Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Lanzarote





My friends (Lauren, Chloe and Tilly) and I first proposed the idea of a holiday together back in winter. Initially, I favoured glamping (glamorous camping) and the inexpensive, bohemian experience I thought it would give us. What with our exams and expert procrastination however, we left booking a good glamping sight rather late, and ended up with nowhere to go. To be honest, I suspect that not every group member was totally keen on the idea of glamorous camping anyway, causing sluggish progress to be made regarding our looking and booking process. So we entered crisis mode... only a tiny slot of time where we could all go away together, overloaded with exams at the time of booking, all finishing exams at different times, a tight budget, and most places fully booked. Out of curiosity we began to look online at holidays abroad, which is when we found that the cheapest flights were to Lanzarote. One thing led to another, and sheer excitement and surprise at the good price meant that within a couple of days we had scrapped our glamping plans and were off to Lanzarote for four nights... in just three weeks! Timings were so tight that we were picking up Lauren after her last exam and heading straight to the airport -  I suppose that's what you get when you are a group of last minute planners! 

To cut a long story short, it was amazing. I didn't know what to expect and had read a few horror stories on Trip Advisor, but I was thoroughly impressed with our apartment complex and the island in general. At the hotel (which wasn't really a hotel but lots of adorable apartments) there were two Spanish lads on the animation team who were about 20-24 or so, and their sheer avoidance of us compared to their interaction with everyone else provided my friends and me with tons of entertainment... maybe we looked snobby due to our reluctance to join in with pool games, or for some reason incredibly off putting... either way it was funny. The hotel was called Apartamentos Morromar and was in Puerto Del Carmen. It was perfect - a very pretty and well kept hotel with two pools and plenty of cats (yay!), a 5 euro taxi ride away from the main strip and 5 minute walk away from the beach. We spent most of the days at the pool, beach, looking in the little shops and being entertained by our estranged animation team. In the evening we would get a ride into the Puerto Del Carmen and try out the cocktails bars and clubs. I was sooooo impressed! I'm embarassed now, but I had the impression that Lanzarote was a popular place for older couples and wouldn't have much to offer... how wrong I was. The strip had loads to offer and there was a huge variety of people. Our favourites were a cool bar called Africa which had a brilliant duo playing live music every night and Golden Corner, a lively cocktail bar which served every drink with sparklers... I'm actually kind of scared of sparklers but it was fun anyway! 

My friends and I enjoyed having a own apartment loads and couldn't believe how much we got for the price. Our balcony was such a sun trap and had a lovely sea view - perfect for playing cards or drying your bikini on. We didn't want to leave, four nights was not enough and we even considered going back in August - I'll have to see how my funds are doing! I didn't take many photographs as I actually filmed a lot with the intention of putting together a little holiday movie in the near future - but here's a few :)













I am now well and truly branded as a crazy cat lady due to how I practically melted when seeing any of the countless cats and kittens at the hotel. I love Apartamentos Morromar even more because they are lovely to the kitties and guests can buy food at reception to feed their little fury faces :) One last thing... when I took the sunset pictures from the balcony, Drunk in Love was playing in the background, a big chunk of my friendship group was with me, and the night was so still, it was a perfect moment. 

Jane 
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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

OOTD: Double Black


Trousers - American Apparel, Top - H&M, Cardigan - Asos, Shoes - Volley


Hello! I'm back after a long blogging slump with a quick and simple ootd. I'm not a huge " black on black" wearer, but I like how it looks with my slouchy cardigan thrown on top, and crop tops go so well with my super highwaisted riding pants. I've been obsessed with The Wolf of Wall Street soundtrack lately, hence the title of this post (Double Dutch is a song on the soundtrack!). I've also be loving Rattus Novegicus by The Stranglers - it's one of those albums where I skip no songs and just cannot pick a favourite! I've finished my exams now,  but I had those two alums playing alternatively in the background during my hardcore revision. Speaking of exams, how are you all getting on? Have you finished yet, or are you still working away? My friends and I are heading to Spain on a short break tomorrow - we've been planning to go away together for ages, and this week turned out to be the only week appropriate, so it's become an end of exam celebration sort of shindig :) I'm excited, but also kind of nervous... does anybody else get nervous before going on holiday!? Maybe it's just me... 
By the way, I thought I'd try out a new font, so for a while it's going to look inconsistent with my older posts (which is going to grate on me!), but hopefully it'll integrate itself soon :) 

Hope you're all well,

Jane 
x

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

OOTD: New Clothes!







Riding Pants - American Apparel, Top & Shirt - Topshop, Shoes - Volley, Sunglasses - Tesco


Hello everyone! It was my eighteenth birthday on Friday and I have a few new items of clothing that I'm very excited about. My friends and I went to London for the day on Thursday (for my b'day) and whilst I was there, I couldn't resist popping into American Apparel. There is an AA near me, but the Oxford Street store is much bigger! I have to say, I wasn't expecting AA to munch its way through my funds quite as much, but I don't regret my purchases. I love these riding pants because they're comfortable and so versatile - you can wear them like leggings but they look fab with a crop top and heels for a night out too :D I adore the panneling on the inner knee and the ribbed material. Also, they're the perfect length for me which is a huge bonus (I'm 5ft 8 and a half). I also bought a simple raglan top as raglan is my favorite sleeve type! I wore this casual outfit to school today... it's weird to be jacket-less, but it's a nice change too. A checked shirt is such an essential and this (b'day) one is so cool, thank you nan and grandad! My shoes are new too, I got them from TK Maxx with my birthday money and they were a complete bargain - £19.99! I was planning to get some Superga trainers, but I thought these Volley ones were just as nice and much more reasonable price-wise. I'm trying to save for my (ridiculously expensive) university accommodation for later this year - it's proving to be difficult, but I'm making some progress :) 

I have lots of photos from my London day-trip and plenty of funny stories from the outing... that post will be up soon! Hope you're all well, 

Jane 
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Monday, 21 April 2014

Lazy Mornings






It's the holiday. I wake up at around ten, put my dressing gown and slippers on, go downstairs and make a cup of tea... and then get back into bed. By this time, my little cat has joined me, jumped onto my bed and found a comfy spot. I grab my laptop and begin to watch and re-watch my favorite YouTubers with my comforting warm mug of tea in my hands and the sounds of lawnmowers, trains, planes and birds filtering in through the open window. I have to admit, I could spend hours and hours doing this, just lazing around in my fluffy duvet... ohh the luxuries of the holiday. I don't feel guilty for indulging in this slow, restful morning routine, although it does have its drawbacks (e.g. preventing me from starting revision early). But let's not taint this post with negativity, there's so much of that around already. These mornings are a million miles from my usual mad rush before sixth form - they are one of my favorite aspects of free time. 

Jane 
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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

OOTD




Jacket - Topshop, Shirt - my brother's, Top - Topshop, Leggings - Zara, Trainers - Asos



Sorry for my awkward stance... my camera batteries need charging so I had to ask my mom to take these photos of me on my phone. I'm not use to having an actual photographer as I usually just make do with the self timer thingybob! This is just a casual outfit that I wore to sixth form today. Actually, we should have had the day off (it's a "work moderation" day) but my history teacher decided to schedule a three hour mock! My history exam is in less than a month though so I need the practise. The teachers bought us Domino's after too so I can't complain! I cannot believe that the first week of April is over and exams are looming... where did year 13 go?! I think this year is so hard because there's all the stress of university applications on top of schoolwork - I'll miss school loads though. Did anyone watch Made in Chelsea last night?! It's a guilty pleasure of mine. I hardly watch any television these days but I just couldn't resist! I can't stand so many of the characters but it's literally addictive ;)

Hope you're having a lovely day, 

Jane 
x

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Peace







I'm not having the best of days, but seeing my little cat looking so relaxed on my bed made me happy. Pets really do provide therapy! Cats don't overcomplicate or over-think or struggle to be assertive... maybe I should take a leaf out of their book. 

Jane 
x

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Stripes




Over the past year, I have developed a deep fixation with stripes. They're classic, simple, neutral and just so pleasing to look at. I have to admit that I tend to stay at the top end when it comes to stripes... meaning that unfortunately I don't own any striped trousers/shorts/skirts. I love to throw on a striped top with skinny jeans and a biker jacket - so easy. Having said that, a pair of high waisted stripey shorts would be fab for summer... I'll have to keep my eye out for a some! 


Jeans - Urban Outfitters (BDG), Top - Forever 21, Jacket - Topshop, Trainers - Asos


As I said, my favourite way to wear stripes is just in a rather boring way (seen above). But I do adore outfits like this and they're great to chuck on for sixth form. This faux suede/shearling biker jacket has to be one of my best bargains ever - £25 down for £65! Such a great buy. 


Sammi AKA BeautyCrush is a stripe advocate and I enjoy taking inspiration from her Instagram OOTDs:





 I also follow a popular Instagram account called "livelovebeautyy1" that posts tons of outfit photos (most of which I think are from Tumblr). I picked out a couple of stripey looks to share:





I always tell myself not overuse words such as timeless, classic, neutral, staple etc etc etc,  but stripes seriously are a timeless, classic, neutral staple in anybody's wardrobe. They'll never go out of fashion, unlike the wacky trends we all go crazy for... spending a load of money on the "in" pieces which then proceed to head back out a few months later. An obsession with stripes is also a eonomical obsession (haha!) ;) 


Are you a stripe lover?

Jane 
x