Sunday, 2 November 2014

My Take on Monochrome


Top - Topshop
Jeans  Topshop
Shoes - Kurt Geiger
Scarf - mother's


Hello!

I know you are probably wondering where I have been, I've had some lovely emails from readers wondering why I had disappeared from the blogging/vlogging world, and really, I never meant to! I have become extremely busy and preoccupied with a whole range of different things, so I've not had the time to post as regularly I wanted to, but I have no intention to leave blogging forever, so do not fret!

All-black and monochromatic outfits seem to be all the rage lately and I must admit, I see the appeal, it's supposed to look smart and sharp. The trend is so popular that the usual summer white shoe trend has extended into winter, something I am definitely not complaining about (I've always wanted to see more white aesthetics in winter!) This outfit is my take on a (partially) monochromatic outfit, technically my jeans are burgundy and not black so I'm bending the rules a little. I couldn't resist adding a bit of colour to the outfit, which sort of defeats the whole monochrome objective but still, I think an outfit is most interesting when it's personalised by the person wearing them.

If you're a regular reader then you will probably notice that I am in fact wearing heels and this is news because I hardly ever wear heels! I am a really practical person so I prefer flats over heels, just for their sheer comfort (and also for the fact that I find walking in heels frankly quite tricky!). Aside from this, I do admit that I love the aesthetic of heels and I love how feminine they look too. Another thing I'm really into at the moment are earrings, that too, dangly pretty ones! A random choice, I know, but again, I love how attractive and feminine earrings look and I think they are flattering on any face. (earrings make your neck look more slender!)

The whole concept of accessories is quite appealing to me, I appreciate the understated nature of accessory add-ons - whether that be matching nail polish, jewellery, scarves, glasses, quite literally anything, but it's always the small things which catch my eye in an outfit. I love printed scarves and so did my mother when she was my age, so fortunately, I get to borrow from her amazing scarf collection to which she is still adding to! I picked this scarf to wear not only because it was lovely and thick, (the weather is doing that weird hot/cold thing again) but also because the burgundy undertones seem to work well with the rest of the outfit. I paired them with some gold dangly earrings. (again, my mother's!)

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Friday, 22 August 2014

Summer Blues



Top - H&M (old)
Jeans - Topshop
Cardigan - Topshop
Cap - Tommy Hilfiger
Schoes - Koi Couture
Scarf - Dubai

I took these pictures back when it was actually pretty warm here in England, but as we speak I'm sitting in my cable knit jumper and thick woolly pants! I kind of miss warm weather, but I am so excited for the colder seasons! I can't wait to be wearing lots and lots of jumpers, cardigans, thick scarves, boots and all the rest. Layering is definitely my forte when it comes to assembling outfits, which is probably why I love autumn/winter so much.

Even in summer I like to layer with a light cardigan or scarf. This cardigan from Topshop is made of thin material so it's nice to just slip on over a blouse. I thought that the outfit looked a bit bland without any accessIories, hence why I wore this authentic keffiyeh scarf which I bought from Dubai. There are so many ways to tie a square scarf which makes it super practical to wear; especially if you're going on holiday to a hot country, they make fantastic multi-use travel tools. You can use them for sun protection, warding dust from your face, keeping warm or cool and of course for fashion.

For those who don't know me, I'm pretty clueless when it comes to makeup. To put it into perspective for you, I bought my very first makeup brush just a few months ago! My summer face is super minimal: just a swipe of lipstick and a dab of blusher if necessary. I'm just too lazy to put on any more than that!

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

How I Wear White Jeans


Top - H&M (old)
Blazer - River Island
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Koi Couture
Gold necklace pendant - gifted
Blue stone necklace - 
Long necklace - Marc Jacobs

Hello!

I do believe a grand apology is due, following my no-show blog appearances for these past few weeks. One of my goals for this summer is to blog more often and it's starting with this post! Don't fret, I will be back on my blogging game this summer, I also have a few other blogging projects planned, so watch this space!

White jeans have been all the rage lately, it's unlikely you'll find any high street store not selling them. I bought this particular pair from Topshop and I think they're pretty classic, the material is thin so they're practical to wear when the temperature is rising. White jeans, like black, are amazingly versatile and can be worn with pretty much anything. In my opinion, it's hard to go wrong with white jeans, but I've noticed people are more hesitant to jump on the white jean bandwagon than they were with the black jean bandwagon. People tend to see white jeans as more 'bold', the brighter nature of the colour tends to mean that a lot of people shy away from them. I cannot jump through the screen and force you to wear white jeans, but I can tell you that they're not nearly as drastic as they can initially seem. (In simpler words, go for it!)

I'm personally into colour blocking at the moment: crisp, bold colours assembled into monolithic blocks although may not sound particularly appealing when phrased like that, really is appealing when viewed visually! I continued the white theme of the outfit with a white blouse and paired it with a mustard yellow blazer. I bought this blazer a good year ago but never wore it, I've only recently started wearing it for reasons I don't know. Of course, any blazer would work well with this outfit, which is part of the reason why I like it, it's sort of like a staple piece which you can bring out at any time and wear wherever.

I like how this outfit can be transitioned from day to night by swapping the flats for heels and opting for more bolder jewellery. Speaking of jewellery, I'm in love with this blue pendant necklace! I bought it from Convent Garden in London on a recent trip, despite my bartering efforts bringing the price down by £5, the necklace was still a bit pricey! Nevertheless, I couldn't resist buying it!

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Losing a Friend

I wrote this short piece of writing a while ago but never really got round to posting it here. I hope you enjoy reading this, it's a little bit different to what I usually post, but I wanted to share it with you all nonetheless. I must thank Robert Browning, the long gone poet, who was a fantastic source of inspiration for me, and Kitty for her kind words.

I wonder how you feel today. I would ring you or send you a message, but it's no question really why I choose against it. I want to eulogise you, as if mourning a dead lover will put the old you to rest.

If I am to be honest with my thoughts I have to admit I never thought you would change, but I have learnt in more than one way that there is no apt situation which will always stays the same. The problem was always that you were looking for some 'rags to riches' story, you became transfixed on this utopian, dream-like world which was inconceivable in a capitalist society. It was painful to watch this thought of yours consume you, and rather than using this change as a force for good, you became terribly materialistic, terribly against everything you once stood for. Your ideologies are too heavy to hold and I am thinking of letting you go.

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For a moment I want to stop writing this, longing to talk to you again and pretend I'm talking to the old you and let the ease of the conversation flow through every doubt I held. But I cannot, and I will not help you in this way, I hope you can understand that sometimes you have to hurt someone to help them, and this is one of those moments. When we were kids you taught me how to ride a bike, you were elder, smarter, wiser, a sure muse and source of inspiration to me. Now, it is as if a great mist clings to my mind, unable to think clearly, using only the fixed stars in the sky to guide my actions. No book written ever told you what to do when your leader becomes polluted with the wrong ideas; for revolution can overthrow a government but it cannot overthrow a friend.
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Many philosophers, poets, writers claim that what starts off better can never end worse, well I stand against this. Sometimes, we must accept the defeat that circumstances change, people change and suddenly carrying their thoughts and ideas becomes extra baggage that you don't want to carry. I don't want to be there for when you realise idealism is a delusion, I do not want to see you in pain, I fear the time is soon and I don't want to think about the reverberated consequences of a bitter awakening.

In eulogising you I should thank you for all the memories we have shared together, I will miss the person you used to be, and I can only hope that a part of you does too. I'm sorry if I'm being really vague, just understand that I have to be. Materialism was never the answer, consumerism was never the answer. The answer, I can almost hear you ask through this glass screen, is in humbleness. If we are to advance in unity with the rest of society, you must understand it cannot be done through Instagram likes or tweets, nor through Prada bags or Cartier jewellery. We can only do it by altering our own intuition, devloping the virtues of gratitude and humbleness.

For now, I can all but see that the path we had once in unison embarked on has divided into two, I have a choice and I have one way out of here, I can just hold futile hope that your awakening will lead you here too. For now, this friendship will not end with a bang or bitterness, rather, it shall dwindle, shall blend, shall change, shall become first a peace out of pain.

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Thank you for reading. 

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Monday, 26 May 2014

Blue Interlude


Coat - Topshop
Trousers - Zara
Shirt - Topshop

I'm back!

I should apologise for my absence lately, I haven't blogged for a few months because of exams.  I have to say I've really missed blogging, being away from it for so long has not been easy! Today, after many weeks I am finally free to spend my summer doing what I love (I still have one exam left actually, but it's not for a while yet). I should also apologise for this post being a little photo/text heavy, I think my enthusiasm for getting back to blogging has left me with complete and utter indecisiveness for choosing exactly which photos to publish and what to say - so I kind of chose everything.

Expect to see a lot more on my blog this summer! I'm looking forward to sharing more outfit posts as well as a few other things which I hope you will enjoy reading. I'm considering kick-starting my YouTube channel again, but I'm a bit lost for ideas as far as video uploads ago, so if you have any suggestions then do drop them in the comments box below. I have a huge stack of books I can't wait to get through, being buried under stress and revision for weeks has meant I haven't been able to spend as much time as I would like to reading. Free time now means I can get through all the Camus, Orwell and Dostoevsky without a shred of guilt!

For all my foreign readers, I am proud to announce that Britain experienced it's first taste of summer a week ago - it lasted for two days! It was great to be able to see the sun and feel the temperature rise, but I'm pretty sure a few hours in, most people were complaining it became too hot. As is pretty evident from these pictures, the skies of Manchester are back to their gloomy selves - although I have to admit I really don't mind this. I think there's something really attractive about 'gloomy' weather and rain, but I'm sure I'm just an anomaly there. Nevertheless, we're in what I call 'transitory weather' where it's neither too hot nor too cold. The kind of weather which leaves you wondering exactly which coat will go with a "moderately sunny, kind of warm accompanied with colder spells and the slight chance of rain and a thunderstorm".

Well here we have my solution to the ephemeral weather dilemma! To celebrate my first taste of freedom after so long I simply had to go out, so this is what I decided to throw together. The shirt, of a wonderful silk material, is from last year's SS13 Topshop. I haven't worn it since last summer and I can't imagine why because it's really such a lovely, simple shirt, I love the steel blue/grey colour making it perfect for formal wear or casual wear. The trousers are simply black suit trousers, just because I was feeling a more smarter look which I didn't think your everyday skinny jeans can provide.

I have an exciting little press feature to announce too. I've recently been featured in two newspapers in one week - The Bury Times and The Bolton News! It's always a great honour for me, running this here blog, to have it featured in print! Here are some pictures of the interview feature, I will scan in the proper article too at some point.
The Bolton News
The Bolton News
The Bury Times
It's good to be back!

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Black and Cream


Coat - Zara
Top - H&M
Cardigan - vintage
Trousers - Zara
Shoes - Koi Couture
Necklace - Marc Jacobs

Hello!

I haven't blogged in a while - more than a month in fact! You are probably wondering where I have disappeared to, well I've not been far really, I've just been ridiculously busy. In the weeks I have been absent, I, along with a friend, have hosted and organised a whole fashion show, sponsored by Next, Boohoo.com, Marks and Spencers, Tesco to name but a few. There's been a few birthdays along the way, meeting old friends and new ones and writing endless essays and 'to do' lists that are never truly completed.

Onto the outfit, it was my best friend's 18th birthday, and to celebrate we all went out for a fancy meal. Initially, for these formal evening dinners I would consider wearing a dress, but I thought I would switch it up a little and wear smart trousers accompanied with a chiffon blouse and matching cardigan. Nothing and bold here, just muted colours and simple layering - what I love best! I like the whole notion of day-to-night wear and I think this sophisticated look is just that. I think many outfits can be transitioned into evening wear just by adding a few accessories, smart trousers and a change of shoes - effortless and effective!

Also, a quick thanks to BangStyle for featuring me in their article 4 Fashion Bloggers to Follow, which you can read here! It's always an honour to be featured in other websites and articles!

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Monday, 3 February 2014

Plumful


Jumper - Topshop
Coat - Topshop
Leggings - Urban Outfitters
Scarf - Muji
Boots - Koi Couture

Hello!

You may or may not have noticed that my hair is unusually straight here, being a naturally curly-haired girl who hasn't had straight hair in at least a year, I just had to point out how weird it felt. Also how I totally underestimated the length of my hair when it was curly! Straight hair probably added a good inch to my hair's length, pretty crazy if you ask me!

The weather here in England has been pretty dismal lately, but there's nothing new there. With this outfit I thought I'd experiment with different colours, fuelled mainly by the fact I recently bought the burgundy coat in the Topshop sale, and hence felt inspired to wear it a little differently. As much as I love the colour black, (it's so versatile yet elegant) I have to admit I do enjoy wearing a bit of colour too. It's interesting choosing specific colours to layer with, as you then have the opportunity to wear things in ways you normally wouldn't.

Apologies for looking so grumpy in these photos, I really wasn't feeling grumpy, my face just does that sometimes; it's timely anyway, with the whole weather and pathetic fallacy and all.

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Monday, 20 January 2014

A Few Jewels


Turquoise stone bracelet - c/o Born Pretty Store - buy here
Black clover earrings - c/o Born Pretty Store - buy here
Black clover necklace - c/o Born Pretty Store - buy here
10% off discount code: FAT10

Hello!

I thought I would mix things up a little with this post. Recently, I've really been into photography and have since made it my mission to become better with my photography skills. I'm working on a disposable camera project at the moment, but more information on that later.

Documented is a small fraction of my jewellery collection, as it currently stands. As I hope you can tell, there is no running theme, just a small amalgamation of various pieces of jewellery. I have no serious preferences when it comes to jewellery, although I think I like more delicate pieces (but not too much so).

I was recently sent three pieces of jewellery from the Born Pretty Store, as shown in the last three images: a turquoise stone ring and black clover earrings with a matching necklace. The black clover set in particular struck me as being very unique and something you wouldn't tend to find on the high street. If you're looking for good quality, bargain price jewellery, then Born Pretty is definitely for you, only a few pounds are needed to update your jewellery collection, plus with free worldwide delivery and a 10% off discount code (FAT10) exclusive to readers of my blog, it couldn't be easier!

I highly recommend Born Pretty for all your jewellery needs, the prices are genuinely unbeatable, and I guarantee you will be lost for choice with the variety available; definitely something for everyone! 

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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