Marie Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Well I am still going strong with my P333 challenge (even if my blogging is sporadic!).

This week I finally managed to implement the use of one of these back into my wardrobe:

Althoug thankfully neither the Gi nor the black belt need to be counted in my 33 items (Lord knows I'm not wearing it anywhere else but the dojo. Least attractive outfit. Ever. LOL).

It's been a busy old time round here with preparations for Grace's dance school show on the local theatre next weekend. Rounds of rehearsals at the dance school then stage and dress rehearsals at the theatre. Thankfully they now get the week off class until show nights (Friday and Saturday). Once that's done with Grace will have a change of timetable meaning her classes will now be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday evenings (at various times). A bit of a pain in the week but it does mean we can finally reclaim our Saturdays after 6 years of tap and ballet classes taking up a chunk of the day. That will hopefully make it easier to escape for the weekend with our trailer tent (LOVE our trailer tent!). It's one of these:

And it is all kinds of awesome :)

On to the P333 weekly round up anyway. Another mixed bag of activities and weather this week:

30th June:

1st July:

2nd July:

3rd July:

4th July:

5th July:

6th July:

I'm finding I'm struggling a little more with the casual side of things. I think I need to get over wearing what feels like "dressy" or "work" stuff at the weekend.

I'm going to start working with the kids to streamline their wardrobes once they've finished school. We've already had "How to do your own laundry 101" for Grace this week. Tonight is Ewan's turn.  Then possibly Kendo's :P


Marie Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Having reached the end of my first month of living with my Project 333 wardrobe I've noticed something that seems a little odd at first glance.

I have considerably less clothing in my wardrobe. I didn't count pre-cull but I'm certain it was at least 3 times what I've got in there now. Despite that, it feels like I'm doing a tonne more laundry. It baffled me slightly the first few weeks. Then I had a dawning realisation. I'm not actually doing MORE laundry. I'm just doing MORE FREQUENT laundry.

Previously what would happen at Casa de Kendrick would be that I would wear all the things in my wardrobe that were okay (which was quite a lot of things depending on how loose your definition of "okay" is) and only when I'd started to reach the end of possibilities in terms of things to go on my body would I start to tackle the Mt Washmore of Laundry that had amassed in the basket.

So every three or four weeks I'd have 7, 8 or even 9 loads of laundry to do all at once which frankly was enough to make me want to weep.

Now I find, if I want something to wear, I have to be much more pro-active about getting the laundry done in the week. Whilst it feels like total pain in the proverbial whilst I'm doing it, in retrospect it is at least saving me from the woeful feeling of a days worth of non-stop laundry that I used to deal with.

Unexpected mental health benefits just from a smaller wardrobe. Who'd have thought?!

On to the round up of week 4 anyway. A bit of a mixed bag of work outfits, casual work outfits and weekend casual outfits. Working in an education environment we're just getting to the summer break now. I work all year round but having no students and no teaching staff in the buildings over the summer breaks means we have a casual wardrobe rather than our usual office wear (hurrah to that!). It's also been all over the place weather wise too so some days have been cold enough for boots! Bloody British weather!

Monday 23rd June

Tuesday 24th June
 Wednesday 25th June
 Thursday 26th June
 Friday 27th June
 Saturday 28th June
 Sunday 29th June
I did spend some of Sunday in this delightful ensemble:

as my BFF and I ran the Cancer Research Race for Life in Wigan. We ran in the 5K ran and blimey was that a shock to the system. I had intended doing some prep for the race in the lead up but life somehow managed to get in the way. Considering I've done one 20 minute run in the last 18 months I managed to hobble round in 41 minutes (Miss Paula would have made much better time than me but my knees did not approve of the uphill!).

All for a good cause and we managed to raise over £300 between us which is great.

In other, less painful, news I've been taking a really enjoyable online course at This is a fabulous crafting site full of loads of amazing tutorials. The lovely Deb at Home Life Simplified is responsible for me internet hopping my way over there but I'm glad I did. The course I've been doing is this Pattern Drafting course by Cal Patch. Wow. What a really great insight into how to take measurements and draft them into a selection of patterns to make clothes that really fit your own body shape. There's also a great section on how to take the basic pattern and add extra details to open up a huge range of styles and silhouettes. I've started on the standard shirt/tunic/dress pattern that Cal goes through in the course. I'm thinking maybe I will try to come up with a little black dress from this pattern as an alternative to buying one or making one from the commercial pattern I bought.

Onwards and upwards into July people. How is it July already?? Half the year gone in the blink of an eye.

I've leave you with a update pic of gigantapuppy taken this week. He does look disproportionally large on this photo but he's just too gorgeous not to share.



Marie Wednesday, 25 June 2014

I am still adoring all things Project 333.

Looking over the day sets I've created in Polyvore this morning its occurred to me that I have only actually had two days in the last 23 that I've worn the same outfit. Bizarre that I'm wearing far more variety of outfits even though I've got much less to choose from in my wardrobe.

Here's week three's selection:

Monday 16th June (office):

Tuesday 17th June (Office):

Yes, you can wear the same cardigan two days in a row and no one notices. Honest! LOL.

Wednesday 18th June (Office):

Thursday 19th June (Office - the Federal Agent outfit!):

Friday 20th June (Manning our stand at the University Open Day):

Saturday 21st June (Trip to town, out to eat and cinema):

Sunday 22nd June (Dog walking and pottering at home):

I'm still on the look out for my little black dress for my Autumn/Winter look. I have a very specific idea of what I want this dress to do so finding one is proving a pain. It needs to fulfil a lot of functions this dress:

1) be smart enough to stand alone as a dress
2) work as a skirt under a top or jumper/sweater
3) look ok with tight/leggings/bare legs
4) be able to fit a shirt underneath
5) be comfortable for casual wear as well as work wear
6) look ok with flat, heels and riding boots.
7) be easy to care for.

It's a tough call for one little piece of clothing! I'm pondering with the idea of making a dress rather than buying one at the moment. I found this vintage pattern on sale so have ordered this, which is a possible option if I can find the right fabric:

I like the fact that its got a good A line shape (I don't want anything too fitted) and the neck line is good for fitting a shirt underneath (like this):

Plus the fact that it's sleeveless means it won't be too hot to layer under a top or jumper like this:

Whether it will work will ultimately depend on whether I can find the right fabric (I'm thinking probably a thin wool like a gabardine in black) and whether or not I'm capable of following a sewing pattern for the first time in about 8 years!

It hasn't arrived yet (hasn't even been dispatched! Come on Jaycotts, sort yourselves out!) but when it comes I'll be perusing the fabric store in the hopes of finding something just right.


Marie Thursday, 19 June 2014

Four days into week 3 of my Project 33 experiment, I'm wearing this outfit:

That shirt is quite fitted and I'm wearing it tucked into my trousers.
Every time I see myself in the mirror I think I look like a Federal Agent! LOL. Makes me want to be toting a gun and a shiny badge. Hmmmm, I wonder why this might be? Lets examine the evidence shall we? FBI, NCIS, CSI. Take your pick.....

Yep. All rocking the shirt tuckage! LOL.



Onwards into week two (although I'm already nearly through week 3! Where is the time going?).

Only 5 outfits from my P333 wardrobe this week as Saturday and Sunday were a little unusual. We took a 480 mile round trip at the weekend to this place:

This is Duncarron Medieval Village in the Carron Valley in Scotland. Duncarron is eventually going to be a full sized replica of a medieval fortified village. A sort of "living musesum" where people will be able to go to learn about Scottish heritage from the medieval period. Owned and run by the Clanranald Trust the village is being built using donations and volunteer help.
They hold several events there throughout the year and at the weekend it was their "Spirit of Duncarron" event. Lots of fabulous celtic music supplied by the Clanranald Trust band "Soar Patrol" and also "The Dolmen" plus loads of other activities like archery, axe throwing (yes, axe-throwing, with  actual metal axes. The kids loved it!), a working blacksmith's forge and a host of stalls with jewellery, weaponry etc.
We had an amazing time there on the Saturday of the event. The kids made quick friends with the other children there and had a great time running around the village with wooden swords and shields hatching plans of war and raids and ambushes. Probably the most exciting part of the weekend was getting to meet this guy in the flesh though:

This is the wonderfully handsome "Odin". The resident Duncarron dog who inspired our choice of Newfoundland/St Bernard cross as our puppy of choice. If it wasn't for this dude then we wouldn't have the lovely Jethro as part of our family now. It was quite funny that so many of the visitors mistook Jethro for Odin throughout the day (even to the point of stopping to take photos of Jethro and Kendo (who was dressed up in his Viking LARPing garb).

Jethro wasn't quite sure what to make of the giant doggy who was just like him. He was a little calmer than his usual bonkers self. I think he was deferring to the giantness of Odin - finally a dog bigger than him! The seemed to get along just fine though.

And Yes. That is how big our puppy is going to get. Still some more growing in that boy yet.
Amidst all the excitement Ewan still found time to test his sword on Dad:
And we got to watch the Clanranald warriors show off their Shiltron skills:
More on that here if you find it interesting, this is from the "Quest for Bannockburn" documentary which was shown on the BBC recently.
For once we managed to get a family photo on a day out (courtesy of this nice gentleman). This is Rosie, the battering ram, which was used in the Robin Hood film starring Russell Crowe:
 Enough with all things Scottish and Medieval. We'll be back to that later in the year when we go back for their Halloween festivities :)
In terms of wardrobe Saturday and Sunday mostly saw me in pieces that hadn't made the P333 wardrobe cut. Those combats and my walking boots for example, and jeans and a shiny new Duncarron T-shirt for the Sunday. The working week had panned out like this though:



Still loving the limited selection (but noticing I have to be much more mindful of the laundry timings!).

I'm on the hunt for a few pieces which will make up the swaps for my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. Currently I'm looking for a little black dress (I know exactly what I want this dress to look like and how I want to wear it. I just need to find it which is bound to be a challenge!), a cream fine knit sweater, a navy cable knit sweater and a burgundy cardigan and I should be good to go.

I did have the opportunity for a little sneak shoe shopping this week (courtesy of birthday vouchers from my lovely team at work). I've been saying for an age that I am going to stop buying cheap shoes that don't last me but will instead invest in some decent shoes from Clarks (which tend to last a lifetime). As they've got an ubersale on at the moment I bought these babies:

Astra Katelina

Which pretty much match everything in my wardrobe and will hopefully see me through a good few seasons.

Back next week with a week 3 run down.