Can somebody please explain to me how it’s time for my Zara September wishlist? Not that I’m complaining – Zara does autumn right. But, as ridiculous as this sounds, I truly cannot seem to figure out where the time between May and September has gone – I’ve done a lot, yet somehow the end of summer just isn’t a concept that my brain can currently interpret. C’est la vie in 2020, right? Let’s get on with all the items I’m currently dreaming of.
Autumn comes at you fast in Europe, though in Paris it’s not quite as sudden an onset as it feels in Gent (thank God). For me, it seems as though WFH will be my way of life for the foreseeable future, and TBH I’m not all that mad about it.
That being said, my Parisian autumn wardrobe will be focusing on casual, everyday life picks rather than rentrée ready pieces.
Alright, so I know that people have a love-hate relationship with Zara jeans, but these looked so cute that I knew that I wanted to try them ASAP. I tried this pair of high-waisted cigarette jeans from ASOS (love their low-rise skinny jeans as a short-torsoed gal), but the fit was a bit too high, so here’s hoping that this mid-rise version gives me the look I want!
My friends tell me I’m a certified cardigan lady now, and I don’t hate it. For their September new in, Zara is gifting us some more of their beautiful merino wool cardigans. I typically wear these as a top by themselves (with a v cute lil bralette underneath), and I’m super excited to add them to my closet again this autumn.
2020 was a ridiculous year, but one great thing I learned is that I love square neck tops. I love them and am not afraid to say it. And I can already guarantee that this will be a regular in my autumn lineup.
Another new neckline and body-defining top that had me hooked from the moment I saw it. This is part of a co-ord set, but my bod just isn’t made for the type of skirt it pairs with, but I’m already prepping to pair it with those jeans 😏
Can we ever have enough scarves? The answer is no. And having a dark, neutral but colourful scarf is making me extremely excited for fall.
Can you really live in Paris if you don’t have a trench coat? I’ve been looking for a trench that doesn’t break the bank, and as we get into the latter part of the year, a rain-repellent beauty like this could be exactly what I need.
Have you added anything to your September wishlist from Zara or any other retailer? Let me know!
Okay, I know this version is a day late, but that’s because I turned 29 this weekend (and consequently had a lot of naps to recover my strength over the last few days…)!
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since Thursday – I got promoted on Thursday, PJ got some great news Friday, I went out for my first real St. Patrick’s celebration in Gent at Patrick Foley’s with new friends, and then had the most relaxing actual birthday of my 20s.
A few other highlights along the way…
I made some Swedish chocolate balls for my colleagues on Friday and tried a new recipe with different ingredient measurements, and they were my best yet.
These jeans from Only will be my spring essential. I got them one size larger than my regular (since that’s all they had left), but I really like the shape they create on my frame with a bit more room in them.
I ran out of my Pixi Glow Tonic and thought I’d replace it with The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution and I am extremely pleased with it. I thought my face was clean before but the amount of shit that comes off my face with this is ridiculous.
You gotta wear green on my birthday (though let me be clear – there is not a single cell in my body that is Irish), and this beautiful Vila number did the trick!
On Saturday I popped into Zara and picked up the suede version of one of my favourite skorts and this perfect black spring dress that’s secretly a playsuit! The sleeves – I die.
On Sunday, PJ took me to a great Italian restaurant in Gent called Per Bacco – we had a starter of sparkling red wine with Italian meats and cheese, I had lamb ragout pasta while PJ had a guinea fowl dish (he translated it to fancy chicken – haha!), and we finished it off with an amazing dessert platter. Our favourite was the sheep ricotta gelato – oh. my. God. 10/10 would recommend.
We then went to see Captain Marvel with the cosy seats, and I was thoroughly entertained.
And my final present to myself: I’ve been looking for the perfect, solid gold signet pinky ring for AGES and I finally found one that won’t overwhelm my little hands. Thank you, Stone and Strand, for this mini pinky ring.
Thank you to everyone who made this weekend so wonderful!
Another week in the early part of the year, another week of early bedtimes and restless nights. Let’s just say that this week my list of loves is a bit shorter than the last.
I signed up for the #5SmartReads newsletter by Hitha Palepu thanks to Grace Atwood’s rec. Though I still haven’t had time to read this week’s edition.
I discovered Laura Bradshaw on Instagram while watching the Instastories from In The Frow. Her photos are beautiful and extremely refreshing.
And I discovered another 5’2 girl thanks to In The Frow – the beautiful mariajblogs. Short girl style inspo, here I come.
I have no idea where I saw these, but I immediately ordered these Chanel-esque leather slingbacks from M&S. I can’t wait til they come in and the weather allows me to strap them on.
When everything else is going to shit, I always have my picture perfect pup.
If you can’t tell, I’m extremely excited for spring. Especially for the days where I can wear shirts like this.
We’re planning a move and I’m already thinking about where to place this ASOS Supply rug.
Here’s hoping for a calm week!