At last, my hair as it’s supposed to look — and does — after it’s had time to settle and get knocked around a bit. I usually take my photos shortly after pulling the rollers from my hair and brushing it out, but today I had to run out the door on an early errand, and didn’t get the photo in until after I returned. So here is the proof I don’t walk around with heavily sculpted middle-aged mall hair all day long!
Top: Kenzo. I love this colour so much, and I’m delighted to have something I can wear with this skirt that isn’t just plain black; the blues match almost perfectly. Also, I have completely come around on the dolman sleeve issue, as you can see.
Necklaces: Various found objects strung on chains, remixed.
Wow, summer has arrived in a big way, and as you can probably see, I’ve definitely been getting some sun. Must remember to bring my sunblock with me, for touching up, because even the Sunblock of the Undead tends to be good for only a couple of hours on me.
Not that you could tell by looking at my legs, which remain almost translucently pale. Still, it’s good to be basking in the heat, and even better to be wearing some of my summer clothes. I felt tremendously visible in this bright blue dress today, which makes it an ideal thing to wear on Visible Monday, so I’m hooking up with Patti’s wonderful weekly event. Do check it out!
Necklace: Gifted by in-laws, gold and blue topaz. I’m wearing matching earrings, but they’re lost in my hair.
Cotton cardi: Gap. Finally, a white cotton cardigan that isn’t so thin you can see right through it. I have been looking for ages for one of these. You may see it again this week, since I prefer barrier methods of sunblock, and this did a nice job of that, without making me overheat.
Linen dress: East, thrifted. This relatively modest glimpse of my cleavage is kind of pushing it for me — I’m all about baring my collarbones, my cleavage, not so much — but I really couldn’t bear the idea of putting on a cami under this on such a warm day. Still wildly in love with linen.
Bag: Desigual, remixed. I haven’t used this one in ages, but there’s a few patches of blue that matched the dress perfectly, and then the black trim tied in with my shoes.
Yesterday’s outfit, when photographed, created the effect of a black plinth with a head stuck on it. It looked pretty slick; the spouse thought it looked very chic, but the photo was a wash as for detail. So more black today, yes, but it’s black featuring a colourful pattern and an actual shape!
Also, I was seriously knackered last night. I received, as requested, a FitBit for Christmas, intended as a replacement for my crappy old step-counter, with the bonus that it would help me track my traditionally quite lousy sleep pattern. Except, uh, I didn’t realise I would be sent meaningless badges for meaningless accomplishments like certain step totals and feats of stair-climbing, and if there’s anything I find almost completely irresistible, it’s a meaningless badge for a meaningless accomplishment because OH HEY I WON. I won nothing, of course, except the meaningless badge for the meaningless accomplishment, but that’s apparently enough for me to try to win as many as possible. So I have been, perhaps, walking and climbing ridiculously excessive amounts because OH HEY BADGE.
I’m sure I’ll get bored of it, eventually, but in the meantime, I have to say physical exhaustion is fantastic for helping out with sleep problems. But I’m not bored yet, so I am going to post this and go walk around the block until I get the additional 700-ish steps I need to get a brand new badge.
Top: This is a 100% merino wool shirt meant as an underlayer for warmth, but it fits so nicely, and it’s thick enough to pass for a thin jumper, and besides I already had it on when it was time to get dressed. The label has an undecipherable logo on it, so no idea of the brand.
Necklace: Boots, remixed.
Skirt: Desigual, Christmas gift from the spouse. Give the man a big round of applause! Did you know Amazon has Desigual? (I get no kickback for that or anything, I’m just THRILLED to have easily-accessible Desigual back.)
Starting the new year with shopping my closet, something I’m hoping to do a lot of this year. This dress, an old Retail Chicken win, is one I love but don’t wear very often. I wonder if this is because it’s such a distinctive-looking dress, and if I instinctively keep stuff like that out of heavy rotation, because I wear the hell out of my basics (although, admittedly, I remix them quite a lot) and never think twice about it. Still, I hadn’t worn it in a while, and today it felt like exactly the right thing.
I am so very glad tomorrow is totally the end of the holiday season, because it does feel as if it drags on a bit over here. I don’t begrudge people their time off, but I am glad when public transport goes back to its regular schedule, and the grocery store is open during its standard hours, and the shelves aren’t packed with holiday food I’m long sick of eating. Time to put the brandy cream and mince pies away for another year, I think!
Necklace: Monsoon, remixed. I think I bought this with this dress specifically in mind; it fits in the neckline very nicely.
Dress: Desigual, remixed.
Bag: Marks & Spencer. Picked up in the post-Xmas sale. This is basically my favourite sort of bag; capacious, easy to get into and out of, and with one good inner pocket, and plenty of room for the various things I pick up over the course of a day.
Tights: No idea, but remixed, and they suck. I’ll be looking to replace these. They’re a good and useful colour, but they feel kind of nasty.
Boots: Faith. These are shockingly comfortable, for the size of that heel. Bless this company and their slightly big size 9 boots. Also, bless Debenhams for always chucking a couple of pairs of those slightly big size 9 boots into their clearance sales, where I find them for ludicrously huge knock-downs. I seldom even bother asking if any given pair of shoes goes up to a 9, which may, or may not, fit, since it appears to be completely random which ones do. Instead, I wait until clearance time, and then look for them on the size 9 rack. (That’s a UK 9, for my North American readers, which is the equivalent of a US 11. I’m more properly a US 11.5, but good luck finding that size anywhere, and I usually size up, unless the straight 11/9 is really generously sized.) I don’t hate my Brobdingnagian feet, but I do hate and bitterly resent the paucity of cute shoes in my size.
Naturally, the only photo out of a dozen I took today that was fit to use is the one where the camera caught me pulling my hair out of my necklace. Still, at least it’s a different position, so there’s that.
The last time I wore this dress, I layered it over a black tee, but I wanted a little more colour today (as if there isn’t enough already in the dress, heh) and a little more warmth, so I went with the pink thermal shirt instead. The weather wasn’t quite verging-on-wintry, but it was decidedly chilly and damp enough to warrant the heavier shirt, and herald the return of long boots. Long boots are definitely one of the consolations of colder weather.
Good weekend, everybody! I’m off to bed, and then up early to hit the monthly farmer’s market, hoping to find the last of the summer fruits and veg, and the first really good apples and pears.
Jewelery: Wallis, remixed.
Thermal tee: Gap Outlet, remixed. (I think this is remixed, but I have an orange one as well, so I may be thinking of that one.)
Dress: Desigual, remixed. Unwearable if not layered, but I’m very fond of it.
Tights: M&S, remixed.
Boots: Duo, Elba, remixed. Pretty sure these are my most frequently worn boots. I’m hoping they make it through another season. So far, so good!
Yeah, I adjusted the bodice after snapping the photos. I didn’t notice the dress riding up until just before going out. I love this dress, even though it has a dropped waist, and a tendency to slide around a bit, and in spite of the fact that it has never photographed as well as it looks on. But that’s OK, because my love for it remains true, especially for that full, swingy skirt.
Necklace: Very old, remixed endlessly, I cannot remember when/where I bought this.
Dress: Desigual, remixed.
Tights: M&S, remixed.
Shoes: Thrifted. Any identifying markings are long gone, but they’re in otherwise pretty good nick.
And the outerwear:
Scarf: Desigual, remixed. Seldom do I wear two Desigual items at once, but the greys and general patterns mixed very nicely.
Leather jacket: Aviatrix, remixed. This has been the perfect jacket for the weather we’ve been currently experiencing, so I’m wearing it frequently.
Sunglasses: River Island. Chilly but very bright today!
Bag: Oasis, remixed. This bag? If I could find a bag this shape and size in black leather? My quest for exactly the black tote I want would be complete.
Desigual is always highly visible, and today is Monday, so they’re a good match. I hope all my friends in the US are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and that the oncoming autumn is good for everybody. 1 May is Labour Day over here, so this was just an ordinary Monday for me, other than the lovely sunshine and warm weather, which has been anything but ordinary this summer, alas. I did get out to enjoy it, and even though I’m largely swathed in black here, my clothes were light and breezy and totally comfortable in the warm temperatures.
Cardigan: August Silk, remixed. I am so glad I have this; most of my other long cardigans are wool or other animal fibres, and having one in cotton is filling a major gap.
Tunic: Desigual, remixed.
Belt: Topshop, remixed. I love this belt so much; my arms are mostly covering it in this picture, but something about the triple wrap and the gaps between them actually gives my rather straight waist quite a bit of definition.
Bling: Various, remixed. I have been heavily loading my arms up with bracelets lately, and I often find that I feel like a necklace or anything other than discreet earrings feels like too much on top of that, especially since I wear two or three rings every day.
Leggings: Gap, remixed.
Cage shoes: New Look, remixed. I am so delighted with these.
Check out the lovely ladies at the lovely Patti’s weekly Visible Monday round-up!
A busy, but washed-out Bank Holiday weekend is just about done, and I just have time to link up to Visible Monday, and get this thing posted before I crash.
Oh, and I’ve wasted entirely too much time watching this rescue kitten cam. Seriously, it’s kind of sad and embarrassing how frequently I check in on these baby cats.
More tomorrow, and now for the details:
Corduroy jacket: Boden, thrifted, remixed. This thing is fab, and I’ve worn it a lot.
Tee: H&M. Notice how closely the flower graphic matches those in the skirt? Not the same, but close enough that the spouse complimented me on the “cool dress.” I found it last week during a kill-fifteen-minutes turn through H&M, and thought it would almost certainly match this skirt. More than close enough, and I’m very pleased to have found it. Glad I was a bit early and killed that time where I did!
Bracelets: Fat Face, remixed. This has been my standard arm party of late.
Skirt: Desigual, remixed.
Shoes: Debenhams. These are pretty close to flatforms, although the heel is just slightly higher than the toe.
I’m going to skip the usual whinging about the weather; the black tights should give you some idea. Still staying with the straight hair, which I’m liking just fine, and it’s good to give the styling goop and burny-hot things a rest. Not too much damage was done — I’ve got pretty resilient hair — but man, the ends need trimming, because they’re pretty fried.
Tragically, it appears that our local Desigual shop has been closed; all the stuff is gone, and there are workmen in there, and while I’m holding out a vague, faint hope that it’s just some kind of refit going on, nah, I think I’ve been ditched by my beloved. It happened with no warning, and I suppose, as long as I can still order online and like, the London shop doesn’t shutter, I’ll get over it. I’ve been having a bit of a flirtation with All Saints (results of that coming soon!), as I’ve been loving neutrals a lot lately and, frankly, I’ve got plenty of Desigual stuff already.
Anyway, I’m pretty glad I bought this particular dress when I did, because I’d be kicking myself right now if I hadn’t. Highly visible, and suitable for Patti’s weekly Visible Monday round-up.
Long-sleeve tee: Gap, remixed. OK, I am whinging about the weather: eventually it got mostly bright and sunny, but it never got all that warm, hence the layering.
Dress: Desigual YOU BASTARDS HOW COULD YOU LEAVE ME??? Ahem, remaining calm. I loved the colours in this dress, especially that blue, and one of the panels has a peacock on it.
Necklace: My peacock feather locket, Past Times, remixed. So not only does this go well thematically with the dress, but it works with the neckline, which is not always a given thing with this piece, since the chain is sort of a difficult length.
Cuff: Gifted from in-laws. They bought it on one of their round-the-world cruises (which sounds like my idea of hell on the high seas, but they had fun), and goodness knows where they bought this thing. It’s a bit blingy for me, normally, but it felt right with this mad dress.