Tuesday, 31 August 2010
12 hours til my flight.
See you on the other side.
Monday, 30 August 2010
I was thinking about what I said yesterday about first impressions and I thought about developing it further and thinking about how I feel about people and how we all judge people. Because we all do it.
You judge the girl who works in the boutique who looks down her nose at you as you walk in. You judge the boy who works at the supermarket. You judge You judge the girl who always answers questions in class. You judge the girl with the black hair and the ring through her nose.
And these aren't even just negative judgements. They are just thinking you know someone before you've even met them.
We judge people on the way they look. The girl with the greasy hair and no makeup. The girl who tries too hard- fake tan, fake nails, bleached hair. We think we know them. We think we'd have nothing in common with the girl in the Mudvayne hoodie. We think we'd never have anything to say to the girl with the footballer boyfriend and blonde extensions.
We might be right, but we're probably wrong.
We judge people on their religions, their opinions, their beliefs. We judge people on their family, on their friends.
But the only think we should judge people on is their personality, their character.
But that is easier said than done.
If there is one thing I aim to do when I go to America it is to be less judgemental. Not presume that I know people based on their music tastes or beliefs. I will get to know every single person that I meet. And I know that I won't get on with everyone. But at least I won't miss out of meeting my best friend just because she doesn't think Fight Club is the best film ever (it totally is!!) or because they wear leggings as pants ( my pet hate!!)
People are more than just one thing about them. And I will remember to keep an open mind.
Here's to meeting new, and different people.
Because we aren't all the same in the world, and that's what makes the world interesting
We went for lunch at a lovely little pub and then on the way home my dad said "oh you'll never guess what is round here. you'll want to go." A maize maze!!
Well we tried for about half an hour, my feet bleeding my mum's too-small shoes and then decided to open the map. The maze was shaped like a cow!!
How did you spend your bank holiday weekend?
Sunday, 29 August 2010
It's very weird for me to be at home this weekend in August- I usually go to Leeds festival every year and get rained on for four days but with going to America I didn't get a ticket this year and I'm kinda glad considering the weather!! I love Leeds festival and I was kinda sad I couldn't go this year but I had an amazing time last year and I think we've sort of done it now.
So this morning I did the unthinkable- I cut off my Leeds wristbands!! You've probably seen them on my outfit posts- one green, one gold, one blue. Well this morning I just thought, you know what, I've had enough!! So off they went!! Unfortunately I have a big white mark on my wrist now where they were when I had my spray tan last week!!
So Friday was a lovely day which was great because it was my cousin Rob's wedding!! It stayed nice all day and I had a lovely time. He's the first one of us grandchildren to get married which is kinda weird- it really makes you think about growing up and getting older. I for one am nowhere near ready for marriage any time soon, but speaking to my best friend Steph yesterday, a lot of people our age seem to be thinking about it. A lot of her friends at home are in long-term relationships, whereas out of our group at uni only one of us is in a relationship. I think I'm just at that time of my life where I want to be selfish. I want my degree, I want my masters and I want to work hard and get a good job. I'm all for marriage and babies but I want to do everything I can now and save all that for later.
I actually managed to get some quite good photos from the wedding- I don't actually have many photos of me with my family so it was nice to take some on such a nice occasion.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Here is what I'm loving, lusting after and reading this week.
Not gunna lie, I love pandas. They're probably my favourite animal. And I love all the daft things you can buy with pandas on at the moment. Talking of which...
7. Fantastic, Inspiring links.
Need some inspiration? Or just want to learn something new? Have a look at these great links-
Accessing your Inner Guidance
Balancing work and life
7 ways to travel the road to your passion
Ten lessons from the Classroom of Life
8. Language advice for my year abroad
Fantastic article here.
They're lowering their prices, starting online next month and now they're opening one in my home town- yay!!
I'm into my last week in the UK now and I've already listed everything I'm going to miss so now all I have to do is enjoy my last few days in the beautiful country which I call my home.
What are you loving this week?
I almost called this post "A Study in Charlotte" but I decided it was a little too self absorbed. The title is because I never, ever, ever wear red. I went for about 3 or 4 years without buying one red item of clothing for the simple fact that it clashes with my hair. But last Christmas I fell in love with a gorgeous red party dress and decided it was time to end the feud with red. Especially as it's massive this season and it's pretty :]] I've gone mad for long, bright, belted cardigans- I have 4 or 5 now like this. They're very light so they'll be great for a few months now but probably not long after that!!
So these photos were taken at Bramhall Park which is about a 2 minute walk from my house. It's one of those places that is absolutely beautiful and round the corner, but you never seem to appreciate it because it's so close by. I walked past to go collect my bra which I had left in the beauty salon after my spray tan (massive embarrassing!!) and because it was quiet I thought I'd go get my tripod and take some photos.
It is a really beautiful park though and a really beautiful hall. I forget how lovely and green England is, and as much as I moan about it, I do love England. Where I live is really lovely.
We even have stocks!! I would've loved a photo in these!!
I get incredibly embarrassed taking outfit photos myself in public though. I just feel so stupid!! I only managed to take a few photos in the end, but I had a nice time just walking round and then I sat down with my book and read on a bench for a while. It was a nice afternoon :]]
So there isn't long left now. Less than a week. This time next week I'll be in my hotel in Duluth, waiting for Lauren's flight to come in. How terrifying!! I've just been reading Natalie's blog; she's on my course and also lives right near me. She's been in Mississippi about a week now and I got really excited reading her blog!! I'm sad to be going but I'm definitely ready to go now!! It's just come so fast!!
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
So this is it. I'm into that final week before I leave. Wow. How did I get here?
I have a big family. My dad is one of eight. Yup. And it's been great because we've already had one big, fantastic, family wedding this summer and we have enough on Friday. I love having a big family. I think it's extra-special too because I'm an only child that I still have a huge family. We're all very close.
2. All my friends
My close group of friends at home are amazing. Some of us have been friends since we were eleven, some of the girls have been friends since they were four, and some of us became friends in the past few years, but we have a great time together. And I never thought coming to uni I'd find any friends as fantastic as them, but I have. My uni friends are amazing. I'm definitely going to miss living with them, spending every minute with them and doing everything from supermarket shopping to drinking endless hot drinks with them. My uni friends are my family. But I can't wait to come back and tell them everything at Christmas.
3. Selly Oak
For those of you who don't know, Selly Oak is the area of Birmingham where I, and pretty much all students at the University of Birmingham live. I just love it. Everyone lives 30 seconds away because its so concentrated, it has everything a student could need- takeaways, pubs, bars, supermarkets, cheap alcohol... it's just amazing. I'm going to miss the great little community there and having all my friends five minutes walk away.
4. My hairdresser
I had my hair cut and coloured for the last time for a long time yesterday. While I always hate my hair the first day after I've had it cut, I'm very worried about getting it done in America and it looking the same!! It takes a long time to get a good hairdresser so I'm nervous!! If anything goes wrong she's promised to sort it out at Christmas!!
5. Putting up the Christmas tree
My mum asked if I wanted to do it when I got back, but I get back mid-afternoon Christmas Eve so it isn't really plausible. I'm really going to miss doing all my Christmas shopping and getting everything ready at home. Sucks to have exams up until the 23rd December and getting home on Christmas Eve. I am going to be a jet-lagged mess on Christmas day, but at least I'll be at home.
6. The British High Street
Most people know that we do have one of the best high streets in the world. How am I going to cope without New Look, River Island, Primark, Miss Selfridge...? Badly, is the answer.
7, British Magazines
I love my magazines. A Lot. But I have just found I can get British Glamour delivered to my US address for £44 a year. Hmmm. I might just get a regular subscription to my home here (as it's £14 a year- £1 an issue!!) and get my parents to post it to me. I might not be in my flat after May and I don't want Glamour to sit alone, unread. And then I'd get post every month!!
I love a good cup of tea. Mmmm. I am going to have to take a supply of tea bags with me. Similarly...
9. British Food
Okay, British food is often remembered as grease on grease, but sometimes that is what you need. Nothing tastes better than chips and curry sauce after a few too many vodka-and-diet-cokes. Fish and chips is definitely food of the gods. As are roast potatoes. And fried egg sandwiches the morning after. Mmmm.
10. British Comedy
Green Wing, The Office, Michael McIntyre, Russell Brand, Love Actually. Nuff said.
11. My clothes
I've already started writing my list of what I'm taking with me. A lot of my adored clothes will be staying here. I'll miss them :[[[
12. Being able to drink
The observant of you will notice that I am twenty years old and the drinking age in America is 21. Bummer. I'm not 21 til March and while I'm not a massive drinker, I do like a nice evening in the pub or glass of wine with dinner or crazy night at Snobs, our favourite night club in Birmingham. But I'm looking forward to parties with red cups. And kegs.
My phone contract runs out on the 31st August so I will spend the next twelve months on a contract phone. Urgh!! I'm definitely going to miss constantly texting my friends. Even from the next room.
14. The North/ South Divide
Oh, we love it don't we? Bath/ Barth, lush vs. mint, "oh it's a Northern thing." We never get fed up on each other's accents and laughing at each other. I'm going to miss being away from people who laugh at me saying "t' pub".
15. My Books and DVDs
There are a lot of things I can't bring to America simple because I don't have space or weight in my suitcase. Including all my books and dvds. Sob.
16. Living in a house
I've loved living in a house this last year and I didn't really enjoy living in halls.While I am glad I'm going to be in halls because they'll be more of a social atmosphere and they'll look after me, I am going to miss living in a house with my friends.
17, The Great British Pound
I like the pound. It's going to take me a long time of saying "right so what is that in pounds?" and desperate calculations until I'll feel comfortable with the dollar. And all the money looks the same :[[[
18. Graduating with all my friends
When I get back from America, the majority of my friends will have graduated. I'm really sad I'm going to miss my final year of uni with all my friends, our ball and our graduation. I hate the thought of them not being there when I get back.
19. Being able to come home when I feel like it
Sometimes at uni things just get too much and I need my home comforts. I'm going to find it really hard not being able to just come home when I'm getting upset. I can't even ring home that much really because of the cost and the STUPID TIME DIFFERENCE.
20. Not having a time difference
Time differences are a bitch. Nuff said.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
First of all, I would like to point out how much I love this article :]]]
So tomorrow is my party, which means it's nearly time for me to be going.
But for the first time, nerves have made way for excitement. I'm actually starting to look forward to going.
Okay so there's a lot of things that scare me. Daft things that I'm going to miss.
And wondering which of my 55 pairs of shoes (I'm convinced I had 60!!) are going to make the cut.
But I think as my to-do list get smaller and smaller I get less and less stressed and I finally get some time to think about how unbelievably awesome this year is going to be.
I mean, I'm going to America. America!! The place I had to be dragged away from on my last holiday there. I get to go to a whole new country, meet new people and have all kinds of new experiences. And I get to come back and squeeze as much as I can out of my last year of university while my friends all enter the real world (okay, not strictly true. If I get onto my masters course I should have one final year of partying and sleeping til noon.)
I get to leave home, leave everything behind and start again. I remember how terrifying starting university was. And how it took me a while to realize that going away to uni was the best decision I ever made.
I can't wait to experience a different culture, a different way of life.
And I'm trying to focus on all of that instead of what I'm leaving behind.
Tomorrow, I can't wait to have all my friends and family in one place. All the people I love together to say goodbye to me.
And yeah, it's going to be sad, and I'm probably going to cry a lot. It's going to be awful saying goodbye to my friends on Monday morning, knowing that I'm not going to see the people that I spend every single day with until Christmas. But I know that it doesn't mean the end of our group or our friendship. I hope that nothing will ever really change, because our friendship is too strong for that.
There are a lot of things I'm going to miss, but I have so much to look forward to.
So I'm going to keep looking forward.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
I decided that a Blair Walorf quote would be perfect for the title of this post, as she is obviously a massive influence on this outfit.
There's something about the end of summer and the beginning of the next season that makes me want to dress like a school girl. I love wearing socks all year round, but I love thick black ankle- or knee-length socks with a little pleated skirt like this. I also have my yearly obsession with plaid. I just want to buy little plaid skirts in lots of different colours to wear with tights and boot and thick black jumpers through the winter!! I really liked this outfit. I love that Gossip Girl has brought back style into school-girl chic. I could definitely see myself wearing this on the Upper East Side.
So today I finally started changing all the links to my blog to this new URL. It's kinda weird but I know I have to start accepting my new home. I do like it here, but I think it'll take some time and some tweeking to get used to. I just hope I don't lose readers over the move. I still have my other blog though which will redirect people over here. What do you think of my new home?
There's not very long left now until I go, and my To-Do list is getting shorter and shorter. I had a few tears last night, but the truth is I'm completely in denial. It just hasn't really hit me yet. And I can feel nervous or scared or excited but I don't really feel it. It probably won't hit me until I'm there. It's weird that A Level results come out today. It seems like much longer than two years since I nervously logged on to get mine. It was a strange day of mixed emotions; not everyone was as lucky as I was to get my grades and be able to accept my offer at my first choice university. I've never looked back though. I love my university and I love my course. That's why it's so hard for me to leave.
I'm really looking forward to my party this weekend; having everyone I love altogether. But I'm desperately sad that it means this is the end, that I'm actually leaving. My housemate Steph came over today and we made peanut butter and chocolate cookies (amazing, by the way) and watched Monsters vs. Aliens and ate falafel. We had such a good time. The highlight being singing along VERY loudly to Aerosmith in the car with the windows down; we really should have been embarrassed but we totally weren't. I'm worried that it'll take me some time to feel so completely comfortable with people the same way that I am with my friends here. But maybe I thought the same thing when I came to university, and now I have an even bigger group of amazing friends. I just, selfish as it is, hate the thought of everything at home carrying on without me.
Please don't forget to follow me over here now- please follow me on Google Friend Connect and update all your bookmarks and RSS readers and blogrolls. I'm here to stay now!!
Please let me know what you think of the move, and my first post over here!!
Thank you for your continued support, it means a lot.
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Today is kinda a sad, but exciting day. This is likely to be one of, if not the, last post at girlnextdoorfashion.wordpress.com. I have just purchased the domain girlnextdoorfashion.net, and within the next few days I will be moving my entire blog over there. I'm sad; I'm going to lose all my stats and comments. I've loved being here at wordpress but I'm ready to move on. Please please please can you update your RSS feeds, bookmarks etc as you will no longer be able to access my blog at this address fairly soon. I'm hoping to open a new account on here though when I've transfer with a post saying "no!! i'm not here anymore!!" so what do you have to remember?
Got it? Good :]] I have a lot to update with the new URL but from deciding yesterday I was going to move my blog I am now really happy to be moving. If you click on the link you will see that it's on its way- I've already added a few badges that I couldn't have on my blog here. Obviously there are no posts yet but that should change soon!!
I'm still a bit nervous about moving- there are a lot of aspects of wordpress that I do like. I like the ability to automatically publish to facebook (this isn't possible on blogger, right?) and I can't seem to be able to access blog stats like I can on here, which I love too. Ahh I'm getting cold feet now!! Can someone convince me that I'm doing the right thing? I'm really worried I'm going to lose everything- including all my readers. Promise me you'll all follow me to my new home?
These photos demonstrate that I am in fact the world's most vain person. I started out taking these photos in my glasses (my eyes needed a rest from my contacts-wearing), but I don't like the way I look in my glasses. After a few photos I just took them off!! So these photos are taken mostly of me when I could barely see my hand in front of my face!
This dress is one of those things I absolutely adored when I bought but then went off the longer I had it. It's been down-graded from an evening dress to a day dress, but I think it's pretty enough for the day time without being too OTT. I had a bit of an issue with the belt. It's sort of fitted under the bust and then flares out which has the effect of making me look pregnant!! I wasn't sure whether the belt should be on my waist or where the seam on the dress is. It moves around a bit on these photos!!
dress- top shop tights- dorothy perkins shoes- new look pearls- primark headband- george at asda belt- new look
I'm glad I actually managed to get outfit photos done today- there's been a huge storm today where I live!! It's barely stopped raining like crazy all day. Luckily I've spent the day at home catching up on errands and writing I had to do so I didn't have to leave the house!! I'm glad I managed to get quite a lot done. It stopped raining about 7.30pm so I went out to take some photos. I actually quite like these; I wanted a sort of fairy-in-the-garden aspect and I like the muted, vintage-y colours.
I'm actually getting quite excited about my year abroad now. I spoke to Lauren today to discuss all the millions of things we have to sort out before we go, but we soon got distracted making plans for when we get there and going travelling and what we're going to get up to!! I'm still pretty nervous but I'm kinda excited too. I've added the weather in Duluth onto my iPod and I keep checking to see what it's like over there!!
I'm home alone tonight, which normally bothers me, especially when I've been home all day, but I think I might catch up on Gossip Girl and do some reading. I've started reading Pygmy, which I never got into last time, but I'm being encouraged to read Lolita so I think I'l pick that back up!!
So should I take the plunge and move my blog over? Eeek I'm scared!! Please send me messages of encouragement- this feel like a massively huge big deal. But I love the thought of having my own dot net url- it is pretty exciting.