We only have a little while to go before our updates to the kitchen are complete.
We have decided that this is just the beginning of slowly updating our home. You have probably experienced the same thing yourself, decorating one room then realising others need some attention too.
We are doing the front porch next. The reason being, when we were looking for kitchen tiles, we fell in love with these Victorian ones (see below) thinking how lovely they would look in the entrance to our home. We couldn’t resist. They were a tad expensive but they will look so good and will bring the porch to life. It’s all been hard work, so far, and I won’t say I have enjoyed the disarray. But, when it all starts coming together, it’ll be worth it.
This is the Porcelain Floor Tiles in the “Abbey Whitby” Pattern which we have chosen for our porch. We bought them from “Tyne Tees Tiles”. I’ll be bringing you a few posts soon showing the end result of both the kitchen and the porch.
During this hullabaloo, I have been mostly dressing down, as you would expect, and generally looking a little dowdy. By Thursday of last week, we had to pop out for a few things, so I decided to ditch my old work/leisurewear and dress up.
We needed building materials so this was not a glamorous trip out, but, hey, I thought I’ll still make an effort. It was when I was deciding what to wear that I realised what a “drainer” it can be not getting dressed up at all, for a while.
Taking a Summer dress into the colder months.
Along with decorating, we now have shorter days and “Lockdown 2” to add to the mix. So, not a lot of reason to dress up. I realised just how much I was missing putting an outfit together to wear – most importantly, to make myself feel good. Some of the ladies I follow on blogs and Instagram are still working so they still get dress normally, every day. And, they probably feel a lot better for doing so. I’m realising they have a point. Getting dressed in nice clothes and feeling good made me feel a hell of a lot more cheerful – my other half noticed the difference. I realised how important our day to day clothing is and by putting something nice on, especially with a splash of colour, too, can certainly uplift the mood.
What I’ve been Wearing
I’ve always had a fondness for a vibrant animal print. I bought this feel-good dress at the beginning of last year. I was attracted to the retro 70’s feel and its “wafty” style. This year, it hasn’t seen any action due to Lockdown 1. So, to make up for it, I have simply added a long-sleeved tee and knee-length boots making it a great transitional piece. As well as being a great style, it also hides a multitude of sins. Plus, when the weather turns colder, I can add a pair of thick opaque tights to keep me warm.
Keeping the animal print theme going I have styled these. Oh so flattering, wide-legged, velvet trousers (H&M) with a few of my favourite animal print cardigans. The first is a grey woollen shortie cardigan.
I bought this cardigan well over ten years ago (Warehouse). I have worn it so much over the years, I have lovingly removed bobbles from it. And, as you can see, it’s still in great condition.
The black and white cotton mix cardigan is from Marks and Spencer and is around five years old. It’s an old favourite and I wear this cardigan all year round. I must add that, when I shop now, longevity is key. I would rarely impulse buy and I can’t remember the last time I did it. I tend to consider so much more when I’m looking at an item now. I ask the question, will it last? Of course, in reality, everything wears off. But, I do try to imagine if I’ll wear it for a long time to come – like the items I’m showing
All items that I am wearing are my own though this post may contain some affiliate links – if you click through to the product there is no cost to you.
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