Details: Zara Silver Court Heels, Chanel Le Boy and Cartier Love Bangle

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Hello world,

This is the first chance I’ve got to showcase my new Chanel, a very belated birthday present. I’ve been wanting a Le Boy for ages, and at first I really wanted a snakeskin metallic print bag, but I thought this simple large tote in antique silver was just so large and versatile, I once again went for the safe option. In a way in glad I did because it comfortably fits my wallet, sunglasses and assortment of small items and it really goes with everything!
Case in point are these fabulous Zara silver court heels that have gotta be at least 3 years old, but they still go with so much. It’s also very handy that silver heels keep coming back into fashion, so I’m getting a lot of use out of them. Teamed with a couple of silver rings and my Cartier love bangle in white gold and I’m pretty much set. It’s not often I rock the silver-toned accessories, so it makes for a nice change.

IMG_2917Bag: Chanel Le Boy in Antique Silver Fastenings
Heels: Zara Silver Court Heels, old
Bangle: Cartier Love Bangle
Rings: Forever 21 and H&M, old

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Late Summer Lavender Day

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Hello world,

I’ve been wanting to shoot in a lavender field for ages; ever since I saw it on one of the blogs I follow. It looks so serene and beautiful and I didn’t think I would get a chance to living in the UK. But that’s the beauty of living in London, you can literally find anything you want on your doorstep. Case in point this beautiful lavender field outside of London in the village of Banstead called Mayfield Lavender Farm which is open to the public. It’s a little out of the way of my usual shooting locations, but it had to be done before all the lavender finished flowering.

While I’d always known I wanted to shoot here, finding the right outfit was a lot harder to find. It’s such a structured and beautiful location, it needs something feminine and preferably in dress form, but flowy dresses just weren’t in fashion this summer. Thankfully, I managed to find this H&M Trend dress while shopping on a Saturday in Stratford and I knew I had the perfect piece. You can always rely on H&M Trend to come through for you when facing a wardrobe dilemma.

IMG_2662 copy IMG_2681 copy IMG_2649 copyI don’t think I can adequately describe the scent while doing this shoot; it was absolutely heavenly and so calming. The farm is in the middle of nowhere so it’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and not to have to listen to the sound of traffic at all times. I really could have spent an entire day sitting out amongst the lavender, listening to the bees buzzing around me and eating a picnic like so many families were doing too. If you live in around London, it’s definitely worth a visit one day, but if you can go early in the morning or during the week as it does get busy.

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I decided to keep the accessories to a minimum; just a gold statement necklace and some colourful rings from Primark and Forever 21. Team the outfit with my Valentino Rockstud in patent black and you have an outfit fit for a lavender field. The great thing is, the colours in the dress, while bold compliment the purple of the lavender.

IMG_2707 copy IMG_2725 copyDress: H&M Trend, current season
Shoes: Valentino Rockstud, similar ones found here
Necklace: Forever 21, old season
Headband: H&M, current season
Rings: Primark and Forever 21

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Details: Zara Ankle Boots, Chanel Shopping Tote, Cartier Love Bangles and Versace for H&M Dress

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As much as I try, I’m not very imaginative in the brands I buy when it comes to accessories. Bags are always Hermès or Chanel and shoes are usually Zara. Case in point with these two beauties; these Zara booties which I haven’t worn in ages and my trusty Chanel Grand Shopping Tote that’s gotten really battered with age. Teamed with my new favourite bangles; these Cartier love bracelets and you’ve got a simple set of accessories for such a bold dress.

It might be a couple of years old and out of style, but I still adore this Versace for H&M dress!

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Bag: Chanel Grand Shopping Tote
Shoes: Zara, old
Bangles: Cartier Love Bangles in gold, silver and rose gold
Dress: Versace for H&M, old

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

TBT Look of the Day: Sound of the Underground, Westminster Station

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Most of the shoots on this blog take meticulous planning, at least an hour or two of shooting and plenty of post-production work. You end up taking something close to 300 pictures but only use eight. Shoots are exhausting and arduous, but once in a blue moon everything seems to go right for you and the entire process becomes a breeze.

This shoot was one of them. I picked the clothes up that day and told my boyfriend what I wanted and he agreed to do the shoot for me that evening. We left, got to Westminster station and every photo he took was just beautiful.

He captured the beauty in the harsh breeze blocks, the metal piping and many ballast beams around. It was lucky too that everything fell into place so easily as I was suffering from a pretty nasty skin condition around this time and I was having another flare-up during the shoot. By the time the next morning rolled around my hands and feet were covered with lesions and I had to take a couple of weeks off work to recover.

It just goes to show, some of the best shoots are often also the easiest.

You can find the original post with more images and clothing credits here.

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Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Smithfield Market

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There isn’t a lot of explanation needed for today’s post. It’s been a while since I done a casual outfit, something that I would wear on a regular day and I thought it was high time. It’s also a good time to show off my new boyfriend jeans, which were a nightmare to find! Trying to find a decent pair of boyfriend jeans that someone who is short and pear shaped can pull off is a hard feat, and I might do a post on that in the future, but for now let’s just bask in the glow you get from wearing a good fitting pair of jeans. Team them with your new go-to pair of sandals (I have got to get a new pair of shoes!) and your trusty Hermès Constance and you’re set for the day.

Though a small note to self is needed; Franzi stop pouting so much and smile! :-)

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Silk top: H&M Trend, current season found here (on sale too!)
Leather jacket: River Island, old
Jeans: River Island, current season found here
Heels: New Look, current season found here (on sale too!)
Necklace: H&M Trend, current season
Bangles: Hermès ‘H’ gold enamel bracelet in red and orange
Bag: Hermès Constance in fuchsia

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Canary Wharf

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London as big a city as it is, has a very parochial look to it; houses don’t generally go over three floors and the only skyscrapers we have here are the council blocks blighting the city or around Liverpool street and Canary Wharf, the two main financial centres. Let’s face it, European cities don’t really build tall buildings, at least not on the level of somewhere like Hong Kong or New York. So when you have a section of London like Canary Wharf which is mostly comprised of massive glass and metal skyscrapers you often don’t feel like you’re in London anymore.

That’s what I felt while I was doing this shoot there a couple of weeks ago. Granted it was a Sunday too and ridiculously quiet, but hanging around there feels like a completely different world. It was so bright and clean; which if you’ve lived in London long enough you know is a bit weird as London really is quite dity.

So the inspiration behind this outfit is that I will soon be returning back to work in a few months. Apart from being a frightening prospect also has me buying new workwear outfits and that is where this outfit came from. Naturally you couldn’t wear this in an office, but it’s fun to mess around with the classic staple of the white office shirt and I loved what H&M done with it by turning it into a dress. Just by simply layering it with a textured short sleeved jumper and teaming it with a mini skirt and strappy heels you’ve got a fusion between the monochrome trend and workwear. I think I might have pulled it off, but you guys are the true indicators so please let me know what you think! :-)

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Shirt: H&M Trend, current season
Jumper: H&M Trend current season
Mini skirt: H&M
Heels: New Look, current season found here
Bag: Chanel 2.55
Bracelets: Cartier Love bracelets in gold, silver and rose gold
Bangle: Hermès ‘H’ gold enamel bangle in red
Necklace: Versace for H&M
Rings: H&M Divided Black, current season similar ones found here

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Details: Louis Vuitton Mahina XL, River Island Loafer Heels and Forever 21 Jewellery

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As opposed to always showing the newest articles in my wardrobe, I thought I’d sow you a pair of old favourites of mine, my Louis Vuitton Mahina and a gorgeous pair of River Island loafer heels that according to my fiancé have probably broken my ties at least three times because of their height.
The Mahina is very special to me; not only is it a gorgeous bronze colour, but it’s so massive and roomy and it was my very first designer handbag purchase. Well actually, my mum helped pay for it as a Christmas present about 5 years ago. When I first got it, I didn’t realise how large the bag actually was; it somehow seemed much smaller in the shop stuffed full of tissue paper, but it turned out I be a blessing as I often needed to take my laptop into college.
Needless to say it got a lot of use out of it until I got my Chanel Shopping Tote and then it sadly got relegated or a few years to the back of the closet, but I’ve fallen in love with its soft and durable leather once more. I honestly never thought I’d buy a Louis Vuitton bag; I hate that horrible canvas they use and I find the monogram print so tacky, but this one was so nice and subtle I just had to have it.
As for the heels; they’re from River Island and at least 4 years old. I don’t wear them that often because the heel is so high and because as I said earlier, they have a habit of breaking my toes. But they’re still around and a perfect compliment for the bronze Mahina.

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Bag: Louis Vuitton Mahina XL in bronze
Shoes: River Island loafer heels, very old
Bracelet and Rings: Forever 21, very old
Shorts: River Island, very old

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

TBT Look of the Day: Rock The Boat

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I’m all out of old posts on my laptop that had never been published, so I guess I’m back to doing what Throwback Thursday is all about, posting really old pictures that appeared on the blog years ago. Ah Instagram, you’re fantastic for coming up with these random traditions.

Today’s image comes from the good old days of 2011 back when my mum used to do most of my blog pictures and before my trusty Canon SLR came into my life. We were using her old point-and-shoot and I knew absolutely nothing about posing in front of a camera except to make really awkward inadvertent faces. Back then we also shot in the evening to get the best light, when nowadays the majority of my images are taken first thing in the morning.

But it’s fun to see how far I’ve come in those three years and to laugh at my old fashion sense and habit to jut out my chin too much. If you’re interested the original post is here.

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Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Sporting Tropics

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Today’s ‘Look of the Day’ shoot had to be split into two shoots, a first in my books especially when the original shoot was done in May. Now I’ve had to work a shoot around the weather before; I do live in the UK and before that in Ireland, which let’s face it are very wet countries, but I’ve always managed to come away with at least a handful of useable images. It’s part of the package of being a blogger in this type of climate, but the weather has never beaten me before, until now. And in May too! I’m absolutely outraged! So here are the only two images of the original shoot that I could use among the tropical plants where this outfit was meant to be showcased.

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When I first began planning to do a bikini shoot for the blog and I started researching all the swimwear trends for summer ’14 I honestly tried my hardest to stay away from the tropical print trend. There was even a really cute pink floral bikini I spotted in Topshop, but when it came to buying the outfit they didn’t have my size and when I tried on a similar style I realised high waisted bikini bottoms really were not my friend. I almost despaired at finding the right bikini, when I spotted this baby from Zara hidden in the back of the shop and completely inconspicuous.
Then there was the matter of this very cool cropped football jersey from Primark and suddenly the mixing of trends and colours just seemed the perfect fit.
Ergo my new name for this hybrid of a trend; ‘sporting tropics’. It’s casual and exotic with the orange colours and is more relaxed than most swimwear ensembles. I think these two babies are going to be firm friends for the summer!

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I will make one small admission though in regards to making and posting this shoot. I am quite self conscious about my body since the birth of my son as my tummy has never returned to what it was pre pregnancy, so it’s taken a lot of courage to put these images up there and say this is me. I’m not perfect looking and I do still need to work of my tummy and my thighs but I’m proud of my achievement so far. Plus I actually have a bit of junk in my trunk! :-)

IMG_1218 IMG_1301 IMG_1348Bikini set: Zara, current season found here and here
Top: Primark, current season
Heels: New Look, current season found here
Sunnies: Primark, current season
Bangle: Hermès ‘H’ enamel gold bangle in orange

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: South Quay

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One of the great things about this blog is the chance to explore the city that I’ve called home for the last three years. London in itself is a large city, but even if it wasn’t there’s so much to discover here, even after three years.

To stand out from all the other fashion blogs out there, I decided very early on that this blog wasn’t just going to be me wearing pretty clothes standing on some street. I’d started to become interested in photography when I first began this blog and at the time I was involved in SCOPE magazine and I was doing my internship at Irish Tatler. As a result I was enthralled with the print form and the beautiful editorial shoots we were producing every month at Irish Tatler. I wanted to create a blog like that and so when I start planning a shoot the location is as important as the outfit itself. Thankfully London provides a whole host of brilliant locations to suit nearly every theme or outfit choice.

That brings me to the location of today’s outfit post, South Quay just of Canary Wharf. Considered to be the new financial district and home to a myriad of skyscrapers, glass buildings this is a location I’ve been meaning to use for a long time but I’d never managed to get around to it, until now. I never knew what outfit would work in such a stark and modern location, so when I spotted this simple jersey dress in Zara, I knew I’d found the perfect piece for this place.

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I decided to keep the accessories as minimal and simple as possible, just my new Cartier bangles and my gold engagement ring. Generally when you’re doing a black and white outfit, you go for silver accessories, but I never liked silver, so I went for gold. To match it, I also painted my nails gold for a bit of extra shine.

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A shout-out has to be given to my wonderful Mum who took these photos and my son’s hand also makes an appearance in a photo below. AShe was only over for a flying visit but agreed to do a shoot for me, because no matter how good I may be at photography, she’s way better, so thanks Mum! :-)

IMG_1550 IMG_1546 IMG_1541 IMG_1558Dress: Zara, current season found here
Shoes: New Look, current season found here
Clutch: Zara, old season
Bangles: Cartier Love bangles in gold, silver and rose gold

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

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