Friday, 29 April 2011

Style rookie

What better form of procrastination on a rainy day can be found that style blogs? I've found a few interesting new reads lately, and they have provoked more pleasant thoughts when my tired brain can no longer contemplate the side effects of anti-tuberculous medications.

There is currently a huge difference between my ideal aesthetic and my actual appearance and environment. In part, this is caused by student finances - I clothes shop very rarely and as dictated by necessity, and then only in charity shops - and partly due to my (sometimes subconscious) discomfort with my appearance - being both a shorty and on the rounder side makes finding items that fit well challenging.

I've been reading a lot lately about the idea of "building the perfect wardrobe" and following the principle of quality over quantity - having only well-made, quality things that fit perfectly, all go together and you love, rather than piles on piles of Primark's finest. I like this idea - tons of stuff around just stresses me out and I hate pulling out a work skirt and realising the only shirt that goes with it is in the wash. I would describe my current style as a bit rock'n'roll, a bit boho, but I'm also a big fan of really clean, classic, neutral basics that can go with anything and to any occasion. Here's what I hope my wardrobe looks like in the coming months:

I've been after a white shirt that fits me properly for years (without me having to sew up the gape in the chest) and found Bravissimo, which sells shirts in various sizes for bigger busts. This chino skirt from FatFace would be great for work and weekends (it has POCKETS!) and I'd like the black one too. Both are on the shopping list, along with a comfy pair of work shoes that are good enough quality to last more than a few months of running around the wards. I got these boots from Duo for Christmas - they sell boots in various calf sizes meaning I have knee boots that fit for the first time in my life - the leather on them is just lovely. And my current bag (for years now) is a khaki satchel - a lot more beat up than this one I found online, but also a lot more personal :)

Of course a girl needs a wishlist as well as a shopping list! Here are my dreams in sartorial form :) Not likely to happen, but it's fun to imagine!

Alice by Temperley leather jacket, Mulberry Bayswater, Ash ankle boots, Balenciaga Day bag.

How would you describe your style? What's currently on your wishlist?

Friday, 8 April 2011

Radio silence

So, it turns out I'm not so great at keeping up with this blogging thing. (Even though I put it on my to-do list every week.) I'm breaking the radio silence first so say a massive THANK YOU to Katie over at What Katie Found. Through the pay-it-forward handmade items meme she sent me this adorable cross-stitch badge! She has her own shop called Kakes Makes, you should definitely check it out :)

So why haven't I been writing? A combination of two factors. First (and arguably most important) I have my university finals in four weeks…. given that they can theoretically test us on anything we've done in the last five years this has been making for quite a hefty revision load!

When not stuck in the books I thought it was about time to get fit and active! NOT something I'm used to I can tell you. But I found the perfect activity for me… roller derby! I've been skating with the local newbie training program for the last 9 weeks and I've never had so much fun with sports in my life!