Monthly Archives: March 2013

Bloopers

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Blooper

Hair in face blooper

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Blooper

What do you want from me?

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Blooper

Ski jumping?

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Blooper

Moving furniture blooper

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Blooper

Moving into position blooper

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Blooper

Adjusting the shirt blooper

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Blooper

Awkward feet blooper

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Blooper

Aeroplanes blooper

For some of you this is a time of particular reflection or worship. For me personally, I remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus every Sunday, so in that regard Easter isn’t so very different from another weekend (not that I want to trivialise it). For me, Easter is largely about chocolate. Quality or quantity? Preferably both!

No matter what Easter is to you I hope it is full of quality time spent with friends and family. That’s definitely a strong focus for me, which is why I’ve left you today with a silly post of blooper photos from the last few months.

(Note to self: do you REALISE these ridiculous pictures are going on the INTERNET and will exist in cyberspace FOREVER???)

Egg Hunt

This is Little Miss H on her Easter egg hunt last year. She was so excited, and has been asking “is it nearly Easter?” at regular intervals ever since! A small child’s enthusiasm is really a beautiful thing.

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Stuff I’ve Learnt – Swapping Accessories

I’ve already talked specifically about belts and scarves, but today I want to extol the virtues of accessories in a general sense. Previously I’d placed accessories firmly in the category of “optional”, but now I understand how useful they can be in a functional wardrobe. Turns out it’s possible to change the look and feel of outfits super quickly by just swapping around some of your accessories.

Many people would find this useful when transforming an outfit from day to night, or from work to play. It’s pretty rare that I need to transition a single outfit for multiple occasions, so for me playing with accessories is mainly about extending my outfit possibilities and getting the most wear out of my existing wardrobe.

The exact same t-shirt and jeans. Boring by themselves, but a great base for accessories. Here are two different vibes – bright and cheerful, and calming neutrals.
Pockets And Belt (1)Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - A Slight Relief
Necklace swapped for earrings, navy belt swapped for red, bright shoes swapped for neutral. It’s obviously still the same dress, but the balance of the outfit is completely changed.
Subtle StatementStatement Earrings Dare (1)
The same lace top with cobalt jeans. Different coloured singlets worn underneath the top alters the visual texture, while tucking it into a belt modifies the shape.
Lace Dare (1)Pumped (1)
Again, this is obviously the same dress in each photo. But each time it feels fresh and exciting to ME, which means it gets worn a whole lot more often than it would otherwise!

Bright yellow belt and colourful scarf

Bright yellow belt and colourful scarf

Simple and clean

Simple and sophisticated

Orange Twist (1)

Bright belt and shoes

Bright Dare (1)

Green sash and white heels

Black Belt (1)

Wide black belt and funky shoes

Hot Cross Buns

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Hot Cross Buns

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Hot Cross Buns

I’m writing this over a cup of tea and a freshly baked hot cross bun – so good! It’s the first time I’ve made them and while they turned out really well I’m glad Easter only comes once a year as they take ages to make (all that kneading, resting, rolling, rising, piping and baking).

Back to clothes. I wanted to try a red top with my cobalt jeans, but the only one I could find was sleeveless. It’s too cold now to be baring all that arm, so I layered a long-sleeved top underneath. I wasn’t overly happy with the result (see below), as the necklines looked a bit funny together and the colours too “blocky”.

Scarf to the rescue! Some extra warmth, covering up the funny neckline and softening the contrast between the red, blue and black. The outfit instantly went from one I wasn’t too sure about to one I felt totally comfortable in.

All in less time than it took to gobble down a hot cross bun.

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Hot Cross Buns

Reminded

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Reminded

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Reminded

Today I was reminded how much I love scarves. They’ve been left largely forgotten during the warmer months, but now that the cool change has come in they are worming their way back into regular rotation.

Why do I love scarves? They add colour and texture to an outfit, there are many different ways to tie them, they are toddler-friendly, and offer a surprising amount of warmth. So practical and easy – definitely my kind of accessory!

[Scarf: brand unknown $10]

On And On

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - On And On

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - On And On

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - On And On

It seems as though this summer might go on and on forever! Every hot day we get I’m sure must be the last, but here we go again and it’s almost April, crazy. But I’m not going to waste the opportunity to get some more wear out of my shorts, because unless I develop a fondness for short with tights they aren’t coming out of my cupboard for the next 7 months. (Disclaimer: I have seen some awesome outfits featuring shorts with tights, but I’m not convinced I can pull it off.)

Which brings me to the fact that I’ve accidentally worn denim shorts with a transparent shirt for two Wednesdays in a row. Which I normally would not have noticed, except I’m linking up with Kiwi Womens Style for Wardrobe Wednesday and just checked what I wrote in last week’s post. Oops. I definitely don’t want to take the “all my outfits are the same” angle, so let’s go with “I’m a real person with who doesn’t plan outfits in advance”!

I’d also like to say thank you SO MUCH to Kelly from Kiwi Womens Style for featuring me in her Wardrobe Wednesday article today. Such a lovely write-up, I am totally honoured :)