Sartorial musings – Fun items in my wardrobe

Fun items in my wardrobe: A sparkly necklace worn with a blue button down shirt, black leather skirt, and my trench coat.

When I made my Wardrobe Resolutions (one, two, and three), I was looking for a way to get out of a style rut and banish the dreaded “my closet is full of clothes but I have nothing to wear” scenario. And it worked! I slowly started creating a wardrobe that consists of things I actually like wearing and that suit me, and cultivated a more thoughtful approach to shopping.

The second resolution was to have fun with my clothes, to embrace the quirky and playful pieces that I’m drawn to and to actually wear them often.

I still forget sometimes and fall back into a habit of wearing a lot of grey. Or the mentality of saving the more fun pieces for “special occassions” creeps back in (don’t even get me started on how silly and illogical this is). But for the most part I enjoy brightening my days with light-hearted, unexpected pieces. They make me smile. Wearing fun items definitely affects my attitude every day!

Where I find it really easy to include more unusual, fun pieces is in my accessories collection. I feel that if the rest of my outfit is relatively basic, I don’t look too eccentric if I’m carrying my ostrich feather bag!

It’s often something sparkly, like the vintage necklace I’ve got on in the picture up top. I’ve got a few of these, they are the result of my late-night Ebay trawls. They are one of my favourite ways to brighten up grey, wintery days.

I also really enjoy embellished knitwear; I love the contrast of combining a playful jumper with a masculine button-down shirt.

And of course, I’ve got quite a few pairs of impractical, slightly less than sensible shoes, and I love wearing them. Don’t get me wrong, I love my blue Converse trainers and my blush pink Ferragamo flats. But sometimes, a boring jeans-and-a-white-blouse outfit needs a pair of sparkly, embellished Sophia Webster heels. Don’t you think?

Fun items in my wardrobe

I’m sharing some of my favourite fun & playful pieces in my wardrobe in this brand new video:

These are the pieces I reach for when I’m feeling a bit low and need some spirit-lifting. I hope this video inspires you to inject a bit of fun in your wardrobe!

Oxford Botanic Garden – Part 3: The Merton borders

The Merton borders

PART 1 OF THIS SERIES, WITH PICTURES OF THE GLASSHOUSES, IS HERE & PART 2, FEATURING THE WALLED GARDEN, IS HERE.

I’m sure I’ve posted about the Merton borders before but they are still my favourite part of the garden. A visit to the botanic garden is not complete without a stroll around these borders.

The Merton borders were planted a few years ago, as an example of a more sustainable way of urban planting. They require no irrigation or fertilisers and the plants can survive during longer dry spells as well as provide plenty of pollen for pollinators. And they are also very beautiful!

The Merton borders

I always enjoy the pink echinaceas in these borders. I think they are the kind of flowers that look so interesting from different angles, and it’s fun to get up really close to them for some macro-ish shots. (Although, during this visit, my new lens meant I had to find a different way to try to capture their beauty which was a fun challenge!)

The Merton borders

The Merton borders have a kind of messy wild look that never fails to make me smile. On this visit they reminded me a bit of Monet’s impressionistic paintings of his garden at Giverny. They are a jumble of different colours, textures, and scents. Truly, delightful for all the senses. And the bees and butterflies seem to love them; some parts of the borders were positively buzzing!

The Merton borders
The Merton borders


FLOWERS ARE HAPPY THINGS

— P.G. WODEHOUSE


I hope you’ve enjoyed this little series from the Oxford Botanic Garden. I’m planning to share more places to visit and things to do in Oxford soon. Having lived here for 5 years I definitely have my favourite places to wander, explore, shop and eat. And I think it’d be nice to share some love and gratitude for our hometowns, don’t you agree?