Sunday, 30 December 2012

Forty-two or "Iron Maiden"

What a weird time of the year this is, that time between Christmas and New Year's Eve: Chrimbo limbo! It's being on holiday without going on holiday, a staycation I guess. Whatever it's called I could certainly get used to this and LOVE not waking up to my alarm every day and actually being able to spend some time in my flat. Although truth be told, I think the cat is sick of the sight of me already..

Today's outfit post features a metallic-hued jumper I bought just before Christmas. It's a lovely pewter colour with shots of sparkly thread running through it which makes it feel dang festive, but not over-the-top glittery, so it can still be worn beyond 26th December. This is fortunate as I've chosen to post this up on 30th December! My boyfriend reckons this jumper also looks like chainmail... with this in mind I wore it to fight through the crowds whilst doing last minute Christmas shopping - elbows at the ready *fierce face*.

Tip: click on the photo for a closer look ;)
This is an unusually ladylike outfit for me, heightened by the pleated skirt, sheer tights and Peter Pan necklace - quite the departure but I love it! I added my new Missguided sky-high boots for a bit of edge. AND I managed to get a decent non-blurry, naturally lit photo of them this time, so you can fully appreciate their awesomeness, you lucky people. Look!

I'll finish with a word of warning: there are hazards associated with wearing such a floaty pleated skirt and they can be viewed below, which I shall from hereon in refer to as my Marilyn Montage:

My Outfit
Jumper, Dress & Necklace: H&M
Boots: Missguided (here)
Tights & Earrings: Primark
Socks: Topshop
Nails: 'Motcomb Street' by Nails Inc and 'Brazil' by Topshop

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Forty-one or "Christmas Daze"

It's Christmas, yup. Of course I've completely overstuffed myself, as is customary, and am sitting basking in the rosy glow of having given and received gifts, one of which is a onesie oh yeah! (That was for me).

I am literally too full and too tired to think of anything winsome and witty to write, so let's just focus on today's outfit. It features a timely reappearance of my Christmas jumper, which I actually love more than I ever thought possible - it's got a pudding on it, how can I not?!

It's a man's jumper. I couldn't find my hands for AGES.

I'm sorry the ruse is up, I can't lie, I have to admit that these photos were taken a week ago at my boyfriend's nonna's house. However I HAVE been getting a lot of wear out of this jumper and I promise you this is what I've been wearing today (minus the hat. And I replaced the shoes for cat slipper socks... I'm SO COOL). I even redid my nails today in this wintry blue and silver combo which I unashamedly ripped off from etcllymlrs blog - thanks for the inspiration, Lily!

I'd forgotten to mention that I recently had my hair done at Lisa Shepherd London - I had the top bit reddened and the bottom bit blonded. It was a bit of a scary contrast at first but now I've got used to it I absolutely love it. Whaddayareckon?

As this is Christmas and a time to be thankful for all we have, please forgive my momentary unprecedented dip into fondue, but I really must sincerely thank everyone who has helped me with, taken time to read AND given such lovely feedback on my little blog this year. YOU ROCK THE HOUSE!

My Outfit:
Jumper: Primark (men's department)
Ever-present Beanie & Jeans: Topshop (here & similar here)
Boots: Primark (women's department - old)
Ring: Topshop (probably still in the shops)
Nails: Maybelline 'Ceramic Blue' & Models Own 'Snowflakes'

So yeah, Merry Christmas, innit. No mistletoe so no kiss, soz.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Forty or "Gold & Black"

I'm really doing my best to embrace Christmas this year and so far I'm actually doing quite well: I've been to five Christmas parties, wobbled around an ice rink at Winter Wonderland, bought and wrapped all my presents in plenty of time AND perused a 'German' Christmas market on the South Bank... all the while glugging back gallons of gluhwein. The grinchy ghost of Christmas past has been successfully kicked to the curb. Yay me!

I even managed to add a bit of subtle festive colour to an otherwise customary black-themed outfit this week: I dug out a pale gold dress that had been nestling at the back of my wardrobe since last winter... it had been sadly forgotten until now! I didn't want full on metallica so wore the dress as a skirt and layered up with my favourite uber-warm black cropped jumper.

I can't help but wonder if my beanie makes me look gnome-like. Hmmn?

Christmas grumps? Buh-bye!

Jumper & Beanie: Topshop (here and here)
Dress, worn as skirt: Topshop (old)
Jewellery: Topshop (probably still in shops, but not on website)
Boots: Runway Shoes (here)

So yeah, that's it for today. Hey, how about some feedback regarding photos: are there generally too many? Not enough? Need different angles? Whadayareckon?

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Thirty-nine or "Sequins on Stilts"

My work's Christmas party took place last week and despite having a stinking cold I determinedly dragged myself along, intent on having my fill of free booze, canapes and a good old booty shake on the dancefloor. I succeeded and had a great time, even discovering this approach is a viable cure for the common cold - I should publish a paper on it and accept the Nobel Peace Prize (or whatever) immediately.

Back to a less lofty topic: my outfit. You may have seen a previous post I did (here) about a dress I won, courtesy of Krisp. I had chosen this dress specifically with the Christmas party in mind... however a week before the auspicious occasion, an email went out telling us there were several travel-related fancy dress themes we could choose from, for those who just did not know what to wear. Suggested themes included: the Wild West (no), famous explorers (god no), Chicago gangsters & molls (hmm, maybe) and eskimos (gah!). I duly ignored them all 'cos I already had my dress.. if Las Vegas was a country and had a national costume, it would be sequined, right??  Here it is again, as per last Thursday:

Jo wondered if she was a little overdressed for the office
I styled it a little differently to last time: the dress is super short and lifting my arms any higher than my waist seriously compromises my modesty... meaning the majority of my dance moves would be rendered unachievable! I couldn't possibly deny my colleagues the experience of witnessing my moves like Jagger, so I chucked on my shiny leggings, instead of tights, to spare my blushes. My colleagues will thank me one day.

I also debuted some new Missguided boots that conveniently arrived the same day: toweringly high Chelsea boots. I put them on and was elevated a good six inches higher (the air was thinner up there, I swear). Despite the vertiginous footwear, I only had one near miss where I almost fell off the heels. Happily someone caught me BEFORE I faceplanted on the dancefloor: phew!

I have to apologise here for the overall quality of these photos: pretty much all of them came out either incredibly blurred or badly-lit; there really is no substitute for daylight AND a sober photographer. I didn't have either at my disposal at 7pm last Thursday thanks to lots of mulled wine and prosecco having been consumed. Let's take a look at just how bad some of the others were, ladies and gentlemen I present to you the view through TIPSY CAM!

Dress*: Krisp (here)
Boots: Missguided (here)
Leggings: American Apparel (here)
Necklace: H&M

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Thirty-eight or "Blur Bleurgh"

I feel the need to explain here that I'm really NOT a Christmas person. I generally find it a tiresome point of the year with far too much enforced jollity, general fakery and (my biggest bug bear) tinsel. This year, however, I REALLY AM TRYING to get into the spirit of it all, to try to prevent forever more being referred to as Grinch, Scrooge, Little Miss Seasonal Grumpy Pants etc. I've even allowed my boyfriend to put up a Christmas tree in our flat.. how long it will take before the cat destroys it, I don't know, but for now it has remained in one piece.

As part of my new approach to the December festivities (and the fact there is no camper time of the year), I thought I may as well leap onto the Christmas jumper bandwagon and make my own version of a Christmas card for you all, my lovely holly berries. I plumped on the backdrop of my work's rather impressive Christmas tree. Roll the cheese-fest:

I really must apologise for the just how blurred these photos are. So sorry. I've also had a stinking cold all week but still dragged myself into work (seriously, WHY didn't I get a medal for that? I genuinely feel I deserve one).

P.S. Here's an actual Christmas card that my colleagues and I decided to cobble together for our bosses: a PA family portrait, if you will. We thought it was funny, anyway.  This card features moi, Sarah-Jane, Andrea and Saule from SunshineDays.

Merry FECKIN' Christmas, alright?!

My Outfit:
Christmas Jumper: Primark Men's Department
Shiny Leggings: American Apparel (here)
Boots: Runway Shoes (here)
Reindeer Antlers & Christmas Tree Earrings: Accessorize

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Thirty-seven or "Dropshop"

You may have gathered by now that more often than not I dress casually. I'm a huge fan of comfort and this outfit certainly ticks all the boxes.. Big sloppy jumper: check. Stretchy other garment: check. Flats: check. Beanie to cover bad hair day: check. Yep, maximum comfort achieved!

See how comfortable this is whilst walking around oversized potted plants?
Now I absolutely love this jumper and have worn it in several posts already. However, I feel the need to point out that after its first wash, I experienced a troubling and reoccuring wardrobe malfunction... the shedding of the studs. They drop off at an alarming rate, faster than I am able to stick them back on again. This means I am left with many examples of 'under studs' - the plastic base where the funky metal stud once was. Topshop... seriously... having bits of an outfit just drop off willy-nilly is NOT COOL...sort it out! 

Look! This makes me sad. Waaah...
Something else I should mention about my outfit here is that I was trying out some thermal 'Super Cosy' tights from Primark and goodness me, they certainly are cosy as. So warm! So effective! So cheap!

So to conclude, I absolutely love this outfit and even more so as I literally just threw it all together that morning without any previous thought. It actually worked for once - hurrah!

Jumper: Topshop Petite (similar here)
Beanie: Topshop (here)
Dress (worn as skirt), Boots & Rings: Topshop (old)
Tights & Socks: Primark

P.S. Despite my grievances about continually shedding bits of my jumper, I still LOVE Topshop... can you tell??

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Thirty-six or "The Long and the Short"

I don't know about you, but it rarely occurs to me to wear a maxi skirt in winter. Probably because the ground tends to be so permanently wet or muddy that the thought of trailing a soggy hem and a collection of leaves in my wake, well, that's just not appealing. There's also the issue of what kind of coat to wear it with - personally I prefer a shorter top with a long skirt and all my winter coats are longer than waist length, aargh the trivial problems that modern life can create!

Yesterday though, all the fashion forces came together so I could wear a maxi, in a suitably wintery hue (called 'burgundy' in summer, now seasonally rebranded as 'oxblood'): the weather was beautiful, plus I managed to assemble a good enough collection of thermal undergarments that my short leather jacket and cropped chunky sweater became viable.  

As you can see it was a VERY bright day yesterday, which is great for getting much-needed Vitamin D, but bad for trying to take pictures. I was squinting in the vast majority of them, as well as looking vampirically pale. Here's one of the better outtakes:

My photographer du jour, the lovely Valérie, has also got in on the shot

I busted out some recent accessory purchases too, an icicle-esque necklace and some knuckleduster rings:

You want to see some of the less flattering squinty and deathly pale shots? Oh go on then, it gives me a chance to play with collages:

And my obligatory airborne shot. Not quite sure why I keep jumping, but it's fun and this one involves more squinting:

If you're still reading, check out my early-days rambling blog post (here) for an incident I witnessed on a bus back in the summer. The guy in question sat next to me this morning on the same bus, look what he was wearing! Aw, I love it when a story has a happy ending.

Paparazzo Jo strikes again

My Oufit:
Jumper & Hat: Topshop (here and here)
Jacket: Topshop (old)
Skirt & Boots: Primark (old)
Necklace & Rings: Topshop (current)
Fake Fur: H&M (might still be in shops)

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Sunday, 2 December 2012

Thirty-five or "Wednesday Addams"

These photos were taken on a Thursday, but let's not split hairs here. So in my last post I spoke about how I hadn't really ever ordered clothes online before... this past week or so I've been making up for lost time and going click-crazy on the interweb shopping front!

I must have been one of the only fashion bloggers left who had never tried ASOS before, which is criminal really considering they actually have a Petite line and I'm always banging on about how difficult it is to find clothes that fit my shortness. After witnessing the sheer amount of clothing amazingness that my desk-neighbour at work has ordered from ASOS, I decided it was about time I took the plunge and tried it for myself. Here's what I got: a wonderful Peter Pan collar dress, yay!

Plus cardigan 'cos it's cold, innit

As you can see, the dress is the perfect length... you have no idea how much of a relief it is to buy something which doesn't need any alterations - bravo, ASOS Petite, I'll definitely be trying you out again!

I was debuting a couple of other new purchases that day, including the black version of some boots from Runway Shoes that I also have in brown. I rarely buy the same item in more than one colour but was willing to make the exception for these beauties, they are so versatile and, more importantly, comfortable to wear! I spent the whole of yesterday traipsing up and down Oxford Street in these with not a limp, wince or blister to be had: genius!

Tartan scarves seem to be everywhere right now... which I noticed AFTER I bought this fine specimen. That wouldn't have stopped me though as I love it and it has swiftly become my comfort blanket of choice.

I know it's now December, but these photos were taken in Movember and I had the earrings to prove it. I was also sporting some awesome bracelets: love you, mean it!

 Dress: ASOS Petite (here)
Boots: Runway Shoes (here)
Scarf: H&M (here)
Cardigan: Primark
Earrings: Urban Outfitters (old)
Bracelets: Claire's Accessories & Topshop

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