Tuesday, 28 March 2017

He Didn't Get the Memo

Sweater, scarf , hat & bag: Madewell, all old. Jeans: AG Stevie via Anthro, old.
Bookbag: Cath Kidston, old. I SENSE A THEME HERE.   

We went to Notting Hill this Saturday, where all the pretty pastel houses live. I jumped in front of this most perfect lilac specimen, yelling, "Victor! Take my picture!" He didn't seem to have ever gotten the memo that when you take blog photos of your wife, you make sure to get their feet in the picture, Or that I wanted more of that lilac house in the frame - not that the green door isn't pretty, I guess!

Otherwise, our day was pretty perfect - because, see that book bag I'm holding with my jacket and sunnies? That bookbag contains a very satisfying comics haul from the second-hand bookstore just off the main road. And let me tell you, I walked out of there with a gem I hadn't even hoped to find - book one of my favourite Deadpool writer's return to writing Deadpool. This time, 'Pool has teamed up with Spiderman (who hates him), and it was so funny, I had to stop reading it on the train back - people would've thought I was el nutso... 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Bundle Up

Hat: Topshop, Jacket: Hand-me-down, from Norway, Sweater: Urban Outfitters,
Jeans, bag & scarf: Madewell, Sneaks: Superga

It's been quite a week. I have to admit I feel weird about sitting here writing my blog post just days after there was another terrorist attack here in the city I've come to call home. I'm all right, and so is everyone I know, but wow... What a swine, eh? I promised myself a long time ago I wouldn't swear on the internets in case some future employer comes across this blog. So "swine" will have to do - though anyone who deliberately mows their car through school children is more than a swine.  

Anyway. It's cold again over here, so I've been bundling up in this enormous sweater I found at Urban Outfitters a while ago. (When I say enormous, I mean it - I am wearing a size small, here.) And I realised that it would be an almost perfect match with my suede baseball cap and brand new rosegold sneakers - which I bought because they'd match the rose-gold zipper of my bomber jacket perfectly. (Yes, I am insane.) I'm not even sure if this outfit is flattering, but at the time I was super into it, so here you go! Hopefully it will be warm enough soon to wear the shoes with the bomber jacket, so I can fully revel in this shiny combo.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Blossoms and Petals

Jacket: Anthropologie, Skirt: Chickwish, Sweatshirt, bag & shoes: Madewell. 

It's become a bit of a tradition, it seems, to get my picture taken under these trees, in this matching skirt, once every spring. Last year, I paired it with stripes, so this year, I mixed it up with my favourite sweatshirt and new bomber jacket instead (more on that in a minute). It's finally spring over here, and the blossoms are just exploding on trees all over town. Finally! 

So, this bomber jacket! It figures that after Cynthia and I agreed that Anthro has jumped the shark, I would spot this jacket in there while looking for a mug for my friend, and fall in love. Go home without the jacket, google it, and realize the price wasn't actually that bad. That I could afford this thing. Then go to Norway on personal business, where I'd be met with a whole Bildungsroman's worth of trouble and strife, and promptly buy myself the jacket as soon as I got back to London. Because I deserved it, or something. 

But anyway, it was totally an investment, because 1: Bomber jackets are the new hot item for spring, and 2: Blush pink is the new hot colour for spring. So BAM, that's like nailing two trends in the one item! I'm practically saving money here! (Sarcasm.) But more importantly, I really like this jacket. Wearing it puts a spring in my step, and it goes really well with the rest of the stuff in my closet. This won't be the last time you see this jacket - prepare to get sick of it! 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Fakewell, Amsterdam Edition

Top: Fat Face: Bandada: Vintage, Skirt: Lindex (in Norway), Boots: Timberland

These photos are oooolllld. Like way old. We took them last year when we went to Amsterdam, at the Museum Van Loon, a house decked out with gorgeous wallpaper and some seriously creepy portraits. I'd just come from Norway, where my mum suffered me to look after her while she recovered from knee replacement surgery - talk about keeping a tiger in a cage, hah! And it was freezing, hence the snowboots. I decided this look could be kind of a Fakewell outfit, since it looks a bit Madewell but not one single piece is actually from there. In fact I bought this top in the airport on the way to Amsterdam, when I realised I hadn't packed enough clothes! 
Also, this was meant to be a sarcastic pose:

Instead I look like I've been sniffing glue. Anyway, see that tassel sticking out of my pocket? It's from this little Anthropologie coin purse I have with my initial on it - since it was green (my favourite colour) I'd treated myself to it before Christmas and bought my mum a matching blue one - yeah, her initial happened to hit on her favourite colour, too! Also, this bandana - the bandana trend was just kicking off then, and I happened to find this thing in my old bedroom in Mum's house. Like, seriously - a perfect vintage 90's bandana that I had no memory of owning, so who did it even belong to? Not that I wasted much time worrying about that; it's mine now and I still wear it all the time! 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Organic Building

Top: Banana Republic, Skirt, backpack & necklace: Madewell, Shoes: Nike.

So we managed to find the memory card from our camera, and I discovered this outfit I'd asked Victor to photograph while we were in Osaka. Maybe they're not the most flattering pictures in the world, but I don't care! It was too warm to wear makeup, it just melted right off me and made my eyes sting, so here you go - internets, meet my nekkid face. This is the face of a woman who survived an eighteen-hour family wedding ordeal only days earlier - makeup is the least of my worries, ha! And clearly, I liked my outfit on this day in one of our favourite cities in the world. 

Anyway, the building behind me is pretty cool - I don't know if you can tell but literally the entire facade is covered in flowerpots! And I'm pretty sure all those black things are little storm drains that water the plants. It's called The Organic Building, which makes it sound like it breathes on its own and makes the walls - which would be translucent and warm to the touch, you know? - sort of move in and out. "Siiigh..." Luckily it's nowhere near that creepy in real life! 

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!