fashion illustration, laura callaghan

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I love love love love this. After seeing her work on Clio Peppiatt’s Presentation invite for LFW a couple of seasons ago, I’ve been seeing it pop around everywhere ever since (probs cuz I follow her on Insta). Laura Callaghan is an Irish illustrator living in SE London after studying Illustration at Kingston. Hand drawn using a mix of watercolour, indian ink and an isograph pen (!?) the effect it gives is awesome. Full of print and pattern, a tonne of detail and a load of colour – the scenes are beautiful, but say a lot about the modern age.

Going against Insta goalszzzz and being unrealistic, I find her work represents what we should relate to. Whilst being lighthearted, feminine and accessible, I suppose you could view it in different ways. Why illustrating a lady with ‘curves’ should be normal – not to make a point, and slouching on the sofa in a messy room isn’t a shock, it’s what rooms are like (…………..or mine most definitely is, anyway). I absolutely love her work, the overload of prints and how vibrant it is.

I found out she’s putting on an exhibition at the KK Outlet (Hoxton Sq) for a month in June and I’m so gonna take a look. Whatcha think?


now playing: here i am tom odell/between two lungs florence + the machine/all my own stunts arctic monkeys/brazil is here foals/give me my month james blake

cold-shoulder top & jeans

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top, jeans, earring – c/o new look

The other week New Look asked me to create a head-to-toe outfit all for under £50, keeping it all in budget for the student loan. I haven’t been into New Look for YONKS (like actual yonks, I’m talking the 915 days when that was launched) so it was actually really refreshing to have a look around for the first time. Starting with a cold shoulder top (I’ve been after one for ages) that was an absolute barg in its summery coral shade. Fancy summer piece ticked, it was only right that I invested in a pair of jeans to go with it. A basic blue, hipster with a raw hem, I’ve been wearing these most days during the week and I love the fit. Decorated with a pair of those ear jacket earrings, I accessorised and still had £5 left over. BAM.

I forget how good New Look is for topping up your core wardrobe, you’ve got your fancy ‘on trend’ pieces but its nice to go somewhere and know they’ve got all the basic tops you could ever need. Online, they’ve set up this really cool Student Hub full of street style, recipe ideas and bits and bobs and its actually really really sweet. Worth checking out.

Also soz about the sudden shock of changing outfit post background. Went out and it was RAINING, ty to David for standing out in the rain whilst I hid in the doorway <3


now playing: club foot kasabian/she does the woods last shadow puppets/last nite the strokes/brazil is here foals/a girl and his cat biffy clyro

patches & pins

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Ok so I’ve addressed the embroidery, but it’s fair to look at all the patches and pins going around because they’re completely a-ma-zing. It kinda makes me wanna dig out my old denim jacket and bag that I had when I was 10 (and spent all my pocket money on collecting badges from Tammy) for some serious vintageness.

Gucci got it in for SS16 as well as Marc Jacobs, Alyssa and Megan look amazing in it and everyone else has followed (of course). Patches are EVERYWHERE.  Never before have I wanted an avocado so desperately on my clothes. Pull & Bear and Zara have got it down whilst Lazy Oaf remain the coolest with their fast food patches and the prettiest (and most hilarious) iron-on’s. I can’t wait to get out all of my old denim and start jazzing it up, there’s some really cute pins around for jackets too. Etsy has some right old gems.

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now playing: james blake!!!!!

i need a new laptop case

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It’s sad and probably quite wrong, but there’s nothing more important to me than my laptop. Dragging it to uni literally everyday, for storing photos, music, to blog, and make those sweet sweet ASOS orders. That, combined with the scrappy £2 tote bags that I use to carry it around along with my inability to regularly put the lid on my water bottle properly, let’s just say the laptop case is probably the second most important thing in my life. My problem is that mine currently looks like its been dragged through 10 bushes backwards and the zip went missing a long time ago.

I’ve gone completely braindead. Obviously there’s those wicked Skinnydip cases (although deep down all I really want is a sweet Kate Spade case) but there’s gotta be some more out there. ASOS and Paperchase are kinda pants atm, on Etsy they look a bit naff. Links? Where should I be looking? Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


now playing: old skool metronomy/there will be time mumford & sons/radio silence james blake/maps yeah yeah yeahs/love, hope and misery jake bugg

crosshatch dress

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dress – c/o joy

shoes – asos

watch – asos

HELLOOOOOOOOOO SUMMER. Kinda. For the time being. A day was good enough, let’s not ask for too much. Yesterday was the perfect excuse to wear my new Joy dress (they have some really really pretty dresses online atm). Crosshatch, keyhole fastening and a dropped hem – it’s the perfect thing to wear when it’s warmer. Worn with my topshop belt to take it in a bit and my jacket (just to be on the safe side) (let’s not go all out just yet), I really love it. Also, I’d never heard of Joy until I moved to London a couple of years ago – but if you’ve been living under a rock like myself and never heard of it, it’s the ultimate cute present buying place. Kind of a sweet sweet combination of Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, you’ve got your cards, cute books in there as well as the best homeware and jewellery. My go-to, it’s really cool.

Anyway, that’s that. Last night I won tickets to see Jack Garratt but when we got turned away because we were too late it turns out we were meant to be standing in the short queue.We realised as our pizza reached the table. Swings and roundabouts my friends.

(Thanks to my bestie David for taking the pics on his fancy camera!)


now playing: this ace Little Mix playlist on Spotify. Queeee3nsz.

VOGUE 100

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You know I’m not the biggest Vogue reader in the world, but surely this is worth a mention. I love Iris, her Advanced Style gang and the celebration of being ‘old’ (what even is old?!) and being pretty damn cool at the same time. Therefore, this was quite fitting. Harvey Nichols have got a 100 year old model into the pages of Vogue to toast the occasion of them being around for a century. Shot by fashion photographer Phil Poynter, featuring Bo Gilbert it’ll appear in Vogue’s 100th anniversary issue proving that the older generation can be fearlessly stylish too. Such a cool idea, and maybe one day it’ll be seen as completely normal using someone not aged 20 to sell clothes and a brand, hey!

Ageism is sooooooooooo last century, dahling.


now playing: that golden rule biffy clyro/7 catfish and the bottlemen/so good band of skulls/the wilhelm scream james blake/albatross foals