Tuesday, 31 January 2012

In which I seriously consider dip-dyeing my hair. Dilemma.

I have really long hair and have done pretty much my whole life. I think it's one of my favourite things about myself. It's not very exciting though - straight and mousy brown. I had thought about chopping it all of recently, but everyone I told, I got a horrified reaction from so I decided to keep it long, especially since long hair is quite in at the moment what with vintage fashion and all. Anyway, until I was about eight my hair was white-blonde and went literally golden in the summer:
This was taken on my first day of school so I was four here. (sorry for the bad quality, blame my mum's old camera!)

However, after about the age of eight my hair started turning brown until we get to today. This is my hair now:

Considerably darker, although it's still very light on the end compared to the roots, which brings me to my dilemma. Loads of people have told me I should dip-dye my hair but I'm really not sure that I'd want to dye it or that my mum would let me. I would only be going a couple of shades lighter on the ends if I was going to dye it so I thought perhaps I could use Sun-In or that John Frieda blonde spray or another lightening shampoo/conditioner/spray. I don't know if that would work the way I want it to though. I was just wondering if anybody knew anything about this and could offer me their expertise? Any tips. would be muchly appreciated!


Saturday, 28 January 2012

A few little pictures.

Yesterday was a beautiful day and so I decided to try and take a few pictures. It seems I got the best part of the day as some of the pictures came out surprisingly stunning so I thought I'd just share them with you. I also went for a walk and took my camera with me so there's a few from that too! Enjoy:

This is just my reflection in a little pool of water on the railing outside my house. I know it's kind of hard to make out!

 I don't think this weekend is going to end up being very busy. I went for a walk today and I might go to the cinema to see The War Horse with my History class tonight but I really don't know if I can be bothered. It's not compulsory. I might just stay at home and lounge. I really do like lazy days after all!


Friday, 27 January 2012

Preppy. Ish.

Shirt: Topshop
jumper: Next
leggings: some sports shop somewhere

I guess I've been into a kind of preppy look recently. We have a school uniform at my school so everybody tries to put their own twist on it and mine is sort of along these lines. I wouldn't be allowed to wear this to school but I sometimes wear the shirt and the jumper (technically not school uniform but ech...) with jeans and black pumps.

With this one I just forgot to put the camera on timer so it took as soon as I pressed the shutter but I actually quite liked the result so I thought I'd keep it.

I also just want to thank all of my followers! I really can't believe how many followers I've gained in such a short space of time. I would still be blogging even if no one was reading, but it is really nice to know that people enjoy what I write. Also, thankyou to everyone who's nominated me for awards recently. I keep meaning to write my own awards posts but I just keep forgetting and, to be honest, I'd find it too hard to pick just a selection of the blogs I follow because I like every single one of them!
Thanks y'all!


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Favourite wardrobe items countdown

Everyone has those pieces in their wardrobe that they love and wear over and over again. I for one certainly have a lot. I don't always have money to spend on new clothes so I wear the same things lots of times, perhaps with a different twist. I had a little look through my wardrobe to find a few of the thing I love and wear over and over again.

Number 8:
This is a bodycondress from New Look. I got it a couple of years ago and I used to wear it as a dress but I've grown since then and it's kind of tight and short. Yes, not so good. I tend to wear it either as a kind of base for blouses or just as a top itself now, tucked into my jeans or whatever I may be wearing.

Number 7:

I put these as one because they're the same style from the same range at River Island. They're perfect for a casual, grungy look or for just shoving under a shirt. I really like them aswell because they're really quirky.

Number 6:

Another dress, I actually bought this dress for summer but I'm pretty sure I've worn it every season since. I actually wore it last month with a top underneath, thick tights and biker boots. It's a new Look number.

Number 5:

I bought these in Norway when I was there in June on a school exchange. The exchange rate is pretty high so I felt like I'd just bought some rediculously expensive designer pair of shorts when I bought these for 199 kroners from a shop called Cubus. That actually only works out at about £24 though ha! I looove these, I think partly because they remind me of Norway, but also because they're simply beautiful.

Number 4:
I got this jumper for Christmas from River Island and I've just about put up camp inside it. You would not believe how comfy and warm it is, plus it has pockets which is a  big plus because I like to have my phone on me all the time. It also goes with so much stuff!

Number 3:

This blouse is definitely one of my favourite things in my wardrobe. I bought it less than a week ago and I've already worn it twice! It's from Primark so I doubt it'll last long but they always have something similar in stock.  

Number 2:

I wear these all the time. They aren't supposed to have holes in the knees but they're from Primark again (I rest my case about Primark's clothes not lasting long). I actually like the holes though and they do look like they're supposed to be there. They're super comfy and dressy but not over the top.

Number 1:

My converse. I literally do not know what I would do without these. I virtually live in them. They're comfy, go with everything, and are more capable of keeping my feet dry than pumps. I wear them all the time: to school, in PE, in my house at the weekend, out with my friends, everywhere.

So there you go, my wardrobe countdown. What are your favourite things in your wardrobe?


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Burns Supper

Burns day, with a celebratory Burns Supper, is an annual occurance for my family, being Scottish and all. Of course, Robert Burns wasn't born until the 25th of January but my Grandad's staying with us at the moment so we decided to have our Burns Supper yesterday instead. We did the whole thing, Scottish grace, piping in the haggis (without the presence of an actual pip-player, merely a bag-pipe song on my dad's ipod), the adress to the haggis and even the adress to the vegetarian haggis. I know what you're thinking. Scottish people are stereotypically drunken kilt-wearing, haggis-eating red-heads. In fact, my dad does own a kilt (most Scottish men do) but he doesn't wear it every day, as is popular opinion amongst some. Also, my mum is a redhead and we do eat haggis, on occasion. We're not dunk all the time though, no.

Quite frankly, proper haggis is absolutely vile and looks like something that might come out of my dog's rear-end. Vegetarian haggis, while still looking slightly in-edible, is more pleasant to the taste and isn't made from a sheep's innards, as is real haggis. I assume it's made from various oats and vegetables but I can't be sure and don't really intend to find out.

Above is the 'neeps' (mashed turnip) and 'tatties' (mashed potato)

The right picture is of the adress to the vegetarian haggis, which my sister read before we ate. She took so long though that everyone had started by the time she'd finished reading.

On the left is my sister's plate, who was considerably braver than me, in choosing both vegetarian and 'real' haggis. My plate has simply veggie haggis, neeps and tatties. Admittedly though, everything on both plates looks suspiciously similar to baby sick. Trust me, it does taste (slightly) better than it looks.



Saturday, 21 January 2012

In which I buy a bunch of stuff.

Very inventive title, I know. That is what this post is about though: buying a whole bunch of stuff. You might remember I said I was going to the theatre last night. I had an outfit I wanted to wear but my friend and I decided to be a bit more casual so I went shopping to buy myself something nice to wear. Needless to say, I ended up buying myself a PILE of stuff to wear and I thought I'd show you everything I bought, plus what I ended up wearing last night.


Orange top: £3, yellow top: £3, shoes:£5?, belts: £1

I bought a couple of t-shirts, a pair of shoes, 2 belts, a pair of shorts (which I forgot to put in the picture),a pair of  jeans and a blouse. You can see the last two in the bottom pictures. I really needed a new pair of black pumps for school because mine have done that thing where the sole separates from the shoe and they look like some kind of shoe puppet.

I also went to River Island where I bought these (beautiful) shoes and a knitted jumper which was in in the sale. And yes, the jumper does say jumper on it: you know, just incase you've forgotten you're wearing a jumper! It's extremely cosey.
Left picture:
jumper: River Island, £20
Jeans: Primark £11
Right Picture:
Blouse: Primark: about £8?
trousers: New Look (old)
belt: Primark £1
shoes: River Island: £20

The picture on the left is the jumper and also the jeans I bought in Primark. The picture on the right is what I wore to the theatre. I bought the blouse in Primark Yesterday. I don't know why I look so out of proportion in that right picture. Probably a mix between my short legs and my cropped trousers.

What do you think?

Oh, before I go, I was reading THIS post a few days ago on Ettiene's blog about a charity that helps children in developing countries and said I'd share the link. So here it is: www.justgiving.com/PangeaWohaa. Please click and donate. Any donation from 1p to £1000 will be highly appreciated, by the sounds of things!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Shadow puppet

I've been experimenting with shadow recently. Shadow and my camera. I was surprised at how much I was actually able to do and still get amazing results. I didn't have anyone to help me, which means all the shadow limbs are my own. Obviously I can't be in 2 places at once so the pictures needed to be edited together afterwards using Gimp 2. I put my camera on 10 second timer and then got into position. This created a bit of camera wobble and the shots that were supposed to join together didn't match exactly so the editing I had to do was a bit more advanced than I would have liked, but I managed. Here's the results:

The quality on this one is atrocious: I focused my camera too close, sorry!

What do you think? Why not have a go at some shadow pictures yourself? I'd really really like to see your take!