Saturday, 30 November 2019

THE RAMS HEAD DISLEY| pub & vegan menu review*

Last night, I was kindly invited to the media preview evening of The Rams Head in Disley. They've had a complete refurb of the entire pub and the menu and it was so wonderful.

As we arrived, as the first guests there, we were pointed in the direction of the bar and the “gin pimping” station. The one thing I regret from the evening is not making the most of the amazing variety of things I could put in my g+t. I kept it pretty simple with blueberries and rose petals and it was rather lovely.




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Thursday, 21 November 2019

DIPSYS HAT| everyday outfit post

Let's get back to basics babes. This blog started an embarrassingly long time ago, I would borrow my mom's tripod, set it up in my bedroom and take self-timer photos of my outfit and then they'd end up on here. 

Nowadays my content is slightly more curated which I love but sometimes I have an outfit on just anyway and convince Finn to take a couple of pics... and I realised, more often than not, they only make it as far as instagram. So, I'm going to make more of an effort to pop them on here too, with just a little run-down of what I'm wearing and why I like it. We'll call it the everday outfit post, shall we?



CARDIGAN - CATH KIDSTON
SKIRT - H&M
BOOTS - DR MARTENS VEGAN JADON
COAT - TOPSHOP
HAT - ASOS

So, obviously, this post is titled and somewhat in honour of Dipsy from the Teletubbies and his hat. You can hear him sing about it here, and I can honestly say I am equally as overjoyed with my own hat. I'd also feel very dishonest if I didn't tell you that my best friend Molly also got this hat and we match and look ridiculous but I love it.

Everything else about this outfit I completely adore too, aside from the fact that this skirt is way too short on me and will be heading over to my depop to find a better home. I don't think it looks too short in these photos but I can assure you it is anything but practical for my day-to-day life.... clearly I've got some searching to do for the perfect blue denim a-line mini.

Let me know what you think of this look, I've been told it's rather eccentric and whimsy which I think is completely fair but I also do just love it.

IWx
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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

WHAT DOES SUSTAINABILITY MEAN?

Well hey there friends, it's been a hot minute since I posted on the blog and I honestly don't have an excuse because I've just been too busy. Believe it or not, I've had a bunch of ideas and things I want to talk about so I'm going to just start at the top of my list and work my way through, top of my list is sustainability.... bit of a hot topic now,[ right?

So, the linguist in me has to start here: Sustainability is a noun, meaning 'the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level', meeting the needs of a person without compromising others needs to be met now or in the future. At the moment there is a lot of chat about shopping sustainably and obviously, that is a great thing, but there seems to be a small number of people online who are really doing their bit whilst being mean about people who aren't? Very specifically, in regards to sustainable fashion. I've seen people share things online, calling out brands for 'not trying' enough, calling out influencers for not trying enough or not talking about it enough. And you know what's not sustainable? THAT. 



So maybe I've had a bee in my bonnet about this for a little while but please bear with me. You may or may not know that I work in retail, I work in retail because I needed a job (I have two jobs, fyi) and that's the same for a lot of people. I work for a company I personally believe are so much better than other high street retailers, and who I do think could try a little harder to be sustainable and environmentally sound because I think all big corporations could, but who are trying nonetheless. When people target these brands with comments about how awful they are, they make the employees feel like shit too.
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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

OH AMSTERDAM I LOVE YOU

So, I lived in Amsterdam briefly as a child and though I don’t remember much of it, what I do remember I’m fond of and have wanted to go back as an adult for the longest time. Me and Finn spent the last week of September there, as our first holiday just the two of us and for Finn’s 25th birthday- it couldn’t have been more wonderful. 



TROUSERS - EYTYS x H&M
BAG - H&M
HAT - ASOS

I have never felt so at home in a city (that wasn’t already my home, luv u always manchester) as I did in Amsterdam. There was a feeling, a sense of immediate belonging and contentment. It was the most wonderful holiday of my life and I have never been so gutted to go home. 

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the holiday because that would take a long while and I don’t think it would be very interesting to read... 

I would like to highlight however that I had a particularly incredible time in the Van Gogh museum. Van Gogh has always been my favourite artist and always will be. I wish I could’ve spent all day in there, on my own, just looking and thinking and crying and looking, on my own but with Finn. 

Anyway, if you can’t tell, I LOVED AMSTERDAM. 


IWx
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Sunday, 6 October 2019

THE END OF NO SPEND SEPTEMBER

So, as you are probably aware, it’s October, and if you weren’t, well it’s October, welcome to the concept of time and dates. As you may have known I did "No Spend September" and I figured I should update you on how it went. 


Overall it went really well. I was on holiday in Amsterdam for the last week of September so that kind of changed my perspective. I had to spend money on food and travel and museums and souvenirs but it was inevitable and it was money I had saved specifically for the occasion. So I won’t discuss that too much more because it’s not really the point. 



The aim of not spending was to buy less food out, no new clothes, no unnecessary things and I honestly think I did that. I avoided buying meal deals at work and the only times I went out for food or whatever were when it was required for socialising.


I noticed a huge difference in how much of my paycheck would go unspent which felt really good, as well as not really missing out on much. There were plenty of times I wanted to get a coffee out or buy something nice from work or whatever but I managed not to, and I was completely fine.

Towards the end of the month, I attended a Jeneral Store clothes swap which I loved. It was such a fun way to satisfy my longing to buy new clothes, without actually spending money or supporting a completely unethical industry. Clothes swaps mean you get nice new things to wear, refreshing your wardrobe, whilst giving away things you don't really wear anymore. It was also fun because everything there was totally individual, meaning that finding something you love in your size is so much more special than it would be in any high street store.

I'm hoping to maintain a lot of the 'not spending' I was doing and the good habits (clothes swaps, packed lunches etc) that came along with it, to make my regular life a little less expensive. I'm not going to lie though, since I got home from Amsterdam I have been a little spendy... but I genuinely think that each purchase has been carefully considered. I'm thinking maybe if I repeat my no spend month in November and then every other month afterwards I might really start to see a change in my subconscious spending habits and my attitude towards money.

If you have any thoughts on the whole not spending thing please let me know. I really enjoyed being more conscious about my decisions but I did find it tricky and have a long way to go in terms of the way I regularly spend my money.


IWx

*Photo by Jade Tideswell
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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

UNTITLED BECAUSE I'M TIRED lol

The air is getting crisper and the evenings darker. I completely adore autumn but I’m also very aware that part of me really doesn’t. The SAD part. Seasonal Affective Disorder is not particularly fun, for me it essentially means that when there’s less daylight, my depression is worse. 




I think I’ve spoken about SAD on the blog before now. I’d like to point out that I haven’t actually been diagnosed with it, that it is more something that myself and various doctors suspect I have. This is due to the fact that a solid diagnosis of SAD would require literal years of observation of mood in comparison to the seasons. I am diagnosed with severe depression and I take medication but it does get harder when it’s colder and darker. Which is such a shame because there is so much I love about Autumn and Winter and I sometimes feel like I’m not enjoying it as much as I could be, if I weren’t depressed. 

Maybe that’s the case all year round, maybe depression does mean I don’t get the full amount of joy or happiness out of things but even if so, it is far more noticeable between September and March. 


One thing that my depression doesn’t seem to affect is my lust for organisation and planning as soon as it’s September. This is definitely just left over from being at school. September for me is when I really get into making lists and plans and giving myself deadlines again after frolicking about in the meadows of my own mind all summer long. 

I love wearing jackets again, and all the colours in my wardrobe suddenly become richer and warmer. The amount of coffee I drink is somehow more acceptable and more instagrammable. BOOTS. You can just wear boots all the time. I do this all year anyway but boots are so much more special in Autumn. 



I don’t really know where I’m going with any of this (surprise much?) but I guess I have a love hate relationship Autumn. In that I love it but it hates me?! Who knows. 

I’m all over the place evidently...

IWx 

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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

BREAK UPS

21st century dating means that breakups happen over text, and guess what?! THAT'S FINE.



I'm unlikely to ever go through a breakup again (thankfully- love u Finn xxx) but I'm a big sister and a friend... so just because I won't go through them myself doesn't mean I won't ever be aware of the drama of them. 

I broke up with my first boyfriend over text because I had to. The only way I felt I could get my point across was in writing, there's no nice way of breaking up with someone- there never has been and never will be- and I truly believe that each breakup is different and circumstantial. 




I think as young people we get so much shit for making the most of technology, despite the fact it would be ridiculous not to. We use social media to have our voices heard as well as to give and receive compliments and it's lovely, perhaps publicly breaking up with someone on a social platform would be insensitive (it deffo would be) but surely that would be the same for any social setting; like a coffee shop. People are inherently nosey and sniff out drama wherever they can.. so if anything, breaking up with someone over text is pretty considerate?



I'm not sure why I'm writing this post or why I felt the need to justify this opinion. I think I just wanted a reassuring voice out there, that if someone needed it, they'd have? If you feel the need to break up with someone (lover, friend or foe) I am here to reassure you that you can do it over text and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Nor is it anyone else's business.


IWx

*All photos in this post by Jade Tideswell.
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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

NO TO NEW // NO SPEND SEPTEMBER

Can you believe it's almost September? I really cannot. Although I am quite excited that it is. Not only am I going on holiday with my love at the end of the month but I have always had a peculiar infatuation with the month of September. I used to love the 'back to school' feeling that came along with a new pencil case and fresh uniform. Crisp air and orange leaves, jumpers and hats.

This year I have also pledged to Oxfam's Secondhand September, the premise of which is to not buy any new clothes for the month of September. As much as it may seem like I have a constant supply of new bits of fast fashion, I really don't. I mostly shop at work (H&M) and I try to really think about each purchase. I also already buy a lot of secondhand, from insta-pals, charity shops and vintage shops. I just want to prove to myself that I can do this though, I can easily go 30 days without buying any new clothes.


WHOLE OUTFIT - H&M (shocker)
SHOES - CONVERSE

This then got me to thinking that I could probably take this one step further and save a bit of money...So I'm doing my own thing too; No spend September. I'm going to try and save the money I would usually spend on stuff I don't need, ie clothes at work, meal deals, that kind of thing. So each time I have the urge to buy one of these things I put the amount it costs in a little savings pot for my holiday. I'm hoping it encourages me to continue to think more carefully about purchases in the future as well.

I want to keep track of my progress and update you all on how it went at the end of the month. I have a friend who is also planning to join me for 'no spend September' so hopefully having someone else doing it with me will make it a little easier. If anyone else has done anything like this before please let me know as I could probably do with any advice I can get. In theory, this should be a really easy thing to do. The only exceptions to my no spending will be bills, food shops, travel etc and like if I desperately end up needing new pants or socks- So I should be completely fine.

I kind of can't wait to do this now and see how it changes my spending habits... let me know your thoughts on this little challenge I've set myself and we can have a bit of a discussion!

IWx
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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

ADULTING

I turned 18, 5 years ago. I'm obviously the oldest and most adult I've ever been. I always thought I'd be a proper grown-up as soon as I was in my twenties, and I sort of am. But, I've only been an "adult" for 5 years so I still don't really know what I'm doing. I don't really know where this revelation has come from but it's made me feel way more comfortable about where I am in life. I am so young, I certainly don't need to have everything figured out yet.




WHOLE OUTFIT - H&M

This doesn't mean I have an excuse to slow down though because I refuse to ever slow down my plans and my life for any reasons that aren't of complete urgency. I have big plans lads, and nothing can stop me.

And as an adult, I will be continuing to wear pinafore dresses for eternity.
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