Still struggling with January, but sometimes making the effort to get dressed properly really helps with those January blues.

Working from home the temptation when it’s cold and miserable is to spend the whole day in your most comfy clothes, or worse, pyjamas. It’s fun at first, but after a while it’s a sure fire short cut to a bad case of the miseries.

I bought this skirt from a charity shop last year, but I actually haven’t worn it yet. I normally struggle to get pencil skirts that fit on my hips and waist, but this ones a perfect fit and it has pockets. Perfection.

❤ Jumper - River Island circa 2001 ❤ Pencil Skirt - Vintage via Charity Shop ❤
❤ Belt - vintage ❤ Shoes - Bertie via eBay ❤Stockings - What Katie Did 3 for £10

The skirt is a fine black and white dog tooth check, which feels a bit fifties, so I teamed it with some fifties curls and an off the shoulder jumper. A beret, polo neck and flat pumps would give it a beatnik feel, but me and flats don’t get on very well generally.

Of course the fact that a bit of watery sun appears to be attempting to peer through the clouds today makes it a little easier as well. I hope it keeps it up.

A bit of red lipstick is another guaranteed way to perk yourself up. I’m wearing the Besame Red again in these pictures, don’t forget that I’ve got 10 Besame lipsticks to giveaway, but it ends tomorrow so don’t miss out!

All I need now is somewhere nice to go where they’ll appreciate my nice outfit.