These jeans. THESE JEANS! They were such a faff to get my hands on!
I left it a little late waiting for the M.i.h sale, so I bought them in the size up that I’d usually go for as that was all they had left. I’d never bought anything from them before, so I had no idea how their sizing worked; Surprise surprise, they didn’t fit. So, in the process of posting them back I found my size on a different website for the same price and bought them. Only issue was, as I was looking at how they fit other people online, I found them almost £50 cheaper on a little site called Bad Denim!
So I ended up buying 3 pairs to get it right, and I’m still waiting for one refund… BUT, it was totally worth it. I love them. They fit me perfectly, I don’t have to fold up the hem (which is unheard of, even for some “cropped” trousers), but I like how they look folded, too. They are pretty retro looking, but I feel like they have a slightly modern twist on the 70’s jean fit. Pops of colour with minimal everything else is my jam right now, so this burnt orange colour is a great addition to my currently very sparse wardrobe (and it matches my hair!).
Jeans: M.i.h | T shirt: H&M Conscious collection | Shoes: Birkenstocks
I’ve had a pretty major clear out of clothing, sold some on eBay, taken lots to charity and pretty much halved my already small wardrobe. I hadn’t worn some of my remaining vintage pieces in well over a year, so I figured if someone else can get some more wear out of them, then why not sell them/give them away! It feels really good to start over, and I can’t wait to see where my style is heading. It seems to have changed a lot over the past 6 months/year, but I’ve never had the money to buy what I really wanted and therefore actually show that it had changed (if that makes sense?). Now I’m earning a little more, I can feel less guilty about making some pricier (but more ethical and better quality) purchases every now and again and to be honest, it feels great!
Next on my list is a new bag that will comfortably fit my camera in it, and occasionally my iPad Pro (12.9″)… suggestions are more than welcome!
Have you ever had a complete wardrobe overhaul? I’d love to chat about it in the comments!
I turned 27 yesterday. I had been quietly freaking out about it for a little while now; feeling like I hadn’t “succeeded” in anything in particular, my blog and illustration work never taking off, getting closer to 30, feeling like maybe I’ve just not tried hard enough, work always getting the better of me. Just as it was all getting a bit much I read Brittany Bathgate’s most recent blog post about age and how people and society perceive it and honestly; it couldn’t have come at a better time! It gave me the little boost I needed.
I’ve always thought of myself as a “late bloomer” – still looking awkward, unsure about myself and teenager-ish well in to my twenties. In reality, it was just because I cared too much about what other people thought of me – it hindered my growth massively when it came to my blog, personal style and illustration work. I know these are all ultimately superficial things, but they were (and still are) my life, and it affected my self confidence hugely. I tried too hard to fit in with the people around me, but working from home for the last year and taking a step back, no matter how alienating it was at the time, has made me realise who I am a little more when it comes to these things. Okay, I’m still struggling with my illustration style, but that’s a story for another time!
What I’m trying to say is – no matter how old I am, I’m going to keep trying and doing the things I love to do. I don’t think there should be this specific magical age that people have to feel successful and fully themselves by. We all constantly change and grow and we all put too much pressure on ourselves, from younger and younger ages, to be in a particular place in our lives by a certain age.
This dress was a treat to myself for my birthday. It’s from Finery London and it’s my first piece of clothing in a long time that feels like it’s really made well. Finery has been on my radar since they launched in 2014, but I have never afforded myself to buy anything from them until now. What a mistake that was on my part! I can tell this dress is going to be regularly worn and in my wardrobe for a long time, and will still look good for years to come. They aren’t about fast fashion, and you can really tell. Their turnover isn’t as quick as other high street shops, which is great for my indecisive mind that likes to mull things over for ages before committing to anything. This piece is a classic kimono/wrapover in a beautiful linen and a perfect shade of blue that reminds me of my Phthalo Blue gouache . Obviously it looks a little longer on me than on the model on their site, but that’s always the case for me. The trials and tribulations of being short! If you are a small person like myself, I hope this gives you an idea of where it might finish on you!
*First ever video of me speaking to a camera alert* I am criiiiingiiiing about this, but it was super fun to film and edit, so I may make some more! PLEASE GO EASY ON ME. I was so afraid to hit publish. I don’t think a lot of people in my life will “get it” so I’m nervous of the possible feedback. And my voice is SO WEIRD…but I’m doing this for me, and for the possibilities to chat with like-minded people on the internet because I’m a hermit.
Harry and I have been Milo-sitting for a little while now, and it was the first warm sunny day we’ve had for ages, so we ended up walking around a country park near us for a couple of hours. I was sucking up the warmth from the sun like a lil lizard!
This jacket is from H&M, which wasn’t the plan for my gradual wardrobe overhaul… but I had seen it a month ago and had thought about it every day since. It’s just one of those things that I know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of, so I thought I’d stop making myself feel guilty about it and buy the damn thing.
The amount of stripy tops in my wardrobe is obscene. This is the latest one, from & Other Stories. Which I have in a darker colour-way too, oops. I’ve been wearing a lot of dark colours lately, so decided to mix it up and wear two of the lightest coloured things I own – I didn’t feel like myself, but I kinda liked it. These jeans hardly ever make it out in public anymore, but they are such a good fit… maybe I should dye them darker?
I used my new pastel Promarker set from Winsor & Newton for this one. I’ve never used alcohol markers before, so it was really fun to see the colours lighten and even out as they dried – magic! Definitely got a taste for them now, they are really good for these quick outfit sketches… this might be bad for my bank account.
On a different note; I’m not ready for all of the blossom to leave for another year! Does anyone else feel a little sad when they start to die?
Only the top is available online now, although the jeans are the Farleigh jeans on Asos, similar here.
Okay I’m probably going to change the name of this series because I don’t like the word “duds”, but for now that was the catchiest thing I could come up with! I’m so bad at coming up with names for things…
Anyway; I have been meaning to draw my outfits and include them in blog posts for the looooongest time, I think it was one of my first ideas when I started this blog and I don’t really know whats stopped me doing it??? SO I’M DOING IT NOW!
These are my new favourite trousers. Surprisingly they’re from New Look!? I haven’t bought anything from there in years. I guess you just grow out of/ graduate from different brands as you get older, and never ever did I think I’d find anything I liked from there again. But low and behold! Grey checked trousers of my (affordable) dreams! They are super comfy, and super high waisted and super flattering for my shape. SUPERRR.
1.Black roll neck top – h&m, very old 2. Moon brooch – Judys Affordable Vintage Fair, Cambridge 3. Brown belt – Levis, similar 4. Grey tailored check trousers – Asos, New Look 5. Bottle green brogues – Clarks, similar
Do you find you avoid/don’t shop with certain brands anymore as you get older?
Finally! A pair of 1940s style jeans that arent over-styled and too-long legged! I haven’t enjoyed wearing skinny jeans for a looong time now but haven’t been able to find a pair of semi smart looser fitting ones, vintage or otherwise. Until I came across these on Asos. I’m not usually one for spur of the moment purchases, but these were bought within 5 minutes of seeing them.
Looking at these photos now, I guess I was kind of half inspired by the latest episode of Westworld – the high waisted loose fitting jeans, brown belt, striped shirt & neckerchief are pretty similar to what Dolores wore in episode 5…WHOOPS!
1. Shirt – Gap, old 2. Neckerchief – vintage, found in Brighton years ago 3. Jeans – ASOS 4. Belt – John Lewis, old
How has this skirt never made it on here? It was the first item of clothing that I bought when I moved to Cambridge, which was September 2012 (Wow.). So its officially 4 years old! I’ve worn it to death and its looking a little worse for wear now, but it’s just one of those things that I’ll wear until it falls apart (I can just see the belt buckles going soon!). I tend to wear it more in the autumn/winter because it looks better with a black turtle neck, woolly tights and boots, but I have a feeling it’s not going to last much longer, so I want to give it as much love as possible until then!
I’m also getting back in to film photography after a long while of only using digital, so my Canon AE-1 has been dusted off and is being carried around with me again. Problem is, I keep looking at fancy film cameras that I can’t afford now. No Meg, you’re not allowed! *slaps wrist*