If Kleenex Were Wishes.

Getting decent visuals is the hardest part of blogging for me (you may have noticed), but for the whole past week it’s been decidedly nothing-to-see-here. Stuck with a cold, an eye reaction and a rapidly dwindling supply of Kleenex Balsam, I’ll let those tireless still life photographers do the work for me. Gimme:

Getting hella arty right now. Just humour me
Getting hella arty right now. Just humour me

Clockwise from top left:

1. Staring at Stars Leaf Print Shirt [as text]
I do love you dopey Urban Outfitters models, but I feel like this shirt is better hamfistedly cut into text. Every season there’s a particular UO shirt I want, and this time it’s this paisley/leaf number. It has a dipped back that I could do without, but it’s quite lovely IRL.

2. Melvita Extraordinary Water
HYDRATE ME PLEEZ. It’s not even icy outside yet, but my face is doing its usual autumn routine of falling off here and there. TBH I just like anything that has the audacity to call itself Extraordinary Water like some kind of relic. “Why’s your face so smooth?” “Oh, it’s my routine of Extraordinary Water and bathing in milk.” Yeah?

3. River Island Contrast Collar Shift Dress
I wore a this nice shift dress to a wedding the other weekend and it’s awakened something inside me. This one seems a little less formal and I’m thinking leather jacket, eyeliner, stompy shoes (as if I own anything else).

4. Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Eye Mask
I keep wavering between wanting this as a Chrimbo present and NEEDING IT RIGHT NOW. Supposedly binchotan charcoal is good at “deflecting negative ions in your home” which sounds great and futuristic and really I will try anything to get rid of this damned eye puff. Eye masks are also really good for allowing you to sleep through your alarm and miss all kinds of important things.

5. ASOS Africa Top With Check Double Layer
Okay. Am I crazy? The whole “layered so you don’t have to” thing is weird, but I do like this. Undecided.


The Best Intentions.

Aside from doing a good amount of walking, pub-lunching and holding my phone in the air for signal, I also spent a fair bit of time on holiday tapping out thoughts on A/W style. That whole back-to-school feeling that sees me trying to be all new-year, new-you. It’s why I first plucked my eyebrows fifteen years ago, why I walked into AS-level Psychology with half my hair cut off (literally, these were the asymmetric years) and why I really, really believe I’m gonna grow up this time. I’ll wear ironed clothes and have neat hair and not be distracted by silly crap OH WAIT THERE’S A HOT DOG JUMPER!

Sweatshirts, £28 each from River Island
Sweatshirts, £28 each from River Island

Whatyougonnado? Who knows what is hardwired in my brain to love trash, but it’s a strong urge. I mean, hell I was window-shopping Cos this morning but you just can’t beat it out of me.

Of course, there’s trash and there’s trash. I’m well aware that these River Island doozies have turned up after a long long trickle-down of all-over-print items and I’ve seen some polyester sweatshirts up close – full-on Monets. I’ve also had a bad experience as regards hot dog print – this Ashish for Topshop number had the most bizarre shape that just would not sit right.

We could have been so good together
We could have been so good together

If they’re decent IRL, the decision rests on hot dog vs macaron. I prefer the former to eat a million times over but the sheer brash UFO-ness of the latter is calling out to me. It’s so far removed from the muted, bokeh-laden images of macarons that litter t’internet that I feel pretty alright about it. Elsewhere on my RI browse, I was hoping from the still-life that this little number said ‘Pickles Youth’, but alas it doesn’t. Probs for the best, eh.

Stamp Out Summer.

Thirty-degree lunchtimes are just fine and dandy, but I’ve been spending these past few hazy days learning that proper sunshine is THE ANTI-BLOG. I’ve been on a mini-holiday, being driven round the Costa del Teesside in a yellow droptop (no really) so I come back today with that most deskbound of posts: the wishlist!

Let's call this one "what heatwave?"
Let’s call this one “big shoes and boring dresses”

Heatwaves equal boring clothes. So does my wishlist, but the combo of anti-embellishment with some frankly silly tassels, bits and bobs is what I fancy wearing when it’s cold enough to enjoy dressing again.

Clockwise from centre:

Blue cameo embellished beanie hat, £12 River Island
I have beanies coming out of my ears, but I’m into the baby blue and a cameo makes most things better. Might be ripe for recreating with a £2 Amazon beanie and one of my many granny pins.

Moto indigo tencel shift dress, £55 Topshop
More Curiosity List than Wish List, but this is the kind of dress that could be amazing in the perfect louche way given the right drape/cut/colour. Which in reality prob means needing a much smaller waist-hip ratio, and spending at least five times this amount.

Black chunky cut out buckle ankle boots, £65 River Island
A style that everyone and their cat has made, but these have the correct amount of clump without being overwhelming. Oh and they’re cheap (don’t forget yourself, Helen).

Mesh elastic waist midi dress, £29 Topshop
Another sort-of-sack, but I love the silver-birch grey and it just looks really soft. That’s reason enough to want it, right?

Black patent chunky tassel loafers, £35 River Island
The kind of shoe that makes me hope beyond common sense that my stupid skinny heels wouldn’t fall out of the back of something so heavy. Perfect height, perfect stomp factor. Not sure what witchery River Island do to keep their prices so cheap, but for £35 I’m willing to gamble.