It hasn't helped that what was just post travel blues is hanging around for far too long. It really should have passed by now, but instead I am kind of trudging through everything. I've had that horrible feeling where you feel like you're trying to push the proverbial uphill, wading in syrup, whilst dragging a loaded wagon behind you. And it's really not very fun at all. It makes everything feel like it takes ages and I often feel that any to-do list actually grows throughout the day. Completely ridiculous, really, as things aren't bad at all, but I know it will pass. I do wish it would bloody hurry up though.
images from my instagram
There is even a short shopping list, although not written down, of the things I'd like to add. It's short but I am being extra picky as I want these things to be really good, and to last beyond one season. It includes a shortish trench coat, maybe with cropped sleeves too, in the classic beige-camel colour, some flat shoes and ballet pumps, a very dull lilac pair of tights (ok, I got specific for that one!) and a long drapey cardigan – oh and a pair of black pants. I have my eye on some, but I am trying to be very good and save my moniez in this post-wedding, post-holiday time.
There are also some things already in my wardrobe that need to feel the daylight a hell of a lot more. I've had this blue vintage blouse with the lace star shaped neckline for ages, but it is kind of hard to pair with the skirts I have, so it doesn't get out enough. Poor thing. I bought a red pencil skirt in Paris (dahhling) which has actually been really useful and has got lots of wears already, including with said blouse. Must actually try and get proper photographic evidence next.
Other than that, I'm trying to grow my hair and I think I should wear it up non-stop, to get that surprise of new length after a couple of months! Well, that seems to work when I'm happy with the length anyway :) I'm also growing my nails. Or I'm trying to. They got really long and strong and white-tipped when I was OS, but literally have not grown since I got back. Two have now broken (boooo!) but I am still really loving having talons clicky-clacking on the keyboard and on my phone, and have been painting the tips in my revelling. They've been longer in the past, so I don't know why they've given up now. Maybe they're on strike until I cheer up a bit!
That's it on the personal visuals front. In other news, I'm really super-nesty and just want to redecorate (or, more honestly, move somewhere really fantastico and then decorate), but as I can't atm, I am instead satisfying that urge by cleaning – definitely a second best, although I am finding clearing out cupboards hugely cathartic. Wardrobes, sock draws, kitchen cupboards: all are getting the deep cleansing treatment from me and I feel SO much lighter after I do it. I almost took a photo of my now sparkling and orderly under-the-kitchen-sink cupboard, but thought that would be taking it a step too far. As much as I like looking at before and after photos on that sort of thing elsewhere, I think we can skip that here, at least for now! (Unless you want to see..?!)
Well, that's about it! Hopefully I can get some Autumn stuff in before it's all over. It has been really strangely mild lately and not very Autumny feeling at all, but I can feel it changing already. I love the low sun and long shadows, and have one thing in particular I want to photograph for you. I hope it works out how I see it in my mind's eye!