'Mondays is for drinking to the seldom seen kid'

Monday, 19 September 2011
'Hi!'

Hi there, I've just moved into my new house at uni so it's safe to say I am avoiding unpacking. Firstly, I hate it when my room is messy, but I know that when I start unpacking I will have to do it from start to finish, which will be exhausting, hence the procrastination. Also, I've been slightly preoccupied by the many things that are not working in the house. The first time I tried to: make a cup of tea, cook dinner, have a shower were all disasters. And I seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time in the creepy basement trying to turn the mains electricity back on. Not good. Last night I started cooking dinner (vegetarian enchiladas in case you were wondering) only to find half way through that the oven didn't work. I was already having to light the gas rings on the hob with matches because the ignition was broken. Don't worry though, the enchiladas quickly turned into fajitas with sauce on top and were delish! It's safe to say that I'm slightly resenting my house at the moment. And the house is actually lovely, it's just that nothing seems to work properly. So it's my landlords I'm resenting really. They had all summer to fix everything but it seems they didn't have time. They did, however, have time to come and collect the playstation that we were told was for watching DVDs on (I was getting really excited at the prospect of singstar nights as well!) but not to sort out the deathtraps that are the front and back gardens. Seriously, it's like a jungle out there, you have to battle with killer brambles to leave the house. Not cool. As for the title of this post - this Monday is enough to make me start drinking in the AM. Alright, I'm not actually that badass, I'm drinking tea, but WITH SUGAR! Ah, yeah. And I'm listening to Elbow, funnily enough.

Ok, rant over. House sucks, landlords are shit, you get it. Apart from that, I'm getting ready to start my work experience tomorrow, which is exciting. I'm spending just over a week working with mystreetchic.com which is a Bristol based fashion website. I'm not really sure what I'll be doing yet, but I think it involves writing some articles and also taking street style pictures of fashionable ensembles on the streets of Bristol. So, if you live in Bristol you may see me wielding a camera around at some point over the next week. I know, I make it sound so chic don't I? 

Obviously, this being a fashion blog, I can't ignore the fact that it is London Fashion Week at the moment. I think half the fun of LFW is seeing what everyone else is wearing, as well as what's parading down the catwalk. Although that's exciting too :) Obviously I am sadly not at LFW, instead I am in Bristol wearing the world's cosiest jumper (stupid cold house) and jeans... what, not blogworthy? I'll have you know that I often get compliments on this jumper. I definitely stole it from my Mum, who was not impressed. But hey, I say that if you don't wear something for ten years it's definitely fair game. In other words, you snooze you lose.. MINE NOW hehehe :)

I've also been lusting over clothes I wish I could afford, as usual. And if I weren't waiting with baited breath for the day my student loan presents itself in my bank account (please hurry up!) this is what I would be buying...

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Mm, I know, so much navy and red and green. Yes, I want to look like one of Santa's elves. That's totally one of A/W 11's hottest trends. No but seriously, velvet ankle boots and velvet dungarees? Yes please. And as for the cosy jumpers I can tell you that they will come in very handy living in this ice cube tray, formerly known as my student house. I also really like these, but they didn't really fit into the collage:

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I know, how many dungarees does one girl need? But look, this one's a dungaree dress. Completely different. Yep. And I'm also just a sucker for moustache t-shirts and anything shiny, hence the t-shirt. So, there's some clothes that I definitely can't afford. Oh well. Here's what else I'm loving recently:

1. Collecting recipes on Pinterest
2. Marimo moss ball pets on Etsy. I know, how can someone be this cool? Go on, click the link. You                       know you want one too.
3. Terrariums. Yet more greenery. But so cute, I'm going to make one. How cute are these: 1 and 2
4. Matte nail varnish top coat. I bought a cheap one from Boots, brill.

Thanks for reading, and check out mystreetchic.com over the next week or so, you never know you may see something by me on there!

Back to school checklist

Wednesday, 7 September 2011


So, another September has rolled around and although I won't be going back to school it still has that air of anticipation and fresh starts. For me, and probably lots of other people my age, September holds that 'New Year' feeling much more than January because it's always the start of the academic year. New school shoes, pens and pencils, fresh uniform (if only midi skirts were in when I was at school; skirt length was a constant battle between the teachers and 99% of the student female population) and if you're lucky a nice new pencil case. And I know I'm not the only one that gets excited at the prospect of stationary! Well, even though I won't strictly be going back to school, I will be going back to uni for my third (and final *shudder*) year, so I will be indulging in some new stationary! I'm not sure whether my budget will be stretching to new clothes, especially with the daunting realisation that this time next year I won't be about to receive a nice little present from my dear friend Student Finance! But anyway, these would be my back to school essentials.


As you can tell, I enjoy the "classic schoolgirl" look. Kilts and mini skirts are staples, as are collars of all shapes and sizes. Add a makeshift bow-tie with ribbon and you'll look the picture of schoolgirl innocence. I especially like the colour combination in the far right look.

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For a bit of a twist, add a splash of bright colour or better yet, some leather - ooh how riske! Ok, so I probably wouldn't wear leather to school or uni but it's still a great take on schoolgirl chic, is it not?

For those who can pull off a midi skirt (read: not me because it would cut my already vertically challenged frame in half and I would look like a torso stuck in two tree stumps.) I love these two looks. Midi skirts are more serious than minis but not as dramatic as a maxi. They have a certain studious quality about them (nope, just me?) that says, I'm here to work but I'm going to look good doing it! What could be more perfect at this time of year. These two outfits are both very Autumnal too, yum.

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Obviously you're going to need a stylish way to carry all your school books and supplies in, and I've found the perfect satchel and backpack to take you through Autumn and Winter. Go for a polished look with a chestnut satchel, or casual with an earthy backpack.
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But if you're far too sophisticated for all that schoolgirl nonsense (I know I'm not!) then the other way to do back to school this September is to bring out the chalk and go schoolteacher chic. Still fun, but just more grown up, and ever so academic. All these outfits need are a desk and a stack of books and you have the makings of a stylish day at work. These skirts are perfect for September when it's not yet bitterly cold but you need something appropriate for work or school. Wear with a blouse first for a smart and chic look and then with knits later on to keep you warm in those notoriously chilly classrooms!

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And here are a few cute back to school essentials that make me smile. I mean, just look at those paperclips! I got back from Edinburgh on the 31st and then had to sleep for a week! As soon as I came home I got ill, which was inevitable really. My immune system isn't great as it is, so after a solid month of late nights, hard work and a small (not to mention damp) basement flat crammed with too many people, I had already resigned myself to the fact that it would hit me as soon as I got home. But I'm feeling much better now so I'm busy preparing for my last year at uni (eek!) and other stuff. I'm also having a love affair with Pinterest right now, it's kind of addicting! 

Thanks for reading,
Harriet
 
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