Nostalgia of the 90s

Good day to you my reminiscent readers,

It has always amazed me how a certain scent, item of clothing or hair style (Kenzo flower, a multi coloured corduroy miss sixty skirt and who can forget the “Rachel hairstyle for me) can bring back thoughts of your younger years in an instant. For this months post, I wanted to delve into the world of nostalgia; and in my case the 90s and 00s and how style has evolved over the decades.

(Images courtesy of google images)

I have such fond memories of where my foray into the fashion world began. I always loved pouring over fashion magazines and influences for me as a teenager were from Top of the Pops on a Friday night and the annual Oscars ceremony from Hollywood where I looked on in wonder at the cutting edge creations which adorned the movie stars.

Although I admired the body con style of dresses that girls from my school would wear when we were old enough to go out, with my swimmers shoulders and tomboy, athletic build that look was not for me. As soon as I saw Kate Moss however, I knew that I had found my muse. With her understated hair, bare faced beauty and bohemian style I was hooked. I was the only one out of my group of friends who would wear an ankle grazing skirt, plain vest and flip flops to a club and some of the looks from the glamorous girls in the bars were to be desired but I have always been comfortable in the fact that I know what suits my body and confidence comes from being unequivocally YOU.

Growing up I remember the excitement of going to the Brand Centre which was a huge clothing store near to where I live at the weekend. With every designer from high street to high end there really was something for anyone there and I would be so excited if I managed to bag a steal in the bargain corner! Haha. From Evisu denim bomber jackets to Maharishi embroidered cargo trousers I loved the versatility of teaming these incredible one off pieces with a simple top and accessories or over a evening dress and heels – the key was mixing and matching.

As I’ve got older, my style is a lot more paired back now as my 9 to 5 is in the Corporate world. Weekdays are filled with fitted dresses, suit jackets and court shoes, although I still love the thrill of purchasing classic, timeless pieces which will stand the test of the relentless fashion cycle – you seriously cannot beat a well made, elegant overcoat or a silky soft pair of leather boots. Although the cost may be slightly higher than the high street, I still have a leather jacket which I’ve had since my 16th birthday which comes out every year – believe me the cost per wear is incredible.

Sometimes in these cold winter months when we feel like we are habitual night creatures going to and coming home from work in the dark, sometimes seeing a certain brand on someone you walk past in the street or seeing a pop of colour in a colleagues umbrella can transport you to those heady days of school holidays and planning an outfit for your prom and you just cannot help but smile.

Besides, who doesn’t like to feel young every once in a while hey! Pull out those retro Moschino trousers, pair them with an oversized knit and you are winter 2019 ready.

Until next time,

Take care, Keya x

Incredible Iris

Good day to you my fashion loving friends,

I recently watched a documentary about the woman who I am dedicating this months blog to and she truly was so inspirational to me that I just had to introduce her to you if you may not have heard of her in the past. I give you the awe inspiring woman who is Iris Apfel. 


(Images of Iris courtesy of google images)

In her earlier career she was a successful interior designer and business woman but now she is best known for her incredible dress sense and style acumen.

She is the queen of accessorising and bigger is definitely better in her opinion. I really admire how she mixes a vintage Chanel necklace with a costume trinket that she picked up in a flea market in India or some other far flung destination. 

She is regularly spotted on the front row of most highly sought after designers shows at New York fashion week and her opinion of their collections is invaluable. 


Her style has clearly rubbed off on her husband who she been happily married to for over 50 years and also the unique finds from their explorations of the world when they were a young couple can be found scattered around their cluttered but shabby chic apartment in the city. 


She has lent her vast collection of jewellery to exhibitions which were widely populated by the public and she also takes part in styling segments on many day time chat shows or interviews. 

One of the things that really resonated with me about her however was how in her words she says she has never been beautiful so she needed to find another way to make herself stand out in society. Looks fade but style is truly timeless. Her approach to dressing  is it doesn’t matter if those Gold hoop earrings cost $5 or $500, if it complements your outfit and makes you feel beautiful for that one night then that is the objective achieved. 

I have always been a huge accessories person in my own life; I rotate my earrings and rings on a daily basis to suit my outfit of the day and I also have my opulent, one of a kind pieces which come out on special occasions. Those closest to me though know the familiar sound that precludes me when I walk into a room. The jingle jangle of my stacked bangles and bracelets on my right wrist are my trademark (you can imagine the tan line I permanently have during the summer haha) but that is my own take on being individual and making my own style shine through every day. 


 Now what are you waiting for, those awesome marcasite chandelier earrings are not going to purchase themselves 😀 


Until next time take care

Keya x