Pale and pretty in my head this week. Underwear that looks good enough to eat but fits like a dream. I’m a non-wire girl through and through (plus bra off the minute I step through the house door or for long journeys – I long ago perfected the art of removing my bra through a sleeve for emergency moments!)…
This set is by Wacoal who I’ve recently discovered and berate myself regularly for not having known about before – launched in the 70s in Japan, stocked in John Lewis and Selfridges, now multi-national; I blame it on my general nice-underwear-never-really-fits-or-suits me mentality. However, it seems the wire-free styles are not so visible at the department stores which might explain it. The style pictured is the Embrace, and you can find the nude here and here is the black and coral/white. So now, rather then wear something truly uncomfortable for when I feel I need to look like I’m wearing a bra (know what I mean? Just me then ;)) I now have a much better solution.
Also new in my life are a fresh pair of white kicks – nothing quite beats the spring thrill, does it? – and these are by US brand Keds who I realise I’ve now been seeing around for quite a while just not realised who they were by. The randomness of my fashion blinkers surprises even me, sometimes. Head too full of angel vs. demon YA these days, if truth be told (gobbling up one trilogy after another like each day is my last! Just discovered Kindle Unlimited which doesn’t apply to all Kindle books about about a third which can work out pretty well if your delving back on certain genres). So Keds, in white. Just the kind of light plimpsolls you want to slip on with jeans to welcome in the spring. Mine are the new Triumph style.
I’ve been picking up balms wherever I go recently – where is that black hole that millions of lipbalms so regularly disappear down? Lipbalm dimension, can I come and retrieve the gazillions I’ve lost to you, please? So some cute pots of lipbalm (just £3.50) and hand & face Gardener’s Set cream from The Lost Garden of Heligan Shop – their B Natural skincare range is a real find and so cheap too! And a gorgeously scented jasmine lipbalm by Greek brand Korres when in Athens. I plough through it as fast as I can before they mysteriously depart.
Super minimal pouches are always so visually striking and I seem to have a growing collection at the moment. This new khaki shade from London designer Danielle Foster. Khaki bags are definitely something I need more of right now. Khaki anything, actually.
My latest jewellery obsession is Zoe Morton who I visited in her east London workspace last week to do a little interview piece and many many pictures for the blog. A wanderlusting surfer seeking and inspired by textures in nature, Zoe’s pieces feel so good to touch, they’re wearable, not the kind you have to worry about getting caught on anything and the kind you want to wear day-in-day-out and not worry about it breaking or coming apart. Which is exactly how she’s designed them, wearing her most popular piece, the Greenwood pendant necklace everyday herself on the beach swimming and surfing. The ring pendant already has become a piece I’m reflex reaching for around my neck and one I want to come with me on every travel adventure I have this year! I am that person who believes there’s a little bit of magic in the jewellery you love and wear repeatedly.
Come the lighter days of spring, I tend more to a sleep mask and it feels pretty nice to upgrade worn and torn airline ones to something oversized and extremely glam – Holistic Silk seems to make pretty sumptious lavender ones – dragonfly ones here – that tie with ribbon at the back. Always such a lovely present I think, as you are kind of saying ‘I know you love sleep, we all need sleep. Here, I bring you the gift of sleep’. Basically there’s not a
mother person alive who wouldn’t appreciate that sentiment.
And also cos it’s spring, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor spaces. We still have to start work on our garden. At the moment it’s kind of a no-man land paving stones with sorry little borders full of weeds and cat poo. Garden centre trip is on the to-list plus lots of ideas that mainly involve ripping off one of a friend’s lovely garden – all built-up-with-reclaimed-bricks flower beds, trestle table, an apple and fig trees. Really glorious. Until then though, a few candles and adornments will definitely help – The White Company has this all going on with some outdoor accessories, including this hanging candle lantern.