We’re a mere two days away from the official end of winter. But truthfully, it may be a while until things actually warm up enough to step out on the town in your new lace-up sandals. So I've decided to take this time to embrace that awkward stage between the worst of winter and the best of spring. Take a look at my list to find my six essentials for a foolproof transitional wardrobe.
This season, try a piece that’s tailor-made for the in-between season: the sleeveless trench. I suggest wearing it now over black pants or jeans, then later alone with chic lace-up sandals.
Culottes are staples when it comes to transitional dressing because they can be worn with multiple forms of footwear. Keep your calves toasty on those chilly mornings by teaming your culottes with ankle boots, and then lighten things up with pom-pom sandals come those glorious 35-degree days.
FRESH PAIR OF SUNGLASSES
Contrary to popular belief, sunglasses aren’t just a warm-weather accessory, they’re a year-round necessity. That’s because damaging UVA and UVB rays are always present, even on the coldest, cloudiest days. I recommend investing in a pair you look forward to wearing so that you’ll be sure to always have them on hand.
CROPPED LEATHER JACKET
Shearling-lined leather bombers may have populated every fashion trend page this past winter, but we’re staying strong to the tried-and-true moto version. A leather jacket that’s on the thinner side (bonus points if it’s slightly cropped) is great for the changing seasons because it can be worn under a robe or blanket coat.
PEEP-TOE ANKLE BOOTS
Popping up like daisies, peep-toe booties are an “it” shoe for spring. These babies offer the structure of a stacked heel bootie with the carefree feeling of a fresh pedicure. They also happen to be perfect if you’re not quite ready to part with your ankle boots.
Honestly, this is a year-round essential--there’s nothing as versatile yet chic as the cashmere cardi. Buy yours in a slightly oversized style so that it drapes nicely over whatever you choose to pair it with (hint: see culottes above).
With winter not quite behind us and spring ever-so-slowly creeping back into our lives, March is a month in limbo. Luckily, there are five fun new things to keep our spirits high until we can bust out those off-the-shoulder sundresses (weeee!).
DRY CONDITIONER DEBUTS
It’s safe to say you’ve heard of dry shampoo. In fact, you’re kind of the master. Now you’re ready for the next iteration: DryBar’s brand-spanking-new dry conditioner. It’s another great way to keep your blowouts looking fresh. Instead of soaking up oils from your roots like its cleansing counterpart, this one lightly hydrates and refreshes the rest of your hair without any heavy or oily residue. Spray it liberally from the middle to the ends to eliminate frizz and quench dry strands. Bonus: It also smells like heaven.
THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS BLOOM
While the cherry blossoms in Tokyo would be the ultimate spring destination, Washington, D.C. also has its fair share of beautiful blooms just waiting for you to admire. Stay at The George Hotel, convenient to Union Station and the local sites. While you’re there, hit up the Cherry Blossom Beer + Wine Festival before you stop for Mediterranean eats and an impressive wine list at Iron Gate.
MADEWELL + DARYL K COLLABORATION LAUNCHES
This limited-edition fashion pairing brings rock ‘n’ roll ’90s vibes firmly into present day. Think fringe, denim, high waists and all-around downtown cool. They’ve only just recently hit the Madewell site, so go ahead and score the pieces you’ll be living in for the rest of the season before they’re gone.
BULLET JOURNALING CHANGES TO-DO LISTS FOREVER
Just because you can type everything into your smartphone doesn’t mean you should. Enter: bullet journaling--a new organizational method for people who prefer a physical notebook to a smartphone app to keep track of their daily tasks. The system uses hand-drawn symbols to signify if a task has been completed or if it needs to be moved or changed. It’s also a way for all the purists out there (aka those who prefer a good ol' journal for spring cleaning tasks) to stay competitively organized in the digital era.
GROW LAMPS HAVE THEIR MOMENT
The long winter months can take just as big a toll on your plants as they can on your aforementioned tight muscles. As for the plants, snag a sleek grow lamp that brings light into your home and refreshes your beloved greenery with specialized LED lights. At the base of this new lamp-planter hybrid is a natural hydroponic soil substitute called rockwool. Just pop in a few succulents, herbs or ferns then add water and watch as your house comes to life.
Sometimes, when I can't sleep at night (beacuse of insomnia), I take a piece of paper and a pen and you know what happens next. I write stories I don't even know from which part of my brain did they came from. And I want to share some with you.
Today, my mother finally agreed that I can go "camping" with Sam. We were planning this for almost three months and here we go. Sam's grandfather used to live in a old house somewhere in the woods, far from our town so we found the chance to be alone together for a very long week. We both are so excited because it's already one year we're together so we can celebrate it.
Sam's grandfather died four months ago and from then nobody visisted the house. At first, I wasn't as excited as Sam, I was scared actually, but then he promised it will be okay so I let it go.
When we first arrived to the woods, Sam couldn't find it at first. He drove along the road and five kilometers from the house the road was closed. We walked for almost an hour to get there with those heavy bags. The mud was everywhere, even in my hair. The house was bigger and more modern than I expected. It almost looked like the house from The Conjuring. When Sam found the key and opened, a weird smell came out and I had this feeling that we're doing something wrong. I told Sam and he told me that it'll be okay. We both took a shower and Sam prepared us dinner which was better than I expected. I still had this feeling I didn't know if it was fear, anxiety or something more. Sam was washing the dishes as I walked through the creepy big house. I went upstairs and into the first empty room in which was something looking like an old closet and as I searched for blankets, I found a big brown box with pictures of Sam's grandparents on it. I was curious what's in there. As I took it out, my phone rang.
"Claire, honey, did you get there, are you okay?"
"We're here. The road was closed and we had to walk to get there but we're fine."
"I'm so stressed out. I don't think it was a good idea leaving you alone for seven days."
"I'm not alone mom. Sam is here, remember?"
"He's already eighteen and he can't even take care of himself."
"We have already spoke about that and you're not right. I have a lot to do so I'll call you tomorrow, okay?"
"I'll tell dad you're okay. Bye, I love you."
I heard Sam coming upstairs so I hid the box. I came out of the room with the blankets but Sam wasn't there. Nobody was. Just me. Confused I walked down and prepared our bedroom. It was already 11 p.m. and we were tired so we just slept.
In the morning, I woke up first. I prepared breakfast and called mom to tell her I'm okay. As I waited for Sam to wake up, I opened my notebook and started my essay for school. In the silence, I heard a scream from outside. I ignored it because nobody lives there so it must have been my imagination. After I finished writing, someone knocked at the front door. I wasn't sure if it was real so I waited if it would knock again. It did, louder this time. I ran to open the door and an old policeman was standing there. Well, I wasn't expecting that. I don't even know who I expected. My mom? Sam's dead grandfather?
"Hello miss, do you live there?" pointing at the house.
"Uhm, no sir. I'm here with my boyfriend. This house used to be his grandfather's. What ha-"
"Is your boyfriend Sam Brooks?"
"Yes, can you please tell me why are you here?"
"I'll explain. Can I go inside?" he looks nervous.
"Thank you." he walks in.
I wonder what he wants and how did he found us.
"May I bring you a coffee or something?" I ask when he sits on the old couch in the living room.
"Just water please." his smile is weird.
As I walk in the living room with water and some biscuits, I see the policeman talking to Sam.
"The bodies were found two weeks ago here in the basement, that's why the house still smells horrible." he looks even more nervous.
When they hear me coming, the policeman turns to look at me while Sam stands up and kisses my cheek. I sit on Sam's lap as the policeman explains to me.
"A young couple, like you are, was murdered here in this house."
Both of them are staring at me to see my reaction, but all I can say is:
"Who found them?" My stomach hurts and I feel like I'm going to throw up.
"Someone called the police from an unknown number, two hours later we came here, couldn't get there faster because the road is closed, and we found what that man described us. Two dead murdered bodies of a girl and a boy. Their parents didn't even knew they were here and didn't wanted to admit it was their children. How old are you guys?" he added.
"I'm eighteen and Claire is sixteen. Don't worry, both of our parents know we're here."
"I'm not worried about that. Just want you two to pack your things and go home before that guy catches you too." he is so confident.
"Why would he do that? We haven't done anything bad" This was a rhetorical question. Sam is scared, I can also see tears in his eyes. He probably reminded of his grandfather who hanged himself in this house, right over us. Sam took my arm and didn't let go until I said:
"What else do you know about that guy?"
"Well, nothing at all. As I said, you need to leave this place." he stands up and leaves. "Be careful, kids." as he closes the door, I can hear a loud thud.
Sam stares at me for a very long time that seems like hours, but it may have been just seconds.
"What are we going to do?" he asks, filled with fear.
"We should just ignore that and start with our plans. It was you who told me everything would be okay. The kids will come tomorrow so we have to get this place some life."
After lunch, we decided to look around the house.
Are you excited as well as me? I hope so because here are some things you can do in this summer and it's gonna be awesome.
If you have any other ideas what everybody should do this summer, let me know in the contact form :)
On Saturday, I went to a concert. Firstly, I wasn't supposed to go because nobody could drive me there and back home so I was a little upset about it. Then, my aunt called me if I still have my ticket and ofcourse I said yes and she told me to get ready and in 10 minutes she will come and take me to the concert. I was soooo happy I could go.
We came to Holíč, parked our car and went to the ticket guy, we got in and as I was looking around, my aunt brought me a hamburger and a beer, she took a picture of me and we were waiting for our favorite band to come on the stage.
When they came, there was this huge grey cloud above us and everybody knew it would rain from it in a while. We didn't care about it. This cloud won't ruin this. We stayed there for a few minutes and then they started to play. It hadn't been raining. Everybody out there was so excited and we were too. I was singing to every song they played and there were some people behind me that were singing too and one of them lifted me up on his back so I could see the band playing.
When they were playing their last song I cried so much, I don't know if it was because this song reminded me of my mom or because I could be there and see them and sing with them or probably both.
Everybody's asking me why am I so rude, uncontrollable etc.
I have wrote this for those, who have no idea what it is like to be me.
I don't act like a bitch because I like it, I act like a bitch to make myself think I hate other people and to make them hate me because I'm screwed up and if I care about someone or I know they care about me I will do anything to make them happy even if it is my own cost and that has screwed me up before.
Nobody legitimately needs me and that’s a really shitty feeling.
A friend of mine asked me if I could put some songs that I like so as a good friend I did it. So here are some songs I like to listen to (with links).
Let me know what you think ;)