Thursday, 6 September 2018

Styled by Kimberley: Hello DODO

These photos are really making me nostalgic for the warmer weather. Fresher's Week is here, bringing with it a chill in the air, empty supermarket shelves and lurgy. Germs, germs, every where! And I've managed to catch it again. To be fair, I've been pushing my body a bit this last month, trying to press through a bout of fatigue. I moved house and the new one is spacious and bright but needs a bit of decorative work and new furniture to be how I want it. Ours is dwarfed in the huge tenement rooms. I was excited about my paint colour charts to begin with but, after looking at hundreds of rugs and buying ladders and fixing broken lights, the thought of actually stripping wallpaper and painting the cavernous walls is making me sniff dramatically. Add a whirlwind trip to Edinburgh for Fringe shows and some house-warming hosting around work and my body is kaput.

I'm dressing down for comfort at the moment but my casual looks are anything but boring. A t shirt is a t shirt but that doesn't mean the print can't be fun and a quick glance at HelloDODO instagram will show you how much joy you can get from colour and a good pun. Just look at the happy dinosaur face on my Hello DODO top! It is quite a nostalgic print, and the cut out features remind me of toddler toys and kids' billy bear cold meat that I ate way too much of in the nineties. I don't know if that's a good reminder for you but it certainly gives me the fuzzies. It's also a great way to remind people that I am quite nice, despite what my chronic bitch face might suggest.

A crop top might not seem the obvious choice when your health condition gives you a round, hard tummy but I've made my peace with the fact that I resemble a pregnant woman from lunch time onwards. This one is longer than most though, so it's great to wear with high-waisted trousers or shorts. (Or with colourful leggings to slob around the house, let's be honest.)

I tied the whole look together with a peach colour palette throughout but the easiest way to keep it fashun is by adding tassel earrings. I love 'em! These gorgeous peachy porcelain ones are from East Nook Studio, based in Fife.

T shirt | c/o Hello DODO
Jeans | New Look
Trainers | M&S
Earrings | East Nook Studio 
Glasses | c/o IOLLA

If ever a t shirt was going to cheer me up and get me out of my sick bed it's this one! Thanks Hello DODO!

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Styled by Helen: hello DODO

Scottish bloger wears a hello DODO tshirt featuring a bear with he words "grin and bear it" with checked trousers, pink boots and a denim jacket
Close up of hello DODO tshirt
Scottish fashion blogger Helen from Wardrobe Conversations in front of a painted wall

Summer seems to be disappearing before our eyes and I for one am sad to see it go. Yes the temperatures are still at the stage where a light jacket is all you need but there is definitely a change in the air and that change is autumn. Don't get me wrong, I love digging out the layers and boots but I don't feel quite ready to say goodbye to my summer wardrobe just yet - so I've decided I'm not going to. With just a few small adjustments I'm planning to get the most out of my favourite pieces, even if one of those favourite pieces is a crop top.

I really enjoy the fun print on this hello DODO crop top. It's typical of their pun-tastic designs, plus the little mad bear face is super cute. This printmaking duo make super colourful cards, pins, patches, prints and clothing, all designed to make folk smile. It certainly works for me and I'd like continue to smile as the seasons change but the length of this tee makes it a little trickier to wear on colder days. That's where these Zara trousers come in. They're high waisted to the max and I love it!  Even with a crop on top there's not much chance of my midriff being exposed in these bad boys. As you can see, the wind was blowing while we were taking these photos but I wasn't feeling even a hint of a draft. With the addition of boots and my trusty denim jacket I was more than ready for a changeable day.

Tshirt | c/o hello DODO
Trousers | Zara
Boots | Topshop
Jacket | Charity Shop
Headscarf | Claire Corstorphine
Earrings | c/o Julia de Klerk (take a look at Kim's post for a special discount code)
Glasses | c/o Iolla

Other wardrobe adjustments that allow me to wear my summer pieces into the cooler months include:
  • Tights - Tights are my best friend and not just because wearing dark coloured ones means I can get away with not shaving my legs. Continuing to up the denier means I can continue to wear my summer dresses all year round.
  • Shirts - They go under anything (including, but not limited to, strappy dresses, tshirts, sweaters, jumpers). Not only do they allow me to add warmth, they also provide an opportunity to add an extra pattern or colour into the outfit mix.
  • Silk scarves - Even the flimsiest of silk scarves adds warmth so I just pile them on top of what I'm wearing in case I need to wrap up a bit.
  • A Mary Poppins bag - Umbrella - check, cardigan - check, extra socks - check. A bigger bag means I can carry around more layers and be prepared for whatever the weather throws at me. 

Even if the weather takes a turn for the worse and I regret my crop top decisions it's ok, I'll just grin and bear it!