Sunday, 29 April 2012

A Semblance of Normality

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peach trousers- c/o Republic
beige jumper- H&M
striped top- Topshop
ballet pumps- New Look
owl necklace- New Look

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I've been meaning to blog for the last few days. I've been meaning to do a lot of things for the last few days, but life has been a limbo of uncertainty. What I thought would be a few days at home to say goodbye to my grandma, is looking like it's going to be a week and a half. Every day has been spent in a half-daze, waiting for a phone call, unable to get on with anything "in case something happens". It's been horrible. We don't know what to expect from one day to the next. I haven't been blogging because most mornings I've had to get up and get dressed quickly, "just in case." This is what I've been wearing the last few days, for the most part. After moving back to uni last weekend, I took the majority of my favourite clothes back just for the 4 weeks I thought I would be back. On Tuesday when I rushed back, I just grabbed a few clothes for what I thought would be a few days at home. So I don't really have a lot of feasible outfits so I'm making do with what I have, and I really, really miss my clothes back at uni. Anyway, I've been wearing this jumper and striped top a lot, a sock bun eliminates the 30 minutes it takes to wash and style my hair and my Mum thinks I look more sophisticated with my glasses on when my hair is up. I decided to take photos today to try to get a little bit of normality in my life. Things have never felt so uncertain.

I don't know how much I'll be able to blog over the next few days. Hell, I don't know anything about the next few days. I'd planned on going back to uni today but obviously, I need to stay at home. I'm doing as much of my work as possible, but my concentration levels aren't exactly where they need to be 2 weeks before my final exam of my degree.

Who knows what the next few days will bring.

Charlotte x

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Mixed Emotions

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dress- c/o Republic
denim jacket- c/o Republic
nude shoes- Next

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Today has been a kinda crazy day. This morning I handed in my English dissertation, after 6 months of
work. I rung my Dad to tell him, and he told me my Nan was really ill and it wasn't looking good. Within a few hours, I had finished and handed in the last essay of my American Studies degree so I could come home. By 7.30pm, I was back home. The next 48 hours are critical for my Nana. . She's been rapidly deteriorating over the last few months with dementia, and we lost her as a person months ago. Now we just want her to be at peace.

I'm sorry if things are quiet around here over the next few days. I don't know how long I'm home for. I just grabbed everything I could and came home. I could be home for a couple of days, it might be a couple of weeks. I just don't know. 

Anyway, this is another outfit for the Republic Blog. Read more about it here.

So yeah. Have a lovely day.

Charlotte x

Monday, 23 April 2012

Tea An Toast


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I stole this outfit. Shamelessly. It's pretty much the exact outfit the lovely Sian of Tea An Toast wore to London Lunch. As soon as I had the guts to speak to her (I was feeling overwhelmingly socially awkward at London Lunch!) I asked her where her blouse was from, and over the following week was in constant conversation with her on Twitter regarding the exact location of this blouse in the Birmingham branch of Primark. You've seen it a million times on here since, but this time I decided to just utterly rip Sian's outfit off by pairing the blouse with a nude blazer and leather. Sian rocked leather leggings with this outfit. I, alas, do not have the legs for leather leggings, so I saved myself the embarrassment in my beloved leather shorts. I took these photos on Friday (ahh I miss my nice white wall for indoor photos at home!) and they're already making me a little homesick. Oh and ignore my crazy hair by the way. I decided to curl it a bit because I was getting visa photos done but it kinda went wrong. I guess a girl only gets one good hair day a week.


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I've had the loveliest weekend ever. As I'd already mentioned, my friend Michelle was over from her study abroad in Paris so yesterday we met up for an EPIC catch up and a spot of lunch. It was so amazing to see her. I can't believe I hadn't seen her since June! I was feeling a little nervous about going back to Minnesota in the fall and seeing my American friends because I've been the worst friend ever since I left the States, but with Michelle it was like we'd never been apart. I was so sad to say goodbye to her! Last night Grant and I went bowling, played air hockey, grabbed a pizza and watched (500) Days of Summer. With the stressful few weeks ahead it was so nice to have one last fun, relaxing weekend! 


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polka dot blouse- Primark
leather short- c/o Very
blazer- Zara
ballet flats- New Look
necklace- c/o Diamond Petal

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Today I finally finished my second dissertation (I think anyway! Having some last-minute freak outs now about referencing!) so I'm going to hand that in tomorrow which is super scary. It's just so weird to think that this is it. Should I have worked hard enough? Should I have done more? Should I have done less and enjoyed my final year more? Who knows, I guess. I guess you have to just hope you've done everything right. Just got one last essay to finish off tomorrow, and one exam on the 15th, where has time gone eh? You know what's even scarier? It's less than 7 weeks until I go to New Jersey. Eeek!

Have a lovely evening guys!

Charlotte x


Saturday, 21 April 2012

Mr Blobby

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Well I'm back in Birmingham for the last time. I can't believe after 4 years of university it's almost over. I can't believe how much has changed over that time, how much I have changed as a person. But I'm ready to move on. I'm ready to move out of a student house and I'm ready to be done with the endless workload of essays and exams and reading. I'm ready for the next chapter of my life. It's kinda sad really; I've loved my university experience but the last year really hasn't been great. I've not really enjoyed my final year so much, but I think that is so be expected. Anyway, I just have three more weeks of university left. Which is kinda crazy. I've pretty much finished the last essays of my degree (they need a little more work before the deadlines next week!) and then I just have one exam. I can't believe it's almost over!

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This was the third outfit I styled as the Republic Blogger of the Month. I was initially completely sold on this dress but I actually really love it. With the gross weather though, I felt a bit stuck on how to wear such a summery dress! My Mum bought me this pink blazer a few weeks ago though, and I loved the look of it with the yellow dress. Who knew Mr Blobby could be such a style icon? However, on Thursday when I wore this it absolutely chucked it down. I wore this dress for about 3 hour and then wrapped up in jeans and a jumper to go out for lunch with my friends! You can read my post about this outfit over at the Republic blog.

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dress- c/o Republic
blazer- H&M
heels- Topshop

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Anyway, I'm having a night in with my friend Eve tonight and tomorrow I'm hanging out with my friend Michelle who I've mentioned is over in the UK from her study abroad in Paris, and then Grant and I are going bowling and watching one of my favourite films, (500) Days of Summer.

Have a lovely evening guys!

Charlotte x

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Filofax Blogger Style Off

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These photos are from Saturday and are part of the Filofax Blogger Style Off contest which I am really proud to be a part of this year! Being a proper type A personality and obsessive organiser, I am so happy to have my own Filofax to keep my on top of everything! Each of the bloggers involved were sent a Filofax of their choice to style an outfit around, and I picked this gorgeous mustard Filofax with pink elastic to style up.  I would absolutely love you guys to vote for me over at the Filofax Facebook Page. I'm competing with some seriously popular bloggers, though, so I don't expect to win, but I would love to win because the prize is 5 Filofaxes to give away to my readers! I'd love to share the (organised!) fun with you guys too!

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blouse- New Look
shorts- Marks and Spencer
necklace- c/o Kait Makes Things
boots- c/o Clothing at Tesco

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My Mum bought me these shorts for my Birthday and I couldn't wait to pair them with this mustard blouse. I decided to go for a bright pink lip (it's MAC Impassioned- my favourite pink lippie!) to co-ordinate with the colours in the Filofax. I also really love my hair in these photos. Since dying it I really don't like it straight anymore! I said once that being able to curl my hair with GHDs would change my life. Okay, maybe a little bit of an exaggeration, but it kinda has!

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I wish I had more exciting things to tell you! I went for lunch with two of my best friends today, but most of the last two days has been spent working on my English dissertation. I am feeling so drained tonight! But I really wanna get it done before this weekend! I don't really wanna go back to uni (I get so settled at home!) especially because I just have my exam to look forward to now, but I'm seeing my American BFF Michelle this weekend for the first time since June and Grant and I are going bowling and watching (500) Days of Summer on Sunday so I just wanna get all my work finished tomorrow so I can have a fun weekend without feeling guilty!

I hope you've had a lovely day!

Charlotte x

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The World Looks Red


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Today- and believe me these photos don't demonstrate this effectively- I had the most amazing good hair day. Okay, let me demonstrate. It looked like this...



Amazing hair right? Well, you'd think this would be a good thing but NO. This was PRESSURE. My outfit had to be awesome. I wanted to wear something that would do justice to the hair. In the end I even had to change my underwear as it seems most of my outfits don't work with a bright blue bra showing through. Anyway, in the end, after about half an hour of browsing my three A4-pages of outfit photos, I went with this. If you read Laura's blog you might recognise it as an interpretation of one of her outfits.


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I had two outfits options today. I ordered some new shoes yesterday from New Look- these ones and these ones and they came today. I really wanted to wear my nude ones which this outfit, but I thought I'd make it a little more wintery while I could. And also, the nude ones are a little bit too big. I've ordered a smaller size to come tomorrow so hopefully they'll be better. But they've got a strap so they don't feel too big so I'll have to just see. It's so annoying being between sizes! I'm normally a size 6 in shoes all the time, and it's clothing that's the problem. But it's frustrating with shoes because I know if they're too small I won't wear them! Anyway, this is the dress I wore on my birthday weekend at Edinburgh Zoo but I didn't get a chance to photograph it. This is also the sister jumper to the pink one I wore last week.

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lace midi dress- Zara
beige jumper- H&M
leather jacket- H&M
pearl necklace- Oasap
ankle boots- c/o Clothing at Tesco

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Today I got up early and went swimming, and then finished off my American Studies essay and spent the afternoon with my best friend Kayleigh, who I hadn't seen since November! It was so good to catch up with her and just have a bit of a break from work! Tomorrow I am massively on it with my final draft of my English dissertation and that's the plan for most of the rest of the week! I'm going back to uni this weekend and I'm kinda sad cause I love being at home, but my American BFF Michelle is over in the UK this weekend from her study abroad in Paris so I'm going for breakfast with her on Sunday and then Grant and I are going bowling Sunday night so I just have to get everything done by then!

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Have a lovely day guys. I'm off to fill out visa application forms!

Charlotte x