Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Liebster Award!

Many thanks to the lovely Ruby Thunder  for the nomination. I've been so disenchanted with blogging, but hopefully this kicks my butt back into gear.

The Rules are:

  • Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions that they have asked you.
  • Nominate bloggers who have a following of < 200 on bloglovin'
  • Ask them 11 questions.
  • Notify the nominees.

  • What inspired your blog name?

    It actually comes from a list I was making when I was 18 in the sixth form lounge. It was a to do list, that my friend saw and laughed at. It simply read "Sort out life, buy milk". Seems apt as I nearly always need to do those two things even 7 years later. Gosh I am getting old.

    What are you currently reading? If not, recommend me a book.

    Just finished Commitment Hour by James Alan Gardner, I gave it a 4/5 on goodreads, found it very hard to put down. I enjoyed it a lot, really easy to read while still being a complex and interesting world. Its Fullin & Cappie's Commitment Day, as in Tober Cove every person changes sex every year til they are 20 when they must "commit" to their permanent sex, male, female or both. Such a good concept, not explored fully enough in my humble opinion, if you're looking for a complex dissection of gender roles, this ain't it. But it is an interesting story in a sci-fi setting, with multifaceted characters who react like kids on the biggest day of their lives. Plus the religion in Tober and the effect of "The Patriarch" are rather fascinating.

    It is set in The League of People's series, but can be read alone as I did this. I'm now gong to read the others in this series as I did really like Gardner's writing style.

    What song are you loving right now?

    I have a Mumford and Sons problem. Hopeless Wanderer, Lover of the Light and Lover's Eyes on repeat forever at the moment.

    Have a gander at Idris Elba in Lover of the Light and you'll love it too.

    What's for dinner?

    I am a terrible cook, who doesn't care much for the preparation of food, I will not chop onions and garlic because it makes my hands smell and I cannot stand it. I may have to buy some kitchen gloves for these tasks. Terrible I know, but I just hate it. I'm too impatient, but my sib said something about chilli? Which will be nice, but I have to chop veg, woe is me!

    It's your day off! What's the plan?

    I'm a student, everyday is a day off. ;)

    But seriously, I'd walk the dog and maybe go to an art gallery or craft show. I like a gentle wander about.

    Sweet or savoury?

    Sweet, please! Crisps are nice, but chocolate is everything.

    Do you have any vices?

    I smoke, naughty girl that I am. My friend just quit though and I smoke most of all with her, so I think I'll be quitting soon. Needs to be done, it is a filthy habit. I also have quite an obsessive and additive personality, so I am on tumblr far too much, I can easily get sucked into watching endless loops of television shows. I don't drink or do drugs though, so I'm not doing too badly.

    Do you collect anything?

    As a creative person, I am an obsessive collector, but also a disorganised and easily distracted one. I was just in Wales with my mother and every time I went on a dog walk on the beach with her I came back with pockets full of slates and nice stones in case I could use them later in my work.I have huge amounts of craft materials, yarns, wools for knitting and needle felting, threads for cross stitching, pencils, woods, metals, stones, wire, anything I can make into jewellery or other crafts.

    I also collect jewellery as a future jeweler I like buying hand crafted jewellery, I do have a list of artists I need to add to my collection.

    Anything sitting in your online basket waiting for payday?

    I just bought a few things from asos, so I will cheat and say one of those.  I just got this Asos Curve Tie Dye Skirt With Fringing, which I am loving.

    Let's meet for a drink! What're you having?

    I don't drink alcohol as previously mentioned, my family has a history of alcoholism, so I don't risk it. So I say we're meeting for a hot drink, maybe at  Teacup in Manchester, so I will be having some fancy smanchy flowering tea that's super pretty and hopefully doesn't just taste of floral leaf water.

    Favourite memory?

    Oh that is a hard one!  I really don't know. Maybe when I went to Leeds festival? I was supposed to go with a friend, who dropped out last minute, so I went on my own, which for a terribly anxious, shy person could have gone very badly. But I had a great time, it was nice to know I could be on my own and have a great time. I was proud of myself for doing something I didn't think I was capable of. Plus Tim Minchin, Frank Turner, Disraeli, Elbow, all fantastic performances.

    My nominations are two of my favourite bloggers, Laura of the fantastic Tutus and Tiny Hats, whose outfits are gorgeous, eclectic, colourful and so very fun, not to mention her wonderful round up posts with links to interesting and educational articles. She probably has way more followers than 200 but not on bloglovin so I'm counting her!

    The second nomination is for Charlotte of the wonderful jewellery brand Black Heart Creatives and who runs BHC's blog as well.I love her style and the stuff she puts together always works in a way that I wish my outfits did!

    My questions:

    1. What inspired you to start blogging?
    2. Have you ever felt like giving up blogging? What brought you back if so?
    3. What is you favourite quote?
    4. What book has had the biggest effect on you?
    5. Do you have any tattoos or body modifications or plans to get any?
    6. Name one blogger whose wardrobe you'd love to rummage through!
    7. If you could design a fashion collection, what is the one piece you'd have to include?
    8. What are you looking forward to most in 2015?
    9. Where do you get ideas for you blog posts?
    10.  Who inspires you the most?
    11. If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?

    Blogger Tricks

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    OotD: Back in Black

    Boo! Its me!
    It has been many, many months, but I've been very disenchanted with blogging and winter makes my depression flare up in horrible ways. I haven't been dressing in anything more than sweatpants indoors and whatever I grab when I'm off to uni. Trying to combat that and the sun is really helping with that. Though I might start taking pictures of what I deem "unbloggable" outfits because I am not a perfectly polished and turned out individual, I'm afraid, but it could be an interesting experiment.

    Corset Top ~ Bought from a facebook group
    Mesh Skirt ~ ASOS Curve
    Batwing Cardigan ~ Domino Dollhouse
    Sunglasses ~ Thierry Mugler
    Cat Eye Glasses ~ Derek Cardigan
    Lace Topped Socks ~ ASOS
    Velvet Creepers ~ Dr Martens
    Thorin's Key Necklace ~ NiqueGeek on etsy

    Black on black because goths refuse to give up the look even when the sun decides to burst through the Manchester clouds. Here I am before my latest hair dying session, off to a needle felting class, which if you follow my instagram, you know I'm rather smitten with it.

    I am in love with these sunglasses, they are even prescription, which is making my life in the sun absolutely 100% better this spring/summer. I think they really add some edge to my outfit too, so they'll be worn with everything from now till the sun goes away again.

    My new glasses finally arrived! They are Derek Cardigan 7005, its nice having another shape option from my normal boxy, nerd glasses. I've always stuck with one pair until I needed to change my prescription, but I love being able to change them out if I'm feeling more feminine or think one would go with a look I'm planning better.

    Its obviously been too long, look how rubbish I've gotten at posing! Oh dear, oh dear!

    Hope you're all well and having fun in the sun!

    Sunday, November 02, 2014

    Review: Ann Harvey Astrakhan Coat

    Gosh, I forget how busy university makes me! I'm having a lot of fun, went to Dutch Design Week, been hand making paper and learning how to bind books! Such is the life of a 3D Design Student. :)

    Halloween Pumpkin Dress ~ Boohoo Plus
    Faux Fur Textured Coat ~ Ann Harvey*

    Velvet Creepers ~ Dr. Martens
    Lipstick ~ Candy Apple by Revlon

    *I was given this item as to review, so did not pay for it. My thoughts and feelings here are my own.

    I was contacted a little while ago to see if I would like to review a piece from the new Ann Harvey collection. I have to say this piqued by interest as Ann Harvey has such a set image in my mind, I have never bought anything from Ann Harvey previously as I've always considered it for an older customer, it being more expensive than New Look and its ilk as well as a more mumsy image.

    Looking at the new collection I was rather more impressed than I expected to be, perhaps my tastes have changed since last I looked at the brand, as that was probably in my teens this is very likely. While its definitely not a young, disposable trend factory, its definitely has a lot of pieces that could work for a variety of ages.The pieces feel classic, easy to add to your wardrobe and I chose this lovely coat, which fits into the textured coat trend that seems to be all the rage this Autumn/Winter. My mother has already claimed borrowing rights and it looks just as lovely on her as it does on me.

    The collection in general goes from a 16-32 size range, but this is one of the items which only reaches a 28. Not quite as galling as that Kelly Brook SimplyBe collection which only had only a couple of items over a 28, but still a tad disappointing as I consider this coat to be one of the stand out pieces of the collection. I am usually a 22/24, but I always go for a 24 in coats, which in this instance was a good thing, the coat buttons up and feels rather lovely and comfortable. I don't think I could wear anything substantial under it like a jumper or cardigan as well, but as someone who runs hot this really doesn't bother me. If I had bought a 22 it wouldn't have done up at all, so I would recommend sizing up.

    The material of the coat is gorgeous, its very soft and so warm, I can see this being great for when it gets icy cold in Manchester! I also really love the collar, I don't usually do up coats, but the effect you get with this one is worth it. I have to say I felt very cute and cosy in these pictures!

    At £90 it is expensive, but its also fully lined and feels like a quality garment, so hopefully will still be looking good for many years to come.

    As for the rest of the collection, I do have my eye on this red dress, which I think is really beautiful. Despite red being the one of the only colours I just do not wear at all, I think I could rock it.

    What do you guys think of Ann Harvey?

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    "Fat, Happy and Fabulous"

    A few weeks ago I was contacted by the ever so lovely, writer Therese O'Neil, who has commented on my blog for a while, as she was writing about plus size bloggers for an article that would be in the New Zealand Sunday Star-Times Magazine. I was so honoured and happy to be able to talk about plus size fashion, what punk means to me and how I deal with cruel comments.

    Click on the pictures to enlarge them! Or you can read it without the pretty pictures over here.

    Two other bloggers were also interviewed, Meagan Kerr and Whitney Fulton who runs the excellent POC Fat Fashion. The gorgeous Meagan was even on the front cover of the magazine, looking like a complete rock star!

    If you're here because of the article, welcome, I hope you like my little site, its mainly full of my outfits, ideas and personal style.

    I'd love to know what you all think of the article.

    Tuesday, September 02, 2014

    OotD: Birthday Madness

    Its my birthday!

    I am 24 years old, so I put on a neon pink dress, petticoat, backcombed my hair to hell and channeled a gender bent Joker from Batman.

    Pink Ice Cream Dress ~ SimplyBe
    Mint Petticoat ~ Domino Dollhouse
    Lace Cuffed Bike Shorts ~ Allihalla
    Graffitti Socks ~ ASOS
    Dolly Shoes ~ Demonia

    Pierrot Necklace ~ Tatty Devine

    I had a nice day today, it was very low key and relaxing. I had a picnic in the park with my mum and the dogs (including our new arrival!), went shopping and we're having a Chinese takeaway tonight. Not bad, not bad. I'm not really a party or going out type, personally as I don't drink and my anxiety makes large groups of people a little uncomfortable.

     One of my birthday presents was some lovely acrylic drawers from MUJI, I spent most of yesterday organising all of my make-up in them. This inspired me to put some slap on for the first time in so long, I am feeling green eyeshadow though with how long my green fringe is my eyes did disappear a little.

    I've only had this dress for what feels like years, yet this is its blog debut. It is of course on of the blogger designed dresses for SimplyBe by the amazing Lauren over at Pocket Rocket Fashion, who was one of the first blogs I ever read and she inspired me to start this blog. 

    My purple lipstick, green eyeshadow and hair made me think of the Joker, while my dress and shoes made think doll. So thus I did a lot of silly faces and poses because I may be 24, but I will still pretend to be a demonic doll/evil clown at the drop of a hat.

    Does any remember my ootds from way back in 2011/12? I'm having hair flashbacks!

    Yes, backcombing is back in my life. I'm pretty pleased with it, I'm not usually much of a hair styler, especially seeing as I am just waiting till my hair is long enough to put into pigtails or braids.

    I would apologise for the amount of pictures, but I am into myself today and vanity should be celebrated. Love yourselves, ladies, gents and distinguished readers!

    My mother is taking me to IKEA tomorrow and I'm getting a full length mirror, this may mean far more (very lazy) posts as I won't have to badger any of my family to take my pictures. Or at least a lot more selfies!

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    Media Responsibility & The Failure of Mental Healthcare

    Content Warning: discussion of death, suicide, depression, mental health issues, including my own struggles in case you're someone I know in real life


    During the last Easter break this year, my former jewellery tutor, Rowena Golton died, I was beyond shocked as I had seen her less than a fortnight earlier. I knew she was depressed and had been out of sorts for quite a while, so naturally you wonder how someone so young died, but I thought it didn't matter exactly how we lost her, but that we honoured her memory & her life. 

    Then I saw a Daily Mail article on my facebook feed that shocked me to my core, the headline of said article revealed exactly the method she used to kill herself. I was paralysed, but I read the article, which described in further detail this wonderful, bright, giving woman who put me on my path as a creative and how she died.

    As my shock began to fade two things struck me:

    Is it responsible for the media to report suicides in such graphic detail?

    When the news of Robin Williams death broke it was less than a day before I heard how he had killed himself in such detail that it made me feel sick and dirty for knowing something so private. I didn't really consider the possible fallout of such widely spread knowledge until reading of Rowena's death. As someone who has been suicidal and suffers from suicidal ideation (thankfully far more under control as of late) it struck me that a suicidal or fragile person reading about details such as these could influence someone to copy the methods. I made a brief post on facebook to this effect and lovely Kathryn pointed out that the Samaritans' media guidlines for reporting suicide have facts that back up this thought. This aspect of the news has been examined far better than I could ever do here by Mary Hamilton, "Reporting Robin Williams’ suicide: how not to kill your readers".

    Sensationalist journalism surrounds us, we can't move for reports about tragedies and drama, but in this case it could be resulting in further deaths and this sickens me.

    How could the mental health services in this country fail so badly?

    I'm sure the majority of people reading this who have tried to get help for mental health problems know the fear and anxiety when you get told how long you will have to wait. When I first decided I couldn't go on without help I was told 3-6 months was the average wait and I was not considered a priority because I didn't reveal my suicidal ideation to my GP, so it was likely to be on the longer side. Thankfully as my Dad was a doctor so I had health insurance, which meant I could see someone privately a lot quicker. This isn't an option for everyone.

    The biggest thing I took from the article on Rowena's death is that the mental health services in this country failed her, sending her home when she needed help most of all. She couldn't wait months, she needed help and tried again and again to get it. I think her family are very brave for talking about this and pointing out the inadequacies of the NHS in this department.

    BUT, I also think this shouldn't put anyone off asking for help, the healthcare system is lacking, but if you cannot cope and you need to talk to someone please go to your doctor. Don't suffer in silence. I hope this isn't too contradictory, but I don't want the fact that people were let down to stop people asking for treatment. I know a few people who would not be here today without therapy, medication and doctors.

    Depression and suicidal thoughts can happen to anyone, whatever their circumstances and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. If you're suffering, I'm sending you all the love in the world, but please talk to someone, be it a friend, the Samaritans or a doctor, don't keep it all bottled inside.


    Mental Health:


    0300 123 3393


    08457 90 90 90

    Email: jo@samaritans.org

    Write:  Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK,
                PO Box 90 90,
                FK8 2SA
    Hearing Voices Network

    0114 271 8210


    0845 767 8000

    Papyrus: Preventing young suicide

    0800 068 4141

    For people in Northern Ireland

    0808 808 8000


    No Panic

    0808 808 0545

    National Self Harm Network

    0800 622 6000


    01708 765200


    (Confidential emotional support for Children, Young People and Adults. Also keeps details of agencies, support groups and counsellors throughout the UK)


    National Alcohol Hotline

    0800 917 8282

    NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics)

    0800 358 3456

    Talk To Frank (Drug information & advice) (ENGLAND)

    0800 77 66 00

    Know The Score (Drug information & advice) (SCOTLAND) 

    0800 587 587 9

    Dan 24/7 (Drug information & advice) (WALES)

    0808 808 2234
    Or text DAN to: 81066

    Addiction NI (Drug information & advice) (Northern Ireland)

    02890 664434



    08000 50 20 20

    London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

    0207 837 7324



    0800 1111

    Age UK Advice Line
    0800 169 6565

    The Silver Line (Free information, friendship and advice to older people.)


    0800 4 70 80 90



    0808 2000 247

    Rape and Abuse Line
    0808 8000 123 (Answered by Female Support Workers) 
    0808 8000 122 (Answered by Male Support Workers)

    Eating Disorders:

    Beat Eating Disorders

    Helpline: 0845 634 1414

    Youthline: 0845 634 7650

    Housing and Homelessness:

    0808 800 4444


    Cruse Bereavement Care

    Child Death Hepline

    0800 282 986

    If there are any other resources, that you would recommend please comment and I will add them to the list. Hope you're all safe.

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    ModCloth Uniquely You Polyvore Challenge!

    I was contacted last week by a lovely lady named Amy at Modcloth, about a weekly polyvore storyboard challenge. As I've been pretty lax in the blogging stakes as of late, I figured why not, plus I had forgotten how much I love playing with polyvore!

    Each week a selection of bloggers is given a dress to style showing our individual style using the lovely accessories from ModCloth's site. The first dress given was the Vivacious and Vibrant Dress in Noir, which I adore! Thankfully it is available in plus sizes too. Come on black and white with those cute shoulder details, this one is right up my street. Though I was initially thinking of going full goth I was caught by some of the gorgeous, whimisical Alice in Wonderland inspired pieces in ModCloth's range.

    Alice in ModCloth

    The dress could be read as very formal and I wanted to take it in a different direction, to make a whimsical, doll-like feel to the look. As soon as I saw these cute, bow false lashes I knew I had to pick out the red with something else and the backpack was too adorably Alice for me not to add it. I've always loved Alice in Wonderland, the books, films, cartoons and this was my inspiration for this board. I think I was a little literal, but hey, there is a place and time for subtlety, but it is not when you're playing dress up!

    How would you style this dress?