Tuesday, 17 October 2017

BED HEAD






 TOP - MONKI (similar)
JACKET - LEVI'S
BAG - MONKI

It's officially autumn, there are leaves everywhere and it's sometimes a little bit colder - though there is definitely some weird heat wave thing happening because October should not be this warm surely? I deliberately wore my white jeans and a tee to work on Sunday, knowing it would still be warm but wanting to be covered enough in case it wasn't to hide the goosebumps.

I find these white jeans really difficult to style and have only managed to wear them a handful of times. It's a bit of a nuisance but I think I'm finally onto something with the big t-shirt, blue denim jacket combo. This was an outfit I was truly comfortable in; Once upon a time, I'd have never expected to be remotely comfortable in white jeans.


Comfort is something I often completely ignore or forget about when shopping or lusting after clothing items before actually buying them. And I don't actually just mean physical comfort, I mean thinking I look alright and being happy to walk out the house and anyone see me kind of comfortable.



I wish I could say starting back at uni this year has been easy but it’s been really tough. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and stressed most of the time along with an overshadowing sadness that I can’t figure out. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Nottingham and NTU, living with my best friends and only being a ten minute walk from my boyfriend, but I just haven’t stopped since I moved back and I’m worried I’m going to crash and burn from doing too much. 

It’s a shame because I’m not doing a single thing I don’t like and so therefore don’t want to slow down or drop anything but I’m missing out. I’m missing out on time to myself, tv and chill time with my housemates and blogging has become a real struggle. 

Maybe I’ll get into the hang of juggling everything, I just can’t see that happening any time soon. If anyone has any tips on how to ace Uni while being sociable and working and volunteering, send them my way, they’re truly truly needed. 

IWx 

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

super happy wednesday

Having depression means that, even on medication, sometimes you just can't cope. It's horrible, feeling so small and incapable of just doing normal, everyday things. I don't want to ever have to miss university or feel like I'm a bit behind everyone else but sometimes I just am. As I write this I've been crying since yesterday, not really knowing why and.... 

Then I stopped writing. Which was probably for the best. Yesterday was mental health awareness day and the day before is when I started this post. I feel like at times I talk about mental health too often on my blog but it literally affects every aspect of my life so it's sort of helpless. 

I take medication daily for depression. At first, we thought I could have Seasonal Affective Disorder which is still a possibility and quite likely, meaning I'm sadder and more depressed in the winter months. The only way I cope and get out of bed every day is my medication and as great as it is, depression doesn't just go. It gets a hell of a lot easier but sometimes you'll still just cry without apparent reason and being okay with that is super difficult yet completely necessary. If the only thing you do all day is sleep and cry that's okay. 

Maybe one day I'll be able to talk about all this in a much more informed and intelligent way but I'm still figuring it all out. 

Look after yourselves Huns, 
IWx
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Sunday, 8 October 2017

CURLY WURLY

Gooooooooooood morning pals, as this goes up I'm on my way into work, (fortunately, my favourite place to be on a Sunday) hopefully without a hangover and most likely with my new FILA Disruptors on. Honestly, I know I declare my undying love for like most of my clothes but I am beyond obsessed with these. They are my first *proper* pair of *cool* trainers and I'm just dead happy. They're super comfy and bouncy and chunky and 90s and I am planning on wearing them for eternity.



Tops - H&M

This outfit is one I've had in my head prior to owning any of it. The top is such a dreamy colour to compliment the shoes with and there's nothing better than girly frills with something a bit sporty to balance it out and give you that ultimate Cool-Girl 'I just threw this together' Chic look.

I also thought that 80s bouncy curls were completely necessary for this look because when aren't they? I still want a perm if I'm honest but I keep cutting my hair so it just wouldn't really work out yet. Also there's no one to do it for me as of yet. I need to dye my hair soon too as I have horrific roots but again just don't really know what I'm doing, I think I'm going to stick to blonde but I don't know, endless options. 


It feels so freaking good to be back blogging outfits, and my personal style. This is the one passion I doubt
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

nowhere girl


So I'm currently sat in my room, toothpaste on chin spots - how glam - an hour before this post goes up and I have nothing to say. I could show you my new shoes but I kind of want to save that for Sunday and there are some iPhone outfit snaps I could share and talk through but I'm never that keen on using them on my blog for some reason.

Monday was my first day back at uni and I've been poorly, although, when am I not poorly? I've been doing 5 million things all at once but also needing to sleep off illness. It's a hard life. Trust me, I'm eye-rolling at myself. 

I am going to figure everything out though and when I have I'll be properly back, doing good blog posts and hopefully acing my uni work too.

Wish me luck, 

IWx 
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

'India Charlotte' Who?

I've not been being bloggy enough and I don't like apologising for it but here I go again. I always seem to forget that no matter what, whenever I move back to Nottingham at the start of an academic year I get ill. I don't know what it is or why but I get some sort of cold/flu type thing and can't leave my bed without feeling completely and utterly exhausted. Problem is when I'm ill I get super bored. And when I'm back here there's a million people and places I haven't seen in a while and want to as well as a million and one things to do.
Due to illness, I haven't exactly taken any outfit photos because I look gross, I just don't think I need to advertise me being under the weather. Regardless of all this I'm over the moon to be back in Notts, starting my final year, and sort of growing into adulthood - yeah I said it, I'm excited to be a proper adult - which means I'm not getting better as quickly as I might if I just lay in bed and slept a bit more. I ran out of TV to binge watch though so I don't know how to talk myself into that, to be honest.

Despite not actually posting in a while I have been thinking a lot about my blog and how things will go with it this year at uni. I think I'll still mostly be able to do two posts a week but it isn't going to be a priority. I've also been trying to figure out a few things I can do without having to rope in another person to be behind the camera, I'm tempted to do outfit of the week videos or something just filmed in my bedroom or whatever because I won't need help for that and possibly investing in a tripod and remote so I can do most things on my own. I do have plenty of friends who are more than happy to help me out but it's having the time as well as having the time constraints of natural light this time of year. There's not enough sun and I'll just have to work around that myself.

I love the start of a new 'school' year. I love autumn and warm late afternoon sunsets, I love the smell of new clothes (gutted I don't get new uniform anymore) and crisp evenings wrapped up in blankets and scarves with more coffee than usual. Jumpers and tights and long sleeves and boots. For someone who adores this time of year so much but also suffers from S.A.D, I often feel a bit conflicted. So far I'm doing okay and that's what I'm going to focus on but it is strange for your favourite time of year to be when your depression worsens. I don't think I'll ever fully understand that. 

So, as per, I'm a walking contradiction. I love this time of year but there seems to be a lot to argue that I shouldn't.

IWx
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

SUNNY DISPOSITION





DRESS - NEWLOOK
TOP - VINTAGE LAURA ASHLEY
BOOTS - DR MARTENS

WARNING: This post is even less coherent than normal. Welcome to a string of thoughts straight from my head...

I don't know if this is an unpopular opinion or whatever but I think too many style bloggers focus solely on brand new outfits. Of course, there's nothing wrong with showcasing new clothes but I honestly think it's a bit boring to do only that; nevermind the fact that it is super unrealistic. None of this outfit is even slightly new but I like it and I wanted to show you and that's how it should be.

My yellow jacket is probably my most worn item of clothing ever. The faux suede is no longer super soft and the lining is almost completely ripped to shreds but I totally adore it and will be wearing it until it falls apart - and then I'll be buying a new one because I honestly couldn't go on without it.

My lovely Ellen took these photos for me, in the rain, while we were both still back in Manchester. I'm now back in Nottingham, for my fourth year at NTU, and third and final year of my degree. I thought I'd have mixed feelings about being in my final year but I think I'm mostly in a positive place. I've wanted a degree (at the very least) as long as I can remember and hopefully very soon I'll have one in a subject I adore. I feel like I somewhat stumbled into my degree in an attempt to be interested in university and I couldn't have made a better decision. I started uni on a primary education degree which taught me a lot. It taught me I shouldn't put up with anyone treating me like crap and that I didn't want to be part of a system I not only disagree with but that I couldn't fit into, I wasn't mouldable enough for them. I am now part of a course that creates interest and enthusiasm and intrigue which is what I needed. I study Linguistics with Communication and Society, my favourite of the two is linguistics, I'd lie and say it was equal but I'm pretty sure anyone doing a joint honours degree has a preference.

There was a warning.

IWx
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

BABY LET YOUR HAIR DOWN - NATURTINT CC CONDITIONER REVIEW

NATURTINT CC  CREAM CONDITIONER - C/O CCD
AVAILABLE TO BUY HERE

I didn't know there was such a thing as a CC cream for your hair but I suppose it makes sense. I have been bleaching and dying my hair since I was 15 and never really went out of my way to take care of it any more than normal because I just couldn't be bothered. 

However, since receiving and using Naturtint's Anti-Ageing CC Cream for coloured hair I have noticed a massive difference in the condition of my hair. I've been using it once every couple of weeks and my hair has honestly never been so soft or shiny. It claims to strengthen, shine, soften, moisturise, repair, nourish and reduce split ends; all of which I honestly believe. It has 4 ingredients it boasts about particularly.

" Baobab Extract - A naturally active anti-ageing complex that nourishes and protects.
A natural conditioner which provides vitality, shine and volume.

Hydrolysed Wheat Protein - Adds volume, strength and reduces breakage by up to 80%.

Hydrolysed Pea Extract - Repairs damaged hair fibres.

Sunflower Floral Water - Antioxidant and anti-ageing. Naturally seals split ends and locks in colour. "

Now, I feel like some people would be freaked to know that they were putting things like pea protein in their hair. This is something I've never understood. You see so many ridiculous shampoo and hair care adverts on TV and in magazines claiming they've developed a 'new technology' which will magically fix your hair when of course it's usually just a bunch of chemicals and things you've never heard of. I suppose if they said you were putting chemicals in your hair you might be put off a bit... What I'm trying to say is that surely it makes a lot more sense to be putting natural things in your hair as opposed to chemicals, especially if they work just as well, if not better!

When using this CC cream, you towel dry freshly washed hair - I have found it best to wash with just shampoo and no conditioner when using - massage a couple of pumps of the cream from the roots to the tips of your hair, comb or brush through then dry and style as normal. YOU DON'T HAVE TO WASH IT OUT. I'm starting to wonder why I didn't bother to take care of my hair sooner because this is the easiest thing to do and doesn't take up any extra time. I'm obsessed. Also because you only use a very small amount each time, and only once every couple of weeks, the bottle should last quite a while.

IWx

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

POETRY IS MY ART?


I didn't know what or how to title this post but I did want to talk about poetry on my blog. I don't think my own poetry is that great. I'm proud enough of it to share it on an instagram account- which you can see here- and I like that I can look back on it and know exactly what was on my mind when they were written. I get to re-experience my own emotions and I love it.

I also love reading poetry. Rarely do you have to put down a poem to get on with general responsibilities, whereas novels I reluctantly have to.

I love poetry.

IWx
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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

SEPTEMBER SUN



SHIRT - VINTAGE

I don't swim (great way to start a post about swimwear India..) or rather I haven't in a really long time and until this year I hadn't even owned any swimwear in a rather long time either. Optimistically I thought that, even with my track record of not swimming, I might brave a dip in the sea on a day trip to the beach with Finn. However, I was too cold and mostly spent the day wrapped in both mine and Finn's clothes, a towel and the picnic blanket... Regardless of not quite using my swimsuit and instead just having worn it for a bit I still wanted to take photos and tell you about it.

This swimsuit was sent to me by Ruby Moon, an ethical designer swimwear company. Not only are their swimsuits made from recycled waste materials such as fishing nets -that would otherwise be polluting the environment- they also lend out 100% of net profits to female entrepreneurs to empower and enable them to accomplish great things. I love when brands are good and honest and kind, and I think what Ruby Moon do is rather incredible.

As well as being beautifully made and knowing it is from greatness, the swimsuit I chose is comfortable and flattering. If you're at all interested in getting one yourself you can use the code INDIARM17 to get 20% off your order with no minimum spend necessary. 

IWx
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Sunday, 3 September 2017

LACE AND PAPER FLOWERS








DRESS - VINTAGE via SIOPAELLA 
SHOES & BAG - PRIMARK


Styles change and trends move on but I cannot imagine a day where I won't fall in love with a vintage dress. Especially such a gorgeous 80s number with shoulder pads, in an oh so subtle floral, with a tiered skirt and the cutest waist belt and buckle in the world. 

This dress was kindly purchased for me by my mother on the last day of our holiday in a Siopaella store in Dublin. The shop we visited was small and interesting and there was a lot I could have happily bought had I had the money and a few extra arms to carry it. 

I've noticed in recent posts I've talked a lot about second hand clothes and it's a topic I kind of want to cover a bit more. I don't like to be wasteful and I genuinely think throwaway fashion is stupid and if you're not going to get the wear out of something you shouldn't buy it. Obviously this poses somewhat of a threat to blogger trends, and I'd be lying if I said I'd never bought something just to blog it but you feel pretty stupid afterwards when you have pointless stuff you don't actually want or need. 

In a round about way what I'm trying to say is that I'm trying to be sensible, whilst also being stylish and I want to keep you updated with how I find it. 

IWx
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