Life Gets in the Way

Top: DIY from Marilla Walker top

Skirt: City Chic

Shoes: Rockport

Oh God, I’m a terrible blogger and it’s been over a month since I last posted. I’m still here, and happy, and well, and wearing clothes (believe it or not) but I’m afraid life has a way of getting in the way.

It’s been a wonderful life though. The Mister and I have started looking at potential wedding venues, and we’re also madly saving up for a house deposit. Work is a joy – I haven’t felt so enriched and rewarded for years – and the team that I work with are divine.

I’ve been sewing, and baking, and reading, and writing, and catching up with friends, and doing jewellery-making courses, and basically everything but blogging. You’ll forgive me, right?

At least today’s outfit is current! This skirt is available right now from City Chic, but I basically had to wrestle another shopper for the size (I’m joking of course), so you might want to get in quickly. I’ve been looking for a permanent-pleat midi skirt for a while, and this one’s a delicious ox-blood colour that will go with a slew of my wardrobe; including the boxy Maya top that I made from a Marilla Walker pattern earlier last year. It also comes in black, and pleather, if maroon isn’t your thing.

Speaking of sewing, I’m hilariously delighted to tell you that I’ve actually sewn a stack of pussy hats that are now available to buy from Readings Bookshop.

We wear our feminist bias proudly at Readings – it’s hard to work with such a remarkable bunch of amazing and talented women and not feel a little bit in awe of them – and we put our money where our mouth is, so $1 from the sale of each of the hats will go to our Readings Foundation to help promote literacy programs, and further 10% from me to Women’s Community Centres. Readings ships worldwide, so if you’ve ever wanted a Lilli original (LOL), this one will keep your head warm AND support some good causes.

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Happy New Cheer

Top: Advocado

Skirt: Society Plus

Shoes: Rockport

Necklace: Totally Jewel

Happy New Year! Has it really been a month since I last posted? You’ll have to forgive me – the Mister and I went away over the Christmas holidays and I gave myself full permission just to loll about, and catch up on my reading, and recover from The Great Cold of 2016. Now, I’m back to work, and back into the swing of things!

Which isn’t to say that I spent the last month naked, and in fact – this outfit hit Instagram a couple of weeks ago… it’s just been a long time since I popped the lid on my laptop to write a blog post!

Last year, after being delighted by my first order at Society Plus (the Kate Midington skirt) a friend and I went in on an order together for a pair of Society Plus’ famous ‘Mermaiden’ sequin skirts. Both this friend and I sew (her much more professionally than I), but neither of us relished the thought of putting our machines through the process of sewing sequined fabric, and these just looked so glittery and gorgeous that I didn’t take much convincing to place an order.

As with last time, I followed the size chart to the letter – it meant that I was ordering a size larger than I had in the Kate Midington, but I’m very glad that I did, because as you can see it fits perfectly. The sequins are actually matte, not shiny – but I’m in my late 30’s so this probably a good thing. The sparkle is a bit more subdued, and the result is more ‘elegant’ and a bit less ‘mirror ball’.

I was a bit worried that the elasticised waistband would be miserable to wear – sequins + skin = a world of nope – but it’s actually faced with a smooth lining fabric.

The lining is cream – which is a bit annoying, as the skirt is pull-on which means the waistband fabric shifted around when I pulled it over my head, and I had to do some adjusting to ensure that none of the lining was showing. It’s an issue that could have been minimised with a matching lining fabric, but at least once it was fixed it stayed in place.

I wore it with the Arianna Cape Shoulder Top, which is a really classy piece from Advocado.It’s basically a tank top, with floaty petal-shaped sleeves that are attached at the shoulder. The result is a really lovely top that’s drapey and dramatic, but has upper-arm coverage for those who want it.

Necklace: Totally Jewel

Because the skirt was so muted I felt confident about introducing a bit of OTT sparkle, with this blingy diamante necklace from Totally Jewel. It provides the whole ensemble with just a little bit more drama.