Around the crazy house-moving period, I was determined to take some photos of a summer outfit, lest the whole of my favourite season pass us by with barely a sundress to be seen (the dog dress in my previous post ironically being snapped in spring)! It’s been a blessing and a curse moving house in summer – usually, it wouldn’t be a problem in the UK. Temperatures don’t get up much above 20 degrees Celsius, perfectly manageable to pack boxes in. But oh no, the two weeks we had to pack and move in were precisely the two weeks we had a ‘heatwave’ and temperatures were up around the high 20s and even early 30s. So not only did I miss prime sun-lounging weather, I also had to heft stuff around in that – which wouldn’t have been that bad, but heat in this country means humidity that makes it unbearable to even walk, so you can imagine how much fun that was and how well B and I got along during that nightmare.
We got through it though, as you do, and we did get out for this set of photos, taken after a long day of me sweltering in our old study while I worked my office job from home, which was like being trapped with a computer in a sauna (that house had serious air circulation issues). My hair had given up the ghost completely, I didn’t know what to do with it, but then, it came to me – this is what hats are for. And so this outfit was born! And then I went and spoiled it all by completely overdoing my make-up. It’s not coming across as Bobo the Clown in these pictures as it did in real life – thank you miracles of photography – but it’s definitely not my best work, folks. For some reason, I thought the answer to a face that had sweated off most of the make-up it had on by this point was to come back at it twice as hard. Lesson learned.
I should also add as far as this outfit goes that it’s also evidence of the fact I really haven’t had the spare cash to buy things this summer – every piece in this outfit has been in my closet for some time now. I’m sure I’ll get back to my bad old spending ways soon, but I am also working hard to not over-spend on things I don’t wear since changing my habits this year. This is a lot easier to do when you don’t have the money to waste in the first place 😉
All of this being told, I’m still glad we have this set even though I don’t look my best and the outfit’s not uber exciting, because it was the last batch we took in our favourite spot a few doors down from our rental house at the end of the road, which had the perfect floral backdrop for the occasion (remember how good the berries looked in winter?). And even though we’ve taken photos in this spot at least a half dozen times by now, of course it was during the very last time that the owners of the house I was in front of came and asked about what we were doing (in a nice way, they were thrilled we were using their house as a back-drop). C’est la vie.
Hat: via ASOS (similar navy colourway)
Top: Topshop (old)
Skirt: Peacocks (very similar)
Shoes: c/o Sandgrens (no longer available)
Those who follow along on Instagram (@ciciandmarie) know I’ve just got back from an extra long weekend in Paris – there will definitely be outfits to share soon 🙂