There was no doubt in my mind when I bought these shoes last week. It was an instinctive purchase. Pointy leather faux-crocodile flats at this price are a blessing from the Gods. Shoes to wear forever and ever….
Its the last bank holiday of the year today, and when its raining and feeling like Autumn, clearing out my wardrobe and putting away summer clothes is an obvious way to spend some time (plus my wardrobe is bulging at the hinges so its essential before my bedroom experiences a sartorial eruption). I’ve been ruthless, in an attempt to get back to feeling like myself – getting rid of pieces I don’t wear and laundering the pieces I do. Its time to start investing in key pieces again and I have my eye on a couple of things which have been on my wish list for a while. These Chloe ballerina pumps in Camel are timeless, as is this Acne Mohair Cardigan. Its alot of money to spend on clothes, but since my new mantra is buy less, spend more, ie stop going into H&M for a quick pick-me-up, I figure the cost will balance out anyway. A capsule wardrobe, as we all know, should be filled with classic pieces, which you can mix up with the odd high-trend piece. A classic wardrobe can be worn every which way imaginable and should be totally self-sufficient, not reliant on anything else. Denim goes with everything, as do white shirts, knitted tonal jumpers and black heels. I haven’t bought another investment bag since my Chanel bag three years ago, but I’m craving a new classic addition, something a little bigger that I can get more in. Who said fashion wasn’t practical.
I endure a constant battle with my hair length – it used to be with my colour too, but that has now been remedied (with photos of this to come soon) – My hair has layers in it which I don’t like because they thin my hair out too much but hairdressers seem to be totally against cutting hair as if I was a 6 year old. I don’t get it personally. Anyway, my hairdresser is an amazing colourist and I’m sticking with her, and I only get my hair cut every three months, because I’m growing it – its shocking, I realise, but its all in the name of lengthy locks. I look after my hair and have a pretty good diet, and as dry as it can get sometimes, mostly, its in good condition. The battle with my hair length is this – short or long. Long hair takes time and I’m impatient. Short hair is easy, choppy, modern and clean. Long hair is none of those, apart from easy, but so worth it which is why I’m persevering……for now.
P.S Its no major overhaul, but I rebranded – what do you think? I hope you like it – it took me a while to convince myself it was right, but perseverence is the key.
Variety is the spice of life, so I hope you don’t mind little here – I know this is predominantly a fashion and style blog but sometimes its ok to throw a little curve ball, right? Or maybe I should just stick to fashion. What do you think? Being in California brought out my creative side which I’ve been missing. I think I’d lost my way before I went away, because since I’ve come home, I have so much creative motivation. Like, all the ideas I’ve had, I’ve previously not had the emotional energy to turn them into something real. Or maybe its because I broke my elbow so I can’t exercise, so I have loads more free time now. Ha, that would make sense! Let’s go with the first one, it sounds better.
For some time now, I’ve wanted to make an indoor succulent garden. They’re the prettiest, coolest way of displaying a collection of bluey-green plump leafy plants – they’re low maintenance and they don’t cost too much to make but look a million dollars. And today, I made one. And you can too! Though if I know you, chances are I might make you one for Christmas so beware. Would you like to know how to make one? Ok. Let’s go:
Selection of cacti and succulents;
Cactus compost or multi-purpose compost and chicken grit;
A planter or vase;
White stones or white sand
1) Buy a selection of small succulents with a couple of cacti thrown in if you fancy. Choose ones with varying heights for some visual depth, or not – its entirely up to you. When you buy them, arrange them in your basket how you see them being planted together, to make sure you have the right selection.
2) Buy either 1) cactus and succulent compost or 2) multi-purpose compost and chicken grit or broken shells. These plants don’t like a lot of water, so regular soil will retail too much moisture. Ideally, specific compost is advisable however I couldn’t find any so was advised to use half multi-purpose compost and half chicken grit. I chose oyster shell chicken grit, just because it looked a bit nicer, though you can’t see it in a ceramic planter.
3) Choose a planter. Either a round glass vase with a large opening or a shallowish bowl. It doesn’t have to be a plant pot, it can be anything which is strong and practical (I saw an indoor garden planted in a wooden drawer today – looked pretty cool).
4) Buy some small white stones or white sand – this will be used to finish off the garden. I used those little white stones used in orchid arrangements so you can find them in the orchid section of your garden centre or in flower arranging.
5. When you’re ready to plant, add gravel to the bottom of your planter for additional drainage. There needs to be enough in the bottom so theres no chance your plants will be stood in water, because that will kill them.
6) Add your compost/soil. Leave enough of a gap at the top of the planter so that you don’t have to remove too much once you’ve planted your succulents. You can always fill in gaps with more when you’re nearly finished.
7) Position all your plants in their pots on the soil, in an arrangement you’re happy with then begin planting. Tip the succulent carefully upside-down into one hand – with the other, remove the pot. Plant and gently cover the base of the plant with the soil. If you’re planting cacti, use gloves to plant those prickly devils. A spike in your nail bed is painful.
8) When you’ve finished planting, mist the cacti and succulents with water from a plant mister (or your water misting feature on your iron, like I did since I don’t have a mister).
9) Cover all the soil with the white stones or sand.
10) Take lots of pictures and proudly sit and look at your indoor garden over a cup of tea, invite all your friends over to ogle and explain its a designer centrepiece made exclusively for you by a long-term Gold Medal winner at Chelsea Flower Show.
There are lots of different ways to make your own succulent gardens – (take a look here for more ideas), this is the way I made mine – but of course you’re totally free to follow whatever instructions you prefer!
Hey! I’m back! Well, actually, we returned from California last Wednesday, but with jet-lag, a mammoth birthday party we threw and a broken elbow, this is the first opportunity I’ve had to spend some time getting myself together. What’s that? A broken elbow? Oh yeah. Well, I fell off a skateboard in the middle of the Mojave Desert and cracked my left elbow. I got to a hospital the next day and had it put into a cast, but as soon as I returned home and visited a UK doctor, they removed it straightaway because due to the break, it would be a hindrance to me, rather than help heal the break. I have a lot less pain now my arm is free again, and I’m regaining some use of the muscles after they got pretty stiff and with some physiotherapy, it’ll hopefully be back to normal in no time.
A California post will be on its way as soon as I edit my photos. I have some cool posts to come, including a short guide to some cool places to visit in California. I also have some changes up my sleeve which I’m going to share within the next month – September’s always a time for starting afresh or making improvements for me, its definitely linked with those balmy back to school days.
Right. Onto more important things. One thing I kind of feel torn about with my wardrobe is how it changes so drastically during the spring and summer. Come Autumn/Winter, its simple, feminine yet slightly androgynous and minimal, whereas in Spring and Summer, its luxe-bohemian with lace and denim playing a predominant role. I mean, its nothing to stress about, I realise, but sometimes, it makes me feel a little confused about myself, because these styles aren’t really linked in an obvious way, but I guess its the same for most people. And in many ways, it makes sense that the seasons aren’t linked, especially when it comes to trends though I’m not so much about trends these days than classic dressing with a little trend influence here and there. With Autumn approaching and temperatures dropping slightly, I definitely feel like starting to dress differently already. The light changes, it becomes softer and warmer, and the days become shorter – its a kind of anti-climax after such easy-breezy summer weather, but then I also quite like getting cosy in layers, knitwear, hats and scarves, though that doesn’t last long. Until December, then I’m over it and craving heat, lace and neoprene bikinis again.
This outfit is a seamless way to ease into autumn – layering and city shorts – it doesn’t get much better. I’ll be dressing in this outfit pretty soon, its so perfect for leafy strolls and steaming coffees on a Saturday morning.