viernes, 27 de abril de 2012

Soon to be Eighteen

"You wonder about your eighteen years, ricocheting between a stubborn determination that you've done well for your own capabilities and opportunities... that you're competeing now with girls from all over America, and not just from the hometown, and a fear that you haven'tdone well enough. You wonder if you've got what it takes to keep building up obstacle courses for yourself, and to keep leaping through them, sprained ankle or not. Again, the refrain, what have you for your eighteen years? And you know that whatever tangible things you do have, they cannot be held, but, too, will decompose and slip away through your coarse-skinned and death-rigid fingers. So you will rot in the ground, and so you say, What the hell? Who cares? But you care, and somehow you don't want to live just one life, which could be typed, which could be tossed off in a thumbnail sketch: 'She was the sort of girl...' and end in 25 words or less. You want to live as many lives as you can... you're a capatalist from way back... and because you're eighteen, beacuse you're still vulnerable, because you still don't have faith in yourself, you talk a little fliply, a little too wisely, just to cover up so you won't be accused of sentimentality or emotionalism or feminine tactics. You cover up so you can still laugh at yourself while there's time."

- Sylvia Plath, The Journals of Syliva Plath

viernes, 13 de abril de 2012

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional

Above is a Chili Davis quote, he wasn't an oracle or anything, merely a famous baseball player but his words seem fitting considering what I'm about to talk about. The quote is basically stating (excuse the obvious) that maturing prematurely is a choice; in terms of my interpretation, it's a choice not only made by yourself, but by your parents.

I was around a friends house yesterday, casually browsing the web when we came across some rather striking images of Chloe Moretz, you may recognise her as the bad ass girl from the awesome film, 'Superbad'.

At the age of 15 she walked down the catwalk looking glamorous and sexualised:

Without knowing her real age I would guess she was around 18/20 years old in these pictures, considering the smokey make up look and the false eye lashes, which beacons a question, is it just me or is the whole concept of sexualising a girl so young disturbing? As my friend and I continued to browse she informed me of a more shocking case, a 10 year old Vogue model (I apologise for any discomfort you may feel viewing the following images)

I'm not quite sure what French Vogue wants you to think looking at a topless picture of a ten year old, are we supposed to be in awe, or envious of her youthful beauty? Because all I can muster is unease and pity for Thylane Loubry Blodeau. Maybe I shouldn't be so judgmental considering it is her parents choice but she's been robbed of her childhood so young. At that age I threw on anything at random and hit the park to play with my peers, but she spends her days being promoted as a sexual image...

I doubt this will produce a groundswell of outrage but arrghh. I just hope this obsession with youth doesn't go any further.


jueves, 12 de abril de 2012

Review: 'The Hunter Games'

Film is not usually something I write about on here but that just proves how unmissable 'The Hunger Games' is. I haven't read the ins and outs of the story line or the writers intended message but at a guess, I think it's a comment on our societies obsession with virtual entertainment and reality TV, obviously with children fighting to the death, this film is an extreme but it does get you thinking, much like 'Black Mirror' does (another MUST SEE). 

I don't want to reveal too much, but in essence the film follows a young girls journey as she sacrifices herself to take her sisters place as a sort of child gladiator. You can tell it's a tear jerker but it's also majorly action packed so I guess it's an all rounder, there's something for everyone. It has definitely left some unanswered questions though so I'm desperate to read the books. 

My Rating: *****


miércoles, 11 de abril de 2012

These zombies in the park, they're looking for my heart

As you may have read previously, my ultimate style icon is Alexa Chung, so when I saw this Alexa style dress casually on a Primark rail I had to snap it up. The cotton is really thin and loose, which really maximises comfort and makes it perfect for the summer, I'm definitely going to be throwing this on during my holidays. It is also really easy to style because it's monochrome and thus, will go with most things. 

Denim Jacket: Vintage Levis
Dress: Primark (get it while it's hot!)
Shoes: Newlook
I've given up on tights...
Bracelet: Gift


lunes, 9 de abril de 2012

Trend Spotting: #1 Pastels

I've recently noticed that fondant colours have been taking over high street shops. The trend is a lovely change from the neon pieces (only for the brave) stores have brought back every spring/summer for as long as I can remember. I say this because pastel are a much easier way of introducing colour to your outfits, they will certainly make you feel more at ease than a neon green number. On another good note, the light shades really set off a tan so it's perfect for showing off any bronze. Of course being on a budget I cannot join in on all the hype, but I can show you all the pieces I've been dying to buy.  

From left to right:
'Models Own' "ice cream sundae" Nail Polish Box Set: £20 
'Topshop' Blush Stripe Hot Pants: £32
'ASOS' Platform T-Bar Shoes: £75
'H&M' Mint Green Pleated Skirt: £29.99
'New Look' Dip Dye Sheer Top: £16.99
'H&M' Crochet Collared Blouse: £29.99
'Topshop' Mint Drench Holdall Bag: £36


miércoles, 4 de abril de 2012

The Bucket List

This is such a top idea, preventing regrets and having a whale of a time in the process. Suggest you should all have a go! (Really don't know how to tag people).

1. Climb a volcano
2. Visit at least one country in each continuant 
3. Get a tattoo
4. Say "I love you" and mean it (cheesy I know, but thought I'd keep it real)
5. Pull an all nighter (actually not going to bed for 48 hours, I always end up snoozing mid-day).
6. Sky-diving
7. Air balloon riding
8. Attend a wedding
9. Attend a premier
10. Learn to play the guitar.
to be continued...


domingo, 1 de abril de 2012


How funny,
everything's just as it was, perhaps better?
And I thought the world would stop turning, 
if you ever left my side.

You Copycat! #1

I bought this dress from fairly recently and quickly spotted the obvious similarity between my dress and one that featured in Versace's spring/summer 2012 collection. I still find it really weird how designers are copied by highstreet brands and highstreet brands are practically ripped off by Primark. Still, can't complain, would much rather pay under 50 quid than millions for the real deal. 

Versace S/S 2012 Original:


miércoles, 28 de marzo de 2012

The beauty in the bust

So here I am in my friends computer room writing another pointless post but I have an excuse! I had a mini epiphany today. I've always wondered why boobs are so attractive to males (and lesbians), it just seems so odd to me, I mean they literally look like sacks of lard. However, A-level psychology always forces me to look at every possible cause, even considering the most simplistic possibilities. So it dawned on me, they are a visual representation of the females ability to feed offspring and provide for their young. Cavemen saw a voluptuous woman and thought "she can give my children nutrients" which has obviously been passed down from one generation to the next. Sorry, this does sound really gross but I just find it fascinating how everything, even an opinion can somehow be rooted back to an evolutionary/psychological function. 

domingo, 25 de marzo de 2012

Style Icon: #1 Alexa Chung

You probably all saw it coming, she's every girl and her Nan's style icon but you can see why. She set the granny chic trend and completely transformed fashion today. She may not have done it single handed but in my eyes, she's the first person who properly pulled the look off. I watched her in awe when she was a presenter on T4, majorly envious of how well she pulled off such a unique haircut and still today I love her eye for up and coming trends, Mary Katranzou is now a household name all because of Alexa Chung. 


jueves, 22 de marzo de 2012

Head Over Heels!

These are the heels I'm absolutely pining for! Their £80 from OFFICE but I reckon they're completely worth it because of the three colours involved. I'm not really a fan of brightly coloured heels, they just doesn't appeal to me but these stand out just as much an orange pair of platforms. Plus you could wear them with literally anything, the possibilities are endless! So really they're more of an investment than a dent in the savings... well at least that's what I'm telling myself. 


miércoles, 21 de marzo de 2012

Please don't take him just because you can

I've got an interview today, eek! Unbelievably nervous! I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow. I through together a reasonably quirk outfit for the occasion. Peter pan collars are the cutest trend right now I reckon, this is just a little play on it.

Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Cardigan: Newlook Generation
Tights: Newlook
Shoes Newlook
Hat: Fancy Dress Shop
Rings: H&M, gift, LLYMRS, ASOS, British Heart Foundation

I need to stop shopping at newlook...


martes, 20 de marzo de 2012

Do you laugh just to think what I lack?

Sorry about the really crappy photos today! I usually try to do them in the morning for lighting purposes but I didn't have enough time today. My alarm clock decided to be a bit of a prankster and turn forward a week early. As soon as I realise I flopped straight back to bed. This jumpers rather unique, it has a knit front and a sheer back. I really like it though, it's quite unexpected. 

I've got a university interview tomorrow, wish me luck!

Denim Jacket: Vintage Levis
Jumper: Newlook Generation
Necklace: H&M
Trousers; Zara Basics
Shoes: Claires Sale


domingo, 18 de marzo de 2012

Why don't you open up we'll talk, I am ready, I am ready for a fall

This was the outfit I wore to take my Mum out for Mother's Day. She's not the sort that likes gifts much, she'll except them but she won't use them. So instead of getting her something she doesn't need I always take her out, my treat. Today we went to KFC, a pretty well establish fast food restaurant, and by golly did I miss it. I was 12 the last time I felt the spice of a popcorn chicken tantalise my taste buds and I can tell you  the next bite it was worth the 5 year wait. After KFC and I rekindled our love we went to see "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" which is now my favourite film of all time. Most scenes had the whole cinema in fits of laughter but others had us in floods of tears. It was an emotional roller-coaster but it was well worth the ticket.  I would definitely recommend seeing it, if not for the refreshing story line, then for the best cast ever put together. Literally every single actor starring in the film has one with an award for something. 

Anyway, back to fashion. this dress has a pleated skirt, which doesn't seem to be showing up very well on camera (it is there though, trust). I bought it quite a while back because of its versatility, you can were it on a normal day out dressed down with a knit cardi, or on a girly one with a pair of heels. A day to night job. 

Dress: Newlook Sale 
Necklaces: H&M
Bag: Vintage
Coat: Newlook


viernes, 16 de marzo de 2012

Disney's a Dick

As a child I was a dreamer,
but it was always the same dream. 
I dreamt of a guy. 
He was edgy, cool, deep. 
Everything I would ever need. 

As a teen, I met my dream, 
I had to stop in my tracks
as he gazed at me, Dumb struck.
We both new.
This was it.

Months passed 
 but we'd always tread carefully, 
scared to pierce the veneer.
One touch and it would be over...
but needs took over.

So he leaned in
and we kissed.
"Where are the fireworks?" I thought
but I ignored it. 

As an adult, I know I let him win, 
I let him walk away
with my pride in one hand,
my heart in the other.

Honestly, I don't miss him
but I do miss my naivety. 
Because now I know the truth, 
frogs come in Prince like packages
and most dreams are crushed.

To bob or not to bob?

Alexa Chung 

Being the impulsive girl that I am, the idea of a bob has become really tempting recently. I love the idea of an Alexa Chung style do, it's really cool and effortless. So what do you think? Should I take the plunge or stick to my long locks? 


jueves, 15 de marzo de 2012

You won't fool the children of the revolution

The one bad thing about blogging with photos is that you notice all the things you forgot to do in the morning... sorry about the shiny nose. I stayed round a friends house last night so this outfit is the product of a few things chucked into a bag. Hopefully it didn't suffer to much. Today -as per usual- I attended 6th form but on the plus side I only had two lessons so I was able to do a bit of shopping mid-afternoon. Only bought a few thing though, this necklace, a birthday card and that mood ring (couldn't resist. Apparently I was feeling excited during this photo). Can't really afford to spend lavishly with Mother's Day looming. 

As you can tell the whole collar trend has really influenced me. I really like how edgy it looks and it looks rather classy, win  win. 

Shirt With Cut Sleeves: DIY + my mums 
Cardigan: Topshop
Trousers: Zara Basics
Necklace: H&M
Watch: Gift
Bangle: Gift
Mood Ring: British Heart Foundation


If you're still breathing, you're the lucky ones

This outfit was worn to school and a friend's music recital (which she totally rocked btw). It needed to be smart (silly 6th form dress code) yet going outish, hopefully I achieved a happy medium. 
I'm loving the whole gold chocker trend at the moment but, like most people, I don't really enjoy following trends exactly as they come. So I buy items that add my own twist, hence the white and gold pattern. Another trend which I don't particular like straight off the barrel is leopard print, it's too... over done? Personally I think it's lost its class (no offence intended). However, I do really like leopard print flats, their not too obvious. That's always a really good move, if you don't like a trend very much but you like it in small doses, try a shoe or nail polish version. 

Jumper: Newlook Genertation (they actually do some alright stuff! Take a look)
Leather like Pleated Skirt: Boutique
Shoes: Claires Sale 
Necklace: Charity Shop
Bracelet: Gift
Watch: Gift
Belt: Hand me down 


lunes, 12 de marzo de 2012

But when the stars are the only thing we share, will you be there?

Hey everyone, 

I had four lessons today so it seemed practical to dress for comfort. I don't know about you but I just can't stand sitting for a long time whilst wearing restricting clothing, baggy tops all the way. Horizontal stripes are a must for me at the moment, although they make you seem wider there's something really classy yet relaxed about them. It's probably because of the French, they've always been stereotypically stylish and stripes are  just classically French (viva la France!). In terms of colour scheme, navy and beige is one of my favourite combinations, it's not too out there and really works in the transition from winter to spring.

Top: Thrifted
Cardigan: Thrifted
Belt: Timberland
Trousers: Zara
Scarf: Christian Dior (ma mammas got style)
Hat: Primark


domingo, 11 de marzo de 2012

Style Icon: #2 Mary-Kate Olsen

The penultimate winner of my style icon title has to be, no other than, Mary-Kate Olsen. I remember watching her show " Two of a Kind" in fits laughter, begging my Mum to buy their really cool fridge (I was a weird child) and reading all their books wishing I was a twin... Now she's all grown up and I'm still jealous. Why? because she doesn't look like your average "each strand of hair must be in place" celebrity, all her outfits seem effortless and have that wear-ability factor.

I also really admire her for pushing through some incredibly tough times. Mary-Kate and her sister have faced a long battle with anorexia and I'm not too sure if they have fully beaten it yet. If the eating disorder wasn't enough, she also found Heath Ledger, a good friend of hers, dead in his apartment, I can only imagine how traumatic that must of been... One thing's for sure, she's a fighter. 

Lots of Love,

jueves, 8 de marzo de 2012

And you wondered why I'm guarded,
why I could never let you in,
why my love quickly departed,
why I chose a life of sin. 

Truthfully, I was scared, 
terrified of what you could do
because the past had my heart completely teared
but with one piece left for you

You took that piece and crushed it
you grew tired of my cold shoulder.
you couldn't fight for me anymore
and with that, damn it, my heart grew founder 

I get so caught up on those who've hurt me
that eventually they all do
because no one can wait around 
for the girl who needs forever, especially not you

martes, 6 de marzo de 2012

Regrets, I've Had a Few: #1 Rimmel Mascaras

I love posts like this because there's nothing worse than spending a ton of money on a product that's less than satisfactory. Of course, it has to be taken with a pinch of salt, everyone has different tastes, but it's nice to have a general idea of what to avoid. My first post in this series is (obviously) about rimmel mascaras. Yes they are a very popular brand but I really don't think they've delivered.

From the moment I unscrew a mascara I can tell whether or not I'll like it. The rubbish ones have an almost  liquid like consistency that's all gloppy at the tip. And that's exactly what almost every rimmel mascara's like  (that I've tried). So what's my big problem? They clump your lashes so that you look like you've just got out the bath, the ends of your lashes appear to bend into a black blob, and the big brushes give your eyelids a nice coating too. 

It has to be said, I haven't had this with all rimmel mascara's. "Sexy curves" and "lash accelerator" didn't give me the wet lashes look, they worked rather well. So I've come to the conclusion that the weird effects of the formula can be overcome if you buy a mascara with a rubber brush (lash accelerator has a different formula) or just avoid their brand. 

Please do note that this is purely my opinion, conjured from my past experiences. I guess you'd have to see for yourself. Maybe it's just my lashes?

Until next time, 

I confess I wasn't perfect but you're old enough to know

Don't worry I'm not a moody cow! A friend of mine pointed out that I've yet to smile in my  pictures, you must all think I'm miserable! But don't fret, all is well, I just got a bit carried away with the grumpy grunge vibe. 

On another note, today we had an R.E conference on abortion. It was all very heated and brought to light a few things. Did you know that a feotus has a heartbeat at 4 weeks, yet legally you can have an abortion at anytime prior to 24 weeks? It's a nasty thought, still, even though I am more pro-life than pro-choice I have to admit it would be really difficult to keep a child at the tender age of 17... Sorry about going all deep on you but I feel it's a topic we generally put to the side when we shouldn't. I mean do you agree with the law that the father doesn't even have the right to be TOLD about the baby? Or that disabled babies can be aborted after birth? It's shocking. So in essence, it would be cool if you read up about it, just to see how messed up some of the abortion laws are. 

One of my closest friends, Balley (or Becky formally) actually raises similarly heated topics on her blog. She's really analytic -just like me- so her posts are always well thought out and generally, a really good read. You should definitely check her out!

Cardigan: Primark
Shorts: Mangod
Tights: not going to bother with this one in the future... ASDA 
Shoes: Newlook
Coat: Newlook

Hugs and kisses,

domingo, 4 de marzo de 2012

Haul #1

If you're a keen reader of my blog you'd already know that I went shopping today. I thought I'd give you a little insight into all the beauty goodies I bought as I've yet to do a real beauty post on here. The foundation I bought was rather expensive but I thought it may be worth it, keep you posted on that one.

 Not sure if this happens to anyone else but all of the key pieces to my beauty regime run out at the same time, leaving me in a rather difficult financial situation. Do I A stop washing my face etc or B break the bank... times are hard! As you can tell I went for the latter. But oh well my regime will live to see another day.

Maroon Clutch: Thrifted
Black and Nude Clutch: Newlook £7.99
Foundation: £26.50
Rimmel Stuff: 3 for 2

The best you ever had is just a memory

Today I went shopping for the first time in forever! I know it sound weird but seeing a clothes display -racks and all- makes me unbelievably happy. It gets my heart racing, my hands clapping and my eyes rapidly scanning the isles. It's such a key therapeutic experience, a lack of shopping actually gives me the grumps. So it was such a relief to just splurge! 

Hat: Primark
Shirt: GAP
Necklace: Thrifted
Cardigan: Republic
Belt: Primark
Shorts: Vintage Levis, cut into shorts
Tights: ASDA
Brogues: Espirit 
Bag: Next
Stone Ring: LLYMRS
Thumb Ring: Paris Market
Cross: ASOS
Snake: ASOS

Lots of love, 

miércoles, 29 de febrero de 2012

Shot me out of the sky, you're my kryptonite

I'm pretty ashamed to admit it, being an "indie" girl but I have a bit of a soft spot for 'One Direction'. I can't help it, Their music has this power over me! I literally want to get my bootie moving from the first note. Please tell me I'm not the only one? Plus, their kind of cute too... shot gun Liam! 

Vest: M&S
Jumper: Boutique
Cardigan: Topshop
Skirt: Primark
Belt: ma mere
Tights: New Look
Shoes: New Look 


martes, 28 de febrero de 2012

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me!

I went to Costa today (other coffee shops are available ;)) with my besties and I realised just how much I'm going to miss them. Universities looming so of course we're splitting up, going our separate ways... well for now anyway. I can literally talk to them about anything though (I'm sure you understand) and the prospect of not being able to see them straight after a tragic event is quite frightening. Aaahh, guess it's time to prepare for miss independent.  
Reckon I look a bit like a pirate wench in this outfit, hence the random title. 

Shirt: (now ruined by paint) Primark
Waistcoat: Thrifted
Skirt: Primark
Tights: ?
Shoes: New Look

Good luck with your next step in life!

lunes, 27 de febrero de 2012

It's the thing in life I regret the most, leaving you standing there

Today I came to the realisation that healthy eating is very important. For lent I decided to give up all things unhealthy, I know, it's a pretty big ask, perhaps it's even impossible. Conversely I pursued and within a day already felt more alert and raring to go, it was definitely showing effects. All from cutting out the chocolates and crisps from my diet! Yesterday however, was a major set back I had two nutella crammed pancakes, numerous slice of pizza and a tantelising Mexican hot chocolate, no regrets. But today (yes you guessed it) I feel like utter crap, yes I'm back to my lethargic, hardly awake self. Lesson learnt people; eat crap, feel crap. 

Denim Jacket: I got it from ma mamma 
Knitted sleeveless jumper: Internationale 
Vest: New Look
Leather like Skirt: Boutique 
Tights: Probably ASDA
Ballet Pumps: Claires sale 
Necklace: Thrifted
Bangle: Gift

Hugs and kisses,

Ps. Does anyone have any tips on keeping strong during diets? I could use some!

domingo, 26 de febrero de 2012

Style Icon: #3 Ellie Goulding

Not only has she got the most amazing clothes but she is dating Radio 1 heartthrob Greg James, I am more than jealous! Her unique shaved haircut and androgynous style makes her seem edgy but her soft eyes give her a girly vibe, something you can't buy at Topshop. The thing I love most about her though; she is not the medias idea of beautiful. She has a longer face, larger nose, thinner lips etc. than those airbrushed alien types from Maybeline advertisements but she is still stunning. Just goes to show, you don't have to look like the magazines depiction of beauty in order to be gorgeous, you can be yourself.

Love from,

Ps. Has anyone else noticed she seems to put her arms up a lot? Very windswept

viernes, 24 de febrero de 2012

There is a road to happiness we just haven't found it yet

I saw this dress in the window of my local boutique and automatically fell in love. The shape is so feminine and rather flattering, plus tartans a winter trend that comes round every year, sold! The dress reminded me of one I saw Lucy from "The Only Way is Essex" wear, she looked absolutely gorgeous. 

Feeling rather ill so I came home from school early, the rest of the days been full of napping and catching up on "Skins". I guess, everyone needs a bit of 'me' time now and again. 

Coat: New Look
Dress: Boutique
Tights: ASDA
Shoes: New Look Sale
Earring: Boutique
Belt: Hand me down

Love you lots,

Ps. Have a good weekend!

It's Over

Hard to please,
you make me feel so fragile 
you talk in riddles, 
you're hard to decipher...
tell me, is this worth it?
if I can fault you
surely you're faulting me
tearing me apart in your mind
and it's quite clear I'm not your perfect
but frankly neither are you, mine
no one is 
I can't settle for this
it may be much but I need to be your everything
and I think I'm done trying

miércoles, 22 de febrero de 2012

Follow me down to the red oak tree

For lent I'm not really giving anything up but I'm going to try and start exercising, which is harder than it sounds. I'm really not a fan of the whole rapid heart beat thing, but we'll see how this goes! What are you giving up for lent? Before you say chocolate,I tried that a couple of years back and it's torture, don't put yourself through it! On a more topical note, today I heard about a really tragic death, a boy who used to got to my school unfortunately died in a car crash. He was so young so it seems impossible! But it just goes to show how fragile life is. All my thoughts go to Ben Wesley's family and friends, may he rest in peace.

Jumper: New Look
Shirt: Mum's Wardrobe
Skirt: Zara
Tights: Asda
Shoes: River Island
Belt: Vintage baabbbyy

Live life to the fullest, 

martes, 21 de febrero de 2012

Now I'm breaking at the britches and at the end of all your lines

Hey hey everybody, 

This was a bit of a Birdy inspired look that I meshed together from my very kind friends clothes. I stayed round the night to lose scrabble virginity, I know, how can I be 17 and not even attempted a game of scrabble? I just do not know, but I do know that I'm pretty much addicted now and I cannot wait for a rematch (of course I lost, being an amateur). Anyway, being me, I forgot a change of clothes, so my friend kindly lent me these.

Angora Jumper: Lipsy
Dress: Primark
Tights: god knows
Boots: Topshop

Please do excuse the very attractive name badge, completely forgot it was there. Does your school make you wear them? I'm convinced we're the only one.

Happy Pancake Day!