Tuesday, December 02, 2014

rain circles

Two half term posts went really well!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway this is my post to fulfil my December one post a month quota (no but i really do intend to try to post once a week this month). 

I had Friday morning off of school so I went with my mum to the hospital (irrelevant) and it was really decrepit round the back so I forced her to for once take photos and get over myself and being embarrassed to be able to actually blog. I can't believe how long I've been doing this how scared it still makes me. It was also absolutely freezing and I shunned my coat for these pictures. 

Vintage Jaeger top - £15 eBay
Zara skirt - £15 ish
Topshop stripe crop top underneath - £10
Vintage desert boots - £20 ish
Disgustingly thin tights - Primark
Asos necklace I forgot to take off - £8 maybe

Wow I look extremely short here. I am short but I try to wear shoes that disguise it a bit and these definitely don't. They are also very uncomfortable and squeak a LOT on any non carpeted floor so they're really not practical in the slightest.

I have the afternoon off tomorrow so if I get round to it I may take some photos for another post for next week. I'm just really missing how exciting I used to find blogging and the concept of the internet circa 2012 and feel like I've been letting go of it slightly. Writing wise my posts are a lot shorter than I remember them being, too, which is annoying for me. I just can't think for the life of me what I can write that is anything of substance/use so instead I just don't.

Thank you for reading anyway,


Thursday, October 23, 2014


Helloooooooooooo I am glad to be back. I got into a mindset of working every evening and both days at the weekend to be able to pay my parents back for my car (also passed my driving test two weeks ago woo) so I've had 0 time with my mum who I usually enslave to take my photo for me. I had Tuesday afternoon off school though and managed to take these.

Zebra top - ebay £5
Grandad collar shirt - Salvation Army £1
Docs - eBay £50
Skirt - Asos £38
Necklace - Asos £9

Bag - christmas gift 

The skirt and shirt are too big so I don't wear them much but the curve shapes at the sides match which is SO COOL despite feeling like a walking clothes horse all day wearing both at the same time.

It's pretty much half term now and I'm going to try to commit to two or three blog posts to catch up with things I bought and wore throughout the summer still. I'm also going to read troves of everyone's blog posts since about June when I last had a chance to keep up to date. Thanks for reading, even though my consistency on here is non existent.

- Hollie

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

meandering back

Mmmmmmm I'm finally back after summer. I had a measly 6 weeks, the first 3 of which I moped around (and did some overtime at work in) before I went to Italy for a week followed by Reading festival the day after we landed back in the UK. I was then weirdly ill for a week after Reading so I wasn't even 1% productive then and now I'm suddenly back at school. However I'm itching to getting back to being more active here. Two rolls of  36 exp film to get developed and a few new clothes to be wearing will hopefully motivate me.

I also need to thank Ellie for sending me this top which is absolutely fab (though admittedly challenging to keep up, but I've persevered and worn it rather constantly despite that). She sent me a surprise envelope of cool stuff at the start of summer and I'm ever grateful.

These photos are from the other night when I went for pizza then to the cinema to see an advanced screening of the film 'Pride', which is about gay and lesbian activists supporting miners while they were on strike in 1984. It was very good and I would recommend. 

-candid- but had to crop my head because it's blurry

Top - Vintage I assume but a gift from Ellie
Skirt - One that half the population owns from Topshop
Belt - Rokit £12 and the most perfect belt I've ever owned
Random tote
Shoes - My new go to Doc Martens - 90s sample ones that were only once used on a photoshoot in London and never produced as a proper line and I love them so the £52 I splurged on them with is half justified
Primark pop socks

My head is down because I just got my roots done and I feel so weird with it bc it needs to calm down a bit with some regrowth (with my eyebrows it just looks a bit odd atm so better hide my face).

These are the same shoes as I've got on above but closer - they're basically leather slipper type docs with a bit of a platform.

I also wore this top with some red shorts from Topshop while in Venice. Above was in the restaurant we ate in the night of the day I got my AS results (by a horrific email) just off St Marks Square. We got the best food there and I still yearn for it now. Below is in a random street.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fish Island

Long time no post bc I've been doing a lot out of school (we still havent broken up) eg overtime at work to pay for my car, and a photography course every Monday. But from Friday I am mainly freee and I should be posting a lot as I have a lot of new clothes. All of these photos are from the 8th of June when I met up with Antonio and Ophelia. We mainly stuck to trekking round East London (me and Antonio met in Brick Lane then went on to a sample sale in Bleach London to find Ophelia. From there we went to Fish Island to take photos). I'd met Ophelia before, a year ago, but I started talking to Antonio a couple of years ago on tumblr and this was the first time in real life. I had to size these down then enlarge them to 'original size' to make them fit my blog so better quality versions will be on Antonio's blog.

My face has never been quite so full frontal and I was so nervous before because I assumed that would be the case. As long as I don't look too long at any picture I'm not too weirded out. All photos by Antonio unless otherwise specified and some are digital some are film.

Ophelia in a Meadham Kirchhoff bustier.

Antonio ran out of film so we switched to my camera (that I was testing and never used before) with his lens. I also got these processed at Asda so I may also change that as the quality is much much worse. (The photos in this post aren't chronological but these two above and a few others use my camera.)

By me and again, taken on my camera (above).

Photo below I appear to be pushing my jaw forward

(Taken by me and my crappy camera. Definitely switching back to my old one)

Mmmm and again these bottom two by me and on my camera.

Thanks for looking and do go over to Antonio's blog to look at his other stuff and to see these in a much better light.


Saturday, June 07, 2014


A super old outfit from one-two months ago . I went out with my family to do the Beaulieu to Buckler's Hard walk on a random Sunday. The villages were both really quaint and kind of like stereotypical chocolate box cottage, war-time England ones. There were ponies/horses wandering around by themselves and small ice cream shops -similar to a place nearer where I live called called Burley. 

Grey jumper - Salvation Army £1
Grid polo neck jumper - eBay £10 ish
Wide pinstripe trousers - eBay - £10 ish
Superga shoes - eBay- £12
Random black socks & scrunchie

After a 4 mile walk we stopped at Steff's Kitchen for food - it was kind of like a deli. Had I been more hungry I'd have pushed the boat out for an actual sandwich but having just relinquished my 7 week prohibition of refined sugar at this point (lent) (i'm not religious) (it was a test of willpower) I opted for a scone.

Crop Top - Topshop £8

I also saw the back of my head in a security camera and realised quite how pressing a matter it was that I get my roots done, as well as get it cut, while I was there (I have since done so). Short hair is such a pain to upkeep.

Monday, June 02, 2014

i found something in a lightening storm

The London street inspired company Pippa Lynn were kind enough to send me over a sample skirt to review. There are two variations of the same outfit in this blog post because unfortunately the skirt sent was too big, so I wasn't able to wear it outdoors - if I had it would have fallen down but I used a hairclip to hold it up to photograph it in my lounge, and I had already taken the other photos a month ago with the same tops on.

"Pippa Lynn picks up on the street style spotted around their East London HQ. Big on biker details, bomber jackets and boxy crop tops, Pippa Lynn twists things up with a poppin’ colour palette and some cool-girl credentials."

The line is sold in Urban Outfitters and Asos. The material of this skirt is surprisingly thick and the zip really secure so it feels really sturdy. I also love the a-line shape and the fact that it's quite a bright but nonabrasive neon, so if it had have fit around the waist I'd definitely wear it out. Yellow generally seems to be quite underrated and I'm recently really getting into mustard/gold variations of it, so it matched the accumulating clothes I have in these colours perfectly.

The second lot of photos here were taken in April. My mum has Tuesdays off work now and i had a double free period the other week so she picked me up from school and we went to Boscombe/Pokesdown for lunch. It all felt very weird leaving and going back to school in the middle of the day and although I am allowed to leave, and the novelty of going to the shop at interval wore off in the first week of term, clothes shopping/eating in a cafe then sitting in like, Geography, for an hour, was strange. 

The last time I tried to take outfit photos there I chickened out but this time I conquered my fear despite the literal ogling from people on buses going past. There are a few cool shop fronts and although some of it is somewhat run down there's a kind of character in that.

White turtle neck - Charity shop - £2
Baroque crop top - eBay - £18
Skirt - eBay - £10
Shoes - Solovair £16
Roman coin necklace - Poole museum - £1.50

I've also been getting into wearing 10/15 denier tights recently - I relish in the ugliness of them and my sister calls them granny tights. They also ladder really easily which I don't really mind (until they're hanging off you and people begin to actually comment).

My hair still needed cutting at this point and I seem to be having to take outfit photos on days I feel ugly so do excuse the face.

Above In a junk/antiques shop called cobwebs where I bought a necklace.

- Hollie