Sunday, 31 August 2014

Outfit post #51

Top- Miss Selfridge
Skirt- Ark
Sandals- eBay

I never go out. Not that I don't want to but no one ever wants to go out with me. I partly blame my awesome moves that have no regard for the sexy little shuffle that everyone else seems to do, I am too much. But on Tuesday I actually managed to drag someone (yes Jenna) into town with me for a spot of Mosh Tuesday action. When going out I have to think about what allows me to dance with ease but also allows me to be a sweaty mess so I picked this. I felt like a spice girl, it was brilliant! I love this crop top from Miss Selfridge and at only £8 it's a steal. I am not a crop top kind of girl, I am a size 12 who likes cheese so I definitely don't opt for crop tops but with this scalloped edge skirt from Ark, it looks great and reveals nothing of my burger eating. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Battening down the hatches for Winter

I'm not going to lie, I'm excited for Winter. Obviously not for the freezing weather and the snow making getting to work impossible but the fashion, more precisely coats and boots. I'm so eager, that during a heatwave a couple of weeks ago, I bought two coats in a week and the week after a pair of coats. What's wrong with me? I should be outside enjoying the heat but instead I'm in stuffy shops purchasing ridiculous amounts of coat (for a week, anyway).

This first one if for casual outfits with jeans and converse. Days that require walks outside or maybe popping to the shops. Everyone had these last year and I've been peering up at one on the top rail in the stock room at work wondering if it was my size. However when I saw this one for £19 in the Matalan sale, I thought I'd buy it rather than see if the one at work was my size.

This beauty is my amazing, fantastic, magic coat. Well...I think so. My mum told me about this in a biege colour but when I got there this blue one won me over. This is like my formal winter coat, going to work (when I get a super duper job to suit it) and going shopping type coat. It's so beautiful and I have my eye on a baby pink fur snood to go with it. This amazingly was £23 and after it didn't take much persuasion from my mum before I was at the till with my card in the reader.

These boots are from New Look. I'm finding a lot of New Look boots are Vagabond type dupes and I would say these are as well the the vagabond double buckle boots. At only £24.99, they're a bargain I think and although they're are wide fit and my feet aren't, a gel cushion has made them fit perfectly.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

For the love of stripes

I don't know what's with me. All I am attracted to lately is stripes, more specifically striped tops. My pinterest fashion board is full of them and so is my wardrobe, I just can't get enough of them. I peruse shops and have begun ignoring my safe florals in favor of beautiful horizontal stripes. I collected jumpers, long sleeve sleeve jersey tops, navy, black, white and red, as long as it's a stripe, I'm on board. They're just such a timeless print which always look effortlessly chic especially when paired with black jeans or trousers, it's a look that can never be wrong.  I just can't wait for A/W14 to crack them out!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Depop life

It wasn't long before I jumper on the Depop bandwagon. It seemed like an easier version on eBay, no tense bidding wars and lost of nice things. I've actually bought some nice things off there as well as selling a few of my unwanted things. It's useful but there are a few downsides. But first I will show you some of the pretty bargains I've managed to snap up. 

This River Island jumper was purchased from clashofclothes. I wanted in when it was in the shop but was a little too slow on buying it. But she was selling this for £15 so I didn't hesitate to buy. It's so soft and will be a winter staple.

This top was bought from atrendimadeearlier. Again, it was something I wanted from H&M but was really unsure until it was too late. 

This dress is a dream. That's all I can say. It was only £20 and all I feel is happiness that I bought it. Again it's from river island originally. 

However I have also felt the downside of the site. I purchased a jacket from a seller decribed it was perfect condition. It clearly wasn't, with a hole in and a stain that actually looks like blood on it. The seller also lied about posting it until I started a PayPal dispute. When messages about the condition I was sent an abusive message and blocked. The item went straight in the bin once PayPal managed to get me a partial refund. It really woke me up to the disappointing side of depop where a seller can seem nice and genuine but really wants to get rid of there disgusting tat and conning people which is shame really. Needless to say, I'm pleased with my more recent purchases and think they're beautiful. 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Outfit Post #50

One of my recent purchases was this denim dress. It was in the New Look sale for £24 and I knew I had to have it. Not only is it great for warm days with bare legs but I can also see this being a winter staple with black tights and boots. I bought it a size bigger (not only because that's all there was) because I think denim dresses look better looser. Who wants a clingy, got, denim dress. 

I've been after this river island bag for ages. It went into sale and couldn't find it anywhere. I found this one, no long strap and ripped but knew my mum could fix that. It was discounted to £7.50 because of it. However I see why it went into sale. If it rubs on anything, it leaves a black mark on it which is disappointing. 

Dress- New Look
Bag- River Island

Outfit Post 49

I tend to wear this outfit a lot for work. I love this colour at the moment but I'm pretty wary of over wearing it. With it being all over the high street, it's hard for me not to stock my wardrobe completely in bright green. Black jeans are my favourite and I really want some ripped knee ones but asos and topshop are just too pricey and paying more for a pair of jeans with holes in is ridiculous. I think I might just get some £7 Primark ones and have a go myself. 
Everyone has these sandals, they're really popular. Everyone got there's from New Look but I panicked they would never come back in stock and opted for so,e eBay. Exactly the same but a fiver less. 

Top- Camero Rose at New Look
Jeans- New Look
necklace- New Look
Sandals- eBay

Should you go to university?

Yesterday I graduated from De Montfort University with a 2.1 in journalism and media. I can't believe I did so well considering how stressed everyone was around me and me going through university reasonably calm. With my final year being the most crucial year yet the year that I felt the least motivated, I began to question, should I have gone to university at all.

At college, you're forever pressured to go university. I can only think of a small number of people who didn't go and most of them went the next year instead. I've never really knew what I wanted to do in life in terms of a career but decided journalism interested me most so thought, yeah I'll go uni and do that. 

I lived at home throughout university so I'd say I didn't really get the true university experience. I didn't go out every other night and didn't have to do everything for myself as I still had my mum and dad cooking and cleaning my clothes for me. I think that getting that much in debt, I should have really got into university life more but then again, would I have done so well if I did. I would probably advise if you do decide on going uni, to maybe move out. I know a few people who although lived in Leicester already, still moved out and got the uni experience as well. It kind of felt like still being at school but with more time off and teachers thinking they own you. 

As I mentioned third year was a struggle. Not really in the difficulty of work but by that point I had lost motivation and after work experience in my first year, knew newspaper journalism wasn't really for me. I took each assignment as it came, researching each one rather than the whole topic which isn't really advised. However nothing is a better feeling than handing in your bound dissertation and realising that you've actually made it through three years and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

So should I have gone to university? Yes. I didn't think I'd get a 2.1 and it made me realise that I should  probably have more faith in myself. Also that there is no point stressing! There is no way I'd have gone a first so knowing I did so well while remaining calm shows that getting yourself into a state sometimes gets you nowhere and isn't worth it. Yesterday was also such a good day to celebrate the end of an era and the start of a new one despite the boiling heat and the fear of falling over.

However I don't think uni is for everyone. I think there are a lot more options out there such as training and apprenticeships that can get you were you want to be with out the debt. I know the BBC so do apprenticeships that they won't let you on if you've been to uni, which makes me sad yet shows there are other options that following everyone else. I'm also finding it just as difficult to get a job as everyone else so it doesn't necessarily make that easier either.