Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Social Media Feels

I don't know what it is lately, but for some reason I find myself feeling completely and utterly bored by social media at the moment. In particular, instagram. Now I'm the first to admit that I suffer with instagram 'OCD', i.e making sure posts match your 'theme' and have a flow to them. Which when I think about it is pretty ridiculous. Especially for someone like me who is only really followed by friends and the occasional blogger, but for some reason I find each post I make more and more stressful, and it's not exactly flattering when you lose about 2 followers every time you post a selfie. So why do I care so much?

I think instagram has changed from "social media" to almost creating a "branding" for yourself; it's not about posting personal photos of your nights out, or photos of your pets anymore, it's now a platform to show only the perfect aspects of your life. The whole thing is filtered, and make believe. Sure we all find our selves double tapping a famous bloggers coffee picture and thinking "Sigh, I wish I had their life"whilst we sit in pyjamas and watch re-runs of Friends.

(my instagram)

But is any of it real? No. Everything is cropped, filtered and air brushed to perfection. And I understand that it's part of the trend, but for me personally I just feel like instagram's lost its element of fun; the pressure to post glamorous pictures is ever growing, when sometimes i just want to post a picture of me sat in bed with my Häagen-Dazs (Cookies and Cream- best flavour ever), tired from a long day at work- yes, I work which is another reason I can't go around dressed in the latest ASOS collection drinking flat whites in London. 

Basically I think it's all to easy to get sucked in to this world of filters, and there's too much pressure to become a brand. Maybe I think too much in to it, but I fully admit that the pressure of taking square photos in perfect lighting with the right filter, is taking up too much time in my life. In ten years time, will it really matter? Probably not. 

Love Elizabeth xx

Saturday, 26 December 2015

New Years' Resolutions

It's that time of year when everyone starts evaluating where they are in life, and what they need to change about them selves. The standard is lose weight, stop drinking or smoking, and exercise more, which is pretty generic really. So I thought I'd make a post about my personal goals for 2016, and they're little things that are really personal to my life specifically. So here goes.

1. Instagram OCD. 

Stop my instagram OCD. I've gotten so bad recently, like everything on my feed has to match up, and if it doesn't I'll delete it. If I don't post for a couple of days, I panic and frantically search for something to photograph. And for what? It's only bloody social media, after all. I also have an iPhone 4 as well, so I constantly feel like my photos aren't good enough, or need super's sad really.  So yeah, my goal is to not care so much, stop letting that app take over my life.

2. Write more.

I love writing, it's why I started blogging, but I feel like i just don't write enough in general. Like this blog for example, I should use it a lot more than I actually do! So I plan to make a lot more written posts, not just fluffed up with pictures. 

3. Eat more fruit and veg.

I'm terrible at this, especially at uni. Plus fruit and veg is so expensive???? Like when you've got a 60p bag of crisps in one hand, and a 80p apple in the other logic kicks in and goes for the crisps. However, I do not eat enough healthy stuff, the only thing I manage to eat is salad and berries. 

That's all I have so far. What are your resolutions? 

Love Elizabeth xx

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

My Nest

As much as I love fashion- and considering I'm studying it, it's a good job- lately I find myself taking a big interest in home furnishing, and arranging my bedroom in to the perfect nest. And it makes me slightly sad that in less that a months time i'll have to leave it to return to uni (although I'm excited to go back to Newcastle don't get me wrong!). So today I've decided to do a little post about my room, and how I like to live.

This glass box is a new edition to my room actually, my current fave place to buy home furnishings is T.K.Maxx! They have unique things, and a lot of things similar to Urban Outfitters home things, but for a fraction of the price! This glass box was only £10 which I thought was a bargain. I've also decided to use my books as an ornamental feature instead of just being shoved in the cupboard.

These "carnival" lights were a bargain from B&M Bargains (lol) at about £4, and they look so cute just strung up in my room! Just adding a little bit of rainbow glimmer to my room!

My shoe ladder made by my dad from old tree branches from the garden! I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest, and since my shoe collection is ever growing I needed somewhere to put them all! 

My super rainbow clothes rain, also knows as my over flow since My wardrobe, draws and shelves are all full...and yet I continue to shop for clothes 24/7? 

Hope you enjoyed this post about my little room! 
Love Elizabeth xx

Friday, 13 November 2015

Fashion Junkie

So, on a Friday night, I find myself to be somewhat inspired by an article I read on  about the addiction of luxury spending. It talks about how one big-ticket item can lead to another, and another, and so on. Now, I can't say I've completely experienced this as- after all- I'm a 21 year old student so I don't exactly have the disposable income to spend on a £2000 bag...however the principle is the same; I am a shopping addict.

Anyone that knows me (or even just follows me on Instagram) can witness for themselves how much fashion paraphernalia I buy every month. And it's dawned on me recently that it's kind of getting out of control. The thing is, despite the fact I'm a student, I don't spend my money on dirt cheap pieces of clothing- though yes I'm still talking high street prices- from the likes of Primark, New Look, Miss Guided etc. To be completely honest, Topshop and Asos get all of my money, tied with vintage shops.   Yes it's still high street, however to a 21 year old they're still considered pretty pricy, and a lot of my friends boycott these and go to cheaper shops for "fast" fashion that will expire in two months time.

My shopping regime is very particular; I spend a lot of time evaluating a product before buying it- the cost, will I wear it, is it a waste of money blah blah blah- and the only time I really impulse buy is if I find something in the sales. And yet I'm probably averaging about £50-£70 a week on clothes over the last few months. So you can imagine how many clothes I've actually accumulated over this time *shudders*. However, it is MY money. I've now got a part time job at a high street shoe chain, and it's the first time I've ever had this kind of income to spend! (I don't get anything with a student loan, I have to make up the difference with my own money).

I think the real reason I end up buying so much- and not gonna lie about 70% of the time it's due to online shopping and roaming the web in an evening- is because it's my go-to thing for comfort. When I'm feeling down/stressed I automatically open the Topshop website and click "new in". And before i know it, I've got two pairs of shoes and a playsuit in my basket due to arrive tomorrow (I order so much from Toppers that I have unlimited next day free delivery...yeah).

I'm trying to go on a fashion diet, i.e. stop spending my entire months wage on clothes that i don't need, especially with Christmas looming around the corner. 

Monday, 9 November 2015

November Spy

So here is my November lust list (yes, 9 days in to the month and I've already got my eye on this much stuff...). There's no particular theme per say, it's mainly stuff i've added to my digital shopping basket and then resisted....apart from the Lime Crime lipgloss because I've finally found a UK stockist!! Look out Britain, the bright crazy lips are coming. I'm also desperate for the Lazy Oaf sweatshirt but it's out of stock and way above my price range. However I may have to treat myself to the Vivienne Westwood scarf in the HOF brand event in a couple of weeks! 

Love Elizabeth xx

Monday, 28 September 2015

The Worst Has Happened

So this weekend, one of the worst things that can happen to a girl- or guy- happened to me. There were tears, screaming, parental lectures involved. And now my life is different.

I LOST MY PURSE. In London, on a night out. And it had everything I need to function in life within it, from my bank cards to my uni library pass. And now I have no ID, no access to money, I even had no train tickets to get home- disaster. Fortunately a frantic phone call home caused my dad to drive down the next day and collect me in my fragile hungover state. Yes, the shame is real.

So for the next week or so I am moneyless, and for at least a month I have no form of ID (I don't have a passport, and in order to get a new license I need to have a passport...ridiculous). The point is, I never realised how much that little rectangle was in control of my life, and now its in someone else's hands, I feel like they can control my life.

I am ashamed and never drinking again. Okay I take that last bit back.

Elizabeth xx