- enjoying Christmas gifts and what the HS stores were tryna shift, this Winter.
I have wanted this piece, for years. No exaggeration. The Little Plum rocking the 'Petite Contrast Camel' over and over again on her blog, was what first made me want a camel coat, and also for the first time appreciate being petite. Sadly, it was too expensive RRP, and my searches on ebay and depop could only ever offer up size 2s,4, and 6s - when I am more of those 3 added together - so I had to be patient. In the lead up to Christmas, 2 10's came up on depop. I felt I couldn't spend the money on myself at that time - but thankfully, the wise man (that is my my brother) was more than willing to have a suggestion.
It may seem a bit OOT to wait so long - considering the volume of fast fashion that cycles round each season - but when I find something I really like, nothing beats the original, and it's worth the wait to get it. It may have been love at first social media sight for me, but I also haven't encountered a newer release that competes in shape, shade and contrast collar sass.
I will accept the compliments since it's not me, it's the coat - and it's great.
Almost makes me forget the disappointment of finding my whilst I waited (close second), thrifted camel coat find, moth eaten - which is not a print I can get behind.
We made it through a year of seasonal beauty edits, with makeup that wasn't necessarily good - but was always on theme. Another year of that would be redundant - since just like with my wardrobe, I'm mainly wearing what I have already, with a few new bargains thrown in. So I'm going back to my original review roots, with both makeup and clothes included, in edits by colour.
Are you RED-y?
Lipstick, Christmas Pyjamas and Valentines Hearts, that's where I thought red would stay. But the shade has crept up on me slowly, by ways of Berries and unassuming accents, to year round bright lips and 'if the shoe fits'. What started at TinkyWinky bag, led to full blown Po - and before I knew it, 'colour to feature in my room?' - I'm seeing-red.
Starting subtle with my ASOS petite, Camel Coat withcontrast collar (circa 2014), that was gifted to me for Christmas. First seen and swooned over, on blogger The Little Plum, but not at the original price; unfortunately, a suitable secondhand size took it's time, but unlike with many items that are long awaited - this did not disappoint. The asymmetric flattering cut has been unrivaled on my searches since it's release, but that colourful collar is the cherry on top. Only seen when I want it to be - the collar/cuff contrast is something I now want on all my coats, to pop the colour.
Ready madeColour Block, in the form of my M&S funnel neck Chevron Jumper, found in the sale for £18. A Jazzy Jumper not just for Christmas (or to disguise a cockerel neck); it's a rainbow, bright jumper, with comfort blankets of cream and grey - in keeping with the theme in tone AND materials, since this is seriously toasty, even despite the 2/3 sleeves.
Lastly, the 'Little Red Dress', & my red lady emoji hopefuls include
A favourite thriftfinds post from NY past, has been bought back to the blog from the brink of Draft posts abyss. Still wearing, still relevant, just been round the sun once since.
I'd made a Boomerang and everything. Be a scrooge not to share.
2017 was the year of the 'Weardrobe'; a monthly series on my blog, sharing what I'm wearing in OOTDs. This became a bite sized slot to include thrifting, clothing and uneventful anecdotes that may have been otherwise forgotten.
I can't keep up with the imagery and effortless (but takes a heck of a lot of effort) nature of fashion blogging - nor is it really what my blog is about - so this switch was definitely my best blogging decision of late. I started in November 2016, and have just completed a calendar year of posts, that I will certainly reference for the year to come; as a reminder to continue getting the wear out of my wardrobe. Did you see what I did there?
Enough with the annoying abbreviations, those 70 outfits have today become a top 10, that I wore - and you saw - last year, along with a little preview into each post.
Weardrobe / Outfits from December 2017 Festivities
I have not, stopped, singing Chicago, ever since I watched it on the way home from America - back in October. Loved it. So too did the guy behind me miming along. First time I'd seen the film, and unsurprisingly, the songs and references now make perfect sense. Catherine Zeta Jones was insane. I didn't even know Renee Zellweger was in it! The Roxie song, just made me want to get a glitzy dress and curlers out as soon as it was festively possible.
I planned to embody Roxie (in outfit not mentality) for a festive roast at my godmother's, a tradition started last year, but unfortunately they were unwell and had to cancel. I would suggest Chicago to bring the sass for sick days. My Brother's were also in Belgium at the Christmas Markets at the time, so I felt like getting involved back home. Plus, It was touch and go whether we were gunna have to make Hektor (the lamp, that's ikea name stuck - we don't make a habit of addressing the furniture so personally) the Christmas Tree, but thankfully Christmas songs and and putting this badass beaded dress on, started the decoration, motivation.
A Fabulous, thrifted find. Since sparkles, bring out our inner Christmas fairy, I've conjured up an anecdote excuse,
Winter is coming, and these are the products from my collection aiming to put the festivities in the shade, this Autumn/Winter
First thing that came to mind (beyond game of thrones references) were my nails inc, nail polishes. I've got shades ranging from match the autumn foliage, match the lipstick; to a spectrum of festive reds, gold, glitter, etcetera. But it's actually more about how I managed to get my hands on so many (considering it's a premium priced brand), being associated with this time of year, rather than my deliberately chosen/edited colour selection.
The glamour mag, nails inc collab - where a selection of full sized polishes are offered as freebies - comes around, around this time of the year, making it a bargain I use and mention (see here, here and here - air hostess), over and over again. Kate Spade's edit is when we first met - of which the gold 'Uptown Glamour' still shines - and it's put other nail polishes in the shade ever since. Whether or not these are of the same quality as the RRP originals, or made for outlet, they are still immense, and full size!
The Red and Aubergine pictured were 2 of last years offerings, so I suggest you take full advantage of the avenue, and get yourself some great polishes, at a great price. Unfortunately this is probably the final year, with glamour mag going online; but hopefully they'll go out with a bang, and hopefully the other mags will step up, for my annual business. I pitch wish.
Year round - Boots Clearance is the place too be; seems the £11 RRP is a bit of a turn off, and I've seen selections of sets/individuals, on a few occasions there. So whenever you pop in for deodorant or makeup, keep a lookout. The holographic glitter, 'Diamond', was one of the £1 polishes I whittled down to, upon discovering the latest treasure trove.
Another product I wanted to reaffirm my love for, were my Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks, of the 'Matte' formula (within theme berry packaging) in particular. Smooth and opaque, and like with the nails, boast some fabulous festive options: '#107' was the much hyped deep berry (that I too fell for the hype of, and am sporting today) and '#111', a classic Red, and favourite I would repurchase. One of my oldest reviews, but my opinion has stayed true.
An item I predict I'll be mentioning a lot from now on,
Excited to get back to my jeans, but it wasn't going to be all of them - since I have so many, and that shows no signs of slowing down.
Jeans are something I always look at secondhand. I genuinely believe you can find just as good denim - if not better - this way, but like with any shop, it's about finding the right fit for you. I have lots, and have fun trying different styles/brands, but ill-fitting jeans are the bane of that life. I change shape, they change shape, and my stash has got out of hand. So I need to be ruthless, about what I simply no longer like wearing.
Carrying on from my summer clothes clear out; outfits to determine which of my extensive jean-drobe, stays, and which need to go to a new, more loving home.
Weardrobe / Outfits from November 2017
A year on from 'Nothing New November', it's hit me that I’ve kept up my weardrobe posts for a full year! For an unreliable, thriftaholic, that makes me proud. I would say I'm all thrifty today in honour, but that's honestly just regular service resumes. Not high on the grand scale of things, but worthy of a mention - and I intend to carry it on.
- My Autumn Winter EP - expected date when the leaves fall.
I'm going to have to be brutal with my rainbow coloured jeans; I got red, not yellow, not pink, mint green, not orange, but Primark purple, and blue. I like them in theory, but the phase has passed, and I simply no longer wear them! All except, the shades of berry red - & as I've mentioned before, I have 3 to pick from. Feels like deja vu that I’m still debating burgundy jeans, but the shade is a longtime (including dressing gown) LOVE, that has yet to fade. Today, I'm siding with these TOPSHOP joni jeans, that are more of a Blackberry/Fine Wine/Mulled Wine/Merlot shade - and since they are a bit deeper, I've found it's made them distinctly more versatile. In some lights - ^like clocks going back and winter has engulfed us - they almost look black, and since they aren't as colourful, they compliment a larger colour palette.
A/W palette includes: my cream cable knit, a classic I'm content with and needn't be tempted by those that advertise new ones (liketoknow cable knit's in, again). & a complementing lipstick, Rimmel 107; seeing a theme? same shit, just 2017.
Top - Zara, via CharityShop, £2.49 / Jeans - TOPSHOP via Oxfam CharityShop, £3.99 / Cardigan - TOPSHOP via ebay, £12
First came corsets, then high waist jeans, then waist trainers, precede corset's being back on the scene - circle of women 'embracing the waist', a rouse to conform to the idea of being damn uncomfortable. It’s all just to make us look skinnier, when really, sit or move and the truth literally comes rolling out - and why the heck should we?
I won't lie, I genuinely prefer mid rise/higher jeans - but there is a limit - and I think I've found it? From one of favourite charityshops that I actually only visited a few times before it unfortunately closed down. The manager in there was so fab. I felt so comfortable taking photos (I understand why some would rather I don't), reveled in chatting charityshop love, and a nod to blogging; although it didn't hurt everything was under £2, she made me want to find things to buy - or donate if not - on each visit. So this is not a regret. I was sad to hear she unexpectedly died, through a volunteer from her shop that moved to mine after it closed - and I feel like she would say life is too short for uncomfortable jeans. It may be a small interaction in terms of a worldhive of activity - but I hope she know's she registered with me, in happy memories. I also hesitated as to whether I wanted a closeup shot of my bum on my blog, even though it's on topic - but my other friend Judith decided it, so any backlash, blame her. #pardonthepun #itsjustabum.
This failed en-devour doesn't mean I'll be ignoring vintage jeans from now on; but I won't be blinded by price, and be more aware of size! Though If the original waist trainers appeal - and you waist not, want not, to be able to sit, bend, BREATHE - then these are the one's for you!
Top - Tesco sale, £5 / Jeans - Lone Star, 'ladies jeanswear', via Marie Curie Charityshop, £1
Flare 'for fashion'
I've stayed loyal to skinnies as I find them the most flattering (although let's face it, most end up skinny on me!) but these 'fashun', bouji bargain, ralph lauren flares were already hemmed, so I felt the universe was saying - I shortened these, made them cheap, to offer them up for you to try.
I just want to clarify, I tried flares for fashion, not that I have a flare-for-fashion. I wear what I like, and often I stick with it; I do have a flare for finding an excuse to buy more animal print, and drop price denim, so it's often repetitive not innovative. That being said, sometimes trends pull you in, especially when Instagram Influencers do their thing, and when it's another £1 item, why the heck not.
I also want to make it clear that these are not the same jeans from before, distinguished by a strategic crop - it's simply an accurate representation of owning too many options, with a whole host of twins/siblings, not that unlike one another.