In a world where political misfortune reigns over our heads, being able to escape from our realities and focusing on the ‘good’ in our lives, can help us stay grounded and positive. In between recent events at Grenfell, London and Manchester, finding something to be grateful about each week reminds us of how lucky we are to be alive and that our time on earth is precious. Which is why, every so often, in between the social issues and personal posts that I tend to publish on Faded Spring, I like to write more light hearted posts, looking back at things that make me happy or in this case, this weeks current obsessions. From the more obscure (thinning scissors that tame my frizzy mane) to French Bulldogs, prepare to find a weekly obsession list that is just as eclectic as I am.
I never thought I would put ‘scissors’ on a weekly obsession list, especially when it comes to my ‘hair’. You see previously, the last time I got my hair cut was nearly 5 years ago in Madeira, my parents home country and I haven’t even had a split end trim since. But I digress, those who know me understand how protective I am of my hair and the idea of getting it cut gives me nightmare flashbacks to the last time it was cut and half of my hair was lobbed off. Naturally I was not best pleased but having long, waist length hair can be a pain to manage, especially when it is curly, thick, wild and frizzy. So although I didn’t want to get my hair cut as per say, I did want to have my hair ‘thinned out’ so it could be more manageable to maintain but did not have the budget to schedule a hair-dressing session. While I am no hairdresser, the thinning scissors have allowed me to thin my hair out so that it looks less like I am an extra in the Lion King and more like I have actual beautiful curls. In short-aha see what I did there?- I’m obsessed.
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2. French Bulldogs
Is there anything cuter than seeing a dog being walked by its owner? I think not and this week I must have seen about 20 adorable French Bulldogs tottering around in the parks near my home and its beyond adorable. Those of you who have me on Instagram might think that I am a crazy dog lady- I am- but I just can’t help myself from talking in that ‘scary baby voice’ whenever I see one pass by. While pugs are my favourite dog breed, French Bulldogs have quickly risen into second place and there is plenty of reasons why: Friendly, aesthetically pleasing to look at and affectionate, my heart practically melts right out of my chest, even by just looking at a picture of a cute French Bulldog. Plus I think I have a thing for ‘scrunched up faces’ because they are dogs that my friends would describe as ‘ugly cute’ but I would just call a ‘heartbreaker’ straight up.
Oh and one more thing, if you are looking for Instagram accounts run by cute French Bulldogs then check out the accounts below.
Fio The Frenchie (as featured above)
3. Cruelty Free Skincare
If you have read ‘Faded Spring’s Quest For Cruelty Free Skincare‘, you know how passionate I am about advocating against animal testing. Many big brand make up companies and skincare companies test on animals to create products that we use on our face and body and it breaks my heart. Noone should be hurt to make us ‘look and feel better’ so why not join the cruelty free tribe with me . When I had found out that brands like Revlon and MAC still tested on animals I was determined to find alternative skincare and makeup products that could put my guilty conscience at ease. As of today I am obsessed with ‘Tropic Free Skincare’, Limecrime, NYX and Too Faced and am excited to see what else I can find on my journey for cruelty free products. And why stop at products too, while I have worn leather in the past, I am determined to make no more ‘real suede’ or leather purchases, especially when I am so against wearing fur, it should be the same with ‘animal skins too’. I don’t want to purchase products that I know have contributed to the death and the suffering of animals.
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After watching ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ , I am obsessed with Tuscany. From its links to traditional Italian fashion to cuisine delicacies like Ribollita (thick vegetable soup), the world of Tuscany, is so far removed from London. I am craving a summer escape and where better than somewhere that is historically, culturally and emotionally stimulating for the senses? Moreover Tuscan sense of style is understated but chic, with wearable linen dresses and embroidered playsuits being synonymous with the local Tuscan aesthetic. As a huge fan of Pucci and his kaleidoscope of psychedelic prints being founded in Tuscany, where better place to find creative inspiration than in the heart of Fashion’s most famous venue?
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When am I not obsessed with embroidery? From skirts to shoes, the embroidery trend has hit me hard and I am living for its popularity. What started as a ‘folk based trend’ with plain smocks and peasant blouses being hand stitched with embroidered detailing, transformed into a far more elaborate trend that can range from abstract pattering to floral applique blossoms. Although embroidery belongs to the ‘Nouveau Bohemia’ ‘trend tree’, it has been modernized for 2017 with more fitted, tailored silhouettes as opposed to the loose structure that bohemianism once enthused over.
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What Are You Obsessed With This Week?
In Conjunction with Capital Hair and Beauty. All thoughts and research is my own.