Urban Outfitters Obsession

After a little break, blogging about other things and the like, I’m back on my personal Bella’s Bits challenge to do 14 posts I’ve assigned myself.  This is much easier now I have a stunning new camera, Brendan!  He’s gorgeous.  Blue and Canon like and ultimately stunning.  So here’s a teeny tiny peek into my winter wardrobe, Urban Outfitters style.  I’m well aware that the shots look like bad Ebay ones selling my clothes.  I’m still getting used to Brendan, lighting etc. and my bedroom at Uni is pretty dark.  Ah well, enough excuses!

My love for Urban Outfitters began when I was about 12/13 years old, WAY before it got popular.  About once a month all through school and college my Mum and I would pop up to Oxford Circus and trail around the flagship store for goodies.  My secret is to head to the sale, I don’t think I paid full price for any of these items.  I would say that well over a third of my wardrobe is U.O..  I don’t shop there as much anymore.  I don’t know if that’s because it’s become way more popular and I have the whole ‘don’t want to see anyone else wearing my stuff’ fear or just because I’ve grown up a bit.  When I say grown up a bit, I mean I don’t have the same desire I used to to buy, buy, buy.  I’m more than happy with what I’ve got and I think (at least I hope!) I have the creativity to make new looks with my existing clothes.  Anyway..!

Here goes:

 

Here are my beaut blue suede desert boots!  I love them to pieces and they’re SO comfy.  £20 down from £80 .. bargain!

More shoes!  Here are my, what I call, Victorian booties.  I’ve had these for about five years now and they’ve been sewn/stitched/reheeled/relaced more times that I care to believe.  These only really come out in the Winter and I can only really wear them with tights, cause they pinch a bit now due to all the reloving.  Still gorgeous though!

 

This is one of my most recent U.O. purchases.  A beaut of a cardigan I wear ALOT.  It’s huge but so versatile cause it can be just a cardy or act as a giant jumper.  Love.

 

Here are some dugarees I got in the vintage section of U.O. a few years ago, before they started to reform absolutely everything by adding studs or patchworks (I’m not bitter, honest.)  They’ve done me well.  I’ve partied at festivals in these, worn them as a cover up on holiday, and even added long sleeve tees and tights for winter.  All good.

 

And it’s not all casual wear!  Here is one of many playsuits/jumpsuits I own from U.O. but it’s my fav as it’s probably the most versatile. It is my LBD in playsuit form.  Black, silk, plain, gorgeous with a killer lacy back.  This is the kind of thing I throw on to go out when I’m not sure what else to wear.  Looks great with Keds or Heels!

So a teeny tiny peek into my U.O. Obsession.  Bear in mind I have jeans, jewellry, bunting, flasks, pictures, posters, tees, tasches from U.O., to photograph them all would take FAR too long!  Hope you’ve enjoyed your sneak peak.  Want to see more of my wardrobe?

Right kids, well I’m off to London for four nights.  So expect a travel post when I’m back.  Take care kids!

 

 

Edinburgh ’12

Wayay, it’s Edinburgh!  Oop no, that’s Newcastle.  Edinburgh 2012, 4 days of rain, wind, cold, wine, culture, laughing, relaxing, walking, feet hurting, shopping and dancing.  Uh-may-zing.  Snaps and stories.

 

 

So if you can keep up: beautiful Castle, lots of Fringe frolics – a Lionel Richie sticker that we found EVERYWHERE; cars, bins, buses, you name it – the Zoo = I’ve actually been to two this year but it was just gorgeous, set high on a hill, beautiful views, beautiful animals, my favorites were the zebras – the two actors at the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, cue two hours of wandering around Edinburgh drinking listening to two mad Scots bang on about books and shiz, crazy! – The Royal Mile in the rain – HMY Brittania, Royal Brittania Yacht where the Queen would live travelling around the world, we saw her bed (which was actually pretty weird!) as well as where Wills was conceived (even weirder!) – getting a sleeper train, SO much fun – seeing Lavender Brown do the Fringe === uh-may-zing.

And some Scottish Style:

 

Floral Denim Bomber Jacket – Vintage Thai Market.     Oversized Tee – Thai Market.     Leggings – Topshop.

Tee – H and M.     Skirt – Topshop.     Tights – BHS.     Boots –  New York.

Scarf – Zara.     Denim Waistcoat – French Connection (Charity Shop).     Dress – Fat Face.     Trousers – Zara.     Pumps – Office.

Laters Edinburgh!  It’s been fun.

Bella’s Bits – Broadcast 2/3

So last week there was a big hoo-hah about technicalities and the show didn’t really work, so here’s yesterday’s broadcast, going a bit like this …

‘Gotta Be You’ – One Direction

Morning everyone, how are we all today?  Welcome to Bella’s Bits, the very best of lifestyle, culture and entertainment.  Coming up on today’s show I’ll be talking about the Titanic, Southampton Guildhall events and blogging.  Stay tuned guys …

‘What Do You Take Me For?’ – Pixie Lott

I was down by the Docks yesterday and I kept getting SO excited every time I saw a pub, I kept thinking whether it was the very one that Leonardo DiCaprio/Jack Dawson drank beer in, won his ticket, punched somebody in, before he boarded the biggest ship of its time … the Titanic.  (There was a lot of rambling here, I’m not actually sure that that’s strictly true)  I think it’s absolutely phenomenal how such an amazing event happened right on our doorstep, the Titanic setting sail, and as of next year it’s been 100 years!  I’m sure they’ll be lots of listening to James Horner and I’ve heard there’s going to be a festival!

Speaking of Southampton, I’d thought I’d let you know what’s happening at Southampton Guildhall.  I went in May and say Tinie Tempah, absolutely gorgeous venue.  I had a cheeky look on the website and coming up we’ve got …

  • The Darkness – tonight! (Thursday 17th November 2011)
  • Panic! At The Disco – 1st Feb 2012 (hint hint boyfriend if you’re listening!)
  • The Kerrang Tour – 7th Feb 2012 (not sure who the line up is yet, but I’m sure it will be awesome!)
  • McFly – 21st March 2012 (cannot wait for this, so getting tickets!)

So for anyone headed to the Guildhall tonight, here’s a little something to get you in the mood …

‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ – The Darkness

Hope you’re rocking on this morning, it’s going to be a beautiful day, I can feel it!  I want to know, what do you think of blogging?  Do you think it’s a bit pretentious, loving yourself … or an outlet to share what you think and love?  I think the latter, it’s creative, important to share your views, and if nothing else, it’s a great way to have a good old rant!  My favourite blogs are those on being thrifty, great for us students saving money, from the cheapest hostels travelling, to the ingredients for a banana face mask.  Love them.

Apologise – One Republic

Come on kids, let’s do that wiggle!

Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO

Does anybody know where I can get Liquorice Alsorts?  Are they still in existence of have they gone all elite like Jelly Beans?  If anyone knows, please tell me, aha, thanks J

I Was Just a Card – Laura Marling

Video Games – Lana Del Ray

Seeing as this is a ‘Lifestyle, Culture and Entertainment’ show, I’m going to talk about Feng Shui.  Feng Shui is basically the idea that the location of furniture in a room is good for your karma and your aura and all that.  Do we think it’s a load of poppycock or a valid point?  Our bedrooms as students are so important to us, they’re where we sleep, eat, work, rest, play, we have so many memories from our student bedrooms and heaven knows ALOT goes down there, does the location of your bed and your desk actually make a difference at all?!

Now I actually have a request from my Mother now!  Aha, so here it is Mum, just for you.

Pass Out – Tinie Tempah

When you walk into your student living room, what is on telly the most?  For our house it’s definitely the Big Bang Theory, the show about all the geeks.  But my housemate Jamie pointed our, is it possible for a show to work when the main character is so unlikeable?  Hmmm, have a think!

Cheers (Drink to That) – Rihanna

Read All About It – Professor Green

Do you read at uni?  I don’t mean journals or textbooks, I mean fiction, non fiction, fantasy, autobiography … whatever floats your boat, do you read actual BOOKS?!  I don’t think I’ve read a single book my entire time at Uni, of course in the holidays, but not actually at uni, bonkers.

We R Who We R – Ke$ha

I Spy – Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

‘I’m A Celebrity’, does anybody care anymore?  The first one was good, Mark Wright skydiving from a plane and crying like a girl but the ones after that have just been a bit boring to be honest, controversial!  I just love the X Factor, what do we all think of Amelia Lily coming back?  Speaking of her, I’m getting my hair dyed pink today!  Our shower in our uni house has broke so really looking forward to going home and having some hot water!  Anyway, you have been listening to Bella’s Bits, hope you have a lovely day!

S Club Party – S Club 7

And the webcam looked a bit like this …

NOTICE THE MINNIE MOUSE BOW IN MY HAIR!!!

So, three cups of coffee later, I had a great show.  Things I’ve learnt for next time:

  • Laugh at yourself, its okay.
  • It doesn’t matter if you hesitate.
  • DON’T have the same background jingle every time, it can get really annoying …!
  • DO NOT SING ON AIR.  EVER. – cringe

Laters!

V Festival 2010

3 girls road tripping to a music festival in the remote English countryside … what could possibly go wrong?!  Nothing.  Yes, that’s right.  Absolutely nothing.  It surprised me too.  With bull in a china shop over here with 2 of my like minded besties, Rosie and Maddie, we imagined something catching on fire, getting slashed or stolen.  Nothing!  Just one of the best weekends of my life …

I admit I was anxious.  With an online festival guide kindly telling me I could **** Off if I was going to V and reading in a magazine that only ‘Dave from the IT Department’ would be there, I had my doubts.  Rocking up in Brunton in my dungarees and converse (standard fesitval wear, naturally), Strongbow in hand, my fears were in vain.

We instantly befriended our neighbours over beer and burgers and talked long into the night.  Our initial party of 7 multiplied to over 20 of us singing, shouting ‘Alan’ at any passer by possible, drinking Skittle Vodka and wine straight from the box.  At 10am we were still there.  Such a bonding experience!

Despite our tiredness, we headed to the main Arena where the V stage greeted us.  Just 3 rows from the front we saw Feeder.  Absolutely incredible.  With their beautiful children dancing side stage and ‘Buck Rogers’ (player, player, player …) making the crowd go crazy they were definitely one of my highlights.

A sloppy pizza later Paloma Faith greeted us.  I have never had more of a shock when someone opened their mouth!  Underneath that sophisticated, lampshade (yes, she wore one), gorgeous exterior was a broad Cockney accent rivalling my Nancy days!  Shock of my life!  Whether she was drunk or happy I’m not too sure but she made us sing along, dance along and genuinely have an amazing time.  ‘New York’ was my song of the set.

Shifting further and further forward we saw the beautiful Newton Faulkner.  Knowing he was a school friend of one of my friends and that his actual name is Sam definitely worked in his favour.  He just came across so kind and genuine, and talented, so so talented.  Despite just him, his odd socks and his guitar, his set was captivating from his cover of ‘Teardrop’ to making us sing ‘Gone In The Morning’ like rabies infested pirates (yes, that actually happened) to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.  So good!

An alcohol fuelled afternoon with our neighbours (think Jay’s double thumbed ‘Friend’, Inbetweeners, duh?!) later we scooted back to the Main Arena.  It was so impressive by dark.  A theme park with hundreds of food vans, shops, bars and tents with enough rubbish to feed a landfill.  Dazzling lights and music with every kind of person under the sun.  We saw Hen Parties, nakedness, pure lads, drunkenness and just general fun in all fashions, shapes and sizes.    And everyone was so happy, so friendly.  No bitchy angst, just a complete mish mash of people who were so happy and excited to be there.

Now I try and see the best in everything, I really do.  Kings Of Leon.  Such hype, such expectation … such a let down.  Thousands and thousands of people crammed together, the atmosphere just buzzing.  So disappointing.  I hate to admit it but I was bored, I even resulted to vodka jelly for entertainment rather than watch a sweaty front man practically eat his microphone.  Granted, some people loved it.  Other than the beautiful drummer and ‘Sex On Fire’, the whole set was a complete dud for me.  But I did get to dance on a wheely bin.

After a night much like the previous the rains came.  The paths turned into rivers and the bikini mud fights were in full swing.  A relaxed morning later Paolo Nutini awaited.  Absolutely stunning.  I love his Caribbean influence.  Even the old stuff had the trumpets and the Gospel style backing singers.  Beautiful!

Shuffling forward again, The Kooks were next.  I’ve always listened to them, but couldn’t have told you what they looked like.  I did not expect a Gordon Ramsay esque drummer and a 5 foot front man drunkenly running about the stage.  So entertaining!

Then hell broke loose.  In the 40 minute odd wait before Faithless, carnage, absolute carnage.  The standard festival concept of bottling went absolutely wild.  It was raining, pouring bottles, cups, clothing – anything people could get their hands on and lob.  Liquids flew through the sky as we got well and truly concussed.  I don’t even want to know what ended up in my ears and hair!

By the time Faithless began we were three girls surrounded by sweaty grown men.  As the familiar keyboard tunes played, we had no hope as the well known circling began pre mosh pit.  I’m not going to lie, I was pretty nervous as the windmilling and kicking began.  4 songs later we were ready to head off, but not without the most fun attempting to mosh I’ve had in a long time.  I’m still feeling the injuries.

A quick stop at the God tent later we saw Imogen Heap.  Despite her electrics and sound failing, she was extraordinary.  She turned the audience into her music and sang her ‘Speeding Cars’ and ‘Hide And Seek’ with such feeling I thought she might cry.  Such a beautiful and talented lady!

So that was it!  After a water logged night we headed home on the four hour journey back to sunny Wokes, feeling rough and exhausted, but in no doubt of the incredible weekend we had had.  I learnt how to put up a tent in the roaring winds, I learnt how to use a camping stove, I learnt how to use a She We (that’s another blog…), how to music festival and how to mosh.  Never have I laughed and loved so much, and felt so full of life.  I had one of the best weekends of my life with two of the best people in my world.  And despite being concussed, having a near broken foot, sun burnt and hungover, I’d do it all again tomorrow.  Amen.

Just a smattering of our amazing neighbours!

This is quite possibly the best photo I have ever taken!  Maddie’s wristband plus Feeder front man :)

In the Oxygen Lounge, looking rough, sun burnt and terrible but I don’t care!  Such a great experience, I giggled for hours!

Paolo Nutini – God.

Imogen Heap – just beautiful.

2010 Year of Culture: August

Alright kids!  Well it’s been a while I must admit.  I’m having the best summer of my life, doing many things I will forget and many things I will regret, but it’s incredible.  Excuse me if this is short, every second has been action packed and will be until I must formerly commit to education again.  (Yes, hello, got into Southampton Uni by the way!)  So here goes …

Week 31 I hit up the New Forest for a week (see previous post).  Week 32 was another week, another field.  In the form of Soul Survivor, a giant Xtian Festival in the heart of Somerset.  I had an amazing week working in a Cafe there, met some amazing people and had some crazy experiences!  Week 33 was a cheeky slumber party at my Mum’s Business’ corporate flat, with free jacuzzi, sauna and gym, of course darling.  Living the life of luxe.  1 of the most stressful turned into amazing Results Day ever was Week 34, and V Festival 2010.  Just amazing.  We saw Feeder, Paloma Faith, Newton Faulkner, Kings of Leon, Paolo Nutini, The Kooks, Faithless, Imogen Heap and The Prodigy.  Just amazing.

So I’m having the best Summer of my life.  And don’t intend to stop now.  I’m hoping my blogging will resume to normality with the return of routine, we got a while yet though folks!  Hope you’re loving every second of your life just as I am!  Stay tuned for more fun and frolics little ones.

Believe it or not this is one of the tamer shots.  Soul Survivor 2010 baby!

The carnage we made of The Flat …

… But hello Sauna!

Stay tuned for an actual V Fest post including crazy photos.  Love!

The Land Down Under

Australia.  I have been blessed, fortunate, lucky, smiled upon to visit 4 beautiful times.  I wish I could remember it.  A trip when I was 8 months old, the memories have vanished completely but I still remember my 4 year old self in Aussie.  I remember learning the Macarena and being hit in the face by a snorkel.  I remember seeing my Mum fly off on a flying boat thinking I’d never see her again and getting an elevator down to my Uncle’s private beach.  My next trip I was 7 years old, for the turn of the new Millennium.  I remember jumping in the pool at midnight with all my clothes on and having to go to hospital after being bitten my a poisonous spider and having the venom sucked out of me.  Then I was 10.  I remember more, much more about this trip.  I remember tasting olives and loving them, I remember swimming through a waterfall playing hide and seek in the outback.  Every memory I have is faded, has a sort of haze, a cloth over it obscuring it from view.  I want to go again, I want to create new and fresh and crazy memories, this time that will last me forever.

My Mother has 3 brothers in Australia, meaning I have 3 Uncles, 3 Aunties and 9 cousins plus various friends and further distant relatives.  With the world at my feet and Sydney literally being the size of Guildford, I decided I wouldn’t visit Aus again until I could do it properly.  By properly I mean flying to Perth before driving across the outback stopping at Uluru and Alice Springs, just because I can.  However, this was greeted by many ‘Oh my gosh, haven’t you seen Wolf Creek?’s.  I can’t hire a car out there until I’m 25 anyway, and this would be a ridiculously long trip.  So my view has somewhat changed of the situation.  I now want to fly to Darwin, before getting the train down the East Coast, stopping at Cairnes, The Great Barrier Reef (which totally won’t be there in 10 years time) and the Gold Coast as I please.  I can surf at Bondi Beach and flit about in a bikini at Manley Bay, all because I can, all because I want to.  And now I’ve discovered Australia doesn’t have the ridiculous drinking laws that plague the Americans (other than the fact alcohol isn’t sold in supermarkets, only in ‘Grog’ shops – WEIRD), it has enhanced my desire for Australia even further.

Speaking to my Mum’s Aussie boss’s daughters who are currently in the UK made all this even more prevalent.  They spoke of a Summer Festival of theirs held named ‘Schoolies’ after everyone has finished their exams around November, December time – where everyone just parties on a beach for a week!  Sounds like heaven.  And with Uni or a Gap Year coming up I will have longer holidays and so much more freedom to do as I wish!  Just got to do the saving part first… But hey!  The world really is our oyster, and I’m going to make the most of it!

Canoeing with family at Tangalooma Island, off Sydney, 1999

A beautiful Brisbane waterfall, 2002

My Dad and I, Sydney Harbour Bridge, 2002

Divine Sunset, Brisbane 2002

The Dream Summer

Everywhere you look, people seem to be having ‘The Dream Summer’, all year round.  You simply have to turn on your TV screens to be bombarded with American and British TV shows alike, each portraying bikini clad women, crazy festivals, lying in meadows, drinking to dizziness; each to their owns version of the dream summer.

What’s your dream summer?  Have you had a dream summer?  Or is it just hype?  It’s at this time of year the statuses begin to change.  ‘Bring on Summer 2010 Baby!’, ‘Malia 10!’ or ‘Road Trip 10’.  All sound amazing.  But are they?  People have such high expectations of summer, falling in love, running around in fields of gold, skinny dipping, being crazy – I wonder, does it all happen in just one dream summer? 

I’ve never had THE Dream Summer.  But I’ve had many extraordinary summer experiences.  Road tripping across Canada, surf school in Barbados, backpacking around Thailand, lots and lots of camping, not to mention my first all girls holiday to Zante.  All of these have been such amazing experiences, but within the whole period of ‘Summer’, things have gone wrong, they always do, thus destroying THE Dream Summer.

I’m still waiting for my dream summer, hey, perhaps I’ll be able to blog in a few months time and say I’ve safely had THE Dream Summer.  Who knows?  My 4 months away from education have a trip to New York on Independence Day, stupid amounts of camping, V Festival and a girly road trip lined up.  Plus a whole load of day trips and weekends away – I’m sure it’ll be pretty incredible.

Everyone has a different version, a different mindset of what their dream summer would be like, has been like.  I’ll let you know if I ever reach mine ;)

SUMMER SNAPSHOTS

Summer 2009 – Besties at a Wedding

Zante 2009 Fishbowls Baby!

Thailand Beer!

Thailand Orphanage – 2008

Godalming Fields – Summer 2009