Heels – Givenchy
I have an ever-growing love for embroidery. The more elaborate the better! I knew when I saw this on sale last season at All Saints it was the perfect piece to finally introduce embroidery into my wardrobe. She is a real beauty! I would say that few High Street brands have such a range of embroidery within a collection or are they doing it quite as right as All Saints.
I took this amazing outfit out during Paris Fashion Week last month, though it took some getting use to mincing around in such a tight pencil skirt (Yes! it was my first time) but worth every awkward step.
Good things certainly do come to those who wait…Although the hype over this genius JW Anderson collection from last season is potentially over, I am most certainly still in the midst of it but then I always do love a piece that will last a lifetime and it seems like all the best pieces are now largely discounted and only left in an XXS. Lucky for me!
British Designers really are getting it so right and being as patriotic as I am, I am just loving the fact that the lovely Sabrina Meijer from afterDRK (Amsterdam based fashion blogger) is strongly standing beside the most beautiful of British Design which can all now be found under one platform over at Young British Designers.
When this magnificent piece arrived from the LN-CC in all its glorious packaging I had to photograph it and give it its own post. The strawlike fabric is soft and moves with your body, the cut is impeccable and fits my every curve! Yes you guessed it, I have fallen for this wonderful piece… I just can’t wait to show you a full outfit post.
I absolutely love the way this shoot turned out, It was the very first that Iona and I ever did. Also in August It was the perfect Scottish weather to get out my current Fall look though now it is almost time to get out the furs that were packed away over summer.
I was blown away when I tried on last season’s collection of Rick Owens jackets, I could have bought every one of them. I did in the end resort to this one because of the amazing oversized cut that is so beautifully complimented by these signature tight leather sleeves. I spotted this wonderful one-of-a-kind Vintage hat in the Ra Store staged display area and what a wonderful find it was. I took this little beauty out for Fashion Week and it certainly was a hot topic, though I lacked appreciation for having the metal tapped by that ever so charming French journalist “Mais, C’est QUOI ça?” ….. METAL ?!
Hat – Vintage Jacques Le Corre X Paco Rabanne , Coat – Rick Owens,
In the last post I mentioned that these Acne leather bags really tug at my heart strings. In fact, I have such a weakness for all Acne Leather Goods and you will notice I always opt for their incredible shoes that take me to great new heights and still feel comfortable.
So it was only natural when Acne launched this Piers Tote last season I fell hard for its tough exterior, which hints at a Scottish Sporran. I had to own it! It is most definitely my “Bag for Life!” and it’s written all over it. I feel so refined when I am carrying it, sophisticated and cool, though I often wished I could fit more in the bag was it not for the fact that it was already so heavy with just my phone and wallet inside. So all that is left to add to my collection is its smaller sister (from the previous post) the Laurie.
As you may have noticed or mentioned my somewhat somber black-drop was in urgent need of a little colour bombing and here it is, in all its glory ….. I present TOGA to you. I have been so excited to share this incredible “new” collection I discovered last week while shopping in Ra Store – the coolest concept store in Paris in my opinion.
It is not often you find such edgy and cool knitwear of such a beautiful design and quality. It is true the prices are a little on the high side but in this case I have to say you really are paying for amazing design and super quality pieces. It was really hard to choose what to put on my wishlist because I was so excited by the whole collection with its rich wonderful colours, textures and patterns but I picked what I thought suited my own personal style best of all – and now I can’t imagine anything better than this wonderfully colourful outfit. Even the shoes are crazy cool. All that’s left to mention is this incredible Acne bag that has been tugging at my heart strings since they introduced both the large and small (this one) versions to the collection last season. I love its Scottish flavour.
So there it is … my perfect (not black) outfit.
If any of you readers are living in Paris please check out the Ra Store it never fails to amaze!
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As Fall and the extremely cold weather sets in, I am desperately trying to play catch up with my posts. Currently editing down the photos that best show the excitement had at my first ‘official’ Fashion Week in Paris, which was already a few weeks ago. I hope you can hold out a little longer. It will be worth it I am sure.
That and trying to bring you a colourful blog post, I know it’s out there somewhere … I just need to find it.
Until then I will leave you with these two rings I bought from COS. It wasn’t easy to choose between the two beautiful colours they had so I opted to buy and wear both.
Just like my vinyl clutch these are definitely a favourite of mine at the moment.
Rings – COS
Back to Black?
A few friends mentioned several times this week that my posts all show black looks. Who knew? All suggesting I add something brighter and more daring to my blog. Agreed. I decided it was time to sift through the photoshoots I have done so far and post a colourful look to mix things up. Truth is I didn’t find any. There are none, well at least nothing that doesn’t primarily revolve around a base of black. So for a change I’ve gone ‘Back to Black’.
Here in Paris it is the perfect freezing cold day to stay warm indoors and get a little crafty with some of my lovely fabrics and beads. This reminded me that it has been at least a week since my last blog post and time to share my embroidery customization of bow ties and ties (coming soon). There is certainly something very androgynous about my style and when I decided I wanted to start wearing bow ties and ties this Fall I thought it was a nice touch to turn something quite masculine into a more feminine heavy embellished statement. So here is the first of a few pieces I made.
Shirt – All Saints , Shorts – My Own , Bow Tie – My Own, Hat – Vintage, Shoes – Acne
I wanted to give my favourite Kurt Geiger vinyl purse a post of its own. I have taken it everywhere since I bought it this summer. It was an absolute bargain and it seems to match every outfit perfectly.
I love that I can see my phone light up as I get notifications. It is just a disappointment I can’t manage to text, tweet or instagram through the vinyl. We can’t have it all, can we? It would be a nice party trick though.
One can only hope that Kurt Geiger do more this season. Yes please!
Clutch - Kurt Geiger
This was among one of the first shoots I took at the beginning of this blogging journey back in Scotland at the beginning of August after the fantastic weekend I spent at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. It has become an annual event for me to try my hand at making an outfit for the festival. After seeing pyjama style tops and leather shorts all over social media this summer I decided instead of buying the real thing I would use what fabrics I had at home and conjured up this outfit.
Jacket – All Saints , Shirt – My Own
Leather Shorts – My Own, Shoes – Acne, Clutch – Kurt Geiger
Here in Paris the sky is grey and the land is grey. I preferred my favourite greys from this summer and of course the warm summer sun.
I am faced with the dilemma over which extra thick warm coat and boots shall I invest in this year but keep getting distracted by impractical heels and online summer blow out sales. What’s a girl to do ?
I must mention my Pierre Cristina, who took the time to make me the wonderful banner/logo at the top of my blog. I love it !! It is means so much to me to have those special people in my life all involved in making my blog come together.
Oui ! Je l’adore Pierre ! Merci
Clutch – All Saints , Nail Polish – Dior (707)
As summer drew to an end this year I found myself spending as many moments as possible catching the last rays of sunshine at Jardin du Palais-Royal. It truly is my favourite place in Paris, a wonderfully colourful and green garden surrounded by buildings of grandeur. I love the way the sun and the people gather in this garden, yet it still remains a calm spot in the city. Not to mention it’s the most beautiful place to shop, all my favourite shops enclose this beautiful spot.
Jumpsuit – All Saints , Shoes – All Saints
I found this great straw clutch at my favourite and in my opinion the best biannual flea market situated at Temple, Paris. Those who know me will also tell you that my great love in Paris are the weekend flea markets that the city hosts in its different arrondissements. I love handcrafted, inexpensive and colorful finds like this one. Coincidently the lovely lady who crafter this clutch only firmly warned me it was flammable in sunlight on my parting.
Clutch – Flea market, Rings – Gifts from Mother , Dress – COS
Hello! Welcome to my personal style blog Living in Clips. For the last 4 years I have been living in central Paris, though I must confess that my roots and my heart lie deep in the Scottish Highlands.
Those close to me will tell you that my biggest addiction is following my favourite fashion bloggers religiously obsessively, to the point where I constantly revert through the 15 or more tabs I have open in my internet browser. I can’t help it, I enjoy it, there is nothing like the endless thrill of discovering new collections or interesting ways to wear pieces, even if I’ve seen the blog post 5 times before, even if my internet browser is screaming to be rebooted.
In fact, the thought never occurred to me to start my own fashion blog, I always got enough of a thrill from the blogs I follow. This summer, however, after experiencing Paris Fashion Week as an onlooker I realised the urgent need to be a part of the fashion shows and part of all this twittering and instagraming was greater than me.
So I started by pulling together a few of my all time favourites from my wardrobe this summer when I was back home in Scotland and began shooting with one of my closest friends Iona Spence. It was definitely fun and she made me feel very much at ease, though at the time we were both sleep deprived after packing up camp in torrential rain that morning after the annual Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
Thanks to the virtual community I was able to meet my perfect photographer here in Paris on my return this summer and I continued shooting with the lovely and experienced Anastasia Nielsen.
I don’t know where all this will go, how long I can sustain it, all I know is that I am very excited that the time has come for me to share the things I love and the streets I walk daily, with you …
I hope you will join me on my journeys through the streets and gardens of Paris and other destinations I travel to. Not only am I extremely lucky to have such a lovely city/rural backdrop but also to have such talented and supportive people in my life who helped and encouraged me make all this possible.
If you would like to contact me, please do so …. I would love to hear your thoughts and questions.
Enjoy living in my clips !!
Hat – Vintage, Dress – COS, Boots – Acne
Scottish Fashion Designer Living & Blogging From Paris/Edinburgh
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