Thank the lord it's no longer January ey!? Honestly this month has been testing to say the least.
It's been a month full of self doubt, feeling a little lost, unmotivated and seriously lacking in inspiration. My blog has become my little diary and that at least has been one thing I've loved about January; I've really enjoyed getting some things of my chest and feeling more connected to you lovely lot because of it, thanks for always having my back and being so encouraging, you have no idea how much I've needed it this month.
I've basically just felt a little bit lost with some parts of my life and not really knowing which way to turn.
It doesn't help that the weather has been absolutely god awful and the majority of my Instagram feed features babes in bikinis somewhere gorgeous and exotic but hey, only a month or so until I'll be jetting off, so it's all swings and roundabouts.
But alas, here I am, coming to you from rainy ole Manchester, on day 13712846385983496 of gail force winds and torrential downpour... Excellent. But I must say, seeing the back of January and kick starting February with a little stay cation in The Lake District was all I needed to feel back on track and ready to kick some well dressed ass!
With my month long bad mood I got thinking about things I'm good at and the things I can rely on no matter what. And one of those things that I know I can always turn to for a little boost or a pick me up is styling. I love nothing more than heading into my wardrobe and reworking well-loved pieces in new and interesting ways. Throw in a new item or two and I'm practically floating once more (slight exaggeration there but hey!)
I've always been inspired by all that is around me. Whether that's a certain era in time, a musician (here's looking at you Bowie), a colour combination or the latest series we're watching on Netflix, I can take inspiration for styling from pretty much anywhere and thats one thing I know I'm pretty good at.
I love it when an item of clothing inspires an entire look or even better a variety of looks and thats exactly what this rather fabulous jumper did when it crept into my life.
As soon as I cast my eyes onto this House Of Holland Resort 18 multicoloured, patchwork jumper I knew it was love. It's a thing of beauty and right up my alley with the jewel tone clashing colours, the cricket jumper shape and the deep V neckline. I knew exactly how to layer it and exactly what to pair it with as soon as I brought it out of it's packaging, thats how you know you're onto a winning piece!
Once I'd popped this on, however, I felt like somebody else entirely. I felt like Elmer the Elephant, do you guys remember her!? I felt like a small multi-coloured elephant... Yeah really!
It wasn't something that came to mind instantly but as soon as I looked at myself in the mirror the childhood character came straight to mind and I felt even more fabulous than before.
And yes, some may think I'm rather odd but seriously SO MANY PEOPLE said the same thing when they saw me in it that day, it's amazing what certain items of clothing can remind us of, even childhood characters that we haven't thought about in over 15 years.
Since making that realisation, I've been looking into old school tv characters a lot more, both the cartoons and the real life humans, and I've been SERIOUSLY inspired. Whether it's Screech Powers from Saved By The Bell with his bleached jeans and pink converse, or Woody The Woodpecker with his fabulous primary colour feathers, I'm feeling totally inspired and I'm sure, now I've divulged this information, that you'll notice it more and more across everything I do.
Take inspiration from everything you do and allow it to inspire your outfit choice the following day. For me, it's a really great way to keep my wardrobe refreshed and reworked and allows me to concoct a variety of different looks using the same pieces. Read books, research musicians, watch something new, eat something new, look to the past, look to the future, it's all there for the taking, to inspire you in whatever you choose, especially with your outfit choices.
So yeah, thanks Elmer for inspiring this look, for being a sassy little multicoloured elephant and for bringing a whole new level of style inspiration into my life in the form of fictional characters from my youth, I owe you one!