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Wednesday

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October 2018

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A fool every Fall

Autumn always manages to sneak up and surprise me.  I am constantly singing the praises of Summer. Waxing lyrical to anyone and everyone about how I feel more alive in the Summer. How my body is always more at ease with fewer clothes on, when it’s brown and when it’s not clenched and taut in order to fend off the cold. I spend as much time as possible outside riding my bike, swimming in open air pools, ponds and the sea. My legs are free, the sunnies are on and I am in my element.

As soon as the August bank holiday ends however I am officially in mourning. I’m complaining about the darkness creeping in, the cooler nights and the arrival of conkers. I lament about how much I love the long, lazy warm days of Summer and how I don’t think I will possibly be able to survive the next nine months.

Then I actually stop and look around me and I see the beauty in Autumn. This is what always catches me unawares. It’s a stunning season. I look up at the brilliant blue skies that somehow feel even brighter than a cloudless July day and realise that my sunnies are still being worn. I am in awe of the fiery red, vivid orange and toast brown leaves that either gather round my feet or shape the landscape in front of me. The crispness in the air means a change of clothing that, I am loath to admit, I’m actually ready for. A bare leg with an oversized knit. Cute ankle socks and heavy brogues. Sweatshirts and pencil skirts. Light coats that are part of your outfit rather than a necessity or a ‘just in case’. Then I look in the mirror.

Oh Jesus! What a frikkin’ state!

No. I can not do Autumn. I can not do in betweenness. I am all or nothing I’m afraid. I’m either a simple cotton dress and flip flops or seventeen layers, a cashmere scarf, an oversized coat and a hat kinda gal. This ‘is it warm/is it going to rain/or is it actually cold?’ malarky catches me out every year and I look a fool. That bare leg and an oversized knit? It just doesn’t work. My legs started to lose their colour due to the reality of them having not seen real sunshine since mid July and are now pale and motley.

My face on the other hand still has the malasma stains of too many summer’s spent with not enough SPF applied. This means my dirty face can’t take much make up and so a pillar box red lip is unable to distract from my uncooked chicken legs. The tube in October and November is far too hot for ‘the Autumnal sloppy knit that makes you feel cosy’. Also you can forget about heading down the tights route this early on. ‘Swamp ass’ is a phrase I’ve discovered recently and is also an unpleasant sensation I’ve discovered recently.

Florals are out of place, cashmere is too much. Boots are unnecessary and jackets aren’t enough.

I am sartorially lost in this tricksy season that lulls me into a false sense of security with it’s gorgeous changing colour scheme and it’s desire to start hunkering down in our homely on trend hygge.

Bring on a full-blown freezing Winter….Now there’s a phrase I never thought I’d say!

 ~ Some Autumn/Fall fashions I try to emulate each year ~

Posted in Colour blocking, Inspiration, Rise to the occasion

Friday

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November 2013

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Inspire me

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{m&s cashmere joomp & heeled brogues, alexander mcqueen dress, tabio tights}

Last week I was very pleased with myself as I managed two consecutive days of outfit fabulousness SANS NOIR. That, for the non french speaking amongst us, translates into ~ without black. I’m not going to lie to you my Shoelets, it was tough. When it’s grey & wet & cold outside black & dark colours are so easy to hide beneath. They’re our comfort blanket, our cup of tea, our wine & cheese. Well, after reading a great article on dressing like a bowl of Lucky Charms this winter, over on The Man Repeller {see HERE}, I am putting it upon myself to attempt a predominantly Non Noir winter. To dispel the drabness, the bleakness & the pretty~much~draining~on~everyoneness that his dark materials can achieve & brighten our days with colour. Cold, crisp, ca~mazing colour. Watch this space….

Ps. There is a great counter arguement for JUSTE NOIR dressing here

Posted in Colour blocking, Inspire me

Thursday

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October 2013

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Monday

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September 2013

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Faded fall fashion

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For some reason these ancient ~ and by ancient I mean ohhhhh 15 years old! ~ heels always seem to make an appearance come the end of the summer. As I steer clear of the bright, bold and beautiful colours that make up my favourite season I head towards more autumnal colours and see my wardrobe with a different eye. A more muted palette appears, less skin is on show {much to my disappointment}, & perhaps a more fitted form arises as we head into the last few months of the year. I always have a back to school feeling come September. There is a renewed work ethic and a higher level of concentration {due to less sunbathing time}. It’s time to get down and get on with business!

I’m booking up fast for detoxes as it’s that time of year. If you need me to come help you blow away the cobwebs and unearth a new you then you know where I am:

CALL ME/LIKE ME/POKE ME/TWEET ME

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{gifted wicker bag from zimbabwe, gifted men’s m&s shirt, hobbs pencil skirt, ancient heels from cyprus {see also here}

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Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Bag central, Brown shirt in the ring, Colour blocking, Outfit city

Tuesday

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February 2013

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Red, orange, yellow….

{~BEFORE~}

{~AFTER~}

I know, I know! The first picture looks better right? Looks like there’s some structure and semblance to my clothes? And it’s way prettier? I get it.

Don’t be fooled my Shoelets, like I managed to fool myself, with the lure of the rainbow. When I moved to my new pad  just before Christmas I was so excited to have my enormous rail {I went for a 7 footer…Oh ‘allo!} where I could showcase all my clothes on that I went against what my head was telling me and was lead ~ madly ~ by my heart. Yes. I colour co~ordinated my entire wardrobe. Altogether. Everything got bunged into my Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain colour system and I thought I was happy. PAH! I misled myself and wondered for the first two months of the year why I was struggling to get dressed?!

It can’t be done. Things get lost, you can’t make executive decisions {isn’t all clothes dressing an executive decision?} and I can imagine that ~ like me ~ when you think about getting dressed in the mornings your first thought is ‘Mmmm I think I’ll wear a skirt and shirt today’ not ‘I want to wear pink’*

I had to revert back to my old tried and tested ways and those wise, worldly ways are what I do within a Wardrobe Detox ~ Why was I not listening to myself?

First comes shirts and jackets as it’s logical. We’re going top to bottom see? So that means next comes skirts then dresses.

For a lot of people I Detox they have a separate work wardrobe that consists of suits & smarter clothes that they like to keep altogether. My ‘work’ section, at the end of my rail, is my suits…You know how I do love a suit!

Next stop is here.

If you want me to come and help you sort yours, you know where I am…

This is my recommended method of how to hang your clothes but would love to hear if you do it differently? 

* Only on one day do I have to colour dress in either pink or red or both and that is, of course, Vage day.

Posted in Colour blocking, Tricks of the trade, Wardrobe work

Tuesday

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January 2013

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Top to tips

{vintage hat, gifted scarf {also seen here}, gap mittens}

As I sit typing this post and looking out of the window the snow is lightly falling into my back garden and, although it’s not settling, it’s signalling a severe drop in temperature. Awesome! Something’s finally happening! The greyness that enveloped the first part of this year has been super~seeded by a smattering of wet snow. I’LL TAKE IT! Now. We’re all up to date with the coat situation yeah? NO! WHAT!?! Head on over here and get your coat knowledge up to scratch please!

Coats sorted ~ Accessories need to be looked at closely. Along with black shoes with blue jeans, leggings and anything from Primark ~ mismatched accessories are a pet hate of mine. If you’ve got a fabulous outfit on, covered it with a gorgeous coat and then plonked a pink bobble hat, turquoise scarf and multi~coloured mittens on the top of it all you’re shooting yourself in the well clad foot.  You don’t have to have an exact matching set but keeping your hat, scarf and gloves within the same tones and style will bring your outfit together even more so.

To go with my fabulous collection of coats I have a few combinations that I like to wear:

{vintage hat, found scarf, arm warmers made from leg warmers}

{d.i.m.d.i chazzer shazzer hat, gifted scarf, hobbs leather gloves}

{thinsulate hat {last seen here}, accesorize mittens/fingerless gloves, self designed scarf}

{crowncap hat, gap mittens, self designed scarf}

Posted in Colour blocking, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Rise to the occasion, Tricks of the trade

Thursday

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January 2013

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Grey matters

When the sun decides to decline making an appearance in the first week of January I have trouble doing anything….and I mean ANYTHING! Getting up, dressing, washing. It’s grey and flat outside and that’s how I feel inside.  It’s no secret that I am a Sun~aholic. I’m open to my addiction and I’m not ashamed of it. Where are you damn it? Why are you hiding from us? I can take the cold {just about!} but when there’s no light then I feel like running away and never coming back. Unpractical I know because if I did run away who would be here to help you all detox and declutter your lives? Well, no doubt somebody else that you’ll easily find through a google search but that’s not the point. The point is life goes on regardless of the weather and getting dressed in January is unfortunately a must. In these grey times I turn to a ‘sort of” uniform and match the skies outside.

Comfort, cashmere and cracking boots make this whole outfit a common sight on me for the first four weeks of the year.

 

{vintage fur, m&s cashmere cardi, american apparel tee, j brand maria jeans, beau coops booties}

{All photos by Simon J Evans}

Posted in Colour blocking, Outfit city, PANTS!

Tuesday

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October 2012

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All hail the high waist

When I get in a certain mode there’s simply no stopping me.  Up until Sunday of last week I was still resisting wearing tights.  To combat freezing my J-lo~esque ass off I was heading for a serious pants mode.  What with having to {extremely} reluctantly take these high waited beauties off to eventually wash them I needed something else to cover le derriere, cinch in the waist and warm the leg.  All we knew until 2000 were trousers that sat this high ~ I am so thankful I can return to this beloved state and bend over in the safe knowledge that my butt crack won’t be on display.

{vintage quilted jacket, scarf & sunnies, gifted jeans, american apparel tee, m&s wedges, orla kiely belt & bag, self designed jacket}

Posted in Colour blocking, Outfit city, PANTS!

Wednesday

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October 2012

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Maggie’s back

As I mentioned here when our bodies change in shape and size we need to still find different ways of dressing that compliment our gain or our lose.  For some reason I had a lot of money ~ and subsequently did a lot of shopping ~ when I looked like a lollipop. Big head little body that is.  Many of those teenage boy sized clothes have, thankfully, been banished from my wardrobe because as you already know I am a woman of a certain age and hips and a large, juicy ass suit me.  Some of those borderline lollipop clothes however stayed because of their sheer beauty.  This piece above is one of them.  My Margaret Thatcher dress was last worn for a Royal rise to the occasion but was unearthed recently for a mere shopday with Tim.

She was £5 {the dress, not Tim} and I love her {the dress AND Tim} . I hope you do too. Amen.

{grandma wyn’s reworked burberry trench, d.i.m.d.i scarf, american apparel navy cardi, grey cardi from some tiny australian shop, vintage reworked dress, russell & bromley oxfords, kimchi bag}

Posted in Colour blocking, Outfit city

Monday

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September 2012

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