So this is my 4th year in London and when I tell people they’re actually kinda shocked: ‘Oh shit so ur actually a Londoner’. uHUH YEAH I AM (not) but since starting this full time ting I’ve become boring and weekends have been spent being hungover watching Netflix instead of exploring and making the most of everything London has. The Barbican Conservatory has been exhausted, Columbia Flower market has ran out of flowers (obvs it hasn’t but you get what I mean) and I realise that I’ve never really done South London before. I’ve written many a post on things I’ve done in London but I thought it was time to write a new list kinda thing so when I’m like urrrrh I dunno what to do, actually yes, I do know what to do. Plz find below. An updated bucket list almost.
I also need to stay in more because I gots no money
Hampstead Heath Ponds!
Finally go to Hackney Lido (for someone that doesn’t like swimming I’m gonna be swimming a hell of a lot this summer)
Chelsea Flower Show
Maltby St food market
Orla Kiely exhibition at the Fashion & Textile museum
Winnie the Poo exhibition at the V&A (come on it looks sick)
Ok followed by the Balenciaga exhibition to balance it out
Highgate Cemetery so I can look at some graves
by Chloe for Vegan food
I’ve lived in London 4 years and I still haven’t visited a cheese restaurant
I still want to go to the Breaking Bad bar, does this even still exist?
I’VE STILL NEVER BEEN ON A RED LONDON BUS TOUR
Go to the Royal Wedding and eat Victoria Sponge I don’t even like the royals but lolz
Milk Train, still never been
Go to an Escape Rooms
Dulwich Picture Gallery because the whole 2 times I’ve tried to go it’s been shut!
Hope everyone’s had a really lovely Bank Holiday! Uni’s finished, everything’s finished and I feel so on top of the world and so happy and also feel like I have the headspace (and energy) to have a hobby again. Wot is a blog? Is blogging even still a thing? Will anyone read this? Hello? I also have the headspace to have friends, cook meals, wash my hair and generally be a normal person again. The past couple of months have been hard and I’ve had to take everything down to the minimum in terms of life; basically all I’ve done since October is sit in the library, go to work and eat, sleep uni work. By sleep I mean you should hear some of the conversations I’ve been having with myself these past couple of months (actually, don’t).
But, I’m the happiest and proudest I’ve been with any work ever and for the sake of 9 months, it’s been really worth it. Here’s some updates, some things I’ve liked etc over the past couple of months in note form:
First of all if perhaps you’re looking for an assistant in communications, events or anything creative, hello! Pick me! My website, portfolio and LinkedIn
ERE WE GO AGAIN. And I looked through my old posts and yet again I’ve neglected my blog even more this year, with regret, but also I’ve been working like a mad man and having the bubble of this being my last year of being a student hanging over my head I feel like I need to make the most of every opportunity I can! (Read: having no formal work commitments therefore going on holiday as often as I can). This year has basically been tragic for the whole world (Brexit), but on a personal level I’ve had a really bloody great year and I’ve had a really bloody great time. A year for saying yas to everything I can, getting into some really bizarre situations and just kind of rolling along with it.
Interning, working my life away etc etc
I suppose the biggest distraction from my blog (continued) is work this year. Beginning with a placement term I spent 2 months working for a fashion show production company preparing for LFW, working behind the scenes at the V&A in their Press Office and spending a couple of weeks working for Sunday Times Style in the fancy News Building in London Bridge. All so different but all really cool opportunities seeing how it all works BTS and now I feel like I’ve nearly covered all areas of the industry……nearly. Promising that I was gonna take the summer chill and never intern again after it taking over my life the past couple of years, plot twist I somehow turned into a styling assistant and I worked my socks off. Also where I truly learnt that I am really shit at ironing. Starting off working in Rankin’s studio working on his new book (a series of nudes which was a bizarre experience I’ll tell you that), working on a couple of editorials and then ending up travelling around and being flown to Belfast to assist and style 90’s girl band of dreams All Saints. Seeing my work in the press (!!) and working towards their larger shows at Hyde Park and Brixton Academy was so flippin cool, plus they’re the kindest and most talented women and I feel so lucky that I had the chance to work with them.
JUST LET ME MOVE TO THE SEA SIDE ALREADY
I’ve embraced my inner tat and I just REALLY like being by the seaside (and slot machines)…maybe it was growing up with the occasional trip to Skegvegas…….hmm……….. Coney Island in Brooklyn is no question about it heaven on earth, Margate is a retro dream and we had the bestest weekend in Brighton at the beginning of October (my first time ever visiting!). Chip shops, doughnuts and deck chairs are calling my name and one year I’ll move to the seaside.
On a mission to find the largest cup of beer I can……..
And going to as many gigs as my pennies can stretch to! A bit of Bloc Party, The Maccabees at Brixton to seeing Lucy Rose perform at a tiny church in Hampstead with my homie Naomi and a bit of Tom Odell in between. A trip to Manchester with my best mates for Parklife included me stood in the middle of a Skepta set in my flowery mac thinking it was Stormzy and a lot of Jamie XX and Annie Mac. Sweetly followed by my first festival abroad kicking off a months worth of travelling, Benicassim!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sitting by the pool and lying on the beach during the day, a bit of Biffy, The Vaccines, Muse and Kendrick Lamar at night like hollaaaaaaa. Watching Burt Bacharach and flautist James Galway from backstage at Hyde Park is also a pretty major highlight.
Following on from above, my plan was to travel in second year if everything went to plan and I’m so bloody lucky that it all fell into place. Beginning with a trip to my new favourite city Budapest and a recent day trip to Paris, the biggest highlight was a gang of us heading to Spain followed by Italy, Slovenia and Croatia over 3 weeks and I had the bestest of best times ever and had so much fun. City strolling finding markets and ice cream shops to finding a deserted patch of ocean and looking for fish. Getting back, flying to New York with the fam for a couple of days spent strolling around and exploring Brooklyn was amazing.
I turned 21 and made it last all summer (year). Work hard play hard amigos. Balancing Lush, with uni and interning, making the summer amazing oh so totally made it worth it followed with going out with mates at home and a couple of days spent partying in the streets at Notting Hill Carnival…………
(The highlight being us wearing Christmas jumpers). So erm work hard play hard, amigos. Between October and December my time was split between three places: my bed, work and the uni library and as of 3 weeks ago I’ve submitted 50% of my degree. Really pretty major and really hard work. 6 more months and I suppose you could say that the shit really does get real. Uhoh.
Adios people and thank you again for reading my blog, all these years on. I’ve had the best year ever ever ever and being able to do so much and spend so much time with the best people in the world, I feel proper lucky and #grateful for. The past 5 years documented through blogging I’ve been in this little bubble of education and as of next year it all changes which I’m beyond terrified about. Hey, I’ve done everything I can and now I’ve just gotta wait and see. Kinda exciting, kinda shit scary, ygm.
Also here’s a video I put together where I filmed 1 second of every day this year!
Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and 2017 is perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HI, IT’S MY FAVOURITE TOPIC TO TALK ABOUT: RETAIL, THE PAIN AND THE JOYS. I have beautiful anecdotes from 5 years working in retail whilst tips from being a student desperate to save money where I can. Asked by Contact Numbers UK as part of their #PartySeasonReady campaign, they’re a massive directory full of customer service and are looking to make everyone’s festive season as easy as possible so here are my pros and cons from shopping online and on the high-street (with tips along the way).
Shopping on the high-street:
Having to pay that extra 5p is annoying (and bad for the environment), tote bags are the answer!
Avoid weekends, obviously, no explanation needed and choose Monday mornings ideally (a dream, especially walking around Westfield Stratford)
If it’s busy, know your size…..just in case you need to make any last minute grabs without trying on
Save the earth! Email receipts! Also no rummaging around for them for returns!
Personal shopping services for when times get tough, Topshop and River Island’s services are free!
Take your Mum if possible because they always make the wisest decisions
Have a backup plan for delivery just in case you’re not home….(deliver to work?)
…and the pain of waiting for delivery, free next day deals are worth keeping your eyes peeled for!
Shop with the store app in hand, research deals online just in case!
Mailing lists, discounts, etc
Dupes! Cheaper alternatives of basic garments? Try the likes of Boohoo, Missguided, boutique-y shops to get a cheaper Topshop alternative!
Groupon (despite the annoying emails there’s some good nuggets in there)
Also please share how you prefer to shop whether it’s on the high-street or online, and share your tips too wise ones!
(This super massive cheese-grater like bubble I’m living in at the moment, aka the library)
Here’s a load of word vomit of things that have been going round my mind recently. We’re (I’m) stuck in a bubble and I think it’s a really weird situation to be in.
Obviously confirmed by the US election, triggered by Brexit and supported by social media, the idea that let’s face it – none of us knew the above was going to happen (it shouldn’t have happened) or had even considered it happening. By ‘us’, I mean my friends, my family, my circle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the social platforms I follow online. A circle we’ve all created where we all agree on the same things, share pretty much the same opinions, come from the same background, same generation, have similar lifestyles and consequently believe the same things. Then of course it’s a complete shock horror when we it’s revealed that the rest of the population actually disagree with us and if I’m honest the first thing that goes through my head is like ‘well where’s the evidence that there were people that didn’t agree?’, ‘I never saw anyone on my feed that wanted to vote trump/leave the EU’, ‘Where were the news articles suggesting this?’. And yet it took me a while (too long) to realise that perhaps it was there all along but I’m so bloody busy living in my own little bubble with my tailored news feed based around my likes and interests that I was and am, completely oblivious to it. Naive? Most definitely. Obvious? Probably, yeah.
It led me to think about this giant bubble I’ve built from social media and the people I surround myself with. Living in London spending my life going a million mph, surrounded by this (let’s face it) absolutely ridiculous fashion circle which in the grand scheme of things isn’t the be all and end all of the world (despite what everyone believes, I KNOW SHOCK HORROR). A world where eating sushi and drinking chai lattes are the norm (excuse me whilst I’m sick in my mouth but then quickly realise that I too am now that person), designer collaborations are a big deal and apparently paying £5 for a cider is completely ok (cider, because still that’s the only thing I can afford). When that’s all you see on social media, all your surrounded with, you forget that that’s not actually how other people live, or is it necessarily the right way either. I have this obsession with working, interning, doing uni work, research and doing extra things that help with uni, and I completely forget that THERE’S OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO OTHER THAN THIS.
So last week I went home and I discovered that yep £1 shots are still a thing and there’s also a park you can walk around and actual fresh air and you don’t always have to work. After a *cough* disagreement that I got into once after a night out in a chicken shop at home (yeh I’m still veggie tho) over Brexit. Nottingham voted leave and it was only when I went home that yeah all the industry has changed and I can see why people are unhappy, something that living in London makes you completely unaware of/forget. Obviously racism, sexism, homophobia I 100 million% disagree with a million times, but in regards to other subjects some people just aren’t gonna believe the same things are you. And they have their own bubble too.
I don’t know where I’m going with this. I suppose I’m telling myself to get out more and not get so caught up with my immediate circle of things going on around me and look further afield. Also to go home more often to make the most of cheap drinks. Also that maybe Brexit and Trump doesn’t mean the end of the world (I mean, I think it does but I’m trying to tell myself that it isn’t). Maybe I shouldn’t post this and keep it in my head, does anyone feel the same?