What a week it’s been.
From taking a plane and four trains to Switzerland for 4 days of skiing which unfortunately turned into just 20 minutes of skiing due to one hell of a snow storm. To London Fashion Week and storm Dennis causing havoc, ruining plans, my hair and my trousers (puddles and short girl problems are real!) And of course the super heart breaking news about Caroline Flack this weekend, it’s safe to say my head is in a bit of a mess right now.
I’m honestly so shaken by the news of Caroline, it’s really broken my heart that she felt no other way out than taking her own life. Something really needs to be done to stop the harassment from both the press and the public, social media has created a space in which people can bully others twenty four seven. There’s no escaping it and it’s incomprehensible to me that there isn’t more being done to shame the trolls that feel it is okay to bully people relentlessly online. I’ve signed countless petitions, confided in friends and family with how we can help but I feel so helpless, please, if you have any ideas on a way we can all stick together and try and make a stand against this then please do let me know, this must stop!
Through the tears and the frazzled brain, I’ve been leaning on fashion to cheer myself up. It seems a little bit "meh" to say that clothes can cheer you up but for me a newly styled outfit is sometimes all I need to get myself out of a funk.
I’ve spoken a lot lately about the power of getting stuck into your wardrobe to create new looks and to really put the clothes you already own to work. Styling the old with the new always leaves me feeling so inspired, particularly when it’s something that involves my go-to combo of jeans and a jumper but styled in a fresh new way but man alive I am SO ready for spring!
Rainbows c/o Saturday By Megan Ellaby, paired with one of my favourite pairs of & Other Stories Jeans, my go-to place for denim. I get asked a lot about the jeans I wear and it’s usually one of two pairs of & Other Stories jeans on rotation, both a few years old now but both I love and wear oh so much. Deffo consider giving them a whirl if you’re on the dreaded jeans hunt right now as I honestly cannot fault them.
I’ve been rocking the Kymmy knit from Saturday so much lately as it’s the absolute perfect shade of grey for versatility. The subtle rainbow embroidery motif gives it that Saturday magic without taking away from the wearability of the piece. I’m SO excited to rock it in spring with a little mini skirt and knee boots, it’s going to transition so wonderfully into the warmer months.
Paired with a seriously fabulous vintage number with this Escada checked blazer that I found in Retro Rehab Manchester a couple of weeks back. I couldn’t believe my luck when I spied it on the beautifully curated rails of the store. I really love Retro Rehab as they know how to pick a vintage piece or two, their store is so beautifully merchandised and it’s such a pleasure to shop in but it does mean I very rarely leave empty handed…
On this particular occasion I left with this piece with it's green, blue and black checks, it’s contrast black velvet tipping to the lapels and the oversized silhouette, it was a no brainer of a purchase for this blazer loving gal.
Hat - FREE PEOPLE (similar here), Blazer - VINTAGE, Jumper - SATURDAY BY MEGAN ELLABY, Jeans - & Other Stories, Belt - Topshop , Bag - MULBERRY (old), Boots - NASTY GAL
I topped the look off with two forgotten favourites that were hidden away within the depths of my wardrobe, my trusty baker boy cap that I contrarily set aside when everyone and their mum was rocking them back in 2018. It feels good to be reacquainted with my little safety blanket, a great piece for me to keep my fringe at bay during the windier months. AND the bag, oh the Mulberry bag, this was my 21st birthday present from my mum and dad and I haven’t used it half as much as I should have, this bag is practically vintage now haha! It’s a deceptively MASSIVE bag and I’ve loved using it again lately, it's so great for working days in town.
And finally the boots, oh the boots. These little Prada dupes from Nasty Gal haven’t left my feet in the last month since I treated myself to them back in January. Despite coming up ever so slightly big (size down if you fancy em) they’re SO insanely comfortable and they add such a bad ass vibe to every single look, I am absolutely positively obsessed with them right now.
And so there we have a little bit of an outfit deconstruction for you, it’s been a while since I’ve written a post like this and it felt good to simply distract myself through the discussion of clothes. Id’ love to hear what your feel good outfit is right now, for days when you’re sad and the weather is sad also.
Be kind always.
Great post Megan. Love the look and the “Be kind, always”, we live in a time where you can publicly criticize anyone on the internet and it can be so sad to see such bad vibes thrown at people like that. I don’t live in England, but I heard the news from bloggers in the UK and it’s so devastating. On a more positive note, I bought these shoes right after seing them on you, they are fabulous !
Megan Ellaby says
Thank you Kenza it means a lot! It’s been a really sad couple of weeks here 🙂
I’m so thrilled I inspired you to pick up these boots, they’re so awesome right!? x
Christina Jane says
Making the effort to iron a nice dress to pair over a colourful piece of knitwear always improves my mood. It’s just rare I bother to do that when it’s miserable weather haha — but it’s something I want to do more of.
The world of social media is definitely a funny one and I can’t imagine what it’s like working in it full-time. I’ve started really reducing my screen time and deleting apps such as Twitter off my phone to cut some of the negativity out. Hopefully people in power will start to make real changes, and more people will spread kindness instead of hate. xxxxx
Megan Ellaby says
Ahhh yes making the effort to iron or steam something makes a lot of difference, although I rarely do it which is so lazy of me!
Thats awesome to here that you’ve started reducing your screen time, it’s something that is on my mind a lot and I’m trying to escape as often as I can, but as you said, it’s hard when it’s your full time job!
We definitely do need to do something dramatic about how the press and trolls treat people. Such upsetting news about Caroline, so so awful 🙁
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Megan Ellaby says
We really, really do! It’s broken my heart x
I went to retro rehab just yesterday as working in manchester for the week, there’s no vintage store like it – i tried on three fantastic blazers and a gorgeous cobalt blue leather jacket with large curved lapels, sadly it was *just* that little bit too big to carry off, it’s a wonderful store and caters for many sizes which is rare for a size 16 lady. I ended up finding a deep purple velvet zip up shirt in cow vintage and was over the moon! Clothes really do that that ability to transform your mood when you feel good with what you’re wearing
I was extremely sad about caroline, i knew her a little bit many many moons ago and knew friends that knew her so thought about her friends and family alot over the weekend, she had so much going for her, depression and mental illness is real – sadly i’m not sure we’ll ever get to stage where trolling and press intrusion etc will be completely eradicated, but it think that social media companies really need to up their game when it comes to protecting it’s users… maybe not go down the totalitarian route, but something needs to be done, no quick fix but hope you’re feeling better 🙂
Megan Ellaby says
Ahhh Shola thats awesome news,it’s such a wonderfully curated store isn’t it. I also adore Cow, it’s one my favourite places to go! I have friends that know her too and it’s so sad to hear their beautiful happy memories with her. It is so upsetting that you don’t think we’ll get to the stage where trolling is eradicated 🙁 I really, hope we do! xxx