Time certainly runs away with you when you’re on a full time schedule. Not that I’m complaining mind because I kinda thrive with routine…I realise that makes me sound like a total bore but after being a touring actor for several years, sad as it is, routine is something I crave.
Typical timing though – I’m fighting off a stinking cold, which is making me feel like rubbish, hence the muted mood of these images. Boohoo, poor me. It’ll take more than that to stop me going to work though, or indeed blogging. I’m determined to get this blogging/work balance off to a good start, although I’m pushing it with this Wednesday post…..
My style at work is definitely more comfort based dressing than anything else. Obviously I like to put a little effort in and seeing as I’m surrounded by extremely well turned out Ladies (and Gents!), I feel it’s only fair that I should embrace my fashionable environment.
My current haircut has acted as a massive influence on what I’m wearing recently. Mostly I’m digging sixties silhouettes and shades – oh, and I am totally obsessing over tights. How people are still rocking about in bare legs is beyond me but more power to ya if you’re able to brave the cold and still look fabulous. Me? I’m one for wrapping up and staying warm, and with so much incredible leg wear available, keeping warm has never been so fun.
In fact, H&M provided me with so much stocking inspiration the other day, I snapped up a cream ‘woolly’ pair that I know is totally going to revolutionise my winter wardrobe. These super grey ribbed pair from M&S were a little freebie from fashion week and I’m pretty much in love them; comfortable, warm and versatile, bingo! Yep, I can safely say my stocking obsession shows no signs of stopping so expect quite a few more tights centered posts in the near future.
It really felt like the Bank Holiday marked the end of summer, didn’t it? Whilst I’m sure we have a few more sunny days ahead the temperature has definitely dropped and there is an autumnal feel in the air. During our late afternoon walk around the wonderful Maryon Wilson Park near our home it was hard to believe it’s still August. Oh, London.
The change in weather marked a shift in my wardrobe too – from vest tops and floaty skirts to lights knits and layers. Luckily, I love this time of year. As long as it’s not blowing a gale I’m happy to wander about for hours but being ever practical means that flats are an absolute requirement. You probably think I live in these brogues and you wouldn’t be far off. My only regret with these shoes is that I didn’t buy them in black too and now they’re sold out. Typical.
As for the rest of the outfit? Well, I’m not embarrassed to admit they (dress and waistcoat) are hand me downs. Recently, I seem to be spending most of my time ‘rescuing’ clothing that my Sister no longer wears or likes and giving it a new lease of life. Whilst I wouldn’t normally shop in Primark (the mountains of disposable fashion bothers me more here than in any other highstreet store), I was quite happy to take both these items and rework them to suit my style. I think my Sister wore this dress (top? it’s quite short….) with skinnies or leggings but I was happy to don it as a mini because I put a slip underneath, which just about concealed my dignity. Plus the knitted waistcoat is so long at the back you can’t really tell it’s a shorty.
The setting couldn’t have been more perfect. Atmospheric to the max. You’d almost think we’d matched my outfit to it but nope, we had no idea the park was going to be so dark and moody. Pure chance.
What draws me to certain blogs and not others? This is a question I ask myself often and for me the answer falls between aspiration and reality. Yes, I want to see posts that are refined and somewhat polished but I also want to glimpse the real person behind the cute outfits and impressive photos.
A similar question was posed on IFB recently – although I can’t find any trace of it to post a link for you (typical!) but it would seem that we all look for different things in blogs and there really is no right answer and no one way.
As far as my own blog goes, I try to keep a balance between my posts looking fairly clean and semi-professional, as well as honestly showing aspects of my real life. It’s not glossy so why portray it as such. With that said, I am very self critical and always looking for ways to improve my content, presentation and presence. It’s an ongoing labour of love.
Keeping it real then. We decided to take these shots on our way to do the weekly supermarket shop. It’s a disused office building and granted it’s not exactly what you’d call a striking piece of architecture but nether the less is a good example of a typical British ‘industrial estate’ offering. Our country is littered with buildings just like this so it makes sense to feature it. It’s real, it’s relevant and I kinda like it, in a weird nostalgic way – whatever way you look at it, ugly ass buildings are a part of the British landscape for better or worse.
As for the dress, well this is part of my ongoing ‘weekend challenge’ – trying to wear items in my wardrobe that rarely get a look in. This particular item has not seen the light of day for over a year – in fact the last time I wore it was when I was an extra in a German tv series (don’t ask!). These brogues are total lifesavers. From day one they have been sheer comfort in footwear form and I will most probably weep when they come to end – which will be very soon at this rate because I wear them way too often. The leopard print socks are a gift from my Sister – she’s well aware of my penchant for unusual hosiery and always buys really cute socks for me. The blazer and bag you’ve seen before but remember, this is real life and this is what I really wore to the supermarket. No extra special supermarkets outfits here. All me. All real.
Which blogs do you like and why? Do you feel inspired by certain bloggers or do they sometimes give you an inferiority complex? Aspirational, real, what’s your preference? Questions, questions! I’m curious though so let’s talk.