Humidity is a bitch

I am very sorry.

It's been a while since my last post and I levy responsbility/fault to humidity. Try taking an outfit of the day picture when the lens clouds up and you have to wait 20 minutes for it to become crisp and focussed....takes a bit of the fun away.

This photo is a prime example/piece of evidence - a gorgeous low backed dress from Zara in a bright blue/aqua but I am surrounded in a heavy air haze.

This was the best of the lot in terms of clarity....

Whilst this is admittedly quite flattering - who doesn't like the soft gauze effect? - it's also a bit crap in photos.

In truth it's also been a very busy work week and not much is going on clothing wise. I wore clothes (obviously!) but it's all pretty blah....I mean alot of what I wear is blah but in this case much more corporate and dull.

I went to the mall today in hope of some inspiration but the shops are full of wintery wear and seeing as I am going to be in Dubai for a few months, it all seems a bit irrelevant.

Cue sad face 

I think a shopbop.com sale order is required to lift my spirits. They have amazing bargains, deliver in three days and because I am in Dubai, I don't pay any tax. Hurray :) Shopbop.com is normally a site I flirt with but rarely buy from because of the associated tax charges that you see at checkout...so I am going to enjoy it whilst I can!

Anyway, a couple of things I did buy - and love - are from Forever 21. I was trawling their accessory section for the studded bracelets that Sandra recently posted about. I didn't manage to find them but I did find these....

...and I love the quirkyness and the mixed metal effect. For about £3 each I also love the price - a bargain never fails to make me happy :)



By the way, this is what I wore to the mall...you know it, you've seen it but heck I love every single item you see here so it's worth posting, right?  :)



Jacket: GAP
Shirt: Whistles
Shorts: H&M
Bag: Miu Miu
Shoes: Tory Burch

It's been a few days = ramble

* I am covered in freckles...we are talking tons of the things. This means two things: a) Sun damage and b) I don't need to wear so much makeup. The latter is nice, the former not so much. I am using Bioderma SPF50 and I don't even go outside that much but the sun is strong here...so it would seem. I do like a bit of colour - as politically incorrect as that sounds - but I like the evenness that comes from faux tan. What I would give for some St Tropez - I know they sell it here but you have to make some effort to hunt it out...something for the To do list :)
* Bath and Body Works Wallflowers - I have just tweeted about these and boy o boy, these are amazing. I am a HUGE fan of the Slatkin & Co candles that are sold via BABW but the wallflowers are a revelation...incredible smelling flat and none of the candle hassle. You bet I am going back there to stock up! At the moment I have Sensual Amber and Twilight Woods - let me know if you have any scent recommendations :)

Looking forward to getting more regular on the posts - it doesn't feel right to not post at least every other day :)

Have a great Friday!

54 comments:

  1. I love love love the bracelets, my mom has one almost identical in gold from decades ago and I always thought the belt look was so unique. Try the Leaves sent from B&BW (I think it’s seasonal) It reminds me a Fall day, since it’s crazy hot where you are it may help you escape mentally for a bit. :)

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  2. @Jessica06 - ooh i have the Leaves candle and love that....so wintery. you're right - it might help me evoke a sense of Winter :) x

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  3. I love the jacket and of course the PURSE!!

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  4. Those bracelets are too cute! I love the design! It's super creative. :)

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  5. You've probably heard about the Indian Summer back here! Way too hot for me, can't imagine the heat where you are though. The bracelets are gorgeous, they look way more expensive than they are. Nice shorts, are they new? ;) hahaha! xx

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  6. @Crystal - :) thank you!

    @DSK Steph - I love them...they spoke to me :) haha

    @The Pampered Sparrow - haha I lol'd at your comment. don't hate on the H&M shorts :) haha

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  7. cute bracelets. I may very well need that bag in my life lol

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  9. I love those bracelets :) and it is soooo hot in London, I hate it! And humidity IS a b*itch.. no need to be sorry LOL!

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  10. @Jeneile - i think you do :)

    @Dee - they are such great bargains - highly recomend! I can only imagine what the tube is like at the moment :(

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  11. Ahh I will be visiting F21 ;)
    And the tube? OMG u have NOOOO idea! I was on the tube today... I just wanted to cry...people touching you and they are sticky.... not good :(

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  12. I know I've said it before, but I just have to say it again - the Miu Miu bag is amazing! :D

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  13. I LOVE those mixed metal bracelets!
    xx

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  14. @Dee - ugh i used to hate that. many a journey suffered on the sticky tube. hope things get back to a more pleasant normality soon!

    @Kasia - it's a beauty :)

    @Nana - you neeeed them! and they are sooo cheap.

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  15. Fireside marshmellow smells wonderful too. Love your blog! :)

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  16. love the bag!!1

    http://megalivingg.blogspot.com/

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  17. love the bracelets... i wish we had a bath and body works in the uk everyone raves about it :(

    www.missmathful.blogspot.com

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  18. ASOS has a similar bracelet which i was eyeing, but its 25 pounds IIRC, so i guess i'll have to check out my local F21, hehe :)

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  19. The bracelets are cute! x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.com/

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  20. gorgeous outfits, especially that dress, such a nice colour/back xxx

    www.rebeccamarywatson.blogspot.com

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  21. I love what you wore to the mall Laura, that's something I could wear everyday...so chic! And F21 has some really great items out right now, I think it's time for a visit!

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  22. @melovebutterflies - blimey! why so much £££? I bet they come from the same factory as well! get yourself to F21!

    @E V E L Y N - thank you :) they are such a good buy! until they turn my wrist green that is :)

    @Bex Watson - thank you! that's what sold me on the dress - the back :)

    @Alpha Blonde - i feared that it was a little boring to post but I love it :)

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  23. Try the white citrus. It's great in hot weather. I also like autumn and balsam fir

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  24. I love the bracelets, Forever21 is my new obsession since they finally opened one in the UK.

    I love what you wore to the mall too and the colour of the Zara dress looks really flattering on your skin tone despite the haziness of the photo.

    http://www.humanx-xwreckage.blogspot.com

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  25. Oh my love the dress I 've been looking for something like this over the past month ( little bare skin on the back) I think it's kinda sexy & chic in a pleasant way :) love your bracelets here it's getting cold and jacket-required weather have a great weekend Laura xx

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  26. I actually think most sun "damage" is good because it makes people look perpetually tan and gives you the "I've been places and done things" look. Obviously wrinkles aren't that great... but 1. there is Botox for that and 2. you don't have wrinkles.

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  27. I just discovered one of their new candle scents. Unfortunately, I don' think it comes as a wallflower. The candle is Fireside Marshmallow. If you like smokey scents, give it a whiff next time!

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  28. I live in a hot country so do you mind if a give you a little hint about your camera lens? Don't take off the lens cap until you are outside. Then you don't get the fogging up quite so badly because it isn't subjected to the sudden change in temperature in the same way. Hope it helps! Nashxx

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  30. love the bracelet gonna check them out soon too!
    n u look beautiful even though the camera's not focusing!
    x

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  31. it seems like we are all tired of these hot summer days. I know i wanna wear my fall clothes but outside is still like 30ºc :S doen't feel right...Anyway really love your miu miu, is truly beautiful :D
    Beijinhos**

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  32. Cute bracelets! I love the F21 accessory section. They have such fun stuff and inexpensive.

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  33. For an update on brisish weather its boiling at home. Barbecue equipment sales are up a crazy amount due to the random heatwave and Im throughly regretting putting all my summer bits in the loft! You look lovely. Wish forever 21 was closer to me than Birmingham :/

    Liz
    http://aspirationsofglam.blogspot.com/
    xxx

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  34. Loving the bracelets, Laura! Ah, the bag. You are partly to blame for my fall bag obsession. ;) I love that one for sure. Hope you have a great weekend! xo

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  35. These look great! They have some similar on the hautelook

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  36. Hi Laura! I love your blog :) You should try DARK KISS from B&BW, it smells really nice and it's my favorite scent from them followed by Twilight Woods.

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  37. Love all of the Christmas scented wallflowers. Plugging in a new Christmas scent mid-November is tradition around here. Love your blog!

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  38. I am soooooo very happy to have come upon your blog once more... I spent the past weekend catching up... sounds a lil stalker(y) but wow I have missed your videos and blogs...insert sad face.
    I love the bracelets, too chic and wow the price can't be beat.. they look much more expensive.

    Much love and a big happy dance for finding you :)
    xox Trish

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  39. Love those bracelets! Sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised by the jewelry at Forever 21 (though most of it is crap, if you dig enough you find a gem once in awhile!). I agree that the B&BW wallflowers are amazing. I highly recommend Leaves - I have it in my bathroom and it makes my whole apartment smell like fall! :)

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  40. I loved the bracelets. I'll try to find one for my girlfriend, Thanks Laura

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  41. Laura - I just bought those two identical bracelets last week at my forever 21 in vancouver!! I admire your taste :P As far as the B & B works wallflowers - you must try the "cinnamon pumpkin" one and the "leaves" -very fall scents but they leave my living room smelling amazing!! Love your blog xx

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  42. I love the color of your dress! I scored a silk blouse today in deep sapphire blue! I'm also wearing a new fav nail polish that I've had for a year+ and just now wearing (cheaper brand idk? but gorgeous color!) in the shade "Bolting Blue" by Milani and of course a little "Out The Door" to make it last! I must be in a blue mood!

    After shopping for my blouse, I popped in to Bath and Body Works and smelled a "Hot Chocolate" candle - it was interesting.

    Bracelets are adorable!




    Love your blog, especially makeup and perfume reviews!

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  43. I love your golden watches!! What one do you have in the picture from this posting?

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  44. A scented candle recommendation; eucalyptus and mint!

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  45. I know exactly what you mean about the humidity it's driving me mad as wanna blog about my new purchases from F21 but is so hard to do it :-( grr xx

    p.s tweeted you about my love of the wallflowers lol they in each of my rooms

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  46. Everytime I see your beautiful bag in a photograph, I fall in love all over again... *sigh*

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  47. Those bangles are lovely, love that u mixed the silver and gold! ;)

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  48. is that a new watch? i don't recall seeing you with a black and gold one! love it x

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  49. We hate humidity too, so sticky ! ugh !
    Your outfit is great :) love your shorts.

    Love from London Wishes

    Caith
    www.londonwishes.com

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  50. The bracelets are gorgeous and look so much more expensive than £3! I need to make a little visit to Forever21 and see if I can spot them! xx

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  51. I love the smell of Sensual Amber from B&BW, I used to get the body mist. I've actually never tried the wallflowers though, I don't have too many convenient wall plugs. Back to candles for me!

    Kindness is the best accessory,
    Rebecca
    rebeccakelsey.com

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  52. My favorite Wallflower scent is Autumn. It smells so yummy!

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  53. I can tell from the back-round that your in JBR.. I always go to the tips and toes there.. its amazing! If you get a chance, give them a visit :). Hope you dont mind me asking, but how come you travel back and forth to Dubai of all places? Not that its not amazing haha. Hope you enjoy it here xxxx

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  54. so bloody in love with that bag!

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