Capsule Wardrobe Challenge Day 4: Battling the cold

Wednesday 23 October 2013

Ankle boots (similar here)
Isabel Marant Knitted sweater (similar here)
Gloverall duffle coat (similar here)
Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 35

I received a deluge of comments when I changed my profile photo on Facebook recently. It's also the second time in Facebook history that I've ever changed the photo. It could be that I'm rarely in front of the camera. In fact, it's the first time I've cut my hair in a year. Friends walked right past me with nary a sign of recognition when I was out and about with my hair down. It's apparently a very rare occurrence that my hair was NOT in a ponytail or chignon. So says these friends of mine.....

It's taken nearly 6 months to stabilize the hair loss I've been suffering due to a combination of long term side effects of medication and very low iron levels. By February, hair was falling out in clumps. It's the one time in my life that I was thankful for my thick Asian afro. Right now, I've got bits of hair sticking out everywhere which makes me look like an untrimmed poodle if I'm not liberal enough with the L'Oreal Elnett hairspray. Here's what I've found out from personal experience.

- In many cases, beta blockers do cause hair loss. 
- Iron tablets take at least 3 months to build up enough reserve. 
- It takes 3 months to drain beta blockers out of your system. 
- Don't take anything caffeinated an hour before or after taking an iron tablet as they inhibit iron absorption. Instead, take it with apple or orange juice.  
- Signs of hair regrowth can take anything from 6 months to a year.

Right....let's go back to fashion talk. Most days, I feel like a stripper. Not literally.... yikes..banish the thought! I'd probably scare a few (okay, a LOT) with my muffin top and cellulite. However, if I've got Miranda Kerr's body, I'd strip down to my birthday suit everyday.  I put on, take off, put on, take off my clothes ALL day long. It's hot when I'm inside, cold when I'm outside, roasting when I'm on the tube. So I guess, layering is the key to surviving the crazy weather here.

I picked up this Isabel Marant Etoile knitted sweater from the sale a few months back. I love knits that are made of a blend of different colored yarns. It's striking without looking overly so. Isabel Marant has another in 100% wool this season which I'm particularly impressed with.  I still love my traditional English heritage brand, Gloverall swing duffle coat (that's duffel to those of you across the Atlantic ocean) which weighs a ton but battles the cold stoically.


  1. Great look, fab in fact. Your hair looks amazing BTW and I have to confess my always tied up unless I'm going out!

  2. Ah man. I've been dealing with a hair loss problem for about a year. It's growing back but progress feels slooooow. Don't know if you can get these in the U.K., Marlene, but they work like a charm:

    1. Hi Callie, I can sympathize. Yes, the progress is mind numbingly slow but that's nature for you. I haven't tried Solgar but I took another herbal supplement and also Equazen.

  3. I have to say your hair is rocking in these outfit pics - you'd never guess what you've been through getting to this point. And the duffle coat is really cool. I tried on a Gloverall a couple of years back in Coggles and the one thing that surprised me was that it was unlined which I didn't think was conducive to keeping warm. Hope yours is lined. And yay! The weather is finally cool enough for your Marant sweater - lovely colours.

  4. I've really enjoyed this challenge that you set for yourself Marlene. You've made some gorgeous outfits that could translate for absolutly everybody into everyday wear which is always so inspiring to see. It's also made me look at some pieces I have in my own wardrobe and mixing them up in some different ways.

  5. Your hair always looks great I would have never guessed your were going through that. I dealt with hair loss a couple of years ago as well and was also going to suggest the Biotin supplement that Caille mentioned as well as Solgar prenatal vitamins. Love this outfit so chic!



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