Sunday, 1 January 2017

Looking Back and Moving Forward: 2016-17

2016 has been a busy one for me, but a quiet one for Sam Muses, since, when I wasn't off having my head shaved for some hair show or other, writing about everything from natural toothpaste to psychosis for the likes of Yahoo! Style and Woman & Home (not to mention watches for The Idle Man and musicals for Everything Theatre) conspired to keep me away from my garage door (a situation I do plan to rectify as soon as I can take my coat off outdoors without transforming into an ice sculpture)...

But in the interests of upholding tradition, here's a snapshot of my year...


2016 in 16. It was the year I...

  1. Did my first headstand.
  2. Finally got my braces off!
  3. Actually got paid for writing.
  4. Got my first undercut.
  5. Tried synchronised swimming (and managed to injure myself so badly during the land session that, 11 months later, I still haven't fully recovered!)
  6. But didn't let it stop me taking up ballet, tap and contemporary. 
  7. Or spending Valentine's Day swinging with a bunch of strangers (well, swing dancing).
  8. Aspired to dress like a Gucci girl every day - beret, pleats, ruffles, backless loafers, glasses and all...
  9. Refused to buy a top or dress that would actually keep my shoulders warm.
  10. Spent half the year working 9-5, shortly after declaring I didn't think I'd ever do it.
  11. Gave up refined sugar (for Lent, not for life)
  12. Ate more courgetti than actual spaghetti...
  13. More cauliflower rice than actual rice...
  14. And more ice cream made from mushed up frozen bananas than actual ice cream.
  15. Did the splits in mid-air.
  16. Fell in love with beetroot. 

2017: Resolutions

  1. Try parkour
  2. Try trampolining
  3. Publish written work in at least 2 new publications
  4. Act in a play or short film
  5. Learn to code
  6. Publish an outfit post a week
  7. Use a Bullet Journal

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Giving the Blues the Cold Shoulder...

Fell in love at first sight with this M&S Limited blouse last week... Piecrust collar, fluted sleeves, ribbon neck tie, cold shoulder detailing and ruffles? It's all a Gucci girl wannabe's dreams come true at once! And it's a lifesaver when you're pondering the big 'heatwave or washout' summer morning dressing dilemma...

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30 Jul 3

30 Jul 5
Blouse: Marks & Spencer, Skirt: Dorothy Perkins (Past Season), Shoes: New Look

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

How to Wear Summer Leather

With the weather cycling through all four seasons in one day this "summer", leather is looking like a positively sensible option... particularly when the prices of those M&S wrap skirts have been slashed in the sales... I'm wearing mine with an off-the-shoulder bardot top for a nod to the season.

Faux Leather Wrap Skirt, Bardot Top, Lace, Off the Shoulder, Midi, M&S, Marks & Spencer, How to Wear, Summer, Outfit Ideas, Style Inspiration, UK Fashion Blog, London Style Blogger, Sam Muses, SS16

15 July 9

15 July 5

15 July 7

15 July 1
Top: Unbranded (Past Season), Skirt: Marks & Spencer, Shoes: Tu at Sainsbury's


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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Like a Glove

Bardot frills + block-heeled ballerinas for £30 all in? Well, 'tis the season... Sadly, I didn't have the nerve to hold out for these oh-so-CĂ©line glove shoes to be reduced to their current price (harumph), but at least I saved £500 or so on the designer version. And at £13 full whack, you can't really argue with the price tag on this beaut off-the-shoulder midi dress now, can you? Until it's reduced to £3 next week, of course...

Bardot, Frills, Ruffles, Cold Shoulder, Midi Dress, Floral, Primark, Glove Shoes, Celine Dupes, Gold, Stradivarius, Sam Muses, UK Fashion Blog, London Style Blogger, SS16, How to Wear, Outfit Ideas, Style Inspiration

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9 July 2016

9 July 3
Dress: Primark, Shoes: Stradivarius


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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Lady and the Vamp: Two Ways to Wear the Frilled Blouse

If you've been here before, you'll know there are a few things which, try as I might, I just can't resist:

  1. A trend.
  2. A challenge.
  3. The impulse to wring at least two hundred looks out of every buy.

Full Length, Frilled Blouse, Yoke, Piecrust Collar, H&M, How to Wear, SS16, Outfit Ideas, Styling Inspiration, UK Fashion Blog, London Style Blogger, Sam Muses, Dorothy Perkins, Pleated Midi Skirt, Pastel Blue, Yellow Bag, Marks & Spencer, M&S, Backless Loafers, New Look, Nude, Leather Wrap Midi Skirt, Dupe, D-Ring, Faux, White Trainers, Faux Hawk, Undercut
L - Shirt: H&M, Skirt: Dorothy Perkins, Bag: Marks & Spencer, Shoes: New Look | R - Shirt: H&M, Skirt: Marks & Spencer, Shoes: New Look

Ergo, three more things I couldn't resist:

  1. This blouse (frilled yoke plus piecrust collar minus stuffy sleeves and schoolma'am vibes equals the perfect summer style equation).
  2. The challenge to style a look around it in honour of H&M's collaboration with Man Repeller's Leandra Medine and Bloglovin' (for the chance to win one of the most exciting prize packages known to man, woman or child).
  3. The impulse to repeat the above. Because out or in? Paired with pleats 'n' pastels or pleather 'n' a faux hawk? Backless loafers or boxfresh kicks? Who can pick? And because my love of fashion is all about the endless possibilities it presents - it's never so much "what goes with this?" as "who do I want to be today?". This shirt's frilly feminine wiles chime perfectly with the calf-skimming midis I've long held a special place in my heart on my hanging rail for. But even with skirt length sorted, the big question: to embrace or subvert those ladylike charms? still remains. And, frankly, that's not a choice I'm prepared to make. Ever. Having a secret identical twin and/or a little human cloning know-how (shhh) helps. Or at least some rudimentary Photoshop skills.

Close-Up, Frilled Blouse, Yoke, Piecrust Collar, H&M, How to Wear, SS16, Outfit Ideas, Styling Inspiration, UK Fashion Blog, London Style Blogger, Sam Muses, Dorothy Perkins, Pleated Midi Skirt, Pastel Blue, Yellow Bag, Marks & Spencer, M&S, Backless Loafers, New Look, Nude, Leather Wrap Midi Skirt, Dupe, D-Ring, Faux, White Trainers, Faux Hawk, Undercut
L - Shirt: H&M, Skirt: Dorothy Perkins, Bag: Marks & Spencer | R - Shirt: H&M, Skirt: Marks & Spencer

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