Over the weekend I was lucky enough to attend the wedding of my good friends Jen and Rob. The wedding took place in Rob’s parents amazing garden in Bristol (it has a stream and a cliff!!) and had a sort of enchanted fairytale feeling to it as the marquis tent was set up with some elements of the beautiful garden inside it.
Usually I would wear a dress to a wedding but I decided to branch out a little and go for an elegant jumpsuit, which proved to be stylish, warm enough for the somewhat rainy evening and great for dancing in. Success!
I am wearing a one shoulder black and floral print jumpsuit from Red Herring with peep-toe nude patent heels from Next and a gold and white beaded necklace from H&M.
Cape Town weather can be a little unpredictably, especially in the evening so I wanted to make sure I had some holiday outfits that would work well for inbetween days and evenings. That’s where this kimono style dress comes in. The sleeves provide coverage from the wind but it’s lightweight enough to keep you cool.
I am wearing a blue and white floral kimono dress with tan, jewelled Egyptian style sandals both from River Island with a white and gold beaded necklace from H&M.
When Mr O and I left London it was 8 degrees and pouring so you can imagine my delight at finally getting to actually wear some summer clothes. Not that it was easy to find anything to buy before I left since the shops were all full of kind of in between stuff because it seems like Spring is never going to turn up in the UK. Fortunately there is always Internet shopping to fall back on especially my new favourite, Forever 21.
Today I am wearing a rose print dress from Forever 21 Plus with black leather gladiator sandals from Topshop and my gold seed pearl pendant that Mr O bought me for Christmas.
It’s been a little while since we had an outfit of the week, partly because I’ve been travelling a lot and partly because of lack of ability of my photographer but life has more or less returned to normal so I’m back and looking forward to sharing some autumn outfits with you.
Today I am wearing a grey and black striped long-sleeve t-shirt from Primark with a burgundy midi skirt from ASOS, black tights also from Primark, a pair of taupe faux suede ankle boots I bought in a charity shop (originally M&S) and a faux leather jacket from New Look.
I am totally in love with this jacket because it looks great unzipped but it also zips all the way up to create a funky but very warm neckline.
London weather is once again all over the shop and it’s hard to know if the sun is going to shine or it’s going to pour with rain from one moment to the next. Mr O and I went on a movie date on Sunday and I decided to mix and match a few patterns and colours to prepare for every eventuality.
In this outfit I am wearing stone-washed, high waisted jeans from New Look with a striped printed vest from H&M, floral patterned canvas Vans trainers and a red and black flannel check shirt also from New Look.
It’s funny how fashion trends cycle around. The latest one that I’ve found myself get into is “mom jeans”. That’s right, jeans like your mom used to wear in the 80’s. The thing is 80s moms knew what they were doing cos this style of jeans is super flattering. They’re really high-waisted so they’re not only great for keeping a jelly belly under control but they make your legs look like they go on for miles. They also make your bum look super peachy! Go on 80s moms!
Today I am wearing a pair of stone-washed black “mom” jeans from River Island, a floral vest from Primark, a bronze necklace from Dorothy Perkins and black leather gladiator sandals from Topshop.
I’m not normally a great one for all black. It’s all prints and patterns here. The more stripy and floral the better. But there is no question that a lady needs a little black dress in her arsenal – one that can be dressed up or down and flatter all her best bits. This one is a new acquisition for me and I think it really fits the brief. I’ll be wearing it for cocktails at the Ham Yard Hotel tonight.
I am wearing a black jersey midi dress with gold belt and button detailing from Oasis with a pair of ankle strap kitten heels from River Island and a faux pearl bracelet I found on the bus years ago (because I’m an opportunist).
London is in that weird in between weather stage where the temperature variation during the day is vast and you’re never quite sure if it’s suddenly going to turn really cold, pour with rain or even produce a sudden blast of sunshine. This time of year always leads to some bonkers outfits and it’s not uncommon to spot hotch potch half winter/half summer looks on the tube. Sandals with a winter coat, anyone?
I’d like to hope I’ve done a good job of managing the in between days with today’s casual look. I am wearing a blue and white long sleeved stretch t-shirt from Primark with stone washed skinny blue jeans from New Look, a bird patterned navy scarf from Oliver Bonas, an oversize tan cardigan from River Island, a vintage beaded heart necklace from Beyond Retro and my leopard print Superga trainers via Office. No idea what is up with my crazy fringe.
I remember my mom having a big fit and flare denim skirt when I was a little girl in the 80s and I loved it. So when I found one of my own, I couldn’t resist it, although I think I’ve mixed a few different vintage styles in here.
I am wearing a buttoned fit and flare denim skirt from Primark, a striped vest from H&M, black tights from Primark, a mustard cardigan from Topman, a vintage beaded heart necklace from Beyond Retro, tan ankle boots from Office and a patterned head band from Get Cutie.
When I asked Mr Osbiston to take pictures of me in this outfit (once again in the kitchen… I cannot wait for the light to improve f0r outfit posts because these grainy pics are killing me) I asked him what he thought I should call the look and he said “posh grunge” so there you go.
This vintage The Cure vest is probably my favourite t-shirt of all time and I particularly like how you can just see Robert Smith’s eyes peering out if I wear it tucked in. I think pairing it with the tartan skirt gives it a punk edge, which is why I am affecting my best Joan Jett sneer in the fourth picture down.
In this outfit I am wearing a vintage grey The Cure vest thieved from the ra ra Retro stock room, a red and green tartan stretch pencil skirt from Topshop, black tights from Primark, a mustard cardigan from Topman, my black leather buckled Office ankle boots (I promise I do own more than one pair of shoes, these just go with everything) and a black blue and bronze choker from River Island.
This is a bit different from my usual outfits of the week since I’ve decided to go mega casual… which is what I think Christmas Eve should be all about. Mr Osbiston and I are spending the festive season with his family in Essex, which is always lovely.
Paul’s mum was kind enough to buy Christmas jumpers for the whole family, which we all put on to eat our dinner. I think this is going to be a new tradition.
In this outfit I am wearing a polar bear Christmas jumper from Primark, high waisted skinny navy jeans from New Look and my lilac heart patterned slipper boots from Boots… because who goes outdoors on Christmas Eve? I am also not wearing any make-up, so be kind!
And as a special treat I have included a snap of Mr Osbiston in his jumper because he looks so handsome!
My lovely friend and colleague Jen was kind enough to take these pictures outside our West End office in London. This is one of my rescue dresses that I’ve managed to repurpose a bit after losing weight by adding a belt. Although looking at it now, I think it probably could have done with a belt even when it fit better. It wasn’t until I uploaded the pictures that I noticed that I am wearing my work ID around my neck… this isn’t part of the outfit, thank goodness. It’s also not common to wear your ID around your neck in my office… but I have lost an unmentionable number of IDs and this seems to be the only way to stop me from misplacing anymore!
In this outfit I am wearing, black and blue ribbed tights from H&M, a black wool pleated dress from ASOS Curve, a wide faux leather belt from Evans, a blue and gold ribbon necklace from New Look and buckled black leather ankle boots from Office.
Anyone who has seen Bridget Jones’ Diary will know know that in Britain, the “Christmas jumper” is a bit of an ironic tradition. In the last couple of years it’s kind of exploded to the point where a slightly less ironic jumper can set you back as much as £40 or £50. Eep!
Last week Paul and I went to a kind of orphans’ Christmas lunch. Those of my readers who are expats anywhere in the world might be familiar with the notion of gathering together with friends near to the festive season in an attempt to offset not being with your family, because being with friends kind of makes everything better, especially since Secret Santa and loads of wine are normally involved. Our lunch was Christmas jumper themed and I have to admit I did kind of go all out.
In this outfit I am wearing a Christmas themed sweater with a stonewashed bodycon stretch denim skirt and black tights all from Primark and a pair of tan ankle boots from Office. All these pictures were taken on the road that I live on outside my flat.
It’s gotten really, really dark in the mornings in London, which is making taking photos indoors in our flat a bit of a challenge. We still haven’t bought a floor lamp for the front room so it’s really dark in there before sunrise and it’s the only room really big enough for decent photos… except the bathroom and no one wants a photo of that!
Fortunately it was a relatively nice day for December in London so I roped Jen into going to Soho Square with me at lunch to take some outdoor photos. It was really fun, apart from the fact that we kept having to move because a guy with a leaf blower was wandering into shot.
In this outfit I am wearing a vintage flannel check shirt that I appropriated from the ra ra Retro stock cupboard (a wide range of vintage items from ra ra Retro are now available on ASOS marketplace – international shipping available), skinny navy blue high-waisted jeans from New Look, an extra-long bobbled grey scarf from Fat Face, a ribbon and pearl necklace from Oasis and my brown leather brogue boots from Next.
If, like me, you have a bit of a jelly belly I would highly recommend high-waisted jeans, they help to suck everything in and ensure that there is no unwanted tummy exposure if you need to stretch up for any reason (like maybe some dancing or collecting something off a high shelf!).