Tuesday, 28 June 2016

On Jealousy

I didn't want to resent my friends. It just became something that happened.  Well nothing just happens, but I definitely ignored all the warning signs. And along with that? Well all your standard feelings of guilt, shame and of course a generous dose of self loathing. I found it hard to be happy for them. Not because they weren't working hard, not because they didn't deserve their success, but because of a feeling of a certain lacking. And with that came a very raw, hollow gnawing that clawed at my gut. It was petty and small yet there it was, underscoring everything I did.  This quiet voice that bore in to me like a drill. Why not me?

I was basically planning my one-woman pity party.  In short, not my proudest moment.


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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Finding the Perfect Base with Kiko

I like the base, base, base, the flawless foundation base.  While some bloggers can't get enough of blushes, eyeshadow palettes or even lipsticks, I've always been all about that base (okay I'm sorry, last one.)  Foundations, concealers and powders are my beauty binge, and well, if you can have different mascaras for curling or lengthening, then I sure as hell am going to have foundations for every fix. And well, when Kiko opened in Glasgow? I may have went on a bit of a spree.


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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Summer Wardrobe Essentials: Find What Feels Good

When you think of wardrobe basics it's hard not to evoke an eye roll so prounced you see the back of your head. It's fashion 101. A good pair of jeans, a classic tee,the little black dress, and while all of these things are great staples, style is fluid and staples should (and do) vary person to person. For me that means wide legged cropped trousers, satchel bags and contemporary tailoring.  It's about finding what feels good.


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Monday, 13 June 2016

The New Classic

Let's start off with this old cliche shall we? I'm Claire and I'm a shopaholic. I physically cannot resist a bargain. I'm a sucker for the "New In" tab. I'm a sucker for "organise by price." And as a result? I never have anything to wear. No. Really. I have a bad case of wardrobe fatigue because quite frankly, I can't actually SEE what I've got. This leads to a kind of bi-annual purge with varying degrees of brutality and the most recent one saw three suitcases (it's getting that ridiculous) of things that I just.don't.wear. I should know better, but kicking the fast fashion habit was proving harder than I first thought. So I've decided to put myself on a fashion diet. No more big old bulk shopping sprees where I blow my load on bits and bobs that will be at the bottom of my wardrobe in 3 months. I'm changing the way I shop and letting myself buy one truly great piece a month. Proper lifer items that can be integrated in to my wardrobe easily, aren't trend led and fit in with my style.  Sounds simple enough right? Ask me again in 6 months.


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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Cats, cake and confetti: A Wedding Retrospective

Getting married was never on my bucket list. Not really. Yet just over 6 months ago I found myself doing the whole shebang. White dress and everything. Marriage was something I liked the idea of but I never really knew I wanted to get married till I met Bear. Having a pinterest board is one thing, declaring you're Ride or Die in front of your nearest and dearest is a whole different ball game. And it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. In fact, it's one I make every day when I wake up to my wonderful weirdo. The wedding was amazing, but the marriage, well, the marriage is the best part.

After flying out to Italy to photograph my Dad's wedding (6 months to the date of when me and Bear tied the knot) it felt like a good a time as any to revisit our wedding. Which yeah guys, it means a bunch of photo spam. And me crying before the end of this post. Not. Even. Sorry.

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Rowan Joy: Like a Daydream

Minimalism takes a back seat in Scottish designer Rowan Joy's collaboration with florist Linzi Deprez. High fantasy, high fashion and high surrealism, "Like a Daydream" blends together the perfect storm of glitter, colour and a TON of flowers.

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Monday, 30 May 2016

Earning your stripes: Embracing the Bardot with a Bust

I think I'd all but resigned myself to never getting to embrace the bardot trend because, well, y'know, I got them heavy boobs.  Seriously though, there's many trends that I often find myself sifting in to the big old NOPE pile because quite frankly, gravity isn't on my side and with the wrong cut I can look a little matronly. But I was determined to make this one work. I needed a no brainer Summer dress and this little guy from Zara was perfect, off the shoulder and all. 

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