Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Nomadic Gardens

Beanie, Madewell (on sale!), sweater, from Norway, hella old, Skirt: Chickwish,
Boots: Doc Martens, Coat: Madewell

The hip area in London used to be Camden, many moons ago, until that got taken over by Commercialism. Now, it's Shoreditch, which I like because it's where the playhouses were in Elizabethan days, and I used to take yoga classes round the corner from what they claimed was the site of the original Globe theatre. (Seriously, show me some archaeology and I'll believe it.) Shoreditch is buzzy and fun, and is famous for its street art. It's not just that Victor loves it - my mother loves it! And the two of them have gone round there looking for cool graffitti while I've been at the gym or whatever. 

Lots of people come to Shoreditch for the street art, but not many of them seem to have found the spot we found - the Nomadic Gardens, which were basically an open-air art gallery. Graffitti, art installations and sculptures - the latter a bit the worse for wear because they're left to the elements  - greeted us in a merry, eclectic mix. The first thing I spotted when we walked through the gates was this huge warrior. As soon as Victor had finished buying tea from a lady selling hot drinks out of a little mint green van - awesome lady, she complimented my skirt! - I made him take my picture in front of him, as well as the phoenix on his far right and the Japanese Oni on his immediate right. 

I mean, check this thing out, it's glorious! And did I mention the horns have been mounted on the wall? I'm just in awe of all the gnarly creativity that went into the creation of this wall. 
As for my outfit, I wanted to wear something green and I wanted to wear this skirt. Turns out they go pretty well together, right? Also, behold the blog debut of my white Doc Martens - see, I told you my style had changed! Or rather, it seems to have shifted back to where it was a long time ago, only taking some of the newer elements along with it...? For the ride, as it were? All I know is, I felt 100% like myself in this outfit, and that's something I feel good about. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Mom Jeans on Valentine's Day

Jacket: from Hong Kong, Top & clutch: Madewell, Necklace: c/o Sayaka,
Boots: from Norway, Jeans: Madewell, on sale now!

This was my date-night outfit for yesterday, when we celebrated our 13th Valentine's day together at a teppanyaki restaurant in our neighborhood. (We had to count that out on our fingers. 2005, 2006..) We were trying to remember what we ate on that first Valentine's, but neither of us remembers - Victor's main memory was that we went to see MacBeth, and it was a performance where they didn't exactly save on the ketchup, if you know what I'm saying. Not exactly romantic! And me, I know for a fact we went to a pub near the British Museum called The Ploughman - and we've never been back to that pub since, for some reason - before making out like it was the end of the world in a bus shed on Regent's Street. (Favourite Victor quote: "See, now you're just trying to eat me.") Anyway, we must have grabbed dinner somewhere but alas that is lost in the mists of time. 

Weirdly, we ended up matching for this date - Victor wore a red sweater over a shirt, and we both wore jeans because it's freezing over here, and nobody checks out your legs at teppanyaki anyway. Aside from my jeans, everything I'm wearing is stuff I've had for a while, but I love thinking of new ways to style stuff - this blouse and shirt combo was an accidental favourite, and all of a sudden I love pairing this necklace with this bag. And my jeans - brand new, I am obsessed with them! - are Cruiser Straights from the Madewell sale. And they are probably a size too big for me - they're supposed to hit you at the waist, right? This is what happens when you order online and can't try stuff on, I guess. I still love 'em, though! 

PS: Sorry about the picture quality - this is what happens when you find your camera but not your memory card. So until we find it or buy a new one, it's phone camera to the rescue! 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Lars and Me

Sweater: J.Crew, old. Dress, shirt & bag: Madewell, all old. Booties: from Norway. 

Why hello there! If you still read my blog, I'm sorry I disappeared for so long. I've had a weird few months of not feeling like taking pictures of myself because of what I thought was me putting on weight. I was working out and watching my diet more than ever, but my stomach just kept getting bigger. Well, guess what? I wasn't putting on weight at all, I was growing an ovarian cyst the size of a fist. More than 12 cm in diameter. This only came to light when I got sick - like, really sick - during a meal out with friends, because the size of this thing caused the ovary it was attached to to, ahem, flip over. Four hours of excruciating pain later, I was ready for some answers, which is why I went back to Norway to see my Norwegian gyno. These pictures were taken right before my appointment, by one of my oldest friends, who thought she was just helping me take selfies for an Instagram challenge. So did I, at the time. 

But well, Sayaka told me my outfit was cute, and she's a lady I listen to. And now that I've had an operation to remove the cyst - which I named Lars, because it was big enough to have a name, and because it was a Norwegian cyst, well... I feel really good and healthy these days. My stitches came out the other day, my organs have all shifted back to where they're supposed to sit - seriously, for the first few days after the surgery, I could feel them sloshing around in there! Like they just weren't used to having that much space! My body-shape is back to normal, all my clothes fit me again, and I miss blogging! In these past few months, I feel like my style has shifted, but I'm still wearing a lot of my quirky old Anthro stuff - just in different ways now - and it's something I'm kind of looking forward to exploring, so yeah... I'm back! Now, where did I put my camera...?!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

This Ain't Disneyland!

Dress: Anthro, old. Shoes: Birkenstock, mega old.
Sunglasses: from Japan.

Why, hello there! I've been gone for a while, in part because British summers are so short that I wanted to spend every possible minute of this one outside. Preferably with icecream and a pretty dress. I've come to realise that I can't justify buying any more summer dresses, like ever, because I have such a small window of time in which to wear them. Didn't stop me from buying one this summer though - a crazy pretty tie-dye number with bell sleeves on major sale... but that's a story for another post.

This gorgeous building behind me is Neasden temple - it has an official, very long name that I cannot remember for the life of me now, but it's located in Neasden, so...Neasden is one of London's more suburban areas, and boasts one of the five Ikeas as well as this Hindu temple. All the bits - by which I mean the stones, the carvings, every single part of this big building complex - was made in India. Then, these bits were all shipped over from India and constructed in Neasden - not one bit was damaged in transit! - assembled by workmen and a horde of volunteers. And it's gorgeous.

It's kind of hilarious how excited I was by this roadtrip - we spontaneously rented a car the same morning, and I packed us a picnic with bits I found around the house. Which Victor completely failed to notice - I mean, what did he think the blanket was for?! So we ended up picnicking in the car - me on cheese, crackers and an apple, and him on takeout from MacDonalds!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Bunny and Plaid

Top: Anthro, Cardigan: J.Crew Factory, Jeans & booties: Madewell

This is the real reason I bought these plaid jeans - specifically to pair them with this bunny tee. Literally years ago, my girl Sayaka wore this same shirt with a pair of purple and red (I think?) plaid jeans on her blog, Happily Ever Anthro. And I was like, "Must. Find. Plaid. Jeans!" Except I didn't. At least not ones that didn't make me look like a clown/slumber party guest/mental hospital patient. Until these jeans happened, anyway. 

Anyways, one thing I'll take away from blogging is the friends I've made, who I'd never have gotten in touch with otherwise, and who have just really enriched my life. As well as the fact that you can pair any pattern with any other pattern and get away with it as long as you do it with panache.  

Also, I now own three bunny shirts. I'm not sure if that's something I should be proud of, but I kind of am...

Thursday, 16 June 2016

For Science

Top: UniQlo, Cardigan: J.Crew Factory, Skirt:Anthro, Bag & boots: Madewell

Anybody remember this pencil skirt? It was part of Anthro's archival collection, and it's been ages since I wore it because it just never fit me properly. I mean it wasn't even shaped like a proper pencil skirt, more like an A-line! So back in April, I finally gathered up the five (5!!) skirts I'd been keeping aside for tailoring - including this one. And to the tailor I did go. The bill would make you swoon a little bit (Five!! Skirts!!) but after I got them all back, it was like getting a brand new wardrobe! 

I can't wait to wear my insane pencil skirt - now also insanely comfortable - all summer long! And chances are I'll be wearing it with this glorious top, which unfortunately seems to photograph as white... it's actually covered with random letters in black and blue, and the effect of the whole look is like I used to work as a gradeschool teacher, until I went nuts and murdered the principal - and then ate the principal. With barbecue sauce! But I love it. 

Also, I have a question/request... I'd been thinking of doing something fun and Madewell-related, since that seems to be my new obsession, with the handful of you who pop by here and read. (THANK YOU, by the way!) So tell me, for science, right - if I were to ask you to send me a photo of yourself rocking your Madewell goodies (doesn't need to be more than one Madewell item in the photo), and then I could feature you here on a Monday and call it Madewell Monday, just for funsies... Would you do it?! If you'd like to, let me know in the comments section! 

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


Tanktop: Banana Republic, Cardigan: J.Crew Factory, old, Jeans: Madewell,
Brogues: Anthro, old, Watch: Fossil, Necklace: Museum giftshop.  

As the title suggests, I wore this yesterday, and liked it enough to take pictures. Green, pink and black, it kind of works, right? Anyway, not sure if I've blogged these jeans before, but I've been wearing them all the time lately. They were one of those lucky ebay finds... I couldn't justify them when Madewell first launched them, but now, months later, they're mine - for a fraction of the cost! And you may think I'm crazy but I've found them surprisingly easy to style...

Also, I'd had my eye out for a green tank top like this for ages - and when I saw it, I thought for sure it was silk, and mega expensive, but it turned out to be cotton, and totally affordable! Ah, I felt like I was winning at life - one of those garments that has only existed in my head for years, and I could just go and buy it with a clear conscience. Wow, this is hardly the most engaging post I've written, is it? "I wore this and I liked it" - haha, oh well... I'm still waiting for my Shinsengumi book to arrive in the mail, you see...