thinking about style

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With a new season comes that deep ‘want’ for spending all my pennies on some clothes that fit the season better. I’ve never been the wisest shopper, buying things that I love but don’t necessarily suit me or are ‘special occasion’ numbers or things that are a little boring but ‘practical’. I also wouldn’t say I am the most stylish person. I am not particularly adventurous. I lean towards a little safe. I don’t throw random things together and look good. But honestly, I kind of like the simple silhouettes, the idea of a daily uniform, the idea of wearing a tshirt with a knock out accessory. I just don’t alway pull it off.

On another note in the last six months with not having a regular job my ‘daily uniform’ has been either pjs (when it is cold and I don’t need to leave the house) or my jeggings and a tshirt/jumper. Honestly, I am a fan of the latter but think even that could do with a little bit of ‘shuzhing’ (is that how you spell it). Maybe some actual jeans!

At the same time I don’t have money to go and buy a while new wardrobe and I am wanting to work towards appreciating enough. So, I am sort of jumping on the whole “lean closet movement” that has been around for ages on the blogosphere in different projects but seems to be picking up more lately. Although I have pinned thousands of items onto my ‘wear’ board In reality I don’t want to own hundreds of items of clothing. What I do want is to feel stylish, sophisticated and (oh I am getting old) comfortable! So I am going through what I need and want and working on defining my style and considering the stylish people I can emulate. I think the Olsen twins are the current winners – jeans, tshirts, floaty blouses, blazers, a little bit boho, maybe drop the heals.

I’ve made a ‘general style’ pinterest board to help solidify things in my mind. It features a lot of denim/chambray, simple dresses and neutrals with some fun elements like a bright mustard or patterned shoes. And stripes. I love stripes. I think the bulk of items I own already lean this way (gratifying to know that after 30 years I am finally getting there), but probably also a few items which I might clear out.

With summer on its way though I think there is a bit more room for playing (see my summer style board). A few more fun patterns, perhaps a pair of denim shorts and I love a good maxi (although I think I am covered on that). Some bolder colours – I love a bright orange or pink – but still with lots of cool neutrals.

So far I’ve bought a new maxi (stripes), two pairs of sandals (as I someone brought none with me when we moved!) and two new t-shirts (tell me I am not the only one to kind of get a new batch every year). I hope these items all last a while. They are basics with some longevity in terms of a uniform. I will be on the look for some new trousers though too as my black jeggings recently gained a hole in an undesirable spot.

How about you? What are your thoughts on the lean closet? What are your key pieces or everyday uniform? Are you drawing up a shopping list or do you just go to the shops and buy armfuls of lovely? Who are your style icons? Where is your favourite shop for buying t-shirts? I still don’t think I have found them. And how do you combine a minimal closet with seasonal trends? Do you or is that an old way of thinking?

stripes for venice

 

venice stripes Next week is my birthday and Tim has taken the day off school so we can celebrate, We decided to take a day trip to Venice. It is only two hours away by train so a reasonable distance for a day out. We are planning on getting an early train, visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, having a nice lunch, wandering around and then some apertivos before we hop on the train back.

Although our opinion gained from our last trip to Venice wasn’t so favourable I am really looking forward to giving it another try. Plus this time we at least know that it is an expensive city and will be prepared.

Aside from doing research on where we will eat/drink I am pondering a birthday outfit. I am inspired by the quintessential Venice staple: stripes.

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I love a good stripe and my wardrobe is filled with them but I can’t help but always been drawn to more!

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Do you normally treat yourself to a birthday outfit?

Sources for outfit inspiration image: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

for the love of hair

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The saying that your hair is your crowning glory has always felt like it was written for me. Admittedly sometimes it annoys me and I really don’t take as good a care of it as I should but I do really love my hair.

I also love how when you do something different with it everyone compliments you.  I cut my hair a about a month ago and it has got to the length where I can now do side braids and pin them up (although I can only do it with wet hair and when my hair has dried the bobby pins just seem to slide right out).

pre_raphaelite_locks_mycreative And then I think about all the things you can do with hair and how I wish I had the patience and the skills to do more with mine.

As a little aside to my normal sort of posts I thought I would share how I get my hair to look the way it does.

  1. My hair is dyed. I’m heading towards grey (my mother started going grey when she was 16 so I put this down to genetics rather than age).  I use Naturatint Copper 8C. I normally use half the mix to just do my roots but use a whole bottle every few months. It seems to go with your natural underlying colour so has a very natural look to it.
  2. I used Aveda’s Colour Conserve Shampoo. I’ve been using Aveda’s products for years and love love love them. I used to use just the regular shampoo until I started dying my hair. Although it is a bit pricier I buy the litre bottle which lasts between 4 and 6 months. I would say that salon shampoos are worth the expense.
  3. I rarely condition my hair. Basically when I dye it and if it is feeling a bit worse for wear. Occasionally (once to date) I will do a coconut oil condition. It makes your hair smell like summer.
  4. A while ago I got a sample of Redken’s Argan Oil which I have been using a lot particularly when heat styling. It makes your hair so soft and I will definitely be getting some more.  I got the bottle in February and it is still only about half. I have no idea how much it costs but I think whatever it is it will be worth it.

 

Are there any must have hair products or treatments you use?

Top picture taken by Tim