Sunday, 28 August 2016

Pictures and Words

So I've been reading things and watching things and I figured they're probably worth talking about. First of all I've been watching Stranger Things, I've both been advised to watch it all at once and to stretch it out a bit by different people so for the first time ever I am stretching it out a bit which is super difficult because it is so good. I'm sure I don't actually need to tell you anything about it because you've probably already seen it but Winona Ryder is fab and all the children in it are amazing and I'm excited to carry on watching this, it's unusual for me to be hooked by a tv shows storyline by the end of the first episode but I was and I love it and I am struggling terribly to forget all my responsibilities and just watch the entire series at once.

As you may have noticed from the above photos I'm reading me before you by Jojo Moyes currently which I'm enjoying so far. I haven't actually read that much as I write this as I'm saving it for a train journey tomorrow but I have seen the film twice and I liked it so knew I'd like the book. Usually with books I need to be able to start and finish the book within one sitting, which, though a massive inconvenience when you don't have a full free day, is my favourite way to read. Since I've seen the film and I know what happens I don't mind having to put down and pick this up which is good. I like this story a lot and I don't really know why, it's not because I'm interested in romance at all because I'm not, I just kind of like all the characters and each of their little stories. There's a lot I can relate to and a lot I can't and in the film there was a lot I found funny, I hope the book will be the same, I think what I'm trying to put across is that this isn't sickeningly romantic, it's just nice.

The only other thing I'm really watching at the moment is Gilmore Girls which I sort of love hate. The characters all annoy me in one way or another but I still sit and watch it and want to know what's going to happen etc.

If you have any book or tv or film recommendations please let me know! 


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Northern Quarter

Skirt - H&M, Top - H&M, Shoes - Vans, Socks and Bag - Primark, Necklace - H&M

Happy super humid wednesday! I am ready to dress for autumn and not putting on a jacket today was a real struggle and even in this I was too warm for comfort and my hair did end up in the messiest top knot ever shortly after these photos were taken. I went shopping for a few bit's I needed  - and a few bits I definitely didn't - with my sister, What I've learned is I need to stop shopping but since going back to blonde I have realised a lot of the colours and things I wore whilst ginger just aren't as nice anymore and I need different colours in my wardrobe, especially all my autumn clothes.

This skirt was possibly the biggest bargain I have ever found, it was £3 down from £24.99 in H&M and I'm so so glad I found it, we all know I love denim way too much so the less I spend on it is probably for the better... I'm not so keen on how creased it got just from going about my day-to-day business but it's cute so I'll deal. I think it'll look great when it gets a bit cooler with wooly tights and a chunky knit jumper.

I'm going to be spending a few day's with my pal Molly on Friday and I'm super excited, I haven't seen her in a little while and she's my favourite little bean to chill with. (I'm also hoping she helps me improve my spotify playlists because I'm okay at them but I need her music wisdom for them to be great..)


Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Denim Smock

Denim Smock Dress - asos (here), Shoes - Daisy Street (here), Bag - Primark

Oh look India has another denim dress... that probably could have done with an iron but to be fair I had been wearing it all day so I think it's excusable. This is yet another addiction to my wardrobe that my mother has pointed out has extraordinary similarity to my entire childhood wardrobe which isn't at all surprising. Six year old me dressed incredibly well and if I could steal and enlarge that entire wardrobe for me to wear today I definitely would.

I bought this dress in the tall variation - because it was on offer and I'm not short - so it possibly is not supposed to be knee length and though on ordering I expected to want to chop it shorter I actually love this length, I don't have enough dresses of such an appropriate daytime length and I love it. I also think the length suits the height of the heel on my shoes rather well. 

I have needed a pair of cute Mary Jane's for a while. yes, needed. These are faux suede and have a gold shimmer and are just so so lovely, they are my second pair of shoes from daisy street and I am once again overwhelmed by how comfortable they are. If you're a fan I'd definitely recommend snapping them up (linked above) before they go as they are currently on sale and so worth it. 

This post feels like a little bit of a lie because up until about half an hour before these photos were taken it was and had been raining since before I woke up and I had been forced into wearing my Dr Martens and borrowing my Mom's umbrella in order to carry out my plans. I met up with my lovely friend Heidi and her boyfriend to do some shopping and I had a really nice time and didn't spend my entire pay check so that's great. I then came home, slipped into these shoes and got my Dad and then my Mom to take these photos which was incredibly nice of them because I've been super moody today... a n y w a y let's hope I get lot's of opportunities to show off these sparkly shoes.


Friday, 19 August 2016

Back at it again..

Damnnn India, back at it again (?) with the white vans... I don't really think there was any other way I could have started this post, whether you can say back at it again when I've only just bought them I have no idea. White shoes definitely aren't the most sensible but I've wanted a pair of Old Skool vans for a while now and when I saw these in true white I couldn't not get them, which wasn't anything I had felt with previous colours I had considered getting. 

I originally found these on Zalando but after a bit of shopping around and discovering new shops I ended up buying them from Cloggs where they were on sale and I managed to get an extra 15% off with Unidays so I was pretty happy. They're super super comfy and I love how bright they are and how they contrast with the ridiculous amount of blue denim I own, They have as well made me want new socks which isn't a bad thing but I think getting some new glittery, ridiculous socks would look really really cool.

These are fully canvas and there is no leather on them which was also a swaying point since I'm vegan and don't particularly want any leather shoes ever. The stripe on them is 'leather look' which concerned me a bit but after close inspection and googling I'm pretty sure it is faux but unfortunately that's just something you have to deal with when shoe shopping as a vegan, no one is ever quite clear enough and of course I have no idea what the glue etc is made from but I like these shoes and I've done the best I can.

Feel free to let me know whether you love or hate these as I'm interested to find out...


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

On My Face

If you follow me on pinterest you may have noticed that my 'on my face' board consists of a lot of glitter based make-up looks so you can imagine how happy I was when my pal Abi from @glitteraddicts on instagram and depop offered to send me some glitter for me to wear and blog and instagram. She very kindly sent me this stunning turquoise glitter and some turquoise butterfly, heart and flower gems which are just soooo cute and when I had nothing better to do I stuck them all on my face. Of course they are possibly best for festivals and parties but I can't see why you can't just wear glitter whenever.

I did actually go shopping like this and despite the many looks of dismay and horror I did get compliments and I think I looked damn cool.


Sunday, 14 August 2016

Badges and Breakfast

Since being at home I've been slowly rummaging through and sorting some old stuff and I came across some badges and broaches just in the nick of time before I broke the bank to buy some cute meaningless ones. These are the 3 I have been wearing on all my denim bits and bobs and they're so cute, there are a few more I've found but am just not quite sure on how to wear yet and I reckon before I move back to Nottingham I should raid the local charity shops for some sparkly ones. 

The cat one, though awkward and falls off just whenever it feels like it is freakin' adorable and my Mom bought it for me at a vintage market years ago as if she knew I would suddenly love it one day, which I do. The other two are from when I was at brownies so at least 10 years ago. The yellow one is just the girl guides logo thing and the little hat is for Stockport, where I'm quite proudly from and though I am slightly concerned that I probably shouldn't be wearing them because I am no longer in the brownies I think they're really sweet and look pretty damn cool.

If you're wondering, my breakfast was porridge with lot's of berries and a big mug of coffee which is my current fave and has got me pretty excited for colder autumn mornings...


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (of your actual dreams)

So my sister is recently vegan and since she's a million times better at baking than I'll ever be this is great news for my snacking because she has been baking vegan cookies like there's no tomorrow and she has honestly perfected this recipe. These are by far the best cookies I have ever eaten, vegan or otherwise, and I'm not going to lie these only came out of the oven a couple of hours ago and I'm pretty sure I've eaten 6 already...

75g margarine
20g cocoa
80g plain flour
100g bar of dark chocolate, chopped - this allows for nibbling while baking, tbh more like 75g actually go into the cookies
100g of sugar - 20 brown, 80 white
handful chopped hazelnuts
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
First melt the margarine in the microwave at 30 second intervals until liquid.
Mix in both sugars.
Mix in chopped chocolate and hazelnuts.
Add flour, cocoa and baking powder, mix until well combined into a dough.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and split dough into 15 equal sized balls and place evenly on baking tray.
Bake for 12-15 minutes then leave to cool completely before eating - because they will just fall apart if you don't wait, though I'm skeptical of this..

If you do give making these cookies a try please let me know how they go!


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Stars and Constellations

Body - Primark, Skirt and Belt - Asos, Boots - Dr Martens

It's safe to say yesterday I did not expect it to be nearly as warm as it was, I don't put my fringe back often but it was too warm and it neeeeeded to be out of my face hence the stupid hair. It looks okay but I am definitely not going to make a habit of doing it though I will bare it in mind for warmer days I guess..

Yesterday I visited the Vogue100 exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery again and I still love it as much and still want to steal every single picture of Jean Shrimpton, it's honestly such a beautiful exhibition. 

This isn't actually the outfit I wore during the day but I had been eyeing up this little star print body in primark for a while so I bought it and put it on as soon as I got home. It's adorable, once again it reminds me of childrens clothes and I just love the ditsy star print. It's also just perfect for weather like yesterday's, when you're so warm that you sort of need to wear as little as possible without being over-exposed and I love it with the length of my Denim skirt. For only £4 I don't think I could have gotten away without buying it if I'm honest..


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The Effortless Denim Jumpsuit

apparently this is what I look like when I'm trying to coax a cat into my outfit photos...

Jumpsuit - Newlook, Bag - UO, Shoes - Converse X CDG

Happy Wednesday!! The last few days here the weather has very certainly been bipolar, which sort of made this jumpsuit my saviour, I don't need to wear a jacket with it or anything at all because it is the entire outfit, is warm enough if it gets chilly but cool enough in the sun and I LOVE IT. I love denim and I think this is the closest I've been to being completely wrapped in denim and I have come to realise I'd actually really like to be in that much denim just all the time... though this may have to do for now...

My fave pal Laura just left a few hours ago after spending a couple of days at mine and we had such a lovely time and I'm so so excited to be back in Nottingham and living with her and my other favourite people in September. I'm just so excited. Andddd tempted to start a countdown but that might seem a little bit crazy so perhaps I won't... Showing Laura around Manchester made me realise how much I do love it here but also highlighted the things I love and miss most about nottingham, I miss being able to walk anywhere in the city from my house and having everything essential so close by. I like being in such a small city, it's just so much easier and I can't wait to be back. 


p.s. If you didn't know I'm excited...

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Pin Stripe Pinafore

Pinafore - Newlook, Top - Primark, Bag - Urban Outfitters, Boots - Dr Martens

We all know I'm slightly obsessed with denim everything, so when my mum spotted this pinafore in the newlook sale for only £6 and offered to buy it for me I think it's safe to say I was over the moon. I love it, it's so cute and pinafores are just the easiest thing to wear. 

It's possibly slightly peculiar to pair it with a polo neck top in July but I wasn't too warm and I didn't need a jacket so I actually think I was rather practical. 

These pictures were taken after spending a rainy afternoon in Manchester with my friend Sara and unfortunately having to clip my fringe back because of the rain and my very broken umbrella ruining my hair. Despite the rain it really was a lovely day.