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Curated closet

Like I said in my last curated closet post, the aim of all the photo searching is to come up with a list of elements/characteristics that you like, which you later refine into a style list. So, without further ado, here is mine!

Overall vibe
Colourblocking
Middle aged pottery teacher
Minimalism/clean lines
Sculptural
Streetwear

This one was the hardest. It’s really difficult to give something a name! I was sort of considering going for tomboy or androgynous or something, because I’m a low maintenance person beauty wise and I never wear heels and even when wearing dresses I prefer to style them casual. But then I associate those names with a particular, boyish body shape, and clearly I am not that! In the end I plumped for streetwear after I was at a thing in the fringe and one of the performers commented on my campers and threadless sweatshirt, which gave me the idea of streetwear. It’s not quite right either though!

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This is what I mean by middle aged pottery teacher – Kate Malone was my inspiration but I couldn’t find any good full body pictures of her on her own. Sonya Phillips also in this vein. I don’t like this look wholesale (it’s too unfitted around the bust), but it really appeals to me

Individual items
Oversized/ losse fitting dress
Woven tshirt
Casual blazer
Skinny jeans
Long but fittedish tunic top
Flats shoes – brogues/campers/trainers
Shirtdress

Curated closet
This features yellow, skinny jeans, colourblocking and layering

Colours
Yellow/Orange
Bright red
Navy as the neutral
Warm shades
Graphic prints – abstract or large scale florals
Stripes

Curated closet
A loose fitting dress with a casual blazer (actually that’s maybe a cardigan)

Silhouettes
Oversized/a-line dress
Correctly fitted around the bust – I like oversized but I hate things flippy flopping around on my shoulders, or my boobs being squished down
Tunic over skinnies
Fitted top, voluminous bottom
Long/3/4length/bracelet length sleeves
Highish necklines that sit in place – no boat necks or off the shoulder things

Curated closet
Stripes, pockets, trainers

Materials
Good quality fabrics only, true colours, no fading or pilling
Soft medium weight woven cottons
Stable knits (sweatshirting, thickish jersey)
Satin/silk for floaty tops
Wool
Preference for natural fibres

Curated closet
Stripes, structural shoulders, red

Styling
Layering
Earrings and brooches for jewellery
Scarves/Handknit shawls
Erring on the side of casual
Crossbody bags
Pockets!

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I really disprove of the weird half in half out tucking here, but if the heels were flats I would wear this in a heartbeat

Overall this doesn’t feel totally coherent but it’s a start!

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Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start

As I mentioned, Milo went stabiliser free on his bike recently and took to it like a fish to water so we took advantage of the Tour of Britain starting in edinburgh this year and the associated City Bike Ride, a week 5k loop of closed roads designed for families. We got a bike seat off my boss, so now we can all go out together. The Tour proper started on the Royal Mile this year (last year it was Holyrood Park), which was kind of an odd choice, all the tourists on their ghost tours were a bit confused, and there were team cars parked everywhere, so even the bridges didn’t really function even for buses, but it was fun to see the pros in that environment. We saw Tony Martin and Dave also saw Mark Cavendish while Milo and I were watching people having their picture taken with a mystery Irish rider (someone told me his name, but I’d never heard it before).

We only saw the riders actually cycle just for the warm up before the actual start, and they were crazy fast even then. Milo kept asking if we were going to follow the professionals on our bikes, it was quite sweet. Like a mere mortal would have a chance of keeping up in anything without a motor!

Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start

We went round the course twice, I thought Milo might struggle but actually 5k on an almost flat course is nothing even for a 4 year old. Because it was set up for families there was always lots of space, no one trying to race it. We only stopped because Ellis fell asleep in the seat and started flopping against me which obviously isn’t the best feeling particularly when that was actually the first time I’d ridden with him in the back!

Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain

That week I basically failed to take any decent individual pictures of the boys for project 52 so these are them

Tour of Britain start
Tour of Britain start

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We made some pottery
We made some pottery
We made some pottery
We made some pottery
We made some pottery

For Dave’s birthday I gave him a slab building pottery course at Cyan Clayworks and booked myself in at the same time. It’s such a luxury to spend all day making! Pottery is probably not really my craft, I’m too slapdash for it, you want things to look really tidy really, but it was fun! We used slip to add the colours, which is clay mixed with pigment, so you only have to fire it once, rather than firing it, glazing it then firing it again, though evrything is glazed with a clear glaze over the slip. We make quite a lot of things which are now distributed around the flat mixed in with the bought pottery. I’m quite pleased with some of it, others not so much. Dave’s look better than mine (he made the lace pot, fish plate, knot tile and fish), and the mug I made is essentially useless, as all the stuff I scratched into it makes it really uncomfortable to drink from. Still though, was a fun day even if everything had turned out looking awful!

We made some pottery
We made some pottery
We made some pottery
We made some pottery
We made some pottery

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George square gardens during the Fringe

Ice cream in George Square Gardens
Ice cream in George Square Gardens
Ice cream in George Square Gardens
Ice cream in George Square Gardens
Ice cream in George Square Gardens

While the Edinburgh festival fringe is on, they always have venues and food and drink in George Square Gardens. We spent loads of time in the Assembly part of it (the gardens are given over two two separate companies) this summer, it’s a nice atmosphere during the morning and early afternoon when all the kids shows are on, and there was plenty of space to park buggies and get a picnic table and lots of food options so we could all get different things.

We did make the mistake the first time we went of getting ice cream from fancy pants place Alanda’s, and then the boys asked for it every time, and mostly we relented because it’s only on for a month and it was really really nice. So yeah, here we have stereotypical parent blogger pictures of kids eating sugary treats, hehe! These pictures were actually taken on the last day of the Fringe and we didn’t even go to a show or anything, we literally just went to hang out and eat ice cream. I love these pictures though, the light was really good, and although there’s not a picture of all four of us, as a set they are a nice family group I think.

I am sort of considering using the two individual photos above as the project 52 ones instead of what I posted on Friday (more of a story, but Ellis’ one is slightly out of focus).

Ice cream in George Square Gardens
Ice cream in George Square Gardens
Ice cream in George Square Gardens
Ice cream in George Square Gardens
Ice cream in George Square Gardens
Ice cream in George Square Gardens

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Project 52: 33/52

33/52 Ellis
33/52 Milo

The boys have recently started building ‘houses’ on/in front of the sofas, aka piling cushions and blankets around and on top of themselves

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Hidden Edinburgh: Glenisla Gardens

Glenisla Gardens
Glenisla Gardens
Glenisla Gardens

Today I wanted to show some photos I took back in June in a little corner of Edinburgh that really doesn’t look like Edinburgh. Glenisla Gardens is a crescent on a hill tucked away at the very back of the Grange/Blackford by the train tracks. It just feels like you’re in a different place altogether – we don’t really have much colour, other than in my beloved doors. I came across it when we first moved here on one of my ‘let’s push the baby until he finally goes to sleep’ walks, and I took these photos when I was doing a step challenge and needed to get some steps in.

The interiors blog ‘the Pink House’ was based from one of the houses on the street, although I didn’t know about that blog even existing til it was featured on design sponge and a Beautiful Mess, and didn’t realise that’s where that was until my friend went to see it when they sold it (they’ve now moved back to London).

Glenisla Gardens
Glenisla Gardens
Glenisla Gardens
Glenisla Gardens
Glenisla Gardens
Glenisla Gardens

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The Curated Closet – Inspiration Search

Curated Closet

Pre August break I started working my way through the curated wardrobe, and I’m picking up where I left off with step three which is searching for images that appeal to you to figure out what it is you like. This was kind of harder than expected.

A few thoughts:

1. Fashion bloggers are so samey it’s quite disturbing. Obviously there are lots of fun and diverse fashion bloggers out there but they’re clearly small fry to who comes up when you start googling for particular outfits (e.g. Red shirt dress outfit, or casual blazer outfit, etc). Oh my god everyone is white, skinny, really long and full haired, impractical heels, heavily made up. Mostly blonde, occasionally brunette. That sort of Mormon housewife pre-kids look. The same sort of photography too, outside, warm weather, plain background, fake walking, looking down or into camera coquettishly, pushing hair behind ears. I’ve never really felt the need to seek out people that look like me in fashion blogs, but I do like to look at people who are different *from each other*. I don’t even have a problem with the look that these guys go for, but just the.complete.sameness. I genuinely found it difficult to tell them apart. I have never missed wardrobe remix and normal people photographing clothes they actually wore irl more in my life.

2. Slightly related to that, I found it really hard to let go of my internalised rules what I can wear because of my body shape. At this stage you are really supposed to just find stuff you like and would like to wear without regard to your lifestyle of body shape (both of those are brought in later), but I couldn’t really do it. I really like the look of culottes and palazzo pants, but I *know* they don’t work for me. I have bubble butt and big thighs, it’s not gonna happen unless I learn to tailor trousers which I am years away from in terms of my sewing skills. So even as I was downloading these pictures, I knew I would be ditching them soon.

3. I realised that I do actually have quite a clear image of what I like in my head, I just often wasn’t able to find it. This stage of the process is really about drilling down into the details, hem lengths, lapel sizes etc but I never got that far because for the things I really loved there wasn’t lots of variation thereof (unlike, say your heels, jeans and blazer combo favoured by the identikit bloggers). I think though that this sort of thing will naturally work itself out for me as I continue to sew. The dressmaking world is a lot more particular about these things than the fashion world which seems to be more about the overall look.

4. I also realised that colour is my number one thing. I will love anything mustard yellow regardless of what it is. I actually had to stop myself filling up my phone with all the random yellow.

I did arrive at some things at the end of all of this – which is another post!

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Project 52: 31/52 and 32/52

31/52 Milo
31/52 Ellis

This is kind of old news, but Milo has ditched his stabilisers! He got it pretty much straight away once we tried, just couldn’t start off on his own, the pictures were taken on the second day and he got it completely. He’s cycled 10k in one day since and we’re gonna let him cycle to nursery next week.

The week after I didn’t take any picture other than at the Monski Mouse show, so here they are for week 32.

32/52 Ellis
32/52 Milo

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Isle of Arran – Kildonan

Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan

Yup, I still have photos from Arran in June! This was the last of the places we went to (though not quite the last Arran post yet!), Kildonan in the south of the island. We missed the entrance to this village – it’s on a sort of loop from the main road – and then couldn’t find the path along the cliffs you are supposed to get in from there, plus Ellis was asleep in the car at the start, so we just stayed on the beach for ages. Plenty to do!

Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran- Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan
Isle of Arran - Kildonan

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