Category Archives: Twisted Vintage

I wish I had a boyfriend

photoGod, who’d be a teenager again. The angst!

Fortunately, it’s not that sort of boyfriend I’m talking about (although husbands should not become complacent, dear me, no). I’ve been, if not keen on boyfriend jeans, then at the very least, a bit fed up with skinnies, for some time now. The thing that’s put me off, however, has been that in almost every photo I’ve seen them in, they’ve been ‘styled with a heel’ like this:



Now, being a 40-year-old pear, my thinking is: if it needs a heel to make it look good on a moggle, then there’s no hope for me. Unless, of course, I wear a heel, which is unlikely when my jeans-wearing is mostly in the day when I am, if not with children, then at least doing things that require ease of movement. Cleaning drains, for instance. Batch cooking. Hanging out laundry. Glam stuff like that.

So, to PInterest I went, with one deep, meaningful, Bradshaw-esque query:

Can boyfriend jeans ever look good with flats?

And Pinterest said: “Well sure they can, honey.”




So today I thought I’d give it a whirl. I’m not 100% sold on the look on me, but think I will like it better when warmer weather (ha!) allows me to expose more at either end of the physical spectrum: ie, strappy flat sandals instead of trainers, and a tank top instead of a sweater.

Tell you what, though – they’re comfy.



Sweater – H&M (2011, but similar here)

Jeans – Zara (2012, but similar here)

Trainers: ASOS Daleys

Bag: Grey snakeskin shopper from M&S 

Upcycled necklace from Twisted Vintage 

Trying not to get the blues over the weather

Seriously, it’s diabolical isn’t it? First day of Spring, pah.

Anyway, I’m trying not to be too mizzo over it – must look on the bright side and all that. Which is why, over on my personal blog, I was yesterday celebrating the fact that an overcast, muddy trip to a farm at least had the silver lining of making me beyond-words-glad that I am a born and bred city girl.

But the photo I posted of Margot (Penelope Keith in The Good Life) had her rocking an outfit in cobalt blue. It’s one of my favourite colours – Jasmine’s too – and, although we both have Asian colouring, I think that seeing Margot in this pic really shows just how easy and vibrant it is for just about any skin tone to wear.


So today: a bright blue slouchy sweater from Mango via Asos (great reduction; not so sure about the see-through styling here. Ask yourself: what would Margot say?), worn with one of my favourite necklaces, by Twisted Vintage, who rework old, sometimes even broken, pieces to make totally original and one-off items of statement jewellery.


Another blue item that makes me very happy is this scarf, a present from Eve when we were recently shopping in H&M. This photo doesn’t do the colour justice but it’s divine; truly uplifting. I’m wearing it right now with a grey Uniqlo sweater and my pyjama bottoms. I’m actually a bit annoyed by how nice they look together, since it’s a combination that really works, perhaps due in part to the colours in my (Primark) PJs, but one that’s unlikely to be seen outside the home. Pyjamas on the school run. Does anyone? Seriously? Ask yourself: would Margot?



Hot Under the Collar

I never really got to grips with the whole faux collar thing. There was a beaded one at Cos last year that I fancied – EL WornOut has it and made it look fantastic – but I just couldn’t make it work for me. The closest I’ve come is with this cheapy faux pearl number, which looks okay on a Cos cut work front tee. 

At any rate, it’s got to be an improvement on the sales assistant I saw at H&M last week, a buxom lass wearing one with a strapless top, a look that puts me in the mind of this:

Anyway, it turns out that if a collar won’t work well for me, then a tie will. Check out this gorgeous piece I bought from Twisted Vintage: it’s got bags of girly glitz to temper its masculine edge. As a necklace, I’ll layer it with a couple of longer, plainer chains; equally I’ll wear it as a tie with a fitted plain shirt, or this print-sleeve one from Zara.

Twisted Vintage take old, sometimes broken, pieces of jewellery and recreate them into beautiful, unique statement pieces, marrying the various and often completely contrasting segments into lengths and layers. Two old bracelets, a section of broken necklace, some random beads and a charm can become a whole new neck adornment. I was lucky enough to attend one of their open house events last week, where I stocked up on pressies for some forthcoming birthdays, but their jewellery is also available online, or you can contact them on with bespoke requests.