There’s a really caring side of me – I care about the world and people deeply. I like to keep up with current affairs, and daily I think about whether I’m becoming the person I want to be. I’m not a worrier, but I do worry about the path I am on, and whether my priorities are placed correctly. I talk a lot. Then there is a frivolous, creative and ridiculous side of me. I love pompoms, flowers, and swoon over tiny bowls, candles and vases. I love pretty ribbon, wrapping paper and the shape of a glass jar can send me into a frenzy.
This ridiculousness extends to my wardrobe – I find fashion fun, and what I wear depends on how I’m feeling. I love embroidery, little details, cute buttons and tassels. I love leather, linen and cotton, and I love putting looks together when I get the chance. Often I get asked whether I’ve made a piece of clothing – this is always a ‘no’. I just seem to choose things that look handmade, and I’m never sure if that is a good thing, or a bad thing (!)
When I was asked to choose an outfit from JOY, it didn’t take me long to choose. I was instantly drawn to a jacquard skirt by Valley of the Dolls. I loved the colours, the design, the pleats, the length and the shape it created. The pleats sit flat, and I’m really pleased with it. The fabric is thick, yet lightweight and the weave is tight. It will look perfect with chunky heeled brown sandals, ankle boots or strappy sandals, and in summer I’ll be wearing it with a simple tee. It also has pockets, which makes it a total winner for me.
To go with the skirt I chose a velvet long sleeved high neck top – also by Valley of the Dolls. Velvet has been huge over the last couple of years, and I’ve been looking for a subtle way to incorporate it into my wardrobe, as it’s notoriously unforgiving. The top is soft, simple and has a keyhole detail on the reverse. It’s really versatile and I think it would look great under a pair of dungarees, with high waisted trousers, or a pair of jeans.
JOY is renowned for it’s fun, quirky and eclectic take on fashion, homeware and accessories. It celebrates individuality, embraces being unique and loves vintage. And I am a big fan!