Thursday, 20 November 2014

Homeward Bound

Top - New Look Inspire, Skirt - ASOS Curve (old), Coat - New Look Inspire (old),
Shoes - Clarks, Bag - Nica, Tights - Marks & Spencer
I've made a few little visits back to London recently, one for a weekend so I could go home and see my parents, but also so I could visit a few exhibitions in London. In particular I went to see the Grayson Perry exhibition about identity at the National Portrait Gallery, which I really recommend - it's free too! My other quick visit to London was for the Simply Be SS15 collection preview, in which I came down just for the day and wore this outfit. Me and Isha met up for food and chats before the event, and it was lovely to see her. It's really strange visiting London just for a day/or weekend, and even though I'm loving being in Nottingham, London will always be my home. I do miss it.

I snapped some pictures for Isha before the event, and thought I should get in on the action whilst I had the chance too. I feel so rusty at blogging at the moment - my 'posing' seems worse than ever, and editing them and writing this blog post feels weird too! I haven't been feeling very positive about my wardrobe/whats available on the highstreet for plus size at the moment, and have been really wrapped up in my own design work at uni. So I haven't really bought much, except this lovely top from New Look and these shiny shoes from Clarks to replace my burgundy Topshop ones which are about to fall apart. So my reasons for not blogging often are partly because I'm busy at uni, but also because I don't feel I have anything worthy to share as I've hardly bought anything new over the last few months and I'm just wearing the same old stuff. So I do apologise but I am so inspired by what the plus size fashion world is offering at the moment, but I am trying to change that within my own designs as it really motivates me!

However, I did enjoy the Simply Be SS15 collection preview event, and I'm excited for the clothes to come in stock next season. I have put some pictures of the garments and the event up on my Instagram if you're interested in checking it out. But what I'm really excited for is that they've started lowering their prices, and some of it is really, really affordable for the masses. It was great seeing everyone at the event as it feels like it's been ages since I last saw everyone or went to an event. So thank you Simply be for a wonderful evening! Until next time,

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,