Thursday, 9 January 2020

OH SO THRIFTY STYLE

In a bid to encourage a more sustainable and ethical attitude towards shopping and styling for myself and as many others as possible I am starting a hashtag over in my Instagram account. This might me an absolute TOOL (to put it politely) but I do think it will at the very least,work for myself and hopefully hold me accountable for the way I shop and wear my clothes.



So, if you can't tell by the title of this blog post,the hashtag is #ohsothriftystyle and will only appear in the captions of my Instagram posts (and on stories) when my outfit is not brand new. I'm letting myself use it for things I've had in my wardrobe for ages, charity shop purchases, clothes swap deals , vintage pieces and the occasional item I might have borrowed from my sister/mum/Finn/friends etc. Hence, thrifty. 

The definition of 'thrifty' is 'using resources carefully and not wastefully', which is quite frankly how we should all be styling ourselves AND shopping. Be thrifty kids. 

If anyone fancies joining in with me, I'd love to see all of your #ohsothriftystyle posts over on the gram and I will be sharing my favourite outfits to my story as frequently as humanly possible. 


The first of my outfits is the one featured in this post obviously... The skirt is just a H&M purchase so not took  but the t-shirt is one of my absolute favourite thrifty pieces. It's an Alexa Chung tee I bought from @mollycatherineosborne in Instagram and I lurveeeeee it. Cardigan is borrowed from ma sœur, and I just paired it all with an old pair of H&M boots and my Calzedonia tights, v happy with this look.



I feel like this post could have been more succinct but OH WELL, this is how I'm starting my 2020, with a bloody hashtag woo. I actually can't wait to share all the outfits I've been thinking up, and I hope you share some too.

IWx



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Tuesday, 31 December 2019

GOODBYE 2019

So 2019 is coming to an end and I'd be lying if I said I had any sort of commentary on the past year at all. I definitely don't want to talk about politics or world affairs because quite frankly we all know I'm a massive hippie lefty vegan so I'm sure you can quite accurately guess my opinion on things such as the recent election result...



What I would like to talk about is myself because that's all I really know. Firstly, I feel like I've been asleep for at least 50% of the past year including all the time that I was awake. I've been really missing university and education in general which to be honest was of no surprise and will be rectified in the new year... That's quite exciting.

My depression hasn't got any worse which is nice. It's sort of stayed at a very similar level for the past year which makes it a bit easier to cope with I guess. I'm still the same person I was at the start of the year but I seem to have developed a weird ethereal view of myself and everything I do. It's like my mind and body are more separate than ever and I am really enjoying the distance.

I have also learnt a lot about being a grown up and about adult friendships recently. There seems to be a weird unspoken thing that some people are just bitches? And that you have to just deal with it? I'm almost certain there is another solution other than dealing with it but it's working quite well for me.

I've also learnt that some people just really like drama and will do anything to create and then maintain their dramatic existence. This is not something I intend to be a part of. It's not a terrible thing though,and doesn't mean these people are terrible people either, I'm just completely uninterested by it all.

I've been very lucky this year however, to make some really wonderful friends who I know I'll be close to as long as I live and it makes me so happy. As you grow up you're told that making friends as an adult is difficult but I honestly don't think it has to be and it hasn't been difficult for me. If I've liked someone and thought "yeah I'd like to hang out with them" then I've pursued that- simple as. And I'm bloody glad that that's my attitude.

Sad things happened this year, as they always do, and we coped and we carry on coping. Some things happen and will be eternally sad and that's ok, no one expects you to be content 24/7 and you shouldn't be. Some things are sad and yet you moved on, and that's ok too, as long as you are surrounded by love I think you'll be fine- whether you're happy or sad.

2019. Wow. When did I grow up? Here's to still accidentally writing the date as 2012...

IWx
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Saturday, 30 November 2019

THE RAMS HEAD DISLEY| pub & vegan menu review*

Last night, I was kindly invited to the media preview evening of The Rams Head in Disley. They've had a complete refurb of the entire pub and the menu and it was so wonderful.

As we arrived, as the first guests there, we were pointed in the direction of the bar and the “gin pimping” station. The one thing I regret from the evening is not making the most of the amazing variety of things I could put in my g+t. I kept it pretty simple with blueberries and rose petals and it was rather lovely.




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Thursday, 21 November 2019

DIPSYS HAT| everyday outfit post

Let's get back to basics babes. This blog started an embarrassingly long time ago, I would borrow my mom's tripod, set it up in my bedroom and take self-timer photos of my outfit and then they'd end up on here. 

Nowadays my content is slightly more curated which I love but sometimes I have an outfit on just anyway and convince Finn to take a couple of pics... and I realised, more often than not, they only make it as far as instagram. So, I'm going to make more of an effort to pop them on here too, with just a little run-down of what I'm wearing and why I like it. We'll call it the everday outfit post, shall we?



CARDIGAN - CATH KIDSTON
SKIRT - H&M
BOOTS - DR MARTENS VEGAN JADON
COAT - TOPSHOP
HAT - ASOS

So, obviously, this post is titled and somewhat in honour of Dipsy from the Teletubbies and his hat. You can hear him sing about it here, and I can honestly say I am equally as overjoyed with my own hat. I'd also feel very dishonest if I didn't tell you that my best friend Molly also got this hat and we match and look ridiculous but I love it.

Everything else about this outfit I completely adore too, aside from the fact that this skirt is way too short on me and will be heading over to my depop to find a better home. I don't think it looks too short in these photos but I can assure you it is anything but practical for my day-to-day life.... clearly I've got some searching to do for the perfect blue denim a-line mini.

Let me know what you think of this look, I've been told it's rather eccentric and whimsy which I think is completely fair but I also do just love it.

IWx
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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

WHAT DOES SUSTAINABILITY MEAN?

Well hey there friends, it's been a hot minute since I posted on the blog and I honestly don't have an excuse because I've just been too busy. Believe it or not, I've had a bunch of ideas and things I want to talk about so I'm going to just start at the top of my list and work my way through, top of my list is sustainability.... bit of a hot topic now,[ right?

So, the linguist in me has to start here: Sustainability is a noun, meaning 'the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level', meeting the needs of a person without compromising others needs to be met now or in the future. At the moment there is a lot of chat about shopping sustainably and obviously, that is a great thing, but there seems to be a small number of people online who are really doing their bit whilst being mean about people who aren't? Very specifically, in regards to sustainable fashion. I've seen people share things online, calling out brands for 'not trying' enough, calling out influencers for not trying enough or not talking about it enough. And you know what's not sustainable? THAT. 



So maybe I've had a bee in my bonnet about this for a little while but please bear with me. You may or may not know that I work in retail, I work in retail because I needed a job (I have two jobs, fyi) and that's the same for a lot of people. I work for a company I personally believe are so much better than other high street retailers, and who I do think could try a little harder to be sustainable and environmentally sound because I think all big corporations could, but who are trying nonetheless. When people target these brands with comments about how awful they are, they make the employees feel like shit too.
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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

OH AMSTERDAM I LOVE YOU

So, I lived in Amsterdam briefly as a child and though I don’t remember much of it, what I do remember I’m fond of and have wanted to go back as an adult for the longest time. Me and Finn spent the last week of September there, as our first holiday just the two of us and for Finn’s 25th birthday- it couldn’t have been more wonderful. 



TROUSERS - EYTYS x H&M
BAG - H&M
HAT - ASOS

I have never felt so at home in a city (that wasn’t already my home, luv u always manchester) as I did in Amsterdam. There was a feeling, a sense of immediate belonging and contentment. It was the most wonderful holiday of my life and I have never been so gutted to go home. 

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the holiday because that would take a long while and I don’t think it would be very interesting to read... 

I would like to highlight however that I had a particularly incredible time in the Van Gogh museum. Van Gogh has always been my favourite artist and always will be. I wish I could’ve spent all day in there, on my own, just looking and thinking and crying and looking, on my own but with Finn. 

Anyway, if you can’t tell, I LOVED AMSTERDAM. 


IWx
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Sunday, 6 October 2019

THE END OF NO SPEND SEPTEMBER

So, as you are probably aware, it’s October, and if you weren’t, well it’s October, welcome to the concept of time and dates. As you may have known I did "No Spend September" and I figured I should update you on how it went. 


Overall it went really well. I was on holiday in Amsterdam for the last week of September so that kind of changed my perspective. I had to spend money on food and travel and museums and souvenirs but it was inevitable and it was money I had saved specifically for the occasion. So I won’t discuss that too much more because it’s not really the point. 



The aim of not spending was to buy less food out, no new clothes, no unnecessary things and I honestly think I did that. I avoided buying meal deals at work and the only times I went out for food or whatever were when it was required for socialising.


I noticed a huge difference in how much of my paycheck would go unspent which felt really good, as well as not really missing out on much. There were plenty of times I wanted to get a coffee out or buy something nice from work or whatever but I managed not to, and I was completely fine.

Towards the end of the month, I attended a Jeneral Store clothes swap which I loved. It was such a fun way to satisfy my longing to buy new clothes, without actually spending money or supporting a completely unethical industry. Clothes swaps mean you get nice new things to wear, refreshing your wardrobe, whilst giving away things you don't really wear anymore. It was also fun because everything there was totally individual, meaning that finding something you love in your size is so much more special than it would be in any high street store.

I'm hoping to maintain a lot of the 'not spending' I was doing and the good habits (clothes swaps, packed lunches etc) that came along with it, to make my regular life a little less expensive. I'm not going to lie though, since I got home from Amsterdam I have been a little spendy... but I genuinely think that each purchase has been carefully considered. I'm thinking maybe if I repeat my no spend month in November and then every other month afterwards I might really start to see a change in my subconscious spending habits and my attitude towards money.

If you have any thoughts on the whole not spending thing please let me know. I really enjoyed being more conscious about my decisions but I did find it tricky and have a long way to go in terms of the way I regularly spend my money.


IWx

*Photo by Jade Tideswell
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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

UNTITLED BECAUSE I'M TIRED lol

The air is getting crisper and the evenings darker. I completely adore autumn but I’m also very aware that part of me really doesn’t. The SAD part. Seasonal Affective Disorder is not particularly fun, for me it essentially means that when there’s less daylight, my depression is worse. 




I think I’ve spoken about SAD on the blog before now. I’d like to point out that I haven’t actually been diagnosed with it, that it is more something that myself and various doctors suspect I have. This is due to the fact that a solid diagnosis of SAD would require literal years of observation of mood in comparison to the seasons. I am diagnosed with severe depression and I take medication but it does get harder when it’s colder and darker. Which is such a shame because there is so much I love about Autumn and Winter and I sometimes feel like I’m not enjoying it as much as I could be, if I weren’t depressed. 

Maybe that’s the case all year round, maybe depression does mean I don’t get the full amount of joy or happiness out of things but even if so, it is far more noticeable between September and March. 


One thing that my depression doesn’t seem to affect is my lust for organisation and planning as soon as it’s September. This is definitely just left over from being at school. September for me is when I really get into making lists and plans and giving myself deadlines again after frolicking about in the meadows of my own mind all summer long. 

I love wearing jackets again, and all the colours in my wardrobe suddenly become richer and warmer. The amount of coffee I drink is somehow more acceptable and more instagrammable. BOOTS. You can just wear boots all the time. I do this all year anyway but boots are so much more special in Autumn. 



I don’t really know where I’m going with any of this (surprise much?) but I guess I have a love hate relationship Autumn. In that I love it but it hates me?! Who knows. 

I’m all over the place evidently...

IWx 

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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

BREAK UPS

21st century dating means that breakups happen over text, and guess what?! THAT'S FINE.



I'm unlikely to ever go through a breakup again (thankfully- love u Finn xxx) but I'm a big sister and a friend... so just because I won't go through them myself doesn't mean I won't ever be aware of the drama of them. 

I broke up with my first boyfriend over text because I had to. The only way I felt I could get my point across was in writing, there's no nice way of breaking up with someone- there never has been and never will be- and I truly believe that each breakup is different and circumstantial. 




I think as young people we get so much shit for making the most of technology, despite the fact it would be ridiculous not to. We use social media to have our voices heard as well as to give and receive compliments and it's lovely, perhaps publicly breaking up with someone on a social platform would be insensitive (it deffo would be) but surely that would be the same for any social setting; like a coffee shop. People are inherently nosey and sniff out drama wherever they can.. so if anything, breaking up with someone over text is pretty considerate?



I'm not sure why I'm writing this post or why I felt the need to justify this opinion. I think I just wanted a reassuring voice out there, that if someone needed it, they'd have? If you feel the need to break up with someone (lover, friend or foe) I am here to reassure you that you can do it over text and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Nor is it anyone else's business.


IWx

*All photos in this post by Jade Tideswell.
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