And So On, And So Forth

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouCardigan: Woolovers

Top: Ruby & Lilli

Skirt: DIY

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: ara via shoebuy

┬áSkirt, top, cardigan. Skirt, top, cardigan. I’m sorry if I’ve been repeating myself this winter, but I’ve really gone off trousers (well, more than usual), so my skirts are getting a real work out!

This skirt’s an oldie, but a goodie. I sewed it from scratch a good three years ago and I’m still wearing it today, which is more than I can say for a lot of my DIY’d sewing projects.

I’ve never worn it as a winter wardrobe item before, but the fabric is quite a heavy cotton drill so I think it works OK teamed with navy tights, booties, and a wooly cardigan.

The t-shirt’s pretty cool though, isn’t it? It from Ruby & Lilli, who also sell my Hello Lover tee, and I loved it so much when it arrived that I decided I couldn’t wait until summer to wear it.

It’s a really gorgeous piece in person; the blue’s the most perfect deep greeny-blue, with a bit of a heathered effect, and the ampersand symbol – which looks perfectly flat white in photos – is actually a pearlescent cream that positively glows.

This is my third Ruby & Lilli tee (I also own the Magnifique) and I can’t rave enough about the brand. The quality has been consistently excellent: the fabrics are divinely soft – like the t-shirt you’ve been wearing to bed for fifteen years – and the cut is the perfect mid-point between fitted and roomy, with flattering with necklines that don’t make you feel like you’re advertising your wares (if you’re generously endowed like I) but manage to make the most of shapely collarbones. Plus, buying Ruby & Lilli supports a local pair of Australian designers who make every purchase feel like a little present by sending your t-shirts gift wrapped with ribbon and a lovely handwritten thank you note.

Shop independent, y’all!

Remixed Mustard

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouBlouse: Modcloth

Skirt (remixed): AsosSimilar here

Cardigan: Paper ScissorsSimilar 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).