The Joys Of A Full Wardrobe

Pairing a yellow coat with black turtleneck and burgundy cross body bag
Full outfit styling a yellow coat with dark hued patchwork skirt, black ankle boots and burgundy Coach bag

Hello and I hope you all had a great weekend! Some of my best uni girls treated me to a surprise weekend by the seaside in Whitstable in Kent, for my birthday, which was so bloody lush and definitely needed! As I touched upon in last week's post, I am finally feeling a bit lighter and more motivated so I hope that continues because I am loving being back in the blogging game!

Today's outfit is one that incorporates some very old, quite old and relatively new pieces. Ever since moving back to the UK and finally having all my clothes together after four years abroad, I’ve been relishing the joys of a full wardrobe. I had a great time organising my clothes by colour and category like a former vintage shop worker has learnt to do and having a wealth of clothes to pick from. I’m so enjoying experimenting with different looks and I have been wearing this combination a lot recently, both during the day, to work and out in the evening for dinner and drinks.

Full outfit matching the dark green in the patchwork skirt to the awning in the background

COAT: VINTAGE (SIMILAR) | SKIRT: VINTAGE | TURTLENECK: MONKI | BAG: c/o COACH | BOOTS: VINTAGE | HAT: VINTAGE (SIMILAR)


 Pairing a yellow coat with a burgundy cross body saddle bag.
Making the most of a full wardrobe styling my new-ish yellow coat with older pieces.

Let's start by chatting about the newest item in this look and quite frankly the love of my life - this seventies yellow wool coat. I am utterly obsessed and have been ever since I picked it up in Montreal towards the end of last winter. It's the most un-winter-like coat possible, which I absolutely love and I always feel so fabulous when I wear it, especially when I look around at fellow commuters clad in black and neutral outerwear. I often build outfits around the desire to wear this coat - today’s look is no exception and this certainly won't be the last time you see this coat, that's for sure. 

The beauty of the yellow coat is that it goes well with other bright colours, as well as all black or dark hued outfits, such as this A-line skirt and black turtleneck combination. I love how the forest green and navy of the patchwork skirt look against the bright coat, with the yellow of the tartan pulling the colour palette together perfectly. I’ve had this vintage skirt is a couple of years old now and it is one of those pieces that I know I will keep forever. It is such a unique piece, which has admittedly features on the blog a few times already, but it is timeless and oh-so flattering.

Close up of burgundy Coach saddle bag, vintage patchwork suede skirt and yellow coat.
Contrasting a bright yellow coat with a black turtleneck and burgundy bag.

Lastly, let's talk about the finishing touches. Due to a significant gap in my black boot collection, I thought I'd try out these vintage lace-up pointed ankle boots that I've had for years and years. Although they go well with the look, I am still not sure about them. They remind me so much of those "indie days" back in my late teens/early twenties and I can't quite work out if they still fit in my wardrobe - what do you think?! 

I finished off the look with my Coach saddle bag, which sadly seems to be the only bag that ever makes an appearance on this blog but that's not why I chose it here! I love the way the burgundy colour looks and contrasts with the yellow coat - dream colour combo right there!

So there we have it - a look celebrating the joys of a full wardrobe, mixing some old and new(ish) pieces and just generally being able to chat about my favourite yellow coat until the cows come home - YAY! X

Styling a retro yellow coat with a vintage baker boy cap and Coach saddle bag.

Styling Coloured Tights

Styling coloured tights with sixties dress
A retro outfit styling coloured tights
Mixing shades of red to style coloured tights

Hello and (a belated) Happy New Year to you all! If I am honest with you, it wasn’t until this weekend just gone that I finally had a glimmer of those feelings that we're "meant" to have on the 1st - hope and excitement for the future. 2017 was a strange old year - the first half was the best of my life but from June I experienced the worst six months ever (which you can read a bit more about in my last life update post), so initially, I felt a bit scared and worried about what this year might bring. However, after a few days to get used to the idea, Saturday 6th January felt like my new year – it was also my birthday.

After being spoilt with cards, presents and love I popped on this outfit and headed out to take some snaps. I have been pushing myself more and more to create interesting looks and this one is a recent favourite. A problem I have with winter (a season I otherwise love for layered looks and coats) is that things can sometimes get a bit samey on the bottom half, which is why I have started experimenting with coloured tights! I think coloured tights can be quite difficult to wear but get it right and you're nailing the retro vibes.

Sixties pinafore and mandarin collar blouse

DRESS: VINTAGE (SIMILAR) | BLOUSE: VINTAGE (SIMILAR) | COLOURED TIGHTS: PRIMARK (IN STORE) | COAT: VINTAGE (SIMILAR) | BOOTS: OFFICE | BAG: c/o COACH | HAT: BRIXTON


Red sixties pinafore dress styled with mandarin collar blouse and black faux fur coat
Styling burgundy coloured tights with silver boots
How to style coloured tights with a sixties pinafore

My main piece of advice for styling coloured tights would be to first choose your coloured tights and then create an outfit around their colour. I picked up these light burgundy/dark pink tights in Primark on a whim, tried them with my favourite red sixties dress and never looked back. I think they work so well together because they are – obviously – different shades of the same colour, which adds interest to the look and softens the brightness of the red dress. Also, the burgundy coloured tights work so much better than the usual black ones, which would have been a rather harsh contrast against the red of the dress.

Sixties style outfit with pinafore dress, mandarin collar blouse and cap
A sixties outfit layering a white blouse under a red mini dress

I kept the rest of the outfit quite light, layering a white cotton blouse with a sixties style mandarin collar underneath the pinafore dress and finishing off with silver boots on my feet (again, black boots might have been a bit of a harsh colour contrast). Accessories-wise, I simply could not resist using my burgundy Coach saddlebag, which goes perfectly with the other red tones, and my beloved Brixton cream baker boy cap adds even more retro points.

Styling coloured tights over black tights with a sixties vibes
How to style coloured tights for a retro sixties look

Except for a couple of hours in the afternoon when I needed a nap, I wore this look for my whole birthday and out for dinner in the evening to a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Notting Hill called Farmacy, which I would highly recommend.

I hope you’re all having a good start to the week! I’ve got another look styling coloured tights coming soon that was shot in no other than Paris! So I hope you’re digging the fancy leg vibes 😉

 

Styling pink coloured tights with a red dress and silver boots

Hey. It’s Been A While

Hey it's been a while

Hey. It’s been a while. I haven’t shared online for almost two months now but in real life, a lot has been going on. I started writing this blog post almost three weeks ago and today I am getting around to finishing it. The following section is unedited, written on the 1st November when I finally felt ready to put my feelings on paper about the last couple of months, which have quite frankly been the worst of my entire life.


I’ve cried. I’ve talked. I’ve screamed.

I’ve felt complete breathlessness and I’ve felt my heartbreak. I’ve felt regret. I’ve felt both lonely and showered with love. I’ve felt anger because why me? Why her? Why our family?

My mum passed away on Sunday 8th October. She was surrounded by her loving family but I will never know for sure if she knew we were there. She was a victim of a cruel, incurable disease – motor neurone disease – that I watched take her mind, body and, ultimately, breath from her far quickly than we had ever imagined. She was diagnosed on the 9th June and she was taken less than four months later, just before her 60th birthday.

I don’t really know what direction I want this post to take. In the wake of any tragedy, it is difficult to know what to do. It’s been a long time since I put fingers to keys and although I have taken mini blog breaks before, I didn’t feel I could just swing back in with a post talking about an outfit. It would feel fake.


Since writing the above, I have had something positive happen in my life.* I got a job. Fucking finally. It may not be the dream job but it’s at a company I am passionate about and the people are so bloody lovely.

It’s been a horrible couple of months. Dealing with the relocation from Montreal to London (via Bristol), job hunting and bereavement all at the same time has been so overwhelming and almost broken me at times. But for now, the first two are sorted and that’s such a relief. I just wish I could bring my mum back. I would do absolutely anything for that.

So that’s, I guess what you would call, a life update. Which actually sounds fucking terrible because writing about my mum’s death is hardly an “update”. It’s the worst news ever but as I said before, I couldn’t return to blogging without doing a post like this. I’ll be back very soon with the usual outfit posts and I want to thank you so much for coming back to read after such a long break.

Much love X

*If you’re new to Fashion Et Moi, my blog posts are not always this deep and depressing.

That In Between Time Of Year

That In Between Time Of Year
That In Between Time Of Year
That In Between Time Of Year

I have a feeling that today’s post might involve a bit of rambling, so I apologise for that in advance. It’s that in between time of year where the season is changing yet I’m still shopping around for my key pieces for autumn/winter and wondering what the rest of the year will bring. On top of the fashion uncertainty (biggest world problem, I know), I am currently going through some big personal life changes, which always tend to happen at this time of year too. For some reason, that “back to school” mindset in September never really leaves you – even five(!) years after graduating – and it always seems like a good time to start a fresh. Except this year it seems even harder – having relocated from Montreal two weeks ago, I am currently hunting for jobs in London whilst living at home in Bristol. However, it’s a bit difficult to know when to take the plunge to actually move there, especially when there are three of you to consider (nope, I’m not pregnant, I’m talking about our cat ha!). I’m sure everything will work itself out but I always find my productivity levels dip during uncertain times because I find it so much easier to work when I’m settled. So once again, I’m asking you to please bear with me.

That In Between Time Of Year

DRESS: VINTAGE (similar via BOOHOO) | TOP: VINTAGE | SHOES: DR MARTENS | BAG: c/o COACH | HAT: VINTAGE (similar via ASOS)


That In Between Time Of Year

Ok let’s talk about this outfit shall we?! It is quite reflective of that in between time of year I was talking about – I’m starting to think about AW17 trends yet the legs are still out, which was possible when we shot these back in Montreal at the beginning of September. Red continues to be a big colour for the coming season and if you follow me on Instagram you will see that I am a big fan. I picked up this adorable red sixties pinafore dress in an excessively massive spree I made when I left the vintage shop I worked in in Montreal. It is just the perfect length and shape, hugging in at my waist and skimming out over my hips. I paired it with this burnt orange turtleneck, which is such a beautiful colour and just what you need for nailing the seventies trend that’s come back around this season (yay!).

That In Between Time Of Year
That In Between Time Of Year

I finished off the look with some rather “school girl” accessories. After taking a little break from each other during summer, I am reunited with my Coach Saddle Bag and absolutely loving it. It goes really well with the burnt orange turtleneck yet clashes against the bright red pinafore and I think it works really well. I am also thrilled to be wearing my trusty Dr Martens shoes again, which are an absolute winter wardrobe staple that adds that toughness to any outfit. Finally, no look would be complete without a vintage fisherman cap. This one is from my recent vintage haul and yes it’s almost identical to my other one except it’s black! Oh I do love this time of year when leather shoes, turtlenecks and hats can come back out from the depths of our wardrobes!

That In Between Time Of Year
That In Between Time Of Year

Finally, can we just talk about this yellow school bus backdrop?! Yes, we had to sneak onto to some school property to take these photos but I just simply could not leave Montreal without shooting by such an iconic symbol of North American life. I absolutely love the injection of colour and how it clashes oh so well with the reds and oranges of the outfit. I hope you have enjoyed this little rambling post. I felt so stuck on what to write, which is the effect that in between time of year can have but it feels good to have just let my fingers type. Right I must get back to job hunting now – wish me luck! X

That In Between Time Of Year

Seattle City Guide

Seattle City Guide

Hello and welcome to my Seattle City Guide!

September really has been the month of travel content here on Fashion Et Moi and I’m certainly not complaining! Last week I shared My Montreal Travel Guide and the places I frequented the most whilst living for a year in that incredible city. Today, it’s Seattle’s turn, another amazing city that Lewis and I were lucky enough to visit for four days back at the end of August. As you can see for the above photo - which was taken at Kerry Park - Seattle is an absolutely stunning city, set on six main hills with views of snow topped mountains to both the East and West and surrounded by lakes. Get ready for some serious food porn, tips on where to vintage shop and things to do with my Seattle City Guide.

Seattle City Guide | Pike Place Market

WHERE TO EAT


Seattle City Guide | Beecher's Handmade Cheese

BEECHER'S HANDMADE CHEESE & PIKE PLACE MARKET


The first stop on our (rather accidental) culinary tour of Seattle was Beecher’s Homemade Cheese. Located at the famous Pike Place Market, we explored to see what some of the other hundreds of stalls and cafes had to offer before finally deciding on cheese, naturally. We shared a portion of mac ‘n’ cheese and a grilled cheese, which came to around $14. Rather expensive for lunch but it was so worth it – the mac ‘n’ cheese had a lovely smoky flavour thanks to added spices and the grilled cheese was no frills, just cheese and toast, just as we like it. As we ate, we watched the cheese being churned, separated and packaged in the glass walled room next door. For dessert, we shared a delicious cardamom and cinnamon bun from Pirousky Pirousky, a Russian bakery just a few shops down, which always has a queue. I came to realise afterwards that Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is rather famous in Seattle, with their flagship cheddar featuring on many menus we look at throughout our trip. If you’re a cheese lover - and more specifically a cheddar fan - I would definitely recommend that you try out Beecher’s Handmade Cheese on your visit to Seattle.

FIND IT: 1600 Pike Place, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Seattle City Guide | Morsel biscuits
Seattle City Guide | Morsel biscuits

MORSEL


Our trip to Seattle will always be remembered as the time we discovered "biscuits". I'm not talking about those round, flat and hard things us British know of as biscuits but rather Southern American "biscuits", which are like English scones…but better. Morsel is a no frills and understated cafe specialising in these biscuits and just serving around 5 different meal options. I went for roasted garlic butter and melted Beecher's cheese accompanied by roasted tomato jam, so called the "Cheesy Biscuit". It was absolutely delicious and the perfect quick comfort food that was needed after a rainy Thursday morning. Later on during our stay, we went to Morsel’s sister café in Ballard called Biscuits and Bean. There was already a queue coming out of the door at 9am on Saturday morning but it was well worth the wait. We both went for a buttermilk biscuit dosed in leek and mushroom sauce and I added a fried egg on top. It was such a great alternative breakfast to the usual smashed avocado and poached eggs that we enjoy oh so much here in the UK. We finished things off with another buttermilk biscuit topped simply with some honey butter, which was just divine.

FIND IT: 4754 University Way NE, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Morsel biscuits
Seattle City Guide | Molly Moon's Ice Cream
Seattle City Guide | Molly Moon's Ice Cream

MOLLY MOON'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM


Oh how I miss Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream already! During our four-day trip to Seattle we visited this amazing ice creamery three times! Thanks to being to try as many flavours as you like before ordering, I soon knew that salted caramel and melted chocolate was the perfect combination. The salted caramel ice cream is without doubt the best I have ever had - Molly doesn't hold back on the salt and I applaud her! It might not be to everyone's taste as there are even small salt crystals in the ice cream but I absolutely loved it! Melted chocolate is a great contrast; being milder and creamier it goes perfectly with salted caramel all squeezed into a handmade waffle cone. Tip - just order a "single scoop" for $5, choose two flavours and you'll have plenty of ice cream, trust me!

FIND IT: 917 E Pine Street

Find other Molly Moon locations.

Seattle City Guide | Molly Moon's Ice Cream
Seattle City Guide | Ada's Technical Books & Cafe
Seattle City Guide | Ada's Technical Books & Cafe

ADA'S TECHNICAL BOOKS & CAFE


I am a big fan of concept stores. One of my favourite places to eat brunch in Boston is in a bookshop so when I read about Ada’s Technical Books & Café, I just had to check it out. It was the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat after having explored the shops of Capitol Hill. It felt so calming to be surrounded by books, people studying and others having a quiet chat over coffee. Ada’s Café offers an extensive menu of vegetarian food, which was another thing that drew me in. The biscuit obsession continued as we ordered one buttermilk biscuit smothered in mushroom gravy to share as well as a roasted vegetable hash, both topped with a fried egg. It was a delicious lunch, well priced and just the right amount of food to precede a trip to Molly Moon’s…told you I was obsessed.

FIND IT: 425 15th Ave E, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Ada's Technical Books & Cafe

WHERE TO SHOP


Seattle City Guide | Red Light vintage
Seattle City Guide | Red Light vintage
Seattle City Guide | Red Light vintage

RED LIGHT VINTAGE


As soon as I walked into Red Light, I knew it was my kind of place. I loved the dark red walls and long rows of clothes, all organised by colour, of course. As I delved a little deeper, I noticed that the rails were arranged not only by colour but also by size and sometimes by era too! As a girl who has spent three of the past four years working in vintage shops, I know how much effort this type of organisation takes and it just shows how much Red Light has the customer's ease of shopping in mind. What is also fantastic is the little description written on each individual clothing tag, stating the decade and style of the piece, which is so useful if you are a vintage shopping novice. Details like this aside, Red Light is a really excellent vintage shop - the choice of both men's and women's clothing is great and the prices are reasonable too. Pick up a cute sixties dress for $20-30; find that must-have pair of denim shorts for $15-20 or dig around in the $1 t-shirt bin if you're really looking for a bargain. Red Light also buys your clothes too!

FIND IT: 4560 University Way NE, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Lucky Vintage
Seattle City Guide | Lucky Vintage

LUCKY VINTAGE


Just a couple of blocks up University Way is Lucky Vintage, a smaller but equally excellent vintage clothes shop. Here, the decade is also written on the labels and each category of clothing is organised by size and then colour - what joy! This really makes vintage shopping a lot more accessible for all and it is super useful if you are looking for something in particular. The prices are more mid-range. For example, dresses go for $25-40 and top for $15-25 but I always say that it is so worth it if you find yourself the perfect piece. Alternatively, they do have a 10$ bargain rail if you're not bothered by the odd stain or are up for repairing an old item. A definite must visit!

FIND IT: 4742 University Way NE, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Valley of Roses vintage

VALLEY OF ROSES


The final vintage shop I visited on University Way was Valley Of Roses, which has that great “organised mess” vibe I love so much. With shoes piled on more shoes and every rack jam packed with vintage goodies, it certainly is a fun place for a rummage. From dresses priced at $30+ and our favourite high-waisted jeans at $18-30 to cowboy boots and first nations accessories, this place really does have something for everyone.

FIND IT: 4748 University Way NE, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Valley of Roses vintage
Seattle City Guide | Revival vintage

REVIVAL


Located on the bustling Broadway East in Capitol Hill, Revival is a beautiful boutique boasting both vintage and second hand contemporary clothing. Items are arranged by item and then by colour, as is common practice in many second hand stores. A brief description is written on each label, which is a great if you need help identifying if something is vintage or not (as both the vintage and second hand pieces sit side by side on the rails). As to be expected from a smaller boutique vintage shop, prices are higher to those on University Way. Find a perfect seventies dress for $25-50; a patterned sixties jacket for $35+ or a cute blouse for $15-30. Revival also offers new jewellery, sunglasses and these adorable cushions made by the owner’s mum! How cute!

FIND IT: 233 Broadway E, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Revival vintage

WHAT TO DO


 

Seattle City Guide | Seattle Gum Wall
Seattle City Guide | Seattle Gum Wall

SEATTLE GUM WALL


You can’t go to Seattle without visiting the famous Gum Wall. Yep, a wall covered in gum is one of Seattle's biggest tourist attractions and it is exactly how it sounds. An alleyway just down the side of Pike Place Market is simply covered in red, pink, blue, green and white bubblegum and it really is quite something. Many probably think it’s totally disgusting but I saw some beauty in the colourful gum stuck to the brick walls, windows and hanging off pipes like stalactites. Of course, it is a great place to people watch, as tourists have their loved ones patiently take photos of them blowing a bubble in front of the Gum Wall or see others’ exclamations at this rather bizarre attraction.

FIND IT: 1428 Post Alley, Seattle 

Seattle City Guide | Ballard Locks
Seattle City Guide | Ballard Locks

BALLARD LOCKS


We were lucky enough to stay with my uncle, who has lived in Seattle for over ten years, near a rather cool area called Ballard. In fact, I would go as far to say that Ballard was my favourite area of Seattle due to its diversity, architecture and cool vibe. My uncle recommended that we visited Ballard Locks, which constantly have boat traffic coming in and out as well as millions of salmon passing through their fish ladder during the summer months. It sounds pretty geeky but it was really fascinating. Plus, the setting is just beautiful, with the rich neighbourhood of Magnolia to the south and views out to the Puget Sound beyond an industrial railway bridge. Afterwards, take to a stroll down the nearby Ballard Ave, where you will find lots of cool shops, restaurants and cafes that will definitely entice you back for an evening explore. 

FIND IT: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Ballard Locks
Seattle City Guide | Golden Gardens

GOLDEN GARDENS


Known for its amazing views of the nearby Olympic Mountains and its stunning sunsets, we headed to Golden Gardens on our last night in Seattle to watch the sun set. The Golden Gardens are actually a beach, not a park, which was an amazing surprise. On this Saturday night, there were people out in their droves - playing beach volleyball or having picnics, enjoying the last of the long summer evenings. We walked along the beach to a quieter spot and watched as the sun gradually disappeared behind the Olympic Mountains. As you can see from the photos, it was just such a magical moment. It was at Golden Gardens when I realised just how lucky Seattle residents are - to live in such a vibrant, cool city but also to have the nature right on their doorstep. I would totally live there! 

Seattle City Guide | Golden Gardens
Seattle City Guide | Golden Gardens
Seattle City Guide | Gasworks Park
Seattle City Guide | Gasworks Park

GASWORKS PARK


With panoramic views across Lake Union to downtown Seattle and the Space Needle as well as stunning neighbourhood hills, Gasworks Park is a must visit. Sit on the shore and watch boats go by and sea panes take off and land from the docks by downtown. If, like us, you watched some Seattle located films before your trip, you will definitely recognise the Gasworks Park as the setting for Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger paint balling scene in 10 Things I Hate About You and the view across Lake Union to the house boats in Sleepless In Seattle. However, if you haven't swotted up on Seattle films, don't worry - you will still enjoy Gasworks Park as much as the next person. 

Seattle City Guide

PUGET SOUND


Seattle is situated on various lakes and the beautiful Puget Sound to the north so I highly recommend getting out onto the water, one way or another. We were lucky enough to be staying with my uncle who owns this utterly charming old motorboat, on which we took a couple of early morning trips. There is simply nothing like seeing the sun rise and having fresh air running through your hair to wake you up properly and reassure you that that 6am start was totally worth it. We got to see a sea lion flopped on a buoy; a cute seal's head popped up over the gentle waves and a few herons nestled in the trees. Wow, I love nature. If you don't know anyone with a boat in the city, take the ferry over to Bainbridge Island where you might see some sea creatures if you’re lucky!

Seattle City Guide

Phew you made it to the end of the post! Apologies that this Seattle city guide was such a long post but as you can see, there is a lot to do in this amazing city! Whether you like to eat, shop or get back to nature, there is something for everyone and I am already thinking of ways I can get back there next summer! So watch this space, there may be part two of this Seattle city guide coming to Fashion Et Moi at some point! Next up is my guide to Vancouver, coming up next week! X

Seattle City Guide