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What I wore: Vivien Holloway at a wedding

vivien of holloway

We didn’t have any weddings this year, most people that were going to get married have done that by now, but we did get invited to a wedding type party a few months after the wedding (which was in New Zealand) recently. I wore this dress which I originally wore to my sister’s wedding back in 2010. It was a bit looser then and I’m not sure halternecks are the best idea now I’ve acquired muscly mega arms from lobbing Milo around, but I just really wanted to wear it, I don’t get much opportunity to wear this kind of stuff these days!

Outfit stats:
* dress – vivien of holloway * shoes – clarks *

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Project 52: 37/52

37/52

Milo loves climbing onto things and is finally tall enough to get onto most places unassisted. I’m not sure this is a good thing really, he keeps climbing onto the coffee table when we’re not looking. Anyway, he loved this tree trunk!

A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014

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RIP Ginger

ginger catching up with the news
Sunday snuggles

Our beautiful cat Ginger is gone. He’s been at the vets on a drip the last few days after presumably eating or drinking something poisonous on Monday night. Yesterday morning it looked like he would recover but then his kidneys failed and he wasn’t responding to human interaction any more so we made the call to have him put down. Even though he was old and diabetic and slightly raggedy and we had some time to come to terms with the fact that this might happen, I’m floored by his death. I will miss his wee face and snuggly nature so much

The photos are from 2009 when he was shiny coated and strong

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What I wore: Agate necklace

agate and navy
agate and navy
agate and navy
necklace
agate and navy

Today’s outfit is built around the necklace which I was sent for review by Uncommon Goods. They’re an American based (they do ship ‘internationally’) online shop through which independent designers well their stuff. Everything is really lovely! They cover all the usual gift shop categories and lots of personalised stuff too (see here). I originally investigated the kids stuff which is super cute (see it here), but in the end I was selfish and went for something from the jewellery section (see here). I chose this agate slice necklace by artist Lucy Dalton. I love the the raw edges with the delicate setting and chain!

agate

I’m really happy to be promoting Uncommon Goods because as well as having a great selection of gifts, they’ve got a strong ethical approach. They do a really god job of promoting their makers, there’s lots of info about each person on the website, and the necklace arrived with a little note about Lucy Dalton and her approach! According to them, half their stock is handmade and a third is upcycled or recycled. But what I particularly like is that they commit to paying their lowest paid workers 50% over the minimum wage and they have a charity programme through which they donate $1 for every purchase to one of their four charities, which I all like a lot:

• RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization which arries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help
survivors, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
• American Forests, which protects and restores forests worldwide
• Women for Women International, which provides women survivors of war with the tools and resources to move from crisis
and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency.
• Reach Out and Read’s which is of doctors and nurses promoting early literacy, language skills, and school readiness to young children and their families

Thanks Uncommon Goods!

Outfit stats:
* dress – mango * blazer – charity shop * shoes – office * necklace – c/o Uncommon Goods obvs *

P.s. Sorry about the turned under collar in the pictures by the front door. It’s what happens when you rush the photos!

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What I wore: Sorbetto part 2

colette sorbetto pt 2
colette sorbetto pt 2
colette sorbetto pt 2

So, while August break was happening, I’ve been sewing. For reals.

This here is my second Colette Sorbetto. You may remember the fit of the first one was way off, which I did try to fix here, semi-successfully. I ditched the pleat, moved the darts down 2.5 cms and the armholes up 1.5cms. This did kind of work, the darts meet my bust point and there is no armhole gaping. But there still is tons and tons of extra fabric in the middle and the neckline is all wrong. It probably doesn’t help that I was lazy and ended up using some random bias binding to finish the seams, which is wider than what you’re meant to use. To be honest, it probably looks worse than the first one, though it feels like it fits better. Next time I am doing a proper FBA, which I finally understand how to do!

Fabric I got from Kerry at the Glasgow sewing blogger meet. It’s quite a thin cotton, which is probably why it didn’t like that mega bias binding. I’m pretty chuffed with my lining up skills, the horizontal striped match across the back (which or course you can’t see, but they do!).

Outfit stats:
* top – me-made * vintage skirt – charity shop * shoes – clarks *

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Project 52: 36/53

36/52

The baby swans were out at the duck pond yesterday

A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014

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The Secret Herb garden

secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden
secret herb garden

As I mentioned on Wednesday, on one of the weekends in August we went on a wee trip out to the secret herb garden. It’s basically a quite overgrown greenhouse with some vintage furniture (which is very vintage, i.e. quite destroyed in places, you can see the chunks missing out of the arms of those cream coloured chairs) dotted about for people to sit in. There’s a lovely cafe and shop. We had cakes (Dave has a chocolate cake and I had a lavender scone) which were very tasty and they also have quiches which look amazing! The shop is quite small, selling food and some garden stuff and home decor/knick knacks. There’s also a tiny vintage furniture bit. Oh and a kiddies corner in the greenhouse which is where the car thing Milo is scooting around came from. It’s really near Ikea and the Straiton retail parks so it’s a great place to stop off for some food and a kiddie run around afterwards!

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What I wore: Tweed blazer

great plains tweed blazer
great plains tweed blazer
great plains tweed blazer

I’m back, with a non-chronological outfit post. While I was on my break, Great Plains offered to send me something from their autumn/winter collection to check out. They have some great work-appropriate stuff, which is just as well because that’s what my wardrobe is missing, casual fun things I mainly plan on sewing myself from now on (fighting talk, I know!). Anyway, I got this tweed blazer style jacket from the coats and jackets section. They have a matching pair of trousers as well, so I was expecting this to be an indoor suit jacket, but actually it’s a lovely thick material, so I’ve been wearing it as an outdoor jacket loads and will do until it turns proper cold.

I had originally planned to show you it how I’ll be wearing it to work, with a black dress, but then that would have required me to wear officey type clothes at the weekend, and lets face it I barely even wear smart clothes at work (I cycle to work, so it’s not the easiest, and I tend to reserve proper smart clothes for when I have meetings with externals, Directors or ministers. The cycling also means I would have to change back into them after getting home if I wanted to take a weekday photo, which ain’t gonna happen). So I wore a more weekend appropriate thing of jeans and a checked shirt, and that’s mostly how I’ve been wearing it.

These photos were taken at the Secret Herb Garden by the way, which I will post about on Friday!

Outfit stats:
* blazer – c/o great plains * shirt – charity shop * jeans – only * shoes – clarks *

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Let’s hope this works!

Yesterday I found out that my bloglovin has randomly stopped updating since the middle of July. Thanks to Jessie for pointing it out. They are telling me it is now fixed, so this is a test post to check if that’s actually the case. Fingers crossed!

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