a good day.

I woke up on Saturday, checked myself out in the mirror (naked, obv), thought ‘Bethany, you are a damn fine human being’ and decided that it was going to be a good day. In celebration of this fact, I wore my favourite dress. I haven’t been this excited about an item of clothing for a really long time but my bright yellow leopard print shift dress brings me untold joy. I blogged it when I got it, and my enthusiasm hasn’t dimmed since then. It was also time to break out my excellent shaggy faux-fur coat from last year, which was a perfect companion to the dress. Fake fur forever.

Coat : Simply Be
Dress : ASOS Curve 
Sneakers : Superga

Beth was taking photos of my face, but complained that she wanted to get my tattoo in, so I lifted my arms and now you’ve got my face, my tattoo and my truly excellent underarm hair.

keep it simple.

As much as I like dressing up and getting frivolous, sometimes it’s nice to keep it chill. I had been thinking how much I wanted that basic but ubiquitous ‘fashion staple’ of a stone-coloured mac: no bells, no whistles, no ‘quirky’ design details, just like nature intended. I hadn’t seen any in plus size retailers and had shoved the desire to the back of my mind, on the pile with ‘holiday to Tokyo’ and ‘wire fox terrier’, the Maybe One Day When Things Are Different pile. But then fate intervened! During a quick dash to the post box in the shopping centre opposite work, I spied a whole rack of the exact item I desired the most, marked with a SALE sign in Gap. Not only were they in the sale, but they were also 20% off the sale price. Ask, my friends, and ye shall receive. So here we are, with me owning a delightful mac for a day at work then taking my beloved Beth for birthday poutine, just like we never left Montreal.

Not sure what my hair is trying to do here… I’m having an ongoing struggle with how to make my hair look normal while growing it. Apologies.

Coat : Gap
T-shirt : Topshop
Jeans : Evans
Sneakers : Superga
Scarf : Ebay

baby goth.

The old blonde was coming through so I dyed my hair a couple of shades darker the other night, which coincided with me receiving this sweet baby goth dress from Scarlett & Jo. Gothy autumnal vibes abound! The crocheted collar really makes this dress, but aside from that, it’s a well-fitted dress of a decent length with sleeves, and I for one will always be in the market for those. As I said in my accessories post the other day, collars are forming a major part of my accessory ~vibe~ at the moment, so wearing this adorable dress under my coat with a big fluffy fur collar was an autumn dream.

Dress : Scarlett & Jo (I could only see it in purple here, not sure why)
Brogues : Clarks 

And just to show you a bit more of the lovely crocheted detailed collar…

added extras.

If summer is about wearing the bare minimum, then autumn is when my desire to accessorize properly kicks in. I’m feeling quite inspired by accessories and makeup at the moment, so thought I would do a quick post with my current fave bits that are either mine or soon-to-be-mine!

Top row- Monki beanie with veil: Monki’s accessories are just outstanding at the moment. I want them all. I picked up this net veil beanie in Gothenburg and am sad it hasn’t been cold enough here for me to wear it yet. It merges practical and interesting in a way that I feel very enthusiastic about // ASOS faux fur collar: I’m completely obsessed with fur collars, both on jackets and coats and on their own on top of other outerwear. This particular one was snapped up at the end of a recent ASOS sale, but there are loads around. This one feels quite masculine somehow and I always feel like Henry VIII when I wear it // Olivia Burton watch from Twisted Time: This is the most perfect and autumnal watch of them all, isn’t it? It feels like dead leaves and Silence of the Lambs (crime thrillers are what I look for in all my accessories, obviously) and I am just so into it. It’s a subtle statement, and one that works well with my other nature-inspired jewellery bits like my Alex Monroe necklaces.

Middle row- Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner: My black liquid eyeliner quest was turning into a bit of a saga. I tried and I tried, I swear I did. I tried cheap ones and expensive ones, felt tip ones, inky inky ones, skinny brushes, thick brushes. And then I did what I should have done all along: asked someone with a deep commitment to eyeliner. My buddy Grace has some distinctive eyeliner going on, and they’ve always recommended Rimmel Exaggerate on top of some primer or foundation. And I am converted // Pink faux fur collar: What can I say, you can’t have too much of a good thing. I became possessed by the idea of a fluffy, feminine pink fake fur collar so I ordered this cheapy cheap one off Ebay which is winging its way towards me. I’m planning on wearing this with my more femmey coats and the browny ASOS one over my leather jacket // Hair scarves: Proving an essential part of my hair growth process, covering up bad hair days (or dirty hair days) with a scarf has been a total blessing. This Monki one I got in the sale a long time ago is the perfect size, shape and texture for tying up. And it has eyeballs on it.

Bottom row – MAC Russian Red lipstick: I tossed this into my little ziploc bag for my Copenhagen trip this weekend on a whim, and discovered what an excellent shade it is for me. I know everyone loses their shit over Ruby Woo but I find it’s just too cakey and dry. MAC Red and Russian Red hit the spot, though. I see this becoming an old new favourite // Leopard print tips: a DIY job that I’m really enjoying doing on myself now I have these excellent talons. I put on an episode of something silly like The Blacklist that I don’t have to concentrate on and I get to work. I think I even prefer just the tips to a full nail of leopard? // Monki pale blue scarf: Because I can’t afford an Acne Canada scarf, I have this baby blue Monki edition instead. Look how sweetly it works with my bright pink coat and bag. What a dream.

leopard luxe.

I feel like gold, orange and leopard print is a genius combination. I don’t know if it’s a known classic but it certainly enthuses me (yesterday i was wearing a bright orange wool swing cardigan under this coat, with jeans and sneakers). And besides, it’s the first outing of my absolutely fabulous Look magazine for Simply Be dress. I sung the collection’s praises when I posted the outstanding coat that gets me so many compliments, and there are still some items I’m properly pining for (both the maxi dresses must find their way to me), but today it’s the turn of the orange-red shirt dress. It’s so comfortable, it’s just the right length, the buttons at the neck is a sweet detail, it’s sensible but not too worky. I adore it.

Coat : Topshop (via my pal Marie!)
Dress : Look magazine for Simply Be
Brogues : Clarks 

And this is what happens when the wind blows…

Other new fave: my new Swatch from the Watch Hut. I’ve been wearing my chunky rose gold watch for the past couple of years but recently it’s been looking a bit tarnished and scratched, so when the Watch Hut offered me a new watch, obviously I said yes. My old watch was a beautiful beast, but it was extremely heavy, so when I would sit at my desk at work I’d have to take it off when I typed because it made such a loud noise whenever I moved my hands. Not ideal. But I love metal strap watches, so the obvious choice was a lighter metal one! This is just perfect, a shiny, bright gold, a readable face, a date section (that I need to set…). Satisfying.