Remember the snake print dress from the Evans blogger challenge? I’ve not worn it since. Why not? It’s too short. The first time I wore it I found that it rode up to a shorter length than I would like so it’s stayed in my wardrobe ever since. It would be fine with leggings or with some particularly skinny jeans but too short for me personally to wear as a dress, given that I don’t generally wear dresses shorter than knee-length. Then this morning I had a brain wave. What if I dug out my £5 Next Clearance skirt from a couple of years ago and wore it with that? They both have a similar amount of flare so just maybe……..
Ya- hey! A much better length for me so today I wore it to church. The two hems are not quite parallel in this photo so I straightened them up a bit and took another photo..
Better. It worked a treat and kept me extra warm on a blustery day. Styled with my indispensable classic M&S cardi, Evans shoe boots and tights and the seemingly omnipresent gold ASOS belt that works with darn near everything it touches. Result.
PS- and yes, I did make it myself
I have a new blogger crush and her name is Andrea. Actually no, it’s not the blogger I have a crush on its her blog, but I guess I can’t crush on the blog without loving the person behind it too. The site is Paper Sparrow and it’s simply sublime.
Andrea is an artist and serious crafter who makes me wish I could give up my day job and spend my time just making stuff. My favourite posts by her are the DIY projects as seen above where she creates her own stamp blocks and upcycles clothing and accessories by printing them with all manner of interesting and individual motifs, from animals to piano keys and beyond. Andrea also has an Etsy shop selling her wares which includes jewellery and postcard size prints. Check it out here.
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I’m not sure where Susie’s tights are from but I’m certain that I covet them. Hard. I sense a DIY coming on………
PS- Can’t ignore those superfantastic Nicholas Kirkwood shoes Ms Bubble is wearing. I think they are actually really speaking to me.
What can you buy for 25p these days? Not a great deal and I couldn’t tell ya the last thing I purchased for the princely sum of 25p with the exception of these “odd breads” that I saw at the till point in New Look yesterday. There were several bags of busted bracelets and broken whatevers for £1.50- £2.50 that didn’t tempt me but the dirto cheapo price tag on the breads did. I don’t think they all came from the same necklace but it matters not, I threaded most of them together on a piece of ribbon (it was too wide to thread the tiny pink ones onto) and hey presto- a brand new loaf.
The Markus Lupfer collection of seqinned jumpers at Toppers had me swooning as soon as I clapped eyes on it. I like all the designs in the range but I have a special love for the parrot piece and could not rest until I created something similar.
I scoured Ebay looking for a similar motif….
…….bought a plain black tee from H&M and bish bash bosh-
Well no. There was no bish bash boshing at all as it took me me almost two and a half finger prickin’ hours to sew this bee-arch onto the tee, and I also added some turn ups while I was at it and stitched them down. Admittedly I was watching The Reaping on TV at the same time so was a little distracted by the swarming locusts and satanic villagers which is partially why it took so long. Having to stitch every leaf down would have taken me ages anyhow even without pausing every few minutes to look at Idris- hunk o love- Elba.