Monday, 13 March 2017

Styled by Kimberley: Pink Dress 2

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Keeping things for special. What is it about certain items of clothing that makes us tuck them carefully away in our wardrobe, bringing them out only for 'occasions'? Is it the price we paid for them? The thought that they're 'too dressy'? Something distinctive that makes it obvious when they are re-worn? Or is it an emotional connection to the previous special occasion we've worn them on?
This is something I've been thinking about lately, as I've been trying (as always) to use my wardrobe better, and consider Livia Firth's #30Wears campaign in all my purchasing habits. Basically, you ask yourself if you will get 30 wears out of an item of clothing. Simple. Okay, it refers to throwaway fashion but there is a life limit to any garment. I think a lot of people read #30wears as meaning you should wear it 30 times as soon as possible, but this can be unrealistic, unnecessary, and can be just as wasteful. Both you and your garment will quickly grow tired.

One of my favourite pieces is my vintage sailor knit top (here's me wearing it 3 years ago). I've owned it for over 10 years but only wear it a few times in the summer. It's well beyond its 30 wears and keeps on giving but it's neither trendy nor a staple basic. I just enjoy it. Similarly, I've had the pink vintage dress in these photos for a year now but only brought it out a couple of times. I already know it's a keeper though. And I have plenty of cheap high street pieces I regard the same way.

I think my main reason for keeping things for specific opportunities is that the items simply cannot sustain multiple wears and washes. I own many delicate things that are dry clean only, or even wipe clean only. I have a lotta lotta fluff and sequins that give me the fear any time they're in the vicinity of a washing machine. Quite a few of my pieces are samples, one-offs, or from young designers, and the reality is that these are often not the most robust. I've had beautiful samples literally fall apart after a wear or two. I value them as pieces of wearable art but now I'm wondering, should I be?

It's the reason I've not worn this 1960's hand knitted coat, which was given to me by an older relative. I'm not sure who made it but it was passed down to her a long time ago. This coat remains precious to her but hadn't seen daylight in decades, carefully wrapped up and locked away from sunlight. She wanted it to be worn, and so she passed it on to me. But the fine pattern and the age of the coat has made me treat it with the same kid gloves; I wasn't sure it would survive the dry clean, and it's been carefully kept in a garment bag in my second wardrobe for the Right Time.

It's been five years.

So why own it at all, if it cannot be used?

Arguably, this coat has done its time. It was worn in its first life, and it's outlived most of its peers. It's therefore sustainable. However, it is also for wearing. While I may not want to wear a few on-trend items on repeat for a season, I also need my clothes to work for me. To be clothes. With my wardrobe(s) space at a premium right now, I don't have space for museum pieces. Even as an investment, it's second hand already so what does it matter if it's worn again? I finally thought I'd give it a short outing in this photoshoot with the talented Washington Gwande. And now that I've *gulp* taken it out, and worn it, and even hung it (gently) over a fence during this shoot, I've realised that it's actually made of stronger stuff than I thought. It can be worn! It also fit me beautifully and is quite warm. What have I been doing, hiding it away all these years?

Free Woolly!

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Dress | Vintage Weigh and Pay
Jacket | vintage
Shoes | New Look
Glasses | c/o IOLLA

Realistically, I know that I'm never going to add this coat into my day-to-day wardrobe. It is still something to take out on an occasion, fancy Queen Mother style or not. However, it's being worn and it's going to continue to be worn, carefully cleaned and stored in-between times.
My girl Miss Vicky Viola has some handy tips for keeping vintage clothing correctly. Who knows where it'll end up next!

It's great to go through my wardrobe, not looking to throw things out, but looking to give much-loved garments another turn. They deserve it.
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What do you think? What makes you keep something for special, or makes you decide to take it out?

Thanks to Washington Gwande for these dreamy photographs.

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

February Round Up

Kimberley
Watching: I went to see The Winter's Tale at Lyceum Theatre at the end of the month It was a modern take, with a dynamic set, and very sweet take on the infamous stage direction [Exit, pursued by a bear]  . The production was set in Edinburgh, and included lively Scottish folk music. I had very mixed feelings about the Fife ned versions of Clown and Autocylus though, which fellow blogger Siobhan Claude Van Damme has written about. I've also been hooked on the gritty Scandinavian dramas of Walter Presents on Channel 4.

Doing: my uneventful week off ended up being a busy one. I had a Galentine's date with Emily and Lucy, and also checked out Flamingosaurus Rex and posed for the Lets Join streetstyle campaign. I was photographed by Louise from Little Things Blog and portrait photographer Washington Gwande (more soon). I had blissful spa afternoon at PURE spa. I also fit in watching some roller derby and comedy improv with Spontaneous Sherlock. Phew! Oh, and Helen had one of those birthday things so I made her a cake and became very unpopular with other party guests due to my Monica Gellar approach to playing (winning) party games.

Buying: Erm.. like 4 pairs of boring trousers for work, since my thighs keep rubbing through every pair I buy. But I was given the much coveted Skinnydip London X Simpsons Moe Tassel Bag when it came back in stock after my sell out Christmas Wishlist. It was Definitely Not a Valentines Gift, given to me by my boyfriend on 14th February.

Clicking: Kindle books. Since embracing my winter hibernation, I've really upped my reading. The most compelling was Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill, which is a Black Mirror-esque tale that is regularly (and accurately) described as Mean Girls meets The Handmaid's Tale*.
The Power by Naomi Alderman is a dark lesson in modern society. It depicts a world where women grow a physical advantage over men (electricity conduction) and how they use it to oppress men and for selfish gain. The concept is brilliant, and it is slightly uncomfortable at times because it's so close to the truth. I also enjoyed We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, a thriller about a girl trying to piece together memories from a horrific accident she had as a child. I'm currently reading Han Kang's The Vegetarian which is much more interesting than the title suggests.

*If you haven't already read this Margaret Atwood novel, do it now.


Helen
Watching: Last month I missed a few films that I really wanted to see, namely T2: Trainspotting. I was trying to find time to re-watch Trainspotting before going to see the sequel but I never managed to get around to it. Darn it! Did you see it? Is it any good?
I did make it to the cinema to see Moonlight. With its Oscar wins there's certainly been a buzz about it. I found it surprising, refreshing and moving and left with a tear in my eye. The soundtrack, acting and costumes were all fantastic so I'd say it's well worth the hype. I also watched (and would recommend) Prevenge, a horror comedy about a women convinced to kill by her unborn child. Directed by, written by and starring Alice Lowe, it was the perfect creepy film to watch during Women in Horror month!

Doing: I went to Dubai!! It was my first proper holiday abroad and I had an awesome time. We managed to fit in a whole lot of activities. From going on a desert safari to looking at sharks and penguins in the mall, it was full of fun and bizarre experiences. One of my favourite days was spent hoping in and out of the many galleries situated in and around Alserkal Avenue. There was some excellent art on show, delicious cafes and some damn fine coffee, plus one of the galleries had a cat! I'll be sharing more of my trip on the blog over the coming weeks. Oh, and as Kim mentioned, it was my birthday. I turned the big 30! It wasn't too painful, helped by the fact I was surrounded by friends, colourful balloons, a killer playlist and Kimberley's delicious cake.

Buying: As it was my birthday in February I ended up getting lots of lovely gifts from my friends and family so I didn't feel the need to buy myself too much. The girls from uni got me a hand themed Datter necklace, while Heather bought me my first piece from Lazy Oaf and Kimberley knitted me a cosy hat from Hilary Grant's book. Something I didn't buy this month but did get to finally wear in February was this Punky Pins Shining pin. I bought one for myself and one as a Galentines gift for Kimberley so I had to be patient and wait for Kim to open hers before I could wear mine.

Clicking: I'm always on the look out for new cruelty free makeup to try so I found this updated 2017 list very useful. In fact I've been finding the whole Cruelty-Free Kitty site incredibly helpful. Not only does the site look pretty it has lots of useful guides and articles that cover a whole range of beauty and health products. The only problem with the site is it's based in the USA so a lot of the advice is geared towards American shops and brands. With the world wide web at my fingertips this isn't too much of a problem but if you have any recommendations for UK sites or blogs in a similar vein, do let me know. I'm currently scraping the bottom of my foundation at the moment so it looks like this will be the next thing on my list. 

Friday, 3 March 2017

Blogger Crushes 29

Helen's crushin' on...Jazzabelle's Diary
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Jazmine has been blogging for 6 years! Her amount of output has gone up and down in that time but the fact she blogs when she wants to (and doesn't when she doesn't want to) is something I admire. This is her spot on the internet and she's doing it her way. What remains consistent is the quality of her posts. Beautiful bright photos featuring colourful and interesting outfits. She's a big fan of pattern and always styles them up perfectly. Having read this blog back when I first started reading blogs it's definitely one blog I will always come back to.

You can find Jazmine on Instagram and Twitter for more colourful content.


Kimberley is crushin' on... Clothes, Camera and Coffee

This is a new find, and wow! Rosalind's shoots are edgy, with a dreamy editorial vibe and great styling. It was quite a surprise to me that Rosalind has been blogging since 2009, when she was still in school, but (similar to Helen's find) I like that she still isn't just churning out content; she puts together just one or two posts a month with intent. The blog isn't lacking in writing either, with a lengthy think-piece for each. I particularly like her ode to hats. You can also find Rosalind on Twitter and Instagram.

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