Google+ WHAT'S ALEXANDRA WARING?: October 2013

Key Season Piece: Oversized Polo Neck

Thursday, 31 October 2013

One of my favourite trends from this season is the oversized-look. Not only does it give me an excuse to buy everything in XL and not get a weird look from the cashier, but it also means that I can snuggle up all good 'n proper in the depths of the motherland (Russia, Y U SO COLD?). 
However, I stumbled upon one of the best ways to wear this trend very recently on hearing about the crazy buzz surrounding the sweatshirt pictured above by Acne. 'Why all the fuss?', I hear you ask! Well, personally its not something I'd usually wear, but the interesting thing about this piece is the high polo neck feature that adds a whole other dimension to the look. As high-necks were also widely featured on catwalks this season, this the answer to my ideal outfit! You can even double up with a proper chunky knit scarf and huddle over a pumkin spiced latte to guard against vile vile temperatures (Starbucks, I miss you more than you can imagine).

I recently saw this jumper on the gorgeous Victoria's blog and I love the way that she styles it...
Modeled by fashion and beauty blogger, Victoria of In The Frow

By rolling up the sleeves on an oversized piece, you can create a casual-chic look that gives the impression that you just threw your look together (a skill that many of us would kill to have!). It also helps to keep you looking shapely- drawing attention to your figure, despite the fact that you're wearing an oversized jumper. Trés clever.
Keep accessories to some bold earrings and basic silver stacked rings or go like Victoria and make the look preppy with some bold frames. Note: heels (or even just little kitten heel boots) will help keep you looking sharp and chic and avoid a 'just-got-out-of-bed' look. 

Here are some of my favourites for you to try out- the vast majority of which are from ASOS as they're MASSIVE advocates of this trend!

I'm currently on my year abroad in St Petersburg, Russia. If you'd like to keep up with my travels then follow my year abroad blog here...

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What's Alexandra Waring to Fashion Week Part II?

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Today was part II of fashion week in St Petersburg, Russia for me today as I continued to scout the frow for the latest trends! Here's what I wore to the event:

Top- Zara
Skirt- Primark
Belt- A New Shop
Boots- Vintage
Bag- H&M

I also decided to include a make-up shot in todays post as it turned out rather well (it's amazing what you can do with a filter...). I kept it smokey today to go with my all-black look. Toning the eyes with an overall luminous light purple to give a slight sheen, I then added mocha brown shadow closer to the lashes and sculpted in some black shadow round the rim to give a smokey look. I also love this dark purple shade- my answer to A/W gothic romance! I can't remember where I got it from, but all I know is, I'm glad that I did. Finish it off with a strong sculpted brow for a fashion week look to be proud of ;)

That's it for fashion week fun, but you can follow more of my fashion-adventures abroad on my international blog- Where's Alexandra Waring?

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What's Alexandra Waring to.... St Petersburg Fashion Week?

Saturday, 19 October 2013

This week, I've been making waves in Russian Culture by hitting Aurora Fashion Week- the biannual event in St Petersburg that plays host to new and upcoming fashion talent from around the world (...but mainly Russia, of course). This is my outfit for day no.2 as no one was around to take pics on day 1 :( If you want to catch up on the event itself, take a look on my international blog here.

Cardigan- Snow Design
Dress- H&M
Necklace- Topshop
Shoes- Vintage

This dress is one of my new favourite purchases- an H&M classic. Basic neons are still being seen for AW13 so get one into your outfit and you'll be bang on trend this winter. Chelsea boots kept me comfortable running from one show to the next and this monochrome, aztec-style print cardigan is so warm and soft; one of my best buys in preparation for the year abroad! Bought from Snow Design (see my post on them here) who sell clothes, home-ware and decor from up-coming new British designers in my hometown of Stamford. Their stock can also be bought online here.

Love! xx

Keep up to date with my travels abroad on my international blog- Where's Alexandra Waring? and stay in touch on Twitter.
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Autumn Coats Wishlist

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Autumn Coats

1. Topshop | 2. eBay | 3. Zara | 4. Topshop | 5. Cow

With the cold weather settling in across the northern hemisphere, I took some time to compile a list of your new best friends for the coming season- some fabulous winter coats. These babies aren't just for keeping you warm... they're here to keep you looking good too, long into the winter months. By investing in a key winter coat this season, you'll have a solid piece to fall back on when the dark mornings settle in and you can barely see your own hand in front of your face, let alone your wardrobe! My favourites this season come from Topshop, Zara, H&M, eBay and of course, a healthy dose of Cow.

One of my favourite trends for this season are bright neons against blacks, dark blues and greys. They're the perfect addition to making your outfit 'pop' and instill a little colour into your life come the dark winter months! If you're feeling bold and brave, invest in a key block-colour piece like this lime green number from Topshop. Bang on trend, thick wool and minimalist tailoring make it a staple piece for any adventurous lady's wardrobe.

This little number from eBay (shock horror!) is a great coat for seeing you through from office to drinks after work as its stylish fur collar, nipped in waist and waved hem all scream sophistication. Its the key to looking feminine and staying warm at the same time by accentuating the waist and employing a fur neckline to ensure warmth and style. A steal from eBay- it would be criminal not to bag this piece this winter.

Another favourite trend of mine is a bold print and as any self-serving fashionista will know, monochrome is still HUGE in the style-stakes. This boyish coat from Zara provides one of the key looks of the season (tailoring) whilst adding a slightly punk edge in the form of a leather collar. Dress it up or down, this coat will make sure you get through the cold in style! Pair with a tight black polo neck, Chelsea boots and a vibrant neck-piece to stay bang on trend this season. 

A great mix of styles, this Topshop number combines punk, tailoring and minimalism all in one with a chunky zip feature, shoulder pads and styling minimalism. Large pockets prove useful and handy when it comes to keeping your hands warm (or storing your Starbucks points card- Salted Caramel Mocha anyone?). With thick wool, expertly lined and a flawless finish, this coat would make anyone a great fall-back piece this season. For a punk look, pair it with a velvet midi, fishnets and chunky patent lace-up platforms.

Finally, any wishlist of mine wouldn't be complete without a contribution from my favourite vintage retailer, Cow. My inner bargain-hunter is aching from the lack of Cow in my life right now... fancy opening up a store in St Petersburg, guys? Luckily for me (and for you), they also sell their winter staples online, including this gorgeous leopard print coat. How can you go wrong with fur this season when it was being shown left, right and center for AW13. For a warm and stylish look this season, bag a bargain with Cow and you wont go far wrong.

I'm in St Petersburg, Russia for my year abroad as part of my degree programme. If you'd like to catch up on what I've been up to, head over to my year abroad blog- Where's Alexandra Waring?

Why Y'all Should Leave Miley Cyrus alone...

Friday, 4 October 2013

I wouldn't usually write about something like this on my blog (as it is mainly fashion based) but when I'm feeling like this, there really is no other place to air my thoughts.
(Source: Mirror)

I've been plaugued, smothered and quite frankly, bored to death by the diatribe of negative media surrounding Miley Cyrus' new image recently. I can barely recall the amount of times that I have rolled my eyes at the pure crap being spun by multiple people, just getting more and more towards pathetic. This post has mainly been sparked by the uppity, nonsensical letter written by Sinead O' Connor for The Guardian (which you can tear your eyeballs out over here). In it, she basically slams Miley for 'prostituting' herself for the music industry and tries to pass it off as a movement of solidarity and sincere concern for the 20 year old singer/songwriter. Furthermore, she tries to give advice to Cyrus about longevity in the industry and that evidently, because of O' Connor's career, Miley shouldn't 'base her image around her sexuality'.

Excuse me whilst I go and cry with laughter at this condescending, hypocritical piece of bull. First of all, O' Connor's overall approach to this letter is hopelessly transparent. She's trying to put Miley in her place, firstly for comparing her new single 'Wrecking Ball' to O' Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U. I can't claim to see the similarities between the two myself, however I can't see how Cyrus was in any way trying to disrespect O' Connor by saying this- if anyone as successful as Miley compared my work to hers, I would be grateful (especially if I was a '47 year old... on the proverbial rag heap' as O' Connor sites that she most certainly is not... I beg to differ). And if I was O' Connor, then I definitely wouldn't hide behind the pretense that I was trying to 'express care' when writing such condescending bullshit. If you want to say something, Sinead, then bloody well say it.

(Source: Mirror)

Secondly, as I've just said, I can't remember the last time O' Connor was in the top ten, let alone the top 100. And yet the singer insists that she isn't on said 'rag heap' that Cyrus will definitely end up on if she continues to 'exploit her body or sexuality'. O' Connor may have been popular at one time (say 20+ years ago) but in that time, she's had extremely bad press herself thanks to her mental health issues and controversial stands on religion, war and child abuse. I'm sure that if Cyrus had produced a foam cross at the VMA's and provocatively danced around with, then O' Connor would have been all over it. Sadly, that's not the case, as she too joins the crowds of people blaming Cyrus for the downturn of upcoming generations and over-sexualising our social environment.

There's a great old adage that I'm reminded of here: 

'When you point the finger, remember, that there are always three other fingers pointing back at you'. 

And this is exactly what O' Connor and the rest of the world is doing to Miley Cyrus. In fact, I'd put money on O' Connor having insecurities about her own image and by slamming someone for 'prostituting' herself, I reckon she's feeling guilty about something herself. We've all done things that we're not proud of, but by demonizing someone for doing something that you'd ultimately love to do yourself (someone give Sinead  a latex bikini and a foam finger), is incredibly hypocritical. 
(Source: Independent)

It's so easy to take a celebrity and trawl them to pieces for being 'overly sexualised', 'inappropriate' and 'rude' when if they were just normal 20 year olds, then no one would have a problem with their behaviour. Instead they'd probably laugh and reminisce about their own adolescence (including all the mistakes that they made back then too). Being 20 myself, I wouldn't say no to getting down with Robin Thicke or having Terry Richardson shoot my music video. And if I had Miley's body then wouldn't be able to make me keep my clothes on.
(Source: Mirror)

And to all the parents out there fretting over your children seeing Miley scantily clad on MTV or naked posing for GQ, then ask yourself- how long do you seriously expect your children to not see this sort of thing in the world we live in today? If your child has an Xbox, PC or similar and has been playing GTA5 this week, then they'll have already been witness to nudity and more (not to mention drug abuse, alcohol and rape). If they watch MTV then they'll have seen Jason Derulo being twerked over by several barely-dressed women. If they have smart-phones then they can easily access porn networks, chat rooms and all other sorts of online sites. By demonizing a celebrity like Cyrus, you're not protecting your children- you're highlighting they very thing that you don't want them to see by making even more of a fuss about it. When I was 11 and my parent's didn't like something, I'd probably go out of my way to explore it. So do yourselves a favour and stop spitting venom over these people.
And the fact that people are even trying to pigeon-hole Cyrus into her role as Hannah Montanna is astounding. 'No Miley, we were really quite comfortable with you on the Disney Channel. Why don't you stay there forever? Or just let your career die out with age?' Please. Pull the other one. How they can compare her to the 14 year old that she was when she started out at Disney is ridiculous. How many 20 year olds do you see acting like their 14 year old counterparts? There's this thing that happens during our teenage years called puberty and it changes quite a few things about you... I'm amazed that these people are still mirror images of their younger selves- good for you, guys! You don't see them whining when Justin Timberlake has a practically naked girl on his lap, do you? Some would call that blatant sexism. 
(source: Mirror)

On a lighter note (and perhaps more controversially), I think we should take a look at what Miley has achieved since her controversial new album broke international records. At currently 187 million views on YouTube, Cyrus broke Vevo's record with her latest single Wrecking Ball, shot by Terry Richardson and is set to smash record sales when her new album gets released later this week. Perhaps quite noteably, this is her fourth studio album and only after her controversial press has she managed to really break the music scene and become a top 10 artist. I'm not saying that if you want to get this far with music then you have to strip off, but I don't think Miley has done what she's done to make it into the big time. If anything, people are forgetting that music is about expression and is an art form. Alongside that in the modern world, an artist needs a stand-out image. Remember when Lady Gaga first broke onto the scene? People were shocked that she appeared naked in magazines and was controversial enough to wear a raw meat dress... 23 million albums and 13 MTV music awards later and she's the Queen of pop music. 

If you have the proverbial balls to get up on a stage and twerk in front of millions of people, not to mention celebrities, family and friends, in a latex bikini and touch yourself with a foam finger then kudos to you. I applaud Miley Cyrus for putting herself out there, doing something she knows people won't necessarily like, but do you see her crying about it when people bitch about it?... I don't think so.
So you keep doing what you do best Miley- live your life like you mean it. And those people who write patronizing open letters for online newspapers? Fuck 'em. 
People who try to bring you down are already beneath you.

If you want to read more controversial opinions on Mr Thicke and Miley's VMA Performance, check out this awesome article written by my friend!

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