There’s that lovely quote from Betsey Johnson that goes a little something like this: “Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times.” So it’s generalising a tad, but there’s definitely some truth in it – I’m not sure how much of our fashion boys get. For instance, Callum can’t stand anything cropped on top or high waisted below, and here I am prancing around in both a crop jumper and high-waisted shorts. Oh well! I’ll just have to keep on bugging him because it’s definitely one of my favourite styles (and I think he’ll take it over me walking around naked everywhere, that *might* just raise a few eyebrows …).
To update you on the blog design (I know, remember that little thing, which we promised you over a year ago?!) it’s very near completion. We’ve been working with the lovely web fairy Kim, and I have to applaud her for how patient she’s been with us. This blog is so very personal and important to both Callum and I. After all, we’ve been working on it together for almost three years now, and with each post we aim to get bigger and better, all to bring the best content we can to you, our lovely readers. So of course the blog redesign process has been something we’ve taken very seriously, and we hope you’ll forgive us for taking much longer with it than expected. We’re just making sure it’s the best it can be, and – pinky promise this time! – it will be ready very soon!
Have a great week guys! A big thanks to each and every one of you for being so amazing and sticking with us these past three years. It means the world to us x
It definitely felt a little wrong going to Ascot wearing ripped jeans and trainers, but this weekend the famous racecourse traded horses and frocks for planes and baseball caps as the Red Bull Air Race came into town.
I’m not the biggest fan of travelling by plane, but let’s just say it makes me feel like a big fat baby for being scared of riding in a commercial jet when Red Bull pilots are speeding round just a few feet above the ground at ridiculous speeds and twisting round loops at 10G a pop. It’s so inspiring to see that kind of skill – and bravery. I’m sure after years of doing it they’re used to it, but I always wonder how they felt that first time they hit those kinds of speeds and pulled those crazy manoeuvres. I bet they were pretty darn glad not to have a camera inside the cockpit on those flights ;)
In honour of the event, I went for a casual sportswear-inspired look with my DIY ripped jeans (the DIY part was totally intentional of course, and not because I got them caught on a bit of metal poking out from a fence) and a twist on the classic baseball tee with this £6 crop version from Forever 21. I also did a coincidental bit of colour matching with my new Nike Air Max sneakers, which have been pretty inseparable from my feet the past few weeks. I’m so glad wearing trainers with any and every outfit is now 100% fashion approved. There’s nothing more comfortable on a long day out. Plus, they’re just as good for when I go on runs … which I think I’ll stick with over hurtling through the air in a tiny little plane, thank you very much!
It is a truth universally acknowledged that getting lost in normal life is just a big old pain in the butt, but on holiday it’s a genuine pleasure. Not if you’re properly lost of course, stuck in the middle of nowhere with no phone signal – and worse, no wifi – and you don’t understand the language and you haven’t eaten for hours and you totally wore the wrong shoes for a long walk. I’m talking about the nice kind of holiday-lost, where you put away the guidebook, get your water bottle at the ready and just wander. The old walled part of Ibiza Town is perfect for this kind of exploring. There are so many beautiful little streets and secret walkways, steps that seem to lead nowhere, pretty courtyards and alcoves and views for miles across hidden rooftop gardens, the streets below all cracked cobbles and crumbling brick.
Drifting along the beautiful streets of St Albans at sunset in a flowy cardigan somehow feeling way more glamorous than I am! It’s the light at this time of day – it makes everything gilded and beautiful. Callum is like a little moth when it comes to sunset. We’ll be having a wander and the sun will dip down to kiss the street and out his camera will come and soon here I am prancing along trying to avoid getting knocked down by cars while he happily snaps away. Oh the glamour of being a fashion blogger!
I’m wearing two of my hero pieces for this summer in this look – you know those items that seem to be the only things you can see in your wardrobe no matter how big it is and just feel oh so easy to wear? One is my lovely long cardi from H&M. I’ve worn it so much it’s starting to fray, so I might have to grab another one before it leaves the shops! The best thing about it is it’s so light it’s a great piece to have in your bag when you’re out and about on summer days, just in case it turns chilly. My second hero piece is this absolutely gorgeous slinky little off-shoulder top from Cheap Monday (similar here). It’s so delicate and subtly sexy, and perfect for showing off your post-holiday tan. I’m still desperately clinging to my Ibiza one!
Have a fantastic rest of the week sweeties and I’ll see you soon with more outfits and some exciting news about our new blog design! x
Apparently summer in Sweden is traditionally celebrated with the arrival of Midsummer, people kicking back to enjoy the sun with long days lost in beautiful countryside followed by evenings with friends laughing and enjoying fresh meat on the BBQ. Well perhaps I’m secretly part Swede, because to me that sounds like summer perfection! Callum and I took on board this cool Scandi tradition this weekend by having a little Midsummer celebrations ourselves, helped along by Rekorderlig’s delicious new summer flavours …
Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig recently launched their summer collection, and they sent over the four flavours for us to try - Strawberry-Lime, Mango-Raspberry, Passionfruit and Apple-Guava (my favourite!). Callum and I would have been happy just sampling these while lazing in the park – we’re big fans of cider, and the new flavours were so refreshing on this super hot day – but to really celebrate the Swedish summer spirit Rekorderlig also set me a challenge to come up with an outfit and summer essentials kit based on the colours of the new flavours: green, red and a dash of peach.
Let’s just say it’s lucky I battled this challenge before enjoying four bottles of cider, because it turns out these colours aren’t a combination I often wear! Red and green don’t instantly jump out as a particular trendy colour palette. But once I had this flirty Hollister dress in place – also number one of my summer essentials: a little floaty dress – the other things fell easily in place. I even found a bright red beach towel to go against all that green grass! It was meant to be. As for the rest of the kit, simplicity in summer is the most important thing to me when it comes to staying styling in the heat, so all you really need is a good dry shampoo, sun cream, nail polishes (my ones here are from Mavala), a tinted lip balm (my favourites are the Rimmel Colour Rush Balms) and then some Berocca to keep you perky! And of course a big bag to keep your essentials in, like my beautiful boho-style one from Fiorelli.
If you’d like to get in the summer mood with Rekorderlig too, head over to their Twitter and Instagram accounts and share your #SpiritofSummer essentials to win exclusive Rekorderlig goodies. Rekorderlig are also bringing the Scandi summer experience to the UK with four events running across Manchester, London, Glasgow and Bournemouth. I went to one last year and it was so much fun – lots of great Swedish food, drink and music, perfect for a cheeky day or evening out with friends. You can find more details on the events and book tickets here.
Happy Midsummer everyone! We hope this post has got you well and truly in the summer mood x