Trying to work a dark mori look today, and unfortunately, the typical early winter lighting conditions were not helpful, so I took a shot of my pendant and the embroidery on my top, and blew out the contrast to show some detail. In other words, however it appears, I am not wearing a long black dress, I am wearing a knee-length empire-waisted black silk dress over a longish black linen midi skirt.
The weather was just warm enough today that with my cosy cashmere scarf and cardi, and some arm-warmers, (the sleeves are just past the elbow on the dress) I was able to get away without a proper coat, on my day’s journey out to get more quinces (the current seasonal fruit obsession, as figs are severely tapering off) and do a bit of holiday shopping. I Instagrammed today’s poaching and roasting of a couple of quinces, and not only were they beautiful and delicious with some Greek yogurt, but the scent of quinces poaching in lightly-sugared water with cinnamon sticks, cloves, and a vanilla bean is mindbogglingly wonderful. And then came the roasting, and hours and hours later, my house still smells lovely and very ready for the holidays. I have a plan to do the same again with the quinces I bought today on Thursday, so the spouse can come home from London to that gorgeous scent. With any luck, I’ll have the Christmas decorations up as well. Also, it’ll blow the lingering fug of all the stock and root vegetable soups I’ve been making to stash in the freezer for go-to lunches and starters during the long Christmas-through-New-Year holiday out of the house.
Scarf: All Saints. Definitely via TK Maxx, because as much as I love All Saints, and as much as I love cashmere, I find their prices for scarves — even viscose scarves, for pity’s sake — to be obscene. Thus, I stalk the scarves at TK Maxx like a demented creature, and I’ve had great luck with scoring scarves at a fraction of their retail cost.
Cardi: Pure Collection, thrifted, remixed. This is one of my all-time best thrift scores; it’s 100% cashmere, and I got it for something well under £10, if I recall correctly.
Blouse/dress thing: Kew, thrifted, remixed.
Pendant: Local Liverpool artist, and I still can’t find her card, for linking to her, dammit. Remixed.
A quick post, because busy as I am, and as maddeningly flaky as Tumblr has been for me lately (it makes my ageing MacBook’s fan start running very fast) I certainly don’t want to miss out on Patti’s Visible Monday!
Scarf: Renato Balestra. The last thing I needed was yet another grey scarf, but the plaid patches seduced me, and I’m glad I succumbed.
Coat: People Tree, thrifted, remixed. NWT, even! I found this right as I was sliding into the whole mori/lagenlook thing, and it’s been a real workhorse.
Jumper: Zara, remixed. Another workhorse.
Lace-bottom tank: Thrifted, remixed.
Skirt: Thrifted. This is going back to the thrift shop, though, since I really didn’t like the fit much, and the corduroy is just a little bit stiffer than I like in a longer skirt.
With apologies for the photo quality; the only thing greyer than my attire today was the sky. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I forget just how far north England is, until winter comes, and the days get dark so early. I’m not necessarily in a hurry for Christmas, but I tell you, I won’t be at all bothered by the days starting (slowly! gradually!) to get longer around the same time.
Scarf: Remixed, tags long gone, I seem to recall getting this at TK Maxx.
Cami: Gap, so remixed.
Cardigan: Handknit, remixed.
Acorn pendant: T&C, remixed. I love this, and wear it all the time.
Flannel tunic: Marks & Spencer, thrifted. This is lovely and soft and warm, and as a bonus, has pockets!
Skirt: H&M, thrifted, remixed.
Tights: Marks & Spencer, remixed. These are actually kind of a deep slate, not black.
Boots: Fly London, remixed. These are breaking in beautifully.
Hope everybody’s having a great week, and those of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving aren’t dealing with any stress about it. We don’t really celebrate it, but I may very well make a turkey shepherd’s-style pie/stuffing mash up on the day, and possibly some pumpkin bread, just to fly the flag.
Ugh, this is shaping up to be a week of suckful busy times, so I’ll be brief, although I definitely wanted to post, because I was very happy with this outfit, mostly because the mossy/bottle green tones I’m wearing feel like a very fresh direction for my usually mostly-neutral palette.
Necklace: Thrifted. I started out with one of my long pendants, but it kind of fought with the under-bust ribbon on the blouse.
Velvet duster: Kaliko, thrifted, remixed. I think I last wore this, on the blog, for one of the much-lamented Everybody, Everywear events. It’s a little shoulder-paddy, but I love me some bottle green velvet, and I think the full hem on the skirt balanced it pretty well.
Blouse: Kookai, thrifted, NWT, remixed. Not sure if I’ve worn this for the blog before, but I’ve worn it quite a few times, it being another rare example of an empire waist that doesn’t bisect my bosom.
Scarf: All Saints, remixed.
Skirt: Vintage, no tags, via Little Red Vintage, Liverpool. No tags, but I know the feel of linen, and this is definitely linen. It’s also exactly the sort of thing I’ve wanted for the style shift, and I got it for £5 in their clearance. (I was worried they were going out of business, but it looks as if they’re just clearing stuff out to make room for new stock, so yay.)
Bag: Fossil. Even though I normally detest visible logo stuff, I have a weakness for Fossil’s skeleton key ornaments, probably because I love skeleton keys, so I always leave them on.
Tights: DP, remixed.
Boots: Deichmann. They’re not showing well, but never fear, I plan to wear them lots, and eventually I’ll get a good photo of them!
No grey in sight today! And definitely very visible; the dark conditions for today’s photograph actually managed to mute this very colourful outfit — it was even louder than it looks. Also, alas, both the dress and the cardi are too big, but what the heck, they stayed on, and that’s all that matters on days like today, when a megadose of colour is called for to shake things up just a bit.
Linking up to Patti’s wonderful Visible Monday, and hoping everybody’s off to a good week!
Necklace: Pilgrim, remixed.
Cardigan: Thrifted. I still haven’t managed to find a perfect red grandpa cardigan, but this one will do until that happens.
Dress: Bob Mackie Wearable Art, vintage, thrifted. I’m pegging this as an 80s dress; the tag looks very 80s, the print looks very 80s, the colours, oh yes, 80s, the 100% polyester jersey (normally I abhor polyester, but vintage weirdness sometimes overrides this aversion) is so very 80s, as are the (unseen) puffy sleeve caps. The only thing that doesn’t scream 80s at me is the sizing; this is a large, and I’d expect an 80s large to fit me like a glove, while this is way big on me. A little research suggests this particular line was done with QVC. I think there’s a QVC network in the UK, as well as the one I remember from when I was still living in the States, so I can’t say whether this is an expat dress, or one that was sold here. Either way, I found it irresistible, and snapped it up. Whether I’ll keep it, or try to find it a new home is up in the air, but I had fun wearing it today.
Tights: Remixed, tags long gone. Hey, did you know I own about a zillion pair of tights that aren’t black or grey? Yeah, I tend to forget that myself.
Another busy Thursday post & run today, I’m afraid. The weather was hideous, I just wanted to be warm, and sod figure flattery on days like this. (Sod it anyway, actually.)
Special bonus of a different pose today! I heard something going on out on the patio, as the timer was ticking down, and caught myself in profile, so I’m putting this one up purely for the sake of a little variety.
Jumper: H&M, remixed. Gawd, H&M has some pretty pullovers this year, and I am valiantly resisting succumbing to any others. I really went nuts for the colour of this fair isle print.
Acorn pendant: T&C. I cannot find anything definitive about who the hell this company is, but I’ve picked up a couple of things from TK Maxx with that label, and I totally love them. Pretty sure this is pewter, it’s extremely well made for a relatively modest price, and I think I’ve worn this particular pendant more than any other over the last month or two, so it’s seeing pretty heavy use and still in immaculate shape.
Jeans: Gap, thrifted. These are actually men’s jeans. Given that they’re not meant to be skinnies or anything like that, I’m OK with the very loose fit.
Apologies for the terrible lighting; the sky clouded over, after being very sunny all morning, literally as I was getting the camera set up. It then stayed cloudy and miserable for the rest of the day. Welcome to northern England, heh.
I posted a quick selfie from Instagram of the revised version of this outfit this afternoon. When I tried on this skirt in the shop, I noticed it had a vent in the back which was still tacked shut, so I assumed, foolishly, that once I purchased it and cut those threads, all would be well. I WAS WRONG. It turned out to be like the shortest vent in the history of the world, and this is something I only discovered was a problem after I’d left the house and attempted to walk at my usual fast pace in my usual very long stride. I love this skirt — I’m particularly keen on the bubble hem — and I have no intention of getting rid of it, but it’s going to be relegated to wear when I know for sure I’m not going to have to walk long distances, because having my stride hampered is maddening.
Fortunately, I was able to rummage quickly through a couple of thrift shops on my way to my destination, and ended up scoring a skirt I absolutely adore, and which fits beautifully into my mori-influenced current style. it still had the dry-cleaning tags on, and after forking over all of £2.99, and a quick stop in Starbucks’ loo to change into it, I was able to walk without worrying I’d either split my skirt open, or end up falling on my face. Also, I preferred the outfit once I’d changed into the new-to-me skirt, and given that I was fully prepared to settle for just about anything that even vaguely matched, I feel exceptionally lucky to have found something I love.
Scarf: Tags long gone, it’s remixed and from TK Maxx, and I love the bird print so much. I had no idea that birds were apparently going to be the next big thing at the time I purchased this — I’ll have you know that I was into bird prints before they were cool, dammit, and also, your favourite band sucks — but I’m seeing them all over the place right now, which is just nifty keen with me, since I love them.
Cardigan: Mantaray, picked up in the recent sale at Debenhams. I think I’ve mentioned before that Mantaray is Debenhams’ Fat Face/White Stuff knock-off. Good quality and approximately the same price range as the others, so at least they aren’t flogging junk, right? I’m really pleased to have found an empire-waist long cardi that doesn’t bisect my bust.
Blouse: Kimchi Blue, remixed. I love this so much, and had no idea it was going to be as versatile as it’s proven to be.
Pendant: Accessorize, remixed.
Arm warmers: Avoca for Nest. I am really into arm warmers lately.
Skirt: Poetry. I am not giving up on this lovely blue velvet skirt and its treacherous-yet-beautiful bubble hem, I’m just going to make bloody sure I’m not walking far or fast when I wear it next.
(Thrifted skirt in the earlier selfie is M&S. Linen lined and trimmed with dark blue cotton, and I don’t even care if linen is a summer fabric, I wear that stuff year round because linen is awesome.
Well, hello! Our holiday in York was spectacular, and I can hardly wait to go back. We both love that place very much — as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, my husband went to university there, and we also went there on our honeymoon, so I guess it’s fair to say the place is pretty significant to us. It was also a great place to spend Hallowe’en, as York is said to be the most haunted city in England, and the residents really get into the spirit of it. It rained on Hallowe’en night, but that certainly didn’t stop the damp and cheery goblins, witches, and zombies from their revelries. We mostly holed up in a wonderful pub after an amazing Korean dinner, where I fortified myself with plenty of mulled cider.
I also did a lot of shopping. York is a city with a fine collection of thrift shops, markets, and fair trade emporiums, and I availed myself of them, and starting with today’s outfit, the fruits of my shopping are likely to hit the blog pretty quickly. The pickings in York fit very well into the current style direction, which is hardly surprising, since it’s a layer-happy kind of place.
Hooking up with Patti’s Visible Monday, since, well, I’m visible on the blog for the first time in a couple of weeks. Do check it out, as it’s always inspiring and enjoyable to see what the fabulous participants are wearing.
Looking forward to doing some blog visits, as even though I was having a wonderful internet break, I’m now officially jonesing to see what you’ve all been up to.
Barely-visible cami: All Saints, remixed.
Dress: Purchased from some hippie working a fair trade clothing stall at the central market, York.
Winged insect pendant: Purchased from indy jewellery maker at a Liverpool crafts fair. I swear, if I ever find her card again, I will definitely link to her Etsy shop (out of love!) because she was very nice, and her stuff is very pretty.
Tights: Green Treat. These are made of bamboo, so nicely sustainable, yay! Also, I really like bamboo fibre mixes.
Boots: Fly London, remixed. Breaking in beautifully!
Due to the crappy weather today, including occasionally torrential rain showers, I had to bail on the light layers and longish skirt I had planned for the day, and go for something more practical, but still kind of in the same theme I’ve been working of late. Short skirts worn with tights is often the practical choice, believe it or not, because they dry out pretty quickly, when the horizontal rain comes.
At least I’m wearing some colour, right?
Also, my fingertips are burning from all the green salsa-making, as I was out of disposable latex gloves, and already too deep into the process to stop, so I’m getting the details up, and going back to clutching a cold glass of Viognier. I’m hoping to wear what I was planning to wear today tomorrow; let’s hope the weather cooperates.
Scarf: Remixed, via TK Maxx, detagged.
Silky anorak: Zara.
Jumper: H&M. I cannot believe how much I love this jumper.
Pendant: Accessorize, remixed.
Skirt: Hobbs, thrifted, remixed, but it’s been quite a while since I wore it. Glad I didn’t purge it, as I’ve always really liked this skirt.