From the archive

Wednesday, November 07, 2018


This shoot is from Polly's reign, a happy reminder of the heckling and laughter before she jumped ship, leaving me for another department and abandoning me to another winter of flying solo. I felt ambivalent about this outfit when I reviewed the photos, but at this stage I can see that beggars can't afford to be choosers. Today the grey skies, a gusting wind and heavy showers have sabotaged any thoughts I had of trying to do a shoot on my own. Pink fluffy jumper and rainbow mini skirt will have to wait for another day I think. Hahaha, and you think I'm joking, don't you!


Everything apart from the trousers is preloved. The leather jacket was a purchase in Harrogate in April and this is its first outing. The brand is House of Leather, London. The leather has a shiny gleam and looks well nourished as if it has been polished or fed with cream or wax. The elastic is taut showing no sag from age, fitting well at the cuffs and waist. I think I paid about £15 for it and am happy with that for the quality.


I paid £20 for the leather Radley bag and again this is in immaculate condition. It was a recent charity shop find, from Truro I think. Rings are preloved too.


The mustard trousers are advertised as culottes, showing how vertically challenged I must be. Yes, I'm laughing at my own jokes, sorry! See them here on the Zara site where the model is clearly tall and leggy and wearing them with high heels too. I bought them with the intention of wearing them with my latest crush - yes my tartan boots, but somehow that didn't work. My sunglasses are by Quay Australia and the roll neck was an eBay purchase years ago.


I like the mustard alongside the pony skin leopard print of these Oxfords (from Office and second hand). I've recently bought a pair of vintage high heeled boots that may work better with these trousers though. I've just sent them off to be re-heeled, so you'll have to wait to see how that pans out later. 


The white socks weren't me paying homage to Michael Jackson, more a momentary lapse in concentration when I was rummaging in my sock drawer. Later that morning I had to admit the error of my ways and nipped home to change them for black ones which merged much better with the shoes. Hah! And I consider myself a stylist, eh? Well actually, no I don't.


My summation of this look is that these wide, slightly cropped trousers do me no favours at all - well not with flat shoes that's for sure. I have short legs and these only serve to highlight that. But I do love them (both legs and trousers) none the less and will be trying to improve on this offering in due course. 


I'll leave you with this shot taken from my office window. That swirling bright light seemed to create a face in the clouds - does that look like a cute doggie to you?

Til next time, take care!
Anna x

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8 comments

  1. Ha ha! That totally does look like a dog smiling down from the clouds : )

    I really love the colours in this outfit. So 70s. I do prefer the top and the shoes over the trousers though.

    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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    1. I like to think that this doggie was a gift from above.

      The trousers are totally fab in my eyes, but maybe just not the most flattering for my shape/height. I won't be beaten though Suzanne and will keep plugging away until they work!

      Have a lovely day!
      Anna x

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  2. That does look like a dog!

    I love those trousers, culottes, whatever you wish to call them. I passed on two pairs of wide-wale corduroy vintage Dolce & Gabbana trousers a few months ago and am kicking myself now that I really WANT a pair of olive green cords. Gah!

    That leather jacket is gorgeous, really luxe looking.

    Can you vary your background for your pics, maybe do it indoors in the nasty weather?

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    1. Oh Sheila, I feel your pain on letting those D&G trousers go past you. I hate that sense of regret. Cord is such a lovely winter fabric, but it can be unforgiving as I can see here. Sometimes though you just have to over-ride the worry about the look for the sensation of how it feels to wear a favourite piece.
      Indoor photography is a struggle for me, just to find a good spot somewhere is a nightmare. You've settled on an indoor set-up that works for you, a happy solution no matter the weather, but the low ceilings in my cottage create shadows which is totally unflattering. I can see that days off with good weather will have to be devoted to me and my tripod finding some good spots. Wish me luck!

      Anna x

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  3. I actually love those trousers, but then again I'm a big fan of mustard. The leather jacket is gorgeous too, and what a bargain. And I totally adore the roll neck! Oh, and I can see the dog in the clouds too! xxx

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    1. Mustard does seem to be having a moment don't you think? I fancy you'll be seeing a bit more of this leather jacket now that it's found its way to the front of my closet. Thanks for dropping by again Ann!

      Anna x

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  4. I HONESTLY like these trousers on YOU better than on the model. I'm having a hard time embracing the ankle length look in a wide leg pant, especially those made of heavier fabrics. What gets heavier than a wide sale corduroy?!? Anyway, despite your claim of short legs and the lack of a higher heel, I think you look trim and tall in this look.
    That mustard color is lovely on to Anna. This is a color that I've found I CAN wear if I add a scarf of colors that flatter my complexion a bit better.
    So, having looked at clouds from both sides now we can safely conclude that some of them contain "admiring" puppy faces! :-)

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    1. Oh you're so kind Jude, and so generous with your compliments too! I really love all shades of yellow, but mustard is my favourite winter tone - it really warms up my skin at this time of year. I'm glad you can wear it too - seems to be the colour of the moment my dear, so let's enjoy it!

      Have a super week!
      Anna x

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