Saturday, 6 February 2016

Outside in My School Clothes

I hadn't a clue what I was doing when I put this look together - I was just sort of "tryin' stuff".  However, the minute I put the ensemble on, I fell in love with it. Probably because the combination of layered sweater vest and 70s-inspired skirt kind of reminds me of something I would have worn to school back in my elementary school days. Here I am, pictured on the playground at recess, trying to win a bet with my school friends that I can stand on one leg longer than anyone else. You're not allowed to touch, and we decided who would go first with one of those origami paper fortune tellers. The losers have to hand over the desserts from their lunchboxes. That's the bet, and I am so going to win.

I've talked about this before, but it sort of came up again while I was putting this look together; high waisted skirts like this one make you have to sort of rethink your shirt game. I am still so accustomed to wearing everything so low on my waist that a lot of my shirts suddenly look awkward and disproportionate when paired with a high-waisted skirt. This sweater vest was the perfect answer to that. It's a cashmere mock turtle neck, and its shorter, by which I mean it sits right at the natural waist, so it's a perfect pairing. I also realised I have been missing a trick by not using this vest for layering. Here in Scotland, you can wear it like this year-round.

Thrifted cashmere sleeveless mock turtleneck, similar / Missoni long-sleeve top (old), similar / thrifted denim skirt, similar / Nine West boots (old), similar / sterling feather bracelet (old), similar / sterling dangle circle earrings (old), similar

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Quest for the Golden Feets

If you've spent more than fourteen seconds in my presence, you will already know that I am a huge fan of a metallic shoe. They are essentially neutral accessories that go with everything, yet they add a bit of character to a look without having to do much work, which is perfect for travel, day-to-day life, and all other manner of general sartorial laziness.

These shoes sort of fell into my lap…literally. Fate led me to these Sperry loafers at a Nordstrom Rack when one of them fell off the shelf and hit me in the head while I was bent-down looking at much less practical shoes on the bottom shelf.  It was fate…the siren song of the shoe aisle, and I was powerless against its lure.

Plus, they were 35 bucks. So, you know…bargain.

They're nothing fancy, just a lightweight, simple perforated leather with a flexible sole, but they're perfect for air travel days. They slip on and off easily, and can play in a variety of climates. Sometimes, you just need a shoe that you can break into a full-blown sprint in, and these fit the bill. Pairing these with a simple outfit and a few metallic accents (I chose my byzantine necklace and a pair of gold drop earrings), it elevates things ever-so-slightly without getting all worked-up about it.

Sperry Topsiders loafers, similar / Levis Hi-Rise Skinny Jeans / thrifted corduroy jacket, similar / Gap tee / 14 K Byzantine necklace (old), similar / 14K drop earrings (old), similar