‘January Fashion Slump’ : The Devil Is In The Details

Happy Thursday everyone! Is it just me or do some of you also find that you need to put more effort into styling your clothes at this time of the year?  By the time January draws to an end  – I find that my energy and desire to put some effort and oomph into everyday styling has waned considerably.  I think there a few good reasons for this including:

  • Dressing up multiple times during the holiday season leaves us with a bit of ‘dressing up fatigue’
  • The treats consumed over the holidays can result in some clothes being a tad bit uncomfortable to wear (such as some of my jeans!)
  • The sales have left us overexposed to what’s in the shops and yet there is little that is new and noteworthy to buy in the shops
  • The cold weather has started to lose its charm and basically is getting old – fast!

So what do I normally do about my ‘fashion slump’ in January?  I find that I try harder to concentrate on the finer details of clothes to up my casual style game. I have said this before and I will say it again, ‘effortless style’ is rarely effortless!

The key to ‘everyday styling’ is actively paying attention to the finer details of the pieces that constitute the overall look. Have you ever noticed that people who are always well dressed are never wearing just a striped t-shirt.  Even their simple striped t-shirt will have an edge – maybe an exaggerated cuff or a slanted neckline – the point is that it is these small details that add that layer of polish to their everyday fashion statement.

I think this velvet hoodie from Tobi is a great example of everyday wear with an added twist.  The cold shoulders and the back tie add a layer of detail that takes an everyday item up a styling notch. I have paired it with an oversized scarf for warmth and my favourite pink coat that I have been wearing all season.

A big thank you to  Tobi for sponsoring this post!  I hope you enjoy this lookbook and have a great weekend ahead. As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.

 

Clothes and accessories:

Velvet cold shoulder hoodie – Tobi

Scarf  – Mango

Coat – Miss Selfridge

Bag – Rebecca Minkoff

Sneakers – Aquatalia

 

 

Sweatshirt Crush: Why You Need a Few Sweatshirts in Your Wardrobe Now

Happy Saturday everyone! We are on our way to a cooling of temperatures in London and soon a long-sleeved garment is going to become a necessity when out and about (except for my younger one who thinks we live in Sub Saharan Africa given his choice of clothing).

Personally, I am a huge fan of sweatshirts and I find them to be a great choice for weekends when I am generally ‘running around’ and comfort is paramount.  I find that sweatshirts send a unique ‘cool casual’ message, regardless of age, that has global appeal. They also lend themselves particularly well as a blank canvas for quirky or serious messages that you may want to broadcast in a way that a sweater just can’t.

I always find myself reaching for a sweatshirt when I have to run off in a hurry (which happens more often than it should) and I love them wearing them with jeans, trousers and skirts.  This blue oversized hoodie that cost £12 has gotten more wear in the past few days than many of my clothes in the last year. That is what I call a successful purchase!

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and these pictures where I have tried to insert myself into a poster on the wall. Have a fabulous weekend and thank you so much for visiting my blog!

 

Clothes and Accessories:

Sweatshirt – Matalan

Jeans – (very old) Matalan, similar – Zara

Sneakers – Salvatore Ferragamo

Handbag – Longchamp

Sunglasses – Bobbi Brown

 

These are some other sweatshirts I would love to own:

River Island
Monki Sweatshirt
House of fraser
John Lewis Sweatshirt

Weekend Casual: In a Ribboned Sweatshirt and Wide-Legged Pleated Trousers

Recently, I have been disappointed with my eating choices.  I have a sweet tooth and I like caffeine; bringing them together in that masterpiece combination called  ‘coffee and cake’ is my idea of food heaven! However, I am fully aware that sugar and caffeine in large quantities are not good for my health.  Everything in moderation is a mantra that works relatively well for me but every once in a while I find myself drifting further from that median into a far right of center ‘processed food haven’. That every once in a while happens to be now!

So just as I have been contemplating various ways to make the shift towards a healthier diet with more fruits and vegetables comes the news that ‘ten a day’ is the new recommendation for prolonging life.  So I have decided that I am going to embrace this recommendation full on and so is the entire family (whether they like it or not).  Why aim for the five a day, which I was not reaching successfully, when I can eat so many fruit and vegetables that I will have no room left for cookies and cake!

I started the new regime with my younger child,when I served him a  pear cut-up in four pieces with his usual breakfast yesterday morning.  “What’s this?”, he said, looking a bit horrified.  ‘It’s the start of the ‘ten a-day’ I said, confidently. “That is the new recommendation by the government and we are going to follow it, so please eat it all”. I wandered off and when I returned with an orange in hand, I asked if he had finished it.  “Sure thing Mummy”, he said. “That’s four out of the ten done for me!”  Well that is one way of approaching it I thought; as I ate the tenth segment of my orange…. On a serious note, I am going to try and eat the ‘ten a day’ honestly and without fail.  In the meanwhile, I am going to look up that recipe for beetroot brownies because it’s Saturday and it is best not to be too hard on yourself on the weekend.

Long lazy weekends wearing comfortable clothes are the best!  I find that choosing relaxed weekend clothing with that ‘x factor’, that differentiates style from simplicity, is a great way to look and feel good on your days off.  I love the relaxed vibe of these  pleated wide-legged trousers.  I have paired them with a simple grey sweatshirt with a difference; the ribbon detail on the sweatshirt provides an edge over being an ordinary grey sweatshirt. I have also paired them with a loose floral blouse with a tie-bow in the back that adds a dramatic flair to the outfit. Finally, my cosy pink coat is the perfect loose-fitting outerwear option for a relaxed weekend look.

I hope you enjoy these looks and have a fabulous weekend.  Thank you for visiting my blog.

(Clothes and Accessories: Pleated Trousers – H&M, Ribbon Sweatshirt – ASOS, Floral blouse – Zara, Flatform Shoes – Carvela Kurt Geiger, Handbag – Marc Jacobs, Rubber Strap Watch – Stuhrling , Coat – Marks and Spencer)