Wednesday, 29 August 2018

OOTD: Parisian

Summer is unfortunately coming to a close and I think it's fair to say it's been a ride. I have been fortunate enough to travel to Budapest, Valencia, Barcelona and finally Paris - one of my favourite cities in the world - with family and friends, getting drunk on sun, sightseeing and sangria. Of all my summer excursions, Paris was definitely my most sartorial of them all, so here is an outfit post (unintentionally adhering very much to the French fashion cliché) and I will be sure to post more details of my trip on here later!
Top - BAPE
Jeans - H and M
Trainers - Sketchers
Beret - Vintage
Sunglasses - BLANK
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Monday, 13 August 2018

2018 Summer Favourites

This summer I’ve tried to be particularly careful when it comes to spending. Having enjoyed my first year of university, I think it is safe to say that my bank account is looking less than jolly. Luckily, I have still had a few summer favourite which I have come to acquire and love this season through interning/being an absolute fiend during the summer sales.

Having lost many of my smaller pairs of earrings and being hesitant to spend 50 quid on a new pair of trousers to update my summer wardrobe, I have now taken a keen interest to statement jewellery, particularly earrings. These two pairs are especially my favourites, as I could still (potentially) walk of the house in a plain tee and lounge pants but look half decent!
CLOTHING (Accessorize)
Again, there have been few new additions to my wardrobe apart from these bralettes I have been loving this season, I normally despise wearing bras anyway so this is a way to keep stylish and comfortable under strappy or overly skimpy tops this summer.
COLOURFUL BAGS (Accessorize and DKNY)
Although summer fashion is brighter and much more fun, my wardrobe doesn't tend to be the most diverse in terms of colour. Because of this, these two bags have been my go-to accessories for brightening up an outfit, The perk tis that they're also a perfect size and can be carried both in the daytime and during nights out.
 BEAUTY (Body Shop and Lush)
My makeup routine has been more or less the same but this summer I have been trying out some new skincare products. It's bikini and crop top season so trying to keep my skin as clear smooth as possible has been a top priority. Two products I am loving at the moment are exfoliative products from Body Shop and Lush, which both smell incredible and have ben incredibly helpful skincare products.
 Lolo Zouai - I have been obsessing over this French-American singer's work as of late. It's not hard to fall in love with her music; she has the voice of angel and her vivid lyrics only compliment her sound...listen to IDR and Desert Rose and you will see what I'm talking about!
Drake (Scorpion) - Never in my life did I think I would listen to Drake every day for a solid month. Some of the songs - for me at least- are misses - but the majority of his new sounds have been on repeat on my phone, most notably the notorious song of the 'Kiki' challenge, In My Feelings, and trap-inspired rap song, Blue Tint.
About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge - I have yet to read Eddo-Lodge's 'Why I Am No Longer Talking to White People about Race', which has gotten fiercely good reviews from critics as she approaches the issue of race in the modern age, especially within contemporary British society, However, I have been loving her small segments which are free to download via the Apple podcast app which explores some of these issues further and in which she interviews a number of people on the topic.
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Thursday, 21 June 2018

OOTD + First Year Musings...

Oh how I'll miss campus life over summer - the casual caching up with friends, the comfortable proximity of club nights, restaurants and supermarkets and, admittedly, the level pre's before nights out .First year has certainly had its highs and lows for me both in terms of work, health ad social life and I think it is fair to say that I have learnt a fair bit about living more independently. I think the intensity particularly of workload is reflected in my lack of posting but I have a good 3-4 months to get back on the grind with this blog as well as my other creative outlets (THANK GOD!). Anyway, here is an outfit post (thanks to Izzy Manuel for the photos) as well as my notes on what I have taken away from fresher's...

 Shirt - Vintage
Trousers - Topshop
Sunglasses - Blank Sunglasses

1 - You might find and lose friendship in the least expected places - You may not be everyone's cup of tea and it's important to be yourself. On that note, you might find yourself in relationships which feel unnatural or as if they do not have longevity. Treat everyone with respect but don't expect to be best friends forever with each person you come across, whether that is during fresher's week itself or over the course off the year.

2- Take care of your health - It's natural to want to go out and have the best time possible, but it's also key to take care of your health both mentally and physically. For me personally this has especially had its highs and lows so I have come to understand how important it is to be conscious of how you are feeling and how it impacts your every day life. Oh yes, and probably best to not go too heavy on the booze, no matter how cheap Lambrini is and how funny the Snapchat stories will be the next day.

3- Budget, Budget, Budget (but don't be miserly) - This is actually something I have been very good with, if I do say so myself. You don't have to spreadsheet every penny you're spending, but just try to be conscious of how much things will and should  cost you in advance as well as responsibly splitting up your finances for work and fun. You don't want to be known as the party girl who survives on baked beans and dirty laundry, but also the recluse who gets their regular dose of foie gras and glistening whites...

4- Get involved - Although I have had my fair share of involvement, I now heavily regret not getting involved in sports or campus editorials. For many universities, there is so much on offer from Anime Society, to Streetwear Society to Wine and Cheese club, not to talk of the various sports which people also get people involved physically and socially, so seize the opportunity and find something you are passionate about.

5- Don’t stress , it’s only first year - Pretty straight-forward really!
 Slug and Lettuce, Bath
 A cake I made for a friend's birthday
 Sunset from Bathwick Hill
 Life Drawing Classes

A visit from some old friends over my birthday

Sunday, 13 May 2018

OOTD : Spring

Hello again world! In the last week of my Easter break I met up with an old friend I hadn't seen in what seemed like absolutely foreverrrrrrr. The photos of me grinning excessively was not only a result of being able to see an old mate, but also the fact that a) it was sunny b) it was sunny and c ) it was SUNNY :)
Anyway, I hope you lioke this outfit and hopefully will hear from me in the near future...and I mean it this time
Jacket -Vintage
Top - Dayna Draws
Jeans - Vintage
Shoes - Adidas
Scarf (worn on head) - Celine
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Friday, 30 March 2018

Hello Again : Spring Style + Favourites

It's true, I've been gone for eternity and this post is long overdue. Trust in me when I say that University has been jam-packed with reading, lectures and - admittedly- partying, which has impacted my drive to post something, not to talk of the lack of trust I have in my friends to take a decent outfit photo of me for fear of breaking my camera in the process...
Despite this, the invariable sunshine and the fact that we are heading towards Easter are merely signs that Spring is well underway and so here is a blog post with my Spring favourites, featuring some banging bargains (student budget = being thrifty = sales only)
Sunglasses - Blank Sunglasses

T-Shirt - Weekday - Weekday recently opened a store on London's Oxford Street and as much as I would have liked to walk out with the entire store's contents, I came out with this slightly cheeky t shirt for a bargain of £6.

 Top - BAPE - During the Selfridge's midseason sale I bagged this cute striped top from the girl's spinoff line by A Bathing Ape. I'm not normally a fan of stripes but was taken by the cut and high-neck style of the top.
 T-Shirt - Tee and Cake - Although a lookalike of Gucci's quirky Casper t-shirt I was dying for a new t shirt and had to pick this one up with the cute cartoon ghost
 Lipgloss - Fenty Beauty - When I got my hands on this gem from Fenty Beauty my heart may have skipped a couple of beats. I had been meaning to get my hands on a piece from Rihanna's line for yonksss and this lipgloss certainly lives up to the hype in terms of colour, shine and durability.
Americana - Don Delilo - I'll admit that it was hard to get stuck in to this book due t the conversational narrative but I have grown to love Don Delilo's novel concerning the life of a young man working in the entertainment industry in 1970's America.
Style Diaries - I was lucky enough to receive this from my Aunt in Switzerland as a birthday present. This book documents worldwide personal style. Although the book was published several years go and so some trends have since come and gone it is a great way to document the self-expressive style of individuals globally.
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Thursday, 4 January 2018

I'm Back : 2017 in Review

I'll admit that it is petrifying coming back to blogging after months of absence. Some of you may be thinking, is she alive? Did her computer crash? But I'm pretty sure 93% of you probably don't care all that much. Anyway, the AWOL-ness has been basically due to settling in to University etc. but 4 days after ringing in the new year I am keen to be a bit more consistent (despite having said that at least a billion times and rarely pulling through). As we're heading in to a year which is hopefully a bit more exciting  and less politically troubling than 2017, I wanted to share some highlights of last year from style, to travel, to general new experiences.
I hope you all have a fab 2018 and I'll be back soon (she says...)
Ironically, I love autumn/winter style but somehow my top outfits of this year have been from the warmer months (or rather when I just bit the bullet and wore something strappy).
TOP-BOTTOM : Yuki Haze Photoshoot, Ankara Jumpsuit, Photoshoto with Manjot Kaur, Leaver's Prom
Sound-wise, I feel as if I have gone backwards instead of forwards. Whilst my love for techno will never die (See Ben UFO and Avalon Emerson for more) and I have discovered newer artists like Tom Misch and Tommy Genesis, I have also been loving a lot of musicians before my time like Bowie, Joan Jett and Fleetwood Mac.
Since going to Uni I have been a bit slow on the reading front but still managed to find a few favourites. Oddly enough, my top two concern questioning the 'meaning of life' and although Camus' L'Etranger is slightly more sombre and existentialist, Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie is enjoyable and I found that there was a lot to take away from it. Not only this, but I guard my copy of Sweet Thang Zine with my life now, a magazine serving as a platform for intersectional feminism and young artist.
I have no shame in admitting RuPaul's Drag Race has become a favourite of mine and I am now searching for drag shows around London on a daily basis, but I have also watched more captivating shows like Big Little Lies, The People vs. OJ Simpson and a French comedy-drama called Call My Agent (Dix Pour Cent)