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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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

NO TO NEW // NO SPEND SEPTEMBER

Can you believe it's almost September? I really cannot. Although I am quite excited that it is. Not only am I going on holiday with my love at the end of the month but I have always had a peculiar infatuation with the month of September. I used to love the 'back to school' feeling that came along with a new pencil case and fresh uniform. Crisp air and orange leaves, jumpers and hats.

This year I have also pledged to Oxfam's Secondhand September, the premise of which is to not buy any new clothes for the month of September. As much as it may seem like I have a constant supply of new bits of fast fashion, I really don't. I mostly shop at work (H&M) and I try to really think about each purchase. I also already buy a lot of secondhand, from insta-pals, charity shops and vintage shops. I just want to prove to myself that I can do this though, I can easily go 30 days without buying any new clothes.


WHOLE OUTFIT - H&M (shocker)
SHOES - CONVERSE

This then got me to thinking that I could probably take this one step further and save a bit of money...So I'm doing my own thing too; No spend September. I'm going to try and save the money I would usually spend on stuff I don't need, ie clothes at work, meal deals, that kind of thing. So each time I have the urge to buy one of these things I put the amount it costs in a little savings pot for my holiday. I'm hoping it encourages me to continue to think more carefully about purchases in the future as well.

I want to keep track of my progress and update you all on how it went at the end of the month. I have a friend who is also planning to join me for 'no spend September' so hopefully having someone else doing it with me will make it a little easier. If anyone else has done anything like this before please let me know as I could probably do with any advice I can get. In theory, this should be a really easy thing to do. The only exceptions to my no spending will be bills, food shops, travel etc and like if I desperately end up needing new pants or socks- So I should be completely fine.

I kind of can't wait to do this now and see how it changes my spending habits... let me know your thoughts on this little challenge I've set myself and we can have a bit of a discussion!

IWx
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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

ADULTING

I turned 18, 5 years ago. I'm obviously the oldest and most adult I've ever been. I always thought I'd be a proper grown-up as soon as I was in my twenties, and I sort of am. But, I've only been an "adult" for 5 years so I still don't really know what I'm doing. I don't really know where this revelation has come from but it's made me feel way more comfortable about where I am in life. I am so young, I certainly don't need to have everything figured out yet.




WHOLE OUTFIT - H&M

This doesn't mean I have an excuse to slow down though because I refuse to ever slow down my plans and my life for any reasons that aren't of complete urgency. I have big plans lads, and nothing can stop me.

And as an adult, I will be continuing to wear pinafore dresses for eternity.
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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

THINK PINK

Hello my loves. You may have noticed, if you follow me on social media, I’ve been very pink recently and I’m kind of loving it. I love having pink hair and I love wearing pink and feeling like a barbie. 










What’s weird is that I used to hate the colour pink as a child. But you know what... I never hated the colour, I love all colours, I can’t think of a single colour I dislike but I hated the connotations of me, as a little girl, loving the colour pink. Smart kid, ey? 

I didn’t want anyone to think of me as girly, small, insignificant or typical. I was more interesting than the colour pink would portray. Or at least that’s what I thought.

Looking back and deconstructing my younger selfs thought process was pretty interesting, I mean I already knew all of these I’d had all of these thoughts but I don’t think I’d ever fully acknowledged them. 

Regardless of all that, here’s some gorgeous pics of me wearing my roller skates and a cute pink outfit. 

Love ya lots x

*All photos by the gorgeous Magdalena.

IWx
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Friday, 19 July 2019

LITTLE BLACK DAISY DRESS


BAG & HAIRBAND - H&M 

Hello lovely humans! I feel like it's been a good while since I last posted although it really hasn't... I'm always a rather busy bee and I naively thought it would calm down after Glastonbury but the reality of adulthood seems to be that it just never stops. 'It' being all the stuff I have and want to do. It is never ending. 

Something else that is never ending is my love for Dustin singing on Stranger Things 3. I cannot get over how freaking adorable it is and I'm sure I'm not alone in that opinion. It's also something I don't really need to discuss right now so let's maybe get to the outfit...


SANDALS - DOC MARTENS 

I was actually sat thinking to myself recently about how I probably need a little black dress. I 100% don't need one as I actually have a small collection of well beloved black dresses I somehow always forget about. This one, however is not your average little black dress and I think that's perhaps what I like the most about it. It's not quite a ditsy floral, which would also be très cute, but it is a gorgeous daisy print. An ode possibly to the super cute florals I remember seeing (but never owning) from American Apparel. The daisy's make this dress so much more wearable for me personally, as well as making it a proper summer dress. 


Paired with a black hairband, my DM sandals and my usual handbag, I'm well keen on this super bloody simple summer look. I'm keeping my inner goth happy with all the black whilst still dressing like a toddler. This dress has easily become one of my summer staples for so many years to come. 

IWx

* gifted items
All photos by Christina Sylvester.
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Sunday, 7 July 2019

BRUISED KNEES AND GLASTONBURY


SUNGLASSES - H&M
EARRINGS - TATE LIVERPOOL 

HELLO. I have been back from Glastonbury for less than a week and am already missing camping on Worthy Farm. I had the best time, though I do wish I had more photos and had packed slightly better... I played it safe and packed for the cold and the rain, so of course, that meant it would be hot and sunny the entire time. 

I somehow managed not to get sunburn until the very last day, which is also when I was the most tired and emotionally overwhelmed and tbh ready to come home. Don't get me wrong, I loved it there and I wish I was still there but I did need my bed and decent coffee quite desperately by the end of the week.



If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I did also manage to fall flat on my face on the last day. I tripped over my own shoelace. Technically, actually, my right shoelace got caught on my left shoe, causing me to go flying; scraping both knees and both hands. I've come home with quite impressive bruises and scabs, maybe I'll pretend I obtained them in a fight with a goth while watching The Cure or Kylie?! I don't know which would be more believable...

When I fell, a very sweet girl stopped to help Molly clean me up and calm me down which I am beyond appreciative of; partly for the fact she literally cleaned my knees and hands and helped me with my plasters but also because it was just SO nice of her, and people being nice, whether it be to me or a stranger, makes me really happy. 

I don't know whether to post more about Glastonbury or not? I'm tempted to share my experience of festival volunteering but right now I also can't be bothered. I've already written and lost this blog post once this evening so I'm feeling a bit fed up now lol.


IWx

*Gifted Items.
All photos by Christina Sylvester
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