Style · March 26, 2020

The WFH Wardrobe (and diaries): Day 1

If I’m being honest, I didn’t intend on posting today. In fact, I wasn’t really sure when I’d next post because I’m not really sure what to post about at the moment. Everything seems minute and insignificant in the grand scheme of things, and telling you about a skirt or showing you what I wore in a day seems so unimportant when things feel as enormous as they do…


…which is why I’m doing it. Okay, I’m not really writing this post so you can see my messy hair and the outfit I threw together because I didn’t want to wear the same sweatshirt I’d been wearing every day to walk the dog in. I’m sharing it because it is small. It does feel unimportant- but sometimes, when things are difficult it’s the small doses of normality and ‘insignificance’ that can help a little (or so I’m telling myself). It’s getting dressed in the morning when you’d rather you didn’t and it’s picking something carefully that sometimes makes you feel like you have things together, when sometimes they feel far from it. A dress that makes you feel pretty or a suit that makes you feel powerful. I don’t know if you’ll be seeing much of the latter at the moment- but I thought of this post as a bit of a ~working from home~ diary if you like. It won’t be the most #excitingcontent (not every day can I put together THE best TV recommendations. Ahem) and they certainly won’t be the most glamorous outfits, but actually- sharing something I’d normally put quickly on Instagram, along with some thoughts about what’s going on might be quite a cathartic exercise (even if selfishly, just for myself).


Anyway- yesterday was a good day. Some days are certainly better than others, and I feel enormously lucky to be able to work from home, in a cosy warm space with access to an outside area and have weather that (at the moment), is being very kind. I’ve also properly discovered the joy of INSTAGRAM LIVES-which might be the most unexciting and least sexy thing I’ve ever said (and unpopular with many). But the sense of community, conversation and togetherness that can be found from watching your favourite band sing for fifteen minutes, an eye-wateringly brilliant bingo session on a Wednesday night or a workout alongside 200 others is strangely comforting when you’ve been working solo all day, and alone with your own thoughts and musings. It’s the ‘I’ll wait for a few people to join’ and the intimacy of something so far reaching that actually, feels quite special.

The joy about social media is the barriers to entry are non-existent. It’s a free market for anyone to enjoy what they like. In a time where we’re all feeling different levels of virtually the same thing, it’s definitely apt to say that doing what gets you through the day is such a kind thing to do for yourself- even if that’s just a soak after work, or an hour with your favourite book in bed. There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy your time at the moment (unless it’s outside mixing with others and not social distancing folks…)- but whether you’ve got your head in TikTok (which is where I discovered the absolute BOP that is Blinding Lights) or head squashed up on a pillow on the sofa- who’s to tell you otherwise. This isn’t a time for putting people in their place for enjoying the simplicity (and often beauty) of the mundane. It’s a time for togetherness (but, like, not literally) and being gentle with one another- and if you don’t mind me, I’ll be making my grids to the next Jules and Sarah Bingo live…

How are you?

(Dress: Gifted from Whistles*, Jumper: Gifted from Sezane*) (affiliate links)



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    March 26, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    A big YES for an old school blog post! Keep them coming (and more Instagram lives too, please!)

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    March 26, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Life for me is still pretty normal. As a community nurse, it’s pretty much business as usual with extra precautions, however we’ve become massively overstretched due to Covid-19. It’s always interesting to read about how people are faring at home with all this going on. I hope you keep well and stay safe!

    Jodie |

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      Olivia Purvis
      March 26, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      I can imagine- I’m sending so much love, and thanks to people like you who continue to keep things running and do so much. Stay safe too <3

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    March 26, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Yes! I love this kind of posts. Coronavirus is everywhere so this kind of content is refreshing and I love it.

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    Lucy Angele
    March 27, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Glad to hear you are doing ok <3 I was made redundant a few weeks back so I'm a little bit lost at the minute if I'm honest, but I'm continuing to blog and write as I find it really therapeutic. And outfit of the day posts always sit well with me especially when it concerns a bit of Sezane! <3

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      Olivia Purvis
      March 27, 2020 at 6:21 pm

      I’m so sorry you were made redundant lovely, sending you so much love <3 you got this!

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    March 27, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    I love the sense of community that is developing at the moment – on Instagram especially, which is where I spend most of my proctrastination time at home (oops…) We’re all in the same boat, and sharing all the little positive in our lives right now helps everyone! 🙂

    Julia x
    My blog had a makeover! Check it out here:

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    Holly White
    April 1, 2020 at 10:18 am

    I love how old school blogging vibes this is! So good to hear you’re doing okay – i struggled finding my routine at first but now I’m just taking each day as it comes, whether that’s being lazy all day or being super productive! xx

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