When I told the sales assistant at the Converse store that this was my first ever pair, she was nearly as shocked as when I told her there was no way the adult shoes would fit me and that I had to try on the kid's ones, (I got the kid's ones). I actually got them for work but even then I had prolonged buying them. This made me wonder, why had I been resisting them for so long? Was it that everyone else has a pair? That they looked too sporty? This outfit was built around reinventing the way I think of Converse, it was a really interesting but challenging styling mission that I set for myself!
As the weather improves and it gets hotter there are less layers to experiment with so materials, colour and accessories play an even more essential role. While I like the multiple bracelets trend going on I prefer a few statement pieces that are uncomplicated and can make a simple outfit into more stylish one. I have tweeted about these jeans before, they are 'jeggings' from Rugby RL and so perfect for me because with my height I find it so hard to get a great fit. I have had bad experiences with other brands where their skinny fit is not 'skinny' enough, or that their dye stains everything that touches them but I definitely do not have that problem with these. If you decide to get them (they just went on sale!), I recommend the smallest size you can get into because they stretch and mould to your shape after a few wears.
These photos were taken at my old prep school where some of the parents of the current students and alumni set up stalls at the summer fair. I included some of my mother's cute cakes; there were cookie monster and Hello Kitty cupcakes, raspberry and vanilla in pastel baskets as well as assorted red velvet, pandan coconut, rose and chocolate!
Quite honestly I thought that neon was the last trend that I would ever try, I am way more of a pastel and nudes kind of girl. It started so subtly that I barely noticed; with an experimental shade of lipstick and then these crazy bright shorts that have the cutest cut. They were also really affordable (H&M, probably like the first thing I've bought from there in years) and super soft. I am wearing them with the American Apparel nail lacquer that I bought about a week ago and a really pretty, feminine top I have briefly featured before. My first instinct was to go with a plain white, silky shirt but I thought that the neon brights needed some balancing out and so I added distinctly 'Andrea' items to soften the look.
These are the last set of photos taken by Alex Stewart and they are one of my favourite shoots ever! I had quite a simple outfit on, a white tweed jacket with pastel flecks, yellow lace skirt worn as a dress and frill shorts because it was way too short to run around in. The outfit is really quite simple but it stands out to me because it is so bright and multi- textured. This was a really fun day, the weather was amazing and the streets were thriving with people lounging outside with Pimms and eating ice creams. It was so much fun capturing some of the summer spirit before it left very abruptly.
I don't usually mix patterns and colours together but the concept of madras itself insists on a Crayola combination; a wonderful bombastic mess of pink, blue, red and yellow lines that somehow harmonize to produce a feast of rainbow hues. I kept the rest of the colours simple, blue white and red for the cardigan, little shorts, pretty socks and my beloved Prada shoes. These were also taken by Alex Stewart and feature a lovely Sheltie called Anne that was borrowed from her afternoon walk to join in the photoshoot.