Dress- Chi Chi London

Hey Guys, Sorry I have been away for a while who knew that the first term of Uni would keep me so busy! I wish I had more spare time to blog about everything. But most of my evenings have been filled up with sketchbook work and falling in love. So this isn’t an outfit post but its a few shots of my DIY creations and my desk in Uni. Its covered with everything to do with the recent Baroque trend. Its really captivated me, not only with its heavy gold embroidery and regal feel but because I feel it imitates art work.  I’ve been studying the pre-raphaelites for my recent project and the theme is ‘containment’ so I have tried to twist this idea and point it in the direction of Fashion. The body is contained by fashion, but not only that these beautiful paintings have allowed me to appreciate the female body and look at beauty and life within. How without women there would be no life, not mankind but even flowers and animals. I have a few ideas for my final piece that I am keeping secret right now. But how can one not become mesmerised by how gold and black compliment each other so well. Its pure magic. I’ve always preferred a darker style but through spring/summer I found it hard to keep. Now I think its staying for good. Living nearer to the high street stores allows me to keep up with the recent trends and I can actually buy and style things that others can now buy at the same time. What I’m trying to say is when you work with companies abroad and you have an outdated wardrobe its hard to inspire your readers to go out and buy similar clothes.

Throughout the summer I have tried to understand what my style is about and what Im trying to express through my photography. I have felt most comfortable dressing up in victorian lace blouses and creating photos that you can escape into. Well through autumn its not as easy to create these surreal escapism concepts and I’ve now settled for styling my fashion to that of the Renaissance period but with a contemporary gothic twist. My lips are almost everyday painted with a blood red colour, thanks to Topshop’s ‘Wicked’ lipstick. My neck is laced with gold chains and hanging around my neck are two dainty cherubs, its my favourite necklace ever and I think its sold out on the Topshop website which is such a shame. However River Island have caught my eye this month but I find their prices to be considerable high for what the piece is worth. For example a black dress with a heavy embellished pearl and gold rose belt is priced at £70, when you can easily collect a number of beads and vintage pearls from old necklaces and do it yourself. Which is what I have been doing to my shoes, headbands and belts as you can see in the photos below. I hope these inspire you to make do and mend instead of spending your money this season. 
















  1. L
    November 22, 2012 / 11:28 pm

    oh wowi love all of this.amazing.

  2. Kim
    November 23, 2012 / 12:01 am

    Fantastic!!! <3

  3. Ana Silva
    November 23, 2012 / 2:21 am

    perfect! i want one of those hair thing ahah!!!! *thanks so much for liking my fb page *.* <333333333*

  4. Victoria
    November 23, 2012 / 8:47 pm

    Those shoes and head band are giving me some serious DIY inspiration.

  5. Morgan
    November 24, 2012 / 5:45 pm

    Charlotte, you are a DIY goddess! I have just discovered you! I too, am in love with the combination of black and gold. You are definitely a new addition to my favorite bloggers!

    November 28, 2012 / 3:09 am

    so gorgeous! all the accessories are so pretty & great tights xx

  7. {Dust and Swallow}
    November 28, 2012 / 8:39 pm

    Thank you very much for following my blog too! =) Yours is really gorgeous and I love your style! ^^Kisses!

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