Firstly thank you for all your emails and comments regarding the haircut. Short hair can be polarizing at the best of times – never mind when it it is as short or severe as mine currently is! So it’s reassuring to hear so many positive views – thank you! For those that asked here are my Ginnifer Goodwin inspiration photos that I took to my hairdresser. I think she looks amazing with short hair!
So when sporting a severe, short chop it is risky territory starting a blogpost with ‘Menswear’ as the title. Personally I think it can be done if you keep the colors feminine and the make-up soft as I have here. I have wanted a pair of Oxfords/Brogues for sometime, and after Kat highlighted the Clarks Hamble Oak in nude, I picked a pair up while I was back in the UK. Much cheaper than the Boden version I’d been eyeing (though I do still love the off white version), and they are incredibly comfortable worn without socks – they do fit big in my opinion – I’m normally a UK 6 and these are a 5 1/2.
Here are some of my favorite looks with Oxfords (although all of them have long hair darn it!). The key for me is to keep the ankles on show, which again helps to keep the look a bit more feminine.
And of course the Queen of oxfords – Alexa Chung – I LOVE this look:
And here is my interpretation today:
Trousers – J.Crew Café Capri in Jade (bought in sale) // Shirt – J.Crew gingham boyfriend shirt // Shoes – Clarks Hamble Oak // Jacket – Boden jersey blazer (old)
Okay so I know I said I was trying to grow my hair and many of you were very good at encouraging me but I have no staying power. Actually I polled a couple of people who I knew would give me their honest opinion. One being MM who said even though he likes my hair long he prefers it short. This kinda made me question my sanity. Why would I go through the hell of growing my hair, especially in the heat and humidity of an Atlanta summer when MM prefers it short? In addition to that, and more importantly I think, I actually prefer it short – I feel like the real me with it short if that makes sense…? So instead of opting for a painful summer of bouffant frizz I booked myself in to see my favorite hairdresser O’Neil at Van Michael in Virginia Highlands. He seemed quite happy to see me back and though we agreed that as short as my previous cut was not for me, he also agreed that he favors short hair on me – so he proceeded to de-mullet me. I now know for sure that I am a short hair kinda gal as I immediately felt groomed, sassy and a little more urban and a little less mumsy. Hurray for that hey?
I told you yesterday that I had ordered the Zara Basic sandal – sad news folks I had to cancel the order. On a whim I popped into the store here to see if they had the black in my size but it turns out no size is my size. My feet are too wide to get in them so my little toes were left perching over the front strap – not a good look. The search for the perfect sandal for my feet continues. It has to be said though if you have narrower feet and regular toes the sandals are gorgeous. In order to raise my spirits again I headed into H&M for a ‘browse’. Now in my case there is no such thing as just a browse in H&M – I always see something worth buying. Today I got 3 fabulous linen blend long sleeve tops from their Basics line – coral, cream and brown – at $17.95 each they are perfect for throwing on over a tank. I’ve trawled their website and can’t find an image so will post a photo soon.
To help take me from 40 year old mom to 40 year old hot chick (tongue in cheek here Daily Mail readers!!) I wore my AllSaints Coli top, Gap black legging jeans and my lovely Sam Edelman Alvin loafers.