2017 | Trashed Vintage

Thursday, 7 September 2017

mixing vintage with highstreet


I've always been a big fan of anything leather, vinyl and PVC, basically, anything that makes you look like a rockstar (or a groupie) gets a 10/10 from me.

So I've been on the hunt for the perfect leather jacket for a while, now, don't get me wrong, I have quite a few leather jackets in my wardrobe already but I've been lusting over tassels recently, something that all my other jackets are lacking.




Leather, like denim, is timeless, something that you can pull from your wardrobe again and again and style it in so many ways. I'm a vegan (plant based) so I can't buy 'new' leather but I can, however, buy vintage leather from say, a charity shop because it means I'm not contributing to the demand/funding the leather industry. This makes things a little difficult, I can't just pop over to my local all saints and pick up one of their infamous leathers. Saying that, there is absolutely nothing like sorting through your local charity shops and coming across incredible vintage pieces that are totes unique, in that you won't see anyone else wearing the same one!!

I can't even tell you how thrilled I was to find this leather, tasselled dreamboat of a jacket, I wish I could wear it every day of my life, 24/7, but as it's rather weighty and warm I think I'll just save it for the upcoming winter months. I'm wearing another one of my fave thrifty finds, my vintage Van Dahl boots, if these boots ever give up on me I will be heartbroken.


 I've never been into wearing all black, everythaaang and I wasn't gonna start with this outfit, I wanted to give a pop of solid, bold colour but without any crazy prints or styles so to not detract too much from the main events aka the jacket and the skirt!

It was only when I was looking through my wardrobe, floordrobe and that chair in the corner of my room stacked with a pile of clothes (I think we all know what I'm talking about!!) that I realised I literally have 0 basic tops. I have a shit tonne of oversized band tee's and Harley Davidson tee's but no basic, plain, fitted t-shirts.

Thankfully New look had a selection of super basic tee's in just about every colour under the sun so I picked this lil red number with the intention of tucking into this incredible faux leather/PVC skirt, which has had a million gazillion compliments already.

I wanted to keep my accessories to a minimum (who am i?) so I just went with my fave Sacred Hawk sequin baker boy hat, if they did this in more colours I would 100% buy them all!!  A skinny scarf that I picked up in the ASOS sale for £2.00 and my beloved Thomas Sabo rings that I'm rarely seen without.



Hat - Sacred Hawk (Sold out!) // Scarf - ASOS // Jacket - Thrifted // Tshirt - New Look  // Belt - Sacred Hawk // Skirt - New Look (Sold out?) // Boots - Thrifted.

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Monday, 4 September 2017

The bigger the better?


Does size matter? The age old question.
Maybe when you get down to business?
Can the smaller ones really keep up?
Or is it the bigger the better?

FYI we're talking Brands.

Want to know why we should be supporting smaller businesses and independent designers? Then buckle up, Bitches.


So, we all know that the media massively influences everything fashion and dictates what is considered a 'trend', so much so, that we often get caught up in what's the new 'it' piece on insta, we lose what makes us unique. Our personality and personal style lost in the mass assimilation of trends and 'what's popular.'

Basically, we all start to look a little 'samey.'

Fortunately for us, independant design pushes fashion forward, breaks down barriers and brings fresh ideas to the fashion community, our wardrobes (and our instagrams.)

It's innovative and progressive.


Fast fashion brands are always trying to keep up with the demands of the consumer by producing more and more.

Have you ever wondered how some of their designs come about?

Theft.
And no, not the sneak into your house in the middle of the night kind of theft, the sneak on your instagram/website with blatant disregard, steal designs and pass them off as your own kinda theft. 


A recent example of this, Forever 21 new collection, look familiar? That's because it's a straight rip off of Betsy Johnson and her ethical clothing brand, Freckled Ace.

Imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery F21, it's just annoying and rude, take notes.



Talking about cringe, how about that trend in the fashion world that we are all guilty of; supporting slave labour.

We are all so inexplicably proud of being stingy, we all love a bargain and we brag about our new "omg can't believe how cheap it was" purchase as if it was our first born child. 

In reality, it wasn't much of a bargain because the stitching comes loose before you even leave the shop, then when you get it home and finally try it on, it's unintentionally sheer, it goes all bobbly after 1-2 washes, not to mention, everyone and their mother has the same one, Oh and it was made in a factory with substandard labour rights.


Small businesses and independent brands and designers charge a little more but not only are we paying for quality and getting a fresh, new, innovative design, they usually manufacturer and produce their designs locally, which makes them eco friendly and more ethical than a majority of these fast fashion brands.

I don't know about you, but I would rather pay that little bit extra.
It'll probably last longer anyway.

Now, by no means am I saying that we shouldn't ever shop at our favourite high street and online brands ever again but let's just try to be a little more mindful, a little less stingy, boycott brands that steal designs off hard-working creatives and support our smaller independent designers and brands.

Amen.



I just want to mention an independent brand I've recently become a fan of;

Underachievers Apparel 

 I'm well aware that 'Underachievers' is their logo but the self deprecative side of me is having a giggle at the accuracy of it.

India Hannah Pixie

(Photos taken by CJ)




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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Being the ugly friend


Let's not kid ourselves, we've all felt like the 'ugly friend' in our circle of friends at least once or twice.


Maybe it was when you were back in school, you'd get excited because a boy is talking to you, only for him to ask about one of your mates and talk about how gorgeous she is, like you didn't already know.

Maybe it was at that work party when everyone gathered round for the obligatory group photo, everyone looks amazing but you stick out like a sore (frumpy) thumb.

Maybe it was when all your friends got soooo many compliments, you feel that familiar pang of pride and jealousy because
 Heck yeah! that's one of your girls and she looks amazing!! but also, don't I look good enough?

Maybe it was when you were getting ready for a night out with your gal pals, they're all long legged and perfect in their mini dresses, and you're sitting on the bed, watching them fix their hair and do their makeup in the mirror, doubting yourself more and more.

You're trying so hard to ignore that horrible little voice in your head making comparisons and picking your body apart flaw by flaw until your insecurities completely take over and ruin your night. 




Whatever the situation, we've all been there, it's important to realise that every single person on the planet has insecurities about the way they look. I could start a long old list of my own but that's not what this post is about. 

Lots of us start referring to ourselves as the 'ugly friend' because we spent the majority of our teenage years  listening to boys tell us 

"omg! your friends are so pretty."

 Which is really quite sad. 
We base our beauty on how many boys tell us we are, or aren't, attractive. 
This carries on into adult life.

Here's a reminder for you; Your beauty does not become non-existent because of a man's failure to acknowledge it. Men ain't shit. 

Appearance is not the be-all and end-all of your existence, you are so much more than that. 

Since when did "You are so pretty" carry more weight than "you are so resilient/extraordinary/intelligent/brave/unique/creative/independant" 




We live on a planet with 7.5 billion people and there is only one you? 
How extraordinary is that. 
You are unique in every single way. 


So fuck society's beauty standards, acknowledge your insecurities then let them go, learn to love your flaws, don't give a fuck about men and their approval, smile and say 'yaaaaas queen' when your gal is getting lots of compliments, take those stupid group photos, learn to laugh at yourself when you look less than desirable, 
be the bad ass woman I know you are. 




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Friday, 4 August 2017

Pinstripe









I just wanna take this opportunity to talk about my new project with my gals, The Girls Club, a space for gals like you and me to create bad ass content, collaborate and chat about all things feminism and fashion. I'd love if you took some time to check out our shiny new website, we have so many exciting things to share with you. 

Now lets talk about The Ragged Priest, aka, one of my fave brands!!
They have been absolutely killing it lately, I can't keep up with how insane all their new pieces are.
Especially, these pinstripe bad boys!!

I love pinstripe, I love flares n I love split leg trousers. 
These were a must.  (obsessed!)
They might be bad ass but they aren't bad to your ass, they fit so well n are super flattering. 

I wanted to keep the rest of the look super minimalistic with my white ASOS corset, the choker that my mum says I wear too much (sorry mum) my fave leopard print bucket hat, my cobain sunnies and my Spice gal shoes from Buffalo.

India Hannah Pixie 
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Saturday, 15 July 2017

2000's popstar







Camo trousers (still) giving me all the Gwen Stefani No Doubt vibezzz, you may remember these babies, my £2 car boot find, from a few posts back n i'm still loving them. They are the easiest things on the planet to style n effortlessly cool. Denim and Camo is a look.

Everything about this outfit just screams Noughties popstar to me, from the studded denim halter top (Milk It Vintage) to the Camo trousers (Thrifted), the Grommet belt (Thrifted) and the oh so Paris Hilton-esque heart shaped sunnies, complete with Diamonte's (Dolls Kill) though, i'm sure Paris would have had them in pink...

Completed the look with my st0mp boots from New Rock (Thrifted) they could look super goth-like which isn't my thing, though, if it's yours, you do you boo. The silver hardware on these guys is amazing and they have a nice platform, they are actually crazy heavy but super comfy and add a lil edge to an outfit!!


India Hannah Pixie
xx

Photography by mega babe www.tigerlilyblog.com/ check out her stuff!!



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Friday, 30 June 2017

ur fave Bratz doll




Yesterday I went to London as a plus one (Thanks Ryan)  for a super cool event with Bellfield Clothing in a bad ass venue in Shoreditch aka perfect excuse to dress up like a Bratz doll, Chloe in particular!!

Y'all know I'm really into my platforms at the moment so when I saw these glittery, 90's, chunky, platform sandals on Dolls Kill I HAD TO HAVE THEM. They are deffo a statement piece and they get you a lot of looks but feeling like a bad ass Bratz doll is so worth it! I'm living for the star cut outs and the little studs, omg.
These babies are actually surprisingly comfortable, I wore them for almost 7 hours and even then I didn't wanna take them off. I could probs babble on about them forever....in love.

My baby blue camo flares are also Dolls Kill (and also incredible!) I only ever wear flares now a days, not about that slim fit jean life anymore (thank u god.) so I thought these would be a perfect addition to my wardrobe, I adore the colour and the fit and the fact it feels like i'm wearing PJ's.

Movin' on up, my T-shirt, which is actually a T-shirt dress, is from Milk It Vintage, it's crazy oversized and slouchy, I love the colour combo and the print, peep the little dangly stars and moons on the hem, adorable.

Finally, I'm just wearing a few of my thrifted finds, my sk8r chain, cobain sunnies and my fave red beret, yaaas.

India Hannah Pixie
xx

P.s the bottle of 'champagne' is actually cider and all the alcohol in these pics were just used as props because I look cooler....
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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Pink to make the boys wink




Pink to make the boys wink! Or not, because who cares about boys, am I right???

I keep doing this thing lately where I become obsessed with a certain colour (currently red or pink) and wear as much of it as I can in one outfit hence creating this lil baby pink co-ord that doesn't quite match, probably because the bandeau is Illustrated People and the slightly crazy, mermaid-esque, hybrid flares are Missguided. I'm also kinda obsessed with matching my eyeshadow to my outfit, you may or may not have noticed this if you follow me on instagram!

I have been on the hunt for a pair of platforms with a square heel for the loooongest time, I fell in love with some from UNIF but ya gal doesn't have the $$$ for that just yet so luckily I found these babies on Nasty gal (vegan leather, yay!)
They're ridiculously comfy and look bad ass with E V E R Y T H I N G.

You may be wondering where my gorgeous as hell 'oriental' jacket/top is from?? My mum picked it up from a car boot for me, mega babe!! I love it bc it's so versatile and you can pick out loads of colours from the print to match what you're wearing or be bold and clashy (more likely...)

You've seen my spice gal hat before, another charity shop find that I'm still looovin'.

India Hannah Pixie 
xx




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Thursday, 8 June 2017

camo gal
























This is one hot mess of an outfit inc all my current fave things!!
I picked up these camo pants from a car boot sale last weekend, they came with a matching jacket, it was £4 all in which me and my pal split,
she wanted the jacket,
I wanted the pants,
£2 each,
can't complain.

 I've been on the hunt for some camo babies for aaaages but I wanted them to look 'genuine' and be that kind of noughties boy band baggy and I've hit the jackpot here. They are kinda big round the waist but a grommet belt fixes that, plus it matches my choker? cute huh.

One of my fave brands The Ragged Priest kindly sent me some pieces, this adorable lil baby girl top included and I really like this because it's a twist on your basic white tee (y'all know I don't do basic!!) with the 3 quarter length sleeves and it's a twist on your slogan tees (y'all know I don't do slogan tee's!!) with the cutesy lil rhinestones, omg!! This kind of piece will go with any outfit and I felt like I needed some not so basic basics in my wardrobe for summer. Also, this top is vvvvv soft.

I mentioned summer but today was mildly arctic which didn't bother me too much because I got to whack out my lilac fluffy jacket (yay!) livin' for the contrasting colours.

Finished off the look with my fuck off, chunky ass, stompy goth boots from New Rock, I got them 2nd too, I just loooove the silver hardware but my god are they heavy!!


India Hannah Pixie
xx
(P.s enjoy my wonky pigtails!)








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