Thursday, 30 June 2011

Just please don't lose your faith in me.

I realised yesterday that out of my 30 items I had six unworn. Six!! That means I've only worn 24 of my items and I'm nearly halfway there. I'm still blaming the state of my knees at the moment- I don't want to wear a nude skirt with black tights when it's nearly July. 30 for 30 is getting kinda frustrating but I'm determined to stick it out. However, it has forced me to stop shopping. When I know I can't wear anything new for another two weeks it kinda takes the fun out of shopping!! I did order a skirt last night though- I am so naughty!! I have a very silly excuse though. I skyped my friend American BFF Michelle last night and her dog is called Zara. Before I knew it I was on the Zara website. I talked yesterday about my obsession with orange and turquoise, so how could I resist a turquoise skirt?

This morning, I went through all the photos on my blog that were taken by Erick and wrote a list of all the things I liked about other people taking my pictures- the mix of landscape and portrait shots, a mix of heights etc. and then spent some time playing with my tripod and adjusting the height. I tend to just go outside, snap a few pictures, do all the same poses and the same faces and then come back and feel a little disappointed that they all look the same. I have plenty of time on my hands at the moment so I really want to work on my self-portraits.

I managed to fill my time today without being too bored. I had a lie in til ten, which was amazing. I feel so refreshed today!! Then I responded to email and sorted a few things out on my blog and headed to a little cafe to get a latte and read for a bit. I finally caved and bought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I've only read about 50 pages but I'm enjoying it so far. I ordered some of my books for next year today. I'd been a bit annoyed about not getting into a class I wanted to take, but I decided the one I'd been put into instead sounded pretty good. It turns out one of my friend's friends took the class and said it was great, and gave me the name of a couple of books to get, so I ordered them today. I want to get as many read as I can before I go back so I have a bit of a a head-start. Anyway so then I went back to that vintage store I was telling you about and gave them my card. It's such a great little shop, I hope I can work with them somehow, and then I went to get my eyebrows waxed. Yes, that was the highlight of my day. My life is so exciting!!

This outfit idea came to me last night. I really wanted a lighter denim shirt (it's on my list for post 30 for 30 shopping) but I do love this one. It goes with everything!! As I mentioned last time though it is really tight, especially over my boobs (and I don't exactly have huge boobs!!), plus this is about 2 sizes bigger than the size I normally am in shirts!! I really wanted to wear these floral shorts, but they do really go better with a tank and bare legs. But I guess that's the point of 30 for 30- to go outside your comfort zone. It really does force me to make different choices. I mentioned a few days ago that my tan ballet flats had rubbed my feet so I kinda found myself in a bit of a shoe-rut, which was a challenge, but I would probably never have put my beige oxfords with this outfit, but I really like it!! I also really like the navy tights here too. I find black a bit harsh for summer (plus I live in black opaque tights the whole rest of the year) but I really embrace navy. My summer coat (which I wore today) is also navy.

floral shorts- Topshop
denim shirt- H&M
oxfords- New Look

I have no idea what I'm doing tomorrow yet. I have a to-do list of things I've been putting off- articles to write, books to review, emails to send... all those things you don't want to do!! Well, with yet another day off and work experience all next week and work all weekend I should probably get on it!!

Hope you've had a lovely day!!

Charlotte xxx

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Nora Batty Tights

My wonderful friend Steph took these photos for me today, but she laughed at my too-big tights that were wrinkled around my ankles and said I was like Nora Batty and should title my post today as such, so I did.

I absolutely love having other people take my pictures. It's frustrating being the model and the photographer. I love photography and I am much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. I'm not very creative when it comes to self-portraits- I usually find myself in the same place doing the same poses- but having someone else taking them allows a little more fun and creativity. Plus I feel less stupid!! Steph did a great job of taking these today, except we realised later the photos that were supposed to be of my orange and turquoise makeup were taken in black and white.

The minute my Mum came into my room this morning and told me she'd washed this skirt, I knew I'd end up wearing it again. I know, I know, I feel as though I live in this skirt, but I absolutely love it. I never knew something orange would fit so perfectly into my wardrobe, but now I can't imagine life without it. I seem to have a lot of oranges in my 30 for 30 mix. It's funny how current trends affect us, even if we don't intend them to. I would never have considered myself an "orange" person, but now the colour is trendy again, I seem to find myself attracted to orange pieces. I'd love to get into trend forecasting- I bet it's fascinating to look at the psychology of culture and the decisions that we perceive as our own being planned months ahead by people sat in an office,

I'm not sure how well you can see my makeup on these pictures. It's a turquoise lid with an orange crease. I lovelovelove the combination of orange and turquoise at the moment and yesterday saw an advert for a Rimmel eyeshadow quad (which I bought, but didn't use for this look) and loved the look of a brightly coloured eye with gorgeous complimentary colours. This was a Loreal orange duo (which I have been obsessed with ever since I bought) with an Urban Decay turquoise and a little bit of Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Rides Again as a highlighter.

a picture I took this morning on Instagram

Today has been really fun. I got up and wrote some articles (as usual!) and replied to some emails. The Steph came to get me for lunch and we had a lovely time drinking Coke floats and eating goat's cheese and roasted vegetable sandwiches, then we came home, drunk A LOT of tea and watched Come Dine With Me. I'm really going to miss her this Summer. She lives in the town over from me so we normally see each other a lot over the holidays but she has a job in Birmingham now so she'll be down there for the Summer. But luckily I'll get to see more of her when I get back to uni in Brum :]]

blouse- forever 21
skirt- urban outfitters
ballet flats- H&M

Well, I don't have anything interesting to report now!! I was hoping work might call me today to see if I could go in and do an early 6am shift tomorrow and Friday but alas, no phonecall. I've had fun the past few days but I'm probably going to be bored now until the weekend. I like working purely because it keeps me busy and makes me appreciate my free time so much more, but saying that, I'm sure I'll find something to do. In fact, a nice lie-in wouldn't go amiss. I'm working all weekend and I haven't slept too well the last few nights, so I'd like a little extra sleep. I wake up every.single.morning at around 4am and it's always just after Erick has messaged me and gone to bed. My iPhone is always on silent, so it isn't that the message coming through wakes me up. It's like I subconsciously know when he's going to bed. Cute and romantic, yes. Annoying, well, yes.

Have a lovely evening!!

Charlotte xxx

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Double Denim

Readers, what do you do with your beloved, but now-too-big clothes? I adore these shorts but they're a bit too big now and I find them hang in a horribly unflattering way. I often belt them as tight as I can but they bunch up a bit, and here I kinda tried to pull them down off my waist and more onto my hips. I absolutely adore them but they just don't look as good anymore!!

This outfit was actually first worn over a year ago, but it was during my exams and while my blog was on hiatus. I remember being quite nervous when I first wore it, because double-denim was quite a new trend this time last year, but this time I felt fine!! I am getting really sick of wearing tights. I did try skin-coloured ones today but my knees are still black and blue. I'm not sure how I feel about these shoes but my brown flats rubbed my feet a lot yesterday and are really sore, and these were the only flat shoes in my 30 for 30 that went with my outfit!!

I had a really great day today. I wrote articles this morning and then my Dad took me to the vintage shop I mentioned yesterday. I had a lovely chat with the lady who works there, but didn't have any of my business cards with me so I'm going to pop down again this week. I'd love to write a review of their store and try a few things on. I then walked into Stockport but like I said last time, I didn't really see anything I loved. 30 for 30 is still kinda overwhelming so I know I really don't need any more clothes!! I am desperate for a brown necklace though. My beloved owl necklace has been missing for a while now. I was hoping to find it in my apartment in Duluth when I moved out but it didn't turn up- I'm hoping it's in a bag or a pocket or something!! I did buy some makeup and nail varnish though- I'm thinking of doing more makeup posts.

shorts- miss selfridge
lace top- select
denim jacket- new look
brogues- new look

Thank you for all your lovely well wishes about my Grandad!! I actually got to bus to go and see him at the hospital and got passed from pillar to post trying to find him, before being told he'd been let out that morning!! I called him up and he sounded good and I had a bit of a laugh with him telling him I'd been looking all over for him!!

These photos were taken in a bit of a rush because my parents went out so I decided to text my home friends and see if they wanted to do something, so we decided to go to the cinema. It was a lot of fun and great to see the girls, plus it was kinda reassuring and made me feel better about being home. My home friends are great and really are so close, I don't really have any excuse to be lonely!!

I apparently really liked touching my hair today

Hope your day was as lovely as mine!!

Charlotte xxx

Monday, 27 June 2011

The devil is in the details

Mmm, don't really like this outfit. This coral top looks great tucked into a skirt or shorts, but with jeans it makes me look like a large, human tent. Which is not a good look. I am definitely not the right shape to pull of loose, baggy layers. Unfortunately, it was boiling here today and (still!!) bruised knees and limited 30 for 30 options had me stuck in a bit of a rut. These cropped jeans are the only thing in my arsenal that cover my knees without needing tights, and I needed a lightweight top to avoid over-heating. I thought about tucking it in like in this post, but it just looked weird. But hey, it kept me cool, if huge-looking all day!!

coral top- Topshop
cropped jeans- New Look
flats- Wet Seal
hat- H&M

I've mentioned before my total inability to wear jeans and today was no exception. I just don't really suit jeans. It's not even about jeans being casual or not my style- I just can't really pull them off!! I see so many girls looking fabulous in jeans and I wish I could look good in them, but they just cling to my thighs (not my favourite body part) and generally make me look a lot more bottom-heavy than I would like. Maybe I haven't found the right pair yet? Who knows. I am much more comfortable, and feel much better in a skirt or a dress, or even shorts. However, Erick loved it when I did my jeans challenge back in February. He loves me in jeans because he likes me to look a little more casual. When I told him about the woman who let her boyfriend dress her for a week his response was "I'd probably just have you in a bikini. Or sweatpants and a hoodie." Men, eh?

 I borrowed stole this necklace off my Mum this morning. She doesn't even know about it yet. That's sneaky stealing, that is. I thought that coral and turquoise would be a really great combination and my Mum has an insane amount of jewellery. Yesterday, I went hunting for a brown necklace and she opened two more drawers of jewellery I did not know existed!! There are some perks to being home.

Today has been pretty boring. I went for a walk to a vintage shop that's just opened. Half an hour later, I find out it's closed on a Monday. Damn. So I walk all the way home. The hat here was actually as much about protecting myself from the heat as an accessory. However, I have big stupid headphones so I had to keep balancing it on my head over them!! I spent the afternoon getting some articles finished and taking pictures. Yep, my life is dead exciting. But hey, I'm happy :]]

Have a great Monday!!

Charlotte xxx

Sunday, 26 June 2011


I was stuck in a bit of a rut with today. It was my cousin's First Communion but I didn't want to miss another day of 30 for 30 so I thought I'd improvise. My knees are still a wreck so I decided to be creative with bright tights. I used to love bright tights when I was younger but I've gone off them a lot in the last few years. I like them with this dress though- there's some turquoise in the dress I really wanted to bring out. I experimented with mustard tights too but liked the turquoise better.

I actually didn't really think it through when I decided to do 30 for 30. With work and everything, I can only do a couple of outfit shots a week, so it's taking much longer than I expected and I'm getting frustrated. I also didn't consider work experience. I'm on work experience the week after next and I'm guessing I'll need to dress "business casual". I have no idea how to dress business casual. I don't even know if I own the pieces to great an outfit that would satisfy this idea. I don't own many knee length skirts and I only have one pair of smart trousers. Any advice for internship dressing?

I've had a pretty boring weekend really, but it's not been too bad. Yesterday I worked 12-10pm, which was an insanely long day and I was exhausted when I got home. But I'd made plans to Skype my lovely boyfriend and we had a wonderful chat for an hour and a half. It's been a long and emotional week so it was just nice to chat with him and catch up. It really cheered me up. My Dad had warned me beforehand not to get upset if we didn't have loads to talk about, which happens sometimes and it's something I worry about in a long distance relationship, but we ended up talking non-stop!! Erick has definitely dealt with more than he deserved this week with me having such a long week, but he's been strong for me, like he always is. I don't appreciate him half as much as I should sometimes, but he is wonderful, I'm not sure how he puts up with me sometimes!!

Today I had my cousin's First Communion so I got to see all my family and catch up with them. Unfortunately, my Grandad is in hospital at the moment and I got a bit upset in church that he couldn't be there, but I'm hoping to go visit him tomorrow. I'm hoping he'll be out of hospital really soon. This afternoon we came home and I tried to go for a run. Turns out, that was stupid- I am definitely not well enough yet after my accident to be running. My chest is still really sore and kills when I take deep breaths so I should've known better. I decided just to go for a walk instead. I'm a bit paranoid about not being able to work out, but I'm not a huge fan of running anyway, so I'm going to stick to walking, rebounding and maybe some swimming til I feel better.

dress- modcloth
shoes- blowfish

That's all from me for today. Don't forget, let me know if you're interested in sponsoring my blog for July!!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

Charlotte xxx