Talking layers

Can one wear too many layers of clothing? Never!

Being the owner of my vintage shop ‘Madseventies’ has given me the opportunity to play dress up, style garments, describe and sell.

 

Depop app itself, has grown immensley in the last two years, with more sellers to the app. With more people selling (which is a step into the right direction to help our planet) means simply working harder, finding ways to make your brand even more desirable but most of all, staying true to what your brand stand for.

As a lover of fashion, I have always preferred more of a masculine style, and this comes from years back, raging through my dads wardrobe trying on his suits and making all kinds of knots or tucks to make an oversize shirt look stylish. So the times I get most inspired is during London Fashion Week Men’s which has been recently. And I am very excited to incorporate some of my favourite runaway looks into my shop as well as my personal wardrobe.

Exciting things are happening with Madseventies and all will be revealed soon. But for now, I thought I share some of my favourite looks from fashion and week and talk on how to work that into your daily looks.

The first look is inspired by the amazing John Lawrence Sullivan AW18 collection. Its all about the well tailored trousers, cinched-waist and detailed shirts. So I’ve paired up a pair of vintage leather trousers, with a 60’s high neck top, pullover knit, oversized leather jacket and of course a pair of fun kicks and fire socks to break the-all-leather-look.

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In my second look Ive taken inspiration from the fabulous Ann Demeulemeester’s AW18 collection. Totally in love with the layers, different textures and patterns perfectly styled together. I’m wearing my pinstripe suit, layered with a gorgeous silk skirt, cinched with double belts and a leopard print bucket hat to clash patterns.

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I’ve really enjoyed Alex Mullins AW collection. Im all about men’s trousers, oversized blazers with patterns to create depth.  So in my third look Im wearing oversized olive green trousers, Dolce and Gabanna shirt layered with a striped roll sleeve and a chocolate pinstrip blazer. Ive added a strapped sandal and glitter socks to soften the masculine look.

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And onto my last look.  Mochino AW18 collection. The statement boots, the boxy jackets and bold patterns I could not resist. So I paired up a vintage boxy suede jacket with slim leggings and killer patent knee high boots. Ive added a sheer blouse with ‘sleeves for days’ to create movement to the look.

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All these inspired looks has been styled with pieces from my Madseventies shop. As much as I (and maybe you) would love to wear a lot of these runaway looks, its just not possible budget wise, but that shouldnt stop you from taking inspiration from the catwalks and all walks of life. The fun part is create your own style and be comfortable with it.

Photography and styling ~ me

Vintage pieces ~ Madseventies

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Madseventies X Sacred Hawk Collaboration

If you like a little animal print, candy stripes and splashes of the rainbow then Margate Location House is the place for you.

A few weeks ago Madseventies teamed up with Sacred Hawk.  A company that designs pieces inspired by the 60’s to 90’s. Not only do they have fantastic pieces but they throw a good party. From good music, dancers and of course a fabulously dressed crowd.

For someone like me, inspired by the 60’s and 70’s found this opportunity very exciting. So we set off to Margate to shoot new fashion pieces which will be available in January.

From leopard statues to furry couches; we had a lot of fun props and decor to play around with in the shoot.

For the first look I wore a gorgeous velvet dress, paired it up with a skinny neckscarf for a bit more rock and roll feel. I love a bit of velvet;  it brings a bit of glam to any outfit!

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The second look could have been an outfit from Woodstock Festival. Double denim with embroidered patterns and a pair of jeans with a big slip. What I love about this outfit, you have the choice of wearing it together or pairing it up seperately. For example, the embroidered denim jacket with a pair of black velvet flares and ankle boots to break the double denim if you’d like.

C315E22F-32B1-4B1D-ACC4-3B9B7878E23DSparkle bra, suede skirt and the best jacket of all time, A Harley-Davidson jacket. When buying big and bulky pieces I prefer to keep it simple in order to wear it more than once or in a variety of ways BUT make sure you have a few timeless statement pieces, like this jacket! Pair it up with cropped vinyls, glitter socks and strapped sandals to balance masculine with a touch of feminine.

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For all you fabulous people out there that loves a bit of lace and crochet. Wearing vintage lace, tucked in with high waisted denim and a fun pair of cat eye glasses. The earrings are also available on their site. Lace And velvet, the two materials that jazz up any outfit AND Crochet dreams. Love this crochet dress paired up with a black body suit. You would think ‘this is for summer’ however crochet can be worn in winter, paired up with a roll neck, stockings and knee high boots for the perfect Twiggy 60’s look.

A cropped jacket and a skirt with a slip, paired up with a rock and roll shirt to break the full-only-floral look and a fun military cap. Super comfortable yet chic.

And onto the last look of day! Complete rock and roll, velvet flared trousers, wrap around blouse and one of my favourite hats of all time; the military cap. And how dreamy is this bathroom?!

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DF8EF368-4474-4594-A121-F303DF05B466Such a fantastic team to work with! Keep an eye out on their website for exciting pieces to come…

Photos ~ Jimi Herrtage

Social media/Polaroids ~ Freya Shelbourne 

Styling/Art direction ~ Emma O’Farrell

Lots of love

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural hot springs and honey- bath stones

Cobbled stone alleys, friendly people and a break from London city. What more could you ask for?

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What do you pack for a weekend away? A wool coat and accesories to jazz up a simple outfit. With travel suitcase in hand and snacks for the road we were off to explore beautiful Bath.

Tim rented out the cutest Air BnB, wooden floors, chandeliers dangling from the roof and a Victorian bath and fire place. An absolute dream!

With winter in full swing I had no choice than to take my wool military style coat on the trip. I love fashion but I choose warmth and comfort over anything else. So to jazz up my long coat I wore a pair of cat eye sunglasses from My shop ~madseventies and Dr Martens to avoid blisters or moaning.

 

What did we do first?  We went on a coffee mission. I guess you can call us slight coffee snobs, we would spend more money on a good coffee than a night out drinking. Colonna in case you looking for a good cup.

Saturday was a busy one. First stop; The Roman Baths. Such a beautiful place, worth the visit. So much history, textures and colours.

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I wore M&S trousers paired up with a black roll neck and my one and only pair of cowboy boots. To add a few layers to the outfit I wore my beret and vintage leather clutch that I found on our first night in Bath. Not having your wardrobe with you creates excitement of having to create a fabulous outfit with just a few key elements.

After the Roman Baths we went to one of the best fine dining restaurants for lunch. What an experience. I can go on and on about how amazing the food was and how incredible it was to see so much art and layers on one plate BUT I won’t. After explosions of flavours and full tummies we dragged our bodies to the Spa for some cleansing and complete relaxation.

On Sunday (sadly our last day) we went to the Holburne Museum to admire some incredible art pieces collected over the time. What better way to end a fantastic trip in a grand building with high ceilings, crystal chandeliers and timeless art pieces.
So on the last day I wore (yet again) a comfortable outfit but with a 70’s twist. I paired up this incredible vintage poncho I found in Bath with slim trousers, cowboy boots and cat eye sunglasses. (I am also considering selling this incredible gem on my shop in the next few weeks)

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The days felt long and slow and the the people were friendly.

My kind of place.

Till next time magical Bath ~

 

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Holiday Giveaway

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Since living in London I’ve always found winter much more challenging. So this morning I had two choices.  Hide in my apartment and convince myself its too cold OR brave the slippy roads and snow?

Processed with VSCO with g3 presetI decided to embrace this wonderful day by wrapping myself up in many layers of clothing. With coffee in hand we walk down to one of our favourite parks; Clissold Park. What a beautiful sight. Everything  covered in white.

With me I had my new phone cover sent from Caseapp. A company that allows you to design your unique phone/ipad or laptop cover.

My cheeky partner also designed his own phone case with one of his food photography images on. So snazzy!

I’m also doing a little holiday give away. Head over to my Instagram ~Madseventies ~ to see how you can enter

Cheers from me and Mr Snowy and Happy Holidays!

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Monet Inspired

‘Monet rejected the traditional approach to landscape painting and instead of copying old masters he had been learning from his friends And the nature itself.

Monet’s ambition of documenting the French country side led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons.’mia (9 von 15)Why did we do choose a Monet inspired story? Because his work is like no other.

A few weeks ago I got contacted by Laura Cherry Grove, a film photographer from Berlin, which work I adore. Her work consist of real people. Her images are full of colour, sparkles, dreamy glow and of course very much 70’s inspired. As you can imagine, its like we’ve known each other for years and got planning straight away! mia (10 von 15)Laura had her heart set on Hill Garden in Hampstead Heath for location. As much as I would like to say the trip was all glam and dreamy just like one of Monet’s paintings… well… I would lie if I said so. After an intense walk with suitcase in hand, scorching heat, small walk ways and glam heels on dusty roads, we finally made it to our destination. And wow, it was all worth it!

After entering the big gates, followed by a spiral staircase we knew this is the perfect location for our Monet inspired story. Big pillars overgrown with vines and flowers, set on a raised walkway overlooking a garden stretching for miles.

Which garments did I have in mind for our story? Long flowy dresses with dramatic shoulders, blouses with embroidered patterns, high frilled collars, lace with sheer, french skirts and bib collars. Dramatic right? Where do you find these elements for the perfect story? Blitz Vintage, based in Bricklane, a shop filled with all the fashion era’s you can imagine! Blouses from the 50’s to sequin dresses from the 90’s. The team was kind and generous enough to allow me source these garments.

mia (12 von 15)We chose bright colors mixed with pastels. In this look I wore a 50’s high waisted skirt matched with a bib blouse. Paired up with my red go-go boots and a pink beret for a pop of color. And of course my Gucci sunglasses to complete the look.

mia (11 von 15)The second look was a look I could relate and actually often wear minus the red boots. A mint green vintage night gown layered with a sheer blouse with embroidered patterns and a high frilled collar, my straw hat and my Gucci glasses to keep a modern element. We’e added some fun props to it. Could every day be like a Monet painting, relaxed in nature while sipping on some sparkly water? Peaceful and quiet, very much the opposite of the every day London buzz.

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mia (4 von 15)In my last look I chose a dramatic long victorian style dress with cut out detail and puffy sleeves. A matching belt and my big old straw hat. It was lots of fun playing a different character, creating a story in such a beautiful location and collaborating with the talented Laura.

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mia (7 von 15)I would recommend The Hill garden if you haven’t been, its not too late!  We have a few summer days left. Take a book, some snacks and enjoy the calmness this place has to offer.mia (8 von 15)

Photography – Laura Cherry Grove

Styling and modelling – Me

Clothes – Blitz Vintage and Madseventies

 

Thank you for reading!

 

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Gucci inspired Story…

Clashing patterns, a blend of textures, mixing vintage with modern, suits with trainers, sporty with glam. This is just a few elements that were put together to create the perfect Gucci Cruise 2018 inspired story.

As a vintage seller I enjoy finding inspiration from designers such as Alessandro Michele.

From classic Co-Ord suits, cropped flared trousers to go-with-the-perfect-fit-jacket, dreamy dresses draped in gold accesories and trainers paired with suits.

The Gucci Cruis collection has inspired me to dig deep in my wardrobe to find those bold outfits that are kept only for special occasion or dress ups.  But why only wear your bold outfits for such occasions? Why not wear your best outfit on your daily coffee run or a trip to the post office?

I’ve put four looks together that inspired me from his recent Gucci Cruise collection.

IMG_5493The first look, a pair of Wrangler cropped flared denims, tucked in with a fun vintage T,  a grungy leather bomber jacket and a platform for a bit more glam. I completed the look with oversized 70’s inspired Gucci sunglasses and red socks to tie up the look. if you don’t feel like patterns, or too many bold colours then this is perfect. Simple mixed with classic.IMG_5495I have to admit, the second look was slightly out of my comfort zone. Suits and trainers?! I saw this on the runway and though this is just fabulous and a look I never thought I’d try. I loved how Gucci paired up the classic check suit and tie (worn by male and female) with a pair of 70’s white trainers and fun patterned socks. In my inspired look I wore an urban coloured check suit paired up with my tennis trainers and instead of patterned socks I kept it slightly more simple with red socks and a beagle collar shirt. The perfect outfit when you late for those early morning meetings.

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Processed with VSCO with g3 presetBy now I was wind swept and ready to take on another Gucci inspired look. The velvet floral suit with a flared leg. This is one of my favourite outfits that needs no introduction or layers. It looks great paired up with a simple T and some grungy black boots but if you want go full Jimmy Hendrix or Jimmy page then pair it up with a silk shirt and a patterned neck scarf.

IMG_5521I found this amazing suit during a late night of shopping in Oxford Street with the hope of finding the perfect birthday outfit. After many shops and lots of dissapointments I came across this dreamy suit in Warehouse! And no, its not vintage but definitely 70’s inspired and the statement piece I was looking for!

IMG_5520In my final look I combined many patterns and textures. In the past I kept it quite simple and minimal but now I like to experiment with more bold looking outfits. I paired my 70’s bottle green flares with a silk pattern shirt and a crochet knit to focus the eye on the 70’s patterned collar. Then I layered the outfit with a sparkly knitwear and my favourite check school style blazer. I completed the look with some fun shaped face earrings and my green 70’s style oversized Gucci glasses.

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IMG_5499As much as I love finding inspiration from everyday people/designers/friends I enjoy it so much more putting a look together that resembles my style. With fashion changing weekly I think its important to wear pieces with confidence (even though it’s not popular right now)  because let’s face it, we will forever chase fashion trends.

Thank you to my wonderful friend/photographer/superwoman Anya for the photos and finding locations that complimented my outfits.

Most outfits from my range Madseventies

Floral suit Warehouse

Glasses Gucci

Trainers Nike

Thanks for reading.

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