Daily Outfit: Vested Interest

21 09 2011

My first attempt at an on-body outfit post!  (Yes, I like to celebrate the small milestones, haha).  I went to a local open-mic night and wanted to be comfortable, casual but stylish.  The weather is still scorching in my parts, so I needed some breathable fashion.  A friend of mine was obliging enough to take photos of me on her Blackberry, since I forgot my camera.  I am getting a bit better explaining to friends that it is not out of complete vanity that I am making them take a huge series of photos of my clothes.  And I think with a bit more practice, I may not make such awkward faces and poses.  But I don’t promise anything, since I’m a relatively awkward individual.  It’s cool, I like it.

[H&M top, Marks & Spencer Vest, American Eagle Shorts, Primark Ballet Flats, John Lewis Bag, Pocket Watch Necklace from Brick Lane Market, Fairtrade gold and silver cuff.]

I love this outfit for it’s monochromatic sleekness- trouser-style denim shorts teamed with a cap sleeve white shirt dressed up with a linen vest.  My favourite element, however, is the back of the linen vest, which has a gorgeous silk inset.  The photo doesn’t capture it precisely, but I love wearing it.  I am slowly collecting vests, or waistcoats (I am never sure what to call them) but don’t always know what to wear with them.  I am trying to use them more frequently to dress up basic combinations (like shorts and a white tee).

I only felt mildly weird posing at night, on a street corner.  Luckily, my awesome friend and photographer was very patient with me.  I explained why I wanted the photos, and she was so excited to hear about my new blog.  She has a rocking tumblr, and she is going to be guest posting some recipes over here in the near future (yes, that was me putting you on the spot, Aruna).

I had been messaging her before she actually showed up to the open mic night and when she arrived, we had the best laugh- we were matching.  Do you ever accidentally match with friends?

Daily Outfit: Job Interview Chic

11 09 2011

I promised a few posts ago that I would talk a bit more about what’s happening with me.  As I mentioned in other posts, I was working with a start-up charity but due to the recession, growing pains of a new company and new managers, I left my job.  The departure wasn’t exactly amicable, but I am much happier than I was working there.  I am currently unemployed, which means I am having to be a lot more careful with my spending and thrifty with my fashion.  Call me a recessionista, because I am still rocking the hell out of life on a budget.  It has been a roller coaster of emotions, and some days, having a life without structure really gets me down, but I am trying to spend lots of time working on creative projects and seeing friends and having fun.  Life really should not be about the job you do or don’t have, and I keep reminding myself that.

I am starting lots of new projects that I will be slowly posting about as they come up.  But for now, I am going to be a bit more dedicated about taking photos of what I wear.  I hope this serves as inspiration for me to mix up my looks and dress better daily, as I often get stuck in fashion ruts.  I don’t consider myself the most trendy person, but when I put my mind to it, I can look stylish.  More than that, I am interested in fashion- the photos, the styling, the clothes, the textiles, etc.

Last week, I went to the government employment agency to talk about job options.  Of course, it was a scorching hot afternoon and I jumped right out of my outfit when I got home before I could bully someone into taking photos of me.  So here are the elements of my outfit.  I know that’s cheating, but I am still working up the nerve to ask people to take my photograph and my self-timer skills are abysmal.  So this is what you get.  Next time will be better, I promise!

Thrifted H&M Dress, Marks & Spencer Heels, New Look Bracelet.


I loved this outfit because it was simple, classic and undistracting.  The worst thing in an interview is when your clothes are telling more of a story than your resume.  My interviewer noted that I looked professional, and we came up with a few options for me in search of employment.  The classic H&M shift dress, however, was way too hot for the scorching afternoon so I ditched it soon after I departed the air conditioned sanctuary of the office.  How do you keep cool while looking professional?