Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Lust List | April 2015


// Silver backpack - Topshop // Illamasqua lipstick in "ESP" - Illamasqua website // Jessi white cleated sole platform shoes - Public Desire // "Over It" crop tee - The Ragged Priest // As If sleeveless set in "Pink Tartan" - Glitters For Dinner// Tennis skirt in "Black" - American Apparel //

So yours truly has come down with a bout of the cold over the past couple of days, a situation not made any better by the fact I ate some dodgy kebab shop chicken nuggets last night and am now bedridden with a tummy ache because of it. So what better to do in this time of minor crisis than to do a bit of online shopping, am I right? My student loan will probably be taking a battering soon because everything is so beautiful, plus summer is coming so I have an excuse to pick up some new threads. I've started visiting home more often lately and it's quite annoying having to take a massive suitcase back every time (both for my lack of muscles and all the London commuters who have to watch me struggle) so I'm in the market for a backpack to save me the trouble. Anyone who knows me will know that I love silver and shiny things and this backpack ticks both those boxes, plus will look cool with casual outfits even when I'm not travelling. I'm a big fan of bold lipsticks - it's out of character for me not to wear a bright red lip at all times - and Illamasqua have some amazing shades, from teal green to shimmering purple-pink. My personal favourite from them is "ESP" which is violet and matte, which makes it slightly different from MAC's "Violetta" which I own and love. Plus the name and colour combined reminds me of LSP/Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time which is always a pro. For someone who owns a ton of shoes I have a fairly limited collection of heels and when I saw these beauties from Public Desire I fell in love. The platform means they're easier to walk in (a good thing as they're 6.1 inches!) and I love the cleated sole. I can imagine wearing them with a multitude of different outfits so they're definitely a pair that are worth adding to my shoe family. The Ragged Priest are a brand that I've always loved but only just got into wearing recently, as I bought a pair of their shorts this month (I'll be blogging about them soon). I fell in love with this top as soon as I saw it - isn't it just the cutest? I don't wear t-shirts a lot but I think this one would look cool with a pleated skirt and a simple bralet underneath. I also adore the rain cloud version that isn't up anymore :( Bring it back please! Similarly I've always loved Glitters For Dinner - I follow them on Instagram and probably like every post because all their clothes are just on point. A particular must-have is the As If two pieces which combines all my favourite things - plaid, collars and skater skirts. I love the pink set the most but damnit they're all adorable. Oh, and that Clueless reference in the name is perfect. Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know that I basically live in my three AA tennis skirts - it's actually beyond a joke now. I'm currently lusting after the black version as it's such a great staple piece and will work with outfits for all seasons.

Monday, 20 April 2015

SUCKER





blue faux fur jacket - Topshop
bardot top - ASOS
plaid tennis skirt - American Apparel
silver bag - Michael Kors
lipstick - Nars "Shanghai Express"

I can't put into words how good it feels to be blogging on British Mermaid again. Those who follow me on social media will probably know that in September I started attending university in the beautiful seaside town of Bournemouth to study Journalism, which has always been a huge dream of mine. Because university is extremely time consuming and very different to sixth form life, I've had Mermaid on the back burner for a while but now I'm back and ready to share my outfits with you again! 

This outfit is pretty much what you get if you put together all the components of what I like fashion-wise. My main inspiration, and what has been my favourite sartorial era for the past two years now, is the 90s. I love this American Apparel tennis skirt because the plaid combined with the short hemline and school girl pleats makes me feel very Clueless - I could say I don't have this exact skirt in three different colours (and counting), but I'd be lying. It goes with absolutely everything and I basically live in it but combined with this insane blue faux fur jacket is probably my favourite way to wear it. I've noticed a huge spike in the number of colourful fluffy pieces available to buy lately (as well as being rocked by style icons such as Charli XCX, Rihanna and Alexa Chung) and it makes me stoked. Jackets like this are a great way to add interest to a fairly basic outfit as they can make anything look super cool, however minimalistic or quirky the rest of your ensemble is.

These pictures are part of a shoot that I did with Zac Mahrouche about a month ago when we hung out in London and they're by far my favourite outfit photos I've ever posted on here. Zac is stupidly talented and you should all go look at his work because he's amazing!



Saturday, 23 August 2014

SUN AND MOON





sun moon and stars "Tiara" dress - Motel Rocks
hat - Topshop
chunky boots - H&M
gemstone necklace - Etsy
silver satchel - Michael Kors

Hey loves! So first and foremost I'd like to apologise for the state of my hair in the above pictures. My hair has had a bit of a growth spurt lately which is great but also not great as it means my undercut is currently at a stinkin' awful length. I've been trying to grow it out since December and it is honestly hell to maintain, the rumours are true guys. I'm praying to the hair gods that it hurries up and grows to a normal length and just behaves itself because ohmygoshitistheworstthingever. I'm also writing this while binge watching Bob's Burgers which is my new favourite tv show and also criminally underrated. Tina Belcher is queen, no contest.

So I wore this outfit out recently and it's one of my favourites in a long time, it feels so good to be wearing my beloved floppy hat with some chunky boots again after a summer of dresses and shiny sandals. The print of the dress may look familar to some of you who read a lot of blogs, as Motel's "sun moon and stars" pattern has been a huge hit especially in the blogosphere. I'd been lusting after a dress from the collection after getting the Antonia skater skirt for Christmas as it instantly became a winter wardrobe staple. This dress, the "tiara" (a name I love as a self proclaimed princess), is just as if not more versatile. It's baggy but not unflatteringly so and the length is short enough so not to look frumpy, as I find can be the issue with smock-type dress. I was super pleased with the fit as being small of build oversized dresses can look ridiculous and swamp me, but this one fits like a dream. I decided to go with a monochromatic colour scheme with the aforementioned hat and boots, which dressed the outfit up while still keeping the relaxed and grungy look that the dress naturally has. 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

MINIMAL SILVER






boxy white shirt - Missguided
silver skirt - H&M
chunky sandals - River Island
necklace - Etsy
lipstick - Kate Moss for Rimmel in "107"

Hey guys! So it's been an exciting couple of days. As many of the Brits and Europeans who follow me will know, it was A-Level results day on the 14th of August where thousands of students found out whether they'd got the grades they wanted. For many including myself this meant finding out whether they had got into university or not. I was happy to find out I got the grades for my Multimedia Journalism course so *Mike Wazowski voice* I AM OFFICIALLY A COLLEGE STUDENT. How this relates to an outfit, you may be wondering? Well as I'm a bit too obsessed with coming of age American teen movies, my mental image of university fashion is chic and preppy. In reality it's more Converse and trackie bottoms but I am a dreamer, what can I say. This outfit is what I imagine the typical university student of lore wearing, but with my own twist (shiny).

I've been on the hunt for the perfect white short-sleeved shirt for a while now - something crisp and clean looking but still relaxed - and this Missguided offering does the trick. It's smart looking but still looks good with a casual outfit whereas I find more stiff shirts don't. The cropped length also means it sits nicely over my silver pencil skirt without looking too formal. I decided to keep the colour scheme fairly minimal so stuck with silver and white down to my shoes - and aren't they amazeballs? I've been eyeing up these beauties since the beginning of spring so when I finally managed to nab them in the sale I was beyond ecstatic. They're chunky, silver and work perfectly with this outfit as they're a great mixture of casual yet smart. To add a bit of colour, I went with a red lip and a necklace with a coloured gemstone.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Urban Mermaid.






Mottie contrast dress (worn as skirt) - Missguided
fluffy jumper, boots and hat - Topshop
clutch bag - mums via Primark

I'm very inspired by mythical creatures when it comes to fashion, which may be seen as bizarre to some people but when I wear something sparkly or ethereal I often think of fairies, elves and unicorns. It's no secret to, well, anyone that I adore mermaids (a hint is in my blog name) and I've always wanted a sequin skirt that emulates the look of shimmery beautiful scales. When, while having a shameless browse on Missguided, I spotted this dress in the sale I fell head over heels, lusting after it for a good few months for taking the plunge and buying it. Iridescent, tight and featuring sea green and blue sequins it reminds me of Ariel from The Little Mermaid, who is my favourite princess. I wanted to wear the dress out for my birthday but as we were doing shopping before going out in the evening I decided to dress it down in order to make it more appropriate. The look I decided to go for was "urban mermaid" with lashings of black to play down the statement skirt. My current fashion obsession is maximalism, and the best and easiest way to achieve this for daytime is layering and clashing textures - if you're just starting out try teddy textures like fluff or faux fur with something stiffer or more leathery. In this outfit I layered a black fluffy cropped jumper over the sequin skirt which played down the sequins while adding interest with the contrasting fabric. I went with the black theme with opaque tights and studded cut out boots adding a large hat and silver necklace for accessories.