Why I took a break from blogging…

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Long time no speak! First things first, I’ve got to address the fact that I’ve had almost a three week long break from blogging. I’m pretty sure a week is the longest I’ve ever previously taken off from posting, and I’ve got to admit that I’ve got no particular excuse. I’ve taken copious amounts of pictures over the past few weeks that I intended to use for blog posts, but nothing seemed quite right. I’ve honestly just had a lack of inspiration and just became disheartened with it all! I became obsessive over my instagram and trying to gain more followers, and disheartened with how I can never quite translate what I have in my head for the aesthetic and topics for my blog to reality. I’m also a photographer down as my boyfriend’s (he takes my pics) work situation has changed so he has a lot less time to dedicate to helping me out! This also means that on his days off he doesn’t particularly feel like spending his time playing photographer. Nevertheless, after taking a step back I’ve decided that over the next few weeks I’m planning on throwing a lot of time and energy into my blog, and I’m working on getting a brand new template very soon.

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So without further ado, I’ll get onto my outfit. Slogan tees are pretty much my favourite things right now, because not only are they incredibly comfy and effortless to throw on, they’re also bang on trend. Hallelujah! This particular one is from Topshop, as is evidently heavily inspired by the Gucci tee that’s been making the rounds recently. It’s also my third French slogan tee, the other two being featured here and here. I chose to pair it with this navy sack style skirt, as the red from the top brings them together perfectly. Navy and red is one of my fave colour combinations, for obvious reasons – they look fab together. The same goes for this uhmaaazing red mini bag from Primark of all places(!!!!). Although it doesn’t hold much, it’s the perfect bag for throwing your phone, keys and card in this summer, and it even has a cute little golden bee on the popper. What more can you ask for? It was a glorious sunny day when I took these pictures so I jumped at the chance of bare legs, no jacket and sunglasses, but of course opted for boots because I’m in them pretty much all year round.

You’ll be seeing a lot more from me soon with any luck, so make sure to click that follow button, and check out my instagram @daisycuttings 

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T SHIRTS | TOPSHOP HERE, HERE AND HERE

SKIRT | TOPSHOP

BOOTS | PRIMARK

BAG | PRIMARK

SUNGLASSES | PRIMARK

Parisian Chic

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How To be Parisian, Parisian Chic, Paris Street Style. These are just a few examples of books dedicated to the coveted Parisian fashion; often full of tips and tricks to help you achieve the most desired style of them all. ‘Am I Parisian yet?’ is a question I’ve come across a lot on various fashion blogs and instagram posts, and there’s little question as to why. French fashion is effortlessly chic, minimal and sophisticated, so who wouldn’t want to emulate that in their wardrobe?

Being a history graduate, I love looking into how things come about and the contributing events, and French fashion has recently caught my interest. The dominance of France in the world of fashion can apparently be traced way back to the seventeenth century, more specifically to the reign of Louis XIV or the ‘Sun King’. Before this, the fashion capital was actually in Madrid, but Louis changed this thanks to his particularly lavish taste (understandable seeing as he was a King). He acknowledged the fact that luxury goods were important to France’s economy, so he set up industries in textile, clothing, furniture and jewellery, which pretty much transformed France into the world’s leader of style.

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Louis’ finance minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, laid it out when he said “fashions were to France what the mines of Peru were to Spain”, in other words, pretty flipping important. Throughout Louis’ reign roughly a whole third (!!!) of Parisian workers were employed in the clothing and textile industries, and nothing that could be produced in France was allowed to be imported. For centuries the highest quality of materials and fabrics were limited to France, which meant that seamstresses and tailors pretty much had no choice but to set up their businesses in France. A lot of French royals were known for their extravagant style, which ended up causing France to get in quite a lot of debt (I can relate). Marie Antoinette has become associated with glamour and luxury, and her shopping sprees were one of the reasons for French Revolution.

France pretty much secured their dominance of fashion in the hundred years of 1860-1960, thanks to the establishment of couturier houses and fashion press. In the turn of the century, Paul Poiret came about and rejected the then popular (and uncomfortable) corset, and offered clothing that allows for the freedom of movement (hoorah!). Then along came Coco Chanel, who celebrated the new liberated design and embraced styles that we know and love today, such as short skirts, sailor pants, and Breton stripes. She also invented the little black dress, which, safe to say, is mine and a lot of women’s best friend.

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As well as a load of other French fashion houses, (which are too popular to even bother naming and there are far too many to list) French fashion was obviously helped along the way by some proper stylish French babes e.g. Françoise Hardy and Brigette Bardot. Understandably, people wanted to replicate their effortless and chic style, and still do years later. I’ve obviously skipped a lot here but I understand that history isn’t interesting to a lot of people, so I’ve resisted the urge to waffle on. Sorry for the very basic history lesson and thank you to anyone who has actually read this far!

Until next time.

-Daisy, x

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TROUSERS | TOPSHOP

TOP | PRIMARK (in store)

SHOES | ASOS

BAG | PRIMARK (old, similar here)