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.

img_4456JUST 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.

untitled-122On 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.

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.

14264977_10156437730768647_6532182973830844331_n21

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…………

Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

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

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!

DSCF4506IMG_3196Untitled-122

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……………..

DSCF4542DSCF4524

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.

DSCF4554DSCF4558DSCF4569

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!

DSCF4653Untitled-2

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.

IMG_3507DSCF4623

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?

Untitled-23

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)

I’M GOING TRAVELLING

Untitled-1

A REALLY REALLY EXCITING BLOG POST. I’M GOING TRAVELLING. Not like major travelling as in bye see you next year travelling, just seeing a couple of places one after the other – if that counts? With my best bloggy bud Naomi, her friends and my lovely housemate Cat, we’re packing our bags to go exploring in July.

Starting of with Benicassim (praise the lord for cheap early bird tickets), 4 days are going to be spent being on the beach during the day and listening to music in the night. I am so blummin’ excited and the idea of going to a festival and not having to take wellies with me is so. weird. From there, a couple of days are spent in Barcelona, Madrid and then looking around the south of Spain stopping by Granada, Frigiliana and Gibraltar (eating Tapas every night, obvs). From there, with a couple of little village stops on the way we’re flying all the way to Italy. Seeing the sights in Milan and finally being able to visit Venice, we’re then catching the train to Slovenia. Carrying on to Croatia and stopping by all the lakes and waterfalls before coming home.

I’ve never done anything like this before and with thanks to Naomi’s mega organisation skills and Airbnb (get £14 credit when you sign up here hint hint) it’s a million times cheaper than I ever thought. I’m so looking forward to waking up in a new city each day, visiting loads of different places and eating all of the ice cream. Does anyone have any tips of things I must do or must take with me? I’m gonna have to take with me more than my old Fjallraven and I’m not exactly a strict packer but any help on things I need to bring would be really helpful!


now playing: the suburbs arcade fire/short movie laura marling/shuffle bombay bicycle club/piledriver waltz alex turner/daffodils mark ronson

WHAT I’VE DONE THE PAST MONTH OR SO

PicMonkey Collage

Hi guys, it’s December. Shit.

I thought I’d do a catch up post because although I’ve been blogging, I haven’t had a chance to ramble and write about what I’ve been doing. From Halloween to now, tbf much of it has been spent gazing out of the uni library window as it turns out second year is quite heavy but in between I’ve also discovered a real love for crumpets and peanut butter too. 20 years old and never really knew the true power of the things.

So from Halloween, the photos look cool but in reality we didn’t book anywhere so spent the night running around London covered in lots of glitter (but I still actually had the best time). Other times have been spent attempting to go to Bonfire displays (but of course missing them because we got lost), exploring Central London and all of its Christmas lights, getting really cheap tickets to see Cats the musical with my friend from home…and then getting upgraded! I also went to see S Club (3) which obvs made my life again and started planning travelling for the summer………!! (tips on Benicassim, Spain, Croatia, Italy and anything for a complete travel noob is really appreciated).

So tomorrow is deadline day at uni and I won’t be back until there until the summer term as I go on placement in January. I’m spending 2 months at a Creative Agency, 2 weeks at Sunday Times Style and maybe a couple of other places if I can squeeze them in. I’m SO looking forward to it and with being able to take a break from work too, I’m planning three months of not running around like a headless chicken and to enjoy weekends and I CANNOT WAIT.

Also, I was meant to say thank you as recently I reached 1000 followers on Insta and a round 1600 on Bloglovin’, <33333

Eat loads of mince pies and in the meantime check out how rubbish our Christmas tree looks


now playing: always like this bombay bicycle club/the kids don’t stand a chance vampire weekend/believing in things that can’t be done jamie t/three months local natives/the most immaculate hair cut metronomy