Here's a little update on some things that have been going in/going through my mind. As usual my thoughts are as deep as a puddle.
1) Casual wins
I hope I don't sound like I am continually going on about this but since losing a few kilos I feel like I can dress in a way that I have craved for years. It's a liberation.
I remember saying to Mouldyfruit/AKA Zara during one of our extended shisha chats that all I want to wear is "jeans and a tee"....and this was said in the height of my midi phase. While I can still appreciate the aesthetic of a voluminous skirt or dress I think I opted for those style of clothes because they made me feel pretty but also slightly camouflaged - nobody can see your muffin top in that type of get up.
My body isn't perfect now - I haven't suddenly transformed into a show-ready Vicky Secret model but at least I feel free to choose whatever I want - with no limitations. A fitted tank and a skinny jeans has become the order of the day. Pretty much every day.
Jeans: Current/Elliott - Link!
Top: Forever21 - Link! OBSESSED with this. It's Wang-y in quality.
Boots: Isabel Marant - Link! I just love these boots. They go down in history as one of my best high-end purchases ever!
Bag: Mansur Gabriel - Link!
Sunglasses: Celine - Link!
2) Running wins
Very much connected to the previous point is the continuation of my running obsession. I recently completed the Standard Chartered 10K - photo taken at the finish line - and am now gearing up for a half marathon in less than 2 weeks!
Laura and I were reminiscing the other day about how a 4K run used to be considered a sizeable distance for me. Now it's 21K. It's ridiculous and amazing how your body adapts and improves once you mentally decide to stick with an exercise. When I first started I would run/walk a kilometre at a 7 minute pace - now it's nearer 5 minute. Insane!
This is all really great and everything - the only downer however is that my hair.....my hair is terrible! I have to wash it so frequently and am not always diligent about styling. I recently got so exasperated with it that I took out half my extensions at the lower back of my head in an effort to make it manageable. Thankfully this has helped and the Babyliss Big Hair can now support me in my efforts to make myself look less crap.
3) Retail wins
I am currently in the process of planning a BIG purchase - what I consider THE purchase :)...hopefully more of that very soon - but there have been some treats along the way :)
1) A new can of Oribe hair texturising spray - to make hair look less cack (see previous point). If you haven't tried this yet then feel free to hang your head in shame.
2) Laya perfume - review coming soon because it's a guaranteed compliment-garner. It's also the perfect "buy it on holiday in Dubai" item as it's extremely hard to find in any other market.
3) Huda Beauty "Samantha" lashes - at one point I was using these every day until I remembered I didn't have a money tree in my garden and had a word with myself.
4) Kat von D Shade and Light eyeshadow palette - sensational pigmentation on these eyeshadows. I had considered this many times before and convinced myself I didn't need it. I still don't need it - but I love it.
5) Comedy tees from Topshop including one with eyelashes over the boob area and my "Espresso Yourself" cropped tee. Obviously I think I am hilarious when I wear these.
6) A coat from Misguided, bought for a trip back to the UK in February. I was inspired after seeing thriftsandthreads on Instagram sport it and took advantage of a discount code that was floating around the 'nets. As soon as I return to Dubai my mum will inherit it.
There has also been a minor ASOS splurge that took place the other day. Jeans, a snazzy pencil skirt, lashes and these Nike plimsolls.
They channel a Common Projects vibe with the contrasting white sole and I love the colour combination.
It's not always the case that everything in an online order works out but I am so pleased with everything.
4) Beauty wins
There are two main "things' that have occurred in this department:
1) I am head over heels with James Read spray tans. 20 minutes of standing around in disposable knickers is rewarded with a deep olive tan that lasts at least a week - even after copious showers. It's sensational stuff.
2) Derma stamping - not your average facial...this is what I would call "hardcore". Apply an anaesthetic cream to your face, let it go to work for 20 minutes and then get a plastic surgeon to stamp your face in a rhythmic motion to help eradicate pigmentation, fines lines and to boost collagen and elastin. The idea behind this is that you cause trauma to the skin and then watch it recover within a week to reveal a smoother, more radiant self.
I have a special serum to help accelerate this process - AQ Growth Factor.
I am starting to see the improvement - there's a definite increase in radiance but....I have also suffered dryness on my nose and forehead. Let's see.
Derma rolling or stamping is however interesting as an occasional treatment and a quick perusal of Make Up Alley seems to suggest that many people do this as an at-home treatment. If you google the acne scarring before and afters there are some incredible results!
5) Reading wins
After struggling to finish the bore that is Me After You by JoJo Moyes - JoJo, why did you do it? Why didn't you just graciously leave Me Before You to rest in history as a chronic touching tearjerker - I treated myself to two salacious reads:
1) Leah Remini's Troublemaker : Surviving Scientology and Hollywood - I was a bit concerned that this would be biographical with not enough focus on Scientology but as soon as I started reading it I knew that was a false assumption. This is almost totally focussed on the "religion" and when you read about what she went through as a teenager and then what she observed in the company of one Mr Tom Cruise you will be aghast. Seriously, what a nutter.
2) Sarah Hepola's Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank To Forget - a very different change of theme but interesting all the same. It chronicles Hepola's struggle with alcohol and specifically the fact that when she consumes too much her hippocampus (a part of the brain that sounds like hippopotamus) shuts down and she's incapable of forming short term memories - hence blackouts. This is apparently quite common, especially amongst women, and made for an interesting if disturbing read.
I have a few more books on the back burner but if anyone has a page turner recommendation do leave a comment/tweet/snap/any other form of communication!
Okay, this has been quite a long post....why can I never keep them snappy? I'll see you soon!