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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Friday, 12 October 2018

I HAVE A CRUSH ON YOU


TOP - H&M
SKIRT - MISSGUIDED
SHOES - TOPSHOP

So I actually hated Dennis The Menace growing up yet somehow when the opportunity arose to have a matching t-shirt to him I apparently jumped at the chance. Plus who doesn’t love a retro style basic tee, paired with some ultra shiny faux leather on one of the hottest autumn days ever.... 

I’m trying to make the most of what remains of the pleasant warm-ish weather and not being too cold but also being able to wear long sleeves and tights. I’m also bloody excited for Halloween and Christmas. 

Unfortunately, I've been feeling a bit crappy this afternoon. I was meant to be at a blogging event tonight but due to having a bad cold and being a bit sad and meh I just haven't gone. I think I'm going to write a blog post soon on Dyslexia and Dyspraxia because I just need to get some thoughts out and maybe have a bit of a discussion about it which will hopefully improve the whole sad thing I've felt today.



I know this post is nonsensical and not great but to be honest, that is exactly how I feel right now and I'm happy being honest on here. I miss the warm sun on my face like in these photos and being able to breathe through my nose. I'm sure I'll cheer up in time.

IWx
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Monday, 1 October 2018

PURDEY BOB

So, I've had a couple of haircuts modelling for my new lovely friend Grace at Vidal Sassoon Manchester and I'm beyond obsessed with my new hair. I've had it less than a week and I've never felt cooler, it isn't a style I ever would have considered but it is somehow the most 'me' haircut I've ever had.


There was absolutely no chance I'd be able to style my hair, as well as Grace, did, so I thought I'd share a couple of the photos over here so you could fall in love with it as much as I have... It is a combination of graduation (which I'd had before) and layering to frame my face. Who knew I had cheekbones or a jaw?!!

I've just about got the hang of blowdrying it to look acceptable but I definitely need to become reacquainted with my hair straighteners so I can basically make it look exactly the same for eternity.

IWx
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Friday, 28 September 2018

PAPERLESS POST /LIFESTYLE

As an absolute sucker for organised events and plans and for sending birthday cards, I was secretly very happy when Paperless Post got in touch with me. Recieving post is GREAT (when it's not a bill) it feels special and heartfelt and warm and though it isn't necessarily the same with an email I think maybe it should be and this is what Paperless Post achieves. It's not tacky e-cards or weird animations it is simply a virtual card or invitation in a virtual envelope and it's beyond cute.

As I'm writing this tomorrow is my boyfriend's birthday, the perfect occasion to send him a card, so I have. Well, I've scheduled it (I know, fancy right?! you won't have to worry about forgetting people's birthdays the day of anymore... and if you still do there are also belated cards. It's a win-win.) for him to get when he gets up in the morning. I imagine he's expecting a real card too, which he will get, but I'm hoping this'll be a nice little surprise.


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Monday, 24 September 2018

AUTUMN IS HERE AND I AM HERE FOR AUTUMN

Apologies for the lack of blogging... I am going to get into a routine eventually and this post was meant to go up a lot sooner but let's be real I was feeling lazy and then my internet was not exactly being my pal so it's up now, what can you do!


 DRESS - H&M
BOOTS - RIVER ISLAND
BAG - PRIMARK

So the H&M dress of the moment is this insane lacey number and I'm beyond obsessed. It was £12.99... I'll let you soak that in for a moment. Deep purples and florals are essential in Autumn a mon avis, and apparently make me so excited I use dribs and drabs of French in my language. I'm also flippin' excited about how many ways I can wear this dress. It is floaty and wide and gorgeous in an almost Balenciaga kinda way (particularly in reference to this 1958 stunner) and I reckon could be paired with almost anything. My immediate thoughts on purchase were that I absolutely had to pair it with bare legs and my over-the-knee floral boots whilst it was still a bit warm and I am so glad I did and even more glad I got the pics to prove it. I have since worn it with just tights and Dr Martens which I also loved but I reckon it'd also look well cute with trainers.





I'm super excited that it's now autumn, I'm missing the heat a little but I seriously love autumn colours, brown leaves, blue skies and early sunsets. It does, however, make me wish I were still in Nottingham; The Arboretum in Autumn is one of my most favourite things EVER and I'm so glad that now my sister is studying in Notts she'll get to experience it too, though I am rather jealous.

Stockport is nice in early autumn, I love the old town and little underbank, and wandering around taking these photos before meeting a pal for coffee with Eden was beyond lovely. No idea who I'll drag out for last minute shopping trips now... perhaps I'll call her whilst I wander alone. How appropriately melancholy. 

IWx
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Thursday, 6 September 2018

LET'S TALK ABOUT PANIC ATTACKS

Okay so I’m not discreet about my mental health and I do talk about it a lot, but after a panic attack the other day I really wanted to discuss what they are, what they feel like, and why people get them. I will attach a link to the NHS page for panic attacks at the bottom of the page, plus other factual stuff. 

WHAT THEY ARE
A panic attack is essentially what it says on the tin; an attack of panic. Your body goes into 'fight or flight' and releases a bunch of hormones, such as cortisol, causing you to feel panicked, frightened, anxious and alarmed with no explainable, logical reasoning. They are comprised of a series of physical symptoms including (but not limited to) irregular heartbeat, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. According to the NHS, panic attacks usually last somewhere from 5 to 20 minutes.

WHAT THEY FEEL LIKE
As someone who spent their college years experiencing panic attacks on an almost daily basis, I can confirm that they honestly feel like you are dying. People often mistake panic attacks for heart attacks which only proves the severity of how it feels when they happen. 

WHY PEOPLE GET THEM
People get panic attacks for a multitude of reasons and the reasoning behind each one is often unknown. Getting panic attacks can be a sign that you are suffering from stress, panic disorder, anxiety, depression, grief and so so much more. Essentially it means that emotionally you are dealing with a lot

Now let's discuss my most recent panic attack...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

LIDL BLACK DRESS

DRESS - MONKI via ASOS
EARRINGS - NEWLOOK
SUNGLASSES - TOPSHOP

So I bought this flippin’ adorable baby doll dress on sale from asos a little while ago and I adore it, I had to size up slightly due to the way the bust of the dress is quite small and flat... and I am not. I’ve not had any dressing up opportunities to wear it hence these pics being in Lidl but I feel well cute when I wear it and it fits perfectly into my weird toddler/ grandma chic wardrobe. 

I am actually wearing this dress with cycling shorts because it looks quite sweet to have them poking out the bottom.. though it turns out you can’t actually see them most of the time. Either way, I like wearing this dress like this. It’s very short and I definitely couldn’t do much at all other than stand still, indoors, without the shorts. 



If you read my last post you may be curious about how my new job is going and I’m glad to say I love it. It’s tiring and it keeps me busy and that’s what I wanted. To be busy and smiley and chatty and then to go home and be tired enough for bed. I still have my library job too and am still in love with it, I don’t think I could ever leave the libraries. I’m not working there as much but having a shift there between two shifts in retail is refreshing and just lovely. 

For someone who had to get a rail replacement bus to work this morning, I’m feeling pretty positive and happy. That could be due to the fact I spent the journey listening to Wolf Alice and am now sat in costa with a flat white though...

I think once I’m used to my new routine I’ll start a very official and proper blogging schedule. I’m thinking perhaps Monday’s, Wednesdays and Fridays but we shall see, let me know if you have any thoughts! 

IWx 

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

POLKA DOT PERFECTIONIST

 DRESS - VINTAGE NEXT
JACKET - VINTAGE LEVI'S

Last week I had a job interview and tomorrow I start and I'm so flippin' excited. This was what I wore and how contended I was sipping coffee outside afterwards. This is my absolute favourite dress I own (I probably say that about all my dresses- I'm a dress whore what can I say) and I wear it on every occasion possible. It's super comfortable and flattering, it looks sick with my tattoo, dressed up and dressed down.



In general, I am a pretty confident person but this outfit increases that by about 5000% and the sunglasses especially make me feel très sassy. I'm excited to start my new job, to be a bit busier and to get back into somewhat of a routine. I've been thinking a lot about my working wardrobe and how I can feel appropriate at work without buying too many new things and I don't think it's going to be difficult. 

I like to think that I'm someone who doesn't feel the need to buy into new trends and cheap fast fashion - though I have fallen victim to it of course - and am consciously trying to be more sustainable but just as stylish as often as possible. Pieces like this vintage dress and my denim jacket are perfect examples of this, both always appropriate within my wardrobe, very me and very versatile.


You may think to mention my new job and my attempts to be more sustainable have no link whatsoever but my new job arguably has a lot to do with fast fashion. I want to talk about it more and I will with time. Though I am working for a clothing brand, who do sell a lot of things you probably don't need, they have an ethos I am in 100% agreement with and their aims are not to add to waste whatsoever.

IWx
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