Sunday, 27 April 2014

…Around Town...

Another busy weekend coming to an end. It seems my social life is on a good turn at the moment. I think after next weekend, I will be ready for some 'me' time and some introverted activities. I do like it though having things to do. Seeing my diary filled with events and occasions; however, it is also really important for me to have time where I don't have to talk to people or put myself out there. Balance is key…

So, here are my snaps from the local fair last week. Most of my images were too crowded from all the people along the front. It was taking forever waiting for people to move out of the way. Irks me a little. Most of the time people can see that you have a camera and you'd think they would wait for you to take the picture. But, alas, no that was not the case last Monday. Oh, well, I did manage to get some decent snaps…


Friday, 25 April 2014

…OUTFIT: Tweed and Shades...

Jacket - Mango via Second hand, Jeans - New Look, Shoes - Russel&Bromley, Glasses - H&M, Scarf - India

Weekends, especially bank holidays, are made for relaxing and chilling out. Exploring local attractions and just moseying around. That's exactly what I did the weekend just passed. Monday was spent nosing around a local fair in Worthing, along the seafront. Local foods, handmade crafts, and artists were out in full force, showing a whole variety of wonders. 

With regards to styling an outfit for a casual Spring day, I was a little at a loss. This interchangeable weather is playing havoc with my morning attire. To coat or not to coat? Scarf too much? Sunglasses really necessary? Well, these are the constant questions running through my mind. I cannot wait for summer and the simplicity that comes along with it, with regards to clothes…


Monday, 21 April 2014

…OUTFIT: Hodstock Priory...

Blazer - New Look, Dress - Primark via charity shop, Shoes - Next via charity shop, Bag - Mango via charity shop

Weddings are the best. The chance to celebrate with your nearest and dearest. I love them because it is the chance to get together with all my friends and have a great party. It's the opportunity to be with people you may not have seen in a very long time, and when you do, no time has pasted. 

This weekend I was fortunate to be invited to one of my uni friend's wedding and what a beautiful day it was. She looked stunning and surprisingly serene and relaxed. I would have been anxious for everything to run smoothly. If she was at all nervous there were no signs. Every detail from the weather to the service to the food to the dancing was a delight. I do not know how people plan a day like this, and remember all those elements that go into making a wedding. Kate…Murray…You guys put on a brilliant celebration and I wish you both the very best.

Following on from my last post about recycling clothes and re-working my wardrobe, I choose to wear a simple, fitted dress with a plain blazer. I could of gone out and bought a new outfit but I have so many nice clothes already that I rarely get a chance to wear them. My favourite part to the whole out was my shoes. I love them so much. Such a steal from a local charity shop. Very comfortable for a day spent mostly standing and waiting...


Sunday, 13 April 2014

…Playing Dress Up...

Dress (Top - Zara and Skirt - H&M), Gloves - Claire's Accessories, Shoes - Charity shop, Jewellery - Various places

Oh dressing up is always fun, especially when you get the chance to be Audrey Hepburn from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. This is the most effort I have put into a fancy dress outfit, since about the age of 11/12, maybe? As I am currently on a tight budget, I wanted the challenge of creating an outfit using  items of clothing I already owned, rather than splashing out something I'll never wear again. I must say, it was harder than I thought.

I have plenty of black dresses, but either they are patterned or too short, and not keeping with the classic Audrey style everyone knows and loves. So, I assessed my wardrobe and noticed my long black skirt, and knew I could team it a plain black top. Perfect. The result was a simple, floor length 'dress'. Creating an outfit, and having to use my imagination in putting pieces together, was a great way to recycle my wardrobe. If you try hard enough, and I'll admit within the limits of what you're trying to create, your wardrobe can be used for anything. I am very much in this frame of mind at the moment. Only buying items I feel they are necessary and worthwhile. (N.B. The only items I did purchase were the little black shoes and gloves, all for less than a tenner, may I add).

When sourcing inspiration for my outfit, I noticed that the fashion in the late 50's, early 60's was much simpler, cleaner, less varied. Styles were clearly marked and people knew exactly what look they wanted to create - the classic black flick and rouge lips never fails and the simple silhouettes are just wonderful. People took the time and effort in putting their look together. I am only recently doing the same myself.

I suppose true fashion, and true style is timeless. I know in the varied fabrics and colours and multitude items of clothing I own, I have enough to recreate and restyle as many outfits as I need. Maybe I am just being a tight old git, but maybe I'm just finally being more savvy with my choices. Taking more care in how I present my style, and thinking all the time - What would Audrey do?