Sunday, 31 October 2010

Bloggers: what do you wear on non-blogging days?

I was thinking today about the artificiality of fashion blogs. Okay, maybe that is the wrong word. But like facebook and other social media, we portray an image of ourselves that we want the world to see. An image that reflects us how we want to be seen.
Don't get me wrong, I love blogging and I love other people's blogs even more. It's such great inspiration, and much less artificial than many of the other ways we experience fashion- magazines, catwalks, mannequins. But I always wonder if a lot of these people really dress like this every day.
For example, I am a creature of habit. I have talked about this before. I have a series of routines that I like to adhere to. One of which is the days when I wash my hair. You might have noticed, I have pink hair. This does not last very long at the vibrancy I like. So I cut my hair washing down from every day to every other day. This is a necessity, but it makes me feel pretty gross on my non-wash days.
Anyway, Sunday is always a non-wash day. I would never consider an outfit post on a Sunday. My Sundays are reserved for homework and the gym quite exclusively. But of course, I still wear clothes, I just don't feature them.
Does that make my blog unrealistic? That I don't feature my outfits every single day of the week?
And the truth is, I do dress differently on non-blogging days. I often take the freedom to wear an outfit I've already demonstrated on my blog (do any other bloggers find it difficult to not repeat outfits? with a small wardrobe over here I certainly do, especially outfits that I love!!) or just can't-be-bothered-outfits, at the moment that's just jeans, boots and a jumper. I do still try to be both stylish and fashionable, but I feel these outfits aren't especially noteworthy.
And I've noticed other bloggers do something I do to- try to avoid "wasting" nice outfits on days they know there isn't an opportunity for an outfit post. I admit, I make much more of an effort on the days that I know I want to take photos. Is that artificial?
I know many bloggers who just exude effortlessness, and others, like myself, feel we have to try a little harder. I am not effortless, and neither is my style. So while, yes, I do wear the things I demonstrate on my blog in my real life, not just for photos, I guess I don't wear them every day. But like I said, part of this is because I simply don't have time to take outfit pictures, upload them, edit them and write a post every day, so I fall back on simple or already-worn outfits on the days when I know I can't blog.
So bloggers, what do you wear on the days you can't take photos? Are you always fabulous? Am I the only blogger who has off-days of unwashed hair and a need for comfort and security over style?
I'd be really interested in hear your opinions on this.

Charlotte xxx

Love, Lust and Links

I have started to realise how much I love writing this list. I initially was going to do a Love and Hate thing, but making it entirely positive makes you see everything in a different light, and it's so nice to flip something negative into something positive.
Here are the things keeping me smiling this week...

1. Halloween, of course
Happy Halloween everyone!! I never miss an excuse to dress up, usually three of four times a year. Last night was no exception. Unfortunately I just looked through my pitiful 11 photos and they looked much better after a few drinks, so I will see what facebook throws up throughout the day. If you didn't read my last post, I dressed up as Sue Sylvester, from Glee.

2. A Thousand Acres
This is my Book Three of my 52 Books in 52 weeks, and okay, it is for class but I refuse to count this as cheating!! It's based on King Lear so I'm reading it for my Shakespeare class but I absolutely love it so far!!

3. Cooking
I love to cook. A lot. And being meat-free is damn hard here in America, eating out is a nightmare, so I'm eating in. This week I've made sweet potato and spinach curry and my amazingly easy and completely delicious butternut squash soup. Speaking of which...

4. More post!!
My lovely friend Briony sent me an amazing cupcake book this week. I can't wait to try it out!! :]]]

5. Positive thinking
I did a couple of posts here and here on the fact that I'm trying to think more positively. I am definitely the kind of person who can experience one bad thing and just fall into a downward spiral. From now on it's my responsibility to be happy. Because I know I can't let other people own my emotions.

6. Being busy
This is what I was talking about at the start of this post. I am completely buried in homework for the next few weeks now, which is killing me. I am spending my life in the library every morning and every evening now. But hey, at least I'm not bored...

7. Work experience letters
Eek I sent some more emails out this week and my letters to Glamour, Vogue and Grazia. Eeek!!

8. Apparently understanding feminism
If you read my blog you will probably know I absolutely hate my feminism class. Nothing against feminism at all, but feminist theory... isn't what I expected. But I've had 100% on both my essays so far so I must be doing something right!!

9. Being half-way through the semester
I have been here for two months tomorrow. How insane is that? And in seven-and-half weeks I'll be home!! Which means less than eight weeks til christmas!!

10. This jumper
And knowing that it's on it'll be on its way to me very soon. Thanks, mum!!

11. Being asked last night if I'm from Superior, Wisconsin
I was out last night in Superior, which is just over the bridge from Duluth (oh yeah, I partied in two states last night!!) and I got talking to a woman in the toilet queue. We'd been talking for a couple of minutes when she asked me "so are you from Superior too?" She nearly fell over when I said I was from England. Have I assimilated that much?!

12. Getting organized for next semester
I've picked my classes (Reporting and Writing II, Victorian Literature and American Literature II) and asked one of my teachers to be my Independent Study advisor. Just to register for classes and choose my 6000 word essay topic!!

13. Making new friends
This has been a lovely week of hanging out and talking to people I was acquainted with and being hopeful that it is going to lead to friendship :]] As I've said before, I'm awful at making friends so this is a big deal for me!!

14. My friends at home
I've been looking at my photo wall and thinking about all the good times I've shared with the amazing people in my life. I love you all :]]]

15. The travel bug
I really, really want to go to the Twin Cities before the end of the semester. Anyone want to volunteer to take me? I'd also like to go to the West Coast, thanks. :]]]

16. The clothes swap!!
I am sending out my first few things tomorrow!! I am so excited about the swap taking shape- yay!!

17. This:

18. You guys!!
I have doubled the number of views from September to October. Thank you so much. It means so much to know that you read my blog and care about what I have to say. Please keep reading!!

Have a lovely Sunday!!

Charlotte xxx

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Running in Heels

I wish I could be the kind of girl who can wear heels in the day time.
There are a lot of things I love about day-time heels. First of all, they just scream sophistication, especially when you're at university. The girl who wears heels may get stared at, but I assure you they are stares of admiration and jealousy.
Second of all, they can make any outfit. Even jeans and a tshirt look much sexier with heels.
And thirdly, they do wonders for those of us blessed with short, stumpy legs. Thanks, genes.

But while today I enjoyed clomping around in my booties (seriously, there's a reason why I'm a good tap dancer and an awful ballet dancer, for a fairly small person I am the heaviest footed person known to man), I realised there are several things I need to work on before I can become a heels-in-the-daytime person.

First of all, speed. I am a very impatient person (hence why I'm getting my 21st present for Christmas, 3 months early), and I just cannot move quickly enough in heels. They slow me down and it's frustrating.

Second of all, of course, pain. My feet do not like heels one little bit. After a while, it is like my entire foot in on fire. Even bits of my feet I didn't know existed.

Thirdly, I only have three pairs of heels here with me :[[ Versatile as the are, I'm not sure if I could only wear three pairs of shoes for the next few months. Which leads to my fourth point...

There probably won't be many days left now where the ground is now heavily coated with snow. Today I found out that heels + mud was a bad combination, god knows what heels + snow and ice would mean.

This outfit was a bit of a revelation really. I've been stressing out about my lack of warm clothes for winter (the first day of snow nearly led to a meltdown, excuse the pun), but I found that I can really just throw a jumper over what I would normally wear and wah-la, winter chic. Obviously this is not going to be especially helpful when I'm knee-deep in snow (I have an actual fear of waking up one day and the snow being taller than I am), but for now, this work. My mum is working on sending my warm snuggly things soon. Yay :]]]

I am also getting really into the belts-over-jumpers thing. It makes me happy. I love my high-waisted clothes and am reluctant to surrender them in the cold, but bulky jumpers don't fit in as well to a fitted waistband. This solves the problem entirely. I suspect I shall be rocking this trend into next year.

I apologise for the crappy greyscale-ness by the way. I am currently photoshopless and GIMP's lack of Actions, Exclusion layers and general awsomeness upsets me greatly.

tutu skirt- new look jumper- new look shoes- charity shop belt- primark

I know outfit posts have been few and far between recently now it's getting cold here, but I promise I will get at least two a week up, come rain or shine!! I now have 42 followers, which means so much to me, and I have also doubled the numbers of viewers from September to October so thank you!!

I have had some excitement recently too. I had an email on Tuesday from a local magazine here in Duluth who said they'd read my column in the Statesman and want to take me on as website writer!! How exciting is that!! Talking of writing too, I have a new post up over at College Fashion :]]]

I'm dressing up as Sue Sylvester for Halloween tonight. I have a striped tracksuit and a blonde short wig and I just need to make a megaphone from a card board box!! I dressed up last night too- I went to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show for the Statesman, which was super weird but SO much fun!! I wore these shoes with fishnets and an strapless LBD- I don't think I've ever looked more like a hooker in my life!! It was a good laugh though!!

Right, off to work on my Shakespeare paper and make a megaphone!!
Have a fantastic night if you're out for Halloween!!

Charlotte xxx

Friday, 29 October 2010

Words of Wisdom

I am not a very carpe diem person. I am a worrying, neurotic, too-concerned-with-the-consequences person. But I do want this to change. I know I'm not the only person who wishes they could seize the day, especially as I'm so far from home and I don't want to come home and regret anything about this year.
My mum sent me an amazing text this morning that I want to remember, and I also received some lovely words from an old friend a few weeks ago.
I thought I'd share them with you all, in case any of you feel the same.

Enjoy the adventures of the new before you are old and have seen it all
Spread your wings and fly away so that you know what it feels like to be free
Do everything once and learn by the lonely, hard and sad times and be liberated by the great
Look for the joy in everything because otherwise you will only find the sadness
Make life into your own story and pass it on to your friends, your family, and one day your children so that the need for adventure lives on 
And most of all, fall in love with your life so that someone will fall in love with you
Failing all of that you will always have a pillow here to lay your head on before your next adventure starts
Love and always

And this is the text my mum sent me, I've omitted a bit because a bit of it is about the boy I like and I'm not sure if he reads this :]]]

Buck up babe and stop doing what you do best which is moping and wishing everything was different. Accept what you have and start enjoying your life. No-one likes a grumpus!! You are gorgeous when you smile so start doing it more often. Like the song "I hope you dance". Do it babe...enjoy yourself as you will wish you had when you are back in England. ... Be yourself and stop being so available when you don't gush over him his is interested so be strong and see what happens."

Finally, the words to the one song that can make me cry before the lyrics have even started (I teared up a fair bit just searching for the lyrics):

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they're worth taking
Lovin' might be a mistake
But it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a real and constant motion always)
I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who)
I hope you dance
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
(Where those years have gone)

I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a real and constant motion always)
I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who)
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
I hope you dance
(Where those years have gone)

(Tell me who)
I hope you dance
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
(Where those years have gone)

These are the words that I hope I can live by. I don't want to find myself regretting everything, or anything. I don't believe in regrets, but I do believe you can change your path.
Sorry for a weird, inspiration-style post, but I read a lot of inspirational blogs and sometimes I feel we need this. I need this.
I need something to remind me that I shouldn't always take the easy way out.
I hope this inspires you too.

Charlotte xxx

Is it socially acceptable to be "boring" at University?

If you know me, even just a little bit, you will probably have heard me describe myself as "boring" at least once or twice. It's not something I do as a self-deprecating Brit, or to fish for "no-you're-not" compliments. It is just simple fact.
I am not really much of a party animal. Don't get me wrong, I do like to go out. I like to get dressed up, have a few drinks and have a sing and a dance. But usually I get tired by about 2am and want to go to bed.
It's not that I don't like to have fun, or that I'm not fun, I just enjoy different kinds of fun.
There are a few of reasons behind this. One of them is that I'm a morning person. Your standard early bird. My perfect day will be getting up at 7am and going to bed at 10pm. I like to get up early, be productive and have an early night. The reason I'm usually tired on a night out is because I've often been up since 8. Even when I work at my bar job until 4.30am, I've usually been up since before 9.
Another reason is that I am an only child. I like my alone time. I am a very, very sociable person. I love to talk and have fun with people and sometimes I hate to be lonely. But I do enjoy my own company. Sometimes I like being selfish and like having the freedom to do what I want without asking someone else about it.
The other reason is well, I get tired easily. And when I'm tired, I get grumpy. And then I am even less fun. I have often made the excuse for not coming out that "I would be no fun." This is because when I'm tired, I'm miserable. I am also not much of a drinker. Not really. I could live without it. I've become one of those people who enjoys a white wine spritzer with a pub lunch and that's about it. The only other time I drink is if I'm going out- I drink to get drunk, effectively. Classy, I know. But even so, I don't even enjoy being drunk that much.

But I'm starting to worry if that's okay at University. My friends at uni never have a problem with it. We enjoy nights in with cups of tea, and girly nights with films and talking. But I feel like drinking here in the US is still kinda a big deal. But for me, my parents were never strict with alcohol. They would drop me off at the pub when I was 16 and promise to pick me up if I couldn't get home. Alcohol was never taboo so I never abused it. I've been drinking since I was 16, 17 so it's nothing new for me. But with the much higher drinker age here I feel like people still find alcohol new and exciting, something I haven't felt for years. Since turning twenty I am shocked to find myself asked for ID when buying a bottle of wine or spirits. I've been legal for two years now, do I really still look 17?

Tonight I chose not to go out. I was tired, I wasn't in the mood and I knew I had a lot of homework to do this weekend and a lot of reading and knew I'd benefit from a night in. But I feel like I am completely letting everyone down, and fear that if I don't join in with drinking I'll struggle to make friends here. I have fun with sleepovers and DVD nights and girly time. I like to go out but it's not my favourite way to have fun. But I'm scared my being boring, my want for early nights and early mornings, is going to hinder my friendship with people. I am notoriously bad at making friends and already I'm scared that I don't have many friends here, and what that means. I don't have to try with my friends at home any more, my friends at uni. It's all so natural. We've been friends for so long it's easy. But I don't have that over here and sometimes it can make me feel very lonely.

Sometimes I hate myself for my tiredness, my love of safety and security and my boringness. I'm scared that soon people are going to stop asking me out to do things and I'll find myself alone. I know I need to let myself go a little more, but it rarely leads to me being any happier. I'm hoping things will change when I'm actually 21 and I can really go out. I miss clubbing, but I don't think Duluth is the clubbing capital of the world. I'm worried that by not going out and drinking I'm missing out on opportunities to bond with people.

I just wish that people could bond with me without a drink in their hands.

For now, I'm hiding behind the fact that I'm not old enough to go out. It's quite convenient. But I'm worried that people already think I'm uptight and boring and that they don't think anything will change by the time I'm 21. I don't want to feel like I'm missing out on anything, and right now I don't. I just hope I can find people who like to have fun the way I do; laughing, talking, watching films and getting to know each other.

Alcohol or no alcohol.


Thursday, 28 October 2010

Winter Look Book

I have to be completely honest, I wasn't prepared for this.
Yesterday there was snow on the ground.
A few weeks ago I was carefree in just a cardigan. I was enjoying the autumn cool and freedom from a coat or jacket.
Suddenly, it's winter.
I am freaking out about what I'm going to wear. I've found a few pairs of snow boots that I like but I am at a complete loss for jumpers and cardigans. I need a really big shopping trip!!
I need warm clothes and thermal underwear!!
I am starting to freak out a little bit about what I'm going to wear the next few months and how I'm going to keep this blog up when my priority will be keeping warm. So far I'm doing okay.
Today it's tailored shorts, woolly tights, fur gillet, boots and fur coat. I'll be okay like this for another few weeks.
But then I'm scared. Entering the great unknown.
It gets cold at home, of course it does, but not this cold.
So I decided I needed to get inspired. Here is a little selection of some of my favourite winter outfits, courtesy of Chictopia:

Clockwise from top- barkatt, 5inchandup, chrissiewhite, flattery, jujubabyy, kisforkani, miss elizabeth, magpie_girl, kisforkani, frouu, colormeana, beware_of_my_heels

What is inspiring you for winter clothing?

Charlotte xxx

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

A laundry list of problems doesn't make you interesting

Today got off to a bad start. My GHDs, which I've had for almost 4 years to the day finally decided to give up the ghost. It was a heart-wrenching moment when they wouldn't even turn on this morning. I'm sad. My hair seems to look okay and I think I'll manage without them until Christmas, but I might get a cheap pair of straighteners over here. I don't straighten my hair often but sometimes I just need them to get my hair right!!

My day went from bad to worse. I'd gotten up at 7am to go to the library early to finish an article and work on a paper I have due next week and my always-temperamental (I just don't think it likes America) laptop also decided to just not work with me today. Back into ITSS it went, for the third time. I'm on a loaned laptop, yet again, but I'm sulky because I wanted to Skype my parents.

My day wasn't really getting any better. I procrastinated with my laptop in my Shakespeare class and got in trouble and I was feeling a little disheartened. Then I decided, no. I am not going to let events that happened before midday affect the rest of today. I am going to make today a good day. I am going to be productive and I am going to be happy, and this is my mantra for the day. I had a great day yesterday and I'm determined not to let a few bad things take me down from the high of yesterday. There is no reason for me to be unhappy. I am choosing to be happy. Sure, things have annoyed me today but why should I let them ruin the WHOLE day for me? I am staying positive and taking control of my day.

coat- ebay skirt- ebay cardigan-ebay tights- unknown boots- barratts big brown belt- topshop small brown belt- primark owl necklace- forever 21 lacey top- ragstock 

Yet again, these photos were taken by the lovely Ashley, using her amazing camera which is the exact same one I want for Christmas (look Mum and Dad, aren't the photos good?!). We headed up the road from campus to take these and I had a play in the leaves which was fun :]]] I love this time of year but it's already starting to get colder and I am completely unprepared for it :[[ These coats (I have this one in blue too) are nowhere near warm enough for how cold it is going to get here. I contemplating taking them back (see how the yellow ones gapes a little bit at the bottom?) but they are so nice and bright and I'm contemplating pinning the bottom bit to stop it coming open.

I'm going to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday for the Statesman. Any idea of what I should wear? I was thinking of getting some fishnets and just wearing a strapless black dress and heels. Any opinions? We kinda half-watched the film last night and that was enough of a head-fuck- I have no idea what to expect from the show!!

Here's to thinking positive and having a good day!!

Charlotte xxx

Monday, 25 October 2010

just because i'm nerdy and my friends are thirty

In case you haven't been catching up on Vogue/Marie Claire/Glamour/Fashion Week, trousers are back. I've never really been a big fan of trousers, or bottoms in general. I am a strictly skirts, shorts and dresses girl. I very occasionally do wear jeans, but so occasionally that people often exclaim "are you actually wearing trousers?" Or in America they say "are you actually wearing pants?" or in one situation "do you ever wear pants?!". At first this question confused me, until I turned on my internal US to UK translator. Funnily enough we do call trousers pants up North, but I still can't quite get used to it over here.

I decided a few months ago that I would like a pair of nice, skinny black trousers. The kind of trouser that is not a million miles away from jeans, but also not living next door. Something about wearing trousers (see now I want to say pants, but this is a purely Northern thing, I am not becoming American just yet) feels slightly more sophisticated, slightly more thought-through than jeans. They don't feel thrown on, they feel thought about. And these little H&M babies were exactly what I was after. Simple and stylish, but also comfortable and easy. Jeans without the denim.

I wore this outfit on Saturday and decided I really liked it and wanted to take photos of it. It's the kind of thing I imagine Fearne Cotton wearing; slightly androgynous, and one part smart, one part punky and fun. This tshirt has seen my blog on several occasions now. What can I say? It makes me happy and I always think I might attract a lovely geeky boy while wearing it. No such luck so far though. This blazer is surprisingly warm too. It's not a cold day here today but it's not warm. It's kinda grey and foggy but strangely refreshing!! I wish it would stay like this for a while :[[

I love this kind of outfit because I feel it lets me question my own style. I usually consider myself very girly and feminine, with a little rocker edge, but this is completely different, but I still feel me. I like to dress down like this sometimes, but I feel the blazer and trousers instead of jeans keeps it looking smart. I still feel stylish and I still made an effort. I just love the fact that I have rediscovered my converse too. I hadn't worn converse for about 2 years until a few weeks ago and now I love that laid back, slightly punky edge they give everything.

I don't think it looks too bad in these photos but god does my hair look awful today!! My straighteners didn't heat up properly this morning so I'm all frizzy and kinda frazzled. I really can't afford for them to break on me now!! My parents have been looking at camera today so new GHDs are out of the question and my current focus in on warm clothing and snow boots so I don't die. God I miss having a job!!

Ahh Blogger is deciding to hate me right now, in fact it's probably just my laptop. We've had words the last few days!! It keeps dying on me for NO REASON, generally in the middle of something important.
Speaking of important, I sent my work experience letters to Glamour, Vogue and Grazia today. Eeek. I'm hopefully going to be okay for work ex. this summer due to the alarming number of people my parents seem to know in journalism!! I'm hoping to get a couple of weeks this summer and then try for more over Christmas and Easter next year- by which point I'll be applying for my masters- eek!!

trousers- H&M blazer- Charlotte Russe tshirt- David and Goliath converse- ebay

I've just noticed my trousers looks kinda blue on these photos. I assure you they are black!!
How do you dress when you want to look casual, but not too casual? What are your laid-back staples? I'd love to hear from you :]]]
I should have another outfit post in the next few days so keep checking back :]]]

Charlotte xxx

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Love, Lust and Links

I know I always forget to update this regularly, but when I do it is really fun :]]
I'll try to keep up in future!!

1. Having a lazy day
I know I wrote just a few days ago about how I hate to dress for comfort but today is the day of rest!! I've had my post-gym shower and am now in my University of Birmingham Dance Society sweatpants, oversized Mulberry tshirt (thanks Rosie!!), Minnesota-Duluth hoodie and my glasses (which are actually Miu Miu- how do I look this bad wearing two designer pieces?!) for an afternoon of homework. This kind of clothing is okay for me when I have no intention of leaving the house!!

2. Endless cups of tea

Despite not having a kettle I am still getting my five-a-day; cups of tea that is!! I'm on my second of the day, but I'm pretty sure I'd had 5 by midday yesterday. I am a true British stereotype in this respect. Tea for me is warmth, comfort and home.

3. Anything snuggly and warm
I am desperate for some lovely warm jumpers and scarves. Yesstyle, my new favourite website, has 50 pages of knitwear. Heaven!! I just need a few lovely snuggly cable knit jumper dresses and a couple of snoods and I'm good to go, oh and these babies..

4. These snow boots

Turns out that I am definitely going to need a pair of snow boots, and I think these are about as cute as they come. Pink, houndstooth- I'm there.

5. My dad cheering me up

Today I was feeling really down and fed up, and my dad told me that today him and my mum were in John Lewis and he changed every single iPad so that my blog was up on their Safari. He said it's his new thing now whenever he sees a computer to put my blog up. He hopes someone famous might see it, awwh!!

6. Making grand plans for the future
Lauren and I are feeling fed up so we've decided to hit up our list of things we wanted to do when we first came here. I'm hoping a trip to the aquarium is on the cards, maybe the zoo, and most excitingly, a trip to Minneapolis!!

7. DSLRs

My parents started to have a look around today for my future camera. We're looking at the Canon D500 or the D5050, if anyone has any advice I'd love to hear it!!

8. Shearling boots
These are the boots that I fell in love with last weekend and massively regret not buying!! I wrote a post of shearling boots today over at The Fashion Buzz. They just look so cosy and stylish- I love the tan ones!! I'm hoping to get a cheap alternative from somewhere like New Look though. I know I should be saving my pennies for something snuggly.

9. Reading 
You might have been keeping up with my 52 books in 52 weeks, and I'm so happy to be getting back into reading. Snuggled up with a cup of tea and a book= heaven.

10. Girly nights in
Last night we had a girly sleepover; wine, pizza and girly films. I am a massively girly girl. I get on with boys and I have several male friends, but there's nothing I love more than a good girly gossip. We did get invaded by boys at 2am though which was... interesting to say the least!! I think my roommate is probably going to kill me after the noise they made!! Love you boys :]]

11. Every College Girl
If you haven't already checked this site out, go have a look now!! The lovely Kayleigh is a fellow intern at College Fashion with me, and her site is so much fun. Everything a college girl need to know is on this site and I've definitely learnt a lot from it!!

12. Getting packages
Thank you to everyone who has sent me lovely packages this week. I love getting letters and parcels, which usually contain the two things I miss most about home- gravy and Cadbury's chocolate!! I promise to reply soon with nice American things :]]

13. Love your body day
The lovely Ashley did a great post interviewing several bloggers (including myself) on Love Your Body Day. I was so glad to be included in such a fantastic celebration!!

14. The Clothes Swap being underway!!
The Clothes Swap I've been organizing is looking well underway- I'm hoping to post off my first item tomorrow!! I can't wait to see what the other stylish bloggers come up with!! I'm hoping to do a little piece on each of the girls in the swap. There's about 15 of us involved!! Thank you so much for all your support- it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun!!

15. Casual Chic
I loved my casual converse-and-skinny-trousers outfit yesterday so I may wear it again tomorrow and take some photos. I love a day being all dressed up but something feels so sexy about looking like you just threw everything on haphazardly. I wish I could be one of the girls who can do that though. Even my casual outfits are meticulously planned!!

What is making you smile this week? Let me know in the comments!!

Charlotte xxx

Saturday, 23 October 2010

52 Books: Book Two- Brokeback Mountain

Okay, this book may be considered cheating for two reasons.
1) I had to read it for my literature into film class and
2) It's only 54 pages long.
But I am still counting it as a book because it came in book form!!

While my housemate Steph and I can fight like cat and dog over this, I hate to read a book after already having seen the film. I hate to read a book knowing what happened, and I especially hate it when the film is so damn good, and so closely-sticking to the book that I don't feel I gain anything by reading the book. Such was the case with this. I had the same problem with Reqiuem for a Dream, one of my favourite films. The book was great but literally no different to the film at all, so I felt that I already knew what was going to happen.

I did enjoy Brokeback Mountain but I feel I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't seen the film. I think I will be interesting to discuss in class and it was a good read. I'd recommend it if you haven't seen the film, but if you have it isn't really worth it!!

Next book: Money-Martin Amis.

Friday, 22 October 2010

52 Books: Book One- One Day

I mentioned a few days ago that I was going to start ploughing through my list of books, and last night I finished my first book One Day by David Nicholls.
I don't think I'm going to write reviews of all my books, not in the strictest sense, but I might just talk about how I felt about the book and give it a rating etc. I'm not sure how you feel about this becoming a fashion-cum-literature blog, but I like to read and talk about books so let's just see what happens :]]]

This book first piqued my interest when my friend Ellen was reading it during our trip round Europe and she'd said how good it was and I was intrigued. Our University bookshop is much to be desired regarding actual literature but I knew I'd seen this and when I wanted a new book, I wanted this.

It's the story of a boy and a girl who meet the night after their University graduation, and it follows them through their lives, sometimes together, sometimes apart, on the same day every year for twenty years. This book is heart-wrenching and real. You feel so close to the characters, Nicholls' writing is just entrancing. I bought this book on Monday evening and finished it last night, having read for almost two hours straight, devouring the words. I was so tired I had to move into the living room to stop me from falling asleep, because I just needed to finish this book.

It's a book that really makes you think about life. It's sometimes depressing, sometimes cheery, but ultimately very real. It is a book I would recommend to anyone. One of the reviews says "I don't know anyone who wouldn't like this book." I completely agree with this. The themes in this book are universal.

I have Nicholls' Starter for Ten at home and I've added it onto my book list. I'm so excited to start reading again. I have a list of 20 books so far. Some are for fun, others I hope to help me in my dissertation. But now I've gotten back into reading, I can't remember why I stopped.

I think I'll probably get two books done this week. It might be cheating but I have Brokeback Mountain to read for class in two weeks so I'm going to count that, even though it's only a short story, as book two.

I can't wait to get through this list and see what I learn.

Charlotte xxx