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Outfit Post: Seeing Red

Red opaque Primark tights | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Red is a colour that rarely makes it beyond accessorising an outfit. Marilyn Monroe wore a slick of red on her full pout, Dorothy had her ruby slippers, and Grace Coddington, Florence Welch and Vivienne Westwood have their flame-coloured locks, but on the whole I think red can be a colour that insights fear when it comes to wearing it on the body.

It’s no surprise, when you think about everything that red represents; anger, power, passion. We all know how wearing a red lip can completely change the way we feel. Red, in all it’s guises, is a ‘look at me’ colour, one that refuses to sit in the corner, hoping someone, somewhere, will notice it – just look at the way Valentino has used it throughout his career.

When I picked up these opaque red tights (in Primark, of all places) a couple of years ago, they sat in my drawer for months before I plucked up the courage to wear them. Minimal editing has taken place here – they really are that bright! With the weather being so bitterly cold at the moment, tights, leggings and patterned trousers are my friends right now, and I love how a splash of colour on the bottom half of my body can completely change and energise my appearance.

I lover wearing colour and patterns on my lower half becuase I get all of that excitement and ‘power dressing’ without having to carry off strong colours against my pale skin, or worry about bold patterns clashing with my hair.

In this outfit, which I wore to dinner on Sunday, I kept the rest of the look fairly simple, wearing a navy H&M blazer, the chambray dress (woefully in need of some ironing) that I found at a clothes swap and a pair of beaten up ankle boots, also from Primark.

Do you own any red clothes or accessories, or do you prefer to save it for your lips instead?

Primark tights and H&M blazerRed opaque tights and Primark ankle bootsNavy blazer and chambray dress

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion Rock The Week

  • #firstandforever. On Tuesday night I met up with Beth, Hayles and Bonny for the launch of the new Dr Martens store in Broadmead. It was a wicked night, with live music from The Fauns and Idles, dancing from Big Jeff and lots of shoe gazing!
  • Party surprises. Last night I went to a surprise birthday party in Cheltenham and before long the evening descended into a blur of party games, including balancing biscuits on our heads and flipping cups on the table. It may sound ludicrous, but I feel lucky to have such a great group of friends that are silly and not afraid to make fools of themselves in the pursuit of happiness.

Grey H&M t-shirt and Holly Fulton Designer Fashion Outlet Month

  • Blogging ignition. It feels like everyone else in the blogsphere has been left feeling a bit short-changed by the weather recently, so I’ve relished reading IFB’s tips to cure laziness and taking outfit shots indoors.
  • Part of my efforts to prise myself from my anti-autumn funk have involved retail therapy. This week’s outfit post showed of my new maroon maxi skirt and H&M tee – swoon! I’ve also attempted to get back into a half decent exercise routine, spent the evenings baking (Hummingbird Bakery brownies) and catching up with friends – it’s my own way of sticking to fingers up at winter : )

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…

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High street haul: H&M slouchy tee + Primark maroon maxi skirt

Maroon Primark maxi skirt, grey H&M t-shirt and vintage scarf

Autumn has a lot to answer. I’ve found myself taking comfort from the high street in the last couple of weeks, more than I have in the last could of months, and this outfit is an example of that. The grey t-shirt is from my recent trip to H&M and last week I also paid a visit to Primark.

All but two pairs of my shoes need to be reheeled or resoled (shoes with holes + rain do not mix), but I havn’t had a chance to go to the cobblers in St Nicks Market yet (incidentally, if anyone can recommend any other decent cobblers in the Bristol area then let me know!) These victorian tan lace up boots were an ideal interim replacement, but the skirt was something of an impulse purchase.

Me and maxi skirts don’t really get on. I’m too short and never wear heels, so maxi-anything just swamps me and poses nothing but a health risk, but this sheer maroon design caught my eye and I knew I had to try it on. I think it works due to the sheer overlay over the opaque mini skirt, and at £15 I figured it was worth a shot.

And I’m happy to report that, apart from nearly tripping up the steps on the bus (I forgot to pretend I was a medival princess and hold the skirt daintily above my ankles) the skirt is almost hazard-free! I’ve teamed it with a turquoise necklace I bought in Thailand, a scarf from Grandma Ship-Shape and the Holly Fulton tote I picked up at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Fashion Month back in September.

PS. Did anyone wake up early to catch up on the US election? Very excited to see Obama back in the White House : )

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

H&M goodies

  • Punk rock beers. On Monday I was invited to the press launch of Bristol’s latest bar, Brew Dog. Situated on the corner of Baldwin Street by Bristol Bridge, the Scottish brewery with an American twist is an interesting new edition to Bristol’s bar scene. Despite not being a huge fan of beer I had a great evening and won some serious brownie points by taking Mr Ship-Shape along to a tasting session.
  • Dinner and gossip. This week I went to Beautiful Plumage‘s house for dinner and a long-overdue girly gossip. She made us a delicious canaloni dish with spinach salad and we set about putting the world to rights and having a good catch-up, not to mention having a good rant about the weather…
  • Hibernating in H&M. I’ve let the blogging side of things slip recently, which I blame on the cold weather and dark miserable evenings. This week I did manage to get around to posting about my latest haul from H&M – including a gorgeous new jumper to stave off this anti-autumn funk.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…

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Arrivederci Italy

Monsoon top and denim shorts

This is the last outfit post from Italy, which saddens me as with it comes the return of hit and miss British weather! How lucky we’ve been over the past couple of weeks to see out the summer without any rain (or at least that’s been the case in the South West).

We were lucky enough to stay at our friend’s family house, which you can see below. It’s just a simple Italian home on the outskirts of a small town, but it is slowly being restored, rendered and tiled to bring it back to life. Further down this post you can see the incredible view from the back of the house, which looks over vineyards and lush green fields – surprising for such a hot, dry climate.

The outfit I’m wearing includes denim shorts from Primark, paired with a thick brown belt from H&M, and a beautiful embroidered blouse from Monsoon. I spotted it in the sale last year and I loved the scalloped edges and tiny string of bells at the end of each tie. Although I wore it to Italy, it makes me feel like I should be exploring a souk in Marrakech, thanks to it’s intricate details and 70s feel.

The sunglasses have actually been pinched from Mr Ship-Shape, and I picked the turquoise necklace up in Thailand a couple of years ago. This kind of outfit was ideal for the hot weather, which seems like a distant memory when I look out of my window now!

Our Italian homeMonsoon top detail and turquoise necklaceMonsoon top H&M beltMonsoon top Monsoon top and Primark denim shortsStunning view

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Subtle Summer Florals

H and M dress Next hat and Primark sunglasses

I’m excited to see florals featuring in A/W trends this season – though looking at said trends does make me mourn for summer a little – because floral prints are so versatile.

I took a mix of floral prints with me on my recent holiday to Italy, and this dress by H&M is one of them.

I found it in the sale last year for a mere fiver, and I love the fact that it not only has pockets but also boning, which helps give the top half of the dress a bit of well-needed structure – not bad for £5. I teamed it with this straw trilby hat from Next, and the tan woven sandals and sunglasses are from Primark.

I’ll be adding a pair of leggings and some ankle boots to this dress to see me through the season. What summer trends will you be wearing through till winter?

H and M dressH and M dress and clothes swap beltH and M dress and Next hat H and M floral dress

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The Designer/High Street Collaboration

High street vs designer collaborations

Earlier this month I wrote all about high street/designer collaborations for Running In Heels. You can read the article in full here, but in a nutshell I have a ramble about how bored I am by these seemingly brilliant collections.

One factor that I didn’t mention in the article was that none of these limited edition collections find their way to Bristol, which is another irritation (but one that probably saves me a lot of money). I get it though, brands need to think carefully about where to distribute stock, and the whole point is that these collections have an exclusive feel. However, even if Anna Dello Russo for H&M did find it’s way to the Broadmead branch of H&M, you still wouldn’t find me queuing outside at 6am!

Having said this, I feel like eating my words as it was announced last week that Martin Margiela is teaming up with H&M for their next designer collaboration (the collection with go on sale on 15th November) and I’m seriously excited about this as I was inspired by Margaiela collections while at university.

Take a look at the article and let me know what you think. Do you regularly queue up to get your hands on these high street/designer collaborations? Is there a brand or designer that you’d love to see paired up with a high street retailer?

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Alright, our kid?

Outside Affleck's Palace, Manchester

Me with my Topshop coat, outside Affleck's Palace, Manchester. Scarf, vintage, yellow dress, Primark, grey cable knit leggings, clothes swap, blue over the knee socks, Topshop, gery legwarmers, H&M, boots, The Boot Room.

So, you can probably tell from this snap, above, that I decided to keep the Topshop coat from my recent shopping spree – and what a wise decision – this cold snap we’re experiencing doesn’t show any sign of leaving soon! It was even colder in Manchester, my destination of choice last weekend.

I’ve only ever been to Manchester once before, years ago, and I was struck by how different everyone dressed, compared to Bristol. Not bad-different, just different. There seemed to be more heels, more make-up but equally more ironic hipster, grungy looks too. This time Mr Ship-Shape and I had to contend with snow and ice (apparently not so much of a problem in Bristol), but on Saturday night there were seasoned locals walking down icey pavements in peep toe heels! I struggled in my biker boots, squealing at the slightest wobble, so I have to respect any woman how can walk through snow in six inch heels and make it look like her own personal catwalk.

The snow did put a slight dampener, literally, on exploring the city, but I did make it to the Northern Quarter, which was recommended by a friend, and was not disappointed. There were independent shops abound, including a Manchester version of Magma, and my favourite shop – Lomography. I waffled on about the delights of this shop a bit here, but suffice to say it had me dreaming about cameras for the rest of the weekend.

I paid a visit to Affleck’s Palace, a multistory marketplace that reminded me a bit of Camden market – the only place to by your clothes when you’re a teen looking for ways to stand out and blend in at the same time. I was drawn to perspex necklaces and retro rotary-dial phones and while I’m probably a littler older than their average customer, I was excited to be in a building that felt like a destination, rather than a soulless shopping centre.

We had a wicked weekend and I hope I can go back soon, preferably when it isn’t covered in snow. Have you been to Manchester? What do you love about it and where are the best shops/cafes/restaurants? Let me know by commenting below…

Oxford Road station graffiti

Oxford Road station graffiti

Snow! The view from our hotel room

Snow! The view from our hotel room

The Whiskycats performing at Sound Control

The Whiskycats, the gig we came to Manchester for, performing at Sound Control

La Sardina cameras at Lomography

La Sardina cameras at Lomography

More graffiti under the Oxford Road railway line

More graffiti under the Oxford Road railway line

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