Sunday, 15 October 2017

A Week in the Wardrobe

An outfit post with a difference today - I thought it might be fun to give you an idea of what I wear in a typical week.  In general, I don't photograph much of my workwear or fitness gear, so this post gives you a peek into those parts of my wardrobe.  There are a few off-duty dressy looks too.  These photos weren't all taken in the same week, but over a couple of weeks.

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work I go!  The early autumn season can be tricky to navigate when the temperatures haven't dropped much (as I'm writing this it's 18 degrees celsius outside, which was warmer than most days in our supposed summer!).  Being keen to start wearing autumnal things, I adopted a compromise of a more autumnal velvet jacket (seen before here) over a summery gingham dress (seen here).  I really loved wearing this combination.

monday montage @porcelinasworld
Next velvet jacket (thrifted), Lindybop dress, Clarks shoes, Cambridge Satchel

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Pink Autumn

The day I wore this outfit, I had an urge to dress in pink.  I don't often use colours as a starting point when I get dressed, it's usually based on a mood, or driven by some practical need such as staying warm.  But when you get the urge, it's best to indulge it!  The outfit ended up being an era mash-up, which feels more 'me' lately.

I started by pulling out a vintage dress by Scottish designer Marion Donaldson.  I have another dress by the designer - bought from the same town, different charity shop, on the same day.  This one is a 1980s cotton shirt dress, in pink and grey, with a self-fabric belt.  Marion Donaldson used a lot of Liberty print in her garments.  This dress doesn't have the Liberty label inside, but I'm convinced it's a Liberty print.  Have a look at the close-up below and see if you agree.

The dress had a dodgy alteration that I had to correct - someone had taken out one dart in the front, meaning that it was lopsided, so I had to put it back in.  I've since discovered that there's one dart missing from the back also, but I'm lazy and intend to leave that one as a feature!  The hem has also been folded up a tad, so on a wintry night I may sit in front of the fire and unpick it.  I can't complain too much though, it was only £4.99.

Pink Autumn @porcelinasworld

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

September purchases

I was about to publish this post when I suddenly remembered another item that I'd bought in September.  A quick hunt through September's photos revealed that I'd actually missed half a dozen items off my purchases list, whoops!  So this is a re-edited version, with more things added.

I still feel a bit guilty for racking up the purchases, despite the majority being charity shop bargains.  I rationalise that it's ethical, it's contributing to charity, and it's affordable.  Perhaps it's a subconscious thing.  Years ago I dreamed of living in a minimalist house - something like on the Grand Designs TV programme.  I imagined one of those wardrobes where each garment hangs freely and neatly in ascending length, creating a pleasing sense of order, rather than being rammed up against a hundred competing items in no logical pattern or colour or print.  Now, I love having so much choice, so much colour.  The possiblities!  I have to accept that unless I am on a short trip somewhere and forced to live out of a very small suitcase, I will never have a minimalist wardrobe.  I'm embracing maximalism instead!  So, here are the totally unnecessary purchases I made in September...

I wanted a special souvenir of our trip to Nerja this year, being our 10 year anniversary, and I ended up with this beautiful handmade necklace by Anuka, a jewellery designer from Madrid.  Not the best photo, but it will feature very soon in an outfit post so you can have a closer look then.

thrifty bargains @porcelinasworld

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