Sunday, June 1, 2014

Skirts and booze

Another weekend over. It was a big one, with a friend's 50th birthday party. The Herve Leger dress got an outing, but we forgot to take any pics. Now we have a few weekends of not too much going on, and a holiday coming up in July.
All of these celebrations have made me realise that I'm not nearly as drinking fit as I used to be.
In the good ole days, I could handle booze far better: a big night (like A's party on Saturday) would have given me a bit of a headache, but I'd have been up and about and almost fully-functioning.
Yesterday, however, I'm sorry to say that I stayed in bed 'til 10:30, then lazed around the house complaining until 3pm. Shocking!
I need to get on a drinking fitness programme quick smart. I'm thinking a couple of gins a day and a glass or two of wine. That should get me back in shape!

Anyway, as promised, here are some pictures of my two new skirt purchases. 
Up first is the el cheapo TopShop one, that I ordered as an extra with M's birthday clothes so that we could get free shipping.
It's a jersey tube skirt, so nothing too posh. I like the pattern, but am a bit cross that it doesn't match at the seams. Nonetheless, it's a useful skirt, and it cheered me up to have a new skirt!
I got it in Petite UK 6, and the fit is great.

Next skirt was bought in a second hand shop. It's black velvet! I don't know about you, but I am a bit of  a sucker for velvet. Cheap, shiny synthetic velvet is a total horror, but I love a bit of high quality velvet. I once had a pair of olive green velvet pants that I wore until they were threadbare.
This skirt is made of a very thick cotton velvet - seems to be great quality. It's very high-waisted and fitted:


Not sure if you can see it so well in my terrible selfies. I'm wearing it with a grey J Crew tee, not very glam, but I'm sure I'll be a bit more imaginative in future wearings.
It's a bit cocktail-y, but I'll be wearing it for work.


Outfit from last week. Frame denim jeans, Everlane blouse (how I wish Everlane shipped to Aus. I LOVE their silk blouses), Jenny Kee scarf and Ferragamo old lady shoes.

What do you think about velvet? Are you a fan or not?
Can you drink or are you a total cheap date like me?
Any suggestions for getting my drinking fitness back?

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  1. Ya know, I find the bathroom shots funny but they really have good lighting don't they? Skirts look great. Pants look great. Emily is always making me do these 30 day challenges...30 day butt and gut, 30 day squat, etc. I looked but could not find a 30 day booze challenge. Funny, they do have a 30 day NO alcohol challenge. Now that would be torture.

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    1. Haha! A 30 day booze challenge would be very amusing!
      The light in the bedroom at home is terrible for selfies, but I love it for the soft focus look it gives my face! It’s always a bit of a shock when I see myself in the work loo mirror, as the light is very bright….

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  2. Why don't you use a parcel forwarder for Everlane? I get my US goodies sent via Shipito.

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    1. Hi Perth Shoegirl, I should use a parcel forwarder, but I guess I'm just a bit too mean to pay the extra... I'm so used to cheap or free shipping that it annoys me to have to spend $40+ on top of a purchase.
      I used to use parcel it on, but the savings just didn't seem enough to merit doing it.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting... I will think about shipito. Do you recommend them?

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    2. I wait until I have a few parcels in my mailbox before consolidation. Yes, I would recommend shipito.

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  3. Love a black velvet skirt! I'd buy more skirts if I could easily fit in them without always having to alter...ps I one take a vitamin b tablet when I know I'm drinking and it really helps!

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    1. Vitamin B tablets are a great idea! thanks for the suggestion.
      Having to alter items is very annoying. I buy far less than I otherwise might for that reason.

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  4. love velvet, though I have little of it. As for drinking, i am really cutting back. trying to treat myself better!

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    1. I cut back just over a year ago when I had ankle surgery, but now it seems that I can't handle it at all, which is Not Good!!
      It's hard to get the balance right....

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  5. Love the velvet skirt, there's nothing like a good bargain - I was in a local clothing recycle/ consignment store picking up money from selling my Mum's remaining things, and spied a coat dress on a rack - I was drawn in by the collar and the quality of the wool from a distance. I pulled it out and it was a Norman Hartnell couture coat dress from the early 1960's. Black, 3/4 sleeves, slight Aline skirt in a heavy wool crepe with black fur (real, not sure what sort of fur exactly) around the cuffs and hem. Absolutely beautiful, mint condition and $150. Unfortunately probably a size 12-14 and for someone taller than 5'4". For a moment I considered having it taken in, but thought that would ruin it most likely. Sigh. Hopefully it goes to a good home.
    No advice on drinking fitness. I'm still recovering from my Saturday night out, and we won't discuss what my husband was like the morning after the ball....! xx

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    1. Wow Heidi, that Hartnell coat dress sounds amazing! What a shame it was too big - did you try it on just in case? I have a Jean Muir jacket from the late 70s that is a size 12 and fits me - it just goes to show that vanity sizing is out of control these days!!
      Sounds as if we both need to get on the Milk Thistle and vitamin B!
      J was in a shocking state too - so I can imagine how Mr AV was!

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    2. It didn't have a size in it, as it was obviously made to measure... but just by eyeballing it, it was def too big for me. So SAD! Your Jean Muir jacket sounds fab. And totally agree about vanity sizing. I have no idea what I actually am now. I seem to comfortably fit a lot of US 2's now, whereas 5 years ago I was a definite 4-6. And back around 20 years ago a size 6, yet was thinner than I am now. Annoying!

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  6. Beautiful skirts! I bought a very similar black velvet skirt from Brooks Brothers this past winter, I adore velvet.
    I'm with Naomi, take a B vitamin supplement, apparently our B vitamins are depleted by drinking. Also milk thistle is good for strengthening the liver, not a joke I took one dose a day for two months before we went to France for 3 weeks the summer of 2011 and I was a champion drinker!

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    1. Right, I am definitely going on the milk thistle and vitamin B!
      I remember your Brooks Brothers skirt - it's lovely!

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  7. Hello Ruth,

    We love the idea of your wearing something 'cocktaily' to work. Yes, the workplace can be a true horror so something to liven it all up sounds perfect. The velvet skirt should do the trick nicely and, perhaps, a Manhatten or Mojito in the lunch break (or at your desk if you are feeling particularly brave) might also assist you with your drinking challenge!

    Needs must, of course, but we have always thought work to be overrated. However, we do believe that if you set your mind to it you really could set your workplace alive. By the way, we adore the Ferragamo shoes....old lady or not!

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance,
      What a fabulous idea! I think I will try it out, although perhaps on a Friday when I don't have much on!
      Back in the Good Old Days when I worked in London, we would almost always do a long lunch with wine on Thursday and Friday. Occasionally, the pub would swallow us up on a Friday and we never did make it back to work.... I miss those days!
      Unfortunately, the work ethic in Aus is going the way of the US: long hours, obsession with working overtime for no extra money and a generally silly attitude to work!
      Thanks for your kind words about the Ferragamos. I love them too!

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  8. You are sleek as a whippet. I can't take bathroom selfies, no full mirrors, I am missing out in the good lighting. Three drinks is my absolute limit, I refuse to ever have another hangover.
    Velvet gives me the heebie jeebies, it's just one of those thongs that I personally don't like.

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    1. A velvet thong...oh my ;)

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    2. Ha! love the idea of a velvet thong!
      Thanks Tabs - my selfies are pretty terrible, really. The lighting at home is awful, but the lighting at work is almost worse: far too bright for my collapsing face!
      I would love to never experience another hangover ever!

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  9. I love both choices,they look very Ruth to me. I dont own any velvet,nor have i owned any( gasp), except maybe as little girl my mom forced me in a velvet dress.
    I am not a big drinker( hard alcohol), but i love wine or an occasional beer. Dont laugh,but i have never been drunk,so no drinking advice from me!

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    1. Thank you Ina! I reckon you could rock some velvet pants!?

      I'm so impressed that you've never been drunk! I think I spent most of my youth at bit tiddly!!

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  10. "I need to get on a drinking fitness programme quick smart. I'm thinking a couple of gins a day and a glass or two of wine. That should get me back in shape!"

    Jolly good on you Ruth, its a tough job but someone's got to do it. And i can see partaking of various artisinal gins in that very cool plaid skirt you have on

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    1. Teehee! I'm not on the programme yet - too much stuff that require my brain to work!
      Artisinal gins sound perfect :-)

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  11. Just had a nosy around your blog...love thisFor Sale
    If you're a petite person - size 6 UK/Aus, size 0/2 US, check here as I'll be selling my soul wardrobe from time-to-time

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    1. Bloody hell! I'd completely forgotten about that page!
      I should post some pics of the stuff I should sell!

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  12. What Dani said about milk thistle. It's a good supplement. I just try to drink much slower. Wine is good for that so I don't have to worry about melting ice. You look smashing in both skirts.

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    1. Thanks Gigi!
      Wine is my poison... I can just gulp it down!

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  13. You're looking fine in the pencil skirts and you're supposed to hear the fine as a multisyllable word ;) Love velvet but hate the cheap stuff, especially the kind that is so synthetic it feels like cardboard, yuck.

    I'm no help at all on booze, I get tipsy on half a beer or glass of wine, a total cheap date!

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