Scuba Doo

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Blouse: Princess Highway

Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Seychelles

I’ve been seeing different incarnation of this midi skirt pop-up on the blogs that I read for some months now. It looks like Asos knows that they’re onto a winner with it, and has released it in umpteen different colours, so I’ve seen it in blue and pink on LuAnne, in hot pink on Sian, in white, and red on Georgette.

It’s called the “Full Midi Skirt in Scuba with Pockets“, and I figured that since I was a fan of four out of five of those adjectives (full, midi, skirt, pockets) and totally unfamiliar with the fifth (scuba) maybe I should give it a whirl.

The skirt doesn’t fasten with a zipper – the scuba fabric is stretchy enough to allow it to pull on, and the reviews online recommended that you size down (I bought the 14, which fit my waist comfortably). I couldn’t go past the peach colour, which ended up being a more deeper coral hue than the blush I’d anticipated, but will probably be more versatile in the long run.

It turns out “scuba” is a very dense stretchy fabric…. like a scuba suit, unsurprisingly. It’s soft and vaguely rubbery to the touch, resists crushing, and stands out on its own so it’s well suited for full-skirted styles like this one. It’s not by any means a “natural” feeling fabric, but I’m a pretty tactile person and I wasn’t repulsed by the touch; it’s not crunchy or plastic feeling, just kind of… squeaky.

First the good: It fits well at the waist, and flares very satisfactorily at the hips. This is an ideal skirt for people with a high hip to waist ratio, and it’s also a good for faking an hourglass shape for those of us who are a little bit more up-and-down The pockets are deep and practical, but be aware that they do add a bit of extra volume because the fabric is so thick.

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I liked that the skirt didn’t have any zippers or fastenings, it’s a good length (even on 5’4″ me) and a really classic style for a very good price.

The only thing preventing me from giving this skirt a resounding two-thumbs-up review is that fact that, unexpectedly, scuba fabric pills like a BITCH. I’ve had this skirt for a couple of months now and I’ve discovered that on both hips where my bag bumps it has scuffed up rough patches that have become as pilly as a pair of fleece tracksuit pants. I had a bit of a go with my fabric comb, but that only seemed to exacerbate the problem, so I’m going to try and get one of those electric-razor-fabric-shaver type things and see if that helps.

It’s not a huge issue, and for the moment it’s not obvious enough to prevent me from wearing the skirt, but it’s annoying and means that I can’t wholeheartedly endorse the product without adding the disclaimer that unless you liked a friction-free life, you’d be unlikely to get much more than a few months worth of wear out of the skirt before it started looking tatty.

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Necklace: Kim Lyons Jewelry

Squirrelled Away

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 Dress: Sohomode

Tights: Big W

Shoes: Miz Mooz

Happy Easter, everyone. I hope you’re all enjoying your weekends, long or otherwise, and you’ve been able to spend it with those you love, and/or plenty of chocolate.

I’m three days into a four day weekend myself (yay!) but have unfortunately spent two of them incapacitated with a migraine (boo!). They’re usually brought on by stress, so instead of attending to my Great Big List of Things To Do I prescribed myself a few days of Lilli-time and spent a lovely day today catching up with friends for leisurely meals and a movie.

This year (I can’t believe we’re already knocking at May’s door) is passing at terrifying speed and it just occurred to me that I have a birthday coming up in less than a month. It’s hard not to feel apprehensive about it; the last few have been anticlimactic for various reasons, and this one will obviously be particularly poignant. I’m not anywhere close to where I thought I’d be at this time in my life. In fact I’m further away than I’ve ever been from achieving my personal life goals, and it’s hard not to feel frightened that they’ll remain out of my reach forever.

Still, if The Year of Sheer Awfulness taught me anything, it’s that a LOT can change in a few short months, and I’m still hopeful that the next path I choose to take will finally be the one that leads me towards the future that I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember.

Meanwhile, this year’s birthday couldn’t possibly be as bad as the last one, when (in keeping with the spirit of the year) I gave myself a spectacular black eye. I feel like I’m on solid ground for the first time in a long while. My sister is well, my family is strong. I have my incredible friends around me, a home that I love, and a job that I’m valued in. Plus I just got voted into the Kidspot Voices of 2014, so things are looking up.

And look! I’m showing my knees! Sort of. In tights. It still counts.

This cute little shift dress was a gift from the most wonderful Louise at Sohomode (whose generosity and warm welcomes were always a highlight of my visits to NYC). It’s a much more versatile and modern cut that her traditional 50′s-style tea-dresses, but still has all the elements that I love about her range: Carefully curated vintage cotton fabrics, beautiful finishing, and pockets (pockets!).

I love it with tights and boots in winter. It can be layered over skinny jeans or under a long cardigan for added warmth as the days turn cooler. In summer it’s light enough to wear with cropped leggings, or (if you’re less knee-shy than I) bare-legged.

She picked this one out especially for me, on account of the little squirrel mascot who sits on my hip.

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Around my neck I’m wearing a necklace that my mum and I spotted a few months ago when we were trawling through a craft market together. It caught my eye, and the jeweller promised me was the “key to my future happiness”.

Whilst I don’t believe that happiness can come from external forces, I’m happy to wear a symbol that reminds me that I alone can unlock it in my heart.

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