Tuesday, 14 August 2018

BEACHY

It's undeniable that I've had a flippin' busy summer. I have not stopped, I'm really hoping it slows down now because I need to chill. 


Despite being busy though, I spent last week in Anglesey at my Grandma's with my family (minus Angus) and Finn and it was exhausting but super lovely. The weather was cooler than it had been and I packed no jumpers but it was still sunny and pleasant and we managed to just about miss the rain. 


Finn and I got the train to Bangor, to then be collected by my parents, which I had never done before, we somehow managed to change trains twice on the way which seemed unnecessary but it felt like an adventure. Because I am apparently terrible at packing, I wore a new-to-me vintage dress I got in the charity shop which was weather appropriate until we got to Wales. Where I was inevitably freezing.

We didn't do too much when we first got there, we obviously went to see Grandma first and Finn got to meet her which I was way too excited about, then we went to spend our evening in Penmon, then got chips in Beau Maris on the way home. 



Penmon is collectively our favourite place in Anglesey. It's usually not too busy and it is always beautiful and calm regardless of weather etc. It is the nicest place to just be. My dress also seemed to somewhat camouflage with the pebbles so that was weird. We *tried* to skip pebbles on the sea, climbed over lot's of big rocks and got a coffee because I was hangry.

I was going to share a lot more of our little trip with you but I'm not sure I need to. All you need to know is we had a lovely week despite missing Angus and the cat and the chickens quite a lot...

IWx 
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Friday, 10 August 2018

SUMMER STRIPES



SHIRT - MONKI
SKIRT - URBAN OUTFITTERS
SHOES - CONVERSE

Goood afternoon and howdy hey... I had planned to have this blog post out a little sooner but somehow became distracted or too busy or something. These photos were taken the day after buying this monki shirt, last week whilst it was definitely too hot for such long sleeves but I was desperate to wear it. 

I realise it's not particularly amazing or groundbreaking styling but since I wasn't actually doing much other than mooching about I didn't see the point and there is never anything wrong with a denim mini.


As well as buying this shirt the day before I also got the best haircut of my life, hair modelling at Vidal Sassoon in manchester. I've never been so obsessed with my own hair and it was so nice leaving it up  to someone else instead of trimming it myself and getting my sister to sort out the bits I can't see or reach...

I got a graduated bob and a soft fringe and I love it. My fringe has never looked nor behaved better in my life and I'm so chuffed.



In other news I'm back to reading fiction and whatever I want instead of text books and though it's great, I still feel like I don't quite have enough time to read as much as I'd like. I'm currently reading Zadie Smith, Swing Time - which I am enjoying, or rather was enjoying the morning I read 10 chapters in a row, however now I sort of read a couple of pages and it back down... I'm not sure why.

I also did a little book order a couple of weeks ago so I have a lovely little stack to get stuck into and I'm well ready for it, perhaps I'll start some sort of book review feature on the blog, let me know what you think!

IWx
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Friday, 3 August 2018

"CONGRATULATIONS... SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW THEN?"

Admiring/ Prancing about in my graduation dress until the inspiration for a life plan comes to me.



So I graduated, which I reckon the whole world knows about since my grad photos were my most liked Instagram posts in a  W H I L E... regardless of my bitterness about my social media stats it was a wonderful day and I had the luxury to request a dress from my mother.

Quite like prom, the best part of the graduation ceremony was the fact that I was wearing a beautiful dress, designed and made by my mom. Obviously, the best part about graduating was literally that I was graduating but I don't actually feel like going into that too much, I'm clever-ish, you get it. 

We based the design for my dress on these photos below of my Grandma in the early 1970s. I have admired the dress in these pictures for a long time and I think had somehow subliminally decided I wanted it without at all realising. I decided and described to my mom that I wanted to graduate in a white lace mini shift dress - to which she pointed out, it would be rather similar to this dress I had admired so much.




My dress is noticeably very different to my grandmas, we decided to use some lace my mom had in her fabric stash already and add some buttons to the front - like my Grandmas dress had - and I love it soooooo much. Paired with my Stella McCartney shoes and nothing much else, I felt very chic and understated in just the right way. 

As for having to wear a massive black polyester gown and a silly hat, I am not keen. It was WAY too hot to be in those things but apparently, they don't actually let you graduate without them. I quite liked the hat and the fact that you can see everyone who is graduating and feel all proud and lovely. Essentially, the sentiment of it all is nice, but in reality, you are just too hot.

It may be TMI but I chose to wear a bralette under this dress instead of a bra just for my own comfort. Though I know it would have looked better with a bra underneath, I also knew it was going to be a long day and prioritised comfort. 



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Sunday, 29 July 2018

SPLENDOUR AND SIMPLE FESTIVAL STYLING

OK, so I've not been to loads and loads of festivals, and I've never been to a festival longer than one day, but I've been to a handful and I wore clothes to all of them so I'm definitely qualified to write this post. If there's one thing I know how to do, it's how to wear clothes.



The first rule is to be comfortable, both physically and mentally. At the very least you're there all day, if not for a few days, you don't want tight waistbands or stiff shapes- in this sense I think it is pretty easy to stick to basics you'd wear doing day to day tasks, skirts and trousers etc. I'm also the type of person who'd get crazy annoyed at wearing wired bras all day so I stick to bralettes. Another essential in being comfortable is old comfy shoes - you do not want blisters. Being comfortable mentally is also just as important, make sure what you're wearing is something you're happy and confident in, feeling self-conscious all day will ruin what could be great memories and so much fun.



Secondly, festivals are hot and sweaty and pretty gross so rule two is minimal makeup, maximum glitter. You don't want make-up doing that gross thing where it moves around your face and you just feel disgusting... just put glitter on, under your eyes - like my gems -, on your cheekbones or chest and not only will you be a sparkly goddess but you'll distract from everything else. At splendour, I wore a base of BB cream, bronzer, powder and highlighter, topped with Gypsy Shrine eye jewels and a little mascara and it was just enough.

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Monday, 23 July 2018

LEARNING TO LOVE MY NAKED FACE

Blonde lashes and blonde brows, pale skin and dark circles, freckles on my nose and spots on my chin. I remember discovering concealer being a pretty great day for me, I'd had a complex about the dark circles under my eyes for as long as I could remember and had longed for a way to remove them and look a little less dead...


I have however always had pretty good, clear skin and as I've got older have decided I quite like my face, I like my freckles and my porcelain skin and I like wearing makeup but I also like not wearing it. There was a time when I would not feel comfortable or ready for the day without a full face of makeup and that wasn't ok for me - I had to feel happy in my own face.

I wish I could explain how I got there, but I think it was honestly realising I do not care. I do not care what people think of me, I do not care that you'll see my freckles or how tired I am from my face. I have far more important things to get done, and I can have so much more time to myself when I don't wear 10 million things on my face.



You don't have to be ok with your face and there is nothing wrong with makeup at all. I still love wearing makeup and wear it most days but everything feels a little lighter now that I don't feel like I have to.

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Friday, 13 July 2018

0161 GIRL AT HOME



At home in Stockport, the town I was born in and grew in and always feel at home in yet now feeling somewhat out of place. I'm an adult now. It is the first time I am in Stockport as an adult and it is strange. I got used to uni life in Nottingham and occasional trips and summers at home but now I'm just here and even though it isn't... it feels like that's it.

I am, however, over the moon to be back up north where complete strangers are friendly and overly polite and I gosh darn love it. I met up with Alex Ward, in Merseyway in Stockport who took the photos featured in this post, which I love. For the first time meeting him and doing a shoot with him, I'm very happy with how they turned out and how I don't look as awkward as I could have done. 





Stockport has also been particularly delightful during this heatwave, the old town is gorgeous and where I live is gorgeous but with actual sunlight and warmth, it is sooooooo much better. I'm actually also starting to look forward to things in life that aren't education, and moving away from the stress of knowing I'm done at uni and feeling like I need to have my life together in the next 5 minutes.

Because I don't need to have everything together and sorted and I have as long as I want to do cool stuff and be a grown up.



So, yes, I'm at home, I'm happy and that is pretty much it for today. The dress is asos, the top is a vintage jacket and my face is my face.

IWx
*All photo credit goes to Alexander Ward
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Thursday, 5 July 2018

SUPER HOT SUMMER UNIFORM


SUNGLASSES - PRIMARK

HELLOOOO HEAT WAVE! So, I packed my bag, grabbed Eden and Finn and jetted off to Tenerife, to come back to the exact same heat we had there. I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit of a sun dodger but I am loving the heat. I have also decided on somewhat of a summer uniform, outfits I adore to wear in summer, due to practicality and pretty vintage, south of France vibes. 

This outfit is one of my favourites, in that it is shorts and not a dress, they're white and keep you cool and I love them. I often hate how shorts fit me but these are comfortable and I don't hate how they look. The original idea was to get some white shorts to pair with white shirts but these turned out to be more of an off-white, with the tobacco stitching adding a touch of interest, whilst allowing for pairing with plenty of creams and beiges and I'm obsessed. 



I've admired weekday's clothing from a distance for a while, never actually having purchased anything, but when Eden offered to get me this t-shirt as a late birthday present I was soooo happy when it arrived. It's organic cotton and so soft and lovely, I love the font of the text and the oversized, boxy cropped shape, allowing to still be loosely tucked in. I'm not actually, exactly sure what "It's not nice to fool mother nature" is intended to mean, but I like the general sentiment of being honest and connected to the earth. I'm very happy to be a hippy over here. 
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Thursday, 21 June 2018

MY MIND IS A MESS




TOP - PRIMARK
SHOES - CDG X CONVERSE 

I've recently been struggling to find the motivation to do blog posts, to shoot outfits and to actually think of my blog as important. I know exactly why this is... There is so much bad in the world and I have got into my head, that if I'm not talking about all the bad and doing what I can to make it better then it's not worth any effort. This in fact, just leaves me feeling down and a bit rubbish, because funnily enough, I can't create world peace on my own.

I write a lot, just what is in my head to get it out and get it down, and I had written something I was going to include it in this blog post, but due to the fact that time does not stop still, news has changed and it's slightly less accurate than it was. The basic idea is still present here, it is essentially the fact that I feel useless in regards to the bad things that happen constantly, especially due to Donald Trump. But I also realised that even if the good I put into the world is trivial and unnecessary in the grand scheme of things, I am still putting happiness into the world and an equal balance of good and bad is obviously preferable to all bad.



I don't know if any of what I have rambled about makes sense and I realise it is totally unrelated to the outfit but I was wearing this outfit when I had all these thoughts so there? I'm going to Tenerife in a couple of days and I am super excited to maybe have a bit of freedom from my thoughts and all this stress etc. 

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

HONEY I'M NOT YOUR HONEY PIE


 JACKET - MONKI
EARRINGS - NEWLOOK

So, you'd think moving back up north would entail layering up a bit more but weirdly the opposite has been the case. I've come home to tonnes of sun and warmth and no rain. This outfit was a winner in the sense that I had a short skirt on and a backless body but the fact I was wearing faux leather and velvet to see Haim at the Apollo on Monday meant I was beyond warm regardless. This didn't actually matter in the end though as it was the best concert ever ever ever, the best birthday present ever (Thank you, Finn) and just the most fun night of my life. 

Este, Danielle and Alana are just hilarious and super cool and real with such a fab stage presence. I love a good concert and it was so epic. Not to mention the fact that the angelic goddess that is Maggie Rogers was the support act. It was so uplifting and lovely and just made me so happy.



Being at home has so far been non-stop, in that I have literally barely been at home, going to Parklife and to see Haim, staying with my pal in Lancaster and spending time with Finn, I'm still sort of everywhere. Post-uni life so far seems to be a bit of a maze, especially not knowing what I'm graduating with yet or what exactly I'm supposed to be doing with my time. Fortunately, I'll be going on holiday next week so I have something to focus on and organise myself for.


If anyone older and wiser than me has any post-graduate life advice then it would be greatly appreciated... 

IWx
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

SELF PERSUASION




DRESS - MONKI (SIMILAR)
TOP - URBAN OUTFITTERS

This denim dress is my favourite denim dress I have ever owned, I love the way I look and feel in it and yet looking at the photos taken for this blog post made me feel awful. Ordinarily, I see myself as the most beautiful thing to walk the planet, I am vain and quite fond of this trait. Today I am low, as low as it gets and I know exactly why. I really don't want this post to become about my mental health because I have a separate post planned regarding it, but I feel low and crap about myself because my medication has been lowered by half and my body relies on it. I rely on antidepressants to get me through everyday tasks like getting out of bed and brushing my teeth, I rely on them to be a somewhat normally functioning human and I'm finding it really difficult to think properly on this lowered dosage. 

I convinced myself that I maybe didn't like these pictures because perhaps the shapelessness of this dress actually does make me look gross despite the fact I know that's not true. It is my favourite denim dress, I look great in it, I feel great in it, it makes me happy. I know that feeling down about yourself is normal but it is not how I usually think of myself at all. So I'm posting these pictures and this post anyway because I know that when I'm back to normal I won't think any of this...

Apologies for the rambling but unfortunately I am just a bit all over the place. This outfit makes me happy though, my docs are falling apart but they make me happy, and my tiny cropped blouse makes me happy and as we've established, this dress does too. 

I'll write my next post on a better day, I promise.

IWx 
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