Goal 5: Take a bit of pride in myself
Daily Habit: Allow 2 days max per week for slob clothes
Because: This one relates to the goal of looking after myself. I work from home 4 days a week and as we all know from lockdown, the first thing to go is the make up and the jewellery and the non elasticated waistbands. For some, maybe that’s a great thing, but for me, not so much. There is still definitely a place for the slob clothes in my week (even after lockdown), but I’m going to restrict it to 2 days max. There’s a lot out there about positive affirmations and self love and that’s definitely easier when I can catch my colourful dress or fun earrings in the mirror than when I’m wearing paint stained joggers and my hair’s in a Ms Trunchbull bun.

This one’s still going strong. My 2 slob days are very much enjoyed and then I get to rummage in my wardrobe the other days. With it being so sunny I heaved my suitcase down from the attic and unleashed the summer clothes. Its like I get lots of new clothes and I love the memories that come out with them; perving on peacocks in Lisbon with my friends, strolling along the Tenerife coast with my Granny and sister, BBQing at our godson’s first birthday. Anyone else do that? Put their seasonal clothes away to give more space for everything? Not all of us can have Kardashian sized walk ins! 

If I was a season, I’d be summer; all my favourite colours are out, everything’s floatier, I can wear sandals ALL THE TIME, the brightest flowers are blooming and I can get my garden tan on. Isn’t summer such a friendly season too? Usually it would be all BBQs and beer gardens and holidays and sandcastles. I feel like I’m about to break in to Olaf’s song.

Its the season I excel in, I know what I want to wear, I can flounce along the beach in it, I’m less make-upped on account of the tan (although this year I’m getting freckles, I’ve never had so many before!) I just think I’m more me in summer, its probably a little bit why I’d been feeling so meh through the autumn/winter! All my favourite Mediterranean food and fruit and salads and all the picnic picky bits are also so much tastier and its much easier to be healthy I think (if I don’t stuff too many scotch eggs and sausage rolls in my gob.) I sometimes think I should be living in a hotter country where its summer all year round but I don’t think I’d appreciate it as much.

What season are you? Do you have a favourite?

I didn’t even mention reading; is there anything better than the sunshine, a picnic, a fruity drink and a good book?

I like so many kinds of book but in lockdown I’m not loving the psychological thrillers and whodunits and mystery ones that seem to be everywhere at the moment. I’ve been looking for the escapism and uplifting ones and I’ve sort of gone back to the fashion fiction books that are usually romcommy, silly and a bit more of what I need right now. I’ve always loved reading and watching fashion related stories and I’ve watched a few bad films purely for the fashion content (‘A Simple Favour’ anyone?)
So here’s what’s scratching that itch for me (I’ve linked the books but you may need to Google the rest): 

  1. Crazy Rich Asians Series, Kevin Kwan – Such a fun book for fashion, gossip, drama, a look in to a complete opposite life, and amazing if you’ve been to/are going to Singapore
  2. Shopaholic Series, Sophie Kinsella – total romcom and totally fun
  3. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Ann Brashares – So nice and also a film and totally needs read by every young teenager
  4. Bergdorf Blondes, Plum Sykes – Exactly what you’d expect
  5. In Her Shoes, Jennifer Weiner – We’ve all seen the film and the book’s just as nice
  6. Anything by Lauren Weisberger (the Devil Wears Prada author), they all have fashion involved
  1. Dressmaker – Rosalie Ham – that’s the book of the Kate Winslet film I watched that I didn’t love but books are often better an untarnished by odd film directors 
  2. The Knockoff, Lucy Sykes
  3. A Vintage Affair, Isabel Wolff
  4. The Last Collection, Jeanne Mackin
  5. Lipstick Jungle, Candace Bushell (the Sex and the City column author)
  6. The Memoirs of a Non Energy Combative, Alex Gilvarry
  7. Scruples, Judith Krantz
  8. Dud Avocado, Rachel Cooke
  1. Clueless – 90s heaven
  2. Sex in the City – obviously
  3. Crazy Rich Asians –  Decadent! They interpreted the book EXACTLY how I imagined and more. The film’s funny and silly and a total guilty pleasure but every frame is just so beautiful and I’m in love with Astrid (Gemma Chan)
  4. The Confessions of a Shopaholic – Isla Fisher keeps it light and silly and colourful 
  5. Mamma Mia Here we Go Again – I didn’t pay much attention to the clothes in the first Mamma Mia film but I fell in love with 70s style in the 2nd
  6. How to Lose a Guy in 10 days – I couldn’t not include this, did we not all want that yellow dress?
  7. The Great Gatsby – didn’t love the story which is why its not on the book list but I did love the costumes and set
  8. Pretty Woman – Just one of the best films, if you’ve not watched it ‘big mistake…huge!’
  9. Uptown Girls – Cute and girly and so early 2000s
  10. In Her Shoes – Funny and emotional and has a nice ending
  11. A Simple Favour – As mentioned, its not a great film but Blake Lively looks insane
  1. Atomic Blonde
  2. Ocean’s 8
  3. Phanton Thread
  4. Once upon a Time in Hollywood
  5. Barbarella
  6. A Single Man
  7. Rear Window
  8. Annie Hall
  9. Funny Face
  1. Killing Eve – don’t we all fancy Villanelle just a little bit?
  2. Pose – WATCH this before you watch anything else; its fun, serious, totally fashion crazy, deeply emotional, a world I’d never realised even went on
  3. Sex in the City – obviously again
  4. Mad Men – For all the 60s styles
  5. Reign – For very inaccurate but pretty Mary Queen of Scots costumes
  6. All the top models – America’s, Britains, Australia’s
  7. The Crown – I love the younger royal styles now but the Queen really had/has some amazing clothes
  8. Project Runway – Has a million series’, LOVE Tim Gunn
  9. Making the Cut – A massively high budget Project Runway (with Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum still) on Amazon Prime
  10. Next in Fashion – Netflix, like a poor man’s Project Runway
  11. Katy Keene – About an up and coming fashion designer in New York who lives with a drag queen, a singer and a con artist. Its fun and sometimes like a musical and sometimes just nice to watch while you make stuff. 
  12. Ugly Betty – You know why
  13. Gossip Girl – Are you Blair or Serena? My favourite silly series to watch reruns of
  14. Ru Paul’s Drag Race – Of course! 
  15. Pretty Little Liars – such an infuriating story line, does go on a bit but I love how the characters style change as they get older
  16. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – The outfits they’ve given Sabrina in this dark take on my favourite tween show are worth a watch
  17. Big Little Lies – Brilliant actresses and story lines and the outfits are massively searched online
  18. Queer Eye – So nice and way more emotional than i thought
  1. Fleabag, I’ve seen so much about it, need to find it
  2. Grown-ish – its on the lists I’ve come across
  3. Scandal – for the good office clothes
  4. That 70’s Show – Since Mamma Mia 2, I feel I should watch this for more 70s clothes inspiration
  5. Styling Hollywood – Looks the right level of b*tchy for my usual tv taste!
  6. You are What you Wear – Due out in June on the BBC – will need to see what this is about! Rylan Clarke is the presenter but I think they’re aiming for a Gok Wan vibe.

Covet – Another of my secret guilty pleasures…its an app and a bit like a game version of ‘Pose’ – they give you the category and the requirements, you make the outfit. The clothes are 90% real designer’s clothes they’ve recreated in the app. If you love the clothes you can shop it too (I’m not rich enough for that) but its fun if you’re bored. Also, if you get it, let me know ‘cause we can share wardrobes haha. 

You’ll notice in my list of films / tv I’ve not included the documentary style ones; The September Issue, The First Monday in May, Bill Cunningham and aaaaall the stories about the designers; Coco Before Chanel etc because there’s too many, I don’t always enjoy them and they’re really searchable. If you like a big designer, there’s probably a documentary / film bio on them.

Any that I’ve missed or that I need to watch? Let me know, I’m sure I’m missed a few. 

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  1. You definitely need to watch Fleabag!!! I totally loved it!!! Really… brilliantly written! Let me know😊

  2. Summer summer summer time!!!!! I love summer too. Always loved your earring fashion choice. A good book, hell yeah, although my dream is to have time to sit in the garden and just read. We all can have pipe dreams. Thank you for the words of wisdom KQ. Mwah!

    1. Aw one day soon! I think I need to host a weekend for all my tired mum friends after lock down. You can all bring your books and I’ll pour the cocktails xx

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