Blinding style from Peaky Blinders

I may be a little late to the party, but I’ve had my nights occupied with Gotham, Salem, American Horror and The 100 for ages – how could I have known? Anywho, Peaky Blinders has entered my life and my style canon, at long last.

Paul Anderson (Arthur), Joe Cole (John) and Cillian Murphy (Thomas).

The show is a drama series starring Cillian Murphy (my Mum was totally going to call me Cillian!) and it chronicles the life and times of the legendary Birmingham family gambling ring from 1919, nicknamed the Peaky Blinders because they rather cheekily took to sewing razor blades into the peak of their flat-caps to injure, and often actually blind, scaly-wags that got in their way. Naughty boys.

Aside from the gratuitous violence and scenes of a sexual nature, the show comes out top trumps in the style stakes too, with amazing attention to detail all round. The Costumer Designer is Stephanie Collie, who worked on Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and her modernised view of 1919 West Midlands style is a wonder to behold and quite the transferable look for a dabber gent of 2014/15, if I don’t say so myself.

Cillian Murphy in a three piece tweet suit as Thomas Shelby.

The key to the look is a respectable nod to cut and materials of the age, simple cottons, thick tweeds and muted, dusty hues. Whilst, retaining some modern twists here and there, shiny collar pins without a tie, billowing and yet tapered overcoats, you get the gist.

I especially love the shirts used in the show, a round cut-away removable collar style that the boys wear with or without ties and often with collar pins too.

 Cillian Murphy and the collar of champions!


AW14 Look Book: Winter Footwear

Christmas is nearly upon us and I am a wreck. December has been one of the busiest periods in recent memory. Work, friends, family – it’s been full on! (Not to mention an unexpected flood in our home that has left us all a little damp.) So, this post is just a little ditty to see you through until my inevitable haul posts from the sales!

These are a gorgeous pair from the AW14 range at Clarks. As is the case with many Clarks shoes, these bad boys are all about comfort and are seriously like walking on puppies (without the yelping). The sole is a massive rubbery material that bounces over cobbles and pavement cracks like nobody’s business. The tan leather is also perfect to transition into SS15, when worn with rolled-up chinos and no socks or even with shorts on my holidays! The possibilities are endless.

Buckled Zip-Up Boots, Deichmann, £30.00
These babies have made a cheeky appearance on the blog before, but y’know what, they deserve another. Why? Because like my trusty Clarks shoes, the Deichmann beauts are comfort personified, There’s something about a zip-up buckled boot in winter, or is it just me?

Pull-On Boots, Burton, £60.00
Love these. I call them my Russell Brand boots. Not because they’re politically motivated, but because they’re like the boots he used to wear on Big Brother’s Big Mouth! Remember? Anyway, they’re a versatile pair these two, great with a paired down look and also the mod-style twist a tapered suit might need to go from wedding singer to Peaky Blinder.


A Christmas Letter…. to me

Dearest reader,

You may remember my introducing you to a special little diva in my life. Her name is Gwynne and he (wow, pronouns) lives with my boyf and I. He is also a very special friend of mine and quite possibly the funniest little witch that has ever laughed at my jokes.

If you’re a fan of a wedding speech, especially when you’re the guest that doesn’t know anyone personally, or perhaps sneaky peaks into other people’s lives and their complicated in-jokes, then read this rather hilarious homage to yours truly for a microscopic insight into what it’s like to be my friend (turns out, I’m the diva!)

Read it here.