It feels so good to be in London for two days in between all my travels. If you missed yesterday’s new video click here, you will be able to see what I got up to in Monte Carlo and see all my outfits.
City dressing is one if not my favourite styles to dress for. I very much have a city style and love it in Spring when it’s warm enough to wear a thin jacket but still breezy enough for leather and layers. This look is the epitome of city layers but most importantly this look shows how diverse I am when it comes to what I buy and wear. Sometimes I crave an all black outfit and it’s so satisfying. Why does a black outfit make me feel so sassy??
I always encourage everyone around me to….
“wear what you want, when you want. Don’t let anyone tell you something isn’t on trend or suitable.”
As long as the item fits I think we should all wear what we like.
I didn’t plan on discussing this subject whilst getting dressed in the morning. However, looking back on how many compliments I received on this outfit and comparing them to the reactions that followed; I really wanted to talk about something that was on my mind.
Firstly, I would like to tell you something that may shock you. You of course can recognise the famous Hermes Kelly bag I am holding? This bag retails for approximately £6800. You may also recognise my shoes are Lauren Decade, retailing at approximately £800 and my Hermes CDC cuff, retailing at £845. This outfit appears and I guess is very “luxury”. I have been branded a “luxury blogger” by some of my followers, co bloggers and brands. It is a sector of the industry I have been placed into. I guess this is true but it is frustrating that I am now branded this and some people go into shock when I rave about my favourite restaurant “Toby’s Carvery” or my new swimsuit from a low end high-street store. Oh back to the shock factor. My dress is from Primark and cost me £12. I do not work with Primark and bought this myself. If I like something I will buy it. I do not care if it is £5, £500 0r £5000. If it’s £5000 maybe it’s not always an option but if I really want it I am always prepared to save until I get it. It’s how I am and how I always will be. Even though this dress is old I found pretty much exactly the same style. You can buy the jumper dress here and the lace under slip here. The lace under slip is identical to the one I have. They are both identical so you can create this look.
In my opinion there is a huge difference to me walking passed a store like Primark and picking up the odd thing like a unicorn robe or a black sweater and me working with Primark and being paid to promote something branding #ad. I think there is a difference and being paid to promote such brands wouldn’t feel right for me right now. I may sound confusing or may even sound like I am too good for stores like Primark and I do not mean this at all. I actually probably should not be sharing this information but what the hell, I am. My point is I will buy what I like, I will work with who ever I like but I will still keep some form of consistency.
I was stopped on the street all day long in Chelsea, asking where my dress was from. Every single person was in shock when I answered “Primark.” This dress is over two years old and the lace under slip is from Zara, two years ago. This article is NOT sponsored by any brand, I am simply stressing that I am happy to wear a bag that cost me £8k with a £12 dress. WHY IS THIS SO SHOCKING? The dress was 70% cotton, 30% man made which is border line okay. If I wear this dress over and over again I would for sure invest a few hundred pound into a silk cashmere one. This is my best tip when considering buying luxury ready to wear. Play with a low end just to make sure if it’s worth it. My second tip is do not be afraid to mix new clothes with charity shop clothes or high-street with high-end.
It’s smart, it’s creative and it’s unique.
From a blogger perspective I understand fully that concentrating on one side picking either “luxury” or “high-street” would make me excel more and grow more. I am aware that I appear confusing to brands and readers. There are some people who love high-street and immediately loose interest when I start sharing my head to toe CHANEL looks and £3k-£8k bags. Then when someone new discovers me wearing high-end pieces and then I bash out a NEWLOOK head to toe look, they loose interest. The same predicament applies to brands too. I may promote and wear luxury brands for months on end without a high-street feature and this attracts high-end brands approaching me. They are most of the time not best pleased when I wear low end. This will affect who works with me and how many fashion shows I get invited to. It sounds complicated but it is actually quite simple.
I know how to play the game. I am just not interested to play it.
I know I should pick one or the other from a business perspective but my blog started out as a hobby and a passion and I plan on keeping that way. Long term this will bring me longevity, peace of mind, fulfillment and enjoyment. Most of all I will know I have not sold my soul to the industry. I feel this honesty has done me so many favours. My blog was six years old last month. For six years, I have stayed true to myself and this honesty has not gone unnoticed. It makes me so so happy when my readers tell me how honest and genuine they think I am. I also get told this by PRs. You are all normal people just like me and it means the world to me that you notice the direction I am heading and how I am going to get there.
My blog is about my personal style, my lifestyle, sharing my styling experience and knowledge with you. If I am the kind of person that likes to mix high-street with high-end I am certain there are many more just like me. We might be in a grey zone but who cares, do you care?
Even if I had all the money in the world I would still eat at my favourite non-fancy restaurants, enjoy the simple things in life, still shop in places that sell £20 dresses and I will enjoy it. I am not sure if I am like this because I grew up in a struggling family (my dad was terminally ill all my life and we were always struggling) and I haven’t forgotten who I am or where I came from or it’s just my taste. No doubt a bit of both. I have worked hard to get where I am and I want to make my story inspirational. It doesn’t matter where you come from it’s about who you are, where you are going and how you get there. Just like the outfit you are wearing :0) In my opinion my struggles have made me strong, fiery and extremely ambitious. For me to reach this success in life and to be told I should not mix a Primark dress with a Hermes bag, I will give you one guess as to what I have to say……. BYE FELECIA!
Moral of this story. I am who I am, I am the blogger I want to be and I appreciate every single one of you that see my vision and understand how I am. If I wish to mix high-end and high-street I will and no one will make me feel bad about it. If you don’t wish to follow me, that is fine. If you brands don’t wish to work with me, that is always totes fine with me. It just makes the brands that choose me even more special and makes all of you more special.
If you would like me to write another article related to this one, leave a comment in the box below and I will fulfill your request. I am happy to talk about what I studied, how I made my way up from the bottom, the business behaviors I swear by and even how I save for luxury pieces and buy my luxury wardrobe.
Photos by Moeez Tali
This article was NOT sponsored.