This is the skirt I altered yesterday. Unfortunately, it appears to have gone from being too small to being slightly too big and the waistband keeps slipping down to my hips, while the top I was wearing today is fairly short, so it didn’t quite work. I should probably take it in a little bit this weekend…
I like the colour combination, though.
I’ve had this suit for years, but I’ve never worn it as a suit before.
In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever worn the skirt before, though I used to wear the jacket a lot. And then I stopped wearing it so much, and I wasn’t convinced the skirt even fit me properly any more, so I took it to a clothes swap at the weekend intending to pass it on to someone who would love it and wear it more than I did. But no-one who tried it on liked the way it fitted them, and people kept telling me it was really, really me and suited me perfectly, so in the end I brought it home again. And today I actually wore it, as a suit. It may even have brought me good fortune as I had a much better day than I was expecting to have.
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Those of you who follow me elsewhere will know that I have been having a pretty tough time at work lately, and I haven’t been able to muster much interest in clothes. This morning, though, I was quite pleased with my outfit (carefully chosen to balance power-dressing and looking like me, because last week was utterly horrendous and I really wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make myself go in today) so I decided to photograph and blog it.
The black dress is much more me worn with colour than as part of a black suit, and I really like the shape, though I’m not keen on the way the polyester lining feels against my skin.
Look, outfit posts two days in a row! Definitely a positive sign; work is still pretty tough going but I am managing to put it out of my head when I leave for the day, which helps a lot.
My rainbow shawl got lots of compliments, even though I did have to keep taking it off because it was too warm in the office.
And now it’s the weekend, and having finished spinning my braid of fibre last weekend this weekend I’m going to try plying it. Look out for a spinning update in the next couple of days!
As I mentioned in my last post, I haven’t really been feeling enthusiastic about outfit-blogging, or blogging in general, really. But when I’d got dressed this morning and looked in the mirror, I realised that I looked so like me I wanted to record the outfit.
I like clothes when I feel like I’m playing with them and having fun, and I just haven’t been in that kind of playful mood lately. I think things are getting a bit better, though. I have been trying to follow the advice of my CBT programme and plan to do things that will be fun, and while at first it was really hard to believe that I would have the energy for any of it I have surprised myself by how much I can do, and how much I enjoy it. I think I may even be needing slightly less sleep.
I started very small, with sitting down at my piano and playing for half an hour for the first time in ages. I’m not sure I’m ever going to be able to play anything more difficult that the first section of “Für Elise” but I still really enjoy it.
I met up with friends; while I was on holiday I had a lovely day in Norwich with one friend who lives near there and another who came up from London to meet us, and another lovely afternoon in Bristol with two localish friends and H, who lives in Dundee but was there for a conference. (I am so grateful for all my lovely internet friends, who are both there in my computer whenever I need them and prepared to go to reasonable amounts of effort to manage the occasional meeting in real life – I’m sure some people would think going all the way to Bristol and back for a coffee was a bit mental, but more fool them.) And then of course there was the yarn crawl, which was very social but huge amounts of fun. And I’m still going to the knitting group, and appear to have quite a lot of other social things on the horizon now.
We went to see the Duckworth Lewis Method the evening after the yarn crawl, and they were fantastic, and such fun, so I listened to their albums on the way to Bristol, and then I listened to something else, and now I’ve started listening to music again regularly, and remembered how happy it can make me. Why on earth did I stop? (Probably because when I was in the depths of depression it felt like the music was mocking my inability to feel anything.)
I have been using my light box this week, as well, and that does seem to make a difference. Maybe I really am getting somewhere this time…
I survived the HMRC audit.
I’m sure the suit helped.
I am now more tired than I realised it was possible to be. My plans for this evening involve pasta, Buffy and profiteroles, and my plans for tomorrow may well just involve staying in bed all day. Hurrah for time off work!
I wanted to wear this a week or so ago, but it was too warm for the shawl, so now it’s got a bit cooler I jumped at the chance.
And today was my second-to-last day in work this week; after tomorrow I’ll be off until the 24th. Less happily, tomorrow we have an HMRC audit, but you can’t have everything…
This is what I wore on Wednesday, and it was warm enough that mostly I didn’t actually have the jacket on.
And this is what I wore today, and I wore a mac when I went out in the morning.
I have to confess that I quite like being able to wear tights again.
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Even though the weather is still warm at the moment, it’s starting to feel like autumn, and I suspect this may be the last appearance of my penguin skirt until next summer.
In shocking sartorial news, I have also just bought a suit. A black suit, from Marks and Spencer, polyester/vicose mix dress and jacket. It’s a long time since I last bought a suit, or even wore one, and it felt a bit strange to buy one now, but actually, while co-ordinating dresses and jackets are absolutely smart enough for my needs 99% of the time, there are occasions when the best and easiest thing to do is going to be to break out the full corporate drag. I don’t think this is the first step down the slippery slope to a whole wardrobe full of M&S workwear (though their current collection isn’t really that bad for what it is)…
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The inspiration for today’s outfit was Jenny at the knitting group on Wednesday, who was wearing a lovely green handknitted top and then put a purple cardigan over it when it got a bit cooler (we were sitting outside), causing one of the other knitters to remark that the combination looked a bit like an aubergine. As aubergines are one of my favourite vegetables, this stuck in my mind, and when gazing blearily at my wardobe this morning I decided to opt for my purple linen dress and my Lyttelton shrug, a similar colour combination.
It was doubly appropriate really, as I was feeling pretty vegetable-like all day thanks to the delightful combination of stress and several days’ worth of stress-related insomnia. Thank goodness it’s the weekend!