Fruit Punch Dress on a Sunny Day

Outfit Details

Fruit Punch Dress | c/o Love ur Look London

Watermelon clutch bag | birthday gift from last year (I think it might be from TK Maxx?)

Wesley sunglasses | c/o Stella & Dot

Sneakers | Primark

Pineapple necklace | c/o And Mary

Pineapple ring | Sugar and Vice

When the sun comes out in Glasgow, all bets are off. Finish off whatever you were doing later because it’s SUMMER, baby – and we don’t know how long it will last (a day? An hour? Who knows!) so it’s time to get outside and enjoy it!

After a liberal coating of factor 100 (because as much as I like the sun, I don’t want to look like I do!), I put on my most summer-appropriate frock and skipped over to Queen’s Park to sit on the grass, smell the roses and pet the doggos.

This cute Fruit Punch Dress by Love ur Look London (you might remember them from this post!) has all the vintage design features that I love, a multicoloured fruity print and contrasting gingham details (swoon!). PLUS, it has pockets! And if you find that as exciting as I do then I guess we’ll be friends for life…

I think what I love most about this dress is that it totally works as a day dress with it’s shape and length – it looks great with a denim jacket too. But with a quick change of shoes and some pin curls I reckon I’d be all set for a night on the town.

A watermelon bag felt like the most sensible option (!) to carry around with me, along with some pineapple jewels to top the whole thing off – plus you can never have too much fruit, am I right? Carmen Miranda, eat your heart out!

I hope you guys have been enjoying the sunshine too! What are your go-to summer outfits?

Faux Sure! Decorating with Artificial Plants

I have a confession to make, you guys. Lean in. Closer.

OK, ready?

I’m a serial plant killer. I’ve let countless plants perish under my watch and most of the time I have no idea how it even happens, but it does and here we are! One of the reasons why I love my cacti so much (aside from how aesthetically pleasing they are, obviously) is that they have managed to survive life with me this far, so must be some sort of wonder plant (possible) or just require very minimal care (most likely).

But aside from my cacti and succulents, I’ve had no luck whatsoever. Big plants, little plants… you name it, I’ve killed it (apart from one Yukka plant which made a lucky escape and now is being rehabilitated by my mother at her house – true story!).

I love how plants look in our big, sunny flat though – so what’s a gal to do? About six months ago, I made a discovery so obvious I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it sooner! I was procrastinating browsing in IKEA one day when I noticed that they sold some pretty great looking artificial plants, including a big plush-guy that I thought would look nice in the living room. Before I knew it, he was in the trolley and I was looking at some other smaller ‘plants’.

You might be thinking, don’t artificial plants look tacky though? And I wouldn’t blame you if you are – I know I sure was! But, I think it’s like anything home-related though, shop around, style it to fit in with your decor and THEN make up your mind.

Now we have a few different types of faux flora dotted around the flat and we actually couldn’t be happier with how they look. Plus, the empty plant pots we had before just reminded me of past victims and were bumming me out a bit (!). We get to enjoy the LOOK of lots of greenery, but with no more plants needlessly suffering – it’s a win-win if you ask me!

Our most recent addition is this hanging ivy-style plant, which hilariously came in a flat-pack box in the post. It was a couple of pounds from Amazon and gave us something to sit on a random high corner-shelf in the bathroom (one of those old, quirky Tenement features!) while fitting in with the overall style of the space.

Bringing artificial plants into our interiors wasn’t something I expected to try, but I’m so glad that we gave them a shot! Along with our little selection of cacti, we have the most low-maintainance collection of plants imaginable – but me and my conscience are just fine with that.

And if I somehow manage to kill the fake ones? Well, that’s GOT to be some kind of skill, surely?!

Have you ever given faux plants a try?

 

 

Five Things I Learned on Our American Road Trip

This year’s American road trip wasn’t just the biggest holiday I’ve ever been on, it’s also one of the most thrilling things I’ve ever done, period.

As well as seeing seven states’ worth of towns, cities and wilderness, spending nearly three weeks on the road with my favourite people was massively exciting! It was a totally new experience for me and it’s safe to say I learned a few things along the way…

Research is everything

From rest stops, to must-do activities, to the restaurants you REALLY want to avoid, doing your research before this kind of adventure really pays off. When you only have one day in a town, you want to make the most of it (and not waste any time Googling things to do when you get there!). Prior to our trip, we had a group access spreadsheet showing our timeline in each location and a Pinterest board to get all our ideas down. On reflection this was probably one of the smartest things we did and I would highly recommend it!

Expect the unexpected

You can plan as much as possible (see above), but sometimes you will still be surprised at where the road takes you. For us, it was up the side of a mountain on a dirt track on the way to Aspen (thanks a lot, road closure!), to a cabin in the middle of the woods in Utah (which Gary thought was a ‘rustic themed hotel’ when he spotted it online, haha!) and uh, Roswell generally (!) to name a few. These twists and turns are what made parts of our trip super memorable, and I wouldn’t want it to have went any other way.

Keep your camera charged

A bit of an obvious one, but when you’re using your camera so frequently (I don’t think mine was ever more than a few inches from me at all times…) it’s really easy to let the battery run out. Pack your charger, and make sure you use it regularly! Keeping my camera and phone charged meant I could freely capture the cities, the ghost towns, the insanely beautiful views and the odd selfie whenever I wanted.

The more you buy, the more you need to carry

…so go easy on the souvenirs! During our American road trip we visited more tacky gift shops, malls and gas stations than I can keep count of, and the temptation to buy things was REAL. But, when you’re having to transport everything around with you (there was a lot of car boot Tetris, you guys!), the novelty of shopping wears off fast! As some of you will remember, I picked up very small enamel pins as souvenirs as they were cute and easy to store!

Pack multipurpose clothing & accessories 

Partly to save suitcase space, also because you’re never quite sure what the weather is going to be like from one place to the next. I don’t think I’ll ever truly be a ‘capsule wardrobe’ type (surprise!) but I definitely brought a few things that I could get good use out of. My most-used item was this huge leopard print scarf (£2 from Primark about ten years ago!!), which I wore in my hair, as a wrap on chilly evenings and even over my face when we were in the windy desert.

These are just a few things I learned on our road trip, and I’ll be keeping all of them in mind for future holidays. If there’s anything I haven’t covered here, or if you have a question about something I’ve mentioned, feel free to get in touch or tweet me!

Here’s to adventure and the open road!