November Outfits Round Up

YOU GUYS, CHRISTMAS IS COMING! I’m aware not everyone celebrates that holiday, nor even that everyone even likes it, but I start thinking about Christmas in about mid October, at the latest, and I only have 3 gifts left to buy, so I’m already feeling pretty tingly with the festive spirit. As such, it’s taken a real effort of restraint not to start incorporating that feeling into my outfits this month, but I managed to resist and instead focused on the fact that it still feels a lot like the height of autumn thanks to the autumn leaves that are still holding strong out there–isn’t the autumn colour normally done by now?? It feels so weird to still have plenty of trees left to change their leaves, let alone lose them.

Still, for now I’ll try to keep my humming of Christmas songs quiet enough that most people can’t hear them, while I mentally begin to plan all my December outfits for maximum festivity!

Vivianne-Lou dress by Miss Candyfloss, black Lola Von Rose bag, old New Look booties

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Never Without a Book [Vendula London]

It’s often considered the mark of a book lover that they can’t leave home without a book. That’s something that is remarkably easy to do these days given even our phones can house a digital library of hundreds, even thousands, of audiobooks and eBooks for us when we’re on the move. Personally I’m perfectly happy to forsake the beloved paper and ink format of a real book when I’m out and about because instead I can rest content in the knowledge that when I finish one book I have the choice of hundreds of others to hand on my phone instead of one single choice stashed hurriedly in my bag from earlier.

I do kind of miss how nice it is to have an actual book to hold, but thanks to this Vendula book bag, I can take that ‘can’t leave the house without a book’ feeling less literally and more fashionably.

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Soft Leopard, Black Dress [Miss Candyfloss]

I’ve never been one for wearing a lot of black, but over the last six months or so I’ve found myself becoming increasingly more drawn to wearing black clothing. Even now, the idea of a solid black dress doesn’t really interest me, not unless it’s a wiggle dress, as the sexy screen siren feel of that silhouette overpowers my desire for there to be an aspect of true interest punctuating the black.

With swing dresses, though, I need there to be an element of interest to break up the expanse of black to keep my interest, a layering of different or unusual textures, a contrasting fabric panel or trim. This Vivianne-Lou dress from Miss Candyfloss delivers on that specification with glamorous exactitude, the simple and generally modest cut of the plain black dress elevated by the velvet-touch leopard print in the collar and matching belt, adding a sexy and exotic feel.

Vivianne-Lou dress by Miss Candyfloss

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Mara, Ruby Red [Lulu Hun]

Here’s the thing about London Edge: there’s so many pretty things everywhere that the volume of them is almost numbing and you begin to act a bit like a greedy toddler hopped up on sugar in a vast toy store, leafing through the racks and mumbling ‘want, want, want’ about practically all the lovely things, far more than you could ever conceivably buy.

It can take some serious self-restraint and concentration to organise your photo taking and mental cataloging throughout the day in order to best use the event as a way to plan out your purchases for the upcoming season being previewed. Sometimes I end up mentally dog-earring items I change my mind about later once they actually come into stock, when the druggish enthusiasm of the day has worn off. Considering that, my favourite part of the whole experience comes in the moments when a piece is so gorgeous that it will literally make me pause, my whole body stilling while my mouth gapes. When I’m there with friends I turn with wide eyes to look at them, wordlessly holding out the dress or skirt or bag, and said friends, often Giselle, will say ‘Oh you need that. That is so you.’ I feel validated and gratified. It IS so me, yes, thank you for acknowledging that; I must have it.

Just such a scene happened as I rounded a set of shelves at the Collectif booth in September and clapped eyes on the Lulu Hun Mara heels, this time pointing them out, mouth wide, in glee to Collectif’s own designer Julia. I feel that same glee here today to be able to finally get these sweet, classic little ruby cuties on my feet.

Lulu Hun Collectif Mara block heels wine

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Some Winter Sugar [Doll Me Up]

You guyyyys, Autumn is here! I know that, really, it’s been here for a couple months already and that next month actually marks the start of winter, but I swear the leaves have taken longer to turn this year than they usually do, so as often as I’ve been squealing and crooning in delight about it being fall, it’s only now truly starting to feel it through and through. And I am, as I’m sure you’re sensing, pretty freakin’ psyched about it!

I love that Autumn style means plaids and tartans, rich tones and moody colours, flannels and velvets. The gold leaves and our warm houses aren’t the only part of the season that feels lush with such snuggly style options abound, and this outfit from Doll Me Up I’m sharing with you today definitely feels like it fits in with the season perfectly.

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Golden Leaves [Lady V London]

They say everyone has one base neutral colour they most utilise in their wardrobe, either black, navy or brown, and I’ve always been someone that is drawn in equal parts to navy and black, with no gravitational pull towards brown at all. This autumn, though, I’ve begun to notice that I’ve finally begun to appreciate brown and all it has to offer in complimenting the shades of fall especially. With this Lady V London dress that feeling became fully solidified, because look at this precious example of a golden fall evening personified!

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My Fair Lady [Dancing Days/Banned]

Another day, another plaid beauty to add to my closet, because I am beyond help. Although, actually, this time I can’t even be blamed for my obsessive collecting of all tartan and plaid pinup pieces because Dancing Days picked out this outfit for me. That’s right, this time my friends can’t even roll their eyes or laugh at me in bemused exasperation, because I was 100% faultlessly enabled in adding yet more plaid to my wardrobe. Thanks Dancing Days for giving me the perfect excuse, in the form of a wonderful dress. Let’s take a gleeful, guilt-free look at it!

Dancing Days Banned Eliza teal dress Candice hat fascinator, Let the Good Times Roll booties black burgundy

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Sheer Glamour [Deadly is the Female]

You know when you really like a thing but you aren’t really aware you especially like that thing until someone points it out to you? Like, you’ve been collecting clothing of a similar style without even realising they’re similar? Yeah, that’s me and black mesh overlay items of clothing, or so I only realised when I sent a picture of this dress to my friend Hope and she said that as soon as she saw it she thought of me. Because apparently I like dresses or accessories with black mesh overlays, which I did not even fully realise until she listed the clothing I had that fell in that category, all of which I had forgotten about.

So, as it turns out I love a sheer black design detail in my vintage inspired clothing, and I also love capelets, so this dress and cape set were, really, basically destined to mine. Still, I held off purchasing it for quite a while because I kept trying to tell myself I need to be an adult. But then, as has happened in the past, I realised Deadly is the Female were stocking this piece, so my resolve dissolved somewhat once the 6000 miles of a Unique Vintage order evaporated as a sensible hurdle. Eh, who needs savings anyway, right? Sure, houses keep you safe and warm and dry, but do they make you look super fabulous for cocktail evenings and dinner party? No, no they do not. The dress won. Meet Luna.

Unique Vintage Black Luna dress capelet cape set Deadly is the Female plus size

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October Outfits Round Up

October was kind of a quiet month, I feel like my friends spent a lot of it being sick or busy so it both dragged and rushed by with the decrease of usual socialising. But the leaves are turning and it’s getting a bit crisp out without being too cold yet, so I’m loving the true arrival of Autumn. Plus, judge me if you must, but I’m already starting to feel festive! So bring it on, November, I’m ready to celebrate the birthdays of some of my favourites and then begin my Christmas gift shopping!

Sabrina top from Deadly is the Female, Jasmine Evergreen check skirt by Collectif, vintage brooch, old everything5pounds.com heels

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