Comfort over fashion?

Friday, 6 March 2015
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Outfit: Christys' fedora, Rick Owens Naska leather jacket, Uniqlo cotton/cashmere sweater, Icebreaker thermal vest, Zara jeans, Topshop boots, Louis Vuitton Speedy 35.


Lately, blogging has fallen wayward in lieu of family, work, traveling and life in general. I'm still very much alive on Instagram only because I don't have to be overly chatty and one picture says it all. It's a wonder that I still have something to write about after 4.5 years of blogging....... If anything, I've learned a lot from it. Made a ton of friends, have opportunities come my way that I normally wouldn't have, figured out to pose less awkwardly (banish the thought that this will ever turn into personal style blog. I love taking photos more than being in front of the camera).....

In fact, I was shocked that I can actually look half decent in front of the camera. Well, as long as I don't look at the mirror first thing I get up lest I scare myself to death. Actually, it wasn't too bad. Much like applying Photoshop  gaussian blur where everything looks airbrushed and fuzzy. That is........until I put on my glasses. The worst was wearing contacts. It was like.....WHOA! I really REALLY scared myself sh*tless then (I haven't worn contacts since).

I made several trips to London last week, the last being on Saturday where 18 bloggers came from all over and perched ourselves in a restaurant for hours on end chatting the day away. Just in case you're wondering why I was lugging such a fat looking LV Speedy.....it was my overnight bag. Thank goodness I've downsized my camera which now takes up less space than my t-shirt. It was freezing. Okay, nothing compared to the crazy snowfall in the U.S and Canada so I can't complain. I was so grateful for my fedora because it rained....and rained....and rained. An umbrella would've been ripped apart by the wind within minutes. The Rick Owens leather jacket was a godsend too. Waterproof, windproof and kept me warm. I'm glad I didn't go with the brushed leather version which would've been ruined in the rain.

I wish I could dedicate this blog as an Ode to All Things Fashion but sadly, it ain't going to happen. As you can tell, I got lazy and wore the same few outfits again and again since......erm........early December? Anyone struggling with their outfits lately?

**A huge thank you to Sue of Susie So So for putting up with me when I made her take photos of me.

15 comments:

  1. Yes. Puts hands up. I have been wearing, pretty much, the same thing since about October last year. It was fabulous to meet you. Friendship definitely comes before fashion in my book. Oh and photographs. H xx

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  2. Amen, Helen! It was a fabulous get together. I only wish we could do it more often.

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  3. Hey - I took an in focus picture of you at last! Thank goodness you changed to a camera which I can just about handle i.e. suits my rather mediocre camera capabilities! I never could handle your big guns camera. And lovely to catch up with you again - it all goes so quick it's a bit of a blur. And thank you to introducing me to the magic which is the Laduree salted caramel macaroon. My life is complete :)

    Till next time.

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    1. I can't bear lugging around that monster these days. Besides, complicated gear never interests me. Next time, let's gorge on more Laduree desserts. We need to stay at least a couple of nights.

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  4. Tis a stunning picture Marlene....well done Sue! I always love to see what you are wearing....even if it is only now and again! Gutted to hear that I missed out on the Laduree macaroons but look forward to seeing you again soon! xx

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    1. I'll be sure to organize another PJ party again. See you soon!

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  5. Marlene, you are far too modest! As the surprisingly large amount of photographic evidence from Saturday shows, you look great on the other side of the camera - you and Sue should swap roles more often! It was fabulous to meet you - you have a real gift for hilarious storytellng! - and it was all I could do to stop myself from pawing at that amazing leather jacket, absolutely stunning! xx

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    1. Becky, you're a sweetheart! Literally made my day with your kind words.

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  6. I was really looking forward to seeing photos of your annual bloggers meet up, on either your blog or the other "girls" blogs as you and the other used to do the previous years. This year, zilch, nobody has posted about it, how come?

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    1. Most of us have been blogging for more than 3 years now. I guess in some ways, quite a large number of us have not blogged as often as before. I suppose we've all also silently agreed to not publicize about the get together. Let's just say that the alcohol bill was higher than the food bill........... For a non drinker, that's still a bit of a shock to my system!!

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  7. You looked fabulous Marlene & it was so lovely seeing you again! Roll on next year when we get to do it all over again! x

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    1. Likewise, Andrea. Hope to see you soon again.

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  8. I'm just curious: doesn't the rain "damage" the feodora? By damage, I mean the hat becomes moldy, etc, etc.

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    1. So far I haven't had any issues with water damage. If it gets soaked, I'd pop the fedora near the heater or boiler just to dry it first.

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