Sara Louise.

English Rose with a Gypsy Soul.

UK personal style and lifestyle blog.

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Home Details (Picture Heavy Post)

Now that I've got some free time to step back, relax, and really look at this blog, I thought it would be time to have another home post. This year, because I've been so focused on building my vintage brand, although I do love blogging, it's more something I love to do occasionally when I've got the time. I've found that more often than not, it has become too easy to just post when I have to, rather than what I want to. I don't feel as though this blog is a reflection of myself and my personality as much as it could be, and so I've promised myself in the new year I will take the time to start to create content that is and really spend time making this blog special, and I will post because I want to.

I'm such a perfectionist too, I always get asked so often if I'd do a home post and I always said I wanted to wait until we had everything finished in the flat until I did, as I feel as though this is quite a personal thing to post. But we still haven't and I know that if I don't do this post now, I probably never would. Even now I'm still thinking... is this good enough, I should have taken more pictures of such a such a thing...etc... honestly the negative voice in my head just won't shut up sometimes. This is the first time my boyfriend and I have lived together so it's a special place, and when we moved in he gave me free reign of the decorating (although I always still asked him first) and almost everything you see above has been thrifted, sourced from vintage and antique shops, found at carboots or on eBay. I've never decorated a whole flat before and I wanted it to have a little character. Throughout the ongoing process it's been so much fun hunting for treasures, and I've realised what's worked and what hasn't, and I'm still learning. I'm still looking for that perfect vintage sofa too.

I have posted a little about about my flat before, you can see previous posts that include bits of my flat here and here too. But all the images above I've collected from my laptop, tumblr and phone, they are little snippets of it's progress, taken throughout the 7 months my boyfriend and I have lived in our flat. Because I'm currently staying in my childhood home for Christmas, there's so much more I want to photograph but I can't, and that's probably a good thing anyway as I can save those ideas for another home post later instead. There's so much more I want to do, but it's finally starting to feel like home. If you want to see even more, come follow me on instagram: @sara_waiste
Sunday, 21 December 2014

70s Sundays

Skirt, crochet blanket Waistcoat: Waiste Vintage
Boots: Ash
Crop Top: Missguided*
Necklace: Rock n Rose*

Spending a lazy Sunday listening to the Velvet Underground of course. The late 60s early 70s will always be, in my opinion , the absolute best decades of both music and style. I'm not one for following any trends or fashion or 'what's in right now', my style is just me regardless of what's 'in' or not, if I like it, I'll wear it, I dress for me. Of course the 70s style is a great love of mine, vintage pieces making up a lot of my wardrobe of course.

Obviously there has been a recent resurgence into the 70s trends (thanks a lot Saint Laurent) which was bound to happen again sooner or later, although it's great for business and the fact I can buy bell bottoms that fit properly, it does actually annoy me in the fact that I really don't want to see cheap knockoff mass produced highstreet pieces of iconic styles everywhere. Cheap mass produced crochet/penny lane style coats are my ultimate pet hate. 

I just think if you're going to do a trend, do it right. Buy vintage. Not only are you buying a completely one off unique piece that has lived through that very decade (and if could talk think what tales it could tell) you're also helping the environment and looking awesome in the process. Now I think that's pretty cool. And if you can't find vintage versions of the pieces you want, try and shop at ethical, independent or handmade clothing companies instead, there's some great ones out there, especially 70s inspired, I might do a post on them in the future. 
Friday, 19 December 2014

The Fifth

Shaggy Jacket: Vintage
Sheer shirt: The Fifth*
Bell Bottoms: American Gold by Spanish Moss (sold out now, similar HERE)
Necklaces: Nostalgic Feather and Shop Luna* 
Fedora: ASOS (old)

I'm so happy I've finally purchased a peacock chair, and for the grand total of £10 from ebay thank you very much. It's in a little need of some TLC but it's nothing I can't fix. The tricky part with getting one for me was the fact that no one seemed to be selling them near to me in London (I can't drive) so I couldn't go and pick it up! But after months of refreshing my saved search one came up! I will warn you, this chair is going to be featuring a lot in various instagram/blog posts in the future as I'm just so excited with it.

Sorry for the absence of blogging, I've been working insane hours this Christmas before I can go home, and I've officially finished today! The best thing about today was putting the out of office on haha. It's the little things. I've given myself two whole weeks off and I'm going home and I cannot wait. I'm really excited to able to concentrate on my blog too.

 I've been living in my American Gold bell bottoms recently, I LOVE THEM, and they go with everything of course, I can't get enough of them. My black Friday Novella Royale pairs have arrived too! One for now, one for birthday and they are seriously comfy, I got stung a little with custom charges (sob why can't they be sold here) but so glad I got the real deal, I'll blog them soon. So much love for flares/bell bottoms/whatever you like to call them.

I've recently discovered The Fifth, yet another great Aussie brand (I need to move) and this shirt is perfect, I love the print, the sheerness and the cut is incredible, it's slightly longer at the back and I love the cheeky wrap front. Anyway that's enough from me it's Friday night.....and I've still got to pack. Rock and roll.