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

Yesterday

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...

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Leftovers and Fangirling.

Sweater: Field Flower Skirt: Maeve Shoes: Pilcro. All via Anthro, all old.

So here's a thing - my Shinsengumi obsession appears to have returned in full force. It started, I guess, when I found my old volumes of Peacemaker and blazed through them like a ravenous wolf. It's so goofy, but so good - and so full of feels! (Oh god, the feels.) I was also blown away by the fact that one of them (Nagakura Shinpachi) apparently wrote a memoir(!?) that apparently hasn't been translated to English (!!!), so maybe I'll just have to rewatch the 50-episode (no, really!) drama series from 2004...? Just to make myself feel better?  


So maybe that's why I'm wearing this skirt again - because my brain is wired into Bakumatsu-era Japan, and this skirt is like a crazy-ass version of kimono print? (Btw, check how the pattern almost lines up here! So close, Anthro, but alas no cigar...) The wackiest thing about this outfit is actually how perfectly the shoes match the sweater - I had no inkling this would happen when I bought the sweater! Not until I dug the shoes out of storage and really looked at them did I realise that my subconscious had been at it again. 


Also, it's not often I shop for whole outfits anymore, but I definitely wanted to wear this sweater and this skirt together - I think I bought them at two different Anthros on the same day! It turned into a total quest to get this outfit before the items sold out. (The Anthro sale waits for no woman - London shoppers are savages.) See, Anthro had marketed the other colourway of this skirt (el hideoso in person, sadly) with the other colourway of this sweater (not available in this country, sadly), which led me to thinking that the two "leftover" items might work together... and they did! 

When I sing, I have to do this if I want to hit a high note. Swearsies. 

Um... just in case you don't know who the Shinsengumi were: They were the police force of the Shogunate while Japan was still closed off from the rest of the world. They wore bright blue coats (haori) with a white triangle border, said to symbolize the white-capped mountains against the blue sky. Just like Norwegians like to dramatize WWII because it's one of the most dramatic periods of our history, the Japanese keep going back to the Bakumatsu-era and the Shinsengumi. So there are lots of different versions of these historical characters and their story - the one I mentioned, Peacemaker, just happens to be the fangirliest one. ;) 

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Flintstone

Jacket & dress: Madewell, Sandals: Birkenstock, Bag: Spotted Moth

I look like him in this dress, which is basically an animal-printed sack - don't I? Like a certain yabba-dabba-doo-shouting, foot-pedal-car-owning cartoon man, right? Anyway, sacks were all I wanted to wear during out heat wave a couple of weeks ago, so it was lucky for me I had this one handy! 


I realise it looks like I chopped off all of my hair in these pictures, but really, I just had a trim and it's waaay longer in the back! Having short hair is something I really hate - never again! - so the tresses are here to stay!


And in case you wonder what it says on my bag? It says, ahem, "This bag contains a bomb, a gun, a really large knife and loads of drugs". It's the perfect picnic bag because it fits my enormous woolly outdoor blanket in it - stolen from the Norwegian state railway many years ago, though not by me! I am a perfect angel in spite of what it says on my bag. Well okay, so I once nicked a Starbucks mug, but like, aside from that? Perfect angel. Heh.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Free and Easy

Top: Free People (old), Pants + booties : Madewell (also old.)

This garment I'm wearing on top? Apparently it's not a shirt at all - it's a dress. 

*moment of silence*

Let's just go ahead and call it a tunic, all right? 


This is the only Free People garment I own. Not for lack of trying, but their stuff just mostly isn't my style I guess, or the garments turn out to be MEGA WEIRD in person. Like a dress that was supposed to be a golden yellow but was, alas, swamp water green. Plus most of those fabulous gowns look fabulous on other people... but on me, they look like I'm trying to be somebody I'm not. But hey, this one shirt doesn't make me feel like I'm trying too hard, and Victor likes it too, because hello cleavage!  


Oh, and not to harp, but the weather here has been crazy weird - last week I was running around barefoot in my Birks and showing lots of leg, and this week I'm back in trousers and booties - and even a woolly jumper on one evening! Can it just please be summer now?