Chapter 67: The Blue Skirt

Skirt, Silvian Heach. Jacket and snood (seen below), Primark. T-shirt, Hobbs. Earrings, Warehouse. Necklace, Accessorize. Ring, Åland. Badge, Valley Cruise Press. Bag, LK Bennett. Shoes, Bershka.

This outfit has been hiding away in my draft – I almost feel like I didn’t want to face it because it reminds of a very sad day. For the day these pictures were taken was the day I waved farewell to one of my dearest friends and regular blog photographers.

These pictures convey a lot of things that both my friend and I love – colour and street art. My friend introduced me to street art – because of her, I discovered a passion I didn’t know could become so obsessive. And as for me, I’d like to think that because my friend witnessed me trying so many wacky things in fashion for the past four years, I somehow encouraged her to take risks and be more playful with her personal style (which was naturally already fabulous).

I can’t remember if I got her to try colour blocking?! Well I think I definitely had an influence in her decision to go for colourful… either way I would encourage everyone to do it, it has such an uplifting effect.

A few posts back I talked about my newfound love for Italian brand Silvian Heach. I can’t stop wearing this skirt ever since I got it two months ago – there couldn’t be a more perfect item for colour blocking! Pink, red, coral… there are so many options that the world really feels like my oyster. I especially loved wearing it with this t-shirt and jacket however – more grown up than your ordinary shade of yellow, lemon yellow is such an underrated summer shade.

I bought the leopardish t-shirt from Hobbs last summer – it has a super soft and perfect fit. The bag is from its rival brand LK Bennett, bought at a sample sale in May. I don’t know what it is exactly about this bag that I love so much (I’ll admit that part of my reason for getting it was because I loved the thought of owning an LK Bennett bag) but it’s become one of my absolute favourites. Its coral-like shade is perfect for when I indeed fancy a bit of colour blocking action and its design is practical without being boring.

Oh my, this snood. It just couldn’t be cuter. I don’t think a more perfect summer coverup has been made – pastel and acid bright illustrations of ice creams? I was sold the minute I saw it.

I can’t remember if this blazer has been on the blog, but its sister has. I loved the shape of my pink blazer so much I just had to get the yellow one too.

The finishing touch to my outfit was this beautiful Valley Cruise Press badge, given to me by my friend as a heartbreaking goodbye present. As you know, my obsession with emojis has no limits (remember this and this?), and I couldn’t think of a better symbol of friendship in this pop culture age we live in.

As the choice of shoes prove, I still love a colour coordinated outfit as much as colour blocking.

I am fortunate to live in a city with such amazing street art – this piece is by Zabou, who is both mine and my friend’s favourite street artist.

But as perfect as these pictures are, I still can’t help but feel a touch of sadness when looking at them. It was the perfect goodbye to my loyal photographer and true friend – I love her to bits and couldn’t be more thankful for all the amazing times we had together. She taught me a million things, and I… well, like I said, I really do hope I gave her a few lessons in style. I love you Ruth – this post is for you.

Photographed on Commercial Street, east London on July 12th, 2015 – pictures by Ruth.

xxx

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