Friday, 30 December 2016

A Fashion Oddity in 2016

Hey Guys,

This has become an annual thing for me to look back on my blogging game over the last year and collate a post of my favourite posts from the year and this I also want to share so people who have inspired me blogging wise. You can catch up on the first of my 2016 favourites here.

My favourite bloggers over this year, whilst there are so many woman who blog that I love (through following on Twitter and Insta) I actually read blog websites less and less which is really bad but here are just a few babes I recommend.
What Olivia did, wishwishwish, Inthefrow, Salt and chic, Wonderful you, Pages by Megan, Thunder and threads and Zoe London these girls I've followed for years but still seem to be my faves from web layouts, photography, personal style etc they just win the game for me.

Favourite YouTuber's over this year, here I'm trying not to just list the exact same girls as the above topic but a few girls may slip in,
Again Megan Ellaby's youtube game has been insane in recent months with strong fashion videos with informative takes rather than just hauls, similarly to another babe at stealthespotlight does amazing trend based videos with links to runway trends and the best look books, oh and is very into vintage shopping which no one else in subscription list really talks about. Other amazing fashion channels to mention Zoe London, Helen Anderson and Lilly Melrose (both also very creative and great when talking about music). My favourite vloggers of this year have been Rhiannon Ashlee (obvs her main channel too), Dolly bow bow and The fletchers (Tom too), this may or may not have a lil something to-do with their beautiful kids. I also want to mention a few other gals who cover topics like sex, feminism and books - Just kiss my frog (from this poem on Brexit to this video about more ethical fashion) Hannah Witton for the Drunk advice series and sex talk the final girl is Lucy Moon  for poetry and her honest chatty videos - these three girls also work together in a wicked book (another bootuber who I can't ignore is BooksandQuills) series called 'The banging book club' in which they review various books around the themes of feminism and sex. I did not expect to list so many yet my list could go on.

A Fashion Oddity highlights - My blogging game this year has been weak I'll be the first to admit, I have posted the least about of posts in all of the four years I have been blogging.
However I still have a few personal favourites for us to recap on
- The first time I got political on my blog 
- Vintage clothes found their way onto my blog again
- One of the many outfit posts with a seaside background
- And finally my favourite outfit post from the whole year.

My instagram #2016bestnine 

Uni work - In September I began my second year at uni and have enjoyed my course much more, my blog may have fallen behind but I now have an online portfolio and Linkedin profile which is a site I love using as I am currently looking for placement year jobs and internships anything related to marketing or fashion from visual merchandising to social media I am interested in gaining further experience in. 

I hope you enjoyed this varied favourites post and please recommend any bloggers you think I should be following. Also hope you have been having an amazing festive few weeks.

Love Charlotte

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Lifestyle (films, music etc) favourites of 2016

Hey guys,

It's that time of year already when we get to look back on the last year or this time round the mess that was 2016. I've always loved writing this yearly favourites posts but this year I have taken it further with fashion favourites, digital faves (youtubers etc) and this one which is a bit of a lifestyle mix.
I have a few categories to go through but when looking back on my highlights I could only think of things that I've discovered since the summer.

TV - I am a bit of a TV junkie and spend 90% of my time with the TV on but I mostly just watch rubbish background TV but these are the few shows I've loved this year.

 Stranger things - the biggest show of the summer, if you haven't seen it yet, come on. I just adore this show the 80s soundtrack (Joy division, the clash etc basically my daily play list anyway) and the influences from some of my favourite films, its such a great storyline with amazing character developments and I've already watched it in full three times.
Gilmore Girls - I only really heard about this show at the start of the summer with the hype surrounding the revival so I decided the see what the hype was about and quickly mum and I became obsessed. I am yet to watch the revival but in terms of the teams I was basically in support of the best guy at the time ( first two seasons team Dean then team Jess and I was even team Logan for a bit) Now I feel like Logan is best on paper but in terms of chemistry she is meant to be with Jess so TEAM JESS however I also agree that it doesn't matter if she doesn't end with anyone, as for Lorelei again I loved Max and understand what she shares with Christopher but its always going to be Luke.
Orange is the new black - Season 4 which came out this summer was in my opinion the best yet. it had some of the funniest moments and I felt the messages were stronger than ever notably with the neo-nazi themes, right now lets not talk about the saddest part right?
Twin peaks - this show has been on my to-watch list for way too long and I finally gave it watch this year to fall in love with the show and the rest of Lynch's work, to the point in which Lynch is the focus of my current uni project. The mystery of this show is endless but its the aesthetic  and the characters that I love notably Agent Dale Cooper and Audrey Horne.
Sex and the city - Another show that I'm not quite sure how I have missed until now but it was exactly what I expected and wanted for this show. I think it took my something like 2 week to watch every episode. I don't think I need to say too much about it after all these years but the clothes, the girls who become our friends its just one of my favourite shows to re-watch.
My final TV mention from 2016 is Strictly come dancing, a show I have watched every single year but more recently I've been less into, being at uni mainly but this years I loved and watched every week. The standard was to high with the perfect comedy dancer in Ed balls and amazing dances most week from Louise, Ore and Danny who was my winner. I've watched this show since season 2 and I think Danny's samba (watch here) is my favourite dance I've ever seen on Strictly.

Films - I literally cant think of any good films I have seen that actually came out this year and I only went to the cinema three times (danish girl which was amazing, miss peregrines home for peculiar children which was okay and Alice through the looking glass, not so good) but a few films I have been obsessed with in 2016 are natural born killers, such a beautiful film that made me side with serial killers which is a tricky job to do, blue velvet after already mentioning my new love for Lynch this film shouldn't come as a surprise (so beautiful) and Almost famous again because of the amazing music influences and just how amazing Penny Lane is, played by Kate Hudson.

Music -Looking back this hasn't been a big year for my music taste I have mainly been listening to strangers things inspired music bands such as The clash, Jefferson aeroplane. Most recently aside from Christmas music I have been listening to Joanne by Lady gaga which is just an amazing album, I was never a huge fan of lady gaga but some of the songs on this album I get a hint of Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton which I love. Also been loving You me at sixes new singles especially Plus one and Give. Other singles I've loved have been Make me (cry) by Noah Cyrus, Honey (the album too) by Moose blood (ma current fave band), Sick of losing soulmates by Dodie and obviously One Dance by Drake.
Now I must mention Lemonade by Beyonce, Blonde by Frank Ocean, the band Cigarettes after sex who are just beautiful (listen to their cover of Keep on loving you originally by REO speedwagon. My final music favourite is of course an old album that I have just discovered, Tapestry by Carole King. If you too haven't listened to this masterpiece you will actually know many of the songs as she was mainly known as a songwriter in the sixties, songs such as Will you love me tomorrow?, (You make me feel like) A Natural woman and Where you lead aka the Gilmore girls theme tune.

Moments - Now a few of my personal lifestyle memories, this years summer holiday was to west wales which was lovely as I got to go back to the places I spent most of my holidays as a child (you can read a bit about it here), then I was so lucky to be taken to Friendfest and got to spend a day in Monica's apartment and central perk which was just a dream (link here), I loved the start of second year uni so much (so far anyway) the course has been so much better than first year plus the nights out I found myself on this term were lush. In the summer I went to meet Carrie Fletcher , she was so lovely and it was amazing to meet her as she was the first YouTuber I started watching nearly 5 years ago now. I also had a great time in February in London with my best mates for London fashion week and so many more spending a weekend in bath with my Uncle and meeting uni friends, assisting back stage at a fashion show and living by the sea again.

I hope you've enjoyed this post which was basically me passionately ranting about my favourite shows.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, hope you all have the best time !!

Love Charlotte

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Friendsfest 2016 - lifestyle post

Hey Guys,

This is overly belated and now a bit of a throwback post to this summer but I wanted to get it up anyway. In the summer I was surprised by my uncle and his girlfriend with tickets to Friendsfest in London, he introduced me to Friends roughly 8 years ago now and he is the biggest friends fan I know. Friendsfest is an annual festival dedicated to the sitcom.

We had stayed the night before in a hotel in Bethnal green but I had never been to London over the hottest weekend of the year and I was not prepared for the humid, sticky heat (aka. warning at how hideous I look in all the pictures) 
This year was the first year it was held outside as an outdoor festival with all the sets surrounding the main stage. 

THE MOST ICONIC DOOR IN TV HISTORY everyone fangirled so much. 
The Monica's apartment is the only are that is ticketed with a set time so you walk around in a group with only ten minutes so its a mad rush to take in the fact you are in Monica's apartment and get good photos.

Recreating that scene when Rachel sits crying looking out at the rain and Ross requests U2 on the radio (ya know)

Had to be done! 

A few references to episodes hidden in the fridge comment which episodes some of these foods refer too.

Joey and Chandler's apartment wasn't an actual set room but it tied in with the pub area aptly named 'The duck and the chick' with the seating area obviously being lots of 'Lazy boy' chairs and foozball tables.

Phoebe's grandmothers taxi !

Now we enter the most iconic coffee shop on TV (again maybe not a fact that its THE most iconic ever but its for sure a contender)

Sometimes all we dream of is performing smelly cat to a live audience in the real Central Perk and I got to live this dream (yep the mic and guitar was all plugged in, some people did amazingly confident and funny impressions of Phoebe's performances)
You could also go behind the counter and get into character / become Gunther.

Basically how much can I fangirl in one blog post?

This was a little stand with costumes to recreate the Vegas wedding between Ross ans Rachel.

Recreating the opening sequence.

All of the different sets (the only other one I havent shown was a silent disco which was based around the New Year episode with Ross and Monica's routine) and refreshment vans (which are all pretty cool references for example the desserts stand was centred around Mocklate, the burgers was a Moondance dinner theme etc) are all centred around the stage which plays episodes and is used throughout the day for entertainment (for example smelly cat karaoke competitions) 

I can't explain how grateful I am for my Uncle taking us and just what an amazing day it is. If you are at all a fan of the show, try and get tickets next year (usually sell out pretty quick).
If you are a fan or not I hope you enjoyed this post and apologises for being vague with any references but I kind of assumed everyone has seen every episode 50 times as well. 

Love Charlotte

Friday, 9 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide

Hey Guys,

I am so excited about this post, gift guides are one of my favourite things to read and watch on youtube yet I don't think I have ever written my own before.
I have been in the Christmas spirit pretty much since November regardless of uni deadlines and work and have quickly finished my Christmas shopping, well apart from my dad but that is fine for this post.

First category is books - I love receiving books for Christmas, even if you aren't into fiction so many cute gifty coffee table books are around now. Here are four I'd recommend giving this year.
The little book of Hygge - a mini guide for someone who is interested in this concept or likes anything to do with clean living 
Pocket Bowie Wisdom - a cute book full of cutes from David Bowie...who isn't a Bowie fan right?
Girl up by Laura Bates - Laura Bates is the amazing lady behind 'Everyday sexism' and this book is SO good, its a really light hearted easy read about feminism yet still very informative... full of illustrations too which is always a winner. 
Coco Chanel Life Portraits - this is such a cute illustrated book that tells Chanel's story and the history of the company is really beautiful illustrations. 

Everyone needs a luxury perfume, one for occasion's and this can be a tricky one to buy as choosing a perfume is a personal decision but my personal favourite is Valentino's Valentina, its a very classic floral scent yet not too girlie but the bottle is so beautiful (even better with more flowers on the bigger bottle)
Jewellery, can't go wrong again ranges like freedom at topshop and the miss selfridge range are great for on trend affordable pieces. 
Make - up other than the obvious amazing selections of make up gift sets (personally boots are the star in this department) individual make up products are still great at Christmas, for stocking fillers and little extras the key product at the moment that every girl needs is a good highlighter and this is my favourite from Makeup revolution
Finally I recommend an iron on patch or pin badge, these are everywhere (one pictured is from Urban Outfitters) a great place to look is Etsy, I am hoping for a Stranger things inspired patch.

Finally two standard Christmas present essentially are lots of Christmas chocolate and cute socks (these ones are from New Look which are on 3 for 2) 
I also wanted to mention my love for all the mini party games in Christmas gift ranges (M&S, supermarkets and Debenham's are usually great) - who doesn't want to drunkenly play 80's game shows like catchphrase after the Christmas dinner right? 
The cooper star light shown in the first few pictures is from New Look's home wear range which just keeps improving and the cute red reindeer is available here.

I hope you enjoyed this post, in the comments please link me to your favourite gift guide posts as weirdly this year I am struggling to know what I want for Christmas.

Love Charlotte

P.S Please excuse the hideous quality of these photos, I am really annoyed with my photography here and by the time I came to notice I had wrapped half of the presents shown.