Monday, 27 March 2017

in Omnia Paratus

If you follow me on twitter (@chloeharreits), you might have realised my Gilmore Girls obsession is back.

I've been making my way through the series (for the third time). I've just got to the Season 5 and watched the episode, 'I Jump, You Jump, Jack' - if you're familiar with the series, it's the episode where we first get introduced to 'The Life and Death Brigade'... you know,  in Omnia Paratus and all that. This was my gateway episode to the series so to speak, the reason I fell in love with Gilmore Girls. If you're still wondering what on earth I'm rambling on about, the episode takes place while Rory is at Yale University, she goes on a trip with a secret society, The Life and Death Bridge for research. The group take part in somewhat dangerous stunts in order to live more exciting lives. The weekend which Rory spends with the Life and Death Brigade in short consists of everyone dressed in clothes from 1930, not using the letter E, playing strange games, refusing to answer Rory's questions (which is kind of the point of her being there), and the main event... wearing formal attire to jump from seven stories, with just an umbrella. It's all a bit odd, I'd recommend giving the episode a watch.

Although this world the society created seemed ridiculous, I also found it simply enchanting.  They have created a whole new world, beyond of the whole greatness of Gilmore girls, Yale and even Stars Hollow. A sacred world based around living in the moment not letting fear create boundaries

I watched this episode, and thought, this is cool, why is my life not this cool - I mean obviously it's fictional and I don't go to Yale University, like fuck would I take part in dangerous stunt and I wasn't brought up in that world - but practicalities aside, why can't my life be a little more exciting.

The Life and Death Brigade have the motto 'in Omnia Paratus' which means ready for anything in Latin. Which to put in bluntly - I'm not. Naturally, I'm just not an outgoing person. As my mum would put it, I'm a home bird.

My life is far from exciting, the main reason being, I rarely do anything, let alone dangerous stunts to add a bit of extra thrill to my already interesting days. Of course, I'm not planning on taking part in any dangerous activities, because, I just think it's just plain stupid. But the idea behind the society, I think is a genius. Our fear often stops us doing things, so I group which encourages us to put our fears to one side so we feel as though we're living - I think that's somewhat wonderful.

In this episode of Gilmore, Girl Logan says to Rory "It'll be fun, it'll be a thrill. Something stupid, something bad for you. Just something different. Isn't this the point of being young? It's your choice, Ace. People can live a hundred years without really living for a minute. You climb up here with me, it's one less minute you haven't lived" Which got me thinking when was the last time I did something just for fun or a thrill? When did I do something different, and take advantage of being young - honestly, never, not really. I've never allowed myself to be reckless. I hardly ever leave my house (probably should be a little embarrassed to admit that really, but there it is) - I tend to spend my time in my bedroom, at work, on the bus or curled up on Jaynie's sofa - that's pretty much it. So am I really living? How I am supposed to live a full life when I've restricted myself to 4 locations, and about 5 people?

I don't want to get to 100 years old and have my life full of memory of my house. I want more than that, I want to adventure further, and more. Because that's the point of living right? To live.

My introverted nature and shy personality, mean even spending time with new people is challenging for me, so I tend to avoid it. I stick to my 4 friends and the places we know. But it's time I stopped worrying about feeling uncomfortable and started trying to live. I'm going to try to be a little more Omnia Paratus- within reason, of course, I won't be jumping for any buildings or traveling the world - but I'm going to try to be a little more open to the world around me, to new place, people and possibilities, because there's the world outside my bedroom I need to embrace rather than be intimated by. I want to really live as many minutes as possible. So time to push past that comfort zone.

In Omnia Paratus

... probably not up for anything, but I'm trying to be up for some things, okay?!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sunday Reading.


Welcome to my new Sunday weekly blog post. I love reading newsletters (I get serious tinges of excitement when Emma Gannon weekly newsletter arrives in my inbox), so I thought a nice way to finish my week (and hopefully yours too) would be to write my own little blog newsletter  to reflect on my thoughts for the week and share all the internet things I've enjoyed reading and watching through the week to pass on that joy (just to warn you, these post will probably include a lot of Liv Purvis, Emma Gannon, Charly Cox and Lily Pebbles - because I have quite full-on internet crushes)

Before I go any further I think it's only right to touch on the horrible events which took place in London this week. It was heartbreaking to hear the news, and my thoughts go out to everyone affected. What a sad week for such a wonderful city - it's good to hear of everyone standing strong and together. I'm sure there is so much more I can say on the subject, but I think it's best to pay my respects and move forward, as this blog isn't the place for that.

My big sister turned 27, yesterday she is my best friends, a constant reminder of how uncool and not funny I am, and a bit pain in the ass - I can't believe she is 27. Crazy. And today, one of my closest friends turn Gina, turned 25, I'm looking forward to celebrating tomorrow evening with far too much food, laughter and chats.

It is also Mothers day in the UK today, like many other, my mum is my favourite person, she does more than I could ever ask for, she deals with my horrible moods and always knows the right thing to say.

Now, this post is definitely beginning to feel a little like some cringe dedication page, let's move on before we all vomit.

General life
This week I've felt myself moving out on a somewhat depressive state which I've been in the past few weeks. Not having the perfect job, and feeling as though I'm stepping backwards in my career, has left me feeling pretty down - but I'm picking myself up, and trying to see the beauty in not knowing what's next. There are so many things I want to do, personal plans, career plans, blog plans - they're all brewing. I feel a little like I might explode with inspiration, and trying to figure out how to execute all of my plans is always challenging, but something I'm finally feeling up to, rather than overwhelmed by.

I had a very long skype chat with my friend Stacie from New Day Knitwear, which left me feeling very inspired and excited for what's to come from the brand. If you're into pretty knitwear and crochet, a creative person and keen to talk about mental health, seriously check them out!

I've been spending lots of time with my Mum, we went shopping and watched Beauty and the Beast (more on that later) - a day spent with my mum was just what I was in need of.

Blog and Youtube
I took a week off blogging, because I just didn't feel like it. I felt a little full up with sadness, and demotivated, so rather than force it, I just didn't do it. A week away reminded me of everything I love about blogging, and why I started in the first place. I'm pleased to say enjoying being back at it and feeling very inspired. I'm being a little more relaxed with a schedule because I don't want blogging to feel like a chore, however, I will be a minim of two posts going up each week. This Sunday newsletter will continue each week, and hopefully, as I get into the swing of things it won't be so long, and as tedious as this one probably is.

I also have lots of plans for my Youtube channel, I definitely want to start making more 'arty' videos and expand my skills in that area, if you would like to see more from me please subscribe to my channel, it would be nice to occasionally feel as though somebody is watching. I'm also going to change my upload day, because I feel as though the everyone and their mother uploads Sunday, so my videos will be going live every Wednesday at 6 pm.

I haven't been reading so many novels recently, I just haven't got lost in a story for a while - if you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them.

I've been dipping in and out of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, it's one of those books I love reading while I'm actually reading it, but I don't often feel the desire to pick it up. I'm coming to the end of it now, and I would say if you're a creative person, especially a writer, it's worth reading, it gives you a new way to look at your creativity.

As for articles and blog posts, I have a few I've really enjoyed over the past few weeks - obviously, there is a bit of backlog, but here are the articles which have stuck with me over the past few weeks:

Lily Pebbles' Tales of a Tomboy - Lily touches on the stigma behind wearing pink and being a 'tom boy'
Scarlett Curtis' Z Generation Hit List - Pink as a way of life - I love Scarlett Curtis' writing, so her weekly column will probably make more appearance in my Sunday blog letter. I loved this post about the colour pink. As you can probably tell from my first two articles to read - I also am obsessed with pink.
Zoe London's Finding Individual Style - I been at a complete loss with my wardrobe (which has turned out quite expensive), and reading this post by Zoe helped me to reflect on my personal style.
Dolly Alderton's Confessions of a Dating Columnist - This column by Dolly Alderton is great, it brings a lighthearted vibe back to dating - rather than the 'oh dear lord I'm mid-twenties so need to settle down and get married ASAP'.  This article is just good. The point about being a human Tamagotchi. I have been that human Tamagotchi and didn't really realise until I heard it describes so perfectly there. Don't be a Tamagotchi. 

 I've been yet again making my way through Gilmore Girls (Gilmore girls related blog post coming your way tomorrow), I'm just coming to the end and watching the Year in the Life for the second time. This time around I liked Lorelai and Christoper together a lot more (I know, I'm sorry). I also found myself liking Logan's character more this time, but I will always be team Jess at heart. , I've gotta say, Rory isn't quite the sweetheart the town of Stars Hollow perceive her as, but I bloody love Lorelai and Emily.

As I mentioned earlier, I went to see Beauty and the Beast this week, and I've got say it lived up to my expectation and far beyond them. The filming and the sets were damn right incredible, the acting was great, and I love the way the story was portrayed, I felt like the audience found out a lot more back story. I thought Emma Watson was perfect as Belle - and her voice is far more stunning that I ever expected. Also probably the strangest thing I could ever say, but she definitely has the right eyebrows for the part (please tell me somebody else looked at her eyebrows and thought those are Belles' eyebrows are supposed to look?! Nope, just me? okay).

In the Youtube world, here are some videos which I've thought were great:
Lucy Moons Alternate guide to London
MyNamesisLaura Colour Face Recreation Chart
Liv Purvis inside the Wardrobe of Emma Gannon
Lily Pebbles How to Style a Leather Skirt

 If you know me, you know I'm not really a music person (if you don't, have a moment to take that news in, maybe be shocked and slightly disgusted by me), so I expect this section will be more podcast related. This week I've been catching up with Emma Gannon CTRL ALT DELETE, I listened to the hour-long live special with Alice Lowe which I found so inspiring - it really made me want to get into the filmmaking the world, and of course the much-anticipated episode with Lena Dunham was great as expected, and I reminder that I really need to start watching Girls.

If you made it to the end of this post, you deserve some sort of an award. Next week, hopefully, will be a little more short and sweet (well it at least has to be shorter than this!)

Happy Sunday.
C x

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

I'm blue da ba dee..

 Lately I've found myself admiring Arden Rose's blue eye make up in her instagram story one day, so I decided to pop some blue eye shadow on myself and see how it looked. Personally, I love how it turned out - I felt great the entire day I wore this, I think this may be a go to look for when I fancy being a little colourful with my make up, especially now Spring is coming around.

Here's everything I slapped on my face to create this looks:

Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer
Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation in Ivory
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory
Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Concealer in Awake
Marc Jacobs #Instamarc in Mirage Filter
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light
Clinique Blush in Pink Love
Maybelline Master Brow Pro Palette in Soft Brown
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette shades Metamorphosis, Blindsided and Minx 
Tom Ford Eye Defying Pen
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Estée Lauder Lipstick in Venetian Rose (discontinued, sorry!)

This look also features in a up coming video of mine, so subscribe to my Youtube Chanel if you're interested in seeing that!

What do you think? I love experimenting with different colours in my make up!


Monday, 20 March 2017

Moons, Hoops and Gems.

I recently realised my collection of earrings was a little sparse, so I was quick to open up ASOS, to see what they had to offer. I got myself a couple new sets, so I thought I'd show how I've been decorating my ears recently.

I like to keep things fairly simple in the earring department more so I went for quite small, subtle sets, with a mix of metals, unlike many people, I don't really have a preference when it comes to gold, silver or rose gold and tend to wear all three, I also quite like wearing a mix of metals, which I'm pretty sure must be breaking so major 'fashion rule' - my bad.

My obsession with crescent moons is ever growing - so of course, moon earrings were a must!
First I brought these moon hoops - which were a repurchase, as my sister had bought me a set for Christmas and I lost one, so now at least I have a spare. They're so unusual and make a bit of a statement without being too OTT.

I also opted for some moon shaped studs. The first pair came in a set of two which included rose gold moon studs, and small gold hoop - this set was perfect, I was on the search for both items, so getting them together was a bonus. I then came across another set with a moon stud - however this set had just the one rose gold moon stud, with a small gold stud with a clear gem for one ear, and for the other ear, a silver shooting star which rides up the ear lobe. Having my ears pierced twice the seems like the perfect set of three earrings for me, and I love the idea that earring sets do not necessarily have to match.  I think this is my favourite set which I picked up. 

I also picked up some tiny silver hoops, with a  sort of twisted ridged edge. I wanted some small silver hoops as I feel they're a earring staple, and the ridged edge just made them so much more interesting than all the other small silver hoops on offer!

Rose Gold Moon Hoops - £12

Two pack - gold hoop and crescent moon - £10

Pack of three - moon, star and gem earrings - £12

Twisted Hoop Earring - £6

I do want to throw myself into the world of statement earring at some point - so if you have any recommendations f0r more 'out there' earring which I might like please let me know! Until I'm feeling a little braver, I am more than happy with my little moons, hoops and gems!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Poppy Days.

When I was last browsing Boots, this lipstick caught my eyes, and I couldn't leave without it. It's the Bourjous Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick in the shade Poppy Days. The colour is a beautiful orange-red. The formula is great, it's long lasting and not at all drying. I would say application isn't the easiest - I'd recommend going in with a liner first!

The colour pay-off of the lip product is lovely. Poppy Days is such a stunning colour to make a sophisticated statement which will take you through to Spring and Summer.
I've already received a fair few compliments wearing this lipstick, and I only bought it last week!

At just £8.99, I've fallen in love with giving my lips some Poppy Days!

What do you think of this shade? I'm sure you'll see it in action in some full outfit posts soon!


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Witchy OOTD.

Recently I've been feeling a little lost, style-wise.  I have always felt I know what I like, until recently when getting dressed in the morning seems to become more of a challenge each day. A few days ago I found myself staring blankly at the contents of my wardrobe, as I do most days, and a black skirt, which had been pretty unloved hiding at the back of my wardrobe, caught my eye.  It's a piece I rarely wear, and I'm not sure why. Last time I wore this skirt, I received a lot of compliments, and felt, well special - and who doesn't want to feel special.

I decided to pop this black skirt with a black blouse over a black cami, at first I wasn't sure if it gave off too many funeral vibes, - I mean black on black can do that, so I decided to be a little more daring and take off my black vest, and wear it with a pretty bra, to show the sheerness of the fabric - I've gotta admit, it a little more see-through than I would like, but it certainly makes the outfit a little more interesting. I love the pretty collar, and buttons down the front of this blouse - it's a nice detail and takes aways from the hey look at my boobs aspect for when I do decide to wear it with only a bra underneath.

It's definitely a bit of witchy look, but who doesn't love giving off those Halloween vibes, even during Spring?!

What do you think of this outfit? I think I might prevent some what to wear worries in occasionally.

Skirt (similar here)
Boots (similar here)
Bra (similar here)
Lipstick - Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Glastonberry


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

A Peak into my Bedroom

I feel as though my bedroom is finally looking somewhat how I want it to, I really love my little space, nso I thought I'd share it with you.
As my bedroom is tiny, I don't have space for a desk so tend to pop my bit I need for the day on my bed, and use a little tray as a make-shift desk. On the wall against my bed, I have cloud shelf where I store some other stationary bits and some book which are on my to-read list.

I've got a couple of plants on my window-seel to bring in a bit of greenery, but I definitely want to get some more plants for my room, as just add a bit of colour and life to the space!
My book shelf is on of the favourite parts of my room,  I love the colourful aspect which the books bring in. Some of my beautiful little trinkets from my trip to India also sit on my bookshelf.

Obviously, everything in my bedroom I have collected over years, but here are links to anything I can find...

Wolf Print
Sewing Machine Print
Moon Print
Birds in hats calendar
Samantha Marie Print
Neom Candle
Becoming by Laura Jane Williams
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Bloom by Estée Lalonde
This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire
Moon Fairy Lights
Coach Bag
Kate Spade Diary
The Little Book od Hygge
Chest of Drawers
Bedside Table

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