Outfit: howdy partner (quite literally)

So, ‘couple’ posts are like buses – you wait a year and then two come along at once. Actually, I thought it was only fair to show you B as he normally appears now, as you’ve just seen him dressed as Fred (clearly, he’s not remotely blonde) and before that as… I think we’ll call this 1950s farmer? Believe it or not, most of the time he’s not in fancy-dress. I know, crazy huh? (That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t like to be – this is the boy who went to school with a Spiderman costume on underneath his uniform, after all.)
Anyway, three things happened to bring the idea for this post together: 1) B found the perfect western-style shirt, after hunting for one forever, 2) around the same time, I picked up a denim swing skirt, which had been on my hitlist for a long time too and 3) I remembered my very small, but much-loved collection of cowboy boots.
Plaid, denim, cowboy boots… this was only going to go in one direction… west! Yep, I’m full of puns today. Themeing an outfit like this kind of brings the ridiculous side out of me, I guess. I’m generally a fairly serious person, but I hope those that really know me would also add a ‘but’ there. And that but is the side of me that wants to wear novelty print and dress like a cowgirl for the day. It’s also probably the side that has one-sided conversations with dogs in public (something B just can’t get his head around) and wins games of Cards Against Humanity by a mile. It’s probably also to blame for why I love cowboy boots so much in the first place – I can’t resist the quirk, particularly as they’re pretty much out of fashion right now (I love an underdog).
Anyway, my silliness aside, seeing as B’s shirt (and how nice it looked on him) partly triggered the idea for this outfit post, I thought it only fair to include him! He wasn’t as enthusiastic about this as I was, but after a while he got into the swing of being my side of the camera lens for a change. I have to say, it was quite fun for me to direct him and use some of what I’ve picked up about posture and poses to help get some great pictures. But see what you think of my efforts!
Checked shirt, denim swing skirt and cowboy boots
Checked skirt and plait


Checked shirt, denim swing skirt and cowboy boots


Checked skirt, denim skirt and plait
Checked shirt, denim swing skirt and cowboy boots


Checked skirt, denim skirt and plait


Denim skirt and tan cowboy boots


Checked shirt, denim swing skirt and cowboy boots
Dress worn as shirt: Boohoo (last year’s)
Skirt: Forever 21 (almost identical)
Belt: New Look (similar)
Boots: Shoe Zone (similar)


Checked shirt, skinny jeans and suede shoes


Ray-Bans, checked shirt, skinny jeans and suede shoes


Ray-Bans, checked shirt, skinny jeans and suede shoes
Shirt: Levi’s (available colours)
Jeans: Topman (old)
Shoes: River Island (similar)
Don’t worry, I wouldn’t leave you without a picture of us together. This post was asking for cheese factor.


CiCi and B together
Corniness aside (one of my friends said it looked like it was from an engagement shoot, ha!), this is one of my favourite locations we’ve been to for a while. Completely remote, in the middle of lots of farmland was this little bridge that B remembered from his childhood (I didn’t grow up around where we now live). Overgrown on one side, a huge corn field on the other, we climbed over stinging nettles to get these shots and even though I got stung (of course, what a surprise), it was totally worth it, wasn’t it??


  1. November 5, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    I love these couple posts, they're amazing!! I want to do more now. Though curiously, that first pic of B with his leg raised is one of the first poses my husband does for any photo shoot, is that a natural man thing to do? My husband is obsessed with Levi's shirts too, he has LOADS in this style and is always picking them up in charity shops. I like the little bridge because it reminds me of one that we shot at locally once, and the whole place just looks so nice for a little walk.

    Now, your outfit – looking as pretty as a bird on a wire! I love Western looks and wear them quite a lot myself, though usually dressed-down with jeans rather than skirts. There's something in your look here that reminds me very much of Natalie Wood, playing the 15 year old abducted-by-Native-Americans in the 195s film 'The Searchers'. You'll have to watch it now, she doesn't appear until near the end though!


  2. November 5, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    That was meant to say "1953" film…

    • November 5, 2015 / 1:52 pm

      Glad you're enjoying them and not sick of the cheese 😉 they're quite fun to do – but do double the photo time, I have to say! I have to laugh that they both default to the 'leg up' pose – that was literally the first one B did. Also find it amusing they like the exact same shirt. B now has 4 of these – it's like an addiction.

      Ok the fact you just compared me to Natalie Wood means I am definitely going to find a picture now! xx

  3. November 5, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    This is super cute! You have directed him well! And the last couple picture is adorable! I haven't shown my partner at all- don't think he would be convinced!

    • November 7, 2015 / 2:33 pm

      It took me a while to persuade B to participate where he didn't have a costume to hide behind 😉

  4. November 5, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Oh I LOVED this! I could NEVER get Cody to do this with me – boys! I loved seeing B in his "natural state." He's adorable! He needs to be on the blog more often! 😉

    Love your top – I am not a fan of plaid when it's in its fullest but the simply plaid of your top is perfect!

    • November 7, 2015 / 2:34 pm

      Hehe, I can't tell him that, he'll get a big head!

      The great thing about this 'top' is that it was attached to a full skirt that acted like a petticoat under my actual skirt – win!

  5. November 5, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    I was totally worth it! You both got some great shots.

    You are such an adorable couple : ) Awww! ; P


    • November 7, 2015 / 2:35 pm

      I'm blushing! It was fun – challenging at points, but with it in the end, I'd agree 🙂

  6. November 5, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    Awww, this is so cute!

    Also, I completely forgot to comment on your Halloween costumes, but AMAZING! I've considered being Daphne in the past, purely because the red hair would make it a lazy costume choice for me, but no way am I following yours – just too good!

    • November 7, 2015 / 2:36 pm

      Noooo, I can't believe I'd steal your birthright to be Daphne! I'm SURE you could out-do me!

  7. November 5, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    You two are adorable! I love the colours of that shirt/dress, don't worry I also talk to dogs and surprise/ terrify people with my Cards Against Humanity skills!

    • November 7, 2015 / 2:37 pm

      Yes I hesitated mentioning the Cards thing at all – but I'd like to think that at least some of my comic genius was a knack for the surreal 😉

  8. November 6, 2015 / 12:26 am

    You guys are adorable! His shirt is awesome too and you directed him really well! I love your outfit (I always love your outfits though haha), the skirt is really gorgeous and what fabulous boots. The photo of you both at the end is really sweet 🙂 x

    • November 7, 2015 / 2:37 pm

      I really want to see everyone else's partners now! There were some especially cheesy ones to choose from for the end shot – I couldn't bring myself to do it though!

  9. November 6, 2015 / 11:13 am

    Oh, such a cute shoot! I love seeing couples/friends shoots as it's nice to see people together not alone.

    • November 7, 2015 / 2:38 pm

      Very true – I'd love to see more of them too 🙂

  10. November 6, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    You two are such a beautiful couple. I love your outfit, dear CiCi. That denim skirt is a dream! What a fabulous, classic ensemble. Were Little House on the Prairie a 21st century concept, I like to think that's how Laura would dress.

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    • November 7, 2015 / 2:38 pm

      I am so pleased I got my hands on this skirt after looking for something like it for so long. It'll go with so many things, but I couldn't resist the Little House on the Prairie look first 🙂 x

    • November 9, 2015 / 1:16 pm

      We're always hunting for new locations – but a lot of them are starting to appear multiple times now…!

  11. November 8, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    You two are always so cute. I love your cowgirl look, and trust me, I'm very familiar with the real thing. The boots, the denim, the plaid – it's all perfect. And I know I've said this before, but your boyfriend is such a cutie! You guys really compliment each other.

    • November 9, 2015 / 1:17 pm

      It's fun because it's not OTT and it's still quirky 🙂 He'll definitely get a big head now 😉

  12. November 9, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    You make a great cowgirl! That is a marvellous skirt, lots of movement. Nice to see your cowboy, the pictures are great!

    • November 9, 2015 / 1:18 pm

      I was worried the denim would be too stiff to move, but it actually flows really nicely!

  13. November 14, 2015 / 1:30 am

    Such a cute look on you! You pull it off really well! It's fun to see more couple posts too! Too cute! 😀

  14. November 15, 2015 / 10:30 am

    This photos are so cute! I'm amazing you got B in on it ~ I don't think my mister would go for it all. You two so cute together, and I love both your outfits ~ especially those boots CiCi! They are so fabulous! 🙂 ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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