Sunday, 10 July 2016

Waiting on Summer: Gingham Culottes

THRIFTED sunglasses, TOPSHOP crop top, ZARA culottes, 
SWATCH watch, H&M necklace, SUPERGA sneaks

I don't know if it's the Andalusian light or my squinty face which screams SUMMER louder in these photos, but my clothes are saying 'care free' as I hope to be in a couple of weeks when I finish full-time work in a restaurant, fly home to Spain and bathe in some (even if I do say so myself) well-deserved rays! 

A (much cooler than me) gal on Twitter said in the deepest, darkest months of winter 'wake me up when it's culotte season' and it resonated with me deeply. That care-free attitude that I mentioned earlier is met with the elated feeling of exposing ankles and not experiencing imminent frostbite. Culotte season, in other words, is synonymous with happy season and summer season which is why, as demonstrated in the images above, they conjure up the hottest of seasons for me. Counting down days until I can reenact this. 

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Raiding Mum's Closet: Mango Wrap Around Skirt

STRADIVARIUS tee, VINTAGE MANGO wrap skirt, TOPMAN sunglasses
SPANISH BOUTIQUE sneaks (similar), MANGO bag

I wore this last week while in Spain on a short mini break (and posted it on Instagram), and really enjoyed it... A mixture of the subdued colours, the sneaks and this awesome skirt I dug out of my Mum's closet. Absolutely love that detail which you can wear either at the front or the back. Turns out, she bought it before I was born! Another point towards investing and looking after your clothes. 

It's dissertation and exam time this May, so Instagram and Facebook are deleted for now. I've got to tell you, Mums are right; I've noticed such a difference in my concentration levels and general time wasting behaviour. I will re-download them once my dissertation is in next week, but I will be assessing whether I slip into my old procrastination patterns and may have to delete for the whole of the exam period. Social media is really such a time thief. 

These Topman sunglasses have become one of my favourite items of late, solving the issue of lusting after the Raybans ones but not enough to actually invest in the real deal!

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Saturday, 16 April 2016

How To Dress For A Food Baby

Vintage Whistles pants (similar), Zara top (similar), Topshop sandals, Olivia Burton watch

This post is for anyone who dreads that self-conscious feeling that comes from wearing something tight to a meal; you were feeling the reflection in the mirror before you left the house, yet once past the bread course you're adjusting, breathing in and generally not enjoying yourself. Worse yet: your outfit actually affects your meal choice. I bring you solutions. 

Going out to eat in Spain - I would argue especially Southern Spain - is a joy. Not only is it usually warm enough to sit outside at any hour, but it's relaxed, varied, delicious and tapas come in at 1€. These kind of prices mean that it's extremely common for people my age to eat out with their friends relatively regularly, something that is not always possible in the UK. Chatting with friends until whatever hour, ordering rounds of 1€ serranitos, that waistline has the potential of becoming a tad tight. 

So here is my answer: wide leg pants to keep it smart and up-to-date, a smart top (wear white at your own risk... I'm so clumsy) and some matching jewellery and lips. I've been enjoying wide leg pants for a while, I love the way they're a) comfy as it comes, b) a fast-track to longer legs and c) that smart-smasual I'm always looking for. You may be able to tell that these are some old photos from the summer, but with a few alterations I don't see why this is not a year-round winner combination. This combination can be covered with a long heavy coat until you arrive at the restaurant if it's a less than balmy night (Manchester speciality) and the sandals for some smart flats. You're ready to enjoy the evening and, crucially, order those carbs. 

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