Look of the Day: Borough Market

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Hello world,

Today’s shoot was done right next door to Borough Market, probably one of the best places to get some street food, and an absolute must if you’re into locally produced food. Unfortunately it’s not very practical to shoot in the market itself as it’s always way too busy, so I decided to do this shoot in the narrow streets right next to it, next to this cute Wine Wharf sign.

I’ve really taken to mixing my prints lately, and this outfit is a classic example of that. I loved the bright green leopard print of these Primark shorts, and while I wanted to continue the yellow colour scheme, I thought it would be cute to mix it up with the sunflower print of these Kurt Geiger heels. Add another yellow colour print with these adorable banana print socks and you got yourself a print overload, just tamed a little by this gorgeous pink angora jumper. Overall a very cute outfit, if not quite suited for the rainy weather that it was shot in. I guess you can’t have it all.

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Shorts: Primark, current season
Clutch: River Island, current season found here
Shoes: Kurt Geiger, old
Socks: Primark, current season
Necklace: DIY, how to make it found here
Bracelet: H&M, old

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: Killer Dressing

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I’ve always been a fan of leather. It goes back to my days of being in heavy metal and rock music as a teenager and ever since I got my first leather jacket, I’ve just fallen in love with the material. I don’t wear it as often anymore, partially because it’s not that practical a material, but then again fashion is not always about practicality.

Leather is all over the high street this season and it comes in everything from long leather trench coats to leather dresses and skirts. So when I saw the prevalence for leather, I knew I had to do a shoot with it, and this dress was just perfect.

The one thing you do have to watch out for is that it doesn’t end of looking too S&M. I’ve a son now, so walking around in long leather gloves and all the bondage gear, isn’t exactly that great an idea, so I decided to downplay all the accessories for this dress and just let the dress do the talking. All it needs is a silver necklace, a bangle here and a ring there, some trusty silver courts and my new Chanel Le Boy. I decided to go for very heavy eye make-up to compliment the dress and slick my hair back. So now, I not only showcased the dress, but I created a new style; killer dressing. It’s not quite S&M, but it’s got an edge to it most of my usual outfits wouldn’t have and I have to say I really like it!

IMG_2337 IMG_2339 IMG_2342 IMG_2344 IMG_2345Dress: Zara, current season found here
Heels: Zara, old
Bag: Chanel Le Boy in large with antique silver fastenings
Necklace: Jimmy Choo for H&M, old
Bracelet: Cartier love bangle in white gold
Ring: H&M, current season

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

Look of the Day: The Power of Girl

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If there’s one thing that Shoreditch and the surrounding area is famous for, is its graffiti. Well, graffiti, hipsters and overpriced bars. But even though I’m not a hipster or a big fan of their retro/modern watering holes, I do love the graffiti sprayed onto almost every available space in the area. We’re talking doors, windows, entire walls of a two storey house. You name it, it’s been covered in acrylic or spray paint. And like the people living in this area, it changes constantly.

I studied art in school, and while most might just consider it scrawls by someone who was bored, I see the artistic integrity behind each piece and they’re really beautiful. Case in point is this entire massive wall that appeared about a week before I done this shoot, dedicated to ‘The Power of Girl’. It’s bright and colourful and has a feminist message, so what’s not to love?

IMG_2242 copy IMG_2245 copy IMG_2252 copy IMG_2274 copy IMG_2278 copyThe outfit worn here is my go-to piece for hot summer days in London. Living in such a sweaty city in the summer means you have to have your arms uncovered at all times. So this is where this Bershka white lace top comes in so handy. I love the juxtaposition between the femininity of the lace and the sporty edge with the trim and it comes in my favourite colours for the summer, black and white.

I just teamed it with my trusty H&M tube mini skirt, my new Chanel Le Boy, some mirrored sunnies and these fabulous Topshop slip on trainers. It’s the perfect way to do casual cool without trying too hard and still being able to keep cool when it gets too hot.

IMG_2285 copy IMG_2287 copyLace top: Bershka, current season found here on sale now too!
Black bodice: Intimissimi, old
Skirt: H&M, current season
Trainers: Topshop, current season found here
Bag: Chanel Le Boy in large with antique silver fastenings
Bracelets: Hermès Collier de Chien cuff and H enamel bangle in red
Sunnies: Primark, current season

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

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

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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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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.

IMG_3579 IMG_3598Until then,

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 found here
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

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