• SUMMER IS COMING

     

    Okay, I know everyone loves summer. The longer days, the sunshine, the heat. But I’m not convinced… For starters, I’m Irish. Do you see how pale I am? I was not made for the hot weather. I can only last about 10 minutes in the sun before it really starts to affect me. I actually don’t burn burn as quickly as you would think, unless I’m around water, but I get headaches and sunstroke symptoms pretty quickly. My eyes are also super light sensitive which doesn’t help anything. And my hands swell up pretty bad in the heat and that can get painful. I told ya, clearly not made for the hot weather.

    All of this gives me a lot of anxiety around summer. I want to love the nice weather, experience it the way other people do, but my body just doesn’t process the heat well so it’s harder for me to enjoy it. I get nervous about doing things outdoors because I know I’m going to over-heat and feel sick. But there’s another reason that summer gives me anxiety. I’m just not happy with my body. I want to be. I’m working on it. But I struggle with how to dress for the heat and feel comfortable. I spent all of last summer trying to figure it out but honestly I just feel so gross all the time. I get sweaty so easily and my thighs rub together which is one of the most painful things to experience.  There’s so many cute summer clothes our there but I know I would just feel horrible in them.

    But I’m trying to be optimistic about it, focus on what I know I like. For example, I love wearing my Birkenstocks. I like wearing flowy dresses with compression shorts underneath to prevent “chub rub”, so that’s what I’m going to look for. Hopefully by focusing on the positives, I can find ways to make myself more comfortable and relieve  some of my anxiety, while also working on how I feel about my body. Sounds easy, right? Urrrggghhhh…. Wish me luck!

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    Jane x

  • THE BOYFRIEND TEE

    Men’s clothing is often a much high quality than women’s clothing. Fact. Sure, they have less options but what they get is so much more functional and better wearing. Women need pockets too god damn it!! Seriously, it’s sad how excited I get when my clothing has good pockets. I recently read a blog post written by the mother of young kids about the differences she’s found between genders in children’s clothing. Obviously there’s a difference in colouring and symbolism, which is annoying but to be expected in our current society, but there’s so much more than that. She said that the quality of the fabric and the sizing of the clothing is dramatically different. These are all things that I’ve noticed in adult clothing but it’s crazy, and kinda sad, that it starts so young.

    Historically, woman’s clothing has always been made to be visual, and restrictive, while men’s clothing had to be functional. While modern clothing no longer needs to adhere to these cultural rules, the legacy of these concepts are still present today. It’s so frustrating. Recently, I just didn’t want to wear anything in my wardrobe so I turned to my boyfriend’s t-shirt drawer. Before living with my him I never really got the whole “boyfriend tee” appeal but I understand now; boys t-shirts are just more comfy and flattering. For starts, they don’t cling to every little extra bit of you. Seriously, why do they make women’s t-shirts to be so form fitting and unflattering? Probably because they’re designed by men….

    I tend to throw on my boyfriend’s tees when hanging out at home or sleeping, but I actually wore this one to dinner and the bar. Throw on a faux leather jacket and some fun shoes and no one’s going to notice. This jacket is a recent purchase from H&M and I’m so excited about it. I’ve found it really difficult to find a faux one that felt nice and butterly, like real leather, and that wasn’t cropped. But this one from H & M fits great and feels so nice; almost like the leather on my Stella McCartney bag. See, boy’s t-shirts can work for all occasions with the right accessories!

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    Faux leather jacket – H & M
    Jeans – Topshop
    T-shirt – Boyfriend’s closet
    Shoes – Public Desire
    Necklace – Anna SacconeJoly

    Jane x