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Where bottom-heavy women fit stuff

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Sale day – again!

Sale day – again!

  Today’s win! Another delivery containing £2.50 shoes!

Beautifying a Business Bod – How to accessorize a suit

Beautifying a Business Bod – How to accessorize a suit

I adore the crisp lines of a good suit. Executives, military, flight attendants; there are plenty of suited and booted looks that can draw you in. No doubt someone has done a study about why some work wear is just so appealing, but for me […]

Adding some international flavour

Adding some international flavour

Have you ever looked at a national or cultural outfit and wanted to borrow parts for yourself? Not that you want to encourage commercial cultural appropriation, but something caught you eye. The colour, the lines, the pattern, the fabric – something made you feel good and you wanted to be able to feel it again.
 
It’s easy to take inspiration from something without thinking about or acknowledging the history that may be behind it. Fashion choices such as ladies arm bands or dreadlocks have caused tension, not just in fashion circles but also in society in general. Certainly in the blogosphere!
 
 
Here are some tips for taking inspiration without giving offence:
 
  1. Know what the item/choice actually is and why you like it.
  2. Find out a little about its use in its country of origin.
  3. Work out what element of its significance inspires you so you can share that knowledge and positivity with others and acknowledge the significance.
  4. Honour and respect it.

For example, here is me in a kurti.
 
Why do I like kurtis? Well, I didn’t always. Before I tried wearing one I thought they looked like nightshirts, which I’m not fond of because they feel restrictive. But then I visited family in India. They all were wearing them as standard day-to-day attire and gave me some as a gift. As soon as I started wearing them, I loved them! The giant slits up the side mean they aren’t restrictive, they are as light and comfy as a t-shirt, but they don’t ride up at the back, and they always have a pocket. Plus, they colour and pattern choices are endless! But I particularly liked the plain tones on myself. I felt like I was wearing it as it was meant to be worn – a regular outfit, not a souvenir. The closer I got to my friends and family, the more comfortable I was wearing their clothes (literally wearing their clothes, I’ve been known to borrow outfits on occasion!). Kurtis are normal clothing, and I still wear them this way. Not as a gimmick.
 
Sometimes when someone sees me wearing one for the first time they ask about it, usually by asking if I got it in India. I tell them yes, and about how great it was to live like a local there. In general, people are quite curious about the world. If you have the opportunity to share beautiful stories about the world, I say “take it”.
 
 
Another cultural fashion choice I adore is a headscarf. When I played dress-ups as a kid, I loved the look of a scarf flowing down over my ponytail, like a wedding veil in reverse, or over my head like Red Riding Hood. These days I love the elegance of hijabs, turbans and head wraps. But I don’t wear them. These items have deep cultural significance that I don’t feel I can honour and respect in a way that I feel they deserve. And I definitely do want to be respectful. I also would wish that headscarves of any kind were seen as a positive personal choice, which sadly is not always the case.
 
But scarves themselves are probably part of all varieties of cultural heritage, one way or another. It’s the most basic item of fabric you can have. So I wear mine in hybrid ways and happily tell people why – whether it be me once again tapping into my eastern side, or showing support for friends whose clothing choices are inspired by their faith, or sometimes, just sometimes, literally just wearing a scarf.
 
In any case, respect is always good look.
Hair choices… sombre or ombre?

Hair choices… sombre or ombre?

I’ve been thinking about doing something new with my hair. I’ve always had a history of playing withcolour, but for the last five years I’ve been rather tame. Partly because I was being “sensible” (i.e. “corporate”) and partly because I was growing it long and […]

Working it: Eye Shape

Working it: Eye Shape

Once again, The Pool has sent me off on a research mission. I follow The Pool on Facebook and find it’s a solid 3-way split: 1/3 disagree, 1/3 agree, 1/3 “Oh hell yeah, right on, sista!”. The post that sent me searching was this: How I […]

Some of my favourite shoes are now £2. Yes. Two pounds.

Some of my favourite shoes are now £2. Yes. Two pounds.

My pink high-top sneakers? My super comfy white flats? These and more: a whole lot of my regular footwear has just gone on sale for £2.

 

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Phasing in some minimalism

Phasing in some minimalism

Indoor minimalist, outdoor stylish – can I look creative without owning much stuff? We’re looking for a new place to live. Super excited about the possibility of moving into a dream home: a shiny new apartment on the outskirts of the city. Close enough to walk […]

Return of the bum bag

Return of the bum bag

Of all the 90s fashion trends to be revived, why this one? Whether you call it a bum bag or a fanny pack (and neither sounds attractive), this accessory was probably in your wardrobe at one stage and you did actually wear one. It was […]

New Shoe Blues

New Shoe Blues

They are beautiful. They are brogues and I've been eyeing off a nice shiny pair of brogues for months. I had no idea how mean my new shoes would be!! I wore them over a week ago and the injuries to my feet have not recovered. I'm holey! And I'm going on holiday in two days! WHAT HAVE I DONE?!? I'm sure you're familiar with the situation. Beautiful shoes, big blisters. What do you do? Usually I put leather stick-on padding on the heel and sticking plasters on my feet and find that that does the trick. Not this time. The heels were so stiff that within half a day the leather wore thin and the padding cut my feet! It looks like someone mistook my heel for a potato and tried to peel it. Ouch! My heels a recovering thanks to weird plasters with silver that has healing powers. I don't even care if it's a placebo. At least it's gentle and squishy on my raw skin. Any other ideas? How do you heal blistered feet, and how do you prevent it?    

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