2016

Here are my posts from every year that I’ve blogged: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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.

screen-shot-2016-12-26-at-10-21-29Interning, 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.

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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.

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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.

Untitled-2DSCF4697ER THE BEST SUMMER EVER (and travelling)

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.

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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…………

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(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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS SUMMER

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Aka the best summer ever. No question about it. Here’s a massive list of things I did so that when I’m crying over uni work (believe me, after getting one of my briefs the other day, they will be coming) or when I’m 30 I can read back on this. If I work out how to, I’m going to make it one of those continue reading posts so that it doesn’t take up literally my whole blog. (In kind of chronological order)

  1. Ate Mac & Cheese for days at the Urban Village Fete
  2. We had an ace Eurovision party
  3. …and cleared the garden and actually made it look kinda nice
  4. I got a Nutella Krispy Kreme from the Krispy Kreme dispenser
  5. I somehow ended up working in Rankin’s studio for a couple of weeks working on some shoots! Amazing!
  6. …The shoots were mainly nude shoots so a lot of my time was spent in Soho looking for fishnet tights! Bizarre!
  7. I got a goldfish and it hasn’t died yet
  8. A weekend up in Manchester for Parklife festival seeing Annie Mac which was the best thing ever
  9. I discovered there’s a roof top bar literally 5 minutes away from my house so basically that’s where the rest of my summer was spent
  10. I joined the All Saints summer tour which involved random trips around the UK including Eddie Stobbart’s house with a helicopter pad?!?!!!! View Full Post

MY SUMMER LIST

Untitled-1I can feel it. Kinda. But it’s brewing (despite the thunder storm I was caught in the middle of today). There’s like 7 weeks of uni and this is the last summer before I start the dreaded third year. Eurgh. Therefore, in between trying to take on as many shifts at work as possible I wanna make this the best summer ever. Some I’ve already well and truly planned (travelling!) but others I’d love to squeeze in. I also turn 21 in September. Dramatic. I’m practically ancient.

  1. VISIT BRIGHTON (this is important)
  2. Rooftop cinema
  3. Notting Hill Carnival
  4. Spend some time at home
  5. Parklife fest
  6. Another trip to Whitby?
  7. Actually read a good few books
  8. Watch some life essential films (Harry Potter, Bridget Jones etc)
  9. GET READY FOR TRAVELLING
  10. GO TRAVELLING
  11. BBQ in London Fields
  12. Step up the outdoor cinema in our garden
  13. Actually sort out our garden first maybe
  14. Go to the gym and get a summer bod innit
  15. Stop in a Classic British Hotel (snazzy)
  16. A trip to Hackney Lido
  17. Fill the house with plants
  18. … and don’t kill them
  19. Roald Dahl Museum
  20. Write my dissertation (!!!!!!!!!!)
  21. Get back on that smoothie hype
  22. Go swimming in the Olympic Pool
  23. Sort out my room of crap and sell lots of things

now playing: no cars go arcade fire/magnetised tom odell/black man in a white world michael kiwanuka/d.a.n.c.e justice/how daughter

(this post is in collaboration with classic british hotel) (also kewl kreative foto montage made by moi)

 

2016 BUCKET LIST

Untitled-2Love a good tick list. Nearly a year on, I’m (very slowly) going through my London list so with those still relevant – here’s some more things to tick off and a couple of more things I’d like to do this year.

  • To travel Europe (….half way there with planning it!)
  • GO TO BRIGHTON FINALLY
  • Take another trip up to my favourite cultural city, Liverpool
  • Go to somewhere completely new in London
  • Visit more exhibitions and go to more galleries
  • I’d like to go to Edinburgh
  • Go to the seaside (I don’t mind where as along as there’s sand and ice cream)
  • Visit Whitby again
  • Go home more often
  • Visit some of my friends at their unis
  • I’d really like to do an open top bus tour of London (cuz why not?)
  • Go to more gigs
  • Nosey around more markets
  • Visit more pop-up events

(also work more/win the lottery……..)


now playing: hiding florence + the machine/to the blade everything everything/night light jessie ware/new person, same old mistakes tame impala/ayla the maccabees

(also this post is in collaboration with Travelodge but my love for Liverpool remains the same)