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Showing posts with label boots. Show all posts
Showing posts with label boots. Show all posts

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Cosy is what we aim for...

Living in London, I often crave the countryside. I miss being able to see a horizon, and I miss being able to breathe deeply without inhaling some pungent exhaust fume aroma, or an eau de ACTUAL TOILET, which seems to be so frequent in the city. So the fact that it's taken me more than two years to get around to visiting Hampstead Heath may come as a surprise. It's definitely worth the bus fare, guys, even if only to see some beautiful rich-people houses!
Autumn on Hampstead Heath
London forest walks
As you can see, I didn't just go for the mansions. I was most definitely in it for the trees. If you're into trees, Hampstead Heath has 'em. I've always associated the Heath with fields and picnicking families (and on that front I was not disappointed!) but there are also some beautiful wooded areas, and some gorgeous scenic views. I was also particularly excited that I could see so many aeroplanes flying overhead, although I appreciate that aeroplane noise might well irritate some people.
ugly sweater style
tree climbing in London
I made sure to wrap up super warm (and also wear a mini skirt, because I live on the gosh-darned edge, motherfluffers) for our little pseudo-country walk. I was also wearing a duffel coat, but I took it off so as to suffer for my art, and also because I knew that there would be too much out-fit repetition if I wore it twice. Trade secrets, guys.
cosy autumn jumper
Jumper - £3 from a market stall in Birmingham
Skirt - H&M basics
Boots - Dr Martens

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

How to dress on windy days!

how to dress on windy days

If you haven't noticed, it's been INCREDIBLY WINDY recently! "Nice girls shouldn't wear skirts when it's windy" I remember being told by a teacher when I was little, "in case the lads caught a glimpse of knicker!" No, I wasn't brought up in the Victorian Era. Anyway, I say SOD THAT! I dress myself almost entirely in dresses and skirts, no matter what the weather, and if people see my knickers, that's their problem!

wool and silk layers

That being said, I do have some tips for dressing appropriately on windy days. Comfort and happiness are my priorities when dressing for any occasion, and windy days are no exception. So without further ado, here are my top five tips regarding dressing yourself on a windy day.

1. Wear lots of underwear layers. On windy days, I always wear a thermal vest. If you have thermal longjohns or pants, those are a good idea too.
2. Long skirts or tight skirts are best when it's blustery. I know, I said before that it doesn't matter if people see your knickers, but it's still nice to have that secure feeling that your skirt is going to stay where you put it! 
3. Cover up your whole body! Wear long sleeves, wear tights, and if you're going out for a while, make sure to cover your head and neck. We can lose a lot of heat through these areas, so I always wear a long woolen scarf and a hat when I leave the house (although I'm not in these pictures!) Also, make sure to seal up any areas where drafts can get in! That's why I'm wearing a belt over my jumper in these pictures - wind gets everywhere!!!
4. Layers also work on your legs - Sometimes I wear tights, long socks, AND legwarmers. You can get really creative with patterns and colours when you wear lots of layers!
5. If you have long hair and don't want to be picking it out of your mouth all day, I'd advise you to wear it in a nice, simple up-do or plaits when it's windy. By the time I'd finished taking my outfit photos, I could barely pull a brush through my hair!

girly dr marten boots

I like to pair soft, 'feminine' fabrics and textures with my big ugly Dr Marten boots. I know, I didn't INVENT this combination, but I love how it's functional AND attractive. I like chocolate and vegemite together too, so maybe I can't be trusted.

messy red hair

I am a magpie. It's like I have to add something sparkly to EVERY outfit or something... It's almost as though I am unable to wear a completely muted colour palette, because I have to add antique costume jewellery or something. Almost. Maybe. Anyway, I hope this helped you decide what to wear next time it's windy!

Jumper: French second-hand shop.
Necklace: Antique - My grandmother's.
Belt: Topshop.
Skirt: Urban Outfitters.
Tights: H&M
Leg warmers: Second Hand (originally Sweaty Betty)
Shoes: Dr Marten boots.
     

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

The Pursuit Of Whimsy...

The last week has been dedicated to the pursuit of whimsy. Floral prints, light fabric, lens flare, dancing in the grass, blowing bubbles... All very standard stuff, I am sure. I ran out of bubble mixture after blowing bubbles for three hours solid out of my window. Only about ten people walked past in the whole time I was blowing bubbles, and one of them was a porter who remarked "ooh bubbles!". This pleased me, as when an elderly man can enjoy bubbles, then the world is a happy place for me.

Today I went to the Foundation Degree Show, at the Central St Martin's College of Art. It is on for another three days, if anyone is reading this, and is also in the vicinity of London. It was amazing. I felt like weeping constantly, for the entire time I was there. Why didn't I follow my dreams of doing art? WHY? My friend Eleanor Bull (link to her website) was exhibiting her work there, and that was incredible, although being the primary subject of her project, I found it quite difficult to appreciate her final piece. There was a lot of beautiful work on display, and I found myself feeling incredibly jealous of the students. I shouldn't. I am at Cambridge, living so many people's dream. I still looked at those people's illustrations and creations and felt miserable because I want to be doing those things.

Something else that struck me at the art show was how amazingly everyone dressed. I have been told before that I "dress like an art student", but I feel I need to take this more seriously, and get back into expressing myself with clothes. I swear I used to be way more creative with my outfits. Let's do this, Candy. Let's get back into the fucking SWING of things. Pull your finger out!

At the recommendation of my good friend Julia, I purchased some of Boots' traditional Cold Cream. I am looking into completely vintage-ifying my skincare regime. I am hoping, wishing and praying that the Cold Cream isn't the reason for my sudden breakout, and that it is actually something hormone/crimson wave related... One side of my face is softer and happier than ever, but the other side insists on being red and dry and spotty all at once. I wish I had Julia's complexion...

Before I stop writing this, and go back to perusing the internets, I will just add that I am planning on getting a tattoo on my foot this summer. I want a little swallow, but I just have to decide on the placement. And see if my mum will hate me forever if I get a tattoo... I don't think she will mind really, since it is so small and she never had any problems with my piercings.

Goodnight all.