30 March 2011
I don't know if I've ever mentioned by I absolutely hate "She's got a passion for fashion" I choose it on a whim over 3 years ago. All the names I wanted were taken and I took it (slightly tweaked) from the lyrics of an old Braid song. Back then blogging was a totally foreign concept to me, I never thought it would grow into what it is today... Whatever that might be.
I'm no stranger to name change, when I was 12 years old I sat on my bed and wrote a list of my favourite names then adamantly explained to my Mum that when I moved school I was going to change my name. Clearly I was a precocious little madam because I followed through with it, a few months later I changed my name from Drustic (I feel that it is needless to explain why I choose to change it) to Caitlin. I always think that if you don't like something, do something about it. I have completely outgrown SGAPFF so it was time for a change!
Though I've been thinking about it for a while, I didn't plan the name change. Last night it just felt like the right time so I bought the domain, then Adam redesigned the header and here we are. Sometime over the next couple of days all traffic will be directed straight to waywarddaughter.com. Currently both sites are active but all feeds should be automatically redirected once the switch is fully implemented, you don't have to do anything. Fingers crossed!
Thank you for your patience, if you have any questions feel free to contact me -firstname.lastname@example.org x
22 March 2011
I can't believe that I hadn't heard of Beg Bicyles until this afternoon. I was scrolling through my reader when I saw this new post on Design Sponge. I though to myself "Cute Bicycles, I wish we had more things like that in the UK" only when I clicked onto their site and saw the prices in BPS, I realised they were a British company. Perfect!
If I didn't already own the bicycle of my dreams, I would be fervently scribbling a note to Santa asking for one of these. Thankfully for me alongside these bespoke bicycles they also sell twee accessories. Leather bound flasks, satchels and a plaid picnic blanket perfect for picnics with cake and rose lemonade.
Even if you aren't looking for a new bicycle or fancy accessories, you should still visit their site. It is so beautifully designed and the styling and photography are blissful. If only read life looked like this...
21 March 2011
After a few false starts and much wishful thinking, Spring has finally sprung!
As soon as this time of year arrives, I always find myself fighting the urge to Spring Clean with the vigour of a Victorian housemaid. The first casualty is aways the contents of my wardrobe. Fist of all comes the switch around, unpacking all my fair weather clothes from where they are stored (stuffed) in my tower of suitcases. Inevitably this means hauling everything out of cupboards, suitcases and drawers. Making a huge mess and eventually deciding that that I hate everything I own. In preparation for this eventuality I made myself a wish list of Spring treats.
Spring is always assosiated with florals and pale colours, which I like but, as always I am hopelessly devoted to French navy. How cute is this Sailor Coat from Louche at Joy, and the Gretal dress from Dear Creatures at Ruche?
I love florals but not always to wear, I already have a Liberty Suitcase, but that doesn't stop me yearing for another, after all its extra storage for new clothes! For a while now I've been collecting vintage bed linens in white, pink and pale green so this floral bedspread from Urban Outfitters would perfectly compliment them. As for the Liberty Notebook, and Fieldguided Tote, I just really, really want them!
I'm always so amused by the names that fashion magazines come up with to discribe a different colours. Here we could have Camel, Fawn, Tawny or Caramel when really just all in an attempt to avoid the words Brown and Beige. Either way, I'm a fan! I'm already worried about having to pack away my cape coat so I've been searching for a lightweight replacement in the same colour. I love this coat from Louche at Joy, it has a brown corduroy collar and elbow patches and the lining is printed with little Scottish terriers. I do love nice lining fabric! The heart shaped box bag from Urban Outfitters is a must, pefect for wearing with sundresses, cats-eye specticles and these Topshop wooden heels. Perhaps whilst listening to old crackling record on this Crosley record player from Urban Outfitters? Not at all necessary but a girl can dream...
16 March 2011
Recently I've had a few emails asking if I am ever going to start selling my 'designs' (Cringe! It sounds so cheesy), like I mentioned I might last Autumn. The answer is yes, I've been working on a small... I use this word tentatively... collection. When I say small, I mean small. It will only be a few select pieces and this denim pinafore is one of them.
There is nothing worse than reading Art-School-Kid style ramblings about their inspirations, most likely written after the fact so I will keep it short and sweet. I love Edwardian children's clothing and in the beginning I wanted to design a pinafore-apron style dress in chambray but it turned out to be rather unflattering. From there I moved on to a straight-up pinafore, which isn't so far removed from denim dungarees so I changed the fabric accordingly. Not exactly a whimsical tale but there you have it.
I took me a really long time to decide on a name but one afternoon I was listening to Classic FM when The Clog Dance from La Fille mal Gardée was played. I don't know why I remembered but I had read before that the English translation is 'The Wayward Daughter'. I instantly decided it the name for me and registered the Etsy account within the hour.
13 March 2011
I'm all for wardrobe rules. I have a very long unwritten list of rules that I shop and dress by - No shoes with ankle straps, No trousers, Always a cinched waist but never a drop waist and Coco's words of wisdom are ever present, too. One of my favourites is "When accessorizing always take off the last thing you put on". And that's only the beginning of the list.
However, I tend to go against classic colour combination faux pas. I'm fully aware that red and green should never be seen but some crazy people (my GBF included) think that black and navy are a No-No. How could I possibly live without them? They are my go-to combination! I feel pretty safe wearing black, grey and blue but adding in brown isn't so easy. I wanted to balance out the brown in the necklace and in the elbow patches of this sweater, they are under there I promise. I was a bit unsure but I always admire Amy's use of grey tights with brown loafers so referred back to my favourite colour combination from last summer.
So here I am, breaking all the rules. I have black,navy, grey and brown all in the same outfit and -Shock-Horror!!- I think it looks alright. Else I wouldn't have worn it.
What do you think? What colours do you love to wear or hate to mix?
P.S. If you love Gin as much as I do (Mine is always a Gin & Slim with lime... never lemon) you can buy this beautifully handcrafted necklace from Stolen Thunder with a 15% discount from March 14th until April 13th with using the code 'PASSION'.
11 March 2011
I would like to formally introduce you all to Summerland, a darling boutique selling dresses ready to set your fragile heart aflutter. Alongside favourites like TBA, Dear Creatures & Karen Walker, Summerland stock select vintage pieces, cute homeware aswell as copies of the elusive Chelsea Magazine.
Although I would quite happily pile their entire stock into my wardrobe, these are my favourites: TBA - Sam Dress, Chelsea Magazine, Dear Creatures Blossom Dress and Vintage Minnie Shoes
The code is valid until April 1st so be use to take the opportunity to treat yourself to something pretty!
08 March 2011
I'm sure some of you are already familiar with Simon Filip's photography, isn't it lovely? It's always so inspiring, just whimsical enough without becoming twee. I especially like the pictures of his sister and her band The Honey Trees. Not only is Becky Filip easy on the eyes and can style a darling outfit and to top it all off she has the sweetest lullaby voice.
Their EP Wake The Earth is a firm favourite of mine and I can't stop watching this film. It makes me pine for long summers days and a camera that shoots video. Hopefully both of which will be along presently but in the meantime this will keep me satisfied.
06 March 2011
Just when I thought that Spring was really here and it was safe to start planning my Summer wardrobe, Winter hit back with an icy bite. Earlier this week I pinned my favourite Summer looks on Pinterest which btw, I totally love - I was never very good at Tumblr but I'm good at Pinterest so if you want to see all the silly things that I like you can follow me on there. My mind was on Summer... chambray, bicycle rides, straw hats and picnics with ice tea.
Needless to say, I was delighted when I found this straw boater in Oxfam though a little less delighted at the price tag - £14.99. When did charity shopping become so expensive? However, my friend pointed out that it would be twice that from Topshop and there was no way that I was letting a vintage boater pass me by so I bought it and I'm very glad that I did. Expect to see alot more of it from now on.
I had, albeit a little prematurely, planned to wear it with a sheer blouse and light mac but Mother Nature choose to send a gust of icy wind in our direction and it was far too chilly that sort of frippery so instead I choose this dress from Zara. If in doubt, just dress a bit like Alexa Chung, right?
P.S. Jessie was so kind as to name SGAPFF, Blog of the Month on her own beautiful The Velvet Bow. If you don't already read it, then you should check it out now. I promise that you won't be disappointed.
01 March 2011
I have a outfit post up on Annie's beautiful blog, Time Enough For Drums. During Feburary she hosted so many great bloggers, who posted with a French theme. I choose Jane Birkin and her iconic basket as my inspiration.