5 July 2017


 Oh June, how did you go by so quickly? This is my first ever summer away from home - Every single summer before this one was spent with my family, enjoying the French heat, not worrying about getting to work on time with public transport or trying to cram everything in to evenings and week-ends. It's definitely forced me to stay on my feet, and make the most of the time off that I do have.
We're only a short train ride away from London so most week-ends we do like to go up there and explore, despite it being so busy, I find it really relaxing to just walk around and discover more of the city. It definitely clears my mind. On the Sunday we took these pictures, the sun finally made a comeback (I've had to stop myself putting the heater on at work) so I decided to wear this light floral dress which I bagged in the Zara sale. It's quite girly so I wore my black denim jacket over it to balance it out a bit. Although I'm more inclined to wear skirts and dresses over jeans or trousers, I feel like I'm moving towards a more tom-boyish style at the moment.

Of course during the summer months, I tend to wear dresses or skirts - which more often than not are quite girly. I've always struggled finding decent summer shorts, I'm a high-waisted look kinda gal so anything mid-rise or low-rise is a big no-no from me (and I can't cope with tight shorts whatever the weather). I think that that is probably the main reason I move towards dresses or skirts - I find them more comfortable and flattering, but at the same time I really struggle to find a print that I like. Even though I love this floral dress, it's so preppy, not usually the look I go for. But it's cinched at the waist which I find really flattering for my body shape, and I like how high the neckline is (no suncream!). It has an open back detail which can be really pretty IF unlike me you're brave enough to venture outside without a bra.

The only thing I'd point out about this dress is how see-through it is: I was wearing white underwear but I think nude would be the best option. I'd also recommend wearing shaping shorts (or bicycle shorts) underneath if you're a bit taller: Zara has yet to create a tall section so most of their dresses are slightly too short for me, resulting in me desperately holding the fabric down when I'm running about the London underground.

Now coming back to summer pieces: I'm running dangerously low on open-toe shoes, I haven't bought a new pair in so long, I always place shoes on the bottom of my to-buy list so I rarely ever end up buying new pairs in the summer. For one I find feet generally gross and prefer to keep them wrapped up, but during the summer it's just not the way to go is it? I swear I've only been wearing Summer's summer shoes for the past 2 years now. #twinperks

On top of that as I'm going travelling soon I've been slowly acquiring some new athleisure wear, so anything else really isn't really a priority (unless it's in the sale of course).

As for summer make-up: I tend to move away from eye-liner as soon as spring arrives (school memories of the black line literally melting all over my face) and go for a more natural look. That being said, I didn't quite follow that thread for this look - I swapped my lighter pink lippy for something a bit more intense: the Kat Von Dee liquid lipstick in the shade double dare. Since I have strong pink undertones in my skin and very pale lips I find it really difficult to find a lipstick shade that sticks out in pictures, and it's nice to wear a heavier lipstick when you're wearing light eye make-up.

Summer & I have made a conscious decision not to photoshop our skin (unless it's one thumping huge spot) because a. you guys can see how the cruelty-free make-up products look on bad skin and b. because we don't want to contribute to that side of the beauty industry. I'll link in all the products I'm wearing below - in the near future I'll probably do a beauty post on cruelty-free make-up and skincare too so you guys can get all the details!

*We have never photoshopped our bodies ever and we never will.

I decided to wear my hair up for these pictures as curly hair can be such a mess on it's 2nd day: my hair hasn't had a decent cut in about 2.5 years (oops) and the roots are now coming through (help) so it's all a bit of a disaster really. I'm one of those people who is terrified of going to the hairdressers in case they do everything I asked them not to do. On top of that fear, I don't want to damage my natural curls by bleaching them, and I don't have the means to pay for the upkeep every 6-8 weeks. I'm going to have to sort this situation out soon though, so any tips/hairdressers recommendations are welcome!

So there you have it - I'm trying to make more of an effort with these OOTD blog posts as I feel like I don't talk about the pieces enough!

Hope you all have a lovely week!

Holly x

Holly is wearing: 

Floral dress: Zara
Lace up heels: Zara
Bag: Zara 
Denim jacket: Topshop

All make-up is cruelty-free (except Nars who very recently announced market expansion to China - finishing off old products)

Foundation and powder: Charlotte Tilbury
Eyeshadow: Nars (alternative: Urban Decay)
Mascara: Smashbox Cosmetics
Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow 
Lipstick: Kat Von Dee liquid lipstick in shade Double Dare


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