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

What I Wore In Seattle | Last Summer Outfit Inspiration

What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle

Hello to the most weather inappropriate outfit! I know that autumn is well and truly here in the UK but I still wanted to share what I wore in Seattle back at the end of August because I love just these photos. Plus I thought it might give those of you who are off on a late summer holiday (super jel!) some last summer outfit inspiration! From last week’s outfit post where I shared the reasons why I love vintage clothing to a look that actually doesn’t feature any vintage at all, which is quite a rarity here on Fashion Et Moi! However, sometimes when I travel, I don’t like to bring my best and rarest vintage pieces in case they are spoiled by sweat, food stains or sitting around on the grass.

What I Wore In Seattle

SKIRT: MOTEL ROCKS (old) | T-SHIRT: H&M MEN'S | SHOES: CONVERSE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN


What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle

I have had this adorable red heart print wrap skirt by Motel Rocks for over a year now but due to its loose nature, I’ve often struggled with how to style it, until now. A little trend I noticed emerging over the summer was wearing oversized tees tied up around the waist, allowing both the top and bottom of an outfit to be loose without compromising on shape. The tying of the t-shirt emphasizes the waist – which I always benefit from – so it was the perfect way of finally being able to wear this skirt. My white t-shirt here is just a cheap and cheerful one from the H&M men’s section. I went for a size medium so it wasn’t too fitted and I love how it looks.

I finished off the look with my favourite Ray Ban round metal sunglasses and a brand new pair of Converse. Is it just me or does anyone else find immense joy in a new pair of Converse? Of course, I absolutely love the look of knackered Converse but having bright white soles and deep black canvas is such a novelty (and one that doesn’t last long at that) after two years of running my last pair into the ground.

What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle

This outfit was just perfect for city exploration in hot temperatures as it was super comfy and light. This is what I wore in Seattle on our first day when we headed to the famous Pike Place Market for a wander and some food. I just had to shoot in front of the iconic ‘Public Market’ sign as its red colour matched my skirt and lips perfectly. So that’s it – the last summer outfit of the year and I’m so excited to start sharing autumnal looks from next week. Stay tuned for my mammoth Seattle City Guide coming later this week – it’s going to be a good’un! X

What I Wore In Seattle

Why I Love Vintage Clothing

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

We live in a world of fast fashion. There is almost too much choice out there, both online and on the high street but in the past year I have bought barely any brand new clothes, relying almost solely on vintage shops to update my wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong – I love browsing the ASOS new in page as much as the next girl and it will be much easier to shop my favourite European brands again now I’m back in the UK, which I’m pretty happy about. However, vintage will always be my true love so accompanied by these awesome photos of me wearing this insane seventies two piece, I want to share why I love vintage clothing.

Why I Love Vintage Clothing

TWO PIECE: VINTAGE | BOOTS: OFFICE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN


Why I Love Vintage Clothing

YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING UNIQUE


Now, this is something that has both pros and cons. I find nothing quite as thrilling as finding that perfect vintage gem, whether it is an item that I have been long searching for or something similar to current high street piece. I recently found a seventies blue vinyl coat for a mere $20, which actually made my heart race. I know the PVC/vinyl jacket trend isn’t going anywhere yet but mine will be utterly unique.
As a blogger, I am always striving to share interesting and different looks that have not just walked off the high street, to give you inspiration and a fresh approach towards styling. However, I know that some readers – and bloggers a like – distance themselves from vintage clothing because the exact look cannot be achieved in a simple click on a link. I think this is such a shame and it’s actually one of the main reasons that I am writing this post. I really do want to encourage you to not discount vintage just because you cannot instantly recreate it. Alternatively, take inspiration from a look – any look - whether that be the type of print, the cut or colour palette and use that to create your own unique outfit. That’s personal style and it’s so much more fun.

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

EVERY PIECE TELLS A STORY


Even though it may freak some people out, I absolutely love the fact that someone, sometimes decades ago, has already worn what I am wearing now. I imagine what they were doing when they wore it, how they styled it and who they were - there is something quite special about that! I envisage this red spotty two piece was worn with some incredible knee high white boots, a matching clutch and a big hair-do. We all know that trends come round and round again so why wear something that's made to look like it’s from the seventies when you could have the real deal?!

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

IT'S GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT


I care about our world and if I can do my bit to help it last a little longer, then I’m going to do it. This is just one reason why I am opting for vintage clothing more and more – it’s great for the planet. One (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure right? So let’s not allow these gorgeous old pieces to end up in the actual trash and support our local vintage shops now. Although I like the idea of only buying second hand and vintage clothes, I never like to restrict myself when it comes to fashion, whether that be a particular style or shopping destination. However, I am being more conscious and it bloody well helps that I love vintage clothing anyway!

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

VINTAGE SHOPPING IS FUN & INSPIRATIONAL


I almost never vintage shop online because for me, the joy of vintage shopping is being in store. You can smell the old clothes (yes, I love that), feel the different fabrics and see all the colour and print clashes as items sit side by side on the rails. Even if you don’t buy anything, I think just being in a vintage shop can be inspirational. You might see a colour combination you gives you all the feels or find a style of clothing that you had never previously thought of, which in turn can help you approach your wardrobe differently. Also, the best vintage shop also have great décor, whether that be cosy corners with sofa on which to take a break from searching or random stuff hanging from the ceiling, you may even take inspiration from this – for your style or for your home! So give vintage shopping a try, you won’t regret it.

Finally let's chat about this outfit and what is the final summer look I'll be sharing on here this year, sob! This incredible vintage two piece ticks all the boxes - it's red, it's polka dot and it's oh-so seventies. It is also really flattering, being composed of a shirt that is just not long enough to wear on its own and a pair of hot pants, which you can just see thanks to the opening on the top. I finished off the look with those iconic silver Office boots from last year and my trusty Ray Ban round metals for all the retro vibes. I picked it up in the vintage shop I worked in in Montreal - I also bought two other sixties/seventies co-ords while working there, one of which you have already seen in my Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit post. I am a bit obsessed with sets right now - they are so easy and effortless to wear - and I guess the moral of this post is: if I had discounted vintage, I would be without this amazing two piece set in my life, which would be such a shame indeed. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about some of the reasons why I love vintage clothing. I am sure there are many more too and I would love to hear your thoughts - are you a retro queen or do you shy away from vintage? Let's chat! X

Why I Love Vintage Clothing

A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore

A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore
A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore

This is what I wore on a day trip last week up to Quebec City. As we are leaving Canada in less than two weeks (sobbbb), we are desperately trying to fit in everything that we still want to do. As you read this we are currently in Seattle visiting my uncle before heading up to Vancouver on Sunday for a few days and I am definitely planning on doing some city guides and outfit posts when I return. One thing we had to do before we left was visit the province’s capital and even though we could only fit in a day trip to Quebec City, I think we got a good feel for the place and saw some different areas.

A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore

DUNGAREES: OLD ZARA | BLOUSE: VINTAGE | SHOES: NIKE CORTEZ | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN


A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore
A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore

As we were only there for a few hours, I don’t have a city guide for as such but I did manage to shoot this outfit, which is the perfect day trip outfit. It was super comfortable for long car journeys each way to Quebec City yet put together for exploring a city. These red Nike Cortez have rapidly become my go-to trainers whenever I know I am going to do a lot of walking. They are incredibly comfortable and add a nice pop of colour to any outfit. I was not sure what the weather was going to be doing that day so I opted for an outfit that could work for both a hot summer’s day or a cooler one. I paired my trusty Zara blue cropped dungarees with this super cropped broderie anglaise blouse, which is really to short to wear with anything else. I love this combination and I think the vintage vibe goes perfectly with the trainers. It ended up being quite cold at times so I also wore my black leather jacket for a bit of warmth.

A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore
A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore
A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore

These photos were shot in an area called Saint-Jean-Baptiste, a residential area that we walked through when going from the pretty but extremely touristy Old Town to the more edgy Saint Roch neighbourhood. I loved all the cute colourful houses, which made a perfect backdrop for a spontaneous outfit shoot. If you are planning a day trip or a even weekend visit to Quebec City, I would definitely recommend exploring outside the old city walls. I tend to feel a bit claustrophobic if I’m in a super touristy area for too long, especially when there is so much else to explore! Take a stroll down Rue Saint Jean and then wiggle your way down to Saint-Roch where there are lots of shops, cafés and even a huge church on Rue Saint-Joseph Est. Happy exploring! X

A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore

Oh, Summer (Date) Night!

Summer date night
Summer date night
Summer date night

Summer evenings are just the best aren’t they? I love how a too hot day can turn into a beautifully warm summer night and I have been trying to make the most of these while I still can. You guys know that I love sharing my “OOTDs” on this blog but what about my outfits of the night?! Of course in winter it’s pretty much impossible to be able to capture an evening outfit because of the lack of light. Therefore, I made a point of shooting this outfit I wore on a Saturday night out to a restaurant a couple of weeks ago and I do think it is rather perfect summer date night outfit indeed.

Ever since I found this star print shift dress in the Zara sale, I have been waiting patiently for the right occasion to wear it. During the day was a no-go because it has been rather humid of late so when we decided to treat ourselves to a Saturday night out, it was the obvious choice. The combination of the short length and the long sleeves meant it was great both during the early evening while the daytime heat was still lingering and later on when the air was a bit cooler. As we were going to a restaurant, the loose shirt shape of the dress was great for hiding any food babies – and trust me, there were definitely multiple food babies going on after a trip to our favourite vegetarian restaurant, Lola Rosa.

Summer date night

DRESS: ZARA SALE | BOOTS: OFFICE | BAG: VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN | EARRINGS: VINTAGE


Summer date night
Summer date night

The star print is the thing that drew me to this dress in the first place. Being black and white, it is understated yet still fun and easy to wear both during the day and for a summer date night outfit. With such a monochrome base, I had to sass things up with some colourful accessories. Starting from the feet and working up, I chose to rock my much loved – but recently neglected – silver boots to go with the Starman theme of the dress. I added some fuchsia socks, just allowing them to peep out the top of the boots in such a fun way. This pink silk bag with bamboo handle is one of my favourite purchases of the summer and as I don’t get to wear it much, this pink themed date night outfit was the perfect opportunity.

Summer date night
Summer date night

I finished off the look with some statement earrings of course! I don’t own any pink ones so opted for these amazing round purple ones that clash perfectly with the pink. Finally, I thought I’d try bright pink lipstick for a change! The amazing shade is by Clinique and it has been sitting in my make up bag for ages as it was a free gift. Well, I am well and truly converted to hot pink lipstick and it’s a great alternative to red. I am not sure Lewis was such a fan but then again he prefers me sans lipstick, for smudge-free kisses ha!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I wore on a recent summer date night! I’m sorry that blog posts are a bit sparse at the moment – we have been having a constant stream of visitors and have some big life changes happening, which I am going to post about soon. Thanks for bearing with me! X

Summer date night