Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Summer Bucket List


When I have no commitments, I am a very lazy person. I will sit around all day watching too many movies and crappy reality TV just because I can and I will never get anything done that I actually want to do. And I don't like this.

As this post goes up, I have recently got back from my holiday, which was very exciting, and now I've come back, I have a bit under 5 weeks with not a lot to do. And there are lots of things I want to do, both big and little. So in order to give me a kick up the bum and remind that I want to do them, I'm going to share them with you in the hope the by putting them in writing it will encourage me to do so. Therefore, I present to you my summer bucket list.

1. Go to the Cereal Cafe in London
I love cereal and the fact there is a place where you can buy cereal 'cocktails' excites me. So at some point I want to head up to Brick Lane and try it for myself.

2. Improve on my Ukulele
I got a Ukulele about 18 months ago, and whilst I still love play it, this hobby has taken a bit of a back seat in the last few months and as a result I seem to have forgotten alot of what I taught myself. So I would love to get back into it and improve (as to be honest I was not that good in the first place).

3. Trawl the charity shops
The town where I live in is notorious for being full of charity shops and I really don't make use of them. Recently I have been absolutely loving Tolly Dolly Posh's blog and style and she seems to nab some brilliant pieces from charity shops and jumble sales, so this summer I'm going to take a leaf out of her book and spend some time have a rummage and hopefully find some beautiful bargains.

4. Have a barbecue on the beach
I don't live particularly near the beach so this one might be a struggle, but I'm putting it on none the less. I love the sea and the sand and I  just love the idea of buying a disposable barbecue and sitting on the beach eating burgers watching the sunset with my best friends. Might happen, might not, we will see.

5. Get a job
I'm 16 almost 17 years old. I need a job. There's not really much more too it. I have no idea what yet but I know I need to really get my act together and sort this one out.

6. Buy and learn to skateboard.
I feel I missed out on doing this as a child so I want to recify this. It's just something fun I would love to give a go one afternoon.

7. Begin to write a book
Pretty self explanatory, but I have so many ideas floating around in my head I just want to try and write some of them down and see what happens. It might be a disaster and I'm not intent on definitively finishing anything, but I just want to give it ago.

8.Have a water fight.


9. Do more exercise.
Now I said I was going to do this after my exams finished but that hasn't seemed to have happened yet. I do a bit of exercise, I still play tennis regulary, but nowhere near as much sport as I used to, especially since I never have to do PE in school again. But I want to stay fit and healthy and try to get in shape. I think I want to start running and maybe cycling. Any sports you recommend?

10. Do more creative things
This is vague because I'm not exactly sure what I want to do in order to tick this off, but I'm implying maybe to make something or start something new. I'd love to get back into art, create something new out of something old or even start an Etsy shop. Just get my creative cap on.

11. Have an adrenaline rush.
Do something out of my comfort zone. (I think I've actually done this since I started writing this post so go me)

12. Go to a cricket game.
Something I don't really express my love for on the blog is cricket. I am a rather big cricket fan, and as I did not manage to nab Ashes tickets, I want to go to a couple of county league games this summer because it's something I love doing with my family as they have bred their love of it into me and it's a love we share.

13. Recontact with an old friend
I do have a person in mind for this, but I haven't yet plucked up the courage to make contact with them after a very long time of not doing so. We are on good terms, we have just lost contact for a couple of years and I want to see them again. I feel like this is getting a bit deep. Moving on.

14. Go to an outdoor cinema
Very American chick-flick and tumblr-y but hey, it sounds like fun to me. I might be a bit late to buy tickets to these but fingers crossed I can make this happen.

15. Bake Pinterest food.
You know all that food porn you see on Pinterest and Tumblr and you're like 'OMG GIVE ME IT'? I want to actually make some.

16. Write a letter to my future self
There are so many things that I keep thinking 'I want to be like that when I'm older' or 'I want to do that when I'm older' and so I want to write all these thoughts down so I don't forget them, and then I can read back over them when I'm older.

It's unlikely I will do all of these but I will give as many as possible a good go. I'm looking forward to doing it. Do you have a summer bucket list and what's on it?

xo
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Sunday, 19 July 2015

That 70s Style



||   Top - ASOS      Shorts - ASOS     Hat - Monki    Sandals - Topshop    Bag - Gap  ||


I feel I'm channelling a bit of my inner 70s with this outfit, and I'm kind of loving it.

The main item in this outfit is this gorgeous off-the-shoulder white blouse from ASOS, which I picked up a short while ago. Off-the-shoulder is a pretty big trend at the moment and I really like it yet I wanted something a little different from the classic plain jersey OTS crop tops everywhere. I spotted this on ASOS and knew it was perfect. I love the unusual back (unfortunately my only strapless bra is black so I'm going to need to buy another asap) and I love the ruffle details and the wide sleeves, which really channel the 70s vibe subtly yet beautiful. I think I'm killing 2 fashion birds with one stone in this top, so a definite steal and something that is likely to become a wardrobe staple. I just paired it with some basic denim high-waisted shorts also from ASOS, as I'm a bit of a denim shorts nut and am constantly buying different pairs. I think these are my new favourites though.

For accessories, I'm wearing my new favourite piece in this black hat from Monki, which I am completely obsessed with. I think it's so classic and simple but really completes many different outfits, and I think it will be great in both in summer and winter.

I'm also wearing these black gladiator sandals from topshop. These are something I never would have usually looked at but I saw them in the YouTube Video and fell in love.

Finally beloved fringe bag from Gap, which I've had for an eternity. Literally, since I was about 9.

I loved the subtle 70s vibe of this outfit, as it is still very simple, like my style, yet has that little something extra which is a bit different from what I often wear. I love it. For me the 70s is a win. What do you think of this trend?

Hope you are having a lovely week

xo
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Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Holiday Reads


Last year I had a very set plan of what I wanted to read that summer so I did a whole post on the books which I read and follow up reviews (which I absolutely loved writing and went down rather well if I may say so myself). This year my summer is longer and I'm a bit less organised so I'm going to do a couple of book related posts throughout the next few months/weeks documenting what I'm reading throughout the holidays. Today I'm going to do a little summery of what I'm going to reading on my summer holiday.

1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton - I bought this knowing absolutely nothing about it, but just by what I read on the blurb, something I love doing when buying books. Since buying it I've seen great reviews about it and so now I'm very excited to read it. It seems very mysterious and intriguing, with the blurb giving very little away. Also the cover is a winner, its gorgeous.

2.1984 by George Orwell - I have to read this for school but it has been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read for a very long time, so now it has jumped to the top of my TBR. Last year I had to read The Help for school and I turned out to be one of my favourite books ever so hopefully the chain will continue with this book. Pretty much all I know about it is Big Brother and Room 101 so I'm intrigued to know what it is really all about. The cover of this is pretty illegible, but one of my old teachers told me this links to the plot, which adds more to my curiosity.

3. Blue by Lisa Glass - I had a lovely chat with Arianne and some fabulous authors on twitter the other day about books set in Cornwall and after a lot of deliberation between some brilliant books, I chose this one to read on my holiday. I'm a serious sucker for romance and this seem like the perfect holiday love story, complete with sand, sun and surfing. I have a distinct feeling I'm going to want to live in this book.

4. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas - This is my back-up book for if I get through the others - which I'm feeling i will. If you've ever seen my twitter, you may know I am obsessed with The Musketeers TV show, I just freaking love it and so a few months ago my dad kindly gifted me the book. It is pretty long but I excited to get stuck in reading the origins of D'Artagnan and his friends.

I'm hopefully going to do a follow up post with reviews on all of these awesome books because I love writing book posts (even if I'm not brilliant at it ahah!). Now I've got to get reading!

xo
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Monday, 6 July 2015

The St Ives Diaries


So about a week ago I came back from the pretty little Cornish town of St Ives where I was on holiday with 4 of my lovely best friends, and I thought I would do a little travel post for you. As I mentioned in a previous post, I finished my exams a few weeks ago and so to celebrate us successful scrambling out of essay hell, we all went away to St Ives for a week, which was awesome.

So after a very long 6 hour train journey with 3 changes and far too much running for trains, we arrived at the tiny 1 platform station sitting on the seafront. We were shown to our little cottage, which despite being very small  cosy, was right in the centre of town and for the price that we each payed, I think was a bit of a steal. 

On the first day we went to the beach and all got sun burnt. Do not underestimate British weather. The wind is deceptive. However, it was a lovely beach, called Porthminster beach I think, shown in the first picture, which was very beautiful and peaceful despite being quite busy. It is also where I took the very nice picture of my 2 best friends, which I think is one of my favourite photos I've ever taken. Since we didn't have a lot of transport we went to this beach a couple of days of the trip.

We also ventured out on an adventure to find the beach we could see across the bay called Carbis Bay, and after a considerably fraught trek where the GPS on my iPhone decided to make up roads that didn't exist, we found ourselves at a beach near a very posh hotel. This is where the silhouette picture of me was take by my pro-photographer best friend. We also saw a huge jellyfish here which was pretty terrifying yet kind of cool and we sunbathed and ate overpriced takeaway pizza. I think this was one of  my favourite days.

It rained on one of the days on which we played every card game in existence. 

One of the biggest challenges I think whilst there was cooking for ourselves. We, particularly myself, aren't made for the complex world of the kitchen and so to not only to decide what to cook, but to buy it and then cook it in a kitchen barely big enough to swing a cat in with limited equipment was not the easiest thing I've ever done, but it went surprising successfully and was rather fun. I also proved that I can successfully boil pasta (I have tried to boil dried pasta 2 times before without success. I took GCSE Food. I know) so go me. As well as home cooking, we also ate a lot of pasties and too much ice cream. Also look at the waffle. I mean I've had waffles before but that waffle. It is the waffle of dreams, a waffle made by god himself, oh my gosh it was so good. I just want to relive eating it over and over again.

I would love to go back to St Ives and look around the general area a bit more, maybe visit Lands End or Penzance since we weren't able to do that this time around. But from the bits I saw, St Ives was beautiful and I recommend!

xo
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Sunshine Feeds The Soul


||   Shorts - H&M    Top - Brandy Melville     Shirt - New Look     Boots - New Look    Sunnies - Jigsaw ||

My first outfit post outside! I decided to take my outfit posts to some different locations this summer as I feel the beige walls of my bedroom can be a little depressing, compared to the sunshine of my back garden, which was looking particularly bright and green on this June day. It took a bit of imagination to get a good set up (a selfie stick in my garden table's parasol hole as a tripod shhhhh) but I managed to get some OK shots, so I'm pretty happy with myself.

I wore this little combination about a week ago when I went to the Warner Bros HP studios. This was my second time going, but it was still as exciting as the first time. There is just so much to see; you could go 30 times and you'd still see something new on your 30th visit that you hadn't seen before - it's incredible the amount of stuff there is! Plus I got to see the new Platform 9 & 3/4 exhibit which was amazing so if you haven't been since that has been set up, definitely revisit!

Now the outfit. The main garment I loved in this combo was these new white lace shorts I purchased from H&M. They are so cool and comfortable so perfect for summer, as well as being very easy to wear. I look forward to living in these in the next few months. As I'm quite into simple outfits at the moment, I just paired them with a basic black crop top from Brandy Melville. To add a different colour from the monochrome, I wanted to wear a denim jacket with the outfit, but since I don't currently own one that fits (I am fixing this asap), I wore a slightly ombre denim shirt from New Look, which I think worked just as well, and also gives it a bit more of a laid-back vibe. I finished it off with my beloved black Chelsea boots and some classic aviator sunglasses.
The outfit is simple yet screams summer to me and I'm a little in love.

Now I must get back to watching Wimbledon.
Helena
xoxo
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