Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Make Up: Back to Basics

Yeah, did another video. Wanted to rant to you all about my current confusion about my foundation and skincare. I put a list of the products I mentioned in the info bar.

Also, how uneven do my eyes look in this video?!! One looks half asleep, and I am so cross eyed! Oh dear. Apologies for the swearing as well, but as you know, I am so tired and stressed at the minute, so I am swearing a lot just in general life to be honest.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Absence explained plus a few bits.

Right, so I re-filmed the video this evening and it's now only 10 minutes and I managed to do it all in one take.... yay. You can tell how tired I am from how much I'm slouching in this video- my waist has completely disappeared! Sorry for sounding so tired and not terribly articulate.

And... yeah. I'm sleepy. I'm going to watch some Peep Show. 

I talk too much.

I did a video earlier. It ended up insanely long, 23 minutes, and I spent forever uploading it to Youtube and then found out Youtube only lets you have videos that are 15 minutes maximum. DAMMIT. I shall endeavour tomorrow to edit the crap out of it so you can actually watch it. Apologies.

Thursday, 24 March 2011


Dorothy Perkins striped tee shirt, M&S cardigan thingy, Topshop skirt via Ebay, M&S jacket, tights and shoes, really old ASOS necklace

This skirt arrived in the post last week. I really like it apart from the very obvious problem; it's way too short. I should have known from previous experiences with Topshop skirts that they are nearly always obscenely short, but I got carried away by the bow love. It was so short that when I sat down it rode up and went all horribly and wrinkly, and I had to have my jacket draped over my legs all night. But seeing as it is a lovely skirt, and only cost me £6 on Ebay, I think I shall try and lengthen it, probably by stitching some red velvet ribbon around the bottom. I'm not sure how well it will work but it's worth a try, because at this length I'm really not going to wear it. I feel like one of those chubby girls wearing something they really can't get away with. It wasn't helped by the fact that I didn't have any plain black tights left at the time and so had to wear these sheer spotty ones. I'd also pulled a massive hole in the crotch whilst putting them on and was worried the skirt was going to rid up to reveal it! Ah, I'm so glamorous. I'm sure you all love hearing about my holey crotches.

Also, I really like this new spotty blazer I got in M&S at the weekend for £25. I haven't got many smart jackets and I thought it would go really well with my pencil skirt, for all those scary job interviews and things I may have to be going to soon *aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh* Bit more interesting than just a plain black blazer.

And apologies for the photos being so awful, I took these at about 2 in the morning after coming back home after an English social.

I shall attempt to get photos of an outfit soon where I'm not flashing my thunder thighs.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Incoherent babbling, caused by damn poets.

H&M dress, M&S tights, Office shoes, Topshop earrings

GGGGAAAAAHHHHH NEW SHOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Plus one of my favourite dresses in the whole world (it's the comfiest thing ever plus it has STARS on it) and the lipstick I think may have been made for me.

Also, *cough cough* please excuse my Nora Batty ankles.

That's all I can be arsed to say right now. It's a good thing I have these little pleasures to keep me going, since right now all I can think is 'Damn you Dante Gabriel Rossetti, why didn't you date any of your damn poems properly??!!!!!'

.... And breathe.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

In which I admit my love of cobblers.

black tee shirt bought from French Vila shop several years ago, old Mango tee shirt I acquired from my sister (also bought abroad...), Silence and Noise skirt from Urban Outfitters, unknown ancient (they're probably M&S) tights that I really need to replace, M&S shoes, ancient Topshop earrings

So, for the second Friday in a row, guess who completely forgot to prepare something for Feminist Friday?! Apologies, I'm just so busy with work at the minute I completely forgot, and to be honest I really wanted to show you this outfit. I shall attempt to write it in advance for next week so I have something to share with you all.

Do you find that sometimes the best outfits happen when you really need to do washing and have got no black tights left? I just happened to find this tee shirt at the bottom of a draw and fancied putting it on, since it would work with my new lipstick. Which, on a side note, I AM COMPLETELY OBSESSED WITH. IT'S SO RIDICULOUSLY BLOODY AMAZING. I even painted my nails to match.... Anyway, I just really liked how this outfit turned out. I wore it with my blue biker jacket and felt very cool. It made my day good. And I have nothing more articulate to say on that matter really *English degree fail*

In other news, MY OFFICE BROGUES FINALLY ARRIVED TODAY!!! Although I am going to have to take them straight to the cobblers tomorrow to get the sole done, since they have a stitched sole, which means the stitching goes all the way through. My mum and I found out the other day when we took my sister's boots to get resoled that in fact these are pretty difficult to resole after you've worn them down; because of the stitching, you can't sand them down to stick the new sole on without the shoe falling apart. Did that make any sense?? I don't know, it's late, I've had a headache today, I'm not exactly on top form. Anyway, basically, I just need to go and get them soled now before I wear them so I can get a decent amount of use out of them. I'm really hard on shoes so have to get them resoled and re-heeled pretty often; it works out cheaper in the long run then having to buy new shoes. I need to take several other pairs actually. I've worn the leopard print ones so much they are going a bit. Sorry, I'll stop using the blog to make a mental note to myself and stop all this thrilling chat about cobblers.

Although, saying that, does anybody else really love the smell in the shoe repairers? There's this really nice sanded leathery smell, a little like the smell after you've filed your nails. Then again this might just be me with my super sensitive wolf nose. I really will stop typing now before you all think I'm completely weird and obsessed with cobblers. I think it leads back to my love of the Hans Christian Andersen film when I was a kid.....

Right, enough. Have lovely weekends everyone. Watch some Hans Christian Andersen, it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And I admit it, I do love cobblers.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Turn my swagger on (lols!)

ancient Oasis dress, bought from an outlet for a fiver, Chilli Pepper zip up, New Look scarf in hair, M&S tights, Converse trainers, earrings a gift

Whilst at home this weekend, I discovered this zip up jumper thing languishing in a drawer. I must admit, this is probably one of the most under worn items of clothing I own. I bought it about 5 years ago when I was working in a shop that sold Chilli Pepper clothing. At the time of buying, I wore jeans a lot more and was more casual generally; however, even then, I couldn't seem to get over the slight chavviness of this jumper. Despite absolutely adoring the print, the white colour plus the zip up collar just looks a little.... let's just say a little Kelly from Misfits, because I can't think of a better example. My boyfriend told me today that I looked a little pikey, which was a lovely bit of encouragement. But since I paid about £40 or £50 for it, and adore the print, I have never been able to get rid of it. I saw it yesterday and decided to shove it in my bag to bring back in an attempt to reclaim it.

I tried to style it in a sort of 80s way, a bit trendy Cher Lloyd chav, if any of you know what I mean?? (I don't like all of her clothes, but I do like the headscarf thing she has going on) I was planning on doing this tutorial, that I saw on Fritha's blog, but couldn't really be bothered in the end. It might have looked a bit better with that, but oh well.

I also really wanted to wear my new MAC Rebel lipstick I bought (well, my mum did, thank you!) at the weekend. I'd been considering it for a while, but couldn't figure out whether it was more of a plum or a pink; I thought I'd best wait until I could get to a MAC counter and have a nose for myself. It turned out to be a fantastic fuchsia colour that I absolutely adore,and goes perfectly with the magenta lipliner I already have. You may see a lot of this lipstick in future posts, I love it!
(Oh yes, and apologies for the ridiculous over-exposure on the picture of my face, but that was the one that best captured the lip colour, the others I took were far too pink)

Also, apologies for no Feminist Friday last week. Silly me forgot I wouldn't be able to do the post at home without my laptop. I had a lovely weekend at home, although I am still rather sad to be back. I've just got to get on with my work the next month or so, before I get to go home at Easter. Ah, the joys of 3rd year!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

A confession.

I just did something very naughty. You know those silver brogues I've been wanting to buy for months but wouldn't pay £65 for?? I may have just stumbled across them reduced to £30 and bought them.... my boyfriend is going to kill me.

What a mess.

H&M dress, vintage cardi via charity shop, M&S tights, Topshop belt, Dr Martens boots

I would apologise for what my friend Sinead has dubbed the 'Romanian Orphan staring at the ground' pose but to be honest, today my hair and face have been such a mess I don't really care. I was thinking about wearing this with glasses last night, but then was forced into it this morning by the fact that my eyes were really red and uncooperative. I'm not sure whether I like this outfit; on the one hand I think I may have finally something to wear this cardigan with (it's been sat in my room for several months), but on the other I worry I may look like a lesbian. And not in a good way. I really do hate wearing my glasses; they just make me feel so ugly! I know that's really stupid, but they just make me feel such a mess. That plus the fact they look awful with my hair up.

I'm going to go now and shut up whinging, because I bet it sounds like I'm fishing for compliments. Actually, I write a blog, of course I am! Urgh. Let's go answer some questions on Mary Wollstonecraft you ridiculous woman.

Bit of a fashion post fail.

I warn you, this may be the most boring post ever. Especially considering the fact it's International Women's Day, I'm sure I should be posting on something else than the thrilling domestic things that are to follow. Oh well. I haven't got any particularly exciting outfits from the last few days, and I thought I should let you know I haven't dropped off the face of the blogosphere (like I am prone to do occasionally). So, here's the terribly exciting things that have happened to me in the last few days...

I bought a new lunchbox! Does the fact it's red and spotty make up for the fact that I sound like a crazy deranged Lakeland-obsessed housewife right now? I'm trying to stop spending so much cash buying my lunch at this amazing cafe up at uni, and bought this in an attempt to do so. Tomorow I may go buy couscous and vegetables to put in it, and later into my belly.

I knew it was bad, but I didn't know it was this bad. Yep people, that's an entire washing basket full of cardigans and tights. My washing had got somewhat behind due to the fact I can only dry about 4 cardis at a time, but tomorrow I must go buy a bigger air dryer! This is simply ridiculous!

Soemthing slightly more exciting.... train tickets to pop home this weekend. I didn't think I would be going home until Easter, what with the joys of third year and dissertations, but I've been so stressed and miserable the last few weeks I've decided that fuck it, I can go home for 2 days. I think it will do me a lot of good and I'm terribly excited about seeing my parents and sister. And cats! And I'm finally having a haircut after last having one in December. It's a bit of a shaggy mane at the minute. But this shall be remedied soon!

Anyway, that's my thrillling update. I shall have an outfit post tomorrow, since whilst tidying up my room I spied a hopeful looking combination of unworn cardigan and old much beloved dress. I'm going to shut up now and let you all get on with your lives, which I'm sure are much more exciting than my granny existence.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Saturday Night at the Movies

Next Men's tee shirt, H&M skirt, M&S denim shirt and shoes, Tatty Devine earrings, Swatch watch

Just a quick post before I head off to bed. I just wanted to show you all these amazing Tatty Devine earrings I managed to find on Ebay for £8! They're also a bit rare now, since they're discontinued. I've always been rather partial to the accompanying necklace, but hadn't purchased it due to the rather high prices of their pieces. When I stumbled across these on Ebay I was well chuffed. There was a bit of a kerfuffle with the posting due to my stupid hall's postboxes, but I got them earlier in the week. I am planning on pairing them with the lollipop necklace at some point, but, to be honest, I just wanted to wear them and didn't have many clothes at my disposal, so just put this rather random ensemble together. I like to think the 'Back to the Future' tee shirt accompanies the earrings rather nicely. I really love Next men's tee shirts; whenever I get a gift voucher for there, I had straight to the men's section! I got a rather cool Mickey Mouse sweatshirt in a sale from there, and also my beloved Sesame Street tee shirt that may unfortunately be dying (it's doing that horrible bobbley thing under the arms and where you sit on it).

I am also wearing the new Barry M lipstick I bought after trying to find a dupe for the one Marina Diamandis was wearing on the front of this month's Company. I'm quite pleased with it, although I'm not entirely sure my skin is good enough to carry the colour off completely. Oh well. I shall continue to attempt it.

Off to bed now. And not to all bore you with it again, but my dissertation calls me again tomorrow. Night.

P.S. Ooh, and I actually did go the movies tonight! Just remembered that whilst thinking of a title! Finally got to see the King's Speech, and it was fantastic. I really am going to bed now.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Feminist Friday- Is Fast Fashion a Feminist Issue?

So, here is my first attempt at 'Feminist Friday'. I shall have to give the credit for this idea to my friend Sinead, who asked to see something a little more 'serious' on the blog, and suggested I had a look at this article. Apologies if this is not terribly articulate, I am actually feeling a little peaky this evening, but after saying I would do this today I thought it was important to stick to some kind of deadline.

Rosselson in this article (and Naomi Wolf, in this one) is attempting to draw attention to the fact that despite the rise in awareness and production of ethical clothing within the last few years, 'fast fashion' still continues to be the predominant mode of shopping within Western culture. The fact we can now buy a dress for £5 and keep our wardrobe up to date with the latest trends without breaking the bank, is not without its consequences. Women are the primary consumers of this type of clothing, and likewise have a responsibility to the thousands of women who produce these clothes in extremely poor conditions in the sweatshops of the East, such as Bangladesh. This idea of spending is so tied into our Western construction of what makes us 'women' that it can be difficult to see a way forward. But, as Western women with the money in our pockets, it is our responsibility to attempt to withdraw ourselves from this constant cycle of consumerism.

For me personally, this has been an issue that's been bugging me for a while. I do try and buy most of my clothes from charity shops, or from retailers whose prices would indicate a more responsible ethical method of production. However, this has become so ingrained in our high street that even retailers such as Marks and Spencer, who market themselves as a wholesome British brand, are sourcing their clothing from Bangladesh (and as all of you who know my love of M&S, this makes me very sad). I am personally debating whether to give up high street shopping, after also reading this post over at Silence Sweetheart. It also makes me question whether I really want to go into the fashion industry- do I really want to spend my time supporting an industry that perpetuates this constant 'need' for clothing that is being produced by poor women who can't even afford to feed their families? This isn't to even mention the environmental impact that fast fashion has. In a world in which we are so aware of the damage we are doing to the planet, the fact we pump out so many garments, (whose production is often harmful to the environment, such as cotton) that often end up on landfill sites, is frightly shameful. And all of this in the name of looking on trend.

Of course I understand that for many people, myself included, fashion is a way of expressing yourself and can do wonders for self-esteem. But really, in the face of all the problems it creates and people it exploits, how is this in any way important? I am also aware that for many women in Western society it is the fashion industry that provides their jobs, whether that be in publishing, marketing or retail. However, surely there must be a way to provide these women with jobs whilst also providing garment workers with fair levels of pay and labour rights. Whether that be through campaigning, buying from ethical brands or from donating some of those many shoes to your local Oxfam, we have a responsibilty to adress this problem. Only then will we be able to have a 'guilt-free' shopping spree.

Let me know what you thought about today's piece, and whether you like seeing this sort of thing on the blog. I am also open to any suggestions for future columns, although I have got a few ideas floating around in my head to do soon. Hope this has been thought provoking... I'll be back with my staring at my feet shots soon!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

The inner 6 year old returns.

first outfit- Topshop dress, M&S tee shirt and tights, Fat Face cardigan-shrug-thing, vintage belt via charity shop, New Look scarf in hair, Converse trainers, Bohm ring

second outfit- New Look dress, Dorothy Perkins tee shirt, Laura Ashley cardi, charity shop belt, M&S tights, shoes as before

The last few days have been a classic example of me dressing like the lovely girl in my header. Basically, a 6 year old with too much glitter. For some reason, the sunshine came out and so did my inner little girl, and along with her a lot of pastels and sparkle. I wore my OPI Absolutely Alice glitter nail polish after seeing this tip on Gem's blog on how to remove it without getting through an entire pack of cotton wool. However, I'd forgotten that the other reason I don't wear it is because it chips something awful. I'd taken it off within 2 days because it just looked so skanky. I think it's because you end up applying it in quite a thick layer to get the opacity and then that flakes off quite easily. I also wore this Tinkerbell ring I have been meaning to show you for an absolute age. Sorry the photo is no closer, but this was as close as I could get without that dreaded macro over exposure. The scarf is another one I have discovered is best in my hair- I really love the tattoo doodles, hence why I wore my DIY Mermaid earrings.

Saturday also consisted of me making ridiculously sweet glittery cupcakes and getting very excited in Matalan over their socks- I got all of these for £6! Oh dear. I think I need to get out more.

Other outfit is one from my video the other day, once again looking quite ridiculously twee. I do wonder if this is why people mistake me for 15. But I don't know any other way to dress when it's warmer! I just get excited by stripes and florals and denim. It wasn't even that warm this week, I was just being deceived by the sunshine. Anyone have tips on looking 'sophisticated' (bah, as if I'd ever look that) in the summer?

Have taken pictures of today's outfit for post tomorrow. Shall try and get it done then, and not leave it until Monday!