I must admit, this is pretty much the first time since Christmas day I’ve actually worn anything without an elasticated waist. M&S cashmere track pants were my holiday friend, and I couldn’t completely give up the comfort clothes for my first outfit post of 2017.
I’ve had this cashmere hoodie for years, it actually replaced a Primark one I had about 9 years ago which I left on a shoot in Palm Springs and was almost inconsolable. This one comes with me on nearly every flight and especially on location shoots where it’s good weather but almost always cold early morning starts. And of course, it’s perfect for winter down days too. This is definitely one of those default ‘not sure what to wear’ looks for me, and with the weather taking a turn for the colder, I could always do with an extra layer (and an extra hood).
I also can’t do this post without mentioning the past year. Although not one of the strongest years politically, I was able to experience some amazing opportunities through my blog and career. The highlights, for me, were being asked to talk at Stylist Live, attending New York Fashion Week with my husband, my J Crew store event, a blog redesign, being part of The Telegraph’s ‘Best Dressed’ list of 2016′ and my Bella Freud shopping evening.
And personally, this year I finally paid off my student loan and cleared my credit card, which motivated us to get our finances in gear and ended up buying a house! We moved in on 21st December which was pretty stressful (just 2 days after exchanging!) but we are in now and excited for the next big project – which will take us a good few years (you can follow my Instagram Stories for daily updates if you’re interested).
As the house was such a big venture for us, new clothes have not been top of my to-do list, so that is also why this outfit post is quite old clothing – but also things I’ve worn pretty much non stop this winter.
Once I get a desk set up though, I guarantee I’ll be buying a few select new things – if only to make me feel a bit better about the state we’re living in (no shower, hot water or kitchen at the moment!).
So I suppose all that’s left to say is: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thank you for reading, on what is now my 5th anniversary of writing this blog. The site has come a long way since then, but it really wouldn’t have been possible without all you lovely people reading, commenting, supporting and ‘liking’. It means so much to me and every time I get an email or message from someone who reads my site or has bought the same carpet or sink, or jeans – it astounds me. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and wonderful 2017.