Vintage Vibes
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The sheer tights are BACK, they weren't gone for too long at all. Granted it is still a little too cold to wear them at the moment, but I am Northern and therefore quite hardy to the cold and also an idiot who is sometimes willing to suffer. I wanted to go for a super vintage look with them, so what better than my favourite vintage blazer. I have had this for a while now and I think longtime readers will know this pops up on here pretty regularly. 

I have been thinking more and more about how I almost fall into having a capsule wardrobe while actually having a ridiculously large one. I go back to the same pieces I love over and over, and I wonder if I will ever be brave enough to properly clear out the majority of what I have. So much of what I hold onto is because I might want to wear it one day again soon, rather than knowing I will. Really, I go back to the same things over and over. This exact skirt and knit combo has been on the blog a few times already, and it's one I have reached for for several evenings out. So while I do have other black minis and knits, really I could get rid and just stick with these ones, which I am sort of doing anyway? I think in some ways it's confidence thing, that having all these options might make me more sartorially daring, but in reality I know what I like and always opt to slowly add new things after a lot of deliberating. 

Honestly, I don't think I will ever manage to have a capsule wardrobe - I do seem to want the options even if I don't use them. But I think I may at least take a few black knits down to the charity shop, which would be a baby step in the direction of not almost being crushed by my denim and knit collection when it falls out my wardrobe on a daily basis. 

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BOOTS: DIOR | SKIRT: REFORMATION (old, try this one) | KNIT: WEEKDAY | BLAZER; VINTAGE 

PHOTOS BY ARTHUR YUE

Your Attitude
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Sharing another quote today that really stuck with me (scroll down a bit to read it). All about our attitudes, and how the attitude we adopt can change so much of our lives. All those cliches we hear all the time such as 'mind over matter' and 'glass half full' are so true in so many ways, these mantras of a positive attitude and thinking can really effect what life brings back to us. However, I don't necessarily believe in Rhonda Byrne's theory that if you put what you want out into the world, thinking and imagining that you wish to happen, the world will give you what you want (ok, that was massively over simplified, I know). It's not just about projecting your wishes and sitting back and waiting for them all to come true, I believe it's more about identifying them, setting your sights on them, then having the attitude needed to go and get them. That is of course not an attitude of defeat, which I think I would very quickly develop I were to sit back and wait for the universe to reward me for simply thinking about whatever I want to happen.

It's definitely easy to attribute things happening in your life to this theory. The best example I have is being invited to LA with & Other Stories last October. I had been in the shop the day before I got the email, noticing how a lot of the pieces I was loving were from their LA Atelier, and I thought about how cool it would be to go to LA with & Other Stories. The next morning I got an email inviting me to go, I literally jumped up off my seat, I couldn't believe it. It would be easy to adopt the attitude that I put the thought into the universe, and the universe made it happen. But I think, while there is a certain romance to that thought, a more motivating attitude is to realise I made it happen for myself. I worked with the brand, did good work for them, shared a genuine love for their brand with all of you (and I know you all love it too), and so they noticed and rewarded that. Taking that attitude makes me more likely to make something like that happen again. 

As the quote states; I am convinced life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% of how I react to it. And I think I am convinced of that too. Never to be complacent or ungrateful for things (sometimes I need to work on the latter) when things go my way, but to really notice them and try find more ways to get that moment again. And not to feel victimised when things don't, because it's inevitable that we don't always get to live the life we hoped for as certain times. But your attitude to these moments is the most important.

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"The longer I live, the more I realise the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we all have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day, We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is out attitude. I am convinced life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it us with you... we are in charge of our attitudes." - Charles R. Swindoll

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And to briefly end this post with a discussion of my outfit, because there are some items in this I just have to gush over. The first of which being these insane boots. Officially the most expensive shoes I own, and a purchase spurred on by my Mum when she was down in London last week. I have been after a pair of pointed boots for a while, and was convinced Manolo Blanhik was going to be the designer to come through with the perfect pair.. until I saw these Dior ones. They are perfection. A heel a little lower than I usually go for, but it totally works and looks amazing - possibly down to the subtle angle of the heel. They are so sexy and elegant, easy to walk in, comfortable (true to size, FYI), and I have no doubt I will be wearing these season after season. These trousers are also a new high end piece, from Isabel Marant and are the pair of cream trousers I have been dreaming of for a while. Something to buy now to brighten up your Winter wardrobe, and wear all the way through Spring and into Summer (they look killer with just a white t-shirt, and I can't wait to wear them like that). They are super tight fitting and a great incentive for me to stop eating this melt in the middle chocolate pudding I am currently half way through... or at least to finish it but not have another one for a while.

TROUSERS: ISABEL MARANT | BOOTS: DIOR | KNIT: COS | BLAZER: FRANKIE STORE (similar here)

Sheer
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Hope you all had a lovely weekend. It's Sunday evening as I am writing this, I have Friends on TV (since that came on Netflix I have been binging it endlessly) and am nursing a cold and generally having a lovely time feeling sorry for myself. This week is finally picking up pace a bit which I am so thankful for, I have been itching to really get going with work things again and start travelling again, and January has been a slow starter so far! But this week is going to be all go, and I cannot wait to get back into it all! 

Took these photos at home a couple of weeks ago. Anyone who knows me will know how obsessed with my own flat I am, it's honestly a little sad. It's my little sanctuary and I love spending time here, especially with friends when I can share it with someone else too. I have a few more things to do in here before it's all completely finished and then of course I will be sharing a full flat tour as soon as that's all done. My normal get up around the house is somewhat similar to this, minus the sheer tights and the heels (obvs), but this look was inspired by this image from the Jamie x Khaite campaign Generally I am not a fan of tights because they remind me of uncomfortable school days where they seem to fall down all the time and constantly be bunched up around your ankles. But there is something sort of sexy about sheer tights. Unfortunately I do feel that it's something you need to spend money on to get a good pair - these are Wolford, and I tried some M&S ones and they are just not the same sadly. Thus far I have only worn them around the house for these photos, but I 100% think these would work well for a Winter night out if you still want to hold on to wear skirts and dresses throughout the colder months - which I definitely do. 

 

KNIT: RAEY | TIGHTS: WOLFORD | SHOES: FINERY LONDON

PHOTOS BY DEAN MARTINDALE. 

 

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