Molly Goddard

I may be a bit late to this party, but I saw an image of Susie Bubble on Instagram, wearing a Molly Goddard dress, and I fell a little in love.  I have a thing for tulle myself – the pretty-prettiness of it – and Molly Goddard’s dresses are full fantasy and wild feminine abandon.

I think I’d go with ultimate contrast – wearing the sweetest of tulle dresses with sneakers, jeans, and old t-shirts – to downplay all that whimsy.

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Susie Bubble

AW15

AW15

AW15

ASOS did a collaboration with Molly a while back (which sadly I missed).  Hopefully there is another coming soon.  The dresses were sheer, delicate and the ultimate layering items.  The ASOS styling is a little too pretty for me, but Susie’s styling wins, as usual.

As worn by Susie Bubble

Skoon

As I’ve discussed in many posts over the years, my skin has not always been the easiest.  Hormones and sensitive skin have led to many years of breakouts and discomfort, ranging from small bumps to full blown adult acne.

Happily my skin has been pretty clear for about the last year, and I think monthly peels at Laserderm, and perhaps a simmering down of my hormones, have a lot to do with it.  I’m still super wary of using new products, but also want to use products that are ‘high-tech’ in terms of handling the onset of wrinkles and ageing, that are full of natural ingredients, and aren’t tested on animals.

Although I would like to buy local, I have been using Paula’s Choice for the last six months, and I love the liquid exfoliant.  I also use Lulu & Marula’s purifying treatment oil, which smells glorious and really seems to calm down breakouts.

I’ve also recently come across Skoon, a South African bespoke, natural skincare range (with a beautiful website and lovely, minimalist packaging).  I’m thinking White Cloud Manuka and the Purifying Clay Cleanser to start. Their Instagram account is pretty glorious too.

A uniform

I’ve been thinking more and more that life would be simpler if I just stuck to a weekday uniform.  I find it more and more difficult to buy clothes these days – harder to find things I really love that are worth shelving out hard earned cash – and although I’ve been fairly ruthless about getting rid of clothes I no longer wear, or that I don’t love wearing, I still have a heap of clothes hanging in my wardrobe (only to default to wanting to throw on the same thing I wore yesterday).

At the moment I just want to wear my current favourite pair of black or dark blue skinny jeans, a white shirt or t-shirt, or a stripey tee, and shoes that match my mood.  We’re lucky with the weather in South Africa, so much of the year, bare arms will suffice.  Weekends and nights out are a different story – hello colour and pattern, and maybe some bare legs – but it’s the daytime version of a man’s suit (or chinos and collared shirt) that I’m dreaming about.

I think these would make a very good place to start – Summer Uniform 101:

Smart black trousers (ZARA)

A white boyfriend shirt that’s not too sheer or too fitted (JCREW)

White shirt with some beautiful detail (ZARA)

Stripey tee (ZARA)

White t-shirt (ZARA)

Oversized grey t-shirt (ZARA)

Stripe funnelneck tank (MADEWELL)

Basic skinny, dark rinse jeans (ZARA)

Coated black skinny jeans (MADEWELL)

Slim boyfriend jeans (MADEWELL)

One in each colour of these basic scoop neck t-shirts (COTTON ON)

Flat smart shoes (ZARA)

Leopard flats (MADEWELL)

White sneakers (ASOS)