Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Outfit: keeping cosy

Beyond my beautiful swing coats, a lot of my shorter, more everyday coats are pretty worn in by this point. The problem is that I wear the shorter coats a lot more and they do wear out but I find it so hard to find coats I like and that I fit, being as petite as I am, that I just live with it until they actually disintegrate.

Step in, Hell Bunny. The Olga style I bring to you today is a re-release of a classic one, so I'm a bit annoyed I didn't try it before because I could have thrown out that navy ASOS coat that has about 2/8 buttons left a long time ago! Navy is possibly my favourite coat colour - it's dark enough that it doesn't get too mucky looking, but it's crucially not black, which just makes this pale face look zombie-esque in winter. Brown I find can sometimes clash with my hair (I don't understand it either, but some browns with my brown hair look really weird) and I love dark green, but it's not quite as easy to match with things as good ol' navy. But if navy isn't your thing, this coat comes in black and burgundy too.

It's a really good, classic, staple kind of coat. It's great for someone my height, because it retains that vintage aesthetic while being really easy to wear in flats as well as heels, hitting just about on the knee as it does. Normally I don't like coats to be shorter than my skirts, but I tried it here and I think it's working! I love the double collar design and the waist belt - I always look for waist belts because with the bulk of winter knitwear sometimes it's the only thing that doesn't make me look like an overstuffed teddy bear. The pocket flaps are a nice touch too - whenever I do use my coat pockets I'm usually putting something vital like my keys or phone in there and then jogging across the road at traffic lights, so one of these days...

I found the fit typical of Hell Bunny's usual and took XS as normal in this coat. I did have to have the sleeves shortened - but this is the girl that has to have petite length sleeves shortened so I think I have tiny T-Rex arms or something.

Hell Bunny Olga coat in navy review

Hell Bunny Olga coat in navy review

Hell Bunny Olga coat in navy review

Hell Bunny Olga coat in navy review

Hell Bunny Olga coat in navy review

Hell Bunny Olga coat in navy review

Hell Bunny Olga coat in navy review

Hell Bunny Olga coat in navy review

Hell Bunny Olga coat in navy review

Hell Bunny Olga coat in navy review

Hell Bunny Olga coat in navy review

Hell Bunny Olga coat in navy review
Beret: eBay
Scarf: Boohoo (last year)
Coat: c/o Hell Bunny 
(navy / black/ burgundy  - CICIM20!% for 20% off)
Skirt: c/o SheIn (last year)
Tights: Primark (last year)
Shoes: Lulu Hun (last year)
Bag: c/o Hell Bunny (CICIM20!% for 20% off)


PS I seem to have lost the ability to comment on Blogger blogs - I'm not sure what's going on with my profile but it's really not working anymore. The internet doesn't seem to know what to do so do tell me if any of you have had this problem and what you did to resolve it?? Unless, of course, you can't comment either because I'M on Blogger... lolz. Although not for much longer - I'm making the Wordpress switch to a whole new blog very soon (thank goodness)!


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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Outfit: sweet swing jacket

Ah, those heady days when I didn't have a grotesquely/comedically swollen face and a whole tonne of pain thanks to my wisdom tooth extraction... They feel like a long time ago, that's for sure! Thankfully, I had the foresight to snap this beautiful jacket before all this happened...

This is my very first swing jacket and I think, to be honest with you, I've been a bit spoilt. This coat from The House of Foxy is beautiful - from colour to cut how can you not love it? The other great thing is that for me, being so petite I struggle to find authentic vintage style outwear that fits. From too long arms to too long hems, there's often something that's off and needs correcting. Coats are expensive in the first place, it's quite hard to justify that kind of added cost.

Admittedly, I'm sure these sleeves are meant to be closer to the elbow than they are on me and perhaps the length should be shorter, but it still works just as well and that's what matters. The colour is gorgeous and the material is a lot warmer than I thought it would be. It's become my go-to grab-and-go jacket. I love that it can be worn undone or done up, so I've shown you both ways here. Special mention for the button, by the way, as it's a reproduction of a 50s original.

It was also a great excuse to finally buy those elbow length faux leather gloves by Collectif that I've had my eye on since they came out for the first time last year. They'll also look great with my pink cape, hurrah!

The House of Foxy 50s cute red swing jacket review

The House of Foxy 50s cute red swing jacket review

Collectif elbow length faux leather gloves

The House of Foxy 50s cute red swing jacket review

The House of Foxy 50s cute red swing jacket review

The House of Foxy 50s cute red swing jacket review

The House of Foxy 50s cute red swing jacket review

The House of Foxy 50s cute red swing jacket review

The House of Foxy 50s cute red swing jacket review

The House of Foxy 50s cute red swing jacket review

The House of Foxy 50s cute red swing jacket review
Beret: Primark (old)
Gloves: Collectif
Dress: Sugarhill Boutique (old)
Bag: Tippi c/o Hell Bunny (20% off with cicim20!%)


Unfortunately, not very much is going well for me this week. Worst of all, we probably now don't have a puppy after all - as we found out last night that one of the litter is too ill to take on (she needs an expensive operation and round the clock care until that happens at 6 months), and we were last in line. We'll find out today if the people before us change their minds, but it looks like no puppy at Christmas for us :( The breed we've chosen is one of the most popular and yet there just aren't that many breeders within driving distance of us and every waiting list is over subscribed. (Before anyone suggests we should adopt - we have very carefully considered this and we definitely want to do it when we can, but it's not right for us at the moment.) Between this and the constant pain I'm in with my mouth right now, this month has not started well...



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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dreaming of a kitsch Christmas with Erstwilder

My brooch collection is rather large these days, but I just can't say no to more Christmas brooches! Luckily for me, Erstwilder has another cute range out this year for me to get my mit(ten)s on. And if you find early November too soon for Christmas, maybe I won't tell you I bought a new tree (more on the whys of a third new tree in as many years later) and claiming I was 'testing it out' set it up and then left it :D

Kitschy Christmas three Erstwilder brooches

My choices consist of the classic wreath, the cute mittens and a brooch I like to think of as an outdoor Christmas tree... I mean, I don't know if that's what they were going for, but I liked it because it reminds me so much of our village tree on the green, as it's pretty much just a massive, unwieldy tree they stick lights on. 

Anyway, as much as I'm sure you want me to ramble on some more about a tree you've never seen, let's show you some ways I'm thinking of styling the brooches...

Holly hair comb: Alternate Normality

It'd be easy to go overboard on the green and red to compliment this brooch, but I thought I'd mix it up a bit and go for a darker emerald green and burgundy pairing, which helps it stand out. I'll be honest, I look for any way to wear my new holly hair piece (on sale soon from Alternate Normality!). This was actually commissioned (by me) to match a dress I'll share with you closer to Christmas, so it's not the last you'll see of it. Anyway, I never feel any home is decorated for Christmas without a wreath, so this brooch was an easy choice for me - I love the glitter in the red parts.

To be Jolly Christmas tree brooch by Erstwilder
Snowflake hair clip: Viva La Lux
Cardigan: Hell Bunny

The village tree brooch! Which is actually a lot bigger than I was expecting (kind of like the real thing), so it works well with a slash neck top because it needs the material. I like the mint green on this brooch because it's one of my favourite colours - and the mix of silver/grey and mint green is kind of subtly festive. Lovely.

Favourite things winter mittens brooch by Erstwilder
Hat: eBay
Cardigan: c/o Hell Bunny

Who doesn't love a big, warm pair of mittens? I'll be honest, it was the colour scheme that caught my eye on this brooch because I love red and light blue together, as anyone who saw my wedding pics will know. I also had half a mind on a planned trip to the Christmas markets in Cologne in December as I thought it would look cute on my coat when I'm all bundled up...

...But things didn't quite go to plan there. Which links in with why we had to get a new, smaller tree.  Partly it was for the boring reason that we rearranged some furniture and need to put it on a unit now, but more excitingly than that, we don't want our new puppy to eat the baubles if the tree was on the floor! That's right, we are off at the weekend to meet the little boy dog who should become ours in mid December! I feel like I've been waiting for this day all my life, honestly. I'll try to get some Instagram stories on Sunday, so make sure you're following for the cutest thing you're gonna see all week! Assuming all goes well you'll hear a lot more about that soon. Probably too much, if I'm honest ;) 

The week will definitely end better than it started - as having had three wisdom teeth out I ended up in hospital for most of yesterday on a drip of fluids and painkillers, being tested for a scary life-threatening infection (which I don't have, phew). I currently have a swollen face only Dr Frankenstein could love... Here's hoping it goes down by Christmas!!



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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Outfit: taupe and berry

This is one of those enjoyable outfits that I put together in my head slightly dubiously and it looked better than I imagined in reality - I just love the muted taupe of this Lindy Bop skirt with the rich berry tones. This skirt has quite an unusual waistline and I have to say it's partly what attracted me to it. I always love a special detail, especially when I'm quite aware I have several other not only midi swing skirts in my wardrobe, but plaid midi swing skirts. This is my first brown skirt though and also my first in a warm, wool-esque material. It's actually man-made though, so it'll be going in the washing machine. It also gets bonus points for being very true to the size guide and being full enough that I actually didn't bother with any kind of underskirt here. Oh, and of course, pockets. I wasn't expecting to get along with the free belt as it doesn't have grommets, but actually, it did seem to stay in place! 

I'll admit I wasn't sure how a paperbag waistband was going to work with a cardigan over the top, but this cropped cardi seemed to handle it just fine. Anything longer and I think there would have been some awkward bulging, but at this length it just rested nicely on it and looked cute. The top is also from Lindy Bop but it's not as great a fit on me. A lot of their basics like this come in dual sizing - this one is an 8-10. I find it a bit baggy - I do tend to size down in stretchy tops like this so that they're more fitted. It looks fine tucked into a skirt and with a cardigan, though, as you can see. Lindy Bop threw in a headband for me and it was like they knew I was thinking of putting burgundy into this outfit, as look how perfectly it matches!

The satchel will be familiar to anyone who follows me on Instagram - it is, of course, my Hogwarts satchel from Primark's excellent Harry Potter range. I have what must be one of the flagship London stores a minute's walk from my office and it has a HUGE section dedicated to this range right in the entrance I usually go to. I couldn't tell you how many times I've visited it... Often I'm looking for other people as much as myself, if that makes it any better?!

Mally taupe check swing skirt by Lindy Bop with Tess top review in autumn vintage outfit

MAK Sweater burgundy cropped cardigan

Mally taupe check swing skirt by Lindy Bop with Tess top review in autumn vintage outfit

Mally taupe check swing skirt by Lindy Bop with Tess top review in autumn vintage outfit

Primark tan Hogwarts satchel 2017

Mally taupe check swing skirt by Lindy Bop with Tess top review in autumn vintage outfit

MAK Sweater burgundy cropped cardigan

Lindy Bop burgundy rabbit print headband

Mally taupe check swing skirt by Lindy Bop with Tess top review in autumn vintage outfit
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Clarks (old)
Bag: Primark (in stores now; or marked up on eBay)


Why yes, I did forget to iron the skirt. How did you know...?



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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Slytherin into Halloween...

Two years ago I gave you our first Halloween costumes - this super easy Daphne and Fred (from Scooby Doo) couples' costume and now, we're back! And so is B's blonde wig...

Let me introduce you to Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson!

Harry Potter easy homemade costumes Draco Malfoy Pansy Parkinson slytherins

Pansy Parkinson Slytherin from Harry Potter easy homemade Halloween costume

Draco Malfoy Slytherin from Harry Potter easy homemade Halloween costume

Here's something I don't talk about often - like 80% of the rest of the world, I am a big Harry Potter fan! It's one of the many reasons I work the job I currently do and why Miss Amy May and I get along so well. Amy doesn't understand one thing though - my obsession with Draco Malfoy! And yes, it's true, he's a nasty piece of work in these books (let's not talk about Tom Felton's 'acting' in the films or I might cry), but what can I say? I always thought that deep down there might be some good in him and he was just brought up bad...

I've always been an advocate for Slytherin house because a) it was Snape's house <3 and b) I just think it's where I would have ended up. It would be a toss-up between Ravenclaw and Slytherin, but I think I'm a snake deep down... Pottermore agrees (after a false start where I got one too many animal questions and it put me in Hufflepuff - yeah right!). Slytherins are ambitious, resourceful, self-preserving, determined and clever (usually) - and this resonates with me more than any of the other houses, particularly the ambition part. The funny thing is that B would almost certainly be a Hufflepuff or Gryffindor... but he was quite happy to be a Slytherin for the day for Halloween! 

Pansy Parkinson Slytherin from Harry Potter easy homemade Halloween costume

Draco Malfoy Slytherin from Harry Potter easy homemade Halloween costume

Harry Potter easy homemade costumes Draco Malfoy Pansy Parkinson slytherins

"Does it hurt terribly, Draco?"
"It comes and it goes. Still, I consider myself lucky. If it wasn't for Madam Pomfrey, another minute or two and I could have lost my arm."


Largely, B and I are wearing the same items, with the exception of my scarf and bag. If you look closely at the bag, you'll see it has a Hogwarts crest on it. Did I buy this specially for this costume? Nope, I already had it and use it regularly!! The scarf was from the shop at the Harry Potter studios in the UK. Also worn regularly in the winter, of course.

And I'm not sure if anyone can tell, but B is wearing a heavy layer of foundation with some bronzer contouring going on for that pale and pointy faced look. What a sport! Want to know something hilarious though? It's not a special shade, it's my regular shade! I'm actually having to mix it with a darker one since coming back from the honeymoon, but it was really funny how pasty it looked on B, who isn't exactly tanned.

Pansy Parkinson Slytherin from Harry Potter easy homemade Halloween costume

It's not as well known what Pansy looks like, and different characters in the book describe her as either pug-faced (Harry) or 'pretty' (Rita Skeeter), depending on how much they like her! I liked Pansy's first iteration in the films with a dark bob and fringe, so I dug my trusty bob wig back out. This wig was last seen starring in my 20s flapper outfit!

Draco Malfoy Slytherin from Harry Potter easy homemade Halloween costume

Harry Potter easy homemade costumes Draco Malfoy Pansy Parkinson slytherins

Full details of these costumes:

Pansy
Scarf: official
Shirt: old one from school!!
Cardigan: MAK Sweater
Cloak (sleeves shortened), tie & wand: eBay
Skirt: Primark
Socks: old
Shoes: Office (very old)
Satchel (above): Primark

Draco
Wig: Amazon
Shirt, jumper, trousers & shoes: Next
Cloak, tie & wand: eBay
Foundation: Urban Decay All Nighter in shade 0.5


Given that B and I are constantly being mistaken for a couple much younger than we are (a couple of months ago we were both IDed for a small bottle of cooking wine bought with our weekly shop...), I thought we might as well make the most of our youthful looks by playing school-aged wizards! Happy Halloween from this proud Slytherin (Pottermore also gave me a Bloodhound patronus, so it must be true)!



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