Chanel Kadir: 2012

Monday, 31 December 2012

MERCY




Outfit 1: TOPSHOP boyfriend jacket, DIY t-shirt, TOPSHOP tartan jeggings, EBAY boots
Outfit 2: TOPSHOP ombre faux fur coat, DIY t-shirt, RIVER ISLAND disco pants, EBAY boots
Arm party: MICHAEL KORS rose gold watch, TOPSHOP rose gold spike bracelet, gold skull bracelet (google shopped), PANDORA leather charm bracelet, DIY rose gold bangle 

So I haven't been up to much lately, mainly just watching my James Bond boxset and singing along to Pitch Perfect which I have watched several times over this weekend. Fat Amy, I love you "even though some of you are pretty thin, I think you all have fat hearts and that is all that matters". Rebel Wilson has become one of my favourite actresses, she is so god damn funny. KIMYE BABY, KIMYE BABY, KIMYE BABY! How exciting is that news?! I feel like I am as excited as a Kardashian sister would be (I wish). So unexpected! Congratulations. 

Happy new year! Let's hope 2013 is bigger and better. 

Thursday, 27 December 2012

BAITONG FROM I DRESS MYSELF: "WE ARE THE INSIDERS OF FASHION"

images from idressmyselff / tumblr 

Baitong, real name Yanin Namasonth, is the cool monochrome girl who founded the fashion and style blogs Pretty Sickly and I Dress Myselff. Started off blogging to document her outfits and now she is a style inspiration to many. Here's what she had to say about bloggers storming the fashion industry and what she will be up to next year.

Your Tumblr's idressmyselff and prettysickly, and now relatively new blog also named idressmyselff are very popular. With people constantly asking you for style advice and looking at your outfits for inspiration. Did you expect that you would make opportunities for yourself by documenting your outfits online?
No never, I just had the intention of documenting my style for myself to see the progress and to help me choose outfits quickly when I'm in a rush. I'm so grateful that people really are inspired by what I do and opportunities that came with it. 

You have a very mature and sophisticated style. What influences your personal style?
It changes alot but at the moment my age. I'm 18 now and since I'm a young adult I've come to the choice that I need to dress like an adult and I was done with my experimenting phase. 

Bloggers are making such a huge impact on the fashion industry. Their taking over fashion week, designers are looking to them for inspiration and even collaborating with them. Why do you think bloggers are suddenly making this impact?
I think it's because we see things differently and can take a designers view and add our own touch or explore it in a more creative way. We are like the insiders of fashion but yet still normal people and I think alot of people can relate to that and not be intimidated by bloggers.

It's coming up to the end of another year. Have you got anything exciting planned in the new year?
Yes, I'm going to be working on a small line of mine, I'm still in the process of what it would be because I don't want to rush into it but it will be something small. And most likely a lot of travelling and gaining inspiration.

You wake up in the morning. What motivates you to get up?
The thought of being creative and putting together an outfit really wakes me up. The night before I normally have a quick idea of what my outfit the next day would be like or how my hair and make up would be so I just have to get up the next morning and try it out. Oh and food of course!

I know your not studying at the moment, but do you think you'll ever go back to studying in the future? If so, what would you study?
I don't think so, I enjoy the freedom too much and studying in college was very limited and my creativity was put on hold.

Favourite designer? Favourite high street stores to shop at?
Designer would be Alexander Wang and high street store? Zara of course!

When your about to go shopping for a new wardrobe or just new pieces to add to your collection, where do you get your inspiration from?
Either from other blogs or architectures mainly. But music influences me as much. 

Baitong's ethic to life and her maturity is why she is one of my favourite bloggers. I love to look at the way she styles her outfits and working in statement pieces into her very minimal wardrobe. Thank-you so much for your time and answers. Make sure you check out her ├╝ber stylish blogs. You can also find Baitong on Twitter and Instagram.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

BREAKFAST WITH SERGE DE NIMES

(I love that the pop-up shop was downstairs, it was a hidden treasure. I spy my name and cute little elephants arse that a drew. That was the only thing my mum taught me to draw when I was little.)










Sorry for the post being picture heavy, I didn't want to leave out any details of the shop as every inch of it was exquisite. 

Luckily, I managed to go to a breakfast event at the Serge De Nimes pop-up shop, on Dover Street, before it was open to the rest of the public. So it was only a few bloggers there, all with their SLR's out,  soaking up all the beautiful details of the shop. To me, it was like walking into a exhibition on vintage Rio. One of the t-shirt collections is based on the Rio Carnival through the years of 1975 - 1977. The photos on the t-shirts were actually taken by Oliver Proudlock's mum Lena when she travelled there 3 consecutive years, 4 days each time, spending it pressing the take button on her camera. The t-shirts are of the highest quality and are made in a print factory in America. The whole vibe of Proudlock's company is one of a kind. It's high end, so artistic and unique. The shop certainly reflects that. As the name of the brand "Serge De Nimes" was the original name for denim, of course, you would see denim samples planted around the shop. I have two favourite tees which are the G.O.O.D LIFE Kanye tee, (I love me some Kanye West) and the Beach Couple tee from the Rio collection. SO good. I will definitely be making a purchase in the near future. 

Take a look at this epic video from the launch party!


Friday, 21 December 2012

RIDE



TOPSHOP boyfriend jacket / TOPSHOP chill tee / MISS GUIDED pencil skirt / VANS sk8-hi platforms / eBAY alexander wang replica / FOREVER 21 necklace / RIVER ISLAND rings / CASIO watch

It's been one of those long days where you just wish the apocalypse happened. I was rather looking forward to be chased by flesh eating zombies or making friends with aliens like Paul and E.T. We all knew it weren't going to happen though. So like I said, in my previous post, I wanted a grey pencil skirt to tuck my tees into. Volia. This is such a bargain skirt, only £10! It's gorgeous and so on trend. I also like the fact that the skirt is actually longer at the back and unlike the usually "drappiness" you see on waterfall skirts; this one is structured and has sharp tailored edges. As the skirt is quite sophisticated I needed a way to make it more to my casual style so that's why I have paired it with my vans even though it makes my legs look a foot long when the skirts are suppose to elongate your legs. I swear I have perfected the art of wearing clothes that don't suit my body shape. 

As you can see I have now got long hair. AHHHH. Yes, I got micro bond hair extensions fitted in yesterday and although I had the worse night sleep ever because of them - I love them so much! They should get more comfortable once I have gotten used to have a lumpy, bumpy head. These were actually my christmas present from my father. 

I hope everyone has a lovely christmas and santa gives you everything you wrote on your christmas list!

Monday, 17 December 2012

LUCIFER


TOPSHOP boyfriend coat / TOPSHOP chill tee / TOPSHOP jeans / EBAY boots / FOREVER 21 necklace / CASIO watch / skull bracelet (shop unknown) 

Topshop get the award for the tightest, skinny jeans ever - my poor legs got a little suffocated yesterday since I haven't worn skinny jeans in a while. It feels quite good to be back in. I am going through a laidback phase at the moment as the weather is just too god damn cold to give a shit. I really just want to be laying on a beach right now, maybe in Cyprus with my Dad's family? Daydreaming. I am also going through a tee-session, I don't know why I hated them so much before. Most versatile item you could own along with jeans. I could imagine tucking this tee into a grey midi pencil skirt paired with heels for a more dressier occasion. Ooo, that sounds quite perfect actually. Note to self: buy a midi pencil skirt in grey and black. 

Friday, 14 December 2012

Youtubers: Meet Mr Suicide Sheep


I have never been more relaxed and stress-free in my entire life and no that is not because I have just pampered myself at a luxurious spa. In a matter of fact I'm chilling in my room, browsing YouTube for new, incredible, unique artists. Bam. I come across this wonderful channel called Mr Suicide Sheep and guys that is the reason why I am so incredibly relaxed.

Check it out here.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Fashion vs Style


images found on the internet

I have no idea where I read it but it has been playing on my mind for quite some time. Somebody wrote an article that was focused on how they hate fashion and love style. It's an odd concept but girls out there, ironically enough in the fashion industry, hate fashion but love style. Meaning that they don't particularly care much for fashion (fashion week and following trends) and they love the idea of having your own unique style, your own trends.

In some ways, I feel like this is me - in some context. I only pay attention to certain shows at fashion week e.g. Alexander Wang and Topshop Unique. I couldn't tell you their back story of how the brands come about but I could rave on about what I love about their collections. I wouldn't make sacrifices for the latest designer fad that everyone is raving on about i.e. the Celine Tote. I will sometimes follow the trends, like next season expect my wardrobe filled with minimal whites, nudes, pastels and metallics. Fashion is a luxury, if you can afford it, go get it. Not everyone can have style though, you either have it or you don't. It can't be bought (well, celebrities pay for their own personal stylists but yeah). Style is more personal, it's about you and how you wear the clothes. Not letting the clothes wear you. It's a form of self expression. Ever worn all black on a day that you felt like complete and utter shit, instead of going for the tracksuit bottoms?

A person who has incredible, distinctive style and can make it work is more intriguing. Somebody who can afford the latest fashion yet for the love of god cannot make it work is only fooling themselves. But using their money incredibly wisely, I must add. What I would do if I had enough money to quench my thirst for my shopping addiction. I love how 5 Inch and Up describes her blog: "I turned my shopping addiction to a career". If only, if only. 

Blogging is turning a new leaf in the fashion industry. It's influencing designers more in the sense that more and more blogs appear where people are very experimented with their style. It's like a light bulb lights up in the fashion industries heads when they read blogs which I suppose is the reason why blogs are making a huge statement in the industry. I mean, look at Company magazine for example. In the past few months they have dedicated two of their magazines to bloggers - January's 2013 issue is the superblogger issue and their latest street style edit was focused around bloggers and their style. I like this new leaf and I hope this leaf stays around for a long while.

Let me know what you think about the topic of fashion vs style in the comment section below.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

SWIM DEEP: "Don't just dream in your sleep, it's just lazy"


There is nothing better than discovering new artists and bands that you just instantly fall in love with. This happened to me whilst reading this months Company magazine when someone (sorry can't remember who wrote the feature and I'm too lazy to go and get the magazine( recommended to listen to Swim Deep. What drew me to listening to them is that they said Swim Deep's song "Honey" is for girls that feel a little bit disillusioned. That is just me today. Confused, lost and quite frankly, just feeling sorry for myself; in need of a little pick me up.

Swim Deep is made up of four very cool, 90's-looking boys called Austin, Zachary, Higgy and Cavan. With their fresh-from-the-past style and oozing with British charm; there is no wonder why this Birmingham freshies are being featured on NME.com. First as Radar band of the week in September and now for their latest single "Honey". They describe their music as a mixture of Duran Duran and One Direction. Bit of an odd mix if you ask me. Yet, Swim Deep's music is a breath of fresh warm summer air. It just makes me want to be laying on a sun lounger, on some exotic island. Drinking fresh juice with that little hint of malibu. Oooh, a girl can dream. Their latest single "Honey" is the perfect pick me up and can motivate you to get out of bed and start living. With lyrics like "take your feet out your shoes and go crazy" and my favourite lyric, "don't just dream in your self, it's just lazy". Are you up and out of bed yet?

The quad will be on the road next year. First with Two Door Cinema Club; how epic would that be, seeing both of those incredible bands in one night?! Then they will be doing their own headline tour in February. Get your tickets here.

























SWIM DEEP'S LINKS: TUMBLR / TWITTER / FACEBOOK / SOUNDCLOUD 

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Favourite artist #3: A$AP Rocky




I do listen to other music other than hip hop it's just that after watching this interviewA$AP Rocky (real name Rakim) did talking about his past and how he got to where he is today I just had to show you all. It truly is inspirational to see how far he has come, from being homeless in high school to now being the new up and coming hip hop artist. A$AP Rocky has managed to sell out a headline tour without even bringing out a commercial album. Only a mixtape. It's really good to see how hard work really pays off. After watching this interview I'm sure you'll agree that you have so much respect for him as a person and not just an artist. Can I just mention how his style is off da chain?! More stylish than Kanye West by miles. I wonder what his own collection would look like if he ever decided to design one? Oh and A$AP is like BFF with my favourite designer, Alexander Wang. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Top Knot-spiration




YES TOP KNOTS! I despise the length of my hair so I tend to keep it up and out of my face. It's the worst when it's constantly in your face like an annoying human being that won't leave you the fuck alone. I honestly wish my face shape is the shape for short hair so I could literally wake up and do nothing to it! Saying that, I can't wait to have long hair again and experiment with different hair styles and colours. However, I will stay true to the top knot. It's incredibly easy to do and you can switch it up from making it messy or slick. Making it small or big. Long or short. Kelly Osbourne's top knot height is IN-CRED-E-BALL. Marge Simpson eat your heart out love. This past week I have been rocking the walnut whip, which I have rightly named. Yummy food hair. It has been a pain in the ass though trying to get it the particular height and texture. I do have really bad OCD with my hair. This week I am going to try the messy top knot that Boohoo's blog has now taught me how to do. So thank-you. My hair is sorted for the week now. 


Monday, 19 November 2012

Favourite Artist #2: Alexander Spit


So a friend told me to listen to Real RSWD Pt. 1 ft. CBG and since then I have been addicted to it's chilled out vibes. Who knew that you would be able to find a hip hop track that had the right vibes for a relaxing Sunday? I have just been eager to find out more about Alexander Spit, a L.A (of course, the coolest city) based producer and rapper. So whilst I write this post I am listening to his songs on Soundcloud which features 8 sets. 

After reading a couple of paragraphs about himself and his work I have come to the conclusion that he is a genius and has a great work ethic. In 2011, he only managed to release one project due to going through "a lot of personal shit" and had the worst and longest writer's block. 2012 marked a fresh start for him. He told himself that he was going to his best to never experience that again and started working on several different projects. He has now had four releases which you can download for free from his website. 99.9% of Spit's work has been self-produced as he takes a lot of pride of producing his own work and likes being very much involved. 29th January 2013, we will see the Spit's commercial debut with A Breathtaking Trip to that Otherside LP.

If you download A Breathtaking Trip EP from his website you will see that it comes with a booklet which has epic artwork in. It's vibrant and eye-catching. 
Listen to his work on Soundcloud here:




ALEXANDER SPIT'S LINKS: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / TUMBLR / INSTAGRAM / WEBSITE

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Down with the trumpets


MISS SELFRIDGES leather jacket
ASOS catching the sun maxi dress
eBAY shoes
eBAY bag 
FOREVER 21 necklace
CASIO gold watch

This week has been absolutely hectic! I've barely been at home to do any blog posts. You'll see what I've been up to in my weekly instagram post which will be up tomorrow. Last night I went to see Rizzle Kicks at Brixton Academy, it was such a brilliant night. The cherry on the cake was when James Cordon came on stage to do Mamma do the hump. Epic. I finally got these shoes that I have been lusting over for the past couple of weeks! Having a bit of dilemma though. Would you say these boots are heels or flats?

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Chunky Monkey



























Here come the boys. Good-bye feminine and hello boisterous.
The masculine, oversized, boyfriend trend has hit the high street and high end hard. With strong, tailored silhouettes and baggy, laid-back boyfriend jeans there is something in this trend for everyone. This is my favourite trend by far as I'm not really the most feminine girl, I love doing it like a dude. I think it's more fun that way because then you kind of get the best of both worlds with not really turning into an absolute tomboy in sweatpants and hoodies (as comfortable as they are, they should stay in the house). You still look sophisticated and classy.

My new favourite item from the boyfriend trend are chunky shoes. Oh boy, oh boy. They may not be for everyone, however, I adore them so much. They have been appearing a lot on Tumblr lately and will probably become to new big trend to come from Tumblr and probably end up on Blogger. Now they may not be as boisterous as the good, old, trusty Doc Martens but they are definitely up there. With the massive soles, grippling (a word I have made up for grips on the bottom of shoes, sounds kind of scary right?) details and tend to be pulled all together with a bold buckle. These particular shoes remind me on the Spice Girls moon boots days just not as bold and terrifying (personally, those moon boots are horrific and should only stay worn by the Spice Girls in the 90's.)

I have found a few pairs of these bad boys on eBay that are shipped from China, no surprise there, with they ultra bold and daring fashion sense. Here are links to a few of my favourites:

  1. Black spiked chunky ankle boots, £18.71
  2. Black laced chunky ankle boots, £27.02
  3. White laced chunky ankle boots with contrast heel, £25.99
  4. White laced chunky ankle boots, £26.99
  5. Black laced block chunky ankle boots, £22.99
It's safe to say, you find the most unique and extraordinary items on eBay. Good ol' China. 

Would you ever rock these chunky boots?

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Interview #1: Erika Bowes, Handful of Fashion


images from poisonedcandyfloss

This is a new feature on my blog to help me gain some experience in contacting people and conducting interviews. To kickstart it off, the lovely Erika Bowes from Poisoned Candyfloss and Handful of Fashion.

I first found Erika around two years ago when she first started her Tumblr. I was drawn to her edgy, laidback style and her lovely personality. Since then, Erika has gotten a huge following and started a blog on Blogger which is more of a personal blog. Showing us her latest purchases, the food she loves, what she's been up to and of course her style.

Hi! Introduce yourself to us. Five interesting facts about yourself?
Five facts would be that I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. In the exact same hotel as Barack Obama! I'm 5"7, my favourite food is Sushi and I'm half Japanese. As interesting as I get haha.

Due to the huge success of your blog on both Tumblr and Blogger you have become a style inspiration for many girls but where do you get your inspiration from?
I look at a lot of fashion bloggers blogs, polyvore collections and just celebrities like Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Olsens etc and mix up little bits from each!

You have a diverse playlist on your Tumblr. What are five songs that you can't stop listening to at the moment?
Thank you! And I'm really getting into deep house at the moment and I'm obsessed with Annie Macs show on BBC Radio 1 but normally when I can't stop listening to a song I upload it to Tumblr haha!

You have a very distinctive style. How would you describe it?
Um, I don't really see it as a style just clothes and patterns and colours I like I'll buy and just put them with something else in my wardrobe. It changes all the time. Sometimes punk, cute or preppy.

What inspired you to create a blog?
First blogger I discovered and was inspired by was Rumi Neely (Fashion Toast) even though I don't think our styles are the same she still made me want to make a blog.

If you were to have anyone's wardrobe, who's would it be and why?
Vanessa Hudgens has been looking really good lately so maybe hers? But it would probably change next week haha.


Thank-you so much Erika for the interview.

ERIKA'S LINKS: BLOGTWITTER / TUMBLR / INSTAGRAM

Friday, 9 November 2012

Runway soundtrack: Alexander Wang SS13



Songs: Put Ya Back In It - DJ Sliink | Yaow - Baauer | Bonkers - Jay Fay and Ray Calium | Harlem Shake - Baauer | Epic - Sandro Silva and Quintino

I don't think I'll ever stop raving on about Alexander Wang's SS13 show. It was so effortlessly cool, sporty and with a slight touch of futurism from the metallics. However, the soundtrack to the show was genius. The music is so important for a runway show as it sets the mood of the clothes and the type of women that the designer thinks would wear these clothes. Alexander Wang's soundtrack was so fierce with the catchy beats, like the women walking down the runway to it were strong and dominant. Yes, I have downloaded this soundtrack and listen to it whilst I am walking to the bus stop and the thoughts that go through my mind are embarrassing.

Congrats Wang, you are now one of my favourite designers and I wish I could afford at least one piece from this collection so I could walk down the street feeling like a fierce bitch.

LINKS: TWITTER / TUMBLR / INSTAGRAM @BASICKLLY

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Layer cake





CHARITY SHOP leather waistcoat
TOPSHOP studded camouflage jacket
TESCOS lace blazer
TOPMAN graphic tee
RIVER ISLAND skirt
OFFICE underground creepers
AMERICAN APPAREL casio watch
eBAY and TOPSHOP rings
H&M bag

photographs by Desriee

Cold weather = layers and I love layering my clothes that have different textures. With my outfit today, I created a juxtaposition of the romantic lace blazer and the edgy, fierce leather waistcoat and leather look skirt. Adding the fur for warmth as London is god damn cold at the moment. I can't bring myself to wear gloves out though because I hate being restricted so much.

I love Thursdays so much because I just have one lesson at college so then I am free the rest of the day. So today, I caught up with my fellow blogger friend Desriee (blog) and went for a stroll. P.S. I'm really not this ginger and isn't that vibrant in real life I swear. The colour just doesn't agree with the camera. 

LINKS: TWITTER / TUMBLR / INSTAGRAM @BASICKLLY



Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Favourite Artist #1: Make way for Angel Haze



Welcome to my new blog and what a way to kick start it with my favourite song and artist of the week. The new badass female rapper on the scene named Angel Haze who according to her lyrics to my favourite song  "New York", she runs New York. Move out the way Azealia Banks, your year reign  as the hot new female rapper is over. Whilst listening to her EP "Reservation" you can definitely see the similarities between Haze and Banks with the fierce lyrics, fast paced rap and the bits of singing in between. Not to mention, great beats.  So there is no surprise to hear that she is planning to collaborate with Banks. "New York" has definitely been the soundtrack to my week so far. Feeling like "some next hood bitch" walking down the road listening to it through my headphones. It has a very catchy beat that you just want to dance along to or "skank" as you say. When you listen (or read like I did) the lyrics you can see the determination that Angel Haze has to become number one.

Angel Haze will be touring the UK February next year so if you're interested, try and get some tickets if you can. When they go on sale that is. Also, you can get her EP "Reservation" on her website here for free by signing up to her mailing list. I strongly recommend that you do.

Let me know what you think?

ANGEL HAZE LINKS: TWITTER / FACEBOOK / WEBSITE