Before anything else I’ll address the elephant in the room: this is my first post in nearly two months.
Now I’m not going to skim over that fact – and I’m not ignoring what I talked about in my last post – but I WILL talk about what’s happened since in my next post (which I’ll definitely write and publish this weekend as 10-16 May is Mental Health Awareness Week). I’ve never, ever not published on the blog for that long before, and I’ve only ever been absent for about a week or so a couple of times in my nearly 10 years of blogging.
But today I’m just going to talk about fashun, and NEXT time I’ll talk about mental health and how I’ve been coping*, mmkay?
*spoiler: I’m genuinely loads better
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So as we briefly popped over to my parents’ place at the weekend to wish my dad a happy birthday, I thought it would be nice to transition from sweat pants attire to something smart-casual before the time comes to move onto full-on going out-out glad rags.
Behold, the blazer/boyfriend jeans combo! – my safe and happy place. And my fave colours of orange with green makes my happy place even happier.
As I haven’t been posting regularly it may seem like there are quite a few new items in this outfit, but safe to say it’s just that they haven’t yet appeared on the blog. All are well-worn IRL. It’s the first time I’ve really worn the strappy mules since last year’s transitional season outfit post as Spring 2021’s weather has been CRUSHINGLY disappointing so far – as I type this I’m looking out onto rain that hasn’t let up all day. In fact you may notice the spots of rain in the air and on my jacket in these photos: the closeup of my face shows the pain I’m in due to the cold, the wet and the wind… it belies my actual joy I was feeling!
Pained facial expressions aside, it was a happy day. Tony Stark glasses (that coordinate BEAUTIFULLY with my blazer/sweater combo) et al.
The #IWillWearWhatILike link up – news
Alas, I’m sorry to tell you that this is going to be the last link up as I’ve decided once and for all to retire it, if you’re a fan of linking up I’m sooooooo sorry…!
To explain: it’s one of the reasons that I’ve not posted in so long. It’s the extra admin that comes with it (creating the HTML code, updating the mailing list for reminders, sending the reminder email, etc. etc.), plus I’m paying a monthly subscription to host it which just isn’t getting used enough. The extra work does put me off writing a post at all, in a “Ughhh it’s such a chore having to do that extra admin” way… and the last thing I want is for blogging to be a chore!
I need to do everything I can to find my deep love for it again, and I’m having to pare things back. It’s just one of the things I’ve needed to do to get myself back on track (which is going well) and find my spark again. Old-school outfit posts will continue of course, just without the linkup.
(I also thought about making my “5 Ways to Wear” section that I throw in here a separate post that follows a new outfit post. So for example, I’d follow up this post in a few days with a “10 Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans” post – a post by itself means I can increase the number of outfits featured, depending on how many times a particular staple in my wardrobe has appeared on the blog… thoughts?)
It’s been a wonderful five and a half years of #IWillWearWhatILike on the blog (here’s the first one), and I thank each and every one of you for adding your outfits and making the hashtag crazy popular on Instagram (48.2k posts as of today – please keep the hashtag going!). MAYBE I’ll revisit it one day in the future – who knows. For now, it’s being put to bed indefinitely.
And then this weekend: an update post about my mental health.
Have you upped your outfit game according to the local rules about going out round your way? Comment below…
Stay safe, XOXO
P.S. Do add your outfits to the LAST EVER #IWillWearWhatILike link up – scroll down for all the info…
Blazer: JD Williams (similar cropped / longline)
Sweater: Mango (similar)
Jeans: La Redoute (eons old – similar)
Shoes: Asos (I like these)
Sunglasses: Asos (similar if they’re out of stock)
Bag: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Belt: & Other Stories (I like this one)
Jewellery: mostly Orelia & Asos / bracelet / similar pendant / link necklace / similar lips pin
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