I am just as comfortable knocking about home in a swishy midi skirt as I am in a pair of jeans or my pyjamas but at this time of year I am always cold. Layers are guaranteed and I think I am having circulation troubles as my extremities are often chilled to the bone when my torso feels normal. I am very seriously considering knitting myself some leg warmers for layering but for now I am inclined to put thick wooly socks on over top a thinner pair of tights. Leggings or tights with my skirts are a must, even indoors, though I am also likely to add a scarf and some fingerless gloves. There is nothing wrong with the heating in my home, it is the heating in my body that is a bit wonky. I love where I live but it is admittedly a damp climate and I am really feeling that this winter.
I've done a bit of experimenting trying to find a better photographing spot, with a good background and good light. I tried the front door, but could not escape a very yellowish cast to the light, so the colours are just not quite right in this photo. The best I could do in photo editing was to get the lighting a bit more peachy toned. These layers are a typical set of at home lagens, and I am on my way out to collect the mail so I've got my boots on. The middles layer is a cotton dress that was once black but I bleached it to a rosy brown and am quite pleased with it. The under layer is a red dress which I am tweaking, trying to get the colour a bit more cool and muted. I over-dyed it grey and that has helped (though it still looks very bright in this photo) but I may play a bit more with it. the cotton tunic on top was once beige but I dyed it a mauve rose colour which I love. The scarf is a raspberry pink, not properly represented in this photo either. Black tights have been replaced with brown ones (or grey or navy as needed) I don't have any brown leggings but if I did I would have likely had those on with this outfit. Hair is awful but growing. Face is the same old face. The arm warmers were also once black and have been bleached. I am toying with over dying them as well. So why am I showing this photo? No idea.
This location is a bit better. Now we are in my bedroom with light from a north facing window and a white backdrop. It looks a bit creepy if I leave a camera set up on a tripod near my bed, but this might become the new photo spot. Yes, the hair is even worse. Literal bedhead.
So let's put a hat on it. Preferable a squishy hat.
My dark colours to replace black are usually navy blue and brown although to be honest, while I love this outfit it is still feeling so very dark. I think I am moving away from dark and not just black, but that is a lengthier process and as I am always saying, the pictures are making things look a little bit darker than in reality.
Shortly after taking the first few photos I decided to get out and go to a neighbourhood cafe. My neighbour, who fancies herself a singer, was taking her online lesson and painful is describing it mildly. This required a hat for the awful hair, some boots and of course a photo of the new arrangement. I took off the fingerless gloves and didn't put on the regular pair until after taking photos of course but this time I actually remembered to include my bag in the picture. My laptop fits into this satchel quite nicely and I managed to fit my wallet, phone, glasses and keys in too.
The cafe adventures and the story of the singing neighbour, I will save for other blog posts.