Thursday, 31 January 2013

My January Outfits, Via Instagram

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1. Fur scarf plus my fave yellow beanie
2. Black and white polka dots and wild hair with red lippy
3. Blue nails and lots of arm candy, plus my brown and mustard heeled loafers (actually seen in this post)
4. Right snuggly in checks and polka dots with a spike necklace and black beanie
5. Gratuitous hair picture showing off the results of my new heated rollers against a patterned snood
6. Wearing double denim and cozy knits with the grey beanie and wild hair (again)
7. I felt a bit "French schoolgirl" that day in my check skirt, even though I don't know how French schoolgirls dress
8. All dressed up for the snow with the yellow beanie again, though I wish I'd worn a balaclava
9. Another polka dot scarf
10. If I could, I'd keep the ear muffs on in the office (it was that cold). Makes using the phone a problem though
11. Debuting my new Zara half leopard/half black coat I got in the sale! So pleased they reduced it... twice :)
12. Worn with my blue chiffon scarf and thick parka: plaits as alternative ear warmers!


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I've noticed that in January, it's a constant round of hats, scarves and layers. To be expected, I suppose.

Hope you're all having a great Thursday!
Catherine x
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Monday, 28 January 2013

Layered, Rusty, Casual & Comfy

Autumnal colours
Autumnal colours
Converse All Stars
Autumnal colours
I'm currently off gallivanting in London for a long weekend, so by the powers of post scheduling I bring you a winter's day outfit from the snowy country lanes of Devon! 

I love the combination of colours here - the pink and tobacco brown look so lovely against each other, plus I'm in love with all the textures in the knitwear. And although it's not really the point, but the outfit looks so vibrant against that white backdrop - snow is so photogenic don't you think?! You can't tell, but my hands were about to drop off from the cold... it may have been the quickest photoshoot ever. I'm surprised the pain isn't more evident in my face ;)

Come back in a couple of days for more!!
Catherine x
Snood: ASOS, Sweater: ASOS, Trousers: Topshop, Converse: Gift, Socks: ASOS, Top: Primark, Glasses: eBay

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Friday, 25 January 2013

Seriously Cold Winter's Day Garb

Winter dressing
Brown riding boots

Red hair & ear muffs
You may or may not have seen that I mentioned in this post that some days sometimes it's just too cold for anything other than making like a yeti on a day trip to the South Pole: this was one of those days. I'm one of those people in the winter who'll wear woolly tights under jeans, three pairs of thick socks and about four tops under a thick sweater... and still be cold. In fact over the weekend I counted how many pairs of gloves I had in my bag: Four and a half. Gloves for all occasions.

This parka hasn't made an appearance on the blog before, but I've had it for three winters now and it's the warmest, cosiest coat I own and I wear it A LOT. I guess I've never thought it blog-worthy before, but why not show it at least once? This may not be the most colourful outfit I've photographed before, nor the most flattering for my figure... but at least I was warm. And it's been really cold in Blighty the past couple of weeks or so.

Has everyone got nice weekend plans...? Enjoy it, whatever you may be doing: I'm having a long weekend in London (I've scheduled posts for that time) - can't wait!
Catherine x
Parka: La Redoute, Boots: Debenhams, Ear muffs: Accessorize*, Mittens: Accessorize*

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

International Polka Dot Day (I Had Dots Goin' On)

Polka Dots
Polka Dots
Polka Dots
Blue Brogues & Polka Dots
So International Polka Dot Day was a little while ago... just before Christmas in fact. But I have a habit of getting out of sequence with my outfit posts, so you'll just have to bear with me ;)

The day was brought to my attention by the lovely Maria of Crashing Red - and I bow down to her Royal Polka Dotty-Ness. (She is one classy bird; she's Australian and experiencing some serious heat in Oz at the moment - check out her lovely summery outfits and think of warm summers days. Bliss.)

So I went all out on the polka dots: bold spotty scarf, subtle yellow and white spotty cardi, and fun spotty socks. With another pair of brogues to add to my ever expanding collection (this time blue, oh how I love this colour), it was a bit of comfy fun for the hectic run up to Christmas Day. Seems so long ago now...!
Catherine x
Hat: Zalando*, Cardigan: Debenhams, T-shirt: Topshop, Scarf: ASOS, Brogues: Zalando, Knee high socks: Topshop, Jeans: Gap

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Monday, 21 January 2013

4 Ways To Wear Mixed Patterns: Subtle & Extreme

4 Ways to Mix Patterns
I've been meaning to do a post on pattern mixing for a while, and as this year I'd like to try and do a "4 Ways To Wear" post a month, I thought I'd combine the two and get the series kicked off before the month was over!

Now I don't set out to mix patterns on purpose... it just kind of happens. My deciding-what-to-wear-in-the-morning routine goes like this:

1. What's the weather doing
2. What are the day's activities
3. What do I have that's clean
4. Which one particular item do I fancy wearing, and
5. What else goes with the colour of that item...?

So when I'm at the choosing colours stage, I'm already limited by quite a large number of factors. For example... if I don't have another plain item to go with that chosen item (not likely anyway considering my wardrobe), as long as the colours co-ordinate then I'll put them together. Sometimes the result is extreme pattern mixing (when two patterns are right next to each other), and sometimes there are two patterns in the outfit, but not on top or next to each other.

The two extremes...
Vintage Lacroix Jacket & Polka Dots
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This outfit was created from needing to wear a coat or jacket and wanting to style up my vintage Lacroix I don't wear very often. Due to the weather I needed a big scarf, and the bold polka dots echo the bold checks of the blazer. As the blazer has red and blue in the pattern like the scarf, to me they co-ordinate beautifully. It's also an accessory that funks up a classic blazer.

Funky Pattern Mix and Denim
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Another extreme pattern mixing example - the "classic" pattern mix of stripes and florals. You can't go that wrong using stripes, and again the key is to pick out at least two colours that are present in both patterns. So here the two colours of the stripes are found amongst the florals, plus I liked how the soft folds of the jacket contrast with the flat stripes of the sweater. Of course I didn't think any of that at the time, but looking at the outfit now I can see how it provides that nice contrast.

But if extreme pattern mixing is a bit too much for you, then I'd say try the subtle version, where one pattern is not an obvious pattern, or the two patterns are separated by another item of clothing:

Autumnal Masculine Chic
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This outfit incorporates stripes and polka dots - but the stripes are very, very fine so from a distance the blue and red stripes make the top look purpley-pink. But the two pattern still follow the same "rule" (I use that term loosely): blue and red stripes with blue and orange polka dots. There's also the texture of the cable-knit sweater to add to the mix, so although subtle, it's still quite striking.

Super Sleuth Pattern Mixer
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One of my favourite outfits of last year, this shows how you can either wear your mixed patterns right next to each other (no jacket), or break them up as shown here with a belted jacket or coat. Again - the red and white of the gingham is echoed in the florals... not exactly, but they are from the same warm palette which always works. To me personally this isn't pattern mixing at all, but just colours that go together. 

So if you're wanting to break out the patterns more, I say just treat them as colours and make sure they co-ordinate, but not necessarily match.

And if you're feeling brave? Get the colours right and mix them from head to toe! Not to everyone's taste I know, but I guarantee you'll sure feel bright...

Super Toxic Floral Explosion
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Happy Monday everyone!
Catherine x

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

A Checked Coat, Hot Pink & A Bit Of Bling

Checked coat and hot pink
Red hair and hot pink
Checked coat
Furry winter boots
Checked coat and hot pink
I'm always looking for ways to dress up a multitude of warm layers in the winter, and sometimes it's just too cold for anything other than making like a yeti on a day trip to the South Pole - but on those not-quite-absolutely-freezing days I like to add a touch of bling or style my hair properly if a hat's not needed. So the double necklace thing I've got going on here may have been a bit over-the-top for what was an ordinary weekend at home, but who cares?

I've also rediscovered heated rollers after not having used them for years. I had a bit of Christmas money to spend so decided to treat myself... what a revelation! So much less work than using curling tongs or straighteners (to make curls). So they'll take a bit of practice to get them right, but the curl lasts so much longer than sitting and curling all the bits of hair separately. (So tedious, and it makes my arms ache - hence why I don't curl it that often!) I even had time to put them in on a weekday before work - normally I wouldn't have anywhere near enough time to curl my hair. I think me and the heated rollers are gonna be best buds ;)

Hope you all have a great weekend you lovely lot!
Catherine x
Coat: Debenhams, Sweater: Zara, Skinnies: Zalando*, Boots: Dune, Gold necklace: Debenhams, Pearl necklace: Christmas gift (J Crew)

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