Outfit: warming up winter

So, this side of Christmas is pretty rubbish for all of us stuck in winter, isn’t it? I forget, every year, how much hard work it is keeping up outfit posts when it’s cold outside. Yeah, yeah, first world problems – but seriously it’s about this time every year I throw a total wobble about giving it up. This year, said wobble happened while trying to get these pictures.
It was zero degrees this day and there was a fair wind on too. The first location we went to proved to be too windy to shoot at, so we spent half an hour driving round our village trying to find any kind of spot to take the pictures in. We even ended up on the grounds of the local school (it was the weekend) only to find two families had decided to trespass at the same time for no apparent reason (it’s not like they had pictures to get or anything, geez.). I really didn’t think we’d get any shots this day, which would have been a real shame because I loved this outfit.
Long, whingey story short we got there in the end and I wasn’t even scowling in all of the photos 😀 Mustard is still one of my favourite colours for the colder months and there’s nothing much more fun than mustard tights to wear. Especially looking down and seeing them with houndstooth shoes… I’ll take my kicks where I can get them in January. My top and skirt are pretty basic but they’re really solid basics, in fact. The top is another slash neck from Vivien of Holloway (and seems to be a better fit than my grey one, oddly – not complaining), and the skirt is the Jasmine from Collectif. I am begging Collectif to keep making this style in all the colours because it’s my perfect puffy swing skirt – just the right length and barely needs a petticoat. And you know what, Spring/Summer is nearly here so we’ll find out soon enough if they heard me 😉
Vivien of Holloway slash neck top with Collectif Jasmine skirt and Lindy Bop houndstooth shoes


Vivien of Holloway slash neck top with Collectif Jasmine skirt and Lindy Bop houndstooth shoes


Vivien of Holloway slash neck top with Collectif Jasmine skirt and Lindy Bop houndstooth shoes


Lindy Bop houndstooth shoes


Vivien of Holloway slash neck top with Collectif Jasmine skirt and Lindy Bop houndstooth shoes


Ascot scarf and beret


Vivien of Holloway slash neck top with Ascot scarf


Vivien of Holloway slash neck top with Collectif Jasmine skirt and Lindy Bop houndstooth shoes
Belt: Marks & Spencer (old)
Skirt: Collectif
Tights: Primark (old)
Shoes: Lindy Bop
Oh in case anyone was worried (*thinks highly of self*), I don’t think I’m quitting quite yet… It would have been a shame because very shortly this blog turns five years old! I have been pondering doing something for this, but the anniversary is clashing horribly with the throes of wedding prep, so in all honestly trying to coordinate something special might push me over the edge. Just this fortnight I’ve got to get the invites printed and packaged, my first dress fitting, do some video training (long story), a craft project (shudder) around the table name holders and more work on the images for the 17 A1 picture frames we need to fill in our reception venue. I knew weddings were a lot of work, but seriously, you don’t understand it until you get there.
My mum made me laugh because she said when the wedding was over I’d need a project to fill the void it leaves… I can genuinely say, hand on heart, I am quite happy to focus all of my attention back on this blog when that day comes. While I seem to be a born events organiser, I sure wasn’t born to organise events…



  1. January 19, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Houndstooth shoes?! Be still my beating heart!! I've been using shoe-buying to cheer up January too, honestly I've bought some really wacky (for me) footwear. But it makes me smile!

    Mustard looks really good on you, I am a bit jealous as I don't think it's that great on me so you need to wear all the mustard on my behalf! (There's a mustard knit dress at La Redoute right now that's like a non-poloneck version of the Collectif Olive one…).

    Anyway, I think apart from having a well-deserved rest after your wedding, the thing you might enjoy most is not having to scrape every spare penny you have into the wedding fund! I know I did, last year I went a bit bananas with my new found financial freedom. This year, back to saving.

    Good matching on the top and skirt by the way to make it look like a dress, that's such a great idea.

    Hope you've had a good week, and enjoy your weekend! xx

    • January 20, 2017 / 1:46 pm

      They're like £12, I think you can afford to treat yourself to these particular shoes 😉 Lindy Bop have a polka dot pair I'm eyeing up too…

      Ok I am going to check out that dress on La Redoute like right now because it sounds amazing. I am in the market for more jumper dresses!!


  2. January 19, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    What a lovely pop of colour! I love the mustard tights and little scarf is just darling!! Would have been such a shame now to photograph this outfit as it is so fabulous!!!

  3. January 19, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    These pops of mustard are just perfect – mustard was always a color I thought I hated until I got a cardigan in mustard and wore it WITH EVERYTHING! Now it is one of my favorite hues to get tops and accessories in!

    • January 20, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      Yes, it's such a useful colour to have around isn't it?! It's amazing how much it goes with… I feel weird wearing it in the warmer months but love it when it's cold 🙂

  4. January 19, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    Love the pops of mustard. I think I have these tights, are they the fleece lined ones? Bloomin' genius whoever thought that up!! Love your hairstyle too, so cute with the beret.

    • January 20, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      OMG they did these tights in fleece version? I have several other pair of fleece lined tights from Primark but these ones are sadly not… I missed out!

  5. January 20, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I love the mustard against black, and the fact that you sort of top and tail with it adds to the impact. One of my favourite things is to contrast tights against black, but normally with more fitted dresses and skirts – but as always this shape on you is sublime and the contrast works even better. The mustard tights and houndstooth shoes are also a fabulous combination! Kx

    • January 20, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      I saw someone comment it was very Hufflepuff! Any Harry Potter reference, while this time unintentional, is quite fine by me 🙂 x

  6. January 21, 2017 / 2:09 am

    Looking so cute! I absolutely ADORE those shoes. It's such an unusual pattern to see, and I feel like they're the kind of piece that would set off any simple outfit, especially something that's mostly black, like this. You're so right about mustard being a great color for the colder months, and the pops of yellow make for a nice counterpoint to all the black. Glad you managed to snap some photos! I absolutely sympathize with your cold weather woes.

    • January 24, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      These shoes were the bargain of 2016 – £10 and like you say they perk plain outfits up a treat!

  7. January 21, 2017 / 5:57 am

    Haha yes I'm sure you will be able to live without the stress of wedding planning once it is all over 😛 That LB sale was seriously epic though, I can't believe what a bargain those shoes were considering how gorgeous they look in real life – I did think it could be too good to be true but you've proven me dead wrong!

    • January 24, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      I was very pleasantly surprised they were as good as they are! It's a risk with cheap shoes, but one that clearly pays off sometimes 😀

  8. January 22, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Haha, I know the struggle of taking outfit photos in winter!
    You look gorgeous, though.
    I really love the combination of mustard and black. And those shoes – so adorable!

    Sandra <3

  9. January 22, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    Such a great outfit, I love the pops of mustard among the black, those tights are so awesome! Those shoes are gorgeous too!! I had a frustrating time taking photos yesterday, I found the right spot and good lighting by the beach and then a few kids started climbing the rocks right behind me, sigh! x

    • January 24, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Whenever I see kids anywhere near me when taking photos I groan on the inside… I once had a child who saw we were taking pictures and then deliberately rode his bicycle in and out of the shot for the entire shoot, while his mum said absolutely nothing. We ALL knew what he was doing!! x

  10. January 26, 2017 / 9:17 am

    You look fab. And you've got so much on your plate this year, I'm not surprised you're not blogging at quite the same rate. I sometimes get fed up of my blog and then don't force myself to do anything for it; I always end up going back to it when I'm ready.

  11. January 28, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    I love the splash of yellow against the black and grey. It's OK for blogs to change or go on holiday too- take all the time you need to dedicate to your wedding, and don't feel guilty about it for a second! We'll be waiting for you when life settles back down 🙂
    The Artyologist

  12. January 30, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Love the mustard with the houndstooth. Fabulous.

  13. January 31, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    I keep thinking I should get mustard tights. This whole look is awesome!
    and forgive me if you talked about this before and I missed it, but are you wearing falsies or are those your real lashes? they look fab, in any case!

  14. January 31, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    This outfit is so amazingly gorgeous and adorable! Love your style so much! <3 Good luck with all the wedding planning! Sounds like you've got it down!

  15. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Hi Cici,

    I have not written a word in you blog since ages ago, sorry my dear!
    I have been busy lately with looking for a new job, (lost mine on the 14th of November, then decided to spend 1 month at my parents' and now back to reality).
    You look gorgeous, as always, although I'm not mad about mustard I do have a couple of pieces in my wardrobe that I always combine with black, like you did here!
    At first I thought you were wearing a dress, I did not notice it was a top and a skirt until I read about them.

    Anyway, keep your spirit up and your mind clear with all the wedding's preparations.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

    Eva (from Luxembourg/Germany)

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