Back to Uni

Friday, 24 September 2010
I'm going back to university tomorrow, I'm so excited, I really can't wait to be back! Holidays are nice, but it's not even sunny anymore, and nobody is about, they've all left home already. So I am fully ready to be back at uni. I'm going to be on my own for a bit because my housemates aren't back until next week, but there will be other people around, so it should be fun.

I have no new looks at the moment because I have been lazing around the house in leggings and t-shirts pretty much all week! Also, I'm not sure when I'll have Internet at my new house, it may be a week or so. But I'll still be able to get online at some point. Also, I didn't pass my driving test :( which is a shame. It was all going quite well until we were on a country lane, which I really don't like because it gets all windy and can be quite dangerous. Anyway, I was slowing down when a rabbit ran in front of the car and I changed from 3rd gear into 4th by mistake when I meant to go into 2nd. So the car started juddering about and I was really confused because I didn't realise I had gone into 4th. So that's why I failed. But apart from that the drive was fine so I should pass next time. 


"Sorry I'm bad, sorry I'm blue."

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Blouse and shorts are from Topshop, belt from H&M and the shoes are from New Look.

The title of this look is from a song by Buckcherry. I can't wait to go back to uni, life is pretty boring right now. I mean, I'm not complaining about holiday haha! Don't get me wrong! But I have been on holiday pretty much since the 27th May. I didn't come home from uni straight away, but I haven't had any technical work since then, so it has been a long holiday. I went to Edinburgh for a week for the Fringe Festival and also went to Portugal for 2 weeks with my family but apart from that I haven't been doing much. I couldn't work because I was away for a month in the middle of the holiday, so work couldn't take me back, and all my friends have been working so it's been a quiet holiday. So I'm really looking forward to getting back to Bristol and having a busy life again! It'll probably hit me hard when I go back, I will have forgotten what it's like to be so busy! The only thing I've really been doing recently is having driving lessons. My test is on Monday, I can't wait to finally be able to drive (if I pass!) because all my friends have been driving for about two years! I really should have started learning earlier. Better late than never though I guess! Well, we'll see on Monday if I've passed!

I got really excited yesterday because I got a new lens for my 35mm camera. I got home and was couldn't wait to try it out. I got an Olympus OM10 camera a few months ago on ebay for quite a good price, however recently I've noticed the film advance (that you use to wind to the next picture) has been getting stuck every now and again. It usually sticks for a bit and then starts working again. I thought I would just have to deal with it because it's an old camera. But when I tried to use it yesterday, it's completely stuck so I can't use it at all. I'm so gutted. It will cost more to fix it than to buy a new camera. I don't want to just give up, especially seeing as I've just got the new lens, but it's annoying because I can't afford to spend loads on equipment and it should have lasted a bit longer than that!! The annoying thing is that it wasn't like I damaged it or anything, it just happens to them sometimes. So, I'm going to take it to a camera shop and double check that it is definitely broken, and then I think I'll buy a new one. I want to get another cheap one on ebay because I can't afford to spend a lot of money, but I don't want the same thing to happen again! I'm trying to find ones that look reliable and in good condition. I also want to buy the same one again so the lenses fit it, and because it's relatively cheap. I also want to get it soon because I was hoping to use the dark rooms at uni to try and develop my own photos. That could be interesting. I can just imagine myself tripping over equipment in the dark, swearing and getting developer and all sorts of chemicals everywhere! Well, I'm sure in reality it will be a lot more professional than that... hm. Yeah. 

Well, that's my annoying camera story, hopefully it will be sorted soon and I can start using it or another one soon!

Thanks for visiting, Harriet x

Autumn Winter 2010

Tuesday, 14 September 2010
So this is the crazy collage of the type of thing I'll be buying this Autumn and Winter. There's no way I'll be able to afford everything on here but I'll hopefully be getting a few things. Some of the pictures can just be used as a general idea of the type of thing I'm looking for. I really like the two watches I've included, they're both from ASOS. The clothes are mainly a mixture of Topshop, Zara, River Island, H&M, New Look and a couple of other online shops like and There are other things I'll be wearing this winter that aren't included because I already have them, such as my faux fur coat, brogues and satchel. Back to uni essentials!

The Perfect Boots

Monday, 13 September 2010
So, I haven't got any new looks at the moment because I haven't really been doing much. I've been wearing my comfiest clothes and generally staying at home this weekend. I went for a drive with my Mum the other day, the first proper drive I've done in her car. I think she was surprised! She said I was a better driver than she'd thought, which is kind of a backhanded compliment, but it's better than her saying the opposite I guess haha! So I'm having a driving lesson every day this week to prepare for my test next Monday. I think I should be ok, I just hope I don't make some stupid mistake like forget to make a final check at the end of a manoever or something and get a fail. Eh, I'm sure I'll be fine. 

Yesterday I helped my Mum dig up the border in our garden because we were planning on planting some bulbs and other plants. We didn't quite get around to that because we spent the whole time attacking the brambles that had completely overtaken the garden and spread everywhere. Their roots were so deep, it took ages to get them out. I woke up today and my legs are killing! I feel as though they've had a serious workout, like I'd run a marathon or something! And the worst thing is, my Mum says hers don't hurt at all!! Shows who was doing the serious grafting then eh ;) So I had a plan today that I was going to do loads of things after my driving lesson.. Bake some scones or some macaroons (or both!) and hopefully do some adjusting of clothes that I've been meaning to do for a while. That completely went out of the window when I discovered how much it hurts to walk. So, I've been sitting in the living room for most of the day in an old cosy jumper of my Mum's, drinking jasmine tea, watching trashy films and reading Vogue. What an easy life I lead eh?! I'm bored at the moment but I bet I'll be missing these days of lazing about when I go back to Uni in a couple of weeks!

So I've been compiling a wishlist of clothes that I want to buy (or more likely, hope, dream, imagine I could buy) this season, but I've hit a snag. I don't want to finish it and say, this is it! This is what I want! Because.. I can't find the perfect boots. I know what I want, I've seen many almost-perfect versions of what I want. I want an ankle boot, fur or sheepskin lined (faux, so as to have a hope of being affordable) with maybe a buckle or some kind of detail. I know, I hear you cry, they are everywhere at the moment! But what I can't decide is whether I want black or tan (I love tan, but I have tan ankle boots, maybe black would go with more.. but I already have black biker style boots etc etc) because I don't want to be buying two pairs of expensive boots this season, I think realistically I will have to settle for one nice pair. And the other thing I can't decide is heel height. I think the ones with a heel, maybe quite chunky, look nicest, and are more flattering on the leg.. but are they the most practical? I want to be able to wear them everyday, and being a student, I don't wear heels in the day. I am extremely short, and oh how I wish I could wear heels every day, but I think I would just look like I'm trying too hard. But then I'm wondering if a low heel would be the best of both worlds. And this is what I'm finding hard to get, the right combination. Something that is affordable but looks well-made, not too high, nor completely flat, the right colour (because the wrong shade of tan can very easily look tacky) and with a nice-looking (and feeling) lining. And ultimately, that will fit me and that I can wear on a daily basis with skinnies or tights and dresses etc. So, here's what I've narrowed it down to so far. Hopefully you can help me, and this will help anyone who's also struggling to decide which boots are right for them this year.

River Island, £39.99 (I think this is a good price) They only have a size 7 on the website at the moment though. Maybe they'll have a 3 instore.. it's always a gamble with Topshop and River Island though, their 3s always seem too big. That's why I'm thinking a furry lining would be good, might pad them out a bit!

Topshop, £95.00 Aren't these beautiful?! Imagine those with a skirt and leather jacket, beautiful. But there is obviously no way I could wear these in the day, and as much as I love them I don't think I could afford them even if I was going to wear them all day every day, let alone the few occasions I think I could actually wear them.

River Island, £39.99 Again, I think these are a good price, I'm not sure about the colour though. I sometimes think a tan this bright, especially with that really pale sole can look a bit tacky. Am I right or am I being overly fussy?! Also, not sure if I want a suede look, was thinking leather might be nicer. Both the River Island boots I've shown so far also come in black. I don't like these ones in black at all, the contrast with the sole is too big. The other ones are nice in black though.

New Look, £34.99 I think these are lovely, a good price and are very similar to the Topshop ones at a much nicer price! I would love these! But, I'm not sure where they would fit into my wardrobe.. I don't think I could wear them in the day because of the heel, but I couldn't wear them out in the night because I think they'd be too warm and I wouldn't wear a boot to a club. I suppose they'd be good for semi-casual evenings out, but I don't have too many of those. It's either casual for the day, or dressed up for the night, there's not really an in-between where these fit. What do you think?

Ok, these are amazing! They're only £29.99 from New Look and they look much more expensive than that in my opinion. These aren't really a serious consideration for me (although I would love them) but I just put them in here to show you how nice they are! I think I'd wear them with a patterned dress and big chunky scarf. These also come in black but I think this is a really nice deep reddish brown.

Ok, these are the last ones from New Look, they're £29.99 and is it just me or are they the perfect combination of what I'm looking for? Of course they are, which is what everybody else realised before me, and why they're out of stock. LOL. Typical. But, I'm sure they'll still be instore and they must be really popular so they'll get more in, so I'm not too worried. I think New Look have got some really nice shoes and boots this year and their prices are so much more student friendly! Especially with the 10% student discount on top! These also look great in black too, and for that price I could probably afford both over the course of Autumn and Winter! I think they'd be a bit nicer if they were slightly more tan, but the good thing about this colour is it's not too loud, it would go with so much and be stylish but not too much and so I could probably get away with the heel too. If you go to New Look's website the brown version of these are shown in the main picture on the left. I think they look really nice here, a comfortable height and perfect for this season. I think that image shows them in a better light so if you're unconvinced I suggest you have a look there :)

These ASOS platform boots are £45.00 which I think is quite good because they seem like good quality shoes, however they don't really fit my criteria. They are the sort of shoes I would buy if I were the type to wear heels on a daily basis. Perfect for Autumn. 

These are also from ASOS and are £55. They are neither brown nor black but I think the colour is lovely and they are suede. The faux fur trim also looks really nice and cosy. Once again, the heel is a bit high and they are a bit out of my price range considering all the other things I want to buy at the moment. I would definitely consider them as a Christmas present or a sale buy though, the heel would definitely give me a bit more height, I just wonder if they're comfy enough, as I'm not used to wearing heels in the day. Also, the problem with ASOS is that you can't try on before you buy, and because I have such awkward shaped feet (small size 3, nowhere seems to fit, and narrower & shallower than average) it's always a risk with buying online. Those cage-type shoes never work on me because there's always a massive gaping hole where they should be clinging to the front of my foot.

I think these boots from Office are pretty perfect right now in terms of practicality and understated style. They look comfy and classic and like they would last forever. They're £65.00 which isn't too bad if you think you'll wear them for a long time to come. They don't fit in with my category of fur lined, but they are very nice. They also come in black.

These are also from Office and come in both black and brown. They don't look that exciting, which is why I would struggle to spend £87.00 on them, but they do look comfy and casual and perfect for wearing everyday. The only problem is they look like they would be a bit long for me in terms of the toe. I guess I would have to try them on. I definitely don't think I could afford these as well as buying various other things I want to in the next few months, so if I were to choose these I would probably get them as a Christmas present.

So that's about it really. For someone looking for boots who has a bit more money to spend, Aldo and Zara have got some nice boots that I didn't include because there was no point. I couldn't bear to look at even more expensive ones though! So, out of these ones I think the first ones from River Island and the ones from New Look that I've shown in both colours are my favourites in terms of price and everything else. However, if I can I will definitely be treating myself to the buckled high ones from New Look too! If I could convince myself to wear them I could definitely be persuaded! Haha! It would probably mean sacrifices of other things though.. like food. No, I'm kidding, but I probably wouldn't be able to buy other stuff. We'll have to see. Which ones do you think I should get. It would be typical that the two I actually am considering buying are either sold out or not in stock in my size. Luckily, the New Look in Bristol has a good shoe selection, so I might be in luck! 

Sorry for this very long post, hopefully it will help me come to a conclusion about these boots.. I haven't even tried to decide on flats yet! ;) Anyway, if you've been struggling with the vast choice of ankle boots at the moment (because let's face it, we really are spoilt for choice this year!) then I hope this has shown you a good selection of high street choices available! Let me know your thoughts and if you have any other suggestions. I'd love to know your opinion on the whole "heels in daytime" issue I'm having. Do you think the kind of chunky low heel I've shown here is alright for walking to lectures and general daywear, or would you say that for a student, heels are strictly eveningwear?

Thanks for visiting, Harriet. x

Grey day and another page of my WTJ

Friday, 10 September 2010
This is my sixth look on lookbook now, I'm not sure about this one, I couldn't get the lighting quite right anywhere. But these shorts are very comfy and even though it's grey and dull outside, it's still warm enough to wear shorts. I wore a skirt yesterday with long socks and when I was in town I was so hot! It's a funny time of year here because it looks cold outside but as soon as the sun comes out from behind the clouds it gets really warm!

Here is the other page I've done so far in my Wreck This Journal. I chose the page where you have to poke holes in it with a pencil. Here's the result. You can't see the holes too well, but they're inside each of the hearts.

Right now I'm in the living room with my Mum, we're about to watch some rubbish on tv and I'm also flicking through Vogue and all the images I have on my laptop of things I want to buy this season. I also have two other posts lined up, one about shearling and another about satchels. If there's anything you'd like to see on this blog, please let me know! I'd love any suggestions. If you'd like me to do any reviews or posts about specific things it would be great to hear your ideas. Also, feel free to ask me any questions about myself or fashion in general.

Harriet x


Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Today I've had a really lazy day. I didn't have a driving lesson this morning so I had a nice long lie-in and then stayed in bed reading and going on the Internet. I've been deciding what I can afford to buy this season, lusting after certain shoes, bags and clothes, and thinking that I really should apply for a job at a clothing shop. It would be so beneficial to me! Think about it, an allowance to spend on clothes to wear as a uniform, discount on clothes and you'd get to have first pick before your size runs out! Maybe I should apply to Topshop or somewhere like that when I go back to uni.

I did another page of my Wreck This Journal today (read my first post about it here) so I'll be posting a picture of that tomorrow and hopefully a new look including my new shoes :)

And one last thing, I'm really liking this faux fur gilet from Topshop (£50), I haven't seen any others this length yet and I wonder if anywhere else has got something similar at the moment. I think the pom-poms are really cute, I'd also love a knitted hat with pom-poms on this year! Very cute :) I think the gilet would be perfect for Autumn, before you need a really heavy coat, but it still has a wintery feel about it. I think it would look nice with either skinny jeans and a long-sleeved top for a casual look or a cute dress, ankle boots and over-the-knee socks for a pretty but still casual look.


Well, remember how I said I was popping into town with my friend and was going to try not to buy anything?! Well, that turned into an impromptu trip down the motorway to Bristol to go shopping at Cabot Circus, because apparently we don't have enough shoes in Gloucester! What can I say, a girl can never have too many shoes can she?! To be honest, I wasn't really going for anything specific, because I didn't want to spend much money, but I thought it would be fun to go anyway, and I love Bristol, I'm obsessed and can't wait to move back so I jump at any chance to go there really!

Anyway, my whole plan of not spending money didn't really, well, go to plan! I think I have a bit of a problem when it comes to clothes, because I just can't seem to say no, or resist. And even when I'm being good, like today, I still seem to spend more than I should! I bought these be-a-u-ti-ful wedges in New Look today. I didn't really used to like wedges but the more I've thought about them I've come around to them and when I tried them all on today I thought they looked amazing! Also, they're almost but not quite ankle boots, so they're still a shoe but they support my ankle more than normal heels, which is good for my feet because normally I can't get shoes small enough so I end up falling out of them or something! So hopefully these will be even more comfy than normal! I just wish I could wear them everyday! Somehow I don't think uni and the hills I have to navigate will agree with them though! Here's a picture, I don't think they look very special in the pic but they look lovely on!
*Just looked at the shoes and this pic and think the shoes are darker than this but it's late so I'll find the right colour tomorrow!

Also, I have been looking for a nice shearling aviator jacket (I know, just following the trend, but after seeing Burberry's I became obsessed, and they're so beautiful) that's within my price range and I thought Topshop's was about £300, which frankly, is lightyears out of my budget! I'm not sure where I got this price tag from because now I can't find it on their website.. maybe I dreamt it! Anyway, the point is I saw this jacket, which is neither real leather nor real sheepskin,  but actually feels lovely, for £78!
Let me tell you, I got very excited! When something I thought was out of reach suddenly became obtainable, well, I couldn't hold it in, I was literally jumping up and down. Ok, I didn't jump up and down, but I did in my head :D So although I can't buy it right now, it's definitely going to be mine in the near future! I think it's the nicest high street one I've seen so far, and it felt so cosy and warm :) So either I'll try and save up, or it will have to wait for Christmas. But either way, I shall be wearing it when the weather gets cold enough to need it! I don't think I've been this excited about a jacket.. ever! I normally get excited about coats, shoes, bags, never really jackets. It's funny, I never would have bought those shoes or be interested in this jacket before, I guess my style is changing. 

So, those are the two main things I thought I'd post about. I got a really cute and simple gold cameo necklace in Miss Selfridge that was reduced to £2, very pretty :) So it was a really nice evening, I'm glad we were spontaneous and decided to go. We had a meal at Gourmet Burger Kitchen, which do amazing chips, so yummy! And the burgers are good, obviously! And it was such a coincidence but my uni housemate who is from Manchester contacted me to ask about the hot water at our house in Bristol and she had decided to come for the night too, so I was able to see her for the first time since term ended! We went to our house and showed my friends round, they really liked it so hopefully they'll visit. So, all in all it was a great day and I'm sure I'll be posting looks with my new stuff very soon!

Florals :)

Tuesday, 7 September 2010
I thought I should try and wear this top more because otherwise it was a complete waste of money, you know when you have clothes that you really love and think they're so nice, but you never actually wear them because you're not sure how to or don't have the confidence? This is one of those outfits. I don't really have a specific style so one day I'll be wearing a dress, another day I'll be wearing shorts and a nice top and then some days I'm wearing jeans and a big jumper and I never really know where some outfits fit. I don't want to be too overdressed for a normal day (especially when you can't keep it up everyday) but then don't want to be too underdressed for a different occasion. Phew, fashion is hard work! ;)

So anyway, the top and shorts are from Topshop, the cardigan is from Urban Outfitters, the belt and boots are from Primark and the tights are by Henry Holland, I got them from River Island.

I saw that fashion my legs blog had included me in their "this week's favourite lookbook legwear looks",  which is nice :) I love patterned tights and cool socks so that was a compliment. The annoying thing is I find that no sooner have a bought a pair of tights and worn them once that they seem to get a million holes in straight away. I've learned that the more expensive tights from Topshop are just as likely to rip as the £2 ones from Primark, so I tend to try and not spend too much on tights if I think they're not going to last. These Henry Holland ones seem to be much thicker and look much stronger than most others so I thought they were worth the money. It's funny because I had some really nice stripy tights from Topshop that lasted about one wear and then the bow tights from Primark in my look "That secret that you know" have lasted for ages! I guess price isn't always representative of quality.

So I'm about to go into town with my friend and this has been relatively safe recently because I've been practically broke and therefore known I can't spend much money. However, what I forgot was that I have a rather large overdraft which I have never gone into, and I know my student loan will be in my bank account in a month's time. So it's very tempting to spend money now! I'm going to really try and be good and not buy anything but I can't promise anything! I've got a whole wishlist for Autumn/Winter so I'm going to have to pace myself and work out what is going to have to be crossed off! 

I know nobody's commented here yet but I hope a couple of people have been reading. I can't wait until my 10 days on lookbook are up and then I can finally post on the lookbook forums and start interacting more on the site! Hopefully that will also direct a bit more traffic to my blog, because it's nice to write to people, and not purely just for myself.. makes me feel a bit weird, like a diary, but that's visible to everyone! Anyway, I'll stop babbling now and get to the point. If anyone is reading this, what's on your Autumn/Winter wishlist this year, what are your must-haves and your would-likes? Thanks for visiting!

It's late but I'm awake :)

I really should go to bed, I have a driving lesson at 9am, but I think I'll have a little midnight snack before I do, hehe! I thought I'd write a post about something non-fashion-related because, after all, this is meant to be an everything-mashed-into-one kind of blog isn't it?! So, I thought I'd recommend some really great films that you may or may not have seen. I'd never really watched many anime films until this year when I became interested in the work of Hayao Miyazaki. To be honest, when I thought of anime, all that popped into my head was pokemon (haha, don't pretend you didn't go through that phase too!). But I decided to buy some of his films from Amazon and they're really great. I realised that I'd already seen Princess Mononoke years ago with my brother, which was funny, and my Mum once took me and my brother to see Howl's Moving Castle (which is great) and we were the only three people in the cinema! She likes to say that we still managed to argue about where to sit, this may or may not be true! But anyway, last night we decided to watch Spirited Away, which I didn't know is the most successful film of all time in Japan. And it's a great film. So, those are my three Hayao Miyazaki films that I'd recommend. It's always fun to try something different, especially with films, you might find a whole genre you didn't know about!

Miyazaki's films are really imaginative and creative, I think if I had to pick a favourite, it'd be between Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away. The stories are really touching and the anime is beautiful. They're quite appealing to children because the content is very pg-friendly, however they're still really lovely films to watch, maybe as a family or just on your own. I could definitely watch them over again.

So, I may do some more of these posts, depending on if I think of things to recommend. I don't know, maybe music or more films etc. And you could always comment (if anyone's reading this!) and recommend things back or tell me if you've seen any of these!

Thanks for reading :)

The world's like a science

Monday, 6 September 2010
She & Him are a great band that I discovered this year through a friend. I can't stop listening to them on spotify, I'm pretty sure I know most of the words to most of the songs now! I had a bit of a drama with my camera today. I thought I'd take some pictures of this outfit because I really like it and wear it all the time, but my camera had other ideas. Firstly, it took me ages to find a good place to take the photographs, there seems to be nowhere in my house to do this other than the stairs. I don't like it when there are cluttered backgrounds in pictures unless it's been really planned and somehow adds to the photo. So after a million years of taking some shots I finally went to upload the pictures onto my laptop only to find out that they were in an "unreadable format" or something. I have had this camera for a few years now and always upload the pictures onto my laptop, and this has never happened, so I was very confused. It was like all the photos were cut up and half-processed, really weird. I'm not sure why it happened, but I couldn't salvage any of the photos so I took them again, having finally found a good place to do it. So, what I thought would take about half an hour has probably taken about 3! I wouldn't normally mind but I'm meant to be making our dinner for tonight! So after this post I better get to it!

The top I'm wearing has really nice chain detail on the neckline and breast pocket, which is cute. The top and shorts are both from H&M, the belt is from Topshop, the tights are from M&S and the heels are from Primark. I went to about 4 different Primarks around the country to get these shoes because the last pair in my local shop had something wrong with them and I really wanted them. I find it so hard to find shoes to fit my feet and it's actually quite good that places like Primark tend to have quite small shoe sizes. I can no longer buy shoes in places like Topshop, either my feet have shrunk or their sizes have got bigger. And somehow I don't think my feet should be shrinking at the age of 19. Why have their sizes got bigger?! I can't even buy flats there, let alone heels! Anyway, these heels have lasted quite a while and are pretty good quality when you think about how much they cost (£19).


That secret that you know, that you don't know how to tell..

Saturday, 4 September 2010
I love Bon Iver :) It's just such great music to relax and listen to. This lyric is from Blood Bank. Anyway, this is what I wore today. Except, I changed my shoes to tan ankle boots because they were more comfy. But I couldn't be bothered to take another picture. I'm going out tonight with my friends so I'll probably take a picture of what I decide to wear. I'm thinking of doing a post about my Autumn/Winter wishlist. There's some things I can't afford, and there's some that I just have to have, I may have to sacrifice food. Haha, I wish I could do that, I spend way too much money on food when I'm at uni. I can't wait to go back, only a couple more weeks really. Technically I could move in now because I have the keys to our house and stuff. But I'm sticking around at home until at least the 20th because that's when my driving test is. I know, I should have done this like two years ago when everyone else did! But better late than never eh?! I hope I pass.. squeezing in lots of lessons right now to make sure I'm ready. So after that I can move back to Bristol, where it will be even harder to resist shopping and spending all my money on lovely new clothes!

Casual Cardigan

Friday, 3 September 2010
This will be my second look on lookbook, which I'll be posting tomorrow. I'm getting a bit excited about finally being a member and so I'm hopefully going to be posting a lot. Until my 10 days are up and I can post on the forums I have no idea how anyone is going to see any of my looks and be able to hype due to this whole "karma" setting they've got going on, but I'm sure if I'm patient somebody is bound to stumble across me at some point! The shorts I'm wearing are from H&M, the over-the-knee socks are from River Island, the lion-print t-shirt is from a small shop in Bristol called MyYard and the chunky knitted cardigan is from a charity shop near where I live.

Wreck This Journal

I bought this book from Amazon the other day and literally couldn't wait for it to arrive in the post. My Mum also wanted one when I told her about it, so now we both have one. I saw someone mention it in the forums on lookbook so I decided to investigate. I googled the book and spent literally hours browsing through all the photos of people's WTJ. The idea is that to "wreck" is to change in some way, so by "wrecking" the journal you are doing lots of things to it, such as stamping on it, painting over it, cutting it etc. The book is full of instructions on how to "wreck" each page. However, it's quite a challenge (for me, anyway) to "wreck" the book. I'm worried about messing it up, I want it to look visually appealing so the point is to challenge perfectionism and just go for it! So far I've coloured in the front cover, done the page that says "colour this entire page" and the "trace your hand" page. I don't think I would have been as interested in the book had I not seen all the images on google of what was possible. The instructions are more like guidelines and you can do whatever you want to the journal. So I'm trying to "wreck" in a way that is still productive by breaking down my desire for perfectionism, but also that I can enjoy looking at it after. I'm also going to document my progress by taking pictures of the journal at various stages. So, here is my WTJ so far, I urge you to look at other people's attempts on google, they will inspire you!

First look on lookbook!

So I've joined lookbook and this is my first look. It's a bit Autumnal for the weather right now, but my house is always chilly! The shorts and top are both from Topshop, as is the turban/headband. The brogues are from Aldo and the satchel was my Mum's. She got it in Greece when she was my age. The jewellery were gifts from my friend, I think they were from Accessorize.

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