Crips, Bloods and Thomas Hardy

September 4, 2015

Trying to smuggle TuPac onto a fashion blog is a real struggle. We can't really grant him style icon status when he was most often seen swanning around shirtless. However, the presence of bandannas in the shops means that his day, and ours, has come, as we are moved to consider a square of fabric.

How is it that a simple piece of patterned cloth can be re-imagined in so many different ways? From the farms of 19th century Britain, to the ghettos of America, the bandanna has sprung up in the most unlikely of places during its often not-so-noble history.
First worn by cowboys to keep the dust from their faces, in the 60s and 70s the colour of bandanna worn came to signify allegiance to a particular gang and by the 00s it was mainly used to identify members of girl bands. Now, when worn around the neck, it pretty much says, "I fell for the 70s trend and now I'm in way too deep". Here are all of the times it was done right.
Brown bandana to match her brown lip - Aaliyah slays it in a way that was only possible in the 90s.
Bathsheba Everdene - headstrong, independent AND totally rocks the bandanna. 
Absolutely synonymous with the bandana, we’re convinced TuPac is still wearing his. 
Maybe he uses it to  mop his brow as he swelters under the hot Cuban sun.
Fuck all that wedding dress nonsense, one of our favourite sartorial SATC moments was 
Carrie Bradshaw’s scarf round her arm with giant gold jewellery. 

What Would Birkin Do?

August 17, 2015

With the 70s trend in full force for this summer and undoubtedly bleeding over into our fall wardrobes, I've decided to ground myself with the phrase "What would Birkin do?" No, I'm not twerking for that overpriced bag -- 60s and 70s fashion icon, Jane Birkin has been my style muse as of late. When I'm lacking in inspiration in the mornings, I do a quick search for Jane B. on Pinterest and all is well. A lover of mini-dresses and understated accessories, adopting the Fashion Tao of Birkin is perfect the hot-hot-heat that has engulfed the Bay Area. 

The One Piece Dime Piece

August 3, 2015

It's summer! That may sound like a delayed reaction to most of you, but the characteristically-belated Bay Area summer has finally come. And while I am a lover of sun, sand and water, I must admit this impending summer left me feeling cold when thinking about going to the beach.

The reason? Right at the end of June this year, I had abdominal laparoscopic surgery and my belly has a handful scars and healing new navel. Accordingly, My surgeon told me that I am forbidden from exposing my tummy to the sun for a full year. A summer without a bikini?! I have to admit I felt depressed about the situation even though I am very grateful for a successful surgery.

A whiter shade of pale

July 27, 2015

Siobhan and I are spillers. This is our confession. I know, it's a lot less juicy than Usher's.
The thing is, in spite of the fact that I am actually quite painfully self aware, especially when it comes to knowing that if it was socially acceptable, I really ought to wear a bib, for some reason, while Siobhan has been looking positively resplendent in stain proof shades of steel, I love being dressed in all white.

BBHMM - Support Your Local Girl Gang

July 21, 2015

There are few things that we RF girls value as highly as girl gangs, so Rihanna's Bitch Better Have My Money video is basically crack to us.  With henchwomen as amazing as she, Rihanna has assembled what is undoubtedly the fiercest gang imaginable. All three girls are running around, giving zero fucks, without one outshining the other and we imagine it's fairly hard to keep any spotlight at all when Riri is in the room. We're both lucky enough to have prides of girls to roam SF and London with, as we seem to friend only the coolest, strongest women. They might have slightly less homicidal tendancies - for the most part -  but they are savage non the less.
In terms of the styling in the video, we love how brash and raucous it is. Forget that Coco Chanel said, "Always remove on the thing before you leave the house. Less is more", these girls have scarf on top of scarf, chains, chokers, fur, sunglasses - everything is piled on top of each other and it's awesome. 

Beyoncé as a cure for Britishness

June 29, 2015

Being British is great (geddit), there are a ton of countries we can visit without a visa and (at the time of writing) we have a world renowned NHS. We also get to drink countless cups of tea without anyone batting an eyelid. However, in some ways we are cursed. The stiff upper lip and the need to constantly apologise are exhausting, how much easier must it be to be able to scream and shout? How must energy must one save by not keeping a lid on it.