Thursday, 5 January 2017

Outfit: cheeky Cheyenne (and how to take photos in the rain)

I'm getting right in there and starting the year with an outfit post! I thought about it, but actually I don't really have the headspace for resolutions right now. Not now the wedding is just over five months away. Five months!! That is, quite frankly, terrifying.

And yet, it's only one day of my life. Albeit it should be a great one, but I still have to, you know, dress myself in order to function as a sane human being, so the outfits aren't going anywhere. Apparently, I don't even spend less on them when I should be saving any penny I earn, so my financial chaos is your blog-reading gain, my friends...

Let's start things off with another one from my casual collection, featuring this charming checked Cheyenne jacket from Collectif. I've been looking for a short, vintage style jacket for a long time for those days I'm not as dressed up (which is more than you probably think) and this one is just the ticket because it's so comfy. It's not structured, so don't buy it if that's what you're after, it's kind of more of a 'blouson' style when done up. On me, it's not that fitted, but I quite like wearing it open as I have here mostly (although one photo does show you what I mean when it's done up). The only thing that makes me sad about this jacket is that I'm a bit too petite for it. If you've got short arms like me, you're going to find those sleeves ever so long too. I can get away with it because the cuffs are fitted, but it doesn't look like it should. Short girl problems.

Otherwise though, it's in two of my favourite colours so what's not to love?? It wasn't exactly difficult for me to style it, because I could basically fill an entire wardrobe with just items in blue and red :D I'm looking forward to getting some more wear out of it in the spring months! Oh and special mention for Porcelina's husband for these awesome boots. When I went to stay last year, he told me about how he thrifts shoes he sees just if he really likes them, even if they won't fit either him or Porcelina. Madness, I thought! And then I went home with a pair of red cowboy boots, something I've wanted for ages. Not so mad after all... 

Collectif Cheyenne jacket for a cute 50s style casual look with high-waisted jeans

Collectif Cheyenne jacket for a cute 50s style casual look with high-waisted jeans

Collectif Cheyenne jacket for a cute 50s style casual look with high-waisted jeans

Collectif Cheyenne jacket for a cute 50s style casual look with high-waisted jeans

Thrifted red cowboy boots

Collectif Cheyenne jacket for a cute 50s style casual look with high-waisted jeans

Collectif Cheyenne jacket for a cute 50s style casual look with high-waisted jeans

Collectif Cheyenne jacket for a cute 50s style casual look with high-waisted jeans

Red hairscarf and gold hoop earrings

Collectif Cheyenne jacket for a cute 50s style casual look with high-waisted jeans
Headscarf: eBay
Earrings: Bow & Crossbones
Jacket: c/o Collectif (get it half price today with FESTIVE50)
Jumper: Collectif (last season's)
Boots: vintage (via Porcelina's husband, the expert thrifter!)
Bag: eBay

Ok, so we've done the clothes, now to show you my top tip for taking photos outside in the rain... I had a narrow window of opportunity to get these shots this particular weekend, thanks to yet more wedding admin (the suit fitting this time), so when it started to drizzle as we left the house I had a bit of a strop. And then I continued to strop at our destination because I had visions of my hair being a fluff ball in approximately 1 minute standing around in it.

But never fear, B had the solution! Well, actually, first of all B had the rubbish solution of: let's stand you under a tree, the foliage will protect you! Yeah, that would have been great and everything but it's the middle of winter and not a single tree has any leaves left, genius. Top marks for trying and everything, but... no not really, it was just a dumb idea (sorry, B, but you know it was!). We went and stood under a tree that at least had a few more branches than most, this big ol' willow tree. Yeah, also a stupid idea, it made absolutely no difference... until...

B hung his umbrella upside down off of a low-hanging branch! And if don't believe me (because I'm such a genius airbrusher I've removed it from all of the above photos), here's the proof...


So now you know - all you need to do is find a tree to hang an umbrella off. I mean, it helps that I was short enough to fit under this one and B was tall enough to reach to hang it up... So some times being a short girl can actually be a help rather than a problem :D


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20 comments:

  1. I've been out of the blogging world for a while so first - congrats on getting married soon!

    I love this outfit. It looks casual but still very put-together. also wow I did not know cowboy boots could be so cool!

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    1. Hi Angie! You had a different blog before didn't you, but I am scratching my head about what it was called... Anyway, thank you! I always feel like I'm beating on about the wedding, but there's always someone who didn't know!!

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    2. it was ohdaintyduck haha. I just can't stop changing the name...

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  2. I love this outfit! Red and navy are my top favorite colors, too. Thanks for the tips on the fit of this jacket; I wish Collectif would put garment or body measurements somewhere on their size chart!
    Also, brilliant idea with the umbrella! So smart and something I will likely use in the future. :)

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    1. We can dream... Hope the umbrella tip works for you too. The downside is it collects rain, but as long as it's not a total downpour I think you'd be ok...

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  3. GENIUS with the umbrella idea - and to be honest, before I read what it was in that reveal photo, my first assumption was it was a branch! So you know, some wouldn't even notice it. Still, that is quite a smart idea!

    I love this look on you - PANTS! Boots! A cute jacket! Just rocking every piece.

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    1. Good guess :D It's not gonna work for a tropical storm, but for English drizzle it did the job. Even if I had to airbrush out a few raindrops too...!

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  4. I would wear the hell out of this jacket, I kind of really want it to go with my dungarees...so I am going to be keeping a close eye on it, I don't feel like buying anything warm as it is right now but I have been after one like this for a while. The boots are a very fun addition, not something you see much of these days but I like them! Funny because I totally had a pair in the early 2000s when they were everywhere!

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    1. Funnily enough I have a pair of dungarees due to arrive from the Collectif sale any moment... I hadn't thought how good they'd be with this jacket :D You're right, everyone had these boots back then and I'm pretty sure that's when they're from as they're Miss Sixty. It doesn't get more early noughties than that brand!

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  5. Haha, the umbrella trick is brilliant!! I completely understand the blogging problem of weather, so I love this solution :D The outfit is super cute, and I love the story behind the boots too - I was thinking that it was madness to buy shoes that won't fit you too, then saw these and completely understood why he had to buy them!
    Sian xx Rebel Angel

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    1. I felt like a total idiot standing under it, but I can't deny it worked...

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  6. I am chuckling away here at your description of Chris's shoe obsession, it sounds so funny!! He was asking after the boots recently, he never forgets a pair of shoes once he's owned them ;)

    You look great in that jacket, it's got a real '50s Western vibe, and the sleeves look fine - room to smuggle a hip flask perhaps? I hadn't seen it on the Collectif site, as to be honest felt recently their prices had crept up sharply with no real explanation! I swear some re-released styles are at least a tenner more than they were. Sale's on now though...

    Thank you for that umbrella trick by the way, we shall test it out!!
    Xx

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    1. Ha I love that he was asking after them, that's making me chuckle! It's like the shoes are his children...

      I was going for 50s Western so, yay :) I think you're right that the prices have crept up, but in some instances I think it's improvement in materials. I've still had the odd not-so-good piece, but now compared to several years ago the quality is definitely improved. And to be honest, I buy nearly all my Collectif stuff in their half price sales :D

      xx

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  7. Re: wedding stress. You've got you, you've got him, you've got a ring and someone to legalise everything, and those are the important things. Everything else is just jam.

    Get your mum, or your chief bridesmaid, to be your problem solver on the day. Anything goes wrong, ask them to fix it and just carry on enjoying yourself. You'll be fine!

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    1. Very true, thanks for being the voice of reason :) I'm going to remember the jam point!

      Everyone who knows me knows I'm a ridiculous perfectionist, so I hope they'll have my back without me even asking ;)

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  8. The umbrella trick is great. I will remember that one. This is a lovely casual outfit, well finished by those boots!

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  9. Such a cute jacket, love how you have styled it! Loving those red boots to! :)

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  10. This is such a cute relaxed outfit! I'm so very bad at styling casual when it comes to looking retro, and I aspire to get something that can pull me together like this. Also, what a lucky find by Porcelina's husband! Those boots are darling.
    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I hope the planning is going well!
    Kristina
    eyreeffect.com

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  11. Adorable outfit!!!! That jacket is amazing and the boots are just perfect for it! Awesome of Porcelina's husband to have found them and just to have had them hanging out to find the perfect owner ;)

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