Wednesday, 15 July 2020

BREAKING NEWS: How do you keep up?



So to say there's a lot going on in the world right now would be an understatement.

Just when we thought times couldn't get any more turbulent, the universe seemed to stop, turn around and whisper,  'hold my beer'.  What was once harmless scrolling through Twitter, Instagram or even Facebook *shudder*,  has now become a never-ending news cycle rabbit hole, and any longer than five minutes will only cause your inner monologue to plead with you to 'make it stop!!'. Whether it's government updates, a breaking news story or Karen's questionable status, the overload of information can be more than overwhelming. And when so much of what's being reported is incredibly important, this can become a problem.





Why? Because there's no time to take it in, to process it, learn from it, and understand it. The vital movements which are happening across the world which are a crucial cornerstone of change are being diluted and taken advantage of (e.g. don't use a protest as a backdrop for your sponsored insta post please and thank you.) We skim headline after headline across social media, Whatsapp, MSN news, and words - often very important ones - become distorted, skewed, and of course, reshared.

Whilst real time access to news, thanks to the likes of Twitter etc has been revolutionary, it can also present real problems, namely in the form of over consumption, and fake news. With people being at home more often than they otherwise would be, screen time has increased dramatically, and the likelihood of your family member on Facebook sharing that viral Daily Mail article has similarly sky rocketed. Chances that they've checked it for validity? Slightly lower. 




OK ok, so I realise this may seem like a *bit* of a rant, and I would be lying if I said it wasn't, but in my humble opinion, I feel it's a pretty important one. The news is actually an incredible useful resource, and whilst it can often be hard to see past the hashtags, accurate reporting is the only real way we can find out about anything beyond our front doors. So how can we make the most of the information we're fed?





Check your sources. I think I need to get this tattooed. As you probably know, there was plenty of misinformation flying around the web about Covid, most of it courtesy of someone's Mum's-cousin's-brother-in-law's-sister-twice-removed who knows someone who knows someone else who seemed totally legit.

Take your time.  With news being thrown at us left, right and centre, keeping up to date with what's going on is pretty much equivalent to a full-time job. Keeping informed is important, but in most cases pointless if you've only read the headline and not the article. After all, learning and understanding from what you've just read takes longer than a five minute scroll when you're waiting for the kettle to boil.

You are allowed to take a day off or two. Really. Whilst it can feel weird disconnecting, especially  during times like these, taking a breather from your news feed might be just what you need. And not something to feel guilty about. It's your offline actions that are most important.

How do you keep up with what's going on in the world?

xxx

You can find resources and places to donate to the incredible Black Lives Matter movement here.

Photos on film c/o nick.anastasiou.photography


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Saturday, 13 June 2020

Asos jeans three ways



top - Shein
jeans - Asos
Shoes - Primark




top - Depop
jeans - Asos
shoes, beret, shades - eBay



top - H&M
jeans - Asos
blazer - River Island c/o Depop
shoes - Primark

Which one would you wear? 
xxx


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Thursday, 14 May 2020

A summery #OOTD











top - ebay (old) similar here
jeans - Zara


I wanted to share these pictures as a reminder of the freedom we'll be able to enjoy once this weirdness is over.

How I can't wait for the days of jeans and nice top - outside of my bedroom.

What are you looking forward to after lockdown?

Stay safe,

xxx



photos by the lovely @livialazar
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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Being creative: missing the magic

When I was younger, I used to carry a notebook with me wherever I went. Shopping centres, supermarkets, the dentist or my weekly ballet class; no matter what the occasion, odds are I would have been clutching a notebook close to my chest. And probably a couple of scented gel pens - remember those?!


I would treat this book like a prized possession - and by 'book', I mean 'books', plural. I had stacks and stacks of them. Filled with absolutely everything and anything. Ideas, drawings, poems, lists, and perhaps most importantly of all, stories. To me, back then, stories were everything. I'd spend car rides watching the hills, streetlamps and bus stops streak past, telling my parents how fairies might be flitting between them. I'd dream of ways to describe the colour of the evening light streaming into my bedroom, and the patterns it made on my ceiling. For every fleeting moment of magic, I had to get it down on paper, because at the time, that's what those words truly felt like: magic. 


I know what you're thinking - why on earth has she gone off on this somewhat nostalgic/self indulgent tangent?

Because I miss it. I miss the feeling of being creative, just for me. Not to post on my timeline or share on my stories, but just because I want to. Writing was always incredibly personal for me, something I did for myself without the pressure of wondering what anyone else would think. When my last job relied on my ability to string sentences together, some of that magic got lost.




Over the weekend, I took these photos after watching a Tiktok tutorial on photography 'hacks' - I feel like the oldest person in the world typing that sentence, believe me.  I've been binging Hollywood on Netflix, and I'd just gotten a little carried away in the wonder and cinematic glamour of the show. Whilst the #BTS did not reflect this - phone torch and toilet roll holder anyone - I really had the best time creating something simply for the joy of creation. It just happened to be a bit of a fluke that I didn't hate the way they turned out.

If you take away anything from this, remember that productivity has multiple definitions, depending on what you're hoping to "produce". Whether that's a 10,000 page novel or photos that you took in your bathroom, taking that time to do something for yourself can often be much more rewarding in the long run.

Do you ever create things just for yourself?

Stay safe,

xxx

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Sail away












trousers and trainers - (old) Primark


So here we are - another day, another blog post. And the strangeness continues.

I've referenced the ongoing 'strangeness' quite a lot recently; as an opener to emails, phone conversations and even just chatting to my parents. It's a good way of acknowledging the situation without having to actually acknowledge it.

Staying inside has definitely brought with it mixed feelings. Gratitude for the most part. I've felt incredibly lucky to be able to work from home, have extended time to myself, and the luxury of my parents' kitchen cupboards. Thinking about applying for the next series of Masterchef as I type.

However, whilst I am, quote unquote, a fairly introverted person, I really do miss having the option of venturing beyond the front porch.  I miss being able to escape from my own head, just in the safety of knowing I have that freedom.

Being at home also comes with its own smaller challenges, that when faced with everyday can quickly become something more... noticeable. One example being faced with your own reflection more often than usual. Whether it's a Google Hangout video call or having to walk past the big mirror every time you go to the kitchen to make another cup of tea, having to look at your face for a larger portion of the day is not always ideal - particularly when the relationship with your appearance isn't the best (we're just about on speaking terms).

Another - perhaps more obvious thing - is cabin fever. Whether you're riding this out alone or with flatmates or family, emotions are running high and tempers are fraught. Seemingly tiny problems can quickly escalate into full blown door slamming disasters, ones which only the kettle seem to be able to solve. If you're from the UK you might be able to relate to this - I don't think I've ever appreciated tea bags more in my entire life. I don't even know if I like tea anymore, I just know it's the glue that's holding our household together.

Of course, whilst these molehills are there, they really are molehills - this isn't going to last forever.
Right now, all I'm thinking about is how brilliant it will be when we can do everything we want to do, and even the things we don't want to do - it's bizarre how much I miss public transport, overcrowded shopping centres and disproportionately priced drinks.

Perhaps most of all, I'm looking forward to seeing my favourite people without having to rely on wifi. If anything, this has made me realise the things, or people, I really value. Also prosecco. Honorary mention.

What are you most looking forward to when 'normal' life resumes?

Stay safe.

xxx

photos by the fab @satish.ports




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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Wear your greens



Beverly Hills top - Femme Luxe (gifted)
dress - Femme Luxe (gifted)
coat - H&M
shoes - Primark
bag - Primark




shirt - Primark
jeans - Primark
boots  - M&S




jumpsuit - New Look
shoes - M&S


Currently spending a vast portion of my weekends dressing up in the hope of my sanity returning. Anyway, I thought it worth sharing some of my favourite outfits featuring one of my favourite springtime shades. Which one would you wear?

xxx

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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Graphic T's and mini skirts: Three ways





top - Allsaints

skirt - Missguided
boots - Office






top - H&M
skirt - ebay





top - ebay
skirt - Missguided


You know those outfits where you put them on and just feel like you? That's what graphic T's and mini skirts are for me.

I used to think that my style had to fit in a box. I thought I had to be the cricket-jumper-and-knee-socks-prep wannabe OR the ripped-knee-and-band-t-rock-and-roll enthusiast - I could throw my heart and soul into one or the other, but never both.  I'm not sure where this mentality stemmed from (perhaps something to do with society's incessant desire to pigeon hole women in general, but that's a post for another day), but I'm glad that I'm now free from this mindset.

I love the feeling of being able to easily alter or reflect how I'm feeling simply through a quick rifle through my wardrobe. I love being able to jump from sixties chic to low-key goth in the space of five minutes, without feeling like I have to fully commit to someone else's ideal, or even explain myself. 

What's the outfit that makes you feel most like yourself?

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well.

xxx


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