Hello everyone! I Hope you’re okay – 1st of May already? Did we pass April? Can we rewind back and start this year again? I feel like these past few months have gone by so fast. // I think we all should appreciate our lives and how they are at this very moment in time and just thank and be grateful to God. None of us would be where we are right now if it wasn’t for the hope and faith we have in our Creator – the struggles and blessings, the weaknesses and strengths, the ups and down, the bad and good //

Anyway ladies – This photoshoot…

I decided to wear the shirt I made myself. It was part of my final project in my final year of Uni and the inspiration of the shirt came from Japanese origami and the fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. If you know me, then you should know I love my white shirts – I have so many; too many to count! I wanted to design something different from what I have in my wardrobe so I made this with wide cuffs on the sleeves (which wasn’t a popular thing at the time), a printed back and made out of pure silk. I went for a white on white theme so you might not be able to see the print clearly on these pictures.

The slit at the back was an honest mistake. I remember talking to one of the pattern cutting technicians during my time at the university and I placed my pattern on top of my fabric – not realising it said “centre back fold” – I was working on zero sleep – give me a break, I was semi-exhausted. I remember being silly and just having a laugh with everyone and I just cut straight through!! If you’re reading this and you’re a pattern cutter and make your own clothes, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. At the time it was such a disaster but once I made the shirt and transferred my print, it started to grow on me.

I thought what better way to wear it than with my COS trousers and my Zara bag. I’m also selling this shirt so if any of you ladies are interested in this piece or one made specially for you, email me on madiyaswardrobe@gmail.com for enquiries.

Yours Sincerely, Madiya’s Wardrobe.

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Hello everyone! I hope you’re all well. First of all, I want to apologise for my absence these last couple of months. From last April till now has been one of the hardest years of my life, literally. However, I have learnt a lot through the struggles and the difficulties these last 12 months.

  • The way people view you and the way you present yourself is the impression you will leave behind. As you go about the business of carrying out your life people will make judgments about your appearance, personality and capabilities. If you don’t like the way your life is playing out you can always take charge of your own perception of reality. You are in control of you. Not everyone in life is a top performer but they all have the ability to give off that impression.
  • Things are not always what they seem. You can meet someone and they can tell you everything you want to hear without any hint of truth. Anyone can give off any perception they want. The world we see is a reflection of who we are and what we believe. What people perceive is usually what they believe, and this is based on what they hear, see and think. Most of the time we cannot control what happens but we can always control our reactions.

People lie about things everyday in order to evoke a better persona. It’s important to be conscious of your perception, because if you’re not, someone else will create it for you. It’s your life you need to decide how you’re going to live it. Do you.

I’ve finally decided to accept that I am an official hoarder. But only a hoarder when it comes to my clothes! I bought this coat 3 years ago and till today, it’s still one of my favourite essentials to wear. Whenever I’m shopping for wardrobe essentials, I look for versatile pieces that can be styled over and over again, season after season especially when it comes to investment pieces like outerwear – this will always be my fave! I believe a grey wool coat should be one of your three classic pieces your wardrobe craves.

I want to share all of my style know-how with you to hopefully make your lives (and wardrobe struggles) easier.

Grey Wool Coat // I recommend investing in a classic shape that’s easy to wear and looks good with everything. Look for clean lines, minimal detailing, and invest in the best possible quality you can afford. Fabric is everything. Check the inside tag to make sure it’s at least a ‘wool blend’. This means the fabric is warm enough for British weathers and will wear better over time.

Black Skinny Jeans and|or (Trousers) // I currently have 5 pairs of black denim on heavy rotation. They’re pretty much all I wear. I recommend choosing fabrics with a bit of stretch and make sure you get them hemmed (just above the outside ankle bone) if they’re too long. Cropped denim is having a moment and shorter styles look better with high heeled boots and sneakers.

Black Boots // If you work in an office or corporate environment, I’d go with a more structured silhouette. Again, invest in real leather. There’s nothing worse than wasting your precious funds on inexpensive boots. They just about go with every outfit in your wardrobe – although they do ache my feet at the end of the day but they are definitely worth the walk of pain. If you’re on a budget (aren’t we all?) wait until you find a pair of black boots that suit your lifestyle and save up. It took me a very long time to be able to purchase these boots. I made sacrifices along the way and stayed focused on what I wanted.

On another note – this day shooting with @capturedwithsaf in different areas of the Alcazar, Spain was the most exciting one so far. I hope you all take something from today’s post.

Yours sincerely, Madiya’s Wardrobe.

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Buenos dias. Espero que estes bien…

Can you believe it’s already mid-Feb? I can’t even remember all of January. In my previous post, I mentioned the incident with my laptop; that got sorted. Then there was an incident with my phone (one I rather not get in to) but I used it as a warm up to start my year. However, I hope you are all making the most of 2017 so far.

I have a few exciting things that I’m working on, which I will introduce soon. But till then, enjoy these pictures @Capturedbysaf and I took on the streets of Seville and pictures taken from the Metropol Parasol, which by far has the nicest view of Seville.

Everyday I walk these streets to and fro from work to home and everyday it has some different to offer.

Yours sincerely, Madiya’s Wardrobe.

If anyone wants to know, this is a men’s bomber jacket that I actually bought from Zara. I thought it went perfect with this outfit as I just wanted to keep things casual.

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Happy belated New Year everyone!

I know I am 16 days late but I guess “better late than never” right…

I want to start off by saying I hope you all enjoyed your holidays spending time with your family and friends and I hope your year has started off with positive vibes.

I thought I would write down what 2016 has been for me and what I have learnt, alongside some photos taken of me before the year ended at my favourite place, Plaza de Espana!

2016 has been the year for “like, realising stuff.” It was a year of ups and downs, of lots of laughter and tears, of blessings and disappointments. It was a year of great loss for myself, my family and my friends! A year where I decided to take the risk and part my life between Spain and England. It was also a year of incredible experiences and memories. A year we all learned that things don’t always turn out the way we want and that sometimes things can go wrong. And it was proved, with every loss you do gain something else in return.

I cannot wait to see what 2017 has to offer. However, I have begun or AM beginning 2017 feeling really motivated; with lots of things noted down. There are many aspects of my life I want to improve this year; my fitness, my work-life balance, the way I prioritise my social life, my time invested in family and friends and I WANT a kitten but I live with people who fear cats. I’m thinking of just sneaking one in the house and making everyone believe it’s an electric toy.

All jokes aside, I just want to give you all some advice to start off your year on a good note – from me to you – Just remember most importantly, you just have to put your trust in God and have faith that God has put you on that path for a purpose and with gratitude, you will be where you are meant to be. God is the best of all planners. So trust and have faith in The Almighty. And just be happy with everything that is thrown at you. You’re in charge of you. And you will be better than the person you used to be.

Now for the sad news… My laptop! This week has just been falling apart. My laptop is going through a midlife crisis. If you know, can you please tell me how I stop my laptop from turning off every 5 minutes? Do you understand how hard it is to use your iPhone for literally everything you would use your laptop for? Online shopping, reading blogs, posting, listening to music, watching Netflix etc etc. The list can go on! But taking my own advice from earlier, maybe God has something better in store for me. Maybe a MacBook, just maybe.

I want to also apologise in advance if the resolution to these images aren’t as clear. I’m not willing to wait 3 months till I upload a new post so I had to use my phone for this one.

Yours sincerely, Madiya’s Wardrobe.

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Hey everyone. I hope you’re all well. I’m sorry, I’ve been absent lately. I’ve just been busy working and just wanted some time off to myself – everybody needs that time to themselves… But I do have some exciting things coming along your way. First of all, I want to introduce these cropped trousers that I designed myself. It’s a piece from my final collection that I put together in my final year at university. The collection was influenced by traditional Japanese Origami; I searched for perfection through the exploration of texture, formation, shape and structure. These trousers are inspired by the folds and clean lines that are typically characterised in Japanese origami. The work of the Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto had set a standard for me to produce high quality, contemporary pieces for
the modern woman with fabric as a focus.

I absolutely love shirts… Especially the cuffs and cufflinks. I used the idea of cuffs from a shirt and manipulated it by adding that idea to cropped trousers. We’ve all seen culottes, palazzos, ribbed trousers. Now we’re getting flares and frills coming in. I wanted to design something different. I’m quite androgynous and minimalistic when it comes to my clothing so I kept the trousers plain and simple. Also using 100% wool is a bonus – the fabric of the trousers is just so soft. It fits well and is comfortable.

I will be selling these trousers as a one off piece; this is only due to me working in Spain and not having access to all the facilities and equipment needed to make more. However, if you are interested – I am happy to compromise and make a pair once I am back in England. If any enquiries, please email madiyaswardrobe@gmail.com

I will introduce more pieces from my collections and other items that I create soon. And as I said “A lot of exciting things coming along your way” – so stay tuned!

Yours sincerely, Madiya’s Wardrobe.

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