Megan Amey
Illustration & Photography
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

Posts tagged style
Favourite Outfits: November

I post my outfits in my mirror like its 2008

on my instagram account, called The Maple Armoire, but I defintely have a few favourites from each month. These are my favourites from November. 

Cozy cardigans, stripes and looking like a cliche cartoon French person!

Highlights:

  • Big cozy cardigan from H&M - last year

  • Black trousers - Uniqlo, cigarette cut

  • Pinafore dress - Monki, a few years ago

  • Beret - Charity shop, had it for almost 10 years

  • Red shoes - Marks & Spencer last year

  • Woodland embroidered shirt - McVerdi (from L’Habilleur in Paris, which I HIGHLY recommend for discount/previous years collections of amazing brands)

I tend to re-wear items a lot, be sustainable where I can be, wear things for years until they fall apart and only invest money in things I know I’ll wear forever. I used to follow a lot of style/fashion bloggers and get a bit sad when they posted things the average person (me!) couldn’t afford. It just wasn’t, and isn’t, relatable to the majority. So I now just take inspiration from a few of those people, instead! It’s a lot more fun.

A Summer Outfit

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

Hello New Year

Wow, 2017 went by in a flash. I don't know if it's because I was busy (although I didn't really feel that busy), or if it's come to that point in my life where years are just going to go by faster and faster. The first few months were spent working like a crazy person two interior design projects. I then kind of fell off the radar and struggled a lot for the rest of the year with some long standing mental health issues. My nephew turned 1, Harry passed his driving test and I made a bad hair decision that I'm still growing out (whoops). My mum got married, we visited Hastings a few times, my dad opened his own shop repairing and selling watches & jewellery (where I work part time) and we visited The peaceful Dunwich beach several times. I honestly think it's turned in to one of my favourite places. I turned 27, took up running, gave up running (lol), my friend Emily got married and I bought my dream camera after years of saving. I left my job as an interior designer and, somehow, managed to find the strength to actually complete my New Years resolution of doing all of the physical and mental health related things that I had been putting off for many years. It was a huge deal for me, and I'm actually pretty proud of myself for going through it all. Everything is slowly getting back on track, and in December I even got three illustration commissions - so let's hope that carries on this year!

In 2018 I'd like to get my portfolio/blog combo up and running, blog more regularly, and I have set myself a little challenge of doing monthly every day photo challenges. I'd also like to shop more ethically, get some more illustration/photography work and become a little more emotionally available to the people in my life. It's all started off pretty positively - Harry and I hosted a New Year's Eve dinner for a few of our friends, we wandered around Southwold and squealed about all the puppies on the beach on New Year's Day and got soaked in the rain, and now we're in Hastings... getting soaked by more rain!

Refining My Wardrobe

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!

Current Wardrobe Situation & Moodboard

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.

Clockwise from top left: 12345 (images are also on my Pinterest)

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!