So here we are, Christmas is pretty much a week away and it’s the time of year when roads are blocked with traffic, restaurants are fully booked for Christmas parties and shops are overflowing with customers on the hunt for the perfect gifts. It can be a stressful time of year for some however, there is that solid end goal being that Christmas day will be very special and make all of the effort worth it.
I work in retail, as I’m sure many of you reading this also have done or currently do and the Christmas period can feel somewhat of a grind to get through when your feet are throbbing in pain and you’re left feeling over worked and tired. Not to mention the financial stresses for this time of year, when your retail job pays around minimum wage and by the time you’ve paid your rent, bills and council tax you’re left with barely any money making Christmas more of a dread. I’ve never been overly ecstatic about working in retail over the Christmas period, however, I have always found myself eventually feeling in a Christmas spirit and looking forward to spending time with a partner on Christmas day or my aunties, uncles, cousins and grandparents on Boxing Day.
This year though, is different. I’ve been struggling a lot with the transition from childhood to adulthood, not so much from the responsibility point of view as I was an only child and didn’t receive much emotional support growing up which I think made me a strong character from a young age. The transition I struggle with is ageing, death, conflict and change. Life isn’t the same as ten years ago, people have passed away, so Boxing Day no longer happens. Other difficult situations have occurred which aren’t relevant to mention that have lead me to where I am today. This year will be my first ever Christmas day alone which has left me feeling far more upset than I need to be. Continue reading “Don’t Let Spending Christmas Day Alone Get You Down” »
High School Debut
Recently I discovered a manga I had never read before titled ‘High School Debut’ by Kazune Kawahara. I’m only going to be reviewing the first 3 in 1 edition as I haven’t read the entire series.
The story follows Haruna, a high school student who after reading too many “girl comics” has been left feeling envious of those in love. She then sets on a mission to become more attractive and desirable to boys. The manga begins showing Haruna’s over the top, yet clumsy efforts to catch the attention of boys and seek out love. Haruna’s character however is very likeable and entertaining from early on, she has a personality that is very relatable to. Whilst embarrassing herself in the hallway, she crosses paths with Yoh (The high school hunk effectively.) who appears to know everything a guy looks for in a girl and after countless efforts of pleading with him, Yoh eventually agrees to coach Haruna on how to be attractive until she is able to find a boyfriend. Under one condition, that she does not fall for Yoh under any circumstances. Of course at this point you can predict that the overriding plot is that she falls for Yoh, but just because that aspect is predictable it doesn’t make the narrative any less enjoyable. Continue reading “High School Debut by Kazune Kawahara Review” »
H&M Red Dress
Finally, I can get back on with more outfit posts in my bedroom, it’s finally cleared out as much as I was hoping for which will make it so much easier to just wake up and take photos of what I’m wearing. I’m cutting back on wearing make-up also, so don’t expect an attractive face please.
I purchased this floral crop top from Urban Outfitters in Cardiff alongside a white playsuit as they were in the buy one get one free offer and came to a total of just £10! Bargain. I literally just have a clothes rail of clothes now, which means I really don’t have a lot to piece together but I find this floral crop top matches my plain cami dresses really well. Continue reading “Outfit: Urban Outfitters Floral Crop Top” »
Primark Aztec Scarf
Just a brief post, I should have mentioned this scarf in my Primark Haul but I completely forgot! Again this purchase was inspired by my Tumblr bloggings! I love the aztec style and colours on the scarf, it is really cosy. I don’t really know what else to say about it, but it was around £5/£6 and one of the nicest items I’ve ever purchased from Primark.
Topshop Navy Fur Collar Coat
I’ve had this coat for about three years now but still love it as much as I did at the point of purchasing it. From the Topshop petite range this is probably the best investment someone like me at the height of 4ft 11 could make. It looks classic in style and has a very flattering cut.
I went to Cardiff recently for a general day out and also had a free ticket to the football, I swear Cardiff has one of the nicest football stadiums I’ve ever visited. I enjoyed junk food, exploring Urban Outfitters and wandering around Cardiff in general, whilst finding a brief moment to get an outfit post. Continue reading “Outfit: Topshop Navy Fur Collar Coat” »
Urban Outfitters Pinafore Dress
So I finally found some time to get together a few outfit posts. This was my first time using my new camera lens outdoors for outfit posts and it was much easier than using my previous lens. I had a massive clear out which has made putting together outfit posts much easier for me as I now have more space to do so and far fewer pieces of clothing to make it easier to see what will and won’t go together. That being said I always feel like a bit of a bin bag because I just seem to throw any old tatty rags on, never mind.
I picked up this pinafore dress from Urban Outfitters on Ebay, I’d had my eye on it for ages and then it sold out in store. Luckily for me I got it for less than half the price new with tags later this year.
Topshop Green Cardigan
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Primark Haul November 2014
Hi everyone! My next Primark Haul has been very overdue and this time around, I won’t be making a video for it. I’m not really sure why, I just really haven’t felt in the mood for filming myself and cringing at myself during video editing. Also with my work schedule I tend to not get home until it’s dark, so I never have good lighting to film. I will make some more in the future but for now I just want to make sure I maintain the blog posts.
Also as I mentioned in my Beauty Haul post, I’ll probably be steering away from haul videos as I’ve felt rather inspired as of late by minimalist lifestyle. A few recent ish experiences changed me a lot, and over the past year I’ve also become more well read and as a result feel as though I am better aware of what it means to be content with the bare minimum. I spent the past month or two selling as much of my stuff as possible and am so close to getting all of the space I have been wanting. Obviously now I’m being a hypocrite by sharing a Primark Haul, but this is filled with things I felt like I really needed, especially as I cannot afford to put the heating on. I imagine in future I will just focus on one off item posts, as I am enjoying shopping less and less and the thought of needing to get a new pair or socks or something actually makes my stomach turn as I much prefer being high up, away from everything relaxing to music and working on creative projects. However, I will still post these hauls as and when I do accumulate enough bits and pieces to justify one.
So as I mentioned, in this Primark Haul I mainly purchased pieces to help me survive the very cold nights in my room, especially as I have an inactive fireplace in my room and my window does not close properly, so I’m sure you can imagine how cold it gets.
Primark Stag Pillow Cases
I’ll start with these pillow cases, I wanted a “cosy” bed setup in my room so recently purchased two spare pillows which needed covering. I spend a lot of (Perhaps too much) time on Tumblr, reblogging desirable bedrooms so I had a rough idea in mind of what style of bedding I was looking for. I then stumbled across these stag pillow cases in Primark which I thought would match my Ikea bedding perfectly. They’re very soft and feel high quality. My huggable pug is from Urban Outfitters. Continue reading “Primark Haul November 2014” »
Beauty Haul November 2014
Wow, hi everyone! This blog has been so neglected recently and I do apologise for that! Aside from work and Dota 2, I just haven’t really felt in the mood for blogging. My interests are heading more back in the direction of getting back into painting, trying to make music and still discover new music. I feel like I’ve changed a lot over recent months, again, and cringe so much at myself from just a few months ago. I am finding myself wanting less and less “stuff” which is going to make writing future “haul” posts somewhat of a challenge.
I don’t really go “beauty product” shopping very often, so the fact that I bought anything at all lead me to think I should probably take this opportunity to make a little beauty haul post. I’m always trying to wear less and less make-up these days too, so there really isn’t as much to include as in the past! Continue reading “Beauty Haul November 2014” »
Primark Beige Speckle Jumper
Winter is coming! Sorry that feels so generic to hear around this time of year and seeing as so many people watch and read Game of Thrones that reference is very over used. However, I’ve been exploring the world of knitwear recently due to the decrease in temperatures. When I was a higher weight, I often avoided jumpers, paranoid that they exagerrated my size and made me feel much worse about myself. Whilst I’m still not as thin as I’d love to be, I do find knitwear a lot easier to wear today and also find it incredibly cosy! Continue reading “Primark Cream Speckle Jumper” »
I don’t believe I’ve talked about any manga books with you all yet, so I thought I’d start with one of my favourite series, I have read A LOT of manga as it was pretty much what got me through childhood and offered me hopes and escapism from life that nothing else could. Some of my other favourite manga series include: Please Save My Earth and Full Moon Wo Sagashite. With some of my favourite series and films being Cowboy Bebop, Akira, Princess Mononoke, Perfect Blue and Metropolis.
From the creator of Ranma 1/2 and Uresei Yatsura comes InuYasha. I first discovered InuYasha around the age of 12, I was staying in Seattle and watching Adult Swim in the hotel room which played a ton of great shows. At the time InuYasha was in English dub, which was slightly annoying as I think the Japanese version is so perfect, I’m not normally too fussy with subbed/dubbed, but with this I really I am. I returned to England, which was never a great feeling as I had a very lonely childhood, I hated school as I’m sure many of us did, I felt out of place and very weird, I was quite weird as a child I guess. I remember thinking a lot about the shows I watched in Seattle and for Christmas that same year my dad had managed to import me a box set of InuYasha season 2 from Japan, we couldn’t get hold of season 1 at the time. It was in Japanese with English subtitles. Each day when I arrived home from school I would hide under my bed covers in my room, watching each episode, completely absorbed by the story. Eventually I owned all the box sets and purchased the movies on various trips to America. Once finishing the series I felt quite disappointed, it was by far my favourite thing since Dragonball Z but the last episode of the series was so disappointing. It was 167 episodes in total, it was building up to a climax with all of the characters’ problems, but the episode ended resolving nothing. (They have made a new series now called InuYasha The Final Act which clears this stuff up, but that came a long while after.) Continue reading “InuYasha by Rumiko Takahashi” »