Friday, 31 December 2010

Two Thousand & Eleven

2010, a year of:
hearing words like "austerity" and "coalition" more and more, making new and amazing friends, trying new things just for shits and giggles, planning my travels, tears, good food, beautiful music, reading brilliant books, behaving like a child, worrying about tax for the first time ever, applying to university, learning that although i want my family to be happy their happiness cannot come at the cost of my own, being afraid, realising that you have to know you're hurt before you can heal, starting my beloved blog, reeling in my shopping habits (i am proud of this), taking more pictures than you can shake a stick at, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, switching to an all new as natural as possible skin and haircare regime and damn it's good, a new found confidence, remembering that as long as i tried my best then that's all that matters, bike rides, rum, mud wrestles, pantomime, being inspired, dedicating more (but still not enough) time to being creative, sunshine, snow and everything in between, living in the moment, a new bedroom and much much much much more.

I make no rules and set no boundaries for 2011.
I have a lot planned; a month in the states, university, London + Blogger Meet, but i want to go with the flow. After 2011 i will be a student and then hopefully a career woman of some sort. This could be my last chance to let go control of my life almost completely and that is an opportunity i am not willing to miss.


I wish every person who reads this all the love and luck and joy in the world for 2011.
Be fearless, break rules, have fun, love, laugh, cry, eat, drink and be merry.
This is your year, your life, your time to shine : )

Saturday, 25 December 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Hope Your Christmas Was Button-Bustingly Brilliant!

: )


I got a variety of things including a new camera, some Lush goodies, chocolate, time with my family, A NASTY TOOTH ACHE (LAME), two books and a dvd!

I feel amazingly grateful, lucky and thankful and i feel a bit overwhelmed (it's probably the mix of hormones, pain killers and alcohol that's doing this)


I'd just like to add that one of the best presents ever is this blog, it was a gift from life and the internets and the constant inspiration and drive it gives me is a blessing i will never cease to be thankful for!


Love to you all ♥

Monday, 20 December 2010

Five Favourites and Lessons Learned

Keeping it short and sweet this week!


Lessons Learned:
1. I am very good at singing other people's praises but never take enough time to consider my own achievements and good points, this is something i must work on!

2. I have taken to closing my mouth and am slowly learning to listen more, it's rather lovely.

3. I have come to realise that some of the best things happen when the advice you take or plan you stick to is the one that sounded the maddest and craziest.

4. The British Mindset/Attitude + Snow + a Retail job = Me convinced that the world is mostly full of wankers!

5. I am a sucker for acoustic versions. Loving this and this and this. Don't get me wrong i still love the originals but these are just awesome.


Favourites:
1. SNOW! Hating the media hype of the "Chaos" caused by it but loving the snow, i took nearly 100 pictures on my walk to work.

2. The cast of Panto. I never expected to meet so many genuinely wonderful people and become friends with them. I've loved the whole thing really; can't wait to actually perform now (1 week to go!)

3. Christmas Songs. Good ones anyway! I usually dislike these but this year they've been appropriately timed so i'm not sick to death of the things!

4. Christmas/Winter Solstice. Feeling very festive! I can't wait, my family arrives in 4 days. I feel good about the whole thing, hopefully it runs smoothly! (i'm cooking for 7 people!)

5. Articulate. Played this game for the first time yesterday and 10 minutes ago i reserved my one of own to pick up on Thursday! Can't wait to play it with the fam!


What are yours guys!?! Hook Me Up!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

OOTD: 60's Snow Fun

It snowed yesterday and i was sure it'd be gone by this morning but i opened my curtains at 8:30AM to a blanket and a blizzard of snow.
Lush!

I popped and did more crimbo shopping, i'd like to say i'm done but alas, i am not!

COAT:DOROTHY PERKINS SHOES:EVANS TIGHTS:TESCO

Pretty standard warm, winter outfit right here. These tights are amazing and cost £3 so i literally love them, tons. I nearly threw this coat in a charity shop bag once, i'm still not 100% sure i like it, but it suits me for the cold days when i want to be Jackie O.

it's all pictures from here on out.













Thursday, 16 December 2010

Ramble On

I don't refrain from being political on my blog.

I just don't often talk about big Fat Acceptance things on here (like the Marie Claire controversy) because i like what i post to be concise and educated and well written, not a 2 page gabble about how angry i am fat people get treated like shit.
Because we all know fat people get treated like shit without me blowing my nut over it.
I also hate, and i mean hate this hypersensitive culture that has come to my attention recently, where everything has to be P.C for fear of upsetting someone and even then somebody complains.

I say i don't refrain from being political on my blog because the bare fact that i am a fat woman, putting nice clothes on my big ass and posting pictures of it (sans self deprecating captions) means that i am hugely political.

But this isn't just about how hard it can be to be fat because lets face it, life's no picnic for anyone.

From the moment you're properly aware of the world around you, you're constantly told you're not good enough. And this goes for everybody; men, women, fat, thin, black, white etc etc.
We are all victims of a culture that revolves around making us feel bad so we can be sold a product that makes us feel good. You know it's true.

Even if you have amazing family and friends who love you and make you feel beautiful, there will always be someone to knock you down a peg, especially if you don't quite tick all the boxes on the "what makes a person pretty list" and that person is probably someone you don't know at all and they will probably launch an unprovoked attack on you in the street/playground/workplace/other public venue.
I have said this before and I maintain the opinion that every single person is beautiful, or at the very least has the capacity to be so.
It is unfair that we make life harder for ourselves by being horrible to each other, as if life isn't hard enough.
This isn't about fat acceptance. This is about acceptance.
Diversity is key. People are what they are, weight or race or religion or sexuality should not affect the respect we have for each other and our right to exist and to live.

This video inspired me, because it represents people like me. But the message of it can be applied to everything; race, gender, sexuality, religion...
So give it a watch, or a listen.
And the next time you judge someone or make a comment consider what it is you're saying and why.


fat body (in)visible from Margitte Kristjansson on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Patent

New Shoes. Booya!


























Link to the red version of my shiny lovelies here. Black is sold out online!

Looking a bit messy here but i was going to rehearsals, not dinner at Buckingham Palace so no apologies from me : )


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Saturday, 11 December 2010

OOTD: Hammer Time

Yeah, my new trousers make me feel a bit MC Hammer-y. Hence the title.

I'd like to start by just getting this semi-negative (and quite long winded) bit out the way first.
I ordered these trousers a couple weeks back, along with these. I got 20% off code and they had a buy before 5PM and get free next day delivery thang going on so that was lovely. However...
First up, unless my eyes are messed up, they look quite brown in the photo, sandy-browny-greenish. In real life these are bona fide army green. Like standard issue washed out uniform green. Which is fine, because i can roll with that, but the picture fo shiz mislead me. So yeah, be warned all is not as it seems. I will also add at this point that the other pair, briefly mentioned above, but not pictured in this post are less shiny and less pink that the photo, a friend called them camel, i'd agree but say with a hint of pink.
Secondly, the pair i'm posting on today are my second pair of the same ones, the first either came ripped or ripped as i put them on. Basically they're made of very soft cotton twill, which in my humble opinion is a free spirit sorta fabric and when you try and hem it, it pulls. Which incidentally is what happened with mine, the whole side seam on the left leg went. I emailed ASOS asking if i could still return even though i'd removed the tags, they sent an email back straight away informing me they'd sent out a replacement pair and given me 10% off my next order. This is obviously great customer service but if they'd have given me a choice i'd rather have exchanged for something else (i've got trouser paranoia, i keep checking the seams), and also the replacement pair were a size smaller than my original order, they still fit but they're less roomy, i couldn't be arsed with sending them back and emailing again so left it.
All in all i am still perfectly happy to shop at ASOS and still love the trousers but i felt the need to explain everything, especially about the colour.

  
TROUSERS&T-SHIRT:ASOS CURVE JACKET:DOROTHY PERKINS SHOES:EVANS

Despite the above issues, i do love these trousers. I think they're very true to size, comfy and easy to wear. Like this took me two seconds to throw on (i'm wearing less than 5 layers for the first time in weeks, we've had solid ice in our garden for ages but it melted this morning).
I went Christmas shopping, ugh, i hate huge crowds of people and looong queues for everything. I'm nearly done now though so hopefully i can just avoid town until Christmas. The only pre Christmas shopping i like is the big supermarket shop, for two reasons. One: fancy alcohol and food, being able to put anything in the trolley with the excuse of "It's crimbo!". Two: it's crowded and people are rude and ignorant so i get to put my war face on, i'm tempted to actually paint myself blue or something this year, i march through Tesco getting my stuff and take no shit, it's the best way to blow off steam : )

You'll notice i have once again taken my photos in a slightly different way. Basically from now on it will hopefully always look like this, now i've worked out that i can rest my tripod on my bed and still take level pictures. Please excuse the mess of clothes in the corner, i'm a proper messy madam sometimes.

Oh, yeah, i got some awesome £10 shoes today and new beauty stuff so i will likely add these to the "Stuff i need to post on" list. (I christmas shop for myself as well as everyone else, do any of you do this?!? : D)

Sunday, 5 December 2010

OOTD: Adele

BLOUSE:DOROTHY PERKINS VEST:H&M JEANS:EVANS NECKLACE:GIFT

This is my newest clothing purchase, i've been after some pretty blouses to layer over tanks for a while and this is the perfect start to my collection. The bird print sold me, and the fact that it had £10 off the £30 price tag helped.
It's not exactly blouse weather here so i did wear a black faux fur over this which you can see hanging off my wardrobe to the left.
I've decided to switch to this system of OOTD photography because i was getting tired of my cramped in the corner full body shots and doing it this way gives me more light as well. Legs and Shoes if they are important or cool will be shown in separate lower body photos, but y'all know what skinny jeans or leggings look like so half the time it doesn't really matter!

Right, now just to clear this up, my post is called Adele today because:
Someone thought i was her!
WHAAAAAAATT?
I'm sat on a bench outside a shop today, resting after a Christmas gift dash around, i'm sipping my chai, i'm smoking my cigarette, i'm taking in the view and hoping a bird doesn't shit on me and then i see this guy walking towards me. He's making a beeline for my bench, i look away assuming he's after someone behind me or whatever, at the last second i look up and he curves off looks back and says "You look like Adele!"
Seriously, i was so happy i had a smile on my face for the whole 2(ish) mile walk home.
I love Adele, her music, her attitude, her style. Honestly i can't think of any other person i'd rather be mistaken for, dude in Exeter Princesshay, you made my day!

Friday, 3 December 2010

100

Radio Silence Over.
SORRY SORRY SORRY SORRY SORRY!

After the busiest couple of weeks (and it aint all over yet, but thank god for the slowdown!) i am back.
And boy, have i missed this : )

I'm 100 posts deep. I feel like this is way past going steady, me and blogging are in a serious relationship now!

You may have noticed the new header, my own artwork thankyouverymuch, very heavily influenced by Hilda.
It's not quite finished, i'm getting some much needed html help from D at The Merry Traveller, she is an angel and if you don't visit her blog a fiery hell will rain down upon you and your wicked soul, well not quite you'll just be missing out on a lovely lady and her lovely blog, but in my eyes the two are virtually the same!

This is going to turn into a bit of a links sorta post. I feel it in my bones.

I posted a reply on Apricot Tea today, to a post asking the readers of said blog to quickly sum themselves up as best they could. Ev'Yan, the author, replied to my post (and everyone else's, what a trooper, clearly another angel)
I love this sense that i now have a kind of friend. We've never laughed together, i've never touched her, we haven't sat and eaten a meal whilst discussing a trivial subject like how expensive vending machines are becoming but we know tiny little facts about each other and have things in common and if all of a sudden we were stranded alone on an island together it wouldn't be terrible : )

My friend Lauren posted today. I've mentioned her a lot before. This post is beyond awesome though and i love discovering new artists through her blog.
She's at Uni right now, i visited her on Wednesday, words cannot explain how much i miss having her within walking distance of me. (not that we ever walked anywhere what with her handy yellow car and all!)

I bought these and these this week. Expect major postage on them tr├ęs soon!

I skipped a 5 favs and lessons learned post, these posts will be regular from now on. Every other Monday.

Errrr, what else what else!?!?
Oh, yeah, this is LUSH!


Mink or Black? please tell me what you prefer because i'm totally stuck!





















Okay, i think i'm done.
You know you haven't blogged for a while when i post like that tires you out : )
Love to you all!!!