Last-Minute Gift Guide #2

A Book for You

Moving on from beauty, when you find yourself in a situation when you really can't decide what to get to a person, a book is probably the way to go. 

I always find them to be such a quality present. Nothing can beat a good book, be it coffee-table or a simple, humble paperback. Plus, it's easily wrapped so what more is there to say?

So, get to your local bookshop and get your friends and families some books. It's also really nice to support the local businesses in your area. You can uncover many hidden gems if only you look for them. 

Just a few words of advice before you buy anything (though you probably already know all these in which case, please ignore me.)
book gifts fiction

book gifts non-fiction

  • Think of the interests of the person for whom you're buying the book for. There's a book for everyone. Honest.
  • If they're avid readers' of literature, at least, try to get them some fiction. They can always exchange it if they've already got it.
  • In my opinion, children's books (like Harry Potter or His Dark Materials) are not just for children anymore, especially for those of us who grew up with them. Find a beautiful edition and bring them the gift of nostalgia, this holiday season. Perhaps give them a pack of tissues as well.
  • Cookbooks for the foodies is an easy idea to come up with. Trying to find one they haven't got already is a much more complicated task.
  • Also, graphic novels can be great presents. On my wishlist are "Maus" and "Persepolis".
  • Here's a site that has all sorts of literary presents.
  • And this one for all sorts of students. 
  • A good thriller or detective novel is a great option for anyone who craves some good fast-paced action and suspense. Jo Nesbo's novels are loved by many people and I've also heard that Robert Galbraith's (aka J.K. Rowling) novels are brilliant too.

Last Minute Beauty Gift Guide

The Beauty Junkie:

If you're anything like me you've left the largest amount of your Christmas shopping for the last-minute. As much as I love creating lists of what to get to each of my beloved ones, unfortunately, they never come to fruition.What really happens is I end up running around the streets on those few stressful days before the big day, trying to juggle present buying and food buying. Oh and I've got a  New Year's Eve outfit to find as well (cue panic attack). Where's a paper bag? I need some air over here!
So I've been thinking a lot about presents these days, I guess, and I realised that at this point it's much less stressful to get someone a gift that you know will work. Don't experiment too much. Go with the safest choice. I mean you're supposed to have fun over the holidays, too! (However, being the perfectionist that I am, I might end up brushing away my own advice at the end. Although, I'll try not to because I know that if I do I'll end up giving everyone I know a sad, last-minute present or rushed and ugly DIY gift.)
I'm starting then this series with some present ideas for those people around us who are obsessed with beauty, are avid Youtube beauty vlogs watchers and beauty blog readers. Let's hope the below will do the trick.
  • A lipstick is always a good idea. Think about what they like, if they've ever mentioned something they would love to have (this goes for all other gifts as well). A luxurious one that they'd hesitate to buy themselves will leave them extremely grateful. I mean what better suits the holiday season than a beautifully packaged Tom Ford lipstick? If you're uncertain on which one to choose, a classic, matte red Mac lipstick like Ruby Woo will be surely appreciated and used, even from day one.
  • A perfume. This one's a bit more tricky. I guess you have to know the person and find the one that suits their tastes best. I love (and have purchased myself) the new Black Opium EDT by YSL. It's sweet, but not too much, musky and slightly fruity and I just love the coffee notes on its base. Another one I've been hearing great things about and which comes in a festive packaging as well, is "My Burberry". This one's more fresh and florally. Just go take a whiff of those and other scents at your local perfumery and I'm sure you'll leave with a significantly shorter "presents-I've-still-got-to-buy-kill-me-now" list.
  • Some people, of course, prefer other sorts of beauty. They like to do as the French and pay more attention to the skin that's underneath than what you put on top of it. For those, a set of quality skincare products whatever the price-point, is sure to make them smile. I always do some research online beforehand on sites like this to make sure I know what I'm buying.
  • But what about the girls, women and anyone really who is all about the eyes? Well then, help them enhance them! Get them the latest cult mascara, a set for creating the perfect smoky eye, an envy-inducing eyeshadow palette. This category is honestly the easiest for any budget. 
  • I myself, however, would love to indulge in something like this Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette . I mean, it's so beautiful I drool over my laptop anytime I look at it. But alas, its price is not for the faint-hearted. Blushes (I love this one) and shimmery highlighters aside, a great contour palette is a great option (for anyone really) especially for those who love a pair of nicely chiseled cheekbones. 
  • And if someone is just starting to get into makeup, a good set of brushes will make a great present. They'll be thinking of you every time they'll be buffing in their foundation.

Winter Essentials: 2015

I’m pretty sure you’re bored to death by now of hearing or reading about what you’re going to need to buy for this winter season. I mean, I’m fairly positive that like myself, you don’t need someone telling you, you need a bloody coat. “Do I? Really?” “Oh, in red! Well, that changes everything!” No, it doesn’t.
Each season it seems everyone is trying to reinvent themselves, their wardrobe included. But isn’t what we’re really doing, spending more money for something we don't really need? I know I don’t need another coat but that doesn’t stop me from wanting another one: a new, slightly different one to add to my collection.

Are they essentials then? Probably not. All of us who love fashion, who love thinking and reading about it, have without a doubt all our “winter essentials” sitting in our wardrobes, waiting to be taken out for a spin.
Hence, I won’t be using the word essentials for those sartorial items I really want to get my hands on this winter. I know I  have most of them in previous editions already.

 Like an app that needs to be updated, I’m also programmed to be in need of an update each year. I’ve got to look brand new. Of course, I’ m never new. I’ll never be truly updated. All I am is older. My memory is fuller. I’m changed but not new. As a society, we tend to worship anything new. Bright, new and shiny is what we want our things to be. Maybe that’s because we know we’ll never be new. One could go on and on about why we’re so fixated in the idea of newness. But that’s not what I want to talk about.
Going back to clothing then, those “winter essentials” are not really necessary. I don’t think, however, that anyone reads that word in its literal sense. Additions could take its place. Adding new things in your already existing wardrobe is not wrong at all. It only follows that we want something different each year. Change is part of being human and it would be scary if we remained stagnant in any facet of our lives- wardrobe included. That doesn’t have anything to do with our personal style. I find, that people who pay attention to their style, manage to keep the narrative of that style cohesive despite the changes that occur with each season.

In the same way, we add things, it’s equally important to throw things away. Clothes (or anything really) that don’t inspire us, or express us in any way, don’t have to be kept just because. Getting rid of them can be a cathartic experience. It also allows you to add those new things. It’s worth noting that something old can be “new” too. That’s why I love vintage finds. There’s just something quite poetic about bringing new life into something old. Many times I find myself wondering about what my "new" vintage blouse has seen. I’ll never know, but I feel stupidly proud for wearing an experienced garment. (That's the point where I start to wonder for my own sanity.)
Winter additions then. Oh, I have so many that I want! I’m sure I won’t get to buy half of them, but that doesn’t stop me from adding more each day. Greedy you say? Oh yes! Definitely!

So here are my top winter 2015 Winter Additions! Please tell me yours as well. I’m really curious in general and I want to make sure I’m not missing out on anything.

  1. A black velvet blazer is all I dream of these days. The luxurious fabric can dress up any outfit and I'd love to wear in the day with a pair of jeans and for the party season with a glamorous jumpsuit underneath.
  2. A humongous scarf to cover my neck, shoulders and my ginormous head hopefully. Winter is here and I need to not get sick.
  3. I love these flats! They're from Vagabond which is a brand I know makes really comfortable shoes. Every shoe I've ever tried from them is so light you wouldn't believe it from looking at the picture. 
  4. A pair of off-white trainers. The classic white ones are on everyone's feet right now so I thought I'd be (ever so slightly) different.
  5. I've been wanting a bomber jacket for ages and this one isn't too expensive. Longer is always better for me during the winter.
  6. Turtleneck with a metallic shimmer running through it. Need I say more? Perfect for the holiday (day and night) season.
  7. Here we've got another one roll neck. Can't tell I'm obsessed? The funny thing is my parents hate them because it's all they've been wearing throughout the 70's. Wonder if we'll feel the same way...
  8. Leather trousers. This one's a big one. I've been wanting a pair for a long time, but I never liked any of the faux versions. This one's expensive so it needs to be thought out very carefully before committing.
  9. Black skinny jeans. Nothing more to say. I seem to buy a pair every year.
  10. A punchy red sweatshirt for when I want to look cool, embrace athleisure and brighten my mood. It has the added benefit of keeping me warm.
  11. Ok, so can we talk about these booties? If there's one thing I'd buy without a second thought, that's the one. They're so chic and modern and can be worn in any occasion, plus they offer some  much-needed height. Oh, and that contrasting, bone heel? Love.
  12. A short fur coat. I've been wanting one of these since last year. I was watching all those cool girls on their bikes covered with warm furs while I was trembling on the sidewalk, daydreaming how I could achieve their perfect nonchalance. A fur coat was the answer. If I manage to get one before Christmas, you can rest assured that it'll be worn on every single holiday party. And I do not exaggerate.

Now all I have to do is wait for my Christmas presents. Family and friends take note! 
And don't forget to come back. There will be gift guides for all us late-shoppers.  

How to Wear Pink without Looking Girly

So, you've got by now a fairly good idea on how to incorporate more colour into your winter wardrobe. But then, there is PINK.

Is Pink just another colour? All the symbolisms and the silly associations of pink have pretty much destroyed an otherwise pretty and innocent (oh, the irony!)  colour.  But that’s the thing isn’t it? Pink is pretty. It’s innocent. It’s frilly, loud and unapologetically girly. It’s the colour of the Barbie doll and all those conventions of what a woman, or a girl for that matter, is or should be like. (Perhaps you’d argue that this isn’t the case anymore, in which case I’d say I know enough cases to say that it’s not gone either.)

From Marie Claire UK

I guess it’s hard for a woman to see pink as just a colour. It's a divisive subject at best. Some love it, some hate it. Looking at it from a clearly objective place, I believe we would all admire it. It’s warm but it can also be cool. It can give colour to an otherwise bland outfit but it can also be extremely loud and exhume confidence. But I won’t go on. You know what I mean.

As a small child, I did wear pink. Or rather my mum wore me pink. Not too much like some small girls who look like a bubble-gum has exploded all over them. No, it was always quite subtle and mixed with other colours. As I grew up I grew more distant. I didn’t like looking like a girly girl. I wanted to be tough (or look the part) and I believed pink was not the colour that would offer me that. I mean, I was obviously beyond silly. Pink was associated in my head with frivolousness, mindlessness, extreme romanticism and weakness. I was forever team anti-pink.

Photo: Norman Wong

As I grew older I started realising how disturbing my viewpoint on the matter was. I started seeing pink from a different angle. I even got through a phase when I was really into “girly” clothes: I was wearing dresses and my hair were gathered in romantic braids and complicated up-dos! (I blame Zooey Deschanel for that.) But, even then, pink didn’t appear in any of my get-ups.

Nowadays, I have some pretty pink notebooks and home decorations but you’d have to look extremely hard to find anything pink in my wardrobe. “Oh wait! I see something over there under that rack of long dresses. Oh, yeah ok, that’s the 'never-been-worn-and- never-will-be' pile to be donated. Never mind, carry on.”

That is why I’m now actively trying to wear more pink. I’ve come to the realisation that I can manage to put together an outfit featuring pink without giving myself a toothache or resembling Blossom in any other way other than being a total badass. Without further ado then (because it seems ado, ado, that’s all I do), I give you some ways I’ve found that I can wear pink without wanting to change the minute I step out of my front door.

How to wear pink during your normal day

I guess this doesn’t need much explaining. Depending on your personal style I’m sure you can find a pink item that you could incorporate into your existing wardrobe. I would consider adding some jewellery, for example, that are more geometric and strict to counteract the romantic nature of the colour.

Keeping it grown-up:

This is just my thing. I’m usually either going to grunge things up or make them look more masculine and chic. There are many ways to do that depending on the occasion. Here are some suggestions that I’ve found work great for me:

Formal Attire:

If you choose it as the main colour of a formal, evening or occasion outfit, make sure you get something slightly more structured. I’d avoid a bodycon pink dress coz it’d make me feel too try-hard and like a Barbie doll. (Though I’m not blonde so I’d probably be Barbie’s bestie.)

 If I wanted a dress, I’d choose a midi one probably but one that doesn’t call out frumpy from miles away. This is why I’d steer clear of ditsy floral prints.

Otherwise, you could go with the oh-so-trendy suit as occasion wear. I really, really love this one. Anything offering that kind of juxtaposition and mixing of gender norms, I’m always on board with. 

Lastly, no matter what pink item you choose, I’d suggest you pair it with a good heel. It will lift the outfit and make you look sophisticated. No one will mistake  you for your little sister. I mean, imagine how great that dress would look with these fierce heels.

Casual Wear:

   Combine anything pink with more structured elements. Add a sophisticated, geometric, marble necklace, wear a pink jumper with a pair of lined trousers and a long luxurious coat.

   Avoid wearing anything that is both pink and collared. Especially a peter pan one. I mean I know people could pull this off without looking like 12-year-olds but, unfortunately, I haven’t found the secret formula yet. I’m sure Alexa has.

      Pair the pinks with masculine pieces. It makes pink a conscious choice, not an unhappy mistake. Their contrast is sure to make an impact.

      Feel free to grunge it up if that’s your thing. Wear pink with combat boots, military shirts (the right pink with the right khaki is an original but amazing combination), chunky jewellery, oversized outerwear, any Dr Martens shoe.

      If you like playing with make-up then pay attention to it too. If you want to avoid looking girly, you could wear just a plain but impactful red lip. Or if 90’s is more your style, do like Kylie Jenner and wear a brown lip, or a really dark one.

Favourite Colour Combinations:

This is just some of the colour combinations that pop into my mind when I think of wearing pink with other colours. There is just so much more that black and blue!

Found on Pinterest. Photo by The Sartorialist.

         Pink + Red: This one packs a punch and isn’t for the faint-hearted but it certainly makes a statement.

         Pink + Blue: A classic combo. The blue can be either dark or light. If both colours are pastel you could be leaning towards “girly” territory so if you wish to avoid that, add something black or toughen the outfit with a chunky, silver ring for example, or by keeping the outfit modern in clean lines. Masculine garments can also work.

         Pink + Brown: When I think of this one, I’m instantly transported in a warm and cosy environment, in a cottage, in front of a fireplace. Like pink and khaki, it’s not been done to death. Play around with them and find the right colour combination. 

         Pink + Black: The classic. When in doubt go black.

         Prints: Not technically a combo but I assume it already mixes many colours. If it’s a flower print, go for bigger ones, since the really small ones can look too girly. Again, there are exceptions (see the Topshop Unique SS 2016 show, which kind of dismisses all my points but hey-ho!).

Have Fun!

Most importantly, how you wear pink is up to you. I’m sure you can come up with so many more combinations and ways to make it look more mature, grunge, feminine or whatever else you might fancy. There really are no rules in fashion! These, are just some things that I would come up with faced with a pink jumper. So go ahead and tell me yours!

How to Wear More Colour

Colours are back!

I get it, I get it. Getting colours right is hard. There are too many things that could go wrong and you could end up looking like a badly executed fauvist painting. I guess some people are more drawn towards colour than others. My sister, as a child, loved wearing anything bright. Her favourite Chuck Taylors had a bloody rainbow on them. I, on the other hand, would look down at her skinny legs in awe. “How can she be so bold?” I would wonder to myself, contrasting her bright orange leggings with my standard blue ones.

However, there was always colour on me somewhere, too. That is until a couple of years ago when the whole “normcore”, basic, call it whatever you like trend, swept away every last trace of colour from many people’s wardrobes. I was not an exception. My wardrobe might have looked like that of a penguin’s with a penchant for blue but it was my choice and I enjoyed wearing almost only neutral colours. That lasted until this season.

My red cardigan may have never left my side but that is not enough anymore. I’d forgotten how much a vivid blue can lift your mood, or how a deep pink, can make you feel ultra- confident. Colours manage to bring life back to me (and trust me I need it: from November to March I resemble a zombie more than a human) and especially on those cold and dreary days when you just feel like injecting some colour to the grey surrounding you, in any way possible.
Wearing colour will make you more noticeable, to be sure. In a good way, though. Gone are the days when I used to resent that. If you feel confident in something, show it and don’t apologise for it. I know I still have to make progress on that front but I’m getting there.

If you’re still not convinced, might I remind you how colourful these last two seasons’ catwalks were? Even Celine had colour! Everyone needs a change. Even though, I was never a 100% minimalist convert, I had definitely been swayed by some of its commandments. Those, still inform part of my wardrobe. However, I do wish I were at least 2 inches taller so they would fit me properly: I mean, I love a good pair of culottes but they do tend to turn me into a small bulk of denim. I’ll also never stop loving black. I just love wearing it and that’s that. But when I laid my eyes on all those electrocuted coats at Cristopher Kane or the maximalist's/eclecticist's heaven that was the Gucci show all I could think was, “Well, I already have the glasses, sign me up for the crazy colours too!”

How to wear them if your wardrobe is basically black and white.

Well, fear not my friend, the colour-wearing club is not exclusive. You can sign up anytime you want without any previous experience. Crazy, right? Not really, considering that you’re allowed to take it slow. Just dip your toes into its rainbow coloured pool, if you’re a first-time visitor. If you like it, then congratulations! You can enrol to a life full of colour! 
How to do that? Well, here are some thoughts:

Shoes and Bags

Pop some colour in your outfit by way of accessorising. I know, shocking! It’s a revelation! Well, not really but it definitely works. Get a pair of coloured trainers and get ahead from all those still wearing Superstars in plain white. A bright bag can also work extremely well, even if the rest of your outfit is just black. 

Red bag, blue trainers, black and grey winter outfit.
Adidas Gazelle trainers, H&M jumper, French Connection shoulder bag, New Look sleeveless coat, Asos bell-flare jeans.

Dark Colours

If you’re afraid of bright colours then darker, more muted ones will work just as well. All colours are welcome here. We don’t discriminate. A deep wine red scarf would look lovely, set against a deep grey coat. And what about that forest green clutch? It makes me daydream of going away in the country. Just don’t wear them together to avoid any Christmas associations. Unless it really is Christmas and you feel like being thematic.

Pastel Colours

If, however, your wardrobe is filled with white and each colour of the greyscale range, then why not try adding more pastels to it? They go with almost anything. This small tweed bag by Zara is the lightest pink you could find. You could even go bigger. I have a light blue, faux-leather jacket that I love wearing when I feel like my outfit is quite boring and I want to brighten it up. It’s actually my go-to for the transitioning season. In winter, you could get a lovely pink coat for example. Don’t worry I’m sure you can find lots that aren’t too sugary.

Lilac jumper and leather jacket, red bag and bright blue trainers.
Asos lilac jumper, Asos Lilac Biker Jacket, Zara soft tote bag, Topshop skinny jeans, Saucony trainers.

Small Accessories

Let’s not forget of course all those other small accessories. Hats or beanies, scarves, stone rings, dangly earrings, can all be great carriers of colour. A small furry friend in a bright colour will give your bag or keys a quirky attitude.


The thing with small colourful prints on neutral items, beautiful embroideries and bold prints is that they will definitely make you feel like a beautifully ornated work of art, be it from the Renaissance or the Keith Haring days. Need I say more? Just look at some Valentino or Laurence Dacade boots and you’ll be convinced. That’s a promise. I think I'm definitely buying a printed dress this season.

I’m already doing all of these! What now?

Get a Bright Jumper

I love wearing a brightly coloured jumper with my black skinny jeans. Red was all over the runways this past season and I just get all giddy inside, thinking about wearing a big, cosy, bright red jumper all winter long.

Get a Bright Coat

This one is not for the faint-hearted. I would really love to be able to pull that off myself but I’m not convinced I’d carry it well. I’m not giving up, though. For some reason (it’s called complete obsession) I’m still thinking of red, or burgundy, or even maroon. But any colour that speaks to you will work just as well.

Green military coat with floral blouse, simple black trousers, ankle boots and green rings.
Green quartz ring @ UO, Wolf & Moon ripple ring @ Asos, Topshop floral silk blouse, Asos green coat, Topshop ankle boots, Topshop black trousers

Mix and Much / Colour-block

Colours are meant to be combined. Go for opposites, for complimenting, for tonal combinations. The sky is the limit. If you’ve got an eye for colour you’ll probably be good to go. And even if you don’t get it right at first, remember that practice makes perfect (or better).

Pink jumper with red skirt and boots. Simple taupe/camel coat on top and chain bag.
&Other Stories pink jumper, Zara red suede skirt, Topshop green leather crossbody bag, Asos red knee-high boots, Asos taupe midi coat.

Bright Shoes!

This one needs a lot of guts but I saw a pair of (surprise!) burgundy boots at Zara and I just cannot describe to you how much I was drooling all over them but the damn Eleanor in me convinced me that I wouldn’t wear them that much. I think I’ll see them again having Marianne in charge of my brain this time. I think she would approve.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and get colourful!

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Some Thoughts on Sundays

Everybody's trying to have the perfect Sunday. What I do on a Sunday.

If you, like myself, spend slightly too much time scrolling down beautifully curated Instagram feeds, or stalking lifestyle, fashion and beauty blogs (among others), I'm sure you've happened upon some sort of  a Sunday post.
What that may be, varies.
It could be the usual flatlay photo of an extremely clean-looking and carefully articulated Sunday brunch. It could be a pair of beautiful legs emerging under a cozy grey blanket. Perhaps it's a tray of apple and cinnamon muffins just coming out of the oven. Whatever format it comes in, I think we can all agree that it’s inescapable.
I don't have any problem with them of course! I enjoy them at the fullest, to be honest.
No, then, it’s nothing like that. It's just that the flurry of them made me ponder lately if we have some weird obsession over how we spend our Sundays. We seem to be extremely interested in how others are spending their last (or first?) day of the week and admittedly how it compares to ours. I don't know about yours, but I find mine to always be lacking.
So what is it about Sundays? Why don't we spend so much time wondering "the best way to spend a Sunday" about a Saturday instead? Am I the only one that finds that odd? When and how did it all start?
Perhaps it all begins with the idea that Sunday in the one day for rest and leisure, (an idea that might be stemming from religion or not, but seems to exist throughout the world in some way or another.) In the olden days, people used to go to church, children wearing their “Sunday clothes” and all in all, Sunday had something unique about her. It was the most important day, the day a week of hard work was leading towards.
Then, Sunday was also the day when the father would finally be home for lunch. The "perfect housewife" would find the chance to shine on that day, the one day of labour that really mattered for her.
Isn’t it slightly hypocritical though nowadays to worship this leisure day that much? Most of us still work in some manner on Sundays and anyhow, don’t we place more importance on working days, our busy and productive days that run the everyday mechanisms of our capitalist society? Even an Instagram post is part of a business usually, either a big one or a small, personal one. We’re all promoting our branded selves.

So I’m asking if Sundays have turned into an “imitation game”. Is there a real authentic Sunday like the one we always seem to have stuffed down our throats? Or is it a simulacrum: something that was never true and real but through imitation became reality? Living in a voyeuristic society, basing the goals of our lives on some staged ones, is to be expected. We like things to look pretty. And that’s not bad. Isn’t it worrisome, however, that this ideal some are striving for, is that of a fictitious, simple, yet perfect and perfectly curated life?
Maybe you’ll say the audience should be alert and not be fooled; to know real from false. But is everyone always aware of what is true and what isn’t? Do we live too much inside of images? I know I’m exaggerating but perhaps for every exaggeration, there is a person out there who is truly baffled.
For some people -young, insecure, not yet found their place in this world, or anyone really- the feeling of inadequacy when looking at others’ perfect “Sundays” is inevitable. My sad bread and jam pales in front of the luxurious, hotel-worthy, croissant and coffee, staring up at me from a square border.
Pondering I might and I could go on but that’s the way things are, and I’m not bitter in living amongst them. I reckon most of us can make the distinction. Those beautifully set up breakfasts, provide at least some food (pun! oh, not a fan? too bad) for thought.
Well then here's how I spend my Sundays. Hope it makes you feel better about yours.
  • Wake up. The time depends on what time I slept and how. I usually wake up at around 9.30.
  • I'll fill my bottle of water and grab my book.
  • My parents are usually watching telly: morning news shows and I might sit on the sofa as well. I’ll  read for a bit, scroll down my Instagram and Pinterest feed and see if there're any interesting apps I want to download.
  • Then I'll go to my room and turn on my laptop. I'll read a few blogs, browse lazily my Facebook home page, open my emails.
  • I'll start working then on whatever I've got to do. It might be reading for a class, or writing, or practicing my French, or learning to code.
  • I'll usually be interrupted by my sister telling me it's time for our habitual and annoyingly time-fixated ride to get a coffee. Maybe we'll have a leisurely walk around the shopping and coffee shops area in our town, too.
  • Coming back, I'll carry on with whatever work I've been doing.
  • Mostly I'll be procrastinating  by looking at what others are doing on their Sundays.
  • “What? Where is she? It's so beautiful there I want to go too! Oh, it's close I could've actually gone.” *Cue emotions turning from anger and jealousy to frustration and annoyance and finally to disappointment as I turn to face the books looking up at me expectantly.*
  • I'll read and I'll do something cool in the evening. I still have time to turn my day around!
  • Lunch time! Sorry, but it's true. Sunday roast is the best kind of roast. I'm getting dangerously traditional here, but I don't even care.
  • Let's watch something then. After having eaten, I can never properly focus to do anything anyway. Maybe an episode of something. It's shorter than a film.
  • Let's try to study now.
  • I can still do this.
  • But what will I do in the evening?
  • It's already six! Where has the day gone?
  • God Sundays are supposed to be relaxing! F French, I hate them anyway!
  • Ok, just admit it: you won't go out tonight.
  • Well, that's perfect then. I can still be productive at least.
  • *Some focus is being restored. Information is being processed and stored in my short-term memory.*
  • 8 o'clock! Already?  I'm going to eat some food.
  • "Maro, do you want to watch something?" ....... "Well...sure, why not?" (You can see how reluctant I am when it comes to watching a favourite series or film.)
  • Oh, wow I'm yawning. The truth is, I'm kind of sleepy. Let me just work a bit more...
  • 30 minutes later: All right that's enough! I have Monday free as well anyway! I'll move today's to-dos to tomorrow. I'll wake up earlier than usual.
  • But I can't sleep so early. My insomnia will strike again and I'll be tossing and turning in my sheets for hours.
  • I'll just watch a few harmless Youtube videos.
  • Well, look at me, me! I didn't watch more than I’d planned! High-five to me! (Insert Liz Lemon high-fiving herself).
  • Time for bed. Pj's, check. Book for a bit of reading, check. Water bottle next to me, check. Alarm set for 8 o'clock, check.
  • Closing the lights after a normal amount of time, check.
  • I can't sleep, check.

What to Wear to Uni (College/School)

Going to university too? Deciding what to wear, especially when you’re first starting can be daunting. Even if you've been dressing for a school environment for many years, your wardrobe might still baffle you at days and leave you wondering what to wear. In my experience, you’ll get better (and faster) at getting dressed as time goes by. You’ll also be able to wake up later, which means you'll get to sleep more, which, in my experience, is the one thing you’ll really miss as a student.

You might find at first your instincts luring you towards creating elaborate outfits, seeing that you're the fashionable person you are. Resist that urge! I know I sound bossy- “I’m not, I swear!”- but I’ve found that the most successful uni outfit are the ones you feel comfortable in. Now if you manage to create an outfit both elaborate and comfy, then you, my friend, get an A+ on “Uni Dressing 101”!

For starters, a relaxed outfit could take a myriad of forms. The possibilities are endless. You might feel nice and cosy in a pair of jeans and I might feel comfortable wearing a skirt. Once you find what your favourite things to wear are, you can start building your outfits on that basis and then if you feel like it move on from there.

For example, my style has changed radically since I first started university and I now feel at ease with clothes I’d never have even considered wearing five years ago.

Whatever your unique case, here are some ideas on how you can style some key pieces that are very much on trend for autumn-winter 2015 (and you might already have similar ones) and make them work for college.
University outfit: roll neck, boots, parka, tote and denim dungarees
Zara Parka, Topshop dungarees, Topshop roll neck jumper, Topshop boots, Asos bag (similar).

My favourite dungarees are back! So comfy you can throw them on every day if you feel like it. They're also not in white this time because if you're anything like me you always run the risk of sprinkling those oh-so-horrible, yellowish-brown dots, courtesy of your shaky, coffee-baring hands all over your garments. This pair of boots is mighty fine but if you don't feel comfortable with wearing any kind of heel at uni, then by all means wear your trusty trainers. I know I probably would. 

University outfit, skirt, jumper, trainers, jacket and bag
Motel Skirt @ Topshop, New Balance Trainers, Zara Tote, Zara Jumper, Zara Shirt.

If a skirt is more to your liking this is the way forward. The colour is perfectly in tune with the 70's vibes all over this season's clothes and so is the striped jumper. To keep things modern, do like a true Scandinavian and pair yours with a pair of trainers and an oversized denim shirt as a jacket. Steer away from a backpack for this one though as the schoolgirl association would be unavoidable. Instead, opt for a roomy, simple and chic black tote.

University outfit: Jeans, jumper, suede jacket, ankle boots and backpack
Topshop Jeans, Bella Freud Jumper, Mango Coat, Topshop Leopard Boots, Dr Martens boots, Asos Bag.

This is an outfit for the girl who cannot imagine herself not wearing a pair of jeans. I feel you, girl. A pair of the so-called girlfriend jeans are loose enough but still remain fitted. Paired with a simple knit (or a particularly clever one by Bella Freud) it can work for all kinds of occasions. That suede jacket is already on my wishlist. Two shoe options prove this outfit to be a style wildcard. 

University Outfit: Black skinny jeans, oversized jumper, suede jacket, tote bag, dr. martens and scarf
Topshop Jeans, Dr Martens shoes, Asos Bag, Zara Coat, Unif Jumper @ UO, Topshop Neckerchief.

This one is based on what I gravitate towards on most days. A simple pair of black skinny jeans and an oversized top. Simple as that. If you want to make the outfit more on trend pair it with a suede trench coat and a nice neckerchief. The Docs will boost the youth factor of the outfit.

University outfit: dress with trousers, roll neck jumper, brogues, raincoat and black backpack.
Topshop Jumper, Mango Dress, Asos Raincoat (similar) , Zara Trousers, Zara Backpack, New Look Brogues @ Asos.
Have you seen any of the Spring Summer 2016 collections? That "trousers-under-dress" trend is spreading everywhere, so be an attentive student by adopting it in advance. I've always loved wearing roll necks under my short-sleeved dresses, but now I'm obsessed. Brogues will match the masculinity of the trousers but if you want to upgrade (pun very much intended) your outfit, add a shiny raincoat and a backpack.

Bonus Tip: All these outfits can be worn for a night out too. Just swap the bags for some smaller ones (how about a faux-fur one?) and wear some heels if  you feel like it. 

Let me know what sort of outfits you're wearing or would love to wear to go to uni!