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I'm Not Like A Regular Mum, I'm A Cool Mum

Top: Charity shop Orange pinafore dress: Beyond Retro

Being a mum of two small children, has defiantly changed how I view my wardrobe. It's amazing how you can go from feeling pretty cool about how you dress, to being told by your child not to wear something because it's embarrassing. I guess I don't dress how I'm suppose to, I love rainbow stripes, patterned denim and own way to many novelty bags for anyone over the age of twelve. I mean how am I suppose to dress is a question, I do ask myself sometimes. Having the boys did effect me, my body changed and I guess my style was put on hold in place of being practical. I did however care a lot less about what others were thinking, maybe hitting my thirties helped. I went from 'oh I'm not sure' to 'I'm not sure but screw it I'll wear it anyway'. 

I guess that's why I adore vintage, there are whole decades that embraced print, colour and playing with how garments are cut it's a whole 'screw it vibe'. I try and tell my boys little stories, like ' Who do you think worn this before mummy? Maybe a circus performer.' Yes it's silly, but I guess I want to pass that interest down to them. While I can't dress them in heaps of vintage now, I'm looking forward to going shopping with them when their older and seeing how vintage will evolve in this time of throw away fashion. I use to get bullied for wearing hand me downs, but as an adult I take joy in the hunt of finding something unique at the charity shops. The shame has been removed, and I love that it's now 'cool' to be thrifty. 

DIY Day | Crochet Projects 002

To be honestly I completely forgot about this feature, till someone asked me what I'd been working on. If you follow me on Instagram and follow #lawdoescrochet you can see what I'm working on. As I love seeing what others have made and are working on, I promise I will feature more of what I make and link to patterns used. As I love looking at makes for inspiration, knowing what size hook was used etc as it can be good to get an idea on sizing. I'm working on an African crochet blanket, so it's taken up a massive chunk of my crochet time. 

I'm looking forward to finishing it, as it's been a project I work on every now and than. I also need to finish my Star Wars crochet balls, as our Christmas tree will be pretty dull without them. The boys picked the theme this year, so we will see how it goes. I try and make a mix of home ware and clothing, as I think it can get boring not to make yourself a little something every now and than. So here are my latest makes, I do have some more but I'll save them for next time. 

A Guide To Avoid Buying Fake Vintage

Cheated, frustrated but mostly disappointed just some of the feelings you'll experience if you ever fall foul into buying something you were told was vintage. Yes a little dramatic, but honestly the amount of time and money wasted soon can dismay any vintage lover from buying on line. In my early years of thrifting, EBay was pretty much my go to, I was determined to find and fill my wardrobe with vintage gems. So being a pretty trusting person and assuming that most people could tell the different between vintage and retro I purchased what I thought was true vintage.  Waiting patiently for the postman to head over with said treasured package,  that of course I had already planned how I was going to style and to find what.. 

How I Wear: Summer Knits

Yes it's hot, but that's not to say you can't wear a summer knit. As you know I love crochet, so for me it's just making sure they are light knits. Plus with a simple cardigan you can take it off, if you start feeling overly sweaty. I tend to wear them on days were it's a little more breeze. I love the mix of texture, colour and pattern so I say keep them bold.

I won this cardigan off EBay ages ago, hang it in my wardrobe and forgot about it. But as a reformed hoarder I'm trying my best to clear out as much as I can. Things seem to hinder my life, more than fill me with joy. I'm trying to find the balance in having a wardrobe full of choice, without it taking over every space available. So I told myself either wear it, or it has to go. I'm really glad I stopped overthinking it, and just put it on my back. 

D.I.Y Day| Off The Shoulder Top

Fabric: EBay

So I finally braved using, my candy jar fabric and made something. For my first attempt at the off the shoulder top, I actual loved how this DIY turned out. Of course the off the shoulder look has been and continued to be a massive trend, one that I've actual adored. I  saw a couple that I loved but they were just way out of my budget. 

So this was a great way to brush up on my sewing skills, plus I made it for under £15. The great thing is once you have made one, you can make a bunch as it's super simple. Sadly I can't take credit for this genius how to, as that would go to one of my favourite You Tube duo The Sorry Girls. They have a bunch of how to videos, and are worth watching. So if you want to make your own off the shoulder top, than the video with everything you need is here. They explain it so well, and go slowly so don't panic if your a beginner sewer this is thee perfect project for you. They also have one from an up cycled shirt, if you want to do as little sewing as possible. 

Wedding Outfit Inspiration

Trust me I know this is late coming, as wedding season has been in full swing for some time now. I made the assumption that when I came to buy a dress,  there would be a ton of inspiration out there for the perfect guest outfit. I search for a few days and found maybe one thing I liked. Saying that maybe I just have odd taste, but for me just because your going to a wedding doesn't mean you can't mix it up a little. I'm going to a wedding in two weeks, and I found a really cute dress. Sometimes it's hard to keep your personal style at wedding, you want to feel yourself but also look nice for the couples special day. 

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