Now, I have to confess that these days getting dressed isn’t what it used to be. And although my older sister (with an almost 3-year-old girl) warned me of the challenges I would face–her exact words being “…you’ll have to forget about fashion!” I
never quite didn’t want to believe her. So, what seems to be the case is that baby comes first when getting ready to leave the house. The prospect of getting covered in baby vomit, aside (the joys of parenthood), I definitely have to plan in my head what I might wear, and tend to find myself racing around trying to throw an outfit together, before my child embarks on a ‘separation anxiety’-related tantrum.
Where in the past I could stand at my wardrobe and carefully select items and different combinations of things to try on, at least for now, I no longer have that luxury. So when it came to attending my sister’s pot luck lunch recently, simplicity and comfort were key.
I’m not ordinarily a T-shirt girl, but yet again this printed T is making an appearance, and being that it’s organic cotton it feels just as good as wearing silk. It’s super soft and comfortable and for me, wearing it with jeans as opposed to the shorts I wore here feels much more obvious.
Opting for my Angry Cloud T-shirt, with a Moochi long-line textured blazer (similar), my black Nobody Mod jeans (which are also the softest and most comfortable jeans I’ve ever owned), and grey Briarwood leather sandals (which have seen me through a previous summer and two winters with stockings), I looked like I had made an effort to look smart, whilst also being comfortable at the same time.
Accessories: black and white snake enamel bangle from Country Mouse in Lawrence (Otago) (similar), sterling silver and black circular earrings from Country Mouse, sterling silver ring –a gift from my husband a couple of years ago (similar), Karen Walker Number One sunglasses.
A small gem in a little town: If you’re ever down Otago way and you love jewellery and accessories Country Mouse is a little shop in what is primarily a one road village. The shop-front is deceptive and looks tiny, but as you go in, there are at least two more rooms out the back all filled with scarves, and a selection of jewellery (in fact the shop is cluttered, so you have to look hard for what you want, but there are some rare and beautiful finds). The owner shops at jewellery fairs in Europe once a year and caters for wealthy farmers wives in the region, so there are plenty of one-off, unusual pieces, statement necklaces, and bracelets etc. I could have spent hours there because there were so many things that I liked (which is rare for me when it comes to jewellery), but it was worth the effort. That was over a year ago now, and hopefully the store is still there. I came away with at least 7 items (mainly necklaces), so it was a good and unexpected shopping trip.
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