I don't think I've ever had such a jam packed number of months ... at least not in a very long while. The blog, as you may have noticed, was pretty much discarded during this time but now that I have a bit more time on my hands I'm desperately trying to repair the damage. Thanks to everyone who has stayed with me during this posting drought. I can't promise it won't happen again but I feel like I have a better handle on things at the moment and so I'm making hay while the sun shines, so to speak.
~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ Instead of launching in with a food post (there are plenty of those in the pipeline) I thought I would instead open with a fashion feature. I recently uploaded one of these images to instagram and was immediately inundated with requests for more style-related content. If you're a long-term reader you'll already be familiar with my love for fashion and design, and even though those passions have never really waned, I had stopped posting them on this platform - I'd also completely avoided selfies and the like on places like instagram too. Perhaps it was just a self-conscious phase I was going through but I almost felt like hiding from the world for a bit ... I'm glad to say I'm in a much better place right now, which means I've been dipping my toe into the fashion arena once more.
Being vegan, obviously means that my ethics do extend to my clothing choices too and so I'm always drawn to brands like Thought Clothing (formerly Braintree clothing). You may remember a post I uploaded a year or so ago but even since then they have evolved into one of my current favourite fashion outlets - they have all the eco-credentials I'm after coupled with the simple ease I'm always seeking for my wardrobe. When they sent me through a recent look book I was immediately drawn to this maxi dress. An absolute dream to wear, I've been pairing it mainly with my faithful pale grey Superga trainers - there's no point in trying to over-style this number, as it is a statement in itself. I'm off to LA at the end of May and this will definitely be coming with me. I'll probably wear it with some heeled clog-style sandals but I also think it would be a great cover-up for the beach ... and we are staying right on the beach (Venice beach, to be exact), which is basically my dream scenario.
~~~~~~~~~~ There are so many pieces in the current Thought collection, I found it seriously difficult to choose just a handful - the shapes, styles and lengths are perfect for my figure, which is always a bonus ... and the materials they use are sublime. Being quite short (5'4'') and with a typical British/Irish pear shape (smaller on top with wider hips and thighs) it can sometimes be tricky finding clothing that is flattering but this range manages it beautifully. Over the past few years I've been placing more importance on fit and cut rather than passing fads and trends, often opting for a size up to ensure it hangs just right. Because I'm female, I'm always berating myself for not being thin enough but recently I've really endeavoured to embrace all my imperfections and not get too hung up on being 'perfect' - easier said than done, am I right? I don't know why us women are so critical of ourselves but it can be exhausting at times. I try to avoid sites and feeds that feed into my own insecurities but they seem to have a way of finding me, almost like a moth to a flame. The older I get though (I'm 36 on Sunday) the more I realise how redundant comparison is - it is the stealer of joy, after all. Right now I'm focusing on all the positives in my life ... happily married, new house, healthy, in a job I adore and living in Cornwall. It's all good stuff. I probably need to remember that more often.
what I wore//tanami maxi shirt dress/thought clothing//light grey superga cotu classic/superga//bracelets/cos//necklace/h&m disclaimer: thanks to Thought clothing for sending through the wonderful pieces from their collection ... whilst this is a sponsored post, I only ever work with brands I truly love. ~~~~~~~~~~