La La Wardrobe

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Because my finger is so firmly on the pulse of popular culture that I am at risk of stopping blood flow to its brain, I went to see La La Land a mere six weeks after its UK release the other night. I enjoyed it very much. Of course I did. In the same way that I enjoy tea and biscuits, there is little not to enjoy about lovely Ryan Gosling and lovely Emma Stone hotfooting it around a perpetually sunny LA to the strains of MGM musical inspired show tunes.

Beyond the singing and Gosling’s preternatural charm however, my main take away from the film was yet more inspiration for Spring and Summer dressing. I know, I know. I harp on about this a lot. But to me dressing for warm weather is akin to a four month GCSE exam. I find it daunting, difficult and frustrating. Due to this I tend to plan far in advance in the hope that on that first warm day in May when I open my curtains to see actual blue sky, I don’t collapse into a frantic melting mess while desperately grabbing for some aged black leggings and a billowing tunic top. Last summer I leant very heavily on my black palazzo trousers worn with an array of black shirts tied at the waist. It worked well, and I was only mistaken for a waitress on a handful of occasions. This year however, with help from lovely Emma Stone I feel that I may be able to branch out in two distinct directions. 1. Cotton. 2. Block colour. I don’t generally like that stiff cotton material that all dresses and skirts seem to be made out of in summer. They seem a bit Charlotte from SATC for my taste and all together far too preppy and Tommy Hilfiger-esque. However, I think that a few key cotton items, such as a Breton top or off the shoulder Bardot inspired dress might be OK, as long as I keep 30ft from a Coach bag at all times and don’t brush my hair.

The other bold new horizon I intend to cross this summer is a bit more colour. Not pastels, obviously, but some nice dependable primary colours and maybe a bit of white too. I know, ground breaking. Done right and teamed with black cigarette pants I think that I will cope guys. I know that you are here for me during this difficult time.

Right, so let’s get down to brass tacks (or should I say brass tax-rebate, amIrightguys? *nudging elbow to ribs*. I’m here all week). Things that I plan to buy between now and when it gets really really hot so that I don’t look like a melty Goth snowwoman:

A Breton Top
I’m bloody certain I have had about twenty of these in my lifetime but God only knows where they have got to. Perhaps they left en masse in the night for a life on the open waves, armed with only small parcels of jam sandwiches. Who could really blame the little marinieres for returning to their natural environment? Anyway, I’m getting another one because they are chic and cool and sexy and awesome. They work well with circle skirts or cigarette pants and basically make you look like Jane Birkin popping out to pick up fags and fresh baguettes of a weekend when you are really going to buy cat food and an extension cord with your Clubcard points.

2465563_PRIPetit Bataeu £29

Converse Trainers
I’m not exactly sure what prompted me to decide that I need a pair of these in my life but now that I have I can’t shake it. I think that they will look nice with a sun dress and in a cheery colour like these, seem to be something that  Sharon Horgan from Catastrophe would approve of and I’m all bloody over that. I’m worried that they may look a bit ‘cool Hampstead Mum-y’, which seeing as how I am not cool, a mother or living in Hampstead does worry me slightly. But we’ll see how it goes.

White Shirt
Apparently it is an extraordinary that I don’t own a white shirt, so I suppose that I should get one. I like these from Uniqlo, which I already have in black (of course) because they are petite in fit and don’t drown my smallish shoulders. They are also quite floppy, avoiding the aforementioned preppy-stiff-cotton-shirt-thing that tall women who wear riding boots down Bond Street, miles from the nearest stable, can pull off so well.

A Button-up Skirt
I had one of these two years ago and stupidly got rid of it in a mad minimalist clear out moment. But it was a bit knackered I suppose. Anywho, I like this one and think it will look great with everything listed above.

Off-the-shoulder Top
This whole baring your upper arms trend doesn’t seem to be budging as much as we may wish that it would. But at least we have moved on from cold shouldered everything (seriously, I just don’t get it) to an out and out ‘look at my sexy clavicle!’ motif.  Which I’m actually quite happy about because I rather like my clavicle. Something like this should do the trick.

Sun Dress
So I may have about twelve-ty million dresses in my possession, but I don’t think I have anything that works as a proper sun dress. I’m talking utter tosh. Of course I do. These are just the things I tell myself to justify buying new dresses. Look, OK, right here it is…it’s summer, and I want a new pretty dress to wear with ballet pumps and my leather jacket on the weekend so that I can skip off to meet my friends for brunch and then get tipsy on cider with a boy in a beer garden. LET ME HAVE THIS! I would like something like this.

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Embroidered Flats
Embroidery is still here for a while it seems, which is A OK with me because I bloody love the stuff. I would embroider my walls if I could, and carpet, and cat. I didn’t get any embroidered flats last year because I forgot to, but this time around they will be mine and will look nice with a black dress on a warm night or a pair of jeans. But let’s not go there. I don’t have the mental energy to dissect the intricacies of jeans ownership in this day and age. I have been jean-less for about four years now and I’m not sure I would know how to start again. Where do you go? Do people still buy jeans from Topshop? Have all jeans been replaced by wide leg shin-length culottes that look awful on absolutely everybody but nobody wants to be the first to say so? Christ, all of this is exhausting. I hope this helped. I’m going back to my books.

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Autumn Treats

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Here we are again, the jangle of my ankle chain is the only sound I can hear…wait, sorry I seem to have slipped into a worm hole that has taken me back to 1996. What I meant to say was, hello again. I wanted to do an Autumn wardrobe wish list but found myself becoming far too overwhelmed with choice while research shopping because everything available at the moment is some mixed up concoction of velvet Victorian embroidered folk lusciousness (i.e. The Dream). So instead I have complied a wee list of things that I would like to see, hear and wear over the coming weeks as we delve ever deeper into the rust-hued splendour of Autumn (blimey). I scoured the plateaus of my creative mind to very originally title this post – Autumn Treats. I know, *shuffles off to kick leaves*

Keep your eyes peeled for more October/Autumnal themed posts over the coming weeks as I have a whole host of things planned to celebrate the most wonderful time of year.

TV – Tutankhamun

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I have said a million times that TV is better in the colder months. This isn’t just me making one of my trademark sweeping statement with little to no evidence to back it up. One of my nine lives ago I worked in television and there is an accepted truth that TV schedulers plan their standout shows around those times when they estimate more people will be at home to watch them – namely when it is cold and dark outside. Case in point – Tutankhamun starting on ITV on the 16th October. It could easily be terrible, however I have high hopes that this four-part biopic of Howard Carter’s early years in Egypt, penned by Guy Burt (The Bletchley Circle), will be a lovely dollop of Sunday night post-lunch fun. Max Irons (The White Queen) takes on the role of the hot-headed Carter, while British aristocrat Lord Carnarvon is played by Sam Neil (everything). I’m hoping for lots of nice linen suits, excellent eye-wear and a shed load of scarabs.

Listen – Playlist. I like to add to this Autumn playlist occasionally throughout the year and then crack it open when the leaves start to turn. I don’t know why but I enjoy listening to atmospheric film scores as the nights draw in, they make a magical time of year even more so. There is nothing better than stamping around in rusty leaves listening to the Battle score from Gladiator. It is quintessential October music to me.

Film – Inferno – I’ve seen all of the others so I would quite like to see this. I have listened and reviewed the audiobook (here). I didn’t think much of it to be honest and saw the plot ‘twist’ coming like a freight train down an incredibly straight track, however it is a mystery with some nice locations and it feels like a good way to spend an October evening.

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Dress- I want this dress. Yes I have million like it. No I don’t need another and yes I will wear it exclusively with boots, woolly tights and a beret. So sue me!

Bag – I have never had a nice laptop bag. I hoof my laptop between work and home and the library and Starbucks daily in a completely anonymous black laptop rucksack that was given to me by the dyslexia support service at UCL a few years ago. It is perfectly fine and serviceable and it is only vanity that makes me seek something else. But this is really pretty, and I’m sure I would be more productive if I owed it. Right?

Book – Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen is my first, last and everything when it comes to musical cornerstones. I would be rubbish on Dessert Island Discs (still waiting for that call Kirsty) because I would probably just pick all Springsteen songs. I recently purchased my first vinyl record and it was of course, The River. So Springsteen’s new autobiography is without a doubt on my Autumn reading list. It will also make an excellent Christmas present for pretty much anyone with ears and a heart on the planet.

Audiobook – SPQR – This month I am finally going to crack on with Mary Beard’s SPQR. I am hoping that this overview of the Roman world will be all the ‘reading’ I need to do in order to become a doctor. Fool proof plan methinks! Even if you are not a wally like me and haven’t just set yourself up for six years of researching Roman Britain, I’m sure you will get a lot out of this too because Beard is phenomenal at what she does and who doesn’t like a history audiobook on a long Autumn walk? I know, I am Caligula reborn right?

Art – I am a big fan of Curious Pip. Her style both artistic and personal is to die for and her Halloween creations are always perfection. This set of 4 witchy cards would be lovely placed in frames and surrounded by pumpkins and candles.

 

I hope you enjoyed some of these treats for the coming weeks and let me know any of your current favourite Autumnal pastimes too!

 

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Organise to Optimise

 

 I bore myself saying it so I certainly must be boring you by now but I am busy. Buuuuusssy. Did I tell you I was busy? How am I? I’m busy. I don’t have much time for many of life’s luxuries like washing or sleeping right now but through the wonders of modern technology I allowed myself an indulgent five minutes to read this new post by Gala Darling today. Cyber-blogging-lifestye-lusting-consumerism or whatever the proper term is, is alive and well in me it seems as within about seven minutes I had bought myself a new Filofax. Well what’s the point in working all hours if you can’t spend your hard earned cash on something nice that you really want? I mean I really did want it. For like a whole two minutes before I bought it. It’s agony wanting something for so long I tell you.

Pretty aint she? And in my favourite midnight/royal blue hue. Aaaaaand I found it for 50% off here…Click!… it was meant to be I tell you. Aaaaaaaaand, oh crikey I suppose I should put in a disclaimer here after all my hand wringing over the last year about not wearing leather shoes due to being a veggie: Well folks I’m eating meat again temporarily. Basically I needed the energy and iron while I was doing Whole 30 because I felt mighty weak the last time I tried doing the program without. It won’t be a long term thing and I feel bloody awful about it but I am also a pragmatist, so I figured I couldn’t have any major moral objections about buying a leather organiser when I have four steaks sitting in my fridge at the moment.

I can’t wait to get my mitts on it and get all ‘New Year organised’. Lists, goals, plans for the year ahead! That and highlighting the bumper edition of the Radio Times the best part of Christmas!!! Right guys!? Guys??? Ahem…

Anyway, I now have to stop myself from endlessly staring at crafty ways to personalise my organiser on Pinterest because guess what? I don’t have time!

 

 

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