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

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

Style: birthday weekend prep

Where are nearly 27 year olds supposed to shop?

ASOS has been my solid go to website of dreams for the past 11 years or so.  I think I’m finally getting to the age where I’m too old to shop there.  It’s a pretty upsetting time.

To be fair, I definitely don’t need to buy anything new, but then again when does anyone really need to buy anything pretty?

With two wardrobes worth of clothes, this shouldn’t be such a hard job but I do feel like I’m struggling a little bit for inspiration.  How dramatic can I make putting two outfits together sound? 

The birthday plans are exciting and as far as I know not too extravagant.  On Saturday, a girls trip the York for all the cocktails and food we can manage.  Friday night is a surprise.  All I know is I can wear nice shoes and something fancy.

Outfit wise Saturday is the bigger challenge.  Shoes that will be comfy enough to walk round all day in (be obviously still look good), something warm enough (without being a fleece), and basically just something that is going to make me feel good about myself.  


First option.  The best high waisted pleather  culottes ever made (from the days before ASOS abandoned me) along with a kind of tasseled top from H&M many years ago.


Second option.  A jazzy, metallic, structured jacket bought as an eBay bargain (originally from Miss Selfridge), love it but only worn it once so far.  Paired with pretty much the perfect black ripped jeans from Topshop.


Third option.  Silky wide leg trousers (ASOS, obviously) and this Miss Selfridge tuxedo style jacket.  Some kind of top would probably come in pretty handy here too.


Fourth option.  Zara ruffle trousers (so love island) with the most versatile and long lived vest top Primark has ever sold.  Definitely need some kind of cover up but haven’t quite got that far yet. 


Fifth option.  This amazing, flowy, swishy, button up thing from Missguided with a cute little New Look lace cami top and weird (but cool) River Island coated jeans.


Sixth option.  The best impulse buy ever, this silky shirt/dress from H&M with a kind of mesh dress (looks a lot nicer than it sounds!) and then a belt.

Currently I don’t feel that amazed by any of these outfits, they’re just not quite right.  I don’t know if I’ve just spent too long looking through the same things or if I’m having a subconscious sulk because I wanted to treat myself to something new.  

I think I need to take a break, do something a bit more interesting than stare at clothes and remember there’s no such thing as a perfect outfit and I’m going to have a great time with my friends no matter what I wear.  I’m getting old.  Need to get glam asap. 

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: holiday wardrobe

Just over a week in paradise feels like a life time ago.  I’m being dramatic.  3 weeks back at work has made pure relaxation feel like a distant memory though.  What better way to bring on the late holiday blues like reflecting on the whole experience and wishing I could do it all again.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve been anywhere with such a blue sky and not a cloud in sight.  Seriously, this photo does not do the sky justice.  It was beautiful.

With all the stress of trying to complete the new house, shopping went way down on my priority list and I put the very least effort into packing as physically possible.  I was that stressed before I left that I didn’t even have the energy to stress about how unprepared I was.

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The first night was pretty chilled after having a ridiculously early start in the morning.  I love this outfit.  So comfy and could definitely wear it in England (maybe without the jelly shoes).  The trousers were part of the panic Zara shop – I think Zara may be my new favourite place to shop.  The top is a good old New Look faithful and the shoes a £10 Asos bargain from a few years ago.

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Second night felt a bit more dressy with this amazing Miss Selfridge jumpsuit borrowed from my roommates wardrobe.  This new collective wardrobe is paying off already!

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Third night took us to the booming nearby bars (think small town nightlife).  Taxi rides meant my new 1.7kg shoes could come out to play (they got evicted from the checked in suitcase for being too chunky).  This was a head to toe Miss Selfridge panic haul and I was pretty pleased with it.  The only down side was that the trousers and flash of belly didn’t really allow for a big meal, which actually may have been a bit of a blessing in practising portion control.

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By day 4, we thought we’d mix things up a bit and go for lunch.  Great idea until you get out into the heat and realise the only thing you can do in the daytime is sweat.  Luckily this Zara jumpsuit is the best item of clothing ever created and bought.  It’s light weight, patterned to disguise any potential sweat marks, and once you remove the belt (which would look great in England) it’s baggy enough to allow the nicest full body breeze to flow through!  What more could you ask for from a jumpsuit?

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Things got a little bit crazy on day 5.  Like really crazy.  We went for the standard food and cocktails.  I got addressed as sir by a photographer whose backtrack excuse was “my English isn’t great, I don’t know pronouns”.  We then copied the start of every kidnapping film and got in a strangers car to an unknown place.  We survived though so that makes it okay?  Luckily we didn’t get kidnapped or murdered.  We ended up at the most amazing all night disco.  Literally dancing til the sun came up.  So much fun.  I was wearing an Asos dress that may have actually been a beach cover up.  So comfy and great for dramatic dancing.  Realised at about 8am that I hadn’t got an outfit picture for the day so tried posing as we were starting to think about how the hell we were gonna get back to the apartment.  This Spanish guy just didn’t get the concept, but I kind of love the photo!

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Night 6 was much tamer compared to the previous night.  Although it wouldn’t take much.  This was one of the outfits I was most excited about trying.  Top and trousers from the Zara parcel and the over weight wedges.  This was my version of a Love Island outfit.  Ruffles, crop and massive heels.  I know it’s not that out there as far as outfits go, but it’ not something I’d usually go for.  I love trying new outfits and I’m very glad I tried this one.

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Night 7 was another somewhat risky outfit.  Pretty Little Thing bought from Asos.  Very low cut, very high split and very sheer.  Very Love Island.  I did chicken out a little bit with this dress though I have to admit.  The dress is designed with a built in body suit.  I opted for a pair of black denim shorts to cover a bit more of my modesty, didn’t really think anyone should have to look at my bare thigh and ass while going out for tea!  I am quite looking forward to trying this dress over some black skinny jeans though, in my head that’ll work for an England look.  I could be very wrong but I have high hopes.

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Last night and unfortunately not the last outfit.  Zara trousers and borrowed H&M top.  These trousers are amazing.  They have the best swish.  I love how this top looks but when it’s 30 degrees at night you definitely need something breathable.  Maybe half an hour into the night, sweat patches started to appear.  Just what you want.  At least I managed to get a dry photo in first though, right?

On the whole, I think my panic buying worked out pretty well!  Apart from the sweating factor, there wasn’t an outfit that I felt uncomfortable in or didn’t feel like myself in.  I did have a couple of left over outfits at the end of the trip.  I hate taking things just to bring them back again.  I do kind of wish I’d been able to put together more of a capsule wardrobe with more creative elements to make things look different.  To be fair though, everything fit in the suitcase and I felt good in everything I wore.  I also managed to fully relax for the first time in I don’t know how long and then get my head in the right space for moving and decorating.  Definitely a well needed break, as soon as I step foot back in Sheffield the house work began!  Lots of house development updates coming very soon!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: H&M shopping spree

It’s taken approx 14 years of practice but I think I’ve finally cracked the mystery of successful clothes shopping.  After a lovely trip to the spa with my new roomie, what better than an impromptu shopping trip?  I usually avoid the high street like the plague (I know, shops need support or they’ll disappear blah, blah, blah).  We went into H&M after seeing a gorgeous jumpsuit in a magazine while waiting in the relaxation room.  Didn’t think about the fact it was an old feature and it had clearly sold out by now.  Never mind.  In our completely relaxed haze, we pretty much bought everything we touched without stopping to really see what we had or how much it cost.  What can I say, we know how to live dangerously!

I am so impressed with our communal haul.  We accidentally managed to collectively buy the perfect capsule wardrobe.  Pretty much everything fits us both perfectly and pretty much everything looks like it’ll go together to make the best outfits.

This has to be the way forward.  Communal wardrobes.  Twice the amount of clothes without having to fork out for everything.  It’s also a refreshing change having options that I wouldn’t necessarily pick myself.  We’ve got fairly similar styles but do usually pick out pieces that the other wouldn’t.  Perfect harmony if you ask me!

Either H&M have an amazing shop layout with subliminal shopping hints, or we both have incredible natural style and ability to pick out outfits without having to think about it.  I’m going to be unrealistically optimistic and choose to believe the latter.  In all our circuits around the shop, there’s a very good chance we’ve just shopped a ready made collection, but the whole experience was stress free and felt a little bit cheeky.  Perfect shopping trip for me, might give real life shopping a go a bit more often (I’m sure my bank account will hate me for that!)

I am very excited to get properly into styling all these new pieces and transforming into the grown up goddess I’m picturing in my head right now.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx