Autumn Wishlist!

Autumn wishlist

Although I still have to make a conscious effort to wear more than just the same jumper and jeans everyday, now that the weather is cooler I’m getting the urge to experiment with some colours and textures.

I watched the Alexa Chung series on the British Vogue’s YouTube channel which I found really interesting, mostly because she speaks with designers and prominent figures about the impact of fashion on society. As an art history geek this is exactly what I need as I eat my breakfast every day.

I recently bought a gorgeous green dress from Zara which I wore to a friend’s wedding recently (you can see it in an awful mirror selfie here) and have been dreaming of colours since. Dark greens and creams are always a favourite for me, it’s timeless and seems to suit everyone as well as making me feel like Liz Taylor. I’ve also been liking pale baby blues recently, although am struggling to find the perfect fluffy blue jumper here in Tbilisi.

Until then, I’ve been coveting a few items, and would love to hear what you think!

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London Wishlist!

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Next week we leave for Germany, then the week after that, to the UK. I’m pretty excited, if you couldn’t tell. Mostly to see how I’ll react to my native environment and if I’ll have a culture shock, but also for the abundance of food and places to experience.

One thing I definitely need to do when I head home is go shopping. I hate shopping, I find it so stressful and always leave feeling frumpy and down. I do like having new clothes though, who doesn’t? This time I actually need to buy a few new things, as my clothes now in Georgia are suitably old and worn as well as an impending wedding in October (not mine..)!

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How to tame curly hair without heat

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This is something I’ve been meaning to share for a while because god only knows how much time this would’ve saved 14 year old me who used to sit and straighten out her curls for 3 hours a day… Not that this is straight or even wavy, but it loosens the curls to make them more manageable and adaptable.

I generally aim for Rita Hayworth curls, but it ends up looking a bit more beachy, which I’ve grown to like.

Note: My hair is naturally Victorian Child Ringlets, not an afro, not wavy, but I think this will make a difference to most curly grrls.

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June Favourites!

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The end of June means several things. Summer, Placebo and flying home! June has been the most transitional month for me so far, since the beginning of the month had me in jumpers and today I’m writing this in short shorts and a vest. More importantly, it’s the first month where I’ve felt really at home in Georgia, and am growing more and more concerned how I’ll react to being home after so long. I’ll be emotional, that’s for sure..

Something that’s been a favourite everyday since the sun peeked over the storm clouds has been smoothie bowls. Originally I just made a smoothie to have something moist with cereal in place of milk or yogurt, but I’ve even got Shota hooked on them. They’re so adaptable and refreshing, and it feels so good to know you can get so much nutrition packed into something so simple! I’m always so energised and fresh afterwards, and have got quite adventurous with my toppings, as you can see in the photo above.

That smoothie was one banana, half a green apple, some raspberries, a few dates and a chunk of water melon. I topped it with some crushed chocolate tea biscuits, gemrieli Georgian apricot and some local golden raisins too. Quite the mix of textures for those of us who bore easily with food.

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My shorts from Zara. I’ve mentioned them before, but I’m just in love. They’re just the perfect length for me, comfortable, sophisticated and adaptable. I find them easy to dress up or down thanks to the subtle details and colour.

I can’t find the exact ones online but here’s the pink version, here’s a similar colour pair and here’s another pair I’m lusting over. Zara always does it so well.

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This Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Shampoo and Conditioner. Sorry it’s in Russian… I picked this up on a whim having ran out of the Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur stuff I grabbed in Germany.

My hair gets so dry here thanks to the hard water and heat, so I was looking for anything that would condition well and sort my ends out. I leave the conditioner in for 5 minutes or so, which seems to make a world of difference. My hair is noticeably glossy and so much softer. Not that I didn’t like the Gliss Kur, I just find this one more intensive. Also my hair stays much softer for longer, even after being outside in the dry Tbilisi heat.

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Finally, these sunglasses! That linked pair isn’t exact, although the only difference is the bit that goes behind your ears. I love them, they’re so comfortable and simple, and I think they suit my rather broad face shape. Cats eye glasses have always been my favourite but now I’ve seen they’re just not good for my face. Plus these ones are perfect to hide behind..

I hope you liked my favourites! I’d love to hear what you’ve been obsessed with this month. Happy July!

Summer Wishlist!

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1: F&F Chino City Shorts

I am in love with this style, they’re so elegant but can easily be worn down for a more casual look. I love high-waisted anything and find them more flattering and comfortable, but I’d have to try on a pair like this first since the cut might not sit well on wider hips. However, navy blue is always a good idea, you can see how much I’m liking it at the moment from this image!

2: Light Blue Jacquard Bardot Neck Pleated Midi Dress

Look how pretty it is! Probably my most favourite cut for a dress, and the colour isn’t something I usually like but would be perfect for summer! I love the scooped back too, I’m always on the search for something like that.

3Navy Winged Tote Bag

The colours are perfect, it’s big, it’s practical, it would go with everything… Want!

4Daisy Jacquard Bardot Top

You can see I’m really liking this cut at the moment. Again with the blues but this pattern is gorgeous, and that’s from a girl who always avoids patterns. I think it’s subtle enough that I’d be happy to wear it though. I really like this style of top and have a few similar but I can’t help but feel it ends up more like a bra for those of us with bigger boobs. It’s not the most flattering and looks slightly longer length in the model’s photos. If I can get hold of it I’d wear it anyway though, so beautiful.

5Pleated Skirt

Again, it has a pattern but very subtle. It’s such a pretty shape too, I live in skirts like that, especially in summer when pencil skirts become to suffocating. Blue and white is by far one of the best colour schemes too, so charming.

6Asos Dot Texture Blazer with Slim Lapel

I’ve been looking for a light jacket/blazer/duster and this seems ideal. I love the material, it livens it up a little. The colour isn’t something I’d usually be attracted to either but it seems like it would match most things I would potentially wear it with (especially if I managed to acquire most of this list). I should introduce more red/pink/purple tones in my wardrobe because when I wear them I get quite a few compliments. I read somewhere that Aries tend to suit reds because they’re firey but it might just be because people rarely see me in brighter colours. Either way, this seems a good way to introduce it!

7Gorgeous DD+ Light Yellow spotted non-padded DD-H cup balcony bra

Several things about this one that imply that I’m either growing up and developing new tastes, or I’ve become nonchalant. First, it’s non-padded. I’ve mentioned the qualms of a larger bust before but to go to non-padded bras I find quite risky. I don’t mean chicken fillet padded, but just a slightly thicker material to hide any enthusiastic nipples. However, this would be so much more comfortable and breathable for summer (Georgian summers are the stickiest and most tiring, so it’s all about practicality) and isn’t it the cutest corn-coloured yellow?

That’s the other thing, I avoid yellow too, being quite pale I don’t find it flattering, but this just makes me want to prance around meadows, it’s so cute! Besides, Debenhams are my favourite for bras. They have some quite nice styles for larger boobs without looking really maternal or boring. Nowhere near as good as smaller cups in most places but much more flattering whilst still supporting properly.

8Suede Sling Wedge with Stain Away

Bear with me, I know M&S is a bit for old ladies, but I love their shoes. I need comfortable shoes, that support me and my wide flipper feet. These look like they’d do the job, whilst being quite a cute style too. They’re not exactly showy, but that’s not my thing anyway. All shoes I’ve had from M&S have been comfortable and lasted well too, so I think these would do just fine.

What do you think? Forgive my navy blue obsession. It’s a bit weird that I’m attracted to dark blue and pale yellow now because as a kid I hated (and I mean really hated, it made me feel sick) this packaging. I guess I had a bad experience with Germolene or something, and we had that exact tin at home which now makes me swoon over vintage packaging design. I dunno, life is funny sometimes.

May Favourites!

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I can’t believe it’s June already! Where’s this year going? Anyway, June means summer which I’m literally itching for (I always forget insects exist until the sun comes out) so I have a sort of summer-themed favourites post for you today. I’m no expert, but I just wanted to share a few things that have impressed me this month.

Yves Rocher Coconut Lip Balm and Anti-wrinkle Protection FPS 30

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The sun is out which means I was in desperate need of some suncream, especially facial suncream. Last summer was quite intense for my grey, British skin with an average 35°+ everyday so this year I vowed to start wearing suncream everyday.

I’ve only just got round to getting one, however, and have to say I’m impressed. Tbilisi isn’t adorned with many shops where one can buy good cosmetic or skincare stuff but Yves Rocher is thankfully one of them.

This suncream is quite heavy so feels really hydrating, but doesn’t make me greasy when worn under makeup. I give it about 10 minutes to settle in before I apply my makeup (I go very minimal in the summer so barely concealer or foundation or anything) and it lasts for a good few hours. It’s recommended to reapply several times throughout the day since you’ll sweat most of it off, but I like that you can still feel it there throughout the day.

I’m skeptical about anti-wrinkle creams, if you don’t want to get wrinkly don’t show emotion and stay out of the sun, but I have to admit that as soon as I applied this, my skin felt taut and firm. I haven’t applied it today, for the first time in a week or so, and my skin does feel significantly plumper, but that might just be thanks to all the fruit I’ve been eating. Anyway, highly recommended and you definitely need to grab yourself some sunscreen, even if it’s rainy!

The other Yves Rocher thing was the coconut lipbalm, which I just had to include because it smells incredible. I can pretend I’m on a Caribbean island. No, but really, my lips are much more hydrated than they are when I just use some Aloe Vera Vaseline, and I find it’s not as addictive because you still feel it on there several hours later. It doesn’t rub off so easily as Vaseline and feels quite moist still, without being sticky – perfect!

The third thing I have to mention is my strawberries – look how well they’re growing! They’re even starting to go red, I’m so excited. I can’t wait for all the berries, watermelon and kiwi that Georgia has to offer now, thanks to sub-tropical climates!

Denim Espadrilles, Zara

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Okay, so I know they’re not the prettiest shoes out there, but they’re by far the comfiest. I’ve been after some espadrilles for a while now because they seem so perfect and lightweight for summer, and I wasn’t wrong. These ones from Zara are great, because they have a subtle wedge heel too, which I find makes me stand straighter than I do with flats and also means I don’t put so much pressure onto my arch.

The denim material is a bit limited with what it can be worn with, since it’s quite casual to be worn with certain skirts and the colour is a little tricky too, but it’s an inconspicuous-enough colour and design that they’re not so eye-catching anyway. I love how thin the denim is, and was surprised at home comfortable the rope soles are too.

I’ve basically been living in them, and I’d recommend wearing pop socks or something with them since a lot of people say they get smelly easily with bare feet. So far mine are fine with pop socks, and if not they’re easy to throw into the washing machine too! Style goes out the window for me after 25°.

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I wanted to show you the skirt as well, despite being in my April Favourites too. The length is perfect, the material is practical (for a messy eater like me) and the colour is beautiful. Bear in mind that I’m 5’11” so it might be slightly long for others, but I’m sure that would look gorgeous too.

I can’t find the exact same top online, but it was also from Zara and I just love the cut. You can’t see it so well here but this one is a similar, loose style.

Finally, I wanted to mention a yoga mat I picked up recently, from a shop which I’m sure isn’t anywhere else except Tbilisi. Here’s a link to one that’s pretty similar, and the same pretty colour too. Said yoga mat is featured in my new vlog which you can see here:

That’s it for now, I have work to do and by work I mean swooning over the little chicks and goslings outside my window… What have been your favourite things this month? Can you recommend any body sunscreen for me? Have a beautiful day!