The Best High-End Stuff to Buy This Summer

summer wishlist | high-end | luxury | dresses |denim shorts | swimsuits | blouse | sunglasses |the reformation | realisation par | cult gaia ark bag | castaner espadrilles | mara hoffman | marysia |acne studios | innika choo | pierre hardy | theodora warre | www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com

Left to right, top to bottom: Cult Gaia Large Ark Bag | ALEXACHUNG - Printed Cotton-jersey T-shirt | Nanushka Cream Weave Dress | Mara Hoffman Printed Bikini | The Reformation - The Pepper Linen Dress (in white) | Innika Choo Lemon Smock Top | Re/done The Short | Acne studios Round Sunglasses | Ancinet Greek Sandals Sliders | Marysia Lace-up Scalloped White Swimsuit | Realisation Par - The Valentina Purple Haze | Castaner Carina Fringed Wedge Espadrille | Theodora Warre Gold-Plated Hoops | Pierre Hardy Bucket Bag |

Happy Sunday you guys! I hope you're having a good one.
As I'm writing this, it's raining, and it's hot, which is never a good combo. All this week we've had gorgeous weather, and then on Sunday, it decided to start pissing down. Typical. Can you tell I've been a bit more cynical than usual, lately? I don't know where this pessimism came from, but I can't seem to be able to exorcise it.

What I've found helps, is some good ol' recreational shopping. Online of course. Okay, I have to admit, all the items above are on my dream wishlist. These are the things I'd buy in a heartbeat if I weren't on a student budget. Although, TBF, I have been saving up and I'm really considering getting my hands on either a Reformation or a Realisation dress.

How to Wear the Vinyl Skirt in the Summer

vinyl skirt for summer | bare legs | confidence boost | www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com |
vinyl skirt for summer | bare legs | confidence boost | www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com |
vinyl skirt for summer | bare legs | confidence boost | www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com |
vinyl skirt for summer | bare legs | confidence boost | www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com |

Vinyl skirt for summer? Now that is indeed groundbreaking, but you know what? It wasn’t as bad as I imagined it would be. Granted the day was rainy and muggy, ready to burst and thankfully it did, or we would still be looking up to dirty orange-hued clouds. Even as someone who has always been romanticising rainy weather, I still find it extremely annoying to have autumn weather when it’s supposed to be spring and summer. And so my limbs were out disregarding the weather. If the Brits can go around in miniskirts all year giving no effs about the weather then why can’t I?

Pink Stripes

 Pink Flared Sleeves Blouse - White BDG Jeans - White Trainers - Ray Ban Metal Rounds- www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com
 Pink Flared Sleeves Blouse - White BDG Jeans - White Trainers - Ray Ban Metal Rounds- www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com
 Pink Flared Sleeves Blouse - White BDG Jeans - White Trainers - Ray Ban Metal Rounds- www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com
 Pink Flared Sleeves Blouse - White BDG Jeans - White Trainers - Ray Ban Metal Rounds- www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com

So, this is one of my fave looks as of late. I've been obsessed with anything pink (haven't we all?), and when combined with white it manages to lift my mood no matter what.

I bought this pink and white striped, flared-sleeve blouse on Pull & Bear on a desperate search for something that I could wear in the office and when I need to look a bit smarter. That is the one department in which my wardrobe is found lacking. With the addition of this blouse and the yellow one (also with flared sleeves; noticing a pattern here?), I feel more confident that if the occasion calls I will have something to wear and skip the stressful and rushed shopping run, trying to hunt down a proper yet still fun shirt.

What I love most about this shirt is how easily it fitted into my current wardrobe. I think that's the proof of a great purchase: when you buy something and it's almost as if it was already there, sitting in the depths of your wardrobe, waiting to resurface.

Most often than not, I've been wearing it on casual outings. Visiting the documenta 14 exhibition in EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; if you happen to find yourselves in Athens I urge you to pay a visit. ), going shopping, going out with friends and family. It's proven much more versatile than expected and I love how it can jazz up any outfit with such ease.

Like on this occasion I paired it with my trusty BDG mum jeans that I know are humongous, but I kind of love them for that? Call it man-repelling, but I love the antithesis it creates with the girly pink tones of the blouse. And of course, my footwear of choice were my well-loved Reeboks because if we're being honest, my stupid feet are not on their best form and it's either that or the classic Birkenstocks and believe it or not; I went down the most flattering road.

 Pink Flared Sleeves Blouse - White BDG Jeans - White Trainers - Ray Ban Metal Rounds- www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com
 Pink Flared Sleeves Blouse - White BDG Jeans - White Trainers - Ray Ban Metal Rounds- www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com
 Pink Flared Sleeves Blouse - White BDG Jeans - White Trainers - Ray Ban Metal Rounds- www.theblushfulhippocrene.blogspot.com

And kids, never forget to wear your sunglasses.

What's been your favourite item to wear lately? Share in the comments; I'd love to have a nosey!

xx Mary

Belled Sleeve Blouse : Pull & Bear
White Mum Jeans : BDG via Urban Outfitters (similar here)
White Trainers : Reebok Classics
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Backpack : Urban Outfitters (old but similar here)

Sunday Catch Up

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Good morning guys and happy Sunday!
I hope this week treated you well and that your weekend is as relaxing and fun as possible. My week has been pretty hectic and tiring but the weekend started off great, with my sister and I took a long walk under the sun-bathed neoclassical buildings of the centre of Athens, so I'm not complaining. The only downfall is that my big foot toe has been suffering lately, so I predict myself limping through next week. For the last few weeks, I've been trying to find a place to live next year. I'll be moving to London for my studies, and that means, I'll probably have to rent and flatshare. If any of you have any kind of information on that matter, you will help me out more that I can say.

But enough of that. I thought it would be nice to share with you all some of the things I've discovered or particularly enjoyed this past week. Personally, I love these kinds of posts, and it's a nice change from another shopping list. What do you think? I won't bubble anymore, though. Let's dive straight into it, shall we?

Youtube Channel

Violette_fr

A fairly recent discovery of mine, Violette is a French makeup artist living and working in New York. Apart from the fact that the looks she creates are downright gorgeous in that French carefree and cool way, her videos are unique in that she does all her tutorials in different places, from bars to inside beauty boutiques. But since words are an inadequate way to describe her genius, here's her latest video inspired by the iconic Jean Shrimpton. Enjoy!

Music

Harry Styles

As a young girl I was completely snobbish in my music tastes. I refused to listen to anything mainstream and pop. Growing up I discovered the beauty of enjoying all kinds of music. For me, everything has its time and place and Harry's first solo album is the one I've been really into lately. I think it's a nice departure from the classic boy-band sound, with its 60's and 70's rock references. I've always loved his voice but besides that, I find the songs on this album quite melodic and nostalgic, so if you're asking me, it's definitely worth a listen. And if you're like me and love hearing multiple opinions, here's an article on Refinery 29 about Harry's emotional take on sexuality and Alex Petridis' review of the album for The Guardian. To avoid being called partial here's a mostly negative review (in video form) by the one and only needledrop on Youtube.

Currently Reading

The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated in English by Deborah Smith

I honestly don't have much to say about this one (yet) other than I love it and it has gripped me, unlike any book I've read in recent months. On the surface, it's a story about a woman who suddenly decides to give up meat completely. However, the book is so much more than that. It's a study of obsession, violence, the woman's body and acts of subversion. But like I said I can't review it properly yet, since I've just started it, but so far, I can tell that it's one that's going to stay with me for a long time.

Instagram Account

sortofobsessed

Ok, so this one is a very recent discovery, but I'm in love with it. This girl is taking pictures of skincare items and reviews them. All her photos are stunning, and her whole account is very visually pleasing. If you're a fan of skincare and pretty pictures go and follow her ASAP.

gelcream

Another account on a similar vain is gelcream. Not only are her reviews incredible but her photography is honestly exquisite. She plays a lot with shadows and light, transparency and shapes. It's so refreshing to see such a creative take on something that could be very common and bland. To me, it proves that anyone's artistic sensitivities can find a way to be expressed no matter the subject at hand. Thanks Estee and Liv for introducing me to her!

TV

Line of Duty

Okay, so I succumbed to the hype, and I'm so glad I did! I'm still too early in the series but so far so grand. It's been quite some time since I've enjoyed a crime show quite as much and maybe that's because it's not really a crime show? It's about the anti-corruption agency, and it hooks you right from the start. Can't wait to reach series four where the show apparently peaks. How much better can it get?

Waiting For...

The new Twin Peaks

I've watched these series, first in my mother's womb, then about three years ago and I'm now rewatching them with my sis in anticipation of the new season. I don't think there's ever been a quirkier, weirder crime show on television and it has had such an impact on telly as we know it. The original series explored the murder of the cool but mysterious high-school girl Laura Palmer while introducing us to all the unique characters that lived in the small town of Twin Peaks. This is classic David Lynch, mixing the extraordinary with the ordinary, dreams getting all jumbled up with reality. And there's, of course, the FBI agent Dale Cooper with his love of coffee and cherry pies. If you're even a tiny bit curious, give it a go. The New York Times have created an extensive catching up guide if you don't have time for all the episodes.

The Video

Elle Fanning's Fan Fantasy

This is an epic video full of fun and fans. All pun obsessees will surely love it. As will fashion fans, I'm sure.

Art

Georgia O'Keefe

Grey Line with Black, Blue and Yellow, 1923, oil on canvas by Georgia O'Keeffe

Picture found on Flickr

In light of Dior's Resort 2018 show and Maria Grazia Chiuri's inspiration by the artist's paintings I have been obsessed with discovering her art. Inspired by nature, she created colourful and abstract works of art. Her flowery transmutations of the female genitalia are just incredible. I think I might have to hunt down a print for my bedroom.

Lust List

Makeup Minute

The Inevitable Five-minute Makeup Routine

 Summer Makeup Routine for a Natural Look | Too Faced Chocolate Palette | Maybelline Lash Sensational | Cliniqie Color pop blusher | MAC Select Cover Up Concealer | The Body Shop Honey Bronzer | The Balm Mary Luminizer

Makeup. It’s something we’ve all got opinion on amirite?

Above all it’s something so very personal. There’s no right way to wear makeup, at least in my opinion. It’s a form of self-expression as much as style and clothes are and I’ve always been an advocate of extending the same generosity we have on personal style on makeup as well. It’s all about having fun and enjoying yourself at the end of the day.

Personally speaking I’ve never been an avid makeup wearer. Like I’ve said I’m much more of a skincare gal. That being said, I do like to dabble here and there in the world of makeup. It’s just too damn fun to skip it. And though most of my choices might err on the side of the “natural” look, I do love a good eyeliner flick, especially during the colder months when I can be sure it won’t slide off my face.

My overall approach to makeup, at least at this moment (and I can’t promise it won’t change in say a few months…) is an easy, je-ne-sais-quoi, Jeanne Damas-cum-Californian girl approach. Does that make any sense? I sure hope so. It’s honestly a lot simpler than it sounds. The one thing I want from my make-up look is to look effortless. I hate feeling like I’ve got tonnes of foundation on. I love letting my skin breathe and covering only what needs to be covered. At least on a day-to-day basis. A brand that perfectly represents my approach to makeup is Glossier. At least I think so because I haven’t tried any of their products yet since they don’t ship outside of the U.S. But from all the Youtube tutorials I’ve seen going around I am pretty positive I would absolutely love most of their products. I mean don’t get me started on their Cloud Paints.

 Summer Makeup Routine for a Natural Look | Too Faced Chocolate Palette | Maybelline Lash Sensational | Cliniqie Color pop blusher | MAC Select Cover Up Concealer | The Body Shop Honey Bronzer | The Balm Mary Luminizer
 Summer Makeup Routine for a Natural Look | Too Faced Chocolate Palette | Maybelline Lash Sensational | Cliniqie Color pop blusher | MAC Select Cover Up Concealer | The Body Shop Honey Bronzer | The Balm Mary Luminizer

I hope this has given you an idea of what I like to put on my face. A light base. Dewy skin. Pink cheeks and bronzed yet luminous cheekbones. Though I must be the one to admit I never look as tanned as I would have liked. I would have thought living in one of the sunniest countries would have helped counteract my pastiness, but having the blackest of black hair doesn’t help. Perhaps I should go blonder?

So yes. Base is my jam. If my skin looks as flawless as possible, I could go out feeling like Beyonce. Ok, I'm exaggerating, but you get my point. The hardest part in creating a perfect base is covering my undereye circles; my colouring does not help. It creates shadows and hollows, and no matter how much I might have slept they’re always there. Still, I know others have got it much harder than me, so I try not to complain too much. There’s nothing a bit (or a lot) of concealer won’t cover. Right now I’m using Mac’s Select Cover Up concealer in NC20 for both my under-eye and my skin. I do try to thin it out as much as possible though and go on in layers than pile it up since it’s pretty heavy duty and it can look cakey if you’re not careful. I spot conceal with it, cover my rosy cheek and nose area, and that’s pretty much it. If I’m feeling like I need some more coverage, I might put on a BB or CC cream. Right now I’ve got a Garnier one, which is nothing special but works fine. Base aside, the rest of my makeup changes from day to day. For the sake of this post, though, I’ve been trying to notice any patterns in my routine share them with you.

If I decide to wear some eyeshadow it will probably be in a simple colour, probably a satin finish from my Too Faced Chocolate palette (which I just adore). I find that shimmery colours bring more life to my brown eyes than a matte one would. I love wearing just one wash of colour with just a coating of mascara. Lately, I’ve also been experimenting with a few pinkier and peachier shades on the lids, and I’ve been kind of loving it. And here’s a tip. If you want to try something new without going out and spending money, use what you have. For my peach eye looks, I’ve been using my blushes, and I have to admit they have been working formidably.

And speaking of blush that’s a step I will never EVER skip. Not ever. No sir. Due to my colouring, I will look completely washed out without some colour on my face, especially if I’m also wearing a nude lip. #blushon. And the bronzer is equally important for the same reason. I've had The Body Shop's Honey Bronzer for years now, and it works perfectly. It gives me a healthy-looking tan without ever looking like I've got too much on. I've never looked like an Oompa Loompa, which to me proves the success of this bronzer.

A bit of highlighter on the high points of the cheeks has also become unavoidable. Who doesn't love having glowing cheeks? Not too much, though. I've got the Balm's OG Mary Luminizer but I tend to use a very light hand with it, or I could end up looking like a disco ball.

Last but not least, come the lips. Right now, I don't have any product that I'm completely satisfied with. I'm on the hunt for a "my lips but better" colour in a comfortable formulation. Honestly, it could have any finish, except metallic or shimmery. So, not any but I'm open to all suggestions.

So, how about you? Do you wear makeup? What is your approach to it and what are your favourite products? I'm really curious and always on the lookout for new favourites!

xx Mary

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