Sunday, 22 May 2016

Solar Powered

(this is Molly, she's dead cute, follow her on instagram here)

Top - Newlook, Jeans & Belt - asos, Bag - UO, Shoes - Converse X CDG

I got new jeans! I definitely didn't need new jeans but I wanted them so I got them. They are the Ridley Jeans from asos and I love how they fit. I did however need a new belt so the asos order was somewhat justified... I know it's summer and now probably isn't the time for dark indigo skinny jeans but I like them though can confirm that they aren't the best thing to wear in 20°C heat.

I had my first exam this week ad I think it went okay *touch wood*, I have two more to go that I am revising and stressing for. I have realised the actual exam never worries me at all, I'm fine with answering questions and writing essays, instead I worry far too much about whether I'll wake up on time and that if I don't have a substantial breakfast before hand I might get hungry during my exam or that I'll forget the alphabet and how to write and spell. So that's fun...

Since it becoming sunnier I have very much also realised that I am solar powered. My mum posted something on instagram the other day about the fact that she got tonnes of work done because it was sunny and I have realised I'm also most productive when the sun is out, I don't even need to go outside it's just the presence of it. It keeps me happy and moderately motivated. I imagine this is not that unusual.

You may have noticed that one of the photos above is not of me.. That is my pal Molly who I love dearly and have seen rather a lot of during breaks from revision in the past week but today (I'm writing this on Tuesday 17th) she's gone back up north because that's where she lives and I'm already sad about it and I only saw her a couple of hours ago so that's possibly a bit silly but I'm sure other people feel exactly the same way about their friends.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A Teeny Tiny Book Haul

It's not a secret that I love books. I'm currently (very slowly, due to revision) reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut on my Dad's e-reader as a recommendation from him and I am very much enjoying it when I do get a chance to give it a read but I figured as exam season is incredibly depressing and dreary at times I should buy a few other books to look forward to reading over summer. 

None of the books I have bought were random purchases either, I sort of wanted to be a bit spontaneous with this but I definitely was not at all. The book that sparked the purchase was 'The Smel of Other People's Houses' by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. I heard a little interview with her on Woman's hour on BBCR4 a couple of weeks ago and I really liked the idea of the book and the title very much drew me in. I wish I had had time to read this already and tell you more about it but I can tell you that I am very much looking forward to reading it.

Along with ordering the first book I decided I might as well get a couple of feminist type reads I'd heard a little bit about because feminism is an important concept to me and I don't see why I shouldn't have a bit of reading on it. The first I picked was 'we should all be feminists' bChimamanda Ngozi Adichie which I spotted on the babe that is @lucyknell's instagram and I really liked the cover. It is the tiniest book I have ever owned, it is definitely pocket sized and could be read front to back on the shortest of bus journeys. I imagine it is going to pretty much be what it says on the tin, my flatmate had a quick flick through and basically confirmed this but I look forward to hearing a perspective that isn't necessarily my own on the ideal that we should all be feminists and will probably enjoy this straight after my exams with a big cup of coffee.

The second non fiction, feminist inspired purchase I made was 'Not That Kind of Girl' by Lena Dunham which everyone and their dog has read probably twice before I even purchased it so I doubt I need to say much. I don't know much about Lena but I know she was the person to introduce feminism to Taylor Swift and I'm glad she did. I know lot's of people like to put people into categories of what kind of feminist other people are and for this reason some seem not to be so keen on this book but quite frankly I think it's derogatory and not feminist enough to be putting people into these boxes, and its never a bad thing to learn about other people's views and perspectives and the way they live. 

And last but by no means least my most recent purchase was a book of poetry by Madisen Kuhn, called 'eighteen years'. This book is beautiful. Like stunning and the cover is matte and bends quite easily and I want to keep this book forever and I want it to end up looking loved and used because I already do love it a lot. I've wanted this book for a long while and was sort of a bit sad that the book purchases I already had made were not going to started until my exams were done and I thought that was the perfect reason for poetry, because I don't have to read it all at once. So I've been opening it every now and then and there isn't a single word I have read yet and haven't loved. Even if you're not that fond of poetry or don't think you are, I feel like you can't help but fall in love with the incredibly relatable yet oh so eloquent thoughts of this teenage, nearly adult girl. 


Sunday, 15 May 2016

Why Don't You Dance?

Top - Primark, Trousers - Urban Outfitters, Belt - Asos, Shoes - Converse X CDG, Bag- Primark, Sunglasses - Primark

Though I definitely am spending the majority of my time pretending to be a good student by revising I have decided that it's also very important to enjoy the sun (without getting burnt) with my friends, especially if they're not usually in Nottingham. If you've followed my blog or any social media for a while you will know that Molly is one of my favourite people ever and I adore spending time with her. 

After Uni on Monday I met up with her, and we went for a very long walk around Notts before finding ourselves hiding from the sun for food in Rough Trade for probably too long and then walked some more through Hockley and the Lace Market before getting far too excited about blossom trees and being probably a bit silly...

I have worn this outfit on my blog before so I'm not going to say much about it other than the fact that I oddly love the trousers with my converse and my new belt from asos is pretty damn cool. I was in fact even too warm in such a floaty outfit but compared to Mol in a turtle-neck I didn't really have much to complain about.

As you're reading this I have the first of my Summer exams tomorrow and I sincerely hope I am up early and revising..


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

What I Ate Today | 8

Breakfast 11.55am

I honestly can't remember why I was up and having breakfast sooo late on Thursday but to make up for the lie in I did eat it whilst revising so you can't tell me off! I had a massive smoothie bowl made from 1 frozen banana, a cup of frozen raspberries and blueberries and a bit of almond milk, I sprinkled it with Milled Linseed, Goji Berries, Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds (a mix from Aldi) and Chia seeds and it was super tasty. It was like having sorbet for breakfast and I am not going to complain about that.

Lunch 1.59pm

Lunch was leftover lentil dahl (I make THE best lentil dahl ever) with rice, spinach, tomato and black pepper and it was delicious and probably too much food but I ate it and I was happy. After eating this and doing more revision I soent the afternoon in the park with my flatmates where I had an apple and a lemonade ice lolly which I have photos of but they just look a bit boring so you'll have to believe me... 

Dinner 7pm

For dinner I had my favourite thing ever which is avocado pasta. Honestly if you love avocados and you haven't had them with pasta before you need to. All I do is mash an avocado, add a squeeze of lemon juice, some lightly fried finely chopped garlic, a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper, I mix it with cooked pasta and it is just incredible. I had it with roasted aubergine, courgette and onion because they needed using up and they weren't the best ever accompaniment but it was fine and I ate them. 

Later I went out and proceeded to drink more gin and tonics than I can remember... 


Sunday, 8 May 2016

Baker Boy

Hat, Dress and Top - Newlook, Bag - Primark, Shoes - Dr Martens

I love hats. I've wanted a baker boy hat for at least a year now but have struggled to find one that was not made of wool until I stumbled upon this one from Newlook, which along with 20% student discount prompted me to do a bit of an order and buy this entire outfit. I can never resist a denim dress and this one being stone and not blue seemed like a perfectly good reason to buy it, along with a black and white striped top because you can never have too many stripes in your wardrobe.

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A couple of weekends ago I met my friend in Sheffield for coffee on my way back to Nottingham which was super lovely, she recently moved there so it was nice that seeing her in her now home city was completely different to just me being at home. We went to my favourite Starbucks on Surrey Street and I got a flat white (which you can see above) which for whatever reason looked like it had gold glitter in it which I rather enjoyed. I also did a lot of reading with my coffee and I'm really excited for uni exams to be over and to read a lot over summer so if you have any book recommendations please let me know!


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Hidden Freckles - Face Of The Day

Today, I decided for whatever reason to put on a full face of make up, which honestly is not unusual for me at all but I decided I wanted a subtle 60s cut crease and to draw some extra freckles on to coax out the sun. So that is what I did.

I recently got a new eye-liner from illamasqua and have been wearing it non-stop. It is the precision ink in Abyss (the blackest black) and I love it, I have heard sunbeamsjess rave about this on soooooo many occasions and her eye make up is always incredible so it would be wrong for me not to trust her opinion and by god, it is good. It's the most I've ever paid for eye-liner but I think it was worth every penny, I think this is possibly what inspired the cut crease.

I used the naked 3 palette for my eyes, brushing Strange, which is white, across my eye lid and Trick, a shimmery copper orange colour, on the outer and centre part of my crease and blended and I adore how subtle it is compared to using a brown. I also decided not to do my eyebrows, which is odd as I hardly have any brows anyway but I just quickly did them with a blonde pencil so that they looked nice and natural, I think with such a bold eye and lip combo, doing my brows could have been a bit much for a regular Tuesday...

Using my eyebrow pencil I drew freckles on my nose and the apples of my cheeks, patted them with my finger to blend them in with my actual freckles and dusted them with finishing powder.

I finished the whole look off with an orange lip, which is my absolute favourite lip colour for summer. Unfortunately I don't think this lipstick is cruelty free as it's from topshop and there is some debate about that, I'm also not sure if it's vegan though when I bought it YEARS ago I did check the ingredients and it seemed fine to me.

What is your fave make-up look at the moment?


Sunday, 1 May 2016

Paper Aeroplanes

Dress - Vintage via Oxfam Originals, Jacket - everything5pounds, Shoes - Doc Martens, Bag - Primark,
Lippy - Jeffree Star

As I'm sure you can tell I had a lot of fun taking these outfit photos. I had less fun trying to decide which spelling of Aeroplane to use (airplane?) because both spellings just look really weird. My Mum and I decided to go to the park to take blog photos whilst my dad picked up my belated birthday takeaway and it was really fun. Usually blog photos are an inconvenience and I don't really set aside time just for them but they are definitely so much better when I am able to.

Though it had been a relatively sunny day the park was empty and a bit cold which made frolicking about in my dress a lot less embarrassing than it could have been. This dress was my Mother's and is vintage and I sort of feel like I'm wearing a picnic blanket in it but in the best way, it's warm enough to not wear a cardigan or tights and is a fab length for with my Dr Martens. The leopard print jacket was honestly only put on while I was cold at home but I really like the browns with the blue of the dress despite the atrociousness of the pattern clashing and just the jacket alone. I wanted a rather expensive leopard print coat for a while over winter but after months of trying to justify it and not being able to I stumbled across this on everything 5 pounds which is not a shop I would usually boast about browsing but I'm a cheap student and sometimes you have to, I figured at only £5 I could finally justify a leopard print coat of sorts and it is really ugly but I sort of love that.

As I'm no longer a teenager I don't know how much longer I have left of getting away with outfits like this but I intend to do so for as long as possible!


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Blue and Yellow

Denim Playsuit - Monki, Top- H&M, Boots- DMs, Watch- Casio

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Despite having absolutely no money to spare (as that seems to come hand in hand with being a student), I bought a top in H&M a couple of weeks ago (which in fairness was only £6.99) and I could definitely have waited until I got this terms student finance to buy it but there were 3 left and I LOVE the stripes and the colours are PERFECT and I would have regretted not picking it up if I'd had gone back to find it gone. They had a couple of variations on it if I remember correctly. 

It feels so retro and casual and I'm excited to wear it with absolutely everything though I do think my favourite thing to wear it with will forever be my Monki playsuit which I've featured on my blog probably a million times already which I imagine shows just how much I love it. 

H&M is a shop which I seem to go through phases with, I can't say I like it very much at the moment and this top was possibly the only thing I was at all fond of which is a shame, the sizing on this top is also quite odd, I bought a medium and it is definitely too big, wearable but I should have got a small which is just ridiculous because there are much smaller people than me who will want to buy this top I'm sure.


Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Black Dot

For a few years now I have been semi-obsessed with having my nails painted at all times, for quite frankly ridiculous reasons that I shan't go into now but because of this combined with a busy life my nails are often painted but chipped and not very neat. So, I thought to combat this, whilst hopefully taking better care of my nails I would buy BarryM's mani mask in the shade birthday suit which is a semi matte beige nude which I love, whilst also being good for your nails. I'm not going to lie and say it doesn't chip but when and if it does, as it's nude it's hardly noticeable and my hands still look presentable, it is definitely my new go to nail colour.

To jazz up this nude for my birthday and just because I'd seen it somewhere before I wanted to add a black dot (with my flatmate Laura's dotting tool, Thanks Laura!) to each nail and I love it so much. I don't know why I think this is so pretty, I think I just like the fact my nails look healthy and interesting and sort of effortless, whereas with block colours I feel like my nails just always look a bit rubbish. 

I also feel like having such plain nails, though they are painted, will help me to get to a place where I am comfortable to have not painted my nails at all.


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

New York City

Top - UO via my sister :3, Skirt - 19th birthday , Boots - Dr Martens

This week is my second week back at uni after Easter and I'm starting to realise that actually being at home was incredibly stress free and easy in comparison to being here and being able to occupy my Mum's sewing shed for a day is quite a privilege and  I do miss that a little (also having her near by to do any tricky bits when you're sewing is rather fab too!). I wore this outfit the day that I finished making my birthday top which you may have seen me post about on sunday here and I am rather proud of it. I didn't do all the sewing myself and I'm happy to admit that because as much as I love being able to make my own clothes and describe an item of clothing I want to my Mum and then suddenly be able to have it I am not the most confident when it comes to sewing.

I do have my sewing machine here with me at uni and a couple of patterns so I think I'm going to start practising on my own once exams are over. I'm hoping not having someone to just hand it to to fix will do me good but we shall see.