The Cold Winter.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

January is associated with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and reformation, but can i please shyly raise my hand and say that a combination of lack of sunlight, upcoming deadlines and general tiredness is making me feel like a piece of chocolate that has been left by the radiator for far too long. I know, I know, in my last post I spoke about achieving goals and all manner of positivity, but as i'm sad cross legged on a cold wooden floor with "How" by Daughter playing softly in the background, and the laptop illuminated by the tinkling of fairy lights and excessive amounts of candles, I feel noticeably "meh, and I'm not alone, a lot of my fellow peers have expressed their struggles in 'getting back on it' since Christmas. It's a strange feeling because we all know we have a few months left of this degree and we know that we should be giving it our all, but in the same vein, because it's been six long year (and even more for some others!) and it all feels a bit overwhelming.

But let's not dwell on the unfavourable, but instead let me share some goodness i've seen and read this week. First of all, Jazmine's post 'my little corner of the internet' filled me with absolute joy. I genuinely whispered "Yes" when I read it because it encapsulated a lot of feelings i've held about my blog but wasn't sure how to relay. It made me feel so much better about my blog knowing there were other bloggers who had been blogging for a while too who felt a little disillusioned and not quite sure what to do, but it's a nice feeling of reassurance. This 'Be Brave' enamel pin is on my to buy list at the end of the month, a little gift to myself for always persevering despite wanting to sleep my life away, for the most part, I'm getting out of bed in the mornings, putting on my brave face, and facing the world with a spine of steel. Thirdly, please can we collectively sigh at the most beautiful shoes in the world? These would definitely put a spring in anyone's step, I used to stay away from colour, but i'm slowly incorporating brights into my wardrobe and this would make a great addition. Fourth is Ijeoma Umebinyuo's 'Questions for Ada' which i've shown extensively on my instagram. Ijeoma's writing feels like home, and that simply put is the only way i can describe it. If you love poetry (especially ones written by woc) then you'll love it. 

Here's to a better week for us all, may love and light guide your way as always <3 How is january shaping up for you so far?

x

A Fresh Page.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

New Year, Same Me.


A cliche post it may seem, but the feeling of a new year is indescribable. A fresh page in a blank notebook if you will. I love the sense of general enthusiasm and expectancy that comes with the chill of January, people seem happier, hopeful and determined and it's a wonderful thing to see. January feels electric and there's an intense crackle of excitement in the air, and for me on a more personal level it feels like… calm, a type of calm happiness. Last year was wonderful, but something tells me 2017 will be even better, for all of us.

IN MY SUNDAY BEST : A YEAR IN OUTFITS 2016

Saturday, 31 December 2016

A whole lotta colour, texture and a step in the right direction…

It's been a little while since i posted on here, but bonjour friends! The usual excuse is postgrad work and life has gotten in the way of blogging. The last few months have been a blur of travelling, scrambling to submit essays on things i don't really understand yet and eating far too much takeaway but it's been BRILLIANT! (minus the occasional cry in studio from tiredness). 2016 has been a very strong year for me, simply because it has mostly been plain sailing, everything has just been … ~pleasant~ and it is such a nice feeling. On top of that, everything i set out to achieve in 2015, I achieved this year, and more! I worked with incredible brands such as Boden, Etsy and Coach on various collaborations, I got a first on my Thesis, my skin has been glistening and i'm just generally ok with my life and everything that is in it, and it feels so good like yassss Sade is finally enjoying this thing called adulthood.

The Alchemist Liverpool.

Saturday, 10 December 2016


Where Breakfast and Drinks Collide.


When you hear "The Alchemist", the first thing you'll probably think of are their insanely cool cocktails, but how does Brunch and Cocktails sound to you? I've only ever visited the Birmingham branch of The Alchemist for naughty drinks with a few friends whilst I was visiting, but being a newly adopted Liverpool lass, I just had to try the branch here too!
The Brunswick Street branch is set in a beautiful Grade II listed building in the heart of Liverpool's financial district. The decor is tasteful and warm with a mixture of rustic and metallic hues and if this doesn't say instagram friendly then I'm not sure what does! (Although i'd like to think I don't just go to places because of aesthetics, it's what's on the inside that counts hehe, or at least what the food and drink is saying…). Despite The Brunswick branch of The Alchemist being situated in the financial district, it's actually a reasonably priced food and drinks spot, to start I would recommend one of their seasonal specials to drink, we had the 'White Chocolate, Hot Chocolate Orange' and the 'White Chocolate Irish' which were delicious with a strong kick, and I think the beakers they came in completely sealed the deal for us.
For food, we went for 'The Full English' (because you have to judge a place that serves breakfast by it's full english to be quite honest - Which was pretty good to be honest) and 'Mish Mosh' which were scrambled eggs with chorizo, cheese, bacon, spinach and mushrooms served with toast in a teeny pan. One thing I liked about the food is that it was easy to share in terms of how it was served. 
Now, a visit to The Alchemist just isn't complete without a little tipple is it? Brunch calls for light drinks so a 'Peaches and Cream' and a 'Lightbulb Moment' it was, and strangely enough it was indeed a lightbulb moment for us when we saw the drinks coming. They were light, fresh, and perfect for a lazy weekend brunch with friends. 

If you're looking for somewhere to have breakfast in Liverpool, and of course sneak in a cheeky cocktail, then The Alchemist is your place.

The Alchemist
5 Brunswick St, 
Liverpool 
L2 0UU

I was kindly asked to be a guest at The Alchemist Liverpool, but all opinions and photography are my own as always!

x

Photo Diary : 24 Hours In Milan.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Milan for me was a mish mash of endless marocchino's, photogenic streets, delicious gelato and a complete and utter sense of awe. If you remember, I mentioned that i'd be travelling through Italy in October for my final year project and what an adventure that was! Travelling has always interested me, but has always scared me because I am a perfectionist and I like to plan things out to the most minute detail, so this for me was a brilliant experience in learning to just go with the flow, it was also a really great way to bond with the fine folk on my course, who i'll be sad to be saying goodbye to in just a few months! Anyway, enough talking, here are the photos from Milan, up next, Genova!
© IN MY SUNDAY BEST Maira Gall.