I think my black opaques, heeled chelsea boots and biker jacket are going to pretty much be my uniform for this autumn winter season. Here they are again with one of my latest vintage purchases. I love finding vintage C&A. This dress is by “Sixth Sense”, I remember them well.
Jacket- New Look
Its a rare day when I wear head to toe black- an even rarer day when I tuck my top into my skirt. Not content with just doing my number one personal “don’t”, I then punctuated the tucked in- ness with a belt. I truly am in the “just don’t give a &^%*” stage of my life.
I have now joined the future and gotten rid of my 2006 P300 Samsung (which I loved), and got myself a smart phone. The problem is, the phone is definitely smarter than its new owner as I have no more than a vague idea how to use it. However, I can just about manage the camera and am having fun twirling while my friends takes 25 photos per second (so it seems). And yes, that is the hanging ribbon sticking out of the neckline. Like I said- don’t give a …. (though I did care enough to tuck it in later).
Skirt- New Look (2004-ish)
Tights and Boots- Evans
Necklace- Topshop (2011-ish)
The image inspiration for today’s outfit-
I love this photo. I have no idea where its from but one of my Facebook friends posted it a while ago. I’ve tried asking him but not had an answer yet so hopefully he can shed some light. I know nothing of the location apart from the fact that it must have been somewhere playing some truly groovesome music some time in the late 70′s, early 80′s. You know I love 80′s fashion so there was no better look to emulate with my brand new second hand pleated skirt. Someone get me a time machine. I think I would have fit right in.
Top- New Look (old) (similar here)
Belt- ASOS (old)
Boots and tights: Evans (similar here)
See anyone you recognise?
On Friday I met up with Buttercup from Buttercup’s Frocks at Westfield Merry Hill, and we had a great time shopping, chatting and then shopping some more. I love meeting bloggers for the first time. Its a little like stepping into my computer in a Twilight Zone kinda way. I look at the photo we took and its kinda strange seeing us in the same pic, it’s like one of us has photobombed the others wardrobe shot. The surrealism of the photo is further amplified by the fact that we’re wearing the same dress. The photo was taken in Yours were we both liked the same frock but it didn’t fit either of us despite our different body shapes. It gaped in between the armhole and bust on both of us and looked pretty dreadful. Dear retailers, fat girl clothes need bust darts. You won’t win customers by cutting corners on the fit *shaking finger*.
We went into H&M but the plus section was so diabolically disasterous even by H&M’s usual poor show, that I won’t even comment any further. All that was missing was some petrol and a match. You would have to have seen it to really believe it.
We had more success in Evans where I bought a super bargainous dress from last years Clements Ribeiro collection for £18 (it was £20 but there was an easily repairable hole in the side seam) and Buttercup bought a jersey dress from the current Evans range.
I couldn’t wait to wear my new purchase and wore it to church the very next day. I was trying to do my very best Zadie Smith impersonation by teaming a very ladylike dress with black framed glasses and headwrap. Isn’t the resemblance uncanny…..
Okay, so I looked nothing like her. There is in fact someone else a little closer to home who I do definitely resembled…
Generally I don’t think we look much alike though some people think we do. However, there’s no denying a physical resemblance in this photo. As soon as I saw the pic it reminded me of this photo of my mom from the 60′s. The stance is the same and our arms even hang in a similar way for goodness sake, The head tilt and the side glance only reinforce the fact that I am slowly turning into my mother, something that I never thought would happen, physically, mentally or in any other possible way.
This metamorphosis isn’t a bad thing. I love my mother to bits, I think I just like to believe that all my traits and mannerisms are my own. I guess I’m wrong. My mom would have been in her thirties too around the time that this photo was taken. She’s 80 now and has no wrinkles to speak of so I certainly wouldn’t mind inheriting her good skin. I spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen though so I’ve probably sealed my fate as far as that’s concerned as I’m sure the constant glare ages you at an alarming rate. I’m just glad that make up for black skin has improved over the past fifty years and I have Bobbi Brown 6.5 to rely on. Whatever brand my mom was using really was not the one,
Dress- Thrifted (Originally Evans)
Bag- YeYe Vintage on Etsy
Shoes- Old Primark
Bangle- Old Evans
Belt- Old Asos
I’m wearing a lot of pale pink this weekend for someone who used to really dislike the colour. I saw this photo from the Grown and Curvy blog this morning and suddenly remembered my bright pink jeans that I’ve not worn for ages. It comes to something when it takes for someone thousands of miles away to remind you about what you have in your own wardrobe that’s two metres away from your very seat.
Jeans- Old New Look
Today’s outfit, courtesy of my mentalist camera. I think the blurred pic adds to the vintage quality of the whole look as this is one of my favourite and most underworn 1980′s vintage pieces in my wardrobe.
Dress- Cow vintage, Belt- Old Evans, Sandals- Evans (the purple ones are out of stock), Bag- Vintage, bangles- Gambian market, Shades- Lensway.
Man, I LOVE summer.
… wear them!
Another summers day, another photo in the garden.
This dress is my second favourite piece for this summer and it comes courtesy of those lovely people at Simply Be. The print is gorgeous and as if that wasn’t enough, the detail at the back is superb.
It comes with a neon yellow belt with a bow on the front but I’ve swapped it for the red belt to tie in with the red shoes as I didn’t want textbook co-ordination. I think it works.
Hoping for lots more sunny days so I can wear this dress a few more times before autumn.
Belt- ASOS (old)
Shoes- Evans (old)
…I bought something from Chesca. *Facepalm*
The Chesca aesthetic is generally “mother of the bride,” with its gored ankle length skirts with matching overblouse and co-ordinating fascinator. All very well if you are the mother of the bride- but what about meeeee? There’s a concession in my local House of Fraser store that I always browse and occasionally go into the fitting room to try something on, but nothing has ever had me mentally calculating how late my council tax payment is allowed to be before they send the bailiffs round. Until last week.
This is the blouse that did it. It looks really unremarkable online but in the flesh it’s a total showstoppa and grabbed my attention by the throat. It screams “summer” and is an absolute beauty. It has so much shape, form and texture that I feel like an art installation whenever I put it on. It’s subtly floral with an intricate shibori (fancy pleating) treatment, laser cut details and extra Tate Modern credit by way of the scalloped edges.
Love it, love it, LOVE IT. I teamed it with my Simply Be floral trousers for even more impact. Definitely my item of this week. Whaddya think?
I talk a good game but deep down I’m trying to slay my inner naysaying voice. I’m always saying how much I love bright colours and crazy patterns but I’ve never had the guts to wear brightly patterned trousers. I don’t mean patterned trousers with a black or navy base, I mean bright- like below.
Colours don’t really come much brighter than chartreuse. I was immediately drawn to the print but had to think twice about wearing it in a pair of trousers. Fat legs and bold prints command so much attention and make so much noise that I wasn’t sure my world ready for that much volume. I’ve seen other bloggers in patterned trousers and they look great but I usually stick to solid bright colours for my own pins. Well when Simply Be gifted me with these trousers I decided to dive right in and crank up the volume a little louder by teaming them with the brightest top I could find. I wore this outfit to the Simply Be Blogger Takeover event (more about that in another post) and I have to admit, felt so self conscious that I took a cab to the train station rather than risk rush hour ridicule on the bus at 8.30am. Chicken? You betcha. The yellow belly didn’t last long and by late afternoon I ‘d forgotten about my amplified legs and was strutting around like I owned the planet. In fact, I’m planning to find some more brightly patterned trousers as I’m now a changed woman. Can you recommend any? My thighs have found their voice and its deafening.
Top: Made by me
Trousers: Simply Be