I'm so old!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011
What a dramatic post title! Ok, I'm not that old, but I really can't believe I'm now 20! It was my birthday on Monday, and it came as a bit of a surprise! It sneaks up on you doesn't it? The fact that you're not a teenager anymore! Oh well, I guess adulthood and maturity is fun right..? Right?! Nah, in fairness I still feel about 17 (and probably look younger!) but I had a nice birthday.

My brother visited me at the weekend with his friend because they went to a gig in Bristol, and then my Mum drove down on the Sunday so I had a nice weekend with them. I opened my presents on Sunday with my Mum because I wanted her to see me open them, and I had uni 9.30-5pm on Monday anyway so I thought it would be nicer to do it with her. I got some lovely things, and from my housemates too. My Mum got me the blackmilk galaxy leggings I mentioned on here a while ago, as well as Eve Lom cleanser (which is fantastic by the way) and other nice things like jewellery. She also brought me some pink tulips and the best cupcakes I have ever eaten! They are literally divine, I can't stop eating them! My friends got me a t-shirt from H&M with rabbits on it (makes me so happy!) and these really pretty pinky-orangey shorts from Topshop. They know me so well!

Since then it's been a pretty hectic week. Hectic should literally be my word at the moment. The annual meetings to decide the committee for next years' Spotlights and DramSoc (the two drama societies at Bristol) were on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was so nerve-wracking! I got Vice President of Spotlights, which I am so so so excited about, and my housemate got Vice President of DramSoc, so we'll have a very drama-y house next year! The one today went on for 4 hours! FOUR HOURS! It was so tense as well, but I'm really happy for my friend, and me of course! Will be a very exciting, but challenging final year at uni!

Anyway, I HAVE to go to bed because I have 101 things to do tomorrow (..almost!) but I apologise for being so absent! I've been just about managing to read everyone's posts, but every time I plan to write one something gets in the way. So I'm sorry this hasn't been that interesting but I thought I better post something while I had the chance! I'm currently reading Eat Pray Love, which has got me thinking. The author is describing this spiritual journey that is full of meditation and relaxing and eating good food that sounds so amazing, and I keep imagining that I should be trying to find time to relax in a productive way (that sounds like an oxymoron but it makes sense in my head!), you know like not just watching tv or whatever, but doing something that's good for you. Then I either remember all the other things I SHOULD be doing and end up worrying about that instead. BUT, I have the best of intentions, so maybe when I finish the book I'll try and adopt some of her techniques. Hmm.. maybe I could jump on a plane to Bali?! How amazing would that be?! For now, this will probably have to do:

Harriet :)

Something I thought I'd never say...

Wednesday, 9 March 2011
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Now, as a young student on a pretty average student budget (I can afford to treat myself to some clothes every now and then without having to live off tinned tuna and whatever else has been lurking in the back of my cupboard for about 4 months, but I don't have endless amounts of cash to flash) I tend to shop in the standard high street shops: Topshop, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Zara, New Look etc etc. To be honest, Topshop and Urban Outfitters do test my financial limits but I am very partial to Topshop in particular. So, as far as students go, I think I'm a pretty loyal customer.

So it was with dismay that on Saturday night as I was walking home from a night out with my housemate and some friends we passed the Topshop window display of Cabot Circus and, I have to say, we just had to laugh. Now, I'm all for the retro trends, and vintage fashion, and I know the 70s is supposed to be very "in" at the moment, but that is not an excuse to recreate every single item of clothing that went out of fashion for a reason. It also does not mean that everything from the 70s is now suddenly fashionable again (yes, put those knee-length patent white platforms back where they came from), and definitely not always flattering. Some things most definitely belong in the dusty wardrobes of decades past, people! 

What were the offending articles in Topshop, I hear you ask? Well, the thing is it wasn't even the individual items of clothing that were horrible, it was the way they were put together in various combinations that made the manequins look like frumpy middle aged women, sad art teachers trying to be hip, tree huggers (and not in the good way) and the worst case was one that literally looked like a giant doily. To quote my housemate - "I don't know whether to wear that or rest my cup of tea on it"

I have to say, one of these trends is flares and palazzo pants. I do try to like palazzo pants, but I'm afraid I just can't. I do accept that if you are 6 and a half feet tall, and very willowy they will flatter you, but so will everything else! Also, the vast majority of us do not look like that, so let's not encourage people to wear these monstrosities. I won't even go into flares, because to be honest I'm not even sure the leggy models look good in them. If you must wear them, fine but please at least warn people first so they can avoid being seen with you... I joke, well unless they're denim flares, in which case you shouldn't even leave the house. Of course there are always exceptions to the rules and if you are one of those fortunate people who can break the rules and look good doing it, I would love to be proven wrong on this. If you think flares are the way forward, by all means I'd love to see :) But I know I, at least, will be an ever-faithful member of the skinny jeans cult.

What I'm trying to say is there are ways to emulate trends without completely copying a whole look. I love, for instance, the floppy 70s hats that are cropping up left right and centre at the moment. They look great with any casual outfit and wavy hair, but there's no danger of looking like you've just stepped out of a time machine and are thoroughly disorientated. 

Ok, I'll stop hating on Topshop and the 70s now, especially because I do really like Topshop normally, they have lots of nice clothes in right now, maybe they should display those instead! I am particularly loving chunky block heels at the moment, it took a while for them to grow on my but they really make an impact and flatter my legs. I tried some nude coloured chunky mary-janes in New Look the other day, but didn't buy them in the end. Maybe when I have some birthday money perhaps. I've still got my eye on the Forever 21 miu miu-esque ones, although they are always sold out in my size, if not completely. I hope they come back in stock soon!
(I don't think the picture really does them justice, they look nice on though)

So pretty, please come back in my size!

I hope my little rant didn't offend any devout followers of the 70s trend, I may have exaggerated slightly for the purpose of this post. Maybe it's secretly just because I don't like trends that I can't wear because they don't suit me, I don't want to be left out now do I?!

I hope you're all having a good week, three days left of my play still and it's going really well! I hope you all had yummy pancakes yesterday, I had mine at about midnight but they were worth waiting for. Hopefully there's still some mixture left and I can have some for breakfast, mmm :)

Yellow Moon

Tuesday, 8 March 2011
I have been very off the ball as of late, for which I apologise! I've had a whole host of blog post ideas, and neither the time or motivation to actually do it! This will change, I promise. After this week is over I have one less thing on my plate, which will give me a bit more time to think about other things. 

I'm currently producing a play called Yellow Moon for one of the drama societies at uni. Tonight was the first night and it went so well, I'm really happy about it! We sold out as well, which I didn't expect as ticket sales got off to a slow start. Hopefully this means we'll sell out most of the other nights, which we need to, to make sure we break even! We ended up spending a little more money than we intended, I won't go into figures as the thought scares me a little...!

Anyway, we have 4 more nights and then we can all relax (and hopefully get a little crazy at the afterparty!) I'm also operating the sound, which isn't a massive job as there aren't too many sound effects, and the main ones come at the end, but there was an awful moment when I thought it had all gone horribly wrong... The theatre is actually part of the pub below it, and the staff had kindly (not) decided it wasn't important to mention that they were having a quiz, which involved playing loud music. So at one point we could definitely hear the music coming up the stairs and I couldn't work out where it was coming from. It was quite muffled and distorted and my hearing is unfortunately not the best so I started panicking like a mad thing, thinking I had somehow started to play the music without touching anything. I frantically checked the sound board, which showed nothing was playing, and became verrrry confused! The others definitely realised where it was coming from before me, but as I said, my hearing is not the best and I was pretty nervous in case I messed up anyway, so I naturally just assumed I had! We got them to turn the music off but we could still hear the obnoxiously loud quizmaster through the ceiling. I don't think it interfered too much, but it nearly gave me a bloody heart attack!

We're taking Yellow Moon to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer, so although the play will be over there's loads of organising to do for that, although at least there's a lot more time in which to do it. Here's the poster for Yellow Moon, which I thought I'd show you because it's very pretty and I love it :) One of the directors, my lovely and talented friend made it.

After this play is over, the next play I'm producing is in the last week of March, but my friend (and housemate) is also producing with me and she is pretty much the epitome of getting things done, so hopefully it will be less stressful. 

My Mum, brother and grandparents are coming to see the play tomorrow so I'm really excited to see them. I should definitely be asleep by now, because I've been feeling ill and horrible and overtired all day, but I wanted to catch up on everyone's blog posts before going to bed!

Thanks for reading,
Harriet x
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