Thursday, 21 August 2014

Day Tripper

As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently had some time off. Rather than go away anywhere (don't mention holidays abroad to me, it's a sore point. I've had a seven year drought as far as sunny climes are concerned, exempting work trips which 100% do not count) we stayed put and planned a week of day trips and activities just like those grandparents who 'keep themselves active'. 

T-shirt: Paul Smith x Nihon Menpu, Dress (nightie): Vintage Oscar de la Renta,
Trousers: River Island, Boots: New Look, Jacket: River Island,
Bag: Made by me (more colours for sale soon), Earrings: Ciara Clark

Crop top: Vintage, Skirt: Vintage, Shoes: ASOS

Me and an Elephant...
T-shirt, bra top, kimono: All vintage, Bag: H&M, Earrings: Monki

T-shirt: Vintage adidas, Skirt: River Island

As part of the week off, I challenged by boyfriend to wear a different t-shirt everyday because, despite not being massively into clothes, he has about a million of them but wears approximately 10%. In line with this, I thought I'd better wear something different each day too, which was surprisingly difficult. 

Over the last few months I've either donated or sold around half of the contents of my wardrobe. It means I wear more of what I have because I can actually see it but it also means I definitely rely on favourite items or outfits more than I thought, as demonstrated above by the recurring lemon print jacket and faux fur bag which I apparently just can't stop wearing. 

It's left me with that 'ughhh I've got nothing to wear' feeling upon opening up a wardrobe quite literally full of clothes. Obviously this is a ridiculous, very modern day, consumerist problem that I don't really like to admit to, and rather than just go and throw money at a bunch of disposable anything (something I've been consciously avoiding doing) I plan to combat it with styling rather than shopping, and be more creative with what I have. 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Beside the Seaside

This week has been all about time off and it started in Blackpool with perfect sunshine. I'd never been before, and by the end of the day I was close to tying four knots in a hankie and planting a deckchair for a week - I now have serious love for Blackpool and all its bright, plastic-y charms.

Crop top: Vintage, Skirt: Vintage, Jacket: River Island, Shoes: ASOS,
Bag: Made by Me

Outfit details / Sam being a tourist on the seafront

We walked about four miles over the course of the day, jumping over tide pools in wildly inappropriate beach footwear (me, not Sam), and getting burnt along the way (mostly Sam). We also met Bronco the Donkey who started to follow us and watched us as we walked up the beach, completely breaking my heart in the process. I definitely considered the logistics of housing a donkey in a two bedroom flat.

Fish and Chips (minus fish for me because I'm veggie) / Bronco the Donkey by Sam

The streets of Blackpool by Sam

Serious gambling at Coral Island by Sam

Friday, 1 August 2014

On and Poppin'

For those of you who don't know what the title is all about, let me refer you to this link and the gif below. I've been rocking a 'mono or two recently and can't wear one without instantly reliving that scene. Kimonos have been big news for a good while now. You can't picture a festival, or any summer event for that matter, without thinking of kimonos; they've been propping up high street profits for seasons and I can't see the trend waning any time soon. I'm not a huge fan of the high street incarnation however (sheer, and tassel-y essentially), I prefer the more traditional style, à la Schmidt.

Rather than accessorising mine only with a pair of muscular thighs, though, I layer mine  up considerably more and utilise them to inject more print and colour without having the heaviness of jacket. They're a dream for someone like me who always feels an outfit just needs something more. My pink dressing gown sat in my sewing pile for about a year before I realised it was lovely just as it was, whereas the other two featured here needed some work. The short purple bird print piece had to be thoroughly shaved with a Bic to rid if of all its bobbles (stylist tip there for you) and the green dress had ink stains all over so needed soaking for hours and then had to be altered and stitched into submission to hide any of more stubborn stains.

Kimono (dressing gown): Topshop, Dress: Somewhere Nowhere,
Bra top: Vintage, Skirt: Vintage, Shoes: ASOS, Earrings: Monki,
Necklace: Spitalfields Market

Kimono: Vintage, Top: Topshop, Shorts: Vintage

Dress: Vintage, Shirt: Suuuuper old