Rock and Soul

28
Jun, 17

The espadrille – Castaner

The espadrille, Castaner – Try mixing second hand with new –

Believe it or not but sometimes, on occasion, I like to mix it up a little (gasp!) and take to the high street to see what there is on offer in the way of high street fashion and spy the current trends. Heck, sometimes, I even like to explore the online shopping vortex and see what the fashion world is telling us all to buy next via the inter web.

But I do think it’s important to mix second hand with high street and/or designer, because I find it to be a refreshing way to bring elements together from different decades. And one brand new item can be worn in so many ways with your pre-existing second hand wardrobe.

Aaaaand, cue my new obsession!

When I noticed (how could you not?) the espadrille trend growing ever more apparent on my Instagram feed and usual online haunts, I started to explore where to source the best pair I could. My research took me to the world of online Spanish shoe Goddesses, Castaner. Worn by the likes of a la mode French fashion bloggers, Jeanne Damas, Adenorah and Camille Charriere, of course I had to have a pair. The epitome of french cool, not only are they some of the comfiest shoes I’ve ever owned, they are perfect for the inevitable transition from relaxed day time attire of cropped denim jeans and t shirt, to partying the night away in, without the risk of blisters!

Go check out Castaner here – https://www.castaner.com

I’m wearing: Blue Carina espadrilles in Marino Navy – Shirt: Oxfam – Jeans: Vintage Levi’s.

All photo’s by Alex Amoros

 

03
May, 17

Chloe for Everybody

Elizabeth Miles

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Chloe for Everybody: How Charity Shops Make Designer Accessible to All

Written for Oxfam – http://www.oxfam.org.uk/fashion-blog/2017/05/chloe-for-everybody

It’s extremely rare for me to go on too much about my favourite designers or brands, but Chloe is one of the few fashion houses with the ability to make me go weak at the knees and definitely knows how to get my overtly sentimental heart racing, every damn time.

So when I clamped my peepers on these black Chloe trews a few weeks ago for a mere £20 in the Drury Lane Oxfam, I knew they were coming home with me. With an almost satiny shine to the exterior, they encapsulate just the right balance of smart/casual and would be equally well paired with ballet flats and a plain white tee (whatever happened to that band?! *sigh*). I teamed them with a pale grey Gant knit jumper and Zara blazer (both charity shops finds), to keep the outfit conducive with my typical go to uniform – Parisian wannabe (!)

Thank you again to Oxfam charity shops all over, for making high end brands accessible to everyone, not just the minted.

Thank you again to charity shops all over, for making high end brands accessible to everyone, not just the minted.

Wearing: Blazer, Zara. Grey jumper, Gant. Trousers, Chloe.

Elizabeth Miles @elizabethmiles_

Photos by David Jarre

06
Mar, 17

Thailand, baby.

Elizabeth Miles

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Elizabeth Miles

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Thailand, baby.

 Elizabeth Miles @elizabethmiles_

All photos by David Jarre.

11
Jan, 17

Favourite Topshop Steals

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I have been living in pretty much nothing else but these jeans for months. I wore my favourite Topshop steals turned up for a time, then having the brainwave that chopping off the bottoms would be the best way to birth them in to the cropped jean trend happened and I couldn’t adore them any more than I do right now. Teamed with my favourite Uniqlo polo neck and the most babley pair of Mango boots I have ever purchased, make for a simple and understated outfit that I hope pops with the red lippie.

Mango boots. Uniqlo polo (charity shop), Jeans Topshop (charity shop).

Instagram: @elizabethmiles_

02
Oct, 16

Alain Bashung is my spirit animal

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ALAIN BASHUNG IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL.

Wearing:

 Floral vintage shirt – Charity shop.

Black tie up jacket – Charity shop.

Black palazzo trousers – Vintage warehouse.

Sandals – TK Maxx.

Sunglasses – Camden market.

Shot by Becca Miles

Instagram: @elizabethmiles_

 

22
Sep, 16

Not designer

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Wearing: Vintage silk blouse – Charity shop, Blue trousers: Charity shop. Boots: Zara. Sunglasses: Camden market.

Sorry my shit ain’t designer. I will always feel like i’m letting myself down a little on the fashion forward front when ocassionally asked where I got the new jacket I’m wearing, or new boots or bag. It’s very seldom that I buy anything designer or even high street (bar obligs Zara, obvs). Probably 90% of my wardrobe is charity shop bought and I’m sorry that that may sound boring as fuck when you ask me where I got this awesome silk shirt from. (It was a charity shop, by the way.)

Instagram: @elizabethmiles_

03
Sep, 16

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19
Aug, 16

CULOTTING HELL

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Wearing denim culottes from Oxfam, H&M shirt but also from Oxfam and black Zara boots.

The culotte, almost as man repelling as the dungaree? Answers on postcards.

Instagram: @elizabethmiles_

16
Jun, 16

An homage to Lou et Caroline

And she’s at it again – Once more, perpetually finding myself in the depths of a romanticised vision that is forever all consuming.

This time, anything Lou Doillon or Caroline de Maigret is what’s whetting my sartorial appetite – Those tailored silhouettes, simple plain tee’s underneath an adorable blazer complete with a turned up three quarter length sleeve. Anything that oozes Parisienne wonder is what i’m backing at current. Effortless at its easiest, so much so, I’m even considering a long 70’s style fringe in homage to these delectable creatures. Don’t forget to check out Lou Doillon’s album, ‘Lay Low’ which I’m currently obsessed with. 

What I’m wearing: Black blazer,  originally Mango but bought in charity shop. White tee, Cos, but also acquired in a charity shop. Flares are Mango. Boots are Office. Giant bag the size of a toddler is Reiss, but also, you guessed it, bought from Oxfam on my lunch break yesterday.

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Elizabeth Miles Instagram: @elizabethmiles_

 

 

19
Mar, 16

Blogging against the elements is a bummer

I must admit, I’m usually quite fortunate with the weather conditions when it comes to shooting my blog. When I decide to shoot an outfit, the weather man, (Yes, cue having ‘Blame it on the Weather Man’ by B*Witched ringing round your noggin, now ) is very kind to me – So thank you, weather Gods. Blogging against the elements is a bummer.

On this particular day, however, the weather Gods were not feeling so kind (Fuck you weather Gods) and decided to let it rip upon our merry heads.

I think we made the best out of a shit and wet situation here, so thank you to my total mega babe, Omar for shooting this. Despite it pissing down, you never fail to make me laugh uncontrollably, all the while, looking like a soggy biscuit.

 

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 I’m wearing: Denim dress: Zara, Leopard print shirt: Charity shop, Black concertina detail blazer: Charity shop from a million moons ago.

Elizabeth Miles Instagram: @elizabethmiles_