I talk all the time about my dislike of summer. I explained why in this post on the body and beauty products that were making it more bearable. Still, it's been the source of some of my favourite style and beauty finds of the year so far. So I can't meet it with complete disdain, even if I'm thrilled that it's September in a few hours time. Also, despite my plan to lighten things up a bit, I bought so much black clothing I had to ban myself from ordering any more for fear of permanently looking like I was attending a funeral. I have nothing but an emo shoulder shrug to offer in my defence.
- I know what you're thinking. Yes, that's just a plain, grey t-shirt. But this is no ordinary t-shirt. I've got a fairly basic style and decided it might be worth looking beyond the cheapest t-shirts after some new ones began looking tired after just a few weeks. I stumbled across the Warehouse Classic Tee and I love it so much I've got it in five different colours. It feels woven, rather than just a stretch cotton, so it drapes instead of clinging. Admittedly, I still love a hugging shirt though. It's comfortable but not baggy and I love that it has a proper sleeve instead of just the suggestion of one. The only thing that would make me love it more is if they made it available in a v-neck. If that happens I may never buy from anywhere else again.
- The best thing I ever did was convince myself a few years ago that the world wouldn't collapse in disgust at the sight of my legs in shorts. I actually love my legs a lot and now take the opportunity to get them out as much as possible in the summer. I've mainly been wearing a bundle I bought from Peacocks last year, but I've also been loving these simple black ones from H&M.
- And if you recognise the shoes, I couldn't stop thinking about them after I featured them in my Spring Style Wishlist, so I got them. The striped version is now sold out, but H&M have the style in plenty of different colours. They won't hold up in a rainstorm, but they're very comfy and last well for the price.
- Almost a year ago to the day, I wrote a post about trying to find a denim shirt that fits. That search still continues, but I did manage to find a denim jacket that I'm rather smitten with in New Look. I've even been disappointed on days where it's been too warm to wear it. That actual jacket is no longer available on the website, but it's worth keeping an eye on it if you're looking yourself. I picked it up for under £20!
- In the summer I usually go for brighter nail colours, but this year I wanted something simpler and ended up reaching most regularly for Nails Inc Mayfair Lane. On the nails it's an almost white pale pink. It's a nice alternative if you find white nail polish (which I love) difficult to apply. The formula is opaque, too, so there's less chance for streaking like with a lot of other creamy and lighter colours.
- For most of the summer I used the NYX Micro Brow Pencil, which is great if you don't want to spend loads of money on your brows. But in warm weather I found it melted slightly, so switched to the new Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Pencil. It's slightly waxier, so it lasts the day in the heat.
- The new Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask has had mixed reviews. A lot of people have had trouble with it stinging their eyes and face, so it may be one to avoid if you have sensitive skin. Personally, I've found it really improves the appearance of my skin directly after using it. You also get the enjoyment of looking like a pumpkin and peeling it off like you're in a horror film afterwards. Gross beauty products are my favourite kind.
- One of my most loved random finds has been the Aussie No Rush Body Wash. I'm obsessed with it to the point where I open the bottle and sniff it every time I go into the bathroom. Sometimes I go in there just to smell it. It's a difficult scent to pin down. It's neither especially fruity nor woodsy, but somewhere in the middle. Apparently it's made with jojoba oil, though I'm not convinced that's where the fragrance comes from. I may have to email them and request it in body lotion form to make it last all day.
- I have a chequered past when it comes to false lashes. I've got small eyes but also naturally curled lashes, so trying to find some that fit without cutting them down and without tangling with my own lashes has proven to be a tall order. The Buff False Lashes, part of the House of Holland collaboration with Eylure, are perfect. They're small enough that they don't need cutting and not so long that they look ridiculous during the day, so I've been able to wear them more often. I only hope they're not limited edition.
- Finally, I've only had my new glasses about a week but they're already some of my favourite things of the year. Getting new glasses is a bit like getting a haircut. You feel like you've had something of a makeover. I ended up with the Goldsmiths Shiny Black from London Retro and Lipsy's No.50 frames in grey, both from Glasses Direct where you can order a home trial of most frames. The service has always been fantastic.
All that being said, can we move on to autumn now? Please.