Monday, 26 January 2015

i broke my bones playing games with you, tired by fun, it makes me blue

skirt: h&m // jumper: m&s // top: urban outfitters // chain necklace: primark // bug necklace: jewelsy // socks: topshop // earrings: vintage // shoes: boohoo  // facial expression: rookie's 'how to bitchface'

I have been a terrible blogger recently in that all of my January posts seem to be circulating just two items of clothing, one being this metallic top of mine. I love layering it, and this V-neck combination is a particular favourite at the minute! I was given the M&S jumper from my mum, and it is has taken me by surprise in fast becoming one of my holy grail wardrobe items - I remember reading about Alexa Chung's staple navy men's sweater, and this is completely my equivalent - a nicely cut, good quality sweater has turned out to be a god send on those days where ~nothing~ seems to look right. I think it adds a bit of a preppy vibe to an outfit that is otherwise veering on slightly tacky (big up pleather skirts and holographic shoes)! 



The lyric is from a song I've been addicted to at the moment, called 'Real' by Years and Years. I recently watched the film 'God Help the Girl', written and directed by Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, and immediately fell in love with all of the three main characters (the film is an indie-pop musical and is beautiful - I recommend it 100% even if, like myself, you're a little less keen on musicals). A little research into the film's actors led me to Years and Years, fronted by God Help The Girl's Olly Alexander (who you may also recognise from The Riot Club/Skins/Great Expectations). The band describe their work as music that you can dance and cry to at the same time, which feels completely accurate! Olly's vocals are a perfect pop/soul combination, and I want nothing more than to see these guys live. Their songs also have that perfect mix of being great as heavily electronic dance music, yet also being crazily beautiful when stripped back. And as always, a moment of appreciation for Olly Alexander's face please. You are very, very welcome.


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

all i need is a substitute, maybe in the dark she'll look enough like you

top: urban outfitters // skirt: urban outfitters // cardigan: gap kids (boys section) // boots: doc martens // socks: nike // chain necklace: primark // bug necklace: jewelsy // wristband: fitbit // earrings: jewelsy //  mini skirt (under mesh): h&m

~ Outfit from family meal out last week ~
This top I got for Christmas from my parents, after eyeing it up in the shop for a good month and a half. I love polo/roll necks at the minute, but they don't tend to suit me - I like this as a high-necked alternative. This cardi was a proud find- £8 down from £30 in the GAP Kids boy's sale section, which is fast becoming a favourite of mine. At the moment I've tended to be drawn to lots of layers (the boxier and baggier the better), and this is now possibly the warmest thing I own, which is always a bonus!

I was going to wait until the weekend to post about this but I have no patience or will power, so guys THE VACCINES WERE INSANE. Lydia and I headed down straight after college, managing to get spaces at the barrier, right in the middle. The Concorde 2 is one of my all time favourite places to see music (the sound is hella good and it's the perfect size) and seeing them in such an intimate venue made the £50 a ticket we paid (!!!) worth it, 10000 times over. They played a good few new songs (all great), but the highlights of their set for me were definitely Wetsuit and Norgaard, two of my favourite songs - if you're yet to be acquainted with the Vaccines, I recommend having a listen to them both to start you off!  

As those of you that follow me on Instagram will know all too well by now, I was also lucky enough to meet the band before hand - we'd been watching Arni and Pete soundcheck for a while, trying and failing to keep our cool, only then to walk past them smoking outside. I did a complete double take  (I didn't expect to see them so made eye contact, panicked and walked back around the corner to recover before saying anything, trying to get my shit together to speak to them), but they were lovely despite how obviously in awe I was of the whole situation.
(I'd post a picture but it turned out a tad vile so I'll save your eyes!!)

Justin and Freddie then arrived, and despite being really late for sound check they waited and took photos with us. I hugged Freddie (!!!!!!!!!) and just about died (he's stupidly beautiful and the sweetest person. I was going to try and pretend I was all cool about the situation, but for someone who's tumblr URL was his name for over a year and who's most prized possession is his used guitar pick, I of course failed miserably).

Basically, I am forever in awe of these guys, and they lived up to expectations completely. I was one emotional mess of a girl (who am I kidding, I still am), and forgive me for such a self indulgent, fangirling post, but the Vaccines make me feel all the feelings and I couldn't not write this without it turning into some kind of word vomit, because ~favourite band~. 

The title is a lyric from Maybe in the Dark by the Crookes (I thought a Vaccines song might be overdoing it), which is another of my all time favourites and again, definitely worth listening to. Their very blunt lyrics remind me of Post Break Up Sex by the Vaccines, and they have a pretty similar indie-rock sound to them.

Before I lose the little dignity I have left, I'm going to call it a night... Have a good week x

Sunday, 18 January 2015

faithful words emblazoned on your sweater

sweater: vintage // jeans - monki // necklace - primark // watch - casio // boots - dr martens // socks - nike  // earrings - jewelsy

I saw these jeans in on sale a little while back, and fell in love. Printed trousers are never something I've really dabbled in before, and their seeming ability to clash with nearly everything else I own has tended to put me off wearing them over the years, but I am a cat lady through and through so could not resist these beauties! They've been featuring heavily in my college wardrobe recently, and so at only £12 down from (roughly) £35, it's safe to say that I've been getting my money's worth.

This sweater is my go-to in bad weather, as its oversized fit makes it crazily comfy. My dad is half Australian, and my parents bought this when they lived over there. I'm yet to fly over and visit (fingers crossed for the next few years), but it feels nice to rep that 1/4 of my nationality/heritage when wearing it.

This title is a lyric from a Little Comets song, Jennifer, which, like all of their music, is insanely catchy. The band write guitar led indie-pop, and Cait and I have literally spent hours of our lives marvelling over their lyrics - how they manage to fit such complex and obscure words into their music so effortlessly without a trace of sounding even vaguely pretentious is beyond us!

And FINALLY...I don't know if any of you remember me writing in December 2013 about my far too intense love for the Vaccines, but to cut a long and  emotionally draining story short, I had a ticket to see them live at a Christmas gig that was being held by XFM, only for my parents to decided the night before that I couldn't go for ~safety~ reasons. (The night before!!!!! I cried three nights in a row woops). The Vaccines then of course disappeared off the face of the Earth for a year, taking a touring break. Last week, however, my dad surprised me with tickets to their sold out comeback Brighton show at the Concorde 2 (only a few hundred capacity say what)! I was over the moooon and have felt physically sick for the past 48 hours at the prospect of Lydia and I seeing them in such a small venue... Needless to say, next week's post will probably contain a five page ode to Freddie Cowan, so do keep your eyes peeled.

 On that note, have a good week, and here's hoping that I don't  die of over excitement in the next 24 hours!! Much love xx

Saturday, 10 January 2015

i wanna pretend that jenny lee lindberg is my girlfriend

t-shirt: gap // mesh skirt: urban outfitters // bodycon skirt (worn under mesh): h&m // boots: doc marten // belt: new look // chain necklace: primark // bug necklace: jewelsy // watch: casio // bag: new look

Today's outfit featured one of my new favourite items of clothing (another sale find, of course) - this mesh, pleated midi skirt from Urban Outfitters. Usually I steer right away from anything midi length as it doesn't really do my already short height any favours, but with this I forced myself to step a little out of my comfort zone. I think the fact that it's sheer makes it much more flattering on my shorter self, and I love the look of so many different layers. The belt I picked up in the New Look sale recently for a pound (!!!), and the necklace is also a recent purchase.

Having a part time job means that Saturdays are now usually taken up by frantic college work to try and make up for lost time during the week, but for once I had the weekend work-free and so allowed myself the luxury of a little day trip. Lydia and I made the trek into town ready for the beginning of a sale at one of our favourite Brighton record shops, Resident, and I picked up a good few reduced albums that I'd been meaning to get for a while, as well as a few birthday presents for people. One of my new years resolutions is too try and buy more physical CDs - as much as I think Spotify is the best thing ever, it feels good to properly support the musicians a little more, as well as in this case local businesses. (WOW I sound so self righteous!!)

Tribes - Wish to Scream I discovered these guys a week before they broke up (worst timing ever) Their music is indie rock and very anthemic - they're now my dad and I's number one choice for car sing a longs. 'Dancehall' and 'Sons and Daughters' are good ones to listen to as an introduction to the band!

Swim Deep - Where The Heaven Are We I've been a Swim Deep fan for a good while now, yet until today I was yet to actually own any of their music. This album is super chilled, and listening to it send me right back to the summer when I was lucky enough to see them play at a festival - they were incredible and singing along to King City  ('with the sun on my back it's a nice day') in a crowd full of other adoring teenagers at late afternoon in the middle of nowhere was a perfect moment. (So clich├ęd wow) (Also a friendly reminder of my drunken encounter with them later that evening, which consisted of a rather enthusiastic group hug on my behalf with Austin, Zach and a scared looking Cav as my less willing participants.. a happy memory for all involved??)

Nirvana - Nevermind I've been getting into Nirvana quite a bit recently, and my first proper purchase of their music felt very ceremonious - a bit of a right of passage, I guess? Anyway, singing along to this album at the top of my voice is getting me through my mood swings at the moment.

Darwin Deez - Songs for Imaginative People I'm less into this album - I bought it on whim as I'm a big fan of his song Radar Detector, and the CD was reduced to £1.99. I'm enjoying it, but I find his songs a bit repetitive at times!

We hadn't really thought about what to do after we'd tackled the sale but we ended up spending the morning hunting around health food shops (without buying anything), unhealthy food shops (hello, chocolate spread), eating way too much fast food and having a good look around Brighton museum. I've been visiting it since I was a toddler and and so the displays are all getting extremely familiar, but it's still nice to visit every now and then.We also spent rather too long in Waterstones, which I'm majorly falling back in love with - another of my new years resolution is to read more, and so I seem to be spending my life at the moment in this place, adding to my already too long 'to read' list.

Other than catching up on work  and room tidying, the rest of my weekend is going to be rather uneventful. I've just got Netflix, so have been binge watching everything imaginable (today's choice was Whip It, which is one of my favourite films and forever makes me want to take up roller derby) and eating potato waffles by the dozen... And on that note, have a nice week guys!! Lots of love xoxox

** Title from King City by Swim Deep **
Also big up to Lydia for the photos!