A friend of mine popped round last night for an evening glass of pimms in the sunshine, and while we were sitting and chatting her necklace caught my eye and I fell in love with it straight away! The one she had on was gold, but I’m loving it in silver.
This weather isn’t really anything to go by, but a way to warm me up is by putting a dream summer outfit together. If the weather isn’t great there’s no reason to not bring a bit of summer yourself with what you wear. So here I have arranged a pastel paradise My favourite item has to be the Whistles sandals. They look like they’d be really comfortable with the platforms, and they’re not too high which I’m sure you’ll agree is an added bonus. What’s your favourite item?
I have had my trusty tie up shirts for five years now precisely! High waisted fashion was just starting to come about and I had fully discovered American Apparel after moving to London for Uni (when I went to Mexico in 2007 I first stepped foot in one and thought it was an overpriced H&M – oh how I was ignorant).
The first thing I ever bought was the Jersey Pocket Skirt in red. I didn’t have any cropped tops and there weren’t many interesting ones about on the high street.
I invited my mum and dad for lunch in London on a Saturday, followed by a favourite market of mine: Portobello Market. In the northern end by Ladbroke Grove tube station, I found a market stall towards the back that were selling these cropped tie up shirts in this bright tropical floral pattern.
At £7 I thought it was an absolute beaut of a bargain and no one else would have it (I still haven’t seen anyone wearing it).
A year later and I had moved to a street off the Old Kent Road (one of the cheapy brown streets on Monopoly). One day looking around Elephant and Castle market, amid all the stalls selling Millwall embellished towels and string vest tops, I came across an understated stall selling some super duper merchandise! I thought £7 was a bargain…they were selling the same style of cropped tie shirts for £1! WTF?!
There were a few patterns to choose from but I ended up buying a plain white one and a dainty floral pattern. White – as it goes with everything, and the floral pattern is very cute with a classic vintage look (as oppose to my tropical floral one I already had).
Aaaaand I bought some black floral high waisted culottes which have been a favourite item of mine (not featured here). SO GOOD! I have been meaning to go back to the market and see if that stall is still there.
I’ll probably buy some Bob Marley memorabilia while I’m there. FYI – you can also buy underwear with bum pads for a temporary bum lift.
As it’s Autumn soon I thought about getting a long sleeved one. I found this one on Glam Boutique by 18 and East; it’s adorable. The long sleeves would be perfect for those cold windy days and I love the Victorianesque soft blue print. It’s also in the SALE!
I love this one from ASOS as well, and it’s HALF PRICE! A simple block colour goes with most things and I am very very into lilac at the moment. I recently bought some lilac jeans and blazer…maybe I could wear them all together? NOT! I’m not a fan of this look ASOS have put together on the model though, I would have preferred it if they styled it with something high waisted. Do you have a cropped tie shirt? How do you wear yours?
Hello blog. I’m sorry I have been M.I.A. for a while. I really need to be more organised! I have tried to start a new regime where I get up at 6am. It worked Monday, but after reading about lucid dreaming on Monday night, I decided to try it out on Tuesday morning rather than get up :-/ I WILL GET UP AT 6am!!! My excuse this morning was that I’m going to my friend’s leaving dinner tonight in London, and will therefore be going to bed late…so should try not to overdo it. I am recovering from a cold after all…I have read if you stick to it for a month, your body gets used to less sleep. So I will be more determined to get up in the morning to write more!
StumbleUpon is SO good. Thanks to my friend Nicola who introduced me to it! Such a good way to find out hidden treasures on the internet that you may never come across. The idea is you press the ‘Stumble’ button and it picks a website that it thinks you might find interesting. When you sign up, you select all your interests from a range of things such as animals or computers, and you can either stumble within one interest or at random (but it will only show you things from the interests you have selected). Then if you like it, you can ‘Like’ it and it saves the page for you in your profile. You can also ‘Dislike’ and it will avoid showing you similar pages. I came across this page on High Existence 50 Life Secrets and Tipsand found it inspiring. Not that I don’t abide by some of the tips already…but No. 17 is an encouraging point for me right now! (Like I already mentioned) Not sure I’ll be going for 2 hours of sleep per day because I’m not a total freak, but may try out the alternate sleep cycles.
17. Fully adjusting to a new sleep cycle can take up to 21 days so don’t give up if you feel tired after switching to 5-hour nights. The “required” 8 hour/night is for normal people. If you’re reading THIS article on THIS site, you are not normal. So figure out how much sleep YOU really need and adjust accordingly. As enjoyable as sleep is, waking existence is much more fulfilling and efficient. IF this really sparks your interest, check out alternate sleep cycles with which you can be fine off of 2 hours of sleep per day.
Anyway we’ll see…Talking of M.I.A. (Missing In Acton) I have recently been sporting my Nike Air Max trainers, which do remind me of the singer that I love. I’ve had these since I was 14 – no joke. (Yes I’ve had size 7 feet since I was 13) I remember wearing them to Thorpe Park back in the day when I used to go with just one other friend (Hannah from the wedding special photos), we were a gruesome twosome. Bless us loners. But these have had a comeback for the better. I’m wearing a Corduroy Jacket: Gap, Checked Shirt: Charity Shop (my friend Frankie’s), Vest-top: Topshop, Bag: ASOS Jeggings: Topshop, Trainers: Nike (obv)… and the Bandeau in the last photo is H&M.
Thought I’d leave you with this song to reminisce – released in 2003!
I remember the concept of neon being around since the early days of Skins. This was subsequently followed by a number of neon parties i.e. ‘The Secret Skins Neon Party’ or ‘Vodpop Neon’, where people would be dancing along to Calvin Harris’ ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ with neon face paint. I am guilty of partaking in this neon fest (cringe)…As cringey as that was, neon is trending this year and I’m into it.
Out for my friend’s birthday, I wore this pink neon cropped vest top from Topshop. I was unsure what to wear it with at first. It needed something high-waisted, so I went with my striped pencil skirt from Primark. The belt is Rockit and turquoise bag Oxfam. I had a matching pink neon lipstick on from Rimmel (620: Coral Queen). I think I’m about to stick two fingers up at someone. Charming.
Remember Beki from the wedding? She shows that you don’t have to buy neon clothes to wear the trend. Her neon accessories really do give the outfit a bit of a lift!
At the start of May, I felt I was in need of a summer bag. I wanted a big bag to fit loads of stuff for work and for overnight stays on the weekend. Whenever buying something new I always check the Sale section first. ASOS was my first and last stop. Having previously seen a neon Zatchel bag and liking the look of it, I wanted to get a neon bag but not spend too much money. This pink neon satchel costs £113…
When I saw this ‘Canvas Contrast Handle Shopper’ from ASOS I bought it instantly. The neon straps are just enough neon, with the neutral beige fabric. I have worn it a lot as it does go with nearly everything. It injects a bit of colour, and even if it’s raining outside I still feel bright and summery.
Sleeveless polo neck, Charity Shop | High-waisted skirt, New Look | Sling-back sandals, Melissa | Bag, ASOS
So if you do like neon, but don’t want too much, or to commit to a piece of clothing, I would go for neon accessories. I’ve seen neon jewellery in a few places, but I liked the look of Zara’s necklaces the most.
Today I got Shellac done on my nails again. I never used to bother with my nails but now I have a bit of spending money it’s definitely worth it! I would usually cut my nails reeeeaaally short…not even file them down. I know – they did end up looking like a dainty boys hands as they are so large. I can’t bear to see dirt collect in long nails! Groossss. One of my pet hates.
Shellac on the other hand, is so great. It cost me £15 in a nail bar in Slough (yes that is where I work, it is the bumhole of Berkshire but I love how cheap it is!!) It lasted for 2 weeks including the week I was on holiday. After the 2 weeks there was just a lot of growth – nails always grow really quick in the sun don’t they? The lady in the jewelers I went into after getting them done even complimented on them. They are super glossy. I wasn’t even going to get them done again but then I thought… I’ve got a wedding to attend on Saturday, and if I just get a normal polish they’ll be chipped by the end of the week.
I did attempt to remove the Shellac at home. After a bit of searching online, the instructions I found were LOOONG. The salon didn’t charge me extra to remove it (other places do), which was nice of them. And I don’t think they should. They should just tell you how to do it after you get them done. All you need to do is put your fingers in a bowl of hot nail varnish remover. SIMPLES!
Tips on how to remove Shellac:
You will need:
A large and small bowl (small bowl that will fit both hands)
A nail file
A nail buffer
Nail varnish remover
Nail strengthener (optional)
Something sharp to scrape it off your nails
1. Boil the kettle. While it’s boiling fill the small bowl with some nail varnish remover (NVR).
2. Once the water has boiled, pour some into the large bowl. Then put the small bowl of NVR in the large bowl of hot water. Leave it until the NVR heats up.
3. Feel the NVR and when it is warm enough (without burning you), take the small bowl and put the ends of your fingers in it making sure you get all your nails in.
4. Leave your nails there for 10 minutes.
5. After the 10 minutes take your fingers out. The Shellac should have started to disintegrate. Start peeling them off with something sharp.
6. With the Shellac that might still be left, get the file and file it away from the surface of your nails. Then go over them with the buffer.
7. Finish with a coat of nail strengthener if you have any as Shellac does weaken the nails. But doesn’t matter if you don’t.
What I wore:
Here as you can see I’m still going for the ‘comb-over’ look with my hair. I’m wearing my high-waisted, tight, chino-esque trousers from American Apparel. They’re actually called ‘Four-Way Stretch High-Waist Side Zipper Pant’ (bit of a mouthful), mine are in Medium Grey. They feel a bit tight around the crotch area sitting down at work all day :-/ But I do love these trousers because they go with pretty much everything and have a really nice fit. You can wear them smart or casual, whatever the weather, summer or winter. They did dry really quickly after being in the rain, so that’s good!
I thought I might as well wear my jumper tops this week. It’s perfect weather for them. This one is from an Oxfam in Scotland it cost £2.50! OBV I washed it when I bought it – however I do admit on the odd occasion I have worn unwashed charity clothes :-/ does that make me a mingaa?! Yes. Goooood. Anyway it’s so nice and soft, when I saw it I thought – little hint of pastels, I <3 pastels AND it happens to be trending for the summer. Win win. My waterproof jacket is Regatta but I bought it in a charity shop in Camberwell. It was a desperate, last minute buy before my trip to Brehat in Brittany last year. I was lucky to find this jacket as I really like the colour. My neon canvas bag is from ASOS.
My belt is H&M. I’ve punched extra holes in to make it fit my waist as well. Everyone should own a leather hole puncher. My shoes are Keds but I actually got them in TK Maxx last month for £12. They are real cute don’t you think? My denim oversized shirt is from Primark that I bought in the sale last year. I actually copied my friend Hannah on this one. It is a staple must. Perfect for the summer or winter. It’s great for creating a layered look. I actually wore it to hide my hips as they are feeling quite large since my all inclusive binge on holiday. Or it makes a nice change from the usual cardi. I love Caggie’s look from Made in Chelsea. She wears the oversized denim shirt really well, looking effortless and laid back. But very sexy and chic at the same time!