Monday, September 29, 2014

Light Simple Layering

This Warehouse top (last seen here) is a piece that I got in my bid to try more of the square, boxier, cropped silhouettes that you see nowadays. I love the cropped, boxy silhouette in theory, but in reality cropped can just end up looking like you're trying so hard.  I think for day to day dressing, effort is the enemy of chic..aren't we always supposed to be striving to look effortless?

Yet again, this look didn't photograph well, and that is a shame. I really enjoyed wearing these weird layers, and I think that my choice of the worst possible, hard, overhead, afternoon light was probably to blame this time more than my sartorial choices or the weather, but there you go. We do what we can. I'm thinking about wearing this look later in the week as we embark on our vacation to Greece, only pairing it with shorts. Stay tuned for that one. I'll have to try it out at some point.

As for the blog while we're away, don't fret. (You were't fretting, were you?) As you can see, I've scheduled some stuff. The Republic will still stand in my absence.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Some Vacation Snaps

Today we are awaiting the flight that will take us on to phase two of our vacation. In the meantime, please be entertained by these snaps of the beautiful island of Crete. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Thoughtful Packer

I love it when you have nothing but time to pack for a trip. I got lucky this time around when I had to pack for the vacation I'm currently enjoying. Normally, I have to plan what I'm going to pack while I am at work or on the move, then come home and get it all done with very little time to spare before we head for the airport. This time, I had the whole day off before we left, and got to stand in front of the mirror and make considered choices about what I should bring. In the end, I managed to get all my evening clothes in and only packed 2 pairs of heels and one pair of sandals. Plus workout shoes, but they don't count.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Brand New Bug Eyes

Having worn cheap sunglasses for most of my life, lately I've decided that I need to do a little better by my eyeballs as I get older. I spend a lot of time squinting into the sun on the tennis court, the slopes, and all manner of other places, and you really do notice a difference when you have a pair of sub-par sunglasses.

These are the Jackie Ohh II sunglasses by Ray Ban. I love a big, oversized pair of shades, and these will do nicely. Super lightweight and big enough to provide adequate protection, these are my new go-to shades.

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Monday, September 15, 2014


It's starting to, right now, so you'll have to excuse the graininess of these photographs. Well, not right now, I mean right now when I took the photos.  Right now I'm probably sitting out by the pool on our long-awaited vacation. But we'll talk about that another time.

I usually completely eschew little pieces like this skirt, generally because anything that begins with "sweat" in the material ends up looking a little shapeless. I have a few sweatshirts that are still trending right now, but on my bottom half, I usually opt for things with a bit more structure. That said, I am a sucker for a skirt, and lo and behold, along came this skirt. I like that it has a little shape to it, but not so much volume that it looks like a skater skirt. I have skater skirt issues. Probably because once back in the 90s when I worked on the cruise lines I had on a full, short skirt and a gust of wind came up and the whole aft deck (which was packed with fellow crew and officers) got to see my purple knickers. On the up side, I got a round of applause. #Ijustshowedthewholeshipmybutt

There's no danger of that happening with this skirt. The flare is very gentle and the skirt itself is so easy to put on and comfortable it's ridiculous. Perfect for vacations and everyday life.

Thrifted Gap sweater (old), similar / H&M skirt / Dune sandals (old), similar / vintage Coach handbag, modern version

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Packing it Up


No, I don't mean forever. As you may already be aware, I am currently on vacation. Therefore, you may experience a lull in the action-packed, high quality entertainment that is delivered to you several times a week here at Highland Fashionista. Do not worry. There will be content, albeit a bit more sporadically than usual. Hang in there. I will be back. You can do it. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Totally Inappropriate

Years ago, my best friend and I invented a game called "What's the Most Inappropriate Thing I Could Do Right Now?"  The game was intended to be played inside the privacy of one's head during boring meetings, lectures, and whatnot. Basically, you just sort of sit there (overcome by ennui), and occasionally think to yourself, what's the most inappropriate thing I could do right now? You then allow completely inappropriate (and hilarious) thoughts to flood your mind.

Try it sometime. It's pretty fun. Although I should warn you, if you have an imagination as twisted as we have, be judicious about where you employ The Game, because you will laugh, and probably out loud.  (church services / funerals / weddings = bad)

Today I tried to apply the concept of our game to what I wore. I thought about all the stupid things I've read over the years about how to dress, and put as many of them on as I could while still trying to make a cohesive look.  I used the following "rules" as a guideline.

  • sequins should never be worn before 6pm
  • after 40 put the short shorts away
  • sneakers should be worn with socks
  • grey hair makes you look old (that one is in play 24/7)
  • women with grey hair shouldn't wear brown or taupe

Betty Barclay perforated leather jacket (sold out), similar / LaRedoute sequin top (old), similar / thrifted cargo shorts, similar / Converse One Star shoes (mens)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Anticipatory Woodshed

My husband is obsessed with logs. We are currently in the process of fitting one of those carbon-neutral multi-fuel stoves in our living room, and he has gone completely bonkers for all things wood. When we were away on my birthday trip last weekend, we were smack in the middle of one of the many large forestlands of Scotland, and every time we passed one that was currently being harvested and/or replanted, I swear I saw him starting to twitch as he muttered under his breath about all of the logs lying about, just begging to become a member of his wood pile (they have to stay there. They are there to promote undergrowth for the next batch of trees). Anyway, this photograph was taken in the woodshed that he built in our back garden, before we even started to fit the stove.  I'm calling it the anticipatory woodshed.

Right, clothes. I feel like a lot of the things I'm drawn to can sometimes be quite stuffy. Something like this sleeveless cashmere cable knit sweater is lovely and luxurious, but quite buttoned-down when worn with something that is its equal in luxuriousness and refinement. So I paired it with this skirt. I remember seeing this skirt at the beginning of the season when it was £50, and liking it, but certainly not at that price. Last week I found it on sale for £15. It's basically denim in the back with a faux leather panel in front. Tough, comfy, durable, and most importantly for me, stain proof.  Have all the red wine or marinara you want, you can Windex this baby clean! Which will come in handy when we have some actual logs in this woodshed.

Neiman Marcus cashmere sleeveless sweater (old), similar / River Island skirt (last season), similar / Kelsey Dagger shoes (old), similar / Judith Ripka watch (old), similar / Judith Ripka ring
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Goodbye Joan

This is such a drag. Regardless of your opinion on her very direct style of humour (she cut right to the quick, was always controversial, and I loved her for it), you cannot deny that Joan Rivers broke a hell of a lot of ground for female comediennes, and I suppose women in entertainment in general. Single mom, shrewd businesswoman, and all-around formidable presence, it's just not going to be the same without her.  I loved her current show The Fashion Police (which sadly will probably go away now), and am just so sorry that she won't be here to comment on this atrocity which happened this week, because you know she would have. So in honour of Joan, I am going to comment on this look in her memory. I won't be nearly as funny as she was, but I'm pretty sure I can easily access the necessary levels of irreverence and vitriol.

I mean, come on.  That s**t's just wrong. Even Kanye looks insecure about it, so you know it's bad. She looks like a slutty mermaid stuck in a lobster trap.

Here are a few classic Joan moments I ripped from the internet. Enjoy, and RIP Joan

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

An Obligation to my Jeans

Yes, today I took the easy option - jeans and a white tee. It's not because I was feeling lazy or ambivalent, I just really wanted to talk about these thrifted jeans and it provided a nice, neutral backdrop.

I feel a certain obligation to a garment when I try it on and it fits really well, and I suppose that is doubly true if the item is thrifted, as these jeans are. They are nothing special; Hudson jeans, very 1990s boot cut leg, flap pockets which I probably wouldn't have chosen, but they fit fantastically (so fantastically they could not be ignored), and are just the right length to wear with heels and still be long enough to have a nice break at the ankle. When I slid these on in the thrift shop dressing room, I heard the voices of all of my good friends I've ever shopped with in my head saying things like "oh my gawd, you have to buy those!" and "Get them. It would be wrong not to." You know...the things we say to justify just about any purchase, from wrinkle cream to handbags.

So I therefore feel an obligation to my jeans. I have been chosen to wear these. It is my mission, and I choose to accept it.

Thrifted Hudson jeans / Old Navy tee / eBay necklace (old), similar


Monday, September 1, 2014

The Path of Least Resistance

I've just spent the last few days celebrating my 43rd birthday on a wee sneaky road trip out and about in Scotland with my husband. In a move that is uncharacteristic of one who loves colour as much as I do, I packed clothes that were entirely neutral - shades of black and white to be exact. I think this had less to do with the occasion and everything to do with the fact that the weather was pretty variable and, well...I took the path of least resistance. A neutral capsule wardrobe is easy and quick, and as I often do, I packed on the fly.

It is a well-documented fact that I love a nautical stripe, so in addition to my black and white wardrobe, naturally I had to include a tried and true nautical stripe shirt. To say it got a lot of play time would be the understatement of the year.

We stayed in a lovely suite at the Hilton Craigendarroch, and as one would expect of a Hilton suite, the room was pretty darn slick.  We ate, relaxed, ate, did some sightseeing, shopped, had drinks, afternoon snacks, and ate some more. I'm rubbish at remembering to capture things on film while I'm in the moment, so my photos are few. Who wants to live through the lens of a camera or smartphone? Okay, maybe Kimye, but still. That said, here are a few hastily captured casual daytime outfits and highlights. See you all back here later in the week.

Happy Birthday to Me.  Let us raise a glass to the ageing process.

Picture 1: Love Moschino Waistcoat (old), similar / Michael Kors beaded tunic (old), similar / Rachel Zoe bouclé vest (old), similar

Look 1 (items seen throughout): H&M nautical stripe shirt (old), similar / Rag and Bone jeans / Stella McCartney for Adidas jacket (old), somewhat similar / Durango boots / Furla handbag (old), similar