I’ve been bouncing between freelance gigs for the past few months and looking for my next permanent position. I’ve had loads of informal coffees and meet-ups and a handful of actual full-blown interviews.
Of course, all of these events required their own meticulously crafted outfit. Now some people (aka my ever-practical husband) may be of the opinion that when you’re unemployed (or under-employed), you shouldn’t be shelling out for new clothes. But I think that’s exactly when you should be buying new things. After all, there’s nothing more valuable than a first impression – and looking the part is half the battle. (Okay, maybe not half, exactly. But it definitely factors in.) Plus, having the right big-day outfit gives you just that confidence boost you need to nail an interview.
Warning: I generally use the Lovely List to discuss all things lovely. But this post is about something very, very ugly.
A few days ago, I went through one of the most traumatic experiences a woman can endure. I got a bad haircut. Am I being a bit dramatic? Of course. But if you think this is bad, you should have seen my reaction at the time. But let’s back up…
Now that I’ve been in London for more than a year, I can safely say I’m falling in love. (Shh… don’t tell New York!) But one thing that I’m still not used to is the summer weather – and the need to purchase a coat specifically for the season. In NYC, the closest I ever came to needing a jacket (let alone an actual coat) was the summer was the wooly cardigan I kept draped over my desk chair to battle the frigid AC blasting in the office.
During my junior year of high school, I had a minor obsession with duster sweaters. I mean, they were the thing to wear. I remember spending an entire paycheck from my lifeguarding job on one particular amazing duster sweater from Free People and then proudly parading around the halls of my high school in it, thinking I was so freakin’ cool. Sure, other students stepped on it when I sat down in class, and the bottom got super dirty. But I loved it.
Last week I posted a Fashion Formula based on flowers and stripes — and this week I decided to put it to the test. Even though it may not be that sunny in London right now, these bright colours are definitely helping to put me in a warmer mood.
I love the unexpected combination of wearing a sporty sweatshirt with a prim pencil skirt. Choose a slightly cropped top and this combo feels smart and sexy — or try a slouchy pullover for a more relaxed vibe. There’s your Sunday brunch look sorted.
Like fashion trainers and logo sweatshirts, joggers are one of the many amazingly sporty trends that are making this season a lot more comfy. Whether you dress them up or down, these bedtime-worthy trousers look polished and cool… and it almost feels a little naughty that you’re getting away with wearing them beyond the gym.
It’s pretty crazy to think that I’m officially a homeowner. But now that we’ve celebrated and drank several glasses (err, plastic cups) of champagne in our empty flat, it’s time to actually start whipping it into a livable state and filling it with furniture.
When I first bought this pale-pink midi skirt from Topshop, my husband laughed and said, ‘When are you ever going to wear that?’ To be honest, I wasn’t sure because I hadn’t tried it on in the shop. I knew there was the risk that I’d look like a giant cupcake… not a cute look.
Anyone with even the slightest shoe obsession knows that the right footwear can totally transform an outfit. I have a somewhat love-hate relationship with shoes (more on that later) — and because they’re really difficult to find in my size, I can’t always buy every bright High Street shoe I fancy. But somehow I always manage to have at least 10 pairs in my rotation.