Autumn Musings

I recently did some extensive analytical research inside my very own blog, and some shocking facts have come to light. From this lengthy analysis *cough*, I've drawn the following conclusions *cough cough*:

- I post very rarely, and when I do, I start off by apologizing for not posting. These peculiar activities, or shall I say, lack of activities, are in no way beneficial to my writing skills, or blogging skills, or productivity skills, which seamlessly brings me to the following conclusion...

- When I DO post on here, I usually stick to a certain post structure *dramatically flips paper of a flipchart*. It looks like this:
  1. apologizing for not posting (see above)
  2. chit chat/small talk/pointless rambling about how my life is going in an attempt to subtly proceed to the actual subject of my blogpost.
  3. "OHMYGOD PLEASE GET TO THE POINT"
  4. the actual post, including some pictures from my Instagram you've already seen, some kind of joke about my hair, a series I'm obsessed with and a picture of the one time I got out of the house that month.
  5. a chaotic ending in which I promise to post more often (spoiler: I won't)
I guess you could call me a creature of habit, or a creature of laziness. Take your pic.

Regardless, I've decided to maintain this format today. Here we go.

Life's been all kinds of weird lately. A strangely disappointing September made room for a somewhat chilly October. You all know that cold weather is my jam, so it should come as no surprise that I've been wearing velvet shorts with sweaters 27/7. I even wore my over the knee boots to school, a decision I quickly regretted mid-day when the temperatures rose. 

I started writing for Affinity Magazine, which is an online magazine for teens by teens. It's been really cool and informative to write in a setting like this and reach an audience much bigger than my own. It's been really challenging to set goals for myself and devote myself to writing on a regular basis. It's also the reason I haven't posted anything on Instagram in about three weeks. I'm sorry. 

On another note, I've been working very hard for school, which takes up a big chunk of my time these days. I've never been the kind of person to focus on school so much, but it's become increasingly important to me to thrive academically. I guess I found out that I actually like studying maths and Latin. It's something I want to work hard for. 

In between all of that, September was also fashion month, which meant fashion week, which meant being at school fangirling over Proenza Schouler. I'll make a trend report this month if I have the time!

This is what my Autumn has looked like so far.


I finished Middlesex and Mythos at the end of Summer, but I was mentally already in Autumn mode. Middlesex was a rather tough read because of its writing style, but it was nonetheless heartbreakingly beautiful. Mythos was full of funny remarks and witty uttering, which I loved, naturally.

 

I must admit that it's been hard not to pick out these velvet shorts every single day when I get dressed. People around me can confirm that I've worn these babies repeatedly this month. They've been a staple in my wardrobe for over two years now, and I don't think I'll ever get tired of them. They're Rodarte X & Other Stories (I know, I still can't believe that collab actually happened either). On the right is the cover of my most recent diary. For some reason, Autumn calls for writing more than anything. While my diary entries are of low literary standard and are most often bland descriptions of what I'm up to at that moment, they are very close to my heart.

According to my usual structure, there are only a few things left to say before I publish this post and go back to studying.

1. About my hair: it's now a full-on bob and it's a few centimeters away from being shoulder length. I love it. 

2. About a series obsession: nothing new, I've been rewatching some episodes of The Mindy Project and a few Skam episodes after a particularly angsty week. 

3. About that one time I got out of the house: there were multiple times, and they were great. I went to a few parties, hung out with my friends and siblings and probably did some other stuff, but I can't recall them right now.

So that's it! I promise I'll write on here again very soon (lol). 

Love,

Cato

Autumn Vibes (part 1)

September has started. Moody teenagers make their way back to school. Coffee orders switch from "an unsweetened soy milk non-dairy iced latte with extra whipped cream and two pumps of hazelnut syrup of organic origins please" to "could I get a cappucino?". People start swapping shorts for trousers (except for that one kid at school that wears shorts all year 'round). Basically, it's a bunch of great things combined into one great season. The greatest season of all: Autumn.

I couldn't be happier about Autumn starting again. I am not a Summer kind of person, and I prefer Autumn over any other season because of many reasons. I mostly like the fact that I have an excuse to stay inside and read books all day, though I also like the continuous rain and fashion month. All of these seasonal delights can be moulded into one general term: Autumn Vibes.

I used to make vibe posts for every single season, except for Winter because that's mostly pajama vibes and thermal leggings under everything vibes. However, I can't be bothered anymore to write entire posts dedicated to seasons I don't even like that much. Autumn is my season, you guys. I thrive during Autumn.

This time, I split up the vibes into two segments: 'elite-college in a cold climate'- vibes and random fashion vibes. They all kind of merge into this one giant mess of a blogpost.

I guess you're all really curious about this year's vibes, right?

*indifferent mumbling from afar*

Well, let's start then.


Selena Gomez by Petra Collins, Meadham Kirchoff via Rookiemag (I think???)


Screenshot from Good Will Hunting, Venus statue
 Some unknowns from Tumblr (sorry!)


Kate Moss for Vogue styled by Grace Coddington, Venus bust, quote from The Secret History


Jacqueline Ashton by Petra Collins, eye candy via Rookiemag, Rachel in Friends, Yara Shahidi for Vogue (??), Beyonce in Yoncé, Chanel backstage, Lorde via Instagram


Venus pictures (lol again) via the Venus Wikipedia page, landscape via Tumblr (let me know who the photographer is! I want to give correct credit)
Some Gucci campaign in the background, eye candy from Rookiemag


Tommy Genesis via Clash (I think), Unknown via Tumblr, Prada (??) boots, Apollo bust via Wikipedia probably, Unknown via Tumblr, Elle Fanning backstage at Miu Miu via Vogue

God that was a lot of work.


Summer so far

I haven't really told you what I did in July, and we're almost halfway through Summer!

The first month of Summer was one that consisted of mixed feelings. As always, Summer started of with some parties, picknicks, meetups and dinners because thankgoodnessschoolisfinallyoveromg. After the chaos was over and boredom started to creep up on me, I left for vacation in France with my family. It was amazing. I wish I was there right now, because we only stayed for a week and I already miss it so freaking much. When I got back from France about two weeks ago, I contacted all of my friends because I was already suffering from post-vacation sadness. Let me tell you something: every single one of my friends was out of the country. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. I'm not even kidding.

I must admit that the past two weeks were pretty lonely because of that. The Summer blues really hit me in the face. I guess Lana Del Rey was right about Summertime Sadness after all. On an even more negative note, there's a heatwave going on in Belgium, making it even harder to leave my seating position in front of the ventilator to go out and do something.

Anyway, all negativity aside now. I spent the past few weeks working really hard on my writing. I spent pretty much every day writing about all sorts of different subjects to improve my vocabulary and sentences. I also wrote a piece for my friend Hermione's upcoming issue for her magazine, Lippy Kids. I won't tell what its about, but it also features some good ol' diary spreads of mine. I also wrote something for another magazine of a friend and mostly just things for myself. It's weird because I never think about my writing when I write on this blog, which is probably the reason it's full of bad sentence structure and simple vocabulary. I see this blog more as a diary, and I don't want to worry about my writing on here because this blog is mainly just for myself.

Aside from writing, I started watching How To Get Away With Murder, a series I'm now horribly obsessed with. If you watched it, please email me via the Contact page on my blog so we can freak out and fangirl together, thank you very much.

My plans for August consist of catsitting, meeting up with friends, probably another short vacation in France and enjoying my last month of freedom. I'm not too sad for school to start again though, because Autumn is my favourite season in the world and I can't wait to drink cappucino's in coffeeshops and wear coats again.





The new under the radar trend for summer

A few months ago I was putting up another attempt at cleaning my room when I stumbled upon a box full of junk, including an elaborate collection of animal shaped erasers, hardened sticky tack to put magazine pages up on the wall and a few starry anklets. I thought of how they could look cool when combined with some funky mules, but the idea later moved to my subconsciousness as I found a pile of my 8 year old writing.

Flash forward to a few days ago, when I find myself scrolling through Instagram and coming by picture of manrepeller’s Leandra Medine aka style guru aka relatable dork aka the coolest uncool person in fashion.

The photo in question featured leandra’s feet, wearing a pair of bomb leopard printed mules and, gasp, anklets.

Defeated and dissapointed in myself for forgetting that anklets have huge potential, I set out to investigate the allure of The Ankle Bracelet, also known as The Anklet.

I started off this inspection by taking a closer look on the origins of the anklet. I consulted the good ol’ World Wide Web for this task, and as always it did not disappoint. Actually, humans and anklets go way back! In ancient Egypt, women of all classes liked to adorn themselves with ankle bracelets made out of different metals. However, during the Bronze Age, Europeans loved a sturdy bronze anklet. South Asian and Indian culture also has a long history of anklets, and the jewelry is still culturally significant to this day. These anklets are, for example, a traditional gift for the new bride. Sometimes, these anklets have little bells attached, making rinkling sounds when walking.

I feel like anklets make the perfect Summer accessory because of several different reasons. One being that they come in all styles and colours, being an option for everyone. I'm very fond of the colourful beaded version myself, but whatever your heart's deepest desires are: there is probably an anklet representing just that. The second reason why anklets are bound to be the next big trend, is the fact that they are the perfect addition to your shoes, upping your shoe accessory game by 2016998 points. You can even combine them with socks. Need I say more?

 
From Leandra Medine's instagram, unknown.

 
Both from Marianne Theodorsen's instagram.

That's it. See ya.

First I had hair, now I have a haircut

Hello beloved readers, how have you been? Summer started about a week ago, and I've spent my free time blissfully by going to the beach, going shopping, meeting up with friends, writing and mostly lying around in my pajama's watching tv.
I got my hair cut a few days ago, which is a huge deal because I hadn't gone to the hairdressers in over a year, because of my buzz cut. It was a lovely experience though, and I have the best hairdresser ever who keeps up the same level of sarcasm I have, while also supporting my (often questionable) hair requests. Twiggy bob? Sure. Mia Farrow pixie? Of course. Buzzed off? Sure, no problem. After an adventourous 10 months of growing out my buzz cut, featuring a 6 month period of a full-on mullet (to my mother's disdain) and a semi-cowlick, my hair now finally resembles an actual haircut. Anyway, you probably couldn't care less, but I am thrilled to be on the good hair path again, even though I recieved major support on instagram for the mullet. If mullets are the new biggest hair trend this Autumn, you know where you saw it first, okay?

Anyway, onto the outfit part of this post. It's actually quite embarrassing that I even dare to call this a style blog, because I only feature approximately 3 outfits a year on my blog. 

I bought this floral set a few days ago in the sales at & Other Stories, and although I don't usually gravitate towards maximalist prints and colourful blouses, these co-ords immediately caught my eye. I've been trying to incorporate more colours and prints and special pieces into my wardrobe, as I already own an extensive amount of basics. 

 

Looking at these pictures now, I am very glad I got this haircut. Quite a few people said I look like a French girl now, which is a much appreciated compliment. At least it's better than being compared to Billy Ray Cyrus, John Travolta or a country singer. 

I'm sorry for the weird filter on these pictures, but I had some trouble figuring out the colour settings and the only way they looked okay was with this filter.

 

See ya

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