last year’s looks: my summer #pingame;

It’s almost too easy to comment about how, if you leave something in your wardrobe for a certain amount of time, it will come back into style – but what about when the things that you’ve always worn suddenly become fashionable? While it wouldn’t be summer without a denim jacket and some button badges (usually, but not exclusively, themed for my favourite bands), this year I’ve upgraded to Levi’s and some on-trend enamel pins.

Summer #Pingame - M&M denim and Alexa Chung

Summer #pingame: M&M denim and Alexa Chung

Jacket*: M&M Direct
Dress: Alexa Chung for Marks and Spencer
Flower crown: Crown and Glory
Sunglasses: IOLLA

(Thanks Stevie for the photos – he did warn me about the car, but would I listen..?)

I’m pretty sure I’ve wanted some proper Levi’s denim since I was old enough to dress myself, so when MandM Direct gave me the chance to pick something from their range of women’s jackets and coats it took me all of about 30 seconds. I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of the site before they got in touch, actually – they have a wide range of high street and designer brands; and let’s just say that had I known that I could get my hands on my dream jacket for under forty quid I wouldn’t have spent the past five years kicking around in a £2 job from a charity shop…

I wore this with the M&S/Alexa Chung collaborative vintage-style polka dot dress of dreams, which was a treat to myself with the voucher I got for five years with my current employer. Neither party would like to hear me say this but Alexa is the perfect partner for M&S – fresh-faced, stylish and completely non-threatening. The collab, which is based around her apparently re-discovering old patterns from the M&S archive and giving them a contemporary twist, is right up my street although I managed to restrict myself just to the Elsie dress. It was the perfect outfit to kick around Glasgow’s most dog-friendly pubs on a sunny Saturday afternoon in (not pictured: the trainers I was also wearing after putting my back out again earlier in the day…)

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My summer #Pingame - a selection
My summer #Pingame - a selection

Frankly, I have no idea when collecting enamel pins became a Thing That People Do, but in my case it began with the magnificent Dana Scully “Mulder It’s Me” pin by Robin Eisenberg that you can see above (and which has appeared on this blog before). She’s since been joined by an accompanying Mulder thanks to Glasgow-based online store La La Land’s pin of the month club, which I’ve so far managed not to join but which promises an all-new pop culture-inspired design every month (June’s is Twin Peaks-themed).

I was introduced to Punkypins via fellow Glitterati girl gang member Kitty Wood a couple of weeks ago, and managed to hold off mere days before placing my first order (the “End Cat Calling” and “Pro Choice…” designs you can see in the pictures). The prehistoric kitty BFFs are by ilikeCATS, whose slightly deranged social media presence has made him one of my long-time fave Etsy sellers, and designosaur – and the rest are by House of Wonderland, Abandon Ship and Lucky Dip Club.

My summer #Pingame - Lucky Dip Club Girl Gang pin

D’you wanna be in my gang?

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This post contains PR samples, but all opinions are my own and unbiased.



  1. Siobhan
    May 18, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    I love this – M&M Direct used to mostly do sportswear. It is where I woudl get my running leggings. I can totally see why they’ve moved into the more fashion-y end of the market but I wish it was easier to get non fashiony sportswear still on their site *sigh*

    I LOVE YOUR PINS. I am sticking with old-fashioned badges for now (I have a great cat-themed girl gang one, one from a fab club night and one form my favourite Canadian clowning duo among others) but I admire them on other people. And I am currently scouring charity chops for my perfect summer denim jacket.

    • May 18, 2016 / 2:23 pm

      See, now I’m going to go back and look for leggings because if I’m going to get properly into this spin stuff I want some (cool-looking, but not ridiculously expensive) leggings.

      I will hang onto my old denim jacket until I see you x

    • May 18, 2016 / 2:19 pm

      Thanks hon, I’m pretty sure it’s the start of an obsession! x

  2. May 22, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Gorgeous dress and I really love your crown, Lis! I have a couple of the same pins as you… I’m the worst for just keeping the same pins on my jackets for ages and ages and not properly evaluating whether I still like or need them… I also have way too many denim jackets (4? why do I need 4??).

    Also, unrelated but it was SO lovely to meet you the other week! I need to blog about it properly when I have a free moment but it was super fun, hopefully I’ll get back up to Glasgow before the year’s out 🙂 xx

    • May 24, 2016 / 12:05 pm

      I hope so too! Or that I make it down to see you. This is actually one of my more subtle crowns hahahaha x

  3. rachelle renée
    May 23, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    The jacket with the pins is so you. I wouldn’t expect anything different!