Monday, 19 June 2017

A piece of home always with you - iphone case

Hey Guys,

I have been without a phone case for a few months now since my skinny dip one broke so when I was contacted by the guys at Case Company told me out their new city marble collection, I was excited for my new case* to arrive. 

The packaging it arrived in was super cute and personal which I love.

I also want to say how quick the delivery was, the company isn't based in the UK but it arrived 3 days after I placed the order.

Now onto the case,* the process is super easy to create your personal case. You first choose the case design itself (I choose a soft matt edge case) then you choose the colour (as you can see I went with a light blue.) Then you can search any town/ city name or a postcode to select the map print you want. I wasn't sure whether I want to have a map of Caerphilly (my hometown) or Falmouth, Cornwall where I'm living for university. I went for Cornwall as I do love to collect little things to remember my time living in Cornwall that aren't too touristy and this phone case is perfect. You also get to  choose the colour way and design of the map.
I adore the design of the case my only issue is when charging my phone the lead sometimes comes out due to the size of the case around it I assume.
The price of the case all vary depending on which phone size and style you choose at the beginning my style was around £14 which is a great price for the personal service and design.

Find out more about the new City marble range here.

Love Charlotte

* Case was gifted to me for review but as always all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The dress that sums up my style - Outfit post!

Hey Guys,

Sunglasses : ASOS
Dress : Zara
Jeans : Gap
Shoes : Zara
Watch : Olivia Burton

I've been loving the huge surge on the high street over the last few months in the dresses inspired by 'Molly Goddard'.I just love the versatile ways they can be styled over jeans and a band tee or check trousers and completely change an outfit. I've been tempted to buy so many and tried one from Urban Outfitters but it had ruffle detailing around the chest which was not flattering at all.
So on my birthday one of the few presents that were a total surprise to me was a Zara box from Esmee (one of my fave gals) and boy she did well. When I showed some of my other friends my birthday presents she said it is me in a dress, which I love. It is kind of true because its so summery but still black, the floral embroidery is very me too. So many gals describe their style as this vibe but I like that balance between 'girlie' pieces like floral's or lace with a leather jacket or studded boots etc for what is super painful to say but 'edgy' / 'alt.'(eww) touch on the outfit. This whole outfit sums up that vibe so well. What I also love is its so comfy but I look like I've but some effort in. as I'm essentially just wearing jeans with a black cami top.
I have purchased a black strap-y body con dress from Primark to wear under this if I want to try wearing it on a night out but I'm not sure about that look yet.

Also how beautiful is the background in this shoot?

Love Charlotte

P.s Don't forget to enter my huge giveaway here in celebration of 4 years of A Fashion Oddity. 

Monday, 5 June 2017

It's A Fashion Oddity's fourth birthday - Huge giveaway!

Hey guys,

I started A Fashion Oddity on June 6th 2013 (if you want a giggle here are those first few posts, godd its bad) so that means today it turns four, which so just insane. It feels like yesterday yet at the same time I can't remember at time when I was not blogging. I've definitely had an up and down, very inconsistent relationship with blogging. 2014 was definitely my strongest year in terms of stats, I was posting so regularly even 13 times in one month, I was getting paid brand work and the strongest level of interaction with readers on social media ever but the quality of those posts were terrible. Yet in some way it didn't matter back then, there was no pressure to have 'blogger perfect flat-lays' with all white backgrounds and outfit shoots so strong they could be in a magazine. We were all taking our own outfit 'selfies' in doors for posts and everyone loved it. I think once the standards got higher and I started university I struggled with blog posts but the last six months I've really fallen back in love with it all. The blogging industry has changed so much but lets not go into that any further.

I have never treated this site too much as a business its just somewhere for me to share my thoughts, recommendations and the things, people, places etc that I am loving in a totally natural and 'me' way.

Here are some of my favourite posts from over the last four years:
one of my first 'strong' outfit posts
- Another old but fave outfit shoot 
- The start of what I love doing now, blending outfit posts and travel blogging together.
- My favourite 'Quick guide' travel post so far.
- Finally, possibly my favourite outfit post yet

So what better way to celebrate and to thank you guys for reading over the years than a giveaway, one worth over £50 that is.

I choose a wide selection of products including my favourite high end make up brand, a beautiful eye palette from Too faced, a bronzing palette which is perfect for this time of year and a beautiful classic red lipstick so all you'd need to finish of so many make - up looks using these is you foundation and mascara essentially. To finish I've included a little travel set from Bumble and bumble aka the my favourite hair treatment brand, I swear by this hair spray. 

Enter here - 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much for reading and entering the giveaway. best of luck - I will contact the winner the day after it closes (26th June) (T's &C's this is open internationally and I will be checking that the winner is still following the right platforms etc)

Love Charlotte

Friday, 2 June 2017

Spring favourites and a catch up - Lifestyle post

Hey guys,

I'm here today with a little monthly favourites / life update post. The last one of these I did was back in February, so we need a catch up.
It's been a busy few months with all my university deadlines, I've now finished my second year of university with a 2:1 and am already thinking about my dissertation and final major project, I've also started two new part time jobs in retail which has been keeping me very busy.

To celebrate the end of the uni year I went with my coursemates to Star Glazers in Falmouth a new pottery painting cafe, I haven't been to one of these in years ( I remember have birthday parties at cafes like this as a young kid) so I set my self very low standards and had no clue where to start with my design but I am so happy with my final cup, some pretty free hand flowers in pinks and purples pretty,

Obviously another highlight would have to be my birthday, (read more about it here) but my best friends spoiled me rotten and I had the best day (assuming most of you guys love La la land too how lush is this card) 

My favourite films, books and music include
 - 20th century women, we went to see this at the poly in Falmouth at the start of May and I am still obsessed with it. If you like films like Dazed and Confused you'll love it but it has so many more themes running through with cross - generational relationships, music, politics and feminism. The sound track is amazing too. I love it because its one of those films that are aesthetically pleasing so beautiful to watch yet the story lines are so amazing. It also had some really funny moments....seriously just go watch it!
- Man Men, a few years too late to this party but I'd heard so much about "one of the best shows of the decade" and the other titles it's received plus who doesn't love Jon Ham, I'm only one season in but I am loving it, again the music and fashion is amazing. Again its covering great themes such as the pill coming into place and women's role in the work place.
- Pretty little liars, not so critically great but I recently re-watched most of it in aid of the last ten episodes and actually still think the show before mid season 4 was amazing. The current new episodes are just getting and bit weird but I'm still obsessed with the characters. Plus I just want Hanna and Caleb and Toby and Spencer to end up back together, I used to love Aria and Ezra too but now I'm not so sure how I feel about those two. 
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, my only book favourite is here because I've recently been getting more and more into poetry and this is a great author to start off with I think. This poems are very relevant to the 21st century and super relatable.   
- Malibu by Miley Cyrus, Miley Cyrus was one of the first people I obsessed / 'Fangirled' over and clearly that never stopped her newest single is just beautiful and I'll probably have it on repeat all summer long.
- Harry Styles by Harry Styles this final favourite I am finding weird to write. I am loving music from someone who used to be in One Direction and its just weird. When One direction were really big I was in high school and in the 'emo phase' the idea of liking one direction or anyone like them was horrific but yep I've fallen for Harry Styles in all his Gucci dressed charm. This album is perfect pop rock, easy listing and to get you into classic rock artists ( some have described it to have similarities with anyone from Bob Dylan to The eagles). My favourite tracks are Meet me in the hallway, Two Ghosts, Kiwi and Carolina.

My final favourites / highlight is the launch of Undergrad magazine which will be launched for sale online soon (I'll add the link as soon as I can). It is a magazine founded by a graduate of my course at Falmouth university all about the amazing fashion and photography talent in and around Falmouth... so cool! Plus its a little lug to my first piece of published writing, I wrote an article about "21st century feminism and fashion" and am loving developing my writing skills further. 

It's been a great few months and I am in Cornwall on my own (all me uni friends have gone home for summer) busy working but looking forward for summer to get into full swing. Hope you are all well?

Love Charlotte

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Hinds for UO and Gucci vibes - Style post

Hey guys,

Top - Hinds for Urban Outfitters
Trousers - Urban Outfitters
Shoes - Primark

Hinds have been one of my favourite bands (a dreamy Spanish girl band, go check them out) for a few years now so when they released a collection of merch with Urban outfitters I was desperate to get something from the collection. I used to live in band tees and graphic t-shirts just teamed with skinny jeans back when I was a pre-teen but in the recent years I just leave them for PJs but now I am so inspired by making band t-shirts stylish. Whether it be teamed with check trousers (Megan Ellaby I'm looking at you), with a velvet skirt or culottes I'm obsessed with this top and am probably going to be buying a lot more graphic tees than normal at the moment. I think this whole outfit has probably been inspired by Megan Ellaby tbh if you follow her on Instagram or watch her YouTube you'll probably know there's been a lot of check trousers and Gucci loafers at the moment. 
It's a rare moment for me to find trousers that aren't jeans that I love to style and find comfy to wear but these have done it, think its the elasticated waist that made it for me.
Now these shoes were another one of my Primark sale finds reduced to £3 god knows why they are in the sale already as everyone is looking for Gucci dupes at the moment, such a bright daring colour so I'm not sure how often I'll be wearing them but we all know I love the metallic shoe trend that I'm refusing to let end. 

We took these photos after a trip to Falmouth's Maritime museum on a rainy day last week, hence the messy hair but hope you enjoyed this look. I'm loving doing more outfit posts at the moment. 

Love Charlotte

Friday, 26 May 2017

A Guide to June 8th - General election!

Hey guys,

I know this is a fashion blog but politics is a huge interest of mine and I feel it's very important to talk about. Twitter is the one place I am most vocal about my political views and had a few people asking me to do a blog post explaining this general election to you guys. I'm not going to be very good at keeping this unbiased I'm afraid.

First question is 'Why this general election is happening?'.

- Theresa May became our Prime minister last summer after David Cameron resigned from his role and the conservative party members voted for the new leader of of the party to also therefore become leader. Therefore are current prime minister is technically un-elected by the public. Therefore people criticise her word and don't trust her. I sat down with my family in April to find watch our prime minister Theresa May's announcement. My first reaction was not great because it was clear that she chose to have the election now as her party is doing so well in the polls and the main competing parties aren't so she is confident enough that'll she win and they get the public's trust.  The term 'snap election' simply means an election that is taking place earlier than due, we normally have one every 5 years (the last being 2015). It also means the campaign will be snap, the parties usually have months and months to plan and campaign prior to an election, now we've had roughly three months. Another issue I have is how many times in countless interviews May claimed she would never throw a snap election, showing evidence of how she often U turns on decisions.

When and who?

This general election is due to happen on Thursday June 8th (all UK elections take place on Thursday's). Polling stations will be open from 7am - 10pm. You will receive a polling card in the post telling you the venue you should go to vote, these are never normally more than 5 mins away from where you live.

In the UK the voting age currently stands at 18 and you must register (I'm afraid the registration date has already passed though) although there is still time to register for a postal or proxy vote (when some else votes on your behalf)

How your vote works?

In the UK it works by a 'first past the post' system. This means that voting takes place by constituencies rather than nationally. You vote for your constituencies new MP (there is 650 constituencies in the UK), which then means that party has a seat in parliament and the election will be won by which ever party wins the most seats in parliament.
When you go to vote you ballot paper lists the members running as your Mp, with either their party logo next to their name or if they don't belong to a party it will say independent, you then cross the box next to the member you want and place the paper in a box, it is all confidential.

Why you should vote?

As I said it is actually too late to register to vote. I just want to enforce that in the UK it is your choice to vote however it is a privileged right that we are lucky to have and should take advantage off. It is a valid point that if you don't vote you can't then moan about the results, your vote really does count.
Young people (18-24) are currently the worst offenders for not voting which really saddens me as it is our future we can change.

Now the big question, who to vote for?

Despite what some people would like to believe in the UK we have two main contenders, the conservative party and the labour party. I think its very unlikely that aside from another coalition (when more than one political party is joined in power)  government any other party will be in power this time. I'm going to talk through these two parties and touch on the values of the other main UK parties. However not every consistency will have someone running from each party. There are very traditional views that the 'torries are for the rich and labour for the working class' and to some extent this is no longer completely true, the party you vote for should no longer just be decided on by your class / where you live.


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The conservative party are currently in government, with Theresa May as our Prime Minister, Phillip Hammond as Chancellor. They have been in power since 2010 (although first five years was in a coalition with the liberal democrat party). This is a centre right wing party. The traditional main focuses for the conservatives are support for free market capitalism, a strong national defence and regulation on trade unions. Some of the key policies that they have announced in the run up to this election include their ideals to continue bringing back grammar schools, getting rid of the current ban on fox hunting, lower immigration levels, increase funding for the NHS, the 'dementia tax' , the free school meals will be scrapped and replaced with free breakfasts. They also say the commitment to raise the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 by 2020 will stay. 
Some other things to note is how May has refused to attend any live TV debates with the other party leaders, and her go to way for describing anything now is 'Strong and Stable' (even her childhood was described in this manner during her interview on The one show). Looking at Brexit, May has already triggered article 50 (which is basically the formal side of starting the process of leaving the EU) meaning we have two years to negotiate how we want to leave, the torries want to pursue a 'hard brexit' which would include giving up access to the single market and gaining full control over our immigration boarders. 


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The labour party are the main centre left party in the UK. The Labour Party has been described as a big tent, encompassing a diversity of ideological trends from strongly socialist to moderately social democratic. They were last in government between 1997 and 2010 under Tony Blair and then Gordon Brown.  Currently under leadership from Jeremy Corbyn who has won landslide victories within his own party and receives crowds and crowds of support at the rallies however the mainstream media haven't always been a fan due to his nontraditional take for example in the 'scruffy' way he dresses. He has brought a huge amount of members to the labour party but at the same time lost some, a lot of people don't see him as "good leader", to the people unsure about Corbyn just remember you are not voting for you single person, you are voting for the policies, the whole government and leaders of ares such as education, environment Secretary etc so in all cases vote for the party not just the leader of that party. 
Now onto some of their key policies for this election. - Investing 500 billion into industry and connection such as transport (plans to re-nationalise the train lines) and broadband. 
- Ending any privatisation plans towards the NHS and keep funding the NHS (remember the NHS was founded by the Labour party so who else is better to support it) 
- Cutting tuition fees which we last trebled by the Conservative Lib dem government. 
- Aims to create a fairer society by increasing the tax slightly more for those earning over £80,000 making a society "For the many not the few" 
- Labour also plan to enforce human rights and supporting all minority groups further. 
On brexit, Labour were mostly campaigning for remain but accept the democratic vote of this country and hope to carry out a 'soft brexit' which secures the safety of current EU members living in this country, workers rights and our place in the single market. 

Some useful links on the labour party Labour webiste, BBC guide to the party, Voters support Corbyn's manifesto  and a guide to the manifesto

Here are a few visuals to compare the torries and labour. 

First looking at the national debt the parties can cause. 
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This second image takes a look at both party leaders voting records in parliament. 

Liberal democrats 
Their current leader is Tim Farron and they were previously in a coalition government between 2010-2015 with the conservatives. The ideologies of the liberal democrats is based liberal ideas such as changing our electoral system, decriminalising drugs and in favour of reforming traditional British institutions. 
They say they are the only party keeping Britain forward thinking, green and intend to fight injustice.They also plan on ending the expansion of grammar schools, investing in the NHS and also want to legalise cannabis.
They are pro European union and plan to hold a second referendum on the terms we want to leave on.
There has been a lot of talk around tactical voting to get the torries out so if you leave in a torry constituency but lib dem came second in the last election people suggest voting for the lib dems as a way to get the torries out however this might not necessarily work. 

The green party. 

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The green party is currently run by both Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley who run it together as  a job share. 
The greens aim to prioritise climate change, stop running schools as businesses (eg scrapping tuition fees) and also to protect the NHS. Like labour they also aim to re-balance to wealth and end austerity. Caroline Lucas has expressed desire for a second EU referendum. 
The green party website, Manifesto at a glance, and Lib dems wont stand in Brighton to help Caroline Lucas stay on as MP. 

There are three more parties who I have not mentioned yet that is the SNP (Scottish national party) currently run by Nicola Sturgeon and their main aim is to host a second referendum to leave the United kingdom and become independent from UK. Next we have Plaid cymru who is lead by Leanne Wood and is fighting to get Wales' voice heard. However if they got in to power in Wales (Wales is currently Labour) a lot of the decisions made would effect the whole country. Finally we have UKIP who are currently lead by Paul Nuttall who's policies are focusing on our security for example the banning of face coverings and they believes everyone should follow our law therefore sharia law would be banned.  

Finally I have a few more links on articles for further reading, some quizzes to help you find out which parties you agree with most and more. 
- Who shall I vote for? 

- 2017 election Quiz 

- Why young people should vote 

- GE 2017 policy tracker 

- The political compass  / a quiz not specific to UK parties or this election by is really useful as it tells you your political leaning. 

- I would also recommend following Owen Jones on social media / Youtube and Jonathan Pie. This is also a YouTube video I found very useful on the best ways to stay informed.

Thank you so much for reading this far and I hope you found it somewhat useful. In summary I'd recommend looking at the polices (not just the leaders) and doing a few quizzes, deciding which party you support then looking at your constituency and who is most likely to get in. If you have any questions please comment or find me on twitter @afashionoddity. 

Love Charlotte
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