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One night at the ballet.

“Murder, She Wrote” Series 1 – Episode 9
“Death Takes a Curtain Call

Fashion Tip learned :
Even if you like to colour-coordinate your whole outfit, don’t be afraid to inject a splash of colour choosing one single item in a complete different hue.

Life Lesson learned :
If you are trying to hide something (or someone) placing it in plain sight could be the most successful solution.

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Jessica is invited to see a Russian ballet in Boston, but what seemed destined to be just a fun night out with an old friend turns out to be a very complicated ‘Cold War’ situation!

The episode opens with Jessica serving one of her famous pies to her friend Ethan. She is wearing a light yellow shirt and a blue stiped apron, over what seem to be a pair of simple jeans.

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It is very easy to find a plain yellow shirt on the high street, like this linen long-sleeved shirt available at La Redoute, but I also picked a couple of modern takes on the same style: I really like this linen-cotton shirt by Banana Republic and this clever ‘shirt-style’ t-shirt available at La Redoute.

For the apron, on Etsy I found this beautiful hand-made half denim apron by Etsy artisan Attitude&Apron, but I also really like this classic apron by Alison Capeling, and this lovely half apron available at Terrain.

To attend the ballet, Jessica chooses an elegant grey coat, worn over a black dress and embellished by a violet striped scarf.

2a copyJessica’s coat looks  like tweed: it is very classic in its shape, its ‘herringbone’ pattern and overall design, so it is easy to find a nice, affordable one in second hand or vintage shops, like this beige one or this cream and black one, both available at Rokit or this black one, sold by Etsy shop Gabriella’s Treasures, and this mauve grey by Etsy seller Retro Momo.

I really like Jessica’s violet and white striped scarf, and I found a few scarves playing with the same colour scheme, like this ‘Aztec’ scarf, this whimsical striped one and this classic  geometric one, all available at Nordstrom. I also like this cashmere one by M&S and this vintage Egon Furstenberg vintage scarf by Etsy seller Totally Scarves.

Under her lovely coat, Jessica goes for a classy black long sleeved dress, like this pretty one by Asos and this simple one sold on Amazon. I also like this one, still by Asos, because of the embellished collar.

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Accessories-wise, Jessica does not wear earrings often, so the fact that she does in this occasion attracted my attention. As far as I can tell, her golden earrings have a ‘peanut’ like shape, which has proved nearly impossible to find. Somehow on the same vibe, however, I quite like these simple vintage Anne Klein studs, available at Rokit, these gorgeous 1980s vintage button earrings by Etsy seller Ecolibrio Vintage, these lovely vintage stud earrings by Etsy seller Designs By Ruth, and these unique hand-made gold post earrings by Etsy designer Jewelry by Michael.

She also wears what seems to be a grey pearls necklace, like this one available at Debenhams or this one by Etsy designer Dahlia Jewels.

Jessica completes the outfit with a black evening bag (I like this simple one from John Lewis – which I coincidentally bought not too long ago! – and this gorgeous vintage one from Beyond Retro), a pair of cute black slingback like these from Asos or these from Dorothy Perkins, and a pair of elegant black leather gloves like these from H&M or these from M&S.

To entertain friends at home, Jessica goes for a simple and elegant monochromatic outfit.

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Jessica loves her blue shirt and has worn it countless times throughout the series! This time she pairs it with a long vest, similar to this one by American Apparel or this one on sale on Yoox, and a simple pencil skirt, like this one now on sale at House of Frasers.

Even if the image is not very clear, I like to think that Jessica injected a bit of colour wearing court shoes in a lovely plum colour, like these on sale at Daniel Footwear or these available at Rubber Sole.

Grey or beige are not the first colours that would come to my mind if I think about a pretty printed scarf, but once again Jessica proved me wrong! On a similar vibe, I like this peacock snoop and this quirky ‘insects’ scarf, both available at Zalando, this pretty butterflies scarf by Oliver Bonas, this lovely vintage square scarf by Etsy seller Majilly, and this beautiful vintage Anne Fogarty scarf by Etsy seller MilesChandler.

Even when wearing plain grey trousers, Jessica manages to add a girly vibe to her outfit.

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Over a simple white shirt, Jessica wears a sheer yellow cardigan. I like this classic unisex lemon v-neck by Woolovers and this pretty woven trim cardigan now on sale at Warehouse.
Her grey simple trousers are easy to find on the high street, such for instance at Kohls, Debenhams or Top Shop.
Jessica’s shoes are brown and slightly pointed, like this classic heels available at Zalando or these faux leather court shoes by Esprit.
As a final touch, her scarf looks like the same we have seen in this episode, but since the scarves I picked last time are now sold out, I found this pretty Vera Neumann scarf at Target, and this lovely Japanese vintage scarf by Etsy seller Aesthetikara.

Last but not least, for the slightly sombre ending of this episode Jessica wears a black and white outfit, brightened by a red beads necklace.

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Over her white shirt and pencil black skirt, Jessica wears a very long black cardigan, similar to this one now on sale at House of Frasers or this one available at John Lewis.
Her red bead necklace is very simple and yet gives a very much needed bright accent to her look. I like this cracked bead strand by Toast and this red combo pack of three necklaces by Tilly’s.

PS – Thank you all for your patience! :) Hopefully now I am back for good! :)

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Brown belt and internet woes.

“Murder, She Wrote” Series 1 – Episode 8
“We’re Off to Kill the Wizard”

Fashion Tip learned :
Belts make all the difference: even a simple shirt can have that smarter and classier look if you choose the right belt to complement it.

Life Lesson learned :
Never take advantage of your friends or family’s hospitality. As Jessica herself says: “A good guest is like Halley’s Comet: seen and enjoyed seldom and briefly”.

Episode’s Highlight:
Joaquin Phoenix and his sister Summer starring as Jessica’s grand-nephews.

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Ok, ok, I must confess: my boyfriend noticed their names in the end titles and here I am taking all the credit!

Apparently actor Joaquin Phoenix was credited as Leaf Phoenix in his early roles (source: Wikipedia). In 1984 he would have been 10 years old and this small part in Murder, She Wrote is one of his first appeareances on screen, along with his sister Summer. They are both adorable and already so talented!

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In this episode, Jessica is staying with her niece’s family when she gets involved in solving the murder of a very arrogant and unpleasant businessman. He had previously tried to convince her to create a horror attraction for his theme park, but she found this idea totally preposterous!

~~ On a side note, my internet has been down for days. It’s now back but sadly still hiccuping, and my provider’s customer service is frustratingly useless. I sincerely apologise for missing last week posting: I tried my best to write a post this week with the few bit and pieces of research I could do here and there, but I must apologise in advance if updates might be a bit irregular until the problem get fixed… I hope you will be patient with me!~~

In most of the scenes of this episode Jessica is wearing clothes we have seen before (pinstriped shirtdress, buttoned blue shirt, grey tracksuit, floral scarf… and so on) but the first ‘new’ outfit that attracted my attention is this simple pairing of a pencil skirt and double-layered shirts (a striped pink one under a more thick-looking khaki one) all tied together by a lovely brown belt.

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I really think it is the belt that makes this outfit. Jessica’s brown belt seems to have a round buckle, so I picked this tan belt by Urban Outfitters and this similar belt by Dorothy Perkins, but the choices would be endless.

A pink striped shirt is quite easy to find, so I picked this classic 100% cotton shirt available at M&Co, or this short sleeved one available at Yoox, which has a pretty twist on the theme with an added gold line.

On top of this first shirt, Jessica wears another one, similar to this khaki shirt available at Dorothy Perkins, which is a bit more modern thanks to its shoulder embellishment.

As per Jessica’s pencil skirt, I found this beautiful vintage Valentino on sale at only £80 at Farfetch, which I think it is a great bargain.

I must confess: I had never seen before a skirt suit (or two pieces dress?) quite like the one Jessica is wearing in the next screenshots.

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As it has proved very difficult to find something like it, I tried to make up for it picking dresses which have at least a somehow similar pattern, such as this skirt suit at Oxfam, this 1970 cocktail dress available at Beyond Retro and this polka dot shirtdress by Ruche.

Under it, Jessica wears a simple white top, such as, for instance, this sleeveless one by La Redoute and a red beads necklace like this lovely hand knotted necklace by Etsy seller BeadDweeb.

I really like Jessica’s airport outfit in this episode.

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Jessica wears a beautiful white pleated skirt, like this vintage 1980s by Etsy seller Wildrose Primitives, or this vintage 1960s by Etsy seller Otra Vez Vintage.

On top of it, complemented by the same brown belt we saw above, she wears a simple navy shirt, like for instance this roll sleeve linen shirt by Matalan or this more casual lightweight cotton shirt available at John Lewis.

As a final touch, Jessica wears a multicoloured scarf with a checkered pattern. Somehow on a similar vibe, I like this pastel vintage scarf by Etsy seller Vintage Threadz and this vintage Vera Neumann scarf by Etsy seller Blue Sky Lane.

In defence of the pleated skirt.

“Murder, She Wrote” Series 1 – Episode 5
“It’s a Dog’s Life”
(Post 2 of 2)

First things first… to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog or share it with their friends, comment or write to me, I would like to say thank you!
I love Jessica’s style and I am just trying to learn from it, and I feel very lucky to have met so many lovely people through this blog. Once again, thank you everyone for stopping by! : )

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There are few items of clothing that can be found across time and cultures as easily as one of my favourites: the pleated skirt.
From Renaissance Italy and Victorian England to China’s traditions and America’s Sixties, this style of skirt is flattering to all body types and easily adaptable to many different fabrics and colours.

And yet, there is a slight stigma connected to it. As this 2006 article pointed out, a pleated skirt is often considered stiff, bossy, too old fashioned or even geeky.

Well, I do believe that pleated skirts are great, and if we needed anyone to champion the versatility and beauty of this style, Jessica is definitely fit for the part.

We already saw Jessica with a grey pleated skirt and a brown pleated skirt, but in this episode we can see her wearing two other very pretty ones.

Jessica wears the same outfit in two different scenes, at the beginning and at the end of the episode: a patterned pleated skirt, her usual light blue shirt (which is such a staple in her wardrobe that I feel as I should not speak about it any longer) and a super cool “bomber” jacket.

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I am not sure if this is because I was a teenager in the late 90s, but I never ever imagined myself wearing a bomber jacket: that was something only boys did.
My male classmates all had a black one because it was the cool thing to do, especially when riding to school on a silver moped.
Well, Jessica just made me change my mind. Seeing how pretty she looks pairing this sporty jacket with such a girly skirt makes me want to go out and buy one right now.

Partly proving my point, it has been slightly difficult to find a nice burgundy bomber jacket for women. I found a classic one in the menswear at Asos, and one at TopMan, which I would be happy to wear anyway, but all I could find specifically for women was this jacket at Modcloth, which luckily is incredibly pretty (and also available in brown).

Jessica’s beautiful pleated skirt has a nature-inspired pattern in soft shades of pink. It could be floral, but to me looks almost like a paisley print.
I really like this watermelon skirt available at USC and this vintage pastel pink skirt available at Rokit. Of course Etsy is a gold mine as usual, and I really like this 1970 pastel floral skirt by seller FabVintage, and this vintage Laura Ashley skirt by seller LucyRaeRetro.

The last thing to attract my attention is the horse plaque visible on the wall behind Jessica, and I found something with a similar vibe in this vintage wooden horse by Etsy seller 3sisterstreasures and in this handmade running horse by Etsy artist Peppysis.

The second pleated skirt she wears is a beige one, which probably is the same we saw before, but I picked a couple more, just to be on the safe side!

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I like this skirt available at Oxfam, this 1980s one by Etsy seller BritishVintage and this 1970s one by Etsy seller ShoppeAndYore.

It has been a real challenge to find something similar to the white/cream jacket Jessica is wearing. From close inspection, it seemed made of denim but shaped slightly like a bomber, and to find a denim jacket without front pockets has proved pretty much impossible. Any suggestions are welcome!
In the end, I picked a few pretty white jackets which in my opinion have a similar vibe, like this off white bomber and this white denim, both by Uniqlo, this brocade jacket by Asos and this more sporty vintage denim available at Rokit.

Under the jacket, Jessica wears a simple white shirt, like this one by H&M.

I really love the scarf that Jessica is wearing. It’s a beautiful grey-white-pink combination which works perfectly in adding a touch of colour to an otherwise quite neutral outfit. I found a couple of lovely vintage scarves by iconic scarf designer Vera Neumann with a similar colour pattern: this one by Etsy seller Cottagewear and this one by Etsy seller Lea’sVintageRescue.
I also like this abstract scarf available at House of Fraser and, if you have a bit more money to spare, this two tones one by Farfetch.

I could just about make out the shoes Jessica is wearing and I am convinced they are loafers with a tassel on the tip, like these available at Asos, these cute ones by Accessorize and these by New Look. If you’d rather wear a different colour, I also like these lime and mole by H&M.

If you are wondering whether or not a pleated skirt is for you, my suggestion is to visit your local charity shop or the Oxfam website, where you can be sure to find a great selection of fabrics and colours at very cheap prices. In this way you can have a few to try out in different ways, all whilst supporting a worthy cause.

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