Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Back to basics

top - Primark
dress - Shein
boots - Primark
bag - Gamiss

co-ord - Shein
trainers - K Swiss

 dress - Shein
boots - Primark
bag- New Look

This post is an ode to basics, namely from Shein.

You know the ones.
The go to black t shirt, the jeans that fit oh so well or the jacket that goes with eveeeeerything.

Try as I might to veer off the beaten track when it comes to wardrobe choices, I tend to stick with the familiar; the ones that are easy to wear and require minimal effort. In other words, the one's you've worn time and time again without being let down by a slipping strap or digging waistband.

Would you go back to basics?


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Out of bodysuit experience

bodysuit - Shein
jeans - H&M
boots - Next
bag - Zara

bodysuit - Shein
jeans - H&M
boots - Primark

I was late to get into the bodysuit game.

Whilst I love a good leather trouser or tailored leg, the top half would always be a silk shirt or crop - I never saw what was allegedly so great about the humble bodysuit.

However, obsessively browsing depop one day, I took the plunge. A plunge Boohoo number had caught my eye and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. 

And that was it - sold. 

Striking the perfect balance between 'making a real effort' and 'keeping it cas', the bodysuit is the updated equivalent of the classic, jeans and a nice top. Shoutout to Missguided for spot on reactive marketing.

Anyway, they have become a night-out go-to, and these two from Shein are sure to become firm staples in the overflowing catalogue that is my wardrobe.

(Maybe I need to ease up on the metaphors.)

What item of clothing have you changed your mind on?


Thursday, 11 January 2018

New year, not so new me

Writing about feelings is difficult, especially when they're your own.

I remember when I was younger and I tried to start a diary. Whilst writing the day's events was easy, writing about how I felt just wasn't; instead of noting down my inner most thoughts, I'd write how I thought I should feel and embellish the page with sparkly stickers and gel pen doodles. 

Somehow, in diarised form, I'd created this person that I wanted to be, and that person was most definitely not myself.

Even though I would (presumably) be the only person to read my diarised thoughts, I just couldn't bear to spill my real feelings on to the page. Feelings that were messy and uneven and unable to fit into boxes, certainly not something that would look pretty in my brand new diary. 

Now I'm slightly older, being honest to myself comes a little easier, but it's definitely not natural to me. As with everything in my online and offline life, I'll try and portray the best version of myself, even though I'm not sure who she really is.

This is mainly because my feelings still are messy and uneven and unable to fit into boxes - if in doubt, just smile and wave, right?

But I think now, whilst being honest with myself is something I'm still trying to get my head around, I no longer feel that I need to change. 

Wishing you the best of new year's.


Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Abigail's party

jumper - Popjulia
coat - Stylewe
trousers & shoes - Primark
jewellery - Depop and H&M
bag - Kadell

Unable to quite believe that another year is almost up. Whilst we're currently in that in-between leftover mince pies and wrapping paper under the sofa stage, last minute resolutions, excessive champagne and existential crises will soon  be on the cards.

It's been a whirlwind and a half, that's for sure, but what's next? At least, that's the question we're so often asked.

And the New Year is certainly no different. Whether you're at a civilised family affair or sticky floored bar, questions tend to circle like vultures and the air suddenly turns sour. 
Rather than focusing on the present, the topic of conversation shifts to the future - to expectations and plans for what's to come.

Of course, it's never a bad thing to think about the future and set out ambitions for the year ahead. But when it gets to the point where anticipation for what's next takes over enjoyment of the here and now, it's questionable how beneficial it really is.

In short, I'm hoping for 2018 to bring more time with my favourite people, another New York trip and of course, more clothes. But, in the mean time, I'm going to spend some time enjoying this hot chocolate and back of the bread bin mince pie. 

Wishing you all a wonderful festive season.


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Well Dressed

One small downside of my life is the lack of occasions I get to wear fancy dresses to. 
The upside is, this realisation still hasn't quite dawned on me yet, as I continue to be attracted to sequins and embroidery and lace like some kind of textile magpie.

These three gems from ScrappyKokoStore illustrate this rather perfectly.

Which would you wear?


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