21 In Style/ Substance

Behind, behind, behind…

short trench, fedora, birkin

So far in 2015, if there is one word to describe my life it is this: Behind.  No matter how many times I listen to my Headspace meditation app, no matter how much I try to prioritise and tell myself that this is just part of having a busy life and a VERY busy two year old, I still feel anxiously behind in a way that I haven’t ever felt before.  I keep lists going, and it doesn’t seem like anything ever gets crossed off.  There are things I want to do on the blog, but until my wee one is in school, there isn’t time, so I’m behind here on The Sequinist as well.  I’m in need of an ophthalmologist appointment as ageing constantly changes my contacts/glasses prescription.  I’m desperately in need of a haircut.  I need to go to the dentist, because I haven’t been in years (I know, I know.  But I’ve never had a cavity either, so there.)  I have a long list of things that I need a dermatologist to do to my face since it is falling apart. I’m not talking major work; I just want the weird new bumps and red spots to eff off and stop multiplying.

I see Huffington Post articles and blog posts about gratitude, acceptance, and feeling blessed.  YES, I am grateful for many things, and NO I don’t have to fetch water from a communal well everyday or anything, but I’ll feel a lot more gratitude when I feel like I’m not so far behind all the time!  Aren’t middle aged people supposed to be relaxed?

Speaking of being behind, I took these photos a few days ago.  Those days turned into weeks, and then into months.  Since I keep meaning to do a blog post on short trench coats, I’m going to just get it out here now; better late than never.  There are no flowers left on that magnolia tree in the photos, I assure you.  Unlike me, the magnolia tree is perfectly on track, having long discarded its pink petals for full summer leaves.

Now, traditional long trench coats make me look frumpy and/or homeless.  When you are well-endowed in the bra-filler department like I am, a trench can make you look like a big stuffed tent.  Add some volume on the bottom, and it just goes from bad to worse.  However, the volume is minimal on a short trench coat like this one.  I wouldn’t say it is sleek, but it IS fitted, and the shorter proportion works to eliminate any frumpiness.  It comes in an assortment of colours besides the basic khaki one that I have, so you’ll probably see another one on the blog in the future, either in red or aqua.

Now, let’s take a moment to savour the delicious feeling of the strikethrough, aka crossing an item off of a list (one of the happiest and rarest moments in my day). TRENCH COAT BLOG POST   Ahhhhhhhhh, that’s better!

The stylopedia trench fedora hermes

trench coat spring

Trench: Hobbs Fedora: J Crew (men’s) Bag: Hermes Booties: Louboutin Photography: Lottie Anderson
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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Stevie Wilson
    June 1, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    I like the photo of you smiling!

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      Lisa
      June 2, 2015 at 7:42 AM

      Thanks, Stevie! xx

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    Anastasia
    June 2, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    I totally feel you on being behind with everything! I have emails I need to answer and send both at work and for my blog but I have 10 million other things to do first. LMAO!

    That outfit is classically chic from the hat and the trench to your bag. I died.

    xo
    A

    • Reply
      Lisa
      June 2, 2015 at 7:41 AM

      Thank you, Anastasia! xx

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    michelle
    June 2, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    I hate to state the obvious but….The clue to your dilemma is the 2 year old ;o)

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      Lisa
      June 2, 2015 at 2:35 PM

      You’re probably right, Michelle! At what point can I expect to catch up? Maybe when he’s in school?! (crosses fingers, dreaming of oodles of spare time…)

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    Abby
    June 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I love the sexy length of the coat:) Speaking of being behind, well I look at March where I wrote 15 posts and then I look at May and there’s only 2!?!?! How did this happen? But yes, we’re blessed, aren’t we?!

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      Lisa
      June 2, 2015 at 11:10 PM

      It is hard to be consistent with blogging when you’re busy! I do try, but some weeks are hard to find the time, and I hate to just scribble down any old thing! Thank you Abby. The Liebster is my next post, hopefully! xx

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    Mindy Martin
    June 3, 2015 at 3:45 AM

    That smile in the last shot is the perfect accessory–no matter how far behind you feel–we have the same list going at the moment too! PS: I love my short coral trench–it works as a neutral with black, denim and khaki/ cream.

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      Lisa
      June 3, 2015 at 9:38 AM

      Aww, thank you Mindy. You’re convincing me that I definitely need one in a colour now too! xx

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    Marina Ingvarsson
    June 8, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Love your blog!

    You look lovely!

    http://www.bonaupetite.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      June 8, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      Thank you, Marina! I’ve just had a snoop through yours; it is great! xx

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    josep-maria
    June 14, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Many things to do, a very busy life. I love the look, I love the coat and I like your look with the hat, it’s a very feminine look, and very lady.

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      Lisa
      June 14, 2015 at 1:48 PM

      Thank you very much, Josep-Maria xx

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    Lana
    June 15, 2015 at 5:36 AM

    Haha- I hear you. My to do list keeps getting longer. I love the short trench as well – the proportions just work better for me. You look lovely!

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    Gilly Maddison
    February 15, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Ok – so this is how behind I am – I just read this and it is February 2016! Don’t know how to tell you this but you may never catch up! The toddlers that used to make me behind wiith everything are now 32 and 35. They now have babies of their own (and they live far enough away that their babies don’t impact on my time too much!). If you are a person with a lively mind, and I would guess you are because of your blog, even when your toddler starts school, you will find other stuff filling the spaces. There’s just me and my husband at home now and I am constantly chasing time. I don’t watch TV and I only ever read in bed and yet time is still a huge issue for me. Never enough! Lists do help loads though. So prepare yourself for a shock even when the school days begin because one minute you will be back home after the school run and then suddenly, it will be 3pm and time to go back! But oh the joy of that peace and quiet in between – you will LOVE that!

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      Lisa
      February 15, 2016 at 8:27 PM

      At the moment, I can’t even imagine having five whole days in a row to myself from 9:00-3:00. I SO enjoy looking after him, but goodness, where do the days go? Someone said the days are long and the years are short when they are young; that really rings so true to me. xx

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    Gilly Maddison
    February 15, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    By the way, you look beautiful in the shots – not like a harrassed mummy! And the clothes look wonderful.

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      Lisa
      February 15, 2016 at 8:25 PM

      Thank you, Gillian! xx

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    Renata
    April 21, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Lovely trench coat and the whole outfit:). And I love magnolias so much!
    Have a great day, Renata

    • Reply
      Lisa
      April 21, 2016 at 9:47 AM

      Thanks so much, Renata! xx

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