Monday, 20 March 2017

The Happy List #18

Unusually I was really struggling to come up with things for this post, I've had a funny couple of weeks. There's been so much good happening but there was a lot of down moments too for reasons I can't even explain! It's like every now and then I feel it start to kind of bubble under the surface til everything kind of explodes and I have a few days, weeks or months of feeling pretty strange and sad. It's always been this way since I was really small and I don't know if it's normal or weird but what I do know is it's bloody annoying because it makes me not able to sleep or sleep too much. Plus I hate being miserable for no reason, makes me feel like a right n00b! You know this isn't how I usually am and it's the main reason I'll not blog for a bit now and then. I never really tell anyone so why I'm telling you I do not know. But I won't bother rambling about it because what's the point, let's talk about some good things instead!

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1. British Vogue. I'd kind of given up on it (soz 'bout that) but if Kate is on the cover then I have to get it! She's put together a pretty cool shoot too!

2. Reading. I feel like it's been ages since I sat and read a book so I read a few over the weekend - Franny & Zooey, Three Sisters and Milk & Honey. I haven't done book reviews for a while so expect some soon!

3. Red lipstick. Because it's the easiest and quickest way to boost ya mood! My current favourite is Arthur, it's not the longest lasting but it's so bright and happy!

4. St Patrick's Day. Went out like a true Plastic Paddy but shockingly not one Guinness was drunk.

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5. Meze. I went out for a meal with my mum and stepdad on Saturday and it was just really nice because I don't think I've spent that much time with them recently!

6. Stacey Dooley docs. I bloody love her so caught up with some of her stuff on iPlayer. I watched Girls, Guns & ISIS & Canada's Lost Girls - they were both really powerful and I recommend you give them both a watch if you can!

7. Creme Egg biscuits. The only thing better than a Creme Egg.

8. Nice people. Since emerging back into the 'real world' after being in my CF/transplant bubble I'm remembering how tough a place it can be sometimes...I suppose I had different problems back then! But on the whole I think people are nice and it makes all the difference.

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9. A lazy, lazy Sunday. I slept and ate, slept and ate. And it was glorious.

10. The best til last... I found out over a week ago but didn't tell you - I got into uni! I should be doing Fashion & Dress History at Brighton which is v v v exciting. It's funny because I started this blog because I wanted to write about my experiences of having CF and going to uni but had to leave because I got ill. It kind of shows what a journey (ew, sorry) I've been on since I began this blog, it's like I've come full circle! Who'd have imagined so much would have happened since then. Feeling so grateful to my donor as I wouldn't be doing it without them <3

So this is my news of the week! I think I'm going to blog more regularly again now to try and get myself out of this stupid mood haha. What have you been up to?


Monday, 13 March 2017

The Happy List #17

Hey! So I had a little break, I suppose I just wasn't feeling like saying anything even though lots of good happened. Maybe I'll have a chat about it if I want to but for now here's the happy stuff from the past two weeks!

1. Cinema. I took myself off on a solo trip to the cinema to see Fences. I don't mind going alone, I go when I don't want to be totally by myself but also don't want to have to talk to anyone. Gives my brain a chance to sort itself out! It was good anyway, if a bit long.

2. Nights out. The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur if I'm to be totally honest with you and I'm thinking I probably need to calm down a little. Had fun making up for all the years I was ill but I probably don't have to fit a few years into a few nights haha.

3. Millwall. They lost 6-0 at Spurs but you know what? I'm proud of them anyway haha. Wasn't expecting to win but kinda wasn't expecting to lose that badly.

4. Harefield. All is well with me! Bloods were fine, the bronch from January was fine and I don't have to back until the end of April, woop woop.

5. Pancake Day. It was a while back now but I'm happy to reminisce...until next year you lil taste sensations!

6. Walkies with Fredster. Again, to clear my head I like taking the dog out for ages and he's been so good lately. He's a bit hit and miss off his lead even though he's 11 (don't worry I'm well aware that as his owner it's absolutely my fault) but he's been behaving which is always pleasant.

7. Brighton. I went for the day on Wednesday and was a bad blogger because I didn't take a single photo but sometimes it's nice to just enjoy the day without thinking about any of that!

8. Covent Garden. Again I didn't take a single pic but this was all in my week off from all blog stuff! I think it's my favourite place to shop, I 100% recommend it over Oxford Street (it's Zara is so much better!)

9.  New shoes. Said I wasn't going to buy anything new this month, obviously I lied. They nice thoooough.

10. CF/Harefield do. The best til last! We had a party to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Harefield Hospital. Everyone was so generous and we got just over £4000 which is fab! I was on my feet all night and danced loads and went to some nasty club after (I hadn't been for ages and was soon reminded why) but I had loads of fun. Especially compared to last year when I was stuck on oxygen in the corner. There was a nice moment when I was talking to a band member and he was like 'How's your relative doing? The poor girl that was in the chair and on oxygen?' And I was like 'Dat me!' haha!

Sorry this all seems a bit rushed, I guess it kind of is but wanted to check in with ya anyway! Hope you're well. 


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Depop/Secondhand Haul

I've explained my thoughts on the 'Minimalism' documentary and while I don't think the concept is really for me (I like a lot of stuff) the point about the effect consumerism has on the wider world was certainly food for thought. Watching 'The True Cost' inspired me to maybe think a little bit more about my choices whilst shopping and while I don't think I can give up on the high street forever last month I changed my habits a little because it was one way I could do my bit.

One of these ways for me was buying clothes through Depop. When I was younger I used to buy tonnes of vintage but as I've gotten older my tastes changed and the punky skirts and quirky dresses of my teens were no longer my style. I've also found my patience to be a lot thinner and I lost the thrill of searching through markets and shops for the perfect fitting vintage piece - H&M was just easier. Lazy I know, but it's the truth. However I've been selling stuff on Depop (at 'sickchickchic' *plugplugplug*) and found myself 'browsing' through other sellers pages and ended up buying some real gems! It's all high street stuff so I know there'll be people thinking it's not exactly ethical but I like the fact that these clothes are still being 'recycled' and I'm helping out girls like me (because sellers are mostly young women) make some dollar. Plus I find it cheaper than eBay and got myself some items that I'd wanted for ages. But I guess you want to see the haul, so enough rambling from me! Here's what I got, along with how I plan to wear them (once the weather picks up again...)

Rodarte for Target dress

This is one of those items that I'd never thought I'd own but after searching through the 'tulle' tag on Depop there it was. This range was available in Target stores in the US and I think it was also sold on Net-A-Porter back in 2009 but I missed out. Natalie Portman wore this dress in yellow and it's just got those classic Rodarte punk princess vibes. However I'm planning on wearing this next week to a party with either these heels or sheer tights with these shoes (so I can dance!) as I'm a little bit over my wannabe punk phase thank god but I love the ballet influences in this dress so I want to wear it in a bit more of a classic way. I think I paid around £25 for it? 

Kate Moss x Topshop Star Dress

I missed out on all the Kate Moss x Topshop stuff so am forever searching eBay for pieces in my size as they're some of my favourite high street collections ever. My addiction to star print isn't going anywhere and when I found this dress for just £14 I snapped it up straightaway! I cannot wait to wear this in the summer with a bun, some hoops and hopefully a tan.

Kate Moss x Topshop Pansy Top

This top has been so hard to track down in a decent condition and in my size so I was super happy to have found it! I'm not usually a fan of so much colour but the print is iconic and so pretty for the summer. I think it's just going to look so cute with loose fit jeans and tan accessories plus the fit is really flattering too. If I can also find the dress version one day I shall be very pleased indeed! I think this was about £25.

Topshop Floral Tea Dress

I'd tried this dress on before but couldn't find my size so again, snapped it up straightaway when I saw it. It looks great now with sheer tights and a leather jacket (see here) but I can't wait to wear it with sandals and maybe a denim jacket. Which I don't actually own, so better get searching on Depop again ;-) This was about £15.

Topshop Floral Dress

I have the star print version of this and as you know I wear it to death so got the floral version too. It's a size smaller than the starry one so it's a little tighter and shorter but it still fits and I'm so pleased I found it because it sold out everywhere. I think it might be a bit too short to go bare legged in but it's the perfect little dress for winter! I think it cost about £18.

Louis Theroux Bae T-Shirt

I won't lie to you, I can't really recall ordering this but I'm happy that drunk me did. I think it's so funny! I wore it to the cinema the other day and the girl behind the counter was like 'OMG NEED' and in fact a lot of people on insta and twitter said the same thing, so go get your own here or search 'nicolabrightondesign' on Depop. They're unisex and I got a size small (I'm an 8-10 for reference!) and it's only £16.

Marcel Gracieuse Bag

Finally, I was really lucky to have won a cute little bag from Marcel Gracieuse, who runs a lovely shop full of vintage goodness over on ASOS Marketplace. I know when I think of vintage stores I conjure up images of crazy clothing that I'm not brave enough to wear but everything in the store is so chic and carefully selected so definitely check it out if, like me, you don't really like searching through rails of tat! 

So those are my Depop buys! There's absolutely no way last year I'd have considered buying preloved clothing but now I am well and truly eating my words. Are you a fan of secondhand shopping? What's been your best find? 


Saturday, 4 March 2017

Weekend Reading List #7

Hey, hey! So once again I've been a lousy blogger when it comes to commenting (I promise I will get back to you soon!) but I'm keeping up with this little round up of the best posts I've read on t'internet this week.

* Laila has stated 'Nobody Has Any Style These Days' and I feel quite inclined to agree with much of what she says, not about anyone else's style (and especially not Laila's as she has such an interesting and quirky look) but rather my own. I used to experiment a lot more but I suppose when I was ill I dressed more for ease and comfort as it was a bloody miracle if I got out of jimjams. Here's to experimenting more with fashion!

* I wanted to mention Emma's YouTube channel because I think she rocks! If you fancy watching something a bit different, Emma's ya girl (I've particularly been enjoying her travel vlogs!)

* Holly has written about feeling disconnected with the blogging world, something I think a lot of us can relate to right now. I for one am looking forward to reading future posts on film and green fashion (as much as I love Summer and Holly's fashion posts now!) 

* Bianca writes one of my favourite blogs - she's just so honest and very 'human' if you get what I mean. Her latest, 'Why I'm Glad My Online Business Failed', is very inspiring - we all fear failure don't we? But it's something we can definitely learn from.

* I've been reading Lydia's blog for yonks and I loved her latest post on keeping blogging positive. She is right that the power to change how we feel about blogging comes from within us and in the current blogging climate it's more important than ever to support each other and just, well, be nice

* When oh when is Jennie going to publish a book? It needs to happen, no? We're so lucky to have her lovely blog in the meantime. That Green Light had me in tears and I'm not ashamed to say that. Just go read for yourself and be inspired.

* This outfit thoooooooough. Helen always looks incredible and this is an outfit I want to copy ASAP. Need that Mulberry pls.

* I love Michelle's blog, it always makes me giggle and Thoughts From My First Park Run is no exception. I've not done anything official but I've been going for runs in the park lately in a bid to get fit and I could relate so much to this!

* Amy has the best style and I'm now after something in this shade of green to wear with my silver boots (although I won't look half as cool as her!)

* Jaclyn has had her bubba (and doesn't she have the best name ever?) I'm so happy for her, although I of course will miss her posts whilst she's AWOL haha!

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