Escaping the Rain

22 April 2012

Whoever came up with the phrase 'April showers' is probably cackling with glee right now; Spring in England has definitely taken a turn for the worse.  It's rained pretty much all week with a few deceptive hours of sunshine sandwiched in between, making getting dressed strictly a transitional affair.  I'm determined not to wear my Winter coat until at least November and am trying to add a sunshine flair to my outfits despite what the weatherman says.  I've got plenty of summery outfits planned, which I'm just itching to sport once I get the metaphorical go-ahead but until then, it looks like I'll be covered up for a little while longer.

urban outfitters parka st james top mint tights red zatchel
tatty devine necklace st james top
urban outfitters parka saint james breton top mint tights
Parka - c/o Urban Outfitters
Breton top - Saint James
Skirt - Vintage
Mint tights - Topshop
Shoes - Betty London
Necklace - c/o Tatty Devine

I've wanted a proper Saint James Breton top for a good few years and finally managed to pick one up from the authentic sailing setting of Arthur Beale on Shaftesbury Avenue.  I know that every High Street store has their take on the ubiquitous striped tee (I may or may not have some of them already) but for once I wanted the real deal with the tricky boat neckline.  They only have this colourway in stock but I think it's the cheapest place you'll find a Saint James top in London (unless you're particularly lucky in charity shops).  Lucy managed to take these pictures of me after an event this week; it's so hard getting pictures in the morning especially with the downpours and my general lack of organisation but I definitely want to try and capture more day-to-day outfits that are put together in a bit of a rush.

topshop jumper cheap monday denim dress

Jumper - Topshop
Boots - Vagabond

This outfit probably wasn't the most flattering to photograph and most of the discarded hands-in-pockets photos made me look like a sort of weird compound shape.  It's not even as if I had a remote to hide!  I decided to branch out from my typical girly dress shape when I chose this denim number from Love Clothing and I'm still on the fence as to whether it suits me in its un-layered form.  Shirt-dresses are pretty much avoided by me at all costs, but I've admired their chic ease from afar and hope that it will rub off on me when I manage to brave it with bare legs and a belt.  The balloon dog necklace is still a firm favourite in my jewellery collection and is a great conversation starter.  I'm starting to notice that there's a clear style of jewellery I like to wear, thoughtful but not too fussy with the right amount of quirkiness.  Would you be interested in a post about my jewellery collection?  I still haven't found the perfect storage method so would be grateful for any suggestions as my current holder keeps toppling over!

apc top pastel blue skirt
dr martens polka dot tights
pineapple necklace monki ring
Leather jacket - Topshop
Top - A.P.C
Skirt - Battersea Boot Fair (actually American Apparel)!
Polka dot tights - M&S
Dr Martens - c/o Spartoo
Necklace - Joy
Ring - Monki

So I finally made it to Joy this week for an 18 and East party that they were throwing and hoped to try on some of the items featured in my wishlist.  I guess the danger of these online moodboards is that items don't quite translate into real life and I ended up deviating from my original plan, buying a flamingo-covered dress and this pineapple necklace.  It's always the way, isn't it?  I wore this outfit expecting it to rain and fearing the worst for my new hair-do, but luckily the heavens didn't open too much.  I'm wearing my skirt that I bought from Battersea Boot Fair, which is actually American Apparel with a £41.50 saving!  I love it when things like that happen.  The pastel blue colour is really what sold it to me and although it's a squeeze, I can't wait to team it with something equally as sugary sweet.

How have you been surviving the rainy weather? 

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  1. You look awesome in all of these pictures, but I really, love those mint tights!

  2. You have the most amazing tights ever! Love the spotty and mint ones, so cool! Your outfits all look lovely! I'm not enjoying this weather at all, bring on the summer! :) xx

  3. I love your rainy day outfit - I own so many stipey t-shirts, but a Saint James one is definitely on my wishlist still!

    PS I would love a blog post about your jewellery collection!

  4. You look beautiful in all these outfits, I agree it's so hard to dress at this time of year, one minute it's sunny the next it's pouring! I LOVE that red bag in the first outfit, gorgeous.

  5. love your red satchel! very, very jealous! :) x

  6. I love the polka dots tights! Sad to have missed the 18 and East party at JOY, back home for a few days over the weekend. Hope the weather improves soon, I never know what sort of coat to wear recently!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

  7. I feel (a part of) your pain...Although Lisbon is getting better. I think.

    LOVE your wing ring and your satchel :D

    xo Joana

  8. K-Bel! You look so lovely in all these photos. I love the lighting in the last one. I also personally think you look amazing in that Cheap Monday shirt. Ahh actually the weather is pretty rainy and dreary in Hong Kong too if that's any consolation!

  9. I must confess, April showers are really starting to get me down (I'm so obsessed with the blue skies and flowers of Spring so want these to just hurry up and arrive). But love your cute little rainy day outfits - especially the St James Breton (I'm a bit obsessed with Breton stripes so really need to get one of these) as well as your cheery and fun APC top and Joy necklace.

    Hope you're staying dry and happy!

    Briony xx

  10. you know those lovely betty london shoes youre wearing in the first photo - can i ask, are they true to size or do they come quite big? Really appreciate if you could help me out - im after getting the blue ones but not sure whether to get a 5 or a 6 :) thankyou! xx