Tuesday, 24 May 2016

space in space, weekends in the sun

Here's an outfit I wore earlier this week for another day spent in my room writing essays. I have 5000 words due this week, and I handed in the first 2500 this morning. I've been trying to dress as comfortably as I can recently. These photos were taken outside halls by Ethan. It's really nice here when the weather's warm. There's lots of grass and trees and a large pond that everyone sat around having barbecues a couple of weeks ago before exam/deadline stress set in.

It feels quite surreal that first year of uni is almost over. Next year the work will count towards my degree, everyone will be living a bit further away from each other and I'll be living in a house instead of halls. It will be different but I'm looking forward to it. I'm also looking forward to summer, as I'm going to Latitude (my first proper festival), coming back to Sheffield for Tramlines and going to Costa Rica. It'll be a nice break and I'm looking forward to have more time for writing, reading what I want to read and getting some sort of regular sleeping pattern. 

My dungarees are from Urban Outfitters, shirt is thrifted, choker is from eBay, necklace from Accessorize, tights from M&S and shoes from Doc Martens. The shirt is size 18 and most of the buttons have come off so I have to tie it together when I wear it now but I love how floaty it is.

I love my dungarees. I've had them for years. I just have to make sure I style them well and add the right accessories so I don't look like a 5 year-old. 

This morning I handed in my essay on women in poetry. I wrote about Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath and how the patriarchy, marriage and feminity influence their poetry. It was a really interesting essay to research.

I've also been reading Sylvia Plath's journals on and off since January. One of my favourite parts is when she describes her frustration about not being able to do everything she wants in life for there is not enough time, "I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life." I hope to live as many different lives as possible and experience as much as I can.

I also love the way she writes about her writing and her desire to write. I'm going to make time to write more this summer. I've experience so much since last summer that I have a lot to work with. I'm doing two creative writing modules next year so I plan to prepare for them.

Last weekend I watched Clueless at Leadmill; it felt like I was watching it for the first time again seeing it on a big screen. It's one of my favourite films and I never get bored of rewatching it. The atmosphere at the venue made it even better. There were pink candles, pink cocktails, candy necklaces, popcorn, candyfloss and free glitter tattoos. 

Lastly, if you haven't watched Metronomy's video for Old Skool yet, you need to watch it. Here are some of my favourite shots if you're not convinced:

It's so suburban yet glam: like Palo Alto meets the Gucci's SS16 campaign.

Also, if you haven't seen Tiger Love's Space in Space video yet you should. It's very nsfw but yay celebration of female sexuality and Aliyah Galyautdinova is an absolute babe forever.

Hope you have a good week!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

growing up is giving up

Back home I was constantly changing the way my room looked as I grew up and my interests evolved. My bedroom at home has so much character and I couldn't bear the idea of living in a soulless room for a year. Bringing all my favourite things to uni helped my room feel more like home. I'm moving out of halls in a couple of weeks so wanted to have some photos to remember it by. I decided to put the photos into this post. So here are my tips for making your uni room your own. They can be used for bedrooms in general, but especially if you're moving away from home. I hope you find it helpful if you're moving into a new room some time soon.

1. Posters and Postcards
"Growing up is giving up, stay punk" poster. This is from an old issue of i-D that I held onto to stick on my wall at uni because it was a message I wanted to remember as I turned 18/became "an official adult" just before starting uni. 
Allen Ginsberg and Wuthering Heights postcards. These were 18th birthday presents from Antonio. He wrote on the back that I should stick them on my wall at uni and of course I did in order to fulfill my full literature hoe potential.
Budapest postcard. I went to Budapest the week before uni and it was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. To remind myself of that trip and my love for travelling to cities I’ve kept it on my wall all year.
Poem. I picked up the Maya Angelou poem from the poetry society stall at the freshers fair and stuck it on my wall to inspire me.
Collage and painting. I made these at art society (see below for more.) 
Sculpture postcard. The postcard with the sculpture on it is one of my favourite pieces at my favourite art gallery in Sheffield.
Postcard. The postcard next to the sculpture postcard is a get well soon card that my aunt sent me when I was in hospital. I keep things that my family have sent me (cards from the beginning of uni, a guardian angel from my grandma) around my room to remind me of home.
Jarvis Cocker NME covers. I'm at uni in Sheffield so Jarvis Cocker needs to be in my room.
Set list. This is from when I saw The Magic Gang back in December. It was a really fun gig. I've got into the habit of saving setlists and posters from everything I go to now. It's becoming a bit of a problem because the floor and surfaces in my room are constantly covered in paper, but I want to keep it all because I don't want to forget anything. 

2. Records
Out of everything in my room, my records probably helped me to make friends with more like minded music snobs people throughout the first few months of uni. I brought a mixOture of my favourite classic albums: The Queen Is Dead, Horses and Pulp's debut album It and some newer ones that I wanted to be the soundtrack of my uni life: FKA Twigs, Lana Del Rey, Lykke Li.

3. Books
I do regret bringing so many books because a) I'm lucky if I find time to read for pleasure when I'm having to read up to two novels a week for my course and b) I now own 9 anthologies that are all at least 1,000 pages long each. I brought my favourite books like Just Kids, The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde and On The Road. I like having them around though I haven’t fully reread them. It was especially comforting to be able to pack Just Kids with me when I had to go to hospital in November.

4. Art
I like to keep art I've made around my room. It helps me to think more creatively. I joined art society because there’s no pressure to create conventionally good art. I've decorated tiles and made coasters from clay. Going somewhere at the end of the day and colouring or making something is so therapeutic and reminds me of my childhood. The rise in colouring books for adults proves the benefits of sometimes mindless creativity for the sake of it. 

5. Tea
I've been steadily adding to my tea collection all year. I've started drinking less coffee because it was making me feel ill but I have about ten different types of tea on my shelf. My mum sometimes sends me more tea in the post. I volunteer at a local grocery store and get discounted tea from there too. 

6. Clothes
I think it's best to bring staples and a few of your favourite pieces that stand out. Band t-shirts are always good to have in your wardrobe too. Sheffield has lots of incredible vintage shops so I have added a few pieces to my wardrobe since September. My favourite clothing purchase I've made at uni was undoubtedly myvintage black faux fur coat. It makes every outfit look more majestic. Not being able to wear it everyday anymore is the only thing I miss about winter. 

7. Souvenirs 
On my shelf I have matching shot glasses from Budapest and Amsterdam. I also have a cool apricot beer bottle I got when I visited Eleanor in Leeds. We went to the Wharf, a chilled out members bar, (membership is only £1 a year but you have to be a member or a member's +1 to buy drinks there) after we saw Wolf Alice in March. We went straight from there to a club night so I had to sneak the bottle in my tucking it down the back of my culottes. 

8. Magazines
One of the hardest things about being a student is that I no longer have enough money to maintain my lavish lifestyle of spending £10+ on fashion magazines a month. It's all very well to quote Sex and the City- "Sometimes I bought Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more"- but I like dinner and all the shops that have a decent stock of magazines are half an hour away anyway. I haven't stopped buying magazines but I've become more selective about the ones I do buy. 

9. Old journals and zines
I didn't originally bring my old journals up to uni. However, I did a creative writing module in the first semester and realised it would actually be really useful to have my old journals to reference. I don't look at them much now but it's comforting to have them here. I'm proud of my zines so I like having them in my room.

I hope this has been helpful for anyone moving into halls this autumn. I've definitely learnt that I over packed and having less stuff that is more meaningful will be better when I move into a house next year.
Have a fab week x

Monday, 9 May 2016

night time, my time

1, 3, 13. You Can't Follow Me Here by Isabella from Rookie, 2. Sunset in Leeds, 4. Sunrise in Sheffield, 5. Vogue Paris March 2016, 6. Hopeworks, Sheffield, 7, 9, 14. Unknown, 8. Walking back from Kelham Island, 10. Romeo + Juliet open air cinema at Park Hill, 11. Lucas Ucedo by Jovan Todorovic for ODDA Magazine, 12. Amsterdam, 15. Hastings, 16. By Hana Haley, 17. Modern Moods for a Modern Girl by Nick Dorey for i-D, 18. Theo Wenner i-D

I've always been more of a night owl than a morning person. The night is arriving later and later now that it is summer. There's less time to appreciate it, but that makes it even more special. The moonlit hours are reserved for lovers, dreamers and party goers. Night time is when I feel the most creative because it is often a lonelier time, where the comparisons and pressures so present in the day just disappear. There's something pure about it. The things you do at night are always worth doing because, considering sleep is a socially acceptable alternative, staying up late must be worthwhile. The books I've read and films I've watched after midnight have moved me more than most that I've read/watched during the day. Nights out hold so much potential and everything and everyone is more lucid in the dark. In summer the sunsets seem more drawn out and there is greater disparity between the day and night. It is nice having long, sunny days where you can sit in parks and go on long walks, but the nights will always be my favourite. Nightlife has always been a huge source of inspiration in fashion. The night allows you to dress in ways you might not dress during the day; lots of glitter, metallics, bright colours, heavy makeup. Theo Wenner's photos for i-D and Hedi Slimane's rock chick vision for Saint Laurent come to mind when thinking of nightlife style.