Tuesday, 9 January 2018

WHAT BOOKS I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS (+ BOOK WISHLIST)

I really like seeing what people got for Christmas but don't really care to show off what I got. I'm not sure why, perhaps because a lot of it will end up on my blog or Instagram anyway but I never seem to share book stuff on here, so, since I got a few books for Christmas (my favourite presents) I thought I'd share what they were. 


THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS - RUPI KAUR
I suppose most everyone knows I adore poetry. I write my own poetry which you can find on Instagram here. I love that poetry books can be put down after a couple of pages and it won't affect the story being formed in your mind. I love novels and fiction but I like to read the entirety in one go which a lot of the time just isn't possible. I loved reading Rupi's first book, Milk and Honey, and am positive I will love and cherish this in the same way.

MIFFY'S WORLD BOOK
So I may be an adult who got a children's book for Christmas but quite frankly I think my sister did wonderfully with this present. I have loved Miffy my whole life, probably stemming from living in Amsterdam when I was very little. This isn't a usual Miffy book as it isn't a story but it is Miffy shaped and full of lovely illustration and colour and I can't stop flicking through it.




ADULTHOOD IS A MYTH BY SARAH ANDERSON
I asked for this book as I often find myself tagging my friends in Sarah's illustrations on facebook because I find them hilarious. I don't know what else to say about this book but as a 21 year old this book is ridiculously relatable and I'm sure will continue to be for my whole adult life. Also the front cover has felt on it which is a dream.
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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

CYA






NECKLACE - PRIMARK

HAPPY NEW YEAR. This isn't going to be a post about hopes and expectations and aspirations for the following year, though I certainly have them. Nor is it going to be a reflection of the past year. I'm sure you're all super interested in my life and the inner workings of my brain but instead, let's talk about my outfit and these photos. 

My 7-year-old brother took these photos on the walk back from the post office just after Christmas. He took them on my phone because it's his favourite thing to do, usually, he likes to throw in a couple of shots of his feet and some twigs and we inevitably take outfit pictures of him too but he actually took these ones pretty seriously. Though he did take over 200 which he found hilarious.

Yellow is one of my most favourite colours and I think it looks ace with my pink hair. The only problem is, I have my yellow biker jacket from Missguided which I adore and like to wear with everything, therefore, meaning I don't own much else that is yellow. When I got my square neck tops from Asos it was with the intention to get more plain tops but that I don't find boring. I was also hoping the shape of the neckline would be quite flattering on me, which I think it is. It sits well on my narrow shoulders and shows a bit of skin but not too much and not cleavage.

I teamed it with these ace wide leg jeans from the Next clearance that I got for Christmas. I didn't have any black jeans as there are not that many styles of jeans I like enough to have in more than just a mid wash blue but I have always and will always love a wide leg. They aren't perfect for winter as you do get rather cold but I just wear long socks or fishnets underneath. I also borrowed my Moms lovely vegan Dr Marten Chelsea boots as, unfortunately, my Docs are falling apart which look really cool. I'd say I wore them because I think that black jeans require non-black shoes but I don't actually have any plain black shoes anyway.

This might be the last 2017 outfit I share on the blog but I do have a couple of photos of what I wore for NYE that I may post eventually. Regardless, I hope 2017 was good to you and that 2018 will be even better.

IWx 
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Friday, 29 December 2017

NOT NEW









DUNGAREES - MONKI
JUMPER - DORIS
TRAINERS - FILA DISRUPTORS
SCARF - ASOS
COAT - PRIMARK

I completely understand the lust for brand new clothes but I do think there's a somewhat unethical amount of shopping that goes on in the blogging world and that there should be far more of an appreciation of personal style vs new trends. There should be no taboo surrounding wearing what you already have and posting about it and I think there is.

Of course getting new clothes is exciting and lovely and makes us all feel warm and happy and beautiful but how many times have you found yourself buying something new and eventually ending up only ever wearing it once. There are some things that you can never have enough of like jumpers and socks but how many pairs of velvet trousers do you really need - I've recently discovered a rip in mine so actually I do need more...

This outfit is one I will never not love, it is good all year round pretty much. I can't see a day where I ever won't wear these Monki dungarees and therefore sort of don't feel like I'll ever need a new pair of blue denim ones because it just seems silly. I may lust after plenty but I don't need them. This jumper too is a favourite, made by my mother from her Weekend Doris dress and sweater pattern in great contrasting colours and in a perfect 60s shape with a high neck, I will wear this until it falls apart.

Though I got lot's of lovely new clothes for Christmas and want to and will share these on the blog, this is what I wanted to wear and how I wanted to look and what I wanted to share it whilst addressing the materialistic side of blogging I don't particularly love.

Recently I think I've sounded rather too bitter in my blog posts, I'm not sure why as generally I'd say I'm pretty positive but I guess I've had a lot to say.

IWx 
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Friday, 22 December 2017

MY CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST




SKIRT - URBAN OUTFITTERS
SHOES - TOPSHOP
COAT - PRIMARK
BAG - URBAN OUTFITTERS

IT'S CHRISTMAS... Sort of. Like lots of people, I'm still at work and still have 5000 things to do before Monday but I'm excited to give presents and eat lovely food, however, I am unfortunately the worst person at receiving gifts ever. I cry at every gift ever, I cry when I love it and feel undeserving and when I'm just confused and if I hate it - everyone hates at least one gift they've received so think I'm horrible all you like, it's true -  on Christmas morning this is all heightened by lack of sleep and caffeine. 

I have managed a handful of Christmas' without tears so let's hope this year is another one. In other news, also completely not news to anyone, Christmas shopping is hell. My sister took these lovely photos in Stockport's little underbank before struggling our way round Superdrug and Primark with our mother. HELL, actual hell on earth, we went to two shops and I've never felt so exhausted. I don't even really know what we bought, it's all a bit of a blur.

Okay so now I've been as negative as humanly possible let's move onto the fact that I do actually love Christmas. Believe it or not, I've been listening to my Christmas Spotify playlist (which you can listen to below) since mid-November and it's Christmas music that's keeping me relatively sane whilst I'm stressed and grumpy about everything.



Because I've been listening to so many Christmas tunes this meant that when meeting one of my best friends little newborn (who is SO gorgeous) I was singing the likes of Darlene Love's 'Christmas' to get him to sleep. That along with Dusty Springfield - Stay Awhile - less Christmassy but he wasn't so keen anyway. Regardless, my Christmas playlist is TOP - highly recommend giving it a follow and a listen, you will not be disappointed nor bombarded with Bublé and a load of cheese.


No doubt this will be my last post before boxing day so I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and if you don't celebrate just a wonderful weekend!

IWx
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Monday, 11 December 2017

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE (+COMPETITION)


FOR THE GLITTER LOVER - Less messy than actual pots of loose glitter, BarryM's Glitter nail paints are a firm favourite for all ages, especially in festive colours like the red glitter one pictured above.

FOR SOMEONE SNAP HAPPY - There's nothing quite like a new camera, especially one you've never been able to have a play around with before. This camera is actually my mothers and I have never had a play around with it but I'm pretty fond of my own film camera and I'm not even much of a photography fanatic.

FOR THE ONE WHO IS ALWAYS DROPPING THEIR PHONE - I've shown a lot of phone cases on my blog and Instagram in the past and despite having a lot of my own I do like to give them to other people. Smartphones are expensive and preventing them breaking in a pretty and stylish way is something I can't see a problem with. The above two phone cases are from Caseapp, The fox one is an early Christmas gift for my Mum which she's pretty fond of and the green tulips one is mine, I got the tough case for iPhone6S, which is essentially two cases and super strong. You can get 20% off all Caseapp orders with the code 20INDIA , and you can enter a competition here on my Instagram to win a free case of your choice.

FOR SOMEONE WHO LIKES TO SMELL SWEET - Perfume isn't the perfect present for everyone, but when you know someone likes a particular scent or just likes wearing perfume it is a really lovely thing to receive. As the Bodyshop are no longer owned by the evils that are L'oreal/Nestle (read here about the bad bad things they do) I'm finally happy to buy and use their products, and I have always loved their fragrance mists. This one is Japanese Cherry Blossom and smells so pretty.

I know this is only a small gift guide but I thought it was a few nice little ideas in case you needed any - don't forget to head over to my Instagram to win a free phone case!

IWx
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

ONE REALLY COLD ARM







BELT - PRIMARK
BOOTS - DOC MARTENS

Happy Sunday pals, I’ve not posted on a Sunday in a little while now but I’ve finished Term 1 of my final year of uni, ITS SNOWING and I’m going home for Christmas today so I felt like I had to. Unfortunately, these photos were taken yesterday before the snow, though if it had been snowing I would not have had one arm completely bare... 

This top is possibly my new favourite thing, aside from having one warm arm and one cold It looks really cool and I feel like makes my shoulders look slightly broader with the asymmetrical ruffle which I’m a huge fan of, I have very narrow shoulders which for backpacks is a nightmare but ideal for tops like this! I love that it’s black and ribbed and comfy whilst looking pretty glam. It’s sooooo easy to dress up and down. To be honest I’d wear this full outfit to Uni or out to Rock City so it’s definitely versatile. It's also on sale for only £12 at the moment so I'd highly recommend getting it while you can!

These jeans are also my fave thing possibly ever, they are the first pair of jeans to EVER fit my waist and hips. I have a tiny 27” waist and 42” hips, making buying jeans that fit properly near impossible. Clearly I just needed a tapered pair, As well as in Indigo wash they now have them in black and I’m desperately hoping they bring them out in other colours too because I would honestly buy them all. 

I'm going to be blogging a lot more for the next few weeks while I'm home, including a mini Christmas gift guide going up tomorrow so keep an eye out for that!

IWx
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Sunday, 3 December 2017

LAUNDRY DAY





HAT - H&M
TOP - ASOS
SKIRT - PRIMARK

Took these blog pictures myself, (on the huji app - if you haven't got it, get it,  you have to get involved) in my room, after chucking my bedding in the wash because I liked this outfit a tonne and was alone. I reckon the taking of these photos, writing a post and pondering over is definitely procrastination from uni work but I'm starting to think that everything I do is procrastination. I need to recognise the difference between productive procrastination and literally just wasting time. Or perhaps I need to give up overanalysing and then labelling everything I do. I probably always sound very contrary and confused to those reading my blog, and though that's not at all far from the truth, I do tend to figure these things out as I write.

I'd never considered a square neckline when I definitely should have. I bought this top in a couple of colours as I don't really have any plain tops at all and it was becoming a slight issue. I love how the square neck sits and sort of frames my collarbones as well as sort of balancing out how narrow my shoulders are. The only downside to these tops is they are huge, I bought them in a size 10 and they're fine but I was expecting a fitted or stretch cotton top which is not at all what it is. It's very long and loose so if you wanted it to fit you'd have to size down. I also never knew how much I'd like navy with leopard print but I LOVE it, I'll definitely be pairing them together more often after this outfit.

I'm trying to refine my wardrobe to only be pieces I know I will wear forever and I'm finding it difficult to want to get rid of anything at all and not just thinking about what I'm missing and must get urgently. Like sequin trousers... I really need sequin trousers. Good job I have no money or I'd be drowning in clothes. Seriously though, what should I actually get rid of and how do I know ????

IWx
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Saturdaze

  
Pixelated, grainy photos on a grey Saturday afternoon, too many coffees and hot chocolates. Planning to and especially trying to take blog photos on a weekend at home never works out. Usually visiting for a multitude of sociable reasons and when I get the chance the light is always terrible. 

I end up slumped in the lounge, watching whatever rubbish is on tv already and an outft goes to waste. Finn, being the babe that he is, took some photos of me in this somewhat instinctive state of what to do when the world is grey and I quite like them. This gorgeous top, which hopefully I'll get to show off a little better soon, was sent to me by Tobi and is like nothing I already owned. Perfect all year round, this floaty blouse is my current favourite colour, turns out khaki greens and earthy tones fit into my otherwise vibrant wardrobe rather well.


Skirt - Newlook

Apart from the train journeys to and from, this weekend at home was the first opportunity I have had to not really do much other than mooch about and do normal daily things in I don't know how long and I really needed it. I get too busy and I need to remember that rest is important and healthy. I had a lovely weekend and have started this week at uni refreshed and awake- a rarity for me.

IWx 
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Thursday, 23 November 2017

PREMATURE NOSTALGIA | TENERIFE








Top - Pull&Bear (similar)
Bag - Primark

I love Tenerife and I want to live there and be warm in November in just a strappy dress. One of my closest friends and favourite people is studying there this year as part of her degree and kindly invited me to visit - I think, I mean, there is a high possibility I invited myself but I don't think she minded too much...

I had the most fun, despite it being such a brief visit, and Jemma took some gorgeous outfit photos for me whilst on a day trip to Puerto de la Cruz. With its black sand beach and incredible view, warm air and gorgeous plants it was the perfect place to be in adoration of the world and its beauty. My trip also happened to be the perfect opportunity to wear my brand new Tobi dress which was kindly sent to me, November in England is definitely not an apt time to be wearing so little. I could have easily worn the dress alone but being as pale as I am I thought it best to team with a t-shirt so as not to burn my shoulders and I think it looks really cute, I like that you can see enough of my tee to know that it has Debbie Harry on it - Queen of all - and I just think it's so much more 'me' than it would have been without the t-shirt. The colour of the dress is, of course, stunning, orange is one of my favourite colours and I love that this is so copper toned, perfect for a beach holiday but also metallic enough for party season.

I've been a super busy bee lately but in the next few weeks you can expect a lot from me on the blog, loads of outfit posts I'm hoping and at least one post purely of some of my Tenerife snaps because they are far too gorgeous to not share.

IWx
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Friday, 17 November 2017

BELATED BUT BABIN'







JUMPER - PRIMARK
SHOES - DR MARTENS

So, writing this in bed in Tenerife feels a little odd since this is an outfit post not only including a fluffy jumper and tights but an actual raincoat *eye rolls*. I’ve either become a proper Mancunian by buying, owning and wearing a raincoat or I’ve done the opposite and become a bit pathetic when it comes to weather. Who knows, you decide! 

BUT this is a pretty darn good raincoat. I love the colour and the fact it looks ace with my current candy floss coloured hair, I love that it’s lightweight but completely waterproof, I can fit at least two jumpers and a top on underneath which is fab when you like your layers AND it only cost me £17 from Newlook! I’m not going to lie, I was sceptical, in a dream world I’d get a gorgeous bright yellow Rains waterproof but I’m a student and way too far into my overdraft to even consider that, so I was very glad to find a coat I liked the look of for a decent price. 

You could put this raincoat on top of ANY outfit and look darn adorable so I’m pretty keen. This outfit is one of many textures, my vinyl skirt was a night out inspired purchase but paired with tights and this super soft knit from Primark is an autumnal dream and I look forward to styling it down more often as opposed to dressing it up. (Let’s be real though, this skirt with a band tee for a night out and you’re good to go.) I’m hoping it’ll bode well for layering so we will see. Regardless of all of this, i love the contrast of my matte raincoat with the high shine skirt and the fluffy jumper, it’s just somehow very aesthetically pleasing to wear. 

I would lie and say the rips in my tights were intentional but when are they? One was a complete accident while tidying my room, the next couple were to make it fit in... I hate cheap tights. 

Ordinarily, I don’t think this outfit would be warm enough for November, but for just popping to the shop or going for a walk I reckon it’s pretty alright. I also have a pretty skewed view of November weather hopping from Notts to Tenerife and back to Leeds and Sheffield, once I’m back I’ll probably want to be putting on several more jumpers and the notorious super cosy tights will no doubt be brought out!! 

There will be a couple of posts in regards to my short stay in Tenerife within the next week so if you’re interested, keep your eyes peeled! -like oranges. 

IWx 
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