Friday, 29 November 2013

November Round Up

 photo PicMonkeyCollageNov_zpsb6a8bf73.jpg

Watching: I finally finally finished the French drama series The Returned. I've had it saved on Sky+ since forever ago and watched it in a creepy zombie binge week whilst ill. I couldn't watch it after dark though- unlike Helen, I'm a total horror wimp.

Doing: I went to see Pixies play at one of my favourite venues- Barrowlands in Glasgow. The sound isn't the best there but the atmosphere of the old ballroom is always fun- even if I was sober and flagging from a virus.

Reading: this month I have been an excellent pen pal- writing thank you cards to all my wedding guests and catching up with friends with lots of lovingly crafted emails. I'm quite hilarious in letters  (even if I do say so myself). I really enjoy receiving mail whether of the snail or e- variety. It cheers up any grey November day!
Buying: I told myself I was going to buy Christmas gifts early this year... but instead I bought myself November gifts. I deserve it. My favourite is the Hello DODO bag that was on my wishlist way back in June.


Doing: I have been a busy bee creating a mini Christmas collection for Jolly Good. Most of my spare time has been spent sewing and printing fabric. The really difficult thing has been finding time to take photos of what I've made, November is a dark month, but I managed in the end and my wares are now for sale in my Etsy shop.

Watching: I have been spending my evenings re-watching Peep Show on Netflix. I do enjoy being able to watch series after series at my own convenience. At the moment I've been focused on comedies and have already watched Green Wing, Fresh Meat, Black Books and Red Dwarf over the past few months.

Buying: At the start of the month I treated myself to a new dress from the Coco Fennell x Karen Mabon collection. I love both designers so there was no way I could resist buying something from their collaboration. I went for the Pill Popper dress and I love it. The fit is great and the collar is just so much fun.

Reading: This month I read Sleep with the Lights On by Maggie Shayne. I picked it mostly because it was only 99p in the Kindle store but I actually quite enjoyed it. It was paced well and kept me suitably gripped all the way through. Might even be tempted to read the next one when it comes out in December. 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Styled by Kimberley: Autumn

I find that autumn is the best time for dressing like a granny.

Not yet into the serious knitwear and boots of winter, to me the season means furs and dresses layered over wool tights that pool around my ankles à la Nora Betty. I have many coats but I love the mannish shape of this one against my prim little handbag and heels.

It's a shame you can't really see my cute little polkadot tea dress from Closet but it was a bit chilly for showing it off.

 photo P1130322_zps085ddd1e.jpg
 photo P1130321_zps91027ac3.jpg
 photo P1130326_zpsa568bd49.jpg

 photo P1130324_zps9fb511d5.jpg
 photo P1130329_zps3a827ea9.jpg

Jacket | H! by Henry Holland
Dress | Closet
Tights | Primark
Shoes | charity shop
Bag | Topshop
Hat | Topshop
Ring | Dorothy Perkins

For these darker nights I find myself drawn to black and wearing a deeper lip and nail colour. I've been playing around with half moons too.  At the moment I am keeping my hair loose and natural but one day I will perfect a vintage wave and wear it outside my house!

It's also out of necessity that I wear a hat during this season. And a fuzzy leopard print beret is my number one choice. So good I bought it twice.

 photo P1130332_zps29709520.jpg

Now this granny is ready for any autumnal occasion!

 photo kimberleySignature_zpsf529626b.jpg

Monday, 25 November 2013

Styled by Helen: Autumn

Coat | Topshop
Dress | Dorothy Perkins
Mittens | Monki via ASOS
Shoes | Topshop

Leaves have fallen from the trees and there is definitely a nip in the air. It is well and truly time to get my big coats out of storage and onto my back. Luckly I have this black and white number to keep my monochrome cravings happy. I got this coat in the sale a couple of years ago and it is great for keeping me warm and has the added fun of a detachable fur collar. Great as the temperatures go up and down.

The mittens are a new addition to take me through the cooler months. The eye motif allows for endless amounts of tomfoolery while the fleecy lining keeps my hands nice and toasty. Monki have quite a few fun pairs, I also like these Hands Off ones.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Nail Inspiration: The Rodnik Band

I've noticed The Rodnik Band popping up on a number of blogs recently due to designer Philip Colbert's nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year at the Scottish Style Awards. I absolutely love Colbert's pop art style and bold designs. Everything is so far up my street it's pretty much camped on my door step. I love with the pop collection, especially the red and white striped popcorn dresses, so decided to some inspiration from them and create some Rodnik inspired nails. Now all I need is the dress to match and I will be happy.
And here's a little step by step guide I made. If you try them out let us know @WardrobeConvos on twitter.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Styled by Helen: Halloween

Scarf | Bought so long ago I can't remember
Jumper | H&M
Dress | George at Asda, customised by me
Boots | H&M
Necklace | Borrowed from Kim
Ring | Made by me

For Halloween I wore this customised dress as part of my Day of the Dead costume. I even did a wee bit about it over on my Jolly Good blog. After all the work I put into it, and the fact this dress is sooo comfy, I couldn't just wear it once. So here I am styling it up post October 31st. I went for a monochrome look, adding a cosy jumper to keep the autumn chill out. I kept the skulls on my dress company with a skull print scarf I've had forever and a day.

I am definitely loving the good old black and white combo for this winter. After seeking out bright colours during most of the summer I am falling back into my monochrome habits. There is just something so striking about the combination. Plus it is super easy to put together which is a huge bonus when I'm getting dressed in the dark mornings while still half asleep.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Styled by Kimberley: Halloween

Like Helen, I prefer re-wearable outfits to costume shop bought ones. I am loving my Black Swan skirt from Topshop and it's something I can dress up or down.

For a casual day look I have teamed it with mannish boots and my gym tee. Just kidding, I don't have a gym tee. Until very recently I was "between gyms" (... and had been for about a year...) It's my sitting-on-my-sofa-eating-cake tee.
So it gets a lot of use.

 photo P1130457_zps34575c08.jpg
 photo P1130466_zps8441e9db.jpg
 photo P1130458_zpsbf2ee01d.jpg
 photo P1130471_zpsd1eeb27c.jpg
 photo P1130472_zps29fffc7d.jpg
Top | Topshop
Skirt |Topshop
Tights | Primark
Boots | Marks and Spencers
Rings | H&M
Necklace | Dorothy Perkins
Nails | Revlon Vixen

I look forward to wearing it with a chunky or fluffy knit and next year with a biker jacket and heels so this costume has plenty of wear in it yet. Have you got the same out of yours?

 photo kimberleySignature_zpsf529626b.jpg

Friday, 1 November 2013

Halloween Nails

Hope everyone had a happy Halloween?! I celebrated with face paints and a trip to the cinema to see The Wicker Man. One aspect of Halloween that I got a bit too excited by was having some spooky nails. In fact for the whole of October my finger tips were rather creeptastic. Check out my selection...


Frankenstein's Monster:

Bones & Eyes: 

Spiderwebs & Day of the Dead: