Something weird is happening in fashion. It would appear as though the trend pool is in the midst of a sartorial drought, and we're getting so desperate for something new and exciting that we've resorted to wearing every day wardrobe basics in weird ways that make non-fashion people think "u ok hun?" - And I'm kind of liking it.
It all starts with a simple shirt. Take the whole wearing your shirt backwards phenomenon that hit the style set last fashion week. I've already addressed how I tried that one out, failing miserably, the result looking somewhat more like hospital-patient-about-to-go-into-surgery-chic than trendsetting fashion gal. But it seems that the moral of the spring/summer 16 story is that if at first you don't succeed in looking good wearing your shirt weirdly, tie and tie it again (until you do.)
Man Repeller lead the way with repurposing the old button down shirt, not just once, but twice. So after failing miserably doing the reverse-shirt, I thought I'd attempt it with the neckline du jour - off the shoulder. And the result wasn't quite as horrific as I had expected. In fact, it was kind of great. It had a certain air about it, steeped in the laid-back sexiness of "yeah I just ran out of my sexy French boyfriend's flat to pick up some croissants and coffee." Apart from I don't have a sexy French boyfriend and probably never will. And that's fine. That doesn't matter. Because when I'm wearing my shirt like this, I could probably tell you that I do and you'd believe me. No? Or should I say, non?
It works better with really oversized shirts, so if you have a boyfriend, raid that wardrobe now! If you don't, get swiping hard on Tinder. Only joking, independent ladies, I've linked the best oversized shirts for you anyway.
Photography by Rebecca Spencer
It's the first of June.
Oh my god! It's June already. We're half way through the year! Didn't it seem like it was just a couple of weeks ago when it was New Years Eve? Am I right? I swear time is just going quicker, Sandra, seriously. Don't you think? Where has this year gone?!
In true Mean Girls style, raise your hand if you had this conversation with one of your colleagues/ friends/ housemates / boyfriend / tinder date? It's okay, so did I. Because let's face it, where the fuck has this year gone? Now I'm no scientist, but I'm quite sure time probably isn't moving faster, yet there's something about looking back over time that makes you feel as though someone has pressed fast-forward you're hurtling towards impending death faster than Fenton the dog chasing after those dear. Now, how many of you have actually managed to stick to your New Year's resolutions for this long? My guesses are not many. So why not use June as the starting point to introduce a few half-year goals? It's slap bang in the middle, giving you the perfect time to re-evaluate the things that worked or didn't work for you.
This post had me thinking, what even are my goals? What am I doing in life? What do I want to do? Do I want to go vegan? Maybe cut out dairy? What about go blonde? Am I just floating along the stream of life without a paddle or a direction?
Of course I have a general idea of what I want to do and achieve, but I hadn't actually sat down and set some concrete goals. So here I am, doing just that. Here goes...
Do more freelance work
For those of you who didn't know, I am actually a writer IRL as as well as in this phoney internet life, with two journalism degrees under my belt (hello BA Journalism at Cardiff University and MA Fashion Journalism at Central Saint Martins.) And whilst I'm writing about fashion for the e-commerce world in my day job and my oversharing on this blog by weekends, it'd be another bonus taking on some freelance work. I have a list of loads of feature ideas, I just need to take the time to pitch them to publications...
Say YesStepping outside of your comfort zone starts with saying yes to more things. I'm an overthinker and tend to worry a lot, and my comfort zone is made of the plushest pillows and squishiest duvet you could imagine, so I find it difficult to let go and just do something new. So from here on, I'm going to embrace saying yes more. It's all about broadening your mind and learning.
Do More YouTube videosLast year when I started YouTube it felt like I was doing it just to tick a box. It felt like a chore that I had no real passion for. So after a four month hiatus, I've stepped back into it and for the first time it feels right. Talking to the camera feels normal, rather than forced. Make sure you're subscribed!
Learn to MeditateI can almost hear your eyes rolling out of my head. I mean, I did it too. They're still on the floor somewhere... I'm a cynical person so I tend to pull a face at all of this whole mindfulness thing people are really into right now. But everyone keeps saying how beneficial meditation is. As a person that struggles to switch off and let go, this could really help unwind me. Peace and love, yah.
Take Up Yoga
Like meditating, but with stretches and stuff, no?
Go To More Museums and ExhibitionsA few months ago I made Saturday morning hangover museum trips a thing. Rather than wallowing in my bed considering whether it's socially acceptable to eat my cold half-eaten McDonalds remains (it always is, in case you were wondering,) I'd get up and out and explore the many free museums London has to offer. I am going to reinstate this motion, affective immediately!
Switch Off More OftenLast week I had the day off work, spent it shooting with Becky, finished up early and headed to Clapham Common to read a book and CTFO. Lying in the sun, dozing off, I thought this is the first time I have actually stopped to do nothing and simply relax in around two weeks, which is pretty sad really. We all need to take a break sometime, so I'm going to give myself more time to switch off from work, work, social media, and online life just so I can be me a little more. I'll even go as far as switching my phone off more! Goes well with the yoga and meditation thing, right?
Set yourself some goals and get to work at making the next half of the year even better. And of course, share with me your mid-year resolutions!
Here's some sassy notepads to help keep you motivated