We Are Not Angry Birds…there’s blog post title I never thought I’d write! Nancy really threw us a curveball with this challenge! At first, I searched through my blog archives to see if I had something preloved with a bird print, but I couldn’t find anything. Then my mind turned to feathers and I remembered that I had this pink feather clutch that I bought on eBay years ago. That was my starting point for the outfit and it just got more flamboyant from then on…I ended up looking like a flamingo dipped in pearls!
Putting together this outfit felt like an act of defiance after being in my pyjamas and feeling like death warmed up for days. I still haven’t fully shaken it off, but washing my hair and putting makeup on felt good! Dodging the rain was another challenge – it just never seems to stop. I could be an angry bird thinking about winters in the UK, but I’m going to channel my inner flamingo instead and dream of retirement in the sun.
After choosing the bag as a starting point I then decided to incorporate more feathers with these trousers. I bought them from Coco Boo Loves ages ago but haven’t worn them before. (They prompted the usual remarks from Pete about being OTT!) The feathers shed a lot, and I have to be careful not to stand on them. They are super comfortable though thanks to the stretchy fabric.
Fun/weird fact: I’m a bit obsessed with feathers and have a box full of them that I’ve collected over the years. I have feathers from a variety of species – eagle owl, raven, magpie, buzzard, pheasant and swan to name a few. I’ve even put them in plant pots and have one as a bookmark. I find them beautiful and fascinating. (Once I followed a peacock around once hoping it would shed one of its glorious feathers!).
As I was wondering what to wear with these trousers my eyes fell to this pearl embellished blouse that was hanging on the wardrobe door. I bought it in Madeira at the same time as the eye print faux suede jacket. As soon as I walked into the shop I saw it and loved it. I picked it up and put it down several times before concluding that if I didn’t buy it I’d regret it as we were going home that day. The pearls are attached by mini press studs rather than sewn on, so hopefully they won’t fall off. Washing and ironing it may be a challenge though! I would never have considered pairing this blouse with these trousers if it wasn’t for this challenge; although feathers and pearls is a decadent combination I rather like it!
Just as I was about to put on some pearl earrings, I remembered these flamingo beauties that I bought a couple of years ago. And that completed the look. It’s impossible to be an angry bird in an outfit like this!
SHOP THE LOOK
Blouse from Dona Hortensia in Funchal | Trousers from Coco Boo Loves (no longer available, similar linked in widget) | Marks & Spencer boots (old) | Topshop bag (from eBay)
“I can get really upset about certain things. About the situation in the world, for example. It gets grimmer and grimmer. I often think, where is it going to lead. Will it ever be ‘normal’ again. Or is this the new now. Well, if there’s one thing that can make a person happy, it’s birds. The lovely chattering in the spring. We have to wait a little longer there for that, but we can wear a nice bird print of course. Anyway I do, let’s see if my friends had the same thoughts.”
“We are not angry birds… After the initial surprise of this unique theme, my mind immediately jumped to this faux fur teal jacket that I thrifted while in Scotland. I guess my thinking was… faux fur is kind of like feathers? And this color reminds me of the beautiful plumage of a peacock? After my boyfriend saw the outfit and heard the theme, he reminded me that I am *not* an angry bird… which, according to the once-popular game, means I should have dressed up as a green pig, ha!”
“Ravens are not angry birds…
The Thrifty Six theme for November is ‘We’re not angry birds’
Interesting eh – well this is where I’m taking it…
The statement leather collar on this dress reminds me of Raven’s wings.
I love Ravens, I watch them every day from my window.
People often think they’re sinister…
…but they’re actually funny and clever…
…definitely not angry birds!”
“I have to admit that I was unsure how to interpret Nancy’s theme of ‘We Are Not Angry Birds’. In fact, I didn’t really interpret it at all. I put on this mostly thrifted outfit one day just because I had been wanting to style the striped duster. As we headed out to take photographs, it occurred to me that this outfit was making me really happy and I was definitely NOT an angry bird wearing it! It’s the perfect amount of print mixing and unique combination of pieces that really suits my quirky soul. My duster, skirt, velvet jacket, and necklace were all purchased second hand.”
You may have noticed that there are only five of us this month. That’s because sadly, Lucy has decided to leave the group. We will miss her enormously but wish her all the best. And of course, we will continue to follow and support her on her blog and on social media. Thank you Lucy for your contribution! So now we are looking for a thrifty friend to join our little group. Please do get in touch if you are interested!
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