Florals for spring? Groundbreaking

My criteria for clothes used to be dictated by appearing outré, but I don’t care about being fashion-forward anymore. At the moment I’m into floral prints, it’s not particularly original or edgy and it bothers me not. I like the ‘business in the front; party in the back’ cut out details of this dress. When the weather heats up I’ll wear it with flats during the day, and high-heeled sandals for night. The dress is from Zara and the shoes are from Aldo.  

In the Navy

Navy and white is a classic combination for spring – I really like a breton striped t-shirt, worn with a pair of white skinny jeans and a navy jacket. Sadly, that look doesn’t work on me – the proportions of my body are all wrong. This maxi dress by Saloni is my version of a timeless classic. I picked it up from The Outnet (also available at Matches). It’s from last season, but I prefer it for the warmer months. I’ve styled it with my favourite belt from & Other Stories (similar here) and a pair of wedge espadrilles from Vince Camuto.

White Pearl

I wear pleated skirts like other people wear jeans. It’s perhaps a little impractical, but I feel good in a skirt. I think it’s important to wear things that make you feel comfortable, regardless of what other people consider appropriate. This guy is from Topshop, and has a slight pearlescent sheen that should be tacky – and perhaps it is. But I love it and I’ve never concerned myself with traditional notions of good taste. If you like something, and it makes you feel good, then wear it without fear of rebuke or reproach – life is too short to worry about the trifling opinions of others. My shirt is from ASOS (similar here), sunglasses are by Tom Ford (similar here) and shoes are from Castañer.  

Girl meets boy

When I was a little girl I loved to wear pink, playing with My Little Ponies and covering my face in glitter. Conversely, my favourite hat was a fireman’s helmet and I joined in the roughhousing games with the boys in the playground. I’m still somewhat boyish in my demeanor; I wish I was elegant and refined, but I’m not. Trying to change one’s fundamental personality is pointless, so I don’t bother. I also haven’t grown out of my predilection for pink and this coat from Zara immediately caught my eye. A spring coat is very handy this time of year, as it covers a lot of bases. If I wore denim, I’d wear this coat with a pair of mum-jeans and Stan Smith trainers. But that’s not my style, so I’ll stick with a flirty skirt […]

The Ruffle Shuffle

When I have my picture taken for my blog, I often attract curious looks from people passing, especially when the weather is biting and squally. I have to wait until there’s a pause in the sleet and dash outside, take the shots and scuttle indoors before I freeze. I should probably blog about clothes appropriate for the weather, but I’m bored and can’t wait for spring. This cropped top is from Zara and has a subtle SS16 Proenza Schouler vibe that I like very much. I’m a romantic at heart and I love ruffles, however as I get older it becomes trickier to wear full on frills. The top is restrained enough to still be sophisticated and doesn’t look like a doily. I’ve styled it with a vintage skirt that I’ve had for years and heels from Lucy Choi.

Summer coats for a chilly spring

Occasionally I experience bouts of extreme crankiness; I’ll stomp around in a dark, irascible cloud, grumpily huffing and puffing my way through the day. I usually snap out of it pretty swiftly and return to my usual, cheerful disposition. Over the past week or so the weather in London has been glorious; clear blue skies and splendid sunshine. However it’s still chilly and I’m struggling to dress in accordance with the climate. Being too hot or too cold provokes a fit of the grumps; which is no fun for me and especially taxing for the poor souls who have to put up with it. I’m all about 70’s vintage right now, but floaty skirts and flimsy peasant blouses are tricky to layer. The answer lies in a summer coat that can be slung over a light outfit and […]

Fools in the Rain

When I shoot pictures for this blog I look like a vain idiot; I stand on the street posing up a storm whilst attracting curious looks from folks passing by. I should probably be abashed but it takes a lot to embarrass me. I make a fool of myself on a daily basis so a few chiding glances from strangers do nothing to dampen my spirits. However, this post was shot in the rain, people actually stopped in their tracks to watch the seasonally disorientated woman get drenched in a summer dress, whilst having photos taken for posterity. I have no shame so it didn’t bother me a bit, but I’ll have to wait for spring to get it’s act together before I dig this Ebay vintage gem out again.  

Make-up Therapy

I rarely get time to myself, even though I work from home a lot, I’m usually occupied with the business of writing my book. Anyone who’s written a book will understand how tiring the process is – to quote Ernest Hemingway, ‘There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit at a typewriter and bleed.’ Not that I consider myself to be in the same universe as Hemingway, but the great man had a point. I like doing my make-up and listening to music as a form of therapeutic release. At the moment I have Hozier’s album on repeat. This season there’s a big trend for purple eyeshadow. It’s actually not as scary as it seems, soft shades of lilac and lavender with touches of purple are rather flattering. I like to apply a cream eyeshadow as […]

Mother Nature

I dislike this time of year when there’s still at least another six weeks of freezing weather. I’m desperate to shed the bulky layers and get stuck into spring. Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t acquiesce to my unreasonable demands. I like to wear spring dresses and skirts with chunky knitwear, leather and sheepskin until spring comes around. This blue dress was a great find from Topshop which I bought a couple of years ago, I’ve cold-proofed it with a thick jumper from ASOS, a vintage sheepskin cape, and thigh-high boots from Miista.