Thursday 16 April 2015

Style: Mad for plaid (and hummingbirds)

Plaid and hummingbird dress

We have returned home after three crazy days of non-stop driving. We did 2,500km in 53 hours, which is a record for us. It was the lastest of last-minute trips ever, which made me feel good in regards to my spontaneity abilities; I feared that I was lacking in this department (I am), since I like to plan ahead and don't like surprises. I wish I did (it's so much more attractive!), but alas, I like routine. 
This time, however, I woke up on Monday morning, expecting a week like any other, not knowing that less than 24 hours later we would embark on the most impulsive road trip in the history of (our) road trips ever. 

eShakti dress and plaid

Next time I will tell you the reasons why, share a few pictures and relate a funny story from the trip; for now, I had to dress up for no reason whatsoever. 
Well, there was a reason: I felt grimy, greasy and decidedly unattractive, and had to do an intervention on myself. You see, what has slowly been happening over time, sneaking up on me if you will, is my complete abandonment of any and all hygiene routine during road and/or camping trips. 
It wasn't always like that. 

Corgi approaching

I recall fondly, way back in the day (when I still had standards), me sitting by the lake, trying to catch my reflection (I forgot to bring a mirror) and desperately trying to plug stray eyebrows. Aaahh, those were the days. Ever since this trip I have adopted a new approach: No soap, no problem. For the last three days, all I did was drag a brush through my tangled hair once a day, brush my teeth and then call it a day. No shower, no face scrubbing, no moisturizing, nothing. It was liberating, yet also limiting: Just before we got home today I had to pop into our neighbourhood store, and I have to admit I was embarrassed at how I looked: clothes covered in dog hair (Lily is shedding something fierce), hair greasy, deep shadows under my eyes, three days unwashed. And wouldn't you know it, as soon as I stepped out of the car, I ran into someone I knew - it never fails.

As soon as I had finished my chores at home I hopped into the shower, did some major shaving and trimming, blow-dried my hair and decided then to take some pictures of freshly groomed me.
Being a girl ain't easy, boys!  

Spring eShakti dress and plaid

Dress: c/o eShakti; plaid shirt: Bluenotes (old; similar); shoes: Old Navy (currently out of stock; really cute alternative); pearl necklace: souvenir from Peru; scar on my leg: got burnt by a hot water bottle, which is to be expected with the daredevil-lifestyle I'm leading

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  1. OMG I am in love with that gorgeous Bird of Paradise Skirt. It is simply gorgeous! I love it paired with the plaid shirt. This is my Most favorite outfit you have worn. I love it soooooo much and that adorable fluffy dog. Your hair, makeup and jewelry are all beautiful here, also. I cannot wait to see what you come up with for the project I asked you for. ;-)

    Enjoy the weekend! <3 Ada.

  2. Well you clean up well M! ;) That dress is lovely! Looking forward to hearing the road trip story!! I'm certainly no spontaneous. OMG the shedding...Sam is worst than ever right now.

  3. Well you sure clean up nice!

    Sometimes we just have to be extra girly.

  4. I love spontaneous trips. I wish we took more of them. That outfit is really fantastic!

  5. Thanks so much! We always talk about how we should go away more often, it was awesome to actually do it :-)

  6. Definitely! It's nice to get cleaned and prettied up after being a slob for a few days.

  7. It did cross my mind, but then vanity won. I couldn't do it haha!

  8. Isn't it incredible how much hair comes out of dogs?? It's a mystery to me how they still have any hair left. Our entire car is covered, as were my clothes. It felt great not caring what I looked like for a couple of days, but that shower felt even better :-)

  9. Thank you Ada, you're so sweet!!
    I emailed you, let me know if you need anything else.
    Have a great weekend as well!

  10. Seeing these pictures, I can't even envision you with unruly hair and smudges on the face ;)

  11. And that skirt is lovely.

  12. Ha, you should know me IRL! I'm more often messy than not. I will dedicate an entire post to it, stay tuned!
    Thanks so much for the compliment though!!


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