Just a hit and run tonight; usual Thursday madness, which I dressed for, just throwing together something that required little thinking or effort, but still very much, to me, in harmony with my current aesthetic. That jumper drapes and slouches well in motion, btw!
Scarf: Hobo, remixed. (Although I’m not sure it’s appeared on the blog before now. Quick archive scan says nope, definitely the first appearance.)
Pendant: Accessorize. I am seriously all about the long pendant + scarf look these days, and to think I used to refuse to believe you could wear both at the same time and have them be complimentary, instead of just busy.
Jumper: Fat Face. I picked this up on sale when we were on holiday in York earlier in the year, because I needed a thick jumper (my god, the rain and cold) and it actually turned out to be a great addition to my wardrobe, even though I was initially dubious about the bulk, but so desperate to prevent hypothermia that all I cared about was that it was warm and cheap.
Skirt: Marks and Spencer, recent sale. I’m definitely drifting away from pencil skirts and into fuller ones.
Tights: I think these are Topshop from a few years back.
Bag: Fossil, remixed.
Shoes: Uh? Remixed, and deeply beloved. Also transitioning smoothly into the style shift. Hooray!
Nailed it, and thus, hooking up with the (now!) bi-weekly Visible Monday. This outfit made me very, very happy. I feel as if I got it exactly right, and presented exactly as I wanted. We’re still getting the occasional bit of warm and sunny weather, but definitely headed into proper autumn, and I am so stoked for the many, many, layers I plan to deploy over the next two seasons. Much as I loved the glorious weather we had for much of the second half of summer, I love autumn and winter clothes even more, so I’m digging mine out, looking them over, and deciding where my style journey is going to take me over the next six months or so. Exciting! (For a certain value of exciting, that is.)
Have a great week, and remember to check out Visible Monday.
Can I take a moment to say how happy I am that my hair has grown out enough from the disastrous haircut of late spring for me to be able to get all Viking on it? Because I am.
Jacket: Zara, remixed. This really is one of my favourite jackets.
Necklace: Boots, remixed. Why is it always the cheapest-ass necklaces I find turn out to be my favourites? (See the currently MIA H&M circle pendant, which is actually driving me to clean out my dressing room in order to find it.)
Jumper: Gap, remixed. I would like to replace this with a better cabled or textured cream jumper, but the thing is, this one fits perfectly, and it’s lightweight enough that it doesn’t sausage-ify me.
Bag: Jones the Bootmaker, remixed.
Skirt: George, thrifted. I KNOW. Usually ASDA does cheap and crappy clothes that look cheap and crappy, and the sight of a George label is usually enough to cause an instant pass at the thrift shop, because I know the garment in question is all but certain to fall apart quickly enough brand new, much less previously owned, but this skirt is a total exception; really well-made, and shockingly high in natural fibres. Plus, OMG, that hemline. I love that wonky hemline.
Tights: Dorothy Perkins, remixed. I’m hoping the currently uninspiring crop of tights in DP — and as I’ve said before, DP makes awesome opaque tights — is just a matter of the new colours not being in stock yet, because I am dying to update in trendier colours.
Shoes: Remixed. Still the comfort champs, may they live forever.
Note: There’s a recipe in here; this hasn’t turned into a cooking blog, as such, but when I mention cooking or baking something, and a reader requests the recipe, I always just throw it into the next blog entry. Onward!
Going to the pink and black well again! As mentioned so many times, it’s one of my happy colour combinations, and I always feel pretty great when I indulge. After a long and somewhat trying weekend, it was good to get spiffed up and out there, and I am once again linking up to Visible Monday, with thanks, as always, to Patti for hosting and inspiring.
Commenter Ki requested the blackberry bread pudding recipe, and, well, bread pudding is one of those things I’ve never really bothered with a formal recipe for — it just seems like I’ve always known how to make it — but I’ll give it a go, with the understanding that I’m winging it from memory. It shouldn’t be a problem, though, as bread pudding is one of the most forgiving and adaptable things you can possibly make. So, here you go, Ki!
I used about 400-500 grams of thick-sliced farmhouse white bread I had leftover from the previous week’s summer pudding. It was pretty stale, and I do think stale bread works better in bread pudding, for some reason. You need to tear it up roughly, crusts and all; I don’t worry so much about size, but figure at least half a dozen pieces per slice.
Chuck the bread into a deep bowl, and in another bowl, beat three whole eggs. (Mine were large; had they been medium or small, I’d probably have gone an extra one.) Beat in about 150-200 grams of caster sugar. (I used golden caster sugar; that’s just personal preference, regular white would work as well.) Then I added a pint of semi-skimmed milk, beat that in as well, and about a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then I mixed in about 1/3 cup of double cream, because I had it to hand. If I hadn’t had cream in the house I wanted to use up, I probably would’ve used whole milk. (See what I mean about forgiving?)
OK. Pour this mixture over the bread in the other bowl, and leave it to soak in until the bread is thoroughly saturated. Take about half of the bread and custard mixture, and put it in a baking dish. (I used my Pyrex lasagne/casserole dish, which is approximately 8x10 inches.) Sprinkle over your berries. I think I had about 300 grams of blackberries, which left some space between each berry, but not a lot. Then cover with the other half of the bread and custard, sprinkle with demerara sugar, and bake at about 160 C for at least an hour, then turn the heat up to 180 C for another 20 minutes or so to brown it up a bit. If it starts to get a bit too dark up top too early, just cover it with a bit of foil.
This cut into nice, cake-like pieces, which I served with the rest of the double cream.
Anyway, onto the outfit details!
Cashmere cardi: Beth Jordan, remixed. This was an end-of-season super bargain at TK Maxx last year. I want to say I paid less than £20 for this thing, and if there’s anything I love more than cashmere, it’s knocked-down cashmere.
Dress; Marks & Spencer, new with tags, thrifted. Oh god, this thrilled me. I wanted one of these dresses — they’re called Fit and Flare, and I thought they’d work really well with my long waist/narrow hips issues, but by the time I saw it in M&S, they were down to pretty much nothing that was even close to my size. (Like, all that was left was UK 8 or UK 20. Not going to work.) Then I found this size UK 12 in the British Heart Foundation shop last week. Retail: £39.50. Charity shop: £7.50. So much win.
Tights: M&S, remixed. Black tights with everything! I’ll break out the colours soon enough.
And then came the cooler weather and the drizzle. Ah, the drizzle. It never stays away for long. Still, at least I got to wear something more autumnal, and my hair has grown out enough from the disaster haircut to put it up in Heidi braids again, without huge chunks of the front falling down. This was one of those outfits that feels perfectly, naturally, me in casual mode, and I was very happy with it.
I’m also really happy with the way my bread pudding came out! Instead of using dried fruit in it, I used some fresh blackberries, and it was a big hit with the spouse and his dad. And me, as well, although after a good-sized slice of pure stodge, I am ready for a long nap. Looking forward to making a more traditional one once it gets a little colder, and it’ll be a great way to use up some of the tons of dried fruit I always have left over after making the Xmas pudding.
Anyway, I need to take that bread pudding baby up to bed, because I am knackered. Have a great weekend!
Scarf: All Saints. Another oblong scarf turned into a faker infinity scarf, and why on earth did it take me so long to figure out I could do that?
Jumper: Mantaray. This is Debenhams’ knock off of brands like Fat Face and White Stuff. They do a pretty convincing job of it. It’s comparable in quality and materials, as well as style, but usually about 20% cheaper than similar items from either company.
Pendant: Urban Outfitters, endlessly remixed.
Bracelets: Actual Fat Face, remixed.
Tank: Gap, remixed.
Skirt: Gap, remixed. Oh man, so remixed. I am surely down to pennies per wear on this beloved skirt.
Bag: All Saints, remixed.
Tights: M&S, remixed.
Boots: Ye Olde Ancient Stomper Boots, don’t even remember where and when I acquired them, and of course, totally remixed. I had the heels replaced last year, and I think they’re about due for the soles to be replaced as well. I’ve probably paid more in repairing these things than I did to buy them in the first place!
Yeah, I was apparently relaxed in front of the camera this morning, which is nice. I was also in a good mood, since the eye problem I casually mentioned last week turned out to be a nifty case of allergic conjunctivitis, which cleared up over the weekend, but was pretty nasty at the end of last week, which is why I’m badly behind in my blog commenting and e-mail, because I could barely see straight, and certainly not when trying to focus on a computer screen, or even worse, my phone, which is where most of my e-mail ends up.
Anyway, definitely a Visible Monday this week! I defied the dismal weather, and wore the shorts I wanted to wear today anyway, although I did have to wear tights to stave off the chill. That’s OK, I loved this outfit and felt great in it.
Hooking up again with the radiant Patti’s Visible Monday, and encouraging you, as always, to check everybody out.
Necklace: Pilgrim, remixed.
Coat: Wallis, thrifted, remixed. I am still madly in love with this coat, although the left pocket lining needs fixing, which should be easy enough, even for one of my extremely limited sewing skills.
Tee: Gap. I know a lot of people have complaints about Gap’s quality, but I swear, their tee shirts are among the hardest-wearing I own.
Belt: Petrol. I wanted a wide white belt, and lo, one appeared.
Shorts: I cannot decipher the label of these, but they’re nice.
Bag: Knomo. Metallics are really not something I get into much, but I do like a good, muted bronze, which this is. Also, nice zipping laptop compartment.
Tights: M&S, remixed. Speaking of things that wear like iron…
Shoes: Hush Puppies. These are high-heeled brogues, although, alas, you can’t see much detail. I will try harder next time I wear them!
Today heralded the reappearance of my ankles, albeit well-sheathed in opaque tights. Also, please note the blue jacket amongst the more-typical black and white attire.
The dress was recently liberated from winter storage — end of June, and I’m just now breaking into the last Rubbermaid box. This is not so much a reflection on how many damn garments I own, but just how wretchedly long winter was, and how cold it was in what passed for spring.
Thanks for the supportive comments on yesterday’s turban experiment; I ended up being really happy with it, and got a few in-person complements, so I expect I’ll be doing that again before too long. I grow ever fonder of wearing stuff on my head, have a vast collection of scarves, and it’s often too windy for non-knit hats to stay in place, so I’ll likely be experimenting a bit.
Anyway, I’m pretty knackered, and something irritated my left eye overnight (you can see it looks slightly squinty in the photo) and I think I’m going to just get this up and get away from the computer screen. My guess is a stray eyelash or something got stuck in there while I was sleeping.
Hope everybody’s having a great week!
Necklace: John Lewis. This is a rather delicate bib necklace, but not so much it gets lost against all the stripes.
Jacket: Gap Outlet, remixed. I would be inclined to call this colour royal blue, although I seem to think the tag said cobalt. I think of cobalt as being a much deeper blue, but whatever, this is a great colour.
Dress: Cynthia Rowley, remixed. I love this dress for its stripes, and the way it gives me the illusion of a curvy waist.
Tights: M&S, remixed.
Shopping bag: Lulu Guinness for Comic Relief. Kitty face!
Shoes: Paolo Corelli, remixed. These are shiny black woven leather loafers, in case that isn’t clear in the photo. I would’ve liked to wear something a bit more shapely and with a higher heel, but I’m still babying my legs and feet.
Casual Friday. I dress something like this on weekends (or days when I don’t have anything to do that requires smarter clothes) more often than I’d almost like to admit. Shorts, including, and indeed, almost especially, denim ones over black tights is a look that’s been going strong in my area for several years now, and shows no sign of ending. Me, I dressed like this back in college, and haven’t really seen any reason to quit doing so in my more advanced years, because, well, I suppose I’d wear a skirt this short with black tights, right?
Anyway, it gets me into shorts before the weather is ready to, so I’ll probably keep it up at least a few years longer.
Have a great weekend!
Necklace: Fat Face.
Jumper: Zara, remixed. This has been the jumper of the winter for me. With any luck, it’ll be too warm for the weather soon. HAHAHAHA.
Tank: M&S, remixed. Glad I got this; olive green is not a passing fancy. Maybe I’ll branch out into a new murky neutral, in lieu of grey. Also HAHAHAHA. Seriously, I looked at my archives the other day, and I have worn so much grey/black/white this winter that even I’m shocked.
Belt: Roma, remixed. Made in England, hooray!
Shorts: Label says “S.C.O.U.T.” I have no idea what that means, and Google isn’t terribly helpful. I bought them at TK Maxx last year, and I sort of wish I could find a long version of these, since they’ve got front pockets like classic jeans, and not side slit pockets like most chinos. I don’t know if I’ve worn these on the blog before, but they’re certainly very remixed.
Tights: M&S, remixed.
Shoes: Deichmann, remixed. My feet are appreciating these a lot, while I treat the bloody corns on my little toes.
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.)