Pro Faux Pas

Socks and sandals, denim on denim and patterns and prints. Three of the biggest faux pas that should go on the ‘pro pas’ list.

We all know fashion faux pas are a scary thought. But what if they had never been seen as a fashion crime? Through the decades more ‘faux pas’ have been added to the fashion world list of don’ts than the list of do’s; whether they have been followed or not there are some acceptation’s, but we’ve all seen Britney and Justin’s heinous denim on denim attempt and let’s just say it’s definitely scarred us for life!

BUT.. like style Queen Iris Apfel once quoted; “There’s no ‘How-To’ road map to style. It’s about self-expression and, above all, attitude”. You sure are right there Iris.

999.. SOS.. SAVE OUR SOULS – SOCKS AND SANDALS ARE HERE.

Socks and sandals are one of the most fun style choices to try. I know we all think of crocs with seasonal patterned socks when we think of the forbidden socks and sandals combo but in reality it’s not all that bad. If you can wear socks with loafers you can definitely wear them with sandals. Stylist Pandora Sykes has been doing it the whole time and so have Parisian girls. So why ignore them. Especially the Parisians, nothing shouts chic like their effortlessness. The beauty of socks and sandals is mainly that you can get away with wearing a combo that not only looks effortless but also shouts that you have a little personal style.

I’M NOT A GIRL.. NOT YET A WOMAN – BUT I’M THE QUEEN OF DENIM ON DENIM.

Denim on denim another faux pas that is the biggest fashion trend at the moment. From Gigi Hadid to Olivia Palermo, denim OD has been a massive trend over the last year. The easiest look to put together whilst looking like you really know what you’re doing, when getting dressed in the mornings. The best thing with this look is that you can dress it up and dress it down. If you’re looking for a daytime look just throw on some fun flats and sunglasses and for the evening go for some heels and a red lip. Who would’ve known you’ve been wearing the same outfit all day anyway. (Just maybe leave the OOTD Instagram post till you get home).

BLUE JEANS.. WHITE SHIRT – THAT’S BORING I WANT PATTERNS AND PRINTS.

Patterns and prints are vulgar.. said no one ever. Just because Kim Kardashian only wears nudes, rose tones and khaki shades doesn’t mean we should stay clear of wearing clothes that match our personality. If anything being able to mix and match prints makes you look a little more like you have personal style and a little less like you care too much.

Although pages on social media are all about wearing the same thing as everyone else, that isn’t always the case for some of us. If anything some of the best buys can be from charity shops and vintage markets/shops. Some may find them a little daunting but you’ll find pieces that you can wear time and time again and never

Parisians do it better

So I’ve researched Parisian chic more than anyone probably has. I started with How to be Parisian and then moved on to Paris street style. They are the best books I think I have ever purchased, more because I felt chic reading them and partly because I did half of the things already. I just felt really cool.

The most un-chic thing I do though is and I’m not saying it’s a bad thing but.. I wear a ridiculous amount of makeup. I know ‘how to’ tutorials are a big thing with Youtubers and other bloggers but it’s not good for your skin and to be frank, it doesn’t always look good. Another issue with this is that anything white is your worst enemy. White walls, white bedsheets, white clothes. Basically all of it. It’s not only me who it annoys I have people in my life that don’t want to hug me because my makeup rubs off on them too.

The first thing I had to come to terms with was the idea of not wearing foundation. I don’t need it. I’m only 19 going on 20 and I’m already scared to go out in public bare faced. Parisians have the most simple makeup and they always look effortless. The best thing I have also ever read is a parisian saying they don’t wear concealer as it helps tell a story, it’s kind of romantic to see that someone is tired or a little worn down.

Fashion icons like Caroline De Maigret swear by effortless makeup.But effortless doesn’t have to mean no makeup whatsoever.  As well as deciding it’s time to ditch the heavy duty foundation routine, I’m also taking the plunge into no more contouring. I won’t lie I do like my Kardashian inspired makeup but it’s not needed everyday. Instead I am trying to use blusher. Yes blusher in winter isn’t really ideal because we all want to look like we’ve been on a holiday all year round, but blusher can look romantic and charming.

So, blusher. Because I’m jumping off the contouring bandwagon I’ve noticed certain places I can apply my blusher to make it look natural rather than looking like a washed out mess. Like I said earlier as it’s winter you always want to look quite tanned; on me I get away with only applying blusher on the apples of my cheeks, if I’m super wrapped up I look like the colds gotten to my cheeks and it looks effortless. My other little trick is to put a little blucher on my nose, not crazy amounts but it really can help make your makeup look a little less drag and a little more chic.

 

Green teas & Interviews

I’m excited to start my day today. I’m poorly but none the less I’m starting my day with green tea and this lovely post. The weird excitement for the day (on my behalf that is) is that I am making the most of the day. Whether the weather is horrible, nice or mediocre I’m going to have some fun. Or at least try; even though I woke up late too.

My day is planned out, even with tedious tasks like going to the bank. But as well as that, I’m building my portfolio for my interview next week *two cheers for me*, booking a day in London and seeing my best friend for an hour or two and potentially some old lecturers. So It’s pretty much a day with all of my favourite things. Obviously, with a full day planned ahead I do plan (trying my hardest) to look great so I feel great. I’m feeling smokey eyes and a salute to the seventies; which is basically all I stand for. Also after looking pretty crappy all weekend I feel it’s needed in order to help slightly with my mood and general functioning throughout the day.

Instagram. Now, I talk about this in every post because why not. But going out and productively doing something interesting also makes my Instagram interesting. Well, as interesting and dynamic as Leicester can look. Let’s not lie to ourselves it’s not exactly London or Milan. But it can be fun; usually more so when you’re drunk, but I can manage. I think. We’ll see from my feed tomorrow how interesting my day has actually been. For now go follow me on Insta @kulrajkpooni so you know if I’ve coped and how well I’ve actually done with my day.

 

How to: Be Bold and Be Playful

Getting ready to go out can be quite daunting. But if you know how to accessories an already playful outfit it’s easy. Firstly, never be afraid of colours, textures, patterns or anything else for that matter. That’s my motto in life. Being adventurous with what you wear if the whole fun of fashion.

Just like this outfit I’ve put together, a fun outfit can be even more exciting by pairing it with out there handbags and shoes. Have fun and be you with fashion.

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I’ve Taken My Vows. Genuinely

So I stayed in bed till really late again today. In comparison to what I was doing a month or so ago. It’s bizarre that life can literally alter in the blink of an eye and all of a sudden you go from working full time, not really earning a considerable amount, being moderately happy but knowing something is missing. To the complete opposite and having the thing that was missing previously to be your only safe ground. Like a haven…

Currently I’m sat on my mattress on the floor in my bedroom at my mums, trying to figure out what exactly has happened to me and my life in such a short space of time. Really? I’m not entirely sure. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I mean I’m constantly thinking about all of the little (incredibly fucked up) parts of my life and trying to at least get a slight understanding, but when you’re 19 and your whole life takes a slight turn for the worst, it’s pretty difficult.

So here it is. My aim in the next year is to go to uni September ’16, so that’s my main focus; but with an amazing portfolio proving that I would be an amazing photographer with all the little bits that come with it. Move to London because I’m in love with it and in comparison to the population of the capital it makes me feel weirdly calm and at home. As well as that, you know; it’s one of the most cultural cities I’ve been to (other than Milan), the art scene is incredible, artists work for passion rather than just for money and also it’s where I lost my Five Guys virginity, so naturally as a girl, I am emotionally drawn to my first love (not surprising it’s food, hey).

Seriously though, my slight sanity (that’s left anyway) is due to the fact I have my photography. If I didn’t have that, I’d probably be crying myself to sleep every night with a bottle of Jim Beam tucked up in bed with me. Yeah, it sounds ridiculous but when you’re 19, your friends are a text here and there because they have lives (unlike yourself), you don’t have money or a job and you’ve picked up some bad habits that literally came from nowhere (actually I’ll thank my dad for those) shit gets really fucking confusing.

So from this point (Tuesday 22nd September 2015) I vow to be myself and never end up the forty-nine year old ‘soccer mom’, who wishes she’d chased her dreams a little more, still wore red lips and nails and lived in sequins, fur and a fuck load of rings (me now). I also vow to make sure that the people in my life are always in my life no matter what happens (basically don’t lose lines of communication with the people I love). Lastly, I vow to never let anyone stop me from being a photographer or from being who I am. Period. *How do you end vows by the way? Is it ‘Amen’? or do I just celebrate with a shot of something?*