Happy new year, folks! We made it to the other side, hello 2016! The Christmas tree is down, January blues are setting in and I guess we’re all looking ahead with the hope that 2016 will be a year to remember. I try my best not to dwell on the past, nor to make new year’s resolutions in January but reflecting on the past year is inevitable. If there’s one word I’d choose to summarise my plan for 2016, it’s ACTION!

 
Action to make the positive changes I need to lead the life I want. I’ve been asked a few times on social media what I’m up to since leaving a permanent teaching position. Well, as this post goes live, I’ll be starting a new job teaching in a village primary school close to where John lives. The position will see me teaching literacy and numeracy intervention in the morning and foundation subjects in the afternoon- it’s a far cry from my days of teaching year 6, leading a core subject and being part of the management team! I’m hoping it will help me to decide if teaching really is for me whilst enabling me to pay the mortgage.
 
As I mentioned in my last post, there will be no spending bans this year because the months since my resignation have seen me become increasingly thrifty. Instead, I’m making a pledge (of course, I would be myself if I didn’t set myself a challenge) I am pledging to wear more of what I already own in many different ways, selling what I no longer wear or have grown out of and to keep a tally of my spending.
 
So, I’m starting as I mean to go on with this Louche sailor dress. 




Not a charity shop purchase, but definitely a thrifty find from eBay at £9. I’ve never bought Joy first hand, but take a look at Louche in the Joy the Store sale- I am more than a little tempted! Although I’ve always liked the Louche brand, I was actually searching for a nautical inspired dress since watching ‘God Help the Girl’, the musical project of Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll understand my fascination with the styling of Emily Browning. If not, watch it and be prepared to search eBay. 

// Outfit Details //
// Sailor dress :: Louche via eBay //
// Striped breton :: Next //
// Animal hat :: eBay //
// Pom pom shoes :: Primark //
// Camera bag :: Accessorize //
 
For months I waited for the perfect occasion to wear it, until I thought sod it and wore it to go shopping! I’ve always liked the mix of monochrome and red: my Pinterest boards are full of chic Parisian looks that I admire, but know I’ll never pull off. Animal ears, a camera bag and pom pom shoes- it shouldn’t work, but I rather think it does. 
 
I’m sure this outfit would break every stylist’s rule, but isn’t that what personal style is all about? 
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