Hello, marking my place too. Rather harassed by general DC demands right now but DS starts school this week and I have high hopes for there being a little bit more time for me in the coming weeks and months. Ready to wardrobe purge too and do a little new season shopping.
Dona I think / hope that cream suits me top. Have lots of lace / silk / knit tops in cream for summer which I've been wearing lots with sorbet coloured skinnies (peppermint / pale pink) and it's felt good and flattering. Would like some cream knits for A/W and a sweater dress sounds great. Unlike you though I always feel at my best in a dress. They feel likr effortless chic and I think because I'm so little they're better than separates really. Anyway, no real work right now for me (I say, rather sadly) so no power dressing necessary.
Late morning all - am in full swing trying to get my Italian life back on track. (semi-SAHM mode - working from home so getting quite involved in domestic issues although I have full-time childcare - this is a good compromise solution but I do miss my independent adult life). School starts on Wed so like many of you we quite busy (among others, need to check that all the necessary pieces of uniform are washed and ironed, and figure out school lunches for an extremely fussy eater).
Lunch in the oven, just back from the supermarket - the oufit: Oslo skinnies, nude Castaners, white ruffled button-down shirt and green Mini Gracie - fit right in but could have worn something dressier And skinny jeans definitely too hot.
Our dear Nanny is 50+++ and wears roughly the same size than I do. She was delighted when I offered her some barely worn work clothes (Mirpuppet multiples of something I actually love and wear a lot) identified during my wardrobe purge that are clearly too mature for me (good quality stuff, pure wool). Our cleaner comes on Wed, she's younger than me and I'll check whether she'll want something. I think some of the party dresses will find a new home - she's getting married next summer .
I have a busy September workwise and am trying to get all the pieces together - DD1 in school, DD2 at home with Nanny, DH working a lot and going abroad twice (I have two trips coming up as well), need to find get the routines going and find some time for exercising (it gets dark much earlier now). I am not good at juggling different roles and already miss my office job and the lovely men there (particularly the cute 25-y-o)
Someone somewhere said Sept feels like the real New Year. I feel the same, here are my New Year Resolutions: *find time for daily or almost daily exercise *find time for reading books *find time for meditation/mindfulness/spirituality *try to meet up with friends regularly, ideally once a week *start a new creative project *explore Rome with DC during weekends whenever possible *apply Marshalogy when updating the wardrobe - not a total shopping ban but only good quality classics allowed - no to fast fashion - stick to a budget (this worked quite well in Aug) *don't buy multiples
Anyone else in the mood for New Year Resolutions? Waves to Blue, NY, Reine, Ants and other oldtimers, and all delurkers welcome! Where is Amber?
Interesting Dona about dresses. I love wearing a dress, but it has to be exactly right. I only own two dresses - one olive coloured silk shirt dress that I wear casually with chunky leather pirate belt and ankle boots and my Me & Em(s). Feel like somebody's mother in the Davina (obviously I am somebody's mother, but you know what I mean).
Ants well done for shirking the dull corporate suits rule. I bet you look much smarter than most of the dull women and more interesting
I have literally never owned a suit, but do have an idle craving for a matching trousers and waistcoat combo...
In exciting news, we have employed a nanny! She is lovely, very outdoorsy, sporty, confident, cheerful. Coped v well with my amazingly clingy baby of clinginess (I'm looking at you, DS2), played at the park, asked all the right questions clocked very quickly that DS1 prizes his train track above all else and played with him with it. I am living in fear that she will decide she hates us and not start next week .
Completely failed to completely tidy the house last night, but did get my studio all set up. It looks awesome, if I do say so myself. White table, comfy neutral chairs, big white mirror, plain white cupboards (Ikea expedit unit) for stock, chrome hand mirrors and other bits and bobs, giant cream ex window display Swatch watch adorning the wall, snack area, nice big area for all the testers etc. I may make DH sit in there and be draped repeatedly until my actual clients start coming in a couple of weeks
hopefully Your studio sounds fantastic. How exciting!
I thought the trainers might be a bit too blingy but I think the combination of trainer and embellishment plus my usually very bland neutral outfits might just hit the right note for my Ingenue Naturalness. <<will stop waffling now>>
After major wardrobe declutter, I have discovered that I need: * one or two vests in blush or pale pink * a strapless bra that is not too padded * a pair of mid-heeled boots to run around in every day * maybe a couple of basic short and long-sleeved T-shirts
Great hi tops fritzi! I am literally unable to do casual, there must be something wrong with me. I can do flats but they must be gold or leopard print or patent etc etc. I have great intentions (have pairs of unworn supergas and converse lurking accusingly in the porch) and think casual stuff looks great on others but on me I just feel like I'm going to my school PE lesson (never happy moments for me!). It's funny how impossible it is to change one's style personality isn't it?
That studio sounds fabulous hopefully. Can you please use your insider knowledge to find me a midlands consultant as good as you??!
Fritzi I'm not usually a fan of the high top look but yours are simply amazing! They will look good on you - and that's a prime example of great accessorizing! I saw a pair of the most artfully distressed Converse on a stylish Italian lady - spraypainted with what looked like liquid clay. Converse should look either pristine or like that - too many people choose the difficult middle ground...
Hopefully well done, your studio sounds lovely! My office at home is much less appealing - children's unfinished art projects, Christmas cards, my unopened mail and mountains of receipts tend to land on my desk. (Saving graces: a nice rooftop view and a Jacobsen Egg chair)
I managed to read 2/3s of Sept British Vogue on the plane (sorry if I'm approaching it like a textbook - but you know how big the Sept issue is - I got carpal syndrome just from holding it)... 1) The Clarins sister did not irritate me... Did not like the adulatory tone of the story but it can't be their fault if they are rich, pretty and well-dressed. That said, I did not find them particularly interesting either. 2) SamCam talks about office wear - she's almost citing you Ants saying "she likes to look smart but not corporate, and that's easier that it was in the Eighties when it was just about the Armani suit" In the pic, she wears a skirt, a structured blouse, cute and dainty pale yellow floral courts and a matching narrow belt and looks like someone's wife.
Blue I struggle with casual looks too. I look like a scarecrow in unstructured clothes but it might be my ENTJ (=Mrs T) personality as well. I think I understand her handbags
Fritzi I'm a huge fan of strapless bras and should replace a few. Calvin Klein and Maidenform are good and give a clean line under sheer or clingy clothes
I am not getting wool day dresses this year. I did a couple of years ago and not really into them as much anymore. Seem to be going through a skinnies phase. Maybe because there are so many more to choose from now. Skirts are good and I need more.
I'm probably half way between casual and classic. Can't do converse but also can't do too many classic accessories. It's like my hair cut I have a small window of opportunity.
Portia love it! And adore EA.
Blue great list.
Looking forward to Sept Vogue, which was suspiciously absent from Aveda last time.
Was on hols when the other thread got under way so only read this one but everything is resonating loud and clear with me.
I think it was Fritzi who said that unworn clothes cluttering up wardrobes are so draining and stress-inducing and I couldn't agree more. I try and declutter twice a year but I do have a tendency to stubbornly keep things that I hope I may wear..only to find them still unworn at the end of the season.
I think my style is quite eclectic. I strive for that parisian style effortless chic with an edge. I alway accessorise with scarves and jewellery and wear my hair either in top knots or loose waves. At 41 I have returned to study (fashion, art & design) and have rediscovered my love for vintage and customising/styling and newly discovered a talent for illustration and life drawing.
Like DonaAna, I always perceive September as the real New Year. It starts with September Vogue and a new notebook and pencil!
I also have recently started to make time for myself and installed a beautiful leather armchair in my bedroom with a gorgeous throw and low table as a new reading space. I already work out most days and meditate/practice yoga regularly (hence my MN name ;) ). I also have a little "mani/pedi" basket near my bedside which has helped me create a twice daily routine of moisturising etc. I worked my way through all my existing lotions and potions over the summer so am now in the market for some new things. I have Clarins Tri Active facials every 6 weeks which are divine and worth every penny - leaving my skin glowing for at least a week afterwards.
My main aim for the coming season is to maintain all the above plus find some fabulous knitwear and currently seeking some everyday heels - definitely not boots at this stage - was perhaps thinking of black suede wedges but worried about the Mrs Cambridge association!
Like hearing the style resolutions. Mine are to buy minimally this A/W. I need no more jeans, just some knitwear and some sort of sweater dress. Oh, but I do need to invest in some tights and underwear. Mine really has seen far better days of late.
We will be moving into our new bedroom in our loft conversion soon, so I am planning a big de-clutter in preparation for my new wardrobe.
My style resolutions are many and various, but generally to think through my wardrobe gaps a little more before purchasing anything further (apart from loungewear, having prioritised leather leggings at 20% off over Hush order!).
Speaking of the leather leggings, irritatingly I forgot to change my address, so got a phonecall from my old DHL delivery driver this morning explaining how to arrange a redelivery. His opening line was "I thought I'd got rid of you"