Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Parisian Priorities

So a few weeks ago, we went to Paris. Which is less extravagant than it sounds when you live in London, since it's just a handful of hours away on a train. Victor's mother and aunt were visiting us, and neither of them had ever been to Paris. So we wanted to make the visit special for them. And they loved ever minute - my mother-in-law was initially refusing to go into "stupid churches", but guess who we found lining up to get into Notre Dame? 

By the way - I feel like I should be apologising for my shoes. Except I shouldn't, because when you're walking all over Paris with Victor in charge, you wear trainers or you DIE. At least the trainers match my nails and lipstick... I planned it that way, swearsies... I actually would have felt like quite the fashionista posing there right opposite the Louvre with my leopard coat draped over my shoulders if not for those damn shoes, but oh well. C'est la vie. 

One of the many reasons Paris is awesome is this one: It has a Sephora on practically every major street corner. Hence me posing with a Sephora bag, because the first one I saw, I dived right into and replenished all my depleted stocks of eyeshadow, lipstick and mascara - I even picked up some new colours! There are no Sephoras in the UK. At all. And their own-brand makeup is one of my favourite things ever, next to bunnies and melon-pan and Victor. Even if he does tend to walk your arse off on holidays. So yes - day one: Sephora and the Louvre. In that order. I have my priorities! 

Monday, 20 April 2015

Heavy Rotation

Shirt:Banana Republic, Skirt: Madewell, Necklace & boots: Anthro, old
Sounds like the name of a Japanese metal band, doesn't it? Heavy Rotation. But what I actually meant to say was that this skirt, since I scored it on a Madewell sale, has been in heavy rotation - and so has this necklace, which I scored on ebay. And these boots, well, not a week goes by without them getting worn, so yeah... The boots are now such an ingrained part of me that when my friend drew a caricature of me she included them as a matter of course - and I couldn't really argue because I was sitting right next to her wearing them... 

When I wore this outfit was during the week we had no elevator. And we live on the seventh floor. I personally reported it, and was told it would be fixed by twelve noon that day - but obviously, they were big smelly liars. This coincided with our visit from my mother-in-law and her sister, too - and they are tiny little ladies with tiny little legs. Victor has fond memories of carrying two suitcases up all those stairs. I have slightly more fond memories of going down them with my friend, singing old Take That songs to make it all go by faster. It helped, trust me. At the time, I was in between gym memberships, so at least it counted as free cardio...    

Also, spring is finally a thing! I'm still in the early confusion stage - you know, the one where you leave the house in five sweaters and two jackets and then just gradually peel yourself down like an onion. Spent the entire day walking around in the sunshine with my coat on my arm, and didn't mind it one bit. Summer dresses feel like they are just around the corner, and I just can't wait!  

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Mini skirts and Polkadots

Blazer: Anthro, Blouse: French Connection, Skirt: Madewell,
Necklace: Forever 21, Boots: Anthro

That seems to be all I wore in the month of March - miniskirts and polkadots. Even though it was freezing, out came the mini skirts, with the warmest tights I own. It was a crazy busy month, but here and there, I managed to snap some photos - mostly dreadful ones, because the battery in my camera remote had died. And you know when you're busy, and there's this supposedly tiny errand you need to run, only that on top of everything else is just impossible?  And as for blogging, I mean, forget about it - I was lucky if I had ten minutes to myself, and then, stuff like showering took priority. Ah, but I missed it so much! 

Blazer: Gap, Dress: Wallis, Scarf: Madewell, Shoes: from Hong Kong

 I went through a small phase - very small! - of trying to wear scarves as necklaces. Like, I dig that that's a thing, and every now and then, sure! But I am way too fond of my actual necklaces to do this on a regular basis. This scarf is an old Madewell one I scored on ebay. Since I love it's red sibling so much, I figured I'd find plenty of use for this one, too. Wore it on our recent trip to Paris as well, and felt tres chic. Yes, we went to Paris! We even brought our camera, and took snazzy pictures, some of which I would quite like to share here... Our guests loved Paris - especially Victor's aunt, who had never been to Europe before!

Jacket: Nordstrom, Blouse: French Connection, Skirt: Madewell, Boots: Anthro.

But anyway, much as we love having guests, having two months of non-stop guests is a bit knackering! I love Victor's mother and aunt dearly - especially auntie, she's the sweetest person - especially when they get drunk and try to demonstrate Tai Chi moves in our living room. ("Biiiig watermelon. Cut it in haaaalf. Would you like a slice?" I literally laughed until I cried.) But looking after them was a bit like herding cats, and when we'd put them on their respective flights on Sunday night... It was like the air just went out of the balloon. I remember lying on the couch thinking, Whoa, my legs look really long from here.   

Shirt: new-to-me-Madewell, Jeans: AG's, Shoes: Clark's.

And in the middle of their visit, guess who had a meeting with an editor at a publishing company? Guess who stayed up until nearly three in the morning preparing for said meeting? Yup. But it went well - it was just an informal meet-up, so I could be introduced to the guy and we could show him what we had so far and get feedback. And it was super useful, and he was super nice. I even managed to act all professional and not say anything stupid, which is such a rare occurrence that I might as well get a tattoo to mark the occasion...