Thursday, 16 October 2014

Witchy Halloween Vibes and Hanging Out With Tori's Tales

Witchy Vibes

So, I had other posts lined up before this but I liked these pictures so much I had to post them first. Yesterday I went to finally meet a real-life blogger in Nottingham after finding Tori of Tori's Tales on twitter. We went for lunch at the Broadway Cinema as it's super vegetarian-friendly and Tori is a vegetarian. Sadly the place is not fantastically camera friendly, it's pretty dark inside (I mean, it's a cinema.) so I didn't get any snaps - we were also hurrying a little because both being students, we have a load of work to do and super-short deadlines. However, at a little bit of a loose end afterwords (otherwise known as convincing yourself you don't need to go home and do work yet) I met up with Martin who took some pictures of my outfit for me, then stopped in Cafe Nero for a cosy coffee and some Cantonese lessons. I can now tell you what my name is, know if you're asking me what my name is, ask what your name is , ask if you're well, respond if you ask me, and ask if you are too if you asked me first.

The morning was one of those mornings where I tried on 100 different outfits. For some reason I was reluctant to wear this dress from ARK even though I wanted to wear it, so I just put it on in the end. I love the slightly dipped hem - not usually something I go for but I think it works well on this. As you might have noticed I'm all about smocks at the moment so you can understand why I love it. I  It was definitely too cold for just the dress, which is a little thin, so I matched some old Primark tights with this H&M striped tee that I've had forever. Putting striped t-shirts under other things is something I love doing in colder weather. With the tomato-soup hair, the stripes and the black dress I was feeling kind of witchy - I am definitely subconsciously feeling the Halloween vibe - so I just went with it and chose my old, faithful, River Island buckled shoes and some darker make up than usual. For some reason, with my current orange dip dye I am less interested in 60s volume and more about soft, girly waves - I've been pinning my fringe back more and embracing the more fluffy, wispy look. I say this all the time but I can't wait for it to grow out more - my hair is so thick that when it is short it looks puffy, but when it is longer it looks much more balanced.

Thanks Tori for being my friend - it was so lovely to sit and chat about blogging and Nottingham and being creative.

Witchy Vibes Witchy Vibes

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Autumn Wishlist: Coral and Blues and Layering

Joules. Chicwish and Romwe Wishlist

I've mentioned a few times that I had a colossal clear out before I moved back to uni - I gave away/donated every single thing I didn't love. I had the intention of buying only things I really love, and can imagine working with other pieces in my wardrobe. I imagine this is common practice for a lot of people, but I really am an impulse buyer - I buy something because I have 'nothing to wear' to an event without even checking my wardrobe to see if that's true first. I also buy things just because I love them without any thought whatsoever as to if I have anything that will go with them, which usually leads to having to buy stuff to go with them. Last year, my view to my loan was to just spend it until it ran out, but with the responsibility of bills this year (and a severely dented savings account) I have been trying to be more sensible when allowing myself new purchases. 

That said, I am going to have to do some shopping because in my clear-out, I cleared-out a lot of little jumpers and things that weren't really my style, but has left me with little in the way of Autumn clothes. Autumn is definitely about layering anyway - particularly when it's icy at 8am but bright sunshine by 12. I've wanted this Chichwish dress for what feels like such a long time -it has such a great 60s vibe and I love anything with that smock-y empire line, but it's not particularly autumnal. However, I'm loving jumpers-over-dresses which is the reason I chose my new Topshop Jumper  and I loved this red/coral jumper from the Joules - I actually like a lot of the Women's Knitwear - especially their signature animal jumpers that they bring out each season. I think my autumn/winter wardrobe has a tendency to be a little less colourful so it would inject some colour nicely. I can see it over this beautiful pleated top from Romwe, and all of it over the top of the Chicwish Dress to make it a little more autumnal. I am loving loads of the Leather Handbags, also from Joules, especially this beauuuutiful saddle bag - we all know how much I actually need to switch bags because I am wearing the life out of my New Look bucket bag. Joules' bags look really high quality, which is what I need for carting things to and from the studio - I've had many a 'school bag' break under the weight of portfolios and laptops. On the subject of good quality, I'd also love these amazing loafers from Hudson which would fit perfectly in line with not choosing black shoes all the time, and I know that my other pair of Hudson shoes are super high quality, long-lasting leather. I can also see everything working really well with other things in my wardrobe - especially that Joules Bag. 

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Cigarette Pants (again), A Cropped Jumper and New Look Loafers

Cigarette Pants (again) and Nude Loafers and Crop Jumpers

Friday I got to parade my fancy new flame hair to my lecture, I actually had a fair few compliments on it. I mentioned on twitter the other day that I went shopping, and I wore a few of my purchases. I wore my cigarette pants again (I did say that I would get a lot of wear out of them!) with this new, super-snuggly jumper from Topshop which I fell in love with at the Victoria Centre Student Lock-In. I've wanted a cropped (though Topshop categorizes it as 'shrunken') jumper that is appropriately tight - usually cropped jumpers are very baggy which wasn't exactly what I wanted to wear with my skirts and high-waisted things. I'm mostly looking forward to wearing it over dresses with the skirt fanning out prettily underneath it, but I wanted to try it out with a collared blouse and Friday's double-lecture definitely did not call for flouncy skirts or fuss. My loafers are from New Look which I bought just after the lock-in, whilst they were still offering 20%| student discount, so I got these for £17.99! I've wanted a pair for so long and it was between these and a black pair. I've been trying to avoid buying any more black shoes so I went with these and I'm really glad I did. They go with everything

Because Friday was such a long day (okay, a two hour lunch break, but you have to spend so long waiting about to go to two lectures that are unreasonably spread out throughout the day) I packed myself a lunch rather than waste money and eat unnecessary calories by buying something whilst out. I finally got to use this cute tiffin box that I picked up at TK Maxx before I returned to Nottingham - it inspired me to take along a little more than just a sandwich - I filled the other boxes with cucumbers and grapes. I think this week I'm going to make some nice pasta to put in my little boxes. The good thing is it's adorable - it got lots of compliments - and it has a little handle so it doesn't have to go in my already over-filled bag and I can put it down on the floor or out the way.

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Dreamy Tangerine Curls | BLEACH London Dye

The Big Reveal

Hi everyone! So I hinted at this on Twitter and Instagram and finally I am putting it on the blog properly. It was Megan's Post  that sparked my idea. I initially wanted to do the same as her and dye in a dark dip-dye once my blonde grew out, but then I realised - why wait until it had grown out - why not capitalise on the 'porous' blank canvas that is bleached hair and make by grown-in-roots-masquerading-as-blonde-dip-dye into exciting wannbe dip-dye. I wanted a soft girlie colour - I didn't really fancy a more outrageous colour like blue or green (been there done that!) I felt like a peachy pink was more in-line with a natural hair colour, but still a little bit exciting. I looked a little bit online and then went to boots and sought out BLEACH London's 'Awkward Peach'.

It wasn't until I got home I'd actually bought 'Tangerine Dream'. Yup, Orange. Still, I figured since I didn't want poster-paint pigmentation, I'd be diluting it, and a pale 'tangerine' is hardly that far from peach. Also, I was too excited to wait until the next day to return and get the right colour, so I winged it. I added a little dab to a huge handful of conditioner and left it on for 15 minutes. I washed it out and it looked...unremarkable. So, the next morning I added a big blob to the same amount of conditioner and ended up with a much more solid colour which kind of magically resembled ombre (probably just my poor application, really!) I love it, and It's certainly livening up the period of desperately waiting for it to grow a bit longer.

The Big Reveal The Big Reveal

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Black on Black, Cigarette Pants and Getting To Wear My Tara Starlet Coat Again

Time for Coats

So yesterday Martin and I went shopping. I'd been to the student lock-in at the Victoria Shopping Centre the night before and got the shopping bug, so I went to buy a few new things to tide me over the cold months - I tried to be restrained and honestly I think I was! I didn't manage to find myself a jacket though, so that's still on my list of clothes-I'm-allowed-to-buy. I was staying at Martin's (again?!) and packed my bag in a hurry so I just threw in these BooBooKitty Couture Cigarette Pants again to wear with last year's Primark jumper - pretty much the same as I wore last time - but I wore them unbelted (not that you could see in the photos last time!) and paired with my winter coat. It's one of two winter coats I have, and I wore this Tara Starlet one to death last year, but I was already pleased to be wearing it again this year. 

It's already feeling super autumnal, and going for drinks with some coursemates last night made we wish for gloves even though I switched to my even-snugglier winter coat. The arboretum, where we took these photos, is looking considerably orange in places and is fresh and bright to walk through in the mornings. Though I was lamenting the autumn, I think the Brit in me is still a little bit warm at the thought of wrapping up and seeing your breath plume in front of you in the mornings. 

Time for Coats

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

And then the Rain Came

And then the rain came

And, as if in response to my last post, the rain came and wearing sunglasses definitely would look very silly indeed. I spent as long as possible inside, before hurrying off to my lecture!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Good Hair and the Last Few Days for Sunglasses

Good Hair Day and the Last Days for Sunglasses

Fridays, I finish at two. After my lecture, I dropped home with the intention of going to the gym, but I actually retired that idea to do some illustration work before meeting the girls to go to the goose fair, which is a fair that rolls into Nottingham once a year. My native Nottingham friend tells me that it's really tradition to go, go on a few rides and eat donuts and candyfloss and mushy peas with mint sauce. I didn't have any of the peas, I was on a budget of £10 and to be honest mint sauce and peas sounds like the most awful of combinations. I have it on Nottingham-er authority that it is good, though. In the day though, I'd been loving what my hair was doing (I woke up like thiiiis) so when I came home I got a few snaps. I realised too, that it might have been one of the last days for sunglasses. It was bright, but there was a definite chill which made me wish I'd worn tights and a jacket. I think it's fair to say that autumn is truly here. 

Good Hair Day and the Last Days for Sunglasses