Blog Eighteen in Twenty Nineteen

// Blog Eighteen in Twenty Nineteen \\
In a now yearly tradition on this blog,  I am onto my fifth year of reflectively looking back at what's been going on both IRL and on this little blog of mine. With the blog posts now being (very) few and far between, content wise it's quite tricky to be reflective, because well, there isn't much to reflect on (oops). BUT, as with every year I do these, I like to round up what I have actually done (and god forbid not documented online) too.  So, to cling on to blogging for yet another year, here's my somewhat up-and-down, great-yet-difficult 2019..

A Sustainability Tour of Brighton | Little Ways I Stay Sustainable #4

// A Sustainability Tour of Brighton \\
Little Ways I Like to Stay Sustainable #4

On Wednesday last week I jumped on a train and headed down to Brighton, the aim being to visit lots of sustainable stores for my university project. As I am predominately focusing on the zero-waste/tackling the waste crisis, I chose to head down to Brighton as it is well known how sustainable the town is. I've been to Brighton once before (but that time being for a night out with my friends.. so a little different!) so was a lovely chilly autumn afternoon to walk around, visit shops (and a cafe) that I genuinely wanted to explore. Despite Brighton being over an hour away by train, it was a genuinely enjoyable and a productive day, one I wanted to share some of the Sustainable hotspots I found, so recommendations for your next trip to Brighton!

LIVE GREEN | Little Ways I Stay Sustainable #3

Little Ways I Stay Sustainable #3 

I'm back again today and wanted to talk a little about a book I have recently finished, forming part of my Sustainable journey (if you will). It's a lovely book written my author Jen Chillingsworth who has completely adopted the sustainable life and the more I read through the more I hope one day I'll have a lovely home setup just like her! From the cover, the books premise is Jen talking through '52 ways for a Sustainable life' where she covers all areas of the home from the Garden, the Kitchen, Slow Fashion as well as your eating habits. Of course, this book may be very niche in the sense that not everyone is (unfortunately) fully custom to making everyday sustainable changes, BUT I feel like it is definitely a book everyone should have a read of, because even if you make one change to what you'd usually do you'd make a big big difference!

The Book List #17 | Feminists Don't Wear Pink

 // Feminists Don't Wear Pink by Scarlett Curtis  \\ 
The Book List #16

Hello hello, guess who is once again back on the blog with only a 'sorry I've just been a bit busy' excuse, yes, yes it's me. Life has been a bit busy lately, with starting third year and what not, so this blog hasn't really been at the forefront of my mind. But naturally, I have that 'aw I really don't want to let this blog go' so in a comeback a few notch less exciting then the Spice Girls (who I didn't manage to see in concert this year in the end*cry*) I'm back with a book review. This time a book I, by chance, picked up in my local library, and it's a title that well and truly has done the rounds on Instagram and after finishing it beginning of last week, well and truly deserved it too. It's a collection of short stories, memoirs and poems by a whole host of important women, both celebrities as well as those behind the scenes. It offers a whole load of inspiration and makes you both proud to be a woman as well as mad at just how messed up the world still is for women. Definitely worth a read, with each 'chapter/story' no more than 4/5 pages..

Fashion Interning: 6 Months Done & That's a Wrap!

 // Fashion Interning:  
6 Months Done & That's a Wrap! \\

6 months. 6 whole months of Interning and I'm done.. am I relived? too bloody right I am. In what has been the hardest, longest but most rewarding half a year of my life, I can happily say I have completed a 6 months internship, starting off as simply in Social Media and turned into a Studio Manager role for the majority; definitely something to place proudly at the top of my CV!  From the commuting to-and-from North East London, the late nights, (very) early mornings and the learning the most I have in my life so far, it really has been a rollercoaster. Yes, that may sound dramatic but interning is definitely difficult, but now I'm done I serious don't regret any of it... but now seriously pass me a very large (bottle of) rosé.

An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at The Wallace Collection

// An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at The Wallace Collection \\

Let's take things down a more civilised alley now shall we and talk about an exhibition I visited over the weekend (and basically have not stopped talking about since). The Manolo Blahnik exhibition at Marlybone's The Wallace Collection has been on my list for what feels like an eternity now and it really did not disappoint. Spanning across 15 rooms, the exhibition guides us through different rooms, which pairs Sir Richard Wallaces collection of 18th century art pieces which were influences for Blahniks shoe designs. The exhibition features hundreds of pairs of shoes in a setting that honestly blew my mind. Not being a girl that particularly is a regular to museums, I could not recommend a visit here enough (and it was free.. what more do you need?!)

The Book List #16 | Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman

// T H E  B O O K  L I S T #16 \\
 Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman.

Hello there, back again with another book review. This time a feminist book, which charts all the women in popular culture who have pushed boundaries through being 'too something', whether that be Kim Kardashian who endured constant scrutiny for being 'Too Pregnant' or Serena Williams who through being above and beyond in her field, being 'Too Strong'. Through exploring the media's view on these women, to how being too unruly in their actions have changed societies views on different issues. It was an extremely interesting read, with each chapter offering a different 'Too'; all women who, without realising have pushed boundaries but suffered constant scrutiny beyond thinking, definitely worth picking up for an insight into have far societies issues have come for women, most definitely making you proud to be one!

Straws, Skincare & a Lunchbox | Little Ways I Stay Sustainable #2

// L I T T L E  W A Y S  I  S T A Y  S U S T A I N A B L E #2 \\
Straws, Skincare & a Lunchbox

Following on from this post, I posted a couple of months back, I've continued my journey in trying to live more sustainably, educating myself further on little ways I can change my daily habits and ever evolving my lifestyle choices. Having previously wrote about how I have made a drastic decline in the amount of clothes I buy, with various ways I now donate/recycle them when they've sadly lost love in my wardrobe, I've also touched previously on reusable coffee cups as well as small changes in my diet, so today I wanted to do a part two. As with everyone being fed ever more information on things they can do to help, I feel I've picked up so much more information and useful websites recently to help to teach me what can be done, as well as invested in items that will definitely make a small difference; even just in my daily life.

Three Things from the Week: Books, Blogs & The Colour Mint

// T H R E E  T H I N G S  F R O M  T H E  W E E K 24.05 \\
Books, Blogs & The Colour Mint

It’s been a long ol’ time since I sat down and wrote down a few words on this blog of mine, as with everyone from time to time, life can pass by in a blur of living, working (and often in my case rosé drinking.. I mean what are your twenties for, eh?!) But, that’s the great thing I’ve found lately, I’ve started to really not care if my life isn’t documented online. This blog will always been something that I have in my life, but if I choose to not update it for a couple weeks/months/ whatever, that’s absolutely fine. So here I am, back once more with a tale of things from my week that have got me through. A book from a friend that has me absolutely gripped (and belly laughing in that case), a colour that has well and truly taken over my wardrobe as well as a blog that I’ve found myself reading (scouring) and feeling more inspired than ever. See life’s a funny thing, one minute you’re in a blur of the London-working (interning) life, busily rushing onto a packed Northern Line. The next you’re sat down, coffee in hand, mellowly reflecting on your week; so let’s reflected a bit shall we?

Fashion Interning: How It's Going & What I've Learnt

// F A S H I O N  I N T E R N I N G \\ 
How it's going & what I've learnt.  

Today marks the end of exactly seven weeks since I first began my Social Media and Commerce internship in the heart of London, for a very swanky couture fashion brand. It's been eye opening, it's been BUSY, it's been the biggest whirlwind of my life but boy has it been a good'un so far. As I study fashion marketing, this forms part of our 3rd module of second year, with this being a compulsory 11 weeks internship (we had to find ourselves) although me being me and not being able to say no to anything I've extended mine throughout summer.

(Collage Image taken from an article in Oh Comely magazine)

Little Ways I Stay Sustainable (& Try To Stick To!)

// L I T T L E  W A Y S  I  S T A Y  S U S T A I N A B L E \\
(& I  T R Y  T O  S T I C K  T O!)

I feel, the word Sustainability is quite the buzz word, dotted all around Social Media, endlessly showing the effects our daily habits are having on the environment. I feel it would be extremely damaging (no pun intended!) to call sustainability a trend, but in essence, the past few years, brands and individuals are using this new wave of helping the plant and using it as a clever marketing tool; probably the best marketing tool out there, would you not agree? Of course, no single person can be completely sustainable, because it's a how-long-is-a-piece-of-string type scenario if you ask how sustainable are you? But, with the growing 'trend' as it were, the more information we are getting as to how you can help change daily habits to really make an impact. Therefore, I felt I wanted to share what I do day-to-day. They may be small things, but they may make a big impact.. ever heard the quote 'I'm only throwing away 1 straw.. said 8 million people' ?!

The Book List #15 | What Would the Spice Girls Do?

// T H E  B O O K L I S T #15 \\
// W H A T  W O U L D  T H E  S P I C E  G I R L S  D O? \\

Now being born in 1996, you may be thinking 'surely this girl is way too young to remember the Spice Girls' and that may friend is completely correct.  Besides, I was barely a thought to my mum when they were formed, they were shouting GIRL POWER when all I was doing was crying in a cot demanding more milk; my anthem at that time was the sweet tune of the Teletubbies, much less zig-ah-zig-ah. But, as with every phenomenon of the day, if something is biggest enough in pop culture chances are it'll filter down to the next generation; and this is were my love for the Spice Girls stems.  If you loved the girls in the 90's, or like me you're a late adopter, it's an extremely fun yet powerful book, charting how they changed outlooks for women to girl gangs, raised confidence and changed fashion... this book I can say now, is 100% a must read (and most definitely makes you want to race to Spotify at the first chance and scream wannabe.. )


// M A R S E I L L E  1 9 9 0 \\

By now we all know how these New Years resolutions work; first few months of the year we're all keen to stick to them, doing all we can to carry on this new found motivation of a clean slate, then come mid-March you've started to forget what they even were in the first place. Well, as you can tell, I feebly wrote down 'do more fashion blogging' down as a resolution, which I'll ~try~ and stick to but we all know how it'll inevitably pan out! So, whilst this new year fresh motivation is upon me, I thought I'd get a little arty on illustrator and create a post about an outfit (more specifically a jumper) I've worn a lot lately. It's surprising what a little procrastination can do away from doing uni work!