Make like Marilyn

In modern western society sometimes it's hard to just find graceful garments. With the fashion industry growing ever bigger, I find myself yearning for some old fashioned class and elegance. I'm talking the Audreys, Elizabeths and Marilyns of yesteryear.

Their class and sensuality oozed, their timeless and completely individual beauty would entrance all those who saw them. Hey, life most certainly is not about looks.. but what's wrong with wanting to feel beautiful from time to time?

Reiss have created a classic dress that is both on trend this season with the shoulders, and timeless due to its cut, material and plain colour. They say a girl needs an LBD but I think they forgot to mention the CWD- the the classic white dress! This dress is fit for any occasion, and wherever you wear it you'll be sure to turn heads. 

I am off to Turkey today, hence my being quiet all of last week. Packing and I do not get along! You can be sure this dress is coming with me though, I'll be wearing it on date night!

White Hermione Dress from Reiss
White heels from Topshop, Similar can be found at New Look
Red Matte Lips from MUA Cosmetics in Reckless 


I'm Not From This Lace

This dress is absolutely gorgeous, and I adore wearing it. It comes in a navy/black colour too but all the boys and girls said I looked pretty (; Haha but seriously, I went for the white because why not. It is gorgeous and sometimes it's fun to feel pretty. Besides, lace is a huge trend for SS16, and this shape is super flattering and great for day to night. And hey, the world managed to get me into kitten heels. I have always detested them but somehow this pair had me swooning. Well done New Look!

Life has been hectic in all the best ways. but sometimes it's nice to throw on something beautiful  and wander the streets of London with good company, basking in the British sunshine. 22 is a funny age to be, as Britney Spears so rightly said.. I'm not a girl, not yet a woman. Can't believe she got it so damn right. It is very confusing to feel as if you're running to keep up with your life, constantly feeling as if you are being pulled between sweet youth and bitter adulthood.

I think sometimes we have to take life by the proverbial balls and just say, "Screw this, I'm doing it my way." I've been shaking things up a little, it has been great fun and extremely refreshing. I'll let you in on all my secrets soon enough.

For now, enjoy shopping this stunning dress. Seriously, check out the navy version, it would look amazing with a biker jacket and boots.

Missie Lace Dress from Reiss
Pink Slouch Jumper similar from H&M
Pink Kitten Heels similar from New Look
Pink Handbag similar from New Look

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Don't Make Me Blush

I told you I'd eat my words.. I'm enjoying this bubblegum pink way too much.  I found the puma trainers on eBay and I got the bag on a whim years ago at topshop before swearing off pink. 

I spotted this dress on missguided a little while back and though I bought it, I couldn't find a time to wesr it. All of a sudden ta da! Pink revolution in the wardrobe of darcy. Barbie would be proud. 

I have to say this look makes me feel pretty damn cool. (Cooler than I already am of course.. ha). It's perfect for this summer weather. 

The high neck and curved hem of the dress is really on trend for high street fashion, and the trainers are a sure hit for any casual outfit that you would want to jazz up.  I wear them all the time. 

Mauve bodycon dress can be found at missguided 
Pink Suede Trainers from Puma 
Pink faux leather rucksack similar can be found at Asos or Accessorize 

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Wicked Women Wednesdays: Nina Bardette

Nina Bardette.. a wonderful young woman with a talent for captivating her audience; transporting them to a place far far from here. I'm thinking trees, mountains, snow... Nina calls it home, I call it the idyllic landscape of Poland.

Sitting in the summer sun enjoying lunch in the courtyards of Covent Garden, I had the pleasure of delving into the life of the intriguing Nina Bardette, a London singer songwriter. Born into a Polish family in Rochdale, Nina is a beautiful juxtaposition, breaking the mould and creating new music, an amalgamation of pop culture, cinematic sounds and traditional Polish Folk.

Though English born, Nina has taken plenty of inspiration from her heritage. Nina's eyes light up as she deliberates her love of Polish culture, and how her roots have influenced her artistic style. "It was a lightbulb moment," she enthuses, "I was creating a more cinematic sound, but I have always identified with the Polish culture I had been surrounded by my whole life.. exploring and delving into my roots made me tap into something, something important to me."

Nina and I met on a course in East London at the British Academy of New Music. In a class of talented and driven people, Nina stood out for her haunting and rather eerie vocals. Her voice can move any audience, and along with her stylistic elements, she captivates anyone who's ears and eyes are nearby.

Something that is so amazingly refreshing about Nina Bardette is how far she has gone to ensure her music is authentic. She travels to Poland regularly to connect with her roots, bringing back more creatives with her each time to join her on her artistic journey. Her band members are all internationally acclaimed Polish highlander musicians, "undiscovered diamonds in the rough," she calls them. She is quite right, going to a Nina Bardette gig is a full experience that transports you straight to the hills of Poland. Not only has Nina created chart worthy music that immerses you in Polish culture, but going to a gig is a full sensory experience, with full Polish dress, instruments and decor.

Smiling away as Nina elaborates on her musical journey, I ask her how else she had experienced Polish culture growing up as a second generation British citizen in Lancashire. "Dance!" she beams, "I love traditional Polish dancing! As a teenager I joined a dance group in Manchester called Polonez Dance Group! I still dance, I just performed with Karolinka London on the 30th April, I love it." She goes on to show me photos of her on stage dancing in a group, grinning from ear to ear, it is obviously something that she adores.

It is so inspirational to find someone who will go to such lengths to create such a captivating display for their audience. Speaking with Nina, I want to delve into how she develops the visual style that has become her identity. "I am working with an amazing bespoke tailor and designer, her name is Dara Ford," she informs me.

As we discuss her clothing attire on stage, we enter into a different subject. "When I am on stage, I gain confidence. I delve into myself, I have an Armour on, I am fearless," Nina begins. "I become who I am when I am on stage because music is my escapism."

Nina lives by her favourite quote, 'she believed she could, so she did.' - R. S. Grey

This beautiful and talented individual, like so many other women (and men) in society has her fair share of insecurities. Nina is a minority in the music industry being 'plus size'. "We are becoming more accessible in culture, more accepting of different shapes and sizes," Nina reflects, "But we haven't mastered things like advertisement. We still need to change our perception of beauty in young girls eyes. As long as we have the term 'plus size' we still have much to learn."

Nina deliberates that she has her demons but adds that "they won't stop me." She is a strong character, and says she has her family to thank for it. "I am so proud to be from my family. I am proud that I share the same views, and I am proud of my culture. I want my children to know about their Polish roots one day." She goes on and begins to smile from ear to ear, and it's infectious! "My family are all role models, my mum and my dad, the people who brought me up, and my Grandma. My Grandma is fearless! She is 90, she has lived through wars, spoken to every type of person. She is full of advice. She told me to follow my dream. She's my best friend, she is so funny, I'd love to be like her.. I really look to her."

Meeting Nina, it's easy to see why she is so proud of her family. They have raised a grounded, loving and warm woman who firmly believes that "if you're not happy, fight for it." She has such a strength yet she is extremely humble. I am in awe, how rare is it to find someone who knows what they want and earns it with hard work?

"I want to be inspiring," she says to me, as she quietly considers her future. "I mean, I admire a lot of people, strong women particularly. I grew up on Aretha Franklin and Eva Cassidy. I really like Adele, she really paved the way, she refused to conform. Regarding my music, if someone gets taken on a journey, that is all I can ask for."

With her music already featured on films and the recent release of her dynamic and unique sound on her first EP, Spears and Swords, it is clear that the future for Nina Bardette is bright. Her talent for creating emotive and haunting popular music with threads and veins of Polish folklore is gold dust that's fast being recognised in the music industry.

Is there any advice Nina would give to her younger self? She cringes and beams, responding "I would say to believe in yourself more, to be kinder to yourself and to have less carbs!" We both laugh and begin to pack our things as the sun goes down. Nina glances over and adds "To be honest, I have no regrets, I believe in myself now."

 To conclude, I ask Nina what feminism means to her. "I knew you would ask me that!" she chuckles. "Feminism is simple. It is a woman being in control of her own life and being happy with it." I think Nina is bang on there, don't you?

All photos by Nick Savy

If you want to check out Nina Bardette for her next performance, get your tickets now before they sell out. It will be a wonderful experience that will tantalize and excite you, I can assure you of that. She will be performing at the Hideaway on the evening of Thursday 26th May.

Buy your tickets HERE. 

Buy Nina Bardette's EP. Spears and Swords HERE.

Until then, I will leave you with a little something special from Nina,

Sweet Escape - Nina Bardette

D x



Kool in Khaki

Within the cracks of society lie the opportunity to break away, break the norm and break new ground. 

This beautiful weather will surely be short-lived; we do live in England after all..

The one benefit of working in retail? the CLOTHES... This gorgeous playsuit is comfortable, sassy and elegant. It is easy to wear day to night, and the colour scheme is on trend for SS16. What I love about it is that it is modest yet great for hot weather. You can also accessorize it with a belt or layer it over a bodychain for a more bohemian look.

I paired it with one of my trusty pairs of barely there Missguided heels in stone grey. The brown clutch bag also sets off with the tones of the playsuit, making it more subdued and classic.

This silky number will be perfect for my holiday to Turkey in a fortnight! Thank you to Detune Photography for taking these photos! I love them. Such a wonderful Photographer!

Khaki Playsuit from Reiss
Brown Clutch similar can be found at Zara
Barely there heels from Missguided or LaModa

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If In Doubt, Wear Red

I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustable variety of life - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I worked 80 odd hours last week.. it was well worth it but I have to admit it was exhausting! Still, I did attempt to find the time to continue my dialogue with you guys. Apologies that I couldn't do more..

Spending days working means that I don't get to enjoy beautiful outfits like this very often. Yesterday was my first day off in nearly two weeks and I wasn't wasting the opportunity to go all out! It was birthday time with the in- laws. Love those guys. Love this outfit too. This red jumpsuit is so elegant and sexy, and mixing red with pink was really fun, like playing with barbies all over again.

The little bag charm was my favourite part of this outfit. I call him Jerome. He is fluffy and googly and I adore him.

I totally slagged off the pink trend back in January to fashion reporters but I am finally beginning to enjoy it. I still think the rest of the rainbow should get a bit more of a look in this summer though.

Red Jumpsuit similar can be found at Boohoo or New Look
Red and Pink Bag is from River Island
Pink Strappy Heels from New Look
Jerome the bag charm can be found at Accessorize 

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