Hi everyone! Another fashion post from me - Martin and I went out for a nice spot of lunch on Saturday - I actually wrenched him out of bed before 1.00 in the afternoon, mainly to enjoy the feeble but persisiting sunshine. It's an even more beautiful today so hopefully after finishing this post we are going to find an excuse to leave the flat and enjoy it. I love our regular daytime dates (when we are feeling flush enough to afford them.) It's nice just to get out of the student flat environment of unwashed dishes, strangers and MDF. I wore this thrifted dress with my old-favourite smock over the top. Smocks and pinafores are just so great - they give a whole new look to all my lovely collared blouses, and dresses as you can see, and love the Lolita type result. I also took the liberty of going bare-legged and be-cardiganed. It wasn't really warm enough but I did it anyway and it felt so good to be outside of the constraints of opaques and coats. Are you loving the weather recently? I think it's going to turn around and snow to spite us all and our bare legs!
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Friday, 7 March 2014
Hi everyone! Periodically, I like to bake scones. It's always on a whim, and it always ends up as scones because they don't require very many (or very specific) ingredients, so they usually fit what I have in the cupboards left. Today I baked some lovely cinnamon scones, dusted with caster sugar and spread with butter. Definitely not good for you but super tasty and very nostalgic tasting. I had a little less flour than I needed and no jam or cream (hence the choice of cinnamon!) but they still totally hit the spot with a lovely cup of tea. That's what I love about scones! A sugary start to my day and immense sunlight made me (and, it seemed like, the rest of Britain) very happy to be alive and awake and I danced around the room to Macklemore, not minding too much that I was getting ready to go and study at the Library again. Tomorrow we're planning to get up early, so I hope it is just as spring-like for the weekend. How are you spending yours?
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Hi everyone! Today was a quick-decision to go and spend a few hours in the library to get to work on our essays. My hair was natural and thus the wind was blowing it everywhere, so we just got a few snaps before heading off to be studious and productive. My pinafore was lovely and comfy to sit and concentrate in, paired with a simple cropped t-shirt which is a frequent staple in my wardrobe. It was more of a 60s-inspired look rather than a true-to-era look today, but it worked to get me from the flat to the library. What do you think about the more casual look?
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Hi everyone! After this last project I found I spent so much of my time inside (or rushing from flat-to-lecture-to-studio-to-home) that my outfits had been considerably un-inventive/ repeats of previous ones, and I did that thing where I push the priority of my blog back, behind getting my projects done and then behind 'recuperating'. It's silly really because usually what I really need to keep me sane and 'recuperated' is a thorough tidy of my room and a good old blog. 4 years or so of blogging down-the-line, I am still excited every time I have new content to bring you and usually sit down, edit and publish them as soon as possible. When my content is higher than the rate at which I can actually publish the stuff, I feel the most in control of things, and am far less likely to spend an entire day playing Banished! (I am loser, yes.)So in that nature, I got up and organised, to see my dad who took Martin and I out for a lovely lunch at a place called Pitcher and Piano. I have already sworn to go back in the name of taking some pictures of it and sampling the Chilli Fries.
I was sent this amazing top courtesy of Joules and Stephanie from Talented Talkers to show here on the blog. It and my Chicwish skirt arrived within days of eachother and when I hung them both up next to eachother in the wardrobe I knew it was fate. I went a little 'old-school' for me, wearing my trusty Shelly's heels and an old Thrifted bag. For the first time this year it was all I needed, unless you count me going back inside to get my sunglasses. ahmagad. As skeptical as I am that it will last, the 1st of March really was the most appropriate time to have the first day that really felt like spring. In the sunlight it was warm! Though judging by the past week, it will probably hail tomorrow.
Back to my actual topic - the blouse. I love it! It's a great fabric and a lovely weight which means it doesn't feel too see-through, but also not too synthetic or heavy. It's definitely perfect for this transitional weather - layerable for cold days and just insulating enough for starting-to-warm-up days. It is also - of course - that undeniable sailor theme and the beauty is in the little details: for instance the single red button on the cuff, and the structural layer underneath the sailor collar to hold it in place and stop it sagging. I love the pussybow and the whole Japanese Schoolgirl, Anime vibe that this combination gives off. One thing I noticed was that the sleeves are pretty long for me, I like a bracelet length sleeve so these felt a little too 'conservative' but maybe I just have short arms? I just folded the cuffs very slightly to my desired length. Joules has some other gorgeous ones in their Women's Shirts Section at the moment, so do check them out - I adore the Vivianne and the Amaris. What do you think?
Friday, 28 February 2014
Hi everyone! I have been wanting to write this post for ages, but I made a few more improvements last week that made it much prettier, and I felt like I was ready to blog it. When I had had my place confirmed here in Notts and I chose my little flat, I naturally, immediately began getting excited about colanders and potato peelers and such, but I had seen the flats in my older siblings' experience and was very aware of how ugly they would be. I did have a look online for ideas to improve the space, but the advice was very limited and more geared towards what you ought and ought not to take, so I made my own ideas. Hopefully this will help the students out there, or those of you living in rented housing!
Curtains! This was my favourite addition to my room, and quite recent. I could have properly sewn them into curtains and attached them with hooks, but I just had this fabric lying around from a shoot with Martin, and only an embroidery kit, so I cut it in half and just attached it as best I could to the rails. In the morning the light streams in through the thin fabric and gets me up earlier, when the previous (awful) blue blackout curtains let me sleep until the afternoon. Honestly, the light makes me feel so much happier in my room, and changing them has been the best idea so far. Similarly, I draped some throws and fabric over my ugly office chair to make it a bit more 'me'.
Organisation is key in such a small room, and though there is some thoughtful storage, I found I really did have to make the most of it. I initially just used the shelves like ordinary bookshelves, but I switched to stacking them upwards recently and they are a lot more space-efficient and they make them look a lot prettier - more like I artfully stacked my favourite volumes rather than tried to cram as many as I could on the shelf. It also helped me to try not to have too many 'trinket'-y items, and instead make the useful things beautiful. I have been gathering my prettiest bottles and jars to use for storing things, makeup brushes, etc. That said, I do have some purely decorative things, and I feel like they are definitely important to making it feel like home, especially when you are limited to what you can put on the walls.
On top of decorating my noticeboards and doing my best to cover up the sellotape marks on the walls (sticking up pictures with washi tape is a great alternative that doesn't damage the walls.) I keep two thriving little herb pots on my windowsill - just the ordinary Sainsbury's kind - of Mint and Basil. It's really nice to have a bit of greenery in my room, slowly oxygenating my air and generally being a rewarding little project to keep alive. What are your tips for uni/rented rooms? Will you use any of these? Let me know!
Sunday, 23 February 2014
Hi everyone! Here's my Valentine's post, finally. I have been waiting to share these photos with you simply so I could talk about how lovely my day was. I finished at Uni at 1 and came straight home and got ready. I worse my new dress, and got very dolled up. My 'hive has never been more immaculate. (That's by my hair's standards, which is: 'still very small and flyaway') Martin and I exchanged gifts, I bought him a beautiful handmade set of wooden rice bowl, chopsticks and soup spoon, that i'm pleased to report he loved. he got me some beautiful gifts, but they will have to wait for another post! We had already planned to go 'stingy' on the dinner and swanky on the hotel, and I am so glad we made that decision. We went to All Bar One for frickin' amazing burgers, but the luxury of the hotel was seriously the best part.
When we arrived (by tram - not exactly glamorous but I love getting the tram) Martin put on his growed-up voice and they showed us to our room at The Lacemarket Hotel. When I opened the door I found petals spread on the bed and a huge bouquet of silky pink tea roses that had been put there by request. It was a not overly-expensive yet perfectly touching gesture that added so much extra happiness to my night.Then we faffed about finding the wifi code and choosing our breakfast before heading down the the cocktail bar, and then out to dinner.
As a student, I cannot express how grateful I was for one nights blissful sleep on a soft, crisp, double bed and a long, warm bath. The added luxury of having breakfast delivered to your door was perfect, and we ate it in bed and didn't want to get up. Sadly we had to rejoin the real world, but it was great while it lasted.
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Hi everyone! Yesterday I took a lovely little trip with Martin to grab some coffee. After staying up late the night before, we had a lovely lie in on our day off, and then meandered into town just to get out of the flat, and so I could scan some things at uni. We finally tried a place called Lee Rosy's which I have been wanting to visit for so long. We usually give it a miss due to a certain boy having a bottomless pit of a stomach who always seems to be starving-hungry, and Lee Rosy's doesn't do much in the way of food. I wore this new smock that I got from Topshop that I bought to wear on Valentine's day. I love the folky, 60s-vibey print - i'm glad that for once it doesn't look too 90s. It's really versatile and so far I have worn it with heels, boots and it even looks good paired with jeans.
Martin and I love to visit coffee shops when we have a free day/few hours. It actually becomes such a nice, leisurely pursuit that doesn't cost me too much. I am terrifyingly poor at the moment (so if any of you need any graphic design work....) so it was nice to be able to go and do something that only cost me £2 (the price of a small latte - and a really good one it was too!) we sipped our coffee, reclined in the feeble rays of sunlight from the window, browsed on the ipad, chatted and absorbed the poster decor everywhere. It was nice to just be together without having to do anything specific.
The actual place is great too, it's this funny mix of minimal, functional and edgy, with walls covered in flyers alongside flowers in vases, alongside geometric decor and bare lightbulbs. The place is famous in Notts for having approximately One Bajillion varieties of tea, but we ordered coffee instead, and Martin ordered the most insane slice of carrot cake. Sadly I had limited myself to the two pound coin in my purse, so I stuck to my latte. Hard life.