Every weekend we make an effort to take Master 16-months-old out somewhere. It’s crazy now that he’s a toddler and at the moment he’s really into climbing. There was a playground nearby so he had a decent runaround including; some face planting whilst heading down two different slides (which he lives for), he saw (and loved) a helicopter taking off, and enjoyed wandering around just staring at other children. Afterwards we wandered along the waterfront. It was actually icy cold, but for mid-winter it’s quite a luxury to have such crystal clear blue skies and some sunshine.
As for my attire—lately I’ve been foraging around under the house and hunting out some of my vintage dresses. I figured I should start wearing some of the things that I’ve had (and kept) for years, and mix and match them with some more newly acquired pieces. I bought this dress about 5-years ago from a store in Wellington called Missy’s Room. Missy is the owner of the store and she goes on massive op-shop expeditions in Asia and brings back what seems like a truck-load of vintage dresses. This tea style dress (made in Japan) has a fitted waist with slightly puffy sleeves that sit (flatteringly) just above my elbows. The dress has belt loops with it, but I prefer to wear it without one as it seems to pull my waist in and make my hips look massive ( the cut of the skirt is flared which makes for a lot of excess fabric!). I quite adore the fabric which has some texture to it too, plus it is in-keeping with my ‘blue’ obsession and although it’s quite feminine, wearing it with boots ‘tomboys’ it up a bit.
I’ve had this coat for a a few months now and it’s one of three that are on rotation depending on how cold it is. I love the straight lines and simplicity of the cut with the baseball style neck-line—it’s unfussy and looks better buttoned up (these details only come to mind when looking back at the photos and thinking — damn it!). Our other consideration is that we have to take the photos so quickly because we always have Master Sly with us, and I tell you … he’s mean when he’s tired and hungry!
I’m much happier in this outfit than my previous outfit post here — my attempt at casual dressing which just felt really, really boring. T-shirts just don’t feel like ‘me’ and they’re not something that I ordinarily wear (maybe I just have to have another play around?). Oh, and one last thing. I’m going to try and post more frequently from now on—possibly every day, but more realistically every second day with anything from thoughts of the day, inspiration and reviews along with my articles and interviews. I’m also going to attempt more ‘regular’ outfit posts and have convinced Mr Sly to take some photos before we leave the house in the mornings, so that I can share a much more ‘accurate’ representation of my personal style.
P.s Look before you leap! x
Photography ©Howard Sly & edited by me.