This came as an accident while I was going through old content. The goal was to SEO optimise the 200+ posts I have, where some boast as many as 100 comments. Blogging was a completely different game in 2012, when it was done for the love of photography, styling and writing and things were relatively simple once you got past basic HTML. On this laborious journey, I realised that I lost a ton of my photos from when I had been using Photobucket to host them and decided that I wasn’t just going to bin a handful of pictures and awkward text – I was going to make this even more awkward throwback to my fashion in 2012.
So here are is a compilation of my five looks from my archive, from summer into winter, and my thoughts about them now (and a shocking realisation that I was obsessed with plaid):

1. The Madras Plaid Parade



Then: I don’t usually mix patterns together but the concept of madras itself insists on a Crayola combination; a wonderful mess of pink, blue, red and yellow lines that somehow harmonise to produce a feast of rainbow hues. I kept the rest of the colours simple, blue white and red for the cardigan and accessorised my Prada shoes with preppy socks.
Thoughts now: I don’t know about you but I’m still kind of feeling this look? I was also reading a lot of Fitzgerald and my language was overly floral.






2. DIY skirt into top



Then: (this post was mainly just pictures).

Now: I’m looking back at these posts and really, all I can think is ‘your lips were so much fuller then and you were way skinnier’. I remember I had bought this pleated skirt with a print of 1920’s flapper girls on it and repurposed it into a top, thinking I’d get more wear out of it. Obviously, I didn’t, because look at it.





3. Fall For Plaid

Ralph Lauren plaid shirt

Then: I had been looking for a knitted skirt and a new plaid shirt for the longest time and finally being able to wear both together made me feel completely ready for fall. My favourite part of this shirt is the suede shoulder patch that gives it a sporty, masculine edge. I am holding my sequin clutch yet again because I just haven’t thought to transfer my essentials into anything else, and it seems to brighten up any casual outfit. My best friend took these photos for me at the Chelsea College of Art that was right beside the Tate Britain. We spent the day having lunch in Pimlico before going to the Pre- Raphaelite exhibition.


Now: I think I was way more cultured back then. And I must have really liked plaid.

4. My everyday uni look

Then: As it is getting colder, I like to layer up with the usual winter accessories, a soft scarf in a classic burgundy colour, cashmere cardigan and a wax-coated jacket. I never usually wear hats but this beanie is growing on me. My transparent clutch is from the Opening Ceremony store on King Street which is such a fun place to browse really eclectic, artsy pieces in very unique textile.


Now: As if I’d pair a transparent clutch with a jacket like that!! Error! Funnily enough, it was because of my strange ‘everyday university’ outfits that The Tab interviewed me (don’t judge my answers, they’re so awkward).


5. Baby It’s Cold Outside



These photos were shot at Somerset House when the pavements were blistered with ice and the stone buildings glistened in the paling daylight. I love the architecture around this area it is so great and imposing and serves as a great frame to the pretty ice rink, it is one of the nicest places to be around Christmas time.

My photographer, Mary and I chose to shoot this at Somerset House, conveniently located near where we both live. The dress I am wearing is an old season from Rugby Ralph Lauren. I love how it is made, with lining and a structured bodice, which is really hard to find in dresses on the high street. I accessorised with a jewelled belt and a crystal brooch from Marni.


Damn, I really liked plaid. I’m also really sad to have lost these photos, this was one of my favourite outfits that Christmas.



  1. 5th June 2012 / 1:27 PM

    you look super pretty! love this mix of casual and chic:) xx

  2. 5th June 2012 / 2:29 PM

    I love the cardigan paired with those awesome shoes!

  3. 5th June 2012 / 3:58 PM

    loving your blog! you look dope as ever.
    those shoes are to die for and i love that you paired them with cute white socks, kate spade nonetheless.
    thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment too btw. much appreciated! xx

  4. 5th June 2012 / 7:26 PM

    That bow tie is a perfect look!!
    Following <3


  5. 5th June 2012 / 8:04 PM

    Great look! Your shoes are to die for 😮 I can only dream of such pretty sophisticated shoes 🙂
    And that dog is the cutest!

  6. 5th June 2012 / 8:29 PM

    I love this!So cute!

  7. 5th June 2012 / 8:54 PM

    Eres lindisima.
    El cardigan me gusto muchisimo.
    <3 Un abrazo desde México.

  8. 5th June 2012 / 8:58 PM

    I love the shoes and the cardigan. So cute!

  9. 6th June 2012 / 2:10 AM

    I love the nautical knit w/the plaid. xA

  10. 6th June 2012 / 3:38 AM

    Your heels are gorgeous. Love your outfit. You are forever so cool. X

  11. 6th June 2012 / 3:09 PM

    omgoshhh andreaa!! are those shoes for real?? haha. They are seriously gorgeous. 🙂 never seen anything like it. You are so beautiful!

  12. 6th June 2012 / 4:02 PM

    Your outfit is amazing, love the blouse and heels!!

  13. 6th June 2012 / 6:37 PM

    I love this combination, plaids and killer prada heels. The heels are just adorable, love the triple bow, and of course the bow tie matching is just too cute for words! Penang & Melaka is thriving with tourist spots now, there are more and more cafes targeting tourist and backpackers =)

  14. 6th June 2012 / 8:29 PM

    really cool !! i love it !

  15. 6th June 2012 / 8:29 PM

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love your sense of style!!

  16. 6th June 2012 / 10:05 PM

    Verry nice outfit!I love your shoes!X

  17. 6th June 2012 / 10:21 PM

    This look is just so much fun. I love the mix of patterns you look great!

  18. 7th June 2012 / 2:09 AM

    I have the MBMJ petal to the metal version of that key pouch and, yeah, it's completely wonderful.

  19. 7th June 2012 / 5:24 AM

    those heels are so prettty!! and when i scroll down to see the prada word it was totally understandable . haha
    and your hairrrr is so gooooorrgeous! again loving the socks with red shoes combination! you rock!


  20. 7th June 2012 / 9:39 AM

    beautiful heels! Love the outfit.

  21. 7th June 2012 / 11:37 AM

    This outfit is super cute. Love the plaid and the fact that you wore those amazing heels with socks. Really amazing!

    hugs&Chanel kisses

  22. 7th June 2012 / 12:04 PM

    This is so beautiful. Love everything about this look. Keep it up! 🙂 xx

  23. 7th June 2012 / 5:05 PM

    wow… all your pics
    u r super pretty !!!!
    thanks for stopping by my blog and appreciate your comment!!!!!
    i am your fan now !!!!! follow u on bloglovin
    xoxo kelly

  24. 7th June 2012 / 5:51 PM

    lovely look <3

  25. 7th June 2012 / 7:21 PM

    Omg super cute style!! and your pup is adorable!! I'm following 🙂


  26. 7th June 2012 / 7:25 PM

    very cute!

  27. 8th June 2012 / 12:52 AM

    Your photos are amazing!!! I'd love to borrow your photographer! I love plaid, I usually live in plaid during the winter. This is a great outfit!

  28. 8th June 2012 / 1:21 AM

    You are killing this preppy look! That bow tie is the best thing, super quirky. And yes, fabulous photos too! 🙂

  29. 8th June 2012 / 5:56 AM

    you are too cute for words<3 hope you're well babe
    love, james

  30. 8th June 2012 / 6:31 AM

    Those Pradas melt my heart. I wish I could still find them (not on ebay)!

  31. 8th June 2012 / 6:55 AM

    I like this combination! .. shorts, a cell .. cool! ..
    good – a great blog! .. following ..
    come in to my blog ..)))хохо

  32. 8th June 2012 / 7:57 AM

    I am in love with your red heels! Divine colour and detaling, love the socks 😀

  33. 8th June 2012 / 9:15 AM

    You look gorgeous !! I am lusting over those Prada sandals !!
    Following you now – it would be great if you could follow me back !! xx

  34. 8th June 2012 / 11:51 AM

    oh, this is gorgeous outfit! You look so cute!


  35. 8th June 2012 / 12:54 PM

    I adore that shirt. You look amazing, such a natural beauty. following now. x angie

    ps. thanks for the lovely comment.

  36. 8th June 2012 / 2:22 PM

    beautifuulll picturess <3 i'm a sucker for navy-colour looks. i'm a new follower! 😀 where are you from?

  37. 8th June 2012 / 5:35 PM

    I love that plaid shirt and cable knit combo so so much!! and thanks for visiting my blog. you have the great one <3 <3

  38. 8th June 2012 / 7:49 PM

    You are really beautiful! And your style seems unique and interesting, so I'm following you now! 🙂

  39. 8th June 2012 / 9:43 PM

    WoooW! I love your shoes!X

  40. 9th June 2012 / 7:58 AM

    Love the way you combine the shoes & the shirt, it looks so lovely!

    Style Reload

  41. 9th June 2012 / 9:11 AM

    Awesome outfit! I love your shorts and blouse together

    xoxo Sootjeelina

  42. 9th June 2012 / 2:43 PM

    totally adoooore what you're wearing! great post and fabulous fabulous colors!! they just make me smile!

    Ginger and Lace

  43. 9th June 2012 / 10:59 PM

    Very cute top. Love the photos!~

  44. 12th June 2012 / 2:32 PM

    I love the little bows on the shoes. What a nice detail. Also, really digging how the socks complement the outfit. It's just the right amount of sport to make the shoes a little less girly.

  45. 14th June 2012 / 9:57 AM

    Gooooorgeous girl! Your skin is absolutely flawless!

  46. 14th June 2012 / 10:54 PM

    Wow, those Pradas are so stunning, I love how you added them to your look and also the bow, very pretty!

  47. 19th June 2012 / 4:48 PM

    very cute outfit. Love the shirt and the shoes!!!

  48. 19th June 2012 / 9:02 PM

    awesome look – the heels are so gorg.

    J x

  49. 1st July 2012 / 5:53 PM

    Really like the plaid on plaid look!

  50. 7th September 2017 / 9:32 PM

    The last look is so timeless! Loved seeing these photos…you’re such a natural at posing for them. Love looking back and cringing at my previous looks too! It always brings me back to what was going through my life at the time.

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