Sunday, 17 June 2018

Snake in the grass

I don't know why or how but snakeprint seems to have slipped into my wardrobe recently.

Whilst I'm not a huge lover of prints - though my eclectic shirt collection circa 2013 tells a whole other story - I think they can be the perfect way to break up monotone look; something which we all know I am very fond of.

Plus, the muted taupes and subtle greens of snakeprint work so well in a range of contexts. Whether it's an a-line mini or a chiffon shirt, it can be elegant without losing it's edge.

Above I have included some of my favourite lookbook looks featuring my current print of choice.

Which is your favourite?


 P.s. check out my instagram to see my new snakeprint skirt of dreams; I'd lve to know what you think!

Monday, 4 June 2018

Red, White & Blue (And Black)

top - Shein
jeans - Zara
shoes - Lightinthebox
sunglasses - eBay

shirt dress - Shein
belt - Primark
shoes - eBay

Suit - Topshop (c/o eBay - £12.50!!)

A very quick post on some things I've been coveting recently, which is certainly not easy when the weather seems to change every five minutes.

That said, I have been desperately trying to hold onto the summer dream; which in my mind means paler tones and fresher fabrics - almost always.

Which one would you wear?



Monday, 28 May 2018

Don't look back

I have a tendency to overanalyse.

From picking apart old messages to reflecting on the conversation I had with the lady at the train station, every interaction seems to swill around in my mind until my stop's been announced. Let's hope there's no delays.

I used to think that growing up was synonymous with not caring, or at least, caring about things less. Without exams, cliques and msn messenger, what would there be to worry about? Quite a lot as it turns out.

Now I'm not talking house prices or the declining state of the economy - now that's a post in itself - I'm talking about those worries that you never would have even considered. The things like navigating commitment, how to sign off a light hearted email or 'what kind of coffee won't make me look like I'm trying too hard'. 

Small, simple things that on a laptop screen seem trivial, but in real life seem pretty important. And that's something with which we're all fairly familiar with.

Whilst right now these things seem overwhelming, at some stage - whether it's in a week or seven months - they're bound to diminish. Like the time you got locked in the PE cupboard or left your food tech ingredients at home, those supposedly significant worries become chapters and anecdotes that are almost nice to look back on.

Especially when you realise seven years without PE has probably improved your general wellbeing. 

Do you think looking back can be a good thing?


bodysuit - Boohoo
jeans - H&M


Friday, 18 May 2018

One point perspective

top - Shein
skirt - Missguided
shoes - Primark

This outfit makes me feel like I'm solving mysteries and unmasking outraged villains - which I am totally all for.
Even though I have always been a massive Daphne advocate, I definitely think I'm much more Velma i.e. desperately trying to be glamorous but forever returning to the comfort of my (orange) oversized jumper. 

Whilst I consider the identity of my animated alter ego, I shall continue to bathe in the wonder of Alex Turner's vocal chords. It took me a couple of listens, but I am in adoration of the latest album - a strong four out of five.

Which cartoon character would you be?


Monday, 7 May 2018

Mood swings

top & jeans - H&M
necklaces - Cinco
blazer - Primark
boots - Popjulia

How perfect has this weather been? Apparently the warmest May Bank Holiday since 1995 so it was certainly suncream and sauvignon all round.

Beyond the cocktails, the sun reminds me just how I much I enjoy summer clothes. Even if I'm not an avid skirt wearer, just being able to go outside without a jacket or sensible shoes makes a huge difference to my mood. Mainly wanting to buy all the summery things I can fit into my online basket, but also a reminder that holidays, late evenings and spontaneous adventures will soon be on the horizon.

What do you enjoy most about summer?



Monday, 23 April 2018

In search of sunshine

shirt & bag - vintage
jeans - Zara
shoes - eBay

jumper - Depop
jeans & bag - Zara
shoes - Lightinthebox

top - H&M
shorts - Levi's
blazer - Peacocks
boots - eBay

These looks are actually from last summer, back when I was trialling different outfits for festivals and holidays. Whilst part of me adores mixing prints and clashing colours - particularly me circa 2015 - there's something so effortless about about a monochrome look. As well as being streamlined and simple, they also provide the perfect canvas to dress up and down depending on the occasion. I would not, however, advise wearing an all-white ensemble to a festival. Especially if you don't want to be attacked by the muddied boots of the girl atop someone's shoulders whilst watching Frank Ocean.

Do you like monochrome outfits?



Friday, 13 April 2018

Un-finding yourself

Throughout your teens, twenties and beyond, pressure seems to weigh down upon every aspect of your life.

Whether it be passing your final high school exams, taking responsibility for that group powerpoint presentation (that only you attended the seminar for) or struggling with a full time job, the pressure to succeed and excel across all areas is expected. What's more, it's all allegedly for your own benefit - or so everyone keeps telling you.

There's so many expectations and conventions that seem to be sparked into life as soon as you're blowing the candles on your cake each year. It's as if someone's placed a memo to interrogate you about your entire life's achievements inside every birthday invitation you've sent out.

'You know you really should start start thinking about your career now you've finished school.'

'I don't understand how you don't have a life goal - you are 14 after all.'

'Better get a move on before all the nice men are snapped up.'

Whilst the above statements may be slightly exaggerated, you get the gist.

Though I've always tended to grimace and reluctantly nod when faced with these remarks, I would much rather respond with 'Why don't you tell me? After all you have my life completely sussed out. Give me a clue what to do.'

Seriously, I really could do with a clue.

When you're faced with so much pressure externally, you naturally begin to feel it internally. I'm constantly asking myself what I'm doing with my life and whether I'm on the right path; comparing myself to others and wondering what my 'objectives' are. 

As someone who has always detested that word, I'm not doing so well at reaching a conclusion. 

That's if there even is one.

When you feel like you're constantly under scrutiny, it can be easy to think that to move on to the next stage of your life you need to tick box a, b and c. But you don't. 

Just because one person follows a particular path doesn't mean that you have to, and just because someone else knows what their long term plans are doesn't mean that you have to. 

Of course, knowing what your objective are is great, but so is not knowing. I'm tired of being told to 'find myself' when instead I hope that somewhere along the line the right thing will come and find me.

photos by the lovely Jordy Lewis G
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