Friday, 17 October 2014

Challenge 4-4-4 Week 3

My current challenge of wearing just 16 clothing items is going by so quickly, that I can't believe I'm in the last week already. I did wonder if this challenge was going to be the easiest one yet, and yep, I was right. Some items have barely been worn at all.

In my last update post I wondered about continuing for another four weeks. I think I will. I'll swap a few pieces though, the pink maxi skirt seems unseasonable and the short sleeve top didn't work as well as I thought it would. I'll need to consider the colder weather that's on the way too.

Could this be the start of a rolling wardrobe?

My photo an hour day and the first appearance of my chambray dress. Although it's not much of an outfit shot, it is a cute pic of a cat. And as it's my favourite way to wear this dress, you can see it worn here & here (both for challenges I might add).

Sunday - Wednesday
Sunday was a lazy day, perfect for a jumper dress and a scarf. I counted my scarf collection. I have 26 in total, which seems a ridiculous amount to own, and I put a large number in a charity bag earlier in the year.

At the beginning of this challenge I discarded two dresses from my chosen items and on Wednesday I replaced one of them with this long turquoise cardy. I love my short green one but I am getting a teensy bit sick of it.

Thursday and Friday
Two quiet days with nothing much to write about, except to say it turned out to be too hot on Friday for a jacket (not complaining).

Incidentally, I came across this video on YouTube recently - this lady has just eight dresses in her wardrobe. Eight dresses, three jumpers and one jacket. One pair of ballet flats and one pair of boots. That's it. I think I have more than that currently sitting in my linen bin. But I have to admit I like the idea of getting dressed very quickly every morning, safe in the knowledge that my clothes look good, work together and are flattering.

Have a great weekend, the forecast is a warm one!


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Saturday photo an hour

Joining in with Is That You Darling Photo An Hour, October.

I had no plans other than to get some work done but it actually turned out to be a rather lovely day of what ever I pleased.

Andy woke me to say goodbye before leaving for work. My first job of the day was to release our kitchen mouse, he'd succumbed to the lure of cherry cake in the trap at some point overnight and I was finally able to rid my kitchen of our furry friend.

My first cuppa of the day was enjoyed while catching up on a few of my favourite blogs.

Ironing. Yawn.

Work. I'm designing a new logo, and it went really well. After just 45 minutes I was happy with what I'd created and decided to leave it at that for the day. I need to present a few different options and I'll work up some others over the next few days. I like to have the time to create something and then go back and review it. What I like about freelance is being able to work when I'm feeling creative. Some days it just doesn't work and on those days I turn off my Mac and concentrate on something else. I find this to be a much more creative way of working and more time efficient too.

I've been making some tree decorations for a Christmas bazaar at the end of November and I've got a lot more I want to make so I set about finishing some of these wreaths (aka curtain rings wrapped in wool and embellished with beads).

My fingers got a bit sore from the sewing so I switched to one of my favourite things - buttons. I'm making tree and snowmen decorations. Cute, yes?

Lunch - baked beans on toast - the lunch of champions!

Back to buttons accompanied by the final series of Dexter.

When I'd exhausted the buttons of any more tree combinations I turned my attention to my patchwork quilt. What with one thing and another it's been neglected recently but with fingers still too sore for sewing, I set about cutting out loads of hexagons instead.

To get my daily intake of vitamin D, I made myself a cuppa, grabbed a piece of cherry cake and sat in the garden with a book. My intention was to read but girl cat decided to sit on my book and lick the remnants of cake from my fingers. Eventually she relinquished my book and I sat in the afternoon sun reading with her snoozing on my lap.

Still outside with the girl cat, I couldn't resist some pet selfies...

Made a start on writing this post.

Supper. A bit of a random combination as tomorrow is grocery day. Fish cakes, chinese style rice and broccoli. Andy was still at work so I was eating solo again. Sometimes the life of a farmer's girlfriend can closely resemble that of a single girl, except I have more washing to do and food disappears from the pantry at an alarming rate! And there is mud all over the house.

Beer and TV - The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother

Girl cat likes E4 as much as I do.

I'm so rock and roll I'm in bed before 9.30pm with a book on a Saturday night.

Goodnight cuddles with the boy cat.

What did get up to yesterday?


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Challenge 4-4-4 Week 2

When this here blog turned four years old I decided to mark the occasion with another wardrobe challenge. I chose four tops, four jumpers (or long sleeved / warmer options), four bottoms and four dresses (although 2 dresses where quickly discarded and are yet to be replaced) to be worn for 4 weeks. This is week 2...

Lots of chasing about running errands. I wore jeans, stripe top and added some colour with this scarf, the newest to my collection - I bought this in the summer, smitten with the colour - it's difficult to capture it but it's a pale neon - love it!

I sat reading in the sun in just this short sleeve top. I'm getting a little bored of not having a lot of colour so I added a smidgen with this Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail paint in Passion Fruit. I bought it to wear in the summer too but didn't get round to it, so before I move over to darker autumn shades I thought I'd give this a go.

Cold, wet, windy, dull and generally miserable weather. The only thing for it was a long sleeve t-shirt and a woollen poncho. And slippers.

I met a friend of coffee, the weather was dull and rainy again but I wanted to feel a little bit dressed up (this coffee was the highlight of my social life this week), so I popped on my black jeans, embroidered top and mac with a pretty necklace and sequined flats.

A quiet day working from home = grey jumper dress and leggings. I didn't think it was ever going to stop raining!

Green :) I also tried the braided tuck up-do from my messy hair post. Not an exact replica but I liked it none-the-less.

Back to the grey jumper dress and the necklace that my former colleagues called my 'Mr T' necklace. Finally it stopped raining and the sun came out for a while.

Another week over. Again it's been pretty easy and there are items that I'm still yet to wear. I'm wondering if this could be a rolling challenge? I could swap out some of the items every 4 weeks...? Let's see how I feel at the end of week 4 ;)


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