Sunday, 29 December 2013

OOTD


Jeans - Topshop, Jumper - Forever 21, Coat - Cornwall, Boots - Asos


Howdy! Today has been good, I met my baby cousin for the first time and she's beautiful. Today is also a very cold day! This jumper was a Christmas present from my parents and it goes so well with plain black leggings or skinny jeans. Some people don't think much of Forever 21, but I've found some real gems there lately - for great prices too! As the shop is so big, you have to know where to look, but there definitely are plenty of bargains to be had there. As there is such a chill in the air, I wore my proper coat today that is cosy without being bulky, and I love the biker shape - what more do you want from a coat?! ;)

 I have sooo much coursework to do this week, along with revision for my mocks which are coming up very soon. I was saying to my mom earlier that I enjoy the days after Christmas more than Christmas day itself. Boxing day is lovely because you have all your new stuff to admire and we usually go for a walk and then to a country pub. Oh and there's all the scraps of food and chocolate to get eating too! I'll have to knuckle down and get some work done tomorrow though... procrastination is never the right choice in the end! 

Jane 
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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas 2013 (and the lovely gifts I received!)

Cosy dressing gown, Superdry joggers and Jack Wills socks | Paperchase organiser and gel pens | Personalised David Byrne calendar made by my amazing friend, Lauren | Cropped sweater and two pretty snoods 

Lots of lovely shower products / skincare | Book about old Birmingham and Jack Whitehall's book with his dad (I loveeeee Jack) | Beautiful glass bauble (my godmother gets me one every year), Gorgeous Cath Kidston goodies and cute water bottle


Hi everyone! Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas (or had a fab break if you don't celebrate it). Here is the majority of my presents... I also got more clothes from my parents, but I'm saving those for future outfit of the day posts :) I'm extremely thankful for all the wonderful treats I got and the thought that went into them. I cannot believe that Lauren took the time to design a David Byrne calendar for me! He is my hero and I will keep the beautiful calendar forever. I've also been loving Him & Me, it's such an easy, funny read - I've almost finished it already! 

I don't always enjoy Christmas as much as I think I should. It's built up so much and the actual day rarely meets my expectations. Sometimes Christmas can bring up sad memories and realisations too. I just try to remember to live in the present and appreciate how lucky I am. Christmas makes me think about love, peace, reflection and appreciation - quite large topics! Anyway, I had a different Christmas this year as it was my dad's 50th birthday (on Christmas day), and so we were all very focused on that. I think that dad felt like he had a proper birthday this year :) 

Hope you're all doing well,

Jane 
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Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas Decorations







Merry Christmas Eve Eve! I used to find that joke so hilarious when I was little... clearly I didn't realise that everybody else in the world was in on the joke too. The house looks lovely and festive right now. My parents are fans of the old fashions warm lights and bright glass baubles, rather than the neon LED lights and themed tree look. I think our tree looks so cheerful and cosy. My dad is 50 on Christmas Day (sorry for making that public dad!), and we're having a bit of a party in the evening. We've gone slightly overboard on the fairy lights this year (I didn't photograph them all), but I think you need some excess for a Christmas/birthday party ;) I have to admit that for the past couple of years, I've been lacking in the Christmas spirit department, maybe it's a sign of growing up. The whole month of December was full of excitement when I was younger. Having said that, by tomorrow evening I'm sure I'll be feeling very festive! 

How do you get into the Christmas spirit?! 

Jane 
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Thursday, 28 November 2013

OOTD

Trouser & Jumper - Topshop, Boots - Asos


Hi! It's been a while... but I'm back :D I've been sooo busy lately with UCAS applications and balancing four A2 levels and my job etc etc etc. I have a mountain of coursework to plough through on top of my drama exam which is in two weeks! I don't want to sound like I'm moaning though... it was my choice to carry on with four subjects, and I do love school - I'll definitely miss it! 

My bank account has been fairly decent lately what with me having a new job, and although part of me wishes I was a good saver... the other part ADORES shopping!! I haven't been going too crazy though, I'm aware that I need to get buying Christmas presents ;) The bright pink jumper and clompy boots are new buys however. It's been hard to take the boots off - they go with so much and keep my feet toasty. The only downside to them is that they squeak like crazy! I feel slightly self conscious when strolling through almost empty corridors at school because the squeak of my shoes echoes of the walls, causing suspicious teachers and students to give me accusing looks. I love the boots though so it's worth it. I've actually developed a bit of a boot addiction over the past year or two... I have a thing about not wearing converse in the winter - I like to go for a nice sensible boot ;) 

I'm aiming to manage my time better and blog much more! Hope you're all doing well, 

Jane 
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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Loving Lately List #6


1) Man on Wire 
Philippe Petit is one of my heroes. His story touches and inspires me hugely, even though I've never stepped on a high wire! I feel motivated and ready to focus on my dreams after watching this film - it's like a life coach!

2) Jordans Frusli bars 
I take these to sixth form with me for a convenient snack and they're so good. I used to go for the super sweet flavour cereal bars, but I now much prefer the plainer varieties. These are raisin and hazelnut - not too sweet... they taste healthier! ;)

3) Chelsea Boots
These had been hiding under my bed for months and I'd almost forgotten about them. Chelsea boots are such a classic, neutral style and I'm glad I've rediscovered them :) Kudos to my mom for giving them a good polish. 

4)  Denim Jacket
My bargain Asos denim jacket has proven to be a firm favourite in my Autumn wardrobe. I love to layer with it and using it to make an outfit more casual. Having said that, it's a structured denim jacket so it's not too sloppy looking and works with slightly smarter looks too. 

5) iPhone Case 
I was tempted to buy a very expensive Jack Wills phone case, but opted for this £2.99 one from Amazon instead... which was a great decision (if I do say so myself). The bright design looks lovely and bold against my white phone, as well as being patriotic ;) I prefer cases that hug the front of the phone slightly so that the screen doesn't touch surfaces, which this case does - it's perfect! 

6) A Patchwork Planet
I talked about this brilliant book in my favourite novels post, and since then, I think my love for it has grown! I admire Anne Tyler's writing style immensely, it's reflects reality and is so natural. Barnaby Gaitlin (the protagonist), is a character I relate to and understand... but I think that most people could :) I highly recommend this book! 

What have you been loving lately?

Jane 
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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Admiring Alexa's Hair

(Images from google)


Ahhh, Alexa Chung - stylish, successful, intelligent, witty, beautiful, I don't think I've met anyone who doesn't love her! Along with all these great qualities, there's something else Alexa has, and that is brilliant hair. Currently, my hair is the longest it's ever been. As a child, I was a right little tomboy and opted for a pixie cut. I'm glad that I've grown my hair and enjoy having more styling options. But earlier this week, I had a bit of a hair crisis. Images of Alexa's textured, classy long bob bombarded my mind and wouldn't go away. I've been rather lazy with my hair lately, and tend to just throw it up into a messy bun or high pony tail, which made me think, would I be happier with Alexa's haircut?! It's just so lovely. Not too short, not too long, effotless looking, and classy but versatile. I convinced myself that my thick hair would lend itself to the style perfectly, that it would suit my taste in clothes, be practical and still put-up-able. You're probably wondering why I wasn't sprinting to the hairdressers in a haze of hair envy! The fact is, I'm just not one hundred percent sure about it. I'm a bit of a chicken after spending so long growing my hair out - what if I regret it?! That said, I still adore Alexa's hair and am eager to see how it would look on me. Mr friend, Lisha, told me that the key to knowing if you're ready for a new hairdo, is the feeling you get as you plonk yourself down in that swivelling hairdresser's chair. You'll just know if you're ready or not Lisha says. I'll have to wait and see what my gut tells me when I go for my trim in December... I'm not sure if I have the guts to go the whole hog and mimic Alexa's style, but I love it nonetheless! 

What's your opinion on Alexa's locks?

Jane 
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Friday, 1 November 2013

November 1st





Happy November! October (believe it or not) is behind us, and to welcome a new month, my good friend Laura and I went for a walk in the park. When I was little, I didn't understand why people loved Autumn. To me, the season just held connotations of short, dark days, windy weather, and going back to stressful school. I'm happy to say that I like it a lot better now, which is probably down to how I enjoy school much more and maybe also down to my love of clothes... Autumn and Winter fashion is the best ;) 





I can't say I'm a huge fan of the dark evenings though - it feels like night time as soon as I get home from school! I suppose it's good in the sense that it forces me to get up earlier and make the most of the light. My new winter coat made an appearance today, I love it. As it's such a classic design, I can wear it until it falls apart without worrying about trends. Laura's parka came in handy today however because she was able to protect her lovely locks with the big cosy hood! 






What did you all get up to for Halloween yesterday? I had a wild night in eating sweets and watching brand new Big Bang Theory. I've never made a big deal of Halloween, although I did throw a spooky party when I was about ten. My parents allowed me to cover the house in fake cobwebs and freak out my little pals outs with scary games... but that was the peak of my Halloween festivities unfortunately! Bonfire night is coming up very soon and my family and I are using it as an excuse to have a bit of a feast. Slurping hot soup whilst watching the neighbour's fireworks sounds fun to me :) 

I'm off now to flip my calendar over to November and to try and get some coursework done.

Happy November!

Jane 
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Another OOTD

Trousers - River Island, Top - TK Maxx, Jacket & Boots - Asos, Snood - Accessorize


(I kind of tripped over in the last photo and thought I'd keep it to add a touch of comedy to this post)

As if it's almost November! I'd been telling everyone how mild I thought it was for late October, but there's a definite chill in the air now - I even got my big winter coat out yesterday! I'm in the mood for jumper buying... and just buying in general actually, I can't wait till I get paid! I recently rediscovered my Chelsea boots after not wearing them for months. I'm slightly obsessed with ankle boots for this time of year. I also got my black skinnies back yay! They were trapped in our broken washing machine for over a week but luckily they survived. Unfortunately however, my burgundy jeans haven't coped so well and the leather-look coating is peeling off :( Oh well. Although it's half term this week, it doesn't feel like it seeing as I have so much work to do. I have a ton of coursework this year and I want to get the bulk of it done before Christmas... procrastination isn't an option with university applications to do on top of everything else! 

How is your week going?

Jane 
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Monday, 21 October 2013

OOTD

Jacket - Asos, Jeans - Topshop, Top - TK Maxx, Boots - Next


We've had sooo much rain lately! I quite like rain now and again, it's cosy, but constant downpour is just too much. I still haven't worn my new winter coat because although it's wet, it's actually fairly mild for mid-October... right, that's enough about the weather! The washing machine is currently malfunctioning (along with the dishwasher and the fridge), and my favourite black skinnies are trapped, so today I had to get my pale pink jeans out from the back of the drawer. I've been loving simple, comfy sweatshirts lately along with my new denim jacket - I'd been wanting one for a while and found this one on Asos reduced to £13.50! Such a bargain, especially seeing as I've been wearing it non-stop :) I definitely recommend Asos, they have loads of sales and delivery is free! 

This is rather off topic, but I broke my toe on Saturday by misjudging the door frame and stubbing it very violently. I've strapped it to the adjacent toe and I'm going to just let it heal naturally - it's hardly like I could get a tiny cast on it! It's the first bone I've ever broken in my seventeen years, so I think I've been pretty lucky :)

Hope you're all having a great Monday,

Jane 
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Friday, 18 October 2013

Instagram Snaps #5 (and a ramble)

Reading The Sunday Times Style magazine in bed with a cuppa tea | Leicester | Cheeky slefie! | My munchkin | Delicious hot chocolate made by my momma | Pile of books on my bedside table

Hello! Sorry I've been gone for so long. I need to establish a proper blogging routine again! Life has been busy with school and university open days and personal statements and my new job (YAY) and whatever else. I have post ideas in mind and I've bought a few new clothing pieces lately, so new outfit of the days will be coming soon :) 

This is a bit random,  but I thought I'd share it with you guys anyway... every year I say to myself that I won't procrastinate any more, but of course, I always slip into the habit of pushing school work back until the last minute. But yesterday, after my teacher asked me to have my coursework finished and typed up by Monday, I just got it done. Granted it took me a while, but now it's not hanging over me and I won't have to add it to my list of work to do on Sunday. As Charles Dickens said, "Never do tomorrow what can be done today. Procrastination is the thief of time." Very wise Charles, very wise. 

Hope you're all doing well,

Jane 
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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Just a bit of a chat...

Hi guys! Hope you're all doing well :) I felt like doing an update kind of post today and just have chat about life... 

I've been back at school for almost a month now and I'm having trouble picking out outfits. It's very ironic considering in a post I did during the summer, I said that I was looking forward to choosing what to wear to school! In the morning, when I'm tired and grumpy and in a rush, the ensemble that I grab from my drawers seems to look and feel fine, but after a couple hours at school, I wish I could pop back home to change! It's so annoying because last year, I felt good everyday just in my normal clothes and didn't over think my outfits. I've been trying to take a more relaxed approached when it comes to clashing colours and patterns lately, but I think it might actually be causing me to be more uptight about what I'm wearing! At 7am, neon orange and bright red might look great together, but at 12pm, I'm hating it. A big shopping splurge sounds delicious to me, but my funds aren't too fab at the moment... I'm going to have to take a long hard look at my clothes and try to feel the love again ;)


On a more positive note, I have managed to rise from my cosy bed at around 7am everyday (for school)! For me, this is a hefty achievement as last year I was getting up as late as possible and had my poor mom banging on my door every five minutes. I love getting up earlier and have established a new routine: I get up, chuck on a hoody and some socks, make my breakfast which is usual apple and peanut butter or rice crispies (and always a cup of tea), then I climb back into bed with my food and watch YouTube videos! It's lovely to have a more relaxed morning and getting back into bed after making breakfast is sooooooo nice. I have to admit, it is tempting to just stay put, but I'm fairly good at jumping in the shower before time has run away from me. 


I had the day off school today due to teachers striking - yesterday was the most Friday-feeling Monday ever! I thought that I had a ton of history homework to do for tomorrow, but turns out it's not in till Friday, yay! Now, a sensible person would do the homework today and get it out of the way, but a procrastinator like me enjoys their day off by doing nothing related to school at all ;) Having said that, I'll probably start feeling guilty and stressed in a bit and will be scrambling for my folders and homework diary - I'm a nerd at heart! 


The Great British Bake Off is on tonight :D I'm looking forward to drooling over the food and chuckling at Mel and Sue's one-liners. I know that lots of people aren't fans of Mel and Sue and think their presence on the show is unnecessary, but I love them! They're hilarious! Speaking of hilarity, Bad Education is also on later... tonight shall be a night of laughter, Jack Whitehall is so funny.

Hope this chatty post wasn't boring! What have you been up to lately?

Jane
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Saturday, 28 September 2013

My Favourite Novels


With the internet being such a prominent feature of so many of ours lives, it can be hard to find the time to immerse yourself in a good read, or chose a book over your fave vloggers' latest video. But reading is so valuable, it can open your eyes to new perspectives, cultures and styles, or further you fondness for a place, person or time... it sounds cheesy, but it's true! There are three books that particularly stand out to me personally, and that I could read over and over again.

The Catcher in the Rye
If I had to pick an all time favourite book, this would be it. It's probably quite a common choice, being such a famous classic, but I don't care - I adore it. I feel that we can all relate to the character of Holden Caulfield in some way, and understand his disappointment at the world as he begins to see it through a young adults' eyes. I love the conversational style of the novel, and the colloquial language it uses - it feels unpretentious, honest, and completely unforced. New York City fascinates me and is on the top of my "places to go" list, and so the setting of The Catcher in the Rye appeals to me also. It's funny, sad, truthful, simple and reaches me personally, I can't recommend The Catcher in the Rye enough.  

A Patchwork Planet
Anne Tyler is a wonderful writer who manages to make reasonably normal, real life stories incredibly adsorbing and thought provoking. I have a big soft spot for the laid back, black sheep  character of Barnaby, and enjoy reading from his perspective. Although you could describe this novel as seemingly simple, it weaves thoughts on life and death, family and love together beautifully. A Patchwork Planet is such a rewarding read, without being dramatic or about anything out of the ordinary. 

Starter for Ten
This is an easy read that appeals to everyone who had/is going through an awkward, cringey, or up-and-down youth (isn't that pretty much everyone?!). I especially like it because it follows the main character of Brian through his first year of university... which I will be doing in the not too far off future! It's set in 1985 which gives it a sort of retro charm and is around the same time that my parents went off to university... I hope I don't make them feel old by calling the time period "retro" - but you know what I mean, the 80's is seen as being cool and evocative! I didn't realise that it had been made into a film when I first read it, but apparently it's worth a watch :) I hope it's true to the novel! 

What are your favourite books?

Jane 
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Friday, 27 September 2013

Loving Lately List #5


1) Dove Go Fresh Deodorant
I love this deodorant! It smells so lovely (pomegranate), nothing like the usual strong chemically deodorant smell, and is moisturising too! It's like a deodorant revolution ;)

2) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
I'm a huge fan of Tennessee Williams. I feel like his work was incredibly pioneering for the time it was written, and it's so tense and absorbing, but it's just about real life! I highly recommend his plays. 

3) Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara
I'm not a massive make up person and my looks are always pretty minimal, however I am a mascara advocate and this one is fab! I can't stand fiddly mascaras that leave you with a wedge of clumpy lashes, but I find this one to be easy to use and it can give you a natural or more dramatic look depending on how many coats you do. My lashes are fairly long, but naturally straight, but I think this mascara makes them look pretty good :)

4) Peanut Butter and Nutella
Who doesn't love a tasty spread?! I eat peanut butter with apples and it's delicious - salty and sweet. I could literally eat a whole jar of Nutella by itself, but I like to slaver it on digestive biscuits... how indulgent. 

5) Social Life!
Many of my friends are turning eighteen soon and that equals party time! I haven't been to a "do" in a while... I'm ready to boogie ;) 

What have you been loving lately?

Jane 
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Sunday, 22 September 2013

OOTD



Trousers - River Island, Top & Shirt - H&M, Scarf - Oasis, Jacket - Republic, Boots - Asos


Happy Sunday! I'm currently chilling in bed with a cup of tea and a huge to-do list... bit of a contradiction there. I hadn't worn this adorable kitty scarf for ages and so I pulled it out of my bottom drawer on Wednesday and threw it on... and now I love it. It's such a lovely length and adds so much warmth. I'm a big advocate of layering too so it pretty much ticks all the boxes. Apparently, my school's heating is being activated on the first of October, so only a few more days of reading Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in a fridge and fumbling to turn the pages with numb hands. I'm sure some classrooms are colder than outside! I've been going to university open days lately and it's suddenly hit me that this next next year, I will have moved out and will be with a totally new set of people - crazy. I'm already feeling nervous about it, but I'm excited to have a fresh start too. Having said that, I want this last year of high school to go by slowly so that I can savour it... I genuinely think I will miss school a ton, even though I have complained about it so much in the past! Anyway, I'd better round this post up now and force myself out of bed! 

Have a great day guys! :)

Jane 
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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Instagram Snaps #4

Apple pie | Trying to be productive | Salsa | Coffee | Cambridge | David Byrne!!

Cookie and ice cream (so good) | September | Sunset | Bargain trousers | My kitties | Salad


Hi guys, long time no see! I'm so sorry that I have neglected all things blog for over a week! I've been having blog withdrawal symptoms and I'm ready to leap back into posting as regularly as possible :) I was hoping to continue posting on a daily basis (as I did in the summer), but with A Levels and university applications to stress about, I'm can't promise that I'll be posting every single day :( 

The weather has definitely cooled off... I've been feeling chilly for the past few days and extra layers have been required. I actually think that this is the coldest time of the year at school because it's too early for them to put the heating on - the drama studio is like one big ice block! My friend, Tilly, wore her huge parka today in preparation for acting in Arctic conditions. I don't think it's quite cold enough for me to bring out my new winter coat though, so for now it's staying in the cloak room just waiting for its big reveal ;)  

I'm not a huge tv person, but I've been impressed with a few shows lately. Bad Education really makes me chuckle. I admit that it's fairly immature, but Jack Whitehall is brilliant and it's just a good laugh. I seem to enjoy programmes set in schools, because I've been loving Educating Yorkshire too. It's interesting to compare a different school to your own... the teachers are very brave to have all the drama and gossip watched nationwide! And Peaky Blinders was fab - although perhaps I'm biased because I'm a Brummie... I'm just pleased that Birmingham is finally being used as a setting as it's often so overlooked. Wow, that was quite a long chat about tv considering I'm not a huge tv person! 

What are you favourite things to watch on telly?

Jane 
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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

OOTD

Trousers - Topshop, Blouse - H&M, Shoes - Cath Kidston


These trousers were a complete bargain, £5 in Topshop, the only pair left, and in my size - couldn't believe my luck! I wore this outfit last week when the weather was still fairly warm, I don't think I'll be wearing it this week, it's turned quite chilly! I'm currently wearing a cosy hoody and my mom even put the extra heater on earlier! Perhaps that was slightly excessive, but this cooler weather feels so much sharper after a long summer. This week is my first full week back at school and I'm already drained, and it's only Tuesday! I have to begin drafting my personal statement, and it's turning out to be quite a challenge, if any of you have some tips, they'll be greatly appreciated! There's some fab stuff on the tv over the next few days though - The Great British Bake Off tonight and Educating Yorkshire plus Peaky Blinders on Thursday. I'm extra excited about Peaky Blinders... there's hardly ever BBC dramas set in Birmingham, and as a huge local history nerd who is especially interested in the 19th and 20th centuries, it's totally my kind of show. The Peaky Blinders were a real gang too! Ooooo I'm looking forward to it so much :D such a geek (a geek and proud). 

Jane 
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Monday, 9 September 2013

A few tips for school...



Hi guys! Sorry I haven't posted since Thursday, I have been feeling a bit down, but I'm hoping that getting back into the swing on blogging will cheer me up! Seeing as many of us have ventured back into the world of education in the past few weeks, I've created a list of pointers that I think will help me to be more organised and keep school stress to a minimum. Now, I'm definitely not a perfect student... I procrastinate and complain and can't be bothered etc etc etc, but ultimately, I care about my grades and always get the work done (somehow). This school year, I'm going to utilise my own tips and hopefully I'll have a more leisurely time! 

  • Make Lists - When feeling totally overwhelmed by work and bits and bobs that are hanging over you, I find that writing a simple list can put everything into perspective and clear your head. At school, I like to write a list of tasks to do that evening - it feels lovely to tick them all off and then be free to do whatever you like :)
  • Set time limits - When revising or doing homework, I choose what time I'd like to be finished by and set an alarm on my phone. This forces me to get a move on and get work done! Also, working for long periods of time can be of no benefit as you loose focus, whereas setting a time limit makes sure that you take breaks and don't overload yourself. 
  • Set yourself realistic goals - If I say to myself that I have to do homework for three hours in one evening, I'll never stick to it. I would much rather do one hour of focused work and get an essay done to a high standard, rather than waste three hours of dull, inattentive scribbling. 
  • Prioritise - It's so easy to do the fun stuff first and leave the revision you're dreading till last, I'm guilty of doing this countless times. However, it's best to get the tough work done first, when your mind is fresh. I need to work complete homework as soon as I get it, rather than pushing it to the back of my list of priorities and rushing it the night before... why give yourself the stress?!
  • Ask for help - I often put off asking teachers questions. I remind myself when I get to school, and then go through a cycle of "I'll ask them next lesson, I'll ask them in my free, I'll ask them tomorrow..." I don't know why I do it, it's not like I'm scared of my teachers! On Friday, I remembered that I needed some personal statement help sheets, and rather than asking for them on Monday (which I was so close to doing), I pulled myself together and got them there and then - no problem, no fuss, no stress. I seriously do not know why I put little things off! It's so much better to get things done as soon as you can :)
My tips are by no means original, but I hope they're of some use. I definitely need to take my own advice and get more organised! 

What are your tips?

Jane 
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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Thoughts for Year 13



I can't quite comprehend that I'm in Year 13 - top of the school, the very eldest, a few steps away from university... wow, it's scary. Year 12 was mixed. I enjoyed my classes, but I found the lack of freedom at my sixth form and inconsistent teaching to be incredibly frustrating. When you're lower down in the school, a few doss lessons here and there are fun - a novelty, but by the time you're in sixth form, you want to be productive and feel confident that you can pass your exams. There's not much time for messing around... unfortunately. 

Although a seventh year at high school, a seventh year of coursework, exams, stress and cramming, seems like something not to be excited about, I want to appreciate it. Despite what I've said, I do have a fondness for my school. It's very laid back (perhaps too laid back for it's own good sometimes), and the teachers are always up for a laugh, they care about you, as well as your grades. School years can fly by, but I hope this one doesn't. I always wonder, how exactly do you make the most of something? And I'm pretty sure that there's no right or wrong answer. This year I'm aiming for less complaining, less procrastination, more laughs, more passion and dedication, to take each day as it comes and live in the moment. So here's to a new school year :)

Jane 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

David Byrne & St. Vincent

Image from Google via Love This Giant


David Byrne is my all time favourite musician, and my hero in general. On Wednesday, I went to see his Birmingham stint of his tour with the brilliant St. Vincent (Annie Clark), with my brother and good friend Lauren. I can honestly say that it was the best, most exhilarating performance I have ever seen. Here are my most memorable moments:

  • Giggling uncontrollably before the conncert began because I was so excited.
  • Turning to Loz and squealing "that's him!" when David came on stage,
  • When the band launched into Who whilst David was mid sentence, and surprising Loz and me (in a good way!).
  • Loz and me looking at each other in awe when realising just how good David sounds live.
  • David cheerily saying "hey hey!" to the audience :)
  • Screaming when This Must Be the Place started and the man next me saying that I'm "too young to remember this song!".
  • David's awesome dance moves during This Must Be the Place - so unique and quintessentially Byrne. 
  • David and Annie calling us Brummies :)
  • The combo of David's abrupt but groovy guitar, and Annie's cutting and bold guitar in The Forest Awakes.
  • The Karaoke style arrangement of Wild Wild Life - I loved seeing snippets of the band members' personalities.  
  • The awesome choreography in general and whole ensemble feel.
  • Hearing David having a few gulps of water in loud detail because of his microphone, him realising, laughing and saying. "Ahh, the sound of refreshment!" :) 
  • Not being able to find David before Lazy because he was lying on the stage.
  • David joking about having a personal masseuse in their crew.
  • Feeling empowered and able to scream and clap and cheer as much and as loud as I could, because I love David so much and wanted him to feel appreciated! 
  • David exclaiming "these are drums!" when introducing the drum player.
  • Two men on a balcony waving their arms gleefully to The One Who Broke Your Heart. 
  • Throwing some serious shapes during Burning Down the House - it was like an out of body experience... I was so happy and excited to hear one of my favourite old Talking Heads songs, played live by my hero. I also sang as loud as I could along to Burning Down the House and Road To Nowhere - by the encores, everybody had stood up and loosened up, although I was bobbing my head and mouthing the words from the very beginning!
  • Cheering and clapping for what felt like donkey's years to get David, Annie and the band to play more after the first encore.
  • Feeling so incredibly content and at home during the concert, that I couldn't stop smiling the whole way through!
  • Being inspired by experiencing such an astonishing performance :) I want to make something as cool as that.
As you can probably tell, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I had a serious bout of post-concert depression for a couple of days after, and I'd definitely see the show more if I had the money and transportation! Here's an excellent quality video of a few songs from the tour - check it out, they're so groovy. 

Finally I have seen David Byrne play live!

Jane 
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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Cousin Q&A


My cousin Kate, who is the lovely lass in my latest ootd, is fifteen and lives in Oxford. Kate is a pretty cool girl, so I quizzed her for this post!

1) Favourite wardrobe pieces?
Highwaisted jeans, a leather jacket, basic t-shirts and jumpers, converse and a statement necklace.

2) Favoutrite shop?
Topshop, H&M and Brandy Melville - although I've only been there once!

3) Most-watched YouTubers?
Maybe Beauty Crush, but I watch loads of others that I can't remember the names of!

4) Favourite subject at school?
English, French or Biology. Biology is fun because I like the people I sit with!

5) Favourite band?
Arctic Mokeys - I'm going to see them this Halloween! I thought about dressing up, but everyone probably will...

6) Bands you'd like to see?
I'd love to travel back in time and see The Beatles... but I'm so excited to see the Arctic Monkeys!

7) Most-watched TV shows?
Made in Chelsea, I'm a celeb, Sherlock and The Big Bang Theory :)

8) Favourite holiday location?
Croatia

9) Dream holiday location?
Australia... partly because of I'm a celeb!

10) Dream job?
Magazine editor or journalist of some sort.

11) Favourite memory together?
All the memories with our grandparents, and when we saved a duckling from other vicious ducks!

12) Favourite things to do together?
Shopping, eating, listening to music, watching films, chatting, all the usual stuff...

13) Old photo?


14) Are you close?
we are close but we don't see each other that often, although we do keep in touch! We get on well :)

15) What can you do that your cousin can't?
Kate: I can kayak and do ballet.
Jane: I can play the guitar (or used to be able to...) ;)

I think that Kate would be a brilliant blogger... we were thinking of possible blog names for her, so we'll have to wait and see! :)

Hope you're all having a fab Saturday!

Jane
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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Kate's OOTD #2

Dress - Brandy Melville, Hoody - H&M, Shoes - Converse, Sunglasses (mine) - Tesco

Kate is up from Oxford this week and while she's here, I took advantage of her brilliant style :) Kate was in Paris a couple of weeks ago and bought this gorgeous, simple, stripy cut-out dress. It's so cute and looks casual and comfy, but you could easily wear it to a party too. Kate and I were talking about how we're both attracted to stripes - such a classic, timeless design. The hoody is cropped and so it looks great with the dress - it was a pretty good bargain too at £9.99 - you can't beat H&M for basics. We went shopping yesterday and I found a pair of high waisted olive trousers in the Topshop sale for £5! They were on the sale rack, but had no reduced price sticker on them, so I took them to the till thinking they weren't really in the sale, and they turned out to be just a fiver - such a fab find :D I wore them yesterday to the David Byrne and St. Vincent concert at the Symphony Hall, it was the best thing I have ever seen in my whole life, I adored it and couldn't stop dancing and grinning the whole way through. David Byrne is my hero. 

Kate loves simple, casual pieces and dressing them up with jewellery. It's a wonderful outfit technique because it creates a very versatile, uncomplicated wardrobe :) I featured Kate in another ootd in June where she wore a favourite look of mine - jeans and a biker jacket. 

Do you prefer simple, or more statement clothes?

Jane
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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Sunday in Cambridge


Although it's only about a couple of hours drive away, I'd not visited Cambridge until Sunday. I couldn't believe I'd never been before - it's beautiful. It reminds me a lot of Oxford (unsurprisingly!), but it definitely has it's own personality. My dad dropped my mom and me in the outskirts of the city centre and we found our way to the hustle and bustle of the core. It was very busy considering it was a Sunday, but the hoards of tourists emphasised the upbeat, holiday vibe in my opinion :) There's an infinite amount of gorgeous old buildings in Cambridge, it's a very attractive town. A great deal of people cycle in Cambridge, as they do in Oxford, and I admired several brightly coloured bikes with old fashioned wicker baskets. I'd love one, but Birmingham unfortunately isn't particularly bike friendly! 

When it comes to shopping there's all the usual highstreet stores, in addition to an endless John Lewis, plenty of adorable independent shops selling antiques and tiny glass bottles with stripy paper straws, and a wonderful market - you're spoilt for choice! My mom and I spent about half an hour ooing and arring at all the gorgeous things in John Lewis. The stationary section was so brilliant that I was literally overwhelmed and on the verge of tears... sad I know, but what can I say!? I like stationery! 



There was a band playing in a little space by a church (fab description there Jane!), and they sounded good! I don't exactly understand how an outdoor place can have superior acoustics, but it did seem to be an ideal place to perform. Plenty of other people must've agreed, they had a pretty decent crowd! 

The colleges of Cambridge University seem to be lurking around every corner. They're beautiful - such lovely places to live! We didn't go on a tour, but we had a few sneaky looks through the ancient doors. My great uncle went to Cambridge University in 1951 (ish). He was in Corpus Christi College, so we made sure to have a look at that one! He said that we he went all those years ago, there was a roaring fire in the college - sounds cosy! 



We had a little picnic by the river, on a patch of grass occupied by several cheery other picnicers. The river seemed very full to me (it's probably supposed to be!), the punters were fairly level with everyone sitting on the ground! Going for a punt looked very pleasant, but I don't fancy being the punter... I can just see myself pushing off from the bank and toppling straight into the water! The river is a pretty scene, the water bordered with greenery, and the punts carrying colourful visitors, navigating through other boats and squeezing under tiny bridges that look as if they should be in a watercolour painting. 

One of the last shops I explored was Waterstones, not special exactly because they're everywhere, but it was a very good one! I was on the look out for history books, and had to climb all the way to the top to find them. I couldn't believe how tall it was - five floors I think it was! In the end, the book I wanted (about Brunel) was in the biography section on a different floor anyway! Typical!



On our way back to our picking up spot, my mom and I wondered down one or two side streets that were absolutely gorgeous. The houses had huge looking basements, and were grand but homely. There were little discrete side alleyways with more lovely homes and railings home to glossy bicycles. What a fabulous place to live! 



I was thoroughly impressed by Cambridge and I'd love to go back soon! It was bigger than I envisioned, with a maze of beautiful architecture and streets packed with vibrant people - I adored it :)


Jane
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