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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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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