Thursday, 30 June 2011

Er... what am I doing now?

Topshop tee shirt and belt, H&M skirt, Office shoes, Tatty Devine necklace, MAC Impassioned lipstick

I know I'm crap and haven't posted in over a week. Everything is very odd and up in the air at the moment. I was hoping to post again once I had heard back about this job, but I probably won't know until tomorrow and thought the blogging could not wait any longer. I'm a little miserable too at the moment; I went to go and see my boyfriend this weekend, which whilst being lovely, only helped to emphasise how hard living apart for over a year would be.

To explain, I just finished my degree in English and Politics (I actually got my final degree mark today, which was a 2:1 as I expected) and am now at somewhat of a loose end. I do want to go into some sort of area in fashion, but not traditional fashion journalism as I once thought. I spoke to a rather intimidating but effective careers advisor before I left uni and she managed to wrangle out of me that the reason I've always been a little unsure about the fashion journalism is because I have ethical issues with fashion as a whole. It's not fashion per se that I like, (could I sound anymore cliched?) but style. I don't want to work and contribute to this endless cycle of consumerism which convinces people they need things that they really could do without, and which damages the environment and often another person involved in the production process. I feel very strongly that there is definitely a way forward from our fast fashion culture, and I want to help participate in that.

So, at the minute, I'm wanting to go into some area of ethical fashion, perhaps on the advertising or marketing side, or helping charities promote and develop their retail outlets as an alternative to the high street. However, I'm not really sure how I'm going to actually get into this kind of work! I'm thinking that the best option would be to live at home for a year and save some money before going on to do some kind of fashion Masters in September 2012. But at the same time as wanting to do this, I also really want to live with my boyfriend, who happens to be 3 hours away now we are back at home. My sister is also leaving for uni in September, and lots of my friends aren't actually here at the moment. I'm also slightly stranded in my village and so my social life whilst at home is pretty much null and void. It's difficult because at the same time as wanting to do this Masters I also really want to feel like I am getting on with my life and moving forward. Living at home (whilst my parents are amazing) is quite depressing. If I do get a job, I know that will help, but right now I am so unsure about everything. It all seems like a big fat mess if I am honest!

Right. Sorry for that massive winge. I just felt it was kind of important to let you all know what I am actually doing with my life right now. Onto the outfit... you've seen the tee shirt and skirt before, but here is a better picture for you of my Tatty Devine necklace and a look at my new MAC lipstick, which I adore. I've got this dreadful problem of now I am back at home, with decent shops and time to spare loitering in town inbetween job interviews, I keep buying stuff that I cannot afford. Although Grant did tell me off with the ultimate put-down earlier- I often tell him off for always smoking when he goes out with his friends, and he did compare my inability to be in town and not purchase stuff as the same as his smoking! Properly got me there I must admit. This belt is one such purchase; although I did get it in the sale and I know it will be so, so useful. For someone like me who never goes out the house without at least one pattern on leopard print is almost a neutral of some sort.

I'm just going to shush now. Sorry for unburdening the crap of my life onto you all. Any wisdom would be appreciated.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Rings and things.

M&S blouse via charity shop, M&S cardi, Silence and Noise skirt from Urban Outfitters, M&S tights, Office shoes, Tatty Devine necklace, Bohm beetle ring, purple ring from local jewellery shop

Apologies for the shoddy photo. But that is what happens if I am rubbish and forget to take photos earlier in the day and instead take them at 11 at night. Flash + SPF in foundation = red eye and weird shiny moon face. Anyway. Just a quick outfit post, including a blouse which I bought probably about 6 months ago now but just never got around to showing you. I really love the peter pan collar (which unfortunately you cannot see here) and the dotty pattern. It makes a nice change for me to have black polkadots on white unlike my usual reverse! Ooh, and I don't think you've actually seen the necklace before, despite me owning it since March and wearing it to death and meaning to show you about 20 million times. It was just one of those things where every time I took an outfit photo of it I looked completely dreadful and couldn't show you for the sake of preserving my vanity. Obviously gave up on that today then! It's just a larger version of my wee teeny one (the one I was originally intending to get actually but the lady made me the wrong one by mistake!) and cost an absolute arm and a leg, but it's totally worth it because I've probably worn it more than several necklaces I have lurking around combined. For some strange reason, I don't find myself reaching for necklaces very often; it's a bad habit, and one I must try and snap out of since I have amassed a crapload of jewellery over my 10 years or so.

Speaking of jewellery, here is my latest addition to my ring collection. Even if I don't wear necklaces very often, I never leave the house without some ring on my finger. It's strange, because I never wore them until a few years ago, but now my fingers feel naked and bare without one. I've got quite a wide collection already but not many actual proper rings that don't turn my fingers green, and so am trying to get more that are comfortable. This one was actually purchased in Aberystwyth on my very last day as a memento. I originally went into the shop hunting for a dichromatic glass one, since Kathy has had one for several years that I have been lusting over, but unfortunately they didn't have many of those left and none of them really took my fancy, which was quite annoying since they were reduced! Ah well. Instead I got this beauty. I've been wearing these two as a pair now for about a fortnight and I adore them. Wearing the two together isn't terribly comfy, but I am willing to sacrifice this for the joy I get every time I look down at my hand.

Thank you for all your encouraging comments on my last post. I am really excited now! I actually also found another hair inspiration in the form of Caitlin Moran. I was always a little unsure as to whether maybe go down the silvery grey streak route and finding her has only made me consider this more... what do we think people? Blonde or grey? I don't think white is an option since I'll look about 15. Let me know if you can be arsed to consider this again!

I'm sorry my blogging is a little shoddy at the minute; everything at home is still a little disorganised and I'm still mostly spending my time sorting stuff out so am not leaving the house or wearing particularly exciting outfits. I've got a couple of job interviews next week so shall try and get pictures of the outfits for you. I'm not going to say too much because I don't want to jinx it, but one of them I would just love. I'll explain all if I get it! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

'What?! You're dying your hair like a skunk?!'

So, I popped off to the hairdresser the other day for a cut since it's been about 2 months since I've had a proper trim! I will show you soon, but it's basically the same but a little shorter since I wanted to just tidy and sharpen the edges up. My hairdresser has just been tipping the very ends of my hair for about a year whilst I grew it and it had got very wispy and quite straggly looking. It's much nicer and blunter now. My fringe has also been cut back in.

Anyway, point of this post was to tell you I have an appointment booked in 3 weeks for finally getting a blond chunk in my hair! I've been wanting to do this for ages but wasn't sure how well it would work on my dyed black hair, which is very dark brown naturally anyway. I'm not going for the full streaky Daphne/Narcissa look but am hoping to just get a thickish panel underneath my top layer on the left side. I would like to have it right in the roots, a la Kate (I'm sorry I go on about her all the time, especially her hair, but I can't help it, I just adore her!) but it's just too impractical, and according to my hairdresser, would also require different types of dye near the scalp or something, since I will also be getting my black redone at the same time. I was originally wanting it quite white but have decided blonder would be better since I'm already worried about looking quite emo with it, and the whiter it is the more emo I will look! Ideally I would like it to look retro and not emo at all! I may just have to reconsider how I style my hair slightly I suppose. Overall I'm really excited and just hope it looks as awesome as the ladies above. It's probably the most drastic thing I've ever had done to my hair and whilst I am nervous I am also really looking forward to it.

I'm going to stop rambling now, because you can sense my excitement from my many exclamation marks. Has anyone done anything similar to their hair, and are you fans of the skunk look?!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Paisley, flowers and compost

Phase Eight tee shirt, customised Laura Ashley skirt from charity shop, Cache Cache jacket, really ancient H&M cardi (just seen poking out from jacket sleeves), M&S tights, Boden trainers, Disaster Designs handbag, Accessorize ring, Liberty for Comic Relief scarf in hair from TK Maxx

Wow, that was a loooooong outfit description! Apologies for not posting last week but it was rather manic, what with it being my last week at uni. Packing, doing little day trips, going out to meals with friends... all very busy. I am safely back at home now, albeit with a hell of a lot of tidyng and sorting out to do before the unpacking can commence (my room is not the tidiest of places shall we say, and there is only so much crap you can fit in one room.) Anyway, one of these little day trips included Kathy and I visiting the Centre for Alternative Technology in nearby Machynlleth, a place I visited whilst a kid in Wales for a family wedding. Some of you may know of my fascination with taking as many macro shots of flowers as humanly possible, and I must admit that is what most of my photos of the day consist of. The place is tucked away in the Welsh countryside, and to reach it you have to travel up a steep hill in the little hydropowered train pictured above. The centre is full of various stands and exhibits about alternative energy, composting, growing your own.... whilst some of the stuff is clearly out of date and needs redoing, it is still a really nice day out, wandering around outside and stumbling across various things. Their cafe also does a mean jacket potato!

So, the outfit. The skirt is one I mentioned in a video a while back, but haven't shown you until now. I desperately need to hem it though before it frays all the way up to my bum! I'm thinking about doing some embroidery on it but am not sure yet. To be honest, I based the whole outfit around the headscarf; I'd bought it the previous day when Grant and I had gone on a day trip to Shrewsbury. I wanted one of these scarves around the time of Comic Relief, but wasn't in close proximity to a TK Maxx, and I presumed you couldn't get hold of them anymore. Imagine my glee when I found it in Shrewsbury! It's such a gorgeous print and the perfect size for tying in my hair. The colours are really gorgeous and I know it will go with lots of things. When I eventually get around to making my dress out of some amazing paisley Liberty fabric, I shall pair the two together with much excitement.

Kathy did do a little video of the day and I shall let you know when she has posted that so you can go have a look-see. Also, hello to all my new followers; there's been quite a few of you in the last couple of weeks and I'm not sure why! I realise some of you were probably pushed in my direction from Kathy, but as to the others I am clueless... Also, thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments about my Alexa sketch; I was quite nervous about posting it, and it was so nice to have such lovely feedback. Would you like to see more artwork in the future?