Wednesday, 5 August 2015

12 Casual Dress Ideas

It's Summer, so if it's a rare day where we decide to get out of bed and get dressed - we want the process to be easy. One of my go-to favourite Summer outfits has been my casual dresses. They're super easy to just slide on and are comfortable. 

Here are 12 casual dress ideas that will be your best friend for the rest of Summer! 
(PS: I've spent a while linking up the titles of each item, so to be redirected to the item you fancy just click!)


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

20 Reasons To Be Excited About University

The prospect of moving to University can be pretty daunting, nerve-wracking and quite frankly scarier than sitting through 'Annabelle'. How do I know this? I'm moving in four weeks to the big unknown. Yes I've had night terrors. Yes I might've even shed a tear or two. And yes, I will miss my spacious room as I prepare to transition into one the size of a matchbox. But I also know that it's time to accept the change and prepare to become a strong, independent woman (har har). 

Here are 20 reasons to stop being sad about Uni and start getting excited. 

1. New people - This might be initially scary but you're going to have double the amount of friends you currently have. Just because you're leaving your old ones behind doesn't mean you have to lose touch. We are living in the times where social media runs the world - you're not going to miss your old pals when you're getting constant notifications about them! 

2. A fresh start - It's like a new life. It's out with the old and in with the new! 

3. Nobody knows about those embarrassing school moments & phases - Unlike all your high school pals, your Uni ones will only know the new, mature and sophisticated you!

4. No parents - I guess for some this is a 'hell yeah!' realisation, for me, it makes me cry a river. So technically, I may only be giving you 19 reasons to be excited about University here...

5. A second room - You get to be creative with a small, cosy space! All you need to remember is that mattress topper!

6. Exploring a new environment - Chances are if you're moving to Uni you're off to a new place. You'll find new hang outs and new cool places to explore. 

7. Learning to appreciate the little things - Home cooked Sunday dinner will become a rarity so learning to love and appreciate the small things in life can only make us better people, right? 

8. Student discount - We're going to need it!

9. Studying what we love - Hopefully you've signed up for a course that you're passionate about. Studying what we love every day will make our work load way less tedious. 

10. Independence - While I'm going to miss having Mum do most mundane tasks, I'll be learning to be independent and stand on my own two feet.

11. Motivation - A quality that hopefully we'll all possess as we power through our first year! The only way is up!

12. Saying goodbye - I'm sure I'm not alone when I confess that there are some people I really can't wait never to see again. Purging the negative vibes that emanate from some negative people that can be found within school will be bliss. Sure, I may come across some new ones but ensuring you select and surround yourself with positive, encouraging people when you move away is key to your mental sanity!! 

13. Freshers Week - Probably what the majority of people can't wait to get to Uni for. Drinks, new people, dancing, drinks and um more drinks? 

14. Access to opportunities - You never know what can arise from being in a new place, meeting new people and being a student. You'll have access to new opportunities that could take you exciting places. 

15. Not knowing what the future holds - For the last eighteen years your life has been pretty pre-planned - school. Your school routine is no longer part of your life and you don't know exactly what your future routine holds!  

16. Longer holidays - We're going to need that extra time off to recharge from the work (and partying) but those extra few weeks of holiday time will be a blessing. 

17. New stationary - If this isn't a reason you're excited to start Uni, I don't even know if you're human right now. Say hello to your pretty new pencils and that squeaky clean rubber - stationary has never looked so good. 

18. Getting inspired - Surrounded by people with the same interests and learning in a building that's focused on your passions will only lead to you being inspired. While it may be cringey, you know I'm right. 

19. Creating memories - Probably a good thing that I'm nearing the end of this list because I seem to be entering a whole other level of cheese. However, you'll create new memories with new people and have stories to tell (finally!). 

20. You can be yourself - If there's one thing for sure it's your personality, your passions and your drive that got you a spot at your University. Not having to hide any element of your personality is part of the freeing experience of Uni! People really don't care if you used to be popular or were in the chess club - you're all equal and likeminded - now go make friends! 


Monday, 3 August 2015

10 Signs You're Ready To Cut Your Hair

1. You just can't stand the sight of your hair any longer.
2. You never get creative with up-do's or any form of plait (french plaits are so out of the question).
3. You've had long hair for as long as you can remember.
4. You're obsessed with short hair. You love the look of it so much you've even got photo albums of inspiration.
5. You have absolutely no enjoyment brushing those long locks - the mane is too hard to tame. 
6. You need to undergo a serious life change - cutting your hair is the first step of the transformation process. 
7. You can't remember the last time you looked in the mirror and adored the sight of your long hair. 
8. Your hair's in bad condition anyway - cutting those dead ends off will give it a new lease of life. 
9. Your favourite Disney Princess is Rapunzel from Tangled - she rocks short hair even better than Snow White. 
10. You've been debating cutting your hair for weeks/months/years - it's time to bite the bullet.

Disclaimer: If you've followed the advice from this post - I am not held responsible for any bad haircuts and will not be blamed for any regretful decisions. However, if there's one thing I know for sure, I have absolutely no regrets in going for the ol' chop and would seriously recommend it. 


Sunday, 2 August 2015

What Cinderella Taught Us About Fashion..

Whether you're into fashion or not, your clothes say more about you than you realise. 
Whether you're into fashion or not, you also tend to make a judgement on someone's character based on what they're wearing. 
And if you've walked out of the door already today, you might want to grab that favourite necklace of yours - because someone's about to judge you, whether you like it or not. 

 Take Cinderella for example. Rushing around on beck and call of her Step-Mother and Step-Sisters in rags, although still looking pretty good considering. With the help of some magic and a Fairy Godmother (obviously), the helpless Cinders gets her new alter-ego. From a young age we were taught the impact of what a good outfit can do to people's perceptions of you. Rags are not cool but the haute couture style dress that was whisked up by Fairy Godmother's wand is definitely 'au so chic'. Disney taught us a lot of things that we might not be aware of consciously but in our sub-conscious there are many lessons that we've been taught from Walt himself. Surprisingly, fashion was one of these lessons. 

Why couldn't Cinderella go to the ball in her rags? 

a) It would have been totally reckless
b) Cinderella isn't reckless
c) They're rags
d) Because - your clothes speak a thousand words 
(and rags were so last season...)

But not all of us have Fairy Godmothers to rescue us from our fashion disasters (one thing Disney could've mentioned along with the fact that being able to fly isn't actually a thing unless you're Peter Pan.) 
Had Cinderella decided to be rebellious and marched up to the Palace in her dishevelled, rag-form dress, the outcome and consequences of her actions would have created a totally different film. Not only would Cinderella have been a complete badass, she would also have been a raging loon. One foot on royal property dressed like that would have had her escorted off the premises, accompanied with laughs and sniggers from those dressed head-to-toe in haute couture. Much like in Disney's, 'Cinderella', society today still abides to these basic codes of conduct. If you're at a major party - you dress the part. Rags show that you don't care, you're poor, you're an outcast or you've been attacked by a pack of wild bears and you're just recovering. Part of the beauty of the film of Cinderella is her transformation from 'rags' to 'riches'. It is her clothes that transform her into a desirable, love interest to the Prince. A conventional image of femininity - a ball gown and some glass slippers (or some Louboutins because heels are hard enough to walk in - forget glass!). The Prince undoubtedly would've looked the other way had Cinderella turned up in some serious fashion faux pas. An outfit matters and it was Cinderella's outfit that transformed her from social outcast to 'Best Dressed'. 

I was inspired to write this post by a book that I am currently reading, 'Women In Clothes'. The book is written by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton and 639 other women. As each page is turned you discover women's stories and the complex relationships that different women have with their clothes. Not only do clothes tell their story but the clothes literally speak a thousand words and more.  

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