Friday, 2 June 2017

Down By The Water


Its been a while hasn't it? As much as I love blogging I did need a little break. Life lately has just been really tough, I've been desperately searching for a new job as my current job is becoming pretty unbearable not to mention just doesn't pay enough. I've also had a ton of coursework for uni to do add into that multiple interviews, rejections and anxiety and you get me feeling pretty tired, down trodden and like life just isn't working right now. This space is supposed to be a creative outlet where I can have fun and relax but it just started to feel like another pressure I some how had to fit into my life. I didn't feel like being creative or going out to take outfit posts looking all smiley and bright when actually I was exhausted and felt like life had just smacked me round the face with a pole. It really hasn't been a great few months and I'd love to say its all solved now but it really isn't, I've had more rejections, more let downs, I am still stuck in a job that is making me really unhappy and we really do not have enough money to live on right now. We both knew that the first few years of marriage would be difficult as we are both students and therefore are unable to earn very much but it was a little unexpected to have so much going out and not a lot coming back in. Moving out of student accommodation and into a privately owned flat means you are suddenly face with bills you just can't afford on a part time wage or student loan. We know this is just a small part of our lives and that we will eventually graduate and be able to make enough money to live but its still pretty difficult when you know you've another year of this to go. 

But amongst the rubbishness there have been little glimmers of joy, a day full of sunshine and smiles where we've put our troubles aside for a few hours. Yesterday was one of those days. I managed to get myself another interview and I submitted some coursework so we decided to take the afternoon off and just enjoy ourselves. We didn't want to go too far away so just made out way down to Port Meadow for a little amble along the Thames. We went the opposite way to the way we normally go and found it deserted and quiet. It was really beautiful just soaking up some sunshine and listening to the birds sing in the trees. I really am trying to enjoy these moments, to consciously stay in the the present and try not to worry about the future but it is hard. I am really looking forward to some more days like this in the summer, they may not be entirely carefree but they help us to remember not everything is hard and difficult and to remind us of all the reasons we fell in love with each other in the first place. 

What I wore...
Dress - Fatface (Old) | Shoes - Fatface

Monday, 8 May 2017

Summer Bucket List

The summer is almost here and I am super excited for all the things we can only do when its warm and hot. One of the benefits of living down South is the summer tends to be quite warm with temperatures reaching 35 degrees last summer (this is very exciting for some one who grew up in the north on the wet and rainy west coast). I absolutely love it when the weather starts to get really hot, when I can go bare legged, eat outside every day and go wild swimming in the Thames river. Every year I like to write myself a little summer bucket list with all the simple things I want to enjoy during the summer so I thought I'd share it on here also. What are your favourite things to do in the summer? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, 5 May 2017

The Olive Dress

I cannot believe it is now May, this year seems to be going so fast! But as much as I feel time is running away with me I am also super excited for the summer to be getting closer and closer. May is an in between month for me where I feel like it's almost summer but not quite, its almost warm enough for bare legs and sunbathing but not quite and although I love a picnic in any weather we still need a good jumper to enjoy eating in the garden. When I first saw this dress in a shop whilst on holiday in York I couldn't help but picture me wearing it in the sunshine, preferably in wandering the vineyards of Italy. Unfortunately I think my summer will mostly take place in Oxford but I could still see a real place for this gorgeous tea dress in my wardrobe. It was however, a little out of my budget so I left in York and returned to Oxford only to find a few weeks later it had been put in the Lady Vintage sale. I knew I had to have it and am so glad I ordered it. Lady Vintage is a new brand to me but its one of the only vintage remake brands I've managed to find that have a more ethical way of creating their products as all their clothes are made in the UK. A big part of me trying to shop more ethically for clothes is to buy locally made and so finding a brand with such gorgeous and comfortable clothes made in London is a real jackpot. I'm also planning to keep it in my wardrobe long enough to be able to take it to Italy when Russell and I do manage to make it over there!

What I Wore...
Dress - Lady V | Cardigan - M&S (Old) | Shoes - Old | Sunglasses - Tribe

Friday, 28 April 2017

Remix: St Georges Day Walk

Last Sunday was St Georges Day, a day which I don't really feel lie we celebrate enough here in England. It seems very odd to me that we have such big celebrations for St Patricks Day but not a day that celebrates our own England. Because of this I try to mark it in my own little way and so I put on my most English outfit (I felt like the little London soldiers and policeman were very English) and decided we should go out for a cream tea. We decided to visit Basildon Park and go for a bit of a walk, it turned out we were in luck as all the bluebells had come out in the wood and we were surrounded by a sea of indigo. It was absolutely stunning and I really enjoyed posing for outfit posts amongst the flowers feeling like a woodland fairy.

I bought this dress from Cath Kidston about 8 months ago and its one of those easy comfy pieces that I feel can go all year round. In my previous post I styled it with a jumper and little red trainers, this time as it was warmer I opted for bare arms and a cardigan for when the wind blew but its also a great dress to pair with wooly tights and boots in the winter. The bag was a present from my sister and brother for my birthday from Joanie, its such a cute shape and I think it will help add a bit of character to a lot of outfits.

What I Wore...
Dress - Cath Kidston (Old) | Shoes (Old) | Cardigan M&S (Old) | Bag - Joanie 
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