Dressing for the temperamental weather + the pretty Peak District
So, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but after months of crappy weather we’ve decided to make things simpler in the UK by having just the one season: eternal winter. Now that I no longer expect summer, I finally know how to dress in the morning and I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact I’ll never see the sun again… As much as I’m exaggerating (I hope!), I do believe life would be better and warmer if I wasn’t dressing optimistically/hopefully every day. To make matters worse, the weather and my bank account have hugely fallen out – insistent as my account is to just keep throwing away money on cute little summer tops I’ll NEVER get to wear. I do have a week away to look forward to admittedly, but I’ve actually now got more new summer tops than I have days of holiday to wear them (I’m sure your hearts bleed for me).
Anyway, these first world problems aside, the little video in this post summarises the British experience of weather quite nicely. It was the first day of spring and in the morning, I was wearing gingham, pastels and peep toes (remember this outfit?). After 20 minutes of taking photos and the subsequent reality check, that was the end of that – out came the boots and faux fur collar coat (which are still on the scene in June, dammit!). So yes, this footage is from the same day, but at the start I was trying to convince myself that as it was technically spring, I could wear spring clothes (nope). The good news is that if you’re here for my outfits you’re getting two for the price of one – and whether you’re in the Northern or the Southern Hemisphere there’s something for everyone. You’re welcome.
It’s not all about me either – if you like pretty British countryside and cute towns this is the video for you! The Peak District was stunning and a great place to spend B’s birthday. I always imagine (hope) when people who don’t live here think of the UK this is what they picture… Rather than London, anyway. London has its merits, but you’re not going to see many acres of wonderful nature there. (Though you might see squirrels that steal people’s lunch – I’m not joking.)
You’ll notice I’m not just moving around awkwardly, painfully aware of being filmed this time – well, there’s still some (a lot) of that, of course, but I’m also kind of interacting. I was trying! However, when B and I play this back we both laugh at the bit where I’m hiding my face and shaking my head. This may look cutesy and staged for camera, but don’t be fooled – we’ve cut out about 107 instances of head shaking and hiding from the previous few videos so far. It’s literally the only thing I’m a natural at on camera. Truth be told, there just wouldn’t be videos on this blog if it wasn’t for B wanting to flex his Super 8 faking skills (and isn’t he doing well now? So authentic!).
When I was little there were two jobs I knew I would never do because I hate performing – actress, obviously, and teacher, as I couldn’t bear the thought of having to speak in assemblies in front of a room full of 100+ children (which while influenced by my daily school experience and not knowing what many jobs were at that point, I stand by as children are the harshest critics!). I’m just not someone who likes being watched and it’s taken three years to come to terms with taking photos for this blog, now I’m trying to get my head around being filmed. Maybe in another three I’ll nail the video thing 😉 Meanwhile, if anyone has any tips on being a video star, I’m all ears!
And on a final note, I kinda went 60s with my hair, boots and coat combo and I think I like the shape on me. Maybe one to try again soon?