aIMG_0135three bean chilli and bread
james by the window
avocado tartines
laila by the windowsailor dress and a red bagsailor dress red bagsailor collarpigeon drinkinglondon park view from jubilee bridge diversion

January has been so brilliant so far, I am in love with 2014! I spent last week working hard to turn my thoughts into concerts, making new friends and waking up on rooftops. On Thursday I stayed up very late watching Spirited Away and sewing white sailor stripes onto this dress ready for my day off on Friday. I met James for breakfast before he went to work at the Southbank Centre. I wandered home through parks and pigeons along a route that’s been familiar to me since I was about 15; I was quite sleepy but it’s nice just to wander these familiar roads when I get the chance. London feels so crisp at this time of year.

This dress is from The Whitepepper and was a present from James. I really like the floppy sailor collar. It came with blue stripes but to me “sailor” means “Sailor Moon” and so of course I felt the need to copy her collar, hence the additional white stripes. What do you think? I am missing James terribly as he has gone away for the week. I’m quite a nomadic and wandering kind of person but I share everything with James and every time he goes away I feel slightly adrift. If I’m a sailor then James is definitely my first mate!

Dress – The Whitepepper (white stripes added by me), gift. Navy tights – Forever 21, £6. Bag – Mind In Camden charity shop, £2.50.


17 thoughts on “Sailor

  1. Denise says:

    The dress is lovely, such a cute style, and the color too! What for a nice present! The bag is in red and I looove red, such a cute bag, you look very pretty! I know what you mean, it’s so difficult to find someone you can share everything with and when you find, being apart feels so confusing! denisesplanet com


  2. Jennie May says:

    Easily the best dress I’ve ever seen, what a beautiful gift! I always feel similar when Mark is away, sometimes when silly things happen to me I need to tell him immediately so he can laugh at me, it’s not quite as fun only having yourself to laugh with! xo


  3. jessthetics says:

    I love the whitepepper! I’ve had my eye on a few of their dresses for a while, you’re a lucky girl! The additional white stripes are gorgeous, I would never have guessed they didn’t come with the dress, they look so professional :) I LOVE that yuor tights and your shoes are coordinated with your dress! These pictures are so pretty and I’m really jealous of your food. I should never read your blog when I’m hungry!! I hope you survive the week without James :) You should write down everything that you would have shared with him if he were there and give him a bundle of noted for when he returns xx


    • tapeparade says:

      Jess I actually do have a list of reminders on my phone! It’s called “Things To Tell James” and I’m constantly adding stuff to it and telling him when he is around. Hahaha. XX


  4. Alissa says:

    I cannot get over how much I love your blog- you dress amazingly and I definitely need to update my wardrobe :) It’s so funny, I have had my lonely moments in college this year, but then I discovered your blog and you reminded me of a girl I went to high school with with your amazing outfits and ukelele playing. It just made me feel happier and I just can’t get over it. So, to thank you for being so amazing, I nominated you for a Liebster Award! :)
    xx Alissa


    • tapeparade says:

      Alissa this is the nicest comment ever! I’m so glad my blog makes you happier that’s so sweet of you to say. I love your blog too, I hope this doesn’t sound patronising but you actually remind me a lot of myself a few years ago haha. I think I customise nearly all of my clothes to make them fit me better! What is the Leibster Award? Brilliant thank you! XX


      • Alissa says:

        I actually take that as a great compliment! You are so amazing! You definitely deserve the Liebster award, and I can’t wait to continue reading your brilliant blog. xx


  5. Mollie says:

    Aww, you are missing your first mate. :( Hope you make it through your solo week!

    In other news, that dress is adorable. Love that you sewed on your own stripes, it definitely adds to the look! Is Spirited Away good? I know it came out ages ago but I’ve never gotten around to watching it.


  6. Emma says:

    Oh, the sailor collar is the cutest collar ever! I love that you added the extra white edging, it looks even more sailor esque. This is my kind of outfit!

    Emma x


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