Style: jewellery week

While I’ve been packing up my things in anticipation for the move that doesn’t ever seem to be coming, I started packing up my jewellery.  I knew I had a lot but I didn’t think I had quite as much as I actually do.  The crazy thing is, I barely wear any of it.  I occasionally remember to put a pair of earrings in or maybe pop a ring on, a watch if I’m given it at work.

I’m trying to put a positive spin on this whole waiting process so why not have a clear out and a style challenge at the same time?  I want to figure out if I’m too lazy to think about accessorising or if I’m just not a jewellery person and I have another box I can send to the charity shop.

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This is just a tiny somewhat neat selection of the pieces I currently have.  There’s a bit of a mix of chunky statement things and more delicate things.  I’m hoping I’ll be able to find pieces that work together and I don’t end up looking like a kid playing in a dressing up box!

When I was younger I remember a friends mum teaching us that you’re not fully dressed unless you have earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces all at once.  To this day I don’t think I’ve ever followed that rule, but this week I’m going to give it a pretty good go!  My super hard challenge this week is to wear as much jewellery as possible (hopefully without getting laughed at).  Fingers crossed this is going to give me a new found love for blinging up, any excuse for new things to shop for!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: soft cup bra update part 2

Not to be overly dramatic, but going wire free has been a complete game changer for me.  I think during the first week I played it pretty safe with my outfit choices, mainly to suss out how practical the bras would be and how much coverage they would offer (I didn’t want to risk a nip slip in the middle of the office!)  After being incredible pleased with the results, I thought I’d push the boat out a little bit and put a smidge more effort into my weeks outfits.

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I did have to reign myself in a couple of times though and remember (as my mum used to say) I’m going to work not a fashion show.

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Day 1 – The beginning of the week was so hot, especially in an office where the closest thing to air con is a weak little fan in the corner of the room.  I was so happy with how the straps on this bra matched up perfectly with my top – I had it drilled into me when I was a teenager that bra straps should never be seen.  I think this is the first time in years that I’ve found two pieces that fit so well together.  I’m also loving these new metallic mules from New Look, I couldn’t decide if they were a bit old lady but now I think I love them.

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Day 2 – This little top is so comfy and cool but a nightmare for a normal bra.  That’s where a lovely little racer back soft cup comes in.  I bought this bra ages ago but never really gave it a proper chance, the high racer back makes it feel like the worst fitting bra in the world – you know when the under band rides way up.  It fit pretty perfectly with the shape of this top, just showing a little flash of netting at the sides every now and again.  I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t mind a cheeky flash.

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Day 3 – This is another bra/top combo that fit perfectly together.  I did feel a little bit weird wearing a top that I have only ever worn going out out in the daytime, but I figured it’s only a top and it doesn’t flash anything inappropriate so where’s the harm?  I’ve always been kind of split between wanting separate work and not work wardrobes, and mixing everything up wearing whatever, wherever.  I’m still not completely sure about mixing, but I suppose as long as I’m not turning up to work wearing mini dresses I’m sure it’ll be fine.

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Day 4  – I love this little eBay bargain top, it’s a weird knitted metallic mix that’s (you guessed it) pretty comfy.  It’s not that spacious in the chest area though so I doubt it would work with any kind of padded bra.  I probably could have gone a bit more smart than casual with this outfit (I’ve already got the trousers in mind for next time) but I felt pretty good wearing this combination so that’s good enough for me.

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Day 5 – This day was probably the coolest of the week so I thought I could get away with a full sleeve.  I went for a lacey crop top under this, very daring wearing black under cream.  It’s so stupid but I felt a bit self conscious at first having dark underwear under a light top.  I managed to get a grip of myself, get over it and accept the comfort I was in.  It’s not like it’s a sexy bra and a fully sheer top, surely that makes it acceptable?  These shoes on the other hand nearly killed me.  My walk to work takes 5-10 mins, that’s all it took for these to give me the biggest blister.  Silver lining – it stopped me going out at lunch for a fatty lunch.

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Day 6 – This was my ‘brunch with the ladies’ outfit.  I think I was so excited about having a catch up with my lovely gang that I was probably a bit over dressed and overly made up, but then again I felt pretty good about myself so that’s all that matters, right?  I took this opportunity to flash more than I could on a normal day, wearing a soft cup bra with extra straps under a v neck, lace up top.  I’m not sure it worked 100% but I didn’t hate it!

As vein as it might be, I do love the more put together feeling that comes with putting in the effort and taking a bit more time when getting ready in the morning.  Next step is to find something other than bras to obsess over!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: soft cup bra week update

I’ve spent the last week without underwires and I’ve loved every second of it.  I expected to be over it after a couple of days and be craving a bit of support but I was so impressed with how genuinely comfortable I was the entire time.  I was a little disappointed in myself for not getting a bit more creative with my outfits, but I can give that a go from now on.

When I did my little shopping spree I went all out and bought matching pants for every bra.  I always buy matching sets but rarely find myself wearing them day to day.  I really had to laugh at myself the first day getting ready.  I felt like that scene at the beginning of The Devil Wears Prada when the fancy fashion girls are parading around in their underwear while they pick their outfits and do their makeup.  My current situation is a far cry from New York glamour, but it did give me a nice little boost to start the day.

I discovered another love this week.  High waisted pants.  So comfy and so sassy.

Hopefully these lovely new soft cups will make everything a lot more comfortable (maybe less sweaty?) during the summer.  I’m just going to have to work on being more organised and planning my outfits in advance, or getting up earlier in the morning – I know which one I’d prefer!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: soft cup bra week

Now I know I’m not the only female who enjoys nice underwear, and don’t things you already love always seem so much better when there’s a sale/discount?  I’m an absolute sucker for a sale, especially when you get the email that says you’re a VIP and get special early access to the bargains.  Boux Avenue, your marketing works a treat – my credit card hates you.

I’ve recently found myself hating underwired bras more and more.  This could just be because I’ve put a bit of weight on so they’re tighter than they should be.  Or I’m just fully morphing into my inner 80 year old who likes being cosy, not wearing real clothes and knitting.  Obviously the cheaper and more sensible option would be to stop eating all the food that crosses my path, but where’s the fun in that?  That only leaves one option, buy more bras.  After all, if you buy in a sale then you’re saving money right?

I added everything I liked the look of to my basket, then took half of it out after I reminded myself I’m not a millionaire and I’m supposed to be saving money right now.  Sale shopping doesn’t count as real shopping so it doesn’t break the budget – justification logic.

When everything arrived I was really pleasantly surprised by the quality and fit of all the bras.  I’ve ordered soft cups from places like ASOS before and although they are pretty, they offer no support at all and basically give up on life after about an hour.  Yes I’m aware when you take the structure out of something it’s not possible for it to offer the same support, but a girl can dream.  Is it too much to ask for comfort, support, style and shape?

A couple of the bras in this bundle need a bit of tweaking on the bands to get them to fit just right, but I had that in mind when choosing them.  As long as I can find my sewing machine between all the boxes that won’t be an issue.

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I’m giving myself the super tricky challenge of wearing a different style every day to see if I can justify my little shopping spree or if I need to give up completely on the idea of pretty and comfy underwear.  I’m looking forward to coming up with some outfits, hopefully a nice combination of comfy and stylish.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: work wardrobe update

I set myself the challenge of being an organised person for a week (with my wardrobe) and I came up with some results.

Day 1

Amazing.  Felt absolutely fine about snoozing my alarm for an extra 10/20/30 mins, guilt free snooze time feels like a great start to the day.  Being able to get myself ready, feel fairly put together and be at work on time set me up for a pretty good day.  This outfit was also a pretty comfy one, for me that is so important when I’m sat hunched over a computer for 8 hours.  The one downside of this look, I slightly underestimated the weather and did have to resort to wrapping up in my work blanket.  Not the end of the world.

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Day 2

The second day was a massive failure.  I was enjoying what should have been my guilt free snooze when I realised my outfit for the day was culottes and I had the hairiest legs.  I had a bit decision to make. I could either shower, pick an easy outfit and get to work on time with hairy legs or shower, epilate, wear my planned outfit and get to work incredible late and have to explain myself.  I didn’t really think the second option would go down very well, and honestly it was far too much effort for first thing in the morning.  I also knew there was minimum chance of having to deal face to face with any customers so didn’t feel too bad about jeans and a jumper.  So comfy all day.

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Day 3

This day was basically a smart pj day.  So comfy.  Definitely could have spent more time and effort on makeup, but I have to admit I got a little bit carried away with my guilt free snoozing.  I swear these trousers look better in person than they do in photos!

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Day 4

I absolutely love these trousers.  Photos definitely don’t do them justice (I need to work on that) This outfit worked just fine for being in the office all day, but would have been absolutely useless for hunching over taking photos and editing.  I think the only way to make the trousers work for everything would be to stop eating pizza.  That’s not going to happen any time soon.

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Day 5

The last day wasn’t strictly a planned outfit, but with having a spare outfit after the second days fail, I thought I’d mix and match.  Another pj outfit that doesn’t photograph well.  Aside from having my first short hair bad hair day I felt pretty good about this look all day.  Had face to face contact with a few customers and none of them ran from the shop screaming so it can’t have been that bad.

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On the whole I have pretty mixed feelings about the week.  It was kind of nice knowing (as long as my leg hair was under control) I could turn up to work looking presentable without having to think about it.  In the same way, it became a little bit boring not having that input into my morning routine.  I liked having the option of go to looks but honestly I think having pretty simple decisions to make in the morning helps wake my brain up a little bit.

The whole process of putting outfits together, I enjoyed.

Sticking to an outfit plan made me feel a little stuck on a rut.

Another couple of things I’ve learnt over the past week: practice posing and stop eating carbs.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: work wardrobe

Recently I’ve been trying to put a bit more effort into my day to day work “look”.  I love nothing more than snoozing my alarm until the last possible moment on a morning, this doesn’t give a lot of time to plan an outfit to throw on before running out of the door.  With a thought to help myself out, I decided to spend some day off time putting together a few outfits to see if being prepared and organised will let me snooze and leave the house feeling good about myself.

I’ll be the first to admit, it isn’t the most inspired collection but it’s made up of outfits that are comfortable and give me a little bit of confidence.

My hope is that a little bit of organisation in the morning will give me one less thing to think about and (hopefully) lead to a stress free morning.  Let’s just see if I can stick to it, and if it works carry on trying to be an organised person.

Stay tuned!

Much love

Hannah

xxx