Monday, 27 December 2010

Sequins and streaks

first outfit- Dorothy Perkins shirt, stripey tee shirt, and skirt from charity shop, Boden velvet plimsolls, Accessorize scarf and sequined beret

second outfit- H! by Henry Holland dress, Laura Ashley cardigan, M&S suspender tights, Office shoes, Pilgrim necklace, ring was a gift from my mum, Dorothy Perkins hair bow and Claire's Accessories clip in hair extensions

Just a couple of outfits from the last few days, mostly worn in the house with Dr Martens boots on when I had to venture outside into the snow. I'm really pleased with my new velvet plimsolls and am hoping that now the snow has thawed it won't be too wet so they will get some show outside of my house. I also really like this recyled ring my mum bought me for Christmas; I specifically wore this dress just so I could wear it. And in the spirit of 15 year old hair- messy bun with blue and purple streaks!

Now I've started writing about my hair on the blog, I can't seem to stop- I'm having a haircut on Wednesday and am thinking of getting a platinum blonde chunk in my hair in a Cruella de Vil/Daphne Guinness kind of a way. I probably won't get it done this time around, but if I decide to do it influences whether or not I get my hair dyed blue black again- my hairdresser told me that the blue black would turn it green, so I am wondering whether getting plain black would elevate this problem. I know I said in my post the other day that I was terrified of bleaching, and I am somewhat, but I feel this would be a less threatening place to start. If I had it, it would probably be in my lower layers as well, so roots showing through shouldn't be a problem. What do you think, to bleach and black or stick with the blue black?

Thursday, 23 December 2010


I'm so sorry everyone. I may have done something really silly and accidentally missed the blog's birthday... I was convinced my first post was on the 24th but it was actually the 22nd. Whoopsie. Let's pretend it was the 24th and this is a birthday post! I don't really have any outfits to post at the minute; I was going to take a picture of what I wore today, but then had to go out to deliver Christmas cards for my mum, promptly fell on my arse and cried and then got eyeliner all over my face. Oh dear.

As in my first (ok, second) post, since arriving at home on Saturday my time has mostly been concerned with food. Making it (including apple and almond pudding cake in second picture, and chocolate and cranberry mince pies, a bit strange at first but good), watching too much TV in my lovely warm living room including Miranda ('Al dente? Oh no, that's pasta') and having lots of fragrant vanilley candles burning. I've also been enjoying my cat's company once again including my gorgeous kitten Deidre pictured here.

I shall try and have an outfit post for you soon. Hopefully there shall be some lovely clothes-shaped presents coming my way tomorrow! I received some teal velvet plimsolls in the post today which my mum bought me in the Boden sale, which I'm very excited about wearing. Unfortunately, given the current weather, I don't think I'll be wearing them for quite a long time, other than to pad around in the house in. I shall take a picture soon.

And just to say, it's been a really good first year blogging. I can still remember writing my first post, and am so pleased with the way the blog has turned out. I'm so grateful for any comments any of you leave and am so pleased that 28 people feel the need to read my ramblings. I didn't think this little thing would end up meaning so much to me but I don't know what I did without it now!

I hop you all have a lovely Christmas Eve, and to any of you travelling or expecting people, good luck! I'll speak to you all again soon.

Ooh, and one other thing, I'm thinking about buying this cape- what do you all think?

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Mr Blue Sky

My hair post the other day didn't tell the whole story. Ever since I was about 13, I have wanted blue and black hair. In my early teenage years, I had somewhat of an obsession with Sky Mangel from Neighbours. To some people this may make no sense whatsoever, but I am hoping that some people may be able to empathise with me! She first appeared on Neighbours when I was 13, and to my impressionable young self she was the coolest thing EVER. She wore these amazing outfits, was feisty, fiercely against conforming to the populist bullshit of her peers, and how could I forget.... THAT HAIR. Ridiculous as it is, a fictional soap character had a massive influence on my younger teenage self. It also emerged that Sky had based herself on a character called Enid Coleslaw, who I naively presumed to be fictional. Imagine my delight when a friend found that Ghost World was in fact a real film! (I've been meaning to do a whole separate Ghost World post ever since I started the blog). My teenage years were spent attempting to emulate the coolness of Sky. However, I never quite achieved that hair... I did get a Babyliss extensions kit with which I could insert various coloured streaks, but never had the nerve to do the blue permanently. Now my hair is getting longer again, and resembling my 15 year old self more and more, I can't but help feel the urge to have the hair again... I have some form of compromise in my blue black hair dye, but unfortunately the blue sheen never lasts that long. I really do want to get the blue streaks, even now when it wouldn't go with some of my wardrobe, but I just don't want to sacrifice my hair for the bleach. Imagine my delight when Kaelah Bee introduced me to Miss Violet Lace's wigs;

I think I must get one. I know I might feel kind of silly, and I'll want to wear my old Sky style clothes as well, which I worry will make me look 15, but I don't care. It's odd because although my style has developed and whatnot, there's still a part of me that really wants to dress like my old self. I suppose that's the thing about clothes; you can put them on, and then take them off and wear something else instead. And if I got this wig, I could do the whole shebang if I fancied reliving my teenage years and then pop on a pencil skirt and heels. I think I tend to get a little stuck in thinking I have to have one certain 'look'; but surely the point of style is that I can change? I hope getting this wig might help me get over it and fully embrace the magic transforming power of clothes.

I'm sorry if this post doesn't make a whole heap of sense. This whole debate between my 15 year old self and my attempting-to-look-older-and-nonchalant self is constantly raging.

Ooh, and a little side note that this whole hair debacle was prompted by my growing hair but also by the awesomeness that is Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim vs the World. But I'll talk about her another day. Time to stop rambling now and sleep, for I have to get up tomorrow and go with my mum to Waitrose for tasty Christmas food stock up. Wish us luck getting out of my village and to the supermarket!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Everybody wants to be a cat...

Numph cat tee shirt, H&M black tee shirt, H&M skirt, Dr Martens shoes, Dorothy Perkins hair bow

Ah, back in the library again. Firstly, please ignore the fact I have one red eye in the top photo. Windows Photo Gallery would let me fix one but not the other, I think because it's obscured somewhat by fringe. How annoying.
Anyway, here is my new cat tee shirt. Ok, so it's not new; I just wore it, forgot to take a picture and didn't wash it for yonks because I hardly have any white washing. It is absolutely massive on me, but they only had larges left and it was only £9 on the ASOS website. I could not leave it. I hope you like the ironic wearing of my leopard print shoes with it as well.
I can't think of anything else to say.... I'm going to go read the Tempest for my seminar tomorrow. And possibly paint my nails. Then should start packing really for my trip home on Saturday... really looking forward to getting back. And it will be the blog's first birthday soon too!

Monday, 13 December 2010

Hair identity crisis

Can you tell any difference?
One of these pictures I took today. The other is from about 5 years ago.

This is the current dilemma I find myself in growing my hair. My hair hasn't been this long since I was about 15, and I can't help feel that as soon as I put those old glasses on it's like 'BOOM!' and I've travelled back in a time machine. I realise it's not as long as it once was, but in the intervening 5 years I have had two other haircuts;

Can you understand why I'm finding all this hair a little strange now in comparison?

The thing is, both times I cut my hair I did it in a conscious effort to look more 'grown up'. And also because I was somewhat bored of looking like every single other teenage girl. And while I do want to grow my hair, and am planning on attempting at styling it this time round, (although the quality of the styling can be debated- I do remember at such times when I'm backcombing and teasing that this may have also been a reason for having a fairly manageable haircut!) I just can't quite figure out how I feel about having longer hair again. I'm not entirely sure how I want it either which is another slight problem. Although there is perhaps hope on the horizon- I hope you can see in the top photo that I've managed to get some form of texture into it with the help of Toni and Guy's Blow Dry Styler, so I'm hoping that I may be able to get this eventually-

MAGICAL KATE NASH HAIR OF MY DREAMS. But in blue black obviously.

I hope this has been at least a little entertaining, and not just horribly self indulgent. I just thought I never talk about my hair, and thought you might find it interesting (or not, if so feel free to tell me). Is there anybody else out there suffering somewhat of a hair identity crisis whilst growing their hair??

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Vintage and vegetable curry soup

vintage skirt, really old H&M tee shirt, Topshop lace shrug, charity shop necklace, belt and shoes

Terribly exciting news. A charity shop in Aberystwyth has recently started selling vintage clothing. Now I know for a lot of people a new vintage shop isn't a revelation to their shopping life. However, to me, who has about 1 vintage shop in the entire vicinity at home (and I don't go there very often, because the lady who owns it is a little scary and witchy, and to be honest it's pretty overpriced) and no vintage shops at all at university, this is rather exciting. I bought this skirt about a month ago now, but just haven't gotten around to doing the post until now. I loved how well the skirt went with this necklace I bought in Oxfam in September which I hadn't been able to wear with anything thus far. I'm not sure if you can see in the photo but I'm also wearing a black lace shrug over the tee shirt for some added texture. I know there's probably many more exciting ways to wear this skirt than just with black, but I haven't quite figured them out yet. Please bear with me. To be honest, my outfits at the moment are mostly consisting of how many layers I can physically wear in one go, it's so damn cold in the UK. I'm pretty fed up of it now. In good news though, I am now all done on the essay front, so should be able to post a lot more frequently, which I'm really looking forward to. I have a few posts planned which I'm quite excited about. I always feel like I should make this blog less about my outfits and a little more varied; I'm hoping to do that soon. Hope you're not all terribly bored with my staring at the floor and so forth.
Ooh, and I've started volunteering at afore mentioned charity shop. Cue lots of chats with little old ladies :)
I'm going to go now because my boyfriend's got terribly lurgy and I need to go and attempt to convert a vegetable curry I made a couple of days ago into soup. He's asked me to do it; I'm not sure if it's going to work. I'll let you know what vegetable curry soup tastes like :)