Monday, 29 April 2013

One doodle that can't be undid

Dress - H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams
Cardigan - Asda 
Nails - Block your Green - Rimmel

This is my belated break-up dress, because every girl needs a new dress after she splits with her boyfriend, even if it was over two months ago, right?

I absolutely love the H! by Henry Holland collection at Debenhams... here are a few of the other things in the range I would really like:

Cardigan £38

Shorts - £30

Skirt - £26

Cardigan - £45

Shirt - £30

Tragus Piercing

Image from Instagram

Yes, I finally took the plunge and got my tragus pierced! Yes, it hurt.

So far, my Spring Wishlist is looking pretty good, I have got my tragus piercing, backpack and mac, I'm only lacking a denim shirt and Cath Kidston bags but the other day I got a lovely new H! by Henry Holland dress which more than compensates!

The piercing is about as rebellious as I want to be right now, I daren't commit to a stretcher but I've had my ear lobes pierced for over ten years and I've forgotten what it's like to have to actually care for a piercing, and the healing process can take as long as six months, but I really, really like it.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

I hope we're holding hands by New Year's Eve

Shirt - River Island
Shorts - Primark
Shoes - Vans at Schuh

URGH I give up on the challenge, my life is simply not structured enough to cope with things like that, that's why I haven't made a revision timetable, I like to just see what happens and make the most of what the day brings.

Life lately has been a bit hectic with revision and coursework, but I go on study leave in two weeks (yay!) so hopefully I will have a bit of time then considering I have twelve whole days of study leave before my first exam... I then have three exams over three days but what can you do? In around six weeks time it will all be over for another year and then I can relax and go back to sitting in the common room instead of the study room during my free periods, when did everything become so boring?

Me and Hannah have booked tickets to see Bowling For Soup on their Farewell UK tour in October (my first live show, eek!) and I'm really looking forward to seeing them as this is the last chance we will ever have :)

I hope you're all doing good :)

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

T for Topshop

Here are a few things I would like from Topshop (the prices link to the pages)

Monday, 22 April 2013

S for Summer

School, exams and coursework seem to be taking over my life at the moment, and although I know that I need to keep focused and actually do some revision, I can't help but look forward to summer. 

I absolutely love summer - everything is just better on a nice day. Last year, we all went to my friend's house and sat on her garden in bikini tops and shorts (my stomach was is blindingly pale, but oh well) and it just seemed better than going over to her house on a rainy day and watching movies - we would have still had a good time, but nice weather just makes simple things more enjoyable.

This summer I'm going to see Jason Manford live which I'm really looking forward to, and I'm hoping to go to a free outdoor festival in a nearby city, really I'm just looking forward to chilling out before going back to school next year (provided I pass my exams) for my last year in school, that's an exciting prospect in itself, this past school year has gone incredibly quickly, I just hope that I do well. 

The one thing I hate about summer, and there really is only one thing I hate about summer, is the fact that I get sunburn, incredibly easily. I've been known to get sunburn on a day when it actually rained. Luckily for me, I've found that P20 sun cream is really good and means I don't have to cover myself in factor 50 every half an hour. 

Summer style

Zara flat leather sandals
£52 -

Bracelets bangle
£320 -

ASOS hat
£11 -

Sunday, 21 April 2013

R for R U Mine?

I'm a big Arctic Monkeys fan, and I really like this song and cannot wait for their next album to come out, whenever that may be. And I think they would be pretty cool to see live too, especially if the atmosphere is anything like this.

Q for Questions

Hey, I thought I would find a Tumblr style survey to answer for today's post, just so you can get to know us a little better - especially for the new followers we have gained through the challenge!

1. State your name: 

2. State the name that your parents almost named you: 
They almost called me Jordan, and if I was a boy I would have been called Ben. 

3. Which of your relatives do you get along with the most?
Other than my mum, probably my cousin Sally. We're similar in lots of ways, except she's ten years older than me.

4. Did anything embarrassing happen this week? 
I stalled at the lights on my driving lesson and there were loads of people behind me, I hate it when that happens.

5.Do you miss your ex? 

6. White chocolate or dark chocolate? 

7. Do people praise you for your looks? 
Not often, but it's nice when they do 

8. What is your favorite color of clothing to wear?
It sounds really morbid, but I like wearing black 

9. How do you wear your makeup? 
I mostly go for a natural look: tinted moisturiser, concealer, blusher, powder and mascara for school, then eye shadow and eye liner when I go out at weekends

10.What are some of your nicknames? 
I've had loads in the past, but they never seem to stick too long - Crabs is probably the latest one. I got called crabs because I can be rather snappy when I'm in a bad mood (I just wanted to clear that one up!)

11. How many bedrooms are in your house? 

12. How many bathrooms? 
One - it's a nightmare

13.Do you have a job? 
No, but I desperately want one, I'm sick of being poor!

14. Do you have a car? 
No, I haven't even passed my driving test yet

15. Do you work out every week? 
I don't work out at all.

16. Have you ever kissed someone you never saw again? 
No, is that really boring?

17.Have you ever sung in front of a crowd? 
If by "crowd" you mean a church at my Year 7 Christmas concert, then yes

18. What kind of bathing suit do you wear?
I've got a Fat Face bikini which I love

20. Do you think you are pretty? 
Not at all

21. Who was the last person you talked to in person? 
My dad

22. How much money is in your account? 
£10, it's awful

23. Are you single? 

24. Do you want kids? 
Yes, in about ten years time! 

25. Tell me what your backpack looks like: 
It’s flowery with brown leather edging 

26. What celebrity do you think is hot? 
Alex Pettyfer in Wildchild

27. Last movie you saw in theatres? 
Oz: The Great and Powerful

28. Are you dating the same person you dated last year? 

29. Has someone you were dating ever cheated on you? 
No, atleast not that I know of 

30. Have you ever cheated? 
No, if you're unhappy then just end it - why waste each other's time?

31. Have you kissed someone whose name starts with a ‘J’? 

32. What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I read, write and  bake

1. State your name: 

2. State the name that your parents almost named you: 
I would have probably been called Henry if I was a boy

3. Which of your relatives do you get along with the most?
My brother, my mum and dad, my grandma and grandad, and my kinda cousin Sophie

4. Did anything embarrassing happen this week? 
Me and this guy from sixth form turned up in the same t-shirt...

5.Do you miss your ex? 

6. White chocolate or dark chocolate? 

7. Do people praise you for your looks? 
Not very often, but my family have got this weird thing about my hands

8. What is your favorite color of clothing to wear?
Purple, teal or black

9. How do you wear your makeup? 
I wear foundation and mascara, then sometimes either with a flick of liquid eyeliner or a bit of brown eyeshadow

10.What are some of your nicknames? 
Prawn, cos I don't like prawns

11. How many bedrooms are in your house? 

12. How many bathrooms? 

13.Do you have a job? 
No but seeking, harder than it sounds!

14. Do you have a car? 
Noooo but I want to be able to drive and have one so bad

15. Do you work out every week? 
I went jogging this week, and hope to continue every week

16. Have you ever kissed someone you never saw again? 
No, don't really like doing stuff like that, I wouldn't want to think that loads of people 'had tried me out'

17.Have you ever sung in front of a crowd? 
Not since I was about 11

18. What kind of bathing suit do you wear?
 I have a fat face costume, but hoping to stretch out to a bikini this year (get your blindfolds out)

20. Do you think you are pretty? 
No, I'm trying to though

21. Who was the last person you talked to in person? 
My brother

22. How much money is in your account? 
Ten pounds hahaha

23. Are you single? 
Yes, happily

24. Do you want kids? 
Yeah, but not for a long time yet

25. Tell me what your backpack looks like: 
It's a canvas shoulder bag with a print of like forest animals in watercolour on it
26. What celebrity do you think is hot? 
Billie Joe Armstrong from Green day, to name but one

27. Last movie you saw in theatres? 
Oz: The Great and Powerful as well!

28. Are you dating the same person you dated last year? 

29. Has someone you were dating ever cheated on you? 
Not that I know of haha

30. Have you ever cheated? 
No, I'd never do that, I'd end the relationship long before it came to it
31. Have you kissed someone whose name starts with a ‘J’? 

32. What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I draw/paint, play guitar/piano/attempt drums, read, write, watch movies, play games, take photos, from this week onwards - jog, search cool shit on the internet

Saturday, 20 April 2013

P for Post on Lookbook

I just wanted to put my new look on here and somehow link it to the challenge that we are oh-so behind on (blame school, exams, coursework and teachers!)

Jacket - Firetrap
Vest - Next
Jeans - Next
Sandals - Schuh

Now, I'm pretty sure that the shoes do not go with the outfit at all and I am still debating getting changed before I go out. It's such a lovely day today and I really want to look summery but it isn't warm enough for shorts and dresses and playsuits which is a bummer because I love wearing summery clothes, they just make everything seem better and happier. But I bought these shoes in February so that I would have them ready for the first hint of summer and here it is and they're so cool so I really want to find something that I can wear them with.

Me and my cousin are going out for a drive with the roof off and maybe a little shopping to celebrate the glorious weather - what are you lot up to?

Friday, 19 April 2013

O for Owls

If any of you have visited my Lookbook profile, you'll know that I am quite a fan of the oh-so-cute owl print that has adorned the high street. They're a little out of vogue now, but I still think they're cute.

Here are some of the owly things I would like to purchase:

£2 - River Island

£12 - Topshop

£2.50 - Dorothy Perkins

Thursday, 18 April 2013

N for Next

I feel that Next is sometimes overlooked when searching for a fashion-forward piece, but personally I really like their clothes. They are stylish, well-made and reasonably priced. 

Here are my Next picks:

Monday, 15 April 2013

M for Movies

I thought I would list my favourite films, and try to explain just why I like them so much (in no particular order)

1. Juno
"That ain't no etch-a-sketch, this is one doodle that can't be undid homeskillet"

The title character, Juno, is 16 and pregnant, but she isn't like the girls from 16 and pregnant, she's so cool. She doesn't care about how she looks or about being one of the popular kids, and she loves old slasher movies and old rock music and has the best sense of humour ever. Also, she drives a minivan. If you haven't seen the film I won't spoil the ending but you should know that it is lovely and definitely worth a watch.


2. 500 Days of Summer
"This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story"

I love how unconventional this film is, both in the story and the production. I love how it jumps around through the 500 days, but it's really easy to follow which I think shows how well-made the film is. There is also the IKEA scene (complete with "a Chinese family in our bathroom") which makes me laugh every time. I really love Zooey Deschanel and even though she isn't very nice to Tom in the movie her overall cuteness certainly makes up for it.


3. The Perks of being a Wallflower
"We accept the love we think we deserve"

Okay, when the book was as good as it is, there was no way they could butcher it, but they really did the book justice. I love how it shows growing up in a very real way and combats the difficult issues of childhood sexual abuse and mental illness. This film made me cry the first time I saw it, and that's saying something, I didn't even cry when I watched Marley and Me.


4. Cemetery Junction
"Throw your heart out in front of you and run ahead to catch it"

This film really scared me, not because of gore or bumps in the night, but because it faces the issue of getting out of your home town and making something of yourself, not being stuck in the same job for fifty years - it's something I want to achieve myself but getting there is a difficult and scary process! It's the first British film on the list, which I think is a redeeming factor in itself.


5. Mean Girls
"The limit does not exist"

To any of you who say "that's just a crappy teen chick-flick" I say have you seen this movie? It's the perfect teen movie, it faces cliques (to anyone who might be reading this from across the pond, are high schools really like that?) It's got so many quotes and makes hilarious memes. That film is nine years old, which is a pretty scary thought.


6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2

The second British film in the list, and the last film on the list. Everything is explained in the final chapter of the franchise  everything. And that's what I love, how JK Rowling knew where she was going right from the start and pulled it all together so magnificently. Perfection, pure perfection.


The Truth About American Apparel

This morning I was scrolling down my Tumblr feed when I saw a post headed with the American Apparel logo. I was surprised to see a mass of comments below it left by AA employees and other Tumblr users.

The first three comments read;

"I worked at American Apparel for two years. During the time that I worked there, the company implemented a company-wide recruitment policy where any person applying for a position must be photographed (1 headshot, 1 body shot) The actual resumes were thrown in the garbage. These photos were then sent to a company email address where someone would either give a thumbs up or down to the photographs. Staff were encouraged to recruit instore and on the street and were given a $100 bonus for every person they got approved.
Before this was implemented, all existing staff were photographed (again, 1 headshot and 1 body shot) Anyone deemed to be physically unworthy was let go from the company. Of course this wasn’t legal, however right before they started this process every employee had to sign a waiver form, that was pretty much a lot of legal gibberish, on the spot. I wanted to have a lawyer take a look at the form however I was told I had to sign it on the spot or I would be let go.
There was also a company intranet website which all employees where to check on a regular basis. This was Dov’s main line of communication to all staff. The site would have pictures of girls from the stores where he would rip them apart for having too thin eyebrows, for having “ugly make-up” or bad tattoos and piercings. They were basically publicly shamed for not looking the way he wanted to. He would also post memos saying things like “HIRE MORE ASIANS”
Most of the girls that I worked with were super young, I was the oldest in the store at 20. We even secretly employed one girl’s little sister who was only 13. A lot of the time when the guys from head office would come in they would take pictures of the girls in the store. Some of the girls wanted extra attention so they would pose pretty raunchy for them, mostly they just side boob and stuff but sometimes it got kind of weird. Also, every city with an American Apparel also has a company hotel room. Personally, I never went with them, but when the head office guys came to town they would take a few girls from the store with them for the night. I heard stories about tons of weird crap going on those nights and I know for a fact many of those girls were under 18."
"I worked at AA for a year and I can verify all of this. I was a merchandiser that was let go for not being up to physical standards (but the official reason was time and attendance, when I was pulling 12 hour days 4 times a week). They had an “auditor” from corporate come into town to “audit.” She had an hour long meeting with us telling us that we needed to dress sexier and wear more heels and tights (but if we had a run in our tights we could be fired/written up). Since I was a merchandiser, there was no way I was going to be wearing heels on 12-foot ladders, lugging around mannequins all day. They told me to dye my hair and get rid of my piercings, I said no, they let go of me a few days before Christmas."
"for speech class i found, interviewed, and presented a young lady that had been fired from american apparel while working under dov charney several years ago. she was fired for refusing oral sex with another woman in front of him.
she also claimed that people at her job were fired when they appeared to have gained weight.
similarly, photographer terry richardson (you may know him for his portraits of almost any celebrity you can name, like lady gaga, kanye west, the chili peppers). a model said during her shoot, he randomly whipped out his penis and started touching himself in front of her.
AA has been questioned for the ages of their models, many of which are nameless and go undisclosed. i was told that the process of selecting models for american apparel ads mainly consist of charney picking up women, bringing them home, and having them pose in garments while photographing them in his own home. there’s no proof for or against whether he asks for permission. fun stuff."

I was absolutely shocked when I read these paragraphs, and come to think of it, I'm not sure why. The brand has adverts of too-young girls spreading their legs in raunchy body suits, and sells an array of tightly-fitting, skimpy garments.

It almost seemed too bad to be true, and rumours like this spread easily on social-networking sites, so when I googled the topic to find out more, I was quite surprised to find out that every word is the truth. There are countless articles and blogs full of employee experiences and stories, and they only get more shocking. There is even an example of an email sent round by the head office explaining how the employees should look, and that they should be fired if they do not fit to this.

I find it hard to believe that the company are getting away with this, and while they promote the 'natural' look, being told to wear no make-up, have long, unstyled hair and be as thin as possible is just as discriminative and pressuring as is being told you have to wear make-up to be considered attractive, is it not?

Sunday, 14 April 2013

This is completely unrelated buttttt...


I got a huge crush on him

L is for Letters

Can we all just appreciate how lovely it is to send and receive letters?

The feel of the paper against your fingertips, the scrawled handwriting, the sound of ripping open the envelope and unfolding the page, your eyes going back and forth as they read the lines.

It's so magical, and I think the best thing about it is the fact that the writer could have just sent an email or a text, it's the effort and inconvenience that makes all the difference.

Receiving letters through the post is the best, it's the surprise and the way this amazing thing just drops through your door waiting for you. About a month ago I sent someone a CD through the post, with songs I burnt onto it to cheer them up, it felt really good to do something like that and make the extra effort instead of just texting saying, 'hope you're okay'. I think it's something I'd like to do more often.

Anyway, letters are great, love letters, sorry letters, thank you letters, (maybe not bills).

K is for Knowledge

I watch QI a lot, and one of the best things about it is the fact that everyone on the panel has something intelligent to contribute to each topic.

I'd love to have that much knowledge that I could talk about any subject with someone and still have something interesting to say, I guess it's kinda one of my aims in life, to learn as much as I can about everything, I'm sure it'll come in handy.

Friday, 12 April 2013

We're changing URLs

We're changing to, so don't think we're someone else!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

J for Jobs


Since I started sixth form in September, it feels like everyone around me is employed - they can afford clothes, trips to the cinema, Leeds tickets and in some cases a car!

Everyone complains about having a job but I think sometimes they forget what it's like to have to ask your mum for money, or to not have any at all - I haven't bought myself any new clothes in ages (and there is an amazing H! by Henry Holland dress from Debenhams that I really want) but I would just like some independence from my parents - I hate being so reliant on them for money.

People think that I haven't looked for a job which simply isn't true, I've applied everywhere. But who wants a 17-year-old sixth former with no experience? And besides, there's a million people out there like me looking for a weekend-and-evening job, most of the time it seems to be a simple case of knowing the right people.

As for my future career, I have no idea of what I'll end up doing, most of the things I would like to do are almost impossible to make a living out of (ie. writing and baking) I'm not fussed about having loads of money, enough so I can be comfortable is alright by me, especially if I love or atleast like my job. I haven't given up on the idea of marrying a millionaire or being found on Heir Hunters (I've been watching way too much daytime TV over the past couple of weeks - my dad won't pay for Sky Plus) 

Do any of you work? And if you do, do you like it?