About a year ago I cleared out all my bags. Donated pretty much every single one and bought myself a bag that, I thought, would do me all occasions. It would not. I needed a bag for fancier times and I saw one on sale in the faulty bin in The White Company and grabbed that and with a simple fix had a lovely grey bag that was a little more dressy.
I’ll spare you the story of each of my bags, but lets just say I now have more bags than when I did that initial clear out and the bag I bought that “would do me for everything” is one of the least frequently used bags I own… Figures…
Last week, however, I bought a new bag, and this one really hits a lot of marks. Not so good for a dressy occasion but for day to day use it’s perfect!
I was looking at basket and bucket bags and for me both of these styles of bag had little flaws that I couldn’t get over. Basket bags need to be held in your hand, meaning you have one less hand for doing things. Bucket bags are often very structured and can have hard edges which dig in and poke out at funny angles. My new bag has neither of these issues.
It’s very lightweight, a must for me right now. The fabric is soft on the bag and the strap so it doesn’t rub against your skin. It has a long strap that you can carry on your shoulder or wear across your body. The baskety bit at the bottom helps it hold some shape so when you put it down all your stuff doesn’t tumble onto the floor. Plus those tassels are just lovely… It’s from Pull&Bear, I bought mine on ASOS.
For my July favourites I want to focus on my favourite household objects. More specifically my favourite objects in my favourite room.
We have recently moved house and are working our way through the rooms getting them just the way we like them. The first room was my dressing room / office, I might do a post on that another time. We are just putting the final touches to the living room, this is the room that’s quickly become my favourite.
We don’t have a TV (we watch a lot of Netflix and DVDs) so we normally just load whatever we want to watch up on a laptop. Our living room is very minimal and I love that your eye isn’t drawn to a massive black rectangle as soon as you step in.
For our anniversary we bought ourselves a new radio/CD player/Bluetooth speaker system. We are in love with it, it looks really sleek and a bit retro and is super simple to use and set up. The sound quality is great and it comes with a whole load of features like an alarm and a sleep timer that we’ve not really looked into yet.
We have a lot of green in our lives. Hubby’s parents recently adopted our cats and since then we have felt a real lack of life in the house – plants are the next best thing to pets I think. They lift your mood and they can be interesting to watch grow and change. They will fill the four legged gap until we are ready to welcome a new fur baby into our lives.
I’m a knitter, and, as such, I make many many blankets, cushions and sometimes foot stools! Knitted fabric is a wonderful texture and when it’s a nice colourful pattern it can be a real feature in your room, we have a table/basket (we got ours from IKEA) that holds all our blankets when it’s too hot for them.
Everyone loves a candle, right? I particularly like The White Company for candles. At the moment we have Ocean Tide.
We are planning to add a chair and a coffee table to this room and then it’s done done done!
What’s your favourite room and why? Let me know down below!
I’m still very much in the process of getting my wardrobe together, I want to have a good basic wardrobe, something capsule like, and then build from there. Part of this process is putting together outfits, wearing them and seeing how I feel!
I’ve always played it pretty safe, I don’t like the feeling of people looking at me in public so I normally try not to stand out with what I wear. On the other hand I want to wear what I think looks good and what I feel comfortable in. I’ll often put an outfit off because I think people will look at me, when in reality people don’t really give a shit what I’m wearing and I should care what people think! So I’m putting together some odd outfits and trying them out, if I feel good in them it’s a success and then I’ll start looking at other ways to style those pieces.
For this outfit I wanted to style my favourite white shirt with a skirt I rarely wear because I’m unsure if it’s flattering, I wanted to wear boots because I quite like the look of ankle boots with a skirt but I’m worried it makes my legs look stumpy. Then accessioning, I wore the coat to bring it together a bit, it made to look a little smarter I think, my bag is my everyday brown bag and then the hat. The hat was the real uncertainty, I asked my mum on her thoughts and she wasn’t convinced and normally that would be enough to send the hat back to the clothes rail, but this time I thought ‘No’. I wore it and loved it. Even if it was way too hot for it…
All in all I think this look has an edgy smartness too it, something I’d wear to a nice lunch with fancy people, I feel better about the skirt and the hat so they will move on to the next round of styling. It’s kind of like a game show for clothes!
Thanks to Laura at Rose and Weston for taking these pics!
I like to add links to the actually items I’m wearing where I can, however where that isn’t possible I will link to a similarly priced and designed item.
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Possibly the most important ingredient in a good OOTD is lighting. Today has been a very grey day but I’ve got an OOTD down on my schedule and no other time this week to photograph one, so we went out and all in all felt uninspired. Looking over the photos however, I feel like the lighting, the surroundings and outfit work really well together, it’s winter it’s not going to be gloriously sunny!
I’m still getting over a cold, so I wanted something comfortable and I’ve been looking forward to wearing my new boots so they had to go on today too. My hat is super snuggy and was perfect to cover my bad hair day.
I picked up a few new rings which I’ve been playing around with, more on those soon!
Tshirt – Zara (similar) | Jeans – New Look (similar) | Hat – Jarrolds (similar)
Rings – Accessorize | Boots – Clarks