Monday, 7 August 2017

There's something on your arm

The fact that I am writing a post of this description makes my stomach drop a little but yes, I got a tattoo. And no, I don’t regret it ... yet haha


In my defence, I thought I was going in for a lovely consultation but turns out I was getting it done right then and there. I was shitting myself and I was very close to walking out on multiple occasions. but hey, I did it, I am proud I did it, I love then end result. Thinking about it now, I would for sure do it again.

It might seem cliché at first but I promise I know what it means and says and all the other possible things it could be. I had it checked multiple times and in fact, these characters were given to me. When I started my Chinese lessons out here, this was the name that I was given and I know this is a trip I will treasure forever so I wanted to get it. And I wasn’t hesitant about it in the slightest.

Pain


Now, I can’t lie, this really bloody hurt. I would give it a solid 8/10 on the pain scale (1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest). My friends said that it looked like it really hurt me but it really shouldn’t have but, I powered through.

Placement

As you can see I got it in a small to medium size on the outside of my arm but my friend got hers down the lower portion of her spine at about a similar size. My reasoning for it being here is because you would only know it was there if I had my arms a certain way or you noticed it out of the corner of your eye. Nothing too big or distasteful personally.

Now since writing this, I have had it recoloured and that really f*cking hurt (pardon my French) but that still hasn’t stopped me from planning the other ones I’ve wanted to get for years now and just getting there here whilst I have someone within close proximity that I can trust, is cheap, does a really good job and has the cutest cat – because that makes everything better.


There you have it, the first of many tattoos most likely haha!

Monday, 24 July 2017

My new favourite shop

Since coming to china, I have done a weeny bit of shopping. I made a friend out here and she took us to some of her favourite places out here. And I took her to one that I already knew existed but had never actually ventured out to the dedicated store. And as I stepped in, I fell in love. This shop is Monki.


You’re probably thinking how have you never shopped at Monki and it has always been one of those places in the back of my mind that I’ve wanted to check out but never got around too.


There is a little something for everyone there to playing it safe, keeping it comfy and casual, being a little more daring and denim for days. I picked up some really different pieces for me which I am hoping you will get to see on the blog very soon but this has been one of my go to outfits so far.


On my second trip there, I put this dress down because I wasn’t 100% sure it was my style but I love how cute and preppy this feels. The cut out shoulder detailing adds a little edge, tied in with my very worn Adidas trainers. For me, the dress does all the talking and I kept my accessories to the bare minimum. Plus, china is bloody hot and more accessories make me feel like I am suffocating.


The sizes are really forgiving so caters for all those curvy ladies too. My new favourite store and I hope I will like it as much when I get back to the UK.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

When in China | part 1

In the back of my mind, I have always been a bit apprehensive to go to china. The media, although you shouldn’t believe everything you read, created a distorted reality of china, one drowned in censorship and strong cultural vales. Having been here just over two weeks, I have come to some very stop opinions about this place (which I may share in a separate post) but nonetheless, it has so much to offer.

Currently in mainland china, Chengdu, it’s a rapidly growing city with construction going up at the blink of an eye and probably mire bicycles than Amsterdam.


My first two weeks here have been about survival Chinese skills because trust me, you need them out here. Exploring a different culture and understanding how it was built to the way it is today. It has taught me that if you keep at something and are constantly trying to use it, it will actually stay in your mind. And as you can see, we all graduated and its such a comforting feeling knowing that I can go out an have a small conversation or order myself food or ask for directions.


We also had a lot of different museum talks and tours from the famous alcoholic drink in china Bijiu to the Chinese culture and structure that we know of today. Monastery and the streets of china are just one of many sights not to be missed. Chengdu is also home to many of the worlds pandas and they are just the most adorable things I have ever seen. I cant even describe it to you.



This is the must see Sichuan Opera house where at least 1000 people gather to watch the magic of the face changing opera and derives from the Chinese principle of showing face and guanxi.



The food here is questionable but also amazing. Depending on your taste buds, there is a wealth of treats and courses to try. I love me a bit of ramen noodles but those off white dumpling looking things are filled with melted sugar and are sure to melt in your mouth. Its hard to come across your traditional western takeaways Chinese here but the food is still good regardless.


One of the most amazing trips I did was to a very special nature driven place which I will talk about in a separate post as well as something a little cheeky that I did. I am up to the point where I am 1 week into my internship and fully immersing myself into an experience of a life time. I have a lot more content coming up but for now I have just been enjoying myself and making friends. Hope you are all having an awesome time. 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Personal style, a letter to you | #fashionfebruary

I 100% get it.

Finding your personal style can be hard. It’s like finding who you are a person and where you fit into society. You want your personal style to embody you, to describe who you are to others, but to make you feel fabulous in your own skin.

Fashions fade but style is eternal. One of those quotes that gets used all the time but its true. It can be hard to keep up with trends but find what looks good on you. At the end of the day, you can wear what ever you want. Fuck what everyone else says. But that little voice in the back of your mind can sometimes just nag at you saying you cant wear that or you are too fat for this trend or you don’t have enough boobs for this top or even not enough ass for these jeans.


As I have gotten older, dressing has become more and more difficult. I want to be someone that I am not. To be honest I have all the power to change that but mentally, I am not there yet. So in the mean time I have to work with what I got. By big boobs, my big ass and overall by big self.

Fashion has only recently started to catering to those that are on the other end of the spectrum and it is soo much nicer knowing that I can browse a website and find someone that looks like more or is my size (with a few exceptions. We still have a long way to go)

To those of you struggling every day in the clothes department, you are beautiful, you can wear that trend and you own it. The fashion industry doesn’t have a clue about what real women and men look like. To those of you with a body that society deems perfect, I envy you. But I am more thankful that 
I get to live a life than that I don’t look like you. You too are beautiful.

To everyone, embrace your quirks, your curves, your imperfections, your scars. You are only human after all.




I can’t believe we have come to the end of #fashionfebruary. I have had so much fun creating consistent content and if you’ve read one post or them all, thank you. If you want tips on finding your personal style, PLEASE check this post here

p.s. the hoodie is from H&M 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Got-to lecture/seminar outfit | #fashionfebruary

When it comes to lectures and seminars, they are usually early and I am usually not bothered. So, I like to make sure that my outfit is comfortable, most importantly, and sort of like I have my shit together. Because I have kept this up throughout my time at uni, I have persuaded people that I live this put together life which I can’t complain about.


This outfit, although it’s all black, that doesn’t always happen I promise. Check out my previous post as proof.

Here I am channeling the ever growing sports luxe trend with this mesh raw hem black hoody from New Look. I love how this embodies comfort but is fashion forward. I paired it with my black skinny jeans and my oversized borg lined denim jacket for added warmth and comfort.


What’s your go to item of clothing to wear when you have an early start? 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Outfits of the week | #fashionfebruary

I do want to say that this is literally my outfits of the week. I am a top and jeans girl and if I am wearing a dress, it’s because I felt like making an effort that day. I honestly have a pretty boring yet comfortable style but it works for me.

Monday


I wore this green and gold tiger shirt from asos, black jeans and finished the look off with my coat and Adidas superstars. Simple and comfortable for the first day back to uni.

Tuesday


Having a 9am means I want to look sort of put together but still comfortable. This khaki ribbed high neck top does just that with jeans and my superstars again.

Wednesday


This high neck brushed jumper is the ultimate comfort piece for the current weather situation. I’m sorry you can’t see this here but I paired it with high waisted ripped black jeans (same as in Thursdays outfit) and again wore my superstars. The main part of the outfit is from new look

Thursday


I really do love my oversized jumpers this time of year and I whipped out this classic again and paired it with my high waisted ripped jeans. I was running late for a lecture so that’s what came out of the wardrobe first.

Friday


This is what I like to call making an effort. And although I got all the clothes from newlook ages ago, I had yet to wear them. I paired a casual black tie waist t shirt dress with a loose casual shirt and finished the look with tights and my white stan smiths.

Saturday


I guess this look is a little more preppy than the others but I wore this 2 in 1 jumper and shirt concoction and high waisted jeans from new look. I then finished the look with my asos backpack and nike air force fly nits in navy.

Sunday


Sunday is always a pajama day for me 99% of the time and I can sort of get my shit done. In case you are interested, I am wearing a jersey jumpsuit from h&m and a cropped pyjama top from Primark.

Hope you guys liked this little ensemble and took perhaps some inspiration from it. Trying to photograph full length photos on my own and in my uni room proved to be a challenge but maybe I’ll do it a little more often.



Thanks for reading the #fashionfebruary posts. Use the hashtag to tweet about it and new related posts will be up every Wednesday and Sunday this month. 

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