Fashion Editor at Large entitled, Will You Wear the ‘Blogger’ Trend? What the freak-a-stink is the ‘blogger’ trend, I wondered. Thirty minutes later and I had left a semi-monumental comment roughly outlining my thoughts and reaction. For the rest of the day I couldn’t quite get the topic out of my head. Something about the concept just doesn’t well with me. The ‘blogger look’ is described as: ‘piled high with as many designer pieces - preferably borrowed from the catwalk collection - as is physically possible.’
‘…now it’s all about being high maintenance, blatant and unashamedly fashion mad.’
As I understand it, the idea presented in Melanie’s post is that being a blogger isn’t trendy enough in itself anymore. After all, just about everyone has a blog these days. Now if you want to be trendy you need to snatch up that ‘blogger’ look. This is all described alongside photos of Susie and Bryan. Anna dello Russo is referenced in relation to her upcoming collaboration with H&M. It’s the more-is-more mentality. As far as I’m concerned though this isn’t down to bloggers per say, rather, it’s the result of a few key individuals and street style photography.
Take the ‘arm party’ megalopolis trend for example. As you likely already know, Man Repeller coined the term and it quickly became one of the trendiest looks to rock the blogosphere. Why shoot an empty vessel of a wrist when you can snap one covered in multicolored friendship bracelets, bright jewels, ropes and metal galore? Simply put, it’s more visually appealing. Offset that wrist with some double clutch goodness (double clutching – that’s right), throw in some clashing prints, a Prada flaming heel, something furry and a stark geometric print and your good to go baby.
But, I’m not sure why this look is being coined ‘blogger’. Street style photographers shoot show goers (editors, buyers, fashion personalities and yes – increasingly bloggers). The real meat of the blogging world aren’t those people though. They can’t afford designer clothes and statements pieces. By far most bloggers are real people who have normal lives and average budgets. I’m all for being unashamedly fashion mad but that needn’t mean subscribing to a set look or copying what other bloggers are wearing. The beauty and worth in a ‘blogger’ look is in its individuality not in replicating the same thing on hundreds of blogs – that is already becoming too prevalent and it makes the content, and in effect the blogger, null and void.
Anything that exalts senseless excess and, at the same time, claims it to be ‘blogger’ in nature is missing the point of what blogging is about.
p.s. the story of these Versace sunglasses is now lost in the length of this post. They belong to Charlie and I love them. I love them on her, I love them on myself and I love them on Frances too. Three bloggers in the same sunglasses… oops, wasn’t I preaching the merits of individuality?