I think my mother sometimes wonders if I’ve had a total personality transplant since I moved to London last year. When she packed my belongings with me and drove me 354 miles from the place I’ve always known as home, I was still the same quirky girl I am now, only I listened exclusively to rock music and The 1975, dressed head to toe in black sports-luxe and would have looked at you as if you were insane if you had suggested that at the start of 2017 I would be buying a pair of carpet boots.
So you can probably forgive her for looking at me as though I was totally insane when I told her at the end of 2016 that I wanted to buy a pair of carpet boots.
This coming only months after we went shopping together for some Christmas clothes for me and I picked out this absolutely gorgeous embroidered shirt that I’d first seen on Sunbeamsjess back in October and realised that I needed it more than anything else in my wardrobe.
Oh and I suppose this is about the time I also confess that aside from my continuing obsession with The 1975 and my forever love affair with rock music, I have also discovered a passion for 80s ballads and late night jazz. I mean for all intents and purposes I might just have become a completely different person overnight. Only I haven’t, I’m still me – I’m just letting my style evolve however it wants, wherever it wants and totally embracing the journey.
I should put out a little disclaimer here – for those who have loved my sports vibe over the last few years, don’t worry. It’s not going anywhere, I just want to include a little something more to my wardrobe too. Rather than worrying about whether something really fits my style, or buying things I’m maybe a little more ‘meh’ about just because it fits with my wardrobe, I’m wholly embracing buying whatever the hell I want to wear whether it’s black mesh see through gorgeousness or the most beautiful yet tacky animal print shirt (just wait for next week’s posts…) – essentially I’m doing me in the best way possible, and this new style evolution of mine has me more excited than any I’ve gone through before.
I think it’s probably only fitting therefore that I’m beginning 2017 wholly and completely besotted by a number of items in my wardrobe, three of which I’m wearing in this very post. The skirt and the shirt were both very kindly given to me by my Mum for Christmas, and by this point I think I’d worn them pretty much every day since Christmas Day.
The shirt just screams ‘business in the front, party in the back’ – I love how from the front it’s completely unassuming yet still undeniably gorgeous, yet the minute I turn around this stunning embroidered scorpion design steals the show. It was my first real foray into colour for the year, and I like that it’s both subtle and in your face at the same time. For someone a little scared of introducing colour to their wardrobe it seemed like a good choice to ease my way in. I was really shocked by how great the quality of the material was too – I was expecting the usual thin cotton/silk effect material, however this is a gorgeous brushed cotton that I’m a little scared to wash but I’m so in love with!
The skirt is something else I’ve been obsessing over – I have a real lack of casual skirts in my wardrobe that I reach for regularly. I did have my black a-line Urban Outfitters skirt that I wore to death 2014-2015 but ended up being relegated to the work wardrobe last year out of sheer necessity essentially rendering it useless to my daily wardrobe as it’s been tainted by workwear. I got my gorgeous metallic silver skirt from Zara back in October, however I was still sorely in need of a black skirt and this faux leather beauty filled that void. I’m in love with the all the silver hardware and the badass biker vibes it gives off. I mean if I could live in this, that would be a-ok. Plus its super flattering considering these pictures were taken two days after my second Christmas Dinner of the year and approximately one hour after my billionth holiday induced chocolate binge…
Finally, and arguably my favourite item of all, the boots. THE BOOTS. So I saw these a couple of days before Christmas in Topshop and had to forcibly restrain myself from buying them by going to Millies Cookies and buying six mini cookies instead. Totally justifiable I’m sure you’ll agree, and also rather less than the £65 these bad boys set me back (now in the sale for £35 dammit). I contented myself however by heading into the Topshop in Manchester instead and buying them after Christmas. I’m in love with everything about them – the pattern is gorgeous and looks phenomenal with textured tights, and considering my current obsession with metallics, the use of gold embroidery thread gets me a little hot under the collar. I have super dodgy ankles so the block heel means I can actually walk in these (for dayysssss) and as they reach above my ankle they give me all the support while still looking sensational. Oh and did I mention they’re the comfiest goddamn shoes I’ve ever bought?
See Mum, I can do sensible…
Please tell me you’re as in love with the boots as me, let me know in the comments. I’ll also accept fangirling over the shirt or skirt but just don’t let the boots get jealous ok? Ok.
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