Monday, 29 June 2020

THE LITTLE (FAULTY?) PRAIRIE DRESS

Let’s have a chat about this dress. I love it, the colours and the ditsy floral with the shirring, frilled sleeves, high neck and practically no shape... this dress is me all over. I saw it on a few people on Instagram and fell into a fast fashion trap. 

It was on sale and for no clear reason... so obviously I bought it. I don’t regret buying it as such but when it arrived and I tried it on I was slightly perplexed. The arms seemed far too tight, and the shoulder seams were definitely off, but I’m no expert... my mum is. Having a mother who is a very skilled seamstress is incredibly useful, especially when analysing what is wrong with a garment. We figured out that I was right, the seams at the shoulder and arms were off which caused a lot of issues. 



I thought about this for a while and realised I had seen no photos of anyone using their arms in this dress, no ones arms were above their heads and on closer inspection it did even look a little weird on the Zara website. Being otherwise totally obsessed with this faulty sale find, I had to find a way to fix it. Which essentially meant my mum fixed it for me. 


At first we considered removing the sleeves entirely, but I wanted to keep as much of the dress in tact as possible. I then asked why we couldn’t just unstitch the arm seams and add in a panel of fabric, so that the dress could fit and I could, you know, move in it. At first we were reluctant as we couldn’t exactly take fabric for this extra panel from anywhere else in the dress. I then just thought... lace.. when doesn’t lace look pretty? Plus, it’s certainly the most breathable fabric we could add to the armpit of a garment. 




And then my mum worked her magic, and our vision actually worked. I wore this dress for the first time today, on a picnic for mine and Finn’s anniversary and I was super comfortable and happy. I hate feeling restricted in my clothes, and clothes should never be restrictive but I just couldn’t let go of this dress once I had it. And quite frankly, I’m glad I didn’t. 

If you’d like a more visual representation of what I just explained, I’ve popped a little video on my IGTV of the process and I really hope you enjoy it. 


IWx
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Saturday, 30 May 2020

FEELING LIKE I'M MENTAL?

I didn't say a single thing about my mental health during international mental health week because honestly I don't know what's going on at the moment. Lockdown has ruined my brain and I'm in a constant state of dissociation from myself. So, even though I'm normally first to talk about my diagnosed depression, the fact I take 100mg of sertraline daily and I do sometimes struggle but for some reason, I've just  not been with it.




I reckon I'm in this boat with lots of other people who feel like they're not even real at the moment... It's easy enough for me to get up, get dressed, eat and do my basic daily things and that seems to be all. I can take photos and look pretty but I  lacking the capacity for any sort of in depth thought or discussion.

Funnily enough, this is taking me a long time to write which is a bunch of fun. I don't know what to do or day at the moment which is so unlike me. I'm normally a very certain and decisive person but at the moment I'm the complete opposite and it's a nightmare. 

If I figure this out I'll be sure to update you all as soon as I do, I just felt like briefly explaining my current lack of presence. 

IWx 
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Thursday, 7 May 2020

CHIT CHAT

Week 435 of Lockdown and I am still bored in the house and I’m in the house bored. I finally went on a decent hour long walk a couple of days ago. I still get very anxious being around other people and I definitely overthink keeping my distance but it’s getting a little easier. 

I still go out as little as possible, I could not do a long walk everyday without having an anxiety attack which is completely fine. I honestly don’t think anyone should be going out unless they really need to. I’m fortunate enough to have a garden so I still spend lots of time outside without being around other people and it’s easier to just exercise at home in my own space when I actually feel like it. I’m not gonna lie, it’s rare. I think the only exercise I truly am missing is dancing on a night out? I’m sure many people feel the same but I just miss having a boogie with my pals SO much. 

I wish I could talk about something else but it’s genuinely really difficult to because it has completely altered every aspect of life, as I’m sure everyone is fully aware. How boring. 


SHORTS - ASOS
TOP - H&M (actually a dress)
I’ve been doing a lot of things I don’t normally have time for. I’ve been playing animal crossing pocket camp on my phone, because I really can’t justify buying a Nintendo switch right now, as much as I do want to, and I’m really enjoying it. I hadn’t played it in a really long time so it’s been nice getting back into it. I’m a proper animal crossing girl, I had it on my DS when I was little and was obsessed, and then when it came out for the Nintendo wii, I saved up and my dad brought me to borders after school on the release date to buy it, that was honestly so exciting. I did really enjoy the wii game but I think the nature of it being on a shared console meant I just couldn’t play it as much as I’d have liked. I suppose if lockdown were to last a lot longer I might end up considering buying a switch but I’m in no rush. 

As well as playing animal crossing on my phone I’ve been re-watching New Girl and Gilmore Girls, Doctor Who and have nearly finished Parks and Rec. I’ve curated a list of films I’d like to watch and I’ve been reading. I find it difficult to concentrate on anything for that long because my mind seems to just wander lately, so re-watching programmes I’ve already seen is just easy I suppose. 

Another easy watch was Normal People, the TV adaptation of the book by Sally Rooney on bbc iplayer. That was an easy watch in the sense that I had already read the book and knew I’d enjoy it. A thoroughly beautiful adaptation which I highly recommend watching even if you haven’t yet read the book. You should read the book at some point though, it is also lovely and I finished it in one afternoon back in February. I wouldn’t say it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read but it is a book you could read a million times over and never tire of, it’s a really sweet, complex story. I spoke about all of this on my Instagram story the other day because I just felt like I needed to. My mother keeps bugging me to talk to her about it, because she watched it just after me and has now borrowed the book from me but I kind of didn’t want a discussion, I just wanted to put my thoughts out into the world, I’m not sure why. I also wanted to be sure lots of my friends would watch it because I knew they’d enjoy it, and I was interested to find out if they did. 

In terms of other art and stuff I’m consuming and creating I’m not really sure where to start. I’ve done lots of baking and cooking and kitchen stuff. I’ve Ben uploading to my vegan food Instagram account almost daily. I’ve been drawing and playing with my clothes and I’m going to start painting and hopefully getting more creative with photoshoots too, especially while I have all this weird empty time. 

Please let me know how you’ve been occupying your time, especially, if like me, you can’t work right now. I’m finding it very peculiar and am itching to be back at work as soon as possible (and obviously only once it’s safe), I’m definitely missing it a lot. Imagine having the audacity to state that as a nation we are “becoming addicted to furlough”... I can only speak for myself but I’d definitely rather be back at work with my friends, earning my wage by working hard... anyone else?! If anything I’d say we were addicted to normalcy and certainty and are currently experiencing withdrawals. But what do I know. 

IWx 
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Monday, 27 April 2020

CLOTHES AND NOT MUCH ELSE| EVERYDAY OUTFIT POST

Since I’ve been furloughed (don’t even know if that is a verb?) I’ve not really had much to do and I’ve been focusing entirely on creating visual content. I think of what outfit I’m going to wear, how I’m going to do my make up and then take photos in the garden. 

It’s nice in that it gives me focus whilst not being difficult or a burden at all. My only problem is that I don’t maintain that focus to then write up a blog post, I’m just not in the right headspace. And that’s ok despite how frustrating I might find it. 

HEADSCARF - PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND

I suppose what I’m saying is that right now things are difficult, and maintaining any type of normalcy is near impossible but that that’s FINE, it’s okay if you’re finding it difficult because I am too. 

It’s unlike me to struggle for words. I’ve been known to lose my voice and still be trying to have some sort of constant monologue going on, resulting in no voice for even longer. 



What’s strange is, all conversations end up here. Thinking about lockdown and our current societal struggle. I thought I could probably get down a vaguely coherent ramble about a specific outfit but I genuinely can’t right now. I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling lost in their own mind and their own words, yet it does feel ever so lonely. 

No clue how I’ll ever sum this post up, so I’m just going to stop. Hopefully at some point soon my words will come back to me. 


IWx 
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Monday, 20 April 2020

LOCKDOWN BIRTHDAY

Last week I turned a year older, it was unsurprisingly not that eventful considering our current 'lockdown' situation but nonetheless I had a lovely day and am quite content in my age. I am now 24 years old, officially in my mid twenties, dunno if that's cool or tragic or scary but I'm very bothered by it.





Even though I couldn't do much for my birthday I put on a party dress and pranced about until I was too tired and got into my comfies for tv and takeaway. It was an overall lovely, chilled day and I thought I'd share some cute photos of me in the garden in my dress, why not.

If anyone else has a lockdown birthday, I sincerely hope you have a lovely day with lots of love and happiness and we can all have a second birthday like the queen does where we will do everything we missed out on, deal?

IWx 
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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. 


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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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