Happy weekend, cheers!
Necklace – Em and Sprout on Etsy
Handbag – Charity shop
Cardigan/Shrug – WearAll on Amazon
Dress – Hell Bunny
Tights – Snag Tights
Boots – Fashion Thirsty on Amazon
Which is your favourite?
Hoops – Claire’s
Bandana Hair Bobble – Claire’s
Flannel Shirt (Large tied in a knot) – EMP
Black Sabbath tee – EMP
Skirt – EMP
Boots – Dr Martens
Armour Ring – Abacus in Afflecks
Earrings – A gift from boyfriend
Cardigan – Charity shop
Tee – EMP.co.uk
Bootcut lounge trousers – Matalan
Boots – Newlook
I’ve taken screen shots from my Instagram to remind me, and show you what I’ve been up to this month.
I changed my contraception so got quite a few hormonal spots and this Body Shop Tea Tree, Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner was invaluable; as was The Ordinary, Lactic Acid which very gently and naturally exfoliates.
Now it’s the end of August and my skin has settled so I’m using Neal’s Yard Remedies Orange Flower Toner and Orange Flower Moisturiser everyday to keep my skin all glowy and nourished (along with the The Ordinary Lactic Acid twice a week).
Me and my bloke spent our Tesco vouchers on Pizza Express (who will be going into liquidation next month apparently) and order two ‘new’ veggie pizzas and all of the salad.
To take advantage of the governments ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme we went to Ruyi Vegetarian Restaurant. Amazing!
I’ve gotten back into the fake meat brand Vivera and have been making simple stir-fries. Like these Vivera Shwarma Kebab strips with rice and pea and sweet corn and Jamaican Jerk BBQ sauce.
The hot weather made really reduced my appetite so these mezze/tapas style bowls were great to nibble on.
I’ve had purchasing a Nirvana tee at the back of my mind for decades and this month I found an official pale pink one. Cute and grungy!
I got sick of buying summer shoes that were either too flat and bad for my shitty joints or too heavy or that flew off my feet going down stairs. I bit the bullet and bought Crocs. I actually think these look pretty bad-ass as they remind me of late 80’s/early 90’s street style. Here’s my full review of Crocs.
I still think the simplest thing to wear is a maxi dress. Hides a ton of sins and all you have to choose are shoes and then a jacket/cardigan for evening.
In the crazy hot weather I’ve been wearing these sandals from Newlook, drinking Rockstar blueberry energy drink, using this light and fruity perfume from Eden and ( even with my limited concentration span) flew through My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
The households charity shop donations for the second quarter of the year: A crazy wide pair of linen trousers, a face scrub you have to mix from powder (I managed to spill the first pot everywhere), vest I’m now too big for, too small jeans, a teeny-tiny dress from Japan, shoes which I’ve had over a decade and worn out.
80’s pop and bluesy rock.
Snowfall about the start of the crack epidemic in early 80’s LA, like a mixture of Breaking Bad, The Getdown and The Wire.
Canada’s Drag Race, love Priyanka!
Galdem (on BBC iPlayer) about women making it in the UK grime scene.
My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
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I’ve mostly been wearing this combo or these pants with the-dye tops. I’m all about clashing prints this summer.
I bought these adorable and very unique Freda Kahlo earrings by Wilderness from Sour Cherry, who are located in Afflecks and they also have an online shop.
I’ve been wearing this outfit (shrug, maxi dress, black gladiator sandals) the few times we’ve been out and about.
I posted about Items of Clothing That Seem Ideal in Theory but…
Hated my heavy, long fringe in the heat so gave myself a short choppy one instead.
After reading that Pizza Express will be slowly closing branches permanently from September my Bloke used up his Tesco points and treated us to a meal. We thought it crap that the rocket didn’t come with the mozzarella and tomato so we ordered that as well. We also ordered three 14″ pizzas which were amazing. A spicy, smokey one with aubergine, peppers and humus (added after cooking); a slightly sweet one with sultanas, black olives and red onion and a cheesy one with garlic.
I tried Aldi’s No Steak Bake which had the loveliest flakey pastry and a mince sauce that was so rich it would have suited a Spag Bol better!
Did a comprehensive Cupboard and Fridge Shop at Ocado (didn’t realise they have Follow Your Heart Cheese unfortunately). It’s all gluten and dairy free apart from the pepperoni which has milk in the flavouring.
We visited V Revolution. I had this cheese burger with bacon, slaw and onion rings. My bloke had the burger between two doughnuts which he said was very tasty and not as weird as you’d think. Okay…!?
I’ve started putting chilli (fresh, or oil, or sauce), spring onion and crushed roasted peanuts on everything. So refreshing for summer!
If I Could Only Use One Skincare Product this is what I chose and explained why.
I blogged about my Lifestyle Tips for Maintaining Healthy Skin.
Unpopular Opinions – Makeup Tag was surprisingly fun to join in with. Spotted on Just Geeking By.
Another tag which I find by the lovely Heather over at Just Geeking By was The 90’s Tag I was a teen in the 90’s so this was so much fun!
The last tag I joined in with was The Daily Gratitude Tag – Home Sweet Home
Limitless – a spin off from the film staring Bradley Cooper. A guy who’s on pills which expand his mind consults for the FBI. Light and entertaining.
Preacher – About a preacher, a con-woman and a vampire ft. God and a murderous Saint. Totally nuts!
The Avengers films – Never get bored of these.
Captain America – Kinda boring.
Mortal Engines – Film Set in the future most cities will have morphed into huge machines which move around and swallow smaller cities to survive but not all cities are as ruthless as this. Two young people fight to find justice and fairness. Based on the Mortal Engines Quartet books by Philip Reeve.
Super 8 – A film incredibly similar to Stranger Things before that series was created.
Brad Mondo – Very honest, funny, sweet hairdresser who reacts to people doing their own hair and also does tutorials.
Kate Bush album Hounds of Love; Fun Loving Criminals album Scooby Snacks; Lady Ice (fellow Mancunian) single No Silence; Nadia Rose single Skwod.
If there’s anything you want to ask me or to tell me, please leave a comment, I love reading them and replying to you!
Around four years ago I lost one of a pair of sparkly, lightning bolt earrings. I was gutted. I’ve been looking for affordable and funky replacements since. Ive just found these £12 at Sour Cherry!
They dangle around and constantly catch the light so they are really difficult to photograph when being worn, but you can get an idea of the length and size here. They are quite sturdy but so light because they are made of resin. They are available in eight other colours with two mini versions.
Check out the Frida Kahlo earrings I bought from Sour Cherry earlier.
Here’s another part of this little series and today it’s my style posts and photo’s which got the most likes on my Instagram and on this blog. The previous one was Food and the one before that was Lifestyle.
Outfit – EMP
Bag – Lumiliu
Top – charity shop, originally Boohoo; skirt and sandals – Newlook
Boots – Koi
Camo tee – my blokes, originally Army and Navy; trousers – Newlook
Biker Jacket – vintage
Boots – Newlook; Batwings – Koi; Tie dye tee – Brave Girl Official on Ebay Moomin tee – EMP; cardigan my Mams.
Which are your faves and what would you pair with some of these? I’m always up for suggestions!
As I mentioned in part one of this post, since the start of the year, I’ve been on a mish to slowly replace darker coloured items with more upbeat and vibrant one’s. I’m mixing and matching so not chucking owt out, unless it’s seen (much) better days.
What if you tend to stick to basics though?
Well, from the start I decided that all of my colourful clothes would be basics! I build the outfit around them by adding neutral colours. A camisole/vest top can dress up anything (like jeans and trainers) and a tee can dress things down (like maxi skirts or fitted pants). Then you have that band tee, maxi skirt and trainers combo, which I love on others but haven’t tried yet.
The Accessories Rules
I was finding that including bright accessories too was a bit confusing so decided on these rules.
Here’s the original top that inspired the idea. I’d love to know what this pattern stitch is called?
Ideally Summer is like….
But honestly, it’s more like this…
But when this Covid craziness is mostly over, I’ll be going out more, as well as wanting to look more cheerful indoors.
(From top – bottom)
Stay Wild Moon Child tee – Bellelily (an Insta add which reeled me in!)
Nirvana tee – EMP
Sakura unicorn tee – Tokidoki
Tiger racer back vest – Brave Soul London
Butterfly tunic (cropped into vest) – Joe Browns
Orange camisole – Boohoo
Grungy tie dye tee – Veronica Fever (Ebay)
Tie dye racer-back camisole – Persephone Apparel (Etsy)
Lime green vest – Not a clue!? Either I was drunk or half asleep when I ordered this, ha! (Edit) Really versatile day-night item as it turns out, yay!
Neon tie dye tee – Brave Girl Official (Ebay)
Teal green tee (cut into tank) – EMP
Most of these earrings are from Claire’s Accessories apart from the owls which were a gift, the blue and silver raindrop ones were from EMP, the pink drop earrings I made from guitar plectrums and the peace sign earrings I got from Moss-side Caribbean Carnival.
Being able to pick a colourful item of clothing and accessory each morning is making such a difference to my moods, especially on dull days. I look forward to getting up and getting dressed now, rather than it being a chore.
As always, I hope this has given you some ideas and inspiration or you’ve simply enjoyed having a nosey at my stuff. ✌🏽🤘🏽
🖤 I personally recommend the whole back-catalogue of Skunk Anansie
🖤 Alternative Style and Makeup
🖤 Kawaii and Alternative Styles
(compiled by @foxxtailz on Instagram)
(compiled by @yasminesumman on Instagram)
Happy shopping and listening!