Homeware: Cabinet From The Curb



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Last weekend, whilst my Dad was over, Adam my Dad and I were walking down a street near where we live, when we quite literally stumbled over a piece of furniture on the pavement outside a house, this is a pretty common accurate in London. People haven't got time to Gumtree or Ebay their old furniture, they simply stick it outside their house and someone comes along and takes it, much like the old days.

The cabinet was grey, industrial office looking, but in seemingly good condition, I jokingly said that if it was there in the way back we'd nab it, after all there was no way I was turning back home, it was already 2pm and we'd only just left the house, so much for a day out!


Life: Adam's Graduation


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Adam’s graduation was amazing. He was graduating with the equivalent of a first (Masters marking is slightly different from BA) from Newcastle University in Architecture. For the past two years he’s been working towards this day. Education is the things that made us have to be long distance and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t feel a sense of relief yesterday that it was all over, that chapter of our lives had closed and we were off on the next adventure.


Food: Pizza Union Kings Cross



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Pizza Union is becoming a bit of a London institution. I’ve heard loads of people talk about it, I’ve heard rave reviews of pizza goodness and seen a far few pizzas consumed on my way out of the Studio in Aldgate.


So when Adam and I finished work on Thursday and headed to Kings Cross to hop on the train to Newcastle we thought we’d pop into Pizza Union, Kings Cross for a bite before the ride. 

Culture: Exploring London's South Bank




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Saturday was so much fun, my dad came to stay for the weekend. It's the first time he's come to stay since we officially moved in and this time we actually had a bed for him to sleep in (read more about our move in shinanigans here)

Adam and I had jotted down a few ideas of things to do over the weekend, most of them around SouthBank. So we planned to show dad the sights, stretch our legs and infuse a bit of culture into the weekend...

We started off at London Bridge station, hopping over the borough market. Which honestly, is another post in itself. It's so busy, bustling with people, food pulled high and more options than your belly knows what to do with. We wanders through, tried lots of samples and gazed at the serious array of bread they have on offer. Got to love the bread.


Culture: London's Borough Market



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Borough Market, a place full of flavour, character and London charm. When I asked my Dad what he fancied doing whilst he was staying with Adam and I for the weekend, his first suggestion was borough market, with Adam and I being massive foodies, we were sold, so when the weekend arrived, off we went to Borough Market.


Culture: Visiting Chelsea


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Last weekend was a busy but productive one, not getting everything we needed for the flat on Saturday, Adam and I headed up to Oxford St on a fine Sunday morning to purchase a telly without the hassle of crowds, people and tourists. We needed a telly so went in, then pretty much straight out after picking, paying and sending the telly to click and collect for later collection by Uber. It was the smoothest shopping I’ve ever done on Oxford Street. Done and dusted.

With the most important thing of the day done, we picked up some pastries from Waitrose and an Americano coffee for me and hopped on the bus towards Chelsea. I’ve spend loads of time in Knightsbridge / Kensington area but not too much time in Chelsea, so we went off to explore...


Food: Veggie Breakfast



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Sometimes it’s just quite nice to eat out, isn’t it?


We felt that way Saturday morning, so we headed out to a quaint little cafe not too far away from home. We just fancied something different, and with the whole day ahead of us, we thought we’d give it a good kick start! 

Travel: Berlin Day 3



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I really do love my job. There's a real work life balance, which applies to work abroad too. After a long day yesterday, we headed out to find some drinks before having a very well deserved dinner. Our long day turned into a very fun night exploring the city and having some down time, we ended up crashing pretty late; which led me to wake up on Thursday morning needing coffee and a serious lie in. I could get the coffee, but the lie in would have to wait as Berlin waits for no one, this is fashion week.


Travel: Berlin Day 2



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Hello!

For our first full day in Berlin, Alice and I started off with food. When I'm away I always try to have something different, something I either couldn't get or couldn't make at home, so I opted for a veggie croissant with scrambled egg, brie and jam, a pleasant surprise, it was yummy. But the coffee was even better, it was a soya vanilla latte with a golden top that smelt like it had some spices and tumeric in, it was spectacular, I loved it. Nothing sets the pace better that a cracking cuppa coffee.  I also had a cookie slash brownie, because, you know, when abroad.


Travel: Berlin Day 1



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A 3am alarm clock is never welcome, regardless of what you're up to or where you're going at that time of the morning. I was off to Berlin on this random Tuesday in July. It's a work trip to Berlin Fashion Week and the Berlin trade shows, which show the SS18 collection that will be released early next year. I love my job and I love to travel, so combine them together and you've got a winner.

Life: We've Moved Into Our London Flat!



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We've moved in! Finally!!!

After all the drama, Adam and I now permanently live together, no more long distance, no more week long stints together. After two long years, a BA and a Masters later, we finally get to wake up next to each other every morning, even if for the time being on a blow up air bed! We're getting our mattress delivered next week (Yayyyyy!)

We really had a hard time getting to this point, we are the poster people of how not to move to London, everything that could have gone wrong did and it took longer than expected.

So gone are the overnights in hostels, long cross country commutes and late night face times!

We're finally unboxing all the things we've been buying for the past 18 months and although it took me 15 minutes to find underwear this morning, we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.

It's crazy how much stuff we have between us, despite us both having massive clear outs prior to moving, but with our things in the building it's starting to feel like ours, it's our new home. How grown up.

Speaking of grown up: moving, living and being located in London is expensive. Like super expensive. Tax is painful, rent makes you cry and council tax don't come cheap at nearly £1400 per year. So yeah, friends if you want to go out, I'll be on tap water!

I'm so glad to have done this with Adam, he really is the best. We also couldn't have done it without our super supportive friendship group and our amazing Dads!

It's been a challenge, but in the end, we're in, it's ours and our new pad is starting to shape up! Prepare for lots of homeware stuff, DIYs and life stuff over the next couple of months. It might be a little slow off the blocks as we don't have internet yet, but it'll be all good in the end!

Speak soon,

Clo :)


Life: Moving House: What A Disaster


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Adam and I were all set to move into our new flat on Saturday, after a week of stressful drama on the landlords side, we were finally ready to go. Our Dad's at the ready, Adam and his dad had already driven all of Adam's belongings down on Friday night, with the idea being Saturday would be smooth, plain sailing. The irony.

Life: Living In A Youth Hostel



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Hello!

I write this little update post from my boiling hot room at Generator Hostel, London. The fan is blowing but there's nothing that can banish the smell of over warn shoes and 6 people and all their luggage. Nice.

This is my second week at the hostel, which is by far the cleanest in the city. I've started my new job which is very exciting (EEEEEKKKKKK!) Every day I'm learning something new and basically being like 'OMG as if this is a career!' I'm having a blast, I love love love it. I've been staying in a hostel as I can't commute doing a 9-5 from Birmingham, so bunking down was my only option whilst Adam and I look for a place in the house hunting monster that is London. Which is honestly harder said than done. It's stressful and very tedious!

But...

Career: First Week In My New Job



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My first week of being a fully fledged working woman is well underway! It's been such a whirlwind, especially as I volunteered with London Graduate Fashion Week and have mystery dined in more Prets than I care to count!

I am loving my new job. The company is so interesting, the work is grabbing my attention and the team is super friendly. And although I'm new, I don't feel like the new girl.

It's a bit strange, being away from home but not in a place that's my own, but I'm not spending too much time in my hostel other than to sleep and shower. I'm spending most of my time at work, before and after my start and finish times, because I'm so interested in all the stuff that I'm working on and as a real bonus they have Yorkshire tea. Tonnes of it. The very best type of tea. Great people + great tea = job match made.


Brain Dump: 12



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This week has been crazy busy. I start my new job on Monday, left my old one on Wednesday and currently don't have anywhere to live in London. Adam finished the major part of his masters degree and after 8 weeks apart I finally got to see him!

It's a simultaneously stressful and exciting time for the both of us, it's a big change for our Dads too, and I am very conscious of striking the balance between being excited, but also being aware that our dads may not share the same enthusiasm, we're moving away and that's hard for any decent parent, no matter how old your child is.

Fortunately for me, Dad took this week off, I actually delayed my start date so that I could spend some quality time with him before I move out. It's been great! We've been on lots of adventures, picnics and car journeys and I've also managed to catch up with old friends, up my eBay game and lose my Wagamamas virginity. It was fabulous.


University: I Got A First!



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As ever, getting my final marks for my university degree was dramatic and unusual, like the rest of my life. I had walked from Euston to Brixton (Yes, you read that correctly, yes I am mental, yes I have sore feet and they smell.) It was the hottest day of the year and unbeknown to me at the time I'd burnt the top of my head because I'd put suncream everywhere but my head. I digress.

My friend Maria (Hey Gurl!) phoned me excitedly telling me that the marks were up just as I was figuring out which way to go towards Streatham Hill. The smarty pants had obviously got a first and I am super proud for my buddy. I got off the phone with pure panic. It's one thing to panic about marks and It's quite another to panic about your mark and know that it's sat there waiting for you.


London: Starting The Flat Search



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If you've ever looked for a flat to live in, you know how stressful, agonising and god damn expensive it is. There's fees, packing shit up, location scouting and that's all before you've moved in.

Adam (My boyfriend) and I decided two years ago that we would move back to London after we'd finished university. When we met we both lived in London and soon after getting it together, Adam moved back to Geordie Land, Newcastle to do his Masters and I moved back home to Worcestershire and decided to commute to London instead. If I wasn't going to live with Adam, I was't going to flat share with anyone else!

So, here we are. Two years later and I have a week until I start my new job (Never been so excited about work) and Adam still hasn't finished university. So i'm in a hotel for the first few weeks of my new job, which, granted isn't ideal, but it was my compromise and that compromise has taken the pressure off both of us, big time.



Career: I'm Leaving H&M



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So! The time has come, today is my last shift at H&M, it's been over two years since I started the job I don't even remember applying for in the first place and it feels like I'm closing off a very important chapter of my life. I get lots of questions about working at H&M and as I am officially no longer an employee, I thought I'd answer some of those questions, whilst documenting some of my experiences I've had, that I can look back on when I'm old and grey or if I ever need to give my future children career advice and the brains a bit hazy. (Talk about planning in advance.

First up!  Why am I leaving H&M?  I have a new job! I'm off to work in research, concept development and future forecasting at an agency in London. I'm putting my degree to use and pursuing something I'm truly motivated by and excited about.  I've learnt a lot at H&M and I'm going transfer some of that knowledge into my new job.


Creative: Documenting Summer Fashion Trends



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My drawing looks like a five year olds self portrait, my painting isn't much better, but since around 14 I've been interested in Fashion: the colours, the shapes and the undeniable personalities. I've loved  watching, working in fashion and studying fashion and have along the way developed my own way of expressing my creative ideas.

Originally, the only magazine I'd read with fashion in it was The Times weekend supplements. My dad bought the paper and I always had the magazine, I also read The Times LFW supplements at school in the library, that was before I had my own money to go out and get fashion magazines. My earliest fashion magazine memory is subscribing to Vogue and having it thud through the porch and onto the ground. I'd dive on it and mark the pages, writing notes and ideas on the advertisements, interviews and outfits I liked.

Fashion: Rokit London, Vintage Haulternative



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Rokit vintage is my current go-to for clothing. I'm board of the high street, mass produced, poor fit and fast, throw away fashion that's on offer. Vintage fits me better and each piece is pretty much unique. From a sustainable point of view, it's great to give a second hand item some tlc and stop it going to landfill. With that in mind, I'm always looking out for cool vintage stores and charity shops to have a gander in.

Rokit has become my go-to vintage brand recently (Did you see me up-cycle a briefcase from Rokit for art supplies?) I regularly pop into the Rokit in Covent Garden during my walk between Waterloo and Euston to rummage through their vintage and retro pieces. There's lots of choice for guys and girls and  their pieces doesn't come with the hefty 'vintage' price tag. The staff are cool and will always help you out when you get stuck in a top (happened) or when you leave one of your vintage finds behind (Also happened)

So here are some of my latest purchases from Rokit and a little insight into how I personally plan to style them. I'm aiming to create a YouTube video soon, styling each of these pieces, I'm just waiting for the British weather to perk up a bit so I can film in natural light, without getting soaked in the rain!

Culture: Coombe Abbey Country Park



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With a Sunday off work, Dad and I headed out for a day in the sunshine, without too much of a plan I packed a picnic for good measure. We starting the day by visiting my Nan and catching up over a cup of tea and a few biscuits and it was then we decided to head to Coombe Abbey Country Park.

It was my Dad's suggestion, he grew up in Coventry and hadn't been there for years and the weather was looking perky, so we headed for Coombe.

Lifestyle: Books, Books & More Books!



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It's been a few weeks since I completed university and I finally feel like I'm getting a little bit of balance back into my life, both personally and professionally. My new found time has allowed me to relax and take time with some of my favourite passions. Reading is one of those passions. I've always been a big reader, despite being a little slow due to my dyslexia and requiring a reading viser. I love nothing better than a good book and a steaming hot cup of coffee. I can be anywhere in the world enjoying a book and a book can too transport me anywhere.


Fashion: Charity Shop Haul



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Charity shop shopping has a bad rep. It's often assumed that charity shops only sell the things that people don't want, which is true, but another persons trash is another persons treasure.

After investigating fashion supply chains and fashion disposal during my final year of university, I took Traid's pledge to source 70% of my wardrobe from second hand sources and the other 30% from sustainable and ethical brands and makers.



Culture: Baddesley Clinton


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A couple of weeks ago, Dad and I went out on a day trip, making the most of our National Trust memberships, to one of their properties not too far away from us, Baddesley Clinton. It's a National Trust house and garden famous for it's priest holes and tudor history. As a kid, I went there on a school trip and vividly remember dressing up and learning about Henry VII's wives. Our trip was less about history and dressing up and much more about relaxing, enjoying the good weather and seeing the summer flowers coming out to bloom!


Life: Revamping Hello I'm Clo

Hello! 

With sometime before I start the next phase of my career, I've decided to have a little re-brand on my social media platforms and blog. I've now got the time (and the energy) to do all the things I've been wanting to do, both creatively and technically on my social media and blog. I've been keeping note of all my ideas in my Moleskine journal and have even focus grouped some of my ideas over lunch with some of my favs, which gave me a little confidence boost, I'm not going to lie.

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So! without further ado- this is what's happening: My photos are going to change, my layout is going to change and I'm going to start creating Youtube video content again. For a long time I've been putting off creating direct to camera youtube footage, due to hate comments on my previous attempts and fear of being 'discovered' by someone at uni, but life is too short to not give something a try and I feel that now is the best time to start. I have creative ideas, technical ability and feel really comfortable within my own skin, knowing my true identity. I've grown up and know what I'm all about. I'm not a teen trying styles on for size, whilst floundering to find my personality anymore.


Thrifting: Organising My Art Supplies, Vintage Style.


Hello everyone!

I'm back! I've finished university and am ready to go into the world of work, adult hood and pick up the blogging once again! Today's post combines two of my favourite things to do: vintage thrifting and crafting. During the final weeks of university I was very hands on with my project, taking over my Dad's dining room table with spray cans, materials, cotton bols and scrap store bits and bobs. It was full on, but worth it as no matter the grade, I'm proud and pleased with the work I produced. I even filmed it too, so keep your eyes peeled for a 'Making Of' video sometime soon.




With so much cutting, spraying, painting and Uhu gluing having been done, once I'd handed in, it was a real clear up operation to get the dining room back to normal, no uhu in sight. I'd ended up buying things specifically for my project, so when It came to packing away, there simply wasn't enough space in my current art supplies storage set up. With my flat move on the horizon, I'd been thinking about how I could store my art stuff going forward and had toyed with the idea of using a vintage suitcase, to keep everything all in one place.


Fitness: My First Yoga Class



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It's been a while, hasn't it? and I'm sorry about that, but as you guys can appreciate, my university final major projects had to take priority, and with them all printed and ready to be handed in; I feel like I'm getting aspects of my life back. One part of my life that I've really let slip is my fitness. First year of uni, I was on-it at the gym; doing up to 6 classes a week: spin, aerobics, LBT, kick boxing, the works. I looked and felt fantastic. But I'll be the first to admit that I don't feel that way right now. My lifestyle over the past two years has been un-healthy and unbalanced, but that's about to change.

First up, yoga. I've been told by so many people that I should check yoga out and give it a go. I've really been aware recently of how I'm struggling with my Aspergers, I need to relax more and be less tense body wise, so when I found out that my favourite coffee shop had a yoga studio upstairs, I was sold.

A small studio in the heart of Worcester city, I had 7 other people in my first class. It was intimate, friendly and I feel really good having been. So good that I sit in the coffee shop sipping on a Teapigs earl grey as I type, feeling fluid, together and a-ok; which isn't for me as easy as it sounds.


The irony of this post and the image being of cake, but it had fruit in it so semi healthy, but totally delicious! I can highly recommend. 

University: One Week Left

I have just under a week to go until I hand in my final project for university- then that's it, my degree is all done and it's scary. Where did all that time go? Why when I've wanted university to be finished for ages does it feel so daunting.


When I was in college, those at university seemed so much older and together than I was, but now I'm the other side of university I certainly don't feel that to be true.

I now have to go out there and get a job, a good job, one that I really enjoy, one that pays my bills. Bills. That's such an adult thing isn't it? Like council tax and pensions, I don't feel old enough to deal with. OMG the stress.

Travel: Auckland Harbour Bridge, New Zealand


These photographs nearly never existed. I'd been at work for well over 12 hours and had just returned to my hotel to find a bunch of colleagues in a group about to go explore Auckland at night. After twisting my arm, I jumped in the lift, into my room and did a splash and dash before rejoining the group in the lobby, camera at hand to explore the Auckland nightlife.



Fashion: The Thrill Of Vintage Shopping



There's something about vintage shopping that's unlike anything else and until recently I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was. Then I picked up two incredible jackets at Rock Follies Vintage in Worcester and I knew what it was.



Rarely do you go out in search of a specific item, you might know the era or decade you're after but what you find is completely luck of the draw. So far removed from buying something straight off the peg, the same as the other 10,000 produced; vintage is in small qualities, in scattered locations in a variety of conditions.


Travel: Mudbrick Vineyard, Waiheke Island


Mudbrick Vineyard is stunning. So calm and beautiful, it was definitely a highlight of my time in New Zealand.

My friend Charlotte and I took the ferry over to Waiheke Island to check out the Island everyone was talking about. It was about a 40 minute ferry journey to the small island off Auckland and it was well worth it, we had a lovely day exploring, climbing rocks with handbags and going down dead ends in the rain. It was fun, exciting and I've never felt more alive.




Travel: Edinburgh Mini Break: Day 1





After an early morning alarm and a bus journey into Newcastle (I'm staying at Adam at the moment) we were off on our train to Edinburgh and after a little snooze we'd arrived for our three day, two night mini break in Scotland's Capitol. With laptops left behind at home, we packed light and didn't pre make plans in order to relax, live in the moment and step away from the uni work.

First thing was first, coffee. We headed towards the castle winding up the steep roads in search of a coffee shop. We ended up in Thistle, down a side street. A proper builders cafe, small and family run with no soya in sight. Instead I went straight up with an Americano and flicked through the guide book to see what we fancied doing with the day.

We decided to discover and explore the castle; with a massive ticket queue, we ordered online via our phones on the spot and skipped the queue! (I'd highly recommend doing it!) We really enjoyed our time at the castle, with stunning view of the city below, lots to see and do and whisky tasting too, result! It was super windy, so we really got the full Scottish experience!



Life: The Graduate Panic



I'd say I'm currently in a state of panic. I'm sat on a train into London and have realised that the next time I take this journey, I'll be handing in my BA final major project and university will be over. I just can't believe it, where has the time gone!?

Do you remember in school looking at the older kids and thinking how grown up they were, but now you look at the kids at the age you looked up to and see them as simply children? I used to think people graduating university were so grown up, with their shit together, but now I'm here, I feel like an imposter. I don't feel old enough to be graduating or getting a career or paying council tax. Now is the time I need to know the shit that the didn't but should have taught in school, like taxes, pensions, how to buy a house, getting the career you want and although I know a little, I feel like I need more info. I've started to wonder if anyone at 21 really actually knows what they're doing or is it all a big cover up to make it look like everyone know what they're doing?

Are we just making it up as we go along?






Travel: Auckland Botanical Gardens & Trees




Here are some of my photographs from my trip to Auckland's Botanical Gardens with my friend Gael, the weather was stunning, the sun shining bright and the most of the day was spent soaking up the rays and enjoying all the greenery!


Fashion: What I bought In March



As I compile this post I get the niggling feeling that I never wrote the February edition. After checking I've found I have in fact taken all the necessary photographs, just failed to write, edit and upload. So, with a bit of re-jigging, that post will be up and live prior to this one!

Since January, I've been writing each month (or belated month) about the fashion purchases I've made. Mostly clothing. I'm trying to buy 70% of my wardrobe from second hand or vintage sources in a move to become more environmentally conscious and a better, more considerate western fashion consumer.

So, without further ado; here is what I bought in March...


Fashion: Flo & Frankie, Auckland



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I was wandering down a high street in Auckland, New Zealand back in October last year, I'd got a very rare Saturday off and decided to spend the whole day out of my hotel room, exploring Auckland, the gallery, the shops and the coffee!

Whilst walking back towards the city centre from the Auckland Art Gallery, I cam across Flo & Frankie a lifestyle and fashion store. It was their opening day, so I headed in to have a gander. I'd describe the store as the ultimate lifestyle store; adorned with plants, books and homeware as well as a beautiful curated collection of clothing.

Daily Dose: Monday


Ah, Monday. You weren't as easy as I'd have hoped! I woke up to the alarm and unlike me, hit the snooze button. My head felt like I'd had too many glasses of red wine the night before. The closest thing to vino I'd had was my other late night drinking vice, the americano.

Before the haircut!


This is the week. The week I get shit done and really put my foot to the floor on my project. I need to abandon Netflix, my (minimal) social life in favour of my final round of textbooks, sketchbooks and my love hate: Indesign.


Ramble: Some Thoughts


I've been having lots of thoughts about my lifestyle, my ambitions and the world of blogging. More specifically micro blogging and living a life online.

Now, last week one of my favourite blog writers, Hannah Gale wrote a post about how she's seen people posting less content because they're questioning wether their content is polished enough, good enough or 'Goal's' enough. You can read her post HERE, it's a good un' and got me thinking...

All my moving house stuff in the background, but.... New sustainable Lyocell trousers


As a tiny, tiny dot on the blogosphere, someone who posts from time - to - time, has a job and a university degree to complete, I all too often look at others, often full timer content creators and think that mine isn't good enough, polished enough or appealing enough to grow my audience and for a long time now I've been wanting to take my writing and online life in a new, more ethical, sustainable direction and this week it's hit me that I don't need to 'Play by the new aesthetic of blogging' this space is my space, that I have complete control over and in a world full of rules, having a creative outlet that is all your own is a real privilege that I'm going to take full advantage of.

Lifestyle: Fresh & Package Free Fruit & Veg



My jeans don't fit. And who's fault is it really? I no longer have a gym membership. I have a hectic and very unhealthy Birmingham to London commute. Am in my final semester of my degree and am a vegetarian.

All of these things on their own make it hard to eat the right things at the right time, but combined they add on the inchs, add curves I've never had before and result in real dislike for my 27"pairs of jeans that I can no longer wear. So with the jeans packed away so I don't need to be annoyed by them (packed away for future use, as I plan to wear them again, it's not sustainable to simply get rid!)


Waiting for the bus with all my shopping!


This coupled with my increased weekly anxiety doing the food shop and having an environmental and ecological breakdown at the unnecessary cling film like plastic, Un-recyclable packaging used by the big retailers. I've simply had enough.


Daily Dose: Thursday


Thursday. I had big plans for you, didn't turn out the way I'd have hoped though. But that's ok.

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Up relatively early to prep for a trip to Coventry via Birmingham to conduct an interview for my final major project, I packed up my eBay parcel, caught up on the old YouTube subscription box over a fruit bagel and a black coffee and came to terms with the tragedy in London yesterday not being a horrible nightmare. It was real and it had happened.

On the bus into Birmingham I wrote some words about what had happened in London, that I may or may not publish. It's just so sad and I feel very solemn about it, especially in a place that I call home.


A letter to London



I think it's the biggest fear in the modern world, terrorism. The idea that a situation is created at any point without warning and the people directly and indirectly effected have no say over a cruel, life or death situation.

That fear was realised for me and so many others yesterday. When London's Westminster was attacked by a terrorist and four people, including a police officer ,serving his country, unfortunately lost their lives through absolutely no fault of their own.

No words or acts of kindness will take away the pain right now from the family and friends of those who lost their lives and those injured in the commotion. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those effected.

I stood, open mouthed watching the tv as the events unfolded. The city I love and consider my home under attack. We sympathise and unite with other countries when terror happens, but it tears you in a different way when it's happening in your own space, a place that you love, spend time in and know like the back of your hand.

But that's the point of terrorism. To cause terror, dismay, chaos and death of innocent people just living their day to day lives.

But London is strong. It's free. One of the best cities in the world. Full of people from many nations, religions and races from across the world and its that diversity that makes London so great. And it's for that reason that London won't cower to terrorism.

I wrote only two days ago about how fortunate I am to have the freedom to roam the streets of this great Capitol city and live the privileged western life that I do. And I know I, like others will not let any act of terror take away that freedom.And it's for that reason that we should go on as normal, as Teresa May stated in her prime minister's speech yesterday evening. By standing strong and uniting we won't let terrorism win.




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Daily Dose: Tuesday



I didn't have the best start to Tuesday. I woke up naturally at 5am and couldn't get back to sleep due to the birds singing outside my window. How picturesque. I'd had a rough night and with a commuting to London day I need all the help I can get and that involves as much sleep as possible.


Seven Dials

I've been really restless sleep wise recently; probably due to my mounting university work load and looming adult life where I have to get a full time job and my own place and pay council tax and all that. Urgh. I reasoned with my friends over coffee that this is the epitome of a first world problem and as the media tells us, people die trying to have a life like mine.

Food for thought, huh?


Culture: Early Spring Walks




Whilst on a very brief visit up to Newcastle to see my boyfriend, Adam. We stopped by one of my favourite places in the world, Gibside. I've mentioned the National Trust run space before, but it is one of the most peaceful and idilic places in the UK. I often go to relax, kick back and soak up the sun, whilst being around nature.

Lifestyle: A Change Of Direction



Hello everyone!

Shoreditch textures


The past 6 months have been a real game changer for me, if you follow me on Twitter you'll know all about my university dissertation 'Sustainability in the fast fashion supply chain' which has been a real labour of love and personal challenge as it made me question all that I knew, now know and the choices I make going forward. It's challenged me intellectually, ethically and personally and It's had a monumental impact on my lifestyle.

I'm more aware than ever that the choices and purchases I make impact more than just me. If I buy a product; I'm buying into a brand, concept, person who created it, the ethics surrounding that product and overall contributing to the impact that product has created on the planet that is my home. The bigger, wider world picture has become the forefront of my mind now.


Fashion: Stripy 70s Tailored Blazer



Vintage tailored jacket from the 70s



This 70s number is a FIND. Capitol FIND and everything. Bought from my current vintage local (Rock Follies Vintage, Worcester) whilst I was rummaging through their racks late in January. This vintage tailored blazer is from the 70's and has a divine shape to it, that gives me a waist and flatters in all the right places, which Is an interesting concept for someone who when usually is cut off at the thighs looses about a ft of aesthetic height. It must be the stripes.


Travel: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton, London



Testing out the new mini tripod
In late January, after spending much of the month cooped up in the foetus position, recovering from my stomach issues and internal bleeding, it was time for me to step back into the big wide world and become human once more.

As dramatic as it sounds that, my friends is how it felt. It's hard having time off, away from everything and away from people.

So with a works celebration do to attend, it seemed like a good reason to leave my lovely, warm bed to go to another warm and lovely bed, this time in the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton, London. To be nice and specific about it.


University: My Dissertation Hand In



The beast.
I'm two assignments down out of three for my final year of university. It's been stressful, with the personal pressure I put on myself at a ludicrous all time high.

My fashion management and marketing degree is coming to an end and I still don't think I dress like I've walked out of a magazine or that I've done everything you're supposed to do whilst at university. I've also realised that I'm now in my 20's and life its skipping by rapidly. Now is the time I have to get my shit together, get a job and live the life I've always hoped I'd lead. No pressure.