Thursday, 30 December 2010

Bye Bye 2010

I know there is one more day left of this year but I don’t think I’ll have time to blog this then so I decided to give it a go now. I've seen blogs giving top things about 2010, blogs full of reflection and lessons learnt and blogs that are all wildly excited about new years eve and of course 2011. I suppose by blog could be all of those things. 2010 has been a wake call I feel, I’ve discovered new things that previously I would never have thought to try, found it easier to adapt to the changes that constantly surround me and "grew up" in the way I handle situations. There that's all the reflection
done and dusted. I have exciting plans for 2011 that I hope will succeed and if not help to improve myself and move on. I can sense a number of exciting changes ready to occur in the New Year as well as important milestones that require attention as well as those that need celebration. I don't really know if I could make a list of best things of 2010 as no doubt I’d forget something important during writing them down. Summer 2010, was an amazing period - going abroad with friends, festivals and the little day time trips with the best friends. But then winter hasn't been bad at all, concerts and meals as well as the amazing amount of snow that dropped in for a visit. So really as I think back (sorry I’m reflecting again!) 2010 as been a great year, though obviously still with its hardships and sad moments. Hopefully 2011 will be full of hope, promise and celebration :)
Hope you all have an awesome new years eve and a great new year!
Enjoy yourselves!

Monday, 13 December 2010

It's Mondaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Despite the fact that it's Monday, I have actually had a pretty amazing day that just keeps getting better :) firstly, I am so excited that in this weekend I am going to a concert :D I’m so happy. That just made everything today even better! Today was also a good day for meeting up and talking to friends and still getting some work done. It was actually quite a chilled out day, also not as cold as it has been recently. Result! I have just settled down for a night full of work when I found my lost textbook! It had been lost for two months! I’m so happy now; I don't need to be shouted at when I ask for a new one! :) Yay! Also the fact I’ve been given a box of chocolates as an early Christmas present is making everything even better!
I think I may be a bit too excitable what with the breaking up for Christmas only five days away! I can't wait for Christmas this year for some reason. :) I love it. Another Christmassy reason why today is a good day is that I’ve paid my deposit for my Christmas meal with my friends. I cannot wait for that either! Everything seems to be coming together today :)
Sorry if I’ve babbled on about nothing in particular, I’ve been hit by the Christmas fever!
Hope you have a great week and have amazing Christmas plans!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Mission Accomplished

Today was a great day in terms of I got a lie in and also finished early...result! I woke up, got ready and went to straighten my hair when low and behold it seriously wouldn’t straighten nicely. I really couldn’t be bothered trying to force it straight any longer and decided to go with the childhood staple plaits. I mean these are also making a comeback so it didn't look bad at all! Much better than the bird's nest it would have been!
I finished a lunch, and due to my closeness to town decided to nip in afterwards to get some much needed Christmas presents for my family :) I had mentally compiled a list and set about ticking off presents one by one. I had already gotten a few bits and ideas, and now can say I’ve bought all the presents for my parents and most for everyone else :) so all in all it was a very successful day!!
As well as the regular shops, my two of my best friends and I went to the little Christmas market that was in town. It was beautiful, the crafts were amazing and the food smelt delicious! And you just can't go shopping without buying sometime yourself so I treated myself to a hand painted sign for my room, some lunch and a nice cake in a loovely, quiet coffee shop..Bliss! I read a bit of my book then off it was home with my new purchases and the satisfied feeling that...yes...I had got some Christmas presents! I was, at least, a little prepared for the holidays!
After an exhausting day, I'm now ready to put my feet up and relax for the remainder of the night :)
Hope you've had a good Thursday!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Roll on the Weekend...Minus Ice!

Ice...I'm asking you kindly...please just go away! You're making it so much harder to just walk a few steps! And it's even scarier when you have to drive on ice! Not fun at all! So as much as I loved the snow, the ice is not so good! So pretty please will you clear yourself up and disappear as I have many plans for the coming weeks that do not need the presence of ice too! Firstly, I've got my friend's masquerade birthday party this weekend! Very excited! My mask is beautiful! Well I think it is! And secondly, I'm visiting my family down south - should be a laugh! Oh and I think I’m getting my hair cut :) Any ideas? So this weekend is actually really good compared to last - when we were snowed in and I couldn’t meet up with anyone!
Hope you've all planned a lovely weekend!
Speak soon!

Monday, 6 December 2010

Monday Monday Monday...

Finally I can relax! Today has dragged on a lot, making my head hurt from all the work. As you probably have gathered I am no longer tucked up at home, as the snow has decided to stop falling but still remain on the ground! That’s not really the bad bit though, yes it would be nice if it was a bit warmer and the snow was proper snow and not compacted together, but the main problem is the new presence of ice! I mean do they really want to make every little walk hazardous?! During my free and lunch I walked down the road (hill) with my friends for lunch... a normal, easy task now made difficult by the pavements being a continual layer of ice. Very slippery! We walked on the edge of the ice, on the snow if we could just to prevent any risk of falling over. My friend wasn't so lucky, down she went, slipping down the pavement. I know I shouldn't have but I was in stitches laughing! I couldn't move for laughing! Luckily she found it funny too!
Well anyway, the reason my head is hurting is that after a week of no work, any little task suddenly seems like Mount Everest - impossible to the beginner! I am currently in the process of writing an essay tomorrow, not happy times. I am focusing on my warm pyjamas, curled in front of the television and fire to keep me going. And maybe a box of Jaffa cakes while I’m at it!
Hope you've all had a good Monday! Enjoy the rest of the week!

Friday, 3 December 2010

Hello There Personal Style..

I was reading some posts from my favourite blogs, when Fashion Cappuccino's 'What's your signature?' made me think, what actually is my signature? When it comes to style, to me a single word leaps out: cardigans. Not necessarily baggy, woolly concoctions that are reminiscent of the past, but also thin, long cardies that are ideal for throwing on top of your favourite outfit, first for warmth and second for finishing your look. yes, the more I thought about it, the more I realised yes cardigans are my style signature; my friends would all agree that I have quite a collection, so that's it, isn't it? That’s my signature?

But when I delved deeper into what I would class as my own 'individual style' that immediately makes people think of me, I realised that it's not just about the clothes you wear it's about how you wear them. I don't simply follow the fashion trends just for the sake of being considered "fashionable" but also because I think they represent me. Yes, I admit, to style yourself with the current trends alone does make you feel stylish, but every key piece needs to be reworked a little to reflect yourself. Otherwise you'll just fade into the background of the "followers" when really it's you that should be your own leader! When it comes to clothes, my favourite individual twist is my choice of accessories. A personal accessories signature for me is my love of statement rings along with cute, kooky, individual necklaces; together I think these sum up my "signature". I love flower inspired rings and necklaces that pay tribute to the themes of love, folklore and pieces that scream "handmade" - something that no one else has, but me. So to me, my signature is not a certain piece but the way in which I style myself to reflect my personality.

But I can't just say that I don't entirely have signature pieces, as I have listed several above, but just that along with these items my signature is to style myself according to my personality and not to copy the rest.

Enjoy xxxx

P.S. Also, just to let you know, a few more of my 'signature' pieces are converse all stars, satchel bags, pretty little headbands, a splash of ribbons and buttons and long scarves... who said you can't have signature pieces as well as a signature look ;) ha-ha.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

A White December?

Today is the first of December and there is a lot of snow on the ground! The snow has kept falling all day and is the beautiful not-been-touched snow in places. Bliss. The whole of my area and the nearby city has stood to a standstill; the snow is so deep! Up to the waist in areas! This provides a whole lot of problems - people can't leave their driveway, buses stop working and the only way to get places is to walk through knee high snow at the lowest. But, at the same time this provides lots of fun... snowball fights, snow angels, building snowmen and burying things in the snow; great fun. Yes, the snow does have a way of making me feel like a little child again...I love it!
Today, we had to trek to the shops to buy food and supplies. It was greeat fun - we joined the masses to walk along the abandoned roads, with bag packs and reusable bags ready for the journey back with the goods!
Also the fact it's the first of December brings a whole load of excitement... I mean it's only 24 days till Christmas! Giddiness overload. I may just have to go calm down by thinking of all the presents I have left to buy...oops!
as you may have gathered I’m still at home, and not having to find a safe way to get anywhere, means work has taken the I really need to spend all this time off working?! I think not. And anyways I’ve definitely got tomorrow off anyway so what's the rush?
I’m now off to wallow in my smugness of a near week at home relaxing...bye bye

Monday, 29 November 2010

A Productive Snow Day?

Ah snow snow snow, you do have your advantages; there's the fact you can have snowball fights and make snowmen with it, it looks pretty outside, reminds you Christmas is coming (26 DAYS!) and if sometimes clogs the roads up and stops buses so we can stay at home YAY. Currently I have experienced all of the above with today being a lovely snow day. :) Instead of the traipsing around in the cold, with a bag full of folders and books and a ton of work to do, I got to come home and change into my comfy clothes and relax on the sofa :) bliss! We put the fire on; I relaxed with my new book, and forgot all about the cold winds outside. I then had my dinner watching a Christmas film :) Christmas really is coming...
I probably should have done some productive work-y type activities but to be honest I didn’t feel like it at all, I was severely suffering from a weather induced mood. But now I thought I should probably do a little bit to make me feel better in myself and less of a procrastinator!
I just thought id fill you all in on my activities; did you have snow today? :)
Enjoy The Snow.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Baggy is Back

I've got to my honest, I’ve never really embraced the baggy top trend; I thought they wouldn’t be very flattering and I just didn’t see the appeal in them. I was bought one a while back and it stayed in my wardrobe for ages, only been brought out when a long black top was needed. But now I understand the style, through experimenting with items in my wardrobe that I didn't wear enough; I know have a "new" wardrobe now. I didn’t just want to be boring and just wear it on its own, as its own statement. I wanted to show how to accessorise it in different ways, to show that it’s not just a baggy top. But a key wardrobe piece if worked correctly. Cue huge chunky beaded necklaces and long cardigans. Alternatively, if you throw on a scarf it makes the look completely different - I’ve made up quite a collection of scarves now :)
So I am now an avid follower and lover of the baggy t-shirts, :) though when I say baggy I don’t mean a mahoosive size top bought so many times bigger than your size that it’s shapeless, but one that is baggy intentionally and has an elastic-y bottom so you have some shape. On the other hand, use a belt to add definition and you’re all sorted.
Just thought I’d share my new like :)

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Up and Running Again

Sorry for my disappearance from the world of blogging, I had a mini catastrophe... my laptop broke :( cue depeserate attempts to fix it and try and do all outstanding work on the old computer which fyi is verrrry slow. I felt it was too much of a risk to try blogging on it so stuck to the simple but essential task of meeting work deadlines. I feel like I’ve lived in a bit of a bubble for the week.  - Just spent half an hour skim reading many posts before I read them in more detail later.
I would love to write a longer blog about new likes and dislikes but I need to go get ready for my dance class :) Yay. I may have time to update the blog after, but for how toodles and I’m sorry for the long gap between posts, this will be rectified in the near future when everything’s back on track.
Enjoy the rest of today!

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Weekday Blues

Sorry that it’s been a while since my last post, I’ve been a bit run down this week with big projects, the dreaded winter cold and the horrible weather. Boo. But I thought I’d settle down with my lovely laptop and do some quality blogging. Though one of the best bits of having a cold is snuggling up with a blanket, DVD and the newest Elle magazine :) happiness all round! Though they make me craave so many designer fashion items that they feature. New Christian Louboutins, Victoria Beckhams new handbag range and so many more...not forgetting my favourite designer Marc Jacobs! want want want.
Enough with all the fashion wants its making me feel upset seeing as hardly any money and Christmas is calling.
...though on the other hand...YAY Christmas is soooon :) woo. 42 days till the date. Eek. Anyone else excited for Christmas? I reaaally am :D
And then roll on 2011.  Definitely going to stick to my new year’s resolutions this year. :) challenge myself!
I’m going to go and find a new pack of tissues! (:
Enjoy the rest of the weekend xoxoxo

Monday, 8 November 2010

Step Into The Past

Recently I’ve had a growing obsession for two vintage inspired items: the satchel bags and the brogue shoes. I’ve always loved vintangy things but I’ve never really found a trend that I really love this much; sometimes it has been a half hearted acceptance or in some I get the excited fluttery feeling in my stomach. But these items, I have whole heartedly embraced. I just hope they stay in fashion for a few more seasons!
The satchel bag will always have a place in my heart, ranging from the intricate, elaborate designer bags to the high street alternatives. My dream bag would be a designer one, as I think it would last longer and I would feel a more sense of pride through it. strange I know, but hey ho. alternatively, I have at the moment two high street varieties at the moment - and I love them :D both are tan, which I’ve got to say is my favourite colour. I’ve also got into the customizing mode recently, so my newest bag has a ribbon and button creation pinned to it; it is now guaranteed this bag is different from everyone else’s version. The result is happy me!
Brogue shoes. Where to start? When the first surfaced I wasn't a big fan I must admit, I felt they were to manly and that they would look ridiculous on me. So I observed the budding trend from afar. I admired the shoes that fashion trendsetters such as sienna miller, feared cotton and Emma Watson wore, but never thought that I would indulge in it. However here I am, the proud owner of a pair of brogues. :) And I do love them. my version are the grey, canvas variety which have a lovely rose print insoles - so I feel they are still feminine for me whilst still embracing the trend. Next, I hope to find a pair of leather brogues that I will treasure with the same care...but until then I have my own :)
So that's it... my favourite two vintagey fashion essentials at the moment. Just thought I’d share them with you, maybe it will persuade you to invest in them but if not you can begin to admire from afar. Simples :)
Step Into The Past

Friday, 5 November 2010

Little New Blog.

Hellooooooooooo :)
So after umming and aahing about whether to get a blog, I finally succumbed and ta da, here is a beautiful new shiny blog - ready for some posts :) so I don't know if anyone will read this blog (I really hope they do!) but it’s also a chance for me to write about my opinions and interests. My main interests vary widely, including fashion, photography and independent and individual little bits and bobs. :) With this blog I don't aim to take myself too seriously, just a little blog to contribute to the world wide web of blogging!
I’ll try frequently to post, but I can't guarantee how often - so I hope you enjoy reading my posts; I welcome any feedback you may have :)