'90s Suburbia - a digital mood board

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Lately I've been channelling a new aesthetic phase which I like to call '90s Suburbia. It's result of my previously documented Dawson's Creek obsession. It's comprised of '90s denim, pale blue and grey tones, a short(er) haircut,  white picket fences and suburban lakes. I've spent the week in Paris which has resulted in some gorgeous pictures of Lola and I, shot by Sky, which I think really capture the summery '90s vibe. 


The clothes in the first few seasons of Dawson's creek are a beautiful mix of blue denim and simple prints. I'm also a fan of Jen Lindly's short blonde locks.

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J Crew advert 1998 (via)
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Before you know it I'll be on some boat on the East coast of America rowing down a creek in dungarees. More photos from Paris soon to come.

-Lexi xo


Saturday, 20 June 2015

As a post exam treat, I took the liberty of doing a therapeutic binge order on Amazon of books. I always read a lot in the Summer. New-found spare time and the constant commutes out and about means it just makes sense to read more. I just finished 1984, which was incredible and I've got a review of the play coming soon. I bought an eclectic mix with everything from classics to YA novels, a book on feminism and even a collectors item from my favourite TV show, Fringe. I will make sure to document my progress over the Summer and let you know my opinions on each!


Death and The Penguin by Andrev Kurkov
I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Opposite Of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Fringe 'September's Notebook' 
Fringe 'The Zodiac Paradox' by Christa Faust
Why We Took The Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

My to-read list is ever-growing, so please do share your recommendations in the comments!

-Lexi xo

2 YEARS OF BLOGGING - What I've learnt

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Today marks the second year since my first ever outfit post, which is where this blog truly began. I want to start this anniversary celebration by saying thank you. For reading, watching, commenting and (hopefully) enjoying my content, thank you! The blogging community is filled with such creative and insightful people and I find it amazing that I'm able to talk to you all everyday. I've made internet friends all over the world, but I have to give a special mention to my fellow teen bloggers who are the best people to turn to if you need a pen pal or fashion inspiration.

I also want to mention that this is only the beginning. It's been a great two years, but I plan to keep this up  for a while. This blog has sort of become central to my existence, and we've got so much more to come.

A feature from earlier this year in the French magazine GeoAdo
To kick it off, I want to talk about honesty and integrity. Companies are always partnering with bloggers and this can create some amazing collaborations. Most companies will offer you something in return for content, but some want you to produce things for nothing. Although I'm all for building a portfolio of work, it's important not to be taken advantage of as a blogger - your content is worth something. Then there's the controversial matter of sponsorships and free products. I'll admit, when you're offered free things it's really tempting to accept. But I've learnt that being honest with your audience is absolutely key in terms of being a trustworthy author. I have turned down products which I'm not interested in, or don't think are good enough to post about because I work hard on this blog, and I want you to trust me. That doesn't mean I'm not open to 'free' things, but I think it's important to be selective about what you think is good and what is relevant to your blog.

From 'Do Kids Read Books Anymore?'

I'm really pleased with the development of my content this year. Not only have I changed over these two years, but in turn this blog has too.  I'm still very much interested in fashion, but I love how my content has been able to reach new areas, with everything from Do Kids Read Books Anymore? to The Romance of The Pre-Digital age. Although this blog began with outfit posts, I've now developed as a writer and content creator. I like writing about art, culture, current affairs as well as showing my outfits and photography. I've also developed a real passion for film making. My youtube channel is growing more and more every day, and I'm pretty proud of the last few vlog/short film style videos I've made. I know I have a lot to learn, and it's always a work in progress but I plan to keep trying, building and growing.

The opportunities I've had in the last year have been great. I attended fashion week, press days, exhibitions and more. This little space on the internet has opened a door for me to the world of creativity and journalism, and I can't wait for the future.

Thank you again, Lexi Likes readers. Here's to another great one.

-Lexi xo

The Color Run

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The cumulative energy of thousands dancing to booming pop music was electric. The second the beat dropped, the sky exploded in colour. Vibrant powder filled the air, creating an enchanting cloud of pink, blue and yellow. This was the gleeful celebration of The Color Run. 

I'm not a sporty person, but when my friend Julia suggested we run around Wembley Stadium whilst floating through clouds of colour, I couldn't resist. 

We entered as a team - named 'Dye Me A River' - and went all out with face paint and glitter. Every kilometre, we were dosed in colourful powder and everyone was cheering and smiling. It had such a happy atmosphere.

By the end of it we were human rainbows. The best part was the Finish Festival. Sarah (left), Lily (right) and I went into the crowd and danced to cheesy pop music in anticipation of one of the famous 'colour throws'. You can see the magical outcome of this in my vlog below.

It was a great experience and The Color Run are partnered with NSPCC, so the money goes to a good cause! If you want to sign up to one near you, check out their website HERE.

#ColourMeHappy couldn't be more true.

-Lexi xo

The Romance of the Pre-Digital Age

Sunday, 31 May 2015

My half term has consisted of revising for my end of year exams, which begin on Monday, and binge watching '90s teen shows. It is the latter which has made me wonder what we're missing out on by living in this extraordinary Digital Age. I have no intention of being hypocritical, I love the Digital Age and live and work on it every day.  But watching countless episodes of Dawson's Creek has made me a bit nostalgic for the times before themed instagram accounts and facebook stalking. Although I'm not a '90s kid', I grew up in the 2000s, which believe it or not, weren't that far behind, or ahead, depending on your perspective. My early childhood still consisted of cassette tapes, VHS videos and cartoons, and over the past week I've become nostalgic for those days. So I thought I'd compile a list of the stark contrasts between the '90s and today's digital age, from the perspective of my half term sofa experience.

1. My phone knows more about me than my friends and family

It records where I go, who I'm talking to, how likely I am to click on an ad, which blogs I read, what route I take to school and even my plans for the weekend. Like most people, I am utterly dependent on this metal brick - it is my window to the universe. It has come to the point where I feel unsafe if I leave the house without it. Another concern I have is a phone provides people with an easy escape in social situations. If you're at an event where you don't know anyone, it's so easy to sit in a corner and scroll through your twitter feed instead of being bold enough to go and talk to someone new. It gives us an easy way out of life's awkward situations instead of forcing us to confront them.

2. Listening to music on Spotify isn't that special

Spotify is wonderful, I know. But I stand by my favourite way of listening to music - vinyl. Despite its pretentious hipster connotations, I really love listening to records. It feels to me much more authentic, especially tracks that were recorded before my time. I just feel that I'm listening to them the way they are meant to be heard.

3. We don't have to leave the house for anything

Video stores have shut down, even DVDs are seen as old fashioned and we can get pretty much any food or item delivered to our door at a click of a mouse. Digital kid confession time: Excluding some weekend trips as a young child, I've never had to go to a library. Any research for school I can do on the internet and I can order books straight to my door from amazon. I also have to fess up being a sofa bear, working on my laptop and connecting with the world but sometimes feeling guilty that I'm not out there actually in it. Clearly it's a blessing in many ways, but I'm kind of sad the '90s pastime of going to rent a movie no longer exists.

4. Film photography

I love the artistic challenge of taking photos on film. I have a DSLR camera which I use regularly for my blog (the photos in this post were taken with it) which is beautiful, so I am overwhelmingly a digital photographer. But I also love the mystery of film. Whether it's a Boots disposable or my 35mm Diana mini, there is something special about shooting on film. And it's a lot more challenging too!

5. Have I got the balance right?

I currently spend hours looking at pretty pictures on instagram and tumblr. I wonder if I should spend some of those hours actually going out and taking some more myself. 

I know there's a lot to be thankful for in terms of technology. I love being part of this Digital Age, and I'm an active participant in it. But a week immersed in '90s TV - as unrealistic and romantic as it made life seem - has made me wonder whether, despite all the advantages of living in this age of wonderful technology, have I been missing out on something?

-Lexi xo

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House of Fraser Press Day - AW15

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Last Thursday, I headed down to Baker Street after school to see House of Fraser's new collections for Autumn/Winter. The people were very friendly and they had some gorgeous pieces.

They had wonderful bags in lots of pastel and neutral tones.

I saw a lot of '70s inspired pieces, including this fabulous suede co-ord and striped wide leg trousers.

This DKNY bag has to be my favourite piece. Donna Karan never fails to create classic items with a modern, edgy twist.

 When it comes to my winter wardrobe, the perfect coat tends to be the hardest to find. I always struggle to find something new and original but the vast range of colours and textures at the press day meant I picked out at least three I would buy.

Menswear isn't something I talk about a lot, but I did have a peek at their new range. It was really diverse, and I couldn't resist this green bomber. The structured leather coat is lovely too.

The clothes were showcased in some flats above their offices which had a splendid view of London.

Thanks to House of Fraser for inviting me! If you're interested in any of these clothes, you can check out their website HERE .

-Lexi xo