Although I love making exciting new acquisitions, scratching the itch of novelty, chasing the excitement of frivol, I’ve tried to be more thoughtful and strategic in what I buy of late. I’m trying to think about what actually works, what I actually need, what will make a difference to what I already have. So I’ve made a little list to assemble the current targets of my hard-earned cash, which I’ve either been ruminating over for some time and yet to bite the bullet, or things that will enhance what I’ve already got.
Faux fur stole // Bone ring // Feu de Bois candle // Philip Kingsley Elasticizer // Green shirt // Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm // Ripped-knee jeans // Essie nail varnish in Leading Lady
The fur stole would be for variety: I’m already very taken with the all-grey stole I’m wearing in the previous post, but would like something more colourful so I don’t only have one choice.
I’ve been coveting a Bloody Mary Metal ring for some time and think the bone is damn cool, oddly classic but still fun, and something I could wear every day. Jewellery-wise recently, it’s been my gold Namefully name necklace and my beautiful Alex Monroe garland ring, every day, for several weeks.
I splurged on a Diptyque Feu de Bois candle last year when I wanted to make my bedroom a fragrant, lovely nest, and it just burned its last a few days ago as I was watching About Time and eating Christina’s fritters. I’ve tried other scented candles but I just love the heavy, ‘masculine’ smell of the burning wood scent. I might try the Muji equivalent to tide me over until I can bring myself to splash out again.
I’ve only heard good things about Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, with the most common comment that it makes your hair ‘feel like angel hair’. As you can tell from photos over the past eight months, I’m growing mine out and I’m trying to do it the sensible, healthy way with regular trims to keep it sharp and in good condition, since I’m well aware that beneath this brown dye there is several months’ worth of bleached hair. I’m looking to the Elasticizer to make it a silky silky dream.
Not much to say about this shirt other than that I love the boxy shape and voluminous sleeves, and think it would look good with skinny jeans or a tight-as-hell pencil skirt.
When I bought my ma a Naked Basics 2 palette, I was given a sample of Urban Decay’s new face products. I tried one out, believing it to be a primer, but upon further research I’ve established it was actually a BB cream… so I’m just going to pretend it’s a primer and stick to that. It made my skin outrageously glowy. I had dinner with my friend Vanessa who, unprompted, commented on my sheer radiance. I need more.
Jeans. I’ve refined my taste in jeans to a) black b) skinny. I’m still wearing my Evans acid wash pair, but my heart belongs to my ASOS Ridleys. I figured I might branch out into ripped-knee territory since it seems like something my dream girlfriend Kristen Stewart might wear.
And last but not least: Essie nail varnish in Leading Lady. I’m obsessed with the glossy, expensive, high-pigment, high-glitter finish. It is truly the embodiment of Luxury Bitch, which is the aesthetic I try to live by at all times. I was going to get this at the weekend, but Liberty had none, and I’d got word that TK Maxx had lots of Illamasqua nail varnishes, so picked up a few of those in delicious colours for £3.99 each or £7.99 for a set of two. I can wait to be a leading lady.