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Thursday

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April 2020

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Quarantine Chic

{A 15 year old cardiganos, a stale nightie, some D.I.M.D.I vans and 5 day old hair ~ Quarantine Chic 2020}

 

How green is your catwalk? How sustainable is your vision? How circular is your economy?

 

These were the questions Vogue found dominating the Spring 2020 catwalks back in October 2019. They were legitimate questions and ones that once again will need answering. But not right now. Time, like fashion, changes quickly and these questions are no longer on everyones lips.

Having finally arrived in the Spring/Summer of 2020 a different crop of questions appear to have arisen. How long can I wear my tracksuit bottoms before I need to wash them? Is a common one along with Why bother with a bra? and Should I go grey?

The predictions for what we’d all be wearing this season have been thrown out of the window as ‘We the people’ take back our style. No longer will we be dictated to by large fashion conglomerates urging us to partake in this environmentally destructive industry. No longer will we be a slave to trends and a desire to fit in. The rules have been relaxed so much they’re taking an afternoon nap….And we’ve never looked better.

Here with correspondence from the front line are the ways in which we’re defying what was expected of us and creating our own Quarantine Chic

1. Comfy bums

Whether it’s an old pair of leggings that have seen better days, some tracksuit bottoms with stains on them or simply your TKMaxx workout pants ~ Bottoms are comfy AF. No restrictive waistband need apply for status during this time. Elasticated or ‘way too loose to be seen in public’ waistbands are what we’re looking for. Along with baggy knees and an unflattering butt. Comfy bums do exactly what they say on the tin but perhaps most importantly, with all this sitting around that’s currently popular, they don’t give you trapped wind. Winning on all levels.

As the weather heats up a random selection of shorts are representing Comfy bums.  They can be unattractive sports shorts, way too flimsy running shorts or simply inappropriate for public short shorts. Any will do they simply need to be accompanied by an unshaven leg and a severe need for a pedicure. Reports coming in from a nearly 40 year old woman in South East London, and I quote ~ ‘…My legs are so hairy right now as I was walking around my flat last night – legs out – I could feel a breeze in them..’

2. Underwear? Nowhere!

It’s a controversial trend but one I urge you all to embrace. Firstly lose the bra. Don’t even look at it. Let your baps be free. Give them time to unevenly swing and bob about with not a care in the world as to who’s checking out those sweet nippy titties. All the way over in Hove I heard whispers of individuals still wearing a bra simply for that feeling of relief when it’s whipped off come 5pm. Whatever floats your boat.

Speaking of boats, if you haven’t already, lose the under crackers too. Going commando is the new ‘wearing underwear’. It’s everywhere. I’ve never had such a low rota of washing clothes. Saving the environment AND airing your overgrown privates? What’s not to love about this trend.

3. Mixology

A personal favourite of mine that has spilled over from previous seasons. Mix and match has never been so prevalent. Put it all on together. Think more mixing and less matching. Actually forget matching altogether. Whilst standing in my local post office queue for 45 minutes the other day I felt particularly proud of my outfit. Some grey bobbly leggings paired with bright blue and yellow bermuda shorts. An orange puffer jacket was involved whereas a bra wasn’t. The cohesion of this outfit was immense. It reminded me of way back in mid March 2020 when I would pair a nightie I’d not bothered to change out of with some trainers and a winter coat just to take the bins out. Trés chic.

4. No Poo & No Slap

Trend forecasters may have predicted with the return of the roaring 20’s chic bobs and kohl lined eyes would once again be en vogue. It appears none of us have chosen to take up these styles. Instead we’re putting down the shampoo altogether and letting ‘natural oils’ style our dos. ‘What a state’, ‘So overgrown’ and ‘No, it’s just greasy’ are compliments often heard on the front rows of FaceTimes.

Whilst the majority of makeup is gathering dust on dressing tables the red lip appears to still be going strong. Stylistically, for me, it brightens a dry, sallow, zit riddled face.  It was spotted twice in that 45 minute post office queue and it’s also making a regular appearance at group Houseparties accompanied by raging insomnia and a pint of Gin.

5. 50 fades of Grey

The colour of the season? According to the projections of fashion weeks there’s never just one but this season those in the know went with Grey. Whether it’s old leggings, baggy jumpers or bottom of the drawer underwear. It could be your lover’s tracksuit bottoms, the colour of your society deprived skin or simply your roots coming through ~ grey is everywhere.

From slate to marl to Jaime Dornan’s acting this is a colour that needs to be embraced as well as revered for providing comfort and solace at this, what I would say, real moment in fashion history of great grossness.

As for accessories ~ Bags are so last season as are heels, boots, brogues, oxfords, wedges, mules…basically anything that isn’t a trainer or a slipper. Jewellery appears to be worn either not at all or all at once so it isn’t, like a large portion of the workforce, made to feel redundant.

Whatever style you choose to adopt this Spring/Summer be safe in the knowledge that it hasn’t come from the catwalks. No magazine or influencer predicted your chosen chicness. You did it all by yourself using the clothes you already own, a dearth of hair dye/clippers and a lack of interest in showering each day.

If you’re over on Instagram wearing your latest pristine Ganni dress whilst sitting in your flower filled garden, then good for you! Go for it. I, on the other hand, am bucking the trend of keeping it together and am currently on my South circular facing balcony wearing a pair of unflattering trousers I cut into shorts, a t-shirt I’ve slept in for 3 nights and roots Debbie Harry would be proud of. Once again, Trés chic….

Posted in Comfy chic, Fashion week, Inspiration, Inspire me, Mixology, Summer plans

Saturday

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October 2018

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Can’t afford ~ Made my own

I grew up with nothing. Literally nothing.

Totally untrue of course but that’s what my ‘deprived’ teenage brain told me. It told me that I was at a disadvantage in the, seemingly, third world country I was living in as I didn’t have access to the things I so desperately needed. By third world I now mean developing, by things I mean the coolest clothes and accessories and by needed I mean wanted. SO BADLY.

Luckily for me the internet was merely a newborn baby foul just learning to stand on it’s own four bandy legs and so hadn’t made it to our conscious yet let alone our homes. If it had I would have been in a permanent state of wanderlust and withdrawel, walking my neighbourhood heavyhearted in the knowledge that I didn’t have all the great things other people did. Oh wait?! Isn’t that my current state now as a nearly 40 year old?

In the early 90’s, on a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean ocean, my want came solely from the Saturday morning magazine I saved my pocket money for and pawed over for hours. Just Seventeen {and sometimes More if I wanted to look at the position of the week and wonder when I’d be able to try that shit out} was what constantly gave me FOMO. Everything inside it was something I wanted. Everything was just so cool and so God Damn English. And England was the promised land. It had shops and adverts and concerts and rain and McDonalds and Monster Munch. These were things that I dreamt of and things I was dying to experience.

Lucky for me I went to England twice a year with my family. They were the highlights of my year and I would save those Cyprus cents {that my Father would exchange for us at a ratio of 1:1} so that I could head straight to Topshop, Miss Selfridge, New Look or Bay Trading Co {remember that old chestnut?}  and obtain the navy skinny rib scoop neck top I had coveted for months or the constantly asked for pair of black DM boots. My holidays in the UK where only Christmas and Summer though so if I wanted something in February I either had a very long and extremely painful wait or I had to do it myself, wouldn’t I?.

YES! I had to get creative and find a way to produce whatever it was that I wanted. One of my favourite examples of Did It Myself Didn’t I was when white Adidas shelltops became all the rage. Along with satin babydoll slips and pastel coloured mohair cardigans these pristine white trainers were the thing to have. Unless you took a flight out of the country to go and purchase these much sort after trainers they were not available to you. Well I REALLY wanted them so I found a way. I did have an old pair of Adidas trainers. Sadly they didn’t have the iconic shelltop but they did have the custom triple stripes on the side. In purple, green and yellow. No problem! I bought myself some black fabric paint and coloured those stripes in. I swapped out the laces for black ones {not sure why as shelltops had white laces?!} and voila! A new pair of trainers.

Another great example is when Take That burst onto our screens and into our pants. There was not a magazine going that Sister With Massive Laugh and her best friend didn’t buy that they were in. At the height of Relight my Fire one magazine photo shoot saw Mark doning an Antoni and Alison t-shirt. Antoni and Alison’s signature tops were {and still are} slogan t-shirts. We all wanted one. They were so frikkin’ cool. They were also so frikkin’ expensive and so frikkin’ far out of our reach. HEY! That didn’t stop us. No way, Josephine. I made three of my own Antoni and Alison style tops. I altered the necklines of old polonecks, chopped off their length, painted my own slogans and still to this day ~ 26 years later ~ wear one of them to bed. When I facetime Sister With Massive Laugh and Tiny Niece with one of my boobs hanging out the side of it she tells me I need to get rid of it and I ignore her. My Sister tells me, not Tiny. Tiny just points at my boob and says ‘Milk’

I am forever grateful for those lean clothing times of my life. Firstly I don’t believe that you should get everything you want because then we’d all be spoilt and it’s a known fact that spoilt people are bad in bed. Secondly it sparked my imagination. It made me creative and that Did It Myself Didn’t Istreak has never left me. I am still cutting up clothes and reworking them. I will not let a pair of shoes die on my watch unless I have exhausted all it’s potential possibilities. I have recently started wearing my Grandmother’s original Burberry trenchcoat {that I shortened years ago so that I would wear it more often} inside out. Ms.B Trench has a new lease of life and I have a new coat. Everyone’s a winner.

Don’t worry if you’re not an average to sometimes downright awful seamstress like my good self. You can always ask for help. If it’s too big a job for me I head to my local dry cleaners where I was lucky enough to find Moggi who is a seamstress superstar. When I needed to revive a pair of plain white open toe mules from Marks and Spencer my standard ‘superglue a pompom onto them’ wasn’t quite right. I turned to my friend Sophie Boustred of SGB Goods. She took my ideas and my screen shot collection of furry shoes. She cut up her varying colours of sample sheepskins and glued on strips to gave me my very own version of Rachel Comey style mules. Rachel’s cost over $300. Mine where the price of a two year old pair of faux leather M&S heels and £25 cash. BOOM. Mr. Tumnus eat your heart out! I’ve got a new pair of hooves.

  

The teenage days of longing and envy have sadly managed to stay with me just on a much larger, lifestyle stage as shown {off} to us on Instagram. I’m ok with that though because the Do It Yourself attitude has also stayed with me. The Make Do and Mend. The I’m Not Missing Out Just Because I Can’t Afford It.

I’ve recently bought a hot glue gun and the world is my stitched-together-from-an-old-pair-of-jeans oyster. I’m off to make an outfit for my 40th birthday party.

Posted in Beautiful shoes, Comfy chic, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Inspiration

Wednesday

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November 2013

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Warm bodies

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Ok. I’ll admit it. There is one thing that I like about winter…mmmm maybe two. The first is joomps.

A good joomp can go a long way. Remember here when I told you I’d found my comfy chic? Well a lot of that has to do with my top half. Having a lower body that is certainly not lacking in body fat but a top half that will often resemble a sparrow I always feel the cold and can’t stand a whipping wind  finding it’s way down my top and chilling my bones. I want a joomp that covers all bases and keeps me waarrrrrrm.

Having had a love affair with cashmere for a while now I would highly recommend it but I do hear what you’re saying my Shoelets. I do. I hear the same thing every time I head to a wardrobe detox. Yes, they can bobble and yes, caring for a delicate piece of knitwear is time consuming and frustrating. But….fear not I have advice.

Head on over HERE and take a peak at what I was harping on about many moons ago…Sage advice my friends. Sage advice.

Oh, and the second thing I like about Christmas is stollen….niiiiccceeeee….

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{j crew joomp {last seen here}, club monaco trews, beau coup booties, vintage bag, m& s sunnies}  

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Posted in Comfy chic, J crew, Outfit city, Tricks of the trade

Wednesday

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November 2013

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Kilt krazy

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Plaid ass.

That’s what I’ve named this picture. Plaid ass & plaid pits.

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{grandma wyn’s burberry trench, j crew denim shirt, vintage kilt from nyc, officine creative boots, orla kiely bag}

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I don’t know whether it was the kilt, the denim or the NEW {WOWZERSSSS!!!} Officine Creative boots, that I spurgled out on and per~chased from Poste Mistress, but something made me a little cray here. I loved this outfit so much. It was comfortable, warm and felt exciting…does that make sense? I felt like me but with an edge. Interstingly it is an oufit that is pretty much made up entirely of classic staples ~ killer boots, plaid print & denim. I walked all over London in my costume de jour meeting friends, running errands, heading to work and feeling fab ~ there’s not much more to ask for from an outfit.

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Posted in Beautiful shoes, Comfy chic, Kilt kult, Outfit city, Uncategorized

Thursday

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October 2013

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Wednesday

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October 2013

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Rise to the occasion ~ Cocktail week

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It’s been a while since I’ve had to Rise to the Occasion ~ HA! Who am I kidding! Every Wednesday is dress up day for me!! No but seriously, I mean an actual occasion when other people might dress up with me. London cocktail week seemed like the perfect opportunity as we had a personally selected liquor  for our store and served Elderflower and Prosecco cocktails for a couple of days. In my head I merged cocktails and couture as I headed to my closet.

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{grandma wyn’s burberry trench coat, hobbs cardi, #diditmyselfdidnti may dress, gifted belt and net skirt, m&s petticoat & sunnies, kg heels, reworked leather bag from rokit {remember her from here?}}

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I’d been wanting to wear this Did It Myself, Didn’t I dress, by May, all summer but there just never seemed the right occasion. It’s racer back, tight and short. Had I taken her to old Sunny Spain she might have got an airing but alas she didn’t make the cut. Teaming her with not one but two skirts {you know I love a double skirt action HERE, HERE& HERE} I added a slip and a gifted net skirt to make my outfit wearable, comfortable and cocktail ready.

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Posted in Comfy chic, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Inspiration, Outfit city, Rise to the occasion

Wednesday

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September 2013

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Not so blurred lines

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Sometimes an outfit is so easy to wear, has such clean lines, smooth cuts & feels just right that nothing else needs to be added. I normally don’t leave the house without at least a couple of necklaces, some earrings and a ring or two but for some reason it didn’t suit this ensemble. It felt like it would all become too cluttered and with a million and one things on my mind at the moment and my house in a state of chaos I could at least bring some order and calmness to my clobber. Horizontal lines on top, straight vertical lines leading down ~ I like these lines, there ain’t no messing.

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{american apparel joomp, gap cord skirt, m&s wedges}

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Posted in Comfy chic, Outfit city

Thursday

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August 2013

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Morning light

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The town was glad with morning light; places that had shown ugly and distrustful all night long, now wore a smile; and sparkling sunbeams dancing on chamber windows, and twinkling through blind and curtain before sleepers’ eyes, shed light even into dreams, and chased away the shadows of the night. 

~ Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop ~

Having been a sun worshipper, a summer lover and a heat seeker all my life I thought I was down at the beginning of the year because it was cold for SOOOOO long. Because my limbs were bound tightly in coats and layers and boots. Because my summer wardrobe was lying dormant in an outhouse crying out to be worn and loved. Then the weather got a little warmer but the skies stayed a deep shade of grey and I realised that what I needed was light. I craved the sun, not necessarily for its warmth {although that certainly doesn’t hurt} but for it’s brightness, it’s brilliant light and to feel it’s rays on my saweeeet body.

The light of a great days morning is what I love the most. It’s a time to dream, to prepare and to hope for a fabulous day ahead.

Stay with me summer….don’t ever leave…

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{self designed skirt, reworked velvet boobtube from a karen millen dress, m&s heels, vintage sunnies}

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Posted in Comfy chic, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Outfit city

Wednesday

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August 2013

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…even hotter Spanish nights

vogue mallWithout the close proximity of clear, blue water to dip into or a light breeze from across the seas to cool the skin the nights in Pollenca, Mallorca seemed even hotter than their delish, lazy days.  Having made the mistake, many moons ago I might add, of taking heels, fitted clothing and high~waisted anything  for the evenings of a warm European holiday I learnt from those mistakes. My evenings were for loose, drappy clothing that skimmed the body and created it’s own breeze, damp clean hair tucked away and a faithful and trusty flat ~ black and tan is all I took. Went with everything. The heel was not invited.

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{cos dress, gap flip flops, oasis clutch}

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{cos dress, gap flip flops, oasis clutch}

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For more #rednixtrips to Spain check out last summer’s HOLIDAY HIATUS

Posted in Comfy chic, Only by the night, Outfit city, Red nix trips, Travel

Wednesday

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August 2013

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Seaside summertime

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With August still supplying us with warm weather and sunny days I am still delving deep into that wardrobe of mine to unearth summer fabulousness that doesn’t often get an airing.  I gained this beauty above from Bestie From The TV a couple of years ago and although it only sees the light of summer days once or twice a year she is SOOOO easy to wear. Comfy, flowing and cool. We took a trip to the seaside together {like we did last time you saw her} and had a lovely time frollicing in the surf, eating fish and chips and walking the granny laden pier of Eastbourne.

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{d.i.m.d.i waistcoat, gifted dress & leather satchel, topshop shoes, vintage sunnies, hobbs cardi}

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Posted in Comfy chic, Outfit city, Printastic

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