And once again, I’m apologising for the grainy quality of the photo — it was so dark and gloomy today that I suppose I should just be glad it came out at all. There are Plans for fixing some of my chronic lighting issues, but they’ll almost certainly have to wait until the House Photographer is home over the hols.
Still, there I am, and definitely visible, so I’m hooking up with Patti’s Visible Monday. My waist is visible again, anyway, heh. This tunic fit and flared in just the right spots on me to make belting it without weird bunching possible, and as I love this belt and have wanted to wear it again, I was delighted it worked. And by that I mean, that mirabile dictu, the top isn’t too big in the hips. Yay!
In other news, I will be making a post about my awesome new bike soon — preliminary verdict is that awesome bike is awesome, with the caveat that you know what they say about never forgetting how to ride a bike? In my case that’s very true, except, of course, they fail to mention that you might not ride very well. Yikes. Still, I’m getting there, and having fun. It’s a LOT of bike, i.e., a 22.5-inch, heavy steel framed monster which weighs, unloaded, and as yet, sans rack and panniers, something over 40 lbs. Getting that barge down the stairs at the Tube station was lots of fun, let me tell you.
Earrings: Monet, remixed. First time in a while my earrings have been showing well enough to bother mentioning them!
Scarf: H&M. I wanted to lighten up the brown a little bit, so this skinny, lace-edged pink scarf was deployed.
Pendant: Pilgrim, remixed.
Tunic: Marks & Spencer, thrifted. This is a linen/cotton knit, and oh goodness, how I love my linen knits.
Belt: Ralph Lauren, remixed.
Skirt: Papaya, thrifted. Papaya is a Matalan house brand, and thus, something I usually associate with extremely high manmade fibre content, but this is a very soft and drapey, thin-wale, 100% cotton corduroy. I love my corduroy, but it’s a rare long cord skirt I like as much as this one, because the damn things are usually way too heavy and stiff.
Boots: Malmo, Duo, remixed. Look at me, with my skirt covering my long boots.
Today was very cold, and not that I need an excuse, but definitely good weather for lots of layers.
Scarf: Bella Bazaar, remixed. I’d long since detagged this thing — tags on scarves annoy me so much — but a quick Google search on “bird scarf,” brought it right up in the first few images, so there you go. I love this whimsical scarf a lot.
Cardigan: Mantaray, remixed.
Pendant: Wallis. Probably remixed.
Overdress: Staring at Stars, remixed.
Skirt: Marks & Spencer, thrifted, remixed.
Socks: Just yer basic black wool over-knee socks.
Clogs: Scholl. You can tell my feet hurt when I wear these. At least they’re totally nondescript and don’t call attention to their dowdiness!
And back in the kitchen, where I’ve been spending a lot of time lately, doing pre-Xmas prep, and also making vast quantities of soup and stock, and other freezer-friendly fare, to get us through the long holiday break. I’ve got the latest batch of soup, mixed root veg & bacon, cooling on the hob, waiting to be pureed and then frozen, so while the cooling happens, an outfit post!
This is what I wore to go out and collect various dried fruit for the Christmas pudding, which I will be making later this week, and to do some Christmas shopping. In other exciting news, I just got an e-mail from the spouse telling me he’d ordered my Xmas pressie, and we’ll be picking this gorgeous thing up at the bike shop this weekend. (I got the red one.)
Pashmina: Thrifted, remixed. This is a lovely silk and cashmere blend, with a bit of a sheen to it.
Long cardigan: Thrifted, no tags. I know it’s cotton, but that’s about all I know about it.
Tunic: Monsoon. This is sleeveless, and made largely of wool, with a bit of mohair so I wore a silk/modal blend layering tee under it to combat what for me is the inevitable mohair itching. Fortunately, it worked, and other than the odd prickle, I wasn’t bothered by it. (Seriously, mohair/angora is almost always unwearable for me, in just about any percentage of the fibre blend. And yet, I keep trying, because occasionally I get away with it.)
Pendant: The acorn again.
Skirt: M&S, thrifted, remixed. This is in heavy rotation right now, quickly earning workhorse status.
Socks: Some Italian company via TK Maxx. I am absolutely loving over-knee socks this year, often layered over tights for the extra warmth.
So the House Photographer was home, and we busted out the big Nikon and took some non-kitchen pictures. I feel a bit attention-whorish putting up so many, but for the first time in a long while, I have detail photos! The colours all rendered beautifully as well, so I’m very happy with these photos, and he who has the fancy cameras was as well. Amazing what a decent lens and some natural light can do, eh? The garden’s looking pretty early-winter tatty, but eventually spring will return, and in the meantime, I can indulge my love of layers to my heart’s content without worrying about overheating.
Also, there was a HORRIBLE storm last week, and I was mad busy besides that. I have much catching up to do, so I’m just chucking up the details, and calling it an outfit post:
Hat: Got at TK Maxx, detagged. This is a faux-furry beret.
Scarf: Remixed. I’m pretty sure this is the same scarf I wore in our last outdoor photo shoot! I’m extremely fond of it, and glad to have a closeup of the pretty embroidery.
Black underdress: Gabrielle Parker. I bought this at a fab little shop called Tommy & Maude in York, thinking it would be a fantastic layering piece, and so it is. It has a broderie anglaise hem, and the body is basically a fitted scoop neck, 3/4-length sleeve tee shirt type. I am very glad I splashed out for this.
Linen overdress: Topshop, thrifted.
Acorn pendant: T&C, remixed. I LOVE THIS. This is by far my current favourite necklace. Glad to have a decent photo of it on the blog now.
Arm-warmers: Smartwool. I’m so into the arm/wrist warmers this year.
Tights: M&S, remixed.
Boots: Ashburn, Duo, remixed. (It has been a long time, though!)
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.