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I wondered to our little corner of the web and realised that neither YYZ nor I had posted in months. I saw the snow falling on a photo of me in shorts and I thought this can’t go on. I must post and be appropriately dressed for the weather. So, I’m doing a quickie all about hats.

Here’s my newest knit creation – the Wellington Hat – modelled by my man in his new Pea Coat from Reiss. I knit it in Shacklewell Grey.

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J wearing his Wellington Hat

Here are some other hats that I think are rather cool made by the Gang Makers at Wool and the Gang.

Tartan Zion Lion

Tartan Zion Lion

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Tartan Zion Lion in Space Black, Ivory White and Lipstick Red

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Racing Stripes

Finally, here’s a hat that was NOT knitted that I picked up on my recent trip to Prague. It kind of reminds me of  Twiggy meets stewardess meets  I’m not sure what.

J wearing his Wellington Hat

Me and our wreath before it was STOLEN

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My new hat from Prague

Anyway, I posted 🙂

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LHR: Hold Tight

Clearly YYZ and I have been preoccupied of late. YYZ has been very busy creating loveliness as she has always done, but now she’s sharing it with the world over at her other blog.

I have also been preoccupied as I started a fantastic new woolly (and cotton too) adventure at WOOL AND THE GANG. I don’t think I have ever mentioned where I worked before on this blog but given the relevance of my new gig, I thought it made sense.

Today’s post is all about WOOL AND THE GANG. We recently launched this cool collaboration with knitters in Britain. They’re all cool, hip, stylish and amazing knitters. Our designers designed the bags and the knitters made and customised them in colours of their choice. Of course I bought one (and in case you are wondering, it was at full price), here is the one I bought. I LOVE IT!

But first, here is a shot of the personalised packaging. Nice touch eh?

GET YOUR KNIT ON, Rodwellian!

GET YOUR KNIT ON, Rodwellian!

As you can see below my maker was Hannah from Britain. You can browse the whole collection  as I noticed that Hannah’s clutch is sold out. I personally also love Emma’s Hold Tight Clutch which is not sold out.

My bag was #madeunique by Hannah in Britain.

Inside the box, I met my maker

Another super cool thing about this bag is the yarn.  WOOL AND THE GANG calls it Jersey Be Good yarn and it is made from the off-cuts of fabric in  traditional fashion production. Think the bits that usually fall on your sewing room floor that are destined for the rubbish. Not these, they were collected and cut in to strips and tied together to make this yarn. So, one for the environment and looking good. YAY!

Now here’s a few outfits with my clutch. It’s been hot, so loads of shorts were worn.

Hold Tight Clutch with black Tiger Tee

Hold Tight Clutch with black Tiger Tee

What I wore above:
T-shirt – Tiger Tee, better shown here.  Tee by Traffic People
Shorts –
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Shoes
Michael Kors  Ava Sandals bought with YYZ and Lisa Macri in NYC. (see photo below as they are cut off here)
HandbagHold Tight Clutch by Wool and the Gang

Michael Kors Ava Sandals

Michael Kors Ava Sandals

And, now for the second time I took my clutch.

Another hot day in London.

Another hot day in London.

What I wore above:
Shorts – Levi’s jean shorts from my youth – circa 1984
Shoes – Silver Office Oxfords – they are looking very loved these days
Socks – white nylon stripey sockettes from Wolford bought on Vente-Privee
Top – Grey and White little number worn 4 years ago here (wow, my shoes and jeans look dated… it was 4 years ago)
Necklace – White Vintage Number bought in NYC this year with YYZ at a market in Hell’s Kitchen

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Are you addicted to Instagram? I am. It leaves Twitter in the dust, as far as I’m concerned. Instagram is all about the pretty. I am sure there are people somewhere who are using it for great social good, but I am not one of them and, sadly, I do not follow any of them. No sirree, my IG feed is all about the fluff. Pictures of cats (LOTS of pictures of cats!), pictures of pretty things, of food, of decor, of outfits. Yes, Interweb, I am as deep as a petri dish and Instagram allows me –nay, encourages me– to embrace that fact.

So, one of the folks I follow on IG is the very sweet Timnah of Created and Collected. Lots of ladies who sell vintage post pics of their lovely wares on their feeds. And the other day, Timnah posted the cutest, 1950s, bustled, bombshell, cotton dress. I casually inquired what size it was. Gentle Reader, it was MY SIZE.
Now, you know my #1 Vintage Shopping Rule: if it is your size, it is your dress. Period. The end.
There can be no dilly-dallying– a vintage frock is truly one-of-a-kind. A girl has to strike while the iron is hot. So I did. About a week later, this sweet little item arrived in the mail.

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It’s home-made and I will need to do a bit of work to get the bustle (heck, yeah– I said bustle!) to sit properly, but I love the tucks in the bust region and, since it is vintage, the bodice is short-waisted, just like me. I know it’s a bit risky and probably not very smart to wear a bustle– who needs more junk in the trunk? But I am gonna do it anyway. I love that some girl made herself a bombshell dress with a BUSTLE!
I bet she had a great time in this dress.
I bet she was a total dish.

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So, as you probably know, Pantone (they are the official, world-wide gods of colour trends) have declared the colour of the year to be Emerald Green. Congratulations, Emerald Green– you deserve the honour!
If you have been following this blog, then you may have guessed that I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER.
I love this colour. I wear it every chance I get. It is one of my favourites. EVER.

Which brings me to this blazer. I love love love love it.
I love the inside (black cats on the lining!) and I love the outside.
I love the fit, the fabric and the way it feels when I wear it.
I love that I can put it with pretty much anything (yes, I do think that bright green is a neutral– don’t you?)
and I do wear it with pretty much everything.

Last week, I had one of those days when you get up in the morning and have no idea what to wear. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, the best outfits are born that way.
I have to say, I am pretty smitten with this one. I want to wear it every day.
It’s comfy, it’s cute and it involves my green blazer!

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Blazer & Trousers: H&M
One-Shouldered (you’ll have to trust me) Top : Jacob
Blue Suede Shoes: Globo

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It’s been rather cold here in London-town of late. In fact, we even had snow. I love it! I know it will only last a few days and it reminds me of home.

As a result of the cold weather, I’ve had to think about wearing woolies every day. Given I don’t have a ton of woolen jumpers I need to think of how I might keep warm. Friday, I noticed this green vintage cardigan hanging in my closet. I hadn’t worn it in ages and thought it would do the trick.

So, the theme as you will see is Vin-tage (vin- tawzsh).

Fuzzy photo and bad angle* as I look like a linebacker.

Fuzzy photo and bad angle* as I look like a linebacker.

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Shell Belt Detail

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Cardigan detailing

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Swanky necklace – definitely not vintage

What I wore and where I got it?
JeansLee. These are practically vintage. I bought them in Hampstead in 2007
Tank: Off-white wool knit by American Vintage
Cardigan –
Green, hand detailed wool cardigan, do not remember where I picked it up. Probably from the 50’s
Belt – Gold metal shell buckle belt, bought at  House of Vintage,  London
Necklace – YYZ and I discovered this brilliant, super-cheap store in NYC where we bought tons of crap like this necklace and so much more that has not yet made it here.
Shoes: Green T-strap Mary Janes by Kurt Geiger

*Angle or body? I’m not sure but I’m going to blame it on the camera angle. I really don’t think I would make a very good linebacker or quarterback or tight end or whatever the guys with the massive shoulders are called.

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Today was a big day for me.  My resignation was being made public at work. I knew after 5.5 years it was going to feel weird and also very sad to make it so final/so real with this announcement. So, I figured I should dress for the business.

Last week, while shopping for J’s birthday, I found this cute little tee.I love the idea of wearing a tie. So, I bought myself a present too. (don’t worry J did get something too). Then on Saturday, when J insisted we head to Uniqlo, I found some nice woolen tights that will become my new go-to. I bought 3 pairs – black, gray and burgundy. Watch this space, I’m sure they’ll be worn many times.

So, what do you think? Was it an apt outfit for my resignation announcement?

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Necktie tee by Volcom

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Another glamourous shot in the loo

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Tee without the jacket

Shoes/Boots by Aldo

Shoes/Boots by Aldo

Pink Earrings

Pink Earrings

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J and I sporting our new matching Tees (oh and my newly knitted cap)

What I wore?
Black Ribbed Tights – Uniqlo
Tee Shirt (worn by him and her) – Volcom
Jacket – worn so many times before and again – by BCBG
Shoes – Aldo
Earrings – Pink Roses given to me by my Sister and Brother in Law
Brooch – Vintage stick pin
Ring – beaded from NY
Toque or Beanie (as they seem be known outside of Canada) – Wool and the Gang (knitted by me)

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LHR: My Bebop Tune

Last Saturday, we spent the day indoors cleaning and organizing. I ended up fighting with my sewing machine (the vintage one J bought me last birthday) By the end of the day, we were in a real mess, so luckily we had an evening planned to take my mind off my sewing troubles.  J had scored some tickets to a documentary that was part of the London Jazz Festival. Lucky us.

We jumped on the 341 bus and headed down to the South Bank Centre for an 8pm showing. We got there early and went to one of our favourite little bars – Concrete – attached to the Hayward Gallery. Go there for a late afternoon/early evening wine if you can. I love it.  (shot from outside)

Anyway, back to the documentary. It was called Michel Petrucciani. I had no idea who Michel Petrucciani was. J told me he was a famous jazz pianist who had a disease that meant he was rather short. Well, rather short was a slight understatement – he was only 3 feet tall (or there about). His music was gorgeous, rich and fast. Turns out so was his life. He only lived until he was 36 which was a real shame as it would have been amazing to hear him/see him in real life.

The documentary was wonderful and we were treated to a performance by Baptiste Trotignon playing Petrucciani’s music afterwards. Trotignon was wonderful and I felt sad that the hall was so empty. The problem with London is there is so much happening that it’s hard to compete. I would definitely go out of my way to see/hear Baptiste Trotignon again.

So, I’m glad I decided to get a bit “dressed” up for the evening. I sported my new slip I bought with YYZ in NYC on our recent trip there.

Our house looks sparsely decorated here. It isn’t.

I love the flounce. Is that what it is called YYZ?

My necklace is from my Sister-In-Law. I think it’s cute.

Perfect handbag made just for me by YYZ

What I wore?
Dress: Vintage slip from Cheap Jack’s (for the record, he isn’t that cheap, but I still like it!)
Jacket: Grey Wool swing coat by Diab’less that I keep wanting to throw out and J keeps convincing me to keep. I bought it at a little shop in Columbia Road.
Necklace: Glasses necklace from this lovely lady.
Handbag: Made by YYZ just for me! One of the records is the smurfs! How cool is that?
Shoes: Black, oldies but goodies by Fornarina
Earrings: YYZ and I purchased these lovelies in NYC at the $2 store

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