Yesterday. Oh, yesterday was A Day. I missed Visible Monday in lieu of Gas Leak Emergency Monday. We had a very, very slow, barely perceptible leak in the kitchen — turns out a seal on the main pipe going to the hob had decayed — and, yeah, not good. Especially not good, according to the guy from British Gas, who came out to fix the leak, after the National Grid lady had capped the meter — is the shoddy workmanship and sub-standard seal he found whilst working on the leaky pipe. The hob was installed before we moved in, oh, TEN YEARS AGO, and was apparently pretty fucking dangerous all that time. Super-special extra bonus: very slow, barely perceptible gas leak was into an enclosed space. Nice.
I have no idea who the CORGI-certified engineer who installed that pipe in the first place was, and he’d better hope to god I never find out, but look, I have myself, on more occasions than I’d like to admit, had bad days, and not been the best at whatever job I happened to be working at the time, but come on, nobody was ever in a moment’s danger of dying in a fireball because I was hungover or just plain slacking.
Anyway, once we’d agreed that no, we weren’t crazy, and yes, indeed, there was a smell of gas in the kitchen and got the gas switched off and the phone calls made, and the repairs all done, I was a bit too stressed and knackered to even think of changing out of the leggings and high-hippie tunic I’d thrown on, and just combed my hair and told style to bugger off for the day.
Feeling much better today, so I spruced up, and this is what I wore:
Sunglasses: River Island, remixed.
Silk tank: Hobbs, vintage, thrifted.
Dress: White Stuff, thrifted. White Stuff does stuff very similar to Fat Face, and I have no idea which, if either, came first, but I find a lot of stuff I like from both companies. I totally adore this recent thrift score, because it’s a rare example of an empire waistline that works with my loooooong torso. That band hits exactly the right place under my bust, and that sure doesn’t happen very often.
Bag: Rowallian, remixed. (I think?) I am usually all about the gigantic shoulder totes, but I love this classic smaller bag, and didn’t have much hauling to do today, so out it came.
Tights: M&S, remixed. Yes, it’s black tights with everything again! I can’t help it, I really like the lengthening look of shoes and tights that match, so I skipped the grey or coral hose I might otherwise have gone with in favour of that.
Shoes: Walking Clouds, remixed. Oh god, I love these so much. My feet are so happy in them.
And here’s the outfit post, since you could really only see my shoulders in the scarf video post. I wore this dress and these boots back in January, although I mixed it very differently then. I think I like this iteration better, if only because it includes what for me is WILD pattern mixing, in the form of the pink leopard-print pony skin belt. (That’s TWO articles of pony skin now in my wardrobe. No actual ponies were harmed in the making of my belts, I am pleased to say.)
This dress is just a bit too big, but I’m keeping it anyway, because I like it a lot, and I’m pretty sure it isn’t meant to be fitted in the first place, so it doesn’t look weird in the hips or anything like that.
Grandpa cardigan: Gap, remixed. This is totally different from my other pink Gap grandpa cardi, I promise.
Button flowers: Gifted by the radiant Megan Mae, remixed.
Dress: White Stuff, thrifted, remixed. For casual clothes in muted colours and patterns, I really love White Stuff a lot, although I have to say they run SERIOUSLY big, which is fine — this is a UK 12, which is generally my regular size, but with non-thrifted White Stuff, I usually end up in a UK 10. (I just like to make a note of stuff like that; I always appreciate knowing these things myself.)
Belt: Betsey Johnson.
Tights: M&S, remixed. These are actually a very dark grey, not black, although they seem like it in the photo.
Boots: Marcelle, Duo, remixed. These are breaking in beautifully!
This total nothingburger of an outfit brought to you by my urgent desire to not freeze to death today. I always feel like a bit of a heel complaining about how cold it is, here in the UK, when I grew up in Michigan and I know from REAL cold, but fifteen-odd years here have turned me into a total hothouse flower, and the high-20s temps today felt brutal to me.
The really important thing about this particular outfit is that I could fit my merino wool long underwear under it, and that helped a whole lot in coping with the cold. It’s also a mark of how unskinny these skinny jeans are on me that I had no problem in using them as a top layer.
Jumper: White Stuff. This is some kind of cotton/wool/viscose blend, and it’s actually pretty warm. I am really loving the chunky knits this year. I do prefer my chunky knits to be on the oversized end of the spectrum, and I’m truly not concerned about whether or not they add visual bulk to my shoulders and rack, so I’m glad they appear to be back in style.
Jeans: Gap, Premium Skinny, endlessly remixed. I should probably go out to the Gap outlet one of these days and try them in a size down, to see if I get a sufficiently skinny fit in the thighs and hips, but honestly, do I need another pair of jeans? No, I do not.
Boots: Debenhams, remixed. Thick socks, people. A total necessity right now.