2 years ago, I wrote this post on my style basics and how I so wanted to fit-in in Paris. Yes I was il faut souffrir pour être belle – suffering to find my sense of style – I was 32, not aging particularly gracefully with a boyfriend much (ok 5 years) younger than me and far more fashionable. Looking back now all I can see now is remnants of my teenage years growing up in the 1990s – Gucci Rush? Spaghetti straps? Boyfriend jeans? Swing skirts and strapless tops? What was I, 16 years old still? 2 years ago it seems I had yet to grow up.
In 2013 I am a lot more savvy, a lot more ‘me’ I do not waste money on things that are not my style (ok I still do have rubbish in the bottom of the wardrobe but its usually a quality issue not a style one) Fashion wise, I now love blogger’s wish lists (I have found some gorgeous blouses through them) and I’ve now have a decent pair of shoes (or 4!) to go with a great outfit and I change my coat every year to suit the latest style.
I get to try out beauty routines thanks to Glossybox and Birchbox (my monthly treat) and recommendations of beauty bloggers and I have finally taken the advice of the sister-in-law to invest in some proper make up. Thanks to this I no longer look like a hobo 2 hours after I have left the house. No smudgy kohl to see here anymore!
In 2010 I declared that “fashion is something I love, my heart is in it, even if I never look it, but I am going to make it a bigger part of me. To bring out my confidence. My style”. In 2013 I think i’ve actually done just that:
My 2013 day is: ASOS Flats / See by Chloe platform boots / Hudson duffle boots / duffle coat / silk print blouses / fancy collars / cardigan / skinny jeans / coloured trousers / hobo bag (my Marc by Marc Jacobs <3)
2013 Night: Skinny jeans (grey, blue or black) / knee high black boots / sharp shoe boots / loubis / Alice + Olivia sparkly dress / Sass & Bide off the shoulder number / black sheer top / statement tee or blouse / Diane Von Furstenberg clutch / skinny belts and big necklaces.
…and 2013 is always: Very long dark hair / subtle lashes (don’t need no spider legs) / Estee Lauder Double Wear eyeliner / Aldi Foundation / Estee Lauder Bronzer / D&G – The One / Dior – Miss Dior / Dermalogica / Taaj Himalaya Cleanser (recommended) / skin oils / hair oil.
What are your 2013 style essentials?
Mrs S x
p.s I’d welcome fashion / beauty blog links, which are your favourites? Plus online shops too!
p.p.s none of my links are affiliate x