Thursday, 31 January 2013

Very Sensible

Shirt: Gap, Cardigan: J.Crew, Skirt + Belt: Anthro, Boots: Clark's, Hat: Accessorize. 

I cannot have a good hair moment AND a good skirt moment at the same time! 
So when you've been taking pictures of yourself for a while, certain patterns begin to emerge... it kind of helps you to figure out what you like and what you don't like. And I've realised that I really, really like boots. It hadn't even struck me that it's kind of an anomaly to own this many pairs, and if you asked me which was my favourite, it would totally depend on which day it was... But this pair has served me very well, for at least five years!

Another thing I really like is Jackie cardigans. It's probably impossible to tell, but a) I really am wearing a Jackie cardigan here and b) it's navy blue, not black. It's one of the four (!) I snatched up at the J.Crew outlet store outside of Las Vegas, thinking I had to buy at least one sensible colour. I've made it my mission to wear and blog all my J.Crew cardigans in a row, so this should be fun...

Is there like a serious difference between J.Crew and J.Crew outlet by the way? I noticed the tags were different colours and specified the cardigans were outlet items, so now I'm wondering.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Pretty in Pink?

Jackie Cardigan: J.Crew outlet, T-shirt: Old Navy, Jeans: AG Stevies, Necklace: J.Crew

Confession time: These pictures are from weeks ago, before I came down with the Flu of Death. I'd forgotten all about them, but on a day like today when I look like death warmed up, they sure do come in handy!

I like that first picture because I imagine I look a little bit like Donna Hayward from Twin Peaks in it. It's the hair... Anybody else love that show? I remember my parents telling me I wasn't allowed to watch it, so I would sneak upstairs and sneakily watch it through a crack in the door. (They had a separate TV-room, you see.) "The owls are not what they seem..."

I paid a grand total of three dollars for this T-shirt, and while I only intended it for sleep- and exercise-wear, I now kind of love it for its 80's vibe. I mean, it's Madonna, from before she went all Kabbala and bought someone's child. So how can that not be cool, right?

Monday, 28 January 2013

Layers, collars and colds.

Sweater: Anthro, Shirt: H&M, Necklace: J.Crew,  Jeans: AG Stevies, Boots: Timberland. 

Welcome to my mother's back garden. In Norway. Where it's sub-freezing right now, might I add, so I've taken back a delightful cold as a souvenir, with an eye infection thrown in extra for free. When I blow my nose, it sounds like a little angel blowing a trumpet. Or you know, a boy elephant trying to get it on with a girl elephant.  

Anyway, this outfit - I kind of liked it. I thought my new favourite shirt from H&M looked kind of cool layered under my Peter Pan sweater, a bit like the way they styled this thing in the Anthro catalogue. (Except they used some kind of Buffalo plaid, and I'm not down with that.) Throw on my new favourite necklace too, and bam, a look that my sleepy Norwegian home town was so not ready for. But hey, I kind of enjoy it when people look at me funny. 

This is what my brother calls my bitch-face. I've named this unintentional self-portrait "What's Wrong With That Damn Camera NOW". I look so evil, I'm only including it because it shows the double collars and necklace better than the other pictures do. And, you know, to show people that messing with me is a rather bad idea. (Joking... mostly!)

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Layers and Snow

London is covered with a lovely layer of crunchy snow, and I've dug out my trusty snow boots to go stomp in it! I've discovered that bright colours give me energy in the dark winter season, so I've been wearing these red jeans a lot lately... Again with the mustard and watermelon colour combo, but hopefully the white serves to mellow it all out a bit... 

Also, I had a haircut. I realised that about nine months had passed since the last one, so it was high time. My lovely hairdresser looked at me in the mirror after she was done cutting and blow-drying, and said, "I'll see you in two months then?" She looked at my face, then said, "Three? Four?" Hehe, she knows me too well...

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Weston Wear - Winterized!

Dress: Weston Wear, Sweater + scarf: from Norway, Hat: Camden, Boots: Jasper & Jeera

This dress came home with me from the Weston Wear shop in San Francisco. I'd been stalking it and its wrap-dress cousin on their website for months because I just loved that pattern, and while the wrap-dress was completely gone, this dress was on super sale. Lucky! 

Main dilemma? It's a flimsy summer maxi dress and I wanted to wear it NOW! Which is why I'm wearing it with two sweaters, fleece-lined tights, a scarf and a hat. I decided to us a black sweater to downplay the loud pattern. And I thought, "Nothing says Weston Wear like a swooping swallow" - it's their logo - so I added this necklace and called it a day. 

This post features WAY more pictures of myself than I am normally comfortable with posting. I worry about people thinking I'm all in love with myself or something, haha! But I loved this flowy outfit so much that I wanted to share all of these. (Yeah, I use a sneaky word like "sharing" to make it seem all generous and not self-centered at all. Clever, eh?)

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Girl with the Red Pants

Jacket: Cartonnier, Top: Old Navy , Jeans: AG Stevies, Necklace, Anthro. 


The top I'm wearing in these pictures is really a cardigan I put on backwards. Shh! By that point of our holiday I was running out of clean clothes, so... Also, colour-blocking is still cool, right?

Speaking of colour, while Victor and I were walking through the Flamingo Casino after taking these pictures, I heard someone shout, "HEY! GIRL WITH THE RED PANTS!" I stopped dead. Were they talking to me? (Also, in the UK, when someone says pants they mean underpants!) Behind me, a girl with similar fire engine coloured trousers, a chambray shirt and a black scarf was waving at me enthusiastically. We went over for a chat, and it turns out she'd never seen anyone else wearing red trousers before. I almost asked her if her name was also Gwen, but it would have been too scary if she'd said yes! She was super nice, we even took a picture together before going out separate ways - that is, her friend took a picture on her iphone. My husband took no pictures whatsoever. Gah! Men!

And look, out-take of the day - which I shall name, "I Brush My Hair Sometimes, Because I'm Worth It."

Work those locks, baby! Yeah! 

Sunday, 6 January 2013


Sweater: Peter Pan Pretender sweater, Anthro. Jeans: AG, Hat + earrings: Accessorize. 

This last picture is actually the first - I started off the day with my hair in a bun, to show off the cute neckline on this jumper and maybe my earrings too. (You can just see them there amongst the flyaways. Someday I should put in some effort and learn how to do my hair properly...) Eventually, I gave up and wore it down for warmth, because the streets of San Fran were mighty windy.

These photos were taken in Haight Ashbury, which is a bit of a hippietown from a bygone era - and our favourite place in all of San Francisco. Alternative bookstores, amazing graffiti - and best of all, the loveliest cafe and hostel you will find anywhere on planet Earth, the Red Victorian. The owner is the most badass little old lady who ever lived, and the walls are decorated with her beautiful motivational posters. Not to mention, their cinnamon hot chocolate is just so yummy - and so are their fresh fruit smoothies.

...writing all this just makes me want to go back there. Right now. Oh, snap! Hippietown, I miss you!

Saturday, 5 January 2013

The Coit + The Crew

Cardigan & Shirt: J.Crew, Jeans: Old Navy, Belt: Bossini. Please ignore my shoes. ;)

If I look all freaked-out here, it's because of the sheer crazy amount of people who also decided going up into the Coit Tower would be a good idea. We queued and queued to get into the elevator (we'd gladly have taken the stairs but that wasn't allowed), and walked past the enormous queue to get back down with our hearts sinking - there only was the one elevator! And there was NOTHING at the top of the tower, which was kind of funny - there was the view, of course, but it was hard to get good pictures through the plexiglass.  

So, if you visit San Fran and feel like visiting the Coit Tower - trust me, it may look awesome and mysterious up there on the hill, but it works much better as a distant backdrop to your photos. Save your time and money for something a tad more exciting. Like, um, J.Crew, perhaps? There was almost nothing left in their sale section that I wanted, but this awesome green Jackie cardigan came home with me!

Friday, 4 January 2013

Red jeans and sunshine

Jacket: Cartonnier, Sweater: Urban Outfitters, Shirt: Gap, Trousers: AG, Boots: from Norway

So, San Fran! It was fifty shades of awesome. These pictures were taken on the morning of a gloriously sunny and warm Christmas Eve, down on Pier 39. If you look carefully you can see the sea lions through the bars in the fence! They were so adorable, basking in the sunlight and having a scratch with their back fins. It was nice and warm, but thankfully not warm enough to smell them, hehe.

Also, check it out! My brand new red trousers match the Golden Gate bridge! I'm blending in with my surroundings like a regular ninja here. That's right, my first stop in San Fran, after our hotel of course, was Anthropologie - with my long-suffering husband in tow. The sale room had sadly been well and truly picked over, but I did find these awesome red jeans there that I'd been coveting since they first hit the stores months ago. And the best bit? Victor actually offered to take outfit photos of me, for the whole trip. Man, that boy sure must love me...  

Thursday, 3 January 2013

The Jacket That Nearly Killed Me

Jacket: Cartonnier, Top: Bossini, Jeans: AG, Boots: Jasper & Jeera., Necklace: Anthro .

Remember when I went to Anthropologie and a shelf fell on my head? Well, this was the jacket I was trying on at the time, the Sherpa Moto Jacket. It went on sale in the UK right before Christmas, and at half price, I just couldn't resist! I'm glad I did, since it's kept toasty in San Francisco and stopped me from freezing to death in the Nevada Desert. 

Also, it should be noted that although I have done stripes on polkadot trousers before, this outfit is a blatant rip-off from this one, from the lovely Sayaka's blog. Some day, she might come and get me, Kaori Matsumoto- style, for copying her cute outfits - but for now, I'm hoping she'll let it slide! ;)