What’s in my bag?

So, because I’m super nosey and love watching these kinds of videos on Youtube, I thought I’d do my own rendition, regardless of how lame my stuff actually is!

My bag is a few years old, I don’t know the name of it, and I can’t find a link to it anywhere. Sorry, I tried. It’s from Anya Hindmarch (I obvs didn’t purchase it at full price), it’s huge, and it’s the softest, slouchiest leather you could imagine. Although it’s a super casual, easy to wear, day bag, I think the silver/grey/black studs easily take it through to the evening, and also give it a slightly edgier look, whilst still remaining feminine. 

I never really appreciated how difficult it must be to be a fashion blogger until I tried to take a picture of this fucking bag. It’s basically impossible. You need a tripod or you need someone to help you. And you need patience. And a nice background. I HAVE NONE OF THESE. I had to wait a whole week until I did something social (drinks, duh) and get someone to help me.

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 As you can see, the bag is basically a bucket. It has a zip pocket on one side for tampons/drugs/condoms etc, and one of those little phone pockets on the other. Now, I don’t know about you, but if you give me space, I will fill it. What you’re about to see is an alarmingly light day.imageMy oyster card and my purse are probably the most important items in my whole bag/life. For those ofyou who don’t know, oyster cards are how we use public transport in London, AND THEY TAKE ALL YOUR MONEY, EVER. Literally. Literally. That’s not a typo, I said it twice on purpose because LITERALLY. My purse is fairly old, and it’s from Next; it’s nothing fancy but I think it’s so cute! Pastels and ice cream shades are always a win if you ask me. It never has any money in it, but it does have a shit load of cards. So many cards, in fact, that a friend asked me in the middle of Nando’s why I have so many. I said it was a girl thing; is it?

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My next most valuable item is probably my 1st generation iPod Touch. I got it on my 18th birthday, five and a half years ago. I clearly take care of my shit. It hasn’t been updated in about a year and sometimes it refuses to charge, or just turns itself off for no reason and won’t turn on again, but I couldn’t survive the city without it.

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If you couldn’t tell by how basic this blog is, I’m not the most technologically savvy. So I have a physical diary which I lug around with me and write shit down in, instead of just keeping everything on my phone like every other person. It’s from Paperchase and I buy refill packets for it every year. Yes, I am about 40. I also have a little notebook that I carry around, to write notes in, naturally. It’s from a discount homeware store somewhere in North London, and I thought it was cute and small enough to fit in every single one of my bags. It reads,“She woke up and realised she had forgotten the definition of the word ‘impossible’. She decided it must not have been that important”. I wish I could say that this was me all over, but I have a horribly defeatist attitude. I think of this quote as something to aspire to.

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I have a lot of keys. This isn’t even all the keys I have. These were just the ones swimming around in there. Property management = keys.imageSo, I’m not really someone who does touch-ups. I slap stuff on before I go out, and then it’s out of my hands. There’s always an assortment of products at the bottom of my bag, though – I am a girl, after all! 

  • Korres Lip Butter in Guava – any kind of lip balm is a handbag essential, and this one is lovely. It smells amazing and it’s so buttery smooth with Shea butter that it applies like a dream. The range of balms is actually tinted, but Guava is marketed as clear. It’s not the cheapest balm out there, at £8.00 a pot, but sometimes a little luxury is nice.
  • Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Gloss in 150 Shock Pink – I don’t think this picture does justice to how bright this pink actually is. So I was shocked (get it?) when I realised how wearable it really is. Although it’s super pigmented, it doesn’t look like too much on the lips, even during the day! It’s a little on the sticky side, so your hair will probably get stuck in it multiple times during the first hour after application, but it lasts on the lips a pretty decent amount of time! I definitely recommend it. Let me know if you’ve tried any other shades, too!
  • Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Showyy’all know I love this
  • L’Occitane Hand Cream – is there anyone who hasn’t had one of these samples? Also, if you don’t keep hand cream in your bag, start. 
  • Marc Jacobs’ Daisy – this is the original Daisy, and in my opinion, definitely the best. I’m not even going to try to explain the notes and shit in it, but it’s really lovely, trust me. Give me a sniff next time you see me, or, alternatively, go to a store like a normal person. 
  • E.L.F Mineral Lipstick in Natural Nymph – this is nice. It’s not amazing, but it’s nice. It doesn’t come off too chalky and it doesn’t have that ‘concealer lips’ look either. I bought it so I wouldn’t use up my MAC Blankety (which is in the Amplified formula and just so beautifully creamy, btw) so quickly. I can’t say I reach for it all that often, but I do like it, and it’s useful to have in the bag just in case!

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You can’t really not carry any water with you these days; London is in heat. It’s gross. And no one wants to be the bellend that faints on the tube and ruins it for everyone. CARRY WATER, FOOLS. If you didn’t know, I eat a lot. I’m always hungry. I think it’s because I’m still growing, and my mother agrees that I am indeed growing.. sideways. Bitch. So I tend to carry some kind of cereal bar or small snack around with me because fuck wasting £3 on a measly amount of food when I could spend that on nail polish. These are Belvita Chocolate Chip Breakfast Biscuits and they are yummy. Gum is essential, but this gum is shit. I bought it at an U-Bahn station in Berlin because I had run out. Ignore it, it’s not even worth seeing.
imageI hope you enjoyed this little peek into the life I carry around with me, you nosey fuck. There’s no tampons in there because I haven’t had sex in a lifetime, and therefore have the most regular cycle known to woman-kind. No surprise periods for me! It’s bitter-sweet, really. 

Is there anything vital you think I’m missing? Do you think I’m packing light or are they going to make me open my suitcase at check-in? 

Polished Enough?

People express themselves in a myriad of ways every single day. And I don’t just mean their thoughts or how they feel, they express who they are. We are constantly putting ourselves out there through the clothes we wear, and how we do our hair and make up. Even the accessories we do (or don’t) pile on say something about us.

It’s more than that, though. How we present ourselves doesn’t just express how we feel about ourselves, it also says how we feel about the people we’re with and the environment we’re in.

If I go for lunch with you with my glasses on, no jewellery, and my curly hair in a bun, you can be sure as hell I don’t give a flying fuck what you think I look like. If you see me like that, but then think, ‘Oh, but I see you with lipstick and contacts and really big earrings, too‘, that’s not to impress you. Sorry.

I always tend to look like a little bit of a mess, but I kind of like that. I think it’s an honest reflection of who I am; a little bit of a mess. I’m also always super casual, because that’s what I’m like, too. My most worn clothes are leggings and shorts – how much more laid back can you be? I have a (probably too) casual outlook on life and my clothes express that for me a lot of the time.

I see women on the street who look so chic and put together, and I want to be them. Their outfits look clean and tailored, and I think that that’s how their lives must be. I think they must have a perfect job and a perfect flat and perfect partner and social circle; I think that their lives must be as clean and put together as their outfits.

Obviously they’re probably not, but that’s what they put out there. That’s how they’re marketing themselves. That’s what they’re telling the world that they are.

Should I be telling the world that I’m something different?

I started thinking about this the other night when I painted my nails alternate bright pink and orange. When I was sitting there waiting for them to dry in front of Love Actually (in June!!), I thought to myself, ‘Am I too old for this kind of look?

FUCK THAT.

Nail polish is hands down my favourite way to express myself. It’s the only capacity in which I am at all artistic and take the time to create something fun and pretty. And there are just so many colours!!

Why wouldn’t you want who you are right there on the tips of your fingers for the world to see?

Maybe bright pink and orange nails are a little bit childish, but maybe it’s okay to go for something young and fun. I mean, why not? IT’S SUMMER.

I know very few girls who don’t paint their nails, or stick to neutral shades. Like, I understand sometimes you have to be work appropriate, but fun colours are just more…fun, for lack of a better word. I also understand being seasonally appropriate, and now that it’s summer, there’s no excuse not to whack out the neons and the pastels (fucking great with a tan).

I literally have a bucket full of nail polish. Literally. I have no other storage options available to me right now. But my point is, I have so much that I’ve been on a buying ban for about a year now. CAN YOU IMAGINE ALL THE AMAZING COLOURS I DON’T HAVE??? I walk into Boots and it literally hurts a little bit when I don’t leave with a new polish. I don’t even care how shallow that sounds. I fucking love it. It’s like a drug, though. Some of you will understand, and some of you will think that it’s ridiculous. If you feel like four different shades of lilac is excessive, then you know what side of the line you’re on. FYI, it’s not; it’s totally fucking necessary.

At the end of the day, I know that people are going to notice that I’ve not brushed my hair before they notice that I’ve drawn a tree on my nails. At the end of the day, though, I really don’t care. I spend most of everyday seeing my nails, I don’t spend it looking in the mirror at my hair or face. At the end of the day, how I choose to present myself is for me.

And just for fun, here are some of my fave summery patterns that I’ve done. I’m totally cack handed, so if I can manage these, so can you!

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Revlon Colorburst Balms

So, I know this is a little different, but I’ve really been enjoying these so thought I’d talk about them a little bit! After all, who doesn’t love lip products?

When the Clinique Chubby Sticks came out a few years ago, I was obsessed. I was only just getting into make up and they were such a lovely transition product to get me to put something other than Carmex on my lips. They were moisturising and wearable and I loved them. But they were hella pricey. So when I say I loved them, I mean it more like I loved the ones that my mum bought in the fairly neutral and dull shades that she wanted.

Now, thank the Lord, every ‘drugstore’ brand has it’s own take on the Chubby Stick, and I seem to have landed on the Revlon version.

Retailing at £7.99, they’re a good 10 quid cheaper than the originals and they seem to be on par quality wise. Throw in a fairly similar colour range and I think we’re on to a winner!

Now, to you employed people with money, £7.99 may not seem like it’s breaking the bank, but I’m poor and also needed mascara so picked up two colours in one of those Boots 2 for 3 deals.

 

First up we have one of the Matte Balms in ‘Showy’. I had been looking for a bright pink for a while, and after swatching a shit load of different Barbie and bubblegum shades across the brands, I landed on this one. In the tube, to me at least, it looks fairly scary. Pink hasn’t ever really been my ‘thing’, so I was tentative about going for something so bold, but, hey, who doesn’t love a bold statement?

Anyway, it turns out I had nothing to be afraid of. The colour is surprising wearable and wonderfully pigmented. As I have naturally darker lips, I’ve not always found that pinks give enough colour pay-off to show up on them, so was thrilled when this was clearly there after one application. The colour is buildable, so you can make it brighter than I have, but I think this is a lovely way to wear it.

I find the finish to be more velvety than matte, but I much prefer that than having a super matte finish where it’s drying on the lips. Obviously, this isn’t the most moisturising formula ever, but slap on a decent lip balm before and you’ll be fine. It applies smoothly and evenly, and you need basically no skill whatsoever to get it looking good.

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Next up we have one of the Balm Stains in ‘Crush’. I don’t know about you, but I bloody love a good lip stain. My mum’s Benefit Benetint – back when it was in an actual little lip balm pot – was probably the first beauty product I ever stole from her. Stains are great because they’re so low maintenance. They’re like the fuck buddies of lip products. They’re hassle free and guarantee results.

‘Crush’ is pretty much your run of the mill berry shade. But it is super buildable. Again, I tend to wear a light wash, but I have built it to a much deeper and shinier colour, and it eventually fades to a lighter ‘your lips but better’ stain. I would definitely say that this is an everyday colour. It’s inoffensive, it adds something a little interesting to your face, and it’s never going to clash with your outfit. Sure, it’s not the most exciting colour, but it’s a staple.

This is a much more hydrating formula and finishes with a definite sheen. It fades evenly to stain your lips so that you’re not left without any colour on, and doesn’t dry them out in the process. I 100% recommend it!

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Have you tried these out yet? What’s your favourite thing to wear on your lips at the moment?

 

23 Things I (Ir)Rationally Love

I’ve seen a few variations of these listy type posts going around – Aussa, Angelle, Samara – and as I’m one to hop on the bandwagon, I couldn’t resist. I’m stubborn as fuck so I refuse to accept that anything I love is irrational, but, here ya go..

1  Making weird faces. Smiling is so mainstream.

2  Sugar on white rice – don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.

3  Purposely making situations more awkward than they need to be for my own amusement.

4  Quoting The Big Lebowski whether any one else gets it or not.

5  Playing with fire.

6  Playing with wax.

7  Sitting under my desk to read.

8  Blow jobs.

9  Dressing up and playing with my teddy bears. At the age of 23.

10  Beauty Blogs + buying make up. I wear 3% of what I own.

11  Picking at my nail polish. After I’ve spent hours doing really cool designs.

12  TYPING IN CAPITAL LETTERS.

13  Writing things by hand instead of typing them.

14  Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots.

15  Complaining about my period pains.

16  Doing my eyebrows. What’s more important than eyebrows?

17  The moon. I just love it.

18  Side ponytails.

19  Wandering around Selfridges/various department stores, putting all the handbags on my arm and asking, ‘Does this suit me? Is this a good everyday bag for me?

3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli – every time

20  The smell of library books.

21  Picking scabs. My legs are more scarred than a ten year old boy’s.

22  The E! Network. Sorry not sorry.

23  Eating ice cream outside in the cold. Bliss.

Do you relate to any of these things? What are some things that you irrationally love?