30 Jul 2013


| Scarlett | Vintage Christian Dior sunglasses by Retrosun | 

| Verity | Vintage Persol sunglasses by Retrosun |

| Scarlett | Vintage Gianfranco Ferre sunglasses by Retrosun | Silk pyjama jacket Topshop Boutique | Turtleneck crop top American Apparel | Silk blue skirt Topshop Boutique | Studded high heel sandals Topshop |

| Verity | Vintage Paloma Picasso sunglasses by Retrosun | Silk jacket Topshop | Shirt Topshop | Skirt Queen Khan | Bracelet Moth | Vintage rings | 

| Scarlett | Vintage Nina Ricci sunglasses by Retrosun |

| Verity | Vintage Missoni sunglasses by Retrosun |

At the risk of sounding redundant; here in the UK, sunglasses are no longer a necessity when it comes to serving their initial purpose, [were they ever?], but to act as a statement piece in any style conscious's wardrobe.
 Suddenly it's become socially acceptable to don your sunny-g's come rain or shine, with people opting to wear them season after season, even, dare we suggest, indoors.

Whether you see yourself as a veteran of the 1950's cat-eye calibre, or a slave to the bug-eyed lenses from way back; there's a pair out there for everyone, it's just finding them that renders most of us vulnerable, to the ever challenging task of shopping for sunglasses.

Retrosun are a brand whose aim it is to source out and style us in the most desired vintage, designer sunglasses available; from Dior to YSL, and still in pristine condition, our eyes have never looked so good.

They're even offering you the reader an additional 30% off when you enter the code OCEXC30 at the checkout.

Treat yourself.

www.retrosun.co.uk |

16 Jul 2013

American Apparel.

| Scarlett | Halter Leotard c/o American Apparel | Wide-legged Pleat Chiffon Pant [port] c/o American Apparel |

| Verity | Plaid Chiffon Oversized button up American Apparel | Wide-legged Pleat Chiffon Pant [port] c/o American Apparel |

| Scarlett | Ponte Gloria V skater Dress c/o American Apparel | Fisherman's Pullover [dark grey + primary flecks] American Apparel |

| Verity | Fisherman's pullover [natural] | High waist jean cuff short [dark wash] c/o American Apparel | Unisex leather belt [bright red/gold] American Apparel | 

When a parcel arrives at your door decorated in the unmistakable 'city print' of American Apparel, you're bound to get a little excited.
Containing a bountiful offering of some of AA's signature pieces, including cotton soft denim, plunging mesh necklines and those lustful wide-legged chiffon trousers; we think we'll have some trouble deciding who's wearing what and when.

 A little generosity certainly does go a long way.

| Photographer | Sophie Allen |

11 Jul 2013

the xx

In no way, shape or form would we consider ourselves to be connoisseurs of music.
Quite often you'll find that whatever Verity has listened to, Scarlett has not, and whatever Verity does listen to, it's usually the same thing for days on end until it becomes monotonous. Cyril Hahn?

That doesn't mean to say we don't have an admirable degree of taste when it comes to music; we are actually in agreement on most things. Hence the reason why, when Verity scored tickets to see The xx at the Ritz on Tuesday night, we mutually agreed to share the event with you.

Verity: "I've not been on vacation for a while, but I still remember what it feels like to step off an economy flight into an invisible wall of sweltering heat; which is exactly the sensation I felt walking into the Ritz. Straight to the bar, it would seem that tap water has never tasted so good. Considering this gig to be one of the most stationary I have ever been to, I did emerge at the end - what's the polite term for dripping in sweat - perspirationally-challenged?

 However, back to the point in question, The xx.
Currently taking up residency in Manchester; the trio are here as part of the first ever Manchester International Festival; playing a series of intimate shows to a crowd of up to no more than 60 people, as well as a more commercial show, for those unfortunate enough not to lay their hands on those tickets, namely moi.

Every component of that show however, no matter how minor, made the entire experience feel intimately enticing. From Oliver Sim's caramel coated, sultry vocals and perfectly choreographed sways with his bass guitar, to Romy Madley Croft's genuine and emotionally adorned lyrical declarations; every bit of eye contact between themselves, at times, felt incredibly personal. As though we were intruders, observing what should have been a seemingly private love affair and thereafter break up. If that is how the atmosphere hangs in a room filled with over 250 people, then I can only begin to imagine what those 60 must encounter.

With a setlist of songs about heartbreak; the music switched from sinister to beautiful to despairing, a melting pot of melodious emotions, which captivated the audience, exactly the way in which they were intended. Even the visual displays prompted photo opportunity after photo opportunity; backed by elaborate, effulgent lighting, the threesome were often cast into a black shadow, perfectly timed to whatever sentiment filled the room. Genius also, the way in which they reworked some of their more popular material; at one point remixing 'Chained' with Artful Dodger's 'Movin' too fast'.

The way they individually and collectively perform with such ease and precision; even Jamie Smith (Jamie xx) with his swift exchanges over synths and percussion, prompts me to suggest that their live sounding and performance varies so little to their prerecorded work. Born theatrical performers, as well as immensely talented musicians.

With Jamie xx taking centre stage and showing just what he's capable of with a DJ set on Friday at Gorilla; if you haven't seen The xx yet, then at some point during the near future, please do"

[ Images c/o Anna Boulton | Lauren Kelly | Emily Bromley | Steven Stafford ]