Wednesday, February 25, 2015

When It All Goes Wrong

You know how sometimes you enter into something with the best of intentions, but just nothing seems to work, and you end up just abandoning it and kind of saying "well...that happened."

So last week, after shooting last Friday's post, I thought I would be extra-proactive and spend a little extra time road-testing one of the products that came to me in my last sampler pack from Korea. I changed into a tank top and a pair of old jeans for the experiment, and...well...that happened.

What is underarm white peeling perfume? Good question. Apparently it's a kind of deodorising, exfoliating, bleachy-type cream that beautifies your underarms. Didn't know you needed to bleach and exfoliate your underarms? Neither did I...I thought that kind of thing was meant for beauty extremists and porn stars. Oh, and in case you missed it, it smells like baby powder. Like, a lot of baby powder. So. Much. Baby powder. 

If you want to learn more about what underarm white peeling perfume is and what it does when used by someone who actually takes the time to follow directions and do it properly, you can follow this link. Me, I'll be sticking to a stick of good ol-fashioned deodorant.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


These days, there seems to be a lot of magical thinking happening in society, particularly on the internet, where all the world's problems can be addressed with a bit of anonymous mud-slinging aided by the odd hashtag or emoticon. Whether it be a newfound obsession with the "health benefits" of putting butter in your coffee (eew) or a heated discussion on climate change or your reasons for not vaccinating your children, everyone has an opinion about what is right and wrong, and many of these opinions have very little to do with a little thing we sciencey types like to call "evidence".

Well, I've been thinking about it, and perhaps the ever-growing masses are right. Maybe evidence really is for suckers. Maybe belief really conquers all, and those of us who dare say otherwise are really are just poisoning the soup of life with our negative vibes. So today, in the spirit of shunning evidence-based practice in favour of magical thinking, I have dressed for a climate that is not the one in which I currently reside.

Sure, while it may look sunny and bright in the photos... and yes, while it can sometimes be rather balmy on the West Coast of Scotland in winter due to the Gulf Stream, Oh my GOD my flippin' toes are so cold in these shoes and denim is so not insulating like... at all, I can assure you that this look was born out of nothing other than my need to believe that at some point in this lifetime, it may actually warm up again. Boston...Wisconsin...I know you're feeling me right now. Word.

Now stop being so negative and go put on your bikinis. You have to believe.

thrifted denim jacket, similar / Loft blouse (old), similar / H&M trousers (old), similar / Report shoes (old) similar / ruby zoisite necklace and pendant (old), similar

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Friday, February 20, 2015

The Lazy Cape

I picked-up this Geo Print Blanket Cardigan (aka my "lazy cape") as an impulse purchase the other day, thinking it would be one of those things that is perfect for a lazy day. I was right. It's easy to wear, washes up nicely, and you can just throw it on and look like you actually put some thought and effort into it, when really, you haven't washed our hair in days, and you pulled your jeans out of the dirty laundry basket this morning and sniffed them before putting them on. know, for example.

Rag and Bone jeans / Geo Print Blanket Cardigan / Ebay necklace (old), similar / Vince Camuto Cap Toe Sparkle Bootie (old), similar / French Connection top

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

No. Just, No.

Looking to add an extra 15 pounds to your frame? Trying to find the perfect way to say to the world, "I'm standing on the aft deck of the S.S. Middle Age, there's a fire in the engine room, and there's no more room in the lifeboats?" My friends, I have the answer - the return of the Mom jean.

Today on my way back from tennis, for the sake of comedy I decided to try on these Mom jeans at New Look (yes, they're actually new, off the rack). And while it may be true that I have my tennis dress stuffed into the waistband, I sincerely doubt that these would get any more flattering with appropriate styling.

Why. On. Earth!? 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Shrunken Schoolboy Blazer

I've loved the shrunken blazer look for a while now, but just hadn't found the right specimen to add to my closet. I was out and about at some secondhand shops last week, and saw this wool blazer from afar. I grabbed it off the hanger and tried it on without really looking at it closely, only thinking that £20 seemed a bit steep for a thrift shop price tag. As I tried it on, I realised that in addition to fitting perfectly (for a shrunken school boy jacket) it had a lovely feel to it. It was fully lined, the wool was soft and substantial, it had what appeared to be hand stitching around the collar and pockets, and real mother of pearl buttons at the front and cuffs.

Upon closer inspection, I saw why this jacket felt a wee bit special. It was Oscar De La Renta special. Not only is this piece probably one of my more exciting vintage finds, I was over the moon to actually have the opportunity to own something by the late, great Oscar De La Renta, whose dresses I have swooned over forever; sadly they are far beyond my budget.

But suddenly that £20 price tag seemed well within the budget.

thrifted Oscar De La Ranta jacket, similar / Gap tee / J Brand jeans / Chinese Laundry shoes (old), similar / Judith Ripka heart ring (old), similar

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ten Dollar Tunic

Omigosh...I can't believe that I forgot to show you guys this tunic. I have had this for's just one of those things you sort of take for granted. Well, anyway...ta-daa!

This is a Michael Kors beaded tunic, and I got it on Ebay for $10. Yep, $10.  It's made of a really heavy, almost brocade material, is fully-lined, and has beading at the neck and cuffs (which are 3/4 length; perfect for someone like me who is always pushing her sleeves up).

It was one of those rare Ebay moments where I had just logged on, did a search, and BAM, there it was, and with only three minutes left. I had to do some serious speed reading and some other last-minute high speed Ebay Kung Fu, but I knew I wanted to take a chance on it, and I'm so glad I did. It's just one of those things...the stars were all aligned that night. If you believe in that sort of thing. Me, I'm more of a believer in the self-fulfilling prophecy, which in a roundabout way, would make this find a result of pure skill. Pure, mad, Ebay skill.

Yep, that's what it was.

Look closely, I'm pretty sure I have lipstick on one of my incisors in the close-up below. I'm not editing it out, for the sake of comedy. You're welcome.

Michael Kors tunic via Ebay / Jag skinny jeans / Donald J. Pliner booties (old), similar / glasses

Monday, February 9, 2015

Double Leopardy

Double Leopardy

  1. (duh-bull lep-ardÄ“) A clause thereby prohibiting the prosecution of individuals on one or more occasions for wearing simultaneous leopard prints.  

Equipment silk blouse (old), similar / Thakoon Addition coat (last season), similar / Jag skinny jeans / Dune booties (old), similar

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Blue Marmalade Pajamas

When I was asked to review this completely awesome set of PJs by London-based loungewear retailer Blue Marmalade, I jumped at the chance. Then I realised I was a bit unsure about how to present them to you, this being my first-ever loungewear post. Lucky for me, about a week ago, actor Mark Ruffalo helped me decide how to present them by tweeting his SAG award acceptance from his bed, in a very similar pair of PJs. Hey, if it's good enough for Hollywood's A-list...besides, Mr. Ruffalo and I both hail from the great state of Wisconsin, where we know a thing or two about bunkering-down when things are gettin' real with the weather. For this and other challenges that life throws at you, good pair of PJs is essential gear.

That said, a good-looking, comfortable pair of PJ's isn't just good bunkering-down gear, it's good practice. This is very much in line with Blue Marmalade's philosophy, which is that we should pay just as much attention to what we wear when no one is looking as we do when we dress for others. Sage advice.

This super soft Short Sleeve Top and Long Classic Pant have a beautifully louche fit, with the sort of drape you can only get from the sort of high-quality thick jersey fabric that they just happen to be made of. They're trimmed with classic PJ piping, the elastic waistband is comfortable and and is finished with a luxurious wide drawstring ribbon, and...aaaand....wait for it.....the pants have pockets! Whether you actually use them to put things in or just plan on standing around looking suave, they've totally nailed it with the pockets.

My impression? 11/10 in all areas; design, detailing, fabrication, and fit. And of course, major points for the pockets. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go tweet something.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Natural Habitat

Pictured here is an excellent specimen of a Lesser Plaid Jacketed Yank, native to North America, and shown here in her adopted habitat. Note how she attempts to blend in with her surroundings by adopting the colours of the landscape. This is unusual for this species, who normally prefers to display her brightly coloured plumage - which she often enhances with shiny bits of metal and stones that she collects. Here, we can see some of the aforementioned brightly-colored plumage showing on the anterior aspect of her breast and torso area. Although it has never been proven, some theorise that the Yank stores these collected stones and precious metals in the pouch that can be visualised on the lower left quadrant of the torso. This has yet to be scientifically proven, and the contents of said pouch remain one of the great mysteries of the species.

This Lesser Plaid Jacketed Yank appears to be migrating, as evidenced by her foot coverings. Due to the time of day, she is likely on the hunt for sustenance, which she will likely find at the local coffee shop watering hole.

thrifted Aquascutum blazer, similar / mango jeans / Ann Taylor blouse (old), similar / Clarks booties (old), similar / vintage Coach handbag, similar