Saturday, 30 July 2016

Matching Sets.

This is a bit of an odd thing to share, however, I like to share things I'm enjoying on here, and these are definitely things which fall under that categort. At first, I felt it was a bit personal, however, having put things into perspective I realised I share my emotions on here, which is actually a lot more personal than sharing what I enjoy I choose to wear, despite that these are more intimate items.

So I have two set of underwear which I've been loving wearing recently. I like quite lacey underwear because it feels pretty to wear - this is only a benefit for myself, as currently, I am the only person to see my underwear. I find there something quite special to know you have matching beautiful underwear on underneath your clothes - it just makes me feel more put together and all round good about myself.

The first set is from M&S (padded version and knickers here). Although the bright orange colour is slightly outside of my usual black comfort zone, when I saw the set I fell in love with the colour, it's such a vibrant beautiful shade that I felt like I needed to make a purchase, however, let's face it, bright underwear can be quite impractical, but I decided to pick up a set nonetheless.

Firstly the bra fits perfectly. They do the bra in both padded and non-padded so I tried both, and I found that the none padded version nicely sits to support and cup my slightly larger bust, which also means it also does great things for how my boobs look. Considering it's underwired, it is one of the most comfortable bras I've ever worn. I've taken to wearing this more and more for the comfort factor. I've also found the bright orange-red tone actually hasn't shown up too much under clothes. I'm nowhere near as restricted with what I'm wearing because of the colour as I'd expected.

As for the knickers, they had a few knickers options, I opted for the Brazilian cut because that's just what I tend to choose which given the option. Once again the sizing was on point. The 10 is a perfect fit for me. The chilli coloured lace is very pretty and elegant and your more erm intimate area is slightly more covered up and comfortable as cotton makes up the crouch. The fabric of these is lovely as it is with the bra, there's comfortable and pretty. What more could you ask for?!

The only downside to this beautiful colour, is I have found the knickers to be faded at a slightly quicker rate than the bra, I assume simply because they go through the wash more often. However, they are not fading into a wishy-washy colour I dislike, they are just a shade lighter.

The second set which I found myself wearing on repeat (well between washes) is from ASOS - not normally somewhere I go for undies as I like to try before I buy, however, I'm so glad I risked it with this set. Although straight up I have to say the sizing is not great on the great. The Bra only came with the options of small, medium and large which is obviously not ideal. I went for a medium because despite having a  bigger bust, I have a small waste. The fit is not perfect, and I wouldn't wear it on the days I want to make a show of my cleavage, but day to day, it does the job.

Firstly I love the design of this. The cup are black mesh in triangles, across the centre of the bust is black lace which sits on your nipples - I think this bra is just really beautiful - it would be great if you wanted to look sexy (that word always makes me cringe!) for your partner (... not that I ever use it to look sexy for anyone, besides myself of course).

This bra is not underwired which makes it's very comfortable and easy to just chuck on whenever you need a little support but you don't want to feel strapped into your underwear. I have once again been getting loads of wear out of this because of the comfort factor.

Another major plus to the bra is the straps and back. Rather than having on of the those really thick ugly backs and straps which don't look good, they just hold the purpose of holding everything in place. The bra just has a fine black ribbon black, which makes it perfect for if you're wearing something blackless. A fine black line across your back won't ruin an outfit like most bras will. There is also some lace which travels slightly up the straps which just add an extra pretty factor.

As just the pants. The bra only came with a thong option, although I rarely wear a thong, I like to buy and wear underwear in the set so I had to get it. I've actually surprised myself with this as I've always been so against thongs, but I actually do quite like wearing this. I mean I'm not going to go mad with thong shopping now but this is a pretty one. It is the same design as the bra but the lace is just in one corner. I think the asymmetric detail is really adorable and I feel great when I wear the set.


Friday, 29 July 2016

Everyday by David Levithan

For the first time in a while, I read a book which I couldn't put down. Everyday by David Levithan fits into the young adult category, which is personally the type of book I enjoy to read as I find, despite being 24,  young adult books make for easy reading and allow my fictional escape without too much extra thought. Just shy of 400 pages, this book didn't take me long to finish, partly because I found myself constantly reading. It's the first time in a long time I have been carrying a book in my handbag in case a get a spare moment throughout the day.

 The story is written in the first person, in the perspective of the character A (the name A is a little confusing for all of those PLL fans out there I know, it's a different A, I can assure you).

The main character, A does not have a body - he (or she, it's unclear) wakes up each day in a new body, the body of somebody else , who is the same age geographically close by the person of the last body he possessed. Are you with me? It's not the easiest concept to digest, however, the book is well written so when you're reading it's always pretty clear what's going on and the concept seems fairly simple. There was not a moment I was confused about what was happening despite the main character not having a body or gender of their own.

A is by far my favourite character in this novel I think partly because of how he is written, he's both completely relatable, yet totally mysterious. You just get his character although, you clearly haven't experienced a life even slightly similar, and he just seem like an all round nice person. Although you can't rely on a visual description of this character, and this person is hoping from person to person, there is not a moment the character stops being A and becomes defined by the body which he is in - the writer did an amazing job of giving A his own personality and depth.

An interesting aspect to his book which I feel many often be overlooked is the range of character you 'sort of' meet throughout. As A possesses a new body each day, and has to appear to be that person to everyone but Rhiannon (I'll get onto that in a moment) you see how different people are unintentionally (most of the time) treated by others around them and how it is a part of our society often judge other based on look, race, sexuality, and gender. It also shows the expectation of certain people.

As there are many people, many bodies, there are many issued covered ranging from sexuality, transgender, expectation, obesity and so much more. All are only touched on slightly but it gives a clear message that humans going through these things are still humans.

Of course, there is a little more to the narrative than this. As you might have guessed there is a love story. The person who changes bodies falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon whilst he possesses the body of her boyfriend, Justin. I found the initial meeting of Rhiannon and A (during which Rhiannon thought she was in the company of her boyfriend) to be written in quite a beautiful way. His feeling towards to her means he steps outside of his comfort zone to act on his emotions (we've all done that before, right?). The narrative follows A attempting some kind of  relationship with an ordinary high school girl. Of course, there are a few twists along the way. One of the quite big twist I felt a little unsure about as it seemed a little too unrealistic, whereas throughout the rest of the story it seemed somewhat believable despite how unbelievable it really is, due to how it was written.

The main characters in this book are A, of course, who I think is incredibly well written and likeable, Rhiannon whose character I didn't particular like much, I found her a little irritating and I feel her character could have been developed further, and Justin who is Rhiannon boyfriend. Justin is not supposed to a good, likeable character - which ironically I think is what I liked about his character. It seemed a little more three dimensional than Rhiannon, and I would have liked his character to play a bigger part.

I feel many other many disagree but I actually also loved the ending of this book. I felt it did A justice, however, it's not necessarily what people want for the characters.

Since reading this I have also read Another Day by David Levithan which is the same story but in the perspective of Rhiannon, I'll be reviewing it soon so keep an eye out!

I'd definitely recommend picking up this book it really makes you think and is quite entertaining.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Switch on your listening ears.

I have recently dived into this whole new realm of Podcasts. I know what you're thinking, it's not a new thing Chloe, podcasts have been around for ages, which of course is true, but I never had any interest in listening, until recently. Now I'm hooked. There are three particular podcast series which have been leaving me feeling both inspired and empowered.

These Podcasts have become a place where I can hear the voices I want to hear and the opinion of people whose voices I can relate to and they deserve to be heard . I feel these podcasts are all hosted by young people with similar morals to me and it's wonderful to see these values can translate into success in creative industries.

 I am writing this post straight from listening to me the second podcast today because I have recognised coming away from listening to both Podcasts I have felt mindful, and content, yet extremely motivated, and inspired to get shit done. Anything which I find creates this desirable mindset, in my opinion, is worth sharing on my little space on the internet.

1) The Ladies Who Lunch by Cat Valdes and Ingrid Nilsen - This is the Podcast series which originally caught my attention and started this listening obsession.

Every Tuesday there is a new Ladies Who Lunch episode, which I find myself looking forward to each week. Ingrid and Cat are friends who discuss pretty much all things which happen, the things we feel, think about and go through but don't often discuss in many days to day small talk conversations. It opens up your mind to a new realm of consideration and thoughts, as there are many things we have been almost programmed to not speak (and therefore consciously think about) about when actually many people are going through somewhat the same shit.

I find Ingrid and Cat both very relatable, they're both Youtubers who are both introverted women with very loud, creative minds. They have the topic each week ranging from dating and sex to society expectations. They also read letters from readers and offer advice, which is generally pretty solid explained advice, but also only suggestions - there's no 'you have to do this' because both Cat and Ingrid seem to understand they are not perfect, and the advice they other is still just opinions. They offer their thoughts, what they'd do in that situation and Ingrid, of course,  quote Cheryl Strayed several times in each episode, which I personally love. They both also give different viewpoints - they often don't agree on things but listen to and take the time to understand the other perspective.

I find this podcast is great too if you're going through a personal or social dilemma, I often find the things discussed unintentionally fit what I'm going through so I can relate and find comfort in listening, not only to Cat and Ingrid's voices but what the listeners letter say.  Every topic so far I have found to be some worth thinking about and this has really opened my mind.

2) Filler Podcast by Harry Hitchens and Matt Shore -  It was actually listening to Filler Podcast the inspired this post (this episode to be exact). Filler Podcast is all about the creative industries. Harry and Matt talk to different people who work in creative industries who are usually pretty much self-made and successful, which I find is what I 'need' to hear a lot. Being a creative mind, and feeling a little lost career wise it's very comforting to hear that I'm not the only person who doesn't feel they fit a 9-5 office job. This Podcast and it's guests show that the creative industries matter. Listening gives me the understanding that if I want to become someone working with a creative career, I can, and I will, and I am not the only one that doesn't fit in the box we are expected to be in beyond school. It's interesting to hear the success stories of other and appreciate the work they're put into to get where they are.

I also think this is great there are often creative people who talk to Matt and Harry on Filler whose work I love and fully support,  however, I may not have come across them without listening - if you're looking to discover new creative people doing great things, I'd recommend giving it a listen. You can hear what people are working on and why. It's quite inspiring that you can go from never have heard of someone at the start of the Podcast to feeling quite investing in them and their work by the end of it.

It's just great. They answer questions which the creative mind crave and they're also quite funny,  Matt and Harry add a lighthearted vibe to a real conversation, and you gain something to take with you, from both Harry and Matt and their guest.
(Also, Matt and Harry, if you're looking for a guest, get in contact - I will break into this creative industry soon, and you'll be glad you got in there early... (I'm joking... kind of))

3) CTRL ALT DELETE - By Emma Gannon - This Podcast is somewhat similar to the Filler Podcast, in the sense in both they talk to others from creative industries. However there are different vibes, of course, CTRL ALT DELETE has a female voice. Emma mainly interviews (if you can call it that) people who become a success through the internet. I read Emma's blog before listening to this, and I find her voice very relatable, which of course makes for easy listening. Emma chats casually to blogger, youtubers, comedians, and many others working in creative fields, about their success, their growth and their plans for the future.

I find this really interesting because you hear a somewhat different, yet still familiar side to those who work you've seen online. Guests like Zoe Sugg, Tanya Burr, and Olivia Purvis are all people I've felt like I've known after endlessly stalking their social medias for years, however after listening to this podcast I felt a deeper connection to them and the brands they created for themselves, and there was also a proud little fan girl inside of me that felt like I'd followed these girls on their journey.

Emma is very engaging (and I can't wait to get my hands on her book), and she asks her guests all the right questions, so you gain something listening but she creates a casual chatty vibes which make you feel as though you're listening to a conversation with friends.

I especially loved her recent episode with Tanya Burr - I felt there was the right balance between the casual chat to serious chat. Ranging from Tanya's makeup brand to Tanya work with Global Goals really got across that the people Emma talks to (and Emma herself) do more that just one thing. I also found it very interesting to hear about Tanya's pursuit of acting lessons and auditions but that may be because of my interest in acting with I've been considering further, especially once I'd listened to this.

I'd strongly recommend giving these a listen, and any Podcasts you think I'd enjoy, please let me know!

Love Chloe x

Monday, 25 July 2016

Explore with me: Close to home...

Inspiration seems to be striking more and more recently, partly due to my growing interest of photographers whose work I have access to due to this wonderful place called the internet, alongside my constant listening to Filler Podcast with has been encouraging me with my creative, ambitious to just get out there and do - even if what I produce is shit, producing something is the only way I'm going to learn. The understanding that the people that I'm looking up to, listening to, those whose work I'm stalking, and admiring, all started somewhere. They got out there and just created things. 

With that long introduction over, it's was a sunny day not so long ago, so I decided to step outside with my camera and try to capture a bit of the beauty around. So here are some of the shots. I've got a long way to go with my growing love for photography and a lot to learn - but I'm starting.

These pictures were all taken a few second from my house, an area which often I often abandon in my thoughts, I guess partly because it's right on my doorstep, it's easy to overlook. It was good to get out there with a camera and take it all in. There's something which makes me feel quite mindful about capturing things with me've often failed to recognize no matter how close to home they really are.

As I said I've got a lot way to go with my photography, but I'm going to keep shooting and sharing photographs - hopefully in a few months time you and I will both be able to look back and compare these images to newer ones and see steps in the right direction.
I'd love any feedback. 
I hope you enjoyed this short exploration with me.

Love always,


Friday, 15 July 2016

MAC Whirl!

I'm about to make a pretty big statement...I have a new absolute favourite lipstick. It's pretty on trend at the moment, so maybe this won't last forever, but for the last few months I have been unable to put it down, I've literally worn it most days. Considering I used to be pretty big into red lips, this is a big deal that I'm getting so much wear out of a nude.

The shade is MAC Whirl. I wrote about MAC Velvet Teddy (blogpost here) a while back, as it was the first nude I'd found which I really felt suited me. I'd say the shade Whirl is a very similar brown nude, however, it is a shade darker. It had as Matte finish which looks amazing and makes it super long lasting. I find I hardly need to reapply this lipstick, even when I don't use a liner (as shown in these pictures).

I find this the perfect shade to throw on which just automatically makes you look more put together. This 90s brown lip is really on trend, and this is the perfect lipstick for that look. I think the shade suits my skin tone and it works with pretty much any makeup look and outfit, and I'll be honest, I feel pretty bad ass when I wear it. All you really need to from a lipstick.

If you're looking for a brown toned nude lipstick I'd recommend giving Whirl a whirl (ha). I'm wearing this lip so much right now!

Monday, 11 July 2016

Airplane Mode.

I often find myself scrolling through twitter, or Instagram, not really sure how I ended up on my phone, and if I really think about it, there is a lot of time I spend on my phone aimlessly being nosey and attempting to feel connected - which ironically I think makes me feel quite disconnected with myself. Also with the many perfect Instagrams, and snapchat stories which are pretty much #goals, it can sometimes be hard to not find me feeling envious and slightly saddened.

However recently I have been trying to spend a bit of time away from my mobile, and enjoy time without it, not thinking about why I've had no reply from someone who's seen my WhatsApp message, and finding other ways to fill my time, things which actually make me feel good about myself and things I'll remember doing  (rather than scrolling through my phone and thinking oh shit when did it become 10pm, I've achieved nothing this evening)

Each night I have been setting an alarm for an hour later and putting my phone on airplane mode. Somedays I've been desperate to have signal again by the time that alarms gone off,  and other days I have decided to keep the silence a little longer. But every day I've had a least an hour of airplane mode (and I've steered clear of social media on my laptop too in this time). It's surprising how much I go to reach for my phone in this time out of habit, it's really showed me how much I really used it.

Of course, I have been looking ways to fill this space. I have found myself falling in love with reading again. I've always been a massive bookworm, but my love for reading kind of went on holiday as I constantly found myself 'too busy' to read. I reading gives your mind time to step away from your life and think about something else. I have also found myself reading magazines more recently. I have fallen in love with Darling magazine - I think it's so beautiful. Sometimes I enjoy just flicking through the pages and appreciating the stunning photography and typography. Reading quotes. I'm a big fan of quotes and word. When I don't fancy reading long paragraphs I'll just look and segments and think about what the words mean to me.

I have a love/hate relationship with painting my nails. I find it great to use this hour to spruce up my nails however, I'm a typical nail smudger so a quick manicure usually turns to me repainting my nails as I smudge the not quite dry yet polish I so carefully painted on. Yet I somehow still love to pop a fresh coat of nail polish on every now and then when I've got a little time to spare.

Adult colouring books are a great way to spend time, they don't take much concentration or hard work, yet they somewhat free your mind (well they do mine), I find them to be quite therapeutic, especially if I'm feeling creative, yet although inspired, still lazy. Plus, you end up with a pretty picture once you finish. Win win.

I am finding myself becoming more and more obsessed with writing in my diary, especially in the  silence of this hour, with no distractions from my phone, my thoughts feel pure as I scribble them down into my diary. I also want to start using this time, to start writing creatively again, however I haven't quite dived into that one yet.

Having a blog has grown my love for photography, now I take photos to take photos, rather than to use them for a blog post, so sometimes it's fun to take a camera and experiment, expand my knowledge, and take pictures. This is a great time to do that. Taking photographs makes me really joyous - even if they're the one just for me to see. There something about capturing a moment which captures me. 

I'm definitely going to be keeping up my airplane hour, I've found myself feeling more product and happy in this hour than I do the rest of the day. I may even be ready to make it a little longer!

Have you tried spending time away from your phone? 
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