SPAIN

HIHI WHERE ON EARTH DO I START?!?!?!!!! I’M CURRENTLY HAVING THE MOST INSANE SUMMER OF MY LIFE AND NOW I’M IN A MANIC RUSH TO DOCUMENT IT ON HERE SO WHEN I’M IN THE DEPTHS OF DOOM (read: third year, followed by living with student debt) I CAN LOOK BACK AND SEE WHEN I FELT ON TOP OF THE BLOODY WORLD AND EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING! I’M TYPING IN CAPS LOCK TO EXPRESS MY PURE ENTHUSIASM. I’M PROBABLY GOING TO SPREAD THESE PHOTOS OUT OVER A COUPLE OF POSTS SO HERE’S SOME FROM WHEN I WENT TRAVELLING….STARTING OFF WITH SPAIN. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! EVERY STUDENT SHOULD GO TRAVELLING, LIVE OFF TAP WATER AND SAVE YOUR MONEY AND BOOK IT EARLY BECAUSE IT’S SOOOOOO WORTH IT!

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Benicassim

Like, who thought, I could be at a festival wearing SANDALS?! Benicassim. Amazing. Reading and Leeds I am never going to you again. £80 for 4 days of spending the day sunbathing and the night dancing and I never knew that heaven really did exist on earth. Biffy Clyro, Muse (the greatest band I’ve ever seen live I hate them but I stand my ground), Kendrick, The Chemical Brothers, The Vaccines, Jamie XX, Catfish & the Bottlemen……………..

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Barcelona

The most beautiful city! Give me all the tapas! Visiting the beautiful Parc Guell, drinking all the fruit juice from La Boqueria Mercat, seeing all the views from the Tibidabo Mountain, taking a free walking ‘alternative tour’ and being shown the street art and local drug hotspots (this did happen and no I wouldn’t really recommend it…). Barcelona I loves ya.

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Madrid

You were blummin’ HOT! The Royal Palace of Madrid was absolutely incredible (and you couldn’t take any photos which tbh I didn’t mind because I was just taking it all in) and their churros are fab. We walked through the Buen Retiro Park which was lovely, we looked over the boating lake and found the Pinterest famous crystal palace …..which was complete lies and still to this day I am really upset about it really.

Also let me introduce you to the travelling gang, my fave Naomi – we were blogging buds for so long and now we can travel around and stop and take photos of everything without annoying anyone! Followed by Lauren, Cat, Shauneen, Caroline and Dom!

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Ronda

A little Spanish gem. Very historic, very traditional, very good ice cream. Built around a valley we walked over the Puente Nuevo (the new bridge), looked over the views and my favourite part – we took a trip to the Cueva del Gato (why yes, you did translate that right – the cat cave). I dunno what the link is to a cat really but what I do know that it was the most beautiful sight. A giant waterfall flowing out of a giant cave, the bluest water I’ve ever seen and I think one of my favourite days. We arrived early in the morning and it was so quiet. Having the whole pool to ourselves we set up a picnic and had the best day swimming around fresh water. Dreamy.

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Frigiliana

In between our Spanish village hopping, we spent some time at Frigiliana. AKA a little village that’s basically a real life watercolour painting. Little white town houses, cobbled pathways, hills with amazing views and incredible mojitos. Is life real?

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Granada 

Naomi and I got up at 7am to run up the hill to get tickets for the Alhambra. An arabic palace and fortress, or in other noticeable things – the most amazing tile work ever. Room after room, different patterns from the ceiling to the floor. We finished with a lovely risotto in the evening to celebrate Cat’s 21st before heading to…..ITALY!

(next post, coming soon)

black pleated trousers

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AN OUTFIT POST! FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MONTHS! When New Look asked me to submit an outfit for #ThisIsNewLook I was of course all over it. A new section of the site where you can upload your New Look outfit and view other peoples, share inspo and find alternative ways to style their garments. Aka what justifies all of my purchases, OH THEY LOOK COOL SO I’LL GET IT TOO!

So, my outfit. These trousers don’t leave my legs anymore. I know everyone in the world owns them but rightly so in my opinion as these are comfy as, easy, black and not jeans! Genius! I love! A striped body, the easiest basic anyone could ever own and these velvet shoes. That I chose, because, well, velvet shoes. Like duuuuuuuuuuuuh.

Thank you to Samuel for having the patience of a saint and taking these pics for me! If you like lotsa film and sweet sweet photography you gotta check out his blog.


now playing: new song warpaint/fleece crystal castles/tilikum bejamin francis leftwich/power over man jamie t/bad decisions two door cinema club

london explorin’

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Right at the beginning of the summer Ocean Loans sent me over an Instax camera to capture my summer memories. With the perfect event coming up, my Nan coming down to London for a day of exploring and market hopping it was the perfect chance! My nan’s the best, it goes without saying. If you’re looking for someone who’ll go around all the art galleries with you, spend just as much time in Urban Outfitters as you like to and eat the best veggie food – my nan’s the one. Taking pictures for her art projects and me for my blog, we’re the perfect team. We started off in London Fields, strolling down Broadway Market on a Saturday morning – eating all the homemade peanut butter brownies, drinking coffee and spying all the cute dogs. One of my favourite places in London. Somewhere I wish I could live, maybe one day. Anywaaaaaaaaaaay, on to Portobello Road market. A classic. We stopped at this lovely vegan cafe on the way and looked at all the old vintage cameras, lace trimmings, records and stopped by all the coloured houses.

DREAM DAY. MORE PLEASE!

This summer has been blummin mental and to make it even more mental on Saturday I’m going to New York as IN ACTUAL NYC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I die. Recommendations, please!!!!!!! We’re stopping in Brooklyn! Cannot believe!


now playing: lost in the dream the war on drugs, always

olive, little miss sunshine

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For someone who has watched practically no films, the answer when asked who my film hero is comes surprisingly quickly. Inspired by the release of Suicide Squad and the ant hero (which to no-one’s surprise I haven’t seen yet), HMV are asking who our child/adulthood film hero’s and heroine’s are!

Little Miss Sunshine stands out to me. Basically as it’s the only film I’ve seen more than once in my life (as High School Musical from year 6 doesn’t count and saying that Gabriella Montez is my hero really wouldn’t do my street cred any favours). Olive, aged 7, is an aspiring beauty queen. She’s curious and determined, but innocent and happy. She stands out from the rest of the doom in the film and never sees the negatives in anything. She has her goal, and although she has every hurdle put in her way – she goes for it, whether it works or not, or whether it’s the most straight forward way or not.

In contrast, (not being taught how to strip by my Grandad er) but it reminds me of Mum taking me to ballet twice a week for like 10 years. She knew I was shit at it and I was obviously the worst in the class (my ungraceful pony skips she never lets me forget), she laughed at me – everyone laughed at me. But sod it, I did it anyway because I enjoyed it and that’s what I wanted to do! Olive – a role model for all. Also I’ve always wanted to be called Olive. Also her style is on point.

I know I’m really not the person to be taking advice from but Little Miss Sunshine? That’s a must.


now playing: THE MACCABEES HAVE DIED AND I AM ABSOLUTELY GUTTED

PS: This post is in collaboration with HMV but Olive being my role model remains the same

PPS: I had an unexpected blogging break but I IZ BAAAAAACK (listen) (I actually am back for good though, unlike Take That)

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I dunno but I can’t help but feel that this is the beginning of a disappearing act. I mean, no it isn’t – I haven’t blogged in 6 days and I think it’s a bIg DeAl when it really isn’t but in comparison to last year, a couple of of years ago when it was every other day I’m definitely not at the same speed. That doesn’t mean that I’ve dramatically ‘fallen out of love with blogging’ because I haven’t and I’ve got ideas pouring out of my ears (like usual) that I’m desperate to get down. However, I feel like things of changed and my blog is no longer a priority, which I hate, but equally I’m so pleased because it means that everything is going in the right direction. My planned chilled summer has been the complete opposite (which I’m secretly pleased about) and I’ve been assisting a stylist on all these shoots in Rankin’s studio and working with All Saints (yep like the 90’s band) on their shows (leading to some good press!!!!!) and generally being in some very bizarre situations this past couple of weeks (er, being a metre away from my hero Rachel Stevens, er). For the first time in my life I’m not called an intern and I’m actually earning some money from it too which I’m obviously really really chuffed about. More shocked than I am chuffed. Hello orange juice and not tap water.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is that I used my blog to get to uni, to get to internships to I suppose then get this and now I feel like I’m maybe on my way to getting somewhere within the industry and I’ve gotta push my blog to one side for a while! Which is ok!!!!!!!!!!! This is my last proper summer before my final year of uni and I’m travelling, working, and just saying yes to pretty much everything I can and it’s GONNA BE AMAZING.

Anyway, yep, that’s all – I’ll keep ya updated.

Also I think I’m off to Brighton tomorrow for the first time in my life so plzzzzzzzz send recommendations xxx


now playing: louis theroux documentaries because I really fancy louis theroux

I WANNA TRAVEL

Untitled-2It’s been on my long tube journeys recently where I’ve been having those deep thoughts. David and I talk about them all the time (you know the one’s where it’s like WHY AM I HERE? HOW DO I KNOW HOW TO STAND? WHY IS MY NAME ELLIE? WHY DO CLOTHES EXIST AND WHO INVENTED THEM? WHAT IS THE WORLD?). Love it. Equally hating it as it completely does my head in.

More recently it’s been me squashed on the Overground thinking I’m here doing this and everyone’s here doing their own thing……………it’s so weird to think there are people on the other side of the world just doing their own thing too. Then going on to thinking: I want to go there and do that, see the local gems where they live, all their free museums, parks and the best local independent shops. I’m ticking off a lot of my bucket list in the next few weeks (WHICH I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT) but I’ve only ever really thought about visiting Europe, maybe America and kinda forgot about the rest of the world. Here’s a continued very cliche list:

  1. To see the Northern Lights
  2. Visit India, the Taaj Mahal, their festivals, see all the fabrics, eat all of the food
  3. AUSTRALIA and the Great Barrier Reef, their beaches with the swings in the sea, the sun
  4. Japan – Tokyo, Kyoto in spring with all the cherry blossom trees
  5. Norway
  6. Iceland and the blue lagoon
  7. Marrakesh and the YSL gardens
  8. Mexico City and everything to do with Frida Kahlo
  9. Sahara Desert cuz why not
  10. Thailand and its elephant sanctuaries
  11. Korea – just all of it – I find it really interesting
  12. A cruise around the Antarctic (I’ve never been on a cruise and I don’t think I’d like it and I don’t really like the cold but this in my head sounds perfect)
  13. Visit New Orleans
  14. Cat Island. I dunno if there’s actually any cats there but the name gives hope
  15. Moscow (and take the Mongolian Express!)
  16. Indonesia
  17. South Africa (Cape Town!)
  18. Go skiing, anywhere, just to try it
  19. Copenhagen
  20. Cuba!!!!!!!!! and Key West!
  21. Brazil

So if anyone fancies sponsoring my blog and transforming me into a travel blogger I would be completely a-ok with that.


now playing: are we ready? two door cinema club/thick as thieves the temper trap/drag queen the strokes/let me fall laura mvula/till the end jessie ware

(This post contains a sponsored link but my need to travel the world remains the same) (hope you enjoyed my rambles I felt they were top notch today)