Wednesday, 30 November 2016

This November

So I was thinking about my monthly favourites series and realized it's not something I can sustain since I don't buy new things every month. Instead, given everything that has happened this month and even this year, I'm changing things up. I'm gonna start posting reflections at the end of each month, some of them might include things I've bought, some of them might not. My blog has always been a make-things-up-as-I-go-along type of place so we'll see what happens.

Despite it being my birthday in November, I'm always prepared for a little bit of gloom during the month. It's an awkward slot of time between Halloween and Christmas, the Winter blues start to settle in, so even if I'm super cheerful it's likely that the people around me won't be. This November, however, has really outdone itself on the doom and gloom scale. I honestly didn't even know how to react on the 9th. Laugh, cry, scream into a pillow? All of the above?

What's bothering me most is the feeling that the world is going backwards. Back to times when racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia weren't called out on. Back to times when they were 'normal'. And I know the world wasn't a perfect place before Brexit and Trump came along - it would be stupid to think that. But some of the things that have been said by US and UK politicians lately, people who are representing these countries on the world stage, have just been so fucking unacceptable. And what's worse is how this is causing people to think that their views are suddenly okay, and that they can go out and be racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, bigoted. I'm just so sick of it and I'm sure you're all sick of it too.

Anyway, putting idiocy aside, Craig Benzine (a.k.a WheezyWaiter, my favourite Youtuber) made a great video the day after the election talking about the divide between rural and urban America and some of the other factors that led to a Trump victory.

This month I also met a man called Ben Bellman at the Tate. I was at the Radical Eye exhibition and he started talking to me. His speech was a little frantic and repetitive but we had a nice chat. Turns out he's an ex-stuntman who was involved in a terrible accident that almost killed him and affected his memory. There's a short interview with him in the Guardian. To come out the other end of that and be enjoying life is incredible.

To end this post, I have a monthly favourite to share. I got Mooncop by Tom Gauld for my birthday, a short graphic novel about a police officer on the moon. The colony is dwindling, so there isn't much for him to do up there. It's a sad but funny read, and if you're struggling to think of Christmas gifts for people it would be a great option.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Gold Heels

Jacket - Hong Kong / Top - M&S / Skirt - New Look / Boots - Topshop (all old)
Photos by Faaizah

So we're back to that time of year where outdoor shoots require pretending to not look freezing without a coat on. I know this look would've been better without tights but there's a chance my legs might've been blue by the end of the shoot which wouldn't have made for good pictures.

Anyway, here's a slightly grungy look that I wore to a birthday lunch. The prevalence of the 90s trends have really gotten to me - my online shopping carts are full of slip dresses right now. I like a subtle mix of prints so I thought my floral skirt and striped jacket would pair up nicely. I also really like that they're both long pieces, though being 5'2" there's always a risk of getting proportions wrong and having my frame just completely swamped. I once tried on a huge fluffy coat which I loved, but it kinda looked like I was being enveloped by some sort of monster. The highlight of this outfit has to go to the mirror details on my heels. Gotta love a small touch of gold.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Checks Out

Jumper - United Colors of Benetton / Skirt - Whistles / Hat - Emoda  / Belt - H&M (all old)
Check skirts and turtleneck jumpers seem to be an ever-popular autumn combo. It's stuck around for a while too, seeing as these pieces are both vintage and from my mum's wardrobe! The jumper has faded a little over the years but the skirt is still in great condition. I spent ages deciding what jewellery to pair with this look but in the end I decided to forgo any in favour of this awesome Emoda hat - which I'm surprised hasn't made an appearance on the blog yet - and a simple belt.

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