Thursday, 13 October 2016

13.10.16 - THE ULTIMATE AUTUMNAL PLAYLIST



At last we have finally reached my favourite time of year, Autumn and Winter... up to Jan 2nd. Do not get me wrong i love Spring and Summer, later evenings, (veggie) BBQ's, cider, holidays, etc. Yet there is not a time i love more then when it gets to late September and Autumn is upon us. I think it stems from the fact i am quite a childish person. Halloween, Bon Fire Night and Christmas still blow my mind...even after 23 years. 

As a person who works within fashion, i cannot tell you the relief i feel when we get into Autumn/Winter clothing. I love layering and feeling cosy and mainly getting to wear lots and lots of faux fur and velvet. I honestly like nothing more than sticking on a pair of jeans, oversized cashmere jumper, a comfy pair of boots, adding on the bulk of a big coat and then wrapping a giant scarf around myself. 

The other day on my way home from work i felt truly autumnal and knew i wanted to make a playlist for this beautiful season. 
So I have created the ULTIMATE autumnal playlist for you to have a crack at. All the tracks...in my opinion... have the essence of autumn to them but can be listened to whilst doing a multiple of things such as, chilling on the sofa whilst the rain thrashes at the window. Kicking the orange leaves on the walk home from work. Re-heating in a nice warm bath after getting in from the cold. The list could go on but at the end of the day these are the songs that make me feel autumnal. 

The last photo of me is from this past Sunday (09.10.16) when i ran my first half marathon! I took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon. The course was in and around Hyde park and at the end i got a medal in the shape of a maple leaf. I had the pleasure of running for CoppaFeel!  and had a great time being on TEAM BOOB. I never used to be a runner. I was fucking shit at cross country in school...or any type of running. However, within the last few years when i signed up to my first 10K i found that i didn't mind running, in fact I'm not that bad at it. I think the person who will always surprise you the most is yourself.



ENJOY


ALEX





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Monday, 19 September 2016

19.09.16 PLAYLIST



Yesterday i finally got a chance to sit down and listen to all the recently released music that i missed whilst i was busy with holiday prep and then while i was away. I had so many great new albums to catch up on and really enjoyed going through them all and saving them in my Spotify.

I have made a little playlist of some of the tracks that i really enjoyed. These are just a few of my favourites so i would recommend listening to the whole of the albums as well. My top three tracks on the playlist are Villainy - Local Natives, Dragons Bones - Jamie T, and Randy - Justice.

Enjoy.



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Sunday, 18 September 2016

THE OUTTAKES

Yesterday for the first time ever, i spent my day filming and editing a video with the intention of putting it on Youtube/the internet.

I had seen a couple of videos on youtube of people capturing what they do/where they currently are in life. I thought it was a cool idea and something that would be interesting to look back on in the future, because isn't that the whole point of youtube? Videos to look back on when your older. Well, thats how i think of it anyway. I always thought that if i ever were to get into youtube that it would be something i could look back on when I'm old and can't remember what i was like in my youth. It would never been something i would ever take too seriously. Obviously i would want to take pride in what i put out there but i would hope that i would not be completely absorbed into the Youtube world and always remember that its just a bit of fun.

Turns out that i think of myself as too much of a wanker to be on youtube. I spent all day filming the content of this video and had a clear idea in my head of the concept and how i wanted it to look. Then i spent another few hours editing it, which i am not a natural at either. When all was done i watched it back and was completely mortified. Ugh do i really look like that? Surely my voice doesn't actually sound like that? Why did i say that? Why did i do this? This is so cringy!! ... were just some of the thoughts that entered my head. I couldn't stand to watch it so the thought of putting it out into the internet for other people to see terrified me.

I wondered if the youtube world was full of people who just loved themselves and have a lot of confidence. But then i thought that it might be more me and my lack of confidence. It's a strange world that i like to watch but really do not think i will ever become a part of. I would like to blog more regularly though as this is something i really do enjoy.

So, the video i made will at this point never make it onto the internet. However, i have put together some of the "outtakes" from the filming process. It is mainly clips of myself not knowing what to do/generally pissing about/being vain/being awkward/messing with my hair. Get ready for some major pouting!! For some reason i am ok with the public seeing something where i am mocking myself but being serious isn't something i feel comfortable putting out there. Enjoy.






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Friday, 16 September 2016

FRANCE 2016




On the 3rd of September i got the privilege to go to the south of France for the 3rd year running. Usually we like to be quite cultural on our holidays and go visit as many places as we can and look at arty farty stuff, however this year i was really looking forward to laying on a beach with sand in my toes and the sun burning down on my pale skin. Pretty much just doing fuck all.

This year we stayed in Port Grimaud and it was beautiful. I spent most of my days either laying next to a pool or on the sand at a stunning beach. We really lucked out with the weather as well. The temperature each day was around 30c and i finally got a decent tan for once.

One day we decided to stop being complete lazy bastards and took a short boat trip to Saint Tropez, which was just heaven for me. I got to be a major pervert looking at all the designer shops. I also stood outside gawping at the Dior House for quite a lengthy time, which may have caused a bit of suspicion.

I got to try paddle boarding for the first time ever, which was fun yet dramatic. After wading around for a bit on my knees, i finally plucked up the courage to stand up on my board and use my paddle to glide around the blue sea. A little over 5 minutes of this i made the mistake of thinking, Oh yeah this is easy. Shortly after this thought i lost my balance and toppled off my board falling backwards into the ocean. At this i lost my favourite sunglasses and sulked for the rest of the day.


I can truly saying it was a very relaxing couple of weeks, which to me is the whole point of a holiday.


I also create a little video from the trip. It was my first time making and editing one so its a little rustic.










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Sunday, 1 May 2016

01.05.16 PLAYLIST













The other week i got to explore Wales for the first time and it was wonderful. The trip was in aid of my boyfriends dad turning 50. Over the course of 5 days we stayed in a lovely house in Beaumaris. I don't think i have ever been on such an action packed trip away before! In the time we spent in there we went horse riding, explored an old castle, climbed Mount Snowdon, went to the beach...and went to the pub a few times. My favourite thing from the whole trip though was climbing Mount Snowdon. The views when we were almost at the top were breath taking. 

I have made a playlist of some of the music i listened to whilst there. We drove there and back as well so i am very glad i had this the music because fuck listening to the radio.




ENJOY



ALEX






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Sunday, 27 March 2016

THE STRIPED DRESS AND THE EASTER EGG






coat: whistles
dress: zara
shoes: dr martins
neckerchief: clares
sunglasses: topshop



I hope you have all had a nice Easter weekend. I have spent mine with my family, eating lots of good food, most of that being chocolate.

I always love this time of year as i get to see my friends and family a lot more. Around Easter time everyone comes back home to see their families and i like to get in on the action and see faces that i rarely get to. My family are big fans of a big get together, so when we all manage to get some free time we like to impose on each others houses and eat food.
With the Easter holidays usually comes my birthday. Something i would say i feel 40% excitement about and the rest of the 60% is dread, sorrow and the "oh shit I'm getting old" feeling. I turn 23 this year which feels scarily grown up. However, that is not for another two weeks so... i still get to live in the glory of being 22 years old now for a little bit.

As today was a BIG eating day, i new i needed something loose to wear. I always suffer from really bad bloat no matter what i eat but it's worse when I'm pretty much eating all day. I went with a navy and white striped jersey dress that i brought from Zara a few weeks ago. I am hoping that the weather is going to start getting warmer soon as i am getting a bit sick of wearing my big winter coat. Don't get me wrong, i love my Whistles coat and it has been a good alley to me this winter, however i feel like the time is right for something new.

Enjoy eating your leftover easter eggs!


ALEX
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Friday, 25 March 2016

THE NIGHTTIME PLAYLIST




This evening i have put together a small playlist for anyone who is in need of a chilled night in bed. 

Hopefully the songs i have picked will make you feel relaxed and help you drift off into peaceful sleep. In the past i myself have listened to most of these songs to help me get off to the land of nod. After a busy week, sometimes there is nothing better then making yourself a hot drink and curling up into bed. Unless you are like me who sees one bit of sunshine and drags there boyfriend to a pub garden at 3:30pm where they proceed to get pissed on cider, then needs to go lay in bed at 8pm on a Friday night. 


ENJOY


ALEX






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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

LUNCH DATES WITH COOL MATES















One thing i love most in the world is when i get to reunite with my pals.

Being an adult sucks ass sometimes and when you have to do grown up things like work, it can leave little time for you to see your friends, particularly when they do not live in the same city as you do.
Today i met up with one of my good friends Yvonne and i had the best time!

We went to this really cool deli place in town and spent a good long while catching up whist drinking cappuccinos and hot chocolates. After that we pottered around town, browsing in vintage shops and poking round an historic building, which had ping pong in the court yard bit. It is fair to say neither myself or Yvonne will turn pro.

I took a couple of outfit photographs. I feel like these will start to get more frequent however you will have to bare with me as i really struggle with feelings of self consciousness when it comes to photographing my full body.

I hope you are having a good start to the week.




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Sunday, 20 March 2016

SUNDAY MORNING PLAYLIST







MORNING

When that crack of light sneaks it's way into your bedroom you know another day is upon you.

Getting up on a Sunday is never easy... well it never is for me. I like to stay in bed for as long as possible, have a cup of tea and catch up on some vlogs/programs. Today however i have to work. So i have gotten up, made myself some breakfast and returned to my bedroom to start the process of turning myself into an acceptable human being.

The songs on the playlist today are fairly relaxed and really nice as background music whilst you potter about this morning.


ENJOY





ALEX

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Saturday, 19 March 2016

SPRING CLOTHING/SHOE HAUL

It has been really refreshing walking into stores recently and seeing all the new spring/summer collections. As you may be able to guess by the title of this blog, all these new pieces had to find a home to go to somewhere... so i willing offered up mine. The past couple of months i have found some very lovely items that have fit very nicely in my wardrobe. I have also discovered that as well as having a clothes addiction, i also have a shoe addiction. Soon i think i will have to have a massive clear out of all my old clothes/shoes, because right now i have piles of shit everywhere and it is not pretty.

Looking at the photographs i have taken of some of the pieces i have brought in the past couple of months, i defiantly have a colour theme going on. This season i have been loving the colour mustard, which is quite odd as i couple of years ago i couldn't stand the colour. The pieces i am showing you i have purchased from different stores... but mostly Zara.




Lemon dress - ZARA

For years i have adored anything with a realistic lemon pattern on it. Finally, the pattern is coming back into trend and i can indulge in pieces like this. I cannot wait to wear this dress in the summer!



Dress - & OTHER STORIES

If you have been a follower of my blog for a while you will know about my love affair with & Other Stories. I adore literally everything that they do! I saw this dress when i was in London one weekend and went into the store. I am pretty sure i made a beeline for it... and then the till. 




Like i said, I'm into the colour mustard. If you want to add a stylish edge to a basic outfit, then a coloured jacket is the way to go. There are so many about at the moment that the choice is almost overwhelming. 




I really liked the simplicity of this jumper. A really nice pale delicate daisy print on a basic navy background. Lovely. When i have been wearing this i have been layering it over a navy suede midi skirt that i got from Zara. 




I really love wide leg trousers but have always presumed my body type wouldn't suit them. However, when i was in Zara and saw these i decided to just go for it and thought 'What the fuck! If i like them and want to wear them then i'll just fucking do it!'. I can really picture myself on holiday wearing these with a basic white t-shirt tucked in at the waist. 




Something that has been missing from my wardrobe for a while is a pair of light blue jeans. I really liked this pair because of how they are cut at the bottom. I love the fact they finish above my ankle and have rips and scuffs on them. 




 Now these little beauties go very nicely with the jeans above. I thought they are really versatile and would go with pretty much everything. 




Yes, i jumped on the old white trainer banded wagon. The thought of wearing trainers when not running or doing exercise used to make me shudder, but now i see that styled right these can finish off a casual outfit nicely. I have a pair of navy culottes that i have been wearing these with and can honestly say that it is nice to have my feet in a pair of comfortable shoes for once. 




I purchased these the other day because i was out shopping with my mum and the shoes that i had on were absolutely fucking ripping my feet to shreds. These however felt like heaven when i put them on and i no longer had to walk in agony. Also, what else is better than a silver shoe?



I hope you have enjoyed my mini Spring Clothing/Shoe Haul. I am looking forward to when the weather gets a bit more warmer and i can get proper use out of these items!
I have tried to add links to all the titles for the items, however the first two i couldn't find on the websites. Hopefully sometime in the future i will do some outfit posts where i am wearing some of the pieces in. 

ALEX

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Sunday, 17 January 2016

& OTHER STORIES WISHLIST



It is no secret that & Other Stories is one of my favourite stores. So i thought it would be only right that my first wish list of the year be them and there brilliant Spring/Summer 16 collection. There are some really nice pieces from this collection. It is a great reflection of the current trends and a reminder of some old classics.


1. Brush Stripe Dress £55. A great statement piece for this spring. 

2. Beige Ribbed Sweater £55. You can never go wrong with an item like this in your wardrobe. 

3. Shoulder Drop Dress £45. Minimalistic yet on point.

4. Spirit Animal Print Dress £79. I love this dress. It reminds of a piece from designer Coco Fennel.

5. Art Nouveau Jacquard Sweater £55

6. Structured Mini Leather Bag £65. This has become my must have bag for the summer. 

7. Dotted Brass Choker £65. Great for adding an edge to a plain jumper.

8. Hedgehog Brass Ring £19.

9. Wedge Leather Boots £125. The wedge is making a comeback!

10. Suede Sneaker £89. Turn any outfit into a casual cool look. Plus i love the colour.

11. Oily Block Heel Sandals £89. I love the blue metallic vibe to these pair of killer heels. 



ALEX












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