EBEW: Colour Blocking

Well hello lovelies, my my my I’ve had one of those weeks!
It was like the week where the straw broke this camels back. Oh yes! But after what felt like a complete breakdown i had the most wonderful enlightenment afterwards. You know. finally seeing that silver lining.
Let me start, on Friday i was out shopping and i lost my phone, in Matalan of all places. I was devastated. It sounds silly now, but i do everything on that phone. There were photos of my son on that phone i will never get back, there were little messages i will never see again and just general inconvenience of it all. I broke down in to tears and couldn’t stop. The flood gates were well and truly open. I had felt for the past two weeks that my life was on some kind of downward spiral and i was out of control and well… unhappy. It took for me to loose my phone and open those flood gates for me to re evaluate things. For me to sit and think. I do put to much importance on the material world. I do stress over things that i can not change. I had lost all patience with my son and life. I think everything happens for a  reason, and even though it was totally crappy that i lost my phone (and what’s more annoying is that no one handed it in) , i have really done some soul searching. I have taken a breather. I have learnt lessons. And now. Now i feel so much better. I mean, I’m taking each day a time. I’m giving my son the patience he deserves. I am sitting and enjoying things rather than panicking constantly. It feels good.
SO yes that’s why I’ve been a little absent over here lately, hope you forgive me? Normal programming will resume soon!

Jeans: George at asda

Top: Closet via Dorothy Perkins

Bag: Nica

Necklace: New Look

Shoes: Irregular Choice

All old

So my soul searching speech done, this is the outfit i chose for EBEW this month. Colour blocking was chosen, which when i first read that i thought yay, i love colour, easy peasy! Then i went to my wardrobe and found lots and lots and LOTS of patterns and not a lot of block colour. So i went back though some blog posts and soon realised i wear mostly patterns and colour blocking wasn’t going to be that easy for me after all. So i pulled this outfit out of the very back of my wardrobe. And if im honest i don’t love it. But all in the name of experimentation i gave it a good go. I miss my dresses 🙂
Anyway i’m off to do some work and go visit some of the other EBEW’s.
Take care

Ps the only other time i did colour blocking and is probably a personal favourite!

Color Blocking: Everbody, Everywear

pleated poppy


  1. July 10, 2012 / 1:34 pm

    It's funny how something simple like losing a phone can lead to major life re-evaluation, but it happens to all of us at some point. I think I'll take heed from your story and back my phone up! I haven't done that in a while!
    I like this outfit – you bring a colourful ray if sunshine in to a cloudy, miserable day! Have a good week misses! Xo

  2. July 10, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    Ahh I love this outfit though- even though you may not do it often you do colour blocking well!:)

  3. July 10, 2012 / 3:35 pm

    This shirt + that necklace are all kinds of gorgeous.

  4. July 10, 2012 / 4:15 pm

    Awww Rachel I'm so sorry to hear you had a serious bummer of a day – I had the same floods of tears when I ruined my mint chinos (did you read about my mint chinos debacle of 22 June?)… I think because I had tried on soooooo many new pairs and finally found a pair that fitted me. It took the tears to realise that I'd been overeating and letting the exercise slip (I get a lot of headaches, don't sleep well etc. if I'm not being healthy). So it kickstarted me back into my good habits I'm pleased to say, your story sounds very similar to the way I was feeling!!!

    Anyway I'm glad you're a happy bunny again – though your bright colours haven't ceased to impress!! You said you weren't keen on this outfit but you really stand out on EBEW, you're the primary colours queen sweetie! The trousers are faaaaabulous on you, I think that's my no.1 colour this year.

    Catherine x

  5. July 10, 2012 / 5:06 pm

    Well done on jumping out of your comfort zone to colorblock! When I went to do this challenge, I realized I didn't have many pants more interesting than jeans, and I missed my dresses too! Glad I found you and I'm a new follower!

    peace&love, Jill
    Favor the Brave

  6. July 10, 2012 / 5:31 pm

    Big hug, horrible when everything gets on top of you. Glad to hear you're feeling more positive though, and you look great in those jeans! 😀

  7. July 10, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    I love colorblocking! You look so pretty!

  8. July 10, 2012 / 6:39 pm

    Aaaw Im so sorry to hear you lost your phone, I would have been out of my mind of devastation if the same happend to me. Im glad to hear you are a happy camper again and you are looking swell as always dearest! *huggis*

  9. July 10, 2012 / 7:01 pm

    I hope you've been feeling better since then, it can do the world of good to just let it all out sometimes! xx

  10. July 10, 2012 / 7:02 pm

    Oh 🙁 My poor deshooshy. I'm so sorry to hear all of that, but so impressed that you were able to turn your whole outlook around in such a short amount of time. I also really admire your ability to open up about something so personal on your blog. I rarely am able to share things like that with my readers; I'd rather talk about how I want to be naked than to say what's really on my mind sometimes. I know it takes a lot of courage and I applaud you for it.

    Also, even though you don't love this outfit, I abso-freaking-lutely do!! I mean, realllly love it!! I am jealous that you have those jeans & that top and that I do not. I think the super, extra bright colors suit you so well. You look beautiful, my darling!!

    I hope things keep looking up for you, sweetie <3

    p.s. – keep your eye on the mailbox. Now that I've got your address a happy little something is coming your way soon 🙂

  11. July 10, 2012 / 7:08 pm

    So sorry about your rough two weeks, but it does sound as if thing are better now.

    Also sorry you don't love this outfit. I adore the fact that you used a color-blocked top and added another color with the pants. You look wonderful!

  12. July 10, 2012 / 8:10 pm

    Cute – I did wonder where you had gone!

    To say you were feeling down, I hope your bright outfit choice helped a little too – and i'm glad your feeling a bit happier 😀

    Sal x

  13. July 10, 2012 / 10:02 pm

    A cheerful and bright outfit also affects my mood for the better. When I'm appropriately and stylishly dressed, I definitely feel at my best! 🙂 It's funny how much what you're wearing can affect your mood.

  14. July 11, 2012 / 12:08 am

    If it is any consolation, this outfit is AMAZING. I'm sorry you had to kind of break down to get to a new point, but I can totally relate.

    In other news, our wardrobes are opposites! I hardly have any patterns compared to solid colors and I hadn't even really thought of how solids dominate my wardrobe!

  15. July 11, 2012 / 2:02 am

    Hello! Just popped over from EBEW… Wow. All of that enlightenment over a lost phone. I think I'll have one of those! Not really, but then again, yes. I am a new stay at home mom with the birth of my second son (16 mo–whoa time flies!), but I am with you 100%. It can be really just SO hard some times. I love both of my boys to pieces, but some days I just cry as the way to channel all of my emotion vs. let loose on them. It is HARD work. At any rate, I am glad you are feeling better and it sounds like a miraculous lesson. So… your outfit is what caught my eye. Color blocking to a new level. LOVE!! I am obsessed with color, and I think this is a ball out of the park. Thrilled to have found you.
    Best, Whitley at the Queen City Style

  16. July 11, 2012 / 9:49 am

    You do colour blocking so well! Do you have an iPhone did you try the "Find my iPhone" app? I'd lost my mind if I lost my phone 🙁

  17. July 11, 2012 / 12:18 pm

    Colour blocking in style indeed, Rachel.

  18. July 11, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    love the color combo – i love when people can pair red + green without looking like christmas!

  19. July 11, 2012 / 1:45 pm

    Sorry you had a tough week. I hope this week is better. You look super-cute in that outfit. Love the colors.


  20. July 11, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    I'm so sorry you've had a tough week. You are such a positive person though – I'm glad you are bouncing back.
    I personally lvoe you colour blocking – although I am 100% a patterns girl too.

  21. July 11, 2012 / 5:21 pm

    Nice to meet you Rachel. Sorry to hear that you've lost your phone. Hope you replace it with a new one soon. Love your top and necklace! Very colorful.

  22. July 11, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    oh honey, I am sooo sorry about your lost phone. 🙁 I too would be devastated. I completely feel for you.

    At least you still look flippin' fantastic, cause you do!! 😉 Those shoes??? Love them!

  23. July 11, 2012 / 6:29 pm

    Such fun colors! It's always great to play around and try new things!

  24. July 11, 2012 / 8:48 pm

    Aww hun I'm sorry you lost your phone, how frustrating – a good reminder to me to back mine up though. Glad you've had a chance for a bit of reevaluation, so easy to lose patience with littlies and again something I have to remind myself often to try not to do. Glad you're feeling a little better – you look lovely as always 🙂 xx

  25. July 11, 2012 / 9:10 pm

    Looking gorgeous! Love the bright colors! You definitely rock the color blocking trend. Love those jeans.


  26. July 11, 2012 / 9:27 pm

    I would feel pretty sad if I lost my phone too. But I know what you mean about the soul searching and re-evaluating things, getting them in perspective. I usually find every few weeks that I have to let the online world go for a bit, otherwise everything else in my life suffers.

    Back to clothes. You look lovely in that outfit. So bright. Those shoes are amazing. I adore Irregular Choice. I had IC shoes for my wedding day 🙂

    Do your neighbours ever comment on all your photo taking and funky outfits?

  27. July 11, 2012 / 9:41 pm

    Sorry to hear about your phone! 😉 Glad though to hear you're dealing with it.
    I love this outfit! And those shoes! Oh, those shoes are just dreamy. Dreamy! 😉

  28. July 13, 2012 / 9:14 am

    Oh I love Irregular Choice. I've got some denim shorts the same colour as those jeans, love them!

  29. July 15, 2012 / 7:23 pm

    Girl, I am loving all that gorgeous color!

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