Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Brocade Pants Strike Again

Blazer: UniQlo, Blouse + pants: Anthro, Boots + bag: Madewell, Necklace: from Norway

Happy New Year! Well, we're like ten days into 2018 now, but my jetlag seems to finally have worn off, and it feels like a fresh start. These photos are weeks old now, from a town hall that had been painted candyfloss pink on the inside, where one of Victor's friends got married on a freezing Saturday morning. Anyway, this staircase wasn't pink, so it made a good backdrop for my outfit - because what do you wear to a wedding when there is a very real danger of freezing to death? Brocade pants, that's what - at least in my world, it is!

I apologize for my face. 

 So it strikes me that all the things I'm wearing in these photos are old - but that this is a totally good thing, because they're also all things that I really love. As I start the new year, I'm trying to be intentional with my style, with what I buy - and weirdly, or perhaps not so weirdly, that involves editing a whole bunch of stuff from my closet. (And storing it all at my mother's house, in case I have regrets. Ha.) Removing not just colours, but patterns, too. I have literally put myself on a polka dot diet, and I may also go buffalo-plaid free for 2018. It's like the Whole 30 except I can still have carbs and sugar, so win-win. But yeah, this entire outfit stays - my closet will always have space for brocade pants. 

So tell me - anybody else have style resolutions for the new year? 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Vintage + Yeti

Jacket: Monki, Tee + bandana: Vintage, Jeans: Madewell, Shoes: Ecco, Groceries: See Woo

So this summer while my mum was visiting, we happened to be walking past the local thrift/vintage store on the way to the Tube, when I spotted this T-shirt. It was on a rack outside the store, reduced to £2, and I fell instantly, inexplicably in love. According to the label, this T-shirt is from 1993. It frightens me a little bit that 1993 is now considered vintage, but it is what it is! I washed it and wore it with these same jeans the very next day when we went out for Chinese food with my friends. So I recycled the outfit a few weeks ago...  

.... only this time, with my Yeti jacket that I had just bought. This thing is warm, and soft. People like to hug me while I'm wearing it, because apparently it feels like hugging a Gwen-sized teddy bear. Also note that I am accessorizing with a stylish plastic bag from our Chinese supermarket of choice, See Woo. Here, have a side shot to give you some idea of just how big this jacket is:

And would  you believe I am wearing a small here? This thing runs oversized, all right! When I sit next to someone on the bus, I have to take the jacket off first! THAT'S how big it is!! 

PS: There is a pop star shooting a music video on our estate this weekend, so apparently I knew what I was doing when I picked this as the backdrop for my photos! (No, I have no idea which pop star. But the letter we all got warning us about it assured us that they are very famous.) 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Botanical Gardens + the one thing I bought on Black Friday!

Sweater: Esprit, Top: Anthro, Skirt + sunnies: Madewell, Shoes: Superga, Watch: Fossil

Hello, hello, does anyone still remember me? I'm currently down for the count with some kind of new super-flu, so I thought it would be fun to go through some pictures from this summer and finally blog again! What can I say, in the summer I just want to spend every living minute outside and soak up that Vitamin D, and blogging tends to go out the window. 

These pictures were taken at the botanical gardens in Cluj-Napoca in Romania. Since I had to have an operation this January, I didn't really think spontaneous trips would be in the cards for us this year, but well... Cluj-Napoca gives you value for your money! We had the loveliest long weekend there, probably my favourite memory is watching almost all of Little Shop of Horrors at a free student performance in the town centre. It was raining like crazy that evening so all the seats were wet, but we stood up for the whole thing anyway, swaying in time with the music. I'm telling you; you haven't lived until you've seen a man dressed up as a plant saying, in a thick Romanian accent, "No shit SHERRRRLOKKK!" 

Now since I'm here and have a lot of outfit photos backed up, I'm thinking I might alternate between summer and cold-weather outfits, just for some, ah, realism? Or something? You want realism, how about this: Yesterday, I hocked up some slime and then accidentally bit into it before I could spit it out. And that slime was thick enough to chew!

Oh, but let's talk about shopping! I'm usually not able to do much Black Friday shopping for one reason or another, plus I try to stay away from the whole shopping hysteria thing, but... this year... something I really wanted anyway was already on sale. And then I could get 25% off the sale price. And I just couldn't help myself when I had the chance to score a pair of designer jeans I'd been lusting over for that kind of money. So... 

These are the Pierced Cruiser jeans from Madewell's special event a few months back. They were supposed to be available in-store only, for one day only, but then Madewell took pity on those of us who don't live on that side of the planet and released a small batch on their website, too! I don't know if you can tell from this picture, but they've put in a stripe of lighter jean material on the outside of each leg. So. Damn. Cool! It will probably be a month or two before I get them, I mean they won't even ship until December. But it's nice to have something to look forward to!

Anyone else get something on Black Friday?   

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Accordion Dwarf

Jacket: Warehouse, T-shirt: Muji, Skirt: Anthro, Bag, shoes + shades: Madewell

I've had this skirt for ages. I bought it while doing a really dreadful temp job signing people up for courses at a community college. You had hundreds of people showing up maybe 20 minutes before their first class was due to start, and we were two temps sitting at a desk with a computer each, frantically going through them all. If people weren't in too much of a rush, I'd use the mouse left-handed because doing this for a solid seven hours was giving me shooting wrist-paints. And whenever I got someone who was really angry because their class had started five minutes ago, I'd swap the mouse over to my right hand. Under those circumstances, you deserve to blow your wages on a bright-red see-through skirt at Anthropologie, am I right?!

The rudest customer I ever had to deal with, and I swear I am not making this up, was a dwarf who took accordion lessons. I worked there two terms, and he showed up both times, carrying his accordion like a backpack because it was damn near bigger than him. And he would always show up five minutes before his lesson was due to start, expecting me to magically sign him up using only my the power of my brain, because obviously I typed too slowly (he was a right-handed mouse kind of customer). The first time this happened, he was so rude to me that on my break, I stormed into the staff room yelling, "ARGH!! THAT DAMN ACCORDION DWARF!!" And this woman who worked there burst out laughing. "The accordion dwarf! Oh God, I had him last time! He's awful, isn't he?" 

This was supposed to be a post about how I liked making the red of my skirt pop against all that brown and grey. And it turned into a post about the accordion dwarf. Oh well. Wherever he is, I hope he's learned that a little niceness goes a long way. ;) 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Adirondacks and Stripes

Top: Warehouse, Shortalls + bag: Madewell, Shoes: Superga
Last summer, I found myself wishing I had short overalls - especially while we were walking around Hong Kong in 36 degrees Celsius at the tail end of summer. Overalls are just one of my favourite things to wear. What with all the extended-family wedding stuff, I was feeling a bit awkward and isolated, and craving something cosy and familiar. So later on, I bought these Adirondack Short Overalls at the end-of-season sale at Madewell, thinking I'd save them for this summer. That strategy worked out okay! This is their first appearance here, but I have worn them a lot. A lot a lot. 

So, with regards to my "new" style that I'm figuring out, I guess a big part of it is combining things that are a bit blokey, like shortalls, with something a bit more ladylike? This top being the "ladylike" part of the equation. This was another end-of-season sale find for me - from this past winter at Warehouse. Once summer temps hit, it seemed the stores couldn't get rid of this top fast enough - so after wanting it all winter, I scored it for half price. I'm hoping to get a lot of wear out of both of these things, and I really like how they look together! I'm also really into the colour combo of my brown bag with this navy striped top - for some reason it makes me feel really chic, shortalls or no shortalls!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Colour Thief

Jacket: Warehouse, Top: Muji, Skirt & shoes: Anthro,
Backpack: Madewell Necklace: Thrifted

I look at these pictures, and all I can see is how I've tastefully hooked my necklace around my own boob. Oh well, when the Long Suffering Husband actually agrees to take your outfit pictures, you pose away in a hurry, never mind where your boobs might take you! In all seriousness, this may be my new favourite photo wall though, it's sort of behind our local cinema and aside from delivery drivers, there usually aren't that many people who might see you and wonder what you're doing. It's funny how embarrassing I still find this whole posing in the wild thing!

So anyway, this outfit right here seems like the most "new style" outfit I've put up here. For one thing, I'm wearing a lot of purple, which is a colour I used to feel very iffy about wearing! But all of a sudden, I can't get enough of it - especially not when I pair it with something brown, like this vegan suede jacket. As part of my whole mental restructuring of my closet (actual restructuring isn't quite complete yet, it's right up there with all the theoretical cake baking that I do), I started narrowing down the shades of colours that I want to wear. So with purple, I narrowed it down to lilac and reddish plum. I already had a few pieces in those colours, and all of a sudden I am back in love with them. (Well, I say that but I am also back in love with my purple floral jeans that I got years ago.)

Anyway, I think this might just be the blog debut of this skirt, which I sale-stalked at Anthro for months. Before I managed to buy the last one in my size on my phone, on Christmas Eve, while we were in Budapest. I can't decide if it looks more Chinese or Japanese - I mean, the cranes make me think China, but the pattern mash-up makes me think Japan... 

On a side note, one of my friends called me a colour thief when she saw this outfit on Instagram! That made me laugh. Not only does she pretty much wear all purple everything, she even has a purple suitcase - now that's colour dedication!  

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Karaoke Club

Bandana: Vintage,  Jacket: Warehouse, Everything else: Madewell - I knowww!

Oh crap - I've become one of those people who wear a single brand head to toe, it seems. I mean, for a while I was like that with Anthro too, and it was all, let's mix up horses and polkadots and something very pink and see what happens, whee! This outfit, I think, is a little more chill. At least it's got that going for it! I mean, I used to walk through Harajuku when we were on holiday in Tokyo and be like, whoa, does this person just go inside a shop, buy everything, and go home? And now I am that person?! At least my jacket is from Warehouse, and my bandana is from My Mom's House!

Anyway - let's talk culottes! I watched this documentary where there was a woman wearing a really similar pair with an off-the-shoulder lace blouse, and instantly I was like, I need striped culottes ASAP! But of course it wasn't that simple - the only pair I could find that looked right were at Madewell, so that involved sizing up, crossing my fingers and ordering via a friend who lives in Seattle. I always size up, because I'm paranoid. In this case, while the culottes were too big, they shrank in the wash and now fit me perfectly. More or less. They may have started stretching. Hmmm. 

Now, as for this T-shirt - I haven't done Karaoke more than, let's see, three times in my life I think? I know, that's like, nothing! How dare I call myself a member of the Karaoke Club then, right? But well, it's not like I don't enjoy karaoke - especially not when I do it with Victor, who likes to open with his personalized, rather non-PC version of Coldplay's Yellow. 

Also, this jacket - someone reached inside my brain and designed my perfect suede jacket - it's not even real suade, it's vegan! And it's so soft, like wearing a cloud... I only discovered this thing by accident, from a brand I don't normally shop at - but man, am I glad I did! I have been living in this thing, I tell you...