Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Project 333: A Week Three Round-up

I am still adoring all things Project 333.

Looking over the day sets I've created in Polyvore this morning its occurred to me that I have only actually had two days in the last 23 that I've worn the same outfit. Bizarre that I'm wearing far more variety of outfits even though I've got much less to choose from in my wardrobe.

Here's week three's selection:

Monday 16th June (office):

Tuesday 17th June (Office):

Yes, you can wear the same cardigan two days in a row and no one notices. Honest! LOL.

Wednesday 18th June (Office):

Thursday 19th June (Office - the Federal Agent outfit!):

Friday 20th June (Manning our stand at the University Open Day):

Saturday 21st June (Trip to town, out to eat and cinema):

Sunday 22nd June (Dog walking and pottering at home):

I'm still on the look out for my little black dress for my Autumn/Winter look. I have a very specific idea of what I want this dress to do so finding one is proving a pain. It needs to fulfil a lot of functions this dress:

1) be smart enough to stand alone as a dress
2) work as a skirt under a top or jumper/sweater
3) look ok with tight/leggings/bare legs
4) be able to fit a shirt underneath
5) be comfortable for casual wear as well as work wear
6) look ok with flat, heels and riding boots.
7) be easy to care for.

It's a tough call for one little piece of clothing! I'm pondering with the idea of making a dress rather than buying one at the moment. I found this vintage pattern on sale so have ordered this, which is a possible option if I can find the right fabric:

I like the fact that its got a good A line shape (I don't want anything too fitted) and the neck line is good for fitting a shirt underneath (like this):

Plus the fact that it's sleeveless means it won't be too hot to layer under a top or jumper like this:

Whether it will work will ultimately depend on whether I can find the right fabric (I'm thinking probably a thin wool like a gabardine in black) and whether or not I'm capable of following a sewing pattern for the first time in about 8 years!

It hasn't arrived yet (hasn't even been dispatched! Come on Jaycotts, sort yourselves out!) but when it comes I'll be perusing the fabric store in the hopes of finding something just right.


Thursday, 19 June 2014

A week three moment.

Four days into week 3 of my Project 33 experiment, I'm wearing this outfit:

That shirt is quite fitted and I'm wearing it tucked into my trousers.
Every time I see myself in the mirror I think I look like a Federal Agent! LOL. Makes me want to be toting a gun and a shiny badge. Hmmmm, I wonder why this might be? Lets examine the evidence shall we? FBI, NCIS, CSI. Take your pick.....

Yep. All rocking the shirt tuckage! LOL.


Project 333: Week Two and a trip to Bonny Scotland.

Onwards into week two (although I'm already nearly through week 3! Where is the time going?).

Only 5 outfits from my P333 wardrobe this week as Saturday and Sunday were a little unusual. We took a 480 mile round trip at the weekend to this place:

This is Duncarron Medieval Village in the Carron Valley in Scotland. Duncarron is eventually going to be a full sized replica of a medieval fortified village. A sort of "living musesum" where people will be able to go to learn about Scottish heritage from the medieval period. Owned and run by the Clanranald Trust the village is being built using donations and volunteer help.
They hold several events there throughout the year and at the weekend it was their "Spirit of Duncarron" event. Lots of fabulous celtic music supplied by the Clanranald Trust band "Soar Patrol" and also "The Dolmen" plus loads of other activities like archery, axe throwing (yes, axe-throwing, with  actual metal axes. The kids loved it!), a working blacksmith's forge and a host of stalls with jewellery, weaponry etc.
We had an amazing time there on the Saturday of the event. The kids made quick friends with the other children there and had a great time running around the village with wooden swords and shields hatching plans of war and raids and ambushes. Probably the most exciting part of the weekend was getting to meet this guy in the flesh though:

This is the wonderfully handsome "Odin". The resident Duncarron dog who inspired our choice of Newfoundland/St Bernard cross as our puppy of choice. If it wasn't for this dude then we wouldn't have the lovely Jethro as part of our family now. It was quite funny that so many of the visitors mistook Jethro for Odin throughout the day (even to the point of stopping to take photos of Jethro and Kendo (who was dressed up in his Viking LARPing garb).

Jethro wasn't quite sure what to make of the giant doggy who was just like him. He was a little calmer than his usual bonkers self. I think he was deferring to the giantness of Odin - finally a dog bigger than him! The seemed to get along just fine though.

And Yes. That is how big our puppy is going to get. Still some more growing in that boy yet.
Amidst all the excitement Ewan still found time to test his sword on Dad:
And we got to watch the Clanranald warriors show off their Shiltron skills:
More on that here if you find it interesting, this is from the "Quest for Bannockburn" documentary which was shown on the BBC recently.
For once we managed to get a family photo on a day out (courtesy of this nice gentleman). This is Rosie, the battering ram, which was used in the Robin Hood film starring Russell Crowe:
 Enough with all things Scottish and Medieval. We'll be back to that later in the year when we go back for their Halloween festivities :)
In terms of wardrobe Saturday and Sunday mostly saw me in pieces that hadn't made the P333 wardrobe cut. Those combats and my walking boots for example, and jeans and a shiny new Duncarron T-shirt for the Sunday. The working week had panned out like this though:



Still loving the limited selection (but noticing I have to be much more mindful of the laundry timings!).

I'm on the hunt for a few pieces which will make up the swaps for my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. Currently I'm looking for a little black dress (I know exactly what I want this dress to look like and how I want to wear it. I just need to find it which is bound to be a challenge!), a cream fine knit sweater, a navy cable knit sweater and a burgundy cardigan and I should be good to go.

I did have the opportunity for a little sneak shoe shopping this week (courtesy of birthday vouchers from my lovely team at work). I've been saying for an age that I am going to stop buying cheap shoes that don't last me but will instead invest in some decent shoes from Clarks (which tend to last a lifetime). As they've got an ubersale on at the moment I bought these babies:

Astra Katelina

Which pretty much match everything in my wardrobe and will hopefully see me through a good few seasons.

Back next week with a week 3 run down.



Monday, 9 June 2014

Project 333: Week One

I had written an individual post for Day two but then got scuppered by the goings on in work last week. I work in a sixth form college which offers HE provision in association with a local University. The agency which inspects this type of provision in the UK is called QAA (the Quality Assurance Agency). They  arrived at college on Tuesday for the first day of a 3 day inspection (where they will grilled us and scrutinised our provision). It was little scary and a lot of hard work.

So, last week's wardrobe had to be smart, and practical. As the administrator for the programmes the week involved a lot of running around, chasing up people and paper work, making drinks, dishing out the biscuits and generally making sure things ran as smoothly as they could. That meant comfy shoes, comfy trousers and a top that wasn't going to make me sweat like a pig!

Here's how the week panned out:

Tuesday 3rd:

Wednesday 4th:

Thursday 5th:

Friday 6th:

Saturday 7th:

Sunday 8th*:

*the white cami isn't in my 33. I wear it as underwear beneath the lace grey jumper so don't count it.
Lessons from week one then?
  • I should wear the grey blazer more. I really like it, its comfortable and loads of people said I looked great that day.
  • I'm really, really not sure about the coral coloured cardigan. Hmmmmm. I shall have to live with it for the next few weeks but I don't think it will make the cut in the long run. I'm still trying to figure out what it is that makes me not love it. I'm thinking it's probably the length.
  • P333 makes laundry a peculiar entity. Yes, I have loads less to do, but now I actually have to DO it! LOL. No waiting round as I get to the bottom of my endless wardrobe. If I don't wash it, I'm going to have a week of naked! Yikes!
There are a tonne of great bloggers out there doing Project 333. I particularly love Janice Rigg's blog The Vivienne Files. I particularly like her "Getting dress with 33" posts where she breaks down her selections by "What I know", "What I Want" and "What I chose". With the weather being so variable here at the moment (we've been back to thunderstorms once again) and my work weeks and weekends being something of a mixed bag I need to give some thought to what the days weather is going to bring and what I'm going to be dressing for. This seems a nice simple way to get to a decision.

Right then, onwards and upwards for week two.


Monday, 2 June 2014

Project 333: Day One

 My first real day of Project 333 today. Yikes. So, if anything I think I've probably thought about clothes more in the last week than I have in months (or even years!). I'm hoping once I settle into my 33 times I'll stop thinking so much about what to pair with what (once I've got a feel for outfits I like etc).

Today's outfit is a smart casual for work. My students are officially finished so I don't need full out office wear now as a general rule. That said, for the rest of the week we have a QAA inspection team coming into inspect our provision so it will be all out best bib and tucker for Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday this week at least.

Today I wore:

1) grey blazer as a coat is its scheduled to rain today (surprise, not!)
2) Navy and white 50s Tee
3) Navy Jeggings
4) Black Mary Janes
5) Olive Green Scarf*
6) Olive Green Wood grain bangle*

I've already gone outside the accessories I'd set myself with the green stuff* but I felt it needed a pop of colour (this is the reason I didn't include my accessories in my 33 to begin with. They don't take up much room and make me feel much more "put together" when I wear them.

I even wore make up this morning! Now that doesn't happy very often (high days and holidays my Mum would have said).

I can't decide if I'm more likely to do Polyvore clips of my outfits or actual photos. I did take pics of my this morning but the lighting is not great in the room with the full length mirror (not to mention the mirror could do with a clean and it's surrounded by Grace's extensive soft toy collection!

It's here anyway:

Onwards to see how the outfit fares today :)