Hoorah, after so many broken cameras that I can't keep up, I finally bought a new digital camera yesterday, specifically to take to Japan. The touch screen Canon Ixus 310. I don't have a great deal to photograph, so I took to trying on new clothes this afternoon, in an effort to figure out which would come with me on hols. We leave the day after tomorrow, and I have been avoiding all effort to prepare myself. Happily unemployed, I've been supremely lazy... I'm almost ashamed of myself, if I wasn't so damn cosy!.
Here's my new Winter Kate kimono jacket. I love love love the pattern, but the jacket itself is a tricky one to wear. ONLY because due to puffing up a bit, I'm avoiding skinny jeans like the plague! Also, short dresses arn't doing me any favours- and this aint one to wear with a maxi!
I have hads my eye a Fleur Wood dress for the last couple of weeks. It appeared on Facebook in my feed, and took over my brain. Despite not being the most flattering shape, it so engrained itself, I had no choice but to buy it the second it hit stores yesterday.
Diving wrapping paper... I love love love this rainbow- so nostalgic of an oversized gauzey hair ribbon I had as a child. This dress, and in particular the fabric, feel identical to a million dresses that have been through my wardrobe over the years. Did my mum wear a (no doubt more stylish) dress like this in the 70s? It comes with a olive rope belt, which due to my hippy shape, looks terrible. I'll stick with 'maternity chic' oversize. Worn with my new Country Road jacket, that I picked up this week ....and an inexplicably stern expression!
And then... today the Anna & Boy Carnation dress arrived that I've wanted for so long. I love it- so glam, so poolside, such stunning fabric. The silk crepe de chine is beauuu-ti-ful. I'm scared I look a bit OTT Kookie Look at me... Ill pull it on when I think I look alright. ...plus, it will need to be a hot day! It looks to me as though this dress will make an AMAZING long kimono jacket. I'm sure I've seen similar in Winter Kate styles.
I gave it a whirl with this Zimmermann dress... wrong wrong wrong. I look like I'm in a cult or running a retreat teaching sex therapy sessions! Better find a more suitable under-outfit! ie, not a floral maxi!
And a hanky hem Zimmermann smock dress... Oh julia, get yerself a new look! hehe. At least the colours are a new look! And the gingham check.. i think it takes a moment or two for people to process. My nana was beyond confused. I justified it to her by saying, "Nana, it's very fashion, it's from David Jones"to which she "ooh'd"!
And then - this week's shoes!
A pair of Gorman clogs I picked up at the sale store. I love the colour, although they're not especially comfortable. Sambag studded ballet flats in navy... quite possibly the most comfortable slipper-like shoes i have ever ever ever put on my feet. They are like pillows! (I hope I am still saying this after traipsing around Japan!) Boy oh boy oh boy- How pale can ya get!? My legs havn't seen sun in months and months... they are genuinely blue hued!
And here's a mistake and a half.. I wanted some day to day boots, walked into Santini, and bought these. Why? They are damn uncomfortable to boot, made from a cheap looking leather (without being "Cheap") and I rejected the same style in zebra- it just doesn't make sense. In fact I can barely walk in them after a day of having them on in the city. Epic, shoe, FAIL.
This week I've made a couple... just now I bought this Anna & Boy long Carnation dress online... because I desperately need some fresh new clothes! Unfortunately they only provide one photo (so I'm counting on the idea that there is buttons to conceal some of that extreme slit!). I'm planning to wear it in Tokyo, but am I wacko with this idea? Will this dress be Japan- esque? Anyways, hopefully delivery is hasty so I can count it in or out of my luggage asap.
In other news I did a Topshop order this week, which included a pair of amazing black ankle boots with bright gold heels. They arrived, and despite my strained siatic nerve (i think I may have pinched something in my spine, which in turn is making movement a true pain in all respects- who knew a buttock could cause so much pain!?) I had them on my feet in a matter of seconds. And yep, they were as cool as I'd hoped... but they are MAN SIZED! I already have a big enough foot as it is, and these would have been another 3 sizes on top of that. Comically huge! In fact LP's described them as "man sized" .. damnit. Now sold out. Back to the UK they go..
Itching for this collection to appear in-store. Here's all the magical new Sass and Bide I'm lusting after.. it's the first Sass and Bide colour palette (since Rainbows for Kate, which was well and truly up my alley at the time) that screams ME. Love a bit of colour.
Pinks, reds, melons, oranges... yes please!!
This skirt, amazing. Or go the jacket?
worn with those suedey rustey skinny jeans & platforms *Love* And this jacket, can't wait to try it on!
The second I lose 10 keg I am all over these jeans...
For some reason I was thinking last night about how awesome it would be to have my cats in two places at once. Because LPs is allergic, and because we don't have the right setup, the cats stayed with my mum when I moved out. So I came up with a simple solution- make cuddly cat cushions so they can be with me all the time.
I made Tinkerbelle's last night. I am pretty happy with the result.
Today she spent some time in the garden doing what she does best.
For example, sitting in the tree looking vacant..
Or, sitting in the garden, looking vacant..
Gizmo is a much more masculine, lion-like cat that OOZES personality (yes, it's pretty weird personality, but he's oozing it nonetheless!) Today is a wintery Sunday so I started on his cushion wuite happpily whilst watching Short Circuit with Lps.
It's been an agonising hunt for Ankle boots that I LOVE.
Earlier this year, I picked up a pair of grey suede booties from Country Road which became my uniform for the last few months. So unlike me not to diversify, and get some newbies along the way, but given the renovation theme I've been in for the last three months, it was impossible to upgrade, due to the potential for ruin.
It became a relationship of hate with these boots- suede stretched up to two sizes (I was wearing three pairs of LP's sports socks to work, hot) I swore that the second I finished on the Block I would throw these godforsaken boots out in the bin where they belong, but it's not so easy. I was a rolled footstep away from a sprained ankle! Unable to find a suitable replacement (like, wha) I have been stuck with them for the last couple of weeks out of work.
On Friday I decided that enough was enough and made a split second purchase. I had been coveting the Acne Pistols for a year (well, admittedly last year it was in their knee high guise).
I went with denim leather, as black was sold out.
So delighted with myself and giddy with excitement, things changed when I arrived home to give them a test spin around the house. Holy guacamole. I don't know what Acne managed to do to these shoes - the rock hard leather, the slightly strange moulded shape.... but DAMNIT, are they uncomfortable! After about twenty minutes they felt torturous, the bones in my feet felt like they had crunched into pieces, and my poor toes! The woman at Miss Louise admitted that she found them very uncomfortable at first, but they got better after a couple of weeks.
um, a couple of weeks!?!
I'm so saddened... do I persevere, or ebay whilst they still have a newness to them? A Tough decision ahead.