Thursday, 28 November 2013

Me and my hat...

Jacket: Sherpa Moto Jacket, Anthro, from last year. This jacket nearly killed me, you know.

Let me start off apologising for how bad these photos are - I literally didn't realise I'd put the camera too far back on that ledge until after I got home. If you're wondering about my shoes, I was wearing my Meander moto boots. They are all over this blog, so I'm sure you've seen them before, right?

Fedora: Zara, men's section, Sweater: J.Crew, Button-down: UniQlo, Trousers: Anthro

Anyway, this seems to be my traditional posing spot when I'm wearing my fedora... At the call centre where I now work (glamorous, right? It's the price I pay for being a creative free spirit, crappy jobs), it appears to be a bit of a thing that the Norwegian guys all wear hats. One guy has this awesome classic tweed cap, the other wears an assortment of woolly hats. So the day I wore this, I decided I was going to join in on this hat party. I caved and took it off though, it was way too hot inside the office!

As for these pants, I love them but they are now so big on me that it's actually unflattering. It's weird how tight-fitting jeans make my butt look nice and baggy pants make it look hugemongous, eh? The shape of the legs doesn't help either... I'm going to take them to the tailor down the road and ask if it's worth the money resew them completely. If it's not, I may have to let these pants go. And it's stupid because it's just clothes,  but that thought still makes me kinda sad.  

Because I weirdly like this picture of me, have a close-up of my gloriously mad sweater. 
Which I think is also too big on me, thought it's always hard to tell with things you buy on the internet until you actually have them in your house to try on.  Perhaps the sweater needs to be taken in and have the arms shortened, but I am kind of afraid of messing with it since it's a cashmere knit. And I do love it so... 

Monday, 25 November 2013

Pub Night

Dress: Wallis, Cardigan: Warehouse, Boots: Clarks' outlet, Belt: Anthro

Weeks ago, I wore this outfit to the pub - channeling Sayaka by mixing up some polkadots and cat print. Victor and I were going out to meet an old friend of ours - a Norwegian guy we met when we first started dating. Um, we kind of met because he was also trying to date me at the time, but by then I was already living and breathing all things Victor, so that was clearly not going to happen. Um, is it just me or does that sound kind of creepy? Anyway... 

Back in those days, I was working in a bookstore, and the two boys were supposed to meet me there for another post-work trip to a pub. Science Fiction was kept in the basement, so that was where they both went while I finished off my shift. I remember I was working at the till when my Spanish colleague Christina ran up to me, eyes bugging out of her skull in horror. "Victor's gone down to the basement! That Norwegian guy's already there! They're going to FIGHT!!" 

Alas, what a boost to my ego that would have been, but no. I sauntered down there to find them happily chatting away about some author or another.  Because it is IMPOSSIBLE, I tell you, not to like Victor.  

You know what's also impossible? For me to remember what on Earth I was giving the side-eye to in that last picture! I mean, if it annoyed me that much, I should at least be able to remember, right...?

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Heart chakra and sparkles.

Shirt: H&M, Sweater: Anthro, Jeans: AG Stevies, Boots: From Norway
So I crawled from my death bed to take some photos of all the green stuff I was wearing. Because it figures that when you work in a freezing office full of coughing people, the first thing you're going to do on your day off is get sick. In between hazy fever dreams of dying my hair in shades of pink, purple and turquoise with help from my mum (it was supposed to be ombre but it went horribly wrong) while in Las Vegas and blowing my nose, I decided I needed to wear a lot of green.  
I had this vague idea that I'd let the green be the neutral in my outfit and then pair it with, you know, actual neutrals in the form of this sweater and these boots. Both of  which are also sparkly, because I mean, come on, there is a limit to how boring neutrals need to be! (Kidding! Mostly.) 

When looking back at these photos, I was all, "Oh, why did I let my shirt get bunched up in that unflattering way, it looks like I have a tapeworm or something, I can never post these!" And then I just kind of took a mental chill pill. Because it doesn't matter, because I still loved the outfit while I was wearing it. In a weird way, it was like all that green - my favourite colour - gave me extra power or something! 
A strange lady once told me that green is the colour of the heart chakra, and of healing too - so by her logic, wearing a lot of green was a way of healing myself. Maybe there was a grain of truth in that...

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Crazy Colours, Sturdy Boots

Dress: Brushed Terra Dress, Anthro, Cardigan: Old Navy, Boots: Hunter
 Reasons for this outfit were as follows. I love putting neons and neutrals together, and it was raining that morning. Of course, it didn't rain for the whole rest of the day, but there I was, clomping around town in my big rain boots anyway. At least they were really comfy - after years of wearing rain boots where you could feel every stone you stepped on through the sole, I can recommend Hunters from the bottom of my heart. 

Am I crazy to think of this dress as neutral, by the way? I mean the colour-scheme, of course, it's not like I'd ever say this pretty dress is boring, haha. Our of all my dresses, this might just be my favourite; and I'm trying to get some more wear out of it before winter truly settles in here. Funnily enough, Sayaka must be thinking the same thing, because look, we're dress twins today!

And um, I disappeared for a little while there because we went to Paris with a friend. Please don't hate me! If you live in London, you can be in Paris in about two hours on the Eurostar train, and it's pretty affordable too. Our big Asia trip was booked last year, but this one we booked in September. Did we have fun? Of course we did! We even went to the Moulin Rouge, which was great fun if not exactly PG, haha. Oh I'll come right out and say it: It was like Cirque du Soleil - but with tits. 

 We ended up travelling there without our camera because of luggage space, so all the photos we took are on Victor's phone - I can't even instagram any of them, which is terribly frustrating for me, of course. But it was lovely, and we've found a great new travelling companion. She even came up with the three-foot high-five (we'd all had a bit to drink, I confess), which is surprisingly difficult to manage, actually...

Monday, 11 November 2013

Words to Live By

Cardigan: From Norway, T-shirt: Rachel Antonoff, Jeans: AG Stevies, Boots: Anthro.

In case you're wondering what it says on my T-shirt, it says "Money can't buy style". Which is the awesomest slogan ever, second only to "Make Love, Not War" which I wrote on my pencil case in tip-ex, back when I was in highschool. And then I coloured the letters in with different colour pencils. I was such a creative child... But I digress.

I think the slogan is also intended as a pun by Rachel Antonoff, since this was a freebie T-shirt I got when I bit the bullet and decided to reward myself with one of her famous sweaters after I'd finished the gruelling marathon that was the play I put on. And yes, I love the sweater too, but I've yet to take any flattering photos in it - it looks great in person, but on pictures it just kind of morphs you out. 

Oh well, I'll have to blog that sweater someday, I've practically been living in it after all... As for this T-shirt, I actually wore it lots of times on our trip to Asia, but never got round to photographing any of those outfits. (Which means I will happily repeat them, hehe.) I love this shirt - it's just so timeless, and the grey goes with everything - especially neon pink jeans! 

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Dots on Dots

Dress and booties: Anthro, old, Blouse: From Norway, Tights: From Japan
Here are a few items you may have seen before, eh? I wore this to go out drinking with Victor and my mum. Oh, the excuse was that we were going out for a meal at this Cuban place my mum likes, where they have some thirty-odd different kids of tappas on offer. However, they also have two-for-one on drinks all day, and happen to make the best mojitos in the world... so I was in trouble! 

To be fair I only drank about one and one third - the three of us had to split the fourth freebie mojito, of course. It's just that they're rather... generous with the rum over at Cuba Libre, and I'm like the cheapest drunk ever. The wind may have been freezing as we were going home, but I couldn't feel it at all, hehe. I don't go drinking very often, and I've never been drunk in front of my mother before, but she told me the next day I was a very agreeable, happy drunk - so that's okay then! 

Because there was going to be tappas, I made the strange decision not to belt this dress. I'm not sure if that was a good one, in hindsight - I think this dress looks a bit weird without a belt. And that it maybe emphasizes how very suitable for childbearing my hips are. Or is that just me being paranoid? Oh well, I felt great in this outfit at the time, and at the end of the day, that's all that matters. 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Lizten to the Liz!

Hat & boots: Anthro, Sweater: Bossini,  Polkadot shirt: Holly & Whyte,
Jacket: Vero Moda, Jeans: AG Stevies, Bag: From Norway, Shades: From Japan.

Ah, the joys of taking outfit photos without a camera remote... I have since found it, and let me tell you, that was a relief. Because all the yoga lessons in the world won't make pressing the 10 second button and then leaping athletically backwards and striking a pose any easier. There was also wind. Biting wind. I suffered for these photos, okay? In a First World kind of way...

So this is pretty much the first thing I wore after we got back home and I could hold my red jeans in my arms again and hug them like a long lost child. I'd missed them so much, not to mention I'd been dying to try out my stripey sweater with them ever since Liz suggested it after seeing this outfit. I should let Liz dress me more often, because I just felt so well in this getup! 

Of course, I had to put my own spin on things and include some polkadots too, you know? I really felt the bow gave my outfit that extra little something. The bow, incidentally, is all that can be seen of this blouse. I mean, does it lend itself well to layering, or what? I think I wanna repeat this blouse and sweater combo over a skirt sometime, I just love it that much. Ah, sorry if I'm getting terribly excited over my own outfit, but I haven't blogged one since forever so maybe we can blame that on blogging withdrawal?

Finally, my shades... let's talk about my shades, which cost me only 315 yen! That's $3.19 or £1.98. In other words, insanely cheap for the sturdiest, most stylish pair of sunnies ever. I got them at a 3 coin shop, which is basically a chain that carries gorgeous high-quality stuff - I've bought everything from glass bottles to hair bands to a jewellery rack there in the past - and prices everything so that the tax is included. No fuss, no working things out in your head, you just pay the price that's on the tag. So if you are a weary traveller in Japan who has just run out of socks, ahem, then the 3 coin shop is the place for you. 

Friday, 1 November 2013

Miyajima Island

Jacket: UniQlo, Top: Anthro, old, Jeans: Bossini, Scarf: Vero Moda

Miyajima is an island just outside of Hiroshima. There are so many things to see and explore there, but it is most famous for the huge red torii gate on the beach. When the tide comes in, the gate stands surrounded by water. There's also this gorgeous forest, with temples hidden away like little treasures.

You'll have to pardon my choice of shoes -we spent the day hiking all over the island, so that called for sturdy footwear. At least I was being slightly stylish by mixing stripes and florals in the same colourway!

What I love even more than the nice picture of us is that photobomber in the background. I mean, that guy's got some moves!