Feathered

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Dress: Eliza Parker

Belt: Glassons

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Ugh. When will this wretched heatwave end?

I am not a hot-weather girl. I don’t enjoy being sweaty. I like my tights and my cardigans. There’s something about hot weather that always makes me feel more aware of my body, too. It’s not effortless, walking through heat, there’s a density to the air that I find oppressive.

I envy the girls who swan about in the heat in floaty spaghetti straps and carefree summer hair, all tanned legs and big sunglasses. It always makes me feel more aware of my heavier limbs, the necessity of bras and shorts under dresses, my feet swelling in the heat, and the slick of suncream and sweat that covers my skin.

Yuck.

When it gets REALLY hot I reach a point where I just don’t want anything against my skin. I just want to lie naked on my bedsheets and feel sorry for myself.

Unfortunately, real life doesn’t allow for that, so when I have to get dressed and face the world I usually try to find something that’s airy and cotton-cool, not too tight, but not a shapeless muumuu either.

This Eliza Parker dress has actually proven to be a bit of a lifesaver this summer. I think it’s shrunk a little in the wash… it certainly seems to be shorter than it was when I first got it, but it’s still one of the most comfortable things to wear when the mercury rises.

The cotton fabric has a bit of stretch, and is soft and breathable, the full skirt doesn’t cling to my legs, and conveniently hides a set of pockets, the half-length sleeves aren’t too tight, and mean that I don’t have to slather my shoulders with suncream. And it’s super versatile. I can wear it many different ways: with brightly coloured accessories for a party, elegantly with a string of pearls and heels for work, and today with the addition of a leather belt, and my feathered necklace for a bit of hipster chic.

DSCF0804_2Necklace: Foudre Blanche

 

Pollock

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 Blouse: Dorothy Perkins

Skirt: Eliza Parker (remixed)

Belt: DIY

Shoes: Marks & Spencer

I feel like I should apologise for how lax I’ve been with replying to comments for the last two posts! I’m really sorry – I love getting them, and I usually try and reply to everyone personally, but with the packing, and the selling, and the moving, and the back-at-working it’s one of the jobs that’s fallen by the wayside somewhat

Let me say thank you to everyone who takes the time to leave me a comment. Hopefully I can get a bit back to normal again soon, and it won’t be so one-sided.

This outfit looks a bit incomplete and unbalanced… I really needed a navy blue bead necklace to wear with the peter pan collared shirt, but ALAS the one that I strung around my neck suffered a critical failure and broke, sending beads helter skelter around the apartment as I was dashing out the door.

I left Suki knocking them under chairs and tables as I was running late, and didn’t collect them until the afternoon, which is why I’m sans necklace in todays outfit post.

Anyhoo, if I’m not looking entirely delighted with myself, it’s for that reason!

For what it’s worth I am still loving this skirt, and I’m so glad I made the decision to have it remixed from the original dress. The print on it reminds me a little of Jackson Pollock; his wonderful, exuberant, splashy paintings have a similar feel. It also reminds me a leeeeeetle of this dress, which I spotted in the Asos Curve range and decided I loved. It looks like it might have a petticoat attached (“layered skirt”. Means layers, right?) and the length’s quoted as being 37.5″ long, so it might be another case of the stock photo being crotch-flashingly short, while the hem of the real deal is actually much more friendly to the knee-shy. It’s happened before.

On that basis, I’m OH SO tempted to buy it, even though I have enough dresses to last a lifetime, and I’m moving in a matter of weeks. But guys! Wouldn’t it look great with a bright yellow cardigan? I have one of those… all I need is the dress!

I won’t try to bulldoze you all into trying to convince me to buy it (oh, go on then) so maybe someone else could buy it instead, then wear it with bright yellow accessories, and I could like vicariously? Yes?

Off topic, sorry. Meanwhile, did you see my belt? I made another ribbon bow belt just like the turquoise one, except this belt has a double bow.

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I’ve been toying with the idea of making them to order and selling them online in an attempt to supplement my pay check, since I’m trying VERY HARD to save up the money for a trip to New York some time in the Not Too Distant Future. I feel a bit squicky asking people to pay for my amateur fumblings at sewing, but I’m getting a bit more practiced at these belts now, and I’d probably pay money for them myself if I saw them at a craft market.

P1020770_2My earrings were a Christmas gift, and I LOVE them. They’re almost identical to a pair I gave the gifter last Christmas, and every time I saw her wearing them I wanted to snatch them from her earlobes and run down the street before she could catch me, so when she asked me what I wanted for Christmas I sheepishly admitted I wanted earring Just. Like. Hers. To my delight they suit me nearly as well as they suit her, and if they weren’t already in my earlobes I’d feel like performing a snatch-and-run on myself.