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Since October is my birthday month and Halloween I always enjoy it, there are flashing ghosts and pumpkins in my windows already! I’ve packed away the summer clothes and have been rediscovering warmer clothes, coats and boots. Here are a few things I’ve been wearing whilst the weather changes but I don’t think we will get to enjoy autumn for all that long, its getting colder far to fast. You might notice here that I’ve had the little tribal tattoo on my foot covered up by a larger piece – will post about that soon.
I didn’t take a break from blogging, however as you know I have slowed things down this year after starting a new full time job and relocating it was hard to find the time and energy to create a photoshoot. On top of that working in sustainable fashion has put something of, not quite a guilt trip, but something of a more concious state of mind in play. I started to question my own shopping habits and in return what I was blogging about. I haven’t gone cold turkey on fashion but I have certainly changed, I will write a full post on this as its pretty interesting. What I wanted to talk about here is something else which is a big part of my life. For those of you on Instagram (@SuperElevated) this will come as nothing new, whilst I have forgone the fashion addiction (somewhat) I have been investing in another area. My body and body art. I had my first tattoo aged 16, I followed that up with five more over the next few years the last I think I was around 20, as an undergrad at university, was to remain unfinished for the next 12 years. I can’t tell you why it took that long, the most recent years having a tattoo was impossible due to the immuno-suppressant medication I had to take. I guess it was just something out of mind if not always out of sight. My first tattoo on my wrist I have now lived with just as long with, as without. When something is so much a part of you it isn’t a concious thing, not for me anyway. Its like remembering you have a left knee everyday, you just don’t.
A lot changed for me this year, another thing was finally coming off my medication, not cured but lets say on hold, how long for it isn’t known, a day, a month, ten years? But I feel mostly ok and that’s good enough for me, without the steroids I’ve been getting fit again and I think that was the first stage in deciding to get the unfinished tattoo on my thing sorted out. After putting a lot of thought into it, myself and my artist decided that a cover up would be the best option but due to the heavy black outlines a few sessions of laser removal first would give the best result. Everything I am mentioning here I will write about separately in more detail, gory photos too if you like. But this is the first time in a while I’ve really felt I had something to say without visuals to speak for me. Tomorrow is something of a big day for me, it doesn’t really feel like it is yet but I guess it must do in a way for me to be typing out the waffles like this. As of tomorrow I will go from being someone with a few tattoos to the first stage of the process in becoming what some would class as heavily tattooed. Its not a decision I’ve taken lightly or rushed into, obviously as I am well aware of the impact your appearance has on your life. But sometimes there are just some things you need to do, this is one of them. So whilst I am not changing the nature of the blog from fashion to tattoos, it will of course change in some ways as I do. I’ve never had a set agenda for the blog, its just rolled with me over the years and hopefully will continue to do so for many more. Lets say then its something of a new chapter.
Why the Converse photos? I got this new pair not even two weeks ago and they are already covered in blood and ink, custom body, custom shoes. I got these from Spartoo where these All Stars and some other styles are on sale. I hadn’t worn Cons for years and have been living in these, so comfy. Although I’m not sure cream was the wisest colour choice for me!
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, as always things get in the way, but I do like to get the chance to share older pieces from my wardrobe. The top and culottes are from the 1982 Savages collection by Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren. The fabric might be reminiscent to those of you old enough to remember the 80s as the cheesecloth which pot-towels used to be made of. You can wear it and dry off the dishes on it at the same time, practical!
Ben managed to find a great video of the collection on the runway which you can see on the Worlds End blog
Here is Vivienne wearing the same outfit in Worlds End and some of the other characteristic Savages prints. It only just occurred to me having the photos side by side we also have the same colour hair here!
Last time I wore my Savages jumper was at London Fashion Week last year – or was it the year before? Either way its one of my favourite collections and I love seeing pieces of it crop up here and there. You can still get the Apache print Pirate tops at Worlds End, as for the rest of it well you would have to hit up the vintage auctions!
Oh my gosh a blog post with actual photos, I know its been a while but I am finally getting settled in my new job and home. Not having a trusty team of photographers on hand means you will have to put up with the iPhone snaps too but I will do my best. Those of you on Instagram (@SuperElevated) will have seen my new friend already, the lovely gold Jaguar scarf by Cleo Ferin Mercury. Isn’t he lovely! I have had him draped over my shoulder for the past few weeks. Cleo’s scarves are utterly beautiful hand made from silk in the most striking of prints. What I really like about this scarf is that it’s an easy way to dress up a simple outfit, or vice versa if worn over a LBD you can tone down your outfit easily just by removing the scarf, useful if you have to adjust your style to your work place. Worn here with two of my summer staples this vintage tshirt and pink skirt I’ve had for ages now. The purple bejewelled Terry de Havilland wedges usually live in my ‘fancy shoes case’ but I do break them out for special occasions they are so comfy for such a high shoe. They look amazing with turquoise nail polish, this sunny day caught me off guard though I’m afraid to say. I think I’m still in February can it really be spring already!
Wearing: all Vivienne Westwood – Gold Label ‘Climate Revolution’ jumper, ‘Roman 3-Strap’ sandals; Anglomania tartan ‘Kung Fu’ trousers; Japan licence socks; Lock & Co ‘Lennon’ cap
Spring has finally sprung and with the ensuing confusion of what to wear. Too hot, too cold blah blah blah. I think its almost time to pack away the heavy winter coats and swap them up for lighter jackets and blazers. This is what I have been wearing for this in between weather.
Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Red Label blazer and trousers; Charles Jourdan shoes; vintage shirt
This is my fake-French shirt, looks French, reads French but makes zero word of sense! It’s labelled made in Hong Kong so I am guessing someone who didn’t speak French copied the words from a restaurant menu or something!
Wearing: all Vivienne Westwood – Red Label blazer; Anglomania trousers; Gold Label shirts, Mary-Jane shoes; Japanese licence Climate Revolution socks
So many outfits, so little time! I counted 56 outfit posts on the blog this year, that’s just over one per week not bad going. Will 2014 see more? We shall have to see, one selfie mirror much needed. Here are a few of my favourites, you can see the rest in my Facebook album What Pearl Wore 2013.
These are my Jimmy Choo boots, I’ve had them for years and they still have to be one of the best bargains I’ve scored. They were reduced from £750 to £49 in the sale! The cardi-coat and clutch are beloved old treasures too, whilst the green dress is new. It always feels good to get out old favourites and love them as much as you did when you first got them. For similar tan heeled boots I love these by Pare Gabia.
This photograph pleases me immensely. Why is it so satisfying? It is a prime example of a perfect fashion ratio. Exactly enough shoe-sock-cuff in the constraints of an Instagram. The fact that it involves a turn-up is all the more appealing. I know there is a strong divide between sock lovers and haters, but I just can’t look at a naked ankle with the same fondness. It is all about the socks. Even with a peep-toe? Especially with a peep-toe, if they are sheer and show a pop of colourful nail varnish more the merrier. Always with heels, of course, I will never be a flats girl no matter how hard I try.
I thought perhaps socks were having a moment, a little fashion rebellion as they crept in the back door, smattering the pages of Vogue in a subtle way. Alas only the exact, fashion trend correct socks are allowed. White, pastel, frilled, nod to school days socks. Most definitely not tiger striped odd socks, clashed with tartan and red shoes. Defiantly. The Christmas sock, why not? Since the once ridiculed Xmas jumper is now, so bad its good chic.
Details: Sunglasses – Shadowlands After Hours in Confetti; Necklaces Vivienne Westwood; Make-up Bobbi Brown LongWear foundation, Retouching powder in white; Illamasqua Fundamental eye pallet, Raven Masquara, Kate / Ambition blush duo, Mahogany eyeshadow for brows, Nude pink blush, nail varnish in Pink Valentine
Here is Part 2 of my Pearl hearts Shadowlands posts. We saw the dark and delicious Highway in Cherry Cola in Part 1, today let me introduce the ultra glamorous After House in Confetti. From the 50s vamp triangular frames to the wonderful Tuti-Fruti inclusions, I have to say I am crazy about these sunglasses. I can just see myself pairing them with a flirty vintage frock and heels this summer, all to sip Martinis in of course.
N.B. The first photo is for my mum, talented photographer and mocker of my unsmiling ways!