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

Summer Whites for Warm Days

Wearing all white, or all cream is something I keep telling myself to do more often, especially living in an all-year-round sunny country. Yet more often than not, I will gravitate towards these cream colours during the hotter months. It's a breath of fresh air when the temperature has reached the 25-degree mark. The combination of different white and cream tones is what elevates what could otherwise be a boring outfit. There's just something so sophisticated about dressing tonally, which proves that the Kardashian clan is on to something. Though, to be frank, I'll stick to my more flowy pieces which are made for summers.

This outfit came together from the bottom up. I just bought these gorgeous mules from Zara, and I just had to take them out for a good spin. That was partly a mistake because I walked more than I was planning to that day and my feet's pinky toes suffered from blisters. I'm not giving up on them, though. They are the most flattering pair of shoes I own. The muted greyish colour makes them so versatile and chic. People seem to have a love-hate relationship with mules, saying they remind them of horses' hooves. Personally, I'm cemented on the firm supporters' camp. I mean, horses got four, miles-long legs, so I'm not sure what the problem is exactly. Joking aside, these shoes are what elevated this outfit. My white jeans are BDG from Urban Outfitters, and I've had them for at least 3 to 4 seasons now. They've never let me down. They're made from proper, rigid, denim, and I can see them lasting for years to come. Only be careful with your red wines. I paired them with a simple beige cami that I've had since I was 15, ordered off of a La Redoute catalogue -as you do. On top, because I was feeling like throwing something over and not because of the weather but because I wanted to add an extra element to the outfit, I added a cream vintage blouse that I bought many years ago. I think it jazzed up the outfit, giving it a maximalism spin. Of course, it ended up tied around my hips, but hey-ho, when the cameras close, shit gets real.

xx Mary

Cream Blouse: Vintage | Cami Top: La Redoute (similar) | White Jeans: BDG (similar)| Mules: Zara |

Youtube Channel Recommendations

Happy Sunday!

I hope you’ve all had a great week. Mine has been pretty uneventful. Unfortunately, I lacked in motivation and energy, which in turn took a toll on my mood. I must try to remember how letting yourself go stale can create a vicious cycle. It wasn’t all a fail, though. There are so many little, everyday things that can bring me joy, from watching a vlog to buying a new pair of shoes, and when you add them up, you realise that your week (or weeks, even) weren’t that bad after all. So, in case you’re looking for something new to watch, to buy or to give you some inspiration, here are a few of the youtube channels things I’ve been obsessed with these past few weeks:

I love watching Youtube videos whenever I have the time. And I really like all kinds of content creators, though, what I’ll watch each day depends on my mood and the length of my attention span. Nothing relaxes me quite as well as a good makeup tutorial. There’s just something so calming about watching people gently apply their foundation while talking to a camera. But it’s not just makeup I tend to watch in my breaks; I love watching vlogs of people sharing snippets of their everyday lives. A part of me will always cringe a little thinking how Big-brothery it all seems to be, but I can’t help enjoying it nonetheless. I am a millennial after all, and this is the sharing age. Heck, I’ve even got a blog myself! Lately, I’ve been really into watching Youtubers from California. They give me all the summer vibes I need, and right now I love the easy, breezy vibes they project.

Youtube Recommendations | Fashion, Style, Beauty, Lifestyle | California

La Madellyn | chrissstttiiine | That’s Chic

How To Cheer Yourself Up

There are some days that are just meh. And we all have them. Hopefully not on a regular basis but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that they come and go every so often. When I’m lucky enough not to have a lot of things to do on that day, I will usually allow myself to be taken over the feelings of apathy and annoyance and just let it be. I will watch some of my fave series, eat some ice-cream, sulk at anyone who dares to try cheering me up.

Usually, though, I hate feeling like that, especially since it doesn’t let me do anything productive, thus creating a vicious circle of feeling sorry for yourself. So, whenever I don’t want to go down that road, I will try to implement some tricks I’ve accumulated over the years to help me get over those sad feelings. Here are a few things that might help cheer you up, if you’re currently finding yourself in that awful place

  • Listen to your favourite uplifting songs. Or find a ready-made playlist and discover some great new tunes.
  • Go for a walk in the fresh air. (Polluted air will do, too. Not the same results, but just get out of the house!)
  • Take some time for yourself, whether that is taking care of your skin or taking a long, luxuriating bath.
  • Watch your favourite film (that doesn’t make you sad. Unless you feel that will actually help you. Then, by all means, watch the saddest movie you own and cry your heart out.)
  • Go out for a few drinks with your friends.
  • But do try to not drink too much, or next day’s hangover will negate all the efforts you had put on cheering yourself up the previous day.
  • Wear your favourite (dancing) shoes that make you feel like a million dollars. Wear everything that makes you feel amazing.
  • If you can’t go out, then just call your friends and chat for a bit.
  • Try not to binge-eat that ice-cream pint. It will ultimately make you feel much worse.
  • All images were found on Pinterest. Sources include The Reformation, Wonderland Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine and Stoned Immaculate Clothing

  • Paint your nails.
  • Put on some red lipstick even if you’re just going to the post-office.
  • Blast some music and dance around in your house like nobody’s watching.
  • Exercise. Do some yoga from the comfort of your home.
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Catch up with your favourite bloggers.
  • Leave nice comments.
  • Read a book.
  • Buy something you have been lusting over but have been putting off. Within reason, of course.
  • Unleash your creativity! Write, draw, do some DIY, make your own jewellery.
  • Offer kind words to anyone you meet. Brightening up someone else’s day works a treat on my mood.
  • Try learning a new language. Hej!

How about you, though? Do any of these tricks work for you as well? Have you got any mechanisms to help you cope on those days where you feel down in the dumps? If so, do share them! I’d love to add some more to my repertoire, and I’m sure others would, too.

Fresh & Supple

How to Have the Perfect Summer Skin


Today I thought I’d share with you something a little different. Skincare is a big part of my life, but I’ve never talked about in depth here. I’m one of those people that are much more likely to spend money on good skincare products than luxury makeup items. To be fair, I love playing around with makeup products, trying new looks and new textures. But I believe that makeup is the last step, the surface if you will that can only do so much for the skin. If what lies underneath isn’t in good shape, then that will show through no matter how much foundation you’ve got on.


Colourful Spring Styling

1. Zara Blouse 2. Ganni Peaches Tee 3. Zara Pizza Bag 4. Zara Suede Jacket 5. Mango Bucket Bag (similar) 6. Glamorous Tea Dress 7. Mango Playsuit 8. Mango Ruffle T-shirt 9. Topshop Dress (similar) 10. New Look Mules 11. H&M White Jeans 12. Mango Leather Mocassin 13. Topshop Sandals (similar) 14. Zara Floral Top 15. Zara Striped Blouse 16. New Look Pink Blazer 17. H&M Denim Mini Skirt 18. Vans Old Skool 19. Asos Pink Jeans 20. Asos Orange Jacket

These days I find myself enjoying more and more the spring weather we’re having. I used to be irrevocably against warm weather. Not only does it mean that the year is going by a lot faster than I would have liked but also that dressing like a human onion is no longer a viable option. Other years I would have lamented the loss of the cold winter days that allow me to sit in front of the telly wrapped up in the comfiest fleece blanket while watching my latest tv obsession (see Big Little Lies) But this year, after a long and exhausting winter I can’t wait to feel the warmth on my skin once more; and yes, even bearing my limbs seems like an exciting prospect seeing as I have almost forgotten what they look like. I’m sure I’ll be taking this statement back soon enough.

But honestly, who doesn’t at this point want to start wearing dresses and skirts with bare legs? I will be making the transition easier at first by wearing some fishnet tights. Probably. I have to try them on first and let you know how I get on with them. On other girls, they’re looking super cool, but I still find the idea of them daunting. The idea is to tame them with a pair of grounding Vans.

Can you tell I’m in a day-dreaming mood? I can’t help but think of all the clothes I’d love to buy and wear this coming season. I can’t be the only one, right? The high street has blossomed with every colour of the rainbow, and I'm fantasising of the occasions where I might have to wear a pale yellow dress or a fuschia blazer. The answer to the latter one is everywhere in case you were wondering.

I have been feeling stuck and uninspired for so long that creating a wishlist, a visual collage of everything I’ve been lusting over seemed like a great thing to share with you all. I have been trying so much to come up with something more creative and original, but sometimes you’ve just got to go with your gut feeling. So I hope that you, like me, will be inspired by all the pretty clothes, that they will get you dreaming of sunny picnics and Sunday brunches with your fam. I hope they will take you to faraway places, to warmer climes, or at the beach sipping cocktails. I hope they will make you want to hit the dance floor even if that is completely out of character. I hope they will make you want to fake tan your wintery legs and bare them confidently as the weather warms up. I hope you will feel as inspired as me to do and try new things with confidence this coming season.

Hair Talk

Curly VS Straight Hair

It’s funny what difference a hair change can make. I don’t usually straighten my hair, and in this case, the hairdresser had already begun the process before I could stop her. So it was either go all the way or walk out the salon with looking like I walked straight out of a 90’s movie with all its crimped hair glory. I’ll take sleek and straight hair over that kerfuffle.

But the real question here is: did my new coiffure affect what I decided to wear the next day? The answer is no. But did it change the overall look? To that, I’d have to answer, yes.

Firstly, the change was internal. I felt like a different person with straight hair without connoting any positive or negative meaning to the word different. It made me feel more grown-up and put together. And a little bit cooler, at that. I don’t know why that is. I do know, though, that still, most people with the most exposure on the media (old and new) have either straight or fake curly hair. Think about it. Most bloggers and influences have straight hair. It’s what we mostly see on our Instagram feeds. Or maybe it’s just me, and I haven’t made enough of an effort to be more diverse in the media I’m consuming. If so, I apologise.

Still, whenever we do stumble upon curly haired gals, they tend to either be into the boho/folk look with their Californian sun-kissed waves or the ultra-glam and pretty, sugary sweet look of skater dresses and 50’s aesthetics. Thankfully there are many women of colour who wear their curls loudly and proudly without feeling like they have to ascribe to the style and stereotypes that curls are so often associated with.

However, in the last few seasons, I have been happy to witness a curl resurgence. In the world of fashion especially, where diversity in all its forms is still a big issue that needs to be addressed, at least natural curls seem to have made a reappearance. To be fair, that’s probably not attributed to stylists falling back in love with natural curls but letting the models walk on the runways with their respectful natural hair no matter the texture. I don’t know if I’ve got to thank Mica, Imaan or Frederikke but I’m sure they’ve all played a small part in making curls look cool and, well, normal again. Gone are the days of the late 90’s and early noughties when all you saw was pin straight hair.

Above all, I wish that curls could be just of a blank canvas as straight hair are. No, leaving your hair curly doesn’t mean you still live in the 80’s -unless, of course, you’ve brushed them over to one side with a clip. They shouldn’t mean you’re unprofessional or less serious than your straight-haired colleague. They don’t mean you’re quirky or think yourself a princess. (On that note Mia Thermopoulos straightened her hair to become one which I must admit I am taking offence in. I’m sure they could’ve just given her a serum or something to ease the frizz. )

Curls can be cool and rock & roll and pretty and slick and everything else you can think of. Or they can just be hair, you know?

Put a Belt on It

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New Heights

The Block Heel Ankle Boots

Human Puff Pastry

How to Layer in Winter and stop Freezing

Winter Layering and the Puffer Jacket
Winter Layering and the Puffer Jacket
Winter Layering and the Puffer Jacket Winter Layering and the Puffer Jacket

As a child, I would always hope for a white Christmas. I was persuaded by Elvis’ deep and velvety voice that all that was missing from a perfect Christmas day was a winter wonderland. Alas, after waiting for years and years, I gave up hope. The flurries would never arrive on time; but always later, in February or even March if they ever did grace us with their appearance. I held no grudges of course. Like Father Christmas, I stopped believing in a White Christmas a long time ago. It remained a feature solely saved for Christmas films and Dickens’ novels. And so by staying in the realm of the improbable and the fantastical it never lost its charm.

Uncertain Commitments

I have never seen much into New Year’s resolutions. If anything, I regarded them with suspicion, not unlike I do for star predictions and pompous statements. Why would anyone want to commit to something they might be unable to achieve? In the end, it could make you feel worse than you did to start with. And yet, despite my self-proclaimed cynicism, I create just like everybody else a list with personal goals I want to achieve in the New Year. However, I have found ways to make the list as foolproof as possible, leading to necessary victory. The trick is to keep your resolutions vague so that you can’t help but tick them off come December 2017 (I cringe even looking at this date. How can it be 2017?? But I digress.) So, not to feel left out in the Resolutions front I sat down on my wrapping paper cluttered desk that I seem to have postponed cleaning until next week and I created my own list of all those small and not so small things I’d love to accomplish in 2017. And since this is the sharing age and #it didn’t happen if you didn’t share it, here is my list for your perusal in its entirety.

  1. Spend more quality time with my laptop. Even though I spend quite some time typing on my laptop, I’m never as present in the moment as I would've like to be. I don’t take the time to appreciate the company it keeps me and the invaluableness of its services; something that I plan on rectifying this year.

  2. Read more. And when I say more I mean more as in more books, more diversely, more frequently, more broadly. I’m also going to try seeing reading as something productive and not a waste of time like I did when I was younger. It really doesn’t help me feeling guilty every time I sit down to read even if I have nothing else to do at the time. In fact, whenever I read a book I instantly feel better, more positive and confident even if it was majorly depressing. I’m therefore going to try remembering that this year, especially on days when I feel unmotivated and uninspired.

  3. Be more positive. Like so many others, I often dwell on negative thoughts and feelings while forgetting to give the positive the same air time. So this year I’ll try turning things around and train myself at silencing the yapping negative voice inside my head while boosting the positive one.I’ve been thinking about visualising a positive little me following me around -not unlike Lizzie McGuire- and telling me all those things I need to hear but I never dare say to myself for fear of suddenly becoming full of myself.

  4. On that note, most of us that struggle with self-confidence and constantly doubt our every move, need to realise there’s a long road to traverse from being over-modest to being arrogant and we could all do with some settling in the middle of this route.

  5. Appreciate the tube more. Since I’ve got no driver’s licence yet, I am constantly on the tube and the buses. Since I don’t see that ending soon enough, I’ve decided I need to change my mental state first. Because when you think about it the tube is a wonder. It gives you all the time you want to ponder on the ghastly state of our world, to come up with new ideas for your first of many best-selling novels, to come face to armpit with the sweaty man standing next to you. The tube offers a rollercoaster of a ride and it gets a bad rep for nothing IMO. Where else would you want to eat your banana and then discard the peel?

  6. Dance more whether that’s a dance recess or a clubbing session. But who am I kidding? It will most probably be a wild dance recess in my own bedroom, and I’m absolutely fine with that.

  7. Inject more colour in my wardrobe. It doesn’t have to be too much just colours I love and want to try incorporating into my outfits like red and blue and emerald green. Don’t expect to see me in the New Pantone Colour of the Year, though. Not the most flattering of colours…

  8. Come to terms with the fact that you’re not going to finish some of the tv series you’ve started watching over five years ago. Sometimes you’ve just got to move on and not feel guilty for leaving something incomplete. Especially when it’s just a series after all!

  9. Read more poetry. Every time I do I enjoy it but sometimes I get that pesky imposter syndrome as if you can only validly appreciate poetry when you can write an essay about it.

  10. Watch more good films. Good is a general term I’ve got to describe all non-superhero movies.

  11. Bake more. Now that Bake Off’s over (*ugly cry*) I need some cakes to feel my life with their much-needed comfort. Trouble is, mother dear’s on a diet, and we’re playing nice by trying to exclude all temptations from the household. Now if that doesn’t put us straight on the nice list for next year, I don’t know what does.

  12. Walk. I’m going to leave this resolution as vague as that because I’ve realised I’ve included some challenging ones, so I need to make sure that I tick at least some of them off.

  13. Travel somewhere. Keeping this one just as laconic. It could end up meaning going on a two-hour drive somewhere, but you can bet I’ll consider it a success.

  14. Take more photos. They don’t even have to be that great. Just pictures of places, people, family, cats, drinks; pictures of anything really. I’ve got the camera, I love taking photos so why not? It seems a waste to be using it only for the purposes of this blog. I mean sometimes I’m sick of looking at my pictures. I’ve always been the one behind the camera so this year has proven more than a challenge for me and my sister who put up with my awkward fits in the middle of the streets can attest to that.

  15. Care less about what others think of you. This one might be the hardest. I’m so used to filtering everything I love doing or what I want to say for fear of what others might think of me. I know I’m not the only one who has this obsession over how I’m being perceived by others. However, it’s truly unhealthy for our mental state and our development. I need to learn to give fewer f**ks and trust my decisions and opinions more. And you should too if you’re suffering from the same affliction. It’s dangerous because if you give the others more credit than you give yourself, they will end up being the ones who define who you are. I believe this need to please is tied with the fact that we always want to be right and perfect and not cause any trouble but you know what? It’s inevitable, and we will make mistakes, and we will inadvertently offend someone, and we will let people down no matter how much we try to be “perfect”. So I’ll try keeping that in mind and make good use of the sincere apology instead if it ever comes to that.

  16. Get at least once so pissed, I might finally be able to understand the crazy drunken stories of other people and become Hemingway overnight.

  17. We’re talking serious resolutions here. Not for the faint-hearted.

Resolutions aside, I hope we're all going to have an amazing 2017, accomplish everything we want and manage to find the silver lining on every cloud looming threateningly above us. Let's try to encourage and push each other towards betterment. Let's try staying positive and remind ourselves how lucky we truly are. Let's appreciate what we have and stop craving for more all the time. Let's try to realise as Lucy said in her brilliant post, that we are enough. So, if you've made any kind of resolutions, share them bellow. I'm sure we all love a good nosy into each other's commitments.

Lots of love, health and happiness for the new year!
Mary xx

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