In contrast to last summer, right now the thought of midi dresses and skirts is currently very off-putting. I just want to sort of slob out, dress down and be comfortable. Is this old age or laziness?
Today was one such day. I didn't even want to try. I donned my Zara boyfriend jeans (my favourites by the way and a pair that feel as comfortable as pyjamas) and a Zara top that I sloppily shame tucked in the front. The only effort made was in the footwear department. I retrieved a rose gold pair of Alexander Wang heels and stalked around in these, pretending to myself that they were highly comfortable.
I have to say, although it's very "done" that whole boyfriend jeans meets strappy hell combo is a real happy place for me. The elegant thin strapped heel goes some way to improve the look of baggy jeans and I liked this look so much that I am on the verge of serious consideration for the Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals.
Heels: Alexander Wang - similar (Link!)
Bag: Sophie Hulme - Link!
Sunglasses: Bailey Nelson "Mim" - Link!
With the outfit summary done, can we talk about a few other things now?
1) The sunglasses - I was sent these and although I have a decent sunglasses collection they have been the ones that I have reached for on a daily basis in the past few weeks.
I love the cherry blossom print and the large lens.
They are polarised so I can see naff all on my phone when I am in direct sunlight but they protect my eyes a lot better than my more expensive pairs. If you are in London make sure you check out their stores - funnily enough I walked passed the King's Road one during my last UK trip and spotted this pair in the window so me and the Mim were truly meant to be :)
2) The lack of a tan - I am totally off fake tan and I feel fantastic about it. I have finally embraced the fact that I am actually white and that I shall never be a bronze hue. I know what did this. I used the St Tropez self tan oil - that supposedly foolproof one - and had a terrible bodge up. The splotches on my hand pissed me off so much that I had a mini internal explosion and decided that that was it.
The makeup has had to adapt since eschewing all faux bronzers. In this time I have learned that MAC Studio Fix in NC15 is my ideal colour and that I really need to define my lips with a soft rose-mauve tone to look alive but, on the whole, its feels good. I think my skin looks clearer and younger and I am not suffering with any dryness on my body.
Full disclosure, there is one product that I reach for every now and then to take the milk bottle edge off my legs and I'll talk about that tomorrow, along with some other new favourites that I really must chat to you about, but I have finally learned, at age 34, that I am okay with my natural skin colour.
3) Exercise - as mentioned on my Snapchat, I did start a 90 day yoga challenge - via the Fightmaster Yoga channel on YouTube. I have not seen it through. The problem I had with the Fightmaster Yoga approach is that the flows were so quick. "Calm down luv" was a phrase frequently uttered and when she suggested popping into a headstand I just laughed and silently quit. As much as I think it's fantastic to have such comprehensive resources available freely online, it's not for me. I have gone back to the ole faithful - running. Doing this 4 times a week is enough and even though running through 35 degree plus weather is less than pleasant, there is no other form of exercise that has quite hit the mark. Of course as a result of this my hair looks like cack every day but this is the compromise one has to make. Arse versus hair. I'm sorry but arse wins out every time.
Have a great start to the week all!