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...
Earrings: Bow & Crossbones
Jacket: c/o Collectif (get it half price today with FESTIVE50)
Jumper: Collectif (last season's)
Jeans: American Apparel
Boots: vintage (via Porcelina's husband, the expert thrifter!)
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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