Thursday, May 18, 2017

Throwback Thursday


What I wore May 18th, 2012.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Outfit: May 4th – Navy and Blue

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So, this skirt. I picked it up in a charity shop, what, three summers ago? What can I say, I’m drawn to spots and stripes in charity shops. And each year I have it in my head that it’s too short/tight/not right. And it turns out it’s none of those things. It did have quite a big split up the back, which is where the ‘too short’ association came from I think. But when I put it on this morning I found that I had sewn up that split last summer so now it’s fine at the back. (And I had completely forgotten doing it too.) The skirt is from Next and the length is fine. I’m loving pencil skirts and drapey tops right now so it’s nice to have a lighter-weight skirt option for the warmer months (if they ever appear). Ooh, I could pair my slouchy striped sweater with this skirt next week if the weather doesn’t warm up…

The shoes are from Kaleidoscope of all places. I had never looked at the Kaleidoscope website before this year, but when I was searching for the nude patent shoes I wore to the wedding we went to recently the option I ended up buying popped up on Google and so I took a look. And whilst I was looking, I spotted these lace ups. Now you know how I feel about lace up flats, and especially ones with pointy toes, and I had a birthday coming up so they went straight onto my wishlist and my lovely mother bought them for me. They are the perfect shade of bright blue and thanks to the little zip up the back of them you don’t have to faff about tying the laces so that makes them super easy to put on and take off.

The top is one of the Boohoo tops that I’m still obsessed with, I can see myself wearing these, or the New Look cross strap ones, and distressed jeans all summer long.

Jacket – George at Asda
Top – Boohoo
Skirt – Next (charity shop)
Shoes – Kaleidoscope (gifted)
Necklace – gifted

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Outfit: May 3rd – Sunny Wednesday

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We had some lovely sunny weather the first week of May, plus it was a four day week following the bank holiday for May Day. You really can’t go wrong with that combination, can you?

I ditched the dark tights and wore a skirt with a faux wrap top that I always forget I have. Probably because it was always buried under a bunch of other long sleeve tops on a shelf. I recently moved it to the hanging section of my closet so at least I can see it now. I know you’re not supposed to hang stretchy tops but this one is a viscose jersey and it gets SO wrinkled when folded on a shelf. Hanging is much better.

Top – Long Tall Sally
White tank – Zara (sale)
Skirt – Jasper Conran (Debenhams, sale)
Shoes – Primark
Necklace – Primark

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Outfit: May 2nd – Striped With Sleeves

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I was thinking this morning that when the trend for massive sleeves is over, I will just unpick the bell sections from this dress’s sleeves and I’ll still have a nice dress. Then I reviewed my pictures and wondered whether I should just unpick the bells now. The problem is that the sleeves are supposed to be a bit longer on an ordinary height person, and the bells would start at the elbow. On me the bells finish at the elbow, making them level with my waist. And that makes my waist (which is not wide) look wide. Gah. The bell sleeves also hinder the wearing of a jacket or cardi over the dress, and I think it will be a whole lot more versatile without them. What do you think?

I wore this dress with my tan Chelsea boots in the winter but now that it’s May(!) it was time to lighten it up with the white pumps. It’s just a shame that the dress is a little too short for bare legs so I’m sticking with the dark tights with it for now.

Dress – Primark
Tights – Falke (Debenhams, sale)
Pumps – Primark
Choker – haberdashery
Earrings – gifted

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Outfit: April 28th – No Chances

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Having spent much of the previous day feeling cold I was taking no chances on Friday and put on my 80% wool sweater. Super cosy!

I decided to distress these jeans a little more: they’d had a hole in the left knee for the past couple of year (genuine distressing from when I fell over!) so I cut a hole in the other knee and added some thin patches on the thighs. I’m pretty pleased with how it looks.

Sweater – TK Maxx men’s
Jeans – Primark
Shoes – Primark
Necklace – Primark (via charity shop)

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Outfit: April 27th – Still Cold

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We were headed towards the bank holiday weekend (and May!) but the weather didn’t seem to care about that and the bitingly cold wind continued to blow. I braved nude tights again but really wished I hadn’t when I went for a walk at lunchtime. I also wished I’d put a big sweater with this skirt, rather than wearing a thin blouse and jacket but you live and learn.

This skirt is old – I bought it on eBay around 7 years ago and I don’t know how old it was then. It had another layer of pleating on the back when I got it, which made it hang in a strange way at the back – it sort of kicked out too much, so I had some of the fabric removed and liked it much better that way. The blouse and jacket are both from last spring, both bargains which are still going strong: the blouse was £9 and I liked it so much I have it in two other colours, and the jacket was in the Forever 21 sale for just a fiver. Speaking of F21, are they going to open any further branches in the UK or are London and Birmingham the only ones we’re going to get?

Jacket – Forever 21 (sale)
Top – Primark
Skirt – Long Tall Sally (eBay)
Shoes – New Look
Necklace – Primark

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Outfit: April 26th – Back in Black (Tights)

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Another day, another jumper. Oh spring, where did you go? We had sleet and even a little snow the previous day, and the temperatures plummeted to near-freezing again, so it was time to pull out the big guns black tights again. And the ankle boots. We were four days off May here and shivering in a cold northerly wind. Great.

Everything in this outfit is Primark, including the tights, which means I should probably start shopping somewhere else, huh? But each item was just a tenner (I think) and you really can’t go wrong with that.

All items – Primark

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Outfit: April 25th – Cashmere on Tuesday

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Spring put itself on hold for a day to let winter creep back in with freezing temperatures, snow and hail. Which was nice. Sensing the need for another cosy sweater I pulled out the cashmere. By dinner time I was regretting the ballet flats so I changed to ankle boots to keep warm and dry.

I have been wearing this little necklace a lot recently. It’s not quite a choker, but gives off that vibe. It was a gift for my 21st birthday more years ago than I care to admit really, but it is real silver and so has stood the test of time.

Sweater – F+F men’s (eBay)
Trousers – F+F at Tesco
Shoes – Primark
Necklace – gifted

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Friday, May 05, 2017

Outfit: Cosy Monday

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The forecast said that the temperature was set to plummet, and I was recovering from a cold and feeling a bit sorry for myself, so a cosy sweater was definitely the way forward for Monday morning. I kept the look spring-like (we were just a week away from May after all) by not reverting back to thick tights and by adding white pumps and in the end the sun shone and it wasn’t that cold at all.

Sweater – New Look Tall
Skirt – Primark (sale)
Shoes – Primark

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