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Walking The High Line

Chunky Zara scarfWhen we booked our trip to New York, visiting The High Line was at the top of my wishlist of places to visit, and I’m so pleased we managed to fit it in.

The High Line is a park built on top of old freight train tracks and runs along Manhattan’s Lower West Side. Flowers and trees have been planted among the tracks and the park stretches on for about 20 blocks, allowing for elevated views of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.

Walking along it on Sunday morning was one of the highlights of the weekend – due to the elevation it feels secluded and yet you’re also completely in the thick of it, walking inches away from apartment blocks, walls of graffiti and of course all the other tourists. The park is less than eight years old and although it’s a very urban space, the plants and trees within it ground it, making it feel like nature has taken over and claimed back a disused part of New York.

We were really lucky with the weather while we were there but it was still a little cooler than San Francisco, so I layered up with one of my favourite thrift shop finds and Mr Ship-Shape’s oversized Zara scarf for the day. Peek a little closer and you can also see the sensible socks poking out the top of my boots – not exactly pretty, but definitely practical.

I’m going to put together a photo diary of our time in New York soon, but if you’re planning on heading over there anytime soon, I can’t recommend visiting The High Line enough, it really is a brilliant way to explore the West Side.

Tartan cardigan – thrift shop / Beige t-shirt –  clothes swap / Black leggings – Primark (menswear) / Black and red scarf – Zara (menswear) / Red leather satchel – c/o Dr Martens / Tan brogue ankle boots – Kurt Geiger

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Peachy Keen Clothes Swappin’ Shirt

Peachy keen clothes swap shirtPrepare for another love it or hate it outfit choice from yours truly. When I first clocked this vintage, over-sized peach blouse at November’s blogger clothes swap, I made a beeline for it and couldn’t put it down. The colour, the neckline and the embroidered back panel were (and are) so unique, like nothing else I own. Just like the chain print shirt that recently appeared on the blog, I have Emily to thank for bringing this shirt to trade.

We took our books to the park at the weekend and it was warm enough that I could just about get away with pairing this blouse with my favourite denim shorts. Despite what my Instagram feed might suggest, the weather here does fluctuate quite a lot, so like a true Brit, I’m the first to get my legs out when the opportunity arises.

Golden Gate Park is dotted with lots attractions, one of which is the Conservatory of Flowers, where these photos were taken. One day I’ll have to venture inside, but, as beautiful as it is, an oversized greenhouse wasn’t the place to be on a sweltering weekend afternoon! I definitely want to go back though, as the building itself is beautiful and reminds me of London’s Kew Gardens.

With the glitter and tan ankle boots this outfit is almost borderline country ‘n’ western for me, even a little bit LA, which is handy as we’re going there at the weekend for a few days. I haven’t been in years, so do any of you have any recommendations for what to see and do while we’re there?

Peach blouse –  clothes swap / Stonewashed ‘boyfriend’ shorts  – c/o New Look, Cabot Circus / Brown canvas backpack and brown leather belt – both H&M (menswear) / Tan and gold ankle boots – New Look

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Point Break Shirts and 100% Pure (Clothes Swap) Adrenaline

Patrick Swayze inspired outfitFirst things first, have you ever watched the classic early1990s thriller Point Break, starring bank robber Patrick Swayze and conflicted cop Keanu Reeves? Because if you haven’t then you might be wondering what this post title has to do with my outfit.

The film was released in 1991, which is pretty much the late 80s as far as advances in fashion went at the time, and whenever I wear this oversized chain print shirt, I can’t help but feeling liking I’ve stolen it straight of Bodhi/Swayze’s back. Although he probably would have turned his nose up at it in favour of a wetsuit, it’s what I think of every darn time.

I actually found it at last year’s blogger clothes swap after Emily brought it to trade (along with another fantastically ugly-but-I-love-it shirt that will pop up on here at some point). The beautiful bag is also a clothes swap find from a few years ago, and while it’s not the most practical size-wise, I love the laser cut detailing and metal clasp.

Is it too much of a cliche to say that I can’t believe it’s February, and question how quickly the year has gone already? We have friends coming over from the UK later this month and it won’t be long before we start planning my birthday, which might involve a little trip to New York, eep!

How is February treating you so far, brah?

Cream chain print shirt –  clothes swap / Grey cropped t-shirt  – Zara / Faux leather panel leggings – Primark / Tan leather bag – clothes swap (a different one) / Black ‘Anton’ ankle boots – c/o DUO

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How to De-Clutter Your Wardrobe in 5 Easy Steps

How to De-Clutter Your WardrobeJanuary is a month of reinvention for many – from starting a new fitness regime to trying to eat better, it’s the month of the detox, the goal setting and plan making. If this time of year is making you think about spring cleaning your closet and tackle your ever expanding floordrobe, then here are my tried and tested tips for de-cluttering your clothes.

Empty Everything

Drawers, wardrobe, rail – the lot. Instead of trying to take unwanted items out, start with an empty space and that way, when you’ve finished organising your outfits, you’ll only be putting clothes back in that you really love and want to wear.

Phone a Friend

If you’re anything like me, you might need to call in the cavalry for a serious de-cluttering session. Before I moved to the States two of my best girls came over for the evening and helped me suss out what I really needed to take. We ate chocolate, tried on multiple different outfits and they offered brutally honest opinions on what suited me and what didn’t.  Make sure to pick a friend/s that you trust and who will give you an honest opinion on that burnt orange and black feather pencil skirt…

Bag It Up

I find it useful to have different reusable carrier bags at the ready – one headed for the charity shop, one for the recycling bin and one for clothes swaps. Sorting out your clothes and separating them immediately will curb your desire to go rummaging back into the cast-offs pile as soon as the coast is clear. If there are some items that you haven’t worn in ages but aren’t sure that you want to part with, place them in a box or bag at the back of your wardrobe for six months – if you don’t take anything out once six months have passed, take the bag straight to a charity shop – without looking inside!

Organise Like a Pro

Find a system that will help you to pick out your outfit quickly – this could be organising your clothes into colours, splitting them into type (dresses, shirts, trousers etc) or grouping together in different categories, such as smart, evening-wear, casual, work etc. Personally I like to organise my wardrobe by type of garment, then colour-code it. Yep, I’m that geeky.

One In, One Out

You’ve finally gotten to a point where your wardrobe or closet isn’t bursting at the seams (woo-hoo!) so don’t spoil it by over-stuffing it with new clothes. To keep unnecessary clothing clutter at bay, use the one in, one out method. It’s easy to do – every time you buy  a new item of clothing, get rid of an old one to make space for it. You could donate it to charity, take it to a clothes swap or if it’s too far gone then put it in your recycling bin.

Additional tips:
It wouldn’t hurt to give the inside of your wardrobe a clean while it’s empty, so grab a duster and some polish before you place any clothes back inside
Make the most of what storage you have – under-bed boxes are great for storing shoes and bags
Aim to de-clutter twice a year – once in January and then again in autumn, ready for winter

So that’s it – a few (hopefully helpful) tips on de-cluttering your clothes to start the year afresh. How often do you detox your wardrobe?

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Bike Rides and Bacon Butties

vintage cross stitch white blouseHasn’t the spate of warm dry weather been rather lovely? It’s stopped me from browsing all the A/W clothes that have hit the shops and I haven’t even looked at a pair of tights since May – proof if proof were needed that summer is still clinging on, in Bristol at least.

One of my favourite weekend pastimes when the weather is good is to cycle along the Bristol to Bath cycle path with Mr Ship-Shape. One day I’ll make it all the way there and back (a round trip of about 34 miles) but for this trip we settled on cycling out to Warmley, where an old station platform has been transformed into a small cafe serving tea, cake and bacon butties. It’s a brilliant and incredibly popular rest stop, especially now that a garden has opened out the back, which includes a public loo disguised as Doctor Who’s tardis…

This blouse is vintage, a new purchase that I found in RePsycho on Gloucester Road. It’s made of white cheesecloth and is covered in a cross stitched pattern of red, green and pale blue lines. It was only £10, and while it was probably owned by a hippy from Stroud, I like to think it could have been worn in 60s San Francisco during the Summer of Love.

As a side note, I’ve started using Photoshop to edit my photos and have been playing around with Actions in my last few posts. I’m wondering if a) you’ve noticed (which could be for good or bad reasons) and b) if there are any free actions you use/have used that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Embroidered cheesecloth blouse – RePsycho / Indigo shorts – clothes swap / White plimsoles – c/o Toast / Sunglasses – Primark (old)

Ebroidered cheescloth vintage blouseRelaxing in the sun at WarmleyPurple flower beds at WarmleyWhite embroidered blouse and denim shortsCake and bike helmetsBumble bee having a tasteLife is good cycle signA summer cycling outfitBikes at Warmley rest stop

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