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How Do You Incorporate ART & Film Into What You Wear?

By February 10, 2016 Fashion

As I mentioned in this post, I want to start really talking with you guys about different topics especially on the line of being yourself and confidence. I asked you guys whether you had any questions (not necessarily directly about being yourself) and an interesting one I received was about ‘ART & Film’. Seeing as these sorts of things can be a huge influence on personal style and fashion in general, I definitely had to give a go at answering it! I’m mainly going to focus on film in this one, but if you’d like to see me delve more into ART, let me know! (Images via Tumblr)

❓ How do you incorporate ART & film into what you wear? ❓

How To Incorporate ART & Film Into Outfits & Personal Style - Wes Anderson The Royal Tenenbaums


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Films and fashion go together in a really funny way, because it’s not all about the clothes. If it was all simply about the clothes, catwalk shows would simply just be a selection of models walking down a runway with no make-up, no specifically tousled hair and no music to keep in time with their footsteps.

Fashion is all about the whole feel and mood of everything, from step one (of waking up in the morning) to step one hundred (taking your shoes off at the door)… there’s so much in between that adds up to our personal style each day, and films are a great way to look at it all like that.

I hate to say the word because it’s probably rather over-used nowadays but certain films come with a certain aesthetic which set the tone for the costumes, make-up and hair and overall the fashion. 

So of course, a great place to start is the wonderful array of Wes Anderson films we have to watch. My personal favourite (out of the ones I’ve so far managed to watch) is The Royal Tenenbaums because of Gwyneth Paltrow’s character.

My sister says that Margot reminds her of me (?!) but in one way that’s kind of cool because of her awesome outfit choices. Margot’s me when I’m moody. She wears simple pieces but she has to top it off with something extra, usually in the form of a fur coat.

So you’re probably wondering? How do I actually incorporate the vibes and general tone of The Royal Tenenbaums and it all comes with? By taking certain elements subconsciously and channeling them into my outfits… like collars and muted tones; faux fur and flat shoes. I don’t necessarily have to seek out to end up looking exactly like Margot Tenenbaum… it just sort of happens organically whenever a picture shows up or I end up re-watching the film.

How To Incorporate ART & Film Into Outfits & Personal Style - God Help The Girl Musical Film


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However, there are times when I do purposely seek out to recreate a character. The thing with fashion and dressing is the fact that you can transform into whoever you want to be, and sometimes I just really feel like channeling the ways of Eve from God Help The Girl. I mean, that leopard print and stripe combination? It has me written all over it.

There’s actually a really nice clip in this movie of the character, Cassie, doing her make-up in the style of Aladdin Sane (David Bowie), but then she ends up scrubbing it all off, and I think that’s a nice way of summing up how it’s okay to recreate styles and personalities from what we see on TV/social media, but it’s also okay to try and do your own thing, even if that person truly inspires you.

So although I have sometimes felt like being Eve, there’s always that Tolly touch to things and I don’t think that will ever go away. After all, the question I received was about how I incorporate art and film into my outfits… and I guess that’s exactly what I do.

How To Incorporate ART & Film Into Outfits & Personal Style - Alison Brie in THIS IS IT for Irene Neuwirth


On the other end of things, there’s also fashion films which are specifically created to add depth to a collection or brand. It’s usually a short video that revolves around a couple of characters at most, with items of clothing on full show, but a strong sense of plot still there.

I’m not going to lie, the main reason I included this specific fashion film is because it includes Alison Brie (from the show Community – my favourite TV show ever… I’ll take any chance I can to promote it (#andamovie!)) but I do genuinely like it.

It’s not necessarily in keeping with my current personal style, but the dreamy lighting and general idea of it really pulls me in and for some reason any ART film that includes roller blades seems to attract people’s attention. It’s actually for the designer jewellery brand Irene Neuwrith and I think it’s a pretty awesomely put together piece.

How do you incorporate ART & film into what you wear? Let me know in the comments!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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The Official Tolly Dolly Posh Sock Shop

By February 6, 2016 Shop

Today’s post is just a quick one! So… you may have noticed recently, that there’s been a bit of a change in terms of my banners up there beneath my header? Well, there’s been a bit of a change elsewhere too because my very own collection of socks is now just that… my own! The (originally known as) #MooiEnLiefbyTDP collection is now underneath the Tolly Dolly Posh name! Exciting :)

The shop is now back open and you can have a quick purchase of your favourite pairs! But be quick as this is the last stock of them before they’re gone. Who knows, there may just be another product in the pipeline sometime in the future. I really hope you enjoy picking up your socks again! Make sure to give a tweet with “#TDPSocks” this time, so I can see who’s been buying pairs.


Let me know if you like the new shop or if you’ve made an order, in the comments!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Scrap Social #7: The First Few Pages 2.0

By February 3, 2016 Scrap Social

As you will know if you read my end of the year blog posts, I recently finished up one of my scrapbooks which I’d been sharing in my #ScrapSocial series so it’s about time we got the show on the road with another one! I have a new fresh book ready and waiting to be filled (it’s a square check/lined one this time around) and I’m very excited to start on another set of blog posts for you! If you haven’t caught up on my previous book, take a look here.

How To Make a Fashion Scrapbook - #ScrapSocial

How To Make a Fashion Scrapbook - #ScrapSocial

I wasn’t really sure where I was going when I first started my new scrapbook, but I’m glad it worked out in the end. As you’ll know, my favourite medium is probably the good ol’ fashioned magazine. Not only are they filled with endless creative possibilities,  they’re also left their waiting to be recycled into something more awesome and unique, so of course that’s how I started off my first page.

I used an old CHANEL advertorial page which was fairly plain, but it was easy to customise just by adding a few tweaks here and there. Just simple changes like cutting out screens from gadgets and windows, can change the concept completely. I scribbled in a quick lyric from an Arcade Fire song (I was listening to Soft Power at the time) and finished it off with my all new favourite thing; white pen.

You may have seen me use a very similar digital version of this technique in my cave inspired design post, but I finally got my hands on a white POSCA pen and I couldn’t be more in love. I 100% recommend experimenting with those pens… they’re awesome!

How To Make a Fashion Scrapbook - #ScrapSocial

How To Make a Fashion Scrapbook - #ScrapSocial

How To Make a Fashion Scrapbook - #ScrapSocial

OOTD My Style Outfit Seventies Bohemian ASOS Dress 1B99 Dr Martens

Soft Power (Arcade Fire) 🎶
I. flight of the navigator (Childish Gambino) 🎶

Along the same vein as magazines… catalogues and lookbooks make for great scrapbook inserts, and Boden is a great one to look at. Mama Posh has collected quite the Boden catalogue collection so I’m plenty filled up in that department and I’m so glad! Not only is the paper nice and matte (matte paper is a scrapbooking life saver – no air bubbles when sticking!), the aesthetics are always really lovely and change in each edition.

Also on these pages, I decided to try out some of the collaging material from Rookie. Each month they post a selection of drawings and doodles, photographs and backgrounds for you to cut-out and put together, and I think it’s a really cool idea. So the flowers you see here (and a couple of other items in the below pages) are all from the January collage kit.

How To Make a Fashion Scrapbook - #ScrapSocial

How To Make a Fashion Scrapbook - #ScrapSocial

How To Make a Fashion Scrapbook - #ScrapSocial

OOTD My Style Outfit Seventies Bohemian ASOS Dress 1B99 Dr Martens

White POSCA PC-1MR Pen ✏
Magazines & Boden Catalogues 📰
Rookie Collage Kit 📄

Once again my trusty white POSCA pen makes an appearance in these pages! I’m so happy with the outcome of the left-hand page… I’m not really sure what I was going for but I just love how it looks. I’ve mentioned this before in my #ScrapSocial series and I’ll say it again; sometimes scrapbooking doesn’t need to make literal sense… sometimes it’s just best to put things together and work out what looks good to the eye. Trust me, your pages will flow a lot better if you think this way.

The right-hand page is once again just some snippets from a Boden catalogue which I thought were pretty funky and a couple of the colours matched from the left-hand page. Can I also just quickly mention how I love the square paper in this book? I didn’t think I would but there’s something about it that I love. Hmm…

Do you like my new pages? What have you been scrapbooking recently? Let me know in the comments! Don’t forget to tweet a picture with #ScrapSocial so we can all scrapbook together!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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What Do You Want to Know About Being Yourself & Self Expression?

By January 29, 2016 DIY & Lifestyle

Other than fashion, another thing that I am wholly passionate about is… self-expression and just being yourself. I don’t really know where it came from, but it’s just always been there within me. The idea of everyone being themselves and embracing the fact that no one person is the same has just always been such an interesting and exciting concept to me…

being yourself self expression confidence Q&A


…and I want to share that. I know I’ve spoken a couple of times about the topic on here before (like with my “How To Soothe A Sore Thumb” or “Fat vs Thin” posts) but I really want to try and infuse it into Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion this year. It’s great too because being yourself ties into fashion really well. I mean, what’s the main way we all express ourselves? Through our clothes.

It’s one thing you can’t skip out one each day, so what you put on always channels some form of message. Seriously, you’re feeling a bit fed up and lazy? Putting on comfy clothes literally expresses that (we all do it – even though being yourself certainly isn’t all about fashion).

But the question is… how? I’m all about writing lengthy posts about my own experiences but I think this is one of those topics where we have to talk to each other about it. Does anyone remember when I did “The Ultimate Guide To Being A Teenager“? Well, that was a great example of me taking your questions and queries and creating content from them and I’m hoping it helped.

being yourself self expression confidence Q&A

being yourself self expression confidence Q&A


Although I loved that yearly series and I’d be happy to bring it back, I’d also love to move forward and do something more regularly, whether that’s in the form of videos (yes I know, I’ve kind of gone off YouTube again haven’t I?) or Q&As, I don’t know, so that’s why I’m writing this post.

Let’s have a bit of a chat! I’m leaving a little submission form below for those of you don’t necessarily want to leave a full comment. Just let me know what sorts of topics you’d be interested in me talking about to do with self-expression and being comfortable in your own skin. Leave a single question if you like! Here are some ideas (they don’t even have to be obviously questions about being you… simple lifestyle type ones can be a good start)…

“How do you choose what to wear in the morning?”
“Do you wear make-up?”

“Would you class yourself as confident?”
“How do you pick yourself up when you feel insecure?”

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Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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