2018

Yet again I find myself writing on here way later than I would have wanted to. The less I post here, the more disconnected I feel from this blog, making me hesitate to be as personal as I would usually be. I will try and change that today.

2018 was a weird year in the way that everything felt fleeting. Having all the feels one second and forgetting about it the next. In many ways, I don't feel like 2018 had a great impact on me. This isn't the year I turned my life around, nor the year I leaped out of my comfort zone very often. However, reminiscing about 2018 leaves me feeling like the person I was in January is only a vague predecessor of who I am now. While "the biggest changes are the ones we don't notice" is the kind of corny quote I would usually roll my eyes and/or pretend to puke at, I must admit that it resonates with me.

(Will I turn into a soccer mom who decorates the house with live, laugh, love quotes now? Well, I'll try not to, but I can't make any promises. Operation soccer mom is cancelled. Someone stop me when I find myself looking for a slow cooker online.)

I haven't been active online this year because it was spent connecting with life outside of the internet (the outernet! hashtag punny!) and spending time with people very close to my heart. I haven't been active because I've come to realize the value I attach to academics. I haven't been active because I don't feel like documenting my life online anymore, and that frightens me because I don't want to be low-key or boring or grown up. Most of all I haven't been active because I simply don't feel like it and prefer to spend my time otherwise, and I guess I need some sort of approval for this because I always find myself making up excuses for not writing on here while I don't even mind myself.

But this isn't a goodbye. I will probably continue updating you on my life on here well into my 40s, especially when I have turned into the 45-year-old soccer mom I'm bound to become.

SO THIS YEAR. 2018. MUCH FUN.

Let's dive into my phone archives and find out how I've been wasting my time this year.

MOMENTS: The past year was not marked by major events nor life-changing shifts. It's just made up of a bunch of incoherent happenings that stuck with me anyway; spending way too much time hanging out at my friends' houses after school, going to London for a school trip, spending a week at the French sea, my 16th birthday and some other little trips and events I didn't mention. 

BOOKS: I didn't read as much as I would've liked this year but I managed to read a moderate amount of books (some of which I absolutely loved, some of which I didn't) including Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Mythos by Stephen Fry, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall (don't judge me, this is really nostalgic), the entire Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner (this was a five day reading marathon of not very high end but addictive literature), The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Simon vs The Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli and Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington. I also reread The Secret History approximately 38503 times for good measure.

FILMS: I honestly can't remember every film I watched this year, but I recently watched Beautiful Boy which was heartbreaking and emotional and also beautiful. Some other gems I watched include Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Isle of Dogs, The Florida Project and Black Swan.

MUSIC: my 2018 playlist consisted of a lot of 80s Autumn Beats, a decent amount of Jorja Smith, some Step Up soundtrack songs, a lot of Tommy Genesis and some random Taylor Swift/Kendrick Lamar/Janet Jackson/Backstreet Boys songs. Sounds like a mishmash, which it definitely is. You would probably all think my taste in music sucks if you'd listen to my playlists.

I guess that's pretty much it! Thank you for sticking out another year with me and keeping up with my bullshit blog posts. I love you all to infinity.

Cato

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