Sunday, 27 May 2012

Zine: Summer

My latest hobby is zine-making. Zines, in a nutshell, are "miniature magazines"; you fill them up like a scrapbook and voila! You are your very own independent publisher! I made my first zine over the weekend; I've published it below.







I use zines to cram in all the things that I don't normally see in magazines, into my very own minuscule version. I've always adored scrapbooking since a child, and zines are perfect for cramming all your favourite bits and bobs into your own magazine. As a child, I always tried to make a magazine with friends, but in the end, it always ended up a failure; with just me writing, editing and publishing! Much to my dismay, no matter what I tried, I could never ensemble a magazine without it being a one-man show: I even tried running numerous online magazines/blogs with friends, but the passion was never mutual. I eventually accepted the fact that there was nobody around who was as passionate as I was to create a small-scale publication. After explaining this little anecdote to you all, you can probably all see why zine-making became a rapid obsession for me.

This issue's Eastern Pearl zine is all about summer, including a decorative moodboard and summer playlist. Feel free to "flick through" the pages photos and do tell me what you think. I'll be publishing more zines in the future, and you can find them straight away by clicking the "Zines" button in the banner.

Another little announcement - unfortunately I will not be posting for a while, due to exams and excessive school work; I'm finding it difficult to find time to blog. But do not fret! I will only be gone temporarily and till then you can follow my little anecdotes and updates on Twitter and Instagram.

Love from,

Miss Iffa ★
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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Grunge Girl








Top - thrifted | Denim chambray - Guess | Maxi skirt - Zara | Creepers - Koi Couture | Earrings - vintage

Hello lovely readers,

I hope you're all having a pleasant Sunday evening, I've spent my Sunday blissfully reading, baking and writing. I'm currently writing a short story, I don't want to reveal much of the plot but I'll give you a hint, it's about a manic scientist on his search for the modern day's most controversial and reviled topic. I shan't reveal more, as I could go on for forever and a day! I admire the grunge aesthetic, and even more so, any blogger that devotes their wardrobe to the trend! The grunge aesthetic is known for its dark and dreary colours, studded pieces and rebellious edge; I personally believe this is the typical stereotype of the grunge aesthetic. It is possible to wear bright colours and pull of the grunge aesthetic, I set to battle this common stereotype by taking my own refined approach to the trend.

You all already know about my love for maxi skirts, and I recently bought this cotton maxi skirt from Zara and I haven't looked back since! The little lace cut-outs at the bottom make it the perfect buy for anyone with a keen eye for detail. Paired with an Aztec-print top adorned with neon yellow and orange, it was set to be a "rule breaker", according to connotations. To tone down the robust contradiction of colours, I layered over a tailored denim chambray by Guess; my personal top tip for denim chambrays and maxi-skirts is try to keep the chambray short in length to avoid looking frumpy or disproportional. Denim is not only every grunge girl's best friend, but anyone's best friend too! And finally we come to the creepers! I've been dying to show you these creepers for a while, as I designed them myself; I decided to go against the typical niche market of plain black creepers and add a twist with some animal print. End result? A slightly more colourful, yet still grungy shoe. Mission accomplished.

I've also recently hit 500+ followers! It's such a pleasant surprise and I'm enthralled at how far my blog has come! I've left a nice playlist for you all below to peruse at your leisure, thanks again! I also have a YouTube video in the making - watch this space!


Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Monday, 7 May 2012

Vintage Vibes






Jumper: Topshop | Trousers: H&M | Trenchcoat: Topsop | Scarf: vintage Burberry | Bracelet: Accessorize

Hello lovelies!

I've had a lovely long weekend; on Friday we had a half-day off from school, and a bank holiday on Monday, plus the weekend! Aside from revising for my upcoming Business Studies exam, my family and I spent the mini-holiday celebrating my parents' anniversary in Liverpool, and then to Blackpool's theme park with some friends the next day. You can check out some of the pictures I took on my Instagram account. (username: missiffa) Talking of Instagram, ever since I've gotten my iPhone, I've loved the concept of keeping a photo diary and archiving daily escapades.

First of all, I must point out to you all to please ignore the socks I am wearing in the pictures. It was a chilly day, and as you all know, black is the best absorber of infra red radiation. In other words, the best at keeping my toes warm. When looking over the photos from this post, I've realised just how ridiculous they look! Fashion faux pas! With that aside, I'm currently lusting classic vintage vibes. Tan trench coats, pastel coloured everythings and delicate jewellery. You can never go wrong with something timeless like that.

My friend has the most amazing watch. It's the Gent Lacquered watch by Swatch and I fell in love with it as soon as I laid eyes on it! It's playful, innovative and unique, I've not bought a watch in a while and I would love something sui generis like this.

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend and bank holiday! Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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