Sunday, 29 August 2010

The green eyed Russian peasant monster

M&S shirt of my sister's, Dorothy Perkins skirt, vintage waistcoat, Dr Martens boots, charity shop belt, Pilgrim earrings

We all have blogging envy occasionally. Sometimes it's containable, at other times not. Hence I attempt to restrict how often I look at Sea of Shoes, else I worry I may scratch my laptop screen to shreds in a green eyed fury. For any of you not familiar with the blog, Jane writes the most beautiful creative posts, with stunning pictures of outfits comprised of vintage treasures and a vast selection of designer pickings.

I allowed myself a peek earlier today just as I was meant to be getting changed for dinner with my parents and their friends. Suddenly, I was overcome with a desire to wear something elegant and dramatic; to look quite unlike my usual dumpy self. I've been thinking about this skirt for several weeks now; I need to wear it for a fancy dress costume (oh dear, I'll tell you about that later) and so it's been lurking at the back of my mind somewhat. Despite the fact that I don't wear it very often because I worry it makes me look somewhat gothic, today I put it on since I knew it would provide the desired swishiness. I already had the shirt on, and reached into the wardrobe for something else to put on. Lo and behold, I found this vintage waistcoat of my Mum's which I have never managed to actually wear, due to the rather vibrant embroidery and the fact it didn't quite fit me at the time of donation. But today I thought it would be the perfect thing to make me feel like some upmarket Russian peasant. The boots are a new purchase; I shall do a separate post on them at some point but today they added the needed height plus a contrasting texture against the corduroy. Basically, today's lesson was that I should wear whatever I want regardless of whether I look a bit gothic or like a Russian peasant. I am making a pledge right now to attempt to look at my wardrobe with fresh brave eyes to see all the possible combinations before me.

So, thanks Jane!

Friday, 27 August 2010

So long ambition.

Laura Ashley playsuit, M&S cardi and tights, Clarks brogues, charity shop bag

I am a happy bunny today.

Not to sound incredibly up myself or anything, but I think today I NAILED the Granny chic look, thanks to this marvellous Laura Ashley playsuit I purchased yesterday.

I have got a massive backlog of outfit photos to show you, and I apologise for being somewhat lazy recently and not posting as often as I should. In the interests of chronology, I shouldn't be showing you this outfit yet, but I was just too damn excited to wait.

I popped into Laura Ashley with my mum yesterday. Now, don't scoff. Despite it's main clientele being 40 year old mumsy types, I have something of a soft spot for dear old Laura. They always produce very well made clothes and they have the most incredible cardigans (some of my favourites are ones I bought from L.A. on sale). I also bought my absolute-favouritist-jacket-in-the-whole-wide-world from there. Said jacket was bought for £45 instead of £120 (it's the most perfect 40s style leather bomber jacket and makes me feel like a film star), and likewise, playsuit was a terrific bargain for £21 reduced from £85. I originally thought it was a dress and took it into the changing room thinking it would be good for the Cath Kidston-granny-landgirl look, before realising when I attempted to put it on that it was actually a playsuit. But, I actually prefer it like this; I feel it makes the 'look' seem more modern and less like I raided my nan's wardrobe. I know there are loads of girls who can pull off a completely vintage outfit and look really current and edgy; but I'm sorry, I just don't think I'm that kind of girl. Maybe it's the fact my hair never looks artfully dishevelled enough (although I admit it's doing pretty damn well here), or the fact I have a pretty damn dollish face with no cheekbones, or maybe it's just the fact I don't have legs that go up to my armpits. Anyway, the fact it was a playsuit allowed me to put together this outfit and feel really damn clever. I know it's not clever, or terribly stylish, but I feel like it's the beginning of my autumn wardrobe... I am going to do the granny chic look! And I will conquer socks over my tights! And will get used to lipstick!

List of things to help with conquering said granny chic-heritage thing-
- tweed or wool shorts
- big chunky knit cardigans
- knee high socks
- a pair of flat brogues (have my eye on some silver ones from Office)
- some nice vintagey shirts

Also, I think I might sew some elbow patches on this cardi, just to 40s it up a bit more.

I'm going to stop going on now with all this ridiculous pretentious talk of 'looks' and such.

To bed and dissertation reading for me (with the new We Are Scientists album to bop my head to).

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Greasy hair and a belly... it was a good day.

vintage M&S top via charity shop, old Topshop hoodie of my sister's, Only denim skirt, Converse trainers

I bought this top from work recently because I thought it was just too damn pretty to pass up. However, I then found it was going to be somewhat difficult to wear, being pretty damn tight and very, very short. My worry was that my constantly expanding belly would be bulging out for all to see. Now, I'm not saying that layering this vest underneath entirely solved the problem, but I think it definitely helped. I tried to dress the top down with the hoodie and trainers to make it a little less boobalicious. I'm still not entirely sure how comfortable I was wearing it; the top really is just a little too tight. Oh well, I shall soon return to uni and a diet of not much, so hopefully it shall become a little less tight.

Also, please excuse how disgustingly greasy my hair looks in this photo. It was a really hot day, and I was also in need of a haircut.

Ooh, and trainers were found in a bargain bin on holiday for 30 Euros, so saving about £10!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Cath Kidston and apologies

charity shop dress, Tommy Hilfiger knitted waistcoat via second hand shop, Hispanita shoes from my mum! (it's a hand-me-down kind of an outfit)

Firstly, apologies for being so crap and not blogging for so so long. As I'm sure you all realised, I only got around to writing one post before I left and so didn't have many to schedule in. I got back on Saturday but everything's been a bit crazy since then what with washing and ironing and birthdays. I've got some stuff to show you from holiday (not a massive amount but some) and also have a really exciting post to do, but I thought I would ease myself back in gently.

How ridiculously amazingly beautiful are these shots from the new Cath Kidston Autumn range???!! I want pretty much every single bit of the clothing, but especially that teal velvet pinafore. It just looks like it would be so nice to touch, and so comfy, and would make you feel so effortlessly chic. I love the 40's landgirl vibe that they have going on (third picture is me doing my 'landgirl digging' pose), and am going to attempt this in my autumn wardrobe. I tried to do a summer version with this shirt dress and knitted waistcoat. This is the other dress I wore when I went up to London with Kathy but forgot to photograph it for you all. These shoes are some ones recently donated by my mum since they don't really fit her; I really like the mary jane style and the slight brogue-ness from the different coloured sections. They're also pretty damn comfy in the heat, and have a slight heel which helps with my funny tendons (for my beautiful information about my weird feet, see this post.)

Also, thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post, it was good to hear from others that the outfit was just slutty in my head! I've decided I am going to attempt to dress a little more provocatively, because really, I'm nearly 20 for God's sake, I should be able to wear sheer tights and heels and not feel horribly uncomfortable. I'm going out for my birthday on Saturday night, expect to see an attempt after then...