back to basics

 

 

why i blog & a blazer that needs more wear

I know lately my posts have been a bit few and far between, but I’d much rather put out blog posts that I’m actually happy with the quality of, instead of just pumping out content which I don’t feel like are even good. I really felt like I wanted to just write something that wasn’t really fashion or beauty based today, and just take a little bit of time to spill my brains. So I’ve got some rap going in the background, which for some reason is my favourite music to listen to while I’m writing, and I wanted to kind of explain why I even started my blog in the first place.

I think to preface this I have to say that I have always been obsessed with fashion. Not always in a kind of “conventional” designer and trend knowledge based kind of way, but I’ve always, like ever since I can remember just loved clothes and the way people put them together and express themselves through them. I was always the kid that everyone in my family would ask for fashion advice, and looking back I have no clue why because for a lot of the time when I was younger I didn’t even dress very well at all. I would drool over the Devil Wears Prada, and spend so so much time just flipping through fashion magazines and showing my family what I liked and didn’t. However, even though I loved this world so much, I remember never really wearing what I wanted to because I was kind of scared. To me now that just seems so insane because the things that I thought were a bit ‘too much’ for me back then are things I wear almost as my go to pieces now. For example, before I bought my Doc Martens about 5 years ago now, I didn’t think they would suit me, which is fucking crazy because my docs are probably my most worn and beloved shoe ever.

So moving forward in my life a little bit, and getting a bit deep, but I’ve always kind of struggled with my mental health, and I’ve been through some really low points and what seemed to be the only thing I could bring myself to actually be able to still get myself motivated enough to try with were my creative subjects. Throughout high school and college these were pretty much always the same; textiles (fashion) and photography, and I was pretty good at them when I could get myself motivated enough to try hard, and I did get a few awards for textiles in particular.

After I left school my mental health sort of went downhill again, I think just the major lifestyle change of not having the constant routine because at the time I was only working on a casual basis really was a bit of a shock to the system, so I started to really try and focus more on being creative. During my first year out of school I really didn’t do much at all, and it really did bring me down a bit, it was a bit of a tough year for me, not gonna lie. I started getting really into more fashion bloggers and youtubers, whereas before I pretty much exclusively watched beauty and makeup based videos. I was sooo very inspired by this, and I began thinking about how much I would love to do it too. I was really worried about being judged of course, I was 18-19 at this time and while the super bitchiness of being a teenager was pretty much over, putting myself out there onto the internet like this made me (and still does to an extent) make me feel really vulnerable.

I finally started my blog after thinking about it for ages and talking to my boyfriend and some of my closest friends about it, who all were so supportive and told me I should just go for it, which I think was the kind of push I needed. Sugarhoneyicedtee.com was born a little over a year ago, and while I’ve really never been consistent with posting for different reasons, I’ve loved having a proper hobby, which I haven’t felt like I’ve had in quite a while. I’m one of those people who needs to be creative, and this is my way of fulfilling that for myself. So really that’s why I blog, more than anything, it’s just for myself.

 

On to a bit of a lighter note, earlier I spoke about when I was younger not wearing things because I’d been too ‘scared’ to, and while as I’ve gotten older I’ve pretty much gotten over this, there’s still some things that I absolutely love in my wardrobe but don’t wear enough for one reason or another, this amazing blazer being one of them. I love this blazer so much, I’ve literally done a whole post dedicated to it in the past, but it just doesn’t get the wear that it deserves. I think sometimes it makes me look to old, and if I’m wearing to on an everyday basis just to go shopping or whatever I feel a bit too dressed up. I think some of this is attributed to where I live, but I think I need to force myself into wearing this sometimes, because I honestly do feel amazing in it, and I personally think I can make it look pretty cool.

If you’ve read this whole post then thank you, it’s definitely been one of my longer ones, but it’s also been something I just really wanted to put out there. I do view my blog as a kind of a personal place, obviously there are things I would probably never share so openly on the internet but for me this is something I think should be spoken about more, and it’s okay to be struggling a bit and just do things for yourself instead of worrying too much about if other people are gonna hate it or not.

how I do: midi skirts

I’ve been seeing midi skirts absolutely everywhere lately, so many of my favourite fashion inspirations (Lucy Williams, Devon Carlson just to name 2) have been rocking them and looking amazing.  Especially slip ones like this dreamy Realisation Par style which I’m seriously drooling over but are a bit on the pricey side unfortunately, have been coming up all over my instagram, but since almost everyone I’ve seen wearing them lives in the northern hemisphere where it’s been beautiful and hot, I’ve been waiting for it to warm up a little down here.

I decided to get myself one and jump on the bandwagon, and I’m obsessed. I got mine off Princess Polly from a brand called Rumor. I just bought it in my normal size (an 8), and it fits true to size. Something to keep in mind looking of the photos of it on me, I’m tall (like almost 6ft tall) and my height is made up completely of my legs and my torso is pretty small length ways, so the skirt is more like a knee length on me than it would be on majority of other people. Because my torso is so short, is sits a lot higher on my waist and comes up to around just below my bust. And lastly I have to mention the insane snakeskin print all over it, I’m obsessed. I’ve put together 3 outfits which I would wear with this one skirt, and it’s been really quite easy to style.

This top is one of those pieces that I think everyone should have some sort of version on in their wardrobe. Tops like this are so easy to throw on with just about anything, and there’s so many variations of this style so I feel like there’ll be something for everyone. Mine is from Weekday, and while I didn’t buy this I was given it by a friend, I would not hesitate to buy more with my own money. This one is a size medium, which is fine but if I buy another I think I would prefer it in a small which is my usual size. I’ve tied it in a little knot at the front because I feel like it looks better with the high waist of the skirt.

My boots are from Kmart, surprising I know, but for the price I think they’re so good. I wore them quite a bit when I first got them at the start of winter, and while I don’t wear them constantly now, they were so cheap that if I’m still wearing them occasionally then I don’t think it’s a waste at all. They’re also pretty comfy, better than you would expect. (please ignore how gross and dirty they are)

Top: Weekday (couldn’t find the same colour but you can get the same style here) / Skirt: Princess Polly / Shoes: Kmart (old and not available online anymore) 

Shockingly I’ve put another crop with this skirt, however it’s a very different style to the first. This is the one and only off shoulder top I own. Personally it’s really just not a style I’m that into, and I do feel like it’s been massively overdone, however this one I just was drawn too. It was probably the white crochet that got me, and also the fact that you can wear it sitting on your shoulders as well as off them if you want. I put my Stan Smiths on with this because I am a huge sucker for matchy matchy colours, so white shoes to go with the white top makes sense to me. Of course I could wear this with almost any shoes; slides, boots, other sneakers etc. and it would look good because of how neutral the colours in the outfit are.

Top: H&M (from last summer so not available anymore but something similar here) / Shoes: Adidas

This last outfit that I’ve put together is definitely the one that I would wear the most at this point in time because it’s so good for this transitional weather. I haven’t been a huge cardigan lover for years now, and when I was younger and wore them all the time it was always the very thin knits that I definitely wouldn’t wear these days. However, I’m really into these chunky knits, especially cropped ones that I can wear done up and without anything underneath. I bought this one last year and I love the colour, and I’m always a sucker for brown tortoiseshell buttons which this has too. Like I said, I have a very short torso so while this cardigan is a bit cropped on me, on someone with a more normal length torso it would be shorter.

I’ve put this with my beloved Docs, which honestly I would’ve put with every outfit in this post because I just think they look so good with this skirt. I always love the look of tough looking boots with pretty and girly skirts/dresses, I really love the contrast of it. Mine are so very beat up, but I don’t mind the look of it, I feel like it adds to the overall aesthetic.

Cardigan: ASOS (the same one isn’t available anymore but something similar herehere) / Shoes: Doc Martens 

cream everything

I haven’t posted or written anything on here in coming close onto 2 weeks. I haven’t really been busy, I do work full time but I can’t pretend and say I don’t have any free time, but I’ve been sick lately and just so exhausted all the time it seems. But I really wanted to get back into it because I’d been doing okay with how much I’d been posting recently. The last post I did was new in my wardrobe, and since then I’ve bought a few more things that I love, but I just have one outfit I want to talk about today.

There’s been a few super lovely days lately where I’ve wanted to bring out those slightly more summery clothing, and of some of the things I’ve bought for myself recently are really good for this kind of transitional weather, because I’m sure I can make these work when it’s colder too.

I absolutely love all cream/off white outfits, especially in the summer, but I got these jeans which I really love from Weekday called the Divinity Denim Trouser (they’re out of stock but these ones are pretty similar), which are perfect for this time of year. I hadn’t bought any jeans from Weekday before this pair, and I’d seen so many of the British fashion bloggers that I love absolutely raving about them so I’ve been super keen to try some. I bought mine in a waist 28 because I had heard that the denim is a little stiff and doesn’t have a lot of stretch to it, so like I do with any ASOS jeans I buy a size up rather than going down, because I’d say I’m probably around a waist 27.

These jeans are 100% cotton and I’m pretty sure they were from Weekday’s organic cotton range but like I said these are out of stock currently on ASOS so I can’t double check and I’m not 100% sure on what Weekday calls this range specifically. I haven’t worn these outside of my house yet admittedly, but I think they’ll get a lot of wear, especially before it gets way too hot for jeans.

A look that I think I’ll always love is straight leg/sort of baggy jeans and a tiny tight top. I’m not really into wearing tight clothing all over, I’ll usually just pick either the top or bottom half to be more fitted. I think there’s something a bit androgynous about this look, but with that little twist of a super tight top and I love it. I’d been looking for a top like this for a while, and there seems to be a lot of singlets similar in shape, but a lot that I’d seen hadn’t been as tight as I wanted them to fit, however this one definitely is. It’s from Emory Park, I bought it off ASOS just like the jeans. Just as a little side note, the fabric feels a lot more velvety in person than it looks online, I thought it would be like a basic cotton rib so I was a bit surprised but I do actually really love it either way.

new in my wardrobe

As always, I’ve been shopping a little bit, and I wanted to share a few of what I think are some of the best things I’ve bought recently. I am so in love with these few things I’m about to share, and I’m hoping that if I look back on this haul these pieces will do better than the ones in my last new in post. As a little side note, I really enjoyed doing the revisiting my last new in post, so I might end up doing another one of those after a little while to follow up on this one too.

If you know me, you know I wear a lot of dresses through the warmer weather, and while we’re really not out of winter yet, I found 2 dresses I fell absolutely in love with and because they were both on sale I thought I’d just get them and pray the weather gets nicer so I can wear them soon. The first one I got was this red spotted one from Bec & Bridge. Bec & Bridge is one of those brands that just has pieces it’s hard not to lust over, however a lot of their pieces are definitely on the pricey side. This one I got on sale for a little less than half price which made it a lot more affordable. The quality feels really nice, it’s 100% silk which feels amazing but I haven’t washed it yet so I can’t comment on how it washes. Tea dresses like this are all over the place, and I think the details on this one just make it so flattering. The ruching detail on the bust really shows off a bit of cleavage, and I love how it’s followed through onto the sleeves. I think this will be one of my more special dresses, and because of that I’m sure I won’t wear it constantly, but I know when I do I’m gonna feel amazing.

The second dress I got is another tea dress style piece from Free People. This I got on sale from General Pants and it was an absolute bargain. This dress I’m sure I’ll end up wearing quite a bit more than the Bec & Bridge one, mainly because of the fabric and the fact this one is a combination of viscose and rayon so it’s much easier to wash and be better for when it’s really hot. The detail on this dress too are so delicate and beautiful. I always love a little button up front, and I think it looks so cute when you leave a few undone. The little lace up detailing right under the bust really cinches you in at the waist and accentuates your chest, which is obviously super flattering. I can just see myself throwing this on with docs or maybe my stan smiths and I think it’ll look so good.

Lastly, this insane top from Dyspnea (still don’t know how to say that), and some seriously cool jeans from ASOS. This top I’ve been looking at for a while and I was kind of on the fence about which colour to get, but in the end I think this black shade was the best choice. I absolutely love the bright red one, but I thought that I would get more wear out of this colour, and if I do I’m definitely tempted to add another one to my wardrobe. Sizing wise these do come up pretty small, I’m usually a size 8-10 or a small, and I ended up getting this in a medium and it’s tight, but it really hugs and accentuates all the right places.

I’ve been seeing this style of jean that zips all the way through from front to back on a few different people, two of my favourites to rock it being Devon Carlson (@devonleecarlson) and Reese Blutstein (@double3xposure), and I really wanted some for myself. I have to start by saying these are not comfortable jeans, but god do I love the way they look. Because they’re ASOS’ own brand of denim I find they run a bit small so I went for a waist 28 like I normally do with this brand, and they’re still a tight fit. The denim feels really good and thick, and they don’t have much stretch to them. I can definitely say I won’t be wearing these for comfort, but I’m really happy to have them.