Sunday, 19 October 2014

Twenty Four

Hello there!
Yes, I'm still alive! I apologise that this isn't an outfit post, it's more of a quick life update - as you may know from one of my previous blog posts that I have returned to university to do a postgrad, which is why I'm so quiet in the blogosphere at the moment. As you can imagine I have a lot of uni work to do, and I'm still settling into living in a new city, Nottingham, but I am loving it!

And as you may tell from my pictures - today is my birthday! My parents came down to visit me for the weekend, and today we went up to Nottingham Castle and looked at the lovely view over the city. It was crazy windy that it was hard to see through my hair, but it was lovely all the same! We also went out for a roast dinner, and then came back to mine to eat some of my yummy birthday cake that my Mum made! I got some lovely presents including a fujifilm instax camera from my parents which I decided to try out all day to document my birthday - and I LOVE IT! I can't wait to use it all the time!

I'm feeling a bit weird about turning 24 because to me it suddenly feels a lot older and I'm at a time in my life where I have to make big decisions about my future and it's kinda scary! This birthday has just got me thinking a lot about my life... and before I know it i'll be getting wrinkles. Anyway, it's been a lovely day filled with lovely things, and I couldn't wish for anything more. (except the fact that I now have to go and do some of that uni work I was talking about) I'm sorry that my blog is suffering due to me being at university, but thank you for being patient with me! You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter to see what I'm up to when I'm not blogging! Until next time,

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Book Club: September 2014

September 2014: Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

September's book was chosen by our newest member of the book club, Leah. It's lovely having a new member join as we're only a small book club and it just widens our diversity of book choices. For example, this months book Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris, is as diverse as it comes and it's something I would never have picked up on my own. The title itself isn't the most appealing because my first thought is 'what on earth?', and the second is 'why would I want to read about diabetes?' - however, this book isn't about diabetes or owls at all. (owls are mentioned briefly, but I can't recall diabetes being mentioned, but I could be wrong and it's slipped my mind) To be honest, the title's randomness is a reflection of the books contents.

It's hard to know where to begin when discussing this book, because the book itself doesn't have a plot. When speaking to Isha about it when she came to visit me in Nottingham, she described the book as a bunch of short stories, and I suppose in a way they are. In the loosest way possible the chapters are connected, as each story is like a memory throughout someone's life but it's as sporadic as me telling you about how I had a nose bleed when I was 6, and then jumping to me telling you about how I bought potatoes last week, in every little detail. Then some chapters aren't even about the 'main character' at all, or so I assume, but because each short story doesn't introduce you to who is talking, it is like a guessing game throughout the whole chapter. The reason why I put 'main character' in quotation marks is that you find out throughout the book that 98% of these memories are David Sedaris', the author, himself. I don't know if this is common of his work, but I find it really strange for an author to put themselves as the main character, and then this makes me assume that the story is more of an odd autobiography than complete fiction?

The individual stories themselves I found engaging, and there were a few times where I did laugh out loud, but I felt this book was trying to be funnier than it actually is - but that could possibly be that it's not my sense of humour. For the first five or six chapters I actually didn't like David Sedaris (him/his character), as I just found him very annoying. The same goes for his Dad. Some of the topics discussed and the opinions of characters in the books are a bit controversial, which at times made for uncomfortable reading as it's just not my thing. But overall it wasn't a terrible read and I would like to know more about his work.. but whether I would actually read another one of Sedaris' books - I don't think so. Unfortunately I can't think of how I can talk about this book further without giving away the weird form of 'plot', plus the plot itself isn't strong enough to form an actual overview. So bearing all this in my mind, I have chosen to give it a three out of five stars on Goodreads, because I did enjoy it to some extent. 

3 out of 5 stars

Don't forget to check out the rest of the book clubs reviews for September too:
Leah, Isha, and Marie

And for my other book club reviews:

And you can also find out more about what books I'm reading by following me on:

October's book is my choice (which is fitting as my birthday is in October so I see it as 'my month'), so I look forward to reviewing that, and hopefully I can get back to being on schedule, but I say that every month at the moment!
Until next time,

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Back to School

Top & Skirt - ASOS Curve, Cardigan - Primark, Bag - Nica,
Tights - Marks & Spencer, Shoes - Topshop
It's not 'back to school' for me exactly, but as I vaguely mentioned in my last blog post I am returning to uni! You may already know that I graduated with a degree in Fashion Design last year, so by 'returning to uni', I do actually mean a whole new adventure! By the end of this week I will be all packed up and I'll be moving to a new city, starting at a new university, and this time for a postgrad course. I am very excited and I'm looking forward to a fresh start after a bit of a tough year, but I'm also understandably nervous. I haven't had much time to get my head around it as I applied for uni SO last minute - only four weeks ago to be exact. We were a little unsure I would even find somewhere for me to live, but thankfully we did! The funding was also something we had to think about because unless you do a teaching or medical postgrad, you don't get any (or just very limited) help from the government, unlike an undergraduate degree where you're given the money and just rack up the debt instead. (I'll likely be paying that off until my dying day unless there's some miracle) But luckily it has all worked out! Hopefully the course and the move will go well, and that I will enjoy my brief return to uni life, and I will try to keep you all updated along the way, if possible.

This week I met up with the lovely Isha for a bit of a 'farewell meal' (I've had a lot of those recently), so you can thank her for these pictures! She asked me to take some pictures for her, so I thought I might as well ask her to return the favour too seeing as it's not often I have another blogger around to take photo's for me! I've been searching high and low for new 'back to school/uni'/basically autumn clothes, but I'm having no such luck. (like I mentioned in the last blog post too) The only thing I found remotely nice was this tartan top from ASOS Curve! I'm glad I bought it, but one t-shirt hardly spruces up my wardrobe. Plus size fashion, you need to up your game sometime soon please! The rest of my outfit is all incredible old, but favourite items, that you've seen me wear before. I felt a little bit Christmassy wearing tartan and velvet, but it's a bit early for that!

This might be the last time you hear from me for a while, (minus my book club posts) as like I said I start my new adventure at the end of the week so I won't have time or anyone around to take pictures for me. I will of course try my best if opportunities arise for blog pictures, but I can't promise anything. I'm also going to try and take photo's before I leave inbetween packing, but I'll have to see how that goes. Anyway, I apologise in advance for the lack of blogging over the coming months, and this is most definitely NOT the end of my blog! Until next time,