Thursday, July 18, 2013

Asymmetric Leather Skirt

We spent the 4th of July holiday out in Cape Cod; it was blissful. Green fields, the tide went out for miles, quaint towns and that seaside vibe I grew up with in Bournemouth.

I picked up this asymmetrical leather skirt from Nordstrom right before I left. It's one of those perfect day to night pieces - flats for day (like I did here) then throw on heels and a red lip and you're ready for cocktails.

  Oh, and I cut my hair off a few weeks ago and feel like a new woman.

Skirt: ASTR
T-Shirt: H&M
Necklace: Local designer in Nashville who's name escapes me.
Clutch: Target
Sandals: LAMB

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Big Changes

I started this blog at a rather lackluster time in my life. I was being creatively choked at my job,  a bad relationship (or two) had zapped my mojo and a generally lazy air had settled about me like a comfortable cushion. This blog was going to be my creative wake-up call. A place to inspire my cooking, sense of style and photography. All of which it did, for a time, until late last summer when I realized an element of narcissism had crept into the process. Gradually my urge to post became less about self-expression and more about how good I looked in the photos and how my outfits compared with other bloggers'. And so I stopped blogging.

A lot has changed since then. I started a new job that challenges me creatively every day and I take pride in the work I do. I met the love of my life, a man who energizes and inspires me. We bought a house that we've been fixing up. Oh, and we got engaged, so I have a wedding to plan too.

So here I am, stuffed to the brim with creativity and more than enough outlets for it. And yet I had the urge to come back to the blog, not for the injection of inspiration or the affirmation of a decent self-portrait, but because I genuinely fancied sharing what I was up to. That and the fact that I need a good place to collect all of these ideas (sometimes Pinterest just won't suffice).

So even though it's called The Wardrobe Diaries, you'll be seeing a lot more than clothes. You'll see the new house take shape, a wedding come together, and my epicurean efforts at staying in shape over the age of 30 while in a happy relationship (no small fete).

Thanks for sticking around, here's a quick catch up on the last 10 months:

Showed off my ring and tried to choose the perfect shade of grey.

Spent Christmas with his family and built an ice rink at work.

Ate, a lot, and continued to volunteer at the art museum.

Picked out a tree to be our breakfast bar and went to Palm Springs.

Went to Vegas and tried to break the world record for Pilates.

Moved house and organized a pillow fight.

Combined our stuff, realized we had too much stuff then got rid of a bunch of stuff.

 Clearly I enjoy Instagram: @wardrobediaries

Thursday, August 2, 2012

White & Gold

It's always around this time in the summer that the constant, oppressive sun starts getting the better of me. The dry heat and glaring rays inspire a need to wear only white and gold.....

Photos by Alexander Neumann via Fashion Gone Rogue

Sunday, July 15, 2012

My House

I love seeing how personal style translates to the home. It's completely fascinating (and a little voyeuristic) to see the things people choose to surround themselves with. I find that my environment has a huge effect on me, my mood, my creativity, so I'm very particular about how my home looks and feels. I love my space to be filled with a mixture of old of new, serious and tongue-and-cheek pieces. There should always be something a little unexpected in the mix. So here is a sneaky peek at where I live.....

The blue painting is by my sister, it helps to have an artist in the family.
Floor to ceiling windows for perfect soft light.
A well stocked bar and plenty of room at the dining table for entertaining.
Records and a turntable, lots of magazines and a reading nook.
A nod the southwest with cacti, native rugs and a cow skull. Oh, and a nod to my homeland with a rather ironic painting of the queen and a few union jacks.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Statement Shades

Summer days, cool shades.

  • T-Shirt : Rachel Roy
  • Shorts, Shoes & Bag : Ann Taylor
  • Sunglasses : Nordstrom
  • Necklace : Rumble & Spur
  • Ring : Frances Vintage

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Road Trip - Part 2

P.J. Fogg is safely back in her new warehouse home and I've been busy sorting through all the great pieces I found on the road. I think I have about half the stock I need to open the mobile boutique so I'll be busy hunting for the rest of it here in AZ. Now comes the huge task of refurbishing the RV, building  racks and display cases, designing the logo and doing inventory. It will be no small fete but I plan to have her out on the road by October.
In the mean time, here's a little instagram recap of my travels.

From top to bottom: Kevin working on P.J. and little KY towns, lazy dogs and catching fireflies, making breakfasts and watching the sun set on the road, junk yards and barbecue, Four Roses distillery and fields of corn, Local Honey and cocktails in Nashville, vintage shopping and Truck in Nashville, my man at the wheel and family style southern food, St. Louis and more vintage shopping, breakfast and baseball.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Road Trippin' - Kentucky

A first glimpse of P.J. Fogg's Vintage & Curiosities, thank you Penny and Jake for this wonderful gift.

  • Shorts : BCBG
  • T-Shirt : H&M
  • Sandals : LAMB
  • Necklace : Rumble & Spur
  • Earrings : Urban Outfitters