Le Cliché.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

marc b karlie bag

Le Freak, C'est Chic!

When I think of effortlessly chic fashion. I think of the French. There is something so incredibly feminine and crisp about French style. Nothing is overdone, and it all looks and feels so fresh, uncomplicated and most importantly - fun. With women like Julia Sarr Jamois, Jane Birkin and Audrey Tautou as my French style-spiration, i've been experimenting with simplifying my style, and focusing on comfort, neatness and splashes of colour here and there. 
With the weather going from hailstones to blue sunny skies within the hour, my Spring/Summer wardrobe is quite the mishmash of textures, shapes and colours, but my uniform as of late has been girlfriend fit jeans, a baggy tee, a duster coat or faux leather jacket and some trainers or clogs, like this pair of bright red ones that I bought from fellow clog enthusiast Kristabel.
There is something that feels so oddly glam about being dressed down, but putting every piece together with effort if that makes sense. For examples, the splashes of red in this outfit is what makes it just a little bit more interesting and not boring. It feels like I'm writing a phd on the subject of simplicity so i'll leave it here. But what are your thoughts on French style? And who do you think wins in battle of the most stylish countries? I'd say Nigeria comes second, but i may be just a little biased… ;)

What I Wore…

Duster Coat - ASOS | Tee - H&M | Jeans - H&M | Clogs - Swedish Hasbeens | Bag* - Marc b | Beret - Vintage


Things I Wish I Knew When I First Went 'Natural'...

Thursday, 5 May 2016

what i wish i knew when i went natural
I stopped relaxing my hair back in November 2009, and cut off the last of my relaxed hair in February 2011, if i can remember correctly. Natural hair back then was still relatively new in the UK and I relied heavily on blog posts and youtube videos of women with kinky curly afro textured hair across the pond for advice. Kimmaytube and Naptural85 were my saviours! Now, black, brown and mixed race women across the globe are embracing the hair that grows out of their scalp, and it's a lovely thing to see. 

Here are some things I wish I knew when I first went 'Natural'…

Live. Work. Play.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

All Work & No Play Makes Me A Dull Girl…

I've been more absent than i'd have liked to be around these parts. This is for two reasons, one being that I have been working intensely on a very interesting housing project for the final project of my fifth year of architecture and i've been devoting all my time to it. Two, is that because i've been working so hard on Masters projects,  it that i feel a little disillusioned with blogging again, but that's only because i've been so out of the loop with it all. A not-so-vicious cycle of all work and no play makes Sade a dull girl to be quite honest. Hat's off to all the bloggers who manage a full time life outside of blogging whilst posting consistently, it's not easy at all, particularly in my case when my brain is filled with alternative energy sources and affordable housing solutions...

On: Friendships & Being A Better Friend.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

how to be a better friend
I'm an intense person,  and my intensity bowls over into relationships, particularly friendships for me, and I used to live by the 'Ride or Die' mentality, meaning that i'd expect friendships to be literally ride or die, (maybe not die, but sustain a small injury), but as I grow older and meet more people, the more I realise that my thinking may have been wrong, and in a way, the ride or die mentality is quite selfish. Now, bear in mind this is just me writing from the top of my head trying to feel my way around the topic, and of course i welcome discourse in the comments as per usual, as it's always interesting to hear other people's views, but I've come to the realisation that maybe we can become to expectant and in this world of instant gratification, who can really blame us? From trial and a lot of error, i've realised that sometimes I can be a bad friend, and in the past, I have been an awful friend, but it's good that I can admit that, we're all human after all, we make mistakes. We must learn from these mistakes to better ourselves, and one of my goals for this year is to learn how to be a better friend.

The Maxi Shirt Dress - 3 Ways To Wear.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

One Dress, A Multitude of Styling Options…

One thing that student life forces you to be, is resourceful. Most items in my wardrobe are re-mixed a few times a week so I can get wear out of them, spend less money buying new pieces of clothing, and prove that sometimes it's not how much you buy, but rather what you buy, and although I do have my frivolous purchases, for the most part i'll buy (or if i'm working with brands, request) items of clothing that I can wear again and again. This Maxi dress from Dorothy Perkins is no exception to this rule, and when choosing it, I knew exactly how I could wear it in a few different ways and take it from summer through to winter. If like me, you like to get your money's worth out of the items in your wardrobe, here are three easy ways to max out your maxi with varying shoe styling perfect for Spring and Summer! (hehe geddit?).