Sunday, 30 September 2012

Bowler Hats and Bikes

Well Hello there Ladies!
Thanks for the lovely comments on last weeks post, we are remaining positive and trying to keep our heads up and trundling on.
I haven't been wearing solely pj's and eating nutella (although a fair bit of comfort eating has been happening). 
I decided that i need to put on my happy clothes to cheer one's self up. As we all know that if you feel like you look half decent then its certainly a step in the right direction of feeling ok!

 Please excuse my teeny tiny eyes. With large amounts of stress (and tears) i had managed to give myself some kinda burst blood vessel on my eye!! red bloodshot eyes are soooo not attractive. So i gave my peepers a rest from make up to aid recovery.

 Dress: A Beautiful Mess (from their last collection)
Cardi: F&F (spring '12)
Shoes: Hush Puppies via Very (last year)
Bowler Hat: New Look (old)
Blouse: Peacocks (last winter)
Hubby's beast of a bike out of its 6 year hibernation.

Its amazing when you cant shop what you find amongst what you already have.  This outfit is entirely made up from things i have had for a long while. I always feel a certain sense of accomplishment when i pull something together like this. It reminds me that i do not have to constantly shop (as much as i love to as a hobby, haha!) it reminds me that i have A LOT of really cool stuff. It reminds me i am lucky :-)

Do you get a kick out of remixing old stuff like me? Or are you a newbie favourer?

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39 comments

  1. You look beautiful! I am so sorry you are going through tough times. Big hugs and best wishes!
    xx

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  2. I am so sorry you are going through a tough time at the moment. I am sending you good vibes! You look gorgeous my dear!! This outfit looks so pretty on you. Remixing old stuff can be so much fun. The mix of patterns in this look is great. I am always too afraid to try it.

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  3. Hope you're ok hun - the recession is the pits but try not to worry too much [I know, easier said than done right!], you look lovely as ever anyhow :) thinking of you xx

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  4. I totally missed your last post, I'm sorry stuff has been tough for you guys lately. I'm sending good and happy vibes your way. I love this outfit, the little hints of mustard look so autumnal xo

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  5. Sorry to hear this Rachel :( Love your look the strips and red goes great together...

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  6. I too missed your last post, so sorry - and I am sending you all the positive thoughts and energy I can find. You have a gorgeous family, and a fabulous style. I hope things are looking better for you all very, very soon (like now!!) Thanks for linking up to Visible Monday.

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  7. That is the right spirit and right outfit for getting in a better mode! Some positive energy are on the way from Sweden too!

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  8. I love to remix, especially combining different tops and scarves.

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  9. Rachel, such great colors and scenery. Adorable shoes too. :-)

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  10. You look fun and joyful...just take things one day at a time and find each day a reason to smile!

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  11. It's so satisfying to do a good remix - like many of us I don't have much spare cash for clothes shopping, so my best option is to try something fresh with my existing stuff. It's hard sometimes, but hey most things worth doing require a bit of effort :)

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  12. I love shopping my closet! You did a great job with this look!

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  13. loving the colors and the stripes dress ;0)

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  14. LOVE that card - the colors & pattern - so cute. And the red SHOES! Everyone woman needs a FAB pair of red shoes like yours!
    XOXO
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:
    http://psbananas.com

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  15. I love your print mixing -stripes and florals are my favorite :)

    XO
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  16. I absolutely adore your inspiring combinations of patterns and colours.
    You are fabulous.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  17. Red shoes are always a good way to cheer yourself up. So sorry to hear that you are struggling at the moment- sending lots of love your way! <3

    Maria xxx

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  18. You look gorgeous and I can't see anything up with your eyes, you're always a joy to behold!
    How sexy is that bike? I can't believe hubby's not out on it all the time! x

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  19. Hey there! Love that chic yet rocker vibe! I especially like that last photo....great editing! I'm gonna have to get me a striped dress now!
    -Kristen

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  20. Very Very cute!
    I love a good mix of patterns!
    I have a lot of cool stuff as well and try to style as much as u can with what i have

    Ariane xxxx

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  21. I feel the same way when I put something together with "old" clothes that I've never worn that way before. Love the mix of patterns here :)

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  22. Oh how I love your hats, Rachel...and oh how you inspire me to wear hats more! I actually have one almost exactly like the one you're wearing. And you look lovely!

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life
    I'm giving away a beautiful Soft Surroundings top!

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  23. You are so cute with your hat! Sorry to hear you are going through tough times. Hang in there! Since I started blogging I have had more fun remixing. I do like to shop for new things though :-)
    ~jessica
    http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/

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  24. That bike is magnificent! I also love your outfit, particularly the cardi, and the street shots. Thank you for your comment on my blog. I am happily following you back xx

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  25. First off, I must have missed your latest post as I have no idea what could possibly be making you cry and stressed. :( I'm gonna go back and read it but for now, I hope whatever it is, it gets much, much better for you and your family. I don't like when good people hit the rough patches in the road. Sending you good vibes!
    Next, I just wanted to comment on how lovely you look. Did you dye your hair black(er)?? I love it either way. And I know exactly what you mean. We've been on a no spending money thing lately and I must say, I was very pleased with myself these last two months and all the outfits I've been re-wearing and new ones I've created out of old pieces. It really does remind me that I don't need to be such a shopaholic (even though it's nice when there's so much extra spending money).
    xo

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  26. I love the print mixing in this outfit...as well as the layering...so perfect!!
    I can't wait to rediscover all the clothes in my closet that I can't wear with a baby in my tummy...does that count as "old stuff"? haha

    Natasha ~ TashaDelrae.com

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  27. I hope things keep getting better for your family, Rachel! In the meantime, your outfit is darling, such a bold and balanced mix of patterns. Hugs to you!!! ~Sarah

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  28. I hope thing get better! And at the very least, you look absolutely amazing on that bike! I think you should use that as a prop for every photo shoot. Love this outfit...especially that fabulous hat.

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  29. you seriously rock that hat, wow, i love it.
    Xo Megan

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  30. I hope you are recovering slowly illusion, you know you have people who love you in the distance. Family and health are very important and everything else will follow. A kiss!

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  31. :( Feel well darling. You look great though. Stripes with floral just works!

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