Monday, 30 September 2013

Don't judge me


In between my Organizational Behaviour lecture assignment and words such as Fundamental Attribution Error and Variance Theory I found myself feeling very hungry. That was the moment I decided to give my newly bought Sainsbury tomato&basil soup a try. 
What struck me as odd was that although I could comprehend terms such as discretionary behaviour and industrial sociology I couldn't quite understand the mechanism that would enable me to open my can of soup. It was plastic, not tin and I honestly couldn't open it. I tried pulling, cutting, unscrewing, basically everything. 
So in this random post I ask you, why is it that such trivial endeavours such as opening a can or doing our self check out at a supermarket scare us so much while running complex tasks on our computers or writing 1000 word essays in business management seem much more attainable? Is it just me? Please tell me it's not. 

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Seeking Love. Finding Overalls.

Five hours ago I was convinced that my day would end in a very I'm-going-to-willingly-spend-my-Saturday-night-indoors way when in fact I've not yet embraced my new status of a student away from home, from my friends, in a city that I'm madly in love with but that I don't know in the least. It's probably a lot to take in for a first sentence but this is the most concise way I could explain my past two weeks. 

However, when I came back home (on campus) a little pack from Amazon was waiting for me at reception thanks to the Express delivery that only cost me 4£ (the advantages of living in London) compared to the normal 11£ I would've had to pay back home. The contents of the pack consisted mainly of school books. But there was also a little treat I'd indulged in: Leandra Medine's new book: "Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls". Although I don't want to delve into a very cheesy post I do have to admit that her blog and the way she delivers her ideas were my main motivation to start mine. Not for the sake of others, of money or fame but for my own. I love her writing and I was expecting I would love her book too. But I was taken aback because I didn't love it. I was shocked in the best possible way and I couldn't let it out of my hands until half an hour ago. 

 I always associate certain songs or books to people or stages in my life. And there were defining times in my life that just happened to be paired with songs or books that referred perfectly to me and spoke to me in a special way. The night before Freshman Year I listened to "Fifteen" from my newly bought Taylor Swift album "Fearless". I was fifteen, I was hours away from starting high-school and the song was as appropriate as it could have been. I've considered the fact that I might be making these songs or books appropriate to my situation, that I might be modelling them to fit me even though they don't... but I honestly don't think so. Life stories are so diverse but from time to time we find someone that went through exactly the same thing as us. And that is, I believe, one of the most liberating feelings in the world because, in the end, it turns out we are not alone. And tonight there were three paragraphs that I particularly related to in Leandra's book. 


The real fear is of the future - fear of letting go of what was good, even if it means turning your head on what might be better. 
 Because right now I'm just trying to enjoy the opportunities that I have ahead without letting the fact that I've left my whole life, my best friends and, most important, my family behind affect me. The 242 pages of the book have taken me through the inspirational journey of Leandra's success, convincing me that you should always follow your dreams, that ups and downs are inevitable and in this whole whirlwind the most important thing to hang on to is yourself.

He pretended everything was ok, like I was just over him, and he over me. Like we had some sort of friendship. Like he could just call me Lea and text me and ask me to have drinks as friends. As friends! As though we've never been intimate. As though I never decorated his damn apartment with a ninety-dollar orchid. And now he, scum of the earth, wanted to have drinks? 
Heartbreaks are never easy and being continuously poked by the said heartthrob doesn't make things any easier. 

Though when I was younger my parents tried to teach me that the real good things in life came free, such as happiness and love, I learned quite quickly that the good things in life came wrapped in orange boxes.
Well... just because being a student with high hopes and dreams, and a sweet tooth for fashion isn't easy. When fashion still isn't taken seriously by so many and when the thrills of a new item that you've wanted for such a long while and that you've worked for or want to work for are considered superficial standing up for what you like is not an easy job. 

So... this was quite a handful. The point is that I really loved this book and I would recommend it to any of you guys as well in the hope that some of you will also relate to it. Or if not, I'd love to hear your ideas, your arguments! 
 

Friday, 27 September 2013

iSnap

This iSnap is to show you guys my neighborhood in London. I've always loved this city and now that I have the opportunity to live here it's absolutely amazing. I'm still trying to get over being home sick but classes and the people I have got to meet here make it easier for me.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

On autumn...

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I don't know why but ever since I came to London my outfits have been mostly all black with little accents of colour. I think it's the anticipation of autumn and the somewhat inappropriate use of gloomy clothes while the sun is still shining.

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I bought these black boots from Zara while on holiday and I haven't taken them off since I arrived here. My feet are getting quite tired of them as they seem to last less and less without hurting in them but they just seem to work with everything I want to wear lately.
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Along with the boots I also snatched this Bimba y Lola bag that's honestly so versatile I've also been wearing it daily. On a second thought I should really try and spice it up a bit...

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Swoosh. Swoosh. Does this look like I'm effortlessly strutting around Covent Garden while flipping my hair? No, seriously.

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I was wearing:
Zara leather jacket
Mango dress
Zara boots 
Ray Ban sunglasses
Bimba y Lola bag

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

iSnap


Hey guys! Here's another iSnap from this week, these are all the things I brought to Uni for the next three months. For me it seemed like a lot of stuff (it was awfully hard to manage handling all of the bags) although I know that some people bring this amount for just a Fashion Week. 

Have any of you guys gone through the process of moving to another city/country for Uni or any other reason? I would love to hear your experiences.

Monday, 23 September 2013

iSnaps


Okay guys, so I'm again apologizing for the lack of updates the past weeks. But this time I do have a very good reason. I've spent this past week moving all my things into my dorm room and trying to decorate it. There's so many things one has to do when moving to Uni, especially in a foreign country, I didn't think it would be that difficult and that exhausting... and I still haven't managed to do all the things I had to.

Anyway, I've still been thinking about new content for my blog and how to make it more interesting. So I thought about introducing this series called iSnaps. These are just random things I snap (hence the name) with my iPhone as I don't always have my camera on me. I would love to hear your opinion on this idea, whether you like it or not and whether it's something you would be looking forward to seeing on my blog.

Also, as I am still getting to know people around Uni and I don't have anyone to take pictures to me and my outfits so I will try to alternate iSnaps and other content while I figure out how to take more outfit photos. So bare with me and do send me your feedback, I would love to hear it!

And finally, this picture is just some words of wisdom from a dear friend and a daily reminder for me while I'm away that no matter how far away I am from my loved ones they are always here with me.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

One Last Floral

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I just got back from Tenerife a few hours ago and before posting my Tenerife diary I wanted to share with you this last outfit I wore before leaving. This dress is one of my absolute favourites for summer. The material is exquisite, a fine silk, I love the print and above all, the cut. It's long enough at the bottom and it has just the right amount of cleavage. I always feel like I've got nothing on when I'm wearing this piece, which didn't sound right, but trust me, it's an ideal dress! 
So, in honour of the last days of summer, enjoy these photos! 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Tumblr

I've been using Tumblr for a while now and although at first I didn't give in to it, in favour of We Heart It, now this has become my favourite inspiration. Sometimes I can spend hours browsing different accounts and never get bored. Here are some photos that I've recently posted on my Tumblr account. If you would like to check it out, you can see it HERE
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