Sunday, 6 August 2017

Out with the old and in with the June

Apart from the odd rave outfit, or too holey Tee - I haven't done a proper clear out since I stopped growing upwards. Which I reckon was about 13/14. Cos I'ma 'but I might need it someday' fear of regret, kind of person, who above everything - doesn't like to waste money. The reality is, it's wasted anyway, since I've now grown out of - in either size, or style - the majority of my wardrobe, and in June the balanced tipped from cluttered, to I can't handle it!

It's got to the point where I was keeping rubbish - albeit for an empty's post, but keep in mind I've been stocking pilling since I started my blog (end of 2013), and I've still not done it! I won't be a minimalist, I don't need to be. but getting rid of stuff I don't use (and actual rubbish) is definitely a step in the right direction. I know some say do it in one big go, but that's not realistic for me - so I tried to do something everyday. I started with nails polishes, jewllery, shoes (the easy) and on good days or one's with moral support, draws/wardrobe etc. This may all sound a bit dramatic, but I generally find it hard to get rid of things!
It does help that's there's a worthwhile cause besides keeping my sanity - to donate to charity - and since I've been a volunteer, I have an idea of what is considered 'useful' donations, that will sell well and not waste time/space. So about 20% was recycled. A few items kept, if I thought I could get more selling it; though this was never gunna be a big pile, because I haven't the energy or inclination for a lot, but I did want to give selling a go.

I've prioritised sorting summer clothes for now: since it makes better sense to donate in season, and also make more informed choices on what to keep. This month was about yes, no's - and then trying the maybes in outfits to see whether they made the cut.
Do i like it? does it fit? will I wear it? let's hear it.


Weardrobe / Outfits from June 2017


My Only Sunflower
makes me happy, whether or not skies are grey
Like with the Daisies in last month's post, are sunflower's still cool? Cos they are to me. The house had been full of bouquets because of mum's birthday, but with only the 1 sunflower - I thought the accessory was fitting. This is another hand me down - cami strap, full length jumpsuit - with an equally, corker of a floral print. Not the well known American Apparel print, and it doesn't exactly fit me or mum - but it may be an ideal option to convert and make into joggers; a staple I know she wears, and who wouldn't want a sunflower pair??
For me? I had a whole contextual study on sunflowers back when I was doing my A-Level, so I'm a bit over saturated on the artistic side. But I'm still a fan, and going to hold out in hope to thrift some unwanted AA take on this trend; the non-gardeners (non gogh) way to fulfill my sunflower fix.

Jumpsuit - Dorothy Perkins Sale£7 / Sunnies - via Carboot5p




Copy Cat - closest I'll get to crazy Cat Lady
I remember totally crushing on this top, but then my friend Ellen bought it so I didn't feel I should. *Oh the days of popping into topshop after school and buying nothing. Now there's no school, and still nothing* But then it went on sale! and oh how the copycat worries crumbled. So naturally I caved, but tucked it away - and it was still tucked, with tag, and a receipt from 20** to boot. I still love it - but it is super cropped, like reach up and a boob might pop out short, so I am torn. Dungarees helped, & I like the peep of the animal print - but then you don't get the whole, (big) cat effect.
Maybe I'm biased, since it's high on my wishlist to see the 2 jaguars from the 'Secret life of the Zoo', and if I was an animal I wouldn't mind being their black jaguar, with the leopard print that glistens through in the sunlight. But alas I'm human, and clothes adorned with animals is as close as I can get. That and seeing them in the flesh next month, eeek!

Top - TOPSHOP sale£8 / Pinafore - TOPSHOP, secondhand, ?



Thanks for Oversharing
*thought braless was a little clickbait-y*

My Godmother popped round the other day and before she had even made it through the door I'm proclaiming "sorry I've got no bra on", for anyone nearby to hear. First, I wanna make it clear - I was wearing clothes - it was just so flipping hot, that I committed to as few layers as possible. But why did I choose to say this? Now in my head it was just incase she thought something was amiss with my hug, and it's as if by saying it, I don't feel I'm waiting for someone to notice - but even for someone who know's me pretty well, this was a bit tmi. Like my irresistible urge to tell the world when I have a wedgie. Luckily, I'm not alone in this oversharing of body inconveniences as a little girl just walked past us in the restaurant, proclaimed to a waiter

Monday, 10 July 2017

Summery

Summary of the products from my collection, aiming to put the Sunflowers in the shade this Summer



bare minerals 'Neutralising' Primer ( part of 4 piece sampler set from TKMAXX, (gifted) £7.99 ) is a butter-yellow toned, non coverage product - so rather than turn the skin yellow, it slightly dulls/'neutralises' some of the redness. With neutral fair skin, I don't want anything too heavy or yellow to compete with that - but a light tint, and barrier works wonders. Smoothing, without feeling siliconey, it also boasts spf, although I use such a small amount, that I wouldn't rely on it to be my sole sunscreen.
Coupled with their oil control version in problem areas - that came from the same sampler set, and I discussed in my everyday makeup post - they are an unstoppable (to a certain celcius) duo.

I am also lucky enough to sample a selection of nars, thanks to the Cheek and Lip Palette circa 2015, and my overly generous cousins toasting me turning 21; the enclosed highlight in Albatros is what screams summer to me. Well maybe not on paper/in pan - looking stark white - but it's one of those deceiving, completely different from the pan products, as far from look chalky on the skin, it throws back gold. Being fair, this can be a bit too colourful - but lightly, it's gorgeously shiny and brings a new meaning to the phrase golden girls.
The RT Setting Brush (Amazon £2) has become my highlight's partner in shine, since it's more targeted than the one I used before, and the all over taper is a shape I generally like in brushes. With Albatros (and other bolder highlights) it's perfect to help work the shade in, to be more at one with the skin.




Tuesday, 20 June 2017

May Day

Weardrobe / Outfits from May 2017

Bingo wings became angel wings

thanks to a phase 8 jumper with a phase 10 bouji material mix, & batwing angel wings of 100% silk. Next level soft, grey fine knit jumper - on the longer side, it satisfies both comfort and confidence levels. Showing off these wings is the closest I'll ever be to a Victoria's Secret Angel, and it's also given me closure regarding the Clematis; 2 dreams come to an end.
But why is it that bingo wings are yummy, but not seen as so on your body!? I aim to embrace both this summer! #spreadmywings . Can I wing it anymore??? Ok I'm done.
Jumper - Phase 8 via Rennie Grove Hospice Outlet CharityShop, £2 / Jeans - Debenhams via Barnados Charityshop (thriftfinds) £3


Totally Thrifted for Charity Tuesday
Jeans Shirt Jacket, originally from TOPSHOP UNIQLO & ZARA consecutively and IN CAPS. cos, branding, and cos they are capital worthy basics that I found for just over a tenner, all together, via charityshops. Secondhand options can swing both ways - unique, different items, and the plain simplest - as it's not just the one *type* of person that donate their unwanted goods in the aim of earning the charity some money. Denim and Jackets are prime examples with plenty of options secondhand, so you needn't spend alot; the 2 pictured here were in 'still stitched up pockets' (Blazer), and BNWT (jeans) condition - so it doesn't even have to mean second.
Blazer - Zara via The Rennie Grove Hopsice CharityShop, £2 / Shirt - UNIQLO via The British Heart Foundation CharityShop, £4.79 / Jeans - BNWT TOPSHOP via Oxfam CharityShop, £3.99


Fruit Pastel Frappe


After a weekend of a broken Mcdonalds Icecream machine leading me to assess our weekly habit - I went for the fruity option when it was up and running the next. You know, to be 'healthy'.
Do you remember Fruit Pastel Ice lollies? It's bang on the money

Monday, 12 June 2017

The A Team

Something you may not know about me is that I was actually called, and christened Joanna - my middle name being Amber - and for the majority of the way through school, I was the annoying one asking to be called something different for the first few registers. Mum and Dad came to their 'I prefer Amber' senses fairly early on, so it's all I've known - and before GCSE/qualifications came around (and the confusion that would cause) I changed it via deedpoll.



Apart from it being used strangely often to name the *harlet* in any given TV show (& the inaugural I.T class mate google coming up with Amber Smith the porn star.. which may explain the former), I'm very happy with my name.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Blooming Marvellous

Weardrobe / Outfits from April 2017
You know the 'floral's for spring, groundbreaking' sarcasm in The Devil wears Prada (or the subsequent meme)?, well it's happening, and whilst some like Streep say Bloomin Heck, I say Bloomin Marvellous! Thanks partly to lovely weather, in April everything bloomed, and I couldn't help but be inspired - and like lighting up the Barbecue as soon as the sun's out or buying a sledge after the slightest smattering of snow - I want to take full advantage of this opportunity.


The 'Amber'
Outfit Formula
If I were to describe myself in an outfit photo, full of favourites, it would be this. Primarily thrifted. Often incl my Treasured taupe coat, with a cost-per-wear ratio I don't think I'll ever beat. Smile (since I can't do nonchalant), and a background in bloom. The later is definitely a side effect of blogging.
Without blogging (and said outfit shots) Flower's would still be a favourite, but Clematis is my true spirit flower, that I could have easily indulged in as the background for the full month's installment. Instead, I made the most of it with another quintessentially Amber area - my everyday makeup - that may have slipped under the radar thanks to a subsequent impromtu post. Also full of favourites, I talk great reliable makeup and techniques that work for me, whilst living the dream as a flower fairy. >




Trench - Primark via Relate CharityShop, £1 / Shirt - REISS via Cancer Research CharityShop, £5.65 / Jeggings - UNIQLO via British Red Cross CharityShop, £1 / Converse - Office, Gifted


Rhododendrons and an illfitting conundrum

I used to have some magenta jeans back when coloured jeans were all the rage, and my matchy matchy affinity would have loved to have a photo featuring them and these beautiful blooms - but alas, it seems I have managed to get rid of a few clothes over the years. I'm left with more conventional denim, with a slight stretch, bought years ago from a peacocks sale. Minimal distressing which borders on wondering whether it was in production or by falling over - I'm itching to cut off the hems. For now folded, flirting with hint of F&F frill, and my fab nude mac that I'm still in denial is too snug. Now let me concentrate so I don't rip it whilst taking the photo.
Coat - Dorothy Perkins (via BHS), £20 (giftcard) / Top - F&F via Oxfam Charity Shop, £2.99 / Jeans - Peacocks, £5 / Loafers - Primark, £6


Pear Tree giving the Cherry a run for it's money

Invasion of the imitators
Blue denim shirt dresses were the wait ages for one and 2 come along at once item for me; it's F&F takes on TOPSHOP, and here's to the underdog. It's thinner, and shaped more like a longline shirt - I must have left it cuffed when it went in the wash, so when they came out semi unraveled all I could think of was (accidental) fashionable, exadurated cuffs. Unexpectedly cool!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Stand beside ME


It's #meawarenessday and Mum has gone off to the #millionsmissing protest in London, whilst Dad has come home from work to have lunch with me. I am so fortunate, to have people around me who love and support me wholeheartedly - and without them, I know I wouldn't be much more than my M.E.
As yet, there's no effective treatment protocol, so it depends heavily on the people around you as to how you're able to manage - be it medical, social, emotional support or financial. There should be options open to everyone, but sadly this is not the case for many illnesses, and although funding, recognition and research all takes time - having an open mind/compassion does not.
It's people fighting the fight (patients and supporters alike), and you don't have to/aren't expected to fully understand it - god know's we don't - but support and compassion, may be the only current (& most important) treatment plan.

- If you're interested in understanding more about M.E, I'd recommend this fellow blogger's brilliant metaphor which has made it millennial
💙

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Fail Safe Face (a few years later)

Longtime readers may remember my 'fail safe face'; aka, 'everyday' makeup routine I feel confident to call upon, for any occasion. Well believe it or not, that was 2 years ago!
To quote that post (& plenty of other people, I don't take full credit), 'while somethings change, some stay the same', & I'd be interested to see what has changed 'beauty' wise for me, now that I've turned 23
*bar living the dream as a flower fairy*

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Marching into Spring

Weardrobe / Outfits from March 2017

Slice of that Loaf

I'll have a slice of that style
I'd been looking for some smart shoes that weren't boots, and they ended up being closer and cheaper than I ever could have hoped for; one floor away infact, and free, thanks to mum's winter shoe sorting.
I went through a phase of wearing loafers to school, but these are definitely a step up from shoe-zone's finest. ^ Vintage Clarks - higher quality than I could afford new, in the size I hoped for, but hadn't yet found thrifted - you can really see how styles come right back around. I personally prefer the plainer of the 2 pairs, but it doesn't hurt that the other's buckle is really on trend, and hand-me-down is a risk free way to try the trend out.
Jeans - Dorothy Perkins, £10 / Loafers - Clarks, hand me down

I call this 'Iced Latte'

When your drink matches your aesthetic
All black, a great backdrop for a great jacket - and yes, I definitely have too many jackets in similar tones, but they are all different, and I'm an 'If it ain't broke, buy another one' kinda girl. This example from Zara, £2 in still stitched pockets condition, maintains that the total cost of my collection is less than £20 - a lot less than I've spent cumulatively on the coffee. It makes sense that I like the drink, since I am obsessed with the colour (although I'm not really that extra). & yes, Nero is the best.
Jacket - Zara via Rennie Grove Hospice Outlet CharityShop, £2 / Jeans - Primark, £10 / Bag - Newlook, Gifted

Size Sack
Why you should search every secondhand every section

I love my denim shirt dresses, but with 2 very similar, it can look repetitive, even when I haven't been outfit repeating. So when I saw a black, T-shirt style denim dress - originally TOPSHOP - it was worth a second look. Size 6 that is beyond oversized (wouldn't be surprised if it was wrongly sized), it's not the most flattering of things - but it leans more exaggerated artist overalls than bin bag. It would also make the perfect canvas (pardon the pun) for a little DIY. Distressing? Patches? Reconstruction? Who am I kidding?

Monday, 17 April 2017

Credit to Olivia Colman

2 of my current favourite TV's shows have a fantastic women in common, and Olivia Coleman deserves said credit.

Broadchurch Series 3 has managed to make everyone seem shifty, unhappy, and ultimately unlikeable - which I get is the whole Cluedo idea - but it doesn't make for inspiring character idolisation. Dad has always maintained that the Alec (Tennant) and Miller (Colman) relationship is what carries the show through from the depths of gloom. It's not a conventional balance each other out double act (eg. one happy, one angry), more of a communal distaste and commitment to the cause, of good hearted people - but she is by far the better half for me.
She manages to be a strong, sassy character without the need for centre stage. Her outbursts are authentic, yet compassion admirable. Her subtle expressions speak more than words ever could - when Alec made the comment about being too nice, her reaction made me laugh so loud. I love that she EATS - a simple thing TV show's seem to forget! I appreciate that she doesn't have to be bulshy to be effective as a Police officer, and she does all this as a single parent on a budget with other daily struggles, that anybody watching could have. As this series has gone on, the general strong woman theme has really come out, and I like that alot - but her character embodies it always.
Now I know this is a character reference, but I believe every actor brings a bit of their character to a roll - so be it Olivia or Ellie - she is a down to earth, Idol.

extra point, I think the Broadchruch team have portrayed grief and loss incredibly powerfully yet honestly - with the character of 'Beth Latimer' coming a very close second on the great acting real here. I'll miss the series, but I think it's the time to finish.


Broadchurch wasn't nearly as bleak when I visited; which *spoiler*, is really called West Bay and has the coolest secondhand inside/outside emporium and sandy beaches - although I'm not sure I'll be able to separate the show and the real life landmarks in my brain. I'm standing on the pier where Ellie gave Lenny Henry's daughter a right bollocking, and that I don't automatically associate Olivia like I do the other big names (like Tennant and Lenny) as themselves before their character, says a lot for her skills. That being said, being a Broadchurch culprit can taint like a tar brush, so series3 please don't conCluedo with the 'Reverend in the field with a sock' - do not ruin *Rory for me!

A much more mellow program, 'The Secret Life of the Zoo' is based on behind the scenes action at Chester Zoo. Animal life can actually seem a bit food sex and violence on paper, but there's nothing like the calm voice of Olivia Coleman to make it endearing again. She not only makes me want to visit the zoo (cousins what do you reckon?), be interested in even the animals that move at 0 miles an hour, but also want her voice on a pod cast to chill too aswell.

She was also in Rev, the most understated comedy known to man and she still managed to make an impression. Although I never really got into Night Manager; massive kudos to her for filming whilst heavily pregnant. If you've any other Colman suggestions, please do let me know, because as of tonight's finale: the closest I'll get to animal is in my outfits, and West Bay returns as the backdrop reality.



*Reverend Paul Coates (broadchurch) aka Rory (Doctor Who) aka Arthur Darvill (Actor)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Spring and Tell

Show and tell of the products from my collection, aiming to put the daffodils in the shade this Spring



Sunday, 26 March 2017

You are an Angel in the shape of my Mum

Like a lot of the population, Ed Sheeran's new album has been ringing in my ears for the past few weeks. New man, Happier, Galway Girl, Nancy Mulligan, What do I know - standout favourites, and not to forget the utter tear jerker supermarket flowers.
There's no supermarket flowers here as I haven't been in over a month and I needed to be inconspicuous with my photos - but one line sang so true, so I made this for you.


You are my best friend, biggest support, and all round incredible human being! Thanks for the card inspiration Ed, and for being my all round inspiration mum.

Friday, 10 February 2017

New Year, New Stuff

January 2017's Sensible Splurge 

I'm off on a trip soon, vague, and in anticipation there were a few items I was keen to buy. All these pieces have wardrobe longevity, for home and away - but it made sense to coincide their purchase with this trip. I didn't have long to find them, so most are Highs Street new NEW stuff, which is fairly new for me.
I still consider it a sensible splurge with my Christmas money - though not completely abandoning my thrifting instincts, so there'd be some left for the trip itself.

Shoes
Clarks 'Orinocco' Boots, Chelsea Boots, are nothing new to me or my blog, but this is my new pair.


I don't expect a pair of shoes to be indestructible, but annoyingly - my original breaking-beyond-repair, and going away - happened to coincide. A straight replacement, since they work so well for me already - I've got no inclination to look elsewhere.
Having been without for over a month, patience paid off with a 20% off boots promotion; I managed to get the same style, same size, same discount, but slightly higher price than 5/6 years ago (£55 down to £44) at £60 down to £48.  My old pair may look battered and strangely, slightly green in comparison, but they have done me proud. As the style is still available all these years later, I doubt I'm the only one that thinks so.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Weardrobe | Festivities 2016

December 2016 Outfits, with room for festive food, ft. Cracker Hat

Howe-Wright Roast
My godmother and her lot, treated us to an early Roast, whilst all were home for Christmas. We had the most heavenly meal - with parsnips that will stay with me - cos when fruit and veg taste like sweets, diets seem worth doing. 



The food featured in my outfit choice, with loose jumper and leggings which allow for optimum eating. Believe it or not, I have no black leggings (note to self, need to change that), so a blue/denim option it was. longline v neck to save my blushes, courtesy of M&S Sale. Decided against the necktie in the end; as dog, and tug of war, were both brought to my attention.

Chris-mas              
My older brother and his girlfriend also kindly hosted us - & as my first visit to his flat involved a 3 course meal, I'll be goin back. I didn't want to waste the seasonal opportunity to get my beaded dress back out, that I wore last Christmas (post here), but being a hefty journey away - and winter - it made sense to diversify. First time I've tried the tee under the dress thing out - was a bit young to make fashion choices in the 90's - but I think I prefer both individually, the revival later.