Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cognac

Standard

I am missing dresses and skirts in my winter wardrobe, so here is a new addition – a full brown skirt (also a result of H&M sale abuse).
This is an outfit that I wore to work last week.

There is some more brown stuff going on in this picture apart from a skirt as you can see (a blogger who chooses her words carefully might say – earthy colors or cognac, hence the title of a post) – brown elbow patches (yay!) and stitches on the cardigan and brown boots. And some awkward posing to top it all off.

I am quite happy with the skirt, despite it being synthetic and being a total pain to iron. And here is a detailed shot. I changed the belt that came with the skirt with a belt, that I got from my mom.

And here are the awesome elbow patches:

Plus the boots:

Outfit details: skirt- H&M, button down – Etam, cardigan – Esprit, belt – vintage, tights – dunno, boots – Bronx.

So there you go. Cognac.

Advertisements

Blue and Orange plus Feathers

Standard

Lately I’ve been having a thing for certain colour combinations. One of them is bright orange and blue another one – pink and green. Since couturious has disappeared from the face of the interwebs I needed to switch to some other means (currently polyvore) of putting together some imaginary looks.

Also I’ve been obsessing over fur and feather skirts a lot…in my head. And I’ve put pointy suede ballet flats on my wish list. So here we go:

Blue and Orange plus Feathers

THE Leggings

Standard

I finally figured out my password to my gmail account for the gallery with all the blog photos. I think I harassed someone accidentally, because it appears that I had forgotten my username as well and send requests about forgotten passwords and account unlocking to Google about someone else accounts…

THE leggings and what an odyssey it was to get them.. I was sitting half a day on November 17th clicking refresh every couple of minutes, since the website of H&M was not able to handle all the crazy shoppers.

Guess what? After the package arrived, surprise surprise – leggings were in a totally different size than I ordered! I was really disappointed and pissed. Who can mix up 36 with 42?! There was immediate rushing to the computer to order another pair. And of course 36 had already sold out. So I got 38 instead. Then after a couple of weeks the package came again. Oh joy! Tearing of a package and!..huh? Am I missing something? There was supposed to be a bag with some extremely bright seizure inducing colours here. Turns out – they sent me a long ugly coloured too big in size cardigan!

Anyway, I did not want to do anything anymore with H&M online store for this particular item(of course I called and yelled at them that I do not want to buy this thing anymore..another long story), so I ordered them on Ebay. Of course, I could have waited for ladies to return the stuff, since they had realized by now that they will not wear the clown leggings (I saw such comment on the interwebs – apparently clowns wear such pants..I thought they wear huge wide leg ones..whatever) and I could have gotten them eventually and maybe even on sale. But since I was really really really obsessed with those damn leggings and really really really pissed with the store, that I did not care anymore that I had to overpay on Ebay.

So. Here they are! (drums) The epic leggings from the epic Versace for H&M collection.

Naturally we are not experiencing the weather for suitable for the above outfits yet, but the world deserves to see.

Wearing:

The first picture: H&M dress, THE leggings and asos wedge shoes.

The second picture: shirt from my husband’s closet, belt from my mom’s closet, THE leggings and the Pretty Ballerinas. There is also a Desigual clutch in my hands. Nevermind the hair thing on my wrist.

So there.

Investment

Standard

When I moved to Germany and did not have a job for a while, a change of shopping attitude was in order. During that time I learned how to buy stuff. Most of my purchases from that time were bought on sale or at least some of the credit from earlier purchases used. So I never paid full price. The buys were also considered for a while before buying, because I had to make sure I will use the stuff. I am proud to say – none of the things lay around.

Since I have a job again and can put some money aside I decided to go back to my original philosophy of paying a bit more for shoes or bags, but getting my money’s worth. I have shoes that I bought 5 years ago they are still in a good condition, despite being worn rather often. And there are bags that I used daily for several years and after getting sick of them I gave them to my mom. And she gladly uses them now. So you see what I am getting at.

Now even if I can afford to do a bit of shopping now and then, I made a conscious decision not to buy stuff for a full price unless it is something really special and I cannot continue my existence without it (which happens rather rarely). It is a bit annoying to wait for a sale. And after you got stuff on sale you will not necessarily be able to wear the stuff directly (which I prefer) due to the fact that the season has already come to an end and you will need to wait about half a year to wear it… but at least you will not have overpaid. Of course, this also mean, that you will most likely jump on a trend wagon later than everyone else and that feels a bit like mimicking… Which bothers me and because of this fact some outfits were not photographed. But oh well, I do not buy stuff for being trendy, I buy stuff for being awesome regardless if it is on trend or not. They will make it to the blog eventually.

Anyway. Back to shoes and bags… I guess that is an investment of sorts. I would like to pass those on to my kids someday. I remember when I used to play with my mom’s old purses and shoes a lot as a kid and it would bring me a lot of joy… I hope to give that to my kids one day too.

So, here is my first investment so to speak. The shoes were on sale and I got a coupon from my in laws for Christmas:

Pretty Ballerinas with a bow

Rather expensive brand of shoes- Pretty Ballerinas, I don’t think I would ever let myself pay a full price, plus you can always get something from last season significantly cheaper. But I read only good reviews so far and they do look really good and are comfortable. They are cut very nicely so the edges do not cut into my bones (I had once a pair of really nicely looking ballerinas from Zara..they would kill my littlo bones on the inner side of a foot even when I wore them only in the office and did not do too much of walking. Death to such shoes!), which is very important. Will see how it will go in Spring, when I can take them out. I expect some blisters on the heel, but it is a usual thing for me. Other than that, it does not feel that the shoes need any kind of breaking in, which is also a good sign. My feet are a bit on a wide side and I try to refrain from shoes which need breaking in. Our feet are entitled to a better treatment, am I right?

So the moral of the story is – I guess that it can be another New Year’s resolution – buy good bags and shoes. On sale. Make an heirloom out of your stuff. Make your closet be worth something.

p.s. I guess there will be a lot of stalking on Ebay and Yoox this year…