Tuesday, 30 December 2014

we've been talking but talking's all we do

t-shirt: pull & bear // crop top (wore underneath t-shirt) : h&m // skirt: h&m // necklace: primark // socks: topshop // cardi: h&m // shoes: boohoo // watch: casio

 *I think a moment of appreciation is needed for my blogging dedication here - you have NO IDEA how cold I got taking these photos #stylebloggerproblems*
 Today's outfit was a trial run of the beauties that are these holographic shoes from Boohoo. I've been desperate to get my hands on some metallic shoes for ages, and so after an unsuccessful order of a vaguely similar Missguided pair, when I saw these in the Boohoo sale for £14 down from £30 I snapped them up.  At first I wasn't 100% on the fit of them, but for £14 I thought I'd be a fool to let them go. They make me feel like Kayla Hadlington, and for this alone I think they're worth the money!
 This Pull & Bear tee was another post-Christmas sale find - Christmas money and gift vouchers have meant that for the past few days I've been in sale shopping  h e a v e n. I picked this up in my lunch break at work at the weekend, and I am in love - I've been head over heels for anything made from mesh recently, and I am a big fan of this sport-style neckline, too. It's a little difficult to style because of its boxy shape but hopefully I should be able find a few more ways to wear it!
 This year Christmas has seemed to fly by, leaving just as quickly as it arrived. I actually had a really nice time - I spent the day with my sisters, parents and grandma, heading up to see my dad's side of the family the following day for our annual Boxing Day gathering. I was very kindly given a whole bunch of clothes/books/music by my family and friends - some people hate 'Christmas haul' type-posts, but my nosey self loves them so let me know if you'd like to see one from me!
The lyric is a title from Saint Raymond's 'I Want You' - we have it on the playlist at work so I've had it stuck in my head for weeks. I'm a big fan of his music - it's always insanely catchy!

That's all from me - hope you all have a fab new year! I'll see you soon, hopefully with a glitzy new year outfit post for you! Much love xox

Sunday, 21 December 2014

made my way to the dancefloor and i danced 'til i wasn't drunk anymore

WHAT I WORE: Dress - New Look // Choker - made myself // Boots - Doc Martens // Ring - Old 

 This week has been the coldest in a long time. This week I thought I'd save you the trauma of looking at my more recent, very practical and not in the slightest bit aesthetically bearable outfits (ten thousand layers that clash horrifically and a blanket worn as a cape for added warmth). Instead I'm digging out some photos from an unpublished post I wrote in July, once again with blue-ish hair and some long-forgotten sun.

  I really like the 60s vibes of this dress, and I think the cross over front makes it still feel a little modern at the same time, which I like. Houndstooth always used to be a big no-go for me but since I saw this dress I've become obsessed with it - I'm now on the hunt for a nice a-line skirt in the same print, and I have my eye on some houndstooth shoes, too (sounds horrible but I promise they're nice)! I feel like the cross over, skort-esque front, as the dress is otherwise quite short, makes it a little more practical too.

  As you may have noticed, sadly the blue hair is no more - I'd never dyed my hair before this, so I thought dip dye was the way to go as if the worst came to the worst I could chop it off! Isy very kindly did it for me and I did hers at the same time - as the dye was only temporary (6-8 washes) it faded very quickly - it was originally very dark blue but soon turned into a pastel green which I weirdly quite liked! Later in the summer I also dyed the ends purple, which eventually faded into a red/ginger tint at the ends of my hair which is still very slightly there. For anyone interested I used this dye from Schwarzkopf which I do recommend, but it works a lot better on lightened hair!

Isy, Lydia and Cait who's outfits were beaut. I think their dresses were all Topshop?? 
Musically recently I've been rediscovering Lianne La Havas - I fell in love with her after listening to 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' a few years back and her debut album did not disappoint! Her voice is incredibly soulful and all of her harmonies are beautifully crafted. As usual my description is not doing her music justice, so here's a few of my favourite songs by her! 

**The title is a lyric from 'Is Your Love Big Enough?'**


 At the minute I feel like I'm in denial that Christmas is actually happening - I seem to be doing nothing but blogging about summer - catching up on lost time, I suppose. Usually I'm feeling festive from September onwards but this year it just doesn't seem to be happening! Maybe if I leave the house at some point this week there could be a more wintery/Christmassy post soon, but just in case there isn't, MERRY CHRISTMAS I love you all and make sure you eat your weight in chocolate coins and mince pies in the next few days. Enjoy!  <3 <3 <3

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

interviewing charlieissocoollike, what i wore and circa waves.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram or like my Facebook page (the shameless self promotion is here once again) will know that recently, two friends and I were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to be panellists for an event in Birmingham, interviewing the YouTuber Charlie McDonnell/Charlieissocoollike. This was the second of these events for Google/Arts council/Culture24 that I've been part of, the first being last November with Dan Howell/ Danisinotonfire, with both panels exploring what organisations can learn from a YouTubers like Charlie and Dan.
 As someone who's first ever introduction to the world of YouTubing was through watching one of Charlie's videos a good four years ago, to be able to spend the morning with him was amazing, and it was incredibly interesting to be able to interrogate him about life on the other side of the camera!  He was reeeaaally lovely to speak to and very kindly came and had a sit down and lunch with us afterwards, so we got to have a got to have a good chat together without the added pressure of an live audience which was nice. I always feel a tad nervous before meeting people that I have a lot of admiration for (you know what they say about never meeting your idols blah blah blaaaah) but so far I'm yet to have a bad experience and Charlie was no exception!

The day was incredibly busy and so it wasn't until I got back to Brighton that night that I was able to find a moment to sneak in a few outfit pictures. I'll admit it was a bit of a struggle to find something in my wardrobe to wear that wasn't too scruffy/inappropriately short - in the end I went with this printed shirt that is one of my all time favourite items of clothing - it's extremely gaudy, but I like the slightly eclectic 60s vibe to the print, which also reminds me of the geometrics Greek tiles that you can find. I like pairing it with really clashing colours or prints, with my favourite combination being it matched with this GAP t-shirt - it's made from the softest material ever and I love the colour.

// Shirt - Primark // T-shirt - GAP // Necklace - New Look // Jeans - New Look // Boots - Doc Martens // Watch - Casio (eBay) //
December has come around scarily quickly - usually I'm out Christmas shopping in early November or late October but this year I haven't had time to give it a minute's thought! My weekends have mostly been spent working overtime and cramming in studying during every lunch break or free period at college that I can find in an attempt to make some extra money to fund my excessive Christmas Costa and ice-skating needs, all whilst my coursework for English is supposed to be getting finished - it's been exhausting but hopefully worth it when I get a few days to relax at the end of the month.
Music-wise, at the moment I've been looooving a band called Circa Waves. I saw and met them a few weeks ago at the Haunt in Brighton which was great - they're an indie rock band and recently supported the Libertines which I missed (don't get me started on this again bc I will cry and I am not at all ashamed) and as well as producing some great music they're all beautiful... So yeah. We're winning from all angles here. You should have a listen.
Until next time, ta for reading and bye!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

so i might have been away for a little while

It's been far far too long since the last time I posted something on this blog of mine. Time and time again I've sat down and tried to write something, but none of what I'd written really summed up quite how I was feeling and after such a long absence on here, I wanted my 'return' post to feel right. Usually I wouldn't post such a long explanation or whatever the hell this actually is but seeing as my blogging absence was a conscious decision instead of just being too busy I feel like I owe it to the occasional few of you who might have wondered where I've been... So yeah, here you go.

  I started blogging just over two years ago, and over time it became a big part of my life. I was suddenly connected to a whole community of lovely people that shared my interests, and the support and love that you guys sent my way made and makes me beyond happy. I discovered so many new passions and made some amazing blogging friends (you all know who you are!) (sorry for being non-existent in the comments section of your blog for a while)  and for this I feel eternally lucky!

 In the time between the start of my GCSE exams last May and now, however,  it feels like I've
grown up a whole lot, and I realized very early on in the summer that this blog wasn't quite keeping up with me. I wasn't happy with or proud of the content I was producing, and especially as the majority of my friends and family now knew about/read my blog (which was/is otherwise lovely, don't get me wrong!), I started feeling incredibly self conscious about what I was 'putting out there', and whether or not it was how I wanted to be represented. Blogging started providing me with more stress than it did happiness, which is the last thing that I wanted it to do, and so I decided to temporarily un-publish This is From Matilda just so that I could take a breather, think things over and just get my shit together, to be perfectly honest!

  It feels like it's been long, long 5 months, and recently I've been noticing more and more how much I miss the whole blogging community - both writing this blog and also reading all of yours, hence my reappearance! I'm not quite sure how this is all going to work (college, volunteering, moving house and work means that I have 0 free time) and I have no clue what to do in terms of all my old posts ( I might keep up a few of my favourites and remove the rest? Who knows!) but I do know that it feels incredibly good to be writing again, and I can't wait to start reading all of the blog posts of yours that I've been missing!

It's felt like therapy getting all of this off of my chest but I imagine that if you've been at the receiving end of my rambles it's been a little less gripping, so thank you if you've read this far... Basically, yeah. I'm back. Here's a flashback to when I had vaguely blue hair and there was some actual sun in England, to kick-start this new chapter of This is From Matilda... And as always, apologies for my cheesiness here. Some habits never die!



This black halter-neck (which you can't properly see due to black rucksack straps, apologies) is one of my most worn clothing pieces ever, along with these mom jeans - I picked up the jeans during an East End Thrift Store rummage during the summer, and are possibly my cheapskate self's proudest ever find as they only cost me a pound! They're not particularly flattering but are the comfiest jeans ever and make me feel like one of the cast of Friends, so all is well. Needless to say that outfits like these are a mere memory at the moment in England - I've spent the past month wrapped in blankets wearing 53826 layers, like a true Brit.

Photos courtesy of Roseanna Leach Photography, and DEFINITELY not from an outfit post that was to be posted way back in June. Incompetent? Me? Never...

I've missed you all a whole lot so feel free to update me on your life at the minute in the comments, and let me know how you are! Hopefully it won't be another 5 months until next time, and ta for reading. It feels good to be back!  

Saturday, 7 June 2014

♥ Giveaway with Mishpish Boutique! (America and Canada only) ♥

 Today I have a little surprise for the Americans and Canadians amongst you - the fab Mishpish Boutique are very kindly giving away a few pieces from their website for one of you to win!

  Mishpish Boutique is a newly founded Toronto based, online women's clothing and accessory shop, selling to Canada and the US. Clothes are all individually picked out and quality checked, and the site even offers free same day delivery for shoppers in the Greater Toronto Area. Since opening in March the store has had excellent customer reviews, and I have high hopes for them achieving their aim of a store-front in Toronto! 

One of you will be winning this Multi-Colour Long Fashion Necklace and a Marilyn Monroe scarf, picked out be me, which together are worth $40! 

Mishpish Boutique have also very kindly provided me with a discount code to share with you for 20% off your order if you enter 'MATILDA20' at the checkout. Orders befoe June 20th will also recieve free shipping

 **This giveaway will only be open to those in Canada and America, and if the winner isn't from this area we'll have to redraw.**

To enter, please just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget! The giveaway will end on the 7th July.

Sadly I can't use the discount code as I'm not in America or Canada, but that didn't stop me from having a good browse of their website - I've picked out a few of my favourite pieces!

Good luck to all those of you who enter! I'll contact the winner on the 7th July. 

Lastly, I hope all of your exams have been going well if you've been doing them, and I promise next post will be back to it's normal format! It's been too long since I've sat down and wrote a rambling post so keep an eye out for it! 

Sunday, 1 June 2014

an introduction to: roseanna leach photography

 Today I thought I'd introduce you to the beautiful photography of one of my favourite people, the lovely Roseanna Leach. We met after being put into the same tutor group at school in year seven and five years later, I'm lucky enough to call her a best friend of mine. Over the past few years she's become an avid photographer, documenting everything from our school's sports day, to sleepovers, to country walks and even an album cover! Despite it meaning that some particularly aesthetically unpleasant moments of my teenage years have been documented in extremely good quality photos (not ideal for someone with skin/a face like mine...!), it's been lovely watching her hone her craft and I'm sure I'll be treasuring her pictures for years to come. Seeing Roseanna pursue her passion with such a beautiful outcome makes me feel like a very proud mumma, and I can't help but share her talent!

 Recently she set up a Tumblr blog, Roseanna Leach Photography, posting her photos and occasional stories behind them, so I thought now would be a good time to introduce y'all to her. The pictures on her blog are mostly nature focussed, but there are a few beautiful shots of her family thrown in there too. I've picked out some of my favourites!

I also managed to catch up with Roseanna and ask her some questions for you all too, so here you go!
Spring Blossoms
Spring Blossoms
M: Who or what inspires you and your work?
R:  Cheesey as, but Jesus - I try to find beauty in everything I see, and it reminds me of how awesome and beautiful he is. In terms of photographers I have so many favourites from different styles so here's a couple: (fine art photographers) Robby Cavanaugh, Brooke Shaden, (portrait photographers) Janelle Elise, Katie RutherStephanie Belton, (fashion/editorial photographers) Caitlin WorthingtonErica Coburn and Julie Trotti!

Forest in the Lakes

M: What do you find so appealing about photography - what do you get out of it?
R: I'm not a great artist but I love creativity, so photography allows me to channel that little spark in a way I find accessible and simple. It's also very freeing: one of my favourite things to do when I'm stressed is to go out on a walk in the fields near my house with my camera for a bit of solitude. Sometimes I come back with only a few good shots but it's mainly the fact that I can release myself through the photos that I enjoy.

M: What urged you to pick up a camera in the first place?
R:  It was my dad! He showed me his old film SLR and I loved it;  thought I'd be able to pick one up and be a master straight away, but unfortunately it's not as simple as it looks. I'm slowly learning more about how to manipulate light in order to capture things the way I want.

M: Do you have any advice for anyone keen to pick up a camera and try out photography for themselves? 

R: Yeah - I'd say just go for it! Look around on the internet for advice so you can get the hang of the basics (YouTube is perfect for tutorials) and then just take as many photos as you can, all the time. Also I'd say don't be ashamed of using auto mode: a lot of people say things like "that's not real photography" but I think a great picture is about the subject, the angle, the moment and the way you capture for it! So for a little while just use auto until you've built a relationship with your camera - you need to get to know it and love it. But when the time comes don't be afraid to shoot on manual - at first everything won't look to great but that's ok. As long you keep trying, you'll only get better!
Forest in the Lakes
Spring Walk

M: Where do you want to be with your work in ten years time? 
R: I'm not entirely sure to be honest. Photography is a very competitive field to work in so doing it as a job may not be a possibility, however wherever I am in ten years time I hope that I have a small collection of cameras to keep my passion satisfied and we'll see about the rest!
Spring Walk

Roseanna uses a Canon 1100D with either a Tamron 70-300mm lens or a Canon 18-55mm lens and edits her photos using a mixture of Photoshop Lightroom and Elements.

I imagine her tumblr is going to be choc-a-bloc with new photos this summer thanks to our end of school freedom, so it'd be fab if you followed her on twitter/tumblr to keep updated with her work!

Thank you for reading - I'm hoping to do a few more of these style interviews over the next few months if they go down well, so do let me know what you think!


Tuesday, 20 May 2014

all my life I wasn't trying to get on a highway: i was wondering which way to go

** warning: this is very photo heavy and is just a bit of a ramble **

The week before last I had my last ever ~official~ day at school, and then the next day we all came in
for our goodbye 'leavers assembly'. I was expecting to sob my way through it but the knowledge that I'd be back in school for my first exam the following Monday took the drama away a little! It was lovely though, and it was a nice to have everyone collectively at school together for one last time.
  As well as being the assembly, it was the 16th birthday of Billie, one of my best friends, (She's fab and actually the person who introduced me to blogging, encouraging me to try it out all those many (two) years ago... so yeah. Thanks Billie if you read this! Ily) so in the morning all my best friends and I all congregated to Caitlin's house for presents and pictures.

Isy and Rosie being all cutesy
Lydia looking at a cat, I believe
Lyds and Caitlin with the birthday girl!

Is Lydia not the cheeriest girl ever??!

  After the assembly and some last minute year book signings, I went with Isy, Cait, Rosie and Lydia (sadly minus Billie bc she had birthday stuff to do) to Brighton. We decided to cave in and use the photobooth in an amazing vintage/antiques shop called Snoopers Paradise in the lanes. It's such a lovely shop and also pretty big, with everything from fancy dress and vintage clothes, to old magazines and photos, to vintage film cameras to collectors toy models!

  With there being five of us, fitting everyone in the frame proved to be quite a challenge, and more often than not we failed at including everyone! We ended up spending quite a substantial amount of time and money there, but I think the memories for our last day will be worth the £164386214816308 we spent!

 I've also come to the conclusion that I should probably find some more photo faces, because all of mine in these are the same...

It was crazy because just the next day, Tyler Oakley posted a picture of himself, Troye Sivan, Connor Franta and Zoe Sugg all in the exact same photo booth the following day whilst staying in Brighton with Zoella! They were here all weekend and we were desperate to bump into them so that they could sign our yearbooks, but sadly it didn't happen! How amazing would it be to bump into them in Snoopers and go in the photo booth with them though??!

After a bit more of a snoop around the Lanes, we want to Wagamammas for lunch. I've decided to make a concious effort to go for more meals out with friends - very rarely do we all sit down together in one place to spend time with each other, and I think I also just like the feeling of independence that comes with it! Wagamammas is the most delicious chain restaurant ever, and the Brighton branch has an entire wall made of glass looking out onto the street, which is perfect for people watching.

To end the day we had a walk along the beach - one of the things I love most about my city is the mixture of city life but then also the sea, which is just a minute's walk away. I'm glad that so many of my childhood memories revolve around such a lovely place, and I'm very tempted to move back when I'm starting a family for myself so my children can grow up in the same surroundings!

Titanic recreation... 

This post probably wasn't the most interesting of my posts for you guys, but I just wanted to make a record of this day for my own benefit. (Now get ready for the emotional bit - look away if you're squeamish) After a few years at secondary school of shuffling around friendship groups, I feel like I finally found some real keepers in these guys. They're all some of my favourite ever people, all for their own reasons! I love spending time with them and will miss not seeing some of them on a daily basis - they make my life easier and happier, and I love them for it! I'm basically just a lucky gal to call them my best friends.

 On a slightly more boring note, I've now done 7 of my 16 exams. Luckily, most of them have been fine though! Aside from a few subjects, I've been quite lucky as the topics that have come up have been the ones I know the best, so that's always a comfort. Although we're supposed to still come to school for study sessions at the moment,  no one really does so I've basically been spending an hour or two at school a day, and the rest at home which has been so much easier. Although I've been working just as hard, it makes such a different working at my own pace on my terms, and I'd go as far to say that I'm actually quite enjoying having the exams! It's stressful but also incredibly rewarding to finish my courses for good - it's a massive relief after such a massive build up!

In case any of you missed it the first time around, remember to enter my giveaway! It's just a little thank you to your guys for all your love, support and chats. It's international and open until the 30th of May! You can find the post here.

That's all from me now as revision for my poetry exam is calling, but yeahh thanks for reading, and good luck for all your guys doing exams! I hope they're going well<3 <3 xxxx

**title is a lyric from 'Don't Save Me' by Haim which is a brilliant song by a brilliant band. I know a lot of people can't stand them, but I literally couldn't love their music any more. They have such interesting melodies and I am so envious of all their lyrics! I wrote a post on them yonks ago that you can read here if you wanna... **