p.s. this cardigan was from my grandma. someone close to our family made it. :]
I'm a big fan of comfort. Since being uncomfortable can zap my energy, I always choose comfy over fancy now. That does't mean I don't have to feel like I look good though. I love a good graphic tee.Also I find that doing my hair a little bit can turn a 'boring' outfit into something with a bit of thought. It's kind of great that my hair is long enough to really play around with. Simple enough for a day working from home- but still okay to walk to the shops or the post office (and not feel like a crazy cat lady, haha!).Love you, Kimxo
Here is a new addition to my wardrobe. I picked it up on one of my fleeting visits to Bristol. There is a great vintage store on Gloucester Road called Repsycho. (see map) When I was in sixth form, I used to ride my scooter there sometimes and it never fails. They also do a market in st. nicks on a saturday... I think. Anyway- I've gotten a lot of my favourite pieces from there. (Like this shirt. And this jacket. and this is taken in the shop...). I'm sure you've all got a favourite shop- just thought I'd share mine. :] Plus, one of my dear friends lives really close- so it's a perfect excuse to hang out in that part of town. Vintage shopping and a cup of tea, what could be better?Usually, I pick up great men's shirts there too. Thought this would be perfect for autumn (especially paired with this brown cord skirt, am I right?). <3
This is not really an outfit post- I mean, it is. It is me, in an outfit... but mainly this is to mark a little milestone.
One of the things that gets me down the most about my illness is how I have to be awkward about transportation when I'm out with friends. I always have to ask too many questions and plan my day out the night before and always always have a back-up plan if I find myself unable to walk or carry on. In London, it's very easy to hop on a bus pretty much anywhere- but I find even the walks between bus stops to be too much for me sometimes. And most people don't understand that, you see. To most people walking 5 or 6 bus stops is no big deal, a 10 min fast-paced brisk walk. To me, walking 5 bus stops feels me with the most horrible dread. Like, casually climbing up Everest or running a marathon. It literally pains me when people say 'oh, it's just a five minute walk'... because I know- to me that means I'll be aching and fatigued and unable to enjoy whatever is waiting for us at the other end. I just... It's just a physical limit that really gets me. And the look on people's faces sometimes when I ask 'oh- could we just get a bus?'. If they have no idea- the looks I get are full of reproach as if to say 'How LAZY are YOU!'. It kills me a little bit inside.
Most of the time to overcome this, I say to people that I will meet them there. My nearest and dearest friends know better and often offer to accompany me- which is the best. <3
But it's something that (I feel) can ruin the mood of an entire day if I let it. I've been keen to get better and sort this out- but it's not really that easy. There is something called 'Graded Exercise' which is basically building up what your body can take gradually over time. To most people what I'm about to say is going to sound really small and ridiculous- but it's pretty big for me, and I want to be honest so here we go...
I can now walk to the Co-Op and back.
The distance between the Co-Op and my house is approx 1.5 bus stops each way. That's a total of 3 bus stops. This time 2 years ago, if I needed milk, I would go to my corner shop which is about a 1/4 of a bus stop from my house.
That means that on an average day, when I'm working from home (and not doing any other major energy-sucking activity) I can walk a total of 3 bus stops and not be totally comatose for the rest of the day. BIG NEWS. :] Obviously I'm still tired afterward, and I need to have a lie down (like I would do with any other activity) but it's definite improvement.
So- yeah. YAY! For small steps. This is a picture of me on a pretty average work-from-home day. My big jumper was found on ebay- it's knitted and it's William Morris, and pretty perfect for the 'summer' weather we've been having here. haha.
p.s. Just to clarify- this means that over and above my usual amount of activity, I am able to do a bit more than I could 2 years ago. On good days I can be a tour guide for half a day and on bad days, even the thought of leaving the bed makes me feel sick. But on an average, run-of-the-mill day, this means I can treat myself to some Chocolate Milk! Which, y'know, is all any girl really wants. :]
The last couple of months, I haven't been able to stop thinking about getting a William Morris tattoo. Actually, ever since I saw Mandi's, the itch started. Hers is inspired by a ninteeth century engraving. I've been doing a lot of research and reading about William Morris- and I've learnt alot about myself through his words and designs. I think if I was ever going to get a tattoo- it would be something like this...Although, probably thicker lines (like brush strokes) and with more of a 'sketchy' half-finished feel (because I honestly believe that we are always growing and some of the best things in my life have started out as 'mistakes'). I'm thinking brown? Maybe with a teeny bit of yellow for the flowers?
YES! Meredith from One Sheepish Girl came to London for a few days & we got to hang out! I played tour guide for her and her mum (who is super nice!)- which was a little bit too fun. I love seeing places around London, and having out-of-town visitors is the perfect excuse! Here's a little peek into the first day we spent together:
I made her this little pouch (something I'm thinking of adding to the shop...) and took some quick photos of it before we met at Hyde Park Corner.It had been an unusally sunny and hot week in England, so we took refuge in the V&A museum- which is one of my favourite places to go.We walked around the statue hall, saw the stained glass, the tapestries, the cosutume/theatre exhibit and some lovely old paintings. We even sat outside for a bit and took in the beautiful architecture. And we had to have some tea and cake in the most beautiful William Morris room!Then we headed on into the centre and did a little shopping in Liberty and Carnaby Street. That was great fun- stationary and yarn shopping with my knitter penpal. hehe! We then tried to take a joint outfit photo but we were tired and felt a bit smothered by the weather so we ended up with some funny outtakes instead. :] haha. (see top of post!)It was such a good day, and it was awesome to hang out in real life. We both had momenst of 'are you really here?!'. :] We spent a second day together, I'll blog about that tomorrow. kxoSee more photos of Mere's blog.)
Summertime makes me want to bleach my hair and go a little crazy- but it's getting too long to really manage that (considering it's also super thick!)- so I'm playing around with different shades of red ombre! Light purple is pretty much my least favourite colour (I overdosed on it at 13)- but I'm feeling deeper plums/violets as accents to reds and oranges this summer. Something cool to lighten all the warmth. Like magic and fire.Amy took these sweet little snaps next to a Medieval/Renaissance oak spiral staircase at the V&A. I've been super inspired by those times right now & I've been wearing a lot of braids in my hair. This particular look was inspired by the Game of Thrones. (particularly this.)It's a pretty easy look to get- just two braids on each side, attached together at the back. Ideally- they should be braided together- and maybe even do some french-braiding (if you're really clever!). If you grab more hair you can make it more of an up-do. It looks beautiful when it's really nice and tidy, but I like a natural good mess too. :]
What do you guys think?
Happy Tuesday! This outfit is something fun I wore on a slightly soggy day in London town.
Shirt: Camden market.
Cardigan: Thrifted in London
Skirt: Thrifted in Yorkshire
Apron: Thrifted online.
The apron is a delicate synthetic old thing, that needs a bit of mending, but I highly enjoy the little pocket and the rounded bottom. I wear it over my jeggins mostly, but paired with this skirt, it makes me feel slightly like a poor victorian housemaid- which I love.I'm so awkward with outfit post poses- please excuse my crinkled face and uneasy limbs. haha. :] kxo
p.s. I dyed my hair- I'll share the new locks tomorrow!!
After a heavy week of staring at screens, I took a well-needed study trip to my college library. And here's what I wore:
Top: Hand-me-down from Grandma.
Badge: Handmade by a bristol artist.
Skirt: Thrifted in Yorkshire.
Jeggings: H&M I think.
Shoes: Somewhere on Oxford Street.
Hair tie: A piece of old lace.
Canvas bag: From a William Morris exhibition.
Books: Camberwell College Library.Want to see what I checked out today? I posted some photos of them on instagram.