Frills, Lace and a Bad Hair Day…

lace skirt

The brutal reality of being a style blogger…

This is what happens when your husband tells you he booked a table in a fancy restaurant and you were prepared for a casual meal in the Thai place…

First, you tell him – slightly annoyed – that there’s no way you’re going there wearing your old jeans and trainers. You will have to change, and he will have to wait, for however long it takes.

Then you frantically pull out every single piece of clothing in your wardrobe, desperately trying to find something that suits both the weather (cold and possibly some snow later), the venue, and your mood. It doesn’t help that this is what women affectionately refer to as a ‘fat-day’ and nothing seems to fit…

Having tried on, and rejected, half a dozen pencil skirts that suddenly seem boring as hell, you pull out the cute skirt you bought last summer. And just like that, you decide you can’t possibly call yourself a style blogger if you can’t come up with a nice winter outfit around it. Actually, you don’t give a hoot whether people find you credible as a style blogger or not, because at this point you’re obsessed with the skirt and just want to wear it, no matter what. Mainly because for some reason you think frills would look fabulous with boots…

Now, all you really need to do is find a top to go with the damn skirt, something warm, of course. So, now all your cashmere jumpers and cardigans are strewn across the floor, and you hate every single one of them. For no particular reason; they just seem to be the wrong length, colour or style.

So, you’re finally dressed, and your freezing hubby suggests quickly taking a few photos on the way from the station to the restaurant, while there’s still some daylight. And then your divaesque hair decides to stop collaborating. Not that it has ever been very accommodating to your wishes, quite the contrary. But today it just decides to go crazy and curl up in all the wrong places.

Of course, you hate every photo because you look like a mess, and you’re not sure about the outfit, either. But you decide to post the photos anyway. Because this is what happens in real life: you get dressed in a hurry, your outfit is a bit of a mishmash and your hair is determined to make your life a misery. But mainly because you are a style blogger, who also has a very busy work schedule and a hubby/photographer who is only around for two days a week, and you have neither the time nor the energy to have another photo shoot this weekend…

Yes, this is the (un)glamorous life of a style blogger…

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wool coat

Outfit details:

skirt: Zara / top: Boden / cardigan: Brora (old) / 

coat: Hobbs (old) / bag: Chanel / boots: Caprice (old)

What do you do on days when you hate everything in your wardrobe?



Linking up with: 

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  1. jodie filogomo
    1 December 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Hilarious especially because it's the truth. Although I have to disagree about the bad hair day—mine looks tons worse when I'm having a good hair day!!

    • Tiina L
      4 December 2016 / 12:17 pm

      Thanks, Jodie, that is so sweet of you. I think every curly girl thinks (at least sometimes) that naturally curly hair is a curse rather than a blessing. Or maybe it's just control freaks like me…

  2. No Fear of Fashion
    2 December 2016 / 7:21 am

    Girl you look fantastic. Immediately when I opened your post I thought "Hello, this is different for Tiina and how good it looks on her". It is a lovely silhouette. The colours go well together, especially the cardigan and top with the coat. I might have chosen black boots but I am rather conservative. There isn't any reason why you couldn't wear the brown. This outfit is really flattering and fun. You see… when in need you get creative and you think outside the box. Had a good laugh over your story. Very recognisable.GreetjePS your hair is too beautiful to ever ruin your looks

    • Tiina L
      4 December 2016 / 12:21 pm

      You're so right Greetje, we need to think outside the box and try new things. I absolutely adored this skirt when I got it. I guess it reminds me of the dresses I used to wear as a little girl. But I do find it a bit of a challenge to style as I am a minimalist at heart and I like to keep things simple. But, life is a learning process, and so is style…

  3. Nancy's Fashion Style
    2 December 2016 / 11:43 am

    For someone who gets treated on a fancy night out, youre complaining a lot!😂😂😂😂😂 Hahaha, Oh my .But I agree with Greetje, the first thing I thought was Wow, what a stunning skirt. And the colors of your blouse and cardigan are so very pretty! And I also agree with Jodie about your hair! Couldn t said it any better!

    • Tiina L
      4 December 2016 / 12:25 pm

      I know, it's horrible, so ungrateful of me… But I don't like surprises, and I don't want to be underdressed, or overdressed.Oh yes, the hair… Let's just say I have a love-hate relationship with my hair: 90% hate and the rest 'oh whatever'…

  4. Suzanne Carillo
    2 December 2016 / 3:30 pm

    Ha ha! Tell it like it is sister! : ) Love the wild skirt.bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      4 December 2016 / 12:26 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne! The skirt is fun, I have to admit that.

    • Tiina L
      4 December 2016 / 12:27 pm

      Thanks, Ada. Yes, the skirt would be a great piece for a party outfit, I should think how to style it…

  5. Natalia Lialina
    3 December 2016 / 4:57 am

    Funny and so true! But I can tell you feel beautiful and free wearing this skirt! And that means it's a wonderful outfit to wear on this particular dinner date! 🙂

    • Tiina L
      4 December 2016 / 12:29 pm

      Thanks, Natalia. I really like the skirt. And it can be dressed up or down, and worn even in winter.

  6. Patti
    4 December 2016 / 11:40 pm

    So funny and it sounds so familiar! That skirt is all kinds of fabulous. thanks for linking up, xoPatti

    • Tiina L
      5 December 2016 / 4:37 pm

      Thanks, Patti!

  7. Jill James
    5 December 2016 / 9:08 am

    I understand totally Tiina , the thought of a surprise is a good one but like you I like to know where I am going and be dressed appropriately. I love this tiered skirt on you and you have styled it to perfection.

    • Tiina L
      5 December 2016 / 4:38 pm

      Exactly! I like surprise, as long as I can prepare for them…

  8. Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    5 December 2016 / 12:10 pm

    So funny … yes, sounds like me. My husband is mister change-plans so I never know what to wear anywhere! Last weekend he swore we were doing grubby errands and then on a whim he decides to go to the fanciest shopping area in town (and no matter what I'm wearing, I can never say no to that!) … Anyway … ramble ramble … that skirt! I want it!!!!! And you look great, Dear.OXOXDawn Lucy

    • Tiina L
      5 December 2016 / 4:40 pm

      Thanks! Oh yes, having to be prepared for anything all the time sure makes dressing a bit of a challenge. 😉

  9. Ruth Maldonado
    7 December 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Thank you because even though this sounds hilarious this is the fashion blogger in me too! I love it! You still look great!

    • Tiina L
      9 December 2016 / 8:33 am

      Thanks, Ruth!

  10. Jessica Jannenga
    8 December 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Very true Tiina! There are days.. I usually will find a comfy dress when I may want to wear yoga pants but that wont cut it for a nice restaurant. Love the vibrant blue cardi on you with the green/blue print blouse. The skirt I love! 'Hope you had a wonderful time out!thanks for linking up with Turning heads tuesdayjess

    • Tiina L
      9 December 2016 / 8:34 am

      Thanks, Jessica. If only we could find comfy dresses that also look fabulous…

  11. J. Elle
    8 December 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Hahaha! I loved reading this post and could identify so well with all you had to say. I can see why you became obsesses with wanting to wear this skirt – it is adorable. Thanks so much for linking up with Fabulous Friday! Also, I am currently looking for co-hosts, so I hope you will consider the opportunity.

    • Tiina L
      9 December 2016 / 8:36 am

      Thanks, Jennie. Yes, we all have those days… Life is not always perfect, even for a style blogger.

  12. Bettye Rainwater
    10 December 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Such a fun and feminine skirt! I can't wait to see how you style it next time!Bettye

    • Tiina L
      13 December 2016 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks, Bettye. I have a few ideas for the skirt, so stay tuned..

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