Sunday, 23 November 2014

Rainy Cities, Magical Worlds and Future subjects: A General Life Ramble


Hi there, I'm back again. This blog is turning into a one post per week type blog and although I'm not really okay with that I'm just trying to juggle everything and sometimes it proves difficult. So today I thought I would go on a good old ramble about life because I haven't taken outfit posts in about 4 weeks and sometimes a ramble is just what is needed. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy...


 I'm not actually that big fan of the rain. I hate being outside in it and it generally just makes everything gloomy but sometimes I find it quite calming. There's a romantic side to the rain, it reminds me of the Taylor Swift lyric -
There's somethin' 'bout the way the street looks when it's just rained 
There's a glow off the pavement, you walk me to the car 
And you know I wanna ask you to dance right there 
In the middle of the parking lot,
 There's a sense of vulnerability if your stuck outside in the rain and a sense of strength if your shielded inside, either way I think it can be seen as as a really interesting concept. Then this photo just stood out to me because as you know I am a sucker for cities and right now I would love to be stuck inside looking out at a rainy city and all the different mix of people that would run past.

Over the past couple of weeks I've returned to the world of Hogwarts, Muggles and Butterbeer and was reminded of the fact that 'Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home' (All hail Queen Rowling.) I was instantly transported back to the world of Harry Potter and it made me feel warm inside. It was like going home to such a familiar setting, people and story. I think I almost forgot how much I love the world of Harry Potter but recently I have been fully reminded and now know that you can never fully leave it.

However much I dislike getting up at 6:13 (Yeah, I'm one of those weird alarm clock people) every weekday I know there is something worth getting up for; the transportation of the day from dark to light and being awake in that hour, I get to see most days. It's so beautiful, seeing the sun rise from a misty cloud of grey to a beaming shade of orange. And do you know what I can't wait for even more? When it is all frosty and even snowy and how the sun rays catch light of the tree branches and sparkle. It will make my mornings magical.



I'm really excited for the future (although pretty scared but that's a whole other topic!) Next September I will be packing my bags, saying goodbye to this village and going to university. I'm not sure where yet but in the past week I have got 3 offers and an interview so I am definitely going somewhere! One of the things I am most looking forward to is just studying English. Although I don't actually mind photography and history  (my two other Alevels) this photo just really excites me for when reading will be the main bulk of work I have to do. It will just be so good to just study one specific subject and not have my brain burnt out by all these various completely random other topics. I can't wait when all I study is English!

This past week I've been in bed with a nasty cough for half of it and to cure my boredom I went back to season 1 of The Vampire Diaries, and I love it even more than ever. It's just one of those shows that I will never get bored of. It captivates you, keeps you guessing and you fall in love with each character in their own way. I'm still not sure who I want Elena to be with in the end but I love watching every twist and turn in their messed up and totally unrealistic lives!


So there we go, my thoughts and random feelings at the moment. All of these images are from my tumblr so if you want more of my random feeling and thoughts head on over there for a more regular updates like this! Hopefully I will actually post soon, but I cannot make a promise to that!




Monday, 17 November 2014

New York is Always a Good Idea


Top and Necklaces - Bershka. Jeans - Forever 21. Hat - H&M.  

Throwing it back to mid-September today because my weekend was spent going to a 1st and 18th birthday party. So for many different reasons I did not get the chance to take any outfit photo's or put together any vaguely exciting posts for this week. Sunday was spent recovering by catching up on Xfactor, watching the Hunger Games with my brother who came home for the weekend and attempting to watch The Vampire Diaries; the perfect lazy Sunday! However I'm now paying the price with my work this week so once again this blog is going to have to take a back seat which annoys me but school's got to come first I suppose! I've sent my UCAS off so hopefully some offers may start to appear and that weight can be lifted off my chest!

Now Reading // Rookie Yearbook Two - It's amazing!


 P.S. The writing on this top - New York is Always a Good Idea - is like my life motto.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Brunch at Bills







 Last Friday evening I got a spontaneous text from my friend Ella to go to brunch on Saturday morning with my friend Bryony, I obviously jumped to this as I never really say no to food and 'Bills' has just opened in Berkhamsted! Now I've never been to a Bills but have heard about it and there was a lot of happy buzz when they announced they were opening, so I was obviously eager to check it out. I got a cappuccino and the 'blueberry and buttermilk pancakes' but opted for without the banana, and they were delicious, like literally mouthwatering good!
 We then went on to go and see The Maze Runner. Now I've watched the trailer and heard a bit about this but hadn't researched it that much. Normally when I see a dystopian film based on a book I would have read the book months prior to it, however I was un-prepared and hadn't read it. So I therefore only understood what the film told us, I had no background knowledge. I found it really interesting to watch and am now, probably, 80% sure that I'm going to go and read the first book now!



Friday, 7 November 2014

Blank Space


Blouse: Asos. Jacket and Skirt: New Look. Shoes: H&M. Socks: Forever21

TGIF! I am so so thankful it's Friday, the week seemed never-ending. I don't know why though as we just had a break from school but it already seem ages ago. I suppose the novelty of being Year 13 has worn off and it's just settling into the same old routine. It's also been the stress of people talking about Uni and their offers etc buuuuut, my UCAS has been sent off! I finally sent it off this afternoon, so the waiting game starts!
One thing this week that has been a positive is dancing, on Monday night I had my normal Contemporary and Jazz classes and I'm not sure why as it was not much different to usual, but I loved them! I couldn't really stop smiling, even when in the Jazz warm-up my legs were shaking and I was completely out of breath. Then yesterday between Ballet and Modern, I took my friends Emily and Becky to drive-through MacDonald's and we ended up in one of those giggly moods where everything was funny. Weeks like this remind me why I dedicate so much time to my childhood hobby; for the rush you get whilst dancing and for the people who are there who make it just so special.
This outfit is a flashback to half term and I cannot actually remember when/ where I wore it! I think it was from this vlog when I went shopping with my mum. I felt like a schoolgirl in my knee high socks, my actual school shoes and my blouse but I'm not going to lie in saying I quite liked it!
Hope your weekend is fab, I'm going to celebrate it this evening with pizza, because why not?

Now Playing// Literally haven't listened to any other music apart from Taylor Swift's 1989 since it came out - be expecting a lot of 1989 blog post title references!

 

Monday, 3 November 2014

My Favourite Youtubers at the Moment

As much as I, plus many many others, enjoy watching the whole British youtube gang (Zoella, Tanya, Marcus, Jim, Alfie etc) I have been really loving some slightly smaller channels recently that I thought I would share with you. These youtubers are still very big and deserve every success that the others have had. (a whole other topic but youtubers seriously are taking over the world!) So kick back, grab a cup of coffee and watch until your heart's content.

Llymrs - Lily Melrose


I have been a reader/ subscriber to Lily's channel for a long time and I absolutely love it. She is just such a chill cool girl with an awesome fashion sense that I quite often get inspiration from. Her hair is also pretty cool, however hard I try I will never seem to get her matte messy look just right! My favourite video's from her channel would have to be her Get Ready With Me's as well as her chatty tag type videos. Seriously go and check her out for some major make-up/hair/ winged eyeliner envy.

HelloOctober - Suzie


One thing that I think of when I think of Suzie from HelloOctober is her 'Sunday post' on her blog. She always posts lovely photo's and a blog post about her chilled out Sundays. Then her video's are so great as well, her make-up is always seriously on point and hair is beautiful. Her vlogtober vlog were so chilled and relaxed and her editing skill are fab. Just another youtuber/blogger who I aspire to be like really!

InTheFrow - Victoria



The thing that I really admire about Victoria from InTheFrow is that she is a lecturer (Well, was) although she is now focusing on blogging/ vlogging full time she managed her blog, a PhD and a career as a lecturer whilst keeping up an amazing blog and youtube channel, talk about time management! Having recently been recruited by Gleam management I'm pretty sure we'll be hearing a lot more about her. Also, I never thought I would want to dye my hair purple, hers is just so beautiful that it's almost tempting!

ItsWayPastMyBedtime - Carrie Fletcher


I've known of Carries for a while but never properly watched her video's however in the last month or so I've started watching her 'Letters to Autumn' series - and I'm now obsessed. I've been watching her 'Letters to Autumn' every day and they are just so addictive, her voice is so soothing (sounds weird but you'll understand when you watch them) and her filming skill are so subtle but work so well. I'm just a little bit jealous of her life - She Eponine in the West End, Her brothers in McFly and she's obsessed with books!

So there is a few youtubers I have been loving recently, it's so nice to just kick back and watch these videos. It's something that I think some people don't understand, like they don't get how addictive youtube is and the whole impact the community has on everything at the moment. (Cheeky plug but I wrote an article on this youtube generation in my school magazine which I will link here - Also the new issue (the first one under me being Editor-in-Chief is coming out today! Very excited/nervous/scared/proud - they'll be a post on it soon)

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Half Term Vlog // Shopping and Brunch


This half term has been so chilled, I've just had the right amount of chill time and doing stuff that the balance between the two has just been perfect. At the weekend I had a day shopping with my mum and then on Monday I went to brunch with some of my friends and thought that I may as well vlog. I really wish I had the time/ something interesting to vlog more as I really love it when I do. As I can be so chatty and often people don't want to listen to everything I say and I figure even if no-one watches them it still something to chat too! (Gosh, that sounds quite sad!) I'm hoping that once I get a Mac laptop (eeeeek, hopefully for Christmas/ my birthday) editing will be easier and therefor I'll make more videos but for now please subscribe/ comment/ like if ya want too.


Now Playing // 1989 is literally on repeat, it's perfect. (although quite a way off from the country ballads that I originally loved Taylor for!)


Monday, 27 October 2014

Recent Tumblr Lovin'





All sources on my tumblr

Soooooo, basically I wrote this post a couple of weeks ago but somehow didn't post it and looking back at it I figured why not post it today? So yeah, That's my explanation for this post, I've updated my tumblr quite a bit in the last couple of weeks so be sure to check that out.

I find sometimes when I am so bombarded with school work that I lose my creativity and passion for something different. That with wearing a suit each day and having my shoes and bag every day for 5 days out of 7 a week I lose my sense of personal fashion. This often happens when I'm in the middle of a term but as so often as before all I need to do is have an hour or two to have a search around on tumblr and different clothes websites to feel inspired. At the moment on tumblr, well actually always, I love black and white images. I just think they have such a sleek clean and classic feel to them. This is also portrayed in my sense of style, about 90% of my clothes I wear are monochrome. And surely if I like fashion so much I should experiment and be out there? But this is my style. Black, white with an occasional glance of colour, which is quite often denim. 
So this post started out as an inspiration post but ended with me analysing my own style, so yeah! At least my creativity brain now feels refreshed. 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

All Black



Top - New Look. Jeans - Topshop. Scarf - Zara.
All week I've been lazy and loving life. Waking up gone 10, meeting friends for coffee or dinner and watching Gilmore Girls until my heart's content, it's been bliss. In the back of my head I knew I had these blog photo's that I could edit and blog about but I was so caught up in doing nothing that I've only just decided to blog about them. Considering I'm only at home for an hour between shopping and going to the cinema in which I need to change my outfit, re-do my make-up and have dinner, it's not so smart of me, but hey-ho!
It's no secret to anyone that knows me how much I love black. I just cannot seem to steer away from it and this outfit is no exception. I have basically been living in these jeans the past week as they are so so comfy and I really love how they look in an outfit, I think the rips give them a bit of an edge but the high-waist gives them the flattering effect. This scarf is another staple of mine for winter, I saw it near the beginning of September in Zara and knew if I didn't get it then I would regret it. It's so big, so warm, and just so perfect. I like the fact it is still a tartan scarf but fits in with the main colour scheme of my wardrobe - Black and White. Right I better go and have dinner so I can meet some friends at the cinema, I hope if your on half term like I am your making the most of it!

Now Watching // Gilmore Girls!


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Basis of my Autumn/ Winter Wardrobe























 So, You know in my last post I was going on about how good life is? Well it seems to be that I kind of jinxed it and it turns out, life isn't so great. But, I'll get over it and as Ella told me 'Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.' A very cheesy quote but it completely makes sense and that's what I'm trying to do. And in doing that, I went internet shopping!
I haven't been properly shopping or internet shopping in a long long time it feels like and although I haven't actually felt the need too (mainly because I've been stuck in my school suit) when you look down one page on Asos, you can't help but look down another ten. And so I come to you with what was going to be a wishlist but just turned into a couple of things, I show you what I would really really like to start off/ carry on my Autumn/ Winter wardrobe. 

Stripes, because I don't think I will ever fall out of love with them.
Denim A-line skirt because so simple yet so throwback to the nineties.
Plain Black Tee because once again so simple but effective.
Dark floral skirt because with a black knit, statement necklace and black knee high socks the outfit would never get old! 

Now Reading // Finalizing the articles for the first issue of Ink (My school magazine in which I am the editor of!)

 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Knee Socks



 Jumper and Necklaces - Berksha. Dress - Topshop. Socks - Forever 21. Shoes - New Look. Hat - H&M.
 Once again I feel like I owe a massive apology for not blogging once yet in October (Think it may actually be my longest period without blogging ever) But then I think, no I don't. Life has been so hectic, but so good. My last year of school is turning out better than ever, ignoring the piles and piles of work, stress about UCAS and life's random curve balls it throws into the mix, life's good. Plus, I passed my driving test on Tuesday so now have a certain element of freedom so I can get out of this village without relying on my mum which feels pretty great. I broke up for half term yesterday and the autumnal feels are in full swing; I'm spending my first day snuggled up in bed,  blogging, catching up on shows and ordering Rookie Yearbook 3. If I care to repeat myself again, Life's good.
It upsets me that this is my first Autumn outfit of the year but you know it's autumn when the knee-high socks come out, don't you? This is such a classic autumnal type of outfit for me and one I don't think I will ever get over. Throwing a jumper over a summer dress is the perfect transition from seasons and one that I think I'll be doing the rest of my life!
Right, well I better go and watch The Vampire Diaries then, will hopefully actually see you soon!








Sunday, 28 September 2014

Instagram Lately #3


Sunday morning reading magazines and drinking coffee // An autumnal cosy outfit I wore last weekend to Leicester open day // Bryony and I before a party // Flashback to Chicago // My siblings and I before a family party // My outfit and a coffee early on a Saturday morning before going to Birmingham open day // A group of my friends before a party - surprisingly it wasn't black and white themed! // A selfie with my new top, hat and necklaces before Southampton open day // Flashback to Chicago.

A little montage of my life  through the lens from the last few weeks, hopefully you can see that apart from school I have been super busy with multiple university open days (lets not talk about it, bit of a stressful subject) multiple party's (I know, that social life I told you I had) ands drinking lots of coffee(It's just inevitable.) Therefore although I desperately want to apologise for my break as the guilt feels like it is literally eating me up inside I actually have an excuse for not posting - life!
It's just all caught up to me and I'm not going to lie, it is pretty darn fab at the moment. Being in the last year of school I feel like everyone in my year just has the feeling of 'hey, lets make the most of it' and be happy.' Not sure if that is just me, but apart from the work that I'm already struggling to keep up with, life is good. 
This is the first weekend in a while when I'm not going to an open day so yesterday I had a work day and today I'm going shopping then to a dance competition. So hopefully the shop will bring me back load of inspirations of future posts and outfits so we won't have to have this horrid long break!

 
P.S. Oh, and I also failed my driving test this week, so that wasn't that great.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Photograph


 Top, Bag and Shoes - New Look. Shorts - Topshop. Kimono - H&M.


14 days! 14 days I haven't posted in. And I am ashamed to admit it but I don't have some long-winded profound apology for my lack of presence on the blog, all I have is my moaning about school taking up a surprising amount of time that I have been either working or just too tired to write. Plus I have actually been having a little bit of a social life ( a shocker, I know! )
But once again, because I can't seem to get over a trip that happened a month ago - here's another flashback to Chicago! This one, shot by The Bean - All I think about is The Vow.  Now I really wish I had this kimono earlier on in the summer because I just felt so powerful and free wearing it, like no-one could tell me wrong. It's weird isn't it, the sense of security and empowerment you can get from once piece of clothing? Baffling, I know. But it is a Tuesday night and I have had a very unproductive evening with another attempt at a personal statement and one paragraph of an essay being written so excuse me for my deep thoughts on one piece of material. Enough of my babbling, hopefully I will be back permanently soon possibly even with some recent and up to date outfit posts!

Now Playing // Photograph by Ed Sheeran
Now Reading // The Lovely Bones - so freaky but so hauntingly good.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Heart Like Yours





 Top and Shirts - Topshop. Shoes and Backpack - New Look.

I'm having a love affair with stripes.
But yeah, this is another outfit from Chicago, probably one of my favourites. I felt a mixture of Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe - the mix of stripes with the red lipstick just once again seemed to have this classic-y/retro vibe. I wore this on my first full day to Chicago, I think (it's all a bit of a blur) we went to the zoo, went up the Willis tower, had a drink by the water and just explored the city. Once again, wishing I was back there.
Summer is officially over for me as I went back to school today ready to start my final year of school! It's so odd and a bit surreal that I'm in the oldest year at the school and it's my last one, if I think of all movies like Grease and High School Musical (?!) where they graduate, I can't believe refuse to believe that that is me!

Can we just talk about If I Stay?! Pure perfection amongst a waterfall of tears.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Classic



In true Christina fashion, I have half of my Chicago photos on my dad's computer whilst he's gone away for a bit! But, that's no excuse for my break from the blog, in honesty the sun came out in Florida last week and I spent every minute enjoying it and trying to soak up the sun before I came back to England and the inevitable rain. Then I've been jetlagged, hanging with some family and on a back-to-school shopping trip - hence the break from the blog!
I got this Forever 21 dress in the store in Chicago and instantly fell in love. The red lips seem a perfect fit to go with the monochrome stripes, as well as my black flatforms to make it a simple classic look. This was my last night (I think - it all seems like a blur) in Chicago in which we went to a fab steakhouse before going to the Navy Pier to watch fireworks. Although apparently there are fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday watching the fireworks, sitting by the water with the Chicago skyline in view was a perfect moment. It's still moments like that that have made my holiday unforgettable!
Hopefully there will be some shots of Chicago soon and definitely some more outfits, but for the moment I'm going to continue (ahem, start) my holiday homework before going back next week (How is it the last week of Summer already?!)

Now Playing // Ariana Grande - My Everything

P.S. You've may have seen on Instagram (and if you havent, where have you been?) but I#ve had my haircut! What do you think of it?
P.P.S. Also, This is my 300th post, cheers to that.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

America Life Rambling







It is currently storming outside. And it has been all day so far. This is the third day in the row it has been like this. So yeah, Florida is fab when the sun is out but when a blanket of clouds blocks it, it isn't so fab. I've quickly nabbed my dad's laptop to give an update on my life and a type of photo diary through my phone post. 
I have taken so many photo's, some blog related, some photography related and others to capture memories but the problem is is that I don't have my usual editing tools on my dad's laptop so the Chicago posts will have to be delayed another week or so. However I have been taking quite a few snaps on my phone and have been frequently uploading them to Instagram so thought I would collate some together in this post. I'm rambling a lot aren't I? Bullet points may be best.
  • After a fairly sleepless Wednesday night I finally got my AS Level results at 3:30 in the morning here. The range of emotions was, and still is mixed. I was thoroughly pleased with half of my grades and disappointed in the other half, especially my History exam. But oh well, I can just try my best and pull it up next year!
  • We went to a baseball game last night to support the Tampa Bay Rays whom we've seen multiple times now. It wasn't the most exciting game but I still got into it - especially with our t-shirts - and we won!
  • Tonight we're going to an American Football game. I don't know any rules to it apart from what I learnt through films and TV shows, So could be interesting!
  • I've also done lots of shopping which I'm super excited for and am thinking possibly of a haul video when I come back?  So that is my life atm, bit of a pointless rambling post but I felt I needed to explain my life through bullet points!

From watching this video I've been reminded of one of my favourite quotes that I fancied sharing - 
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”