Summer Fashion Staples?!

Hi!

I’ve been hugely into shopping recently, and realising I don’t have a lot of summer clothes (I’ve kinda grow out of my previous ones), I’ve been asking myself: ”What are those pieces of clothing that I constantly reach for in summer?”. And that’s what this blog post is about. And yes, it is another list (sorry about that, haha).

SANDALS

Starting on the bottom, sandals are a must have in summer, especially if you live in a warm (or hot!) place on Earth. I LOVE wearing Ipanema flip flops, but some cute sandals with straps aren’t that bad either.

SHORTS

Jeans or stylish patterned ones – as long as you feel comfortable! My favourites though are high wasted jeans from Tally Weijl I believe, but they have to be more than 3 years old. I guess I stick with the phrase “old is gold” 😉

SHIRT

The best ones are definitely without sleeves, and I tend to stick with one-coloured (this means black/white/gray) tees, although I am a bit obsessed with stripes right now. So my favourite choice is one of my many navy T-shirts (I have like 5 of those, so…). And I love wearing jeans jacket or just simple Nike jumper over it when it gets colder in the evenings.

DRESS

I just can’t skip this piece, it’s a must-have in my wardrobe. Whether it’s just for going on the beach, sitting at home and watching TV or those glam summer evenings, I need one. My favourite is actually from Top Shop, I’ve had it for 2 years (I think), and it’s kind of boho, which is not my usual style, but I just love it as it’s so easy to style.

I had to add this – I was shopping recently in Zara, which is a shop I absolutely love, but unfortunately I often can’t really find anything that I would wear every day. But they did have a sale, so I just popped in to see if there is anything worth buying, and I found this gorgeous black and white skater dress, with reduced price (I believe for 60%?)! And the funny part is, I’ve been looking for this dress everywhere since I looked at it in online store, but they were sold out in all nearby stores. Sorry, I just had to add this, I know it may be stupid, but it really made me happy.

SUNGLASSES

They are a fashion staple, but more importantly, they protect your eyes from dangerous UV and X rays which can (in long term) seriously damage your sight. Of course there is a difference between 3$ and 500$ ones, but I’ve recently read somewhere that the price doesn’t matter that much (at least in our country), because sunglasses that hurt your eyes mustn’t be sold. So, as long as you keep buying at trustworthy shops, you’re good. But I’m sticking with my Ray Bans. Not only they look great, but I also know that my eyes won’t hurt.

That are some of my fashion staples, if you want, I can post some pictures to show you the idea, but I think you’ll manage. What are your favourite summer clothes? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a great summer, wherever you are!

Lots of love,

xxx

 

 

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Jennifer Niven: All the Bright Places

”You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”

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I had problems. One, maybe two years back. My sadness was only building up, my self-confidence falling as fast as it could. I don’t know whether I was depressed or just genuinely sad, but it was a dark time of my life. I was right at the bottom.

Now, reaching for a book that talks about how mental illness (bipolar disorder, in this case) and depression intertwine with love, I wish it was written before. I feel like it would help me heal mentally and encourage me go back to the person I was before all the troubles started pilling up.

All the Bright Places helps people to see the real problem with mental illness. Through the eyes of two teenagers, Violet Markey and Theodore Finch, you can sense the pain that the two characters go through. If you’re currently hurting and can’t find a way out of your darkness, the book gives you hope that everything will come back where it’s supposed to be. If somebody close to you ever committed suicide, this book might help you deal with the death many people in the world still don’t accept. And if you are one of (not many) people that are completely happy, than this book is not a complete lost, it’s actually a perfect romance story.

But I think writer’s main point was to help people who can’t help themselves. If you’re thinking about suicide, I know you don’t think about anything else. You start losing control over your own mind, feel like you’re trapped inside a cage and you can’t get out no matter how hard you try. With just one thought on your mind: how can you end this suffering. People are born with differences, not only in appearance, but also in destiny. Some are meant to live happily ever after, some are not. Some will break a limb or two, some will get cancer, some will suffer from depression. And isn’t it sad that those three groups of people will most definitely suffer a lot, but not all of them will get the same sympathy. Those with cancer will get flowers, constant visits to the hospital, infinite support from their close ones. Those with broken limbs will heal in a matter of weeks, months, even years, go to rehab and, hopefully, get to live happily ever after. But those with depression will close themselves in their rooms, lying in dark not being able to sleep, living without actually being alive. They won’t receive any flowers. Maybe nobody will notice there is something wrong with them. They might be even called names, accused of being weak, selfish, weird, different. And if they finish their life by themselves, because no one was there to hold their hands while getting healed, people won’t light candles, because they think it’s not OK to commit suicide. Don’t take me wrong, I  don’t think suicide is a solution either, but I understand it. I don’t judge because I’ve been there, and I can only imagine how it feels if it’s, for example, ten-times worse.

As I’ve said before, a good book slightly changes you as a person. Rating it 10/10, not only it was a great light summer reading, but also made me understand suicide, all the pain that I wasn’t able to describe before. It helped me to become more healed, although I believe you can never really leave all things behind yourself. And made me realise that it’s OK to be who you are, to feel what you feel, to share your thoughts with another human being.

Love,

xxx

Harper Lee: Go Set a Watchman

”You’re color blind, Jean Louise,” he said. ”You always have been, you always will be. The only differences you see between one human and another are differences in looks ad intelligence and character and the like. You’ve never been prodded to look at people as a race, and now that race is the burning issue of the day, you’re still unable to think racially. You only see people.”
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When I finished the book, I was astonished. I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird few months before and was very impressed with it, but the continuation was even better (if that’s even possible, hah).
The book is set twenty years after the finishing of the first one. Grown up Jean Louise (Scout) Finch is back visiting her hometown. As she talks to her acquaintances, meets new people and gets trapped into all the arguments, she starts to notice details she didn’t when she was younger. About themes that she didn’t even care about back then.
She starts to realise there is more to this world than just simple black and white truths. That a person can have positive as well as negative qualities. She starts to learn how to separate love from attachment, heart’s desires from wise decisions. She starts to mentally grow up.
I think this book is brilliant. It brings together topics that wouldn’t be allowed to being talked about 30, 40 years ago and are still not accepted in certain parts of the world. Racism really is a subject many people have strong opinion on. I have to say I’m lucky this theme is not very close to me as I grew up in a country where racism doesn’t have that much of an impact on children. Especially hatred between black and white race, as there aren’t a lot of black people who live here. So I’ve always thought it’s not a big deal, hating as just something people develop from fear (or love, but that’s another subject) and will always be here. But since I started reading news, books about that subject (for example, The Help), I realised that, especially in America, it still is (as well as was) a huge deal. And learning about the world’s history, I figured out it isn’t just about black-white race anymore, but more about people being attacked for who their ancestors are, for being different from others, although they can’t do anything about it, because that’s just the way they are. And I think it’s sad that some think they are better than others, just because. I despise violence in every sense of the word. Reading about it, thinking about it, makes me understand one of world’s largest problems. Makes me want to change something, even if it’s just about myself (because after all, you always have to start with yourself) to live for a better future.
This book makes you think, which is exactly what I’m looking for when I’m on a hunt for new books. I believe only the best books make people think about them even long after they’ve already finished reading. And even if you don’t see it right away, you slightly change with every book you read. Well, this one changed me. Changed my view on the world. I would definitely give it 10/10.