Snappy Snap Seasons

Snappy Snap Seasons

I'm now continually torn and feel a tinge of doubt as to whether self-indulgent outfit pictures are worth bunging up given that I stand accused of not proffering enough beyond-moi interesting material on the blog.  Two minds are whirring around simultaneously but gah… what the heck…I'm so excited about these pictures I've developed from a roll of film and a disposable camera that I'll plunge head first into the self-indulgent picture pool and not look back.  The excitement comes not because the subjects are particularly amazing but because I literally haven't taken rolls of film to a Snappy Snaps in about…. err….TEN years?!?  Not since art GCSE I believe…

The first two snaps come from a roll of film that has been 'rolling' around for months, taken around the time when snow hit London and stopped the city from functioning properly…

(Tim Ryan feathered wool cardigan, vintage tweed jacket, grey jumper, Comme des Garcons for H&M drop crotch trousers, white flats, H&M leather gloves, Vivienne Westwood bag)

(Vintage Balenciaga coat, Uniqlo heat tech top, American Apparel leggings, grey socks, Yookoo cosy used as hand muff, grey suede platforms, vintage bag)

The second two were taken on a Passion Pit promo disposable camera on the weekend just gone when it was pretty intensely sunny during the day with whispers of autumn blowing in at night. 

(Fred Butler headpiece, vintage Rodier jacket, vintage pink silk tee, costume leather shorts, Falke tights, TUK creepers)

(Y-3 floppy hat, Primark grey jersey jacket, vintage black corset, Alexander McQueen navy cape worn as skirt, Michael Angel leggings, Office sequin shoes)

I'm going to be hideously obvious and grossly overdue and answer that old standard pressgang question "What inspires your style?" now by saying seasons and seasonality really does factor in a lot to what I'm wearing and moods of outfits shift dramatically with the temperature difference of five degrees in either direction.  I feel somewhat pressurised to give a vaguely arty farty answer to that
inspiration question when most of the time, it really is JUST the
bloody weather that inspires an outfit.

There's something about physically holding and inspecting pictures in the flesh that for some reason makes the idea of 'seasons' resonate even more with me.  I remember the snow instigating gigantic bulky layers and my wearing a hide-it-all big coat.  How grey was a colour of choice because I literally wanted to match the grotty dirty snow that the initial drift disintegrated into.

Then of course the sun over the bank holiday weekend forced the Y-3 hat to come out and by choice, I was thinking the Michael Angel leggings needed sun to back up its vivid colours.  The first whiff of chilly wind on Sunday night meant that tights had to come out even though I've gone bare-legged for waaay long. 

There you go.  Boring cat is out of the bag.  Sadly the answer to the inspiration question isn't "I wanted to feel/look like a 1920s' English aristocrat that is on the edge of committing suicide due to a floundering bisexual husband with debt problems…" and I've basically answered that ol' chestnutty question in a very image-based roundabout way…


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  1. hippyhippychic

    2009-09-02 at 5:01 PM

    the last photo is my favourite.
    the outfit looks demure at the start but as you scroll down the coloured tights pop out at you.
    love it

  2. Emma

    2009-09-02 at 5:01 PM

    Oh i love these pictures, there is such a vintage-old style feel to them!
    Those leggings are just beyond amazing!
    You have such an awesome style!

  3. dreamsequins

    2009-09-02 at 5:04 PM

    The thing that makes your blog unique is definitely you. Your personal style and taste. That’s what keeps us coming back for more! I love your feather cardigan and Michael Angel leggings, BTW. Gorgeous textures! Keep doing what you’re doing.

  4. Sara

    2009-09-02 at 5:05 PM

    your outfits are my favorite part of the blog! don’t stop posting them because of one person!

  5. Alice Le

    2009-09-02 at 5:11 PM

    Hahaha, I love your sense of humor. Great outfits. I want more outfits posts from you!

  6. ellio100

    2009-09-02 at 5:15 PM

    Haha, this is classic bubble and is all the more awesome for it. Your style is out of this world and it’s what keeps me coming back for more, I would miss it if you just posted about other folks. And all that goodness is squared by your attitude, which in this post, rules.

  7. kater

    2009-09-02 at 5:16 PM

    Film is so fun! I just started using it again myself, and it’s loads of fun 😀
    These are lovley. That first one is just fantastic and whimsical. And for what it’s worth, the ‘you’ posts are usually my favorite anyway!

  8. Ali (hello birdy)

    2009-09-02 at 5:16 PM

    Lovely to all! You should shoot film more often 🙂
    That second snap looks like it could be from an editorial. And please don’t stop with the personal outfit photo posts, I know opinions differ but they’re the reason I read your blog!
    also..Susie Bubble wears primark too? Who’d have thought it.. That appeases my guilt a bit!

  9. Pam

    2009-09-02 at 5:18 PM

    Wow, I love your Vintage Balenciaga coat and obviously the way you accessorized it!

  10. Kit @ The Fashion Assistant

    2009-09-02 at 5:19 PM

    Love the post. I prefer shooting in films esp slide film and then cross-process…you get this wonderful tones. I’m getting sick of shooting in digital.

  11. Sally

    2009-09-02 at 5:20 PM

    Eesh, lady, don’t EVER stop posting outfit photos. Please. That first one has me aching with envy: The feathered cardi, the tweed, the darling bike!

  12. Joanne

    2009-09-02 at 5:24 PM

    Vintage Balenciaga, yum!
    Loving the built-up cosy but classy look as well.

  13. Abbie

    2009-09-02 at 5:26 PM

    I like your outfit posts! The first photograph is beautiful. I love the cardigan and the jacket and the leather gloves… xxx

  14. StyleTease

    2009-09-02 at 5:26 PM

    I love these kind of posts the most and besides it’s your blog so you can post what you like, when you like.

  15. amanda

    2009-09-02 at 5:28 PM

    love these! makes me want to use film again

  16. Rachel

    2009-09-02 at 5:33 PM

    Your photos are so fun. You always look like you’re off on the best vacation ever, even when you’re just at home! Love that you used film too!

  17. AlCake

    2009-09-02 at 5:37 PM

    Love the 3rd outfit – the delicate Fred Butler headpiece with the chunky T.U.K. Creepers.

  18. C

    2009-09-02 at 5:37 PM

    Well good answer.

  19. Winnie

    2009-09-02 at 5:45 PM

    Please never ever stop the outfit posts. After all, that has always been a part of your blog!
    Love the photos! Like most of us, I have been printing out my digital photos at boots for ages and have really forgotten how lovely film can be!

  20. Kat

    2009-09-02 at 5:47 PM

    Love the first pic of you…beautiful feathered piece and that bike!

  21. Olya Baileys

    2009-09-02 at 5:50 PM

    lovely and stylish as always))

  22. ambika

    2009-09-02 at 5:54 PM

    Gosh, there really is nothing like film, is there? These are amazing shots, full of depth & shade and you look awesome, as always. Love the hat.

  23. luxirare

    2009-09-02 at 6:01 PM

    It upsets me that you let that one ignorant commenter who said your posts were
    “self gratifying” even get to you. There is no ounce of truth to it, compared to other bloggers who post nothing but content that has to relate to them directly, your blog serves as not only a self styling experiment but an educational one as well where you alert us of other interesting fashion news. Besides your outfit posts lack the vanity that some other bloggers present, maybe its because you’re keen on showing the outfit itself and taking risks with styling even though they are not traditionally trendy..We can all see you’re genuine about your love of clothing and that its not about promoting yourself in that “modelly” look sort of way. Also you’re writing is particularly excellent and it obviously stems from the fact that you like to Read.
    With that said, its also nice to see that you do in fact respond to the criticism, that you don’t just ignore it and act like “well its my blog and you can leave if you please”. Its interesting to see that you’re not overly defensive, in fact you’re keen on using the criticisms to change your approach or at least acknowledge that there is always room for change.
    I honestly love the outfit posts and would enjoy if you did them more often, there my two cents for the day.

  24. luxirare

    2009-09-02 at 6:02 PM

    i meant “your*” lol

  25. miika

    2009-09-02 at 6:10 PM

    Girl, when the pictures are of you or the stories are about you, I usually find it ONE HUNDRED TIMES MORE INTERESTING. We come to be inspired by you. Often when you post about other people I fall asleep.
    Love your blog. Thanks.

  26. susie_bubble

    2009-09-02 at 6:10 PM

    Hey thanks for the encouragement guys and as Luxirare says, I am eager to address criticism… because I’m always out to improve the baby that is my blog… it’s not like personal criticism like “You’re ugly” where I can’t physically do anything about it… the blog is a space that can constantly change and it has to evolve otherwise, frankly, I’d end up boring myself…so don’t be too harsh on Moi who has instigated all of this… he has a fair point and I will do my best to address his grievances.

  27. Kayyy

    2009-09-02 at 6:14 PM

    The outfit posts are my favourite part of your blog! Please keep posting them.

  28. Alicia

    2009-09-02 at 6:18 PM

    There’s something about pictures that come from actual film. I don’t know. They have a different aura about them.
    I love all of these, Susie. And weather is more than a good enough inspiration for an outfit. How you manage to make all those creative connections based solely on the weather is what I marvel at.
    And you achieve a well enough balance on your blog. I love your outfit photos and designer profiles and whatever comes in between. Just saying. LOL

  29. michele gallagher

    2009-09-02 at 6:35 PM

    Hi Susie,
    Just do what ever you want because your talent just keeps on growing. Your “snappy snaps” or whatever kind of camera you used AND you highly imaginative “self-indulgent” outfits. Well if that is what self indulgent is – then let us all aspire to be Susie clones.
    I told you before you were the Picasso of fashion or something like that can’t remember what I said exactly
    but – you go with what you dream up because its really very
    out there and in a way rarely found.
    Meanwhile thanks for the tip on a throw away camera least one day my mega pixels little hand me down dies which would be tragic. Ive grown emotionally attached to the funny little cam I have no idea how to use 🙂
    michele gallagher

  30. yulanda

    2009-09-02 at 6:42 PM

    I’m glad you posted these because they’re great photos and great outfits!

  31. Jennifer

    2009-09-02 at 6:48 PM

    Awesome pictures! You look amazing in all but I especially love the first!

  32. witchdoctor

    2009-09-02 at 6:52 PM

    Dearest Susie,
    Your outfit posts amaze, and inspire, and confuse me…only to amaze me all over again. You have a way with colour and shape and texture that is truly unique, if anything I wish there were MORE Bubble styles documented here.
    Style Bubble is one of the most unselfish ‘style blogs’ around. Please know that for every criticism there are many many more with only praise.

  33. Claire

    2009-09-02 at 7:01 PM

    I second what Luxirare said, basically.
    You do have a lot of really *interesting* clothes, and you wear them in honestly interesting ways. The fact that we see what you wear, how you present yourself in ‘real life’, it’s an extra bit of you-flavour that lets a reader know if they’ll get along with your opinions or not. It adds context to all of your posts.
    You seem to really WEAR your clothes, which to me as a character designer is fascinating and encouraging and inspiring.
    It’s also interesting because you often mention your thoughts behind/related to what you wear, and the ways that that gels or clashes with the way I do things makes me expand my thoughts and reminds me that everyone really is different, even if they are also similar. That’s a good thing to be reminded of!
    Thanks for your blogging, Susie!

  34. ingred

    2009-09-02 at 7:11 PM

    I love seeing your outfits! Please continue, they are such a great complement to the other posts, or vice versa!
    Thank you!

  35. jointjumble

    2009-09-02 at 7:14 PM

    I love these pictures, I love the strange colours that come out of disposable cameras. We took all our holiday snaps on them, and the excitement of collecting them is sometimes the main reason for using a disposable!Please do more posts about what you wear daily because it is so inspiring and always interesting. You always make me not want to wear the jeans and T-shirt uniform that i ocassionly slip into xx

  36. All Women Stalker

    2009-09-02 at 7:14 PM

    Please keep the outfit posts coming. And these are frame-worthy photos.

  37. diane

    2009-09-02 at 7:14 PM

    I see I’m not the only one who loves that Balenciaga coat.
    I love your answer for what inspires you! Hahaha, you crack me up. xo

  38. Hannah

    2009-09-02 at 7:15 PM

    I love your outfit posts! Please don’t feel like they’re self-indulgent, because I know I’m not the only one who finds them very inspiring (even if you don’t!). You never shy from risky pieces and it’s great to see dressed both up and down. Also, I love that you smile in a lot of your pictures. It highlights the non-pretension that is apparent on your blog.
    I love all of these but the first one incorporates lots of my style weaknesses (fall textures! white shoes!) and I LOVE that you follow that with an assessment of seasonal fashion inspiration. The last few days are the first this year that have felt remotely fall-ish and I’ve been totally caught up in fall fashion exuberance! Keep it up!

  39. Malena

    2009-09-02 at 7:21 PM

    I have always loved your outfit posts! The leggings are spectacular and make the last outfit perfect.

  40. Pearl Westwood

    2009-09-02 at 8:01 PM

    Ah I miss real cameras! These are all amazing outfits, I adore you in that feather coat!
    Also I second what everyone else said before, your outfit posts and seeing your lovely smiley face are what make the blog, along with all the fashion newsy stuff of course. To be honest I though you were doing less outfit post lately, guess its all perspective! x

  41. Make Do Style

    2009-09-02 at 8:15 PM

    Great post! Loved the last para v. drowl indeed Ms Bubble!

  42. Gaby

    2009-09-02 at 8:23 PM

    I love your blog. I saw you in Elle and now im a great fan.
    If you have time, please check out my blog:

  43. Style de Vie

    2009-09-02 at 8:36 PM

    I love the first photo with your bike!

  44. Constance

    2009-09-02 at 9:09 PM

    Well Susie, I prefer your outfit/personal posts than the other ones. That’s what makes you unique. LOVE THIS POST.

  45. you got the style

    2009-09-02 at 9:19 PM

    I think that the amount of commenters have shown that your outfit posts are our faves but thought I’d let you know I love them too! It’s why we keep coming back, for inspiration and to see the different take you have on style or wear a particular item.

  46. olga_p

    2009-09-02 at 9:49 PM
  47. Tomorroww

    2009-09-02 at 10:02 PM

    wow susi you look so beautiful. love the leggings in the lat picture.
    Tomorrow x

  48. shay

    2009-09-02 at 10:16 PM

    People who think outfit posts are self indulgent don’t get it. I get more inspiration from seeing real people work their own wardrobes than from any fashion show or magazine!

  49. Marisa

    2009-09-02 at 10:24 PM

    I am in love with your outfit in the first pic! That jacket is to die for!

  50. Little Clementine

    2009-09-02 at 10:30 PM

    Beautiful and innovative outfits as usual.

  51. Britte

    2009-09-02 at 11:45 PM

    Your outfit pictures are my favorite part and the MAIN reason I read the blog. You seem real and your photos and personality in what you write reflect that. Dont listen to them!!!

  52. selina

    2009-09-02 at 11:55 PM

    we read this blog because of you, not the topics you post! we don’t want anonymous info, i love hearing about you and especially outfit posts! i love how the grey looks lilac in these pics

  53. KD

    2009-09-02 at 11:57 PM

    I cannot believe someone told you that the blog didn’t have enough interesting, non-outfit material! Geez! You have one the best blogs out there!

  54. Brigadeiro

    2009-09-03 at 12:14 AM

    Ooh, please feel free to self-indulge more often 😉 Fab pics! Especially the 1st one with the bike! The outfit and picture as a whole are FABULOUS!

  55. MANFOX

    2009-09-03 at 12:14 AM

    Bring on the outfit pictures!!!!! First and foremost it’s YOU that makes your blog interesting. I definitely do not object to any self indulgent outfit pictures here… need more! These were fantastic, and the photos are very beautiful.

  56. WendyB

    2009-09-03 at 12:58 AM

    I’m in love with the Westwood bag.

  57. Stephanie

    2009-09-03 at 2:12 AM

    The outfit posts will never be self indulgent like some other bloggers because a) you aren’t half naked, b) you aren’t “posing” for five billion pics, and c) your clothes are obviously far better. Never stop posting your outfits, please!

  58. cali

    2009-09-03 at 2:48 AM

    That hat is so cute! I don’t know i I would be able to pull it off, but you certainly do!

  59. Isabel

    2009-09-03 at 3:45 AM

    You always look great, and those Michael Angel leggings are to die for! Love it…

  60. sui

    2009-09-03 at 6:06 AM

    woa! michael angel leggings. <3

  61. ghost

    2009-09-03 at 6:50 AM

    you should definitely keep posting outfit pictures. i struggled for awhile with whether or not it would feel too self-absorbed to do that, but i realized that the blogs i really love are the ones that are the most personal.

  62. CC

    2009-09-03 at 7:43 AM

    Love Love Love the vintage coat! It is so beyond gorgeous. 🙂

  63. jess

    2009-09-03 at 8:25 AM

    Love the first film cameras – there’s an interesting quality to photos developed from film that I can’t pinpoint exactly what. Also, I’ve love your outfit posts since the beginning – when you had your camera in front of your face. Your incredible, inspiring and fun outfits are one of the main reasons why we’re so attached to your blog.

  64. Solo

    2009-09-03 at 9:32 AM

    Lovely indeed! But i like th most that shot wearing your floppy hat. With that gorgeous leggings. ;d
    Travel and Living
    Job Hunt Pinoy

  65. Becoming Fearless

    2009-09-03 at 9:45 AM

    ahh Susie if anyone could be accused of being a bad or selfish blogger that person is not you! your riotous outfits are what we come here for!
    love those Michael Angel leggings on you.
    Mathilde xxx

  66. Frankie - Swell Vintage

    2009-09-03 at 11:52 AM

    Your smile is so infectious! Great pics, as always x

  67. Denise@ Swelle

    2009-09-03 at 3:23 PM

    People are complaining you don’t offer anything beyond posting pictures of yourself? What dinks. I learn more about the should-be-knowns from you than anyone else.
    While the seasons/temp/mood may be your natural raison d’etre for dressing, can we see just once the outfit that would reflect this:
    “…a 1920s’ English aristocrat that is on the edge of committing suicide due to a floundering bisexual husband with debt problems…”

  68. monica

    2009-09-03 at 5:45 PM

    when you’re so creative in mixing patterns, fabrics, etc etc etc, you do not stop, you continue posting your own outfits. that’s especially what keeps your readers coming.

  69. pretty face

    2009-09-03 at 6:05 PM

    Never think for a second that we would get bored of your outfit posts.

  70. Couture Carrie

    2009-09-03 at 7:53 PM

    Love all these looks, darling S! Such a treat to see an outfit post… you are such a fabulous and creative dresser; especially love the McQueen cape as skirt!

  71. dreamy

    2009-09-03 at 8:09 PM

    i love the solidity and stillness of your film-shot photographs, especially in sunlight. now that everyone’s eyes are adjusted to digital images, anything on film looks somewhat magical. so great use of snappy snaps! and great outfits (surely ur unique style is half the usp/ appeal of this blog anyway. don’t stop!)

  72. Alexandra

    2009-09-03 at 10:50 PM

    Please don’t stop posting your outfits! They’re the main reason I visit your blog. They’re so fun and inspirational. It would be very sad if you stopped.

  73. rollergirl

    2009-09-03 at 11:41 PM

    Ahhhh, good old film, you can’t beat that feeling of picking up the snaps from the chemist/Snappy Snaps… Lovely pics Susie.

  74. The Glossy Ed.

    2009-09-04 at 1:42 AM

    wow think that first pic may be my fave of you…. ever?? mix and melange of black textures and small patterns with black bicyclette is near perfection xx

  75. Jules

    2009-09-04 at 7:59 AM

    Obviously awesome! And i like them, you look so beautiful on those outfits. =D
    A Writers Den
    Brown Mestizo

  76. darwin

    2009-09-04 at 10:13 AM

    i love love love love disposable cameras…its the supprise! hehe i also love your outfit posts as you truly have unique style and are really quite inspiring!

  77. Nadia Kamballa

    2009-09-04 at 10:27 AM

    I love your last picture, the leggings are great!!

  78. The Starling

    2009-09-04 at 10:57 AM

    Susie…great pictures…but where are you in the last photo? I’m 99% sure that I used to work for a designer who had a studio which would have been on your right?! I may be mistaken, but is this near the Arsenal football ground? So strange!

  79. susie_bubble

    2009-09-04 at 11:44 AM

    ^Carl, I’m outside my house! Yes, JW Anderson lives below me and yes, i live a stone’s throw away from the Emirates stadium…

  80. Maverick

    2009-09-04 at 1:09 PM

    haha, susie, sooo not boring! I love that featherd cardigan, x10000

  81. Vint Junky

    2009-09-04 at 1:42 PM

    You look Adorable! Love the leather shorts and Tuk creepers combo.

  82. SwanDiamondRose

    2009-09-08 at 8:49 PM

    sort of overwhelmed and don’t know where to start commenting but i love that vintage Balenciaga coat and that whole outfit. and that 1st outfit. and more. and can’t imagine people don’t want to see you dressed up! and you remind me to not give up on my leather shorts. have to find them again.

  83. p.s.

    2009-09-08 at 9:02 PM

    i, like most people who read your blog, are ABSOLUTELY ENAMORED with your style and consequently, you outfit posts. they make your blog really special… and honestly, provide me with an outlet to perhaps think a bit more vibrantly and ‘out-of-the-box’ when it comes to composing my own outfits each day. please don’t stop. you are SO beautiful and your work is such an inpiration and a breath of fresh air!!!!

  84. irina

    2009-10-03 at 9:01 PM

    you look inspiratinal! Always! x

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