Jun 21, 2012

CHIC STREAK


Today, summer decided to throw us a random day of sunshine, and with the weather forecast promising plenty of rain for the next couple of days, I was quick to pull my thrifted, sleeveless, silk, "Out Of Africa" shirt off the hanger. I paired it with a pair of viscose summer pants I picked up at a flea market recently and, of course, the Margaret Howell sandals, which arrived yesterday in all their glory. The bag is from the charity shop, and unfortunately it really stinks. I hope I'm not delusional when I say you don't notice outdoors.

Jun 18, 2012

NET-A-PORTER INTERNATIONAL: IT'S ON, BITCHES!


I've howled and sighed, fearing we would be destined to suffer the same fate as me and the Church's derbies I lost my heart to last year. But this morning when I opened my web browser to Net-a-Porter territory, the red sales sign finally flashed before my eyes, and with a 50% discount these Margaret Howell babies are now on their way home to me as a very late (but worth the wait!) present from my guy. Halleluja.

Oh. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY blog! I can't believe it's been a year already - a good year in which my wardrobe grew considerably as a consequence of diligent thrifting and in which I had heaps - as the Aussies would have it - of fun experimenting with all of my garments and managed to leave the house more than once feeling deliciously giddy about what I was wearing. More often than not, however, I didn't catch the ensembles that tickled me especially, but I plan to document more of these outfits this coming year. Hip hip HURRA!

Jun 17, 2012

BROWN PAPER BAG


More than anything, this picture - in which I strike an eagle pose to show you just how boxy my vintage Lee jacket is - firmly confirms that my spirit animal most definitely is not the eagle. The dress, which reminds me of a brown paper bag, is a stiff corduroy thing from Swedish brand Whyred that I thrifted for candy back in February. Quietly chic, the dress doesn't make a lot of noise and consequently sort of fits any occasion. With a dress as easy to wear as this one, it's only natural that I should have lost count of how many times I've worn it by now. You could perhaps argue that it's not really a summer dress though, but then you'd also have to ask yourself if there's really any reason to let yourself be bothered by details like that when June's weather is feeling more like October's. Summer or not, I dressed the dress with a glossy, black, croc effect, Black & Brown London leather belt, brown Dr. Martens and, not least, my huge Marc Jacobs sunnies, which were a welcome change from my retro style ASOS ones, which are disturbingly cloudy to look through. Like back in the third grade when I got my first pair of glasses, I'm rediscovering how pleasant spending a day outside with 20/20 vision can be.

Jun 10, 2012

SATURDAY SCRUFF


This is how I looked yesterday: scruffy from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. Excepting my Peter Jensen x Topshop t-shirt with the glittery squirrel and heart print, which injects a recuperative touch of glam into what would otherwise be a decidedly baggy and grey affair. You've seen the rest before; the thrifted Henri Lloyd cardigan and second-hand Docs most recently; the thrifted dark grey Acne jeans ages ago. Sometimes I think it's only impatience that keeps me from getting everything second hand. Eventually, whatever it is I covet - or at least its equivalent - turns up second hand. On a side note, speaking for my impaired vision, which otherwise wouldn't have a voice, I'm happy to say that my hair is one day away from a haircut.

Jun 3, 2012

RED RIGHT LEGS


Hello. Sunday came and Sunday went, and, as you can see, twas windy and I made the most of it by dressing up like Harlequin. I built my Sunday outfit up around the red tights, which I, incidentally, got for Christmas but hadn't gotten around to wearing yet. With all the Christmas presents being broken in these past two weeks, you'd think Christmas was last month and not nearly six months ago, wouldn't you? Well, to defend my delayed use of the tights, I guess I didn't wear them all this while because I chronically feel like it takes a little bit too much effort on my part to make coloured tights work. However, to help me overcome this misapprehension, I've been collecting a few photos of looks that incorporate red tights in a supreme way.


Whoever said you should always wear black tights was obviously not thinking straight. Just look at two-time America's Next Top Model runner-up Allison Harvard who shows us a way to make red tights WERQ. I'd actually go as far as to give the red tights the credit for elevating her outfit to the level of interesting and unexpected. Also, yes, I did just reference ANTM. Although most of the people I know in real life have given up on the show by nowI have to admit that it's still one of my most favorite guilty TV pleasures. I have in no way grown tired of Tyra Banks' articulate self-absorbedness and have come to terms with the fact that I probably never will. (What can I say? I'm an amoeba.) Although few and far between, inspiring contestants do also come along on the show, such as Harvard, whose style and general aesthetic are just phenomenal.


In other red tight news, the Meadham Kirchhoff Jubilee Spectacular at Topshop Oxford Circus a couple of days ago also made a case for red legs (amongst other red limbs), showing us that cream, pastel yellow and baby blue work phenomenally with red too. While I still haven't found any perfect baby blue items to add to my wardrobe, you can rest assured that when I do, Imma be werqin them fuckers with my red tights Meadham Kirchhoff style!


Obviously, I didn't exactly translate above inspiration literally when I finally got around to testing out my red tights. However, I did manage to incorporate a colourful cotton blouse, which has been begging me to wear it ever since I thrifted it a couple of months ago. Now it's on the blog - can you believe its luck? The skirt is Acne and the ankle boots Billi Bi. It's pretty obvious which part of the world I'm in.


Harlequin; for comparative purposes.