Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Fashion Favourite #6

Love her or hate her, Kristen Stewart knows how to make a statement. Be it her penchant for wearing trainers on the red carpet or hoodies and snapbacks off the carpet, Kristen has got rock chic glamour down to a tee.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

What I am Listening to this Week #26

1. Stealing Sheep- Shut Eye A little bit folky, a little bit alternative, Shut Eye by Stealing Sheep is a song that was made for dancing to.
2. Johnny Lang- Lie to Me Modern day Blues at it's best, Johnny Lang is a pretty talented guitarist and has such an amazingly husky and sexy voice, one that I could listen to all day long.
3. Said the Whale- Loveless If you are a fan of Two Door Cinema Club then you will love Said the Whale. My favourite part of the sing has to be one of the main lines of the chorus "How could I love you less, now that I know you more", which to me just seems so simple yet true. Plus the video is just so cute, depicting two kids playing out there lives together.
4. OK Go- End Love Another recommendation from  friend, an alternative rock band from Chicago who have the somewhat unusual ability to sound not only futuristic, but oh so very 80's at the same time. And what can I say, never have block coloured tracksuits looked so good!
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Heads Will Roll A classic, who doesnt't love a bit of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs from time to time.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Holiday Packing

It's that time of year again, the sun is shining, ice cream is melting, and people are jetting off around the globe on holiday. By the time you read this I, myself will be trekking across Eastern Europe, visiting the cities of Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Budapest and Keszthely with friends. I must confess I am pretty nervous, suffereing from anxiety and not liking clubs and crowded places don't make me the ideal travelling companion. Never the less I am making this holiday a challenge, proving to myself and my family that I can be away from home for a few weeks and deal with crowds and unfamiliar situations. However, the first thing I need to prove is that I can pack!!

Going Interailling and trying to make the holiday as cheap as possible, me and my friends are only taking hand luggage (in the form of a 33-35 litre rucksack), which means minimal packing. In order to adhere to this minimal amount (I am notorious for over packing) I broke my items into different sub categories. 

First came "The Essentails". Boring, not very fashionable or pretty, but extremely useful. Items such as a money belt can make all the difference when travelling around unkown places and staying in youth hostel at night. It is a practical and safe way to keep your money, passport and phone in when out travelling. Things such as travel towels and Macs help you keep space and weight down when adhering to that all important weight limit.

In terms of clothes, I went for simple pieces that would be interchangable with various items in order to maximise on outfit potential but still save space. A bold blue skirt or a simple black slip can be dressed down during the day with a plain t-shirt or dressed up at night with a statement necklace and a slick of eyeliner. 

"The Books". When spending hour after hour on trains and planes, or looking for cheap and easy ways to pass the time a book, a set of cards, or watercolours can prove the perfect answer. It can also provide you with that all important me time, which is vital when travelling with the same group of people 24/7.

Only having hand luggage means that sacrifices have to be made when it comes to "The Beauty Essentials". A pack of cleansing wipes, eyeliner, concealer and mascara is all you really need when travelling. Essentails such sunglasses and a tootbrush are much more important than an extra eyeshadow or an eyebrow pencil. 

And don't forget, once you have arrived to stock up on suncream, washing powder, shampoo and a much needed shaver, there's travelling light and then there is just plain dirty....

Thursday, 17 July 2014

EJF: Save the Sea T-Shirts

Ben Lloyd-Hughes for EJF
Caroline Ford for EJF
Diana Vickers for EJF
Kimberly Wyatt for EJF
Max Rogers for EJF
Emma Cook for EJF
Patternity for EJF
Serge DeNimes for EJF
Recently I received an email from the Environmental Justice Foundation, about their new ethical t-shirt project, 'Save the Sea' aiming to protect the 'marine environment, its biodiversity and the livelihoods dependent on it'. Having studied Biodiversity at A Level I had read all about the importance of our oceans, as a source of income, protein and culture, as well as just being beautiful.

EJF's Ocean Campaigns aims to address three core issue in our oceans, Destructive Fishing Methods, Pirate Fishing and Pirate Fishing and Human Rights, lobbying for rights in the fishing industry, sustainable fishing practices anda making oceans safe for everyone. By purchasing one of EJF's designer t-shirts you are contributing to these vital campaigns.

The 'Save the Sea' t-shirt campaign features designs from Emma Cook, Serge DeNimes (for all you 'Made in Chelsea' fans, Sege DeNimes is Proudlock's design company) and Patternity. The fair-trade, organic t-shirts with a climate neutral design chain have been modelled by celebrities such as Kimberly Wyatt, George Craig, Diana Vickers and Max Rogers.

Emma Cook states: "I'm proud to be supporting EJF's Save the Sea campaign with this design which is a snapshot of the precious ocean life that needs our urgent protection. EJF's work combating illegal pirate fishing not only helps protect vulnerable marine species like sharks but also the communities who are dependent on the oceans for food and livelihoods."

Serge DeNimes are "really excited to be able to support EJF on their Save the Sea campaign, highlighting the importance of the preservation of our world’s oceans. We wanted the bold print and slogan ‘Drop in the Ocean’ to make a statement of how important it is to protect sealife."

Patternity said of it's design: “Patternity is launching an exclusive data visualisation t-shirt as part of EJF’s Save the Sea campaign. Using pattern to translate data about the depletion of sea grass – the design highlights the devastating effects of bottom trawling on our ocean floors, marine wildlife and habitat. Patternity is committed to using pattern as a tool to help people better understand and feel connected to the world around them – driving positive social change.”

EJF's 'Save the Ocean' campaign, and the work that it does is a great and valuable cause, and for all you fashion lovers out there the bold graphic desings of Patternity and Serge DeNimes and the softer more whimsical design of Emma Cook provide the perfect t-shirts for a laid back weekend. Paired with a pair of ripped jeans and flip flops or a mini skirt and trainers these t-shirts are fit for anything from your morning errands to a lunch date with the girls. And there is the added benefit of this time, when you buy your top, instead of feeling a little guilty at spending yet more money, you'll be doing your bit for charity. So head over to EJF's shop Just For and purchase your 'Save the Sea' t-shirt, I know I will be!!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Dealing with Anxiety at Parties

Sometimes I feel like this blog is like my own personal diary, where I talk about recent events that have troubled me or things that I am struggling with, and today I want to talk about my troubles with anxiety at parties. I have suffered social anxiety for a few years now, and I stuggle with meeting new people, crowds and any situation that can become stressful. The problem with parties is that all three of these factors are focused in one place, and combined with alcohol things can unravel pretty quickly.

Usually if I have been drinking alcohol then I will be ok for a few hours, my anxiety over meeting new people and being around more than a couple of people is dulled into the background. However, once the effects of alcohol wear off then my anxiety is heightened. As I said in my recent post about Self Doubt, after having consumed alcohol I often spiral into a lull, a depression for days afterwards, thinking of all the things I shouldn't have done, or said, or how I may have embarassed myself. Often what occurs at parties people don't care about, or don't remember themselves, but being an anxious person they can affect me for days on end.

Yet, if I am sober, although I don't have the heightened anxiety or crippling embarassment, my same fears are still there. I struggle to go up and talk to people, even people I have known for years, or who have been in my classes. I struggle to keep up conversations, join in, or go up and dance with all my friends. Unless I have someone who I feel safe with, and who will be there if my anxiety starts calling, I often have to leave parties and go to a place I feel safe, my bed, my boyfriends house, or a quiet corner in my favourite coffee house. It happened a day into T in the Park 2013, my Year 13 Prom, and my friends recent 18th birthday party, and so far all I have done is run away.

I have struggled to find a solution for my anxiety, and with my A Level results and University looming, I fear that I will really struggle in Fresher's Week, to make friends, go out to clubs and keep up the 'party' lifestyle that is famous in Fresher's Week. I dont want to be the girl sat in her room alone, having gone home early cause there was too many people, they were too drunk or had no one to talk to.

I am working on ways of controlling my anxiety, going out into bigger crowds and trying to go to small pubs and gigs, and hopefully lessening my panic attacks. If you suffer from social anxiety, have troubled with Fresher's Week at Uni, or have anything which helped you control your anxiety I would greatly appreciate it.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

What I am Litening to this Week #25

So as of the 1st August a lot of my friends will be heading to Kendall Calling a music festival in the Lake District, and what can I say, I am pretty jealous. So in tribute to Kendall Calling and the amazing time that all my friends are going to have, I thought I would create this weeks plylist using some of my favourtie songs from the 2014 line up.

1. Newton Faulkner- Write It On Your Skin The man with the amazing hair, Newton Faulkner's signiture style of 'percussive guitar playing' makes him a dream to listen to.
2. De La Soul- Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey) This band is perhaps the definition of 90s hip-hop, however you may best know them from their collaboration with Gorillaz in Feel Good Inc.
3. Lewis Watson- Sink or Swim Another guy with a love of a guitar, Lewis Watson has a beautiful, somewhat vulnerable voice that makes each one of his songs honest and raw.
4. Catfish and the Bottlemen- Kathleen A bit more upbeat and with a lot more accompliment than that of Lewis Watson, Cathfish and the Bottlemen (which is such a cool name for a band) these guys have a rocky vibe that make them the perfect band to add into the mix
5. Gypsies of Bohemia- Toxic (Britney Spears) Kendall always has a great varietyof music and Gypsies of Bohemia are one of those unusual bands, covering songs by Prodigy, to Elbow, to Britney spears using just two guitars and a double bass, these guys are definitely different!!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

OOTD: Prom

It's that time of the year again, and an array of limos and girls in taffeta dresses and tiaras have passed you by. June saw my Year 13 prom, and I wasn't looking forward to it to say the least. Heels, hair and make up ain't really my thing, nor is paryting the night away on the toon (Geordie for town for all you Southerners out there). That having been said, as my last school event, ever, I decided to don my heels, put on a dress, and hit the town.

All Saints had some beautiful dresses, and initially I purchased the Nisia Silhouette Dress but when I went to exchange it for a bigger size I came across the Sierra Dress and I fell head over heels (literally, I really can't walk in heels). I  love the vibrancy of the mandarin and the beautiful fine chiffon draped over the top gave it a different edge. The zip that runs down the left hand side added a bit of sexiness to the dress when left slightly unzipped up the thigh.

I wanted to keep the All Saints 'edge' to my dress so opted for heavy silver rings and earrings. I have never been a handbag kind of girl so this little black satchel from Primark provided me with the perfect alternative, and is a bag that I use almost every day now.

I am not sure if parties, going out and dressing up will ever be my thing, but it was lovely to see everyone one last time, all dressed up and together to remember 5 long years of high school and wish each other best in the future.

Dress: All Saints- Sierra Dress
Shoes: Garage (not available on website)
Bag: Primark
Rings: H & M (similar)
Earrings: Topshop