Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Busy morning style....

Today I was in such a hurry that I left home with my trousers inside out. I don't think anyone noticed since I didn't get any comments. They're in a busy pattern. I hope they didn't notice.... The result was this:

Even with a lot of photos to choose from this is still the best. Taking photos every day will hopefully improve things quickly. I'm wearing another new necklace today, all garnet. I couldn't resist adding a close-up:

Sadly the purple silk jacket is falling apart. It's about 10 years old, so it's no surprise, but still sad. I've been searching for a replacement for years, but with no luck. In desperation I've ordered this cardigan, as far as I can tell in almost the same colour, but a totally different style. But I think colour has top priority, and I know it will combine with a lot of tops in my wardrobe

For the record: Another student took me for being 10 years younger than I am!

Now I will go and prepare for tomorrow morning. With my husband out of town these days, and dog and child to take care of, the mornings are crazy! On top of everything my bus always leaves some minutes EARLYER than schedule. Since it varies how many minutes I just have to be there at least 15 minutes ahead of time. I guess the quality of my photography is very revealing.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Starting school again

After a hectic start I have a couple of very early morning shots, of a rather poor quality. Dressing for the first day was stressful. On a first day it's important to make a good impression, but it's equally important to show personality. Furthermore I like to look as slim as possible, and younger too!

At the same time there's the rotten Scandinavian summer to consider. It's cold, windy and above all WET! So, I'm wearing my hiking boots and navy trousers (with the lovely paisley pattern). Since the calender says August I put on a bright pink t-shirt and my coral necklace, and a khaki jacket that could be removed should the classroom prove too warm (it didn't). A long time ago I participated in the Dress your best challenge, and decided to declare every Monday a Dress your best day. This Monday I thought I'd focus on my smile by putting on my favorite lipstick since that is the best ice breaker when meeting people for the first time.

Today's outfit was very neutral, not so common for me anymore. But I had made myself a new necklace, and wanted a backdrop for it that allowed it to shine.

The necklace is made of Labradorite, Carnelean and Pyrite.

With my back causing a lot of pain and feet still partly numbed it has been a tough beginning. Hopefully it won't be long before I'm fully recovered (I  have been promissed so). I need to focus on my studies. That will probably bring some changes to my blog as web design is a large part of the curriculum. Yoou just wait and see!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Red suede shoes by Irregular Choice for Bed of Roses

Hurrah! I got my new red shoes today. In spring I ordered another pair of red shoes that turned out to be too small. I'm selling them as soon as possible. Instead I ordered these:

It has taken forever to get them over from UK, but finally they're here. I know they will look great with my blue patterned trousers, the black and white patterned ones and my pencil skirts. So still down with a very bad back, and in pain!!! a new pair of shoes does help. If someone has other remedies they would like to recommend please feel free (maybe a new handbag ?). Hope to be on my feet (and properly dressed) by the end of the week. I have a single photo from this Friday where I had to take my daughter to Copenhagen for some hours. My back was killing me so I didn't have patience for more than the one photo.

This is all for now. Had I felt any better this would have been my weekly Dress Your Best day. Today I would have focused on my legs and I would have been in my new red shoes!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Summer holiday and fashion journalists

First of all I apologize for the yellow colour below!. The spell check has somehow caused it and I can't fix it at the moment. Sorry!

It has been a month since my last post, and what a month! On the 12th. of July the whole family went on vacation, and on the very first day I messed up my back, completely. I'm in treatment but cannot walk properly yet. And the pain! On top of that we were camping, in a rather old tent, and the weather was cold, wet and windy.... I have ONE photo from our holiday, where I manage to stand up, almost on my own.

Only one holiday has been worse than this, when our daughter ended up being hospitalized for 5 days during Easter in Australia in 2003. End of holiday talk!

On fashion journalists in Denmark:

For years it has been my opinion that our fashion journalists are absolutely worthless. This Saturday a group of experts (scientists from university) finally expressed the very same views on national TV!

In this country there is NEVER anything negative written about clothes, beauty products or accessories. All fashion journalists are so afraid of upsetting designers, brands and others that may or are placing advertisments with their magazine. So, without paying a thing the fashion industry gets free advertizing. As we all know a lot of the beauty products contain problematic ingredients. The clothes are often produced under very sad conditions. As for accessories it's only a couple of weeks ago that one of the major Danish brands had to call back several leather items, bags and belts, because they contained prohibited chemicals known to cause cancer. Not a word was written about it in the fashion magazines.

Faced with the critique the answar from the journalists was that it's not their responsibility to be critical. Their mission is only to make the reader feel good, and that their readers don't like to have "bad news" mixed with all the pretty pictures.  How good do you feel in clothes that are giving you allergic reactions, knowing that you could have been warned? Will you ever trust the reviews on baeuty products again when you've spent a fortune on something supposed to reduce your acne problems only to see it worsened. Especially since it's far from the first time. I don't believe a word they are writing anymore.

These days fashion journalisme is all about pretty pictures - nothing else. During the financial recession several of our local brands have been in trouble, and some have actually gone bankrupt. If you want to read about it you have to turn to "real" journalists. No wonder the fashion journalists are being ridiculed by their more serious colleagues.

Only on very rare occasions do I buy a fashion magazine these days. After discovering the world of bloggers I can find all sorts of inspiring pictures here. I can also find reviews on products both on blogs and else where on the internet. This is a direct result of the way fashion journalists are seing me - their reader - as an airhead! In the end they are writing their own resignation by maintaining these low standards. I'm not the only one to prefer the internet, and a lot more will follow I'm sure. It's a shame because I really enjoy the feeling of the paper between my fingers. I enjoy the glossy pictures and I love the sound of pages being turned. I even like the smell of the printing chemicals! That will all be lost because modern women don't like to be looked upon as brainless Barbiedolls (no offence Barbie).

So please give us something to READ as well as lots of pretty pictures!

How is it in your country? Is it just a Danish problem or is it more widespread? Is it really true that women can't handle "bad news" in fashion magazines like the journalists claim? I don't think so. I'm sure that