I can’t sing. I can’t draw. I can’t play any instruments. I’m not funny. I can’t speak any languages. I can barely cook. My baking is mediocre at best. I’m pretty regular looking. I’m not fat. I’m not thin. I don’t have long glossy hair or big bouncy curls. I don’t have bright blue eyes or never-ending eyelashes. I don’t have shiny white teeth or a big beaming smile. I still can’t apply mascara properly and will probably never master eyeliner. I’m no good at make-up. Or doing my hair. I don’t have a particular ‘style’. I don’t do yoga. I’m not raw vegan. I can’t write poetry. I’ve travelled, but not enough to call myself a ‘traveller’. I have no special interests or burning passions. I don’t have a career. I live in a normal house in a normal town and live a pretty normal life.
I am not special. And do you know what? That’s okay.
One of the things I think I’ve learnt in my twenties is that it’s okay not to be the best, to earn the most, to wear the most stylish clothes, to be the prettiest or the skinniest, to have the biggest house, to drive the fastest car. I don’t want any of those things. I’m happiest walking around in the fresh air, breathing in the scent of flowers and forests, watching the clouds, listening to the birds, feeling the sun on my face, smiling into the breeze and not giving a damn what anyone thinks.
But do you know what? There’s one person that definitely thinks I’m special. And that makes it all worthwhile.
If you’ve been here for a while you’ll know about my slight obsession with creating dream outfits. Well, I’ve just discovered a new outlet for my obsession. Lyst* recently got in contact and asked if I’d like to give them a go. Seriously, I daren’t tell Nick how much time I’ve spent on there this morning – especially as half the house still needs painting!
You know it’s going to be good when the sign-up form only has 3 boxes. User centric design at it’s very best. (I used to work in UX a bit so things like this still make me very happy). Once you’ve signed up it asks you a series of ‘yes/no’ questions about which brands you like to try and get a good idea of your style. You can skip this bit if you’d prefer to just enter your favourite brands manually. All the latest items from the brands you’ve ‘followed’ will then show up on your homepage.
The best thing about Lyst is that it will alert you if one of your favourite items go on sale. Amazing. It will also hunts the online world to find an item for you if what you want is out of stock. Also amazing. The amount of times I’ve seen stuff on Pinterest or wherever only to spend hours trying to find it in stock somewhere. This happened a few years ago when I saw an Australian fashion blogger wearing my dream watch but couldn’t find it in stock anywhere in the UK. I’m still on the hunt now!
Anyway, in my time playing around with Lyst I’ve created a ‘Boho Style‘ board and a ‘Surf/Skate Style‘ board – feel free to check them out! I’m definitely trying to lean towards those kinds of ‘style’ now as I feel they are much more ‘me’. I’m always knocking around in jeans and a t-shirt. Skirts, dresses and heels are lovely but I’m just not that kind of person. Besides, it’s summer now and that always puts me in a ‘boho’ mood! I’ve always been a big fan of Vans, RVCA, Volcom and the like anyway.
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Today I’ve teamed up with Monsoon* to bring you my ultimate summer wishlist. How could I refuse the perfect excuse to sit around browsing their website for hours without Nick badgering me to do some painting or strip some wallpaper?!?
Monsoon is one of the few highstreet shops whose windows always make me take a second glance when I walk by. I think it’s to do with my love of all things embroidered since living in Mexico and they are the true highstreet kings of beautiful embroidered things – not to mention that nearly everything comes in navy which is my favourite colour to wear!
The other lovely thing about Monsoon is their strong values as they have a real focus on ethical trading, sustainability and they run a charity which helps over 10,000 disadvantaged women and children in Asia.
I’m seriously lusting after that bikini. It seems a shame to buy it though as it’s unlikely we’ll be going on holiday anywhere this year so it would be totally wasted as I’m the only one who would see it in my garden! Also, how do high-waisted bikini bottoms work from a tanning perspective?
Also, I cannot wait for the weather to be warm enough to wear patterned trousers. Comfiest clothing ever. It’s pretty much equivalent to wearing pyjama trousers all day. I’m so grateful they are completely socially acceptable.
Bag | Bikini top | Bikini bottoms | Trousers | Dress | Scarf | Sandals | White dress | Necklace | Sunglasses | Maxi dress |
See what I mean about the embroidery? That little black dress is AMAZING. And don’t even get me started on that bikini. Especially teamed with those cateye sunglasses. Retro pin-up perfection. I urge you to go and check out the rest of their offering for this season. I promise you won’t be disappointed.