Birdcage Walk

Western style belt

Birdcage walk, Bristol

Photos by Dom John

 

What time of year would you call this? Mid spring? Or early summer?

Whatever it is, now that all the bloody rain has passed, I am loving it. I’ve officially packed away my winter coats and welcomed back the lighter layers that leave me feeling freer and less weighed down. Hallelujah, am I right?!

This summer marks my second year in Bristol, which is pretty hard to believe. I swear it wasn’t that long ago that I was slogging my way through my dissertation. If you caught my recent post about what the hell any of us are actually doing on the internet, then you’ll know that I’ve been going through a bit of an identity crisis with Girlglobalising. So with that in mind I’ve decided to focus my efforts on content that really, truely inspires me and that is mainly travel content.

With moving house on the cards (more on that once I actually know where I’m going to be living…) plus trying to save for the illusive NYC trip later in the year, my summer travel plans have had to be whittled down somewhat. But you know what that means? A staycation, my friends. In my 18 months(ish) of blogging I have barely scratched the surface of my current resisdence in the west country, and it’s about time I addressed that.

Sure I’ve featured a few favourite lunch places and the best coffee shops in Bristol, but the west country is a far wider place than just this city. This summer I intend on spreading the word of the west, be it with an updated coffee guide (I’ve racked up a few more faves recently) or daytrips to countryside towns. I plan on celebrating all things Somerset!

As I can never resist a good pun I decided to dress as a cowboy for this post – or as much as my safe style of dressing will allow. A cowboy-lite, if you will. Apart from my teenage days when I couldn’t get enough of stripes, neon colours and many a novelty bag, my style nowadays is more tame. This Asos belt is my new accessory love, adding something to break up the completely black outfit. That, plus the neckerchief that I still can’t get enough of, reminded me of a cowboy-esque outfit fit for the west(ern) country.

These photos were taken at Birdcage Walk on a sunny Saturday afternoon stroll around Clifton, where we also spotted the very dapper man below and his curly furred dog. Make sure you follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin to keep up with all new Girlglobalising content!

Denim Jacket – H&M | Jeans – Asos | T-shirt – Warehouse | Belt – Asos | Sunglasses – Topshop | Bag – New Look

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Man and his dog

Mini backpack

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The thing that I love about my little Lomography camera is that I can never remember when I last started the new film, so when I do finally get around to finishing and developing the roll there is a huge mixture of events and places. This particular film runs from my trip to Edinburgh in March, right up until Citadel Festival in late July. It’s a nice little reminder of all the great things that have been going on.

I’m actually quite pleased with how a few of this set turned out, what with my slightly dodgy skills and never remembering to change the settings accordingly, but they’ve got a slight nostalgic look to them this time. Or is that just what out of focus looks like?! My favourite are the ones from Citadel Festival, taken on a gloriously sunny day. They really show how blue the sky was that day. How poetic of me. Although I’m sitting here telling you how pleased I am that all the photos came out, I will also say there’s a bunch from Easter that were just so over-exposed that I’ve now hidden them away, never to be shared or connected with my name again. I guess I’ve still got some practising to do.

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Face

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If you caught my previous post about Rome, you’ll know that I spent a lot of the time moving slowly in a desperate attempt not to sweat all too much. It may be TMI to tell you all about my sweating habits but it’s due to the heat that I’ve formulated a fairly fool-proof plan for holiday beauty.

I’ve mentioned before that my usual routine is not too complicated and I tend to keep things fairly natural. Whilst in Rome I managed to strip things back even further, despite taking a bursting make-up bag away with me – it’s always over-packing central in my house! But anyway, here are a few tips if you need to save a bit of space in your suitcase. One plus point is that you’ll always have more space for any Duty Free purchases…

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Base

I should probably point out here that prior to this step I of course, moisturised and covered myself in SPF. But what happened next is something that I’ve only recently got fully into, and that’s primer. I’ve currently only tried the Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro primer, as I wanted to keep the price down on the first trial. I’d only been using it for a few weeks before heading to Rome, but I am so glad I had it with me. Since I completely abandoned foundation for the vast majority of this trip, having a primer really helped in smoothing my concealer over the places I needed it (mainly under the eyes and around my nose) and also gave a bit more staying power. I brought along two concealers, my Collection Lasting Perfection and the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer, just in case the Collection one was a bit too light. I also gave up on powder altogether. I’m not sure whether it would have helped with the shine that I ended everyday with, but I was going for a more ‘dewy’ look anyway! The final step to the base was just a touch of The Body Shop Radiant Highlight across the tops of my cheeks and brow bone. Obviously you can chose to add more or take away another product, but this was basically my quick and easy staple routine whilst battling the heat.

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Eyes

This is where things get even simpler. After sorting my base I quite literally just tamed my brows using the L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper to keep them in place throughout the day. Then curled my lashes and used a bit of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which is perfect if you want thicker longer lashes using only one coat. How freakin’ simple. Once again, this is just what I found works, and I got a bit lazy on holiday sometimes just stopping at the curling stage and not bothering with mascara. If you feel you need a bit more, then by all means pop it on yo face.

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Lips and Cheeks

Apart from my faithful Carmex lip balm that I apply multiple times a day regardless of whether I’m on holiday, these are just a few additional items that I popped on if I felt like it. Most days, particularly at the start when I was as pale as you can get, I swept a bit of Topshop Mohawk bronzer across the top of my forehead and cheeks in an attempt at looking as golden as the locals. And on a few occasions I popped some blush on the apples of my cheeks, even though one sweaty trip on the metro was enough to get my looking pink cheeked. Of course I took my L’Oreal Privee lipstick away with me. There was no other lipstick to take.

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Top photo from Dom John

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Compared to last week I’m currently feeling about ten times cooler than I did in a few of these photos. I’m talking heat wise anyway. For the last week or so Italy has been having a heatwave and oh lordy I was hot. Despite re-wearing my loosest dress for most of the week, I still ended most days as a bit of a sweaty mess (ew…)

But despite the slight distraction of squinting against the sun (I promise I’m not complaining, it was far nicer than the weather I came home to!) it’s safe to say that Rome is one of the most beautiful European cities I’ve been to. Its status as one of the oldest cities in the world is reflected in the architecture and the tiny bumpy cobbled streets. I did seem to spend most of my time falling over the cobbles, too busy looking at the beautiful buildings and statues around me. I spent a lot of time walking around and muttering ‘how did they build that?!’ – Which is of course the age old question when it comes to anything built before the times of cranes and power tools. But still, the Romans took it to another level with buildings like the Colosseum and the Pantheon.

Not wanting to do the same thing as every other tourist, we tried to hit a balance of looking at the most important historical sites, and then just generally exploring the city. This was also due to the melting heat and the fact this is my only trip this summer (so far anyway!) and we wanted to just take it easy. Rome is a very easy city to do that in. If you don’t include the hordes of tourists then it’s got a very laid back vibe, perfect for wandering at your own leisure.

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I didn’t really want this post to turn into another ‘this is what I did on the weekend…’ or ‘I’ve been sooo busy recently…’ type of post as there’s only so many of those I can write before they literally all sound the same. And I’m pretty sure no one wants to read that many either! The trouble is that while attempting a travel/lifestyle blog there’s a certain amount of time in between trips that needs to be filled and I usually try to do that with weekend material.

You might be mistaken in thinking that these photos were taken in a foreign country that gets slightly more sun than poor Britain does. It’s June and I’m still wearing woolly jumpers on my way to work, people! But despite me squeaking on many different occasions ‘I feel like I’m abroad!’, I actually just popped down to North Devon for a few days. This particular town is a little place called Clovelley; a little quintessentially English fishing village that is all tiny cobbled streets and no cars allowed. My visit here coincided with my first festival of the season, but it wasn’t one I was actually planning on going to, or even new existed. It was a Seaweed Festival, to celebrate all the ways it can be used. I have to say the only seaweed I ever normally eat is wrapped around a bit of sushi, but I got the chance to try some seaweed sausage and even seaweed popcorn!

With the sun showing its face for once, I took the chance to get my paste-y pale arms out and rolled my jeans up as far as they would go. You’ve got to take these opportunities when you can! My next festival will be in July and is much more your normal kind, featuring one of my favourite artists ever. Excited is not really the word!

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