7 Aims For Age 27 + A Giveaway!

27 August 2014

aims for the year ahead

Even though August is my favourite month of the year, for obvious birthday reasons, I'm starting to dread each advancing age slightly.  Maybe it's because I haven't achieved what I thought I would have done (I recently found a letter to my future self where I told myself to be married by 25) and every year is a little reminder.  A lot of us are in the same boat though, am I right?  Onwards and upwards is the best way to look at things and even though my initial 'plan' has gone out the window, I've learnt a lot about how life really works.  There's a lot of trial and error, everything costs more than you think and each month goes by in a flash and before you know it, it's time to sing Auld Lang Syne again.  To tackle my issues head on I've decided to write some rough aims for the coming year and have combined them with a giveaway for you all!

aims for the year ahead

Mantra for age 27

  • Be more organised, prioritise and don't be afraid of lists - I think my main bugbear about lists is that it makes everything so final?  I have to do something before a specific date and it scares me.  That being said my as-and-when-approach isn't getting me anywhere, I want to use my time wisely and not feel like I've wasted a moment.
  • Enjoy life and see friends more - Although I love all things Internet, I need to try and disconnect every so often and remain present in some of those 'real-life' experiences.  I shouldn't pass up any opportunities out of my comfort zone friends so I can spend the night refreshing twitter,
  • Work really hard on my career and push myself more - This has been the main curve ball in the past few years, I've decided to go in more of a digital direction but I'm not quite sure where it is.  Things are looking promising but I know I can work so much harder and I'd hate to think I didn't succeed for lack of effort.
  • Stay in touch with family - I forget that most of my relatives are not Whatsapp-able and need a phone call now and then.  
  • Print my photos - You spend so much time taking photos and investing in camera equipment and where to the snaps sit?  In random photos never to be seen again?  Eventually I'd like to make a scrapbook but failing that I need to send some to your grandparents overseas.
  • Look after myself - Spending £100 on a filling is not the one.  I've only got one body and I want to make sure it serves me well. 
  • Help others - Whether it's through sponsoring others or even taking part in something myself, I need to be less 'Me, Me, Me' and keep a sense of perspective.  This charity event would be a great start! 

blog giveaway prizes
blog giveaway prizes

I've got some lovely bits to give away and all you have to do is tell me an aim you have for the next year of your life!

You could win:
Let me know your mantra by Sunday September 7th and I'll pick a winner at random.  This giveaway is open internationally!

Way Out West

24 August 2014

what to wear to a festival

Sweden is definitely my happy place.  Every thing is clean and well designed even down to the cleaning products and their festivals are no different.  Way Out West was a pretty civilised affair, there are pen-like areas for you to drink alcohol in, they give out oat milk products and all of the food is vegetarian.  All of the things that gross me out about these outdoor events were nowhere to be seen (don't even get me started on the time I saw a girl use the area next to the portaloos as a toilet at Field Day) and even though it rained, we had the Vagabond stand as a handy escape.  As a sponsor of the festival, they'd designed some cool marble chunky boots and super-cool face of the brand Cate Underwood was milling around.  Everyone was friendly and I came away from it wanting to do a serious amount of shopping in Weekday, live a healthier lifestyle and attempt to learn some words other than 'Hej.'    

best festivals in Sweden
red grafea backpack
Cambodian print matching set co-ord
River Island Cassie Butterfly Sunglasses cat-eye retro
how to wear a matching set co-ord
blue matching set made from cambodian fabric
Cambodian print matching set co-ord
Vagabond Dioon Black Leather Heeled Shoes

Co-ord - Custom made by Mod Dolly
Necklace - Tatty Devine
Grafea Bag - c/o My Bag

Back in Cambodia last year, I ended up buying this amazing fabric on a whim and keeping it hidden away in my backpack for the duration of the trip.  I probably should have had it made into something in Hoi An but instead I brought it home so it could live where all of the other rejected pieces are, under the bed.  When I received my first Mod Dolly co-ord, I had a brainwave and asked the lovely Amy if she could make me something similar, as I really liked the fit.  Fortunately she accepted the challenge of using such a limited amount of fabric with a tricky pattern and somehow made it work.  I loved it instantly and wore it defiantly, even though it started to rain halfway through taking these photos and I eventually had to admit defeat adding a funky waterproof poncho to my look.  My shoes are my beloved Vagabond Dioons, a style I can wear throughout Autumn and Winter with all manner of hosiery and my Grafea backpack was handy for keeping my camera, jacket and various devices in tow. 

Way Out West Festival Gothenburg
Ben and Jerry's stand at Way Out West
when it rains at festivals
Weekday screenprinting stand at Way Out West
when it rains at festivals
Robyn at Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg
Thanks to Lucy for coming along and helping with my photos!

Sometimes it's best to go to a festival with no expectations.  Even though we were only there on the Saturday, therefore missing out on Janelle Monae and Outkast's controversial set, Robyn & R√∂yksopp were definitely a worthy headlining act.  Somehow she kept going for 2 hours wearing a new season Marc by Marc Jacobs motorcross look and even ended up incorporating crunches into her dance routine for Say It.  I also saw a bit of Elliphant and Jenny Wilson, prompting some late night Spotify additions plus I met the lovely Sophia and fangirled over Sandra at long last.  Despite the rain, there were some of the best dressed festival goers known to man, think long drapey blazers, ripped skinnies and most likely Vagabond boots.  I definitely stood out in my getup (you can spot me in the street style gallery here) but I didn't mind representing a more eclectic sort of style.  You can take the girl out of London...

More from Gothenburg soon, it's such a beautiful place! 


Culottes In The Lock

22 August 2014

how to wear vintage culottes

It's just my luck.  Just when I start to make few successful Summer additions to my wardrobe, the weather completely turns.  Talk about jinxing myself.  Oh well, I've managed to fine-tune my shopping strategy so that every hole in my wardrobe is filled.  Little Black Dress?  Check.  Scandi-style draped coat?  Check.  I try to make sure I have the right balance of staple items and fun, one-off pieces that you just can't find anywhere else.  Vintage shopping can be a bit hit and miss for me but I think the best approach is not to go vintage shopping per se, but to just stumble across pieces as and when.  I wasn't expecting to buy anything at Hackney Wicked, I didn't even really know what it was but after deciding to pop in I found the most amazing community of artists, small-businesses and general creatives.  I bought some tiles from Cheeky Tiki (they make perfect coasters), finally met Clarice who makes the most stunning jewellery and eventually stumbled across some pre-worn clothing that seemed made for me.  Meet my new culottes.

Camden Lock Night Markets
how to wear vintage culottes
Tatty Devine Watermelon necklace
how to wear vintage culottes
red Swedish Hasbeens sandals
how to wear vintage culottes

Necklace - Tatty Devine

Aren't these the best thing ever?  I quite like to make weird shapes in them just to prove that you can't see anything dodgy.  I found them nestled at the back of a small studio and bought them off the girl who runs Happy Dais Vintage.  I almost didn't pick them up after glancing at the rail not expecting to find anything but when Plum showed them to me, I knew I had to have them.  I hot-footed it to the nearest cashpoint (no mean feat in Hackney Wick), paid the £1.80 fee to access my money with gritted teeth and ran back to make them mine.  It seems that I was on a roll, I also found the first pair of denim dungarees that I actually like the fit of, which you'll see in a future post.  Check.  Do you ever find yourself stumbling across vintage items?  Some of my best shopping trips tend to be the unplanned sort and nothing beats finding those perfect items in real life, without having to wait for them to be delivered. 

street food in London
Backyard Cinema Camden Lock
Cupcakes and shhht
BBQ hot wings street food
street food in London
Mama's Jerk station Camden Lock Night Market
Mac and cheese from The Mac Factory

I've been trying to get as much wear out of them as possible and let them make an appearance at one of the recent Camden Lock Night Markets.  Yes, I can't get enough of street food at the moment and luckily it was still warm enough to want to eat outside.  There seems to be lots of new vendors in comparison to last year and even though I plumped for my usual fried chicken, I also tried some of the amazing falafel, hummus and salads that were on display.  Don't even get me started on the Mac n' Cheese, this is a great place to catch up with friends and get the Friday feeling started early.  There's only two more weeks to go so make sure you head down!

Enjoy the long weekend!