Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Grey Skies

Coat - Vintage, charity shop
Shirt- Vintage Liberty's, charity shop
Skirt - Topshop, jumble sale
Cardigan - Uni qlo
Shoes - Clarks
Necklace - Gift

This outfit is a kind of homage to the grey weather we've had a lot of lately. I really try not to wear too many very dark colours during the winter as I think I feel happier in neutrals and lighter colours, especially when I'm getting up every day in the dark. I love this coat but haven't worn it much in the five years I've had it. It's mostly due to the extra large collar, but pinning it under seems to have worked. It's probably a man's jacket from the late 60's and has a label with 'Dandy, Kings Road' on it. I may have to wear it on a visit to it's spiritual home. I love a bit of history to my clothing. Also these Clarks shoes are the best, super comfortable and also go with everything, who new metallic silver could be such a useful shade.

I've had a busy November, celebrating my birthday and also Thanksgiving. I went to an American friend's Thanksgiving dinner and it was amazing! It's kind of a shame we have no national holiday with a proper feast attached to it. I had the best Oreo and Raspberry cheesecake I imagine I will ever eat and I even sort of enjoyed the sweet potato and marshmallow dish. I also had a really good birthday with some lovely thoughtful gifts and a lot of chocolate cake. I like to treat myself to a birthday dress each year but this year I made one and then didn't wear it, sometimes I lose courage wearing homemade things out and about. It's quite an interesting time capsule of my style, seeing what I have worn on my past few birthdays. If anything it's not changed much, I wore the same boots two years in a row. Speaking of boots I finally found the perfect pair of ankle boots after resisting any and all high street versions, I found a great pair in a local charity shop, they will no doubt be on this blog a lot this winter.

Sunday, 4 November 2012


Necklace - Charity shop
Cardigan - Jumble sale
Silk shirt - Traid shop sale
Skirt - Gap about 4 years ago (gift)
Tights - H&M
Boots - Jumble sale about 7 years ago

This has pretty much been my uniform these past few weeks, shirt + mini skirt + cardigan + tights + boots. I like it as it makes getting dressed so easy. I have quite a weakness for printed cotton shirts and plain silk ones, so I am trying to actually wear them all. I went to a couple of jumble sales in October and stocked up on Jaeger shirts and wool jumpers to see me through this potentially very cold winter. I also found a stash of books including Joan Didion's 'Slouching towards Bethlehem' which has a note from the previous owner from 24th November 1979 about a youth hostel in Germany. I love things like that, makes reading this particular copy even better. Also reading a book that was written about the 60's in the 60's is so interesting, given that we now have some historical context on what became of the counter-cultural movement. I also went to see 'Everything is moving' at the Barbican, which was great and very interesting with quite a diverse selection of photographers represented. This outfit however was worn yesterday for a leisurely pub lunch and the fireworks at Battersea Park. A great way to spend a Saturday. Also this necklace - does anyone know what it might be made of? It's very light and I don't think it's stone. A friend suggested it's made of Antler, but have just no idea.