Checks are everywhere, aren't they? It's funny how a pattern that's been around for ages can be given a new lease of life once a few designers decide it's right for them, resulting in numerous catwalk outings in various guises. When I first saw this skirt on the Asos website, I thought it was a bit too dramatic for me but in typical Kristabel fashion, when I realised it had sold out I decided to change my mind. Jaclyn's post had helped to reignite my love for the skirt, first seen on Amy's blog and subsequently on Shini. I shamelessly admit that reading blogs does make me buy more often, as Jen muses here. Where else would you be able to see how an item looks and can be styled in a 'real life' scenario? Luckily this baby came back in stock (I'm a pro 'Save For Later' stalker) and arrived in time so it could be tested out on the cobbles. I can't help getting a smug feeling when I realise something I love is still popping up on the catwalks but this kind of patterned full skirt is the kind of thing I like anyway and would wear regardless. Usually when I buy the most wintry items in the sales, Spring decides to rear it's head so I'm hoping this purchase kick-starts a seasonal change.
Leather Jacket - Topshop
Shoes - Vagabond c/o Zalando
Luckily the high wool content made this skirt ideal for inconsistent February weather, I'd learnt from the previous day's mistakes and layered up with some thick Wolford tights. My chunky heels were tested to the max after walking from Somerset House to Bond Street and back again, without so much as a blister. I find the area around Fashion Week the most awkward to get around, as the tubes run above and below it (thanks Central and Circle line) and there isn't really a simple way to get around that doesn't involve putting one foot in front of the other. On a positive note, I now know the backstreets of Soho really well and hopefully cancelled out the evening visit to Meatmarket from the day before. Yes, I chose chips and chicken wings over going to the PPQ afterparty and don't regret a thing!
I still can't comprehend how Abi managed to organise The Apartment this season, as I can just about organise myself out of a paper bag! She has created a place of respite for bloggers to escape to for two seasons now, as it's quite easy to lose track of time when standing outside waiting for things with only Vitamin Water for comfort. Not only was there a healthy supply of food, treats to borrow (how I wished the Russell and Bromley loafers were my size) and wifi but also plenty of friendly faces to compare queuing times and show experiences with. I hope it returns for next season and I'm excited to see how it develops, maybe a sleepover could be next?!
Little did I know that my Mum would be gatecrashing my second day around the cobbles, getting snapped a few times (let me know if you see her) and using the rickshaws provided by Temp Cover to rest her high heeled feet. People find it so hard to comprehend that my Mum is as fashion obsessed as I am, but in fact she started it off at the age of 9 when she gave me a book about the glamorous world of Supermodels. I've just always grown up in a house full of magazines and interesting clothes and luckily my Mum doesn't question the Asos parcels that arrive on a regular basis. On the flipside, my Dad had never heard of Asos until about two weeks ago. Can anyone relate to this scenario?
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