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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Hello!!! I am actually back, in London, at college - no more holidays (for the moment) or long absences...I aim to actually be a bit more organised this year and keep this page up to date as much as I can. Going back to school has really made me realise how much I need routine - without it, I am terrible at keeping up with work, emails, responsibilities etc etc. Hopefully I'll be back on top of it all soon. It's really getting to me that it's my last year - my seventh year at the same school with the same people, having changed and grown up so much each year and going through it all with the same friends and in the same places. Also, sixth form has been the best two years for me in terms of solid friendship groups (lower school was so clique-y at times), going out, general and mental health and doing subjects I like. I'm not quite ready for it to end, as I feel like it's only really just begun. I'm looking forward to the end of A Levels celebrations and travelling next summer though.
In light of the lovely autumnal weather we are enjoying at the moment (I've literally just had to run home in the rain after being drenched multiple times already this week) I have been lucky enough to get the opportunity to try out some of Dr Marten's new Autumn / Winter collection, and put together a sort of 'back to college' post, which is really what I need as I've found it very hard to break out of the summer holiday mindset this last week.

I've never been one to dress down for college, and this year is certainly not going to be an exception. Going to a big school, and being the tiny and used-to-be quiet person I am, I think I started dressing slightly more, shall we say, 'vibrant' to stand out a little from my large peer group. David Bowie once said that he created the confident, controversial alter ego of Ziggy Stardust to force himself to come out of his shell and have to match up to the character he had created, and I think this is sort of true of my clothes - by wearing bizarre things, it was hard to pass unnoticed around school, and eventually I had to be less shy and talk to people more and not just float through the system quietly as I think I would have wanted to otherwise. I tone it down quite a lot now - I am usually running late, which plays a part in what I wear, but also I don't feel like I need to impress or prove anything to anyone any more, so I can get away with plainer outfits more often than I felt I could a few years ago.
That being said, I still like to keep it colourful and pattern-y as often as I can, as for me it really helps me feel a bit better about being in school if I'm surrounded by prints and colours. The Dr Martens floral 1461 shoes I chose were absolutely perfect for this - not even a grey and rainy day can detract from how vibrant and bright they are, meaning all I need do is look down at my feet for an instant bit of floral encouragement to carry on and get through the day. The multicolour floral pattern, although you might not think it at first, actually makes them surprisingly easy to wear, as they match pretty much everything. At least one flower will be the colour of the thing you are wearing, making them versatile and even easier to add more patterns to an outfit.

For this outfit, I chose to work with the red and green colours in the shoes and wore them with a cropped red jumper from Beyond Retro, a green bomber jacket from a vintage shop in Margate, glittery gold socks and dotted tights. The colour theme was very autumnal and even slightly christmassy, and I felt simultaneously comfy and pattern-satisfied (I'm always happier wearing multiple prints - I'm not quite sure why).

I was also lucky enough to try one of the leather satchels, something I've always wanted as I associate them with being a proper schoolgirl. The size is perfect for the big folders and books you need at college, and it still has enough small compartments to make it practical as a casual bag too.
It's really easy to forget that Dr Martens, as a brand, make more than just shoes - their products have been known for decades, and seem to have created for themselves a sort of community and collective style which unites all sorts of people from all different walks of life. It therefore seems fitting that the brand expand and branch out into accessories, clothing and stationary, allowing people to be more 'Dr Martens' in more areas of their lives. The durable quality, clever design and comfort the shoes are famous for is present in every item they make, and being so closely tied to the music and arts scene, they rarely miss a beat and manage to create pieces incredibly up to date and covetable for everyone and anyone, individual styles aside - if you like DMs, you will love their ethos, and everything else they make. It all comes under the umbrella of their united style, where everyone is accepted and anything goes.

Amongst the vast array of back-to-college themed products on offer, my favourites include the book that documents the history of Dr Martens, taking you on their journey from work-boot, to signal of rebellion, to fashion statement, to the must-have shoes they are still today. It's a fascinating read as it documents much of British culture and sub-cultures, as well as exploring the way styles have travelled across the globe. A little slice of the inspiration offered in this book is also featured in the front of the customised moleskine notebook - not only the best kind of notebook (not much can beat moleskine paper, it's just the way it is!) but a few pages to both inspire and interest you on a day to day basis, and also provide you with something to read whenever you might need it.

So far I've been using mine as a journal-meets-school-planner, noting down Marina Abramovic's manifesto, stapling in some art I'm into at the moment (Marina and Ulay's Rest Energy) and keeping tabs on homework and my out of school life all in one place. The pencil tin, drumstick pencils and badges have also come in handy, and I can imagine them being great gifts for anyone who likes DM's.

I've also been looking through all of my old journals recently to photograph for my online portfolio which I have finally set up - you can see my work here, http://cargocollective.com/elliecp, where I will be uploading my art projects over the coming year. The best parts of my journals and my sketches from my summer are on there too.
Anyway, thank you so much to Dr Martens and Exposure for giving me the opportunity to style some Dr Martens products - I hope this post has helped with the whole getting out of the summer mindset situation, as it's so hard transitioning into autumn sometimes. You can see the rest of the Dr Martens A/W15 collection here.


  1. Love the sketchbook images, they look great!
    Also love your outfit, especially the floral boots :)


  2. Those outfits are so perfect! I love that jumper!


  3. This is such a great post. I love the colors and the mix of patterns and the David Bowie reference. Your sketchbook is fun to see too! So lovely, everything!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  4. Hello again! Love your sock/shoe/tights combo (always the best) and peeking through your journals which are just gorgeous. <3

  5. this is the second DM featured post I've seen and uh, I'm so jel, I've been wearing mine for the last three years and need my babies resoled :'(


  6. I'm in love with the whole outfit, you're styling the items so well what makes me want Dr. Marten's and that satchel and such a pencil box...! Also, your journal pages are super inspiring!


  7. I seriously ADORE your style and posts <3 they are so lovely and stunning! x


  8. your coat and shoes are amazing eeee. and I'm going to try to follow suit with the keeping routine/blogging thing!

  9. those sketchbook pages are awesome! I love the way you put outfits together - I might need to get one of those satchels!


  10. i'm the kind of person who can easily get lost in a crowd, so i tend to dress with more patterns and colors, too. and i love how the docs look with the spotted tights. flowers and polka dots together are just so wonderful. you're journal is really cool, too. i love your sketching style


  11. I really relate to dressing up too! I find that wearing the occasional hat or flower crown can make me feel more confident too (as well as excessively brightly coloured hair dyes)! x


  12. Awesome style! Those docs are really cool, and I think I may have to get that Dr Martens book!

  13. I have so much jumper/sketchbook/shoe envy ahhhh. I loved this post, I really enjoyed your travel posts but I must say I love your usual posts like this! Those shoes are SO YOU, it looks like they're custom or something! Such a babeeeeeeeeee.
    Bethany x


  14. I can relate, I felt completely confused and lost the last few weeks when family came to visit and I was thrown off my routine. And getting myself back into the routine was difficult even though I knew I was behind on my responsibilities and work. It can be hard. Yay for being back in college then, that will definitely give you the structure back! Fashion wise, I adore your shoes!! :D

    Winn | ♥
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  15. Ellie your journal is amazing! Obsessed with the Marina Abramovic pages. Her and Ulay are just incredible <3



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