Inspired by…Catching Fire

One of the most talked about elements of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, (once you’ve finished comparing it to the book of course!) is the amazing work the costume designers have done.  One of the most anticipated costumes, and one of the most iconic moments in the film, is Katniss’ white wedding dress, and the moment it burns to reveal something spectacular underneath…

For both of these looks, I’ve chosen to focus on the moment when Katniss twirls, and her dress is mid-change.  For the base of both outfits, I’ve chosen a short black and white ombre skirt to represent the flames eating the bottom of Katniss’ dress.  This isn’t a true representation, as both of Katniss’ dresses are long, but this is a much more workable length I think!

Although I’ve chosen to go in two different directions with the same skirt, I’ve also included a Cinna necklace in both, since “Cinna must be behind whatever is happening“.  The dress is a really bold, brave move by Cinna and I wanted to highlight his importance in a small way.


Look 1

For look one, I’ve stuck with the feminine vibe given off by the skirt.  A white top with lace details is vaguely reminiscent of Katniss’ ornate white wedding dress. A flying bird bracelet, although not a mockingjay, is a small nod to the moment Katniss spreads her wings.  A structured black blazer keeps the top of the outfit slim and flattering rather than overly voluminous.


Look 2

For this second look, I’ve gone with elements that remind me of a more glamorous (and less practical) take on Katniss’ arena outfits.  A simple white top with a zipped pocket looks almost practical, and almost like something Katniss could wear to training.  High heeled lace up boots are fierce and combine with the (faux) leather jacket to contrast against the feminine skirt.  Add the all important mockingjay in the form of a chunky bracelet, and you’re ready to go!


Which outfit do you prefer? Look 2 is definitely my favourite, because I love those boots and I can never resist a leather jacket!

Inspired by…The Hunger Games

I had intended to post an Inspired by…House Lannister post for today, following up on my Inspired by…House Stark post.  After watching the Hunger Games film this week though, I couldn’t resist focusing on Katniss’ reaping and interview outfits instead.

The Reaping

the reapingDress | Nail Varnish | Bow and arrow necklace | Mockingjay pin | Flats

On the day of The Reaping, when tributes for The Hunger Games are chosen, everyone wears their nicest clothes. For Katniss, from District 12, this doesn’t mean flashy jewellery but a simple, classy dress. This denim button-down dress, with nude flats, reflects Katniss’ simple style. A Mockingjay pin, like the one Katniss gives to Prim, and a bow and arrow necklace to hint at Katniss’ skill, tie the dress back into The Hunger Games theme.

The Girl on Fire

girl on fireNecklace | Earrings | Hair clips | Dress | Shoes

This second outfit is a great look for a night out, though the links to The Hunger Games are a bit more subtle.  A red, one shoulder dress is a bold but easy choice for a night out (and much more wearable than the floor length dress Katniss wears!). Black glitter shoes, fire-opal earrings and the phoenix necklace, hint back to the coal mining, and the referral to Katniss as ‘the girl on fire’. Bird hair clips for holding up an updo like Katniss’ are a discreet nod back to the Mockingjay.

Which look do you prefer? I love The Reaping look, but I’m more likely to wear The Girl on Fire look I think!

Hopefully my House Lannister post will make it up next Thursday, though I have to admit my mind is running a bit crazy with ideas at the moment!

Inspired by…House Stark

As Season 3 of Game of Thrones starts this weekend, I’ve had it on the brain a lot this week, and so I’ve decided to do a series of posts inspired by both the books and the show.  Over the next few weeks – and particularly this weekend – look for lots of Game of Thrones inspired happenings here on the blog!

Today, I’ll be focusing on fashion and accessories inspired by House Stark’s sigil and motto.  I’ve started with House Stark since so many people seem to be fans (though personally, I lean more towards the Lannisters myself).


stark jewellery

Winter is Coming necklace | Winter is coming bangle | Wolf necklace | Wolf earrings | Direwolf earrings | House Stark charm bracelet | Ghost pendant

The majority of the jewellery I found came from etsy, though I found a few ebay pieces as well.  I also had a lot of luck searching for just “wolf” earrings etc, as this brings you up a LOT of results, and can still serve as a nod to your favourite house.


stark clothingDirewolf t-shirt | Keep Calm and Be A Stark | Direwolf House stark | Winter is Coming (purple) | What would Arya do? | Direwolf hoodie | Winter is Coming | The Legend of Snow | Keep Calm for winter is coming | Hodor | House Stark | Winter is Coming bag

If you’re anything like me, you’re quite happy to show your geeky love for A Song of Ice and Fire with a slogan t-shirt and a pair of jeans. I found a whole bunch related to House Stark and it’s characters here, for a range of budgets. I also found a bag, which although not a t-shirt I couldn’t resist passing up.  I personally love the Winter is coming t-shirt with the howling wolf, and the “What would Arya do?” tee.

Phone cases

Arya Stark | Jon Snow | Bran Stark | Ned Stark | Catelyn Stark |Sansa Stark

Is it just me, or are these the most adorable iphone cases ever?! Oddly, I couldn’t find one for Robb (or Rickon, but that surprises me less), but here are the rest of the Stark family. My personal favourites are Arya and Jon, though I love the colours on Cat’s. I think I’ll personally treat myself to the Daenerys Targaryen one, though I might search for a tablet case instead, since the phone cases don’t have a front cover, and I’ve already smashed one iPhone front!

An outfit inspired by House Stark’s banner

Inspired by starks

Black cardigan | Shearling boots | House Stark charm braceletWolf necklace | Skater Dress

Here’s a casual outfit inspired by the House Stark banner from A Wiki of Ice and Fire.  The grey skater dress reflects one of the main Stark colours, and the cardigan and shearling boots give a nod to the freezing temperatures of Winterfell.  A House Stark charm bracelet and wolf necklace are a few final touches, making the outfit look inspired by rather than costume-y.  This is a casual look, that I would wear for a trip to the cinema with my other half, or a lunch out with the girls. I personally wouldn’t wear it to lectures because 99% of the time I’m too lazy to wear heels when I’m carrying books etc, but if you’re less lazy than me go for it!

Are you a loyal Stark? Which house or character would you like to see an Inspired by…post for?

Inspired by…Bird Print

Today’s outfits are inspired by lace, a huge trend last year, but which I’ve not really tried out much.  I’ve come up with three different outfits, for different budgets and scenarios – hopefully they’ll inspire you, even if they aren’t a perfect fit for your personal style.

Look #1: The easiest night out look ever

Playsuit | Total cost: £19.99

Okay, admittedly, the playsuit alone doesn’t make you QUITE ready for a night out…but a pair of black heels and a black cardigan or blazer if you want to cover your shoulders means your done – and I defy ANY girl to tell me she couldn’t make a variation of that outfit using the playsuit and stuff she already owns!

Look #2:  Lecture appropriate

Top| Jeans | Shoes | Nail Varnish |  Total cost: £28.98

I admitted in the last ‘Inspired by’ post, that I don’t really like pink, and yet here I am featuring it in another outfit.  Don’t ask what’s gotten into me – I’ve no idea!

Look #3: A casual date or afternoon

Top | Shorts | Shoes | Bracelets | Total cost: £27.97

I designed this look with a casual summer afternoon in mind – my personal thought was a picnic, but the practical flats make it a possibility for a range of casual options from lunch with the girls to a barbecue.

Would you wear any of these looks? Do you have a favourite, or do you prefer your clothes without animals on?

Look #1 probably fits best with my personal style since (confession!) nights out are about the only time I take risks with my style, day to day I tend to just stick to jeans & a t-shirt. I can’t decide which I prefer of outfit #2 or 3, can you?

Inspired by…Lace

Today’s outfits are inspired by lace, a huge trend last year, but which I’ve not really tried out much.  I’ve come up with three different outfits, for different budgets and scenarios – hopefully they’ll inspire you, even if they aren’t a perfect fit for your personal style.

Look #1: Lecture appropriate

Lace top | Faux Leather Jacket | Skinny jeans | Total cost: £19.99

This is a really simple, easy outfit which would work for casual occasions like a lecture or lunch date, or even semi formal ones like small group tutorial sessions.  Although there aren’t any shoes (meaning it isn’t technically a full outfit), I refuse to believe ANYONE would struggle to find a pair of shoes in their wardrobe to match!  Simple black, white or blue flats would be perfect for a lecture, while a pair of white summery wedges could dress it up for a lunch date.

Look #2:  Ready for a night out

Necklace | Earrings | Belt | Shoes | Dress | Blazer | Clutch | Total cost: £29.04

I will be the first to admit, I don’t really like pink….but I found this blazer on H&M and just couldn’t resist finding a way to incorporate it!  The blazer is now listed as out of stock depressingly, but it’s still in stores, and there’s alternative colours still online. All of the accessories here could be just swapped to match your colour.  A simple black lace dress is dressed up by switching out the belt for a pink one, which matches the blazer, clutch and necklace.  A pair of black slingback heels and some simple stud earrings polish off the look for a sophisticated night out look.

Look #3: Evening out with the girls

Top | Shoes | Necklace | Earrings | Shorts | Total cost: £39.99

This outfit would be perfect for a night with the girls.  Whether you’re heading off to a pub garden for cocktails, or a house party, this look screams summer.  The white lace shorts are balanced out by the relaxed top, and the shoes are such a fantastic colour they can get away with being plain.  Cheap, simple accessories tie the look together.

Do you like any of these looks? If so, which is your favourite?

I think mine’s probably look #2, purely because the pink is such a deviation from my usual style!