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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


*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.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Lace in Shades of Blue

Dress: here. Shoes: similar here. 
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I feel I should point out, I'm aware it's October. I know this look is quite seasonally confused, and when I first saw this dress I was overcome with autumnal denial. When it arrived, I just had to photograph it, so I threw my coat off and got some strategically placed but irrelevant flowers involved to really emphasise the 'I'M TOTALLY NOT EVEN COLD RIGHT NOW' vibe I was going for. To make matters even funnier, just as we arrived at this pre-selected Tiffany-blue door, the heavens opened. Such irony. If you go back and look at the photos again, you'll probably be able to see that the floor is soaking wet and I'm sitting on the clear plastic that the flowers were wrapped in and I still ended up with a wet bum. Desperate times

Back to the dress itself; it's truly beautiful. Two tones of blue combined in a vintage looking lace, a deep v-neck with trumpet sleeves and scalloped edges. Heaven. I also love the fact that the body is lined, but the sleeves are sheer, meaning the the lace creates even more of a contrast against the skin. Even though it's not entirely weather appropriate, I'm happy to add it to my collection for future wear.

Do you ever buy completely inappropriate clothes for the season? Please help me feel less ridiculous. 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Real Life Beauty & The Beast Castle

Top: here. Trousers: similar here. Long Pearls: vintage, similar here. Short Pearls: Chanel.
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Last week, my mother and I visited one of my favourite childhood haunts, Waddesdon Manor. I distinctly remember coming here as a child to go sledding, wrapped up in a big red coat. The house is breathtaking and to me, looks like a real life version of The Beauty & The Beast Castle, with an interior to match. (I actually filmed a tour of the inside, including all of the history, which you can watch here if you'd like!) I think it's evident that style is one of my main passions, but I also have a longstanding fascination with architecture and historical buildings. I really, really love these photos because I feel like they're combing my two loves!

As for the outfit, I'm sure you're rolling your eyes at my predictable taste. Ruffles? Frills? SOLD. I'm sorry - there's just a small part of me that wants to drape myself in pearls and ruffles like a fabulous old woman. This top is certainly eye-catching but it's versatile too, and now, one of my new favourites! I just adore the rich blue colour, pleats and layered details. 

Do you like visiting National Trust properties? Which ones would you recommend? Also - if you watch the my tour of the house, I'd love to know what you think!