How I’ve Been Styling My Shorts

I can feel Autumn knocking on my door, so while the weather has still allowed it, I’ve been making the most of styling my shorts as much as I can. Here are seven ways I’ve styled four of some of my favourite shorts:

1.

Shirt – H&M
ShortsFableStreet
Sandals – London Rag

Over my years of wearing shorts, I realised that I prefer tailored ones the most; the ones that almost look like trousers that have been cut in half. I like the way they make my outfits look smarter and more put together. This one from FableStreet is UH-MA-ZING. The fit and the colour…I just fell in love these tan shorts – which is why I styled them two more ways in this post.

2.

Shirt – H&M
ShortsFableStreet
Sandals – Carlton London

I really love the way the colour of these shorts is picked up in the print of the shirt. The tan, chunky-heeled sandals add a nice finishing touch to the whole look; which was kinda giving me safari vibes. We could call this a City Safari look, perhaps? Seems fitting enough.

3.

Top – Sisters Point
Shorts FableStreet
Sandals – ROCIA

Since gladiator-style sandals picked up again this year, I thought I’d experiment with them a bit more and see how they’d look with this wrap top. I think the whole look came out really well! I love the laid-back vibe of this entire combo. It made me feel like sitting outside in the sun and enjoying a really good book. (I didn’t end up doing that. Instead, I watched Netflix in bed.)

4.

Blazer – H&M
Shirt – *thrifted
Shorts – DOROTHY PERKINS
Loafers – *old

I cannot tell you how much I adore this outfit. It just feels like a really good representation of my style. I love a classic white button-down, a nice blazer and some great loafers. Putting them together like this made me feel like I had come back to a kind of sartorial home. There are just certain outfit combinations that bring out all the good feels, and this one was definitely one of them.

5.

Of all the shorts that I own, these are my favourite because they actually belonged to my mom! They were the first pair of tailored shorts that I got – and the ones that ignited my love for similarly styled shorts as well. I love the high-waist, the wider cut and the length. This pair is what I keep in mind when I’m looking to buy more shorts.

6.

This was another outfit that made me feel really good; and when you feel good, you carry yourself differently. That’s one of the powers of good styling for me. Even though I’ve been inside for weeks, this outfit made me feel like I a movie character who was living it up in a sunny, bustling city. I also love how this outfit was more neutral up-top and party down-below on my feet.

7.

Blazer – H&M
Camisole – H&M
Shorts – H&M
Sandals – London Rag

This last one was another experiment. Sometimes, I style myself according to fictional characters that I dream of in my head. I wanted this look to represent someone who could get down to business, but in a very casual way. Cue the pairing of shorts, a blazer and some slip-on sandals. Who’s ready for a brunch meeting with me by the beach? He-he.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if there are any specific items you’d like to see me style; I’d love some styling challenges thrown my way.

Shows and Films That Got Me Through Self-Isolation

Hello.

In case you were wondering where I disappeared to, first of all: work. Second of all, I got tested positive for the Big ‘Rona more than a week ago, so I was in self-isolation for a period of time.

Don’t worry, I was already fully vaccinated so I didn’t get the brunt of it, thank goodness. I’m not going to talk about it too much here. I could if you guys would like me to, but for now, let’s take a look at some shows and films on Netflix that got me through my days of self-isolation.

Somebody Feed Phil

‘Somebody Feed Phil’ follows Philip Rosenthal as he takes a food journey around the world and it’s just fantastic! As I watched the show initially, I knew there was something so familiar about Phil. Then I, of course, Googled him and found out that he’s the creator of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ and everything clicked! The humour was so reminiscent of ELR.

Phil is incredibly likeable and, as I mentioned, brings a lot of laughs throughout the show. I didn’t realise that I had started off the show from its fourth season and I was bummed to see it end. Then I saw that there were three more seasons to watch and I can’t tell you how excited I was; because the show isn’t just about food. It’s about people, their cultures and there are bits and pieces of life lessons thrown in there that I’ve just really appreciated as the show went on. And let’s not leave out that really catchy opening song! As if the show couldn’t be any better.

Say I Do

I started watching ‘Say I Do’ way before I went into self-isolation but I watched the whole thing again (there are currently only eight episodes) just because I loved the stories so much. The reality show comes from the creators of ‘Queer Eye’, so if you already enjoy that show then you already know you’re in for some good viewing.

In every episode, one half of a couple surprises their other-half with a surprise wedding with the help of three experts who work to help pull everything off in a really short period of time. This show has made me tear-up multiple times during every episode, I can’t even tell you. If you just enjoy watching nice people, who have faced hardships in life, celebrate their love for each other, I can’t recommend ‘Say I Do’ more.

Heartland

If you’ve watched my YouTube channel then you may remember me mention ‘Heartland’ already. The show is about Amy Fleming – the ‘Miracle Girl’ who has a gift with horses – and her family as they deal with life, love and everything in-between.

As the name of this Canada-based show suggests, it’s definitely got a lot of heart, alright. The show’s storylines and characters are so easy to fall in love with and you can’t help but root for all of them. Okay, maybe except Tim because he can be a bit…frustrating. But, even the seemingly annoying ones pull at your heartstrings at times.

‘Heartland’ is my quintessential escape-from-reality- show because, first of all, HORSES. Did I ever tell you how much I love horses? Well now you know. And I love shows that have that country-feel the most, so ‘Heartland’ is my ideal watch. It’s currently got fourteen seasons so if you’re planning on going along for the ride, you’re pretty much set for a long while.

Merlin

‘Merlin’ is about, well, Merlin – the wizard connected to the legend of King Arthur of Camelot. I’ve always loved stories filled with fantasy, magic and adventure and this show doesn’t fall short of any of these things.

I only began watching it because my boyfriend suggested it. I had seen some episodes way back when, when it aired on the Hallmark channel (if I’m not mistaken). I never really had the time to get into it back when I was younger, but I’m so glad that mon amour suggested we re-watch it together because IT’S. SO. GOOD.

We’re getting towards the end of the third season now and it’s one of those shows that are so exciting (at least to me) to delve into but dread coming towards the end of. There are close-ended stories within each episode with longer-arcing storylines throughout the whole season so it’s a very well-balanced show to watch in case binge-watching really isn’t your thing.

Serendipity

Lol, this movie is old, like twenty years old. But, I’d never watched it before and in my desperate search of a good rom-com kinda movie, I settled on this one. It’s kind of a classic, no? I remember seeing it on movie channels all the time but just never caught it from the beginning.

The story is somewhat morally dubious. I mean, two people who are already in relationships happen to meet and spend an amazing evening together? And then fall in love? Uhh…I don’t really know about all that, fam. Especially because their other halves aren’t outrightly villainous or anything like that. But, all I know is that it’s cheesy and right up my alley so I enjoyed it.

Chocolat

Another movie that’s two decades old. Can you get the sense of how far back I dug to find a good movie to watch?

I can’t really describe it myself so here’s what Google had to say about it: “A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a conservative village in France, much to the villagers’ disapproval. Over time, they win the people’s hearts and also help them with their troubles.”

The film has a very charming and fairy-tale like feel to it. It reminded me a little bit of one of my all-time favourite movies: ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. Hold on – I’m just beginning to realise that, apparently, my cup-of-tea films are all from the early 2000’s. I don’t know what that says about me. Oh, I know: that I’m getting old, that’s what. And also, that the best romantic and comedy films were mostly made during that period. Don’t @ me.

‘Chocolat’ was like a lullaby to me. I was watching it as the sun was setting and immediately fell asleep right after watching it, while holding my cat’s paw. Is that a good review of the film? I think so.

Resort to Love

Ah, Christina Milian… “Somebody hit the lights, so we can rock it day and night/ People gettin’ down, that’s right, from AM to PM”. I still listen to her 90’s hit even today, so I was pumped to see her in another rom-com film. The other one on Netflix being ‘Falling Inn Love’ – because she fixes up an inn in the film, get it? Ha, ha, so clever 🤪

In ‘Resort to Love’, Erica, played by Milian, hits a snag in her music career and ends up taking a gig at a luxury resort as a singer. The plot gets interesting when her ex-boyfriend ends up booking the resort as the venue for his wedding with his new beau – who can sing just as well as Erica, as you will see in one part of the film. I bet Erica was shaking in her boots. Alicia Keys produced this film so you’re bound to get some good music in there.

‘Resort to Love’ is an easy watch, so if you’re into that kinda thing, go for it.

And with that, we wrap up all the films and shows on Netflix that I enjoyed during my time in self-isolation. If you love reality shows and rom-com entertainment just as much as me, then perhaps you’ll enjoy the ones I mentioned in this post just as much as I have. If you’ve already watched any of these, what are your thoughts? Let me know!