I don't care if monday's blue

If you didn't sing that title, shame on you, and go listen to Friday I'm In Love by The Cure. So I had fun today creating flatlays (read: procastinating) for my semi-monthly favourites post. I refuse to call this post Spring Favourites because a) there are absolutely no spring vibes in these flatlays, think blue-toned shit and the absence of floral elements and b) I'm going through this weird phase where I carry this hatred for Spring. It took me a few years of trial and error to figure out that I really am an Autumn/Winter person, I'm sorry, you guys. 

I sound so whiny in my blogposts. 

Anyway, these are some things I've been using/doing/loving lately. The flatlay turned out to be quite blue-toned, which might be because I omited pretty much everything that 'didn't fit the aesthetic I was going for' (pretentious prick alert). Creating a flatlay is a whole process, but I feel like I'm getting the hang of it. It's all about comprimising the importance of the object and the visual relevance of the latter. 

That sentence didn't make any sense, I just wanted to sound like an Intellectual™. 

JOURNAL

I started journalling again (as I mentioned in my previous post), and this might be one of my favourite journals so far. I say that about every diary I finish, but oh well. I feel like my interests are very fleeting, and as my passions come and go, keeping a diary is something that has stuck with me (as well as fashion). My journal is just something I always go back to when I'm feeling uninspired and angsty. I think that's why it's so full of feelings, because whenever I flip through my previous journals I can feel this very intense specific mood. 

AND OTHER STORIES SOCKS

These socks are slightly sheer and look great with sneakers. I've been wearing shorts and skirts more often lately because of the weather, so these are the perfect way to make my outfit more interesting. They say: 'Non, merci' which means 'No, thank you' but I bet you already figured that out all by yourself. 


MONKI DROP EARRINGS

I stumbled upon these beauties when ordering denim overalls and immediately fell in love. I usually don't shop at monki but I actually really like these earrings because they are basically replicas of the ICONIC CHANEL SS18 EARRINGS. I've been dying over those earrings ever since Adwoa Aboah rocked them on the Chanel runway. Obviously I can't afford The Real Deal, so these are a cool alternative. I haven't really worn them (wearing them around the house in a narcissistic mood doesn't count) but I'm sure these will be a favourite in my jewellery collection.

AND OTHER STORIES EYESHADOW

My siblings gifted me this blue glittery eyeshadow for my birthday and even though it's a little extra for me to wear on a day to day basis it's one of my favourite makeup products I own. It's beautiful to look at and it makes my blue eyes pop. I'm petty minimalist when it comes to makeup but I've been in a Path McGrath phase lately, so this bomb eyeshadow is the perfect addition to my makeup collection.


KOMONO SUNGLASSES 

I totally freaked out when I recieved these beauties because they are the kind of 90s sunglasses you can wear really low on your nose and THE LENSES ARE BLUE (hence the title of this post). It doesn't get any better than that. Oh wait, it does, because they look delightfully funny combined with my mullet. I love them. I know I mentioned these in my previous post but here they are again for the sake of blue themed flatlays.

THE OUTSIDERS

I know I've bored you enough by talking about this book. I just love it and I recently got my own copy that happened to complement the flatlay, so that's basically it. Also, the cover has hot guys on it, need I say more?

The process of making a flatlay, as documented by me. Please note the pink lamp (my ultimate favourite of this post), the blue denim shorts, the lone highlighter on the far left, an empty water bottle and a sandalwood candle. They all didn't make the cut but deserve a place in this post. Also, special shoutout to my feet, my all time faves because they bring me everywhere and make the perfect base for cool socks and shoes. I just wanted to give you a glimpse of what truly goes on while taking pictures of a flatlay, because trying to make sure your long-ass toes aren't disrupting your vibe is the harsh truth of Flatlay Photographers.

See ya

What's new

Hi there! Miss "I'm like, SO, going to write blogposts during Easter Holidays this year" is back! I bet you didn't see that one coming. It usually takes about two months for me to write a post after promising you to post more often. I would've had written on here sooner, if it weren't for my crazy busy schedule. I mean, it's already hard enough to fit sleeping, watching TV, going back to school and pocastinating in my weekly planning. Blogging is just too productive for my liking. I really do prefer wasting my time on instagram while stressing out about homework.

So once again I'm writing one mess of a post that compiles everything I've been into lately, so let's go.



So I kind of redecorated my room, and it includes this pink lamp I got for my birthday and some magazine spreads. Also I got so much makeup for my birthday which is cool and I'm really excited to start experimenting with different makeup looks! I never thought I'd be a makeup kind of girl. I mean, none of us had any expectations of me wearing makeup when I dressed like a SKAM boy for 6 months straight. I do feel like fashion is taking a more chic turn again, which comes as a breath of fresh air after 2 years of tracksuits and sneakers. To quote Rihanna: "I'm creating a vibe and my summer vibe is more is more". So glamour is back in fashion, but more on that in an upcoming post.

The vibe I'm trying to express in this post is "dork who's really into neon lighting". I'm actually pretty happy with these pictures as well, which has more to do with the lighting than my photography skills. I stick to disposable cameras and my phone most of the time, but I've been using my camera in combination with photoshop lately for my blogposts.

 

Laura and I went to the Komono Marine Launch event and had a great time. I kind of expected a lowkey event but then we arrived and there were blue neon lights everywhere and then Belgium's fashion guru came in and I kind of freaked out. It's still weird whenever I go to event to be the youngest one there, and I always feel like an overexcited sixteen year old in a sea of cool young adults. Anyway, it was amazing and I had the best time ever. I got given this pair of sunglasses in a geometrical shape and blue lenses and they're my favorite thing ever. I mean, they look so over the top in combination with my mullet that I kind of have to wear them all the time now. I'm not complaining, these sunnies are bomb. 




I picked up my journalling habit again, so here are some recent spreads that align with the neon thing going on in this post. I'm actually really glad to mention some diary spreads in here because it feels more like myself. I've been way less personal on this blog lately and I don't know why but it sucks because I don't really feel the connection I used to. I guess it's coming back now and I'm happy with that because it's so important to me that I stay personal on this blog and don't turn into someone who just posts pictures of their outfits and mentions where they got it. I mean, I don't mind bloggers who do that, but it's just not the point of this blog. I like the long posts, I like reading my friend's blogs and know what's going on in their lives, I like the slightly flawed photographs of dorky poses. 

What I'm trying to say is that I'm still a teenager and I want to project that onto my work and my blog, to give you a representation of what's going on in my mind while still staying true to the visuals I'm trying to create. This sounds horrible and I know I could express myself better than this, but I want to keep the nonchalance of this blog. Posting entire psychological essays on life in a serious tone wouldn't fit on this blog.

On another note, HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW DRAKE VIDEO FOR 'NICE FOR WHAT'??? 
Oh god, Olivia Wilde and Yara Shahidi and tons of other icons in one single video with one of my favourite tracks ever, ugh, I love it so much. Also, the new Childish Gambino: 'This Is America'. Damn, such a good song and the clip is so strong. Some other neon-vibed songs while we're at it:

  1. Ce Matin La - Air
  2. Love My way - The Psychedelic Furs
  3. Hide - FKA twigs
  4. Bartier Cardi - Cardi B
  5. Fetish - Selena Gomez
ALSO I WENT TO CALL ME BY YOUR NAME AND I'M STILL NOT OKAY. (award for the smoothest subject change goes to...). Words don't do this film justice, only feelings do. That's also why I haven't written a review on it on my film blog on Tumblr (which 'blew up' a while ago and now I'm almost at 500 followers even though I barely follow and reblog people??? like, I never thought anyone actually read the film reviews, but I guess it's doing well). 

Speaking of films and other cultural hobbies, I reread the Secret History last week and it just hit me how freaking good this novel is. Seriously, what?? It's one of my faves now for sure. Anyone who would like to fangirl over this book with me, hit me up so we can freak out on email/dm.

See ya


















Crisp af

Yet again I'm starting this post with a sincere apology for the crappy title. I feel like my mind just goes blank when I try to think of something to write in that empty white title bar.  A week of Easter holidays aka pure bliss aka lying on my couch all day has passed and I feel like I've now gained enough energy to write some blogposts again, so here we are! 

I took some photos of myself in my new white shirt I got in the mail before I left for London. I got sent this shirt by & Other Stories and it might just be the Perfect White Shirt™, no kidding. It fits slightly oversized, and it's made of cotton which is perfect because I feel like classic pieces like white shirts should be made out of cotton. I'm really excited about this shirt as it's a universal piece I can wear with just about anything.

 

 That's it! I'll try to write some posts next week, but I'm not making any promises. 

See u 


Three outfits I wish I was wearing right now

I thought I should write a quick post before I leave for a school trip to London tomorrow, because I haven't even packed yet and what's better than some good old last-minute packing hysteria, am I right? I'm going to London for about five days (LONDON BABY) and I have a two-week break from school afterwards, so this is just going to be three weeks of pure bliss.

One thing's bothering me though. The weather. Both Belgians and Brits have this weird weather obsession. There's this rivalry between the two countries because we both claim that it rains the most in our country. Obviously, Belgium is the rainiest country ever, duh. Anyways, that's not the point. The point is, Spring in both Belgium and England resembles a swamp more than anything else. Rain, cold, grey weather... it's not exactly the perfect weather for prancing around in frilly Spring outfits, keeping in mind that I get soaked while riding my bike twice a day. It isn't the lack of warm weather or sunlight that I find so disturbing, though, it's the devestating fact that I'm not able to wear the outfits I want to wear.

So as I continue wearing boring Winter outfits all throughout March and April (or, in this current case, pajamas, because I haven't dressed myself yet), all I can do is have mere dreams of what I should wear. Fantasies as intouchable as wearing less than three layers on an average day in March. Here are three outfits I wish I was wearing right now, including polkadots and dungarees.






Enjoy this post while I start packing, wish me luck.

See ya,

Cato

Winter Faves

As always I spent my Sunday putting up horrible attempts at photoshop. It's come to the point where I don't start by thinking about subjects I want to write blogposts about, I just try to come up with posts that fit my photoshop fails. I guess it isn't a smart move to publish all of this photoshop failure, because I'm trying not to post stuff that I'm not completely sure of. Anyway, keeping a blog for 3 years and counting is a documented process of my adolescence, so I suppose posting these collages isn't going to affect any of you. (I swear I don't whine like this all the time)

So as I said earlier Winter is slowly coming to its end, making this the perfect time to write some last-minute Winter posts. I decided to go for on of my favourite kinds of posts: a flatlay compiling all of my favourite bits and bobs from the past few months. I like these flatlays because a) I can shoot them myself, so I don't have to go through the horribly embarrassing process of asking someone to take my picture while I try to make my face look as though I wasn't just singing Baby by Justin Bieber five minutes earlier, and b) I think it's nice to have a visually appealing pile of stuff I can take pictures of. Here we go, Winter Faves.


Wow, look at those very professional drawings I made. So BeAutIFUl, SUcH A MaSTerPIEcE. ToTEZ ARTiStiC. 

& OTHER STORIES SCENTED CANDLE

I got this candle for Christmas and it's one of the best scented candles I've ever had. It smells like a pine forest and the scent really fills my entire bedroom which is awesome. I have quite a few scented candles but none of them has the same level of sophistication scent-wise. It's also very visually appealing, so it immediately makes your nightstand look like you're an influencer while you're actually a huge dork who watches a lot of bad tv-shows.

IT - ALEXA CHUNG

I got this book as a gift and it's so lovely. It isn't a piece of high end literature or somethings but the layout and pictures are totally my style. This book has a chic sense of nonchalance, there's a very cool- laid-back attitude to it and it's exactly what I need right now. There's so much analog photography in here and it's honestly my favourite thing.

& PERLE DE COCO LIP BALM AND HAND CREAM

My lips tend to get extremely dry during Winter, and I have this habit of picking them when I'm bored. It's safe to say that my destroyed lips are reaching new levels of chapped-ness. I'm a lip balm freak (proof: I finished two tubes this Winter alone) so when Anna got me this coconut and caramel taste lip balm in a tin pot, I was extatic. The hand cream in the same scent is amazing as well. It honestly feels like you're lathering your hands in liquid comfort. & Other Stories is the best when it comes to beauty products, I swear.

JEWELLERY

Since my outfits tend to be quite boring during Winter, I try to spice up my look by adding some jewellery. I couldn't bother to invest in jewellery for the past few years, but since a few months I realised how much of a difference a good pair of earrings can make. I've been wearing this signet ring non stop lately. Earrings are a great addition to any outfit, and they divert attention from my horrible haircut right now, it's a win-win situation.
SNAKESKIN PURSE
I only got this bag at & Other Stories yesterday, but I'm already in love with it and it fit my other objects perfectly so shut up. The colour doesn't really show on screen but it's beautiful and it's the perfect size for a handbag. I love it. 



WHITE CHELSEA BOOTS

After having to walk through a 10 cm layer of snow for an hour in sneakers, I knew I had to get a pair of decent boots in which I wouldn't freeze my toes off/slip and fall on my butt with. This platform pair of chelsea boots rocks, and they had to be in this post because they're my savior this Winter.

See Ya


I should really give these posts a decent name sometime

Another update-post thingy I guess? I wouldn't have to write these if I had the discipline to blog regularly. It's that weird time of the year where you're preparing for Spring and saying goodbye to Winter feels slightly bittersweet. The prospect of rain for the next three months does sound very thrilling, I have to admit. I always used to get really excited for Spring (read: half of the posts on this blog are Spring Vibes posts) but now it feels different. I guess the excitement is due to the fact that I've spent all of my previous Winters inside hibernating on my couch. This Winter I actually got things done, I met up with friends a lot and went to some cool events, so I guess that's why I feel 'off'. Spring is just not my favourite season, I'll switch it for Autumn any time.

Anyway, UPDATES! I turned 16 which is crazy, and I even forgot to mention it here! I've been loving it so far. I'm actually really excited because 16 is like the peak of your teenage years. I spend most of my time philosophing about adolescence and what my teenage years should be like, so I guess I'll find out a lot during the year to come. Anyway, I didn't really do anything crazy on my birthday. I got some great gifts, though. 


& Other Stories, aka what heaven looks like to me. I feel like my friends and family know me very well, because I got some cool stuff from there as well as some giant gold balloons that spelled; 16 CATO. That's my age and my name, for those who were wondering (horrible dad joke, I apologize). I feel way too immature to be 16 already. 

I also went to a pop-up cinema recently where you could eat spaghetti while watching Moonrise Kingdom. I KNOW RIGHT. Best. Combo. Ever. I didn't take any pictures though because I refuse to be one of those annoying people who's on their phone during film. I guess that's contradictory of me because I shouldn't be on my phone while watching TV either.

I got my ears pierced again, which means I now have a grand total of six holes in my ears. I got one helix and it hurted like hell the first few days but it's way better now. Again, no pictures, but trust me, you really don't want to see my ears on this blog.

That's it, this was the worst post ever, see ya.


Cato