Want to know something hideous? I was cleaning out the shoe section of my wardrobe this week - and by section I mean the space on the floor I have allocated for shoes - and stumbled across a brand new unworn pair that I got in the Reiss sale a month or so ago. I totally forgot that I owned them. While I did a little dance of joy when I found them I also felt a little sick and wasteful.
I immediately set myself the task of wearing them and attempted to sport them today. I say attempted because in wearing them out to a meeting in Media City I realised that trying shoes on in store, under a cushioned lush carpeted surface, has to be retail's biggest lie. These are not comfortable and I stumbled around like a lame foal.
No wonder they were in the sale.
The rest of this outfit is a hodge podge of old and new.
The most notable new additions are probably the waterfall blazer (from you know where) and the grey cord choker from Aldo.
It's taken me a while with the whole choker trend hasn't it? In getting here I have devised two fundamental rules:
1) They can't be too thick, lest it suffocate and most importantly, make my face look fat; and
2) Under no circumstances can there be any bedazzled charms.
I copied Tijan with this version after seeing her haul a couple of these on Snapchat and I just loved their simplicity and the fact that they didn't cost a fortune.
Talking of Tijan, I highly recommend you read her latest post. It sends a good message about being free of Instagram norms regarding beauty and general appearance. Although I am the person that has the blowdries, the manicures and the laser hair removal I do so because it gives me a boost and because it makes me feel good - I couldn't care less what standard it does or does not live up to. Anyone who feels an obligation to look a certain way should take comfort from her assertion that your image is entirely up to you - and her reminder that sometimes you need to step away from the unrealistic portrayal of appearance as communicated to us via social media.
Tee: Zara (old)
Blazer: Zara - Link!
Jeans: Topshop - Link!
Choker: Aldo - Link!
Thank you for your feedback on the blog design question posed in the last post by the way. I'm not sure what to do in terms of redesign but it's good to know where some of you stand.
I'll be back soon - maybe tomorrow! I am enjoying putting Mr BNBL to work with the camera even if it does occasionally result in a bit of a domestic :)