June 2, 2014

stylist inspiration

Even if you’re the creative type, sometimes you wake up and realise you have a complete mind-blank, and there is nothing more frustrating! With this handy ol’ thing called the internet, we have inspiration at our finger tips. Here are a few of my sources for getting those creative juices flowing…


I do not know how people survive without Pinterest – it is one of the best tools for any creative, especially stylists. What makes it different? The images always tend to be very stylised, and come from genuine sources instead of the product-based moosh you get on Google images. You can pin from other boards, searches and even different areas of the internet to create your very own organised moodboards than you can add to time and time again. Trust me, it’s a winner.


This is similar to Pinterest in the same way that the photographs tend to be more creative and stylised than the average search. With over 83.1 billion posts, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for  and a good few extras. Warning: You will spend hours on Tumblr just scrolling, but in that time you’ll come across some great images that you’ll be able to reblog to your own page for reference.


It’s no secret that magazines are great – the likes of Vogue, Vanity Fair and Elle have inspired generations of creatives, but try to widen the radar. There are so many amazing independent magazines popping up all over the place – you’ll be able to find some amazing editorials from creatives like yourself and even profiles on designers who would be more likely to let you pull from their collections. Have a look on Facebook or ISSUU – you’ll find loads!


Dusty ones. Big ones. Electronic ones. Personally, I love those big coffee table ones with lots of pictures. Fashion always repeats itself, so I tend to look at old and new publications to get a good comparison. And honestly, nothing could be nicer than sitting down with a cuppa and a beautiful book.

Blogs & Bloglovin’

Publishing has changed, and now people are taking to blogs to express themselves and their business. Scour the internet for great self-style, photography blogs and street style – you will find a plethora of inspiration. Once you find these blogs, follow them on Bloglovin’ – you’ll kick yourself when you can’t the remember the name (damn you memory!)

Your Competition

Tread carefully with this one; make sure to be inspired by others in your field, don’t rip them off – that’s not okay. There’s no reason to be put off by your competition, respect them and perhaps even collaborate! You’ll gain a mutual respect and make the right contacts. The whole “bitch” attitude is past it.

If all else fails, you could always find inspiration at the bottom of a bottle of wine! 

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May 23, 2014

“Show a little skin, you’ll never go amiss. For Fendi, Giles and Erdem, Spring/Summer is SHEER bliss”

It’s (apparently) summer, and for most fashion lovers, that means losing one of our best style weapons: layering – or does it? Although there is no need for a quirky printed shirt under a cosy kitsch knit under a structured Zara coat, that doesn’t mean you have to abandon layering in the cold.

This season, it’s all about the long skirt, embellishment and 90′s all-white coordinates, to name a few, so there’s quite a wide variety to choose from. However, there is one trend that spans across all trends, call it the S/S Skeleton Key, if you will. That trend, my darlings, is sheer.

Hayley Scanlan Sheer

Featured in the Hayley Scanlan “Love Me Tender” Collection is the most stunning flocked polka dot sheer fabric. Whether it’s in a cute frill crop, a vintage-inspired fishtail wiggle skirt or this seasons midi, there’s something for every wardrobe.

Motel Sheer

 Motel is the place to be for incorporating sheer into 90′s style. Think sheer stripe crop tops and coords: What’s not to love?

Lavish Alice Sheer Skirt

 Pastel- Check. Midi A-line – Check. Sheer – Check. This Lavish Alice skirt is a S/S fashion hat trick!

River Island Grid Print

Geometric prints are all the rage this season and go hand in hand with monochrome. Team this River Island beauty with some smart white accessories for summer city chic.

Sheer gives you the opportunity to be a bit flirty and show off a little collar bone or a flash of calf (oohh err) so have fun with it!

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May 17, 2014

tips for buying vintage

In a bid to reduce waste and the purchase of “fast fashion”, I’ve put together some tips for expert vintage shopping, that will really help you #LoveYourClothes…

It’s no secret that I love vintage. There’s something about the fact that a piece can have a story behind it that appeals to me. Not to mention, more often than not, you have a one-off item in your hands. Same dress fear? No chance. Don’t get me wrong, going into a vintage shop can be quite daunting. Clothes seemed to have a lot more theatre to them in decades gone-by, and a lot of the time, things can look more costume than fashion. It’s all a matter of preference really. Some like to go full-on vintage, while others prefer to mix with modern style. Whether you’re an experienced thrifter, or a rookie on the rails, here are my top tips  for buying vintage.

Research: Do you know your 1950′s from your 1970′s? Can you recognise the era just from looking at the zip? There are certain clues in each piece just from small details. The style and fabric can give it away in one second. There are so many copies today, so it’s good to have a bank of knowledge that will make it easier to recognise the real deal.

Quality: At the end of the day, vintage is more than likely, second hand. Or third hand. Or fourth. What do expect for an item that’s been through the wars? Literally. However, this doesn’t mean that you should expect terrible quality. A lot of the time, vintage is in perfect condition, but sometimes there might be a few loose threads here and there. In saying that, don’t go ahead and buy something that is on its last legs. It might be beautiful, but you need to be savvy. Sometimes you just have to let it go.

Reputation: Over the years, vintage shops have been popping up all over the country. Some know what they’re doing; others- not so much. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype, and don’t get me wrong, there will be hidden gems in every store, but it’s good to know what companies are consistent. It’s the little things like, good quality, cleanliness and customer service that you should look out for.

Try it on: For God sake, try the damn thing on. Vintage sizes are totally different from those today, so if it says a size 8 – it might not be. Also, if a piece is from the 1940′s-1950′s era, it was most likely made to measure (make-do-and-mend was a staple in the war.) This continued for quite a while. Personally, I find the 1950′s era quite easy to wear, everyone seemed to be quite short back then, so I don’t usually need to get anything altered,  but this won’t be the case for everyone. Of course, you can still buy vintage online – a lot of the time they give exact measurements, so it might be worth writing yours down.

Style it up: If you’re going to go full-on vintage, do it -but you need to be consistent. Find out what accessories to wear, research hair styles, make up – the lot. The end result will definitely make you stand out from the crowd. Of course, you can use vintage to simply highlight an outfit. A lot of the time, designers recycle vintage trends to recreate modern ones. Look at magazines, editorials or even contact a stylist (thetinystylist@hotmail.com) – a little advice can go a long way.

Vintage shopping should be fun! There is nothing quite like owning a one-off gem. Do you have any favourite vintage finds?


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