Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dream Diary: Scorched


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I looked up as soon as I heard the door latch and curiously watched as another stranger entered the room. The empty room was beginning to fill up with more and more people. I sat on a chair, my legs swinging under me. I stared at all the unfamiliar faces and silently watched each new arrival greet another, all their faces etched with fatigue and trepidation. I eventually turned my gaze away from them and began examining the room I was in. Or cave, to be more specific. It wasn’t a scary cave, dark and dusty… it was light and open. Glass windows made up an entire side of the cave, allowing natural light to illuminate the room. The stone walls that made up the other three sides of the cave were ragged rock the colour of tan, casting a strong orange light, and the floor was made of soft sand. The room was furnished, chairs and tables scattered throughout the open room. I searched the now crowded space, desperately trying to find the person that would comfort me, an anchor in this strange situation. Finally, a space cleared in the crowd and on an armchair, curled up and reading a magazine, sat my mum. I jumped off the chair and ran across the room, as fast as my little legs would carry me. Small clouds of dust sprung up behind me after each footstep and sand filled the spaces between my toes. I pushed my way through a group of adults chatting and leaned on the edge of the arm chair, tilting my head so I could look at her. Mum, is this real? Her eyes lifted from the magazine she was reading and looked at me: Yeah, of course it is. My eyebrows knotted together in a frown. Oh. My mum gave me a smile before resuming her reading. I turned away from her and looked down at my hands. I could see them clearly, my small fingers were all accounted for. I looked up and found that more people had entered the room. I once again pushed my way through the crowd of adult strangers who were all standing, waiting for something. None of them seemed to notice of me as I pushed passed them until I located the source of light in the cave room. I finally arrived and sighed a breath of relief. In front of me, the large looming windows stood before me, the glass stretching from the sandy floor to the rocky stone ceiling. I looked ahead of me and stared at my reflection in the window glass. The 7 year old me stared back at me, confusion and worry written all over her face. I frowned and focused beyond my reflection. The desert landscape was unsettled, clouds of sand drifted across like waves in an ocean. The waves of sand were all being drawn towards the center of the desert, the tornado swallowing them and growing by the second.

Summer Read.



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Winchester Bros.





This shirt will always bring a smile to my face: I bought it at a Supernatural Convention last October. In the near future I'd like to share more looks with you all that are more 'casual' and personal, more me. Obviously I love all the outfits I post on here, and yes of course I wear them out, but I never post the outfits I wear on a laid-back day. I want to share my favorite Marvel shirts, my fandom shirts, my Stephen Amell shirt and my Always Keep Fighting shirts. The shirts that really mean something to me for different reasons. Those are the shirts that I feel most comfortable in.

I love the Winchester Brothers story and I'll always be inspired by those characters, which is why I freaking love this shirt. Not only does it reference my favorite fictional characters but it has an awesome design and fits perfectly, I love how it looks with this Topshop denim skirt! (I have actually been living in it).

We took these pictures a couple of weeks ago when Summer & I stayed at our flat for a week- I look so incredibly tired, despite spending most mornings lying in bed doing nothing! It's strange to see my hair so long again, I'll be cutting it as soon as I arrive in Canada! Our flight is tomorrow. Looking forward to sharing the journey on here!

Hope you're all enjoying your last few weeks of summer! How is it nearly over already?!

Holly xxx




Saturday, August 22, 2015

Silent halls


Eglise Sainte Radegonde, Poitiers

I'm not much of a religious person, but I do love Churches. As Holly said in one of our previous posts, there is something so fascinating about knowing that thousands of people have stood in this exact spot for over hundreds of years, all from different backgrounds and all for different reasons. The other reason I love walking among Churches and other historical, cherished monuments is because of the craftsmanship and dedication that went into every detail of it's creation. The tall, stained glass windows that allow even the smallest bit of sunlight to shine through and illuminate the statues within. The stone floors, in some places smoothed and polished to a shine through the innumerable amount of people that have stepped upon them. An eerie yet peaceful silence that seems to fall over you as soon as you walk through the towering doors. 

Holly & I decided to explore the surrounding Churches and Cathedrals in Poitiers, a historically rich town in the South-West of France.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cropped Trousers



All of my recent outfits have been pretty "dressed up" and smart, I'm actually really looking forward to wearing something a little more casual soon. Although I love dressing up, I can't deny that some skinnies and a slightly oversize jumper with ankle boots is my go-to outfit! Coming back to this look,  I find that culottes have the ability of making you feel like a grown-up. Anything slightly fitted or clean cut instantly gives you that feeling, especially if the fabric is soft and silky. I'm so happy I discovered these cropped flowing trousers in Zara last week, not only is the cut flattering (high elasticated waist and POCKETS) but it is in one of my favorite colors, a rich bottle green. I wore it with a casual black top with side-slit details and my new Topshop boots I scored in the sale! The only problem with them is that when I got home I found that the cashier forgot to take off the electronic tag. Not fun!

In other news, I'm pretty much set for Canada. My fall wardrobe is ready to go, complete with thick tights from Primark, some Zara jeans and a snuggly jumper, and a ridiculous amount of socks. Seriously, whenever Holly & I go back to London for a bit, we return with about 15 pairs of socks. French socks are so plain, why not buy some with cats and foxes on them?! The only thing I'm missing is a fall coat, I always struggle to find transitional outerwear!

 Holly & I have been trying to follow more people on twitter, so if you're interested our handles are @ summerrread & @ hollyxread ! Have a lovely day! x


Friday, August 14, 2015

Faux Leather Skirt



A few years ago, I would never have given anything yellow or mustard-colored a second glance. Now, I can't help but run towards the color. I picked out this gorgeous a-line faux leather skirt in Zara while I was in the UK a few weeks ago, and I loved it the moment I saw it! Not only is it perfect for summer with a crop top and sandals, it's still wearable in fall with a pair of tights, ankle boots and a jumper. Although I wouldn't recommend wearing it in 35+ heat, I was SO hot when we were taking these pictures! And this skirt and a big meal do not mix either, I have to wiggle to get it over my hips but once it's on, it is on. Holly wore this top in a recent post, the material is pretty thick and since it's cropped it can be worn with high waisted jeans too! 

In two weeks, Holly and I will be moving to Canada for 4 months to study as part of an international exchange program! It will be our 5th semester and the first time ever that we will be studying in our first language. Needless to say, I can feel the panic beginning to take root! Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! It's currently pouring down with rain here! Holly & I post more regularly on Instagram, give us a follow if you're interested! @ summergoldilocks & @ hollyxread x


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Denim




H : I know I'm definitely behind with the whole button down skirt trend, I'm so happy I finally got my hands on one during my last visit to the UK. This is probably the first time in about 5 years that I've worn any type of denim, it kind of reminds me of my early middle school years for some reason. I thought it was time to push back old miserable school memories I associated with the denim skirt and make some new ones. Fair to say I'm really pleased I bought this piece because it just looks so nice! I still have a problem with it being too big around the waist, but I love how it looks with this cropped Zara top.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Boadicea


The only things missing from this outfit were a sword and shield. No seriously, this dress has a very gladiator-esque feel to it, especially when paired with my sandals. (The title of this post is actually referring to the famous British Queen Boadicea, who led an uprising against the occupying Romans) When Holly and I were shooting this look in the pebbled streets, I felt pretty mighty. It's amazing how an outfit can make you feel so empowered, whether it's power dressing in a fitted suit or striding in the streets in a new pair of shoes, the result can be remarkable.