Good, not Great

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouCardigan: Gorman

Blouse: Laura Ashley

Skirt: Asos

Tights: BigW

Shoes: Wittner

Sometimes I feel a bit like my life is one of those circus shows when there’s a performer spinning plates on top of sticks, and he’s always trying to keep them all spinning so none of them fall down.

In most of my adult life I’ve always felt like one of those plates was wobbling just a little bit. The home plate, or the work plate, or the family plate, or the love plate. For a while at the start of this year I had them all spinning merrily: great home, healthy sister, lovely boyfriend, and a challenging job that I adored. Sadly last week I developed another wobble.

After twenty years in the book trade, and close to four in my current job I was informed that the company was “tightening their belts”, and they’d discovered a way to make my role in the company redundant.

It’s a horrible feeling, being made redundant. Like being dumped, but with more financial impact. It’s never happened to me before, though I know it’s fairly common in the publishing trade, and it’s come as a huge shock.

I’m madly updating my CV (I was headhunted to this role, so it’s looking pretty out of date) and trying to apply for positions both in out of the book trade. (If you need a fashion conscious, social-media savvy, salesperson in your company, you know where to find me!)

In completely unrelated news (ha!) I’m doing a really big sale on eBay, and if you’d like to take a look the link is here: So far I’ve only got my frocks up – it’s a pretty big job – so I’ll keep you posted on Twitter and Facebook when everything is loaded in the next day or so.

Two-Ways Tuesday: Little Tienda

Frocks and Frou FrouI bought this summery little smock dress in the height of summer, thinking it would be a nice breezy number to wear on reeeeaaallllllly hot days. It’s the calico version of Little Tienda’s “Las Flores” midi dress and it’s a really lovely piece. At $139 there are cheaper Mexican-style frocks on the market, but speaking from personal experience they don’t come close to Little Tienda in terms of quality and workmanship.

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: Little Tienda

Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens via Modcloth

The calico fabric provides a nice natural base for the gorgeous embroidery to stand out against. It’s not as harsh as pure white, and the fabric has a kind of heavy softness to it. The flower motif really glows, it’s impeccably sewn, and hasn’t buckled the fabric the way I’ve found cheaper Mexican dresses do.

I’m wearing the XL, which fits with room to spare though I trimmed a few inches off the hem. I wasn’t sure about the sleeves when it first arrived, so I ended up bringing them in a little with a tucked pleat – it’s helped limit the amount of volume around my bust-line and streamline the silhouette a little.

In summer I wear it bare-legged with clogs or sandals, and minimum jewellery, since the gorgeous embroidery really adds everything you need in terms of frou frou.

But of course, it’s not summer right now…

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: As above

Cardigan: Paper Scissors

Tights: Hue

Shoes: Miz Mooz

 I was surprised by how well this dress worked as a cooler weather frock, when combined with tights and a cardigan.

I’m wearing olive coloured tights that  pick up the green in the embroidery, but aren’t too dark against the pale fabric of the dress. The deep red cardigan is the perfect hue to match with the flowers, and I added a brown belt – worn high – to give a some shape to the layers.

Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou FrouEarrings: Primal Originals

I kept the accessories minimal again – this isn’t the kind of frock that needs a necklace or statement earrings – but I couldn’t resist teaming them with the mother of pearl hoops that I’d bought from Etsy last year. They add the perfect finishing touch to a polished hippie-chic outfit that reminds me of summer on a grey day.