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I have this problem, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Scrunched-sleeve-Popeye-arms. It happens when I wear a shirt (that is normally styled in a rolled-up manner and quite baggy), and then wear a cardigan over the top. No matter how much tugging and arranging (and mis-shaping the cardigan sleeves from putting two arms inside one) it is nearly impossible to flatten it out. I did notice with the puffy sleeve trend, H&M had a black cardigan that had puffed sleeves at the top and were tight from the elbow down. This would have obviously solved the Popeye-arm dilemma. But I tried it on and wasn’t convinced by the style, I don’t really understand why anyone would want to look broad shouldered, unless you have polio. That’s not very funny is it…
I received a present in the post. A t-shirt from Lovenskate, my boyfriend did something for them that rewarded him with t-shirts. I love this because it’s really 80s looking, but not in the Madonna tacky style (that Miss Selfridge seem to currently be catering for much to my dismay). But then it is a skate t-shirt after all.
I keep buying wooly hats. I can’t stop myself. I think I’ll put some on ebay that I never wear. I suppose in winter I’m going to wear a wooly hat every day (because I live by the sea and it gets windy and I hate cold ears), so it’s like getting a good haircut in the summer. Ok, I feel better now. The hat I bought today is kind of a murky dark grey/green.
I also bought a dress on ebay for 99p!!! It’s originally from Primark though. It looks better with a 3/4 sleeve top underneath, I’m not a fan of sleeveless shirts with collars, they’re a bit butch and make the sweetest person look instantly terrifying. That’s why I think this dress is appropriate for autumn, but going into storage for summer.
hat: New Look
wooly tights: Co-Op (!)
ankle boots: New Look
necklace: charity shop
Also, I’m selling some things on ebay, so please checkitoot.
A recent trip to London let me fall prey to H&M and Uniqlo, where I bought a new cardigan and flannel shirt. I’ve been looking for an Icelandic-style cardigan for ages now, last winter I managed to get a beige one from Primark but it was 3/4 length sleeve, aaargh why?!?! So I have FINALLY found one, long sleeve and more importantly, black.
ankle boots: Priceless
I was also faced with the dilemma of checked flannel shirt or being cool. It seems checked flannel shirts are all over the place now, everyone and their dad have one. Being a big fan of the ‘grunge’ look (that every 3 seconds a 14 year old is ruining), I am relieved I don’t have to go to second hand smelly boy shops and adjust them to fit me, anymore. But at the same time I’m a little guilty of looking like I’ve joined the club. Sigh.
I did, however, decide Uniqlo offered the best checked flannel shirt range, and I have less chance of bumping into the matching shirt on a foolish bumwart who got theirs from The Gap.
Everyone’s been complaining about autumn, I’m fully aware this means no more sunbathing, but this also means layers and accessories, which makes things so much more interesting than a vest and shorts and a sweaty fringe.
I bought this dress on ebay for £8, originally I saw it on ASOS but they had sold out of my size. It seems quite a mature style dress, maybe it’s just the beige spots. I’d definitely always wear it with boyish boots to direct the floaty feminine focus away from the faffiness of the dress. I think even a cardigan is a bit too girlie, maybe a hoody would be more appropriate.
These are my favourite boots for wearing knee-high socks with, I find it quite tricky making them look good with ankle boots, maybe I’m too short. I’m wearing a hematite necklace my mum bought me, apparently hematite raises the dead, which is always good.