British Summer In The City

British Summer Outfit In The City
British Summer Outfit In The City
British Summer Outfit In The City

Hello from my hometown of Bristol. Apologies for the lack of blog and Instagram posts last week but the last ten days have been some of the worst of my whole life. I received some devastating news about someone very close to me, which meant taking a last minute plane back to the UK from Canada. I don’t think I am quite ready to speak about this in depth but I am sure I will one day so please bear with me. But, when tragedy strikes, as it does in someone’s personal life every day, sometimes all we can do is try to bring a sense of normality to our life and for me that is creating outfits and writing about them.

I call this look “British Summer In The City”. Although it has been absolutely glorious for most of the last week or so here in the UK, with temperatures reaching well above 25 degrees (pass me the fan!), most of the time British summer weather is rather up and down. One minute the sun is shining and the next minute a cloud covers it and it can feel rather chilly once again. So getting dressed can be quite a challenge, never knowing what Mr Weatherman might throw at us that day or how much skin we should bare.


WHITE DENIM SHORTS: VINTAGE (SIMILAR VIA ASOS & ASOS) | SHIRT: SECONDHAND | SHOES: NIKE | BAG: VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES: VINTAGE | EARRINGS: VINTAGE


British Summer Outfit In The City
British Summer Outfit In The City
British Summer Outfit In The City

Enter the shorts and long sleeve shirt combination – the perfect British summer outfit for a sunny afternoon in the city of Bristol, showing just enough skin to keep me cool but not feeling overexposed in this lovely loose fitting shirt. To be honest, I have no qualms with wearing short shorts and a cami on a hot British summer day spent in the city – when it’s hot, it’s hot and I think we need to wear whatever we want to feel comfortable. But for those days of unpredictable weather or for those of you who prefer to keep the skin bearing for holidays only, this look is a great compromise.

If you read my last outfit post on WHITE JEANS, you will not be surprised to see the first outfit styled from my “home wardrobe” features this amazing pair of white denim cut off shorts. I am so happy to be reunited with them, as they are a great alternative from the usual blue ones, and are definitely coming back to Montreal with me. I bought this white shirt off a friend in Paris but have never gotten round to styling it properly, until now. To create an interesting silhouette, I tucked it into the shorts on one side – and this ensures people know I was wearing shorts as this shirt is at that awkward length that could leave people guessing!

British Summer Outfit In The City
British Summer Outfit In The City

I really like this simple white look. Recently I have been enjoying putting together relatively basic outfits, leaving the cut, styling and, most importantly, the accessories, to do the talking. This vintage tan leather cat bag is another item with which I have been reunited in England and I bloody love it. I bought it years ago in Paris for €5 just because I love cats but have never really worn it. It adds a touch of fun to the outfit and its colour is a nice contrast to the all white ensemble and compliments my beloved red Nike Cortez perfectly. I finished off the look with a red lip, my round beige sunglasses and these oval gold hoops. I'm getting more and more into earrings as it's such a simple way of updating an outfit and these are one of the most recent additions to my growing statement earring collection.

Wow that felt good to get back in the blogging game and write some nonsense about fashion! My next post will probably be next week because I am going to a spa in Devon today and then…I’M GOING THE GLASTONBURY! That’s right, I somehow managed to secure myself a last minute Glastonbury ticket so I’ll be heading down to Worthy Farm for the eighth time on Friday and I cannot wait! Make sure to follow my adventures over on INSTAGRAM @izziehardy – business is back up and running – and thank you for reading ☺

British Summer Outfit In The City

The Highs & Lows Of Wearing White Jeans

Wearing white jeans
Wearing white jeans
Wearing white jeans

After years of searching and a recent surge of high street versions that simply do not fit me, I have finally found a pair of white jeans. Imagine my joy when I popped into a local vintage shop to see a pair of white Levi’s 501 jeans in my size hanging out like a dream come true amongst the small selection of denim. So, I’m supposed to be on a spending ban but when the fashion gods land such a miracle right in your lap, it’s impossible to resist. As I said, I have been searching for the perfect white jeans for years – no exaggeration – so I was not about to walk away from a pair in the ultimate vintage cut of jeans and hence sentencing myself to more years of searching.

I must admit, when I first tried them on I was hesitant. There are so many reasons why one should not buy white jeans. Although they are easy to style, they are hard to wear - you have to know that it won’t rain or you won’t accidentally sit in something or spill tea down yourself, just to mention a few ways you might ruin your white jeans with a big, nasty stain. So wearing and buying white jeans is quite a commitment. Furthermore, for some reason, I think wearing white jeans takes some getting used to, especially if you not used to seeing your legs clad in such a bright and light colour. Even if they are perhaps only a tad lighter than your favourite blue jeans and even if the creases we are so used to appearing around our bum and crotch area in blue or black jeans are the same, somehow, white jeans look very different.

Wearing white jeans

WHITE JEANS: VINTAGE LEVI'S 501 | JACKET: VINTAGE RALPH LAUREN POLO (SIMILAR VIA ASOS) | SHOES: OLD ASOS (SIMILAR VIA CASTAÑER) | BAG: VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN


Wearing white jeans

As I said, styling-wise, I think white jeans are so easy. Perhaps that is because I have had years of imagining what to wear with them or that I have always taken inspiration from people wearing white trousers. But yeah, white jeans are as simple to style as black jeans and just as an all black outfit can look awesome with the right accessories, so can an all white look, which is the base of today’s outfit. I’m wearing a simple white t-shirt tucked into the white Levi’s jeans and quite frankly I could have thrown on some old black Converse and been pretty happy with the outfit. But instead, I wanted to jazz up this all-white base with some blocks of my current favourite colours for spring/summer.

Let’s start with the shoes. I picked up these beautiful yellow platform espadrille sandals (woah, what a mouthful) last summer and I am still so obsessed. Espadrilles are having a real moment right now; they are all over my Instagram in varying styles and I am definitely looking into buying another pair before the summer is up. Yellow is also a big colour this season and together with the complimenting sand colour of the espadrille platform, these shoes look just perfect with the white jeans and white t-shirt combo - even more so than with blue jeans and a white t-shirt, which is how I first styled them last year.

Wearing white jeans
Wearing white jeans
Wearing white jeans
Wearing white jeans

The orange denim jacket and pink bag are recent vintage finds, which I have struggled somewhat to inject into my daily outfits, until now. The orange jacket looks so much better with white jeans than blue or black – although navy blue trousers have served as a nice alternative – and I think that is because of the more neutral base and the white stitching in the jacket. I really love this jacket – it’s so different to wear such a bright summer jacket rather than the usual blue one and I am hoping to find more ways to make it work in my wardrobe (suggestions on a postcard, or ya know, in the comments below).

Similarly to white jeans, this pink bag was a bit of a risk, being made of a fine silk fabric and having a beautiful wicker handle I haven’t wanted to wear it on rainy days. Furthermore, as this bag has to be carried either in hand or in the nook of the arm it makes it less practical than my usual choice of a backpack or cross body bag. Despite all this, the bag is so beautiful that couldn’t not buy it and although I had envisaged wearing it solely with monochrome outfits, I think it works really well with this clashing but complimentary blocks of yellow and orange.

I hope you like this bold but also quite simple outfit! Are you on the hunt for the perfect pair of white jeans? Check out my top high street picks below. Or perhaps you have been wearing white jeans for years? Let me know your highs and lows of wearing white jeans – I’d love to know! X

 

Wearing white jeans

The Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit

The Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit
The Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit
The Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit

TWO PIECE: VINTAGE | SHOES: OLD ASOS (SIMILAR VIA CASTAÑER) | CLUTCH: VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES: VINTAGE (SIMILAR VIA MONKI)


It’s that time of year again – wedding season is a go and even though I don’t have a wedding to attend (actually I did last Friday but I couldn’t get the time off to go back to England), I wanted to share this alternative wedding guest outfit anyway. Because it is pretty bloody awesome, if I do say so myself! I think that weddings and summer occasion dressing in general are a great opportunity to get creative with styling and I will rise to the challenge every time to find something quirky yet still me. Last year, my alternative summer wedding outfit comprised of a simple Zara denim shirtdress, yellow espadrille platform sandals and a straw clutch bag, which I wore to Lewis’ sister’s wedding. I got so many compliments and felt super comfortable in the loose dress – meaning I could consume much more of the delicious food than my stomach could really handle! I’m certainly not knocking the usual dress and heels combo that we commonly think of for wedding guest attire but as I do not get to go to many fancy parties, I would want to go all out and wear something rather special.

As time goes on, I am becoming more and more obsessed with suits, co-ords and anything that matches, so much so that I have a Pinterest board totally dedicated to this kind of styling. What I love about a two-piece is how easy it is to look put-together but you don’t actually have to think too much about styling because most of it is done for you! Furthermore, I think jumpsuits and playsuits are also a great alternative for a wedding dress outfit but I struggle to find ones that fit (do I have an abnormally long body? – I don’t think so!) so if I can get that all-in-one look with the comfort of a co-ord then it’s a win in my eyes.

The Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit
The Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit
The Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit
The Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit

I think the shape of this two-piece is so flattering, much more so than it looked on the hanger. The top nips in slightly at the waist and then skims out over the hips, coming to the perfect length and in turn complimenting my hourglass shape. I also love the wide leg of the trousers – it looks great and makes the whole ensemble a bit more relaxed. Plus it covers all bases weather-wise, which is necessary if you live in an unpredictable climate like here in Montreal or are not counting on British summer time to bring good weather. Making trousers (or a jumpsuit) part of your wedding guest outfit gives that all important coverage if it happens to fall on a chillier day and the loose cut means you won’t get too hot if the sun does decide to shine. I do always like to be prepared for all weather eventualities.

The Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit
The Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit

Navy and white is a pretty easy colour palette to work with when it comes to accessorising this outfit. Due to my recent love for pairing primary colours, I chose yellow as my third key colour, although I think fuchsia pink, hot red or a complimenting pastel blue would look equally incredible. I wore these ASOS yellow sandals to a wedding last year and they were so comfy! In my eyes there is not point tottering around in a pair of painful shoes all day, especially when dancing could be involved. I am not good with heels because I hardly ever get the chance to practice wearing them, so if you are the same I would definitely recommend opting for platforms to give that height we all crave to make us feel “dressed up”. Espadrilles are all the rage right now and add a nice summer touch to any outfit. To keep with the matchy matchy theme, I finished off the look with my adorable yellow bead bag and some white-rimmed sunglasses. The clutch goes perfectly with the shoes and the round form of the sunglasses compliments to the spots, both adding more retro elements to the already vintage vibe.

The Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit

What do you think of this alternative wedding guest outfit? I hope I have given you some inspiration if you are currently having a “what am I going to wear to their wedding?” stress! Let me know if you’ll be rocking something unusual – I would love to hear about your wedding looks! X

The Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit

The Perfect Road Trip Outfit

The perfect road trip outfit
The perfect road trip outfit
The perfect road trip outfit

T-SHIRT: SECONDHAND ZARA (SIMILAR LINKED) | TROUSERS: VINTAGE | SHOES: NIKE | WATCH: DANIEL WELLINGTON | SUNGLASSES: VINTAGE


I have just got back from a rather magical long weekend in New England where Lewis and I watched some great live music at Boston Calling, spent time with some of the most welcoming Americans I have ever met and, of course, did a lot of exploring. Every time we go on a trip, my appreciation for living abroad and lust for wandering grow even more and I am now mentally planning our next excursion, where it will be and when. Due to the lack of budget travel options here in North America, we have been embracing for the more time consuming yet more interesting option of driving to our chosen destination and therefore I have become rather practised in what to wear on a road trip. I think I have found the perfect road trip outfit and this is what I wore on both legs of the drive.

These photos were shot in the beautiful seaside town of Manchester-By-The-Sea, which I am sure you have all heard of because of the film (Casey Affleck scandal aside, I still absolutely adore this film). I am so glad we managed to take a trip to the coast – we had originally planned this for the way down but it pissed it down all day on Thursday (excuse my French). So, being just an hour north of Boston, we decided to spend a lovely Sunday morning in the picturesque Manchester-By-The-Sea, shooting these photos, exploring and lunching, before setting off on the long drive back to Montreal. I absolutely love how they came out. Even though I love urban shoot locations, it is always nice to switch things up, especially when the outfit works so well with the backdrop.

The perfect road trip outfit
The perfect road trip outfit
The perfect road trip outfit

Dressing for travelling – especially something as long as an 8-hour road trip – always means wanting to be comfortable. Although it may be tempting to throw on leggings and an old shirt and be done with it, it can be possible to travel comfortably in style (I hate sentences like that but this is the essence of this post!). I recently picked up these navy blue cigarette trousers in a vintage shop and they are SO comfy. They fit my shape so well with their loose but not too loose leg shape and perfect high waist that they are as comfortable as wearing leggings! (Except if you eat too many car snacks and have to undo the top button, but that is my prerogative ;))

I paired them with this boxy, oversized stripe t-shirt, which is a second hand Zara find. I love how the tee hangs out over the very high waist of the trousers, creating a put together but casual look that still looks just as good when you arrive at your destination hours and hours after getting dressed. So even if you feel gross at least you will have an air of road trip chic.

The perfect road trip outfit
The perfect road trip outfit

Being still obsessed with red and blue together, I finished off the look with some red accents – my new red Nike Cortez and a red lip. These add a nice pop of colour to this rather blue outfit but more importantly (?) these trainers are so comfortable! They are perfect for wearing on a long road trip, for popping out of the car for any spontaneous roadside exploration – hiking in a national park or simply scoffing ice cream at the Ben & Jerry’s factory – and you’ll feel like you’re walking on sponge doing it. I also love the retro feel they bring to this outfit, which has a sixties French air about it (if I do say so myself), finished off like a dream with these super round white rimmed sunglasses – a slight alternative to the Kurt Cobain style ones that are currently splashed all over Instagram.

I really hope you have enjoyed this post – these are some of my favourite images we have shot in a while and it was so fun to bring fashion and travel together in one post to show you what I wear on a long American road trip. Happy travels!

The perfect road trip outfit



Velvet Embroidered Slip Ons

Velvet embroidered slip on shoes by L'Intervalle
Velvet embroidered slip on shoes by L'Intervalle

SHIRT: VINTAGE | JEANS: VINTAGE LEVI'S 501 | SHOES: L'INTERVALLE (in store only)| SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN | BAG: VINTAGE


Say hello to the most beautiful (and, ahem, most expensive) pair of shoes I have ever owned. They’re velvet, they’re embroidered and embellished and they’re slip on, a style I have not ventured into until now. I recently made a vow to myself that I would take more risks when it comes to shoe purchases and that has been more all the more possible with the discovery of Montreal based shoe brand, L’Intervalle (#notsponsored #imjustobsessed). I had been eyeing up their ever growing collection for months, saving my birthday money until I could invest in the perfect pair for spring/summer and I finally took the plunge a couple of weeks ago and bought this gorgeous pair of slip ons.

Ever since moving to Canada back in September, I have not been particularly enthused by what their high street has to offer – and European brands are very expensive here – so I have been opting for vintage items more and more. So I was thrilled to find a local brand that I could champion and I am honestly addicted to their Instagram, always looking out to see what they bring out next. Admittedly, their shoes aren’t cheap – these babies cost close to 200 Canadian dollars, which is around £120. Actually that isn’t too bad – my problem is that I just consider the actually number rather than the exchange rate – anyway, I don’t regret it because I’m in love.

Velvet embroidered slip on shoes by L'Intervalle

As I have never owned a pair of slip ons before, I decided to keep the outfit simple for their first outing and I really like it. The understated colour palette lets the shoes do the talking and the frayed hem of the jeans brings your eyes down to the shoes immediately. Not that they really need something to help catch your eye, with their navy blue velvet base, intricate colourful embroidery and little mirror embellishments, they really are a statement. These beautiful shoes remind me so much of Aladdin’s slippers because of the pointed toe and general oriental style of the pattern. But I am totally ok with wearing shoes that look like slippers, especially when they are this beautiful. Did I say beautiful enough yet?!

Velvet embroidered slip on shoes by L'Intervalle
Velvet embroidered slip on shoes by L'Intervalle

As I said, the base of this outfit is pretty simple. I am a huge fan of a blue jeans/white t-shirt or shirt combo and adding some statement accessories to keep things interesting. Obviously L’Intervalle’s beautiful shoes did most of the work here but I decided to go one step further by picking up on the red and yellow in the embroidery and adding a bright red lip and yellow mini bag. How cute is this bag? Of course it’s completely impractical size-wise and I totally had another bag with me but it’s great for keeping all the essentials in and will be the perfect clutch for any summer parties I may get invited to. Is anyone throwing a party? I need an excuse to use my adorable new bag you see 😉

I hope you have enjoyed seeing photos of my new velvet embroidered slip ons as much as I enjoy wearing and staring at them (really, this does happen). Typically – the one time I’m not wearing vintage - they don’t seem to be available online but you should definitely check out L’Intervalle’s gorgeous shoe and boot collection. There is something for everyone, from classic black boots and beautifully coloured slides to crazy patterned slippers, floral boots and much more! Even though L'Intervalle is a Montreal based brand, as their shoes are actually made in Europe I believe shipping shouldn't be too expensive for you European readers out there! So, go treat yourself and thank me later X

Velvet embroidered slip on shoes by L'Intervalle