Kiely's 'Stem' pattern is pretty much ubiquitous nowadays, which did make me wonder why she doesn't get quite as many negative comments thrown at her as, say, Cath Kidston. Is it that her stuff is more streamlined, less pastel, a little less twee? (I quite like some of Kidston's patterns, but too much of the florals or polkadots can make me feel like I'm trapped in a Yummy Mummy's Instagram feed.) I don't think I'd want 'Stem' on a large item – a bag, say – but it's a nice splash of colour on the watch face, and the long, slim rectangular shape is unusual.
I've been meaning to back up my clothing spreadsheet for ages, and yesterday the save crashed and corrupted the whole thing. All this year's data, gone. I have taken this as a sign that I don't really need it any more. It's served its original purpose, to help me work out what I was wearing and avoid buying more things that only ever saw the inside of the wardrobe, so it's time to let it go. And to learn the lesson: back up stuff if you think it might be important.
On the subject of letting things go, my holiday clothes led to a bit of a revelation. It's okay for styles to change. It's great to wear things that fit. And so I'm now in the mood for having a massive clear-out. The local hospice kilo sale is this weekend, so I'll be able to get new things for myself, and then I'll offload my unwanted vintage on Vix when she's in town next month... Out with the old old, in with the new old!