One Pair of Trousers, Two Different Ways.

Hello Lovelies,

A quick style post, showing you how I took one pair of striped trousers from day to night for my Mr’s birthday last week.

Look One: Daytime. We headed out to the Hayward Gallery to see the Light Show. I really recommend it, it was beautiful and immersive. Hurry though as it ends on the 28th of April, also, tickets tend to sell out each day so book online beforehand. I wore the trousers with a black slash neck, 3/4 sleeve sweater, black patent boots and a skull print scarf to keep the chill air off my neck. I kept my makeup pretty classic 50s and wore a red bandana in my hair. I topped off the look with some chunky skull rings and my sugar skull pendant.Stripe Trouser 01Look Two: Evening. After nomming some yummy Mexican food we headed back home for a short while. We went out for drinks in the evening so I switched up my outfit a bit. I took the sweater off to reveal the off shoulder tee I had been wearing underneath all day. Changed the boots for red suedette heels, added a red clutch bag, cocktail ring and pretty stud earrings, reapplied my red lipstick and I was all set.Stripe Trousers 02That’s enough about clothes for now. For you bakers out there, I’ll be posting my Beau’s birthday cupcake recipe soon, pear, almond and chocolate flavour, mmm! Thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Paris Trip: What I wore.

Paris Trip. Tiki BarHello Lovelies,

I arrived home from Paris a couple of days ago, me and my Beau had an amazing time. We mostly looked at dead stuff which was interesting, creepy and fun. It was pretty cold over there but it was dry and sunny at least. We did a lot of walking, I am still pooped out! Here’s what I wore from my capsule wardrobe…

Day 1: I totally forgot to take a photo but I wore my black Capri pants, indigo vest top, black sweater and boots traveling out there. Comfy and practical and yet still smart. We checked into our hotel and then went wandering up to the Bastille (well, where it used to be) and along the river before heading to a vegan Asian fusion restaurant for take-away to eat in our hotel room.

Day 2: Striped stretch pencil skirt, long sleeve black scoop neck top and indigo sweater. I wore my leopard print beret to keep my head warm. I wore my boots again because we were doing a lot of walking and I decorated them with my purple rose hair clips. We went to the Pantheon, ate vegan cake and went for drinks at the Pop In bar in the evening.

Paris Outfit 01Day 3: I wore my striped skirt again but this time I wore it with my off the shoulder tee and a red belt. I wore a red bandana too to tie the colours together. I wore my boots and added skeleton hands to my bandana. We went to Pere Lachaise cemetery to see the graves of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison to name just a few. Paris Outfit 02Day 3- Evening: I changed into my leopard print wiggle dress and added red lipstick for the evening. I originally planned to wear my heels to my beau’s gig at the International but kept my boots on so I could have a proper dance.Paris Outfit 03Day 4: On the Sunday, we were heading off to the catacombs. It was freezing so I put on my Capri pants, leg warmers, boots, vest top, sweater and my convertible wrap with my fuzzy hat to boot. Not the most stylish of outfits but I was damned if I was going to freeze!Paris Outfit 04So, as you can see, I didn’t wear everything I packed. I didn’t wear my heels, all of my accessories, evening top or blouse but had we gone out for dinner somewhere fancy, I would have had something to throw on. It also meant I had plenty of choice without over packing. I managed to get my Mr’s clothes and toiletries into the same small case as my stuff! I’ll be posting more about my Paris trip over the next week, including a look at some of the vegan eateries and the creepy places we visited. That’s all for now though, thank you for reading.

MHB

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Paris Trip: Capsule Wardrobe

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Hello Lovelies,

I’m very excited because me and my Beau are heading to Paris for a four day break this week. Now, the holiday alone is great but I also really enjoy the pre-holiday ritual that is packing. I especially love putting together a small capsule of items from my closet, deciding what colours, patterns and accessories to use etc. Trying on outfit combinations and accessorising them in different ways and so on. Choosing the right number and combination of clothes and accessories to maximise outfit options can be tricky if you’re not quite sure how to do it. Here I’ll show you what I packed for my Paris break and some of the outfit combinations that can be achieved with those items.*

I recommend doing this a few days in advance, rather than the day before your trip. This way, if anything you wish to take needs washing, ironing, dry cleaning or mending, you can get it done in time. For me, my convertible wrap had a popper stud loose, my red belt buckle needed fixing and my favourite dress needed washing and ironing.

I decide what my inspiration is going to be. For this trip it is Disney (because of Disney Land Paris obvs’) and classic Parisian Chic. To me that means primary colours, bows, Minnie Mouse (Disney) and smart pieces like Capri pants, black and white stripes, beret’s, smart gloves (Parisian Chic). If you want to get really into it, you can make a mood board using Polyvore or Pinterest.

I then chose my colour palette. I chose black and white stripes, plain black and leopard print as neutrals (yep, leopard print is a neutral in my mind). I chose indigo blue/purple as my main colour and bright red as my accent colour to prevent the whole capsule being a bit too ‘flat’.

I’m going for four days and three nights so I need at least three whole day outfits, at least one evening option for Valentine’s evening and an outfit for traveling out, so that means I need at least five outfits. Even though I won’t be packing my traveling outfit, I still count it as it has to co-ordinate with the rest of the clothes. I like to make my holiday capsules as succinct as possible while also allowing a little wiggle room for sudden weather changes and my mood. If you pack exactly four outfits, that do not mix and match, then you’re stuck with them, even if you don’t feel like wearing them when you get there!

Here’s what I took…Paris Capsule Resized. The Pieces 01* 3 Casual tops (1 vest, 1 tee and 1 long sleeved).

* 2 Sweaters (1 bright long sleeved and 1 3/4 sleeved)

* 2 Bottoms (1 pair of Capri pants and 1 stretch pencil skirt)

* 1 Evening top.

* 1 Dress.

Paris Capsule Resized. The Pieces 02* 1 Blouse.

*  1 Warm tailored coat.

* 1 Convertible wrap.

* 1 Fluffy hat (as a little snow is forecast).

* 2  Pairs of shoes (comfy boots and a pair of heels).

I then picked out my accessories. These are what will add a little flair to the outfits and help to mix things up a bit.Paris Capsule. Accessories* 2 Scarfs (1 silky, 1 bandana).

* 1 Beret.

* 1 Pair of smart gloves.

* 2 belts (1 red and 1 black one that came with my coat).

* A load of hair accessories (Including bows, skele hands, flowers and Minnie Mouse ear clips).

* A load of jewellery (Some dressy and some more casual).

It’s worth taking lots of accessories as they take up very little space and they can really change up an outfit. Now, here’s the best bit, the outfit combos! I know I’m only going for four days but this little lot would see me through a whole month! I took photos of 25 outfits, I’m only posting 12 here as I think it may just be overkill to include them all. But I could have made more than 25 outfits if I had kept on going. I’m just showing this by way of example of how little you really do need to take. Here are some of the Capri pant combos…Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 05

Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 07 Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 02 Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 01Capri pants can be dressed up or down, they’re a classic item and a an alternative to jeans. Here are the skirt combos…
Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 04 Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 03 Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 02 Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 05This pencil skirt is stretchy, so comfy for sightseeing. I really don’t like the idea of hopping all over town in a rigid, lined, tailored version. Again, it can be dressed up or down and worn with the striped tee, it looks like a dress. Here are the dress combinations…Paris Capsule Re-sized. Dress Outfit 02 Paris Capsule Resized. Dress Outfit 06 Paris Capsule Resized. Dress Outfit 03 Paris Capsule Resized. Dress Outfit 08The dressiest item in the capsule. It can still be dressed down with boots, the convertible wrap worn as a draped cardigan and tough accessories. Worn with a sweater, it looks like a skirt.

So, as you can see, there are lots of ways to wear this small collection of clothes. I used items in different ways than intended too; hair clips on shoes, necklaces and belts. I turned the blouse upside down to make it into a draped front shrug jacket instead (over the leopard print dress), and used the same silky scarf tied different ways and used as a head band. Think outside the box! Of course, there are a couple more things required to take and that is an across the body bag (means you can be hands free and it’s harder to steal when you’re wearing it), a compact umbrella and a pair of sunglasses.

I wear my heaviest stuff on the journey out, so I’ll be wearing my boots, Capri pants, fluffy hat, chunky silver jewellery and my convertible wrap. Here’s my traveling outfit and everything packed. I haven’t included underwear, sleepwear, hosiery, toiletries etc as this is a wardrobe post, but even with all that extra stuff packed in my little wheelie case, it’s only 2/3 full. That leaves room for shopping!Paris Capsule Resized. PackingWell, that pretty much covers it. I know it’s a mammoth post but I wanted to share this with you. This is my last post before heading off to Paris, I won’t be posting while I’m away but I’ll be back with what I wore/got up to over there next week.

* I will be launching a new blog series when I return from Paris which will cover capsule wardrobes in depth. So if you’re confused by terms such as ‘accent colour’ ‘accessories capsule’ etc, all will be explained in the coming weeks. Consider this a taster. :)

That’s all for the next few days. Au revoir et merci pour la lecture!

MHB

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One dress, Two Different Ways.

Birthday outfit 1bHello Lovelies,

An outfit post for you today. For two out of the four days of birthday celebrations I had a couple of weeks ago, I wore the same dress. A home made 1980s batwing full skirted dress to be precise and I paid a mere £10 for it in Camden about 9 years ago. It’s served me well and I believe the trick to getting a lot of wear out of something is as follows…

a) Buy something classic, e.g Black pencil skirt, LBD, White shirt etc.

b) Buy something well made so it can survive a lot of wear and tear.

c) Buy something that ticks both a and b and you’re onto a real winner!

Front.

Front.

Back. Deep V.

Back. Deep V.

Full skirt.

Full skirt.

The dress is kind of a mixture of both as it has a classic 50s feel to it, it’s fairly well made in a durable cotton but the giant polka dots make it quirky and fun. It has a bateau neckline, nipped waist and, 3/4 sleeves and a very full skirt. The trick is to then learning how to wear it in different ways to make it versatile. And by wearing it different ways, I don’t just mean by pairing it with a different pair of shoes/belt/sweater etc, I mean also trying to put it on in different ways. Turn it back to front, turn it upside down, twist it, pleat and pin it, fold it, have fun! Here’s an example…

Birthday outfit 1aBirthday outfit 1cOn my birthday I wore the dress as a skirt. I simply turned the torso inside the dress, so that only the skirt part was visible. I teamed it with a black and white striped long sleeve top, pink sweater, pink tights and patent boots. Oh, and a leapord print hat/scarf with ears thing I made last summer. I also wrapped one side of the skirt across the front and pinned it to the side to give it an asymmetric drape.

Birthday outfit 2aBirthday outfit 2bThat weekend I wore same dress but this time I wore the dress properly, I pulled up a corner on the left and right front and pinned into place. I added a bow brooch to one side and finished the outfit off with a black 3/4 sleeve sweater, black tights and metallic silver converse…and pink animal ears, why not?

I think I may do a series on wearing the same thing different ways, I may even post more outfits with the same dress. I’d love to see how you dress up your favourite items to get more wear out of them.

That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading as always.

MHB

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