Not only is today my 7th blogiversary (where have seven years gone?!) but it’s also my 46th birthday…!
Does that make today my blogibirthday I wonder? My blogirthday? Either way I’m really happy right now: We moved house (at last) a week ago today and we are absolutely LOVING it. Our new house is everything we hoped it would be and more. Riley loves it too – he’s so much more settled at night (almost no whining before bed) and he spends half his time out on the grass in the garden.
As I mentioned last week we are without WiFi for a couple of weeks, so I’ve popped round to my parents’ house for some broadband this evening to write this as quickly as possible. Normally I celebrate my birthday BIG TIME, but this year (due to the run-up to the big move) it’s going to be a quiet affair with some tea and cake with the family.
And that’s fine with me!
Each year I write a retrospective blogiversary/birthday post, and this year I thought it would be interesting (or maybe funny/hilarious!) to have a retrospective look back at my style evolution from when I started the blog (waaaaaay back in 2011) to the present day. There’s no real reason for any of the outfits that I’ve picked other than they caught my eye – they might be really good and still something I’d wear today or something I’d not wear again in a million years. (So there are a few strange ones!!)
Thank you for bearing with me with the lack of blog posts and weird timings – I have to take what I can get WiFi-wise at the moment. The move went great btw, Riley loves his new garden and Keith and I couldn’t be happier about our decision to move. Once I have my office and desk set up, broadband working and the house pretty much straight I’ll be able to start sharing pics.
Exciting times ahead!
I’ll hopefully be able to photograph today’s birthday party outfit and get that in an outfit post for next week’s #iwillwearwhatilike, meantime do add your outfits to this week’s link up!
WHICH OF MY STYLE YEARS IS YOUR FAVOURITE? COMMENT BELOW…!
My style evolution 2011-2018, starting with…
My earliest outfits were the very definition of eclectic when I was still trying to hone my style… lots of pattern mixing, bowler hats and every accessory known to womankind. Note the early milkmaid braids and wedge platform heels.
In 2013 I don’t think I was EVER without either skinny jeans or a crop top: I’d discovered the freedom of wearing whatever I wanted and crop tops were the number one thing to wear to show the naysayers that age doesn’t dictate what you should wear…!
2014: my year of white jeans, dungarees, camo and faux fur gilets. And remember the beanie hats with sparkly crystals?!
I’ll do boho now and then – mostly when on holiday or in the summer heat – and this was also the year when windowpane checks were in and the 70s returned (much to my joy).
One of my favourite years in terms of my style: I rediscovered the colour orange (it’s still my favourite) and I became a fairy princess for the day in tulle and sparkle.
Midi length skirts were well and truly back by 2017 and I wanted ALL THE MIDI DRESSES. I was really into brands like Winser and Hobbs and found M&S to be one of my favourite everyday-wear brands.
So far this year I’ve had to battle with weight gain meaning most of my clothes don’t fit, so that meant a lot of new clothes just in order to be comfortable. But floaty dresses and longline jackets have been my friend and saved my sartorial life on more than one occasion. Hopefully by this time next year I will have got myself fit again and will find dressing a little easier…!
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Thank you for joining the #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist’s list of “inappropriate” items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!
The link up goes live every Monday at around 3pm UK time and will stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you’re wearing whatever you damn well like!
Linking up etiquette…
CLICK HERE to read the rules of linking up (and to grab the #iwillwearwhatilike button). Basically it’s just good manners to link back to here – to leave a comment is even nicer!
No featured favourites this week due to the house move… it’ll be back when Wifi is back!
Do share the love and visit as many links as you can (you never know what other lovely like-minded ladies you might meet) – the original Instagram campaign forged some wonderful new friendships so don’t miss out!