Its been a fair while hasn’t it. No excuse really, other than life has been VERY heavy as of late. We are still in the depths of summer over here in Barcelona. So with that in mind I have adopted some sort of daily uniform, which doesn’t particularly make for great outfit documentation/blogging. However thats cool. I have written here about how I seem to have adopted a sort of uniform. I guess thats growing up. You find you and feel better about it and everything seems to slip into that. So here is my summer look that I have been rotating on a daily basis. Its really too hot to care that much. Bring on autumn, tights and layers! I miss you. Shirt- H&M / Camisole- Topshop / Regular waist shorts- H&M / Necklace – &otherstories / Shoes – Birkenstocks.
Dress – Monki / Denim Jacket – Monki / Bag – Cambridge satchel company / Sunglasses – Hawkers / Shoes – Birkenstocks
So summer has well and truly arrived. Which for me means sweat, melting and hiding away from the intense heat of the Barcelonian sun. Out come the milk maid legs and dresses, sandals until October and wanting to live in a fridge. I lose my sense of style a bit in this heat, as not feeling like a gloopy mess trumps any sort of style decision. Its nice to wear floaty dresses and flounce around beautiful stately parks (this one being in Badalona). Also having lupus means I need to stay covered up, so light weight tops or jackets are a must. I would like to sew some little kimono jackets myself. Lets see if I can do that.
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The heat has most definitely arrived. It is sweltering. This was taken a week or so ago when it was still warm but comfy. I have been really enjoying wearing a pop of bright lipstick as of late and am a bit obsessed with the Kat von D tattoo lipsticks. They are amazing. I like that they also brighten my face and make me feel like facing the world a bit more. I am more into wearing black and more neutral colours these days so its nice to add a bit of colour. As you can see I have been mixing things up and doing a wardrobe remix, discovering which bits I wear the most and which bits not so much. Also what I feel good in and what I think suites me. My style has evolved a lot but at the same time stays the same. A mix between a child and a grandma with a bit of utilitarian comfort thrown in. The rest? I am going to sell on depop so watch out soon.
Also just wanted to add that one perk of this no buying clothes thing means that I have had a big sort out and discovered I had these jeans in the back of my wardrobe. I had completely forgotten about them! That is crazy as they were brand new. Its nice to rediscover old gems and bits you didn’t even realise you had. I am going to try and wear bits that I haven’t worn in a while.
Jacket- Vintage / Cami – H&M / Necklace – &otherstories / Jeans – Monki / Trainers – Nike / Bag – Cambridge satchel CO. / Silk Scarf – H&M / Lipstick – Kat Von D Liquid tattoo liptick in Berlin. / Brooch – gift from a lovely friend
Jacket – Monki / Enamel bird pin – Gift from friend / Blouse – Monki / Jeans – Monki / Shoes – Clarks / Super cute pup – Models own.
So a quick outfit post on the roof terrace. What a difference it makes to ones mood to slap on a bit of makeup and play dress up in ones favourite clothes (which all happen to be from Monki- oops!). I love my silver disco dancing shoes (even though they are scuffed- sad face). They make me feel like dancing…even if I can’t. This outfit is my feel better and face the world (well the seagulls on my roof terrace). Also there is nothing better than being interrupted mid photo session by your pup who wants a stroke/thinks you are a bit of a weirdo for standing in weird uncomfy positions ha!
Jacket – Vintage / Shirt – Pull & Bear (a few years ago) / Dress- Monki / Boots – Dr Martens.
This was taken a week or so back, and its one of my very favourite outfits. One that makes me really feel like me. I love the colours and the fact that this dress can be worn in so many different ways. These boots are still going strong and I love them dearly and are as comfortable (well nearly) as my trainers. Perfect outfit for exploring on a grey Barcelona day.
I know April now seems like a while ago, and it is. We are edging further into summer and further away from the cooler months. April has been a funny month for me with highs and lows. There have been little things that have made all the difference and I am going to list some of them below.Having a skin care routine and putting on a bit of makeup is a ritual that always makes me feel better. Its not because I feel the need to or because I have to. Its something I enjoy, always have done and its something that makes me feel brighter and a bit better. Like I am looking after my self.A few months ago I was in Sephora with a dear friend when I was testing some products. Something made my terrible sensitive skin flare up loads and it was like I had dipped my hand into acid and also it was so itchy at the same time and came up with a horrible rash that almost blistered. The lovely lady at the counter came to the rescue with this cream on the right. Crème Fraiche® de Beauté Enrichie. I don’t really know what the magic ingredient is in it. It smells wonderfully floral and has something else that I just can’t put my finger on. Once on the skin it was awesome and felt so cooling and soothing on my alergic reaction that I knew I had to buy it. I use it at night time and it leaves my skin so soft and calms any redness I get from the sun (sun alergy here). I was actually in Sephora looking for an eye cream so I knew the Nuxe one would be a good bet and it is. It makes me feel ready for sleep and so nourished.I picked up this hand cream in Carrefour of all places. It was only 1.99€. Its so soothing and smells like honey and doesn’t leave your hands all sticky and greasy. I love the fact it has yoghurt and shea butter in too and its fairly natural. SO good for the price, I will definitely repurchase as I seem to use hand cream loads due to being a messy illustrator and needing to constantly wash my hands. My medication constantly gives me acne around my neck and jaw line. After a month or so of using these products with a hot flannel my skin has totally cleared up. I adore, love and worship Lush a lot, I love what they stand for and their killer products. These two are my very very favourites. Ultra bland is amazing for removing any trace (even waterproof mascara) and just feels so soothing. If my skin is particularly sensitive I will just cleanse with this and nothing else, not even a moisturiser and it seems to restore the balance in my skin a treat. Aqua Marina really cleans, soothes and always gets rid of any impurities. Its like wet clay with herbs when applying and seems to get deep down and dry out any nasties without stripping my skin. I love them both and they are both firmly in my skin care routine.You have prob’s seen this jacket in my latest OOTD post. I love it so, it been perfect for these in between days where I don’t want to lug around a massive coat but still need to have some warmth. As I mentioned in that post I like how it scruffs up my outfits a bit. Sometimes I can feel a bit too dressy and throwing this on the top makes me instantly feel more me. I got it in the vintage bit of Topshop.This top from Monki is wonderfully frilly and victorian. I love this style of blouse, especially when worn with Denim. Its silky and soft and you can’t really tell from the photo but it has tiny little dots embroidered into it. I love its flouncy sleeves. I feel all Alexa Chung in it, inspired from her series on Vogues youtube channel (something I am going to get to in a bit).This necklace from &otherstories was gifted to me and I love it. I love its simplicity and the length and thickness of its chain. Oh and its gold <3My black Monki dungaree dress owns a large part of my heart. Its so versatile, comfy and just makes me feel like me, but a 5 year old me. I love it.L-R: 1 & 4 Windsor and Newton Water colour pens. They are amazing double ended pens that when mixed with water give an amazing texture. I love brush lettering with them. 2. Is my trusty mechanical pencil from Muji. Its my favourite drawing instrument ever and I have about 5 and a million refills. Just in case. 3. Faber and castle 1.0 mechanical pencil I also really like this, more for going over lines and being a little bolder.@bowieseye (the best name IMO!) I love Julia’s sweet illustration style and simple lines and oh the colours. / @maiuki Naia and her cute (best dressed) daughter. Naia makes/knits amazing kids clothes. I want her life! / @tincanhomestead This couple are super amazing. Natasha of @nastashalawler illustration fame. They travelled the states in a VW van called WesVanderson (brilliant!) and they are now doing up an airstream. Her style is incredible and I love love this project so much. Watching the progress is so cool. / @rynfrank I have been following this lady and her illustrations online for years under the name Katt Frank. I recently discovered that she changed her name and had a bit of a rebrand. I love love her IG feed so much, so perfectly curated. I can’t wax on enough about how much I love her illustrations and lines. I adore them.
And the rest. Youtubes I have been enjoying. Netflix series and books.
- Elly Pears Fast and feast days
- This Joy Division documentary on Netflix has reignited my love for this band and brings back memories of my student days dancing and sweating in grotty northern clubs.
- This series on netflix, Love. (are you sensing a theme yet. I’ve had a lot of tv watching time ok!)
- Helen’s vlogs. Love them, she is brassy and honest and bold and so her.
- This amazing series presented by the super cool mega babe that is Alexa Chung
- IAN CURTIS IN GENERAL and this film.
- I have been a fan of Sarra Manning since her diary of a crush/J17 days. Her latest book was read in a few days. Loved it.
So that was April. This post literally took a day to do. What have your favourites been? How was your April? I am off to bed now. Night (or good morning when you are reading this)
Jacket – Second hand vintage / Dress – Primark / Backpack (not pictured) – Kanken / Shoes – Vans.
SO its that time of the week again when I share my wares and attire. If you know me in IRL then you would’ve seen me wear this dress quite a few times. It is a cheap old thing from Primark. However I love the fit and the monochromeness of it. I normally wear it with boots and a denim jacket however decided to mix it up a bit. I love LOVE this jacket as it goes so well with denim and is warm and casual and scruffs things up a bit. Which I like. These Vans are also my one true (many true loves though) love. They are so good and comfy and go so well with both dresses and jeans. The other day I saw a girl rock a midi length skirt with vans and socks and it looked GREAT. Anyway what I wanted to say is that this is a very me like outfit and you can mostly find me wearing something of the sort.