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Monday, 30 June 2014

New Additions | Nike Free Run 2 Sneakerboot

They were on sale and staff discount is dangerous. That is my only defence.
I don't need another pair of trainers or any more clothing of any kind but here we are! This particular pair of shoes are rather polarising. I think they are the kind of style you either love or you hate.

I am still kind of on the fence. Sounds ridiculous I know, as I am the one who bought them. There is something I really like but I think they are pretty hideous at the same time. They are really comfy and thats what I tend to put first but I am still not sure.

What do you think of them?


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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Photo Diary | Buddakan NYC

I seem to have overlooked an entire folder of pictures from my time in New York. I have at least 10 more posts worth of pictures but I may have to cut that down somewhat!

One I had to get up on the blog was my meal at Buddakan.
All I can say is wow. This was one of the most amazing meals I have had. I love food so this is high high praise! On our visit we opted for the tasting menu. Your party has to reach a minimum number of people and your entire table has to order it but I can't recommend it enough. We didn't even hesitate, the menu is so extensive that it was so hard to choose as it was. With the tasting menu you get a little bit of everything which I think is such a great way to see what a restaurant has to offer.
I didn't manage to photograph everything as there was so much food and so many different dishes but from the few I have you can see how incredible the food looks. And trust me it tasted even better.

Should you find yourself in NYC I strongly suggest you pay a visit.


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Thursday, 19 June 2014

A Closer Look | An Ode To Jamie

I buy all my jeans from Topshop. Aside from one pair of mom jeans every pair I own are the Jamie skinny jeans.

I love them. And I don't use the term 'love' lightly. They are by far the best quality and best fitting jeans I have found. I have been wearing them since I was a teenager and I can assure you that they last and wash incredibly well.
I got my first pair in the Topshop summer sale for £10 when I was 14. They were light grey and I never took them off. That pair is no more as I quite literally wore them out.

Before the skinny jean trend came along I had a nightmare finding jeans which fit me. Having the body shape similar to a tall skinny boy I had to either chose jeans which were long enough but baggy or ones which fit me around the waist and my non existent hips but where too short. So when skinny jeans arrived on the scene I felt all my prayers were answered.

I now have several black pairs and a couple of others in lighter washes and I really do live in them. I wear them in a 28"waist 32"leg. Which equates to about a size 10. I love knowing that I don't have to search for something to fit, I can just pick them up off the shelf or order them online and they will be perfect.

I know I am gushing about a simple style of jeans but at £40 a pair (£36 with student discount) I really think they are they best thing ever!

Online they currently have 19 styles available but if you are unsure just go for the black!


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Monday, 9 June 2014

Outfit | Simplified

Shoes: Sam Edelman
Watch : Calvin Klein
Glasses: Ray-Ban

Pretty basic as outfits go, especially for me. I usually love a bit of layering but as the weather gets warmer I am coming round to wearing more dresses. Its just so easy! Boring but very easy to get ready in the morning.

I love this dress, its not something I thought I would like but I was really drawn to it when it popped up in work this week. I am not the only one, three of the other girls at urban have also purchased it and we all have pretty different styles. It just seems to look good on everyone!


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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Life | Lost

I touched on it briefly in my last post that I have found it hard to settle back in to my life in Brighton since getting back form New York.
I have been thinking about it more and more the last few days and I can't seem to put my finger on why that is.

I initialy applied for my placement in may 2013 and spent a huge amount of time and effort planning my way to spending 7 months in New York.  My placement at Marc Jacobs ended in march this year and I have been back in England for over two months now. Two months!
I just can't really get my head around the whole thing. On so many levels. The fact thats its over, that I'm not part of the high fashion bubble I was so heavily involved in for so long and worked so hard for.

I didn't think it would take me so long to readjust to being at home. I thought I would just slot right back in. But it hasn't been that easy. Plain and simple I miss the city, I miss the friends I made and I miss working at Marc Jacobs. I whole heartedly loved my experience. It was hard work and very tiring at times but I would not hesitate to repeat it.
I can't put into words what it meant to me and really how enraptured I was by living and working in New York. Being a part of the team at Marc Jacobs was really incredible and leaving it all behind to come back to my life in Brighton has been really hard. Having been to New York city several times before I knew roughly what to expect but I hadn't expected to feel like this when I left.

A few people have said to me that I was 'living the dream' doing what I was doing out there and really I can't think of a better way to express it. Thinking about it now I feel like the whole experience could have happened to someone else. It just feels so far away but so present in my mind at the same time.

While I was out there I also made plans for when I got home to do my internship at Topshop. I had two weeks between getting home and when I would start. My internship with them lasted for only a month but I really enjoyed my time and got on very well with the team. It lead to be being taken on to do some freelance work for them which I was really thrilled about and it does feel gratifying to know I did a good job.

But that leaves me a bit lost now. I am a girl without a plan. And I really hate that. I like to be in control probably to somewhat of an obsessive degree.
I start back at university for my final year of my degree at the end of September but until then I have nothing in the pipeline. I am back working at Urban Outfitters as I was before I left for the states so that is filling my days for the time being. Part of me is happy with just that and I deserve a bit of a break and time to relax but I feel that I should be utilising my last summer as a student by undertaking another placement or internship.

And this is where I am. I feel pretty lost. I wouldn't say I'm pining for New York but an emotion close to that! This state of limbo has really lead me to not doing anything much with my blog or youtube and I haven't even been instagramming as much as usual. And anyone who knows me knows how addicted I am to that app!
My thoughts have been clouded and muddled and I have felt very stressed. For no real reason other than I put a lot of pressure on myself. Pressure like you wouldn't believe. I think its about time to accept that I am doing an ok job at all of this and give myself a little credit for what I've achieved rather than constantly beating myself up over what I haven't done.
I struggle with things like this a lot, I am the eternal pessimist and focus very heavily on the negative side of any situation. I rarely think of myself or any of my accomplishments in a positive manor and it only feeds the cycle of feeling stressed and worn out.
I can be very closed off when it comes to discussing emotions and what not and admitting that I am struggling or have been is very hard. I am not perfect and I don't have everything together and sorted. And you know what, THATS OK!
I will probably never have everything together or be in control of every little aspect of my life. And learning to live with that will take some getting used to but for the sake of my own sanity its about time I try.

I don't know what motivated me to sit down to write this post but putting all my thoughts down helps clear my head and process what I'm thinking a little better.
I wasn't sure whether to publish it or not as it is probably the most personal piece I've ever written for this blog but it feels therapeutic to get it all out.
Its a bit of a ramble and probably isn't the best quality of writing but its honest and I appreciate you taking the time to read it.

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Wishlist | Urban Outfitters

I have definitely been slacking on the blogging front the last few weeks. Not to make excuses but I have been working freelance in London and on the days I'm not doing that I have also gone back to my old job at Urban Outfitters in Brighton.

Between the traveling and working all hours I really haven't been devoting as much time as I would like to my online activities. Hopefully now I can get back into a routine with everything.
In all honesty I haven't felt very settled since I got back from New York as I have been rushing about all over the place. But despite my rather hectic work schedule I feel like I might now be getting back to normal.

Since I have been spending so much time at work surrounded by clothes, unsurprisingly a few bits and pieces have caught my eye. Today after my shift I tried on half of the shop and I don't think i will be able to resist making a few purchases with my staff discount when payday rolls around.


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