Me Made May ’12 – Layer up!

Trying to avoid outfit repetitions often results in a bit of creative thinking for Me Made May.

This top is actually a dress! A pretty short dress, mind you. I wear it when I’m feeling particularly scandalous. Or, you know, with a pair of tights.

But as it’s Me Made May, I thought I might pair it with my ruby red Cynthia Rowley skirt from Day 1. The result isn’t too bad – I’ve always loved the cowl neck on this dress. Note to self: make some cowl neck tops.

Not too long a blog today because I’m polishing up a feature for my final day on placement. Yesterday, I got the chance to go to a publishing conference in London, which was pretty ace! The idea of being able to pop to London on the train is surreal for a Cardiff girl used to a horrible and normally smelly drive there in a cheap as chips Megabus.

But, obviously, the best bit is the press badge. I love a good press badge, me.

Me Made May Day ’12 – The Apple of my Eye

One of the best bits of Me Made May is it gives you an excuse to get up and dress up a little, even if you’re staying in for most of the day.

With two exams on the horizon, that was what was in store for me today, but I may have got a little distracted getting dolled up for Me Made May numero uno. Today, I wore a second-hand lace top found during a lucky trip to a Swansea charity shop some time ago and another blast from the past, a bright red Cynthia Rowley-designed skirt I made while living in Germany.

As promised, I said I’d tell you a little bit about one aspect of my Me Made May outfits and I thought I’d start off with something a little bit different.

While I was still working at Lush Cosmetics, the Cardiff branch opened up a pop-up shop in the brand-new shopping centre. For the short while it was open, the staff were split between Lush on Queen Street and Lush in St David’s 2. The funniest moment came when customers asked how staff in one store felt about the other competing against it even though we were actually, for all intents and purposes, the same team.

St David’s 2 attracted a lot of brands to the city centre, including accessories specialist Ollie & Nic. Now, I’m the kind of girl who will buy the sturdiest bag possible and put it through its paces. Most of my bags are ‘Mary Poppins’ bags – i.e, I can fit just about everything in there, whether I need it or not.

But one bag really caught my eye. You know how you sometimes pass a shop and have to turn back to look at the window display and sigh? Yeah well that’s what happened whenever I saw their wicker apple bag. Totally impractical, but absolutely amazing.

Unfortunately, at £40, it was a little bit out of my price range for an impulse buy. So, every time I popped into work, I stopped to stare a little bit longer at the lovely, expensive and impractical shoulder bag. I expected it to go away when the seasons changed, but I imagine it’s quite the bestseller, because it’s stuck around since Christmas 2010.

How did I come about my little apple bag? Well, for my 23rd birthday, my Mum bought it for me, knowing how much I’d been eyeing it up. I feel bad, because it’s an expensive and impractical bag (not to mention something new during the pledge! Shh, I didn’t buy it so it doesn’t count…) BUT I LOVE IT SO.

So there’s the first of my little wardrobe diaries! It’s a little contrary to what the pledge is about – but a little treat once in a while isn’t so bad.

How’s everyone else’s Me Made Mays panning out?