Saturday, 4 April 2020

PRAIRIE GIRL AND PET CHICKEN


 JEANS - ROWE JEANS WEEKDAY
BOOTS - NEWLOOK
BLOUSE - H&M
TANGLED NECKLACES - H&M
GLASSES - QUAY 
FLUFFY JACKET - H&M
FAUX LEATHER BEST - DEPOP

Meet Holly, she is one of our pet chickens and she is so cute and so cuddly. We've had pet chickens for YEARS as a family and I've always loved them, despite the obvious slight weirdness of having pet chickens as a vegan. They are a lovely pet and they make the garden so much more cheerful? 

I don't quite know why I feel the need to talk this much about the chickens but apparently I do. The other two chickens we have at the moment are Priscilla (full title: Priscilla queen of the garden furniture) who is very flighty and would 100% never let me pick her up, and Ivy, who is equally as chilled as Holly but a little bit quieter. 


So, we obviously took these photos in the garden and I had wanted to take photos with one of the chickens for a while, somewhat inspired by Mr Harry Styles. I think it's always essential to take inspiration from Harry. Especially if he's holding a chicken? Unfortunately I don't have a pet lamb. If you have no idea what I'm talking about then you serially need to look up photos of him with the farm animals because they are beautiful. They were done for Gucci obviously and are ICONIC. 

Quite frankly I think me and Holly are equally iconic. 


IWx 
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Saturday, 28 March 2020

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO AT HOME

Hola... so that’s how I started this blog post before blogger mysteriously deleted the entire thing. I’m not angry at all, that’s a complete lie, I’m so angry it’s ridiculous but there’s nothing I can do about it so let’s not dwell. Hopefully it is as perfect as the previous post but I suppose we’ll soon see. 

As I’m sure you’re plenty aware, I’m stuck in the house and so are most other people which means I’m consuming more art than normal which I’m very happy about. This means plenty more music so I thought I’d share what I’ve been listening to at home... 

The fact that I’m stuck with my lovely Finn at the moment means I can’t binge listen to the same Taylor Swift or Harry Styles albums unless I’m in a room alone which is basically never. So, these are the playlists I’ve been listening to, to keep me happy and Finn happy. 




First, lonely and in love, my favourite playlist. So mellow and sweet and chilled out, honestly the perfect lockdown playlist. It’s not too cheerful but it is generally happy and a tiny bit solemn. I love it, so very much. 


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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

4 DAYS IN DUBLIN| WHAT I WORE & VLOG

So I just realised I never posted on my blog about my trip to Dublin back in February which quite frankly is despicable because I have shop many beautiful photos from our trip and a little vlog. I keep forgetting to tell people that Finn and I are actually planning to move to Dublin, for me to study for my masters and for a change of pace I suppose. It's scary, especially considering everything is a bit weird in the world at the moment.


Our trip was initially planned so that we could try and sort some logistical things out before the move which we actually basically found out wouldn't be possible... At least we tried. In that regard, if anyone has moved from the UK to Ireland and would like to share their experience with me, that would be great. I've spoken to a couple of people about it all but I'll honestly take as much advice as I can get.

While we were there, we attended an open evening at UCD, drank lots of coffee and Guinness and had a lovely time exploring such a beautiful city. The trip was not without its drama though, we did end up having to evacuate our airbnb on the last night due to a small fire... All was completely fine in the end but we were bloody exhausted for the entirety of our last day. 

Buckle down kids, this might be quite a long post.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

FLOATING

Well, I had intended to be blogging a lot more than I have been recently and my only excuse is being busy and then tired, and there's not much I value more than sleep so the blogging wasn't going to happen.



Day 1 of household isolation at my boyfriend's family's house (where I live 3\7 says a week anyway) nearly 10pm and I'm not at all tired because I napped all afternoon. My Dad very bloody kindly just dropped off some stuff to keep me entertained including my tablet, some books, my camera and a cuddly. Hence the rather immediate pick up tablet, write blog post thing that's gaining right now. 

I don't particularly want to discuss COVID-19 at all but that is obviously why I'm in isolation. There are no confirmed cases within the household, just symptoms but that's how things are working currently. I mean I know for a fact I'm not well, my last 2 days at work I felt far too near to the point of collapsing and probably should never have gone in. Everything could be worse is all I keep thinking. 



Anyway, here are some cute photos from before I got unwell. Maybe this pandemic will somehow make us, as a society, improved and more gentle. I certainly hope so, the world needs a bit more kindness.

Lots of love and well wishes,
IWx 
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Thursday, 13 February 2020

MORNING SUN | Valentine's


 JACKET VINTAGE MAD SEVENTIES
TROUSERS WEEKDAY
TOP NOBODY'S CHILD
BELT NASTY GAL
BAG TOPSHOP
MIRROR FLYING TIGER
BOOTS DR MARTENS

Evening all, the recent stormy weather has got me missing the gorgeous winter sun we had last week and I just had to show you one of the valentines looks I came up with because I bloody love it. The subtlety of the rose bud print with the dusty rose of my vintage blazer oh my god I'm swooning over my own wardrobe. How seasonally appropriate.
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Thursday, 6 February 2020

DON'T TELL ME TO SMILE

The other day I asked a question over on my Instagram stories which got a MASSIVE response. I asked, what comment or "compliment" my followers had received but did not at all appreciate. I gave the example of the fact that I received a DM request in reply to a previous story "smile lol" - Which quite frankly angered me more than maybe out should... However, I believe you should never tell anybody to "smile". It's in the same linguistic category as saying "cheer up love" as far as I'm concerned at its not okay for SO many reasons.


You may be aware that I studied Linguistics at university, so I'd argue that I'm plenty qualified enough to discuss this with authority. I apologise if I'm coming across as a bit angry but it's because I am. "Smile" and "cheer up love" are often said to women, by complete strangers, usually men, and I will never cheer up or smile for the sake of a man. I will never alter my self or my sense of self for anyone, especially a stranger.

I have known my entire life that I have complete control over my own emotions and that all emotions are entirely valid and beautiful. I'll pout and frown and cry if I want to. If that makes you uncomfortable, if you'd be more comfortable with a false smile, then I'm truly sorry, but you really shouldn't be bothered.

To put it quite simply, don't tell me to smile.

IWx 
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Friday, 31 January 2020

BURNT CORDUROY DREAMS

I need to stop shopping.... That's not news. Problem is I've been flicking through clothing catalogues and scrolling through the new in section on clothing websites my entire life. I love clothes. My problem now is that I have money... So, often I buy them, especially, if more often than not, they are in the sale.


COAT - H&M 
PLAYSUIT AND LACE TIGHTS - TOPSHOP 

I did a Topshop order of some things I thought we're beautiful, honestly thinking that they wouldn't fit me at all and I'd end up returning them. That did not happen, they look equally beautiful on me as they did on the model. I am obviously happy about this in the sense that I have some gorgeous new clothes, though I didn't need them, they were an absolute steal from the sale. This corduroy playsuit is obviously one of them. And it is beautiful, as you can see. 



Something I need to do is realise when I am truly going to get my money's worth out of a garment and the time and wear out of it and I know that this is something that will last a great amount of time. I love corduroy and I love dressing like an overgrown toddler. My justification may be weak but I can assure you there is truth in it. This will last. 

I'm quite obviously being rather contrary, call me Mary, by training about how I'll be shopping less but showing off what I've bought... However, it's a process I'm sure I'll get there. I will be shopping far less and have already been. I also want to just focus on other things as well as my love for dressing up, again, a process and I'll get there. 

What are you working on bettering in yourself? I'm asking mostly out of blatant curiosity but also as a source of inspiration and comfort. 

IWx 
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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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