Tuesday, 15 January 2019

2019 CHECKLIST


TROUSERS & TOP - H&M
BOOTS - NEWLOOK
NECKLACE - H&M x MOSCHINO

This may not be my first blog post of the year but I needed a bit of time to think before I decided what I truly want from the next year. I don't set new years resolutions because I quite honestly don't see the point but this will be my first full year without being in education and therefore without education-related goals, like graduating or simply making it to the next year of uni; So, I'm setting myself, some relatively insignificant and rather flexible goals.

Firstly I want to really get on top of the whole blogging thing. I've been blogging for a long time, some of which I had a schedule which I stuck to and some when I didn't at all. Basically what I've learned from this is that sticking to a schedule is best for me- so from now on, I am going to post onto my blog at least every Tuesday. Most of those will be outfit posts which sort of leads me on to my next goal... 


I'm stopping shopping. Not completely or entirely but I have reached a point with my wardrobe where I don't need anything new at all. Of course, if I end up ripping all my tights and losing all my socks I will replace them but I really don't need any new styling pieces. I have a wardrobe full of clothes I adore, vintage and high street, and I want to experiment with them more. This leads into the make-do-and-mend attitude I crave to have. I want to get used to fixing things that are broken and altering my own clothes, I have no excuse for not doing this anyway since my Mother is a seamstress and has everything I could ever need to re-invent what I already have. 

I also want to- if I need something new, like a belt- to look in charity shops first. My inspiration for this is my lovely friend Lucy. She somehow manages to find all the best things in charity shops, and re-works them and alters them to create the coolest looks you ever did see. 


My third goal is to start a podcast with my best friend Molly, which we have been planning to do since we were both teenagers (a while ago...). There's not much more to say about this other than the fact we are going to do it.


My fourth and final goal is to apply for my masters and to feel completely ready for it. I already miss education and being at university so this isn't necessarily a goal because I know I will end up there. I just want to make sure I keep on top of reading, get some more work experience etc whilst still enjoying and progressing in full-time employment. I like to be busy, essentially this is me saying I am going to keep busy.

I'm curious to know whether you have any new years resolutions or simple little goals like me. Let me know what they are as I'm genuinely interested to know!

IWx
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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

PINK TO MAKE THE GIRLS WINK


JUMPER - PRIMARK
NECKLACE - H&M x MOSCHINO
BAG - PRIMARK
SCARF (on bag) - H&M 

NEW YEAR, NEW ME. I say for the second time today, except this time I'm not pretending to be my cat though am definitely still not being serious. I've never been fond of celebrating the new year, there is too much pressure to have fun and be drunk but I do rather enjoy the concept. I like that it marks the end of a period of time and the start of a new one, inducing self-reflections that we should have far more often, and letting us celebrate the past year's successes. My last couple of new years (those spent with Finn) have been the most lovely by far, despite the fact this year I fell asleep shortly after midnight. 

I am not making any new years resolutions, because it's not something I do; but due to the inducement this time of year has on self-reflection, I have considered a few things I am going to try really hard to change. I want to be less impulsive when shopping, I want to stick to buying things I love or need and will last for a very long time. I want to cook more again and make packed lunches for work to save money and I want to learn to drive. 

I don't think I've quite gotten used to not being in education yet, having goals to reach constantly and inevitably achieving things as consequence. But now, I am in complete control of what I do and I am now my own teacher in a way. I want to achieve lot's in 2019 and I am sure I will. Whether or not I achieve the things I am planning to now or not, I am sure I will achieve lot's I never even expected.



In reflection of the past year, I want to spend more time in new places and I want to do that with Finn by my side. Our little trip to Liverpool over Christmas was the most lovely. I love seeing new galleries and exploring new places, figuring out my way around and adding to all the little maps I have in my head. 

While we were in Liverpool I wore possibly my favourite outfit of the year (other than my graduation dress obvs) which is my absolutely horrible pink jumper dress from the Primark sale a couple of years ago, with flared leggings - I've got to say dresses and trousers are  well and truly back baby and I'm well happy - of course, paired with a gold chunky chain and some knee high Stevie Nicks boots. Knee high boots underneath trousers are one of my new fave things and definitely something I want to wear more throughout 2019.




Aside from my brief ramblings and this cute outfit I don't have much else to say in this post. I reckon the next couple of posts will also be quite reflective and goal orientated, as I have a lot I want to get done and sharing it on here holds me accountable to an extent...

Anyway, happy 2019 honeybees, I hope you all have the most lovely year.

IWx
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Saturday, 29 December 2018

POLAR BEARS AND AUTUMN LEAVES


TROUSERS - H&M
BAG - PRIMARK

So I posted a couple of these outfit pics over on my Instagram claiming it’d be up on the blog on Christmas Eve... clearly I was lying. This outfit was a throw together last minute- all from where I work- special, after a long lie in, ready for a chilled but festive day out with one of my pals. Despite the shoes not being my best idea for lots of walking, this outfit looked great for a casual day out whilst also being super comfy. 

These trousers are one of my fave work purchases, they’ve been up on the blog before because I just love them. They look super smart (& have pockets!!) but they actually have an elasticated waist, disguised by the waist tie and I love it. 

The friend who took these photos is so incredibly lovely and sweet and I don’t see her nearly enough and we had a really nice afternoon together, wandering about, taking silly photos and chatting. 

I wish I had more to talk about than my outfit and my lovely friends because I must sound like a broken record but I have a post Christmas (possibly gin related) headache so thinking is just a bit too much right now. 

All I know is, that right now, I am very very content. I’m not overjoyed just content and it’s kind of lovely but also sort of bugs me.
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Thursday, 27 December 2018

B O O B S| LAZEME

WOO let's talk about Boobs. I'm going to start by stating that I am a 32F and that it is near impossible for me to find bras that fit and are pretty so finding Lazeme was bloody exciting and working with them even more so. They stock a wide range of bras, nightwear and swimwear with back sizes ranging from 26" to 48" and cups sizes A - K, so there is something for everyone. Of course, before ordering it is wise to have a bra fitting if you don't already know your bra size, even if you think you know - it's worth double checking as SO many women don't know their real bra size and just continue wearing ill-fitting bras and huns, your clothes look so much better when your underwear fits x


The team at Lazeme were kind enough to send me a couple of bras and matching pants and they are honestly the best, most comfortable bras I have worn in ages. I think I forgot that a properly fitting bra is comfortable and that I don't have to always be in bralettes to not hate having boobs.

Not only are they comfortable, but they are also super pretty and nothing makes you feel quite as ready for the day as a set of matching underwear does. 

Pink Set:


I received both sets in a 32F and briefs in a medium and they fit perfectly so I'd say both lingerie brands were entirely true to size for me. I am truly happy to have found an online underwear shop I actually enjoy browsing and shopping through in Lazeme as Bra shopping can be way too stressful but they make it all so so easy.

IWx

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Friday, 7 December 2018

LITTLE REBEL GIRL


DRESS - H&M 
TOP - H&M
SHOES - VANS
HAIRBAND - H&M 
BAG - H&M

Don’t you just absolutely love when you LOVE how you feel and how you look in an outfit. Like I’m just absolutely obsessed with this look, never mind the fact that I got this dress in the sale AND on Black Friday so not only was it such a bargain, it’s also the kind of thing I will wear a million and one ways and forever- an absolute staple. 

It may not seem like a staple to anyone, but as someone who wears a black plisse midi dress as often as she can, I figured it’d be the same for a shorter, slightly different dress and I was right. I love this dress, I love how it looks over T-shirt’s and with tights and I know I’ll love wearing it with just sandals in summer. 



Since sustainability is such a hot topic at the moment too I feel like it’s worth noting that this is why I get so excited when I buy something new that I know I’ll love and wear to death. 

This look isn’t at all festive but I think it’s such a good in-between autumn/ winter look. Nice and cosy whilst still being cool. I also love what the knot hairband adds to the look- it makes it so retro and cute. I’m well keen on wearing hair bands at the moment as I can’t really tie up my hair anyway and they’re just damn adorable. 


Hope you all have a fab weekend.

IWx
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Sunday, 2 December 2018

BEYOU PERIOD PATCHES

So, I want this review to be as honest and upfront as possible. I'd like to point out that the BeYou patches were sent to me to try out and share my thoughts but I am in no way being paid to talk about them. 

I'm going to start by talking about my period. I started my period when I was 15/16 ish and for the first few years never had any sort of cramping or pain, however, for the past year (at least, possibly two years) I have had awful cramps, the days leading up to and the first couple of days of my period. Maybe TMI, but you were in no way fooled that this wasn't going to be about my menstrual cycle so if you're finding this too much then perhaps just stop now...

Back to the point, now at 22 years old, I experience often crippling pain for a few days every month, that leaves me just staying in bed. (I'd like to point out here that pain is subjective and that maybe I hurt more or less than you maybe I don't- who knows!) Ordinarily, the solution to the pain would be a hot water bottle and TV in bed but of course, I can't do these things whilst at work... This is when I have found BeYou particularly useful. 

They're like a giant plaster that you stick sort of just above your knickers (or on your back, depending on where the pain is), they smell quite strongly of menthol but that doesn't bother me at all. They are 100% Natural, Vegan & Cruelty-Free - the active ingredients being Menthol and Eucalyptus oil, which slowly absorb into the skin to "help ease the muscular tension which causes period cramps" and by god, they are perfect for a busy day that would usually be ruined by cramps. I have used them during my last two cycles, and they make being at work SO much easier. All they do that you can feel is sort of soothe and cool the area... they also definitely relieve pain as putting them on really did help me. I can't vouch that they work miracles but they really have made my life easier and a lot more comfortable.

If anyone has any questions about them I'd love to have a chat, I think everyone's cycle is personal to them and therefore these might not work for everyone but there's certainly no harm in giving them a go. I'm definitely going to continue using them. 


IWx 


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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE PARTY SEASON


SHOES - DAISY STREET
FISHNETS - PRIMARK
COAT - TOPSHOP (similar)

Well, it's been a hot minute since I last sat down to write for the blog but I felt like an outfit post was due, specifically a sparkly one. Since all the Christmas lights and music are on where I work now everything has felt super festive so I thought I should show you all the first party look I've shot this season.

After finding this lovely little 60s style, sparkly dress in the sale at work I just could not leave it behind. I adore the gold beading and the shape of the bird and the stars, it feels almost mythical and I just flippin' love it. It's sparkly whilst being understated and the shape, I think, goes with my haircut really well.
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Sunday, 11 November 2018

AUTUMN SKIES AND BRIGHT BLUE EYES


 COAT - TOPSHOP (YEARS AGO... SIMILAR HERE)
SCARF - PRIMARK
TROUSERS - H&M (SIMILAR)
BOOTS - VEGAN DR MARTENS

Goooood afternoon, morning and evening to you all whenever you may be reading this. For someone who was in work at 7am I am pretty damn chirpy as I'm writing this; which I reckon can only be put down to how excited I am to share these outfit shots with you because I flippin' love them. Firstly, this outfit is one of my faves, pairing checked, smartish trousers with a band tee and docs or trainers is the epitome of smart casual within my wardrobe. Definitely closer to casual, but all the same, smarter than the same outfit with jeans. 
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Monday, 5 November 2018

POCKET PATRIARCHY AND METAL WATER BOTTLES

So, I don't feel like we get to chat enough anymore and I realised there are things that I find important and talk to people about so ridiculously often yet have never ever mentioned them online so I thought I'd have a little ramble about them now.


First of all, reusable water bottles are essential and if you don't have one you're crazy. Tap water is beyond fine, and in Manchester, it is the best water known to man (this is not debatable) and I would genuinely miss it when I was at uni. Nevermind the fact that having a metal water bottle is good for the environment - you aren't throwing away plastic constantly - it's also better for your health, it's BPA free (BPA is a bad thing, read more here), it keeps your cold water icy cold all day and can be used for hot drinks too to keep them hot.
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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

SPOOKY SEASON| HALLOWEEN SUSTAINABILITY/ PUMPKIN RECIPES

I love Halloween, mostly because I fucking love fancy dress but I just seriously love Halloween. I think partly because I know it doesn’t originate in Christianity like Christmas and Easter and pretty much every official holiday does. Plus the fact it’s an excuse to binge watch buffy the vampire slayer and the all new chilling adventures of Sabrina over on Netflix. 

Something else I’m pretty keen on is sustainability... I promise this is going somewhere just bare with... and I love the tradition of carving pumpkins to make them spooky and cute and having a lantern made from a vegetable is pretty cool regardless but I hate waste, so, for the past few years I have always made the most of my pumpkins; roasting the seeds once I’m done carving and (provides the pumpkin hasn’t gone mouldy) turning the pumpkin flesh either into pie or soup post the 31st. 


I’d lie and say I have my own vegan pumpkin pie recipe but I don’t so I’ll link the one I do use here. I do however know how to wing a soup and roast some seeds. 


ROAST PUMPKIN SEEDS:
preheat oven to 180C
wash goop off seeds
lay flat on greaseproof baking sheet
drizzle with olive oil
coat in salt, pepper and any other flavourings - my fave is cajun spice mix.
roast in middle of oven for 20 mins until golden brown.

PUMPKIN SOUP
dice 1 white onion, 2 stalks celery, 1 carrot 3 cloves garlic and pumpkin.
fry onion, garlic, celery and carrots at medium heat in olive oil in a pan, add 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp ground coriander and 1 tsp cinnamon.
once browning add pumpkin, toss and continue frying for 2 minutes.
add 1 litre of stock, bring to boil then simmer for 20 mins
blend, eat. yum.

I'd like to briefly point out I'm not a chef (lol, like you needed telling) but I can cook, and I tend to do all of this off the top of my head, so if you prefer a proper recipe head over to Google or Pinterest and I'm sure you'll find thousands. I can, however, promise that both above are super yummy and perfect for winter lunches or snacks.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FOR TOMORROW PALS.

IWx
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