Refining My Wardrobe


These jeans. THESE JEANS! They were such a faff to get my hands on!
I left it a little late waiting for the M.i.h sale, so I bought them in the size up that I’d usually go for as that was all they had left. I’d never bought anything from them before, so I had no idea how their sizing worked; Surprise surprise, they didn’t fit. So, in the process of posting them back I found my size on a different website for the same price and bought them. Only issue was, as I was looking at how they fit other people online, I found them almost £50 cheaper on a little site called Bad Denim!

So I ended up buying 3 pairs to get it right, and I’m still waiting for one refund… BUT, it was totally worth it. I love them. They fit me perfectly, I don’t have to fold up the hem (which is unheard of, even for some “cropped” trousers), but I like how they look folded, too. They are pretty retro looking, but I feel like they have a slightly modern twist on the 70’s jean fit. Pops of colour with minimal everything else is my jam right now, so this burnt orange colour is a great addition to my currently very sparse wardrobe (and it matches my hair!).

Jeans: M.i.h | T shirt: H&M Conscious collection | Shoes: Birkenstocks
I’ve had a pretty major clear out of clothing, sold some on eBay, taken lots to charity and pretty much halved my already small wardrobe. I hadn’t worn some of my remaining vintage pieces in well over a year, so I figured if someone else can get some more wear out of them, then why not sell them/give them away! It feels really good to start over, and I can’t wait to see where my style is heading. It seems to have changed a lot over the past 6 months/year, but I’ve never had the money to buy what I really wanted and therefore actually show that it had changed (if that makes sense?). Now I’m earning a little more, I can feel less guilty about making some pricier (but more ethical and better quality) purchases every now and again and to be honest, it feels great!
Next on my list is a new bag that will comfortably fit my camera in it, and occasionally my iPad Pro (12.9″)… suggestions are more than welcome!

Have you ever had a complete wardrobe overhaul? I’d love to chat about it in the comments!

Phthalo Blue Birthday


I turned 27 yesterday. I had been quietly freaking out about it for a little while now; feeling like I hadn’t “succeeded” in anything in particular, my blog and illustration work never taking off, getting closer to 30, feeling like maybe I’ve just not tried hard enough, work always getting the better of me. Just as it was all getting a bit much I read Brittany Bathgate’s most recent blog post about age and how people and society perceive it and honestly; it couldn’t have come at a better time! It gave me the little boost I needed.

I’ve always thought of myself as a “late bloomer” – still looking awkward, unsure about myself and teenager-ish well in to my twenties. In reality, it was just because I cared too much about what other people thought of me – it hindered my growth massively when it came to my blog, personal style and illustration work. I know these are all ultimately superficial things, but they were (and still are) my life, and it affected my self confidence hugely. I tried too hard to fit in with the people around me, but working from home for the last year and taking a step back, no matter how alienating it was at the time, has made me realise who I am a little more when it comes to these things. Okay, I’m still struggling with my illustration style, but that’s a story for another time!

What I’m trying to say is – no matter how old I am, I’m going to keep trying and doing the things I love to do. I don’t think there should be this specific magical age that people have to feel successful and fully themselves by. We all constantly change and grow and we all put too much pressure on ourselves, from younger and younger ages, to be in a particular place in our lives by a certain age.

Dress – FineryBag – still available from Ark in Cambridge Shoes – Birkenstock

This dress was a treat to myself for my birthday. It’s from Finery London and it’s my first piece of clothing in a long time that feels like it’s really made well. Finery has been on my radar since they launched in 2014, but I have never afforded myself to buy anything from them until now. What a mistake that was on my part! I can tell this dress is going to be regularly worn and in my wardrobe for a long time, and will still look good for years to come. They aren’t about fast fashion, and you can really tell. Their turnover isn’t as quick as other high street shops, which is great for my indecisive mind that likes to mull things over for ages before committing to anything. This piece is a classic kimono/wrapover in a beautiful linen and a perfect shade of blue that reminds me of my Phthalo Blue gouache . Obviously it looks a little longer on me than on the model on their site, but that’s always the case for me. The trials and tribulations of being short! If you are a small person like myself, I hope this gives you an idea of where it might finish on you!

Lick of Life: May

Well, I didn’t quite stick to my “take my camera out everyday” aim, but I definitely used it a lot more in May than I usually would. I also picked up my Canon AE-1 and shot some film! I then proceeded to torture myself and watch lots of youtube videos on medium format photography and now I want Mamiya 7, though. Oops.






May consisted of walks in the sunshine with Milo, taking photos of flowers, a little trip to Brighton (covered in this post), seeing friends & taking photos for/helping set up my dads new watch shop.





As always, after trying out a few different brands, I went back to my trusty Korres. This time I bought the Wild Rose exfoliating face wash and the Almond and Linseed hair mask. Korres products always smell sooooo goooood.

And thats it for my miscellaneous May photos! What did you get up to? Do you have any interesting summer plans for June? I’m hoping to be able to visit a beach, and my birthday is coming up, too.

Free iPhone & iPad Wallpapers: The Breakfast Edition

A breakfast themed iPhone and iPad background for all you fellow breakfast lovers out there. Click on the links below to download for free!
I Had so much fun using my Promarkers & Procreate on my iPad to make this; hope you like them!

Breakfast:

iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6 & 7
iPhone 5/5s/5c

iPad Retina
iPad

Vegan Breakfast:

iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6 & 7
iPhone 5/5s/5c

iPad Retina
iPad

If you like these, please feel free to let me know – I will get to it and make more repeat patterns to share with you! Perhaps a desktop background next time? Or free printables?

Some Recent Makeup & Skincare Pickings

I made a pretty big (for me) order with Deciem last month – these 5 ‘The Ordinary’ products only cost £26.00 in total, though! I’m a sucker for their packaging – so minimal and apothecary/”sciency”. Mmmm.
They are incredibly popular right now, so it took almost a month to get to me. Which kind of sucks, but they sent such a heartfelt apology out to everyone who was waiting that I couldn’t get annoyed!

I’ve been testing everything out for the last week, so I feel I can’t make the best judgement on them yet, but so far…and I’m cringing saying this because everyone LOVES The Ordinary so much right now; I’m not really that impressed! Ultimately, they are incredibly inexpensive products, that work okay for the price, but they didn’t knock my socks off as much as they have some people on the internet.

– The Ordinary Serum Foundation in 1.0N and 1.1N:

There are rave reviews about the new foundations, saying that they feel equivalent to ‘high end’ products. I’ve never tried a high end foundation, but I would honestly hope that if/ when I do, it would be better than this? The Bourgeois Healthy Mix foundation (and the serum version, too) that I used to use, is my baseline when trying new foundations/base products, because its the best I’ve used for my dry skin type so far. I assumed that having “serum” in the title of this one would mean it would be suited to my dry skin, but I found that it is actually quite matte, higher coverage than I thought it was going to be (this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I wanted a lighter coverage for summer), and it clung on to every dry patch I have. I will probably carry on using it because I don’t like wasting things, but I won’t be repurchasing it. Perhaps mixing in a drop of oil will give a more hydrating finish?

– The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, Niacinimide 10% and Zinc 1%, High Adherence Silicone Primer:

Even though my skin is dry, I do get the occasional breakout/congestion about a week before my period. I’ve been using the Niacinimade & Zinc before bed, and I think I’m beginning to see a slight difference, but it is quite drying. I’m going to carry on using this only on the bad patches and not my entire face, and maybe update this post once I have a better idea.

I don’t know if its just because I’m slowly heading towards 30 now, but I have noticed that my forever present purple under-eyes are getting a lot worse recently. I thought I’d give the Caffeine solution a go – but I haven’t noticed anything in terms of pigmentation or my occasional slight puffiness in the morning. Honestly though – I don’t think anything will help. I’ve been dark under my eyes my entire life. If anyone has any sort of miracle eye skincare, PLEEEAAASE let me know!

Lastly from The Ordinary; I’ve never tried a primer before, so I have no idea how this is performing, really. It doesn’t blur anything, and doesn’t seem to make my makeup last any longer than usual. I’m using it around my nose, as thats where my pores are largest, and I’ve noticed its actually breaking me out. *shrug*

– NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Auburn, Barry M Coconut Infusions nail polish in Storm:

The NYX eyebrow pencil Veeerrryy similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz. I will probably carry on buying it as it is a lot less expensive, and easy to get hold of in Boots. I do prefer the ABH Auburn colour, though. This one is slightly lighter. Fellow copper haired people, real or wannabe real (like me!); what do you use on your eyebrows? Do you just go for a warm toned brown? or Blonde? Or do you try to find the perfect copper colour for you?

Barry M. Yes. Love it. It’s super cheap and cruelty free. Beautiful colour, I’ve never had a grey nail polish before, lasts as long as normal nail polish does (that is 3 or 4 days on me before looking scruffy) – great!

If anyone has any recommendations or suggestions for skincare and makeup – please throw them my way! I always love trying new things. Right now I’m especially low on cleanser and face masks – anyone tried anything great recently??

Brighton for the Night


I was going to vlog my little trip to Brighton this Monday, but found that I was enjoying myself too much to film everything. I find that happens quite often, maybe I need to work on that… It was a JAM PACKED couple of days, and my feet are definitely feeling it right now. It was so worth it though, just wish we could have stayed a little longer!

These are just a few places I’d recommend going to if you ever visit:

Workshop living – They stock very minimal, Scandinavian and Japanese designed homeware. I’m a sucker for Japanese design, so I love it in there. It does smell very strongly of incense though, so if you aren’t a lover of it (like myself), be prepared!


Redroaster – Very good coffee, which you can actually buy (queue Harry the fancy coffee fiend getting very excited), and an interesting menu. Feels cool, but not intimidating. Plus, marble and brass everywhere – Instagrams best friends, hah!


Lucky Beach Cafe – Right on the seafront – if it’s a warm day, go sit outside! Eating breakfast by the beach is the best. Really yummy breakfast menu, and I want all of their serveware. (I need to cool it with the stripes…)


Other great places that I didn’t photograph:
Tidy Street General Store‘ – full of Soeur and Rachel Comey, I walked in and it was all honestly my ultimate dream wardrobe. One day it will be mine, ONE DAYYY. Plus some cute ceramics and homeware accessories.
Magazine‘ – full to the brim with magazines on everything and anything
Family Store‘ – Stocks Stay Home Club; Forever supporting my fellow Canadian illustrators/designers!


Our main reason for visiting Brighton was to see Kishi Bashi at the Hope & Ruin. I have a real soft spot for Kishi Bashi, he is one of my favourite musicians of all time. I can honestly say that it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to. It was his last day of tour, so I think he was suffering from a bit of hysteria, but it just seemed to make it all the more personal. There were only 150-ish people there, so it felt more like a party than a gig. His voice was impeccable, and Harry and I can safely say that whenever he is in the UK (or Europe; I’d travel pretty far to see him again!), we’re going to see him again. And again. Aaaaaand again. Listen to him – nowww!

 

Typical Uniform No. 1

*First ever video of me speaking to a camera alert* I am criiiiingiiiing about this, but it was super fun to film and edit, so I may make some more! PLEASE GO EASY ON ME. I was so afraid to hit publish. I don’t think a lot of people in my life will “get it” so I’m nervous of the possible feedback. And my voice is SO WEIRD…but I’m doing this for me, and for the possibilities to chat with like-minded people on the internet because I’m a hermit.



Harry and I have been Milo-sitting for a little while now, and it was the first warm sunny day we’ve had for ages, so we ended up walking around a country park near us for a couple of hours. I was sucking up the warmth from the sun like a lil lizard!

This jacket is from H&M, which wasn’t the plan for my gradual wardrobe overhaul… but I had seen it a month ago and had thought about it every day since. It’s just one of those things that I know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of, so I thought I’d stop making myself feel guilty about it and buy the damn thing.

Jacket – H&M
Jeans (similar) – Asos Farleigh
Belt (similar) – Levis
Scarf – vintage
Shoes – Keds

Current Wardrobe Situation & Moodboard

And it really is a situation. I don’t have room for an actual wardrobe in my apartment, so I currently have a rail in our bedroom:


(not the most glamorous photos, I know…but lets be real)

To the left of the cubby hole thing is Harrys smarter clothing (i.e. shirts, trousers, ties), and then everything else is mine. These are ALL of my clothes. Apart from winter coats and what I’m selling/ need to take to charity, which is a pretty large chunk waiting in a suitcase in the shed for me to get my butt in gear and take it!

Basically – I’m bored of my wardrobe. I’d say three quarters of it I’ve had for 3 years or more, and while I do wear most of it, perhaps I need to have a real look of some of the more worn-out pieces… I am emotionally attached to a small number of things that I should really recycle. I sold a lot of my vintage clothing over the past couple of years, so most of it is “new” – but I’m not CRAZY IN LOVE with any of it! I work from home, so I went through a stage of “wow, I never wear any of this any more SELL IT!”, and I’m not exactly regretting it, because in my head my style has changed, but I do feel like that certain interest is missing now.

I don’t really know where I’m going with this… do I want to make a loose capsule wardrobe with a few good quality vintage pieces?  Do I start being more disciplined with recycling/selling/charity-ing something when I buy something new (a long way of saying one in one out)? Should I just chill out??!! (probably)

On the other hand, I definitely know that I want to support local businesses and makers more, wear more GOOD QUALITY vintage again (this is seemingly a hard thing to do in the UK – take me back to Laura Dols in Amsterdam!), not stick to a specific era, but just have a certain vibe going on, and buy things less often, but invest in pieces that will last me a long time.


Clockwise from top left: 12345 (images are also on my Pinterest)

I guess the above is what I mean by “vibe” – chore jackets, linen, vintage jeans, wide leg trousers and cotton lace. Ooh and I reeeaallly want a straw hat that fits me this spring/summer. I watched one of Kitty Cotten’s youtube videos where she spoke about an adjustable fitting straw hat. THATS WHAT I NEEED! If anyone knows where I can get something like that in the UK – pleeeease tell me!

Lick of Life: April

I didn’t bring my camera out in April. Nor have I been feeling that great. Buuuut I really want to step up my game, so my aim for May is to bring my camera out with me EVERYWHERE. Even if I’m just going food shopping. You never know when you’ll see a cute puppy or something, right??
I might also do a lil vloggie because I’m off to Brighton to see Kishi Bashi on the 15th!

SO the following is mostly a bunch of phone camera shots of what I got up to in April – I apologise (Mainly to myself).









Glossier!!!

I couldn’t handle the hype anymore, so I caved and bought some Glossier pretties. Note to self: Never buy anything from America that doesn’t ship to the UK ever again! I had it delivered to some lovely friends in New Albany who posted it for me, and then I had a customs charge. And, After all that, I found out that Glossier is coming to the UK later this year. WHAAA!



Turns out it was totally worth it though, because now I’m desperate to try more of the range! I’ve been having some issues with skin redness/itchiness (I’m guessing caused by hayfever), and I’m super pale and unhealthy looking right now (blame that on working from home…), but the Cloud Paint is somehow managing to make me look healthy! Especially in the colour Beam. It’s a peachy-orangy colour that suits my yellow undertones really well. I usually use a powder blush, but this paint-like textured stain is so much better for my dry skin type. Plus, once it sets it doesn’t budge aaalllll day.

The concealer deeeefinitely isn’t for blemishes, it just isn’t high enough coverage, but under the eyes its great! I do suffer from dark purply under eyes, but I’ve used it for a few days of very minimal makeup now, and I kinda like it. Also, somehow it doesn’t crease?? I guess its called ‘Stretch” Concealer for a reason!

I’d love to try the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, Moisturising Moon Mask and the Generation G lipstick! Can’t wait for Glossier to come to the UK!