Outfit: (neon!) mint green, leopard and my future dog brooch

So, here I was, all set to grumble about the weather again and actually, it’s sort of looking up for us now! We’ve had crazy storms, but we’ve also had sunshine, hooray! However, on the day these photos were taken spring was very much still in self-denial about its arrival, hence my hair has been blown out of order and I was pretty darn cold. The blogger life…

Now that my excuses are out of the way, I should also explain that this is another one of those instances where I’ve got my hands on something I thought would go with everything, but in fact, never seems to quite work with anything (remember that darn cherry cardigan?). Let me introduce you to my first and only Esrtwilder brooch, which is perfect for me, as it is a brooch of my future dog. Unfortunately, said brooch is a colour that doesn’t seem to go with the rest of my wardrobe, despite being neutral. I eventually realised it would go with leopard print and this outfit came into being, with the help of the second thing in this post that hasn’t got anywhere near as much wear as I thought it would: the mint green skirt.

If it had actually been a nice pastel mint green it probably would be making an outing every week. But it’s not, it’s somehow – and I feel like ASOS have created a colour here – neon mint green. It’s not coming across as bright in these photos as it is in real life, but that’s probably because I’ve turned the exposure down a bit, so as not to blind you all. Ok that isn’t quite true, but the colours have been slightly altered as my camera settings were a bit off, and the result is it’s toned the skirt down. Don’t let the photos fool you; it’s bright. And because it’s so big as well as bold, every time I wear it it tries to wear me. Anyway, I’m going to have to keep attempting to pair it with things until combinations work that I wasn’t anticipating, but it definitely looks wrong with the things I bought it to wear it with, so that’s just great. Part of me wonders that if I get it taken up a little it might not be quite so swamping, but I resent having to do that as it’s from a darn petite range!

Anyway, at least the frustrating brooch and skirt found each other. And to not end this on an entirely negative note, my beret matches my shoes. This makes me very happy. As does the fact that berets are hopefully off the menu for a few months, much as I love them. I love the sun more!

Mint green circle skirt, leopard print accessories and an Erstwilder dog brooch


Mint green circle skirt, leopard print accessories and an Erstwilder dog brooch


Mint green circle skirt, leopard print accessories and an Erstwilder dog brooch


Erstwilder Goldie dog brooch


Leopard print beret
Mint green circle skirt, leopard print accessories and an Erstwilder dog brooch


Mint green circle skirt, leopard print accessories and an Erstwilder dog brooch
Mint green circle skirt, leopard print accessories and an Erstwilder dog brooch
Beret: John Lewis (similar)
Top: Topshop (similar)
Brooch: Erstwilder ‘Goldie’ (old range, but on sale here)
Belt: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Skirt: ASOS Petite (similar)
Shoes: Miss Selfridge (similar)
And this is my future dog, just so you know – the real life Goldie (sorry to bore anyone who follows my Instagram with this photo again – although, actually, sorrynotsorry). He is, of course, well trained to look cute in vintage cars.


  1. June 7, 2015 / 10:37 am

    Ooh, I really like this outfit. It works well despite the colour of the skirt being difficult to match.

    • June 7, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      Thanks, Helen 🙂 At least I found one way to wear it…!

  2. June 7, 2015 / 12:23 pm

    Gorgeous outfit. I love the brooch so much!

    Eeee! Such a cute widdle doggy! 🙂

    • June 7, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      The feeling is mutual on both dog-related counts 😀

  3. June 7, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    Beautiful outfit! That skirt…super swoon! And of course I'm bananas for your Erstwilder brooch, especially since I very recently (at long, long last) purchased my first two ever. I love their dog ones and while one wasn't amongst those two, I very much hope to get some canine themed creations from them as time goes on.

    It sounds like you've been having very similar weather to us lately. Storms, rain, and yet, also some sunshine – a combo that can make figuring out how to dress for a given day tricky at times.

    Have a splendid Sunday & week ahead!
    ♥ Jessica

    • June 8, 2015 / 12:09 pm

      The dog ones are definitely my favourites 🙂 I was sad there are no new dog ones in their latest batch…

      I learned a long time ago to take my umbrella with me everywhere I go – and boy has that served me well this year! x

  4. June 7, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    Aw I love your brooch! I really want the sausage dog one but have yet to buy it. I am building up quite a collection of animal brooches, I just love them too much!

    • June 8, 2015 / 12:10 pm

      Yes, that one is super cute! I think brooches are much more fun when they're animal themed…

  5. June 7, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    For what it's worth, I think you are wearing the hell out of that skirt, not the other way around. This is actually a really great outfit on you! Granted, there are always some difference between the way something looks on camera and the way we feel about it IRL, but that mint is looking really fresh, and I love how it livens up the black and leopard. Don't undersell it, you look super cute. 😛
    I have to admit, I don't really get Erstwilder brooches. I'm sure I would love one if I got it as a gift, but I see collections with 20 or more of them and I just can't understand why someone would spend so much money on them! Different strokes for different folks, though. Yours is quite cute, and I like that you have the sentimental reasoning behind it.

    • June 8, 2015 / 12:12 pm

      It definitely needs heels! But yes, I think the colour works really well here to lift everything else… that's just not what I had planned!

      I didn't get the brooches until I found one that really resonated with me. And to be honest, I've never really liked any of them enough since to want to drop another £20 on one. I feel like I only need this one! So, I really get where you're coming from on that…

  6. June 8, 2015 / 9:33 am

    I love absolutely everything about this outfit – big fan of cute doggies and brooches depicting cute doggies, though, so I'm a touch biased! And I swear there's something weird going on with ASOS and their "mint" skirts – I bought one from them last year which looks really similar to this, or at least it DID on the ASOS website. When it arrived, though, it was more of a blue than a green: I kept it, because I did like the colour, but, well, I was expecting it to be the colour yours looks in these photos, so I was a bit disappointed. (And it's strange, because sometimes it DOES look that colour, but other times it looks blue, and when I photograph it, it always looks blue – oh, ASOS!_

    • June 8, 2015 / 12:14 pm

      Maybe they just don't know what 'mint' actually is?!

  7. June 8, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    Oh so lovely! This skirt looks like you're wearing ice cream as a skirt. Weird comment? Meh, it just looks so smooth and delicious (if clothing can be delicious!)!

    • June 9, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      If it's mint choc chip (ok, without the choc chips), then I'm totally game as it's one of my favourites 😉

    • June 9, 2015 / 12:20 pm

      My skirt seems to be a very similar shade to the dress you've just posted about – loving the mint green!

    • June 9, 2015 / 12:20 pm

      Maybe it's not as big and overwhelming as I'm worried it is… no one else seems to be thinking that!

  8. Anonymous
    June 8, 2015 / 11:00 pm

    Stunning! Just stunning. Well done :)))
    xo from Germany

  9. June 9, 2015 / 12:03 am

    Wow! You look so fabulous in this outfit! how exciting to get a new pet also! x

    • June 9, 2015 / 12:21 pm

      Sigh, no new pet for a while yet… but one day! It's basically what I'm living for – a house is not a home without a dog, to me…

  10. June 9, 2015 / 4:39 am

    You look amazing, the mint skirt is looovely, looks so good with a simple black top. I normally find Erst Wilder brooches a bit too colorful but this little dog is just perfect!

    • June 9, 2015 / 12:22 pm

      A simple black top is about all I could get it to work with – but at least it does work with it! Agree that Erstwilder brooches are a bit colourful for me on the whole too; loads of people love them, but perhaps they have equally colourful wardrobes to wear them with (not me!) x

  11. June 9, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Oh bless you and your excitement over matching beret to shoes! I have to say that brooch is pretty fabulous, how frustrating that you haven't been able to wear it as much as planned. Same for the skirt really, it's a great shape and length on you and I can kind of tell how bright it is, such an unusual colour. Mint choc chip is what comes to mind. I love a bit of mint choc chip.

    I'm going to be really jealous if you buy some Agnes & Norman shoes 😉

    • June 12, 2015 / 12:21 pm

      Alas, I couldn't find the style you scored on eBay 🙁 xx

  12. June 11, 2015 / 10:15 am

    You are so beautiful and this outfit is so gorgeous, I love that the beret and shoes match so well! x

    • June 16, 2015 / 7:52 pm

      I think you have made a really pretty outfit here and I appreciate the matching beret and shoes. I do like a good bit of matchy matchy! Very nice doggie brooch, I have the Gorgeous George boxer dog one which I love!

    • June 18, 2015 / 12:31 pm

      I'm glad there are people out there that appreciate my love of matching 😀 I've seen the boxer brooch – it's super cute! I would happily have all of their dog brooches, to be quite honest. No dog brooch discrimination here!

  13. June 23, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    Such an elegant and chic outfit. Seriously Cici, you wear leopard print so well, and I adore how you teamed the caramel, black and mint {neon as it may be!} together. I think that color palette is different, but really pretty. And the Erstwilder brooch is too perfect. I have only just bought my first two pieces from them, but I feel like this is a collection that will grow quite rapidly if it has the chance…. 😛 ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • June 28, 2015 / 7:46 am

      I didn't really realise that the colour palette was unusual until everyone said so! I do love the Erstwilder brooches but they are so expensive… I have to really, really love one before I'll want to buy it, I think! x

  14. June 28, 2015 / 5:11 am

    Love your outfit! You wouldn't expect (neon) mint to go with leopard but it so does =]

    • June 28, 2015 / 7:47 am

      I feel like leopard kind of goes with everything – or at least, that's what I tell myself 😉

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