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Penguins again

I felt in need of the cheering effect of my penguin skirt today; work has been manically busy and I’m feeling the stress quite a lot. Still, the penguins helped!

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Shawl – Elektra
Shawl pin – Spindlecat
Top – Gap
Skirt – made by me
Tights – Monsoon
Shoes – Clarks

Shawl again

Another variant on the dress/three-quarter-sleeve top and skirt with shawl combination again. It’s definitely my favourite way to dress for in-between weather at the moment. The only trouble is, it makes me wish I had more time to spend knitting shawls!

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Shawl – Elektra
Shawl pin – Purl Grey
Dress – East
Tights – M&S
Shoes – Arche

I’m still loving the shoes, and have even started to wonder about getting a pair in bright yellow as well. Although I should probably wait to make sure that these will last more than a dozen wearings first…

Separating

I can’t remember when I last wore a skirt and top for work instead of a dress. I certainly haven’t worn skirts more than a couple of times since last summer, so I felt very spring-like in today’s outfit.

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Shawl – Elektra
Shawl pin – Nova Steel
Top – Gap
Belt – came with a skirt
Skirt – made by me
Tights – M&S
Shoes – Jones Bootmaker

I don’t tend to wear belts or tuck my tops in, as I’ve always been a bit self-conscious about my lack of waist, but this top (like a lot of the ones available at the moment) ends just above crotch-level, which I think is really too long to wear over a skirt, and when I tried tucking it in instead I decided I quite liked how it looked, especially with the belt to cover the join and make it look a bit neater. It’s not exactly conventionally flattering, but it looks neat and put-together and made a nice change.

Shoes!

Today I decided that I had had enough of boots, and then some, and I was damn well going to wear shoes instead. And it may not be very warm, but it’s still a lot warmer than it was a week ago, so actually it was fine. And I wore the sparkly purple Glasgow School Mitts I got from Roobeedoo rather than full mittens, and that was fine too.

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Shawl – Elektra
Shawl pin – Nova Steel
Dress – East
Tights – Monsoon
Shoes – Clarks

Comfort and Troi

I’ve been feeling a bit fragile so I decided to wear the cat dress as it would make me smile, but after matching it with bright tights, boots and my Elektra shawl over my shoulders I couldn’t help feeling a bit as though I’d decided to dress as Deanna Troi for the day.

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Shawl – Elektra
Shawl pin – Nova Steel
Cardigan – clothes swap
Dress – White Stuff
Tights – M&S
Boots – Gabor

Of course, maybe I subconsciously chose to dress as Troi because I’ve been wondering about being more open about depression here. I don’t quite know yet how that’s going to work out; I don’t claim to be any kind of expert on depression, or really know anything about it except how it affects me, and I’m not terribly practiced about talking about that in general terms rather than moaning about how miserable I feel. Despite this, I’m increasingly feeling that I want to stand up and talk about my experiences as someone who suffers from depression in public. There’s a lot of stigma attached to depression, and mental health issues generally. People are scared to come out and say they have depression because they’re worried about the reaction they’ll get; I know that there are so many times when I could have mentioned it and didn’t, because I was scared that the person I was talking to would think I was flakey, or weak, or unable to be trusted with responsibility, or just pathetic. And that’s not going to go away if people keep being scared to admit to having depression. We need to talk about it, to share our stories and support each other and tell ourselves and the rest of the world that this is normal, and common, and it’s not a character flaw, it’s just an illness, and it doesn’t really make any difference that it affects your brain and not your stomach or your joints or whatever. And reading Ann’s wonderful, courageous post the other day made me realise that I want to stand up and be counted too, and I want to talk at more length than Twitter lets me, and I want it to be public but still within the context of the rest of my life, so it has to be here, really.

I don’t know how it’ll work out. There will still be outfit posts, and crafting posts, and I don’t know if there will be depression posts or if I’ll just start saying more about how I’m feeling in the general posts (I suspect it will be a bit of both).

So, yeah. This is me. I knit, and I’m trying to learn dressmaking, and I like bright colours and pretty clothes, and I have depression and have been depressed on and off for probably almost 30 years now. And it’s about time I stopped hiding that. Hello, everyone!

Step into the light

Somehow, while I was away the days have got long enough that it’s properly daylight at quarter to six in the morning and still light at half past five in the afternoon. I celebrated that this morning by taking an outfit photo in the garden despite it being freezing out (it warmed up by lunchtime, though, and really felt like spring, which I was glad of as I’d taken the forecast at its word and decided to wear shoes instead of boots).

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Shawl – Elektra
Shawl pin – Nova Steel
Dress – LK Bennett
Tights – Monsoon
Shoes – Clarks

Colourful

Wearing a bright cardigan to work instead of a jacket led to all kinds of insecurity about whether I looked smart enough or whether my outfits are just too idiosycratic to be professional. I don’t think they are, really, but I definitely feel smarter and more work-like in a jacket (and really, most of my cardigans aren’t fit for public display anyway – this one is disintegrating at the seams). But it’s OK, and just because lots of people wear black and grey and navy for work it doesn’t mean colour is unprofessional, and even if it did, I would be miserable as hell if I couldn’t wear it so it’s really not even worth considering the question.

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Shawl – Elektra
Shawl pin – Purlescence
Cardigan – clothes swap
Dress – East
Boots – Duo

Friday in colour

I picked a brightly-coloured outfit for what started out as a very gloomy Friday; I was in the office at five past eight wondering if it was ever actually going to get light, as it still seemed to be pitch dark then. And even though it did eventually get light it was dark again well before I left for the day. No wonder I need bright colours to keep me going!

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Shawl – Elektra
Cardigan – clothes swap
Dress – East
Tights – Monsoon
Boots – Duo

I asked T to take my tan boots to the cobblers today, so I wore my casual Duo boots instead. They aren’t necessarily too casual-looking for work, but they’re a bit roomier than my smart boots so I can wear them with handknitted socks, which means they flap around with just tights. I wore socks as well as tights today, but I don’t really like doing that as my feet feel quite constricted in tights and socks. Happily, my black boots are now back and fixed, and even more happily the local cobblers told T that my tan boots would be ready tomorrow (I reckon this either means that they’re very good or very bad, and am hoping it’s the former!). Less happily, my new boots have yet to turn up and if I’m going to have both my existing pairs fixed before they turn up the purchase seems rather extravagant, but I’m sure they’ll be lovely when they eventually do turn up.

It must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Today was not the best of days, but it had its bright moments, including several compliments on an outfit that I’d more or less thrown together.

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Shawl – Elektra
Cardigan – M&S
Dress – LK Bennett
Boots – Duo

I also appear to have inspired two people to go out and buy Doc Marten wellies today, and a third has been trying them on and pondering. Funny, I always thought I was the last person on earth to be a trendsetter…

Autumn flowers

I found this dress in the sale section at East a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t resist it, despite already owning such a substantial quantity of dresses. I do like multicoloured prints, though; they work with so many other colours.

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Shawl – Elektra
Dress – East
Tights – Monsoon
Boots – Gabor

I am seriously unimpressed with these boots, though – I only bought them last Christmas and the whole of the front part of the sole of the right boot has come detached from the upper. Unfortunately I don’t seem to have the receipt still, so much as I would like to take them back and complain I suspect I will just have to take them to the cobblers for repairs. (Edit – in fact, Jones Bootmaker were fantastic and agreed to send them off for repairs straight away, and didn’t ask for the receipt even though I had found the bank statement showing the debit card purchase just in case.)