I keep trainers that I no longer wear, and are therefore obsolete from my wardrobe, in a suitcase under my bed.
I went rooting around for a couple of pairs of shoes to use in a little project I have in mind, and amongst others, found these.
I don't know why, but this picture makes me feel a little bit sad.
(Massive Attack playing in the background might not help.)
It's weird to think that dirty shoes can make me feel contemplative, but I guess in the brain of Lauren McBride, that's how it goes.
I've been wearing Converse since I was about 12, so for a good ten years now, but the other day it dawned on me that I just don't feel the love for them what I once did.
I used to love the idea of a brand new pair of white All Stars, and don't get me wrong, I still think that they look amazing, and I don't know if it's a case of an evolution of style or what, but I feel a bit detached from them, as if I've been in a ten-year relationship with somebody, and I've realised it's not working.
Not even that the relationship isn't working, it's as if I've cheated on Converse with Vans.
Even though I bought my first pair of Vans at 14 - so I shouldn't feel too guilty, should I?
I think recently I've done a bit of a 180 with my style, and I don't know whether it's a good thing or a bad thing.
In a way, I see Converse as a more mature footwear choice, over Vans, for a chick in her early twenties, as long as they are in good nick.
However, recently I've started to feel like I'm not really stretching myself if I wear Converse, and when creating an outfit, footwear choice is paramount.
You can wear as many layers (within reason of course) as you like, but it is imperative to choose the right shoe; you can only wear one pair - it's important to get it right.
I'm off to listen to Slipknot and get out of this Karmacoma.
Roksanda Ilincic has brought out another collection for Whistles!
The lovely Ellie has emailed to inform me of the launch of the second collection, which consists of 12 rather lovely dresses including the following two, which so happen to be my favourites from the range.
So Liverpool's launch for the collection is Wednesday, 31st of March.
You can register for the guest list at www.whistles.co.uk
Fashion parties are always fun, so register and hopefully I will see you there!
I was introduced to this website yesterday and thought I would give it a little shout out on the Blog.
TREACLE&COis a street wear clothing label based in Birmingham, so technically, this isn't Liverpool Fashion Dust, it's Brum Fashion Dust, but I'm not going to hold that against them; they've got a good vibe.
There are bits and bobs of designs dotted around the site which I guess is to give you a little taster of what they've got lined up.
Their clothing range is coming out soon, which I presume you buy straight from the website, so go and have a look and see what you think.
Hope you are all good, the hype of LFW is still ringing in our ears, but in my opinion, it's all about Paris Fashion Week.
I've been asked by a little mate of mine what my game is, regarding Scouse As You Like.
Basically, I'm in a bit of a pickle.
I'm not sure whether I'm documenting Scouse Fashion, or defending it.
Maybe a bit of both.
I started to write something, but it definitely felt like I was trying to defend it, and kinda felt like I was getting a bit angry, which in turn, might put people off me, the Blog, and the book.
Here's a little excerpt, however I'm not actually sure if you can technically call it an excerpt if it hasn't actually been excerpted out of anywhere.
Funnily enough, the first thing I Googled when I decided to do this was the term Scouse Fashion.
Quite a lot of pages came up, and I clicked on a discussion I found on the BBC website.
Most of the comments annoyed me, especially the one below.
Lynne " I wouldn't say Liverpool is the Capital of Fashion, far from it, with the majority of people still wearing Shell Suits, and walking round in Pyjamas, and showing off one's thong is not what I would call High Fashion.”
Right, first off, Lynne, nothing annoys me more than people calling Tracksuits “Shell Suits.”
It is an unbelievably archaic sartorial term, and anybody who feels like they have the right to comment on anything fashion-related, should use more up-to-date terms, especially if they are going to talk negatively.
So not to sound corny but getyourfactsright.
Secondly, the use of the word majority.
To quote Lynne, “the majority of people [are] still wearing Shell Suits.”
So most of the entire population in the city of Liverpool wears a tracky.
Do they though?
Have you included babies, teenage Ugg Boot-wearing-girls and Nans in this survey Lynne?
Rethink things before you go making an offensive sweeping statement ok?
Do you get me; I'm just not sure what angle to take this from, so back to the drawing board I go.
Also, I'd just like to say that got a little bit of flack about not including Emos in the list of style tribes.
On Saturday, I saw a ginger Emo walking through town, spraying hairspray on his hair.
I think that's enough justification why I probably wont include them in the book.
P.S I've got nothing against gingers; I've got red hair myself, innit.
I have made a vow to stop swearing so much, so I'll let the t-shirt speak for itself.
P.S I've been told off before about taking mirror photos; "decreases the quality," "clean your mirror" etc so I am asking in advance not to have a go please.
I've been questioning this choice in picture for a while, mainly because of the SNIDEY spots you can see that I've got across the left side of my cheek.
(It's a mirror picture - it is my left)
So I kept this picture, unedited, spots'n'all.
You know what though, us 21-year-old chicks who have spots, it's not nice, but it's kind of like, it means we've got more shit to deal with in the morning than those blessed with flawless skin, we get on with it and we still lead pretty fly lives.
P.S I am in no way at all affiliated with the encouragement of having spots.
P.P.S If any incredible skin care company wants to sponsor me and clear my skin up a treat, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Aspirational-wise, Alexander Wang and at the moment, Burberry Prorsum. Attainable-wise, Vans and american apparel.
What is your favorite and least favorite trend? I don't care for boys in skinny jeans and pointed shoes.
Which kicks do you prefer ? Vans Authentic in white.
Name 3 celebrities whose style you admire? Samantha Ronson, MK/A.
What are your hobbies? Shopping, Intermeff, Blogging, Writing, Reading.
What is your favorite book? To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
Who is your favorite Superhero? Moz.
What is your dream car? I don't know very much about cars. I like my Mini.
Are you a Mac or a PC?
Blackberry or Iphone ?
iPhone. (It's lower case i, upper case P, by the way, author of this questionnaire)
What type of phone do you own?
What is your favorite movie? Of all time, I guess Forest Gump.
What is your favourite sport? Oh gosh, I don't really care for sports, but I guess football.
Who is your favourite artist? Of all time, I guess the Beatles
What is your favourite song right now? Let's take this back a few years; All is full of Love, Björk
Do you most often shop online, in department stores, or in boutiques? Please explain why. I get the odd item online, mainly eBay. I don't tend to shop in department stores, nor boutiques.
If you had to wear one outfit for a week. What would it be? I'm going to be boring; a sickly clean, oversized combed cotton white t-shirt, silver chains, black jeans and either a pair of white Vans or highhighhigh black heeled boots.
What impresses you about a person? Drive, confidence, humour.