Style: crazy trousers night

Have you ever wondered what happens when you mix the ASOS Black Friday sale with wine? I’m sure this is a burning question to most people, so here we are to answer that question.

The result is basically a shed load of trousers that seemed like they’d be a massive laugh and would be sent straight back. My credit card is very disappointed in me right now.

It’s been a communal Christmas splurge, completely unnecessary but honestly I don’t think there are any regrets. This could be the start of a quarter(ish) life crisis.

So. Here’s our attempt at styling what we bought. It goes without saying, neither of us are professional stylists but we do our best to scrub up when we have to.

Trouser #1

These got an initial ‘hmm not sure, they can probably go back’ and then they were tried on. These trousers are so comfortable and soft and plain old not black. They fit us both really well and definitely won’t be going back.

Trouser #2

For me, this was the start of a series of ‘who the hell do you think you are?’ Lizzy looks far better. I may not have found the perfect combination, but these trousers feel like they’d be so warm on a winter night out, surely that’s a reason to give them a space in the wardrobe?

Trouser #3

Velvet. Do I need to say anymore? Probably. I feel like velvet is a bit of a marmite thing, some people love it, some people can’t stand to be in the same room as it. Or is that just my sister over reacting? This pair is amazing though, so cosy and soft and are not being sent back under any circumstances.

Trouser #4

It wouldn’t be Christmas without sequins. I absolutely love these ones, they’re fully covered. Front and back sequins. Most sequin trousers I’ve looked at before that aren’t a ridiculous amount of money are little liars and are only covered on one side. Nice little bonus with these, they’ve got a nice cosy lining. Definite keepers.

Trousers #5

I feel like these metallic paper bag top things look better in person and neither of us has completely nailed the top half. They feel amazing on though. There must be the perfect top out there somewhere, that could just be the next challenge. I don’t think they’ll be going back any time soon.

Trouser #6

These look far better on Lizzy than they do on me. They’re also another pair that we had a bit of a laugh about and thought they’d be going straight back in the post. I’d say for me they are the second in the series of ‘who the hell do you think you are?’ But what’s so wrong with attempting to channel your inner badass wannabe every now and again?

Little bonus here, but when lizzy isn’t coordinating her wine with her outfit, she loves nothing more than pleather and a woolly jumper.

Trouser #7

So I think with this shop the no black challenge was in my head. Another pair of green trousers. They’re amazing though. The fabric feels great and they look pretty great on both of us.

Trouser #8

I had mixed feelings about this pair. Half thought they’d be going straight back, half had my fingers crossed they’d look pretty cool on. I think they look pretty cool (a little bit ‘who the hell do you think you are?) and they’re one of those bit of clothing that forces you into feeling confident. Winner.

So. Not entirely sure what else there is to say. I think this has been a pretty good haul. Probably a lot of what I wouldn’t have tried if wine hadn’t stepped in, but I’m very glad I’ve tried out some new styles. Luckily ASOS offers extended returns over Christmas so if any of these are still sat sad and lonely on the rail after Christmas, my credit card will be very glad to see the back of them. I’m hoping more for some pretty creative new outfits to see this year out in style. Because clothes are so important, obviously.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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Style: no black clothes for a week update

This week has been a pretty successful one I think. I did forget to document one day, but I’ve decided to let myself off with that one. So just to remind anyone who cares, the (very complicated) work wear challenge was to cut all black clothes out of my wardrobe for a week. When I realised how few non black items I had, I did expect this week to be a lot harder than it was. Maybe having very limited choice actually made things a little bit simpler, no over facing amount of options, all decisions were pretty much made for me.

Day 1

I can’t quite decide how much of a cheat day this was. I’d said last time black tights and shoes were allowed, but with shorts this outfit turned out to have a lot more black than it probably should have. Mixed feelings about this outfit, I was pretty comfortable all day and didn’t freeze, but the jumper was slightly too cropped and I was wearing fake leather shorts in an office full of slight perverts.

Day 2

This was a crazy day at work. Honestly not too sure how I made it through the day. I was pretty happy with my outfit choice though and there wasn’t any cheating. I was warm and comfortable all day and felt I was at a decent level of professional.

Day 3

Failed at this day. Woke up late and had plans straight after work. Worst excuse ever I know but that’s my story and I’m sticking with it. I did manage to stick with my planned outfit though so wasn’t a complete failure. I did like this outfit (I went with the jeans from day 2 with the tops) the long sleeveless jacket thing did get a little bit annoying though seeing as I was running up and down stairs all day, there were a few times when I had to take it off before I injured myself. That could just be me being a bit of an idiot though and not having the skill to wear something long and loose.

Day 4

I loved this outfit. There was a little bit of cheating at the ankles with some black heeled boots but we can all live with that, can’t we? The one downside I did have with these culottes was with the fact I never actually got around to sewing the button back on. I did spend the whole day feeling like I had a cheeky secret though, which wasn’t all bad. I need to get out more.

Day 5

The last work day wasn’t strictly a planned outfit. It was a last minute change but I actually loved it. The top might look like a cheat but I promise it’s blue and white not black and white. What better for the end of a long busy week that an outfit that you feel good about yourself in and it happens to be pretty comfortable?

Night 5

After feeling pretty good about my last minute day time outfit, I fell back into old habits with my evening outfit. My very pathetic excuse is that I was in a rush to get ready and didn’t want to make a scene at the engagement party I was heading to in front of a load of people I didn’t know. Clearly the only thing to do in that situation is to wear black and metallic grey. I do kind of wished I’d properly planned ahead and sorted myself with a more colourful outfit, but what can you do. This is an old faithful that I know I generally feel good wearing.

On the whole, this past week has been a success in my eyes. I do think I could do with investing in some more colourful (potentially brightly coloured) work suitable clothing. It did get a little bit samey basically just having a different coloured jumper each day. I realise I didn’t try anything completely mental through this week, but I would quite like to keep my job and not raise too many questions about what I’m doing with my life. Let’s see if I manage to keep any colour into the usual rotation of outfits.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

No more nail biting : update part 1

I can’t say there was any real victory about the last week apart from I’ve managed to do 8 days without getting a clip round the ear or a black eye from Hannah…its very true that old habits die hard. I’ve not noticed myself biting my nails at any point but then, on the other hand (no pun intended) I can’t see any real improvement. 

I’ve made an effort to moisturize, keep my cuticles tidy and file. I haven’t bothered with nail varnish but I think I should start. Maybe if they look bold I will take even more care making them look good and therefore not picking or biting them. 

This week’s challenge is to pick a bold colour that I wouldn’t usually go for and make it last all week.

If any one has any tips on how to break the habit or how to make varnish last longer than 2 days please leave a comment and help a girl out ✌
Much love

Lizzy xx

Style: hair gone wild

What is the best way to chill out after a crazy busy day at work? Do crazy things with your hair and take photos? That’s what everyone does on a Tuesday night isn’t it?

It might not be what normal people do, but I don’t think I ever claimed to be that normal.

I don’t think there’s really that much (or any) explanation to be given. My hair might be nearly not existent but it can still be made to point in many different directions with very limited effort.

So I could totally get away with these for day to day looks, right?

I had such a laugh doing this little impromptu photo shoot and from the laughing Lizzy was doing I think it must have been pretty funny to watch. I’ve clearly found the perfect place to take photos, perched on the back of the sofa with all the mess pushed just out of shot.

I did get to have a play with my new ring light, and it was the perfect de-stress. Absolutely great Tuesday night! I think there’s definitely more things I can get this hair to do and I can’t wait to try it all out.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: no black clothes for a week

After the last work wardrobe challenge failed completely, I thought more of a challenge might make the whole thing a bit easier. If that makes any sense at all? Probably not really, but hopefully this week will have at least a little bit more success than the last attempt. Not exactly a high bar to beat.

I’ve been wanting to do this self imposed challenge (if you can call it that) for a few weeks but just haven’t gotten around to getting it sorted or planned in any way. Basically the idea is to cut all black out of my wardrobe for a week. I feel like my go to winter work wardrobe has gone a little bit too funeral style and needs a bit of shaking up. At no point did I think about the amount of clothes I have that aren’t black. This could be an interesting week.

I was going to drag Lizzy into this challenge, which being the queen of black and grey she was thrilled at the prospect, but I literally don’t think we have enough colours between us to put enough outfits together.

So I started by pulling out everything even slightly coloured. Such a great selection. Or maybe not.

For a start, there’s quite a few short sleeves in this pitiful selection and I’d rather not freeze during the week. It’s a good job I don’t work somewhere with a strict dress code, I feel like this is going to be quite a casual week. Or just a plain old questionable time. Hopefully I won’t raise too many questions about my mental stability.

Before I get onto what I’ve put together as prospective outfits for the week, I’m going to put it out there that black tights and shoes aren’t being thrown out for the week otherwise I think I would get frostbite.

This is what I’ve come up with. Blue jeans are going to be featuring with the long jacket things and I do need to remember to sew a button back on the check culottes. You can’t expect me to be organised enough to get things like that sorted in advance.

I have really mixed feelings about this whole thing. And I’m being far too dramatic about it, it’s only a few questionable outfits, what’s the worst that can happen? I have a severe lack of colourful clothes so I think by next weekend I’ll either be shopping for more colours or burning the ones I have because it’s been a complete disaster. I am hoping for a positive feeling at the end of the week, after all I do love any excuse to justify a bit of unnecessary shopping.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: no nail biting challenge 

Since my name has been mentioned on here a few times already I should probably introsuce myself…Hi, I’m Liz. Also known as “the housemate”, “Lizzy”, “the workmate”, “the best pal and “drinks bitch”…

So this is the start of my journey to having nicer hands and nails.

Anything would be an improvement on what they look like right now! Chipped, chewed and tatty. First things first, take that old nail varnish off! I’ve picked and bitten my nails for as long as I remember, I’m 27 now and I now see how important it is to have nice nails. If you were to guess my profession from my hands you would probably think I was a butcher or a brick layer…but no. 

The time has come for me to be a real grown up and stop destroying my nails. The real challenege will be not to bite them. I will be sharing a photo in 1 week to show the progress…in the mean time, if Hannah sees me sabotaging this challenge she has my consent to whack me. 

So I’ll wither see you next week with lovely manicured hands or a black eye.

Stay tuned.

Much love, Liz x

House: diy foot stool

Sundays are for attempting diy aren’t they? Or have I got this all wrong and Sundays are usually reserved for relaxing? That sounds more like it! So anyway, a couple of weeks ago on a slightly hungover whim, I thought it would be a great idea to make some kind of a foot stool type of furniture. Obviously shops don’t sell anything like that and I know exactly what I’m doing. That doesn’t sound quite right either but that’s what thinking on a hangover does for you!

After dismantling all the wardrobes that we’re left in the house, I have a nice stock of spare/scrap wood waiting in the garage.

The most logical first step would have been to do a drawing with dimensions and joint plans. So that’s not what I did first. I went to B&Q and bought everything I might need, a saw, nails, wood glue and a staple gun. What could possibly go wrong?

Stage 1 – attempting to make a square.

Once I had my 4 pieces of (roughly) the same sized planks, the question was how to fix them together? I thought I’d try the glue first. That was a mistake. There’s some nice glue puddles dried into my living room floor now to memorialise that error. Next try was nails. They seem to have worked but they’ve definitely shown that I can’t cut a straight line and they are crazy noisy to put in so best not to try this too late at night if you don’t want your neighbors to hate you.

Stage 2 – finding a bottom

So even though there’s a massive amount of wood in the garage, I chose a piece that was slightly too small. Perfect logic again. My thinking was probably fuelled by laziness and a complete lack of faith in my abilities. To be fair to myself, all the bottom is covered, there’s just slightly less overlap on two of the edges, if that makes any sense at all?

Stage 3 – finding a top

Just like the bottom, the top is also a smidge too small. I think I’m going to try and turn it into a design feature, well fitting lids are so last year.

Stage 4 – polishing a poop (part 1)

I don’t have that much faith that this can be saved to be a beautiful piece of furniture, but I’m pretty sure any kind of improvement can be made. I had a quick look on the internet for proper upholstery supplies, and they are expensive! No amount of money could save this thing, so I thought I’d truly embrace the diy spirit and use anything I could find in the garage. A few Pinterest ‘tutorials’ said to wrap all the ugliness in with wadding. I’m not buying wadding but I do have old curtains. Do two uglies make something pretty? Most definitely not but it should help hide the couple of nails that are trying to poke through.

Stage 5 – polishing a poop (part 2)

Although I hate this red being back in the living room, it does do a pretty good job at hiding the dodgey edges and rogue nails. A bit of padding on the top seemed like a good idea too, for comfort at all that. So the next step was hiding the red. There were a couple of bits of knitting I’d done a while back and had no idea what to do with them. Perfect for a project with no direction. Unfortunately there was only enough knitting for the sides, which leaves the top still being an issue. What better way to hide any issues than with something else that doesn’t really fit?

So. My diy skills definitely need some work. A lot of work. I don’t think it’s completely horrendous for a first try but I’m not too sure how long it will be living in the house for. I’m torn between scrapping the whole thing and starting again or trying a ‘stage 6 – polishing a poop (part 3)’ we’ll see. Maybe I’ll see how well it works as a footstool before I make any decisions.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx