I know it probably won’t be lasting for long, but the end of this month has really felt suspiciously like…spring?? I know, I know, soon we’ll probably get spring showers and then it will feel much like winter all over again, but it’s been nice to see the sun shining and for it to be that little bit warmer. Like the beginning of the month though, I think I’ll continue wearing my plaids and moodier pieces until spring is here in earnest, because why waste a good excuse to rock tartan?
Leopard Troublemaker dress by Vixen by Micheline Pitt bought from Deadly is the Female
Black Obi belt by Collectif *
Black Joyce heels by Lindy Bop *
Golden Night bangles by Splendette
When it comes to handbags, I’m a mostly practical woman. As much as I adore sporting chic little box bags or impossibly small oddly shaped clutches for dinners out socialising, on a day-to-day basis I don’t want to have to edit down my payment cards, ID and assorted change into a tiny coin purse in order to be able to fit the necessities into a pretty bag that will elevate my outfit. Realistically, I’d much rather find a lovely bag that fits my actual, whole purse, because that is what adulthood requires. Thankfully, adulthood doesn’t also require that one’s sensible day bag be boring, because this little Ivy number certainly isn’t that.
Up until recent years I think it was pretty widely accepted that most people are one of two things: Valentine’s Day enthusiasts, or completely apathetic to the entire thing.
Now, though, there’s a third approach to Valentine’s Day, and I must say, it’s my favourite: Galentine’s Day! As a woman who doesn’t care about the day in a romantic sense but loves to use it as an excuse to get together with my best friend, wear something sexy and luxuriant while consuming a truly indulgent three course meal together, Galentine’s Day is definitely my thing.
Typically I wear all black, not as some sort of anti-romance protest against the idea that I should want to spend the day with a man, but more as the opposite. All black slinky outfits make me feel the most sexy and sassy, and what better way to feel when living it up with one of your most loved companions? Thanks to Joanie Clothing, this year I’ve dreamt up another All Black Ensemble that ticks all my Galentine’s boxes, and would even work for those of you who do want to spend it with your Significant Other.
When it comes to prints, there’s not many that work year round. Anything nautical suits only good weather, which here in England certainly means it’s meant for only spring and summer, at best. Tropical florals work the same way, feeling odd in the cold, darker parts of the year. Tartan and checks suit cold months best, while pretty pastel florals will always look best in spring. But a rose print? Oh a rose print can work all year round. And this Antonia print by Hell Bunny is ready to represent.
People often complain about how long and difficult January is, but I mostly just enjoyed slowly plodding my way through the sweets from my Christmas stocking and making the most of the downtime before the SS19 releases begin. It’s been really nice to have the time to balance relaxation and productivity that isn’t blog-centric, so I’ve enjoyed January on the whole.
Update: The UK government has recently updated their rules concerning the transparency of gifted items/paid for promotions for social media influencers. I don’t accept paid promotions/ads, but I do accept gifted items in exchange for providing honest blog review features. In the interest of extending that new added transparency to this blog as well, I’ll be marking any previously gifted items within these outfit round ups as such. I’ve changed the format of the outfit breakdowns in an attempt to make such details and disclaimers easy for you to read.
We’re definitely in that dreary, awkward time of year–Christmas is over but winter has barely begun in earnest, so it feels a lot like there’s not much to look forward to except cold. Eventually, thank goodness, Pancake Day will give us something to be excited about, but in the meantime it’s not uncommon that at this point in January I can often feel uninspired by the notion of creating an outfit suitable for winter.
With this new Lady V dress, however, deciding on a styling was easy. I looked over the fairytale-reminiscent, wintery print, glanced out my window at the chilly, rainy sky outside, and decided in a second–faux leather, and a lot of it. Red roses might remind you of Belle or Aurora, but this queen is happy to take on the cold without a beast or a prince, just a pair of warm boots and some sass.
There’s almost no opening pre-amble I can give for this coat, because it is practically too perfect for words. A winter coat that combines my love of faux fur trims, elegant but detachable capes, and genuine winter practicality of providing warmth, having pockets and being able to fit over my full-skirted swing dresses? HELL BUNNY YOU HAVE SLAIN ME.
Happy 2019! Well, almost. I’m not really a New Year’s Eve believer so I’ll be enjoying a quiet evening at home tonight watching movies and going to bed at a reasonable time because even TV fireworks don’t sound exciting to me. If you’re going out tonight please be careful and safe, and look out for your friends as well. Whether you’re a Christmas celebrator or not, I also hope you’ve had a lovely festive season with time spent with loved ones and maybe some chocolates and good crisps. I’ll see you here again on the blog next week, when we’ll be kicking off 2019 with a giveaway.
If I had to choose a favourite vintage brand, it would have to be Miss Candyfloss. Their Autumn/Winter lines especially floor me every year, always producing elegant, stylish, and seasonally-appropriate pieces no matter the theme of their inspiration for the season. This winter the inspiration for their new line was Dior’s iconic New Look, and their resulting releases have been just as extraordinary. So much so that each time I’ve managed to snag a piece it has almost always sold out within hours, let alone by the time the parcel containing my order arrives in my hands. As such, deciding whether to blog sold-out styles has been a conundrum I’ve repeatedly faced, not wanting to torture the ladies who missed out while also feeling these pieces are so beautiful they deserve a spotlight here on the blog.
This week, knowing once again that this latest dress of mine might have sold out by the time this review goes live, I decided it was too lovely a piece not to get its own photoshoot. Folks, let’s all marvel at the Ambre-Wine together.
You must know by now that I have a thing for velvet. With Christmas coming up fast, it’s the perfect time of year to get a bit plush and lush with some velvet on ya body, whether that’s as luxurious trim on a piece made from another fabric, a little glimpse of a velvet top layered under other items, or a full-on, can’t-be-denied, say-hello-to-my-velvet-dress!
The latter, especially, is my favourite kind to flaunt for some festive fun, and thanks to Collectif I’ve added a truly stunning velvet number to my collection with this Clara dress. But as if the festive perfection ends there; paired with these rose gold beauties from Hotter Shoes–could I be any more ready for Christmas? I think not. Praise be and pass me the candy canes!