2012 can, for the most part, kiss my ass. It was a hard year, folks, and I’m crossing my fingers for a better 2013. There were bright spots — I was pleased with the election results back home — and I made some truly awesome blog friends, but whoa, this one was rough.
A happy, peaceful, and prosperous 2013 to you all, and thanks so much for stopping by, and all the wonderful and supportive comments over the course of the past year, and most especially for your condolences and kind wishes after my mother-in-law’s passing. It’s been a busy December, obviously, and I didn’t have a whole lot of time for visiting around other blogs, and responding individually to comments here, but please know I appreciated them all, and I’m hoping to be more on the ball in the new year.
And this is what I wore to see 2012 out. Luridly-coloured tights always help!
Necklace: This is either Monsoon or Accessorize, which basically means the same thing, and it is remixed.
Pashmina: Thrifted, remixed. Another highlight of 2012 was how many cashmere and/or silk pashminas I scored in thrift shops.
Dress: Wallis, thrifted. Ah, Wallis. Wallis does such gorgeous prints (and some serious fug as well) but they are all too often let down by their crappy, crappy fibre mixes. This, fortunately, is pure viscose, which happens to be the man-made fibre I actively like. Wallis’ sizing is as wonky as hell, too; I’ve tried on extra smalls that were too big, and likewise, extra larges that were too tight. When they get it right, though, they’re awesome.
Bag: Oasis, remixed.
Tights: M&S, remixed. The most wonderful time of the year is M&S’s post-Xmas clearance, when I acquire many of my tights very, very cheaply. (M&S and Dorothy Perkins are my top picks for tights, generally speaking.) These are from a few years back, a colour called Kingfisher, and I’m very glad I snaffled up three pair for a quid each. I stockpile tights to an embarrassing degree, on the grounds that nothing seems as trend-driven as tights colours, and seriously, when a colour is gone from the shops, it is often gone for good. Or so I fear, anyway.
Shoes: Evans, remixed. Evans is one of the few places to reliably carry size UK10 shoes, and sometimes they even carry them in ACTUAL LEATHER. This is one of those times.
2013 minus 1 hour and 45 minutes GMT! See you all in the new year. :)
Day one of Megan and Keely's latest Fashion Challenge, and today is Solid Bright or Bold Print. I, as you see, am wearing a brightly coloured bold print. I’ve had this one hanging on the rail since at least last autumn, when I picked it up on clearance, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. I love the print and the colours so much, and it’s wildly comfortable, but it feels just a little Mrs. Roper to me. Knee-length, or at least lower on the thigh, and I’d be fine with it, as a dress, but as a tunic, eh, still not sure. Nonetheless, it was cheery and bright and swingy, and the really huge sleeves were kind of interesting to try, seeing as I normally prefer my sleeves pretty fitted.
Given that there’s so much I do like about this, I’m not ready to send it off to the charity shop yet, but it’s going back on the rail for a while, as I give some thought to how else I can style it. I definitely felt highly visible today, which is good, because it is, of course, Visible Monday over at Patti's blog. After several days wearing muddy wellies and profoundly unflattering jeans while planting my vegetable patch, among other things, it was very nice to be able to dress up just a skosh today.
Necklace: H&M, remixed.
Leggings: Gap, remixed.
Clogs: Rockport. Orange! Shoes! This looked way better than it photographed, incidentally. The whole outfit did, in motion, but the shoes look extra weird in this photo.
Hair: Weird. Had to actually pull it back today, because it was being difficult.
Jewelery: Wallis, remixed. The Never Pay Full Price at Gap rule also applies to the accessories at Wallis. £2 for the set on the clearance rack. It may not show, but it’s pink and orange, which is another one of those slightly dodgy colour combos I adore.
Tank: Gap, remixed.
Cardi: Zara. I could do without the pockets, but I really love the cables and the colour enough to live with them.
Sorry these seem to be taken from a bit too far away, but you should be able to get the idea. You see here the first deployment of barrettes in the ongoing struggle with my growing bangs. I think I won this round.
Just a quick hit-and-run outfit post today. The boiler died AGAIN, and oh God, the drama and stress. Fixed (?) now, and I can’t even tell you how much I’m looking forward to washing my hair. So I’m going to go do that right now.
Have a great weekend! (And a great Independence Day weekend, to those of you back in the States!) (And Happy Canada Day!) (And any other national holidays I might be missing, Happy That Too!)
Necklace: Accessorize, thrifted, remixed.
Cardigan: Persaman, via TK Maxx. (I have no idea if Persaman is some kind of ‘real’ label, or just one of those random names that turns up on tags occasionally. Nice cardi, though, with some pretty embellishment on one side.
Dress: Wallis, thrifted. I have SO MANY dresses from Wallis that I’ve thrifted, and yet, I’ve seldom bought anything brand new from them. If you have an aversion to (often) polyester (though by no means always) jersey, probably Wallis isn’t for you, but I hate ironing & I often love Wallis’ prints, and hey, for £4-6 on average at the thrift shop, I can live with some polyester.
Shoes: Remixed. Alas, I may have broken one of the straps beyond salvation, which is a shame, because these are unquestionably the most comfortable shoes of this type I have EVER worn.