Sunday, 26 February 2017

rain rain go away (...I wanted to take photos outside today)


Top - Primark

So I spent the majority of my day feeling sorry for myself (because I have a slight cold) in my room and only really left to do a food shop with my Dad. I planned on going outside and taking proper outfit photos but it was tooooo rainy and I didn't have a tripod or anyone to take them unfortunately... I did however have the capability to balance a camera on a jar on the desk in my room and pop a timer on so I guess that's good enough!

I love how flippy my hair feels lately and I wasn't sure if I'd like my short hair teamed with a Bardot top but I actually love it, I also love that frills and gingham are quite cool at the moment. If my entire wardrobe could be gingham and covered in frills it would be.

The past week has been weird I've been a bit dizzy and out of it due to medication and I actually don't remember much of whatever the hell I've been doing. I know I went to uni. I know I went to a funeral and I know I cried a lot. But I'm definitely sort of not all here and I really hope that fades soon.

I'm now going to have a bowl of cereal and binge watch tv.

IWx
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Heart of Glass



Trousers - Zara (similar here
Body - Zara
Shoes - Topshop (similar here)
Coat - Vintage


Lately I've been trying to make more of an effort to spend time with great people and people who make me happy which is something I've been doing for most of my life unconsciously but as I know I could definitely be happier I'm now making it a conscious doing and I honestly think it's going quite well. 

I think you should surround yourself with people who inspire you, and make you want to create beautiful things, this is what was so lovely about doing the photoshoot for this blog post. I met up with Lydia Maycock in the Northern Quarter in Manchester, I had never met her before and I had such a lovely time. She has an amazing eye for good photos and I'm so grateful for all of these and considering we had never met, I had such a nice time and felt so excited about writing this post.

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Jeans Again... do I need to be organised?





Top - Primark
 Jeans - Pretty Little Thing
 Socks - Primark
 Shoes - Converse x CDG
 scarf - vintage

So I came home for a few days, I had a concert and hadn't been back since christmas so was sort of due a visit. I'm not organised or good at packing so I didn't really bring the most exciting outfits with me, I thought jeans and my new zara trousers (which will be appearing on the blog soon...) and a few tops to choose from would be enough. It definitely is enough, but it wasn't well thought out and I've quickly become bored of my suitcase wardrobe which isn't really surprising at all. I also forgot to bring a belt. Belts are essential when you deliberately buy your jeans too big... hence the scarf I stole from my mums wardrobe to hold my jeans up, which I actually think looks really cool.

This brings me to the subject of organisation. I think people assume I'm relatively organised. This is not the case at all... I'm early or on time for most things (I would say all things but recently I've been late for several occassions and possibly made the impression that I just am always late - sorry if you're reading this J), I get things done by deadlines and I do everything I need to but my head is a bit of a mess. I do most things last minute and at times a little bit rushed which definitely isn't being organised. I don't however think this is a bad thing at all. Everything I do I still try my absolute best at and usually do relatively well, I don't get too stressed or worried about getting things done because I know I will.

I guess in this respect I'm quite easy going and I'm glad that I'm like this rather than being stressed and feeling the need to organise every aspect of my life. Perhaps my room could be a bit tidier and I could put my uni work away instead of spreading it across my desk.. in fact that's definitely something I should work on but the way it all is now in no way hinders my well being or makes my life more difficult. It just looks messy. 

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Blue Jeans, Striped Shirt




Top - Monki
Shoes - Topshop
Cardigan - Topman (via charity shop?)
Bag - Primark 

Rainy weekends in Nottingham are for wandering around town and sort of shopping. Buying new super fluffy cushions and candles and lot's of sweets (being sugar free is going SO well...) and watching films with blankets and lot's of coffee. 
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Sunday Girl Self Care


Bedding - Asda / George 

I'm trying really hard to find the balance between working hard and being motivated, but also making the time for safe care and relaxation. By most peoples standards I'm the worst at relaxing a person could possibly be. I may look relaxed when I'm lying around doing nothing but in fact I've probably never been more stressed.

Last night I made a real effort to wind myself down for bed by having dinner, taking a long bath, facetiming my best friend and making my bed with this amazing new bedding from Asda and though I didn't do very well at it (..because afterwards I was playing mario kart with my housemates rather competitively) I think I'm going to try and do this every night.

Unless I really desperately want to work through the night, because sometimes that is when I work best, then I'm not going to let myself, I'm going to force myself to switch off slowly. Likelihood is I will still be waking myself up in the night to write poems or prose but that I'm okay with, as long as I'm putting in time to look after myself I think I will be a lot happier.

Obviously I can't have a long bath or brand new bedding every night, though I wish I could, but I've come up with a little list of things I want to make sure I do something from after I've done all my work and before I sleep, this includes things like drawing and writing, reading, facemasks, watching something short or something I've seen before, having a cup of night time tea and quite frankly anything I consider just nice.

If you have any suggestions of things I could do to wind down please let me know because this is something I want to really give a good try...

I should probably also mention my blogs new look while I can. MY BLOG LOOKS SO COOL. The illustration in the header is by the incredible Molly Rushton and the theme was bought from and installed by Pipdig and I am totally in love with it!

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

I'm a Sunday Girl - mental health chats


Other than the Blondie song I have no idea what the connotations of saying I'm a Sunday girl are but I'm going to give you my definition. 

I like Sundays, I now work on sundays, but I sort of wish everyday was like Sunday. I feel productive and like it's a day for preparation for the week ahead, but also a day for comfy, casual clothes, which at the moment are my favourite. I'm currently wearing Jeans and a stripey top, a bralette and glittery socks and I'm so happy. It's also a Saturday but we will ignore that bit...

On Sundays I feel calm and busy all at the same time, there's time to think on your own but also time to see other people and to work, whether it be at my actual job, or just uni work or reading or drawing or writing. 

I love Sundays. And I think the reason I love all those things about Sundays so much is that I struggle with my mental health. I cope, and I'm fine but that doesn't mean it isn't a struggle. I've had anxiety for a rather long time and recently realised I either have Seasonal Affective Disorder or Depression. I'm not just saying these things I would also like to point out, I've seen Doctors and I take medication and I suppose that makes it a serious thing? But Sundays are the one day of the week I feel good and like me and ready, the depression is still there, it doesn't go away but it doesn't bother me quite as much on Sundays.

Hence, Sunday Girl. (I'm also cold as ice cream but still as sweet)

One of my friends recently said that they believe if you can survive January, you can survive anything. After a more than hectic January I honestly could not agree more. A lot happened and a lot didn't happen and I honestly spent the entire month overwhelmed and lost in my own head. But, I survived and therefore I can survive anything and I'm going to live by this.

Here's to being a Sunday Girl and to every day being sunday for eternity. 

IWx 
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Being flexibly refined sugar free...

Yorica in Soho... where I will 100% sacrifice being sugar free to eat all the ice cream


A few years ago for 2 or 3 months, my mother, my sister and I went refined sugar free. I'm not sure why but it was good and I liked it while it lasted. They also decided after my sisters birthday this month to do this again, since I'm at uni and had been eating donuts and sweets and cereal and basically all the sugary foods I have decided to do this again but hopefully this time around slightly more effectively...

This time around I'm not being as rigid. My rules if that's what we're calling them are simply to avoid buying food with refined sugar as an ingredient, (so as not to waste anything, I'm ignoring what I already have) I am not adding any refined sugar to my food, for example my coffee is now sugar free and I am allowing myself one treat per week at most that may or may not contain sugar - this is mostly so that I don't have to miss out all the time when everyone else gets treats.

Even though I very much prefer savoury foods anyway, I still crave sugar and sweet foods which is why I am not depriving myself of all sugars because that would be ridiculous. I am making an effort to buy and eat more fruit. Mangoes and berries seem to be best when I want something sweet. I am also making sure I always have frozen bananas for milkshakes, which I make with cacao, peanut butter and unsweetened almond milk and are amazing. In addition to all that I have bought carob/ maple syrup for in coffee and with coconut yoghurt and fruit which is really nice. 

Other bits that are great when you fancy something sweet are dates, you can do soooo much with them, including blending a handful with some water and plant milk which sounds dull but I like it. Nakd bars are also a must to have in the cupboard as they are great snacks, I currently have the cocoa crunch ones which have added protein. And if you're really really desperate for chocolate, I cannot recommend the raw chocolate company's vanoffee bars enough, they're refined sugar free, vegan and honestly my favourite chocolate ever.

I feel like I may come across as trying to be too healthy at this point and I'm not doing this to lose weight or be healthier. As someone who has been vegan since 10 years old I consider myself a pretty healthy person and I definitely don't need to do this. I don't want to give up sweet and nice foods altogether, I just want to eat more natural sugars and I want to take care of my teeth. Refined sugar is not good for your teeth, which is not news as such but I do think it gets forgotten.

I quite regularly watch Melanie Murphy's what I eat in a day videos and in her most recent one she addresses going refined sugar free and why she is doing it and she has a completely different diet to me, so how she works it into her diet is obviously also different. You can find that here!

If you are also sugar free or have been and have any tips please let me know! Or if you're just interested and want to share you're thoughts on that please let me know, this is something I really like discussing so that wold be great, you can comment on this post or tweet me!

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Faces in the Crowd, Petals in the Wind







Shoes - Topshop

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!!! As you're reading this I've just had a French exam so let's hope I've passed. This jumpsuit was completely not something I needed but a customer at work was wearing the shirt in the same print and I thought it was so cool, I guessed that it was a monki print and I was right, though initially it was the shirt I wanted when I saw this jumpsuit I fell in love. I love anything that is all in one, a whole outfit in one piece of clothing. I adore the print and the shape. It's so incredibly comfortable and great for layering but will also be fab once the weather is a bit warmer just with a pair of trainers or heels and I'm so excited to have this as part of my wardrobe for eternity.

It's one of those pieces that you either love or hate which tends to be the kid of thing I just adore though this isn't news to anyone. Also as my mother's friend pointed out the print is like having resting bitch face all over your body which I can't see as a bad thing at all!

I'm so ready for the weather to get warmer now because despite wearing a top and some tights under my jumpsuit I was still freezing and I'm so sick of layers.

Maybe I should dissapear somewhere warm and abandon all my responsibilities?

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Zeppelin





Suede Jacket. Skirt, Top - H&M
Coat - Primark
Shoes - Topshop

So this week, being my first week back at uni, has been rather stressful. I've eaten 5 donuts. yes 5... had 2 takeaways and eaten out one too many times. I attended most of my lectures and seminars despite headaches and lack of sleep which is always something to be proud of, I've done work and reading and revision though not as much as I'd like. If I could I would revise rather than sleep but I think I'd go crazy.

This outfit is nothing new other than the bargain that was these shoes from Topshop which I got for £6.30 with student discount and am completely in love with, they have such a big platform which I love because being taller is always a good thing. They also sort of look like school shoes and make me feel like I'm a student at St Trinians which definitely is not a bad thing.

I think I'm feeling a lot happier post christmas than I assumed I would be. Its always sort of depressing after christmas when all the twinkly lights are taken down but it's still grey and sad outside but I'm actually doing okay. I think I might do a post next week about my mental health because it's something I don't mind sharing and something that I think we should be able to talk about openly and without judgement. 

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Shapeless





Sweatshirt - Asos Men's (Eden's wardrobe)
Skirt - Newlook
Boots - Dr Martens
Jacket - Levi's 
Bag - Primark

As is absolutely no news to anyone, I like big clothes. I like them super baggy and comfy and as a lover of sweatshirts but owner of so few, there's nothing better than stealing your sisters oversized, mens sweatshirt to go for coffee in. Literally nothing better and you can't convince me otherwise. Although I suppose any situation with coffee is inevitably rather great. 

My pal Harriet (second to last photo) came for coffee and a walk and photos with me and it was lovely, I don't see enough of her at all.

Being back at uni is a little stressful, I feel like I'm suddenly super busy and am trying to do 5000 things all at once but I'm sure I'll get back into the swing of things soon enough.

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