Belt // New Look // £2 (similar here)
Boots // New Look // £30
Hat // New Look // Similar here
Lip lacquer // Rimmel Apocalips 'Eclipse' // £6.50
Dress // H&M Divided // £12 (similar here)
Belt // New Look // £2 (similar here)
Boots // New Look // £30
Hat // New Look // Similar here
Lip lacquer // Rimmel Apocalips 'Eclipse' // £6.50
I have a feeling this hat will be appearing a lot, as it seems to go with everything I own (perhaps due to the fact I have an abundance of burgundy items). This dress is super slouchy and cool, I decided to pick it up in H&M as I own nothing like it and upon trying it on, I really loved it! On the hanger I wasn't sure if it was a top or a dress, but on me it is a dress due to my hobbit legs! It works equally well without a belt, but I decided to add one for a more feminine silhouette.
Have a good week!
Finally the outfit posts shall be returning! I have now discovered a good indoor space to take photos! Unfortunately, it'll probably only be one a week as it's already pitch black when I get back from college and artificial lighting isn't the best.
This outfit features two of my new favourite items that I am shamelessly over-wearing at the moment.
Jumper // Primark // £12
Jeans // Primark // £14 (??)
Socks // Primark // £1.50
Boots // New Look // £30
Beguiled Lipstick // Topshop // £8
Writing this post, I now realise that this is a very Primark fuelled outfit! After a couple of years of never really finding much I like in Primark, on my last two trips I've ended up carrying around a basket brimming with clothes, and having to walk away from some rather beautiful items in order to save my bank. I've been wanting some acid wash jeans for a while, and I especially love these ones because of the kind of panel effect on the legs that I've never seen before, but which adds a really unique element. This jumper is also super slouchy, and rolling up the sleeves makes it look so much better that it did before. I love the fit of it and the crochet detail at the bottom.
I have a burgeoning obsession with Topshop lipsticks, they're so gorgeous! You can't quite see the darkness of it on this picture, but Beguiled is a really pretty, crushed berry red which I originally saw in this Youtube video (that, unlike this photo, manages to do the colour justice).
I really love the juxtaposition of quite girly items with more edgy ones. I'm really into wearing my leather jacket with pretty florals, and here I've put together my frilly socks with my chunky black boots.
On Monday, I had the absolutely amazing experience of going to the Mockingjay Part 1 World Premiere in Leicester Square! Whilst far from walking the red carpet, just seeing the cast was enough to make me label the 10th November 2014 one of the best days of my life. Unfortunately, my friends and I were about three rows back after being moved away from our original place by security so we weren't able to get photos with the cast or autographs, however, seeing them in the flesh and all the dresses first hand was absolutely incredible and I am not going to complain about being at an event I never thought I'd go to in a million years! It still doesn't feel real that I've seen Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Francis Lawrence and more right in front of me! My friends got some photos of the cast but I think you'll benefit more from looking at the official photos rather than ones taken using an iphone camera so I won't bother uploading them!
Even the waiting was really fun, my friends and I ordered pizza and ate it whilst revelling in the jealous glances of the people around us in the queue, and played Harry Potter happy families.
We were also super happy to have our poster featured on the livestream and highlights video!
The Paddington Bear designed by Emma Watson. You can get a map to find these designed by a number of celebrities, such as Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham, all around London.
They were definitely two of the greatest days of my life and I was very reluctant to leave London afterwards, however, I’m just really super happy that it happened rather than sad that it’s over.
What could this strange creature be? A post? Sorry I haven't posted in so long, I've been wanting to do an outfit post, but to be completely honest: I couldn't be bothered. I was actually planning to do one but my friends and I had a Harry Potter movie marathon the other day (complete with chocolate for when the dementors arrived and whispering certain quotes in taciturn tones.) so I decided to do a post to do with my favourite book series of all time. It was great fun seeing the cast all grow up, and how parts of the films connect together. Also, wehn you're watching with friends then loads of things suddenly become funny! Once you get in the Harry Potter mood, you can't escape. It gives you that feeling of magic and nostalgia that can't be matched by anything else.
What is your least favourite book?
Don't make me pick between them! I don't have a least favourite but I found the beginning of the Order of the Phoenix really slow.
What is your least favourite film?
There are parts of it that I love such as at the Godric's Hollow graveyard, Malfoy Manor and Bill and Fleur's wedding, but probably Deathly Hallows Part 1. Although now I'm thinking of loads of scenes I love. Ok, maybe don't have one.
Parts of the books/films that made you cry?
If you could hook up with any character who would it be?
A couple of years ago I would have said Draco because man I was obsessed! I think the main reason for that was because I watched the films first and loved Tom Felton; now I realise that Draco is a racist bully (or was for the majority of the series).
Now, however, I would definitely say Remus Lupin; although due to the fact that my age still ends with teen I'm going to say specifically Marauder's era Remus, even though I do love him throughout the books!
Who is your least favourite character?
Voldemort, Umbridge and Pettigrew are all tied for me. I think Pettigrew is particularly repulsive, the other two were basically pure evil, but Pettigrew was so cowardly that he betrayed his best friends. Plus, the scene where he sheds his animagus form for the first time in 12 years is super gross.
What would your patronus be?
I can't know for sure due to the fact that my Hogwarts acceptance letter is so incredibly late, but I'd love a lemur!
Which house would you be in?
Ravenclaw as dictated by both Pottermore and myself! I don't think I would really fit in any of the other houses to be honest. Knowledge and learning (note: not studying) really fascinate me and I'm also a pretty curious person.
If you were on the Quidditch team, which position would you play?
I wouldn't basically. I'm horrific at sport. I'd be the person in the stands instead.
Were you satisfied with the ending?
Yeah definitely! I wasn't sure about the epilogue at first as it seemed a bit of an anti climax, but I think it's good to see what happened with the characters, like knowing Romione got married and Harry didn't get hit by car when he ventured back into muggle London.
How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
A hell of a lot to put it quite simply.
Every year, in mid-October, a fair arrives in my city and that's when you know Autumn has truly begun. The posters adorn the streets, you pass the rides on the motorway, ramblings of excitement fall from people's lips.
You know it is the day of the fair when the rain arrives. It pelts down in scathing sheets, scolding the ground with icy pinpricks. Fortunately, when I went this year in practically a mob (there were 15 of us), the rain had withheld it's freezing grasp. The only vestiges were muddy puddles on which floated boats of discarded candyfloss; the crowd of raincoats; and the droplets of water like dissipating jewels upon the rides.
When you arrive on a crowded bus - filled with people who have shelled out their winter coats and gloves and scarves for the first time - you are immediately confronted with loud music and iridescent lights. You hardly know where to look. The Ferris wheel and the swings that touch the clouds rise above the rest of the lights, when you look up it is almost lonely - only two prominent figures against inky blackness.
The first feature of the fair, is a blissful avenue of food. However, you must resist the temptation of the enticing vans. The rides come first. Rides that throw you towards the stars. Rides that spin you so that your surroundings are only smudged watercolour. Rides that send a fleet of butterflies into your stomach.
(I myself experienced the Crazy Frog, the Twister, the Giant Ferris Wheel, and of course the Waltzers.)
Then the food can be mauled with vivacious desperation. Candyfloss in baby pinks and blues, melting on your tongue like sugary snow. Toffee apples that look as if they've been taken from the red traffic light. (I prefer the chocolate and sprinkles covered apples myself). Chips and gravy. Doughnuts that threaten your tastebuds with infallible insanity.
It was even more wonderful than I remember it being before.
The fair that comes to my city reminds me a little of the Cirque du Reves in The Night Circus. The lights and the excitement. The way it arrives and immediately the city is abuzz, every conversation of the tempting food and rides. The Night Circus is one of my favourite books and you can read my review here!
I've got a couple of outfit posts up soon, but I've been pretty busy at the moment unfortunately! Also, now that the rain and cold has set in, I may have to find a new photograph location!
Some places in the world look like they have been extracted from an author's imagination and crafted into some inconceivably brilliant reality.
Occasionally I will look at a photograph and be reminded or a book or genre; the landscape looks like it is from one of my favourite books, and if not from an existing one, some unwritten fantasy world.
Here I have pictures of a few people this embody this idea, alongside a possible synopsis that matches its look.
#1 - Dubai, India
In an incredible futuristic city, technology reaches new levels and threatens to overtake humanity.
#2 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
City dweller melts into the fog to explore the sinking mountains on the edge of the city.
#3 - Antelope Canyon, Arizona
The people are forced to live underground, with only glimpses of a cerulean sky to give them hope. How will they escape their imprisonment of warped rock?
#4 - The Glow-worm Caves, New Zealand
A cave infused with fairies waits to be explored.
#5 - Swallow's nest Castle, Crimea, Ukraine
A winter fairytale.
All these beautiful images are sourced from Pinterest, which I would strongly recommend for finding more amazing landscapes! (psst...here's mine)
Dress // New Look
Boots // Ebay
Cardigan // Primark
Hey guys! Sorry about my absence for the past few weeks, I've been so distracted by college recently, I'm always exhausted when I get in and I've been away the past couple of weekends. I've been absolutely loving college so far though, I'm really happy with the subjects I chose and there is so much more freedom. It's also really fun choosing what I'm going to wear everyday. Not to mention, the food is amazing without the constraints of Jamie Oliver's healthy school meals campaign!
Recently, I saw an infograph that, through percentages, detailed the various examples of the diversity that exists in the top 100 sci-fi and fantasy films, and quite frankly, it completely shocked me. The statistics studied the groups that are lesser seen in films based on ethnicity, gender, disability and sexuality.
As you can see from the picture of said infograph, for all the diversity that exists in the world, there is very little representation. I had hardly even noticed before as there are a number of secondary characters that provide at least some representation for people who aren’t, well, white males. However, the protagonists of films in the sci-fi/fantasy genre rarely step away from this group (although there is also an increasing number of white females.) I hate to phrase things using race as a defining feature but it is unfortunately true of Hollywood films that Caucasians dominate our screens. Now whenever I’m in the cinema watching the trailers, this fact is very clear in my mind. I’m always pretty much counting the protagonists off in my head: white male, white male, white female, white male. I’m not at all trying to suggest that there is anything wrong with having white male protagonists, but I do wonder why other groups lack the representation they deserve, or any at all.
Could this monotonous pattern be caused by an outdated Western view of beauty and empowerment? The people most praised for their beauty on the internet are mainly white males: Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jensen Ackles. Perhaps the film industry is simply indulging in the public’s view of beauty. However, I’m sure many of you will agree with me that beauty isn’t confined to a particular ethnicity or gender. Also, there is the idea that the protagonist of a film should be someone oozing empowerment and other qualities relating to this, and of course men are the only ones who can embody this!!! (ugh) This is one thing that’s slowly improving, but I can’t say it’s enough. Although it warms my heart to see Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence kicking ass on-screen, my avariciously feminist heart wants more. Not to mention, the infograph shows that a grand total of zero women of colour were protagonists in the top 100 sci-fi/fantasy films. I just find that bloody insane – anyone else? The meagre 14% that represents women is further marred by sticking to one ethnicity of possibly thousands. Could this be a further objectification of women? That in order to be the lead of a Hollywood film, you have to live up to near-impossible standards of beauty so that men don’t get bored? To be honest, I’m sure there are plenty of guys who would be happy to see an average-looking girl kicking ass.
The rise of female empowerment hasn’t particularly translated to film as well as it has in real life. This makes me wonder whether the groups of people who got human rights later than women, such as POC (people of colour) and LBGTQ+ people, will have as slow a rise in their empowerment in film.
This leads onto my next point in which there is the question of why the two groups are often referred to as white or POC. Why are you either white, or something else? This is something I’ve always had a problem with and it is a further example of the white supremacy that I hadn’t even realised existed until I was confronted with a deluge of facts and case studies (e.g. Ferguson) whilst scrolling through Tumblr. Only about a quarter of people in the world are Caucasian so why are they seen as the main group? It is very rare (and sadly rather exciting) to see more POC than white, or more women than men in a typical Hollywood film scene – unless of course the focus of the film is on women or set in a country with a different ethnic majority. The fact that there are only 6 POC as leads out of 100 films is shocking, and that 4 of them are the same person (Will Smith) just makes the appalling information hit even harder. Even in much adored franchises such as Marvel, this problem still exists. Only one out of the six Avengers is a woman. In Guardians of the Galaxy, it made more sense for them to have a green lead female than a black or Asian main female.
Another problem is the fact that different sexualities are often ignored, unless for comedic effect. For example, a ‘gay best friend’; a flamboyant hairdresser or fashion designer; or as some kind of ‘humorous’ plot twist. There seems to be an absence of genuine LBGTQ+ relationships that have the depth of the average romance between a man and a woman, and more of a focus on further promoting stereotypes. Although this is often an argument frequented by aggressive non-canon shippers, it still rings true that if two male or two female characters were instead of opposing genders, they would almost definitely get together. Not to mention, the ignorance in terms of things like bisexuality, pansexuality, asexual people etc.
There is also a disregard of disability in film as anything but a major plot point (excusing Avatar, in which the protagonist is more often than not in a world without disability anyway). I mean, think of all the cool modifications you could do to a wheelchair or a prosthetic leg to make an even more badass protagonist than the typical. Is that insensitive? Even on the internet, the ignorance of disability is rife between our campaigns against racism, misogyny and homophobia (which are also extremely important of course).
As I reach the conclusion of this article, I simply must wait until the diversity in film actually reflects that of the real world, without said diversity being highlighted as a plot point. It is comforting to see many tv programmes taking the steps that Hollywood is too scared to. I believe (or hope) that with each generation it will get better; the future populations will become gradually more informed until the idea of diversity in film is simply the norm.
The sun came out today after absolutely chucking it down yesterday so I was able to take a few outfit pictures outside, which may not be happening again for a while (although I hope it does).
I was planning to wear this outfit yesterday but it was outside for most of the day at an annual festival held in my city called the Freedom Festival where there are basically loads of local bands, art displays, food stalls, and dance/drama/circus performances. It was really fun, apart from that it was raining for about two hours so me and my friends went and sat inside a shopping centre and did a little Q&A hotseat type thing which was pretty fun. Overall, the whole day was really fun and it has a really wonderful atmosphere.
Maxi Kimono // Primark // £8 (similar here)
Top // New Look // £18
Jeans // New Look // £20
Hat // New Look // (old, similar here)
Boots // New Look // (old)
Lip Lacquer // Rimmel Apocalips 'Eclipse'
This is actually one of my favourite outfits I've worn for a while. I've been wanting a maxi kimono for ages and I love the sheerness of this one from Primark as you can still see the outfit underneath. It's also super flowy so I'm always waving it around! I just love the way kimonos float about. My trusty bowler hat from New Look is brilliant for making any outfit for more interesting, and it also perfectly matches my Rimmel lip lacquer. Burgundy is definitely my favourite autumn colour, it suits the season so well and it's super cute.
I think I'm pretty much the only blogger in the world who like summer more than autumn! That being said, I do love a good slouchy jumper and ALL the boots. Damn, I love boots. I hope your enjoying whatever you've gone back to this September so far, I'm definitely loving my college experience so far (especially as McDonalds is only a ten minute walk away and I've already been rather a few times in my free periods, oops.)
For a change, I went into Leeds to do my shopping! Although I was hoping to something up from Urban Outfitters (which they don't have in my hometown) and the massive Topshop there, I unfortunately didn't find anything that caught my fancy in either of those shops!
However, Primark was on a roll! For about a year I haven't found anything I've liked in Primark but on this trip I was walking around with about 7 or 8 items; it must have been quite a sight to see an extremely short teenage girl trying to keep a hold of all these clothes whilst trying to observe the remaining rails and make my way to the changing rooms :') Unfortunately, due to said shortness, a few of the things I really liked didn't fit quite right.
I also picked a couple of things up from New Look (aka my favourite shop in the world, anyone else?). I could have gotten so many more things but due to the fact that it's a little more expensive than Primark I knew there was no way I could afford 7 or 8 things! The only problem I had with the particular New Look I went into was that there was no petite section, I really wanted some new jeans as well! Luckily my local city has one so I'll have to pop along there.
Jumper // New Look // £12.99
I love jumpers with 3/4 sleeves, and they make a perfect transitional item for autumn, when it's not quite cold enough for long sleeves but you still need a little extra warmth. Plus, it just look super cute. I really like the fit of this jumper which is rather figure hugging but not so much that shows off every lump and bump, and also it's flattering scoop neck
Maxi Kimono // Primark // £8 (similar here)
I think Maxi kimonos are absolutely fabulous, this black lace one goes with pretty much everything and they're just so flowy and pretty. I spent an entire evening last week just trying on outfits in preparation for my inaugural college experience and I put this with so many different things. And for £8, how could I say no?
Top // New Look // £17.99
I feel like this can go with so many things and that's probably the main reason I bought it. I have printed trousers and cardigans that I don't have much to pair with so this works really well. However, the sleeves and crochet hem make it an interesting piece on its own as well . Iactually didn't realise the kind of waterfall (???) sleeves until I tried it on, and they just made it even more desirable.
Harry Potter Pajama Bottoms // Primark // £8
This is my favourite thing I bought and I have been wearing them so much due to my crazy amount of lazy days! When I saw them my Potterhead heart almost exploded. Also, they're kind of skinny style so they actually look pretty good (for pajama bottoms). I've enjoyed wearing them today alongside my Ravenclaw scarf whilst tweeting about my journey to Hogwarts...
Asymmetric Skirt // Primark // £6
I've been looking for a skirt similar to this for ages. This isn't the exact style I wanted but for £6 I couldn't complain! The material is also different but I think t's actually good for transitioning into autumn as this could work ok with tights whereas I'm not sure the other type would.
Midi Rings // H&M // £2.99 (similar here)
H&M has such good value for midi rings.
I also got some knee high socks from Primark - 3 pairs for £2.50 I believe! So fab.