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Monday, 26 September 2016

Books I've read this month - August


Well, I did mean to get this post out a lot sooner but as per I've been run off my feet and well I haven't been as organised with posts as I would like to be, better late then never right?

I started my new job a little over a month ago, as it's a little far away from where I live I had to commute by train meaning I have just over an hour each way of down time all to myself. I've utilised  that time in rekindling my love for reading. I've always loved getting lost in a book since I was a little girl so I've really enjoyed getting back into it. In this new monthly blog post series, I'll be giving a brief overview of each book I read, without hopefully giving away too much. 


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

All the feels. I did think however this got off to a slow start. Set in Nazi Germany, it's written from the perspective of Bruno, a 9-year-old boy that's been uprooted from his home in Berlin he loved, to a home situated next to Auschwitz. He meets Shmuel and a forbidden friendship is formed and an unexpected end is met. After reading this book, it stuck with me for a good while unable to stop thinking about what happened at the end. 4/5


The Green Mile by Stephen King

Famed for his horror writing I have always steered clear of anything written by Stephen King. I can't handle anything scary. However, I had watched The Green Mile perhaps 8 or 9 years ago I knew what the general crack of the book was and knew I'd be safe from anything paranormal. Gore/slashers/thrillers I can handle, ghosts or anything demonic it's a huge no from me. I really really enjoyed reading this story, set on death row you live the final weeks of each inmate that are brought to the Green Mile. When the newest inmate, John Coffey is brought down, you soon learn there's something a little different about him and live the strange going's on until John Coffey meets his end with old sparky. If you have or haven't seen the film this is a definite must read. 5/5


Harry Potter And The Cursed Child play by Jack Thorne

Ok so I didn't technically read this in August, I read it on the day it came out, I still wanted to include it as it was basically August just being the day before. As this was written as a script, I didn't know how I would get on with the format but I hardly noticed. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, my grandma would always buy me and my cousins the books the day they came out. I loved the old nostalgia I felt anticipating another story set in the world of Harry Potter. In this, the book is set some years after Harry attended Hogwarts, he Ron and Hermoine have families of their own and we see Harry and Ginny waving Albus off at that famous platform for his first day at school. In a twist of events, he befriends Scorpius, the son of Harry's old rival Draco where they create their own adventure echoing those Albus' father used to get up to.Definite must for any HP fan! 5/5


Ctrl Alt Delete How I grew Up online by Emma Gannon.

Hahaha, this had me in stitches as I felt it was so relatable to my own teens and early adulthood. Emma goes into detail of her experiences of growing up online which a lot of kids born in the early 90s and upwards are currently dealing with. I found this very inspiring with the industry I am in, it's a real thinker. 4/5 


To Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mocking Bird is one of my favorite books ever. This release was eagerly anticipated by myself even though I have only just got around to reading it, it did not disappoint. Set when Scout is 26, she goes home to Maycomb to visit Atticus on her 2-week vacation from New York where she is currently living. But on going back home, Scout discovers something about Atticus that makes her view her father, the only person she has 100% adoration and respect for in a different light. 4/5

What have you guys been reading?

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Pinafores Will Always Be Bae

Topshop Pinafore Dress

I'm currently full of cold. It's not attractive. I was joking to my colleagues at work earlier this week that I never get ill and boom those little germs have gone and got me. It's making me crave all the sugar and none of the good stuff so as you can imagine its totally doing wonders for my waistline yey!

I know I know poor little me right?

I'll always love pinafores. Mainly cos it means I can do my favourite thing: wearing all the layers. 
This one is a little different to the offer pinafores I own, its made of a really really thick denim and has a soft nautical theme to it. I spotted this on the sale rack whilst in Leeds last weekend and made a beeline for it, it wasn't strictly in my size, sometimes I can risk and 8 but being so tall it means there's a higher chance my butts not gonna be covered. . . . in this instance I was safe and my bootay [who am I kidding I've got no butt] remained suitably covered. Aces. My new chunky knit I think will be surgically attached to be in the upcoming colder months, its just so warm and gorgeous and has all the length thay a giant like me needs whislt on the look out for new clothes.


Topshop Pinafore Dress
Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

What will you be wearing this autum? 

Pinafore Topshop | Top Topshop | Shoes ASOS | Cardigan H&M

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Monday, 19 September 2016

FarFecth - The Modern Tailoring Edit

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There's something undeniably chic about a little tailoring in our outfits. I'm in a job where I can rock up in my vans and skinnies, no need for traditional office attire. However, I do find myself drooling over threads that would be seen on all career girl in the city. With the help of FarFetch, I've created a little something in the way of modern tailoring, with a twist of Jess ;) I've tried capturing 3 main elements whilst creating my perfect tailored look, silhouettes, experimentation, and edge. Ok, perhaps a lil luxury thrown in for good measure too. 





£630 - farfetch.com

First up is this lil cape number from Alexander Mcqueen. You can't go wrong with a crisp white shirt to set off a bit more of a polished look. Dem cape sleeves are just [insert heart eye emoji here] 


                    
                    Kenzo long sleeve blazer  
£115 - farfetch.com 

 I am in winter denial, As in I'm not quite ready to admit summer is over just yet. So the colour of this gorgeous Kenzo blazer is right up my street whilst I cling onto the last of the summer. Does this screams Samatha Jones from SATC to anyone else? I'd feel like I'd be channelling all kinds of Sam Jones vibes in this neon blazer. 






 £520 - farfetch.com

I have died and gone to tailored trouser heaven. These bad boys will bring all kinds of silhouettes with that dreamy asymmetric leg. A girl can dream to own a pair of trousers as yummy as these. 




                         Valentino leather ankle strap sandals
£870 - farfetch.com

I have been after a pair of these babies for so so long. With the leather and studs, they definitely bring the all important edge factor [lol sounds like another bad talent show] to a chic and smart outfit. 




 £3,875 - farfetch.com

Backpacks are my new bae and this Chanel one is friggin' perfection. However, white items and I don't tend to get on cos all the spillage and yeah well let's just           say it won't look like that after  I've had it long. Still pretty doe. 





  £565 - farfetch.com

Yeah, sunglasses in winter what about it? Sunglasses can be worn anytime, any outfit. Don't believe me? Well, just take a look at Anna Wintour she's always sporting an oversized pair of sunnies whenever she feels. So fashion YOLO.




What do you think of these items? How would you have done ''modern tailoring'? 

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

When Stuffs Too Nice For The Gym

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

All black again, who am I? Perhaps it's me morning for the summer as we descend into Autumn who knows? Bye bye sunny days and light mornings. 

BUT LOOK AND BEHOLD

I managed to get my out of proportion hands on the Panic leggings and sports bra FINALLY. I’m gonna tell you a secret, I buy things when I’m drunk, have a fuck it attitude and in the morning through my hang over, because I'm 26 now and can’t handle my 2 cans of Strongbow and a shot of apple sourz, I reluctantly check my emails for drunken purchases which I later have to confess to James. Taking a shopping problem to a whole new level. If we get married and recite our vows, I’ll remind him of ‘’in sickness and in heath’’ cos ladz, this is my sickness. 

So Custom charges are a friggin’ pain. Like why does it cost £8 for handling before Steve from customs deems I haven’t paid enough tax. Every damn time I order from the states I get whacked with customs charges. Like ew plz plz stop. My mum sent me a gift from New Zealand once, had to pay £16 customs charge. WHY?

I digress, but they’re here now and that's all that matters and I feel like this post has turned more into a short story about how I obtained these items rather than about how much I love them. Let's do that bit now, shall we?

The leggings themselves are super soft, I’m not sure why but I love the whole sport band thing at the top of leggings. I am a gal that will wear a pair of leggings as trousers and not be ashamed. These even passed the "can you see my underwear if I bend over in them test” not like that would stop me. Exhibitionist apparently. As we’re supposed to be going into Autumn I didn’t think I could go frolicking around in just the matching sports bra so threw on over this mesh jumper from H&M which really wouldn’t save me from cold temperatures but undoubtedly looked cool and brought some edginess to the outfit and that's all that matters. I had planed to wear these to the gym but they’re much too pretty, I’m sure I’ll find other uses for them. 

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco Sportsluxe

Panic! At The Disco Sportsluxe



How would you have styled these items? Do you hate custom charges too? lol jokes [but not really] 

Sports Bra/Leggings Panic! At The disco Site | Jumper H&M | Shoes Adidas 

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Dear Jess




Dear Jess

It's 2013

You are not your wieght. You are not what you eat. You are not the hours you spend in the gym after work burning off the non-existent calories you haven't eaten. You do not need the girl who's supposed to be your pal grabbing you and telling you you're Chubby or shaming you when you eat. You stop the restriction, you stop the other bad things. You begin to feel like you're living again. You stop associating food with guilt and speak to someone about it for the first time.

It's going to be OK when your mum leaves. You're toxic family member leaves you alone finally. You learn to control your worry, you learn its normal. 

You break away from the relationship that's made you ill, you meet someone that 100% cares for you. You learn who your friends are. 

It gets better, but it gets worse before it does. These are the happiest times
Of your early 20's but also your worst. You get frustrated but accept that theres somethings you can't change. 

You will leave morrisons. You find out what it is you want to do. You find you're career. 

You find you.


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