Things I Love Thursday

Things I Love Thursday

Photo key:
1. Striped, 2. Untitled, 3. KK, 4. Dynamite, 5. Too Many Notes, 6. it’s getting colder, 7. Untitled, 8. Motherf#cker Halloween at the Roxy, 9. my ugly feet, 10. Untitled, 11. Motherf#cker Halloween at the Roxy, 12. blow up, 13. i’m having a conversation, 14. 10_6_4, 15. tara toes, 16. poised ballerina

Soft, neutral colours — I am on a bit of a placid colours kick. I am obsessed with white & soft pink & moody shades of blue-grey & cream. I cannot explain it. I feel like my brain is unwinding from the year & moving towards gentle colours is just one facet of that. They make me very happy.

Dry shampoo — Some lovely iCiNG cuties (namely Sarah & Iris) recommended it to me, so I went out & bought some! The brand in question? Klorane gentle shampoo with oat milk. It comes in a can, & basically you spray it at your noggin, leave it for a couple of minutes & then brush it through. The results are incredible! You could easily go without washing your hair for days if you had this. It would be fantastic on long road-trips, camping excursions & other acts of torture where you are required to be without water or basic conveniences for a long time. I think this is the sort of thing EVERYONE should have in their bathroom cabinet, just in case. Consider it part of your fashion emergency kit.

Seewantbuy.com — Recently launched, Seewantbuy is an excellent way to get your paws on lots of great clothes from high-quality, reasonably-priced labels like Ladakh & Wish! (Ladakh especially is excellent value for money, I own a lot of their pieces.) They have lots of basics, a really glamorous maxi dress, a drop-dead gorgeous trench & many other things for your excited perusal!

That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels & Everything in Between by Victoria Beckham — My boyfriend brought me back a copy of this from London, & it is AMAZING! I have never read a more comprehensive book on style, seriously. I know some of you dislike V.B. for various reasons, but say what you will, the girl can dress. The inside of the book says “with Hadley Freeman”, so I guess she had some help (Hadley is a contributing editor to Vogue), but the whole thing is really well-written, hugely informative & full of glossy pictures. Even better, the photography is by Ellen Von Unwerth, my favourite photographer of all time! HOORAY! This book gets 5 cupcakes out of 5, so be sure to add it to your Amazon wishlist or snap it up NOW!

Turbans from Topshop — Another thing my boyfriend brought me back from London was a collection of satin turbans from Topshop! One was silver, one was turquoise & of course, he also snapped up the ever-practical black! He is so great, he even texted me from the shop to see which colours I wanted. I love them! They are so fancy, & are going to get a lot of wear.

Shopping for cute underpants — Every now & then when your life gets complicated & the weasels start closing in, the only real cure is to load up your mp3 player & go shopping like a bastard for silly, adorable, inexpensive underwear. Allow yourself a budget of, say, $30, which will nab you several pairs & simultaneously give you intense gratification. This almost always makes me feel better. Excellent choices include briefs printed with Dr Seuss characters or Hello Kitty, though panties proclaiming “Will do anything for chocolate” & other ridiculous phrases should be avoided at all costs! Sometimes, even if you can’t find anything you like, spending a bit of time thinking about colour combinations & seams can be very therapeutic. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true!

Classic wooden HB pencils— I very rarely use pencils but I love the way that old-fashioned HB pencils look, especially the ones which are painted yellow & freshly sharpened. I would kind of like to have a dozen of them in a vase, a cross between an art installation, a stationery jar & a flower arrangement. They also look good skewered through long hair pulled up into a chignon, which I cannot do yet, but someday!

Paramore — They’re the definition of pop-punk, which normally drives me crazy, but I reeeeeeeally love them! (Hayley Williams is also a major cutie.) I think their best songs are “Conspiracy”, “Franklin”, “For A Pessimist I’m Pretty Optimistic” & “Misery Business“.

A dozen assorted donuts from Krispy Kreme — Especially after you’ve been craving them for HOURS! My favourites are the strawberry & cream filled ones… Yum! I also recommend having them for breakfast. The sugar-crash is a bit epic but the taste sensation is, uh, sensational!

6% Doki Doki — A shop in Tokyo which I am DYING to visit! Click on “Shop Tour” for pictures of the store — they have carousel horses & everything! Then, click on “Girls Icon Tee” for an example of their wares. Oh my god. I would die happy if I owned any of those t-shirts. Especially “Lovely Stomach”, how incredible is that?! Aaaaiiieeeeeeee! They have an online store but it is all in Japanese, so I have no idea what it says, but clicking on the pictures is fun anyway…

Planning holidays — I LOVE planning holidays! I adore doing all the research & getting good deals & working out what I want to do. Even though I don’t really know where we should go… We would like to rent a car & drive somewhere lovely over the Christmas period. I am keen on staying in a place that is on the lavish side. I am idly considering Byron Bay but it would be a two-day drive & I think it might all the tourists might send me off the deep end… Suggestions?!

Paul Arden — Author of It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be & Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite. I love him. He is a genius. I would like to photocopy the pages of his books & then wallpaper my house.

Paul Arden

“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete until it is expressed.” — CS Lewis

What do you love today? Tell us what makes your heart go doki-doki!

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