Vintage Photoshoot: Four retro, floral, fashion looks

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My dream of having a vintage-style photoshoot has finally been fulfilled! Okay, in part, but this has come very close.

One of my closest friends, Emma, is doing a fashion journalism portfolio for university, and asked me to be her model for the day—to which, of course, I said ‘yes’!

We took the pictures in and around her house since her interior designing skills are kind of goals.

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Look 1: Breakfast At Tiffany’s

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Check out that floral wallpaper! Though we haven’t really had proper spring weather here, it’s getting a bit warmer now.

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I feel like this look leans a bit towards Breakfast At Tiffany’s; what do you think? The evening gloves, the cat on the bed…(that’s Emma’s cat, Bob—he’s nearly one year old—and he’s a pretty good model!).

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OUTFIT: DressZara / ShoesTopshop / BagArkwright’s Emporium / GlovesVintage / RingNew Look / Necklace – gift / EarringsMiss Selfridge

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LOOK 2: Riviera Reverie

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This look makes me think of summer on the French Riviera—or something I’d wear on a cruise in the forties or fifties. Also, that belt is actually from the strap of a handbag! You do what you’ve got to do, right?

I want to mention: this is my first time with cat-eye liner in six five years, and now I wish I did it more often!

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OUTFIT: DressBaklash / ShoesTopshop / HatH&M / (Photo 1) EarringsMiss Selfridge / (Photo 2) Earringsgift / NecklaceClaire’s Accessories

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LOOK 3: Dressed For Dinner

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Going glam for this look, with the demure black and flashy white and gold. And I am so in love with those chandelier earrings from New Look!

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Vintage queen, Audrey Hepburn, being my inspiration, today and everyday. Obviously.

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OUTFIT: DressDorothy Perkins / BoleroAmisu x New Yorker / ShoesTopshop / BagVintage / MaskMolly Limpet’s / EarringsNew Look / BraceletPrimark

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LOOK 4: Girl About Town

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Channeling Faye Dunaway in ‘Bonnie and Clyde‘ and Suzy Bishop in Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom‘ for this part of the photoshoot. Also, I wish I wore a beret more often.

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OUTFIT: DressForever 21 / ShoesTopshop / BeretRed Herring x Debenhams / ChokerExtravagance 

1 LBD, 3 Ways: simple style formula with a black dress

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Hello again! I haven’t put up an outfit post on here in so long!

I know I said I was going to post a bit about my time in Dubai the other week, but I actually had to take books and notes to write essays for my university coursework. Yeah, working on my holiday. Sounds like heaven, huh?

Not really.

So, between being a tourist and staying up until 2 and 3am to make sure I don’t fail, I had no time to plan blog posts. But check out my Instagram page @thevirgoviolet because I at least posted some pictures there (I promise I’m not that flippant about my love for fashion and travel!)

Today’s post is a classic fashion blogger template and the simplest style formula: one dress, worn three different ways! Keep scrolling for how to make this dress work, evening, and weekend-ready!

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My dress is a black, cotton, skater-skirt style from Dorothy Perkins. Since I got it a couple of years ago, here are a few similar ones:

H&M, £24.99 (here)

H&M, £12.99 (here)

Dorothy Perkins, £20 (here)

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DAY: Workin’ 9 to 5

First up is workwear. When you wake up early to get ready for the long work day ahead of you, sometimes it can be really difficult to know what to wear. I know the feeling: a wardrobe full of stuff, but nothing feels right! What you need is this black dress. It’s comfy, durable, and the accessory possibilities are endless!

OUTFIT: ShirtTopshop / FlatsNew Look / Bag + Necklacevintage / BeltDorothy Perkins

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NIGHT: After-Work Drinks

It’s Friday night, and the clock’s just hit 5pm. Instead of going straight home, you’ve decided to meet a couple of friends for drinks. What you need is an outfit that is work-appropriate, but with a few tweaks, it can be bar-ready!

OUTFIT: Cardigan – vintage / ClutchPeacocks / HeelsNew Look

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WEEKEND: Casual ‘n’ Comfy

Last but not least, for a dress to be totally versatile, it needs to work in both a dressy and casual context. Here, I made the look as comfortable and stress-free as possible; you can go shopping in it, to the park, for a casual Sunday brunch…the possibilities are endless!

OUTFIT: JacketZara / ShoesJennyfer / BagNathalie AndersenScarf – (old) / 

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And there you have it! One dress, three different ways. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

1970s-Inspired Look: Keep it classic with fringe, gilet, and a-line skirt

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Happy Monday! Today needs to be easy and low maintenance; it needs to be something to ease you into the first day of a long week, but it can’t be unstylish. My style, before it became classic, colourful, and quite feminine, it used to be 100% bohemian. Think fringe, flared jeans, patterns, and layered jewellery. Then, it changed as I got older, and I did away with most of my boho pieces—something I actually deeply regret. Sometimes you’re just in that flower child, Woodstock hippie vibe, right?

Thankfully, I didn’t get rid of all of them. I kept the pieces I knew could give a look a little something-something, but not hurl it under the ‘boho’ category.

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This shirt from Reiss, for example, has the cool, graphic pattern, but still the classic, silken structure of a more put-together look. With just the skirt and shoes, you could wear it to the office. Add the fringe bag and the gilet, and it makes a pretty cool, semi-relaxed Sunday look.

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These necklaces are two of my favourites, I’ve got to say. The beaded one is slightly lower-sitting than your average choker, but it still sits comfortable under the choker umbrella, which keeps it way on trend. The necklace (it’s gold, by the way, but the grey sky sucks any and all colour out of pictures!) my parents got custom-made for my 21st from a jewellery store in my dad’s hometown in Lebanon. It’s my name in Arabic, and keeps a little of my heritage with me even when I’m feeling the full weight of my mum’s English side.

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OUTFIT: ShirtReiss / Skirt + GiletDorothy Perkins / ShoesClarks / BagStradivarius / Beaded necklacevintage / Gold necklacecustom-made

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Taste For Turquoise: how to style stripes with a midi skirt

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With all the grey and gloomy weather—and the horrible hair day I’m currently having—it’s important to wear an outfit that takes your mind off the negative. And how can you be mad when you’re wearing turquoise? It’s the colour of the ocean, of summer, and of all things good—plus, it always makes me feel happy and calm (VERY important when you’re having a bad hair day!)

Also, another Summer essential of mine is the classic striped top—in black and white, of course. It’s so preppy yet Parisian chic, and is the one pattern that goes with everything. See how I styled it in my Valentine’s Day post!

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This jersey midi skirt from Topshop is my favourite. It goes with nearly everything, it’s stretchy, and it’s super comfy! A little too warm to wear during the hot summer months when I go to Lebanon, but perfect for this 11ºC weather!

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Let’s talk ACCESSORIES. The great thing with figuring out outfits for this blog is that it’s pushed me to dig out all my jewellery that—for some reason—I stopped wearing altogether. I LOVE the chunky beads (and the turquoise!) on these necklaces.

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This bag might just be my lifeline. Yes, it can be a little on the small side when I’ve got a chunky purse to stuff inside, but it’s perfect for all-day shopping trips and for touristing during the holidays. It’s light and compact, and ultra-feminine with the big bow! It’s also red, one of my favourite colours, and the fact that it goes with nearly everything makes it a perfect suitcase/travel essential!

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OUTFIT: TopBHS / SkirtTopshop / CardiganSuite Blanco / Bag – Stradivarius / SocksNew Look / SneakersJennyfer / Necklaces / EarringsI AM

Lutterell Hall Layabout: how to style a pastel pink coat with cut-off boyfriend jeans

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Hello! Here, in England, we’re finally getting a little taste of warmer Spring weather. It doesn’t feel like it yet, though, because I’m still having to layer and it’s raining like crazy. I love grey, rainy weather—it’s peaceful and pretty—but, as a fashion blogger, it’s a nightmare. It washes out the colour in every picture and makes editing a tough job.

And because Spring is just on the horizon, I’m breaking all the pastels—in particular, this candyfloss pink coat I also wore here in my Valentine’s Day post.It’s warm – but not stuffy—and it fits really nicely.

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Selling at Peacocks for just £12, this black turtleneck is one of my favourite new piece of clothing. I bought it back in January and it’s perfect: the material is light enough that there’s breathing room, but it’s still warm; it’s close-fitted; it reminds me of the one Rachel wore here in ‘Friends’.

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This belt is one of my all-time favourites: it’s super dramatic, with the faux Swarovski crystals studded around, and it adds that extra oomph to an otherwise muted outfit. PS. I am loving the olde-worlde feel of these black double doors behind me. So cool.

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These chunky-heeled Mary Janes from Topshop are the best. They’re so comfy, and I don’t feel like I’m teetering on the edge like with stilettos and other skinny heels. I think they give everything a 90s feel, and it’s just all good.

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OUTFIT: TopPeacocks / JeansH&M / CoatNew Look / HeelsTopshop / Bagvintage / Belt – (old)

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Tweed ‘n’ Tassel: look chic and unique in workwear fit for the office

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Happy Hump Day! We’re finally passing the midweek signpost, and we’re officially in March! Spring is finally here! Can you tell I’m excited?

 

Even though I love winter and the cold weather, I can’t wait to wear a nice outfit and not have a coat cover it up. I also can’t wait for more sun and blue skies, and the beach in summer.

 

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The only office job I’ve ever had has been through my work experience days in a newsroom. For that, obviously, you’ve got to dress smartly – no jeans, no super-low tops, no hats, and so on. But I feel like this outfit is super work-appropriate, down to the straight-legged, plain black trousers.

 

I got this cardigan from a secondhand boutique in Nottingham, and I fell in love with it right away. I couldn’t get over how Chanel-esque it was; the tweed, the tassels, the pearl detailing…it’s just beautiful.

 

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This necklace, with its velvet ribbon and diamond-esque heart is reminiscent of Valentine’s Day, and way back when my last fashion post was (uh-oh, I’m slacking). I think it gives the outfit a little punch.

 

And, finally, the bag. I love it so much, and it really ties an outfit together.

 

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OUTFIT: TopNew Look / TrousersTopshop / Cardigan – White Rose / Bagfrom TunisiaNecklacegift / EarringsI-AM / LipstickRimmel

Valentine’s Day: Look pretty in pink and winter warm

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Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s a good day so far! I’m feeling pretty in pink, and I can almost feel the love in the air! (Though that might just be because I watched ‘Fifty Shades Darker‘ yesterday).

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It rained yesterday and this morning in typical pre-Spring fashion, so this pavement is splotchy beyond reason. Though, it’s nothing these hot pink, bow-adorned, jelly heels can’t handle! Socks and sandals, I know, are a quite the fashion no-no, but a) in winter, it’s just plain practical, and b) it’s cute!

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One of my favourite colours is pink, and this coat from New Look reminds me of a dusty rose shade, or muted cotton candy. It’s so warm, great for layering under, and I wear it with everything!

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I bought this heart-patterned cardigan a couple of years ago, and only now am I breaking it out on the day of love! It reminds me of something off ‘The Mindy Project‘, which makes me love it even more.

I’ve worn the striped top underneath maybe 30-40 times since I bought it a few months ago. A black-and-white striped top is a wardrobe classic, and I consider it a neutral, like black, camel, or navy, simply because it goes with everything, patterned or otherwise!

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OUTFIT: TopBHS / CardiganDorothy Perkins / SkirtTopshop / CoatNew Look / HeelsASOS / BagFrank Walder / SocksHairband H&M / EarringsI AM