Tuesday, 16 April 2019

JE SUIS 23

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday to meeeee, I am now 23. Yay to ageing...



So today I turned 23 and I think I'm happy about it. I'd been sort of practising being 23, in the hope that now that I am I'll remember to tell people that instead of still saying 22, something I think we all do when we get a year older. lol. Last week I had an early birthday day out bowling and drinking and eating with some of my best friends which was beyond lovely. Both last week and today I have been spoilt with love from my friends and family which is always rather nice and I'm very grateful to have such amazing people in my life.

It's not news that I'm not a fan of birthdays, because I'm really not. It's too much pressure to be happy and have fun and then if I don't get to spend my day how I had planned I just end up disappointed and sad. Today I'm seeing a couple of my best pals and then just having dinner with Finn and my family so it'll be quite difficult to be massively disappointed. I did want a trifle though and that won't be happening... I'm going to improvise some sort of cake which should be almost as nice as a trifle.


I probably have more to say but I'm actually now going to continue listening to Taylor Swift and have a dance party while I get ready for today.


IWx


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Tuesday, 2 April 2019

MAUDE'S MEADOW MINI


TIGHTS - PRIMARK
COLLAR - ASOS

The 60s called to tell me that they're peachy keen on my look, thanks to this Traffic People mini, and that as soon as the time machine is ready,  I'm welcome anytime as long as I look this cute. Seriously though, how cute is this outfit?! I kind of wish I was doing a Theresa May and prancing through a meadow because I'd look way cooler than she ever could.

Traffic People were kind enough to gift me this dress and it's safe to say I'm obsessed.... the quality is beautiful and the print is something I know I'll never tire of. Paired with this pearl beaded collar from asos it's the most gorgeous little party look. Now, someone invite me to a party asap.


In other non-dress-related news, I got a new tattoo which I'm well pleased with. I'm not showing you though, not intentionally and not anytime soon because I  just don't want to, especially while it's healing, no one needs to see the grossness of a fresh tattoo if they don't know what to expect.



IWx
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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

NO MORE COMMENTS

I'm turning off my comments on Instagram... I hadn't even considered this until I read Taylor Swift's 30 things I've learned before 30 for Elle but it sparked a lot of further thought and conversation for me. I obviously don't care what you think of Taylor Swift, you don't have to be a fan to take interest in what she has to say.

"One thing I do to lessen this weird insecurity laser beam is to turn off comments. Yes, I keep comments off on my posts. That way, I’m showing my friends and fans updates on my life, but I’m training my brain to not need the validation of someone telling me that I look 🔥🔥🔥... I think it’s healthy for your self-esteem to need less internet praise to appease it, especially when three comments down you could unwittingly see someone telling you that you look like a weasel that got hit by a truck and stitched back together by a drunk taxidermist. "


SOCKS - NIKE
BAG -TOPSHOP

I realise Taylor had very different reasons for doing this for herself: haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate... And I don't exactly get any hate but I think I maybe subconsciously rely on the public reassurance that Instagram comments give me. You're telling me I'm pretty and you're telling me in front of all these other people, a lovely little ego boost- an extra bit of serotonin for my depressed soul. I just don't want it anymore, if someone desperately wants to pay me a compliment, or have a chat, my messages are open and that way, with no audience, it is a more personal interaction.

Another thing I started to think about regarding Instagram comments is that often they can be for selfish gain by the author. I don't presume this of anyone at all but inevitably if you're commenting on someone's photos, a few of their followers might head over to your profile for a nosey. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this, it just made me realise that I'm after a bit more sincerity and transparency regarding my online self. I am me, I am not the comments on a post.


Essentially, I don't want to ever need internet praise, especially in any sort of public capacity, I will still comment on photos I'm fond of because it is honestly just a habit, but I'm going to make more of an effort to turn these into far more personal interactions. I absolutely live for friendship and love in the world and I love seeing other Man City players comment on Leroy Sane's posts telling him he looks fire (because damn straight, he does) but it's also funny to think that actually, that's none of my business? I should be an outsider in that interaction. Possibly a weird example but it's what came to mind...



I'm also really bloody hoping that my decision to do this doesn't come across as vanity or self-importance because it genuinely is just for my sanity. I think it's for the best, for me. My comments will always be on, on my blog, and I'll always be reachable. The only concern I have about doing this is that I may be shooting my self in the foot in regards to Instagram stats, and gaining followers or whatever but I'm just gonna have to shrug that off- maybe that's part of the problem too.

If you have any thoughts on all this, please pop-up to me somewhere for a chat because I'd really like to know what you think.

IWx

*gifted item in return for instagram content/ not a paid AD

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

BEER, CAKE, BLOGPOST

So, leaving a blog post til the last minute is not usually a very 'me' move but I just didn't know what to say. I finished work at lunch today and spent my afternoon with Finn. We had a beer, got some cake, ate the cake and now I'm writing this...


At the moment I'm finding it difficult being myself and being present, I'm often very floaty and distant and should probably see a Doctor because it's not particularly fun. I am slightly worried however that it's nothing to do with my health and maybe just a lack of focus? I really miss being at university and being in education and though it's nice knowing I will be going back to do a masters it feels so far away.

I'm trying to regain a bit of focus by keeping on top of plans and organisational stuff whilst also making sure I do spontaneous fun stuff, like going for beer and cake on a Tuesday afternoon. I know I'll be fine though and that whatever this is, it will pass.

I do have more exciting things coming up on the blog in the next few weeks, so do keep your eyes and oranges peeled, but today I'm afraid it's just a pic of me having a beer.

IWx
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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

EARLY BIRD

I am notoriously early for everything: I am also a morning person, I just am. Don’t get me wrong I love a night out and having a boogie (I come across a lot older than I am using the word boogie don’t I?) and right now I’m writing this at midnight in bed but I just fucking love mornings. I love the sunrise, I love waking up feeling refreshed and awake and I like getting stuff done before lunchtime. If I don’t get up until late morning or midday I feel rubbish. Like a slug. Like I can’t possibly achieve anything now because the best bit of the day has gone. 



BOOTS - NEWLOOK
BAG - PRIMARK

This love for mornings and my sense of belonging in the morning, therefore, meant I was over the moon that the lovely Scarlett Stevens was more than happy to meet up with me on a Sunday morning before work to do this photo shoot. It was such a great couple of hours, which lead to me being in a great mood at work all afternoon. I was up and out the house by 8am; dewy, cold, morning air on my face- even though I hadn’t eaten or had any coffee yet- I was happy. We had gorgeous weather, creating these insanely glowy shots of (a usually gloomy/ grey in February) Manchester, we wandered around some of my favourite buildings and places and I made a wonderful new friend. 
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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

TALK OF THE NORTH

Okay so I have not been this excited about a blog post in quite a while; partly because of the absolutely gorgeous photos my lovely friend Eilish took of me and partly because I actually have quite a lot to say. 

For the most part, I’m in a really happy place at the moment, I’ve got loads of great new, gorgeous, creative friends; I’m super happy within myself and really enjoying dressing up and shooting and being a little busy body. 


BAG - PRIMARK

I don’t know if I’m at that proper adult stage in life yet when everyone says it’s difficult to make friends... I thought I was but I’ve made loads of friends recently so maybe I’m not an adult yet? I’m definitely not trying to sound braggy or anything, I’ve just been hanging out with some seriously lovely gals and I’m really flipping happy about it. It’s weird growing up and moving away and friends moving off and suddenly you can’t just go and knock on for your mate or have a sleepover at the weekend. I’m so proud of all my friends for everything they’re all doing, I just wish I could see them more so now it’s nice that I have more friends who I can see and spend time with. I don’t think I’m explaining any of this particularly well but I’m sure some of you can relate. Basically, I’m saying that it’s nice having friends... 




I say I’m mostly in a really happy place, and that is true and annoyingly I think it has a lot to do with the weather. As you may know, I have depression (wooooo) which is actually, probably, S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) as I have discussed with my Doctor who also thinks that’s the case. The problem with S.A.D is that you’d have to be having your mood monitored for literally years to know for sure that it is that and not just depression. 



Now, because it’s been uncharacteristically sunny and warm for February in the UK the past few days, I’ve suddenly become a lot perkier and happy, which in turn is depressing because this weather is actually due to global warming which is terrible. Now I don’t want to lecture anyone on the effects humans have had on the planet as I shouldn’t need to, nor am I qualified to- but I do care, a lot, about the environment, more so than I do about my own mental health. I’m fine with having depression, it’s part of me and I kind of like that, I can rely on a somewhat never-ending sadness (lol help) and though it has been nice for the sun to come out and make me happy, I’d actually quite like a normal winter back. 



So in conclusion, I like having friends, I tolerate depression and I do not like global warming. Thanks for listening to today’s TED talk? 

IWx

PS- if you ever needed proof of my dyspraxic, wandering mind, this post is probably enough
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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

LILAC 70s BABY

Let’s dig out the vintage bits and dress real cute just because... 




JACKET AND BLOUSE - BARNARDOS VINTAGE

Although actually, the vintage bits featured in this post are all new to me. I bought them at Barnardos Vintage in Cheadle, Stockport, and they’re god damn dreamy. The lilac shirt only cost my £2 and once I’d cut the shoulder pads out (not for me) is just beautiful. I hate the colour purple - I dunno why, something to do with compromising on bedroom wall colours as a child I think - but somehow am just obsessed with this top. I think it’s the potential I could see it having in my wardrobe, it’s a colour that looks good with warm and cool tones and light and dark colours and that made me happy. The jacket is the other vintage piece I’m wearing, I bought it with a matching skirt and it is so Chanel-esque which I’m of course keen on. The skirt needs a bit of work to be something I’ll actually wear but the jacket was good to go and I couldn’t resist pairing it with the lilac blouse and a denim mini, I mean seriously- how cute is this little outfit. Super-70s and 100% me. 

I love love love feeling like myself in an outfit and this is the kind of look I know I’ll still be wearing in 40 years... absolutely timeless.


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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

IT'S ALL IN BLACK AND WHITE BABY


SWEATSHIRT & NECKERCHIEF - PRIMARK
JEANS - MONKI KIMOMO

I've been poorly, which if you follow me on any social media you will already know... partly because I moan about it and partly because I'm just way more active on there if I'm stuck in bed. Because I've been poorly I feel like I've not really had anything to say over on the blog. I always feel like if I'm too ill to go to work then I am too ill to do anything... which is a little bit silly since there is plenty of things I can do from my bed.

I also always feel guilty for being unwell... for so many reasons. It definitely started which being told off for bad attendance during school (even though in reality my attendance was fine) and carries on into adult life when you have to fill out "back to work" forms if you've been off ill - which though they make sense - make you feel guilty for your immune system, which you have absolutely no control over? And then proceed to ask you how you are going to not get ill and have days off work again. 

I do understand the inconvenience of someone being off work sick for business - it slows things down and work piles up - but the blame should not be put on the individual. Illness should be accounted for in advance and there should be no blame. I honestly feel stupid writing all this out, it should be plainly obvious.

Simply, people get sick, deal with it, don't place blame.

IWx
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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

I LOVE LOVE | VALENTINES DATE IDEAS

IT'S FEBRUARY, which means it's nearly valentines day and I absolutely love, love - if you couldn't already tell. I've spoken about my love for valentines day before on the blog but I'm gonna speak about it again because I can. I have always loved valentines, and have always viewed it as a celebration of love for everyone, for your friends and family and everyone - not just a significant other and not just a boy-girl thing. About a million (accurate) have told me throughout my life that I shouldn't make cards for my friends or give them gifts or tell them I love them and quite frankly that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. So, regardless of who you're spending valentines with I thought I'd share a few little suggestions on what you could do.


First of all, a MOVIE NIGHT, in cute PJs with snacks and blankets is always a good idea, with your boyfriend or girlfriend or just your pals. The PJs pictured above are from H&M, they're super silky and slinky and by god the most gorgeous valentines palette. My top 3 valentines day movies are Crybaby (1990), Love, Rosie (2014) and About Time (2013) - if you can't tell I am keen on a soppy love film.
Secondly, if you're more of a fan of going out, DRINKS. I had the pleasure of being invited to Dirty Martini* last week to try out some of the vegan cocktails and I flippin' loved them. I brought my friend Jess along and together we managed to try out the whole vegan menu and I really liked them. You might think i'm crazy talking about a vegan cocktail menu, as most cocktails are vegan but it was so nice being able to pick anything on the menu without having to carefully read all the ingredients and getting out your phone to google them. It was such a nice place for a few drinks on a Friday night and I'm sure would be equally lovely for Valentines. -Pictured above are the Pink Garden, Smooth Operator and The Green Mile - Honestly all bloody delicious too.

My final suggestion for today (I'll no doubt be milking the whole valentines thing here on the blog and my Instagram tbh) is BREAKFAST IN BED. An absolute classic - I bought Finn a 'bed table' for Christmas and it is a life saver for working, eating and basically living from your bed. A mon avis, the best breakfast in bed involves pancakes, coffee and juice. I have an ace pancake recipe here you can follow which is honestly my fail-safe for perfect vegan pancakes.

Hopefully this post has given you a bit of inspiration for some sweet things to do for or with your loved ones this month. Let me know your valentines plans!

IWx

*AD - Gifted
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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

CASUAL FRIDAY

TEDDY COAT - TOPSHOP (similar here)
BAG - PRIMARK 
PHOTOS - CHARLOTTE 

So despite this post going up on a Tuesday, this was indeed a Friday outfit. I've decided Casual Friday's is a thing I'm going to do. I don't have much structure to my week- in that I don't have a mon-fri 9-5 job so my weekends are sometimes not at the weekend... So adding structure to this non-consistency of mine in dressing down and comfy on a Friday is something I want to do - as a way to look forward to Friday's and to also keep me on top of what day of the week it is.

It's not like I dress up all the time, and by dressing casually I don't mean putting no effort into what I look like, just a bit more of a jeans and tee (or massive fuck-off jumper in winter) kind of outfit. Believe it or not, I do love wearing jeans and a top and my vans - I just don't do it as often as most seem to. I've always always always been a dress and skirt girl- so actually in a way, my casual Friday's should extend my wardrobe repertoire. 



If you've known me for a while now, you will have noticed that my Teddy Coat barely leaves my body when it's cold - it is my ultimate comfort blanket, for cosiness and contentment and I would wear it all year round if that wasn't ridiculous. I also think, despite it being a gorgeous coat, it's not particularly smart and therefore quite easily lends itself to a casual winter look. 



Now onto my new ultimate loves. My Monki Kimomo jeans were bought in the sale in the Manchester store. I couldn't be bothered trying them on, so I guessed my size and honestly didn't expect much but they are the perfect jean for me. They are a high waisted, relaxed fit and the most gorgeous true denim blue and I'm honestly contemplating throwing out all my other jeans because this is true love and they deserve all my attention. I would highly recommend these jeans, though I would like the point out the style definitely isn't for everyone as I know my sister (who is skinny but strong) tried these and wasn't keen, she much prefers the Monki Taiki style jeans and she adores hers.

And my other love, this dreamy dreamy Topshop knit. So, when I was shopping with my pal Lucy the other day, I found this just on it's own in the sale section with no price tag - checked the care label (cos this gal does not buy wool) - and took it to the till to ask the price and it was £10 down from £45. This is, without a doubt the best bargain of 2019 and it is only January, like holy hell what a steal. Especially since I got an extra 20% off at the till. I think this jumper may have actually been cheaper than my lunch that day. It's also super soft and I've already worn it so much that it smells of me, which we all know is the ultimate comfort. 

IWx 

- quick thanks to Charlie for being a doll and making me look cute in grey Stockport, and for drinking lot's of coffee with me x 
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