So - how do you jazz up an otherwise practical-but-dull outfit for shopping on a rainy autumnal day? Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise! I have to admit I was having a "can't be bothered to get dressed up" kind of morning when I had to pop into town to run some errands the day I wore this, so initially I just went with the nearest sweatshirt, jeans and comfy booties and grabbed my trench coat from the hook by the front door.
But just as I was leaving the house the style blogger in me whispered in my ear, saying "You need a hat, girl". And I have to admit I feel almost naked these days without a hat, so while I still had time I ran upstairs to grab my trusty leopard print trilby. Feeling better. Then I wondered if it was cold enough to need a scarf, so it was back upstairs to check the outside temperature (we have an outdoor thermometer thingy indoors, if you get me) and it wasn't cold enough to warrant a scarf, but by that time I'd felt the urge to pick one out anyway. It was while I was contemplating the temperature that my eyes fell on my pile of hats and accessories on my dressing table and straight to the gold sequinned collar I hadn't worn for ages. That was the finishing touch I needed.
Except when I checked my appearance one final time in the mirror by the front door (you can't tell me you don't do that too) the collar had twisted round, so it was upstairs again for a safety pin to hold it in place. Instead I had the brainwave of simply using a brooch with a pin back (like a stud) which did the job beautifully.
So - hat on, collar on, collar fixed in place. Back upstairs again to get the camera as it now seemed a blog-worthy outfit. And it gave me the chance to grab my yellow tote for a bit of colour; I could switch the contents over in the car from the other bag I was using (don't worry I was the passenger, not the driver). Only half an hour late leaving in the end - that's quite good going for me...!
How about you - do you make a million last minute changes to your outfit before leaving the house (and does it make you constantly late like me)...?!
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Hat: Accessorize, Collar: Asos, Brooch: Accessorize, Trench coat: c/o Laura Ashley, Jeans: c/o Wallis, Booties: New Look, Sweatshirt: Asos, Bag: c/o Yes Walker, Rings: Asos, Nails: Models Own Red 'n' Black
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