My rule for shopping when away is ‘only purchase things that you can’t find back home’. I stick to this religiously. Gasp-worthy green H&M culottes may call my name whilst I’m juiced up on holiday endorphins, but I know I could get these elsewhere. Think of the case space. THINK OF THE CASE SPACE.
Recently, on trip to Amsterdam I picked up a few small bits and bobs…and may have bent the rules (ever so slightly). I’m easily tempted.
One of the first pit stops on our jaunt around town was T.I.T.S. This shop is everything I want from a little independent retailer : killer stock, branded tit tees and a constant source of cool gurl inspiration. I picked up a few essentials whilst swooning over the rails and fawning over the jewellery counter; the first was a an absolute must, a baby pink tee with tits embroidery. I’ve been after this for ages, I can’t stress that enough. If I wasn’t going to Amsterdam for a hen do, i would have found an excuse to go regardless. this is the extent of the love for it. the second item is the Shit Earring (I still have a little giggle whenever I say that). It’s larger than my usual hoops so it look a little bit of getting used to, but I whole heartedly adore these earrings.
The next jewellery purchase was from a small shop, barely anyone has ever heard of them, guys, consider this their ‘big break’ : & Other Stories. Okay okay, so I’m bending the rules here, but these dainty rings were exactly what I’ve been looking for since doing this blog post. I needed a little extra hardware, but with a feminine edge and that’s what drew me to these flat-faced beauties. They’re kind of like an alternative to a traditional signet ring. love love love.
Between fries, cookies, and Pilsner, the last purchase of note was Idol Magazine picked up the mecca of zine shops, Athenaeum Boekhandel. Yeah, they are generally more than your average Vogue, but the variation and inspiration at this stall is so worth it. This mag particularly grabbed me for the brilliant obscurity, it’s a serious feast of nonsense (and definitely lifted my spirits for the delayed flight home).
What a month. Seriously. What a month. July has been a ‘blink-and-you-miss-it’ month.
A week was spent in Croatia sunning it up, drinking alot of wine and working through books that I’ve been meaning to read for months. I read Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist and felt like I needed a massive cry. Not that it’s a particularly sad book, or that is what Carrie Fisher intended, but it’s very referential to her death and that got me going. I blamed hayfever. I would definitely recommend. I also read the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – again, not the most uplifting book. But still, it is such an interesting story; disturbing and moving. If you’re in the market for a dystopian world this should be next on your list. Check out my Croatia post and video here!
July also was also marked by a main event (and will one day be a national holiday), my birthday! A little party whilst it poured down with rain with loads of cake, glitter and dancing…and not forgetting bad decisions involving tequila. A classic.
My July Essentials:
- Body Shop Skin Defence SPF 50 – For a girl that hates being burnt this was my go to in the heat. Perfect to keep skin hydrated and protected from the sun.
- Nobody’s Child Black Frill Hem Jumpsuit – light, swishy and the most versatile outfit I own. I cannot live without it.
- Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Cherry Skies – Okay, so it’s not a ‘summer brights’ but this shade is quickly becoming my everyday go to. Paired with dewy highlighter and a slick of mascara, this is my fave long lasting red.
- Glitter, lots and lots of glitter – Ebay has been my best friend this month for the glitter stash.
- Nyx Glitter Primer – You can’t have glitter without sticking it to your face. this is what i used and it was just right for my birthday party. As a bonus, it didn’t ruin my skin when I was scrubbing the sequins off the next morning.
Whenever I switch on the J U L Y playlist, it takes me back to happy dancing times. have a listen to the spotify playlist here
Until next month,
Boy in the photo : Alex
Primarily a YouTube channel, Negative Feedback has spawned a film loving community across social media platforms, sharing questions and photos, and opening a an old medium to a new audience.
Luckily, I managed to squeeze into the very very busy magazine launch to pick up the first tangible offering from Negative Feedback (and picked up a 35mm film too). I’m impressed; The branding is gorgeous in soft pinks and white, and the zine itself holds a contemporary collection of film by Damien Maloney, Liam Stock, Laurence Watts and Tim Palman, amongst so many others. It’s a stunning edit.
It’s made me search out the reels of film on my shelf and finally get them developed to discover what magic they might uncover…or they might just be the result of a snap happy, giddy drunk me. We’ll see what develops (eyyy see what I did there?)
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I may have got a bit giddy when I saw the advert for this when it opened. It ticked all of my boxes: free stuff, embroidery and tulle as tall as your house. I. Am. In.
Designer Molly Goddard, famous for her reimagined neon tinted couture, has hung her signature dresses from the ceiling of the NOW Gallery in Greenwich available for the public to sit, sew and embroider – and I won’t lie to you, they are pretty spectacular.
Obviously, our attempts at sewing our self portraits were great #alternativefacts, but that’s what’s so good about the exhibit, whatever the ability, you can sew/accidently knot your needle into the dress and have to call a steward over to sort yourself out.
This exhibit is only open until 22nd February, so hurry over there this weekend and sew to your hearts content before it’s closure
See here for more info : The NOW Gallery