Friday, 29 June 2012

A Flea Market That's Second To None

So a few weeks back I mentioned that I wasn’t too sure about where my blog was going and was worrying that it was getting a bit too general. I talked about how I originally set out to create a place where people could get simple style advice on working the trends, developing their style and making the most of their wardrobe, instead of spending buckets of money on far too many clothes that are never worn.  But since moving to India I’ve been so inspired and my passion for pattern, photography and travel have been making an appearance on the blog too. I had some lovely comments and feedback in response to my post, telling me not to worry about it, take the blog in a direction that’s natural to me and just blog about what I’d like to read.  So that’s exactly I’m going to do from now on :)

This post is about one of my favourite past times…rummaging around in flea markets and vintage fairs.  Back in Bristol I missed so many flea markets thanks to weekends spent sifting though clients wardrobes or taking them shopping.  However, with a little more time on my hands over here, I’m able to indulge my passion for finding unique, handmade, or second hand items to add to my collection.  The thought of going to a flea market in the UK excites me, but one in India…that’s even more exciting! 

Before we moved here I spent hours online looking for Bangalore blogs to follow, I figured they’d be the best place to find out about my new home and the events going on, and I wasn’t wrong.  My two favourite bloggers are Ruhi from and Smrithi from I can’t wait to read their new posts and fill my diary with new places to visit and things I just have to do, their blogs are tons better than any guide book! Oh, and Ruhi sells the most amazing jewellery too!  Anyway, that’s enough blog lovin for now (but you must go over and check them out after this) I’ll get back to the flea markets!

Within the first couple of weeks of being here it was my birthday so I had the perfect excuse to drag Alex along to Second To None flea market an event and initiative designed to encourage and inspire people to see un-wanted items in a different light, to see the things we'd normally throw away as the perfect material for making pretty things and functional items...this market showcased up-cycling and recycling to perfection.  It was so inspiring and I left I left with a few new things (of course!) and a heap of ideas to customise my own things.

I wore my maxi skirt and floated around the market in layers of loose fabric, it was perfect in the heat and so comfortable. 

I know that was a really picture heavy post, but I just had to show you everything!  I went to another flea market a couple of weeks ago, so will post about that soon.  Until then, have a lovely weekend! xx

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Three Ways To Wear A Maxi Skirt

We all have preconceived ideas about brands, like who they are aimed at, what type of clothing they sell, what age they are for, etc… We’re all guilty of making these judgments and they can stop us developing our style and venturing outside of what is comfortable.    I’m always introducing clients to shops they wouldn’t normally dream of going into and they’re always pleasantly surprised.  Not only does it open their eyes to SO much more choice, but it also enables me to pull together a varied and hard working collection of clothes, that truly works for them.

I like to think that I’m more open minded than most and enjoy having a real mix of brands in my wardrobe, but there are a few stores I rarely visit and think won’t work for me…one of these is Fat Face.  I find their sizing a little random and rarely find anything I like in there, but a couple of months ago I was in John Lewis searching for clothes to bring to India and a spot maxi skirt caught my eye.  That's right, it was by Fat Face. So I took a little of my own advice, popped into the fitting room to try it on and ended up buying it.

I just love maxi skirts, especially when it’s hot; they’re so comfortable and cool and they look great, day or night. While I love wearing them, I’ve witnessed clients pulling them out of the wardrobe declaring they don’t know what to put with them or how to wear them, so I thought I’d illustrate just how versatile they are by pulling together three different looks, with one skirt.  

The first is perfect for a summer night out. It’s dressy yet relaxed, just right for a beautiful balmy evening.   The second look was inspired by the talented I think it might actually be my favourite look, it’s so simple!  The last look has been my outfit of choice a lot recently, it’s so comfortable and I love mixing the spot print with a floral one.

1. Skirt from Fat Face.  Lace top from Topshop.  Leopard print belt from Oasis.  Shoes from Russell and Bromley. Necklaces from Warehouse and Bristol flea market.  Ring from House of Harlow. Bag from Yellow Button (Indiranagar, Bangalore)
2. Earrings House of Harlow. Belt from Topshop. Sandals from Office. Bangles from Blue Banana and Jane Kenney.
3. Top from TKMaxx. Belt from H&M. Flip flops from Gap. Necklaces from Accessorize and Asos. Bangles from India.

What do you think to maxi skirts? Do you have one?  I’d love to hear your favourite way to wear it, or even better if you’ve posted about this, pop the link below…I’m always on the lookout for outfit inspiration!