My recent obsession with interior styling means this week's Style Edit is not fashion based. I'll do a few homeware wishlists too, and when the day comes (it may be in 20 years time at this rate) that I have my own flat, I'll have a bank of all the things I can look back on for decorative inspiration. (Or to see all the stuff I missed out on buying at the time because I didn't have my own flat.) Can't wait.
I have a terrible love affair on fashion with interior design. It's a love that pains me due to the fact that I rent, and therefore cannot replace the hideous furniture or decorate my flat properly. My pain is further afflicted because I live in London, where it is unlikely I will ever afford a mortgage. The pain is real. That doesn't stop me daydreaming and pinning away on Pinerest every waking minute of my day.
One thing which I think is so important is the coffee table. As the central piece of a living room, I think the three things a stylish coffee table should have are a candle, a potted plant and of course, some good flick-worthy books. Below are the most beautiful books and magazines which I would adorn my coffee table with. If I had one. Which I don't. No big deal. No bitterness over here.
When I was 14it was the 'scene' look. I sported heavy raccoon-style eyeliner (think Taylor Momsen but less expertly applied) and white streaks in my hair, which was of course back brushed, sprayed into a ridiculously sweeping side-parting and covered in as may bow clips as I could find. Anything hot pink and black was the coolest thing ever and my wardrobe looked like a dark japanese anime had exploded into it. I was into boys who hung out at skate parks with Phase 1 Justin Bieber hair.
Style Icon: Brookelle Bones
Wishlist Item: Leopard print hair extension strips (yes they are a thing), and cigarettes. Not to smoke, just for the image.
Social Media of Choice: Myspace, duh.
Music Taste: Hadouken, Bring me the Horizon, Rise Against
When I was 16it evolved slightly into a vintage/grunge phase. My hair remained just as big, and I discovered hair extensions so I could perfect the thick, messy, matted hair look. At one point I got a dreadlock put in at a Camden hair salon with beads in it. Yes, just one dreadlock. The makeup toned right down thank God, and for my wardrobe I opted for anything from a Brighton thrift shop. Black and tartan were my go-tos, alongside military boots and a pretty piece of jewellery to feminise it. I looked like a homeless person with good makeup most of the time, wearing clothes that were too big for me and trying to awkwardly pull it off. I was still into boys who hung out at skate parks with Phase 1 Justin Bieber hair. Most of them smoked a lot of weed now too.
Style Icon: Miley Cyrus pre-melt down. (When she still had long hair.)
Wishlist Item: A battered old Mulberry bag would have been the dream.
Social Media of Choice: Facebook.
Music Taste: Enter Shikari were the favourite, but anything drum n bass or dub step. Pendulum, Chase & Status and Dillinja were big players.
When I was 18 it all went downhill again. My style was anything slutty. The shorter and tighter, the better. My hair was finally at a good place in its life now, but I dressed how I thought boys liked me to look rather than how I liked to look. It wasn't flattering. My accessory of choice was vodka and I spent most of my time tottering around in 6 inch stilettos that I thought made me look good. In fact it made it look like I had shit myself because I could barely walk, so I just waddled about instead. I found a penchant for piercings, and got about 12 done in quick succession. My ideal man wore band tees, never washed his hair and had 8 inch holes in his ears. The type of man who if I saw now I would refer to as a man-baby. (Someone who never grew up post-puberty.)
Style Icon: Rebecca Fox, Megan Fox, Mel Clarke
Wishlist Item: A full sleeve and a pair of stripper heels.
Social Media of Choice: Tumblr.
Music Taste: Anything playing at da clubbbb. (Cringe cringe cringe cringe)
When I was 20I spent my time trying so hard to dress cooler than I was. I don't have the confidence or the personality for the outfits I desperately tried to pull off. My hair and makeup had settled down into a comfortable zone, but in stark contrast my outfits were a mesh of the brightest colours and zaniest patterns I could find. If it clashed, great. Anything to stand out from the crowd. The tackier the better. Huge plastic gold hoops?! Sign me up! Leopard print was what the majority of my wardrobe was made of. Street-style pieces like Adidas bombers were also a favourite. Any guy with tattoos and a snapback cap was a dreamboat.
Style Icon: Anyone remotely cool. Street style was a big influencer.
Wishlist Item: A pair of high heel leopard print boots would have been the dream.
Social Media of Choice: Back to Facebook.
Music Taste: I found my music taste around this time. Mostly acoustic covers.
NowI dress for myself. My style is boring compared to how it used to be. It's quiet and you wouldn't notice it. I'm comfortable. I've retained some loves over the years. I lean towards cleaner, scandi style outfits. Tailoring is something I love now, and I'm learning to dress for my body. In a contrast to a few years ago I'll always lean towards blacks, whites, beiges and nudes. I go for a good staple, and pieces I love will tend to comprise of lace, florals, leather and bretton stripes. I don't know if this is still just a phase, but for once I feel like I'm dressing because I like the way I look rather than to please anyone else, and in finding things that flatter my figure I feel more confident. I think that's the key to finding your true style. Don't follow the trends for the sake of it, wear what you like because it makes you feel good, and you will always look confident and beautiful. A man who treats me right, is respectful and an absolute sweetheart is what I want now. Only took me 23 years to work that one out!
Style Icon: Miranda Kerr, The Olsen Twins, Scandi style.
Wishlist Item: The perfect pair of high waist jeans. I still haven't found them.
Social Media of Choice: Instagram. Calliekazumi
Music Taste: I'm sticking with my acoustic love for now.
The first of my new series where I'm going to try to become a domestic goddess, a culinary mastermind, a chef to rule all chefs. Or at least learn how to cook edible thing. My introduction to the new series is available here.
Most of the time I will focus on healthy savoury meals, but as it was Easter weekend I thought I would try to satisfy the need for a bit of sugar in my life. (I seem to lack a sweet tooth.) So here we go, my easy chocolate brownie recipe!
225g butter, cut into little bits.
100g dark chocolate.
100g white chocolate.
225g self raising flour.
125g caster sugar.
3 large eggs.
A dusting of icing sugar. (Optional.)
1. Simmer a pan of water on the hob and place a heat proof bowl on the top, so it doesn't touch the water but sits comfortably on the pan. Put the butter and dark chocolate in the pan and stir until all melted. Once it's all melted put it aside to cool for a bit.
2. Sieve the flour and caster sugar into a separate mixing bowl. (A big one.)
3. In a separate little bowl beat the eggs up, and then add them to your choco-butter mixture. Mix it up well!
4. So now you have your sugar and flour in a big bowl and the butter-choco-egg mixture in a smaller one. Pour it all into the big bowl and stir ferociously as if your life depends on it. Because your brownies do. You should end up with a gloopy mixture with all the items mixed in well.
5. Chop up the white chocolate into small chunks and stir them in as well.
6. Pour everything into a baking tray which has been lined with baking paper and oiled down. Stick it in a 180 degree pre-heated oven for half an hour and take them out when they look firm.
7. After they cool down you can cut them into little squares and give them a small dusting of icing sugar for good measure. Done!
Yum Factor: Pretty high.
Feeds: Lots of hungry bellies. Probably about 10-12 people.
If I could do it again I would: Use a bigger baking tray, mine ended up more like a cake and the centre was only gooey on a few of the middle pieces.
If you use this recipe let me know how you get on!
I am a terrible cook. I don't particularly enjoy it and my general knowledge on what flavours work well together and techniques is absolutely shocking. I've decided that in a bid to get better and learn to enjoy cooking, I'm going to challenge myself to try a new recipe once a week, which I'll post on a Monday. It will be anything from a breakfast smoothie to a full roast, but I'll document my progress and hopefully learn something new.
This is also a bid to get into a routine for my blog, which has perished as of late. I plan on posting on a Saturday with a Style Edit, my favourite picks from various stores. Eventually I want to get to a point where I can regularly post an Outfit Of The Day piece as well, but until then does anyone have any ideas on regular features you would like to see?