Excuse the 80's retail reference but cropped tops make me think of my "Tammy Girl" era. Then I was 10. Now I am considerably older than that but I am still going to pretend that I can get away with it.
I was in Zara a few months ago and got a little bit inspired by a mannequin...it happens. "She" was wearing a mid-length skirt and a cropped top. There was something nice about it - modest but fashionable. My only hesitation was the thought of the world seeing my stomach and the hint of the belly button piercing that I got as soon as I finished my last university degree exam/post pub - i.e., this would not be a good look.
But you know what? Sod it. I say this because during my UK trip I spotted the most beautiful/perfect cropped top. Grey marl with the kind of embellishment that makes me swoon. I bought it and I bloomin' well wore it.
The key - at least for me - is to have just a hint of flesh on show. It's better that way. It's better for me as it makes me feel less self-conscious. And I imagine it's better for everyone else who looks at me as well :) No belly button reveal this time. Pair with a high waisted skirt and you're set.
Top: Topshop - Link!
Skirt: Topshop - Link!
There are two other things I want to rave about here:
1) The Ray-Ban aviator in 62mm. These are officially called the "Large Original Aviator".
The difference between these and the other ones I have is just 4mm but they make such a difference. They remind me of the Victoria Beckham glasses I drooled over at the airport but are more than half the price...and just as fabulous. Sorry Vicky and thanks to LisaLisaD1 for bringing these to my attention!
2) I have been shopping the stash again and came across Lorac Serenity eyeshadow. Who remembers when I bought this? :)
If you wanted a beautiful wash of gold with a slight copper undertone then you need this! It's just such a pretty base. I wear it all over with a ton of NARS Mekong smudged along the lash line. Done in about 2 minutes and gives just the right amount of smokey eye.
Now of course a shadow this perfect in colour has to be discontinued doesn't it? *rolls eyes*
Occasionally they seem to bring it back in a set so I will keep an eye out. Are all Lorac shadows this amazingly buttery in texture?
Hope you had a great weekend so far. I have done very little to report but I am reading a great book at the moment. I finished Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty which I really enjoyed (I saw the endorsement by author SJ Watson on the front cover and so had to buy) and am on to The Marriage of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris. It covers a serious topic - a young girl getting married to a man she hardly knows - but the characterisation is warm and well thought out.
Let me know if you have read anything great lately!