I had a couple of little deliveries this morning, with products from my favourite clothing brand, Black Milk Clothing, and I’m so happy with what I bought that I wanted to share them!

black milk wallpaper octo

The main pieces I want to talk about are the Reversible Crop ($45 AUD) and Shorties ($50 AUD) from Black Milk in the Wallpaper Octo print from their Lady Anarchy Halloween collection.

You won’t have realised from my blog yet that I am a MASSIVE fan of Black Milk, so much so that I’m a ‘Sharkie’ and part of their massive online community. But that’s a story for another day – back to my mini haul…

I’ll be honest and say that this years Halloween collection from Black Milk is, in my opinion, their weakest in recent years. Based around a story they created of ‘Lady Anarchy’, it takes it’s main influence from steam punk. Which is great, but I was hoping for a bit more of a horror theme. Oh well, at least my bank account didn’t suffer. It is nice to see the return of the collectible postcards with orders though!

black milk wallpaper octo

Image from www.blackmilkclothing.com

Saying that, there were  few pieces I loved, mainly the Octo Wallpaper pieces, which arrived this morning. I love wallpaper prints, and purchased the black and white versions Black Milk previously released. The Octo is a beautiful deep emerald green, with a subtle ombre effect, and the wallpaper print features little octopuses with swords (or spears? I’m not sure). And the styles they were available in, the reversible crop and shorties are two of my favourites, both are really versatile and easy to style. These are even nicer in real life than I thought they’d be. You’ll definitely see these in OOTD type posts from me soon!

black milk wallpaper octo

I also received today a pair of shoes from the Black Milk collaboration with Solestruck, the Kristy flat pump in I Eat Mice (black snakeskin) fabric. I got the smallest size available, and they fit like a dream! They were reduced from $124.95 USD to $14.97 and came without customs, I can’t believe my luck! I just wish I’d bought the other patterns too.

black milk solestruck kristy

The I Eat Mice have sold out, but the Kristy shoe is still available in Burned Velvet (which I’ve just ordered) at $22.97 USD. Get them while you can!

I do stilll have a few more Lady Anarchy pieces on my wishlist; the Burned Velvet Damask 3/4 sleeve crop ($50 AUD), the Spellbound reversible skater dress ($85 AUD) and the Bucked Bolero ($70 AUD).

I’d love to hear what other people thought of the Lady Anarchy Halloween collection? What did you buy?

L xx

All photos my own unless otherwise stated.

This afternoon, mid retail therapy, Luisa of Eat Sleep Luisa Repeat and I stumbled upon a (very quiet) launch celebration for Skinnydip London‘s new collaboration with Fox and The Simpsons. There wasn’t a lot going on – there were free Krispy Kreme doughnuts (I’m not one to turn down food when it’s on offer!), a photobooth and an Instagram competition.


But the focus of this post isn’t the event – it’s the products. And they were pretty good. Simpsons collaborations aren’t exactly rare – one of my favourite brands, Drop Dead had a great Itchy & Scratchy collection not too long ago (you can still buy a few of the pieces online), and Living Dead Clothing have announced that their Halloween collection includes licensed Treehouse of Horrors pieces. Skinnydip have chosen Krusty, exclusively, to feature on their products.

I really love that, in this collaboration, Skinnydip have retained their identity – the products are easily recognisable as Skinnydip. There’s the trademark oversized silicone phone case, this time in the shape of a ‘Krusty Shake‘ (£16) and clear plastic phone case (£14) / backpack (£35)/ cosmetics bag (£16) with an all over Krusty print.


One of Skinnydips most popular pieces, the drinks cup cross body bag, has been reinvented as a pink glittery ‘Krusty Shake‘ (£32).


Top of my wishlist though are two pieces which are a little different. There’s the adorable pink coin purse (£14) emblazoned with Krusty’s face and a tassled zip.

krustypurseAnd there’s the KrustyO’s embroidered pouch (£30). Really bright and colourful, with interesting textures (it features embroidery, glitter and suedette) – this bag would really add something to an otherwise plain outfit.


What do you think of the collaboration? Will you be buying anything?

L xx

As part of the Regent Street Fashion and Design Month, the Karl Lagerfeld store on Regent Street held a lovely VIP evening, with a champagne reception and presentation of the key pieces across both menswear and womenswear for AW15.


As well as my usual companions, Luisa-Christie of Eat Sleep Luisa Repeat and Lauren of Saharasplash, and our non blogger friend Lizzy (who now wants to blog, haha!), I had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Caz of Style Lingua. We had a great time, trying on cat themed accessories and glam coats, and we were treated to a little Karl Lagerfeld goodie bag each.

One of the things I love about Karl Lagerfeld as a brand is its longevity. Each season, recognisable Karl details are kept which run throughout the ranges; silhouettes of Karl’s face hidden (or not so hidden!) within patterns, zip detailing, leather trims… There are also key pieces which are reinvented for each season – as an example, for men there is always a black skinny jean and a sharp white shirt, for women there is always a fitted leather jacket and a black biker boot with chain detail. You can definitely see hints of Chanel here and there – there’s plenty of boucle and quilting!


The Karl style is timeless yet still manages to remain current – I’m confident that I could invest in a piece and it wouldn’t date, I could wear it to death. When you consider that, the pricing is actually quite reasonable – in line with upper end high street retailers such as Reiss and Karen Millen.

I left wanting pretty much everything in the store – it all fits my style perfectly. The pieces are so versatile – they can be dressed up or down (in my case obviously down!). The colours for this season are predominantly black and a gorgeous grungey olive, with the occasional piece in navy, grey or burgundy. My ideal colour palette.


The brand also has a playful side – we all know how much Karl loves his cat, Choupette, right? I fell completely in love with the Choupette In Love range of accessories – the story behind the range is cute and features Choupette and her new boyfriend, Bad Boy!


Top of my wishlist is the knitted Choupette Beanie at £45…


The Choupette Cats Love Clutch at £115…


And some gorgeous mirrored sunglasses at £99.

I’m not sure if I’m glad I went to the event – I now have a new brand to add to my list of favourites, but I think my bank balance may suffer!

L xx

All photos my own.

Last night I attended my first ever Cosmo Fash Fest. If you aren’t aware of it, it’s five fashion events held across five consecutive days at five different venues in London.

Fash Fest opened with The Lingerie Show on Monday 14th September, held at One Marylebone – a gorgeous Grade 1 Listed building refurbished to the original design of Sir John Soane.


Obviously the main attraction of the night was the catwalk show (I was lucky enough to be seated in the front row, but at too awkward an angle to get any good photos!) featuring lingerie from brands including Ted Baker, Freya, Ultimo, Next, Figleaves, H&M, George and Evans.

One thing I liked about the show was the selection of models. Most were tall and lean, but there were a couple of gorgeously curvy ladies.


I’d never really paid much attention to the brands on show (I’m an Ann Summers girl, or Agent Provocateur if I’m out to impress) but I’m now lusting after lingerie sets by Babeappeal (gorgeous lace with gold accents) and Ultimo (sexy black lace with wet look trims) after seeing them on the catwalk.


Before the catwalk show started we were treated to a performance by Rae Morris. As well as her hit song ‘Love Again’, Rae performed ‘Don’t Go’, a song she dedicated to breast cancer awareness organisation CoppaFeel. Now, CoppaFeel deserves a post all of their own, so I won’t mention them too much now, but I was very moved by the video accompanying ‘Don’t Go’, and a pre-performance talk given by Kris Hallenga – a breast cancer survivor and founder of CoppaFeel.


CoppaFeel had their own photobooth style area on the first floor of the venue, where several brands had stands, as well as there being a bar and various treatments on offer. Oh and delicious canapes.

The Freya stand was possibly the busiest, as not only were they holding bra fittings (you guessed it, I’ve been wearing the wrong size!), they were holding a prize draw and giving away goodie bags with beautiful knickers inside. I received a lacy pair in the most gorgeous green.


Other notable stands were those from Ted Baker (who actually had very little lingerie on show but who were giving out goodie bags with Ted Baker eau de toilette inside) and Tutti Rouge.


Tutti Rouge aren’t a brand I’d ever heard of. And having previously thought I was a C cup, I would have walked straight past if I hadn’t just had my Freya bra fitting! Not only was their stand eye catching, with a beautiful ‘can can’ (I think!?) dancer dishing out pick & mix, but they were holding a competition to guess how many knickers were in a vase.

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The lingerie itself was absolutely beautiful, really feminine and colourful. I’m definitely going to be purchasing the pastel yellow and pink Tallulah Sunshine set (bra £35 and Brazilian style briefs £16)! Tutti Rouge lingerie ranges in size from 38-38 DD-HH. Definitely my discovery of the night!



I obviously had to have one of the manicures on offer from Barry M, using their Sunset Daylight Curing range of polishes and top coat. I wasn’t aware of the range before the event, and was interested to hear from my nail technician that the polishes and top coat are a special formulation to mimic the effect of gel polish, but they don’t need a UV lamp or special remover. I went for a beautiful greige with a hint of purple called ‘Dark Side of the Shroom’.

I also had a little bit of contour applied by a Barry M make up artist, and my hair curled by Kate of Ruby Rouge Make Up, who was working the hair bar using Lee Stafford products.

Tickets to The Lingerie Show were priced at £35 which included a lovely goodie bag. Each goodie bag had a random pair of knickers. I got some high leg briefs in size 14 from George. Since I’m a size 8 and don’t wear briefs, they’re going to a friend!


Each ticketholder received two free Zubrowska bison grass vodka cocktails and a glass of Gancia prosecco. Further cocktails were available at £5 each.


I had such a lovely evening and will definitely attend another Fash Fest in the future! If my diary wasn’t already crammed I’d have gone to them all this week – I’m actually hoping to fit another in, perhaps the Wrap Party on Friday 19th September.

Even if you can’t make it to any of the Fash Fest events, you can still participate in their Online Discount Shopping Day on Friday. Cosmopolitan will be offering one day only exclusive discounts on fashion and beauty brands – so make sure you check out the website on the day for all the info!

L xx

All photos my own.

This morning I stopped by the Anya Hindmarch pop up service station in Selfridges car park for a quick breakfast and to check out the Autumn Winter 2015 accessories collection. I rarely post about things this quickly but I had to share this now as it’s only on for one more day!


Located just inside the car park on the second floor (the entrance is via The Shoe Galleries), the pop up features a carwash style  ‘photobooth’ (complete with male models in wifebeaters ‘washing’ the car!), Little Chef snack bar and the opportunity to purchase personalised high-vis jackets.


I love Anya’s AW15 motorway inspired collection, it’s a little on the tacky side, with Little Chef logo’s, Tony the Tiger motifs and smiley faces, but it’s cool tacky – I love it! My favourites are the bags with dotwork smiley faces (cross bodies start at £495 – I like the £550 silver version) and the Have A Nice Day loose pocket (£145).


And the Little Chef tote is perfection! £1,450 though, ouch!

And how cool is this Eddie Stobart lorry snakeskin clutch?! (Way unaffordable for me though at £895!)


Most of all though I want a ‘Keep Your Distance’ clutch because I usually look way too approachable, haha! Again, at £895 it’s way out of my price range.



I did settle for a couple of the cute leather stickers though which I’ll use to personalise whatever I decide (I’ve been wanting to monogram a bag, and I think this is a cute way to do it!). Stickers are priced between £35 and £45.


As well as the AW15 accessories, exclusive merchandise for the pop up was available. I like the travel cups (£15) and the nodding dogs (£15).

There was even typical service station purchases such as condoms (£5), lighters (£5) and air fresheners (£10).


I was so tempted by the nodding dog for my car, look at how cute he is!


Before visiting I had been tempted to get one of the personalised high-vis jackets. But at £95, I couldn’t justify it. Especially as they aren’t actually Anya Hindmarch jackets, they just have a print on the back below whatever you personalise it with. Nevermind.

I did however grab a snack box from the Little Chef pit stop. They were free, and include two pastries, a muffin and a lollipop. Not a bad breakfast.

anyasnacksanyapastriesI didn’t have a photo in the photobooth, but the car was pretty cool!


This is what Anya herself had to  say about the pop up;

“I wanted to take the creativity of the LFW show directly to our customers in a fun and unexpected way. Doing a pop-up in the Selfridges car park felt so right given the autumn/winter 2015 collection was inspired by many hours driving on the M25! I always think fashion should make you smile so was keen to create a pop-up that was creative and stylish but also offered fun experiences for people –  a hot car wash photo booth, exclusive service station merchandise like condoms and nodding dogs that you can only buy here, and high-vis jackets like the ones worn in our show that you can personalise with your name.” (Source: Vogue)

I had a great time and I’d definitely recommend popping in if you can before it closes. The Service Station is open until 10pm on Monday 14th September 2015 at Selfridges Oxford Street.

I do actually have a (not leather) Anya Hindmarch ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ sticker from the pop up, worth £5, that I won’t use. So if anyone wants it, pop a note in the comments with your contact info. If more than one person wants it, I’ll pick someone at random. You have until midnight next Sunday (20th September) to comment.

L xx

All photos my own.

On Monday I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the Bloggers Love Fashion Week, organised by The Bloggers Hangout (formerly known as Bloggers Love, hence the name of the event!) with some of my favourite blogger friends; Lauren of Saharasplash, Luisa-Christie of Eat Sleep Luisa Repeat, Sadie of Life and Rags and Tessa of Holly Sparkle, as well as my beautiful plus one, SJ.

Photo credit: Lauren Attwood

Photo credit: Lauren Attwood

Now I’d love to have done a detailed, picture heavy post about the day, but I was mugged on my way home and lost all my photos! So my content is limited to images I had already uploaded to social media, and instead I’ll focus on my favourites of the brands I saw on the day. The event was all about discovering and getting to know the brands after all!

Before I start, I will say a little bit about the event for anyone who may be curious. This time it was held at OXO2, a lovely South of the River event space with a beautiful view of the Thames. Seriously, look at this gorgeous sunset that we were treated to!


Photo credit: Luisa-Christie Walton-Stoev

There were two sessions; 12-3 and 6-9, across which brands showcased their products, with some giving out samples (or in some cases full sized products!) and other goodies. It’s a chance, as a blogger, to discover some brands you may not have previously been aware of, and to network with the brands and other bloggers. There were also beauty treatments, catwalk shows and cocktails from Crush Cocktail Bars. It was great fun, and I’d definitely recommend attending future events if you can.

There was a dress code – all black everything! Despite black really being my thing, I still typically couldn’t pick an outfit and ended up throwing something together at the last minute! I went for my Unif x Urban Outfitters Congregation dress, Black Milk Clothing Dem Lines hosiery and Unif Hellraiser shoes with my trusty Vivienne Westwood Frilly Snake heart bag and Helter Skelter Metalheads Lie With Me necklace. I felt like a baby witch!

An Instagram pic obscuring my outfit with my favourite Motel Rocks dress from their selection is the closest I can get to showing you what I wore! But I think you get the idea.


True Brit London

The first stand I saw was the manicure table for True Brit London, where I had a lovely manicure (on my terrible short nails!) in a beautiful periwinkle blue shade called Georgie Boy. Definitely one I’ll be purchasing, especially as it hasn’t chipped yet, four days later! If you knew how awful I am for chipping polish, you’d find this pretty impressive!

As well as offering free manicures, True Brit had a stand in the gifting lounge, where I was lucky enough to pick up polishes in my three favourite shades; Shoreditch, Chelsea and Racing Green. The polish bottles are beautifully understated and classy – they definitely look like an expensive product. And I love the names of the polishes, it all sticks with the British theme without being tacky.

I’ll definitely be purchasing from True Brit soon – top of my wishlist (as well as Georgie Boy!) are To The Manor Born and Country Tweed. And I really want to invest in their Caviar Base Coat.

Priced at £12.50 per polish, they aren’t cheap but the quality is high and the colours are beautiful. Personally I prefer to have a few stand out polishes than a load of cheap ones, so this really is a brand for me! A little note on the formula – they’re 6-free and contain Vitamin E, elderflower and rose extract.

Their website is worth a browse even if you don’t plan on purchasing – they have a fab social section and blog all of their own!

My True Brit polishes are taking pride of place on my bookshelf currently, as well as my Maison Ves candle (more on that in a moment!).


Maison Ves

Now, I’m fussy with candles. So for me to be posting about candles really says something! Maison Ves is a luxury scented candle brand, elegant in design and luxuriously packaged, fragranced with bespoke oils such as Black Fig, Tuberose, Cinnamon and Orange. I’d consider them in the same ballpark as a brand like Diptyque, or Jo Malone.

What makes Maison Ves a little bit different is their gift appeal. If you look closely at the labels, you can see cheeky hashtags relevant to each occasion. The lemongrass and verbena scented Engagement Candle (£78), for example, features hashtags such as #GAMEOVER and #LASTDAYSOFFREEDOM.

Bloggers were kindly gifted bespoke candles for the occasion, scented with vanilla and coconut (my favourites!) with the hashtags #BLOGGERSRULE #SAYITWITHHASHTAGS and #MAISONVES. Thank you Dee!


Little Ondine

Remember I mentioned how awful I am for chipped polish? I have a terrible habit of not bothering to remove it and just picking it off – all very bad for my nails. So I was interested in checking out Little Ondine.  Remember that peel off nail polish you had as a kid? That was a bit rubbish? Well Little Ondine is a grown up, functional version of that!

I haven’t tried the product yet (I’m not ruining my True Brit manicure!) but I was kindly given a polish to try in shade Back To Black so if I like it, no doubt you’ll see a post about it soon!

Little Ondine polishes are priced from £8.40 to £11, and you can also buy ‘Twin’ mini bottles at £13 for the pair. The polishes are free from any harmful ingredients, according to the packaging.

They have some beautiful holographic shades coming out soon, so keep an eye out!


Nadia Minkoff

Nadia Minkoff wasn’t a new discovery for me, I’d been lusting after the Cut Glass Skull earrings (£49.50) for ages. But having previously had my ears stretched to 12mm, stud style earrings aren’t ideal for me. I did have a lovely chat with Nadia at the event though, and I’m hoping to get a customised pair made to make them wearable for me. Fingers crossed!

The skull range is absolute perfection in my opinion, and it fits my personal style perfectly – a grown up, more polished version of an emo kid! Winter 2015 has brought similar crystal skulls to the range. I want all the pieces in every colour!

Nadia also offers more classic styles, as well as beautiful bags.

Nadia was very generous at the event, gifting bloggers beautiful drop earrings and cute, quirky necklaces. Thank you Nadia!


Halo Hair Extensions

I’ve been wanting to try extensions for a while now, and Halo are a company that I had looked at for their innovative design. So when I saw them in the gifting lounge I was very excited, and was overjoyed to be able to take away with me my very own 16″ Halo in shade Light Blonde (RRP £99.99).

If you aren’t familiar with the Halo, it’s an easy to apply set of 100% Indian Remy human hair extensions attached to an invisible wire, headband style. You simply pop it on the crown of your head, cover the wire and join by arranging your natural hair on top and that’s it! After seeing them in real life I was so impressed, and my long hair made me feel like a princess!

Since I tone my hair, I have to do the same with my Halo before putting it to proper use, so expect a proper post on it very soon!

Here’s a very blurry selfie of myself and SJ from the night in Halo hair. Please bear in mind my extensions aren’t yet an exact match colourwise!


Gallardo & Blaine Designs

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to view Gallardo & Blaine hand crafted pieces in real life, as they are so much more beautiful than they appear online! The jewellery is handmade in the UK, using a mixture of silver and gold plate, and stones handpicked by Madelaine Gallardo from her travels.

I was particularly captivated by the rings. On my hand you can see (left to right) a Heartbeat Ring (from £32 dependent on stone), a Whirlpool Ring (from £85 dependent on stone – mine is Mystic Topaz) and a Tempest Ring (from £56 dependent on stone).

Gallardo & Blaine very kindly gifted jewellery to bloggers, for which I am very grateful! Now I’m seriously lusting after the £230 Whirlpool Ring in Opal!


As you can tell, a lot of the brands were very generous, and I picked up a lot of items which I will be trying out. I’ll be sure to post about the things I love! What I enjoyed most about the event though wasn’t the gifting, it was the opportunity to meet and network with other bloggers.


Photo credit: Sadie Jones

I’d love to hear from other bloggers who attended. If anyone posted about the event please feel free to link it in the comments, as I’d love to have a read!

L xx

All photos my own unless otherwise credited.

It’s pretty clear from their website that Joe Browns are all about the fun of the fair for their Autumn Winter 2015 collection! And the theme matches the pieces perfectly – bright colours with vintage inspired detailing.

I’ll be honest – previously when I thought of Joe Browns, what immediately came to mind were those catalogues that fall out of magazines, full of boho styled basics. But when I was invited along to their first blogger event at Bar Soho, a funfair themed evening of cocktails, candyfloss and catwalks,  I was keen to give them a chance to change my perception of the brand.


And they succeeded. The Autumn Winter collection still has heavily embellished casualwear (nothing wrong with that, just not my style!) but it also has gorgeous, muted florals, flocked velvets and country tweeds with faux fur trims.


The accessories in particular caught my eye. My favourite item from the night were these Fab and Funky Floral Boots (£49.95). They’re so lovely in real life, although when I saw them online I wasn’t keen. They fit my style perfectly, and are on my wish list for Autumn! They’re pictured here alongside the Amazing Floral Stud Bag (£34.95) which is the perfect size for everyday, or a festival day trip, with handy internal and external zip pockets. And if you buy shoes and a bag together, you receive £5 off! You can see the full selection this offer applies to here.


Another of my favourite pieces is the Floral Satchel (£39.95). I love a satchel, and this floral print (which is apparantly inspired by historical oil paintings) is beautiful and classic. I’ve noticed that quite a few of Joe Browns’ prints carry over across several pieces – this particular floral was also on a very Ted Baker-esque wiggle dress that was shown on the catwalk, but isn’t yet on the site. Definitely one to look out for though. Oh and check out the cheeky printed Delightful Paris Girl Bag (£24.95) just behind in the pic!


We also saw some menswear – I want this Crack It Collar Shirt (£39.95) for myself! It’ll be perfect to keep me warm over a band shirt and denim cut offs when festival season comes back round.

joebrownsshirtI’m so glad I attended the evening, it opened my eyes to a brand I hadn’t previously given much attention to. Thank you for having me Joe Browns!

L xx

All photos my own.

Last night I attended a stylists and bloggers party hosted by WonderLuk at their pop up shop in Boxpark, Shoreditch. Established in 2013, WonderLuk are an online retailer of 3D printed fashion accessories. I have to confess to not having previously known very much about the brand, or 3D printing in general, but my eyes have truly been opened!

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I’m very picky with my accessories, and my concern was that 3D printed pieces would look a bit tacky and plasticky. But I was surprised by how beautiful, and classy, the pieces were. The texture on some of the pieces was incredible, I was almost convinced that a few of them were actually made of wood, rather than sintered nylon! The perfect example is this beautiful Pebbles Necklace (£69).


The WonderLuk buying experience is a fun, customisable one. You pick your style (currently statement jewellery, bow ties and iPhone cases), your size (XS to L) and your colour (from a choice of 9 – the royal blue and fuchsia are stunning!). Your piece is then made, just for you, within two weeks.


As well as 3d printed sintered nylon, WonderLuk produce a selection of styles in sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold plated and 18ct rose gold plated.

wlukpreciousIt’s surprising how different the same style can look between that from the normal range, and its Precious Collection counterpart.

wluk precious

WonderLuk don’t design the pieces themselves, but rather curate a variety of different collections from product designers and architects (yes, architects!) worldwide. I think the use of designers who don’t typically design jewellery are what makes the range a bit more interesting than the norm.

wluk olga

I was really surprised how well a lot of the pieces suited my style, which I hadn’t thought they would, and how versatile they were. In particular I loved the grungey cool of the Chaos range. Different colour and material choices gave the pieces a really different look, there really is something for everyone.


One of the stand out pieces for me was the Dandelion Ring (£35).


I also loved the Void friendship rings, which aren’t yet available on the site.

wlukfriendshipAs well as the main range, WonderLuk also offer a bespoke service, so anyone can have a go at creating their own unique piece!

I had a lovely chat with WonderLuks Co-Founder, Roberta Lucca, who mentioned possible future plans of shoes! This prompted discussion as to whether stability may be an issue, however having felt the sturdiness of some of the pieces, in particular the Layers Bracelet (£119) and the Kaleidoscope Bracelet (£140), I actually think I would trust 3D printed footwear!


I was really impressed by WonderLuk, and not only am I looking forward to seeing what they come up with in the future, but they’ve left me excited about the impact 3D printing will have on the fashion industry!

L xx

All photos my own.