Trollin’

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Moomintroll Tee: Uniqlo

Skirt: Modcloth

Cardigan: Gorman

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Getting PLENTY of wear out of this mustard yellow skirt, and honestly I’m a heartbeat away from buying it in half a dozen other colours. The mustard yellow plays well with so much in my wardrobe, and the style dresses up and down easily.

I’ve worn it today with a novelty t-shirt featuring the Snorkmaiden from the fabulous Swedish kids book series “Moomintrolls”. Uniqlo does these regular collaborations with artists, brands, or designers – one of my favourite loose-fit tees was from a Uniqlo collaboration with Karen Walker last year – but I’ve learned that they come and go VERY QUICKLY, so you need to jump on them as soon as you see them in-store.

What with my love of kids books I was pretty chuffed to find Moomintroll clothing in adults sizes.  They’re clearly having a bit of a renaissance at the moment, and I’ve spotted the books and merchandise in some of my favourite independent bookstores (especially The Little Bookroom who seem to have been single-handedly championing their return for the past five years).

Like my long-gone Grug t-shirt the Snorkmaiden is a sneaky little nod to Those In The Know who grew up with the quirky inhabitants of the Moominvalley.

Did you ever read the Moomin series?

Cutie-Cat

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 Top: Country Road

Skirt: Asos

Khloe Ballet Pump: Comfortview via OneStopPlus

Necklace: Cat Rabbit

After the Great Famine of Horizontally Striped Shirts of the mid-noughties I seem to be incapable of not buying them when I see them in stores, and this ponte number from Country Road is a firm favourite. It’s the lovely, long, tapered sleeves that made it a winner when I tried it on a few weeks ago, and the lighter stripe makes it a good trans-seasonal number for spring.

Funny story about this outfit. I was waiting to use the bathroom in a shopping centre and two little girls – maybe 4 and 7 – were also waiting with their Mum. The younger gasped when she saw the hot pink shoes, and said “I like your shoes are you wearing tights?” and when I leant down to show her that, yes, I was wearing stockings my necklace swung and caught the old sister’s attention who grabbed it to take a closer look. Their poor mum was a bit mortified (“we don’t just GRAB strangers!”) but as far as I’m concerned it was officially a Very Successful Outfit.

The older sister dubbed my necklace “Katie The Cat”, so here she is in all her handmade, felted glory:

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Necklace: CatRabbit

I bought her when I visited the (wonderful) recent “Cat Market” with my equally crafty and cat-mad friend Fi from Fisha Designs. She’s been hand stitched and embroidered, with dainty little eyelids and a jangly bell around her neck that chimes when I move. And if you’re not a cat person (it’s OK, I won’t judge you) there’s an equally cute “LiBEARian” necklace on offer in Cat’s shop right now.