I can't say I love London fashion. It's loud and showy and rather obnoxious. But I do love that people here don't give a crap what anyone thinks. I've seen a lady completely decked out in bright orange, girls with the most ridiculous platform shoes, guys with the most ridiculous platform shoes and a full velvet suit. No one even bats an eyelid.
It's been one of the best things about moving to London. You don't feel like you have to be on top of your fashion game and you definitely won't stand out in a crowd, no matter how much orange you wear. No one cares.
I have noticed myself wanting to be less showy and much more practical and simple with my wardrobe choices. I've become obsessed with the classics - blue skinny jeans, white sneakers, the perfect t-shirt, black pumps, a crisp white shirt. Of course it's fun to splash out on a bright pink floral lace skirt or a fluffy leopard print jumper once in a while, but I'd like to think that my style has evolved past being trendy to something a bit more sophisticated.
Happy new year! (Is it too late to still be wishing people that?)
There are no real excuses for my neglect of this poor little blog. I guess life just got busy and maybe I cared less. I have become quite self-conscious about my body and the last thing I feel like doing is standing in front of a camera. Body issues and self-esteem aside, I don't want to represent myself or my life as all rainbows and unicorns on this blog. I want to be real.
The above pictures are of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. It's definitely one of the places you need to visit in your lifetime. We visited the Sagrada just after Christmas with my parents, on an epic trip from Spain through to France. It is the most magnificent church I have ever seen. I walked in the entrance and gasped and my eyes welled at the immense beauty and majesty. Something I will never forget.
I think it's easy to get caught up in the frivolities of life; to be obsessed with the latest fashions, to travel and experience as much as possible, to eat at the hippest restaurants. But sometimes you are brought to your knees before something so stunning and magnificent, your perspective changes. God and eternity are much bigger. Life is more important.
Don't get me wrong. All these things like shoes, food and travel are lots of fun and it's likely that I will keep blogging about them. But they aren't all I'm about.
New year, new resolutions right?
I've joined a gym and am determined to go 4-5 times a week.
I need to be more disciplined and prioritise the right things.
I am on a slow recovery from the gorge-fest that was Christmas. Healthy eating, not dieting.
I spend so much money on things I don't need. Less spending and more time considering what is important.
for neglecting this little space of the internet. i promised i was back
and i failed. partly time, partly laziness and partly all i want to do
is come home and watch suits (sigh, if only work was like that in reality #lawyerlyf).
anyway, it was my husband's christmas party on monday
and it was a black tie ball. it was a nice excuse for me to look for a
long black dress, which i've always thought would be a particularly
useful wardrobe essential (take note, pip). this karen walker gown
is probably not the most flattering (my husband said it looks like a
sack...), but i don't care and i love it. the origami-like detailing in the low back (sorry no pictures) and the eating allowance tick all the right boxes.
with a somewhat blank canvas that this dress affords, it really is all about how you accessorise. i stepped it up a few notches by adding a maripossa necklace
and wearing it backwards so it draped down the open back jlaw-style. i
also wore my new etsy ear cuff, which i love for its subtlety. and the red lip adds the finishing touch.
the other christmas parties i've attended have required the wearing of
christmas jumpers. but don't get me wrong, i more than willingly rock
that too. how i love this time of year!
in case i don't make it back here, happy christmas to everyone/anyone who reads this little blog of mine. i hope you have a blessed time and are surrounded by love, generosity and joy.
shirt dress: cos | coat: vintage dries van noten (mum's) | bag: cos | shoes: porselli
i wore this on sunday to go christmas shopping on oxford street. mistake.
speaking of which, christmas is literally around the corner and, other than having to deal with the crazies on oxford street, this is definitely my favourite time of the year. the christmas cheer is really in the air - the adverts are all out in full force (definitely watch the sainsburys, waitrose and john lewis ones - cried my eyes out), they've turned hyde park into a winter wonderland, christmas jumpers are now in fashion, you can see people lugging home real christmas trees and there are fairy lights everywhere. i freaking love it!
this time of year makes me so nostalgic and i couldn't imagine celebrating christmas without my family, so thank goodness they are all making the long flight out here so we can all celebrate together in our daggy christmas jumpers drinking mulled wine.
sorry for the prolonged radio silence, but life has been just a little bit insane of late. about a month ago i lost my job very suddenly. unfortunately, it's the nature of my work here, so jobs come and go rather quickly. i spent 3 days unemployed, found a job that lasted the weekend (time and a half pay, thank you!), was unemployed for another 2 days, then found another job that was to last about a month. i worked that job for 10 days, then escaped to iceland for one of the most incredible, surreal and insane experiences of my life. i then returned to london to the job that i last had, worked a week, found out it was ending a week later, secured another job within 2 hours on a friday afternoon, went away for the weekend to the english countrside to visit some friends, back in london and starting my new job tomorow! did i mention that life is a little bit insane at the moment? not only jobs and holidays, but as the silly season approaches almost every night of our week is filling up and somehow we are finding ourselves leaving the house at 7:00am and coming home at 10:00pm. amongst everything, i have never had to trust more fully in God and i have been in awe of all that He is. my job situation really shook me up from my complacency and i have been amazed and astounded at how much God has provided every single time. the incredible beauty of iceland (and even norfolk) took my breath away and left me in wonder at His creation. God is good. anyway, i thought i'd share a little bit of what is going on in my life at the moment, whether as an excuse for neglecting my blog or for anyone who might stop by to read.
i have been looking for a really good pair of black ballet flats for the longest time. i tried my hand (foot?) at country road and ended up with blisters on my ankles. i tried repetto and ended up selling them as fast as i could.
my love for ballet flats will always lie with the chloe laurens, but since i don't have a spare $500 lying around, these porselli flats are pretty much the next best thing. i wore them for a brief outing yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by their comfort and sturdiness. let's see how this relationship progresses.
stockholm was amazing! understated, exceptionally cool, innovative, tasty, pretty, tall and blonde.
some special moments: discovering out hotel's homemade breakfast spread (we're talking lemon curd, fresh bread, muesli, berry compote), walking into the building where stockholm syndrome originated, stumbling across choir practice in the church on gamla stan and watching silk in the comfort of our hotel room.