On Playing Matchy Matchy and Bad Hair Days…

Hobbs trench

Yes, we all know I like blue…

But is this too much blue? Is there such a thing as too much blue?

This coat is the exact same colour as the blue in the skirt, so I just had to put together a smart-casual outfit inspired by that 60’s matchy-matchy look. You know: a dress or a skirt in the same colour as the coat, with perfectly colour-coordinated accessories. I’ve always loved that look. It’s so put-together and polished, and usually comes with flawless make up and perfect hair…

trench coat

Ah, perfect hair…

My pet grievance… Yes, I know, we all want to change something about our bodies, and we should stop it because it’s not healthy and we really should accept our bodies as they are etc etc…

Let me just say that as someone who has been at war with her hair her entire life, what I really would like to have is perfect hair. The sort of well-behaved, low-maintenance hair that always looks good, and done, like Diane Lockhart’s in The Good Wife…Yes, that’s my idea of the perfect hair. And I will never have hair like that, never mind what I do. And yes, I know that sort of hair takes some work, too.

clarks shoes

I’ve had more or less the same hairstyle my entire life, and that’s not going to change. But I can get a new haircut, you say, maybe a fringe, or a pixie cut even… Been there, done that. My mother was a hairdresser, there’s very little that hasn’t been done to my hair. And yet, it always looks the same.

That’s the curse of curly hair: you can try to change it, but it will always have the last word. You may want the side part on the right, your hair wants it on the left… you may want to try a short hairstyle… and you end up looking like a cartoon character whose hair stands up, literally… As I said: been there, done that.

What you usually see in my photos is my hair after it has been blow-dried into submission, i.e. the curly mess tamed into looser waves. On a good day it looks decent. Not polished, or done, but OK. But there is no such thing as a good hair day: as soon as I step outdoors, my hair reacts to the elements. There is ‘windy day hair’ (= a mess), ‘rainy day hair (= a very curly mess), and the’ hot and humid day hair´ (remember that episode of Friends when Monica’s hair got huge because of humidity?)…

Jigsaw skirt

I’m wearing:
trench: Hobbs / skirt: Jigsaw (old) / shoes: Clarks / bag: Chanel / sunglasses: Prada (old)

How do you feel about being matchy-matchy?

And, more importantly, what do you do when you’re having a bad hair day? 

Please tell me you have bad hair days, too…



Linking up with: 

Sydney Fashion HunterThe Pleated PoppyGet Your Pretty OnHappiness at Mid-Life

A Labour of LifeDoused in PinkCurly Crafty MomFashion Should Be FunRachel the Hat,
Style Elixir


  1. josep-maria badia
    22 April 2015 / 12:39 pm

    I like the print of the skirt, and the blue color of the coat. The blue bandanna is a touch of elegance.

    • Tiina L
      23 April 2015 / 5:36 am

      Thanks. Blue seems to be the colour of the year for me, judging by how many blue clothes I have…

  2. Suzanne Carillo
    22 April 2015 / 2:08 pm

    I love all the blues. Well I wish I had some curl to my hair. It would give it some body. My hair is flat, bone straight and fine. I have to wet set it overnight to get it to take some curl. But we always want what we don't have in life. bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      23 April 2015 / 5:42 am

      You're definitely right: we all probably want what we don't have… As my mother used to say, it always looks easier when it's someone else's head. She also had very fine, bone straight hair, and used to tell me I was 'lucky' to at least have some body in my very fine hair. Needless to say I disgareed, doing everything possible to iron out the crazy curls going in all directions…

  3. Marea Dotz
    22 April 2015 / 3:12 pm

    I think the trench and the skirt look great together–that jewel-tone blue on you is perfect so no, it's not too much blue. Love the graffiti-splattered backdrops.

    • Tiina L
      23 April 2015 / 5:44 am

      Thanks, Marea. I have been buying so much blue lately that I was beginning to wonder if I should start trying on some other colours for change.

  4. Doused In Pink
    23 April 2015 / 11:19 am

    I don't think you can have too much blue! It looks great on you! Love your trench!JillDoused In Pink

    • Tiina L
      24 April 2015 / 6:52 am

      Thanks, Jill.

  5. Carrie
    23 April 2015 / 2:10 pm

    I don't think you can wear too much blue, that blue trench is lovely! I have curly hair, too and I am always styling it differently then how it really looks! It is such a battle and then the humidity and rain comes out and all my hard work goes to frizz! 🙁

    • Tiina L
      24 April 2015 / 6:53 am

      Thanks, Carrie. I know exactly what you mean: so much time and effort doing your hair, and then it all goes to frizz in a second…

  6. A Labour of Life
    24 April 2015 / 2:09 am

    I love all the blue and that background as well, Sometimes I love matchy matchy. Thanks for linking up and I hope to see you next week

    • Tiina L
      24 April 2015 / 6:55 am

      Thanks, Linda.

  7. Dawn Lucy
    24 April 2015 / 4:58 pm

    Love all the blue and your hair is pretty! Have a fab weekend and thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!OXOXDawn Lucyhttp://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

    • Tiina L
      25 April 2015 / 6:40 pm


  8. Alice Warren
    26 April 2015 / 1:16 am

    Grass is always greener on the other side, I would love to have some curls to add body to my hair. I have the straight flat hair and that's the only way it will stay. I love this skirt and shades of blue on you.Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!Alicewww.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Tiina L
      27 April 2015 / 1:15 pm

      Yes, I agree: we always want what we don't have…

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