COSY FITS X DAYS BEFORE

Hey guys, I'm back on the blog. I've been away working on a few things and can't wait to show you some new content. To get things started for the first post of the year, I recently caught up with fashion designer Saxton Taylor, Who's recently launched his own brand Days Before. Check out my interview with him below! 

VogueWonders: Who are you and what do you do?

Day Before: Hey I’m Saxton Taylor, I’m 21 years old and I’m a fashion designer from Kansas City MO

VogueWonders: When did you start getting into fashion?

Days Before: I wasn’t really into Fashion until my twin introduced me, I’ve been into it since early 2000’s. Fashion has always been there especially at High School. I got a few compliments, many people said to me back in High School that I was influential in school and fashion, it made me feel good with what I was doing and the brand.

VogueWonders: What Inspired you to start Days Before?

Days Before: Well, back in school I never knew what I wanted to do, but then one day someone came up to me and asked me “Don’t you want to start a brand?” So, I thought about it and I went to college the Art Institution of Hollywood, man I loved it there, people motivated me and it made me want to just carry on! I progressed from there onwards.

VogueWonders: So, when was the brand officially established and how did you come up with the name ‘Days Before’?

Days Before: I Officially started in 2015 but my first official release was mid-2016. The name is Days Before I came up with it when working on project in school. I was reading a booking and so many combinations of before and days kept coming up so I switched it and wrote ‘Days Before’ …Since then I just kept the name.

VogueWonders: Who are the main inspirations behind the brand?

Days Before: My main inspirations are people like Kanye West, Vivienne Westwood because they all represent a Rockstar in their modern eras. They all present something great, they’re just great…They keep me going that’s the kind of level I want to be at, I inspire people too.

VogueWonders: What’s the aim, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Days Before: To be an established fashion designer, to be something that is highly regarded as Balenciaga. I really want to push forward.

VogueWonders: How long has it taken you to get a product out at full confidence?

Days Before: I didn’t want to release a product until I had a full collection, I wanted to see how far I could get or see if people were really interested in what I was doing, it’s going to be more than one piece and more to choose from. I believe more attention will be bought to my brand.

VogueWonders: Are there any collaborations within the Fashion world you would like to see happen?

Days Before: After Supreme X Louis Vuitton, man that was historical. I’d like to see Dior and Gucci, bringing a street brand with a high end, ideas are endless. The Louis collaboration was amazing to me…Just how two worlds collide and create one piece, that was beyond real.

VogueWonders: Finally, for anyone out there starting a brand, what’s the best advice you can give?

Days Before: The best advice I believe is to never go with the first idea, my first idea for a silhouette was terrible, beyond terrible and I even had a friend say it. It was constructive criticism and he knew that I could do better. I went out and tried my best to create more. You want to make sure that everything you create is top of the line. My first idea was so terrible it made me want to be more successful, destroy all previous imagination to create new work.

Days Before Instagram: @Daysbefore_official

Thank you, Arooj x

MENSWEAR COLLABORATION WITH &BLANC

&Blanc Collaboration, Photography by Joshua Peroti 

&Blanc Collaboration, Photography by Joshua Peroti 

&Blanc Collaboration, Photography by Joshua Peroti 

Hey guys, I'm back! After taking a 2 month break out of blogging, I have a lot of things lined up, VogueWonders is changing! For the past few weeks I have been working on new ideas and changing the theme of this blog. I will slowly be moving to a fully menswear/unisex blog, also touching down on the music scene in which you can view by clicking on the 'discover' tab!

To start off this new venture, here's a collaboration with &BLANC, an independent Nottingham based brand.

&BLANC stock a range of fashion brands such as Alpha IndustriesÉtudesHan KjøbenhavnHappy SocksKarim MaherLibertine - Libertine, and Wood Wood.  In this collab I'm wearing a gorgeous Denim Jacket by Han Kjøbenhavn.

This is an absolute staple piece for your wardrobe, the details and quality on the jacket is amazing featuring a removable Velcro white 'V' detailing, branded button fasting, and not to mention the cut on this is perfect, fitting to your body shape.

I simply styled this with Dr Martens; Denim and Cherry Dr Martens is always a winner, such a good combo, I chose to layer this by wearing a white net vest top and an oversized a longline grey shirt from ZARA. This was completed with straight leg trousers also from ZARA.

Check out &BlANC over on Instagram @andblancfashion/ and their online store at https://andblancfashion.com/ 

If you’re around Nottingham, visiting the store is a must!

9 Kings Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2AE, United Kingdom

Thanks, Arooj xo

 

 

ASOS NEW SEASON COLLABORATION

Photography by Hamza Hassan

Photography by Hamza Hassan

Photography by Hamza Hassan

Photography by Hamza Hassan

Winter is near and it's time I started preparing for the new season, this week I'm so excited to be collaborating with ASOS on their New Season project!

Now if you know me you'll already know I own so many jackets and coats, I'm such a collector...you can never have too many! I love the fact that this coat is over sized and long line, It's super comfy and i'm 100% it'll do the prefect job of keeping me warm on those cold winter days.

I chose to style this very simple wearing a jumper and trousers from ZARA, paired with grey trainers by Android Homme. Personally I wouldn't style the coat with anything too bright as that is a statement piece itself!  

You can check the  out new season products at www.asos.com or purchase to purchase this coat, follow the direct link at http://m.asos.com/mt/www.asos.com/asos/asos-coat-in-oversized-check/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6676909&clr=Multi&SearchQuery=&cid=20238&pgesize=44&pge=0&totalstyles=44&gridsize=2&gridrow=1&gridcolumn=1&un_jtt_application_platform=newPlp&un_jtt_redirect 

 

Thank you!

Arooj x

 

DOUBLE DENIM

Photography: Bav Phul

Photography: Bav Phul

Photography: Bav Phul

Photography: Bav Phul

Touchdown Londoooooooon!  

I try my best to visit London as often as I can, however living up north and over 3 hours away has its down sides!  

Nevertheless I was in London not long ago and enjoyed my time there, managed to meet the beaut Niga Ghafur (yes internet friends are real) ... also not to mention I was there on the best 3 days, the weather was just perfect!  

Walking around Oxford Street, it was super busy and absolutely boiling. However no matter how warm it is, I always think it's important to carry a jacket around, we really can't predict this British weather.

Double denim was actually an unintentional one, I literally picked up the first jacket I saw and walked out the hotel room, it took me a while to realize, but I was pleased with myself because I don't think it looked too bad haha! 

This combo features a denim jacket by JALC and distressed denim trousers by ZARA, paired with a simple white tee and black heeled boots from Topshop! 

Check out JALC by following their Instagram page at: @jalcstudios

 

ASOS X NIKE CORTEZ | VOGUEWONDERS

I'm super excited to be featuring my first ever collaboration with ASOS on the blog. Since starting the blog two years ago, I never would have imagined working with such a huge and highly respected brand. I'm so grateful! 

In a new campaign, i was lucky enough to be selected for the ASOS X NIKE Cortez project in which I was gifted with the coolest old school Nike trainers! I styled them with a Puma sweatshirt, regular black skinny jeans and a mandarin collar shirt by La Moda, from ASOS. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported the blog so far. It means a lot! 

Shop the look below 

Thank you 

Arooj x

Photography by Saskia Rodriguez - http://saskialouisa.wix.com/photography

THE FULL MANS OUTFIT

Photography by Shelby Phillips

Photography by Shelby Phillips

Photography by Shelby Phillips

Photography by Shelby Phillips

Hey guys, It has been a while since I blogged an outfit post, however I'm back! In a new collaboration with Bellfied I was sent the most comfiest grey Leighton joggers, the fabric on these are so soft, they would make great lounge wear! 

in terms of styling, I thought I'd challenge this and style the item up smart. I paired the joggers with a black twill shirt from Topman and a men's oversized vintage blazer by Tommy Hilfiger from We Are Cow. Keeping the look simple i matched the outfit with pastel beige shoes from ZARA and a leather bag from Topshop. This is literally a full mans outfit, minus the shoes and clutch...who says you can't make menswear look feminine? 

Be sure to check out bellfied at http://www.bellfieldclothing.com/ & follow their Instagram: bellfieldclo to keep up with any updates, Shop the look below! 

Arooj x

Photography by Shelby Phillips. Check out her work at http://shelbyrphillips.blogspot.co.uk/ 

The Perfect Minimal Bracelet

Presents from Berlin! Just before the New Year I received the most gorgeous gift from Watch BandIt. 

Watch Bandit are a Berlin based company offering the world’s finest watches, watch bands and bracelets. Their site has a collection of different beautiful accessories for both men and women, perfect for any occasion.

I got the Black Leather, Rose Gold Anchor Bracelet. It features a rose gold plated anchor, fine Italian leather and an adjustable length which is just perfect!

This accessory stands out yet it's minimal and goes with absolutely everything, you can't go wrong!  I love the simple look of black and then the touch of rose gold. It's so sophisticated

Be sure to check out http://watchbandit.com/ - Once you're on the site, there's no going back, you will end up purchasing something and it will be SO worth it! 

You can also give them a follow on instagram @WatchBandIts to keep up with any updates.

Thank You

Arooj x




VOGUEWONDERS X CASEAPP

Hello and Happy New Year everyone! Here goes my first post and collaboration of 2016. 

Very recently I was lucky to work with Case App and design my very own phone case.

Case App offer a variety of cases, from custom MacBook cases, custom iPhone cases and even Samsung, HTC and Nokia! As I own an iPhone, I chose to design a few iPhone 6 covers.

I have to say, I was so amazed by how easy the site (www.caseapp.co.uk) is to use, It's so simple! I loved playing around with different skins and graphics. There is such a huge range of artwork to choose from and you can also upload your photo to make it more personal!

When my cases were delivered, I was super excited! Looking at them I was so happy with how they turned out, Such great quality and good use of material. it was perfect, exactly how I imagined! 

So, why not treat yourself and head over to www.caseapp.co.uk and design your very own custom case. As a New Years gift you can use my 20% discount code by simply entering  'VOGUEWCASE' when checking out!  

For design ideas/inspiration be sure to follow @CaseAppOfficial on Instagram

Enjoy

Arooj x


CASUAL WINTER

Long leather coats are the one, especially when it's vintage. Passed down from my aunt, this was a big hit in the 90's during her college days. The leather jacket is perfect with this outfit and a great winter piece! 

In this post I am extremely excited to be collaborating with two amazing brands, both of who I am a huge fan of, Schuh and Bellfield!

Wearing a chunky grey knitted jumper from Bellfied, I paired it with a long sleeve burgundy check shirt also from Bellfield. There were many different ways I could have styled this, for example, wearing the shirt under the jumper or even on top, however I wanted to keep this look super casual and not smarten it up too much!

Continuing to keep it simple, I matched the jumper and shirt with regular black skinny jeans from New Look and a long brown leather coat.  To complete the look I finished with the most gorgeous black Chelsea boots from Schuh. 

I have literally been after pointy shiny Chelsea boots for so long, and now I finally have them thanks to Schuh! This was a #GiftingSorted Christmas present from them, putting the biggest smile on my face; the PR's are the sweetest people ever!

Be sure to check out Bellfied at http://www.bellfieldclothing.com/ where they have a range of beautiful winter knits and coats. You can also follow them at @bellfieldclo to keep up with any new updates. 

To purchase the Dare Black Chelsea boots visit http://www.schuh.co.uk/womens/schuh-dare-black-boots/1438087080/ - these boots are to die for, it's a purchase you will not regret. Promise

Thank you

Arooj xo