Hola! This week’s MMM comes to you from beautiful Quito, Ecuador, where I spent all week on a blogging press trip – in fact, I’m posting this from the airport while waiting for my flight home. Packing for this trip was quite a challenge as I had no idea what the weather would be like at the tail-end of the rainy season. Turned out it was much hotter than I expected, and I did kid of run out of appropriate me-mades – but I stuck with it anyway! Here’s my jet-set week of outfits… the backdrops this week beat my messy bedroom, eh?
Me-made: Elizabeth top
Other: Gap chinos, espadrilles from Tel Aviv
Comments: First day here, exploring Quito’s beautiful old town – it was HOT! I was too warm in these long pants, but the Elizabeth was nice and cool. The crossover front is tucked in a bit awkwardly here as it was breezy up on this vantage point. These pants are on my ‘to copy’ list as I wear them tons in spring/summer and looking at this photo I think they’re quite slimming on the hips (no pleats); I’ve bought the Named Alpi Chinos pattern for this purpose.
Me-made: Feather sleeveless Hemlock
Other: Gap jeans, scarf was a gift.
Comments: Sporting some nice sunburn, care of that heat yesterday. It was a bit cooler today, especially as we took a trip to 4,100m above sea level in a cable car, which was as spectacular as it sounds. This photo is taken on the Panecillo with views over Quito in the valley behind. You can barely see my top; it’s the same one I’m wearing here.
Me-made: Burda 7017 trousers
Other: Cos tee & necklace, vintage shoes
Comments: At the official middle of the earth, with one foot in each hemisphere. My me-mades really are seeing the world! These have gone a bit baggy unfortunately, I might take them in as I love them otherwise.
Me-made: Self-drafted smock dress
Other: ASOS leggings, Cos necklace
Comments: Had no photographer/guide today so a selfie in my rather nutty trompe l’oeil hotel room. Second outing for this dress; I was too warm in leggings scampering round the new town, but it’s too short without and I felt like wearing it anyway. Check the tan coming along! As you can see by the desk, I bought some edible souvenirs and caught up on blogging today.
Me-made: Tee dress
Other: Necklace handmade in Salinas
Comments: Today was an epic train ride between the northern towns of Ibarra and Salinas; stunning scenery along the way and Salinas is as pretty as a film set. I actually dressed weather-appropriately for once – it was hot hot hot! I bought the lovely necklace from a shop in Salinas where everything in made in the community.
Me-made: Polka dot jeans
Other: Topshop tee, Salinas necklace
Comments: Run out of warm-weather me-mades in my suitcase and was far too hot in these jeans. I would have preferred to wear some RTW shorts, but I couldn’t fail the MMM challenge at such a late date. The spray from the beautiful Peguche waterfall behind me cooled me off a bit! We also visited the amazing Otavalo market.
Comments: Last morning in Ecuador :( Just time for breakfast and a quick walk in the sun to say goodbye to this beautiful country. I changed into some sweats and a me-made grey raglan tee for the journey home.
I’m really pleased I was able to keep up with Me-Made May while away, even though I did have to adapt what I’d be most comfortable in at times – wish I’d brought more me-made shorts and t-shirts. Just a few days of MMM left now! If you’re interested in what else I got up to in Quito I’ll be writing about it all on my other blog – and I also have a fabric shopping post for here…