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

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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

House: wardrobe room part 1

One of the main things I’ve discovered in this new house is the fact that I pretty much hate all kinds of traditional furniture.  The previous owners very kindly left each bedroom with a wall sized wardrobe in.  I very quickly (fairly quickly) dismantled all of these and now have the majority of my clothes still in suitcases.  Great plan there. 

The eventual plan is for the little bedroom to be a fully functioning walk in wardrobe with all the clever storage I’ve been dreaming about for the past three years – I have big dreams I know.  These big plans are going to take a bit of time but that definitely doesn’t mean that room has to be ignored until that all comes together.  


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a room quite as dirty as the smallest room in this house.  I don’t think I’m being so over dramatic when I say it made me feel a little bit sick to think of someone living in that room.  The cream carpet was pretty much black and there were big dirt/grease marks at the head and foot of the built it bed. 

The first job was to get rid of the super well made built in bed.  I’m not expert but that wasn’t a well made bed.  Only judging slightly but I’m guessing that wasn’t the favourite sons room!  Once the bed was gone, it showed just how bad the carpet was.  I just can’t imagine getting showered then standing on that carpet to get ready for the day and still feeling clean at the end of the process.  I told a little lie earlier.  I didn’t dismantle the little room wardrobe just attempted to manoeuvre it around while figuring out what to do with that room, not the easiest thing but at least there is a temporary bit of boring furniture to house some of the many clothes hanging around here.  


Clearly step two was to rip that carpet up.  The room looked so much better but there were still the marks all over the walls.  I did also manage to get myself temporarily trapped inside the room after pushing the wardrobe out, pulling the carpet up and not quite having the strength to pull the wardrobe back in. After a quick rest and a few attention seeking snap chats, I put my brain to some kind of (good) use and got myself out of there.  I think all the walls took about three coats of bright white paint to get it all looking fresh.  Such an improvement.  A nice coat of gloss made the perfect finishing touch to the very basic white out.  

For a temporary walk in wardrobe, I think we’ve done a pretty good job.  The old wardrobe is very handy along with the shelf trays from the old wardrobe in my room.  There’s also the good old free standing rail and very flimsy shoe rack from the old house which are helping things look a bit more organised.  


Definitely many more improvements to be made hopefully very soon!

Stay tuned!

Much love! 

Hannah

Xxx

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