Thursday, 27 February 2014

Style S.O.S. - the Bagatelle Buttondown

Shirt: Bagatelle Buttondown, Anthro, Hat: From Germany, Blazer: UniQlo,
Scarf: Madewell, Trousers:  UniQlo, Boots: Clark's, Bracelet: From Norway.
Ever had that thing happen to you, where you fall in love with a piece of clothing, sale-stalk the thing until it goes on first cut, buy it and then go... "Now what?!" Because that's what happened to me with this horsie shirt here. I mean, give me anything with rabbits on it and I will instantly have FIFTEEN styling ideas at the top of my head... but this shirt was almost too crazy even for me, you know? But then, I talked to Liz, who blogs over at With Wonder and Whimsy, and we came up with this idea.      

We named our baby (uh, idea) Style S.O.S., and the general gist of it is that we would each show the other an item from our closet that we have trouble styling, and then lend a hand. Or brain, as it were. Liz came up with two utterly awesome-sauce inspiration boards for me - you can find them here. And then I followed them as best I could. Sadly, I no longer own a pair of plain skinny jeans - my beloved AG pair died and went to denim heaven. Hence the grey jeggings, which were the closest thing I had to hand - and the grey hat, because it reminded me of a riding helmet!  

Blouse: Bagatelle Buttondown, Anthro, Belts: Hand-me-downs,
Necklace: J.Crew, Skirt: Mango, Tights: American Apparel, Boots: Anthro

While I did wear outfit number one that day, it was simply too cold for outfit number two. I would have died. I substituted the ballet flats for moto boots because I haven't worn in my black ballet flats yet - to quote Wolverine, I am in for "a world of hurt" there! And while I do have a long black maxi skirt, said skirt has a huuuge hole in it, and I just didn't feel up to patching it up that day. Or today. So on a whim, I dug this skirt out of storage, and LOVED the combo. Once I can wear this outside without taking my life into my hands, this is bound to become one of those go-to outfits. So THANK YOU Liz! You are da bomb. 

One last interesting fact about this skirt: I once spilled a little bit of bleach on it, and then drew on the stain with a black permanent marker. And it worked! No more stain! Dial "OOGA BOOGA" for Caveman Stain Removals, that's all I have to add...

So... do YOU have a piece in your closet that you love, but don't know how to do with? Or do you want to join in on the fun, too, and help grown women dress themselves? Then, why don't you leave a little note here in the comments, and we'll be sure to cycle you into our rotation. And keep an eye on Liz's blog, to see the outfits I cooked up for her, based on a surprise mystery item!   

Friday, 21 February 2014

Happy Dressing

Dress: Madewell, Shirt: H&M, Necklace: J.Crew, Belt: Vero Moda, Boots: from Norway
 I remember being so happy the day I wore and photographed this outfit. My shift at the call-center got postponed, so I got a surprise day off, and the first thing I did was skip home and get my camera. Now that I look back at this outfit, I can see that maybe I could've done things a little differently - that belt, for example, doesn't exactly go with everything else, does it? 

But at the time, I loved it, and just felt so happy wearing this ensemble. So just looking at these pictures makes me grin, and forgive myself for a bad belting decision. I have made worse decisions in my life, after all! My hair had also come alive and decided to behave like an octopus! You can barely see I'm wearing a fancy necklace at all! But never mind.  

Anyways, I have another reason to be happy - or rather, two. Because a really good temping agency called me today and put me on their books - and they've got me an interview for a receptionist job on Monday! Six weeks, very decent pay... I am just so stoked that life finally seems to be getting back on track! So fingers crossed they will like me on Monday, and offer me the job!

 I could walk to this place from where I live in 30-40 minutes, and I am already planning my British Office Outfits in my head. Because there are certain unwritten rules to dressing for British offices - and a lot of it has to do with the colours you use. Or rather, the colours you can't use, which to be honest is most of the colour spectrum. I'm keen to make a good impression with this one, so if I get it, I'll tone down my style for sure.

And if that doesn't sound like a child's promise to Santa, in exchange for the super-special present they want, then I don't know what does! 

Monday, 17 February 2014

Have some mustard with yer plums!

Necklace: Pam Hiran, c/o Sayaka, Cardigan & belt: UniQlo, Dress & shoes: Anthro

What do you do when you don't have time to wash your hair? Why, you try doing it up in Heidi braids, of course! Worked for me... until they fell down halfway through the day! If there is a secret technique to pinning your braids up, I would love to hear about it. Because I actually liked how they looked on me. It's an updo that still makes me feel like myself, know what I mean? Half the updos I try, I look in the mirror and see my mother!  

This was an outfit I planned entirely around my necklace, for a Saturday of hanging out with Second Wife. We all went out for a lunch of curry and tonkatsu at our favourite diner, then later on, we took her home and made tacos. Nothing beats spontaneous taco nights with your husband and one of your bestest besties. And this is the best dress in the world to pig out in. The belt just... mysteriously disappeared during the course of the evening!

Isn't it funny, how you can, at times, become completely obsessed with one item and just wear it day in and day out, and always come up with new ways of styling it? Because I have so many other outfits based around this necklace that I need to re-wear and photograph so that I can share them here! (Nope, I don't think re-wearing an outfit counts as cheating.) I really like how you can start with one item and then just kind of build around that, and end up with something you'd never have put together otherwise. That's one thing that makes figuring out your own style fun, I guess!  

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Tribal Hipster

Sweater: J.Crew, Shirt: Anthro, Jeans: Bossini, Shoes: Clark's, Bag: Madewell

There is this thing going on in London right now, where the young and hip roll up their trouser legs just so over their brogues. And since I just succeeded in walking in my brogues - it used to be a Little Mermaid kind of situation with me and my brogues, every step was pain, but now they are like walking on butter - well, I figured I had to get in on that hipster action. Only problem is, most of the jeans I own are Stevie Ankle jeans! Well, not that this is really a problem, exactly...  

I wore this to go to a comicking event called Ladies Do Comics - and this was a couple weeks ago, I am so slow with blogging my outfits sometimes! (Though that three months between taking these pictures in Tokyo and actually blogging them wins the no-prize, I guess.) Anyways, it's a really cool event, where female comics creators - three every time - get to talk about their work in front of other comics creators. It's also a cool opportunity to meet and network with other comics people during the break, and talk about comics and chow down on free cakes and tea. I don't even think they had any coffee, this is London, after all! 

And I was there because, well, I make comics too, with various people. I can't draw to save my life, but I can write, letter and colour the pages. So I'm looking to do a slot there, with my friend who draws the webcomic we've created together. Which is going to be scary, but if I learned one thing from doing the play, it's that everything stands and falls on your marketing. Nobody will want to read a comic if they don't know it exists, no matter how cool it is. And our comic is set in a futuristic Soviet Russia, which I personally do think is kind of cool...

Friday, 7 February 2014

Best Present Ever

Necklace: c/o Sayaka :) Cardigan: UniQlo, Top: J.Crew, Belt: Anthro
Skirt: From Norway, Boots: Clark's, Bag: Madewell.

So, I haven't blogged my new favourite necklace yet, which is nuts!! But here it is, and isn't it pretty? This was my Christmas present from Sayaka, and because it arrived literally the day before we had the bad news about my dad, this necklace was just a constant positive reminder that even though I had just lost someone who meant a lot to me, I still have so many wonderful people in my life. That, and it's beautiful, of course. It's like something Tut-Ankh-Amun would have given his wife as a present! It's my first ever piece of jewelry by Pam Hiran but now I am a devoted fan, for sure! Thank you so much, Sayaka!!

This outfit is probably influenced by the movie Victor and I had been to see two nights ago, as part of the Japanese film festival in London. It was a showing of the rom-com Moteki - which they translated as Love Strikes! - but actually, means something a little different. Someone knows they are going through their "Moteki", their attractive phase in life, when they suddenly have lots of romantic interest from the opposite sex - literally, they become irresistible. And so this movie is about what happens when the shyest, nerdiest guy in the world suddenly becomes super attractive. Of course, he was played by a very handsome man that they just put some glasses on, but still! It was a fun movie.   

After the film, there was a Q&A session with the director and the star - Moriyama Mirai, who's something of an idol back in Japan, or so I understand. And holy crap, there were so many women there - all these beautiful Japanese women, of all ages, who'd come to see him. Some of them had even brought their boyfriends! The little cinema room was packed. I can see why they fancied him, I mean, he is one handsome, charming and funny man! Personally, I was almost more enthralled by how beautifully all these women were dressed. I mean, the elegance and the simplicity of some of those ladies... I wanna dress like them! So maybe this is my modest attempt - at being more modest. As if!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Total Brian Meltdown

Cardigan: from Norway, Skirt, shoes and scarf: Anthro, Bag: Madewell

This outfit, believe it or not, got me compliments from a male coworker. How often does that happen, that a dude tells you how much he likes your shoes because of their unique shape and design? And then goes on to compliment you on the colour-scheme you've put together? I mean, seeing how that actually happened, how could I not blog this outfit?

Kidding aside, I have been so, so tired lately. Not physically, I can run round after round on the cross-trainer, swim lap after lap in the pool. But mentally, I'm just shattered. Trying to write emails, text messages or even comments a friend's blog takes me like, up to three tries. It's like the endless grind of taking surveys is grinding my brain to mush. And I keep having headaches, those don't help either. Gah! 

But on the bright side, a customer tried to chat me up today, over the phone. That was the high point of my day. I'd reached the bit of the survey where you take down the person's age for statistical purposes, and then he told me, as kind of an opening pick-up line: "I'm sixty-two - but I look forty-two!"  You know how sometimes you can hold a laugh in, but then suddenly it catches up on you? Soon as I'd finished that call I was sprawled all over my desk, fanning my face and trying to laugh myself to death quietly...

EDIT: I meant to write "Total BRAIN Meltdown" for the title of this post, but "Total Brian" somehow seems more appropriate... My Brian is broken, you guys...