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


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. ;)