Jumper: Nine by Savannah Miller, Skirt: Boohoo, Kitten Heels: Roger Vivier, Bag: Louis Vuitton, Earrings: c/o Reilly Sparkles
Images by Tina Muller
When I showed my friend Tina, who volunteered to take photos of my look on a mega dreary February day instead of cosying up by a warm fire, the idea of shooting an outfit with kitten heels, she was horrified. She tried to hide her face dominated by disgust. Because my friend is nothing but honest, I saw her silently questioning my sanity, and I accepted it. After all, she is right, kitten heels can be damn ugly
. But is there hope? If there is hope for crocs, there is hope for kitten heels. Of course, as the saying goes: Hope dies last. Let’s see if I can help you resurrect your love for kitten heels, or if not, I’ll bring a shovel and help you bury them in a deep dark forrest.
5 Ways to Wear Kitten Heels & Not Look Like You’ve Given Up
- Opt for black pointy kitten heels with cropped cigarette pants, white shirt and a camel coat. This is definitely a look you can rock while signing a million pound business deal.
- Consider investing in classic designer kitten heels – think Manolos or in my case above Roger Viviers – and mix it with a trend-led outfit. A balance between trendy and classic is always a good idea. It’s what creates personal style.
- Match statement kitten heels with a minimalist ensemble. Go kitten heel crazy, from space age to vintage, as long as the rest of the outfit boasts clear lines, neutral colours and simple geometric jewellery.
- Play with textures & fabrics: If you are wearing a white chiffon or crepe de chine dress, go for a baby pink or beige suede kitten heel mule.
- Play with colour: If it’s a jeans-and-a-nice-top kind of day, just contrast it with a yellow/orange/pink/red kitten heel.
Whichever way you decide to go, kitten heels are best worn with an unapologetic attitude and a sassy hair flick.
Also, my friend ended up warming up to the kitten heels in the photos above. They may not be besties as yet, but they have become much deeper than mere acquaintances.
Blazer: Moschino, Denim: c/o Tobi, Bag: Chanel, Pumps: Marks and Spencer, Sunglasses: AND/OR
Images by Tina Muller
I love wearing vintage blazers. In fact, I love them much more than their modern counterparts. This is because they are full of character and often have something beautifully unusual about them. Going for vintage is also a savvy way to get designer brands for much less!
But not everyone is keen on the character part. It maybe hard to find the balance between looking like you’ve just travelled through time and you are taking inspiration from an era. Not to worry, this is where I can help you. Here’s how to modernise a vintage blazer stylistically, without reaching out for a needle and thread:
- Make your vintage blazer your accent piece. While you can add a brooch or earrings, make sure you are referencing one era with a showstoppper aka your blazer and a small nod aka your vintage accessory choice. Anything more may take your outfit backwards instead of fashion forward.
- Sleeves up. Literally. Roll up your sleeves if you are uncomfortable with the length of the sleeves or their cut. Go for about 3/4 of the length for a relaxed feel.
- Drape. White shirt, a blazer draped over your shoulders, some serious cigarette trousers, and it looks like you mean business.
- Wear your hair down. If you managed to snatch a blazer of your dreams but it comes with those 80s shoulder pads that are sewn in underneath the lining, a visit to the seamstress may be in the cards. However, if you have long hair, wear it down the first time you rock your vintage blazer. This will soften the accentuated shoulder. Also, hopefully this will allow you to not mind the shoulder pad look that much! I personally love it as it shapes the silhouette nicely and gives structure to the ensemble… plus makes your waist look smaller.
- Wear unbuttoned with a white shirt, boyfriend or mom jeans and a classic bag for a relaxed yet I’m-definitely-chic look. Some vintage blazers look too old-fashioned when buttoned up as their intended shapes can be outdated – a lot of 80s ones are guilty of this. But if you style them unbuttoned with a casual look in mind, they will add that nonchalant je ne sais quoi to your ensemble. But as a quick reminder, elements of fashion tend to come back every 30 years, so you may be loving the shape of your blazer tomorrow even if you are cringing today!
Faux Fur: c/o Embracing Trends, Faux Leather Trousers: Lidl, Bag: Louis Vuitton, Fedora: Boohoo, Boots: Quiz Clothing
Images by Ahmed Fayed
How To Collaborate with Influencers?
It must be scary to start you own business on social media. It must be even more frightening to approach influencers asking to work together. When you are just starting, you don’t have mountains of budget, and sometimes none at all – how do you actually put yourself out there?
Here are a few things I learned by being an Instagram influencer and existing on both sides of the equation as sometimes it was me applying for opportunities.
- Take it slow. Thinking about connecting with someone online doesn’t equal actually doing it. You either do it, or you don’t. However, taking your time with it is really smart. If you found an influencer you’d like to work with, observe their behaviour within their channels: how do they handle criticism, how often they post and is their online persona something that’s close to your brand values?
- Don’t be discouraged. The worst thing that could happen is them saying no or not replying. Don’t let that dampen your spirits – you can simply move on, but not without trying again. I admit, I have missed out on opportunities by reading messages while in transit and thinking – oh, I’ll just reply once I am at home. Only to forget, of course. So if an influencer doesn’t reply to a DM, leave a comment on a post that you’ve DM’ed and whether they received it. Thankfully brands did that to me and it resulted in some lovely collaborations.
- Be yourself. If you are genuinely passionate about what you do, infect your chosen influencer with it. Take time to explain your product in your own tone of voice, as if you are actually speaking to them face to face. Or, if you are honestly more of a formal person, there’s nothing wrong with that either, leave them a hand-written note in the product package and briefly explain what makes your product different. I often remember how a brand made me feel working with them rather than what they actually sent me. If an influencer has an awful brand experience, diamond encrusted handbags would still feel bitter to touch, let all be photograph and commend.
- Be open. We live in a me me me world, and no one is more me me me than an influencer. If they respond asking for a different way of working together, be fluid and consider other options. It may be the case that the influencer thinks that your brand is not very them. It’s okay – after all, you probably had the same thoughts about others in points 1, 2, 3. It’s not a one way street, that’s why it’s called social.
- Be upfront. If you are just starting out, just say it. Be honest. Not every influencer is looking to make millions out of every post (although it would be great!) but they too sought help when they were at the starting point. What goes around, comes around. It may be their turn to help others! Having said that, don’t be a cheapskate, if an influencer offers to work hard with your brand, consider how you’d like to reward them, and that doesn’t always mean money, but it may mean it in a future collaboration. Work is work.
My most recent collaboration is with Embracing Trends, a lovely Instagram shop that sells a select number of lovely items that will make sure you are rocking the most recent fashion trends. Without realising, all the points above is what the owner of the shop followed, resulting in the photo shoot dedicated to it above. I went for a slightly more timeless piece from the brand’s selection.
If you have any questions on working with influencers, send me a cheeky email 😉
Jumper: Valentino, Bag: Roberto Cavalli, Denim: c/o Tobi, Slippers: Primark
Images by Ahmed Fayed
Hello Bruges! You are just like me when I am wearing makeup – a reconstructed facade of who you once were.
While the town is deemed to be historic, the truth is that it has crumbled and fallen apart, resurrected and pieced together only recently, becoming a dramatic listed site.
What to do when in Bruges:
- Be adventurous and and try one of the local Flemish cuisines. We tried rabbit in beer sauce… and then some more beer.
- Walk a tiny bit outside of the centre of the city and witness prices drop by half, if you are eating out.
- Waffles. Of course waffles! What’s a trip to Belgium without the waffles?
- Walk around the shops sampling chocolate before buying a block or bag! With so many flavours, pick one that you can’t get at home. Be mindful of prices, as those can definitely bite – some basic chocolate blocks were priced at €20 while the same item two blocks down cost a mere €3.
- Speaking of tourist traps, I struggled finding truly beautiful souvenirs. There are so many gift shops, but the quality of those keepsakes was just sad. I was on a mission to find some small but stunning Belgian tapestry but I couldn’t settle for something that was a sad cheap replica, albeit priced dearly. So be vigilant when buying – is it really made in Belgium?
- Take in the views and pop into a few museums! The brewery museum is pretty cool, and so are the religious sites. I’m into dramatic architecture and if you are too, you’ll feel right at home in Bruges. Le monde est beau!
Leather Jacket: Lipsy, Boots: H&M, Top: Quiz Clothing, Skirt: Dorothy Perkins, Backpack: Moschino
Images by Marija Deipenbrock
We live in a world where we have beautiful grand buildings. Sometimes if they are restored and meticulously maintained, they start looking a little bit fake, as if they are pretending to be the mammoths they once were. They are no longer. Just like no amount of plastic surgery can stop us from ageing, equally no amount of plastering and cement can conceal the true age of a building.
There is something truly hauntingly stunning about a grand building that has been abandoned, I am yearning to one day shoot in one. Although this building is not abandoned, you will find a dolls museum inside as well as a few folk living in some of the building’s converted flats, it definitely has that air to it. Originally built as a leisure spa, the thermal waters have stopped flowing. It is also the location of the annual cider festival, but that too has ended. The building that has seen flocks of people squeezing in, trying to find space on its lands have now left. This yellow house is now deep in thought. Alone, abandoned, relieved.
If you ever want to see this stunning house, it’s located in Hanau, Germany, the birthplace of the Grimm Brothers. No wonder it has a fairytale feel to it. I bet this mansion can tell a lot of stories, but on this occasion there was no one there to listen. Having said that, even if someone had been there, would they care to listen? With a podcast playing in their ear and only the latest Instagram Live Filter on their mind, there are no stories left to remember, only those to forget. They expire in 24 hours.