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Monday, 6 February 2017

MY GOOD MOOD OUTFIT


Top: here. Boots: here. Coat: here (similar here.) Trousers: similar here. Bag: c/o Bulgari - available this spring. 
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If you managed to scroll this far down, I apologise for the over indulgent number of photos. I had two main issues with these images; I LOVE MY NEW LENS and I LOVE THIS OUTFIT. Am I allowed to say that? I think I am. We all are. You know those outfits that put you in a good mood? This is one of them and these are the reasons why;

1. I'd been searching for a white coat that wouldn't make me look like a lab technician for the longest time and I found one. 
2. I'm actually wearing seasonally appropriate footwear for the first time in I don't know how long, and oh my god my feet felt so warm and toasty. Is this what everyone else feels like when they wear socks? Why have I been exposing my feet to the cold all winter?!
3. I'm so in love with my new Bulgari Serpenti bag (more on this another time). I was gifted this bag by Bulgari late last year - for which I am immeasurably grateful, and it isn't officially released until this spring so I must admit that there's a small part of me that feels slightly smug about it - not particularly because it was gifted, but because it's not available yet. I am sorry. I spent the entirety of my adolescence playing World of Warcraft. THERE IS NOTHING ELSE COOL ABOUT ME. LET ME HAVE THIS ONE THING. (No but all jokes aside, I am very grateful, to you all as well. If it wasn't for you supporting my content I definitely wouldn't get opportunities like this.)

Touching back on the boots (which are now conveniently in the sale) I found it so difficult to find a pair of non-clompy, reasonably elegant looking everyday boots that had a day appropriate heel. It was almost impossible. The online product photo for these wasn't the most flattering, so I took a risk on these and trusted the reviews I read on the Topshop website. They're flattering, WARM and a perfect sock-style boot with a practical heel and stylishly squared off toe. I adore them so much I am genuinely considering buying a second pair 'just in case'. 

Do you have a good mood outfit? I'd love to know what it is! 
I also vlogged on the day I shot these photos so I'd love it if you showed that some love. 

Thanks to Paige for taking these photos for me! 




Sunday, 8 January 2017

My Jungle Formalwear






Dress: here. Bag: c/o Bulgari. Pearls: Yonamine Pearls, purchased in Japan - VERY similar here. Shoes: here.
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Welcome back, and Happy New Year to you all! I arrived home from Singapore at 5:30am yesterday, and after a ridiculously long sleep I've hit the ground running. I'm feeling happy and filled with a real enthusiasm for the year ahead, what I want to achieve and the changes I want to make.

Imagine the humidity, the jungle-esque tropical greenery and the cicadas buzzing in the background. That's the image I want you to keep in your mind as you read this - but first, let me explain. These photos certainly were a palaver. As you may have seen me mention on Instagram, these photos were shot on my new camera and new lens (hopefully you'll notice the difference) and being the gung -ho, no-manual-needed rebel that I am, we shot in the wrong setting and when I came to edit them, my laptop was not having any of it. NONE OF IT. They just wouldn't upload onto blogger no matter how many different ways and programs we used to resize them. I even called my brother into action on our Christmas Day, and even he, who served as our family's household techie for much of my life, couldn't fully solve the problem. It felt like such a disappointment as I really loved how these photos turned out, and as a total last chance saloon style act of desperation, I plugged the card into my usual desktop computer at home... lo and behold, they worked and here we are...


Because of that, I hope you'll forgive the slightly over indulgent number of photos and I also hope you'll leave me a comment to let me know what you think! 

Onto the photos themselves which have been quite overshadowed by the drama surrounding them. If you've been familiar with me for a year or two, you'll probably know that every December I travel to Singapore to visit family for Christmas and New Year. This year was particularly special because it was my Granny's 90th birthday. For the momentous occasion, we decided to recreate one of her favourite previous birthday celebrations; dinner at Singapore's most well known hotel, Raffles - a place where we have so many lovely memories. So, despite the tropical heat, the men dressed in black tie and us ladies put on our best dresses. I helped Granny with her make up and we headed off to dinner. The building itself is stunning, the staff can't do enough, the food was magnificent and the pianist even took requests! To make things even more special, my uncle had also booked Granny's favourite magician who performed at the table for us after dinner. 

This is what I wore for the occasion - a look that my brother and uncle both referred to as very 'throwback', something that you'd have seen a lady wearing at Raffles in the hotel's heyday. However, I'll let you in on a secret. This was just a recreation. The night at Raffles was Granny's night, and I didn't want to spend time away from her taking photos, so the following day I got all dressed up again! It was worth it to have more time with my family and I think that in the end, the photos came out wonderfully!

Finally, thank you for all of the support and encouragement you showed me last year. I appreciate each and every one of you who takes the time to read here, like my Instagram photos and watch my videos. I'm so excited for what's to come this year and I hope you are too. 




Wednesday, 7 December 2016

MIXING HIGH END WITH HIGH STREET

*Cape: here. Top: similar here. *Shoes: here. Trousers: here. 
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If you're new around these parts, you might not know that my standard fashion formula is a mixture of high end/designer pieces and high street gems - this outfit is the perfect demonstration of that.

Whenever I wear this cape, I'm inundated with compliments and every time, the person has been aghast when I tell them it's from one of my old high street favourites, Coast. Admittedly, Coast is on the slightly more pricey end of the 'high street' category, but I'd say their pieces are still attainable to a lot of people - so it still counts. This cape (which is also a fave of style queen Olivia Palermo!!1!) has knocked all of my other coats off the top spot. This cape is my no.1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. I'm besotted. I want one of these capes to wear and another one to frame like teenage boys do with signed football shirts. There's something so flattering about the cut and the way the wing-like sleeves fall and swoosh. To me, it's cool but elegant. 

In fact, this love affair began when I saw Josie wearing it at an event (you must check out her marvellous blog!) and we went through the exact same hooha that I've been going through with strangers, which went something like this; 'OMG where's that from? Is it designer? It's Coast? WHAT?' *eyes fill with tears of joy*

I really do think that there are such wonderful, high quality pieces to be found on the high street and this cape is the epitome of that. 
P.S. shameless self promo: there'll be an OOTD of this look and a birthday vlog up on my YouTube channel tomorrow if you'd like to subscribe in preparation! 


Monday, 14 November 2016

Kynance Mews


Hello strangers! First, I must apologise for my absence. Although I've been gone, I've actually been busier than ever in terms of trips and exciting projects, and even though that makes me very happy, I've been finding it difficult to juggle everything along with YouTube. I'm a perfectionist; I hate rushing posts or videos and feeling like I could've done a better job, which often means I don't even start from fear my quick attempt will turn out badly. I'm working on making myself a schedule to help with self discipline, but until then, thank you for understanding and please let me know if there's a day that you'd like me to regularly post!

It's that time of year (or around a month after, forgive my lateness...) when this quiet little London mews becomes a photographic siren, calling every Instagrammer within sight to snap a photo. The leaves blush as the seasons change and the arch is draped in glorious colour, flowing over the stone like a waterfall suspended in time. So, it's no wonder that bloggers and photographers feverishly flock to it, hoping to catch it at it's peak. We also took a shot in front of the leaves that were yet to turn, just to really demonstrate the incredible colour transition. 

Autumn is definitely my favourite season in terms of colour, and so I decided, perhaps uninventively, to go full on matchy-matchy. I didn't see any point in even trying to upstage the background. Here, it's undoubtedly the main attraction. 

Do you love Autumn too? Is it your favourite season? 

Also - if you're not already, you can see more of my life, travels, new purchases and the like over on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube where I post a lot more regularly @arabellagolby.

Photos by @meanderingmacaron on Instagram.