Thursday, 20 April 2017

Marching into Spring

Weardrobe / Outfits from March 2017

Slice of that Loaf

I'll have a slice of that style
I'd been looking for some smart shoes that weren't boots, and they ended up being closer and cheaper than I ever could have hoped for; one floor away infact, and free, thanks to mum's winter shoe sorting.
I went through a phase of wearing loafers to school, but these are definitely a step up from shoe-zone's finest. ^ Vintage Clarks - higher quality than I could afford new, in the size I hoped for, but hadn't yet found thrifted - you can really see how styles come right back around. I personally prefer the plainer of the 2 pairs, but it doesn't hurt that the other's buckle is really on trend, and hand-me-down is a risk free way to try the trend out.
Jeans - Dorothy Perkins, £10 / Loafers - Clarks, hand me down

I call this 'Iced Latte'

When your drink matches your aesthetic
All black, a great backdrop for a great jacket - and yes, I definitely have too many jackets in similar tones, but they are all different, and I'm an 'If it ain't broke, buy another one' kinda girl. This example from Zara, £2 in still stitched pockets condition, maintains that the total cost of my collection is less than £20 - a lot less than I've spent cumulatively on the coffee. It makes sense that I like the drink, since I am obsessed with the colour (although I'm not really that extra). & yes, Nero is the best.
Jacket - Zara via Rennie Grove Hospice Outlet CharityShop, £2 / Jeans - Primark, £10 / Bag - Newlook, Gifted

Size Sack
Why you should search every secondhand every section

I love my denim shirt dresses, but with 2 very similar, it can look repetitive, even when I haven't been outfit repeating. So when I saw a black, T-shirt style denim dress - originally TOPSHOP - it was worth a second look. Size 6 that is beyond oversized (wouldn't be surprised if it was wrongly sized), it's not the most flattering of things - but it leans more exaggerated artist overalls than bin bag. It would also make the perfect canvas (pardon the pun) for a little DIY. Distressing? Patches? Reconstruction? Who am I kidding?

Monday, 17 April 2017

Credit to Olivia Colman

2 of my current favourite TV's shows have a fantastic women in common, and Olivia Coleman deserves said credit.

Broadchurch Series 3 has managed to make everyone seem shifty, unhappy, and ultimately unlikeable - which I get is the whole Cluedo idea - but it doesn't make for inspiring character idolisation. Dad has always maintained that the Alec (Tennant) and Miller (Colman) relationship is what carries the show through from the depths of gloom. It's not a conventional balance each other out double act (eg. one happy, one angry), more of a communal distaste and commitment to the cause, of good hearted people - but she is by far the better half for me.
She manages to be a strong, sassy character without the need for centre stage. Her outbursts are authentic, yet compassion admirable. Her subtle expressions speak more than words ever could - when Alec made the comment about being too nice, her reaction made me laugh so loud. I love that she EATS - a simple thing TV show's seem to forget! I appreciate that she doesn't have to be bulshy to be effective as a Police officer, and she does all this as a single parent on a budget with other daily struggles, that anybody watching could have. As this series has gone on, the general strong woman theme has really come out, and I like that alot - but her character embodies it always.
Now I know this is a character reference, but I believe every actor brings a bit of their character to a roll - so be it Olivia or Ellie - she is a down to earth, Idol.

extra point, I think the Broadchruch team have portrayed grief and loss incredibly powerfully yet honestly - with the character of 'Beth Latimer' coming a very close second on the great acting real here. I'll miss the series, but I think it's the time to finish.


Broadchurch wasn't nearly as bleak when I visited; which *spoiler*, is really called West Bay and has the coolest secondhand inside/outside emporium and sandy beaches - although I'm not sure I'll be able to separate the show and the real life landmarks in my brain. I'm standing on the pier where Ellie gave Lenny Henry's daughter a right bollocking, and that I don't automatically associate Olivia like I do the other big names (like Tennant and Lenny) as themselves before their character, says a lot for her skills. That being said, being a Broadchurch culprit can taint like a tar brush, so series3 please don't conCluedo with the 'Reverend in the field with a sock' - do not ruin *Rory for me!

A much more mellow program, 'The Secret Life of the Zoo' is based on behind the scenes action at Chester Zoo. Animal life can actually seem a bit food sex and violence on paper, but there's nothing like the calm voice of Olivia Coleman to make it endearing again. She not only makes me want to visit the zoo (cousins what do you reckon?), be interested in even the animals that move at 0 miles an hour, but also want her voice on a pod cast to chill too aswell.

She was also in Rev, the most understated comedy known to man and she still managed to make an impression. Although I never really got into Night Manager; massive kudos to her for filming whilst heavily pregnant. If you've any other Colman suggestions, please do let me know, because as of tonight's finale: the closest I'll get to animal is in my outfits, and West Bay returns as the backdrop reality.



*Reverend Paul Coates (broadchurch) aka Rory (Doctor Who) aka Arthur Darvill (Actor)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Spring and Tell

Show and tell of the products from my collection, aiming to put the daffodils in the shade this Spring