On: Galentine's

Sunday, 7 February 2016

A real life "Girl-Mance"

I'm beginning a series of blog posts called "On:…" which will be filed under my "Life" tag for future reference. This will be a series of musings about life filled with little snippets of happiness, fear, tears and love. You've probably noticed that I slowed down on the more personal posts over the past two years, this was due to two main reasons, 1.) I probably have the most uneventful life as a blogger, i'm generally at uni from 08:30 in the morning until about 19:00 at night leaving very little time to do much apart from eat, sleep and read and 2.) I have a fear of over-sharing. Like a true Virgo, i like to listen and not talk much, but a blog is more of less the contents of my head and my heart portrayed through words and photography, and as it's a personal blog i think it's sometimes important to speak what's on one's mind, as long as it can be done in a way that i feel comfortable with. The internet is forever as someone once said.. However I did say that i'd be tackling the topic of love in all it's forms for February, so here's something on girlfriends and galentine's.

A Day To Unite

Thursday, 4 February 2016

charity shop tips

Oh the things you'll find in a Charity Shop…

The vast majority of items in my wardrobe are either vintage, or from a charity shop of some sort. I prefer to shop this way because it's kinder on my wallet and it generally means I can find pretty unique items that are different to the items lining the high street. So what better way to celebrate my love of charity shop clothing, and talk about World Cancer Day, than by wearing an entire outfit bought from Cancer Research in Kensington. 
Cancer comes quietly in the night, it slips in the cracks and moves stealthily and swiftly, enveloping and swallowing whole in it's darkness, and i still have vivid memories of the death of my Aunt Shelly, a beautiful vibrant, kind woman who always had a smile dancing on her lips, arms open wide for Auntie-Hugs with the scent of floral perfumes clinging to her. Whenever we visited New York, Aunt Shelly and her sister, my Aunty Rally would open up their homes, hearts and lives to my family and I, and although she battled steadily and bravely against the tumour on her brain, Cancer cut her life short, leaving us all confused and struggling with what could only be described as having your heart yanked from your chest. My mother, a woman as strong as steel sobbed in a way that still haunts me years later. 

A Month Of Love...

Monday, 1 February 2016

love chalkboard

"Love, in all her forms"

February. A month i associate with pancakes and love hearts. More so pancakes on my part for obvious reasons, but I felt compelled to really enjoy the fact that February is the month of all things related to the heart, so I'll be doing four posts, one each week of this month (maybe more if my brain can handle it) to celebrate and talk about Love in all it's forms. My feeling towards the L-Word have been difficult to say the least because I like to think that i'm a hard nut and the thought of such vulnerability knocks me sideways. I like to admire love from afar, never quite allowing myself to be be-dazzled by it's whims and ways, but the older i'm getting the more i've begun to realise that love is simple, kind, caring, and sweet. So i'll be talking about love between friends and family, loving thyself, and sharing some very beautiful photography by talented photographers throughout the world. I hope you're as excited as I am for February!

Get The Flowers...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

CARNATIONS

Pro Tip: Buy yourself the flowers, even if they are only Tescos £1.50 bouquet of Carnations. Buy them if they make you happy. Put them in a glass beside your window if like me you're a student and forgot to buy a vase. Look at them before you go to bed and look at them first thing in the morning. Watch the petals unfold, and watch the flowers bloom.

Bloom: The Flower of a plant. A flourishing healthy condition, the time or period of greatest beauty, artistry etc. To thrive.
Bloom is my favourite word at the moment. 

x 

Aviator

Monday, 25 January 2016

Fly Away With Me...

I have a fully fledged Aviator jacket obsession, and since acquiring the highly coveted Topshop version, I have been on the look out for a dark brown version, a black version, and a khaki version, which as you can see, I managed to get my hands on. This version is by far a budget baby sister to the Topshop one, but at only £19 compared to the Topshop one at £85, it's an okay dupe. It definitely isn't as warm or cosy as the name brand one, but if you're someone like me who shuns practicality for aesthetics then you'll like it. 
© IN MY SUNDAY BEST Maira Gall.