Monday, 16 October 2017

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Is it crazy to believe that, no matter where in the world a person is arbitrarily born, all people are equal and deserve the same level of opportunity, respect, and love? If that's crazy then I must be bloomin' bonkers. 

We are one human race. Nobody is more worthy of any benefit in life than anyone else based purely on the place that they were born – it is pure luck that I was born and raised in a country where opportunities lay around every corner, waiting to jump out at you. I could just have easily been born in a war-torn country where education is a myth, fighting for my life every single day. Why should being born in the second scenario mean that I am not entitled to help from a nation with far more resources than my own?

Holding this cosmopolitan philosophical belief does not mean that I am blind to the alternative point of view. 
I completely appreciate the 'our people first' argument that is always raised in these kinds of debates. 

"Why should we help non-UK citizens when there are so many homeless on our streets?" 
"Why should we help non-UK citizens when so many of us are unemployed and struggling to find work?" 
"Why should we help non-UK citizens first?"

I do believe that we should help people from our own country. Despite the advantage of being born in a wealthy, prosperous country, there are still far too many of us that live below the breadline. Anybody in dire need is, of course, worthy of aid, but I believe that the same principle applies no matter your nationality. 

I acknowledge my privilege; I am incredibly lucky to have been born into a flourishing society as well as into a happy family and I will endeavour to use that privilege to help out those who weren't quite so lucky. If person A is living in the same state of poverty as person B, what does it matter where each person was born? They are both citizens of the world. We are all citizens of the world. As Jack Harries once so eloquently said, "When the temperatures increase, the sea levels rise and the oceans flood, walls, border and nationalities will bare no importance. We will just be one race, living on one piece of rock and struggling for survival".

This may be a very 'unpopular' opinion but I wanted to write something to express a point of view that I hold close to my heart. What's your take on this whole debate? Is it similar to mine or do you sit on the other side of the fence? I'm genuinely interested to know – it's all love here so all views are welcome!

Fashion: Casual Wish List

Monday, 9 October 2017

Jeans / Black Jumper / Red Jumper / Hello Jumper / Striped Jumper / Dress
With work clothes taking over my wardrobe, I seem to have forgotten how to shop for something more casual... and now that I'm on a daily job hunt, I've found myself staring blankly into the abyss, not knowing what to wear. What did I use to wear when I was a student and could be as comfortable as I pleased?? Despite wanting to regain some balance in my wardrobe and get back in touch with my cozy side, being unemployed means limited funds and so I've settled for a lazy autumn wish list instead...

Ripped jeans have been a love of mine for a few years now, but the rips have to be in exactly the right place; too far over the knee and the rip ends up stretching into a big whole in the front of my jeans, and nobody wants that! These Oasis skinny jeans are the perfect level of distressed and they look super comfy too! The other non-jumper item that my eyes were drawn to is this Dorothy Perkins skater dress. The ideal autumnal shade of faded red and with beautiful flute sleeves, this dress would fit into my life with ease.

Jumpers are always the main component of my autumn and winter wardrobe. Great for lazying around the house in or layering up with a big, fluffy scarf on a windy day, a jumper will never do you wrong. First up is this Topshop bar sleeve jumper. I love that you'd be able to dress it up or down and look flawless either way. Moving onto a staple slogan jumper, I'm lusting after this Oasis 'Hello' sweat. With such a simple design, I would love to pull this jumper on over a pair of jeans and be on my way. This Dorothy Perkins soft stitch jumper is much thicker than the others on this list, acting as the ideal radiator on a cold winter's day. And who can resist that beautiful raspberry shade when autumn rolls around? Last but definitely not least is this Topshop stripe jumper. I absolutely adore the red detailing on the sleeves, really making this item stand out from all of the other stripes out there. And the bonus is, red always has been my favourite colour...

What casual clothes can be found in your wardrobe? Are there any pieces that you are enhanced by at the moment? Let me know what casual fashion that you've been loving recently in the comments below.


Monday, 2 October 2017

Autumn is by far my favourite time of the year. The leaves delicately falling from the trees, creating colourful masterpieces on the pavement; the brisk yet soothing wind as a reminder that summer has passed until next year; the perfect excuse to wrap up in a blanket and drink hot chocolate all day long. What's not to love?

Jack and I had a lovely lazy Sunday yesterday, taking a tranquil walk around our new local countryside. Having visited many times over the last three years, I'm content that I know enough to get myself from A to B. With limited knowledge, however, adventure is still around every corner. Strolling alongside the River Lee, breathing in the crisp October air, I am relieved to have such beautiful scenery right on my doorstep.

With London only a train journey away, the City Girl in me is relieved too. Last Wednesday saw a touristy day for Jack and I, visiting places that I haven't been to in years. Starting in Covent Garden, we took a wander through Leicester Square and Piccadilly, past Buckingham Palace and St James' Park, and ended up on Oxford Street. Having always wanted to experience the absolute magic of Lush's flagship store, we entered only to return three new bath bombs heavier. We then jumped on a tube and begun our journey home.

The first ten days of living down South have been full of love, laughter, and adventure, and I am very grateful for everybody that's made me feel at home. I am certain that, soon enough, both myself and Jack will be blessed with jobs that we love and our happiness will continue to grow and flourish.


Monday, 11 September 2017

After four wonderful years of calling Manchester our home, the time has come for Jack and I to pack up our bags and move onto our next adventure – London! I never thought that I would end up in London. Many people feel drawn to head down to London as soon as they can, but I never really felt that desire. After a lot of thought and discussion, it seemed that the pros outweighed the cons and that London was looking like the best possible option for both of us! We'll be closer to Jack's family, we'll be able to save a bit of money whilst living at home, and the career prospects in London are far broader than anywhere else.

With just two weeks to go until we move all of our belongings 200 miles down south, we've been visiting all of our favourite places in Manchester. Jack's brother, Joe, and his girlfriend, Evie, visited us this weekend and we truly took advantage of having guests to show around. On Saturday, we headed to Altrincham Market to have a nosey and grab a spot of lunch before moving onto Dunham Massey for a walk through the deer park. Saturday evening saw a phenomenal meal at Australasia, a restaurant that Jack and I have wanted to visit for as long as we can remember. A range of sushi and meat made for four very satisfied customers! Sunday saw a beautiful Sunday lunch at mine and Jack's favourite pub in Didsbury, The Met. Having always wanted to try their fish and chips, I decided to indulge and boy was I pleased that I did! We then waved Joe and Evie on their way back to our almost-home before taking a drive through student central for one final time.

The next time that you hear from me, I'll be living down south, having a brand new adventure in Landan tawn. I never thought that I would say it but I am extremely excited to give London a go, no matter how sad I will be to leave Manchester behind. Cheers our kid, you've been a treat. Thank you for teaching me who I am.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

The word 'summer' is used sparingly in the North West, with the sun often too shy to make an appearance and opting to hide behind the clouds instead. However, on the few days of the year that my sunglasses act as more than just a fashion accessory, Manchester is glorious. With a desire to explore new places in and around Manchester for the first summer that I have a car, Jack and I have discovered three beautiful new locations that I felt deserved a space on this blog. Each is more than worth a visit if you're ever up North!

Altrincham Market
A popular amongst lifelong Mancunions, Altincham Market is the most wonderful way to spend any Sunday. Full to the brim with stalls, a leisurely stroll could turn into hours of dawdling and window shopping. Whilst nosying around some of the jewellery stalls, I came across the most beautiful rose gold watch with a simple white face and a grey leather strap. After walking past the stall longingly two or three times, Jack kindly offered to put my mind at peace and gifted the beauty to me. Elie Beaumont watches can be found online here, but the stall that mine came from was selling it at a discounted price. The food hall was the most exciting part of the market by far! I was not alone in that thought, with the entire room packed, bumbling with people. The pizza was to die for and the coffee stalls surrounding us gave off the most peaceful aroma. If you're on the hunt for an afternoon of mooching and fantastic food, Altrincham Market is not to be missed.

Dunham Massey National Trust Park
If I were ever to be convinced to treat myself to a national trust park membership, Dunham Massey would be the driving force behind that decision. With a stunning hall, deer gardens that seem to go on forever and then some, and a flower garden that gives beauty a new meaning, it is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. It even features its very own ice cream parlour with the queue stretching out of the door and onto the cobbled streets surrounding it. The gardens present some of the most spectacular flowers that I've ever laid my eyes on, making for a relaxing walk with magnificent views. Sitting besides the tranquil lake, I would have been happy to spend a lifetime watching the ducks swim by, happily quacking away at one another.

Fletcher Moss Park
Hidden deep within Didsbury is a not so little park that has stolen a piece of my heart. Able to visit throughout my three years of university yet unaware of its existence, Jack and I spent the most lovely Sunday afternoon there, strolling besides the canal and enjoying the beautiful scenery. With a peaceful botanical garden to explore and running parallel to a row of dream-worthy country cottages, it is the perfect option for a lazy, Sunday afternoon walk. Featuring a map next to the entrance of the park with three alternate routes to take, it even has the potential for a 5K run if you're feeling energetic!

Throughout the last few months, I've become accustomed to turning my Sundays into restful adventures, exploring all of the glorious sights that Manchester has on offer – the perfect way to unwind before the start of a new working week. Do you have any recommendations of parks or markets that we could visit? 


Saturday, 10 June 2017

As I sit here watching Happy Feet for the umpteenth time, I have found myself drawn to my blog for the first time in almost a year. It was never my intention to stop blogging altogether yet somehow this blog feels like a distant memory. Having a full time job has become my excuse for everything over these past twelve months; my excuse for a broken exercise routine, my excuse for weekend lie-ins, and my excuse for the silence on what was once my favourite corner of the internet. But here I am, tip tapping away on my keyboard as if nothing's changed, and I am finding solace in the realisation that I still have a voice that I so desperately want to be heard; whether just by my friends and family or by the whole wide world.

Visiting my blog today, I had one topic in mind: love. Living in Manchester for these past three weeks has been extremely moving and poignant, seeing everybody unite beside one another in a display of defiance against the hate that constantly tries to destroy us. We have shown the world that Manchester is STRONG and will not be defeated. The Great Manchester Run, my first ever 10k run, was an amazing event to be a part of in the wake of such a tragedy and the #OneLoveManchester benefit gig moved me beyond words. I have always believed that love can conquer anything and, Manchester, you have only furthered my belief.

Despite the government that will form as a result of the UK election this week, the election itself has also reaffirmed my belief in hope and love. With an incredible 72% of young voters taking to the polls and expressing their voice (opposed to 43% in 2015), I could not be prouder to be in that age category. I have never felt that my views and values fully align with any political party in the UK, but the last few weeks of campaigning has made me more passionate about the Labour party than I ever thought that I could be. Aspiring for change and the ability to make a real difference, I have actually decided to become a member of the Labour party! I definitely don't know all there is to know about politics, and my brain really struggles to follow economical debates, but I am excited to grow my political knowledge whilst supporting a party that I honestly believe can make a difference. Watch this space!

And with that, I shall bid you all ado. Here's to hoping that this blog will become more and more active as I am refinding my voice! And remember; hate is empty, may we choose love.

Essie: Petal Pushers & Now and Zen

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Being wrapped up in finding the perfect work wardrobe over the past three months has seen me add no new goodies to my make up collection. Work wardrobe accomplished and in need of some autumn shades for my nails, I headed to Boots to raid the Essie stand and was more than happy with my discoveries...

Sitting amongst Essie's autumn range for 2016, I sorted through and stumbled upon the most beautiful khaki green shade, 'now and zen'. Not owning any shades like it, there was no stopping me from running to the till, polish in tow. Having applied it to my nails this afternoon, it offers a fantastic, glossy finish alike all other Essie choices, and sits atop my nails as a subtle green with small hints of blue and grey. If you're looking for a muted shade to wear all autumn long, now and zen is definitely your gal.

Unintentionally, whilst rooting through Essie's staple collection, I found the perfect partner to sit alongside now and zen – 'petal pushers'. As a gorgeous not-quite-purple yet not-quite-blue shade, it seemed to compliment my original choice with such remarkable force. Having glanced at petal pushers on more than one occasion but always opting for others, today was the day that I decided that I needed to take the pretty Essie bottle home with me. These two beauties are the two autumn shades that you shouldn't give a miss!

What nail polishes have you been loving for the autumn so far? Do you have any favourites? Let me know!