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how i wear it now | fairisle vest


Considerably more casual today than usual bloggy looks; unfortunately pretty dresses and heels aren’t quite  suitable in every situation!  Fairisle has always been one of my favourite (handmade and commercial) knitwear trends, and I’ve had this quirky little top in my wardrobe since my Nannie knitted it for my 11th birthday.  So this is its second appearance on JoliHouse: the first from back when my mum ran the blog.  I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse that there are pictures of me going back to age 10 in plentiful supply in the archives, although I’ll possible think the same about my 16 year old self in a few years!


I’ve grown considerably lengthways in the torso since then so it has a more cropped fit now, which I’m pretty glad about as I feel it gives a more modern look.  For this ‘how I wear it now’ series, layering has seemed the best way to update my old favourites, and this time I thought I’d go really adventurous and throw a shirt over rather than under 😉  Somehow I still fit in this Gap Kids age 11-12 shirt that I hand embroidered on the collar, and I think the two go together pretty well!




In typical ‘back to school’ fashion I’ve had plenty coursework to occupy myself with this weekend, so a stroll in the fresh air was lovely, in a chilly way.  Thankfully the heavens haven’t opened quite so heavily over Preston as in other parts of the UK (hope everyone in the floods and winds are OK!), but we’ve still had sufficient rain to turn the fields into bogginess.  Mum’s Le Chameau wellies and vintage Barbour saved the day!   Classic quality pieces never go out of style.  And now I sound like an annoying advert, but you know what I mean 😉


Coat: Barbour (vintage)
Shirt: Gap Kids
Vest: Handknit
Jens: topshop (Joni style)
Wellies: Le Chameau


Anyway, hope you’ve all had a good week!  Thursday was our ‘Mock Results Day’ and I’m really happy that the hard work paid off and I’m happy with my results, which is always an encouraging feeling.  I’ve also been filling in college applications (also a good thing), and I’m really looking forward to starting my A-levels in September.  Any bloggers have any advice on college that they wish they’d known before?  I’m taking Maths, Physics, European History and Textiles, so any advice on those in particular would be greatly appreciated!


Quite the stylist age 11 ;D


Apparently something in the stream was interesting?!? 😀

Thanks Dan for taking getting muddy and taking pictures for me again!

Time for tea before #lbloggers chat, so bye from me for now 🙂

lily kate x

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  • Reply
    12th January 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I love this outfit! It looks comfy yet dressed up, I like it a lot!

    I love the landscapes in your pictures too, it all looks so pretty!x

    • Reply
      12th January 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks Leona! They’re just round and about where I live – it’s even more picturesque when the sheep make an appearance!

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    13th January 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I think it is funny that your dressed down style is more dressed up than I ever get! As for college, make sure you study what you are interested in, not just what you think you should study. 🙂

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      13th January 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Haha I’m sure you’re far more glam than wellies sometimes Kathy! That’s the reason I’ve picked these subjects – they’re my favourite I’m studying at GCSE so hopefully I’ll enjoy A-level too!

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    19th January 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Ooffftt, you do country well, miss!!!
    I love this knitted vest – you are a lucky lady! You do look very beautiful and you photographed these in really good light!

    Re A-Levels: pick what you most enjoy, seriously. A Levels are intense exams – only take a subject if you know you have a decent teacher. And as geeky as it sounds, make little study groups when it comes round to exams. I did this with a small group for one exam and we all got A’s!



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      19th January 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks again Flora! I’m really lucky with handknits, and my boyfriend’s a good photographer. Thanks for the advice too! We don’t find out our teachers beforehand unfortunately, its the luck of the draw I guess! I am a true nerd though, will definitely be making study groups!

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