Last Friday the lovely Louise from Princess Prudence Diaries wrote a blog about her personal style, having been tagged by another blogger. As I have a few outfit photos to share from this week, I thought I'd take up the baton myself! So firstly, to the outfits...
Monday 4th October 2010. I'm wearing the Emma tunic by Fever, which I bought on Ebay. I wore it with the bottle green Oxfords I bought in Paris and some beads I bought in Topshop about 7 years ago. I'm calling this one for the Shoe Challenge as well because it's the first time I've officially worn the Oxfords. This dress is really cosy, and it has pockets. It's huge, though, even for a tunic, but I think it looks pretty good with my little patent belt.
Thursday 7th October 2010. This is one of the dresses I bought last week in Northern Ireland. It's from Tesco, surprisingly enough. I'd actually seen it in the Guardian a few days before and managed to buy it in the sale (it was already reduced, and then reduced by a further 20% at checkout) I don't usually buy clothes in the supermarket (in fact I try to avoid shopping in the supermarket when I can) but I thought the classic style of this would mean I'd wear it for a good few years to come. I'm wearing it with suede bow court shoes from Topshop and my Joules Dunscombe bag.
Friday 8th October 2010. I'm wearing my much-loved Fever Maisy dress with a black cardigan and my new United Nude peep toe shoes. I'm having a bit of a navy thing at the moment, I've painted my nails with Barry M Nail Paint in navy! I'm not sure about the shoes with the dress. I like the clashing stripes, or at least I think I do! I'm going out tonight to celebrate a friend's birthday and have another navy dress to wear, pictures to follow over the weekend!
And on to the questions...
1. What's your favourite fashion accessory?
This is a tough one to answer! I really like hats. Hats, and handbags. The handbags thing is reflected in the fact that I was given three handbags for my birthday this year! I have a relatively small hat collection and, while I don't like to play favourites, I'm looking forward to being able to wear my bowler hat a bit more this winter:
2. Who is your fashion role model?
I don't have one particular fashion role model. In fact, I'm not sure how well I get on with the idea because while I might admire Katharine Hepburn's style, she and I have such drastically different bodies it wouldn't do to try to emulate her. I really enjoy reading blogs and take inspiration from people like Amber, Fi and Caroline because all of them are like me - trying to strike a balance between paying the bills and dressing fabulously! I won't lie to you, I am definitely influenced by what I see on TV and in films. Like almost every other woman in the English speaking world, I love the clothes on Mad Men and sometimes I'll decide to have a Joan day and sometimes a Betty day. I love the clothes on Sex and The City, even the ridiculous ones. And of course, I have a weakness for the beautiful evening dresses sported by Myrna Loy as Nora Charles in the Thin Man movies.
3. What do you always carry with you?
A book, my mobile phone, lip balm of some description (I have many of these) and my purse.
4. How would you describe your style?
Well, I would definitely always rather be overdressed than underdressed. I think I'm fairly flamboyant. I love wearing bright colours and interesting shoes. I try to combine this with more classic shapes that flatter my figure. I think I'm stylish rather than fashionable.
5. What's your favourite - jeans, heels or sunglasses?
Ha, clearly heels. I have a weakness in that direction, as regular readers of my blog will already know!
6. What inspired you to blog about fashion?
I don't just blog about fashion. What inspired me to start blogging about what I'm wearing and what I think about fashion was a mixture of things. Undoubtedly, I was influenced by other bloggers. I also wanted to think a bit more about what I wear and what suits me. Taking fairly regular outfit shots has helped me to do that, and encouraged me to feel good about myself as well.
7. What is your favourite fashion store?
I have a debilitating weakness for dresses from Fever. I've bought some from their shop, some from ebay (many from ebay), some from Aspire Style...you get the picture! I've had good success from ebay generally, as well as from charity shops. I do like vintage shopping as well, and I'm becoming increasingly proficient at making my own clothes, which makes me very happy!
8. What's your favourite clothing fabric?
It's hard to beat cotton. I don't mind man-made fibres too much but I am really fussy about what I'll put on my skin. I hate that fabric that makes a crackly sound when you stretch it!
9. Who are your favourite designers?
I don't know if I really have favourite designers. I'm not too bothered about designer labels in terms of clothing. I would love a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes, and maybe one day I'll buy a pair (I love Amber's Very Very wedges) I think I'm more attracted to clothes that make me feel good, rather than the name on the label. That said, I wouldn't turn down the opportunity to wear a Vivienne Westwood dress!
10. What or who inspires your style?
It might sound really lame, but I wear what I like. I buy things that I look good in, and that make the most of the features I like about myself. I have so many shoes because I like my legs and my dainty feet, for example. I do also take inspiration from my friends, all of whom are truly fabulous and stylish.
11. Would you choose to buy something high quality or make it yourself if you could?
Since I have been learning to sew, my concept of what is 'high quality' has changed a bit. I'm not saying that I'm no longer interested in shop bought things, but it is nice to look at something and think that I could make it myself. So I'm going to sit on the fence here and say both.
And that's it. I'm not going to tag anybody, but if you're reading along feel free to do this one yourself, of course!
Other than that, I am short on news. I've had a quiet week, enlivened a little by the fact that I bought some more shoes. I know. In my defence...no, hang on, I have no defence. They were on sale, they were pretty, and as they haven't arrived yet I'll have to provide a picture from elsewhere on the internets:
Yes, more Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa Lady Dragons (phew!) Alex alerted me to the fact that these had been reduced to £33 in the Asos sale so after about a minute and a half of dithering over whether to buy them or not, I bought them. I figured, I love my other Lady Dragons so much I knew that I'd wear these a lot. And, you know, CHERRIES. After a short time of dithering, Alex bought herself a pair too. And weren't we the clever girls to do it, because almost immediately afterwards the price jumped to £66. Maybe Asos had made a mistake, but who cares. I got some shoes with cherries on! Pictures to follow when they arrive and I'm prancing around in them. Until then, you can see them on Amber, who wore them here and here.
And with that, I'm off. Happy Friday, everybody!