Skirt (remixed): Asos – Similar here
Cardigan: Paper Scissors – Similar here
Shoes: Chie Mihara
My guy and I spent the past four days soaking up the sunshine in (still frankly very chilly) Perth, and arrived back on Melbourne’s coldest day for two years. It’s been a fairly brisk winter, all things considered, and I’m feeling pretty good about past-me’s decision to buy present-me a new winter jacket that’s made of wool, has a hood, and zips up the front (I got this one. It’s magnificent).
I’ve taken some shifts in a lovely local independent bookshop, helping to manage their children’s section while I get back on my feet. It’s actually been really nice to find myself back in bookselling after all these years: comfortable, like coming home. I’ve re-introduced a bit of colour and whimsy into my wardrobe again now that I’m not in an office environment doing business-y things and being a professional boss-lady.
For a while now I’ve been looking for another mustard skirt made of a better quality fabric that my much-loved Breathtaking Tiger Lilies skirt. This one popped up in Asos’ “premium” range but sold out while I was still vacillating over the purchase. Fortunately a lovely reader let me know on Twitter that she’d spotted it in a 16, so I snapped it up thinking I might be able to do something with the fabric if it didn’t fit.
It didn’t of course. Not even close, really, but it was an easy fix to unpick the waistband and loosen the pleats enough to widen it for my girth, and the result’s a winter-take on my favourite skirt. It also looks great with grey tights (I’ve been wearing these, from Sonsee, pretty much around the clock).
Skirt: DIY from THIS fabric
I’ve been eying up this glamorous gold-foil printed fabric ever since I stumbled across it on one of my Etsy-seach rabbit-holes (search term: “Confetti”). I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with it, so in the end I bought two full yards with the thought that it would probably be enough for me to decide at a later date.
When it arrived the scattered dots were a lot smaller than I’d envisaged, and weren’t as randomly placed. It wasn’t going to suit a dress or a circle skirt where the repeating pattern would be dramatically obvious, so I decided just to whip up one of my easy DIY’d pleated skirts.
The fabric’s a breezy cotton which I think is going to be lovely to wear in the summer, and I think the skirt will look ace with the strappy singlet that I bought last year from City Chic. The gold dots are foiled with a matte metallic finish, and they have a pretty sheen in real life.
The skirt’s fairly basic, and I think I’ll probably end up hemming it a bit shorter come the warmer months – it’s not a total success at the midi-length.
I am liking it teamed with black and gold tee that I got from Yesstyle – there’s something really decadent about pattern matching with metallics, don’t you think?
The ensemble beautifully suits the pendant necklace that I bought from Evans at the same time as I bought the cowl neck dress that I reviewed last week (because I had to rationalise that International shipping, dontchaknow?)
It’s on sale right now for a meagre three pounds, and I don’t mind telling you I’ve been wearing the beejeezus out of it since it arrived.