Girly I most definitely am not. I have spent my entire life since the age of 15 stomping around in DM’s and other chunky footwear and am definitly not someone you will catch shopping in heels and cute handbag on a Saturday afternoon. I like chunky and I like geometric. I like colour blocking and I like graphic shapes. But every now and again something catches my eye that’s the polar opposite to my usual sartorial attitude and I end up donning something like this.
Not only is the skirt floral- its frilly at the hem. Not only is the skirt frilly but the blouse is too. All the way around- 360 degrees. Not only that but I’m wearing heels to boot. As if all that wasn’t enough I worked hard to get this blouse, messaging Simply Be HQ when it sold out online, calling my not very local store and interrogating the staff, then finally going out of my way to pick it up in store. So enamoured am I with this blouse that I bought another frill shirt a couple of weeks later. Is this the end of the DM boot wearing season of my life? Ha- not on your nelly.
Skirt- Evans (Clements Ribeiro Swan from several seasons ago thought I bought it 2 weeks ago at the bargain price of £8!!)
Shoes- Evans from around 2008
What a glorious, glorious day today has turned out to be. So much so that I put aside by usual DM boot and jeans combo and stepped into my brand spanking Chubby Checker skirt. I wore my new Simply Be shoes and my shades and nobody could tell me A THING as I sashayed through the Midlands streets like a technicolour diva.
If there was anyone who didn’t approve of me trying to outshine the sun they kept their opinions to themselves. I was far too busy looking radiant to notice anyhow.
Tee: Evans (old)
If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, you ought to start!) you will know that I have spent the latter part of this past week frantically making a dress for my niece’s wedding. Now even though they handed out wedding invites months ago I still found myself starting the dress on Wednesday evening and finishing it on Friday night. I have to say I wasn’t majorly worried about not finishing it, more annoyed at myself for not doing it sooner. Anyhow, I finished it, bought my accessories and I have to say I am pretty darned please with the results.
The fabric is a medium weight brocade that I love so much it’s definitely fabric purchase of the year. You can’t really tell from the photos but there is a dropped waist and a full circle skirt with a rounded hankerchief hem. There is a V neckline at the back too.
I have some extra fabric left so I’ll be adding this dress to Etsy soon.
Necklace and earrings- H&M
I must add that the shoes were super comfy and although I had flats with me in case my feet hurt in the evening, I didn’t have to take them off at all despite lots of dancing.
I can’t really talk about the wedding outfit without mentioning the bride and groom who both looked stunning. Despite the horrid weather this week and snow the same morning, the sun came out and the whole day was just beautiful. It really couldn’t have gone any better than it did.
And finally, you’ve got to photograph the pretty looking dessert haven’t you!
All I want to do in the summer is wear yellow and douse myself in L’Occitane Verbena Eau de Toilette. I just don’t want summer to end.
Skirt: Beloved Endeavour (this print is unavailable but there are other prints on sale. Made to order)
“Where are you going in that Beverly Hillbilly dress?”
“Are you going to become a cowboy?”
“Are you going to the Midwest?
“Are you about to ride a horse?”
All questions I’ve had to field from a family member who has about as much style as ball of string but seems to think his non- fashion sense holds sway with me, and fancies himself as a bit of a comedian to boot *side eye*. I’m well impressed with my new Beverly Hillbilly dress thank you very much. I’ve been looking at it on the Asos Curve site for a couple of weeks but didn’t buy it as I felt I might look a little ridiculous in a pinafore as I left primary school a long time ago. After two weeks of doubt I came across this photo on Instagram (@girlsofplenty) which convinced me that it is possible to wear a pinafore as a grown woman and still look like an adult..
I can already see that I’m going to be wearing this all summer. It’s comfy, the fabric is sturdy, and if I decide that this is the year to become a cowgirl- I’m ready.
Its been a while since I wrote an OOTD post, only because I’ve not bought much new clothing of late. However, this week’s purchase merits an OOTD revival. It’s not about the jacket, the dress or the shoes as they are all pieces that have been featured on here before. This outfit is all about the bag.
With the emergence of adult colouring books, flat t- bar shoes and a café where you can sample an endless variety of sugary cereals, it seems like there are many of us who reminisce about the days when our lives were all about writing in pencil, Knock Down Ginger and Saturday morning cartoons. The appearance of Play Purse onto the accessories market is right on cue.
I cannot tell you the number of miniature pocket-money purses like this I had as a child. Each starting out with an abundance of multi-coloured beads, and ending their lives picked bald and cast aside. To see this in adult size brings back many happy memories. Old school style in a big girl size. It even comes with extra beads in case I want to go the whole hog and relive the bead picking experience, but with a big girl price tag I doubt it.
After spending the last two months in a uniform of denim leggings, tshirts and trainers, I decided I’d had enough of my “normcore” look and wanted to wear something different. Not for any particular occasion- just out of boredom. My favourite grey marl sweatshirt is so comfy but I’d gotten sick of seeing it. So yesterday I made this outfit…
Its marvelous how a new outfit can make you strut a little more confidently.
Top and Skirt- Beloved Endeavour (Will be adding it to the Etsy shop soon)
Jacket- Old New Look
Boots- Old Evans