There has been no photo-taking for a little while nowI've only had time for quick stolen moments while doing other things Trying to get back in to the swing of working full time again is difficult! Hopefully a work/life balance will figure itself out soon... until then, here's an outfit that I really enjoyed wearing last weekend Surrounded by greenery & dappled light
These jeans. THESE JEANS! They were such a faff to get my hands on! I left it a little late waiting for the M.i.h sale, so I bought them in the size up that I'd usually go for as that was all they had left. I'd never bought anything from them before, so I had no idea how their sizing worked; Surprise surprise, they didn't fit. So, in the process of posting them back I found my size on a different website for the same price and bought them. Only issue was, as I was looking at how they fit other people online, I found them almost £50 cheaper on a little site called Bad Denim! So I ended up buying 3 pairs to get it right, and I'm still waiting for one refund... BUT, it was totally worth it. I love them. They fit me perfectly, I don't have to fold up the hem (which is unheard of, even for some "cropped" trousers), but I like how they look folded, too. They are pretty retro looking, but I feel like they have a slightly modern twist on the 70's jean fit. Pops of colour with minimal everything else is my jam right now, so this burnt orange colour is a great addition to my currently very sparse wardrobe (and it matches my hair!). Jeans: M.i.h | T shirt: H&M Conscious collection | Shoes: Birkenstocks I've had a pretty major clear out of clothing, sold some on eBay, taken lots to charity and pretty much halved my already small wardrobe. I hadn't worn some of my remaining vintage pieces in well over a year, so I figured if someone else can get some more wear out of them, then why not sell them/give them away! It feels really good to start over, and I can't wait to see where my style is heading. It seems to have changed a lot over the past 6 months/year, but I've never had the money to buy what I really wanted and therefore actually show that it had changed (if that makes sense?). Now I'm earning a little more, I can feel less guilty about making some pricier (but more ethical and better quality) purchases every now and again and to be honest, it feels great! Next on my list is a new bag that will comfortably fit my camera in it, and occasionally my iPad Pro (12.9")... suggestions are more than welcome!
Have you ever had a complete wardrobe overhaul? I'd love to chat about it in the comments!
I turned 27 yesterday. I had been quietly freaking out about it for a little while now; feeling like I hadn't "succeeded" in anything in particular, my blog and illustration work never taking off, getting closer to 30, feeling like maybe I've just not tried hard enough, work always getting the better of me. Just as it was all getting a bit much I read Brittany Bathgate's most recent blog post about age and how people and society perceive it and honestly; it couldn't have come at a better time! It gave me the little boost I needed. I've always thought of myself as a "late bloomer" - still looking awkward, unsure about myself and teenager-ish well in to my twenties. In reality, it was just because I cared too much about what other people thought of me - it hindered my growth massively when it came to my blog, personal style and illustration work. I know these are all ultimately superficial things, but they were (and still are) my life, and it affected my self confidence hugely. I tried too hard to fit in with the people around me, but working from home for the last year and taking a step back, no matter how alienating it was at the time, has made me realise who I am a little more when it comes to these things. Okay, I'm still struggling with my illustration style, but that's a story for another time!
What I'm trying to say is - no matter how old I am, I'm going to keep trying and doing the things I love to do. I don't think there should be this specific magical age that people have to feel successful and fully themselves by. We all constantly change and grow and we all put too much pressure on ourselves, from younger and younger ages, to be in a particular place in our lives by a certain age. Dress - Finery | Bag - still available from Ark in Cambridge | Shoes - Birkenstock
This dress was a treat to myself for my birthday. It's from Finery London and it's my first piece of clothing in a long time that feels like it's really made well. Finery has been on my radar since they launched in 2014, but I have never afforded myself to buy anything from them until now. What a mistake that was on my part! I can tell this dress is going to be regularly worn and in my wardrobe for a long time, and will still look good for years to come. They aren't about fast fashion, and you can really tell. Their turnover isn't as quick as other high street shops, which is great for my indecisive mind that likes to mull things over for ages before committing to anything. This piece is a classic kimono/wrapover in a beautiful linen and a perfect shade of blue that reminds me of my Phthalo Blue gouache . Obviously it looks a little longer on me than on the model on their site, but that's always the case for me. The trials and tribulations of being short! If you are a small person like myself, I hope this gives you an idea of where it might finish on you!
*First ever video of me speaking to a camera alert* I am criiiiingiiiing about this, but it was super fun to film and edit, so I may make some more! PLEASE GO EASY ON ME. I was so afraid to hit publish. I don't think a lot of people in my life will "get it" so I'm nervous of the possible feedback. And my voice is SO WEIRD...but I'm doing this for me, and for the possibilities to chat with like-minded people on the internet because I'm a hermit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcL4z2SzDfw
Harry and I have been Milo-sitting for a little while now, and it was the first warm sunny day we've had for ages, so we ended up walking around a country park near us for a couple of hours. I was sucking up the warmth from the sun like a lil lizard!
This jacket is from H&M, which wasn't the plan for my gradual wardrobe overhaul... but I had seen it a month ago and had thought about it every day since. It's just one of those things that I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of, so I thought I'd stop making myself feel guilty about it and buy the damn thing.
And it really is a situation. I don't have room for an actual wardrobe in my apartment, so I currently have a rail in our bedroom: (not the most glamorous photos, I know...but lets be real)
To the left of the cubby hole thing is Harrys smarter clothing (i.e. shirts, trousers, ties), and then everything else is mine. These are ALL of my clothes. Apart from winter coats and what I'm selling/ need to take to charity, which is a pretty large chunk waiting in a suitcase in the shed for me to get my butt in gear and take it!
Basically - I'm bored of my wardrobe. I'd say three quarters of it I've had for 3 years or more, and while I do wear most of it, perhaps I need to have a real look of some of the more worn-out pieces... I am emotionally attached to a small number of things that I should really recycle. I sold a lot of my vintage clothing over the past couple of years, so most of it is "new" - but I'm not CRAZY IN LOVE with any of it! I work from home, so I went through a stage of "wow, I never wear any of this any more SELL IT!", and I'm not exactly regretting it, because in my head my style has changed, but I do feel like that certain interest is missing now.
I don't really know where I'm going with this... do I want to make a loose capsule wardrobe with a few good quality vintage pieces? Do I start being more disciplined with recycling/selling/charity-ing something when I buy something new (a long way of saying one in one out)? Should I just chill out??!! (probably)
On the other hand, I definitely know that I want to support local businesses and makers more, wear more GOOD QUALITY vintage again (this is seemingly a hard thing to do in the UK - take me back to Laura Dols in Amsterdam!), not stick to a specific era, but just have a certain vibe going on, and buy things less often, but invest in pieces that will last me a long time.
I guess the above is what I mean by "vibe" - chore jackets, linen, vintage jeans, wide leg trousers and cotton lace. Ooh and I reeeaallly want a straw hat that fits me this spring/summer. I watched one of Kitty Cotten's youtube videos where she spoke about an adjustable fitting straw hat. THATS WHAT I NEEED! If anyone knows where I can get something like that in the UK - pleeeease tell me!