MY LIFE UPDATE

skirt, urban outfitters/ top, FILA from TKmaxx (similar here and here)/ necklace, H&M/ bracelet, tiffany & co

It's been a while since I had the spare time to sit in the sun with my Spotify discover playlist playing in the background and just being able to write freely on my blog just like the good old days of 2015. I finished my third year exams mid may, on my birthday actually. It seems like months ago but it's only been two and a half weeks? I didn't do anything OTT for my 21st, nothing like wining and dining at the Shard or going out out but just a bloody nice BBQ with my best mates. I came back home to Manchester just last Wednesday. I was greeted by the rain (obviously) and also my parents who came to pick me up from the station, because let me tell you, it's true what they say about the amount of shit you accumulate from living out.

I love British summer (despite often complaining, I am British after all), but I'm well excited to be heading off to Lisbon in a weeks time and then straight to Belfast to see one of my all time fave bands, Lany, at belsonic festival and Hong Kong for the first time in 3 years. Ever since I was a little 'un, I'd always take a trip there with my family every year or so and the last time I went was just before I moved out to start uni so you don't understand my excitement for all the glooooooorious food and the little things that I've missed such as the sound of the pedestrian crossing lights.

I’ve also got a fair few favourites of mine to share that I’ve discovered recently. First up,music. There are certain songs I can’t hear even the first few seconds of without being transported back to the exact time in my life that I remember playing it or how I felt when I was listening to it (‘come on over’ by coasts is a particularly potent one). If you haven't heard Post Malone's new album then where have you been?! Better nowover now and zack and codeine are 3 of my particular favourites. Listen to my other faves on my spotify playlist here for a piñata of indie rock anthems and summer vibes. You carry on pouring that aperol. I’ll wait. Secondly, I've been obsessed over the IT cosmetics cc cream, it has a delightful coverage that makes my skin look dewy and airbrushed as well as its ever so appealing SPF 50+. 10/10 recommend. I have the shade ‘medium’ and I suggest applying with a brush for the best outcome!
I've also been very much enjoying listening to a podcast by Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton, The High Low. I love listening to their witty dissection on society's taboo topics and current affairs especially when I'm not in the mood for prancing around to music getting ready in the morning. A fashion favourite of mine are these white stan smiths, which BTW looks mint with a cracking tan so you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be wearing them all summer. I have been pining for a leopard midi skirt for so long now after seeing them styled with trainers and a simple t-shirt by bloggers on pinterest and instagram. This one from urban outfitters was no exception with a button down front so the height of the slit is fully adjustable, *wink*. It also has pockets! Albeit not very practical and probably just for novelty as placing your phone would immediately drag your skirt down and feel uncomfortable. Leopard print can be combined with so many different colours: red, lilac, yellow, orange, pink.. etc the list goes on, which is why I love styling this feline print so much and how it’s so versatile. It is essentially one of my wardrobe staples.

That’s all for now. Thank you for reading and let me know what you’d like me to cover! I’ll write soon, it’ll probably be about Lisbon the next time you’ll hear from me. Oooh how exciting.

WHAT I WORE THIS MONTH

 top, ZARA/ jeans, brandy melville/ shoes, stan smith trainers via ASOS

top, H&M/ jeans, brandy melville

blazer, ASOS/ trousers, ASOS/ earrings, TOPSHOP

top, ZARA

GET YOURSELF SOME ACE GLASSES

From top to bottom; phoebe in misty mauve, alfred in chocolate havana fad, nina in autumn leaves, finn in espresso gradient. Wearing; alfred, finn, nina
You may or may not know that I am blind as a bat (as in short sighted blind), I tend to only wear my glasses to see the board during my school years and currently in uni. At other times, I am completely hopeless and rely on everyone else around me to guide me through coffee shop chalkboard menus (if in doubt, flat white though). Now cue the judgement.. until last week I hadn't had my eyes checked in 5 years.. YES I know it's horrendous, it's so easy to just book an appointment yet I've been putting it off for the longest time until I've realised wow MAYBE it's time to get these peepers checked. Obviously my eye sight did get a little worse especially in my left eye but it wasn't as bad as I expected and the health of my eyes are still tip top, no dreaded glaucoma diagnosis!

I'd been eyeing up a pair of Ace & Tate glasses (pun not intended) for a while as well as wanting to try out contacts which was the final push in booking that appointment. I do like my current pair of Ray Ban frames but after 5 years, it is time for a change. I thought I'd have a go at Ace & Tate's try on at home service (which is a free service BTW), you choose 4 frames eligible within the service and they send it to you free of charge to try for 5 days and then you just send it back with the included pre-paid postage label! It's a great service especially when not everyone lives in london to be able to just pop into Ace & Tate to physically try on a pair of glasses and pictures never really give an accurate representation. I didn't have much hopes for the frames I chose since I was keen on a completely clear framed pair (wasn't available for home try on) but after trying on finn, I'm kinda undecided?! 

IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT FROM NOW ON

 This Sunday has been one hell of a productive day that started off with a trip to Starbucks for a coffee and getting stuck in by revamping my entire CV. So I've had this idea in my mind for a while now and if I leave it brew in my head any longer I won't actually get it done. As you can tell, I haven't been on the old blog for a long time which some of you may call a hiatus but I call it other commitments COUGH UNI COUGH. I don't have the time to just sit and write long ass paragraphs about my life or how I came about choosing a particular outfit and why I styled it the way I did. So in order to keep my blog alive, I'm just going to keep posting OOTDs (which lets be honest is what most of you are here for) with a little less text; something in between a snappy Insta caption and a proper blog post. A feature I will still keep and that I truly love is the spotify song suggestion at the end of every post. I'm ALWAYS listening to music and discovering new artists and whom I then immediately become obsessed with, so much that I just want to shout it out to the world yano.
Knit; Urban outfitters (sold out in this colour, similar colours here and here)/ hoody; Nike/ coat; alexa chung archive for M&S/ bag; ALL SAINTS/ shoes; Stella mccartney

P.S I constantly upload all my outfits on Looker (a fashion shopping app available on iOS) with direct links to purchase items that tickle you fancy, it makes it so much easier if you happen to be on your phone and find out that JW Anderson striped merino wool jumper is back in stock and you just need to get it ASAP before it sold out again.