Chapter 3: Hooked

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While my previous outfit was traditionally feminine, this one was more androgynous as the main inspiration was Captain Hook. Perhaps I look more like a Spanish matador but this was a very loose take on the pirate idea as much as I love Captain Jack Sparrow, it’s not a look that I want to sport. This outfit aimed to channel a sense of adventure and boldness, which again fits with the ongoing theme in the photo set of empowerment.


The hat is from H&M, the jacket is vintage and I like to think rather Chanel-esque, the shirt was my dad’s, the leggings are also H&M, my shoes are from Topshop, the belt is secondhand from my Mum and the lipstick is ‘Hazard’ from Topshop.

Until next time, follow me on my Instagram which is @zoegarance.

Chapter 2: She’s Not Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

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 It may not be Haloween yet but you can always dress like a slutty Red Riding Hood for the sake of fashion.

This outfit was probably the most impromptu of the shoot as the thought process behind it was more that I love red and of course Little Red Riding Hood wears a lot of red than trying to channel the deeper, allegorical messages behind her as a character.  That being said, I do have a little pretentious waffle up my sleeve to delight you with. Red I have always found to be an incredibly empowering colour that evokes strength, audacity and a touch of glamour.  Admittedly the traditional story does see Red Riding Hood as quite helpless and in need of being rescued by a strong man but I like to think this look updates her character with the shortness of the dress and the slightly scary (or perhaps more Christmassy) blood red glitter.

Stay tuned for more pictures of me from this fairytale shoot and those of Anna will come later as I want to ask her some questions about her looks to accompany the pictures.

My cloak is from the depths of my dressing up box, the dress is a secondhand genuine 1960s nightie, the shoes are also secondhand and the lipstick is ‘Mischief’ by Topshop.

Chapter 1: We Are Golden

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   Once upon a time there was a girl who was so out of the blogging habit that she entitled a blog post using a Mika quote. As I have little prepared in terms of writing, I thought I’d launch in with a photoshoot that I recently did with the lovely Anna from Eye-I-Captain. Since she interviewed me for her tumblr zine, we have been plotting a magic-inspired day of dressing up and posing in the middle of public places or as it’s known in the trade, a photo shoot, something that an exam-free holiday welcomed.  Because our theme wasn’t very strict each outfit is quite distinct I have decided to post each outfit separately. And of course so that you wouldn’t be overwhelmed with so much beauty at once and, yes, modesty has always been my strong point.

Unlike our other outfits, this one wasn’t directly inspired by a fairy tale character but instead the flowing skirt, flower crown and twinkling accessories made me feel very regal and Tatianna like, in-keeping with the whimsical element of the shoot. And of course matching my eye makeup with my shoes couldn’t be resisted, especially when each sparkle twinkled with the sun.  I shall now you leave to contemplate the deep metaphysical meaning of the pictures or after that sentence – click the exit button. Until next time.

The flower crown was a DIY project, the dress from a flea market in Florence and the shoes are ASOS.

Strawberry Fields Forever

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Hat- Canada

Sunglasses- Vintage

Shirt- 2nd hand

Belt- 2nd hand

Jacket- 2nd hand

Jeans- Topshop

Shoes- 2nd hand

Necklace- Market stall

    FINALLY THEY’RE OVER. By this I mean exams and technically they’ve been over for about three weeks now but anything that I blogged then would have been so dull and incoherent I’d end up walking the HTML of shame. Yes, my post exhaustion was that bad I was heard to have asked if the year was 2013 or 2014, my brain was more deep fried than MacDonald’s fries.

  However, aside from that awful joke I feel pretty much recovered albeit slightly creatively drained (1.just realised how pretentious that sounded 2. something the outfit betrays) and thought I would ease myself back into blogging with a trusty outfit of the day.

 This summer I have been increasingly drawn to ethic prints, flowy and loose silhouettes and to complete the luxe hippy look, flares. Although these ‘boho’ vibes are only seep into this outfit through the floppy hat, I think there’s something about summer that automatically makes me want to dress in a more laidback manner, even if this contradicts my usual style (however I could never pretend to be the smoothest of dressers). If I hadn’t locked myself out of my Tumblr I would show you a perfectly, yet seemingly effortlessly arranged, collage and collection of pictures that encapsulate my current style inspiration with me only having to throw in the word ‘vibez’, the ‘z’ adding effect of course, to convey a deep artistic meaning.

I’m sorry for such a boring post but I felt the need to prove to the great wide web that I still exist, look at me pretending that someone actually reads this.  However, be assured I will be back very soon with something much more exciting.


A Tribute to Fashion Month

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My coat is from a French ‘friperie’ that I scored for a mere 7 euros, the top is 2nd hand, the leggings are ASOS, the shoes are Topshop, earrings are vintage, the necklace is H&M and the bag in Radley.

As it’s fashion week I feel it’s my duty as a blogger to pretend that my arms have been amputated and don my coat as a cape.

My inspirations for this outfit were the glamorous Italian grandmas I’ve seen pottering around Florence and the outfit of the woman below (really should who she is but her name escapes me at the mo, I truly am a terrible blogger) who was snapped by the ever brilliant Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. See the picture here:



Hope you’re all well and and season’s greetings (by this I mean happy fashion month, keep up daaarlings).

I promise that I shall be back soon with a post on by thoughts on this season’s collections.  Until then remember, all the world’s a catwalk and the spotlight can be on you a little brighter as it’s fashion month!



From Club to Catwalk (to Blogosphere)
























My 1st outfit:

Trousers- 2nd hand

Top- H&M

Turban- DIYed from 2nd hand scarf

Lipstick- Topshop

Heels- New Look

My 2nd outfit:

Same as above except for

Vintage hat

Vintage coat

Ebay shoes

Juliet’s 1st outfit:

Top- Made by my mum

Leggings- M&S

Belt- 2nd hand

Shoes- Vintage

Juliet’s 2nd outfit:

Dress- AA

Coat- ASOS

Tights- ASOS

Shoes- ASOS

Earring- Vintage

Juliet’s 3rd outfit:

Top- made by my mum

Disco pants- Amazon

Shoes- DMs

Hat- 2nd hand

Maximalism, a way of dressing still favoured by many yet often eschewed for the more modern paired down Minimalism which allows the focus to be on the philosophy of the design without distraction from frills and prints a-plenty. Rewind to the 1980s, if you uttered the blasphemous word Minimalism to anyone in the fashion circles you would have been met with a purse of bright purple heavily-lined lips, a swish of a gravity-defying perm and a stamp of a golden heel. Maximalism was more than just acceptable in the 80s, fashion wise it defined the era and the V&A have decided to celebrate the pioneering designers who were at the helm of this avant-garde and flamboyant design movement. Club to Catwalk: London Fashion the 1980s  showcases designs from the undisputedly funky Betty Jackson, the political Katherine Hamnet and king of the era John Galliano. The exhibition looks at the subcultures that flourished in both underground and mainstream clubs, Blitz, Billy’s, Heaven and Taboo being favourites among creative types and 1980s ‘fashpack’. Warehouses were also popular but it was the clubs where you would have caught dozens of Central St Martin’s students or anyone who was anyone partying away in one of a kind outfits they had frantically stitched for themselves the previous night. Whether they were in the style of the New Romantics, Fetish, Goth or High Camp, the club scene was filled with highly stylised individuals who wouldn’t have batted a rainbow eye shadow-adorned eyelid at Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Work from inventive designers such as Pam Hogg, Body Map and Leigh Bowery are also displayed as their designs were not only some of the most driving and spirited of the era but also often graced the pages of rising style magazines such as Blitz, i-D and The Face. Thus the V&A  explores it’s focal theme, as shown in the title of the exhibition, as to how the exuberant and avant garde designs that were strutted down the catwalk created the emergence of theatrical and lavish dressing on the club scene. If you’re not tempted by the sound of this glittering, extravagant sight which shows that the 80s wasn’t all spiky shoulder pads, legwarmers and parachute pants then I’m sure the fact that there’s a little club area displaying accessories should inspire you head up to West London to do your best moonwalk.

I hope you enjoy these photos that I shot with my friend Juliet, which were inspired by the exhibition. The shoot was rather impromptu so please excuse the cheerless background of my wardrobe (don’t worry, the contents are much more exciting).

Until next time, have a good week!