A New Chapter

Dear all,

Firstly, apologies for the extended hiatus – University happened, I can not apologise enough.

Secondly, I would like to announce to you that I am moving on from this blog to something new! I am not giving up blogging altogether, but for various reasons a fresh start seemed like the way to go. These various reasons being: I felt that as I approached the exit of my teenage years, a blog based on the fact that I was a teenager probably wasn’t the best way to move forward. Also, I wanted a clean start, a blank canvas, which I could move forward with. I found myself feeling unmotivated/inconsistent/lazy/uninspired/uncreative and just generally a flake. All of which I hated. So, I decided to change it.

Going back to what I love doing seemed like the best idea, so, with a new found motivation I hope you will jump ship with me to my new blog:


Hopefully it will be more of the stuff you all enjoyed as well as new endeavours for me as I try to grow up and develop as a human.

You’ve all been so supportive so thank you for the years I’ve spent on this blog. But every good thing must come to an end and sadly it is time for me to say goodbye to adoetiquette.

I hope you’re as excited about the future as I am!

See you in my new corner of the internet,




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What I have learnt: interrailing outfits

I’m not exactly certain how long I’ve been away so far – but let’s just say 2 weeks. It has been, in a nutshell, awesome. If you have been following me on Instagram – which you should be, it will change your life – then you will have experienced just a few moments of this ridiculous trip I have taken with 7 other of my closest friends in the world and the weirdest people I have ever met. I could probably go on about them and the experiences we have shared for a good 10,000 words; however because 1) I am lazy and 2) I am writing this on my phone – oh and 3) you probably don’t care – I shall be sharing with you a few tips or mishaps in terms of our wardrobes, in case you have to embark on anything similar or are just nosy.

To set the scene: we have been living out of rucksacks (dofe style for any of you public school peeps) and have had to pack for both day sightseeing and night time, well, destruction of our minds, bodies and souls. Washing facilities have been limited and folding is definitely an issue. So without further rambling here is a list of things I have learnt or have cunningly achieved over these last couple of weeks:

1) Just because you are leaving the UK, do not assume the weather is therefore by default sunny. Because let me tell you, it rains in Europe. Thus, try to avoid packing solely summer dresses and shorts.
2) One pair of jeans is not sufficient – you will need another. And definitely black to hide the random stains you will find in the morning.
3) A cap is your best bad hair day friend.
4) Travelling on trains requires maximum comfort; de facto your pub crawl t-shirts tend to be airy and clean (plus a pair of offensive travelling trousers à la trying to be on your gap year but aren’t as you forgot to apply deffered).
5) Only attempt to bring trainers/plimsoles which you don’t mind looking like the back end of a horse by the end of a trip.
6) Hostel showers are, for lack of a better word, ‘ratchet’ so you should probably bring a pair of flip flops seeing as they take up minimal space and will protect you from the weird stains and hairs.
7) Back to the rain thing – you NEED a pacamac.
8) Underwear can be washed – don’t use up valuable space on your jumbo packs of m&s knickers.
9) Don’t pack anything you particularly love – looking like Angelina Jolie is not your priority, plus, no matter what you wear there will always be some deluded perv in the club who will try it on.
10) And finally – travel with friends who also have great wardrobes, after all, sharing IS caring.

Hope you liked this short but sweet post – pity my lack of ability to find a computer. Leave any of your tips/horror stories from travelling wardrobes in the comments!

Until next time, xoxo.

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University Wardrobes

So with exam results approaching (or maybe you have them already when you read this and are trying to cheer yourself up or get yourself ready for next year) I thought a great way to distract myself and all of you is to talk about the looks you might need to adopt to fit in. Not that I’m at all qualified to talk about this – but then, most of us aren’t. I just thought you might find this entertaining (and not offensive to those at these unis – some of which are my choices – if you are already there etc. because remember, I am not at university yet so I am clueless).

I would tell you my choices – and maybe I’ll edit this on Thursday, but at the moment I don’t want to jinx anything. So for now you can just guess!

Bath – Think Gordie Shore meets Farmer Joe. V-neck t-shirts in December, checked shirts and distressed jeans. V. Superdry.

Bristol – offensively 90s. If you think you look edgy, think again, you almost certainly look obscenely average. You need to literally feel like you’ve been punched in the face by a thrift shop.

Durham/Edinburgh (the North version 1) – Just go to Snow and Rock. Thermals are your best friend. And skinny jeans. (Maybe a signet ring if you’re heading for Hatfield).

Manchester/Newcastle (the North version 2) – The look you’re going for is ‘permanently hungover’ meets ‘sleeping with the drummer of that new band’. Interpret how you will.

Oxbridge – Nothing that shows you care more about clothes than books. Under no circumstances must anything about you deter from your absolute dedication to utter brilliance. So jeans, – preferably blue and defiantly bootleg – cardigans and ballet shoes. Perhaps an ironic comedy Christmas jumper for the library?

London – A bin bag. You might as well get used to not buying real clothes for the next 30 years. If ever. Your daily tube fare literally costs more than the jumper I’m wearing right now. But then again, you do live in Croydon.

Ireland – Dispensable wardrobe: Primarni’s winter collection so when you inexplicably lose your clothes on a drunken night out, Oh wait, ok, every night, then you can replace it at little cost or heartbreak. Oh, and some sort of derogatory leprechaun outfit, obviously.

St Andrews – You’ve read K-Middy’s unofficial biography right?

Gap Yah kids – Val D’isère or Venezuela, you need to look like a 21st Century British invader. You are the chief. You own this land, and their men, drugs and drink, so your clothes should reflect nothing less. Interpret as you will.

That’s all lovely readers – I hope you enjoyed/weren’t too offended or took it too seriously. Oh, and GOOD LUCK for Thursday any of you a level people.

Until next time,


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Autumn/Winter 2014 Wishlist

I know, It’s been a long time. But life/Summer sort of happened and honestly opening Microsoft Word to draft a blog just felt like starting an essay. However; it’s been a rainy Summer’s day here in England and apart from watching Sleepless in Seattle (which no one told me was an incredible film and I cried like a baby), I was determined that writing a blog post would be the only productive thing I do all day.

So my Mum asked me the other day ‘what will we be wearing this Autumn then?’ – I had the massive September Vogue literally breaking my lap and she was trying to read over my shoulder – so I thought this would be an ideal way to get me back into blogging this summer!

I don’t own these things so it’s simply a wishlist – in fact, I don’t even know where I’m going to be in a few months time so this is a way of distracting myself from the monumental and life changing results day in just over a week (I realise this is quite dramatic but I am only 19 and life has not been too eventful so far).

Also, just to clear up, I love Summer and do realise we’re in the middle of it, it being August and everything, but it’s over in less than a month and I don’t really see the point in buying more bikinis and kaftans that I’m not going to wear until next year when inevitably they won’t be as cute as I thought they were this year.

Ok, ramble over (you can tell that the longer I spend away from my keyboard the less consise I get), without further ado here is my Autumn/Winter wishlist (slash predictions for key styles both on the highstreet and haute couture).

1) Shearling Coat

Why: because they are warm and farmer-chic with sleek all black underneath is going to be the easiest way to look cool in the cold and, if the high-street stores have any sense, the most popular coat around. Get it now ladies.



2) Knee-high boots

Why: because I wanted them last year, never found any I liked, and still want them this year. And we all know, if I’m wearing it, it’s in. (I’m only half joking by the way).

highland stretch over knee-boot


3) Costume Accessories

Why: because I found this handbag and I knew I needed that – which is a big deal because I’m not a big highstreet handbag girl. So I reckon this winter is the time to step out of our neutral comfort zones.



4) Trench coat:

Why: because this season you won’t need to be a middle-aged glamorous Parisian footballer’s wife to make this look elegant.



5) Velvet dress:

Why: This season’s party dress should be all sort of block coloured velvet. Mini or floor length it’s the season of velour glamour. My pick is pink. I love pink.

aa velvet dress


 6) Boiler Suits:

Why: because they make me look like I watch Orange is the New Black when in reality I’m only half way through season four of Game of Thrones.



Leave me a comment on what you’ll be investing in this winter or which trends from the catwalks you will be avoiding (patchwork capes).

Until next time. xoxo

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What are ‘Selfies’ doing to us?

Oxford dictionary defines the ‘Selfie’ as: A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website (they also added: ‘occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary’).I’m not going to lie I’m not sure this is the legit Oxford dictionary but it works. So I was inspired to write this post by Tyger Drew-Honey’s latest three-part documentary series ‘Tyger Takes On…’. In his second episode on the male body image, he talks about the affect selfies are having on our own image. With a predicted 1 trillion ‘selfies’ to be taken next year and an ever-growing collection of social media websites encouraging us to do so (Instagram, Snapchat etc), I can’t help but feel slightly uneasy at the growing normality of this pleasure-seeking ritual. So this all got me thinking – how have we become so self-obsessed and is this 21st Century phenomenon more destructive than we realise?

A brief history of the ‘selfie’ from Wikipedia: The concept of uploading group self-taken photographs (now known as super selfies) to the internet, although with a disposable camera not a smartphone, dates to a webpage created by Australians in September 2001, including photos taken in the late 1990s (captured by the Internet Archive in April 2004). The earliest usage of the word selfie can be traced as far back as 2002. It first appeared in an Australian internet forum (ABC Online) on 13 September 2002. The term “selfie” was discussed by photographer Jim Krause in 2005. In the early 2000s, before Facebook became the dominant online social network, self-taken photographs were particularly common on MySpace. In 2009 in the image hosting and video hosting website Flickr, Flickr users used ‘selfies’ to describe seemingly endless self-portraits posted by teenage girls. Initially popular with young people, selfies gained wider popularity over time. By the end of 2012, Time magazine considered selfie one of the “top 10 buzzwords” of that year. According to a 2013 survey, two-thirds of Australian women age 18–35 take selfies—the most common purpose for which is posting on Facebook. A poll commissioned by smartphone and camera makerSamsung found that selfies make up 30% of the photos taken by people aged 18–24. By 2013, the word “selfie” had become commonplace enough to be monitored for inclusion in the online version of theOxford English Dictionary. In November 2013, the word “selfie” was announced as being the “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary, which gave the word itself an Australian origin.

The first issue I have been wondering is, are they making us more image obsessed? I mean, I’m not saying that I think I am super down to earth and never use a mirror or anything because, let’s be honest, that’s not true. Like, at all. I mean, my family call me a budgie. My mum thinks it is super funny to pretend that I could be kept amused for hours by my own reflection. Which I could. But that’s beside the point. So I am aware of my self-obsession but somehow I think it is justified. However; this is exactly the issue.  To be honest, as someone who thinks they’re around average, I think selfies do enhance my own self-indulgence. Moreover, the filters etc. that we can use today to contort, customize and frankly reinvent ourselves to a higher standard of beauty do seem to have a knock-on effect. It seems mankind is becoming sucked in by our own propaganda. We literally operate around our own image: the IPhone 4 accommodated to our needs by installing the more user-friendly and thus indulgently lazy front-screen camera, YouTubers star in their own feature-length daily ‘selfies’ in the form of video blogging (camera turned awkwardly towards the face) and people have even started buying ‘likes’ as if to validate themselves in the largely uninterested eyes of their peers. It no longer seems valid to just exist in a moment unless you have captured it and can prove to the world: yes, yes I have bought a Starbucks. So if this is all evidence to prove that we are almost extravagant in our image obsession, does this promise a negative fate for humanity? Or can this egotistical phenomenon become a force of good?

The positive effects (and perhaps simply the short-term effects) of the selfie obsession seem to be easier to identify than the negative. Perhaps never before have we felt more globalized, evidence being in the countless campaigns, such as the recent #bringbackourgirls regarding the Nigerian kidnaps, which have brought issues in historically neglected areas of the word to the forefront of the developed world’s radar. Without the perfectly toxic formula of celebrity plus selfie it is safe to say that the countless issues, which have previously been supressed or simply ignored by the narrow-minded, twentieth-century bureaucracy more interested in consumerism than caring, would not have gained such prestige and subsequent aid had it not been for the simple art of taking a picture of one’s face. So does this lovechild of social media and self-obsession mean that there will now be a more accessible platform for charities and world organisations to get across all-important messages to a generation of ignorant but tech-savvy humans? Maybe. In fact, this seems a pretty cost-free endeavour for all those interested in protecting their issue of choice: remember the #nomakeupselfie of late 2013 and early 2014? For Cancer Research right? No. It wasn’t even started by them – they just managed to capitalise on people’s neediness to be on every bandwagon by encouraging people to text ‘BEAT’ to 80008 to donate £1. Only trial and error will prove that the ‘selfie’ is officially the most effective campaign instrument, so find a cause, get a celeb interested, find good lighting, use a filter, and post that selfie!

One of my favourite #bringbackourgirls selfies - Michelle, the First Lady of the Universe

One of my favourite #bringbackourgirls selfies – Michelle, the First Lady of the Universe

Now the negative: are selfies damaging for mankind as they create a society who bases their validation as humans primarily on their image. If we are becoming increasingly image-obsessed, ergo, surely we are thus raising the standards for everybody else. It is no longer a question of making yourself as appealing as possible and thus being content with the results, we expect super-human standards. This is justified by the belief that, surely if I can look this good – and this probably isn’t even my best – then my potential lover/human companion should look as good as me. Now we see as well a trend in people thinking they are considerably better looking than they actually are – that is the power Valencia (the second most popular filter on Instagram – that is if you count ‘Normal’). Now the issue is not that people are rejecting the invisible confines of the beauty status quo, people should be free to marry the Leonardo Di Caprio of their dreams; however, the issue comes when the same standards they set up for other people, are equally reflected onto themselves – thus creating a Mexican standoff of people not willing to settle for anything less than a Victoria’s Secret model. Now, this whole confusion is not helped by the celebrity obsession with selfies. Almost worse than that of the normal human, celebrities infest social media with hourly updates on their private-jet filled and Louboutin-sponsored lives through perfectly orchestrated, lighted, and styled selfies almost good enough for the pages of Vogue. These seemingly ordinary photos make the naïve twelve-year olds and desperate twenty-somethings alike start to believe in the ridiculous myth that celebrities are people just like you and me, while simultaneously encouraging the demi-god worship of celebrities which blurs the lines between reality and the unobtainable. These negative trends may seem to effect a small, fanatical minority of ‘fan girls’ at the moment; however, it is this generation of tweens that will raise the future – potentially shaping it into one based on the validation of beauty more than any other attribute of humanity.

I have mentioned briefly the effects the ‘selfie’ and the demi-god culture of celebrities is having on the majority who make up society; however, this issue is even more complex than simply its effect on our own ideals. The selfie is, more than any social media platform has been able to do before it, dramatically augmenting the increasingly infallible power of celebrities. Yes, as I have mentioned, they have been used for good by promoting awareness for some of the many issues plaguing the world today, however their powers for good only go so far. Fans maketh the celebrity and, in this age of communication it is not unreasonable for fans and super-fans alike to expect a somewhat consistent conveyer belt of inane drivel from their favourite celebrity on every single social media website you can think of. And while celebrities often understand that with great fame comes fervent fans who expect a certain level of technological existence, some seem to indulge in their god-like image a little too much. In fact, it could be argued that some, naming no names (the Kardashians), literally maintain their fame and celebrity image by chronicling their life and looks through selfies – even at the less appropriate times. Furthermore, even the most beloved celebs who people look up to as beacons of moral behaviour and human perfection are willing to pimp themselves out if the price is right. Take the ‘selfie that broke twitter’ as a key example. We all cooed over the Oscar selfie of Ellen, Bradley Cooper, J-Law, Branjelina and others, but unrevealed to the wider world, this was the product of endorsement from none other than Samsung. I recognise this looks like an anti-establishment rant about celebrity culture (but you should know I’m a sucker for celebrity fantasies – *Chris Pine*) and I am well aware that this isn’t porn, but on some level this is self-exploitation for the right price. So does this not then make the line between dignity and profit just slightly less clear than it used to be?

Do they know no limits?

Do they know no limits?

'The Selfie that broke Twitter' - naughty or nice?

‘The Selfie that broke Twitter’ – naughty or nice?

My longest blog post ever? I think so! Congratulation’s if you made it to the end without falling asleep. I don’t think I’ve really come up with a definite answer on the big question: are selfies good for humankind? Nor do I believe that this is indeed a serious issue which deserves more attention than, oh, I don’t know, let’s say the sufferings of the Syrian people, Global Warming, or Gay marriage. However, these were supposed to be musings, and, at times, opinions. Good or bad I think only time will tell, and, at this point they do not seem to be worrying society too much. Moreover, they seem to be here to say – I do not think 2014 will be the year selfies become ‘old news’. So, for those of you selfie haters or, secret selfie takers, it is now or never to unleash your outer beauty and perhaps use it for good rather than self-indulgence. Yes, beauty may only be skin-deep, but I’m almost certain the internet doesn’t know that.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments or tweet me (your selfies!).

One of my many Instagram selfies - I am as guilty as you all!

One of my many Instagram selfies – I am as guilty as you all!

Until next week,


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May Faves!!

So this is the second installment of my attempt to blog about my monthly favourites and maybe offer you some reviews on the things I have been loving. So yes, I did just have my first A level exam today – history – and I am now procrastinating so I don’t have to start English revision, ergo, I am actually being consistent with my blog. Yay. Silver linings people, silver linings.

So my first favourites are my fashion faves:

1) Topshop Slip-ons.

Ah I am seriously obsessing over these at the moment. The only thing is, the reviews do not lie – they literally shred your feet. If you forget socks or don’t wear plasters I swear to God you might as well amputate your feet first, quit while you’re ahead. But, they look great and in general aren’t too uncomfortable…so long as you take the precautionary steps. However; I am a great believer in ‘no pain, no gain’, I mean, Cinderella’s fairy godmother used the term ‘slipper’ ironically right? And she got her prince. Case closed.

Oh if you want to know what I wear these with/how I style them: everything. I’m not joking, I’m not one for flats but these have converted me. Big time.

2) Leather Trousers:

Actual versions (photo above this sold out) but Shop.

Actual versions (photo above this) sold out but Shop.

Another weird one for me. I’m not a massive trouser lover, in fact, I spent a good six months only in skirts in 2013. But once again these bad boys have converted me to the trouser loving gang and  my collection is currently growing. The next hurdle is shorts (fml). These are really working in my favour because, I think, they add a little interest to my typical all-black outfits. I think they add that nonchalance every chic European just gets away with effortlessly. Seriously love.

3) my ‘Imogen’ necklace.

Typical Mum has no idea about the actual original website or shop but there are so many!

Typical Mum has no idea about the actual original website or shop but there are so many!

Excuse the excessive throwback (Summer 2012) and thus awkward trying-to-be-a-supermodel pose going on (#windswept), but it was the only semi-appropriate photo where the necklace is actually visible as currently I am literally sans technology (and web cams scare me because someone once told me people film you even if it’s not on, so, mine’s covered up). Ok, so now I’ve explained myself, this is just a simple gold necklace with my name on. I got it years ago one Christmas around the time I had just discovered, and watched every episode and every season, of Sex and the City. I rediscover it every six months or so and, I’m not a massive jewellery wearer, so I like how light and understated it is but being original at the same time. BE YOUR OWN PERSON.

Now onto beauty favourites (because I’m such an expert):

4) Maybelline colour eye tattoos.

Ok another rediscovery – don’t worry I’m not one of those idiots who raves about something six months on. I have actually been obsessed with these for a while. However, during the winter I sort of stopped using them because I was going through a stage of stressing over eye makeup and thus wearing less and more matte ones. Turns out, I like to shimmer and shine so I’ve returned to these no-fuss but amazing pay-off shadows. All I need to say about them is: they literally contour for you…….

5) Rimmel eyebrow pencil.

Bought this on a whim/recomendaiton because I was too skint to experiment with other pencils and had gone off my Clarins version. Also, not normally my colour either (the lighter version) which I only got because I made my sister/maid pick it up for me. But I actually prefer the lighter colour – despite the fact I always go for a dark eyebrow. It’s buildable, that’s why it works – I don’t just draw a little bit, accidentally draw too much and then have to walk around like King Kong for the rest of the day after attempts to even them out. Also, it doesn’t budge during the day. And it has a brush thing on the end (insert technical word). Sold.

6) Le Volume de Chanel Mascara

So I was sent some testers of this and have been using them on top of my current mascara (Maybelline ‘The Rocket’) because I didn’t think I got enough volume from the Maybelline one. I don’t know if I’m 100% sold and will commit to the big version just because Chanel is v. spenny and I sort of want to retry ‘The Falsies’ but I have been enjoying it for the following reasons: 1) it’s literally as black as Snow White’s hair, 2) it somehow separates my lashes really well (an issue I have way too much) and 3) it does volumize really well (I’m pretty sure that’s not a real word). Like eye-popping. So, I guess what I’m saying is…please hid my debit card so I don’t go cray and buy the full-size version until I’m certain.

7) MTV’s ‘faking it’

Faking It

Faking It

Do you like ‘Awkward’? No? Well you should. This is a new show, it follows ‘Awkward’ on whatever night it comes out on (I’m bad with schedules and days of the week) – that’s why I brought it up – and is sort of the hipster version of ‘Awkward’ plus an incredibly funny gay best friend. Who I want to buy. (Can I say that?). Beautiful cast and bad language beeped out – sort of like ‘Awkward’ right? – and set in a high school…But it is about two best friends who a social rejects in a super hipster school and can only get popular by pretending to be lesbians except one of them falls for the other blah blah blah. You probably get it – it’s only twenty minutes long so it’s worth a watch. I’m sort of hooked.

Hope you enjoyed this – tell me your May favourites!

Until next week,


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The Most Illegal Thing I’ve Ever Done.

Anyone else obsessed with the Adidas x Urban Outfitters mini collection? No? Just me? Well I don’t care. It’s not normally the sort of thing I go for; I’m not really a ‘Sport Chic’ kind of chick. That’s probably why I had a rush of blood to the head and wore it with green joggers. Yes, I wore blue AND green. Judge me.

I don’t think there’s much I need to say about an outfit: I’m also wearing an American Apparel velvet crop top, green Topshop joggers (I think they’re out of stock now) and my brother’s blue Vans which he has grown out of #perksofsmallfeet. Pictures speak loader than words. That’s not a saying, but I don’t care because this week I wore blue and green together! Imi 1, Universe 0.

By the way, excuse the no makeup and rat nest hair.










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Until next week, stay chic ladies


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