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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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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