Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Where is the sun? - Style post

Hey Guys,

Apparently, it's the middle of June, who'd have known?
This time last year we were knee deep in the longest heatwave.







Top - Primark 
Belt - Nasty Gal 
Jeans - Marks and Spencer 
Boots - Vintage 
Bag - Primark 
Jacket - Primark

As much as I'd rather be having summer weather right now, it did get way too hot for me last year and the other sad thing was going to gardens where the grass was completely dried out and it was just brown everywhere instead of colourful flowers, so there are some ups to this slightly rainier summer.

Another plus side for me is a little extra time for dressing comfortably, you all know how much I hate dressing in a heatwave. So I'm enjoying being able to still wear outfits like this, my trusty skinny jeans and leather jacket but always with a crop top. I am also living for livening up basic jeans and a crop top with a waist belt like this one and my favourite boots.

All this said doesn't mean I'm not hoping it warms up enough for at least some beach days and swims in the sea this year.


Love Charlotte
xxx

Thursday, 6 June 2019

6 Years of A Fashion Oddity

Hey Guys,

Can you believe it's been six whole years since I set up this blog?



Six years ago, I was lost bored while studying for my GCSE's and I became obsessed with blogging. I got the name from David Bowie's song, Space Oddity. It was my own little space. I was spending all my time revising for subjects I didn't care about so this was my fun escape from revision. Six years I've been doing this yet not much has changed around here. 





I've witnessed so much in the blogging industry from the infamous 'Bekah' on twitter scamming bloggers with the blogger holidays to back when the likes of Victoria at 'Inthefrow' and Emily Canham had a mere few thousand followers. The days before no one really knew what the term 'influencer' meant. I have seen a lot of people who were at the same level as me in 2018 blow up and become celebrities even which is so cool.




Top - New Look 
Dress - Topshop 

In 2013 blogging was just one big community of people obsessing over certain products sharing each other's posts. Constantly engaging with each other, every night of the week Twitter was full of chats and you had a community of online friends. All you needed to get people engaging with your content was a camera, no editing. It was the days of the flat lays though, remember throwing random slightly related products in the back of a product you were reviewing to make it an on-trend flatly? that just wouldn't work now. In 2013 you didn't need to know about SEO, photoshop or web design to run a successful blog but this would have helped to turn your successful blog into something more and still be successful in 2019.  

These people kept improving around me while I kept my blog as a side hobby if and when I had the time and inspiration which is okay. I focused on uni, juggling two part-time jobs and making the most of being a student and fell behind on all the blogging skills, feel out of the community. Regards of the what if's or what mistakes I've made her and things I've missed out on I love A Fashion Oddity. 

Although this blog hasn’t been hugely successful or life-changing in its own right. I really don’t think I would have been as interested in marketing and fashion if I hadn’t immersed myself into a world of digital marketing back then. I directed me to be more interested in particular university courses and has been a huge talking point in both job and university interviews I’ve had since. My blog may not be my career but if I hadn’t started blogging I don’t think I’d have the passion and knowledge to get me into Marketing so it’s influenced and guided my career. 

Going forward I am trying to put more and more effort back into my blog starting with a new web design. Over the next few weeks, I am hoping to finally move from Blogger to Wordpress, get a rebrand with a new logo and colour palette finally with a new website and overall vision. 

So there is lots to look forward to here and hopefully the next time we speak on here things will look a little bit different. 




Love Charlotte
xxx

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Where to stay in Falmouth - Chain Locker

Hey Guys,

You may remember back in January I reviewed a hotel in Falmouth (Where to stay in Falmouth - Cutty Sark) and here is the second.
If you've ever been to Falmouth I'm sure you'll know of the Chain Locker. It's possibly the oldest pub in Falmouth that was recently taken over by St.Austell Brewery and redesigned with a lovely restaurant and rooms upstairs.

I highly recommend the chain locker for any trip in Falmouth it located centrally in town just looking over the harbour along the main street of shops and restaurants so you can't ask for a more ideal location. Whether is for a pint on the harbour, a fresh seafood meal in the restaurant or a night in the hotel.

falmouth, hotel, cornwall

The room we got was small but perfect decorated to the ever-popular blue and wood interior trend that seems to be taking over everywhere in Falmouth at the moment which I love. The room was also filled with subtle touches to the sea without being completely nautical. I mentioned it being a small room but they utilised the same so well still fitting in a wardrobe, bedside tables either side of the bed with a TV on the wall opposite as well as making room for a desk with all the amenities you'd expect to find. 

 


This is the view pretty much from the front door of the chain locker and lots of the rooms have views looking over the harbour. 


I was really excited about the breakfast as The Chain locker is known for the amazing quality food and I'd have dinner there before which was amazing. Now admittedly I was a bit hungover which can affect these things. However, I was a little bit disappointed by the breakfast. I will usually make up my mind on the quality of a restaurants breakfast purely based on the selection of the menu. Nothing used to ruin the excitement of a hotels breakfast on holiday as a kid if all the offered was a fry up. I want to have a selection to choose from such as my ultimate favourite smoked salmon and eggs on toast, or eggs benedict etc but the veggie fry up had to suffice which was lovely and cooked to be fair.  

So another great night away in Falmouth I highly recommend a trip to The Chain Locker next time you are in the area.

Love Charlotte
xxx

Monday, 20 May 2019

Childhood dreaming - Style post

Hey guys,

Hope you're all well?



Sometimes you spot something completely different to your style but you can't stop thinking about? Well, this was it for me. It was on my ASOS wishlist since before Christmas.  I ordered around February but only now decided to wear it I love it but felt ridiculous in it. 




Mesh body - New Look
Belt - Primark 

I'm not normally one for character prints, Primark is hell for it every floor is full of Harry Potter graphic tops followed by every Disney character you can imagine then it goes on to Game of Thrones to the point where there isn't a dress in sight. To me, these graphics character tops should be PJ tops or for the gym and that's about it.  But for some reason this I liked.

I don't even remember watching Looney Tunes much as a kid but there is some level of nostalgia there as I remember both my dad and uncle getting super excited any time Loony Tunes or a character from it was mentioned followed by impressions. Somehow my Christmas stocking is also covered in Tweety Pie.

I just love the idea of using old childhood fabrics like a kids top from a trip to Disneyland in 1999 or the super 90s character duvet prints, sustainably using cool fabric and turning them into something completely new in a creative way that can be styled in endless ways more than just a t-shirt with Tweet Pie on with jeans. Reclaimed Vintage isn't the only guys doing this, I just discovered Sillygirlclub who do exactly what I just mentioned. She uses second-hand character fabric, usually from duvet covers and transforms them into amazing playsuits or dresses and I am obsessed.

While on the subject of 90s childhood characters, I went to see Detective Pikachu recently with low expectations and not much knowledge of Pokemon and wow was I pleasantly surprised. I mean I laughed all the way through and nearly even cried at the ending, one of the best 'kids' films I've seen in a long time, 10/10 would recommend.

What's your favourite iconic kid's character you'd love to wear in a dress, jumpsuit or t-shirt?

Love Charlotte
xxx

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

College or Sixth form? What to do after your GCSEs!

Hey Guys,


Now it's nearing to exam season once again. I thought this would be a good chance to share with you how I choose to leave my school and go to college for my A levels hopefully giving you all some advice along the way.

Now originally I planned to stay at my school for my A levels I wanted to stay with my friends, my boyfriend, I got on so well with particular teachers and I was really happy towards the end of year 11 but they just introduced a new uniform, the head of sixth is horrible and the subjects I wanted to take all clashed in the columns so I began looking at my other options.

I originally wanted to study Art, English literature and geography.

I actually went to a school out of my catchment area (which is a different story) so my mum looked into the local high school with all my friends from primary but I didn't want to go there! Then I looked into my local college, I went to an open evening and applied to study a full-time art diploma. I was lucky enough to get accepted but I decided to decline because I didn't want art to be my only option!  So I then enquired about A levels and attended the sixth form centre open day. Here we got to meet loads of really nice teachers, explore the amazing building....this may have been one of the main attractions with 4 lifts, 3 libraries, a gym and a salon all right next to a cinema, McDonald's,  Nandos and Frankie and Bennys! And I was informed about all the unique things the college has to offer.

I was hooked...desperate to study at this college.  I was still gonna find it hard leaving my best friends and my boyfriend but I knew I'd be able to do the A levels I want, closer to home, have a fresh start and it really excited me.

Now when it came to enrolment I did come across a few obstacles however the staff were so helpful. I was advised to take R.S instead of geography because I got a C in geography GCSE but an A in RS and I agreed this would be more beneficial and I loved RS. Also, my biggest disappointment is that my college sadly only offers an English A level rather than two separate Lit or Lang A levels. I only enjoyed English so much in school because of my love for book I loathed any kind of creative writing so I decided to take sociology instead. This does still frustrates me but I am enjoying sociology so much and I am not regretting my change from geography to RS either!

So that's my story of how I choose college over the sixth form.

Here are some of the reasons I am glad I choose a college:

·         The only students are my age or older so there are no year sevens running around of year nines causing fights.
·          We are treated so much more grown up, for example, most teachers are referred to by first name and phones are allowed more freely.
·         The amount of free time is insane... with no daily registration or assembly in your tutor group you only come in for lessons, this is brilliant! In my old school the head of sixth makes pupils stay in the full school day so obviously, it depends on the school though. 
·         You are classed as a student rather than a pupil so your college ID is a student discount which you don't get in the sixth form! Yes, girls you heard me 10% off Topshop and new look to name a few.
·         You receive a lot more opportunities. For example enterprise competitions. Some of you may know I recently took part in Trading places in Cardiff and was on the winning team with other college students from over South Wales. 
·          The support you receive is so much better than in school. With most teachers only having 4 or 5 classes they have a lot more time for each student, you have a college E-mail account so it’s really easy to contact staff (as far as I am aware you don't get this in school).

·         It gives you a better step between school and university.

I am aware some of those points may be selective to my college or my experiences but I am thoroughly glad I chose a college.

I hope this has been useful if you have any questions I'll answer in the comments. I fully believe everyone should at least consider college, it won't be the right place for everyone but on my experience, I really recommend studying at a college instead!

Thanks! 
Love Charlotte
Xxx
 

Thursday, 18 April 2019

A spa day and afternoon tea at St.Michaels Falmouth

Hey Guys,

Last Sunday I went to the Spa at St. Michaels hotel in Falmouth with my work friends for a birthday celebration.
I've never really been to a spa and had never been to the new St.Michaels hotel in Falmouth so was super excited to go and had been looking forward to it for weeks. St.Michaels is a luxury hotel ideally located right on gylly beach in the centre of Falmouth, about 18 months ago they undertook a huge refurb and they are now one of the highly talked about hotels in Cornwall.
We had been out the night before on the birthday celebrations so were a little too hungover to be enthusiastic about even leaving the house at first.




On arrival, everything is so luxurious. You get given an electronic wristband to link with any locker which is so much easier, every locker has a fresh towel, robe and flip flops for use within the spa. In every room, there is a table of fresh water but the area I got most excited about in the changing room is the beauty desks. Everything you could possibly need was available GHD straighteners, cleanser, toners and moisturisers as well as shampoo and conditioner. Honestly, if I had a beauty station set up like this at home I'd be way more motivated with my skincare routine. 


Now enough about the changing rooms, into the main event. 
The main part of the spa is the pool room with other saunas and rooms around it and just outside. 
The pool room is just beautiful, there's candles and different comfy seats, loungers and beds everywhere with plenty of hooks and tables so you can find your own space for the 3 hours to keep your robes, flip flops and water poolside together. It didn't get busy at all so we didn't need to worry about someone else sitting where we'd left our things. 



The pool is just amazing. As soon as you step in the water is so warm. It's split into sections the first half mainly being centred around the circular jacuzzi pool which we spent most of our time sat in. The second half of the pool has loads of different hydro treatments to try. There are around 8 stations with a button next to it so you can utilise the treatment. There are four different beds that have different hydro massaging elements, three sprays? (I warned you I had never been to a spa before I have no idea around what these things are actually called) that you can stand under and they massage your bank, shoulders and neck. I could have stayed on the hydro massage beds all day.


Aside from the pool, there are a few different sauna rooms. I had tried a few saunas before on family holidays and I didn't get it. I hate being too hot so the idea of sitting in a burning hot room I don't get the attraction. However, there are so many different ones I found a few I enjoyed more than I thought. Outside there is a coal sauna hut which is lovely to sit in with a glass wall so you can see the beach and it was probably the coolest of them all. The main sauna is a herbal one (kinda smells like vix / vapour rub) and just off from the pool, it's so painfully hot in there you need to take your towels in to sit on by the wood seats literally burn, not my fave. 
There is a corridor linking the changing rooms to the main pool room this corridor has two sauna rooms and 3 different showers (as pictured). This was my favourite. There is a Cornish sea salt sauna, its light up blue and not unbearably hot, this was my favourite and nice local touch. Next to this is a rainforest sauna, the showers are rainforest themed too with different settings, I recommend the mist setting which is so relaxing. One thing we all thought of that would have been nice in this area was so very quiet background music, some relaxing waves sound in the Cornish sea salt one for example. 

Me in the pool

The swimsuit I'm wearing is from TU at Sainsburys. 

hot tub

Also outside there is a beautiful wooden hot tub, which is so lovely to sit in, chat and look across at the beach. 

For my first time in a spa, I had an amazing time, for a girls day it was perfect to chat and relax. However, I am the youngest by a bit in the group and I struggled to do nothing, I felt a bit like a child bored in an adults room, sitting in a pool and not being able to swim was weird. It's not because I'm one of those people who normally can't relax or hate being bored I can spend days in bed watch tv shows I've seen before but just sat still in silence doing literally nothing I found a bit hard yeah, however, I did get into it and generally the whole atmosphere was relaxing and with those hydromassage features I definitely did get it and found the day so soothing. Another great thing has been the after effect on my skin, all week since my boyfriend has been pointing it out too how soft my skin has been since the spa day. It also totally got rid of those hangovers, literally, as soon as I stepped in the pool at the beginning I no longer felt hungover.

St. Michaels offers so many amazing spa packages to get treatments or dining offers in with your spa entry. On Sundays, we were looking at either the brunch and spa or afternoon tea and went with afternoon tea a little more special for someone's birthday and it seemed nicer to eat after rather than before and going in the pool all bloated. 
After I made use of the beauty stations in the changing rooms we headed upstairs to the main restaurant for our afternoon tea. 

afternoon tea

afternoon tea

As it was a preordered set package we didn't have to wait long for our food to arrive. The portion size was great we had three of the stands between 6 with more than enough. However the bread on the sandwich was so dry and nearly stale which wasn't a great start, there was four scones two plain and two fruit which is great to have that choice and two each however they weren't baked well at all, I found mine really overcooked on the outside, quite crunchy yet still nearly raw and doughy in the centre. The cakes on the top layer look amazing and the rest of my party loved them all but I am apparently really fussy with cakes and this has always been my issue with afternoon tea in the past is the set menu, you don't even know what the cakes on the top are meant to be its always just a guessing game, we had two each of four different cakes which is a great amount but I think when you have four there should be a variety, something fruity, something nutty, something chocolatey and maybe something sweet like caramel based for example but none of these I was excited by to me it was just a lot of lemon and nuts which personally I don't want on a cake but there were lovely and not overcooked or dry like the scones and sandwiches so that is just down to my personal taste. 

Overall I really recommend St.Michaels for a girlie day out and am already dreaming of my next spa trip. 


Love Charlotte
xxx

Monday, 15 April 2019

Print on print - Style post

Hey Guys,



Spring is here and I am not into ditsy florals in pastel shades, the stereotypical florals however you have to have some form of florals in your wardrobe and this is mine. 



I adore everything about it and normally I hate both maxi / midi dresses and florals but this is just so bloody cool. 






The hot pink with bright yellow, blue and red is amazing then what obviously draw me to it is the pop of animal print on the waist. I saw this back in November on ASOS from reclaimed vintage and could not stop thinking about it. Then Michael pulled it out of the bag and surprised me with it for Christmas. 
I wore it just for special occasions at first, I wore it with a black turtle neck underneath for my fancy meal out to celebrate my new job and wore it for Mikes birthday but now I am going to get so much more use out of it going into summer. It seems I was really early onto a big trend. 
I'm sure you've also seen these refreshing takes on floaty, maxi dresses appearing everywhere. 
I am obsessed with the print on print trend but not quite confident enough to just clash bold printed pieces together like my fave Megan Ellaby can. 
Megan has also been through a similar journey with a dress that is now everywhere by Rixo (pictured on Megan below) that has very similar elements to it just very different colours. Then there is one on Topshop that has sold out that gives me similar vibes too (they have also just released the same sellout dress in mini style if maxi's aren't ya thing). 


I am loving these dresses as they are both a refreshing take on the spring floral dress but also a super easy way to try out the clashing print trend. 
I already can't wait to style this a bit more creatively with my white cowboy boots (I got some last summer, hardly wore them so left them at my parents' house back in Cardiff  before moving here and now they are a massive thing so I need to get mine back) and a zebra print bag. 




Love Charlotte
xxx

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Some Personal and career goals

Hey Guys,


I was inspired, as usual by Chloe from The Little plums personal posts, a follow up to her goal posts from back in July.  I do a lot of self-analysing anyway, I get annoyed at myself for doing things after I've done them but most recently I've been thinking about how much I've changed in the last 18 months. Not necessarily changed in terms of my personality just my mindsets and motivation around things as well as the places I am in. 
So I've been trying to sum up what I've achieved (because it's okay to be proud of ya self sometimes) and think about some more goals.



- CAREER -

In the past - I was very unmotivated with my work, I felt a bit stuck. At university, I got easily frustrated with projects and lecturers constantly getting negative feedback but with no clue on how to improve it, I soon felt frustrated and then lost a lot of interest. I still cared about the subjects and I wanted to do well but just not enough. I cared about other things about student life more. You could say I cared about those things TOO much however I don't regret it that much because I still succeeded in my degree and am glad I have all the memories from the other aspects of being a student which are arguably just as important.
As well as not being motivated with my uni work, I let A Fashion Oddity fall out of focus I haven't been properly consistent with this brand for years either.

I am now - Working my first 'adult' job, for years I've loved my part-time jobs in retail but in the new year I started the first job in my career field as a website assistant for an engineering firm and I have gained a new confidence and motivation around work I haven't had for years. At uni getting up the road for a 9am lecture was near impossible for me now I am up at 6:45 and in the office from 8am. I partly think I am still in the novelty of it all, the first office job, the meetings and everything feeling grown up. But I also think I have genuinely just grown up about this, people mention any form of training and I am jumping at the chance to learn, I am getting my ideas heard, speaking up in meetings and really just loving working which is such a contrast from this time last year for me.

My goals - As you can tell I am pretty happy with where I am at work wise, I am looking at some training to further my digital marketing knowledge at work though.

I want to really push my blog though. I have a lot planned for this little baby. In the next few months, I have a whole new re-brand and a new website to launch soon.

 I want to work on finding the balance between working a 9 to 5 and spending enough time working on my blog, (this is the kind of change I have noticed in myself, at uni I struggled to do any uni work at home after a two hour lecture and now I work 8+ hours, with an hour commute either side and when I get home, I still want to keep working) I want to become more involved in the Cornish blogging community and keep building connections.



- PERSONAL - 
In the past - I was atrocious with money, I got my card declined before every payday and student loan, the loan was meant to stretch over 3 months but I'd always run out for the third rent. I put off doing things such as learning to drive because there was no way I could afford enough lessons let alone then a test, a car, insurance and more on that so I could never be bothered to start. 

At the moment - When I moved back to my parents for a bit after uni, I was working full time in retail I managed to set up my savings account and while I was lucky enough to have hardly any outgoings I managed to put aside some of my wages each week and now I am so proud of how I've turned around my finances. Towards the end of last year I finally bite the bullet and started having driving lessons, I had some back home around Cardiff but am now learning in Cornwall. 
Between working a full-time office job and working on my blog I don't have much time left for anything else, trying to fit in socialising and girl time is a struggle. 

My goals - My main priority is to keep on building up those savings.
I want to keep improving my finances, I've jumped on the Monzo card bandwagon which is hopefully going to help me waste less money by putting all my spending money in one separate account that I can budget and set spending limits on. 
Next is to complete learning to drive first with the driving theory, this is the bit I am struggling with.  Then hopefully, touch wood in no time I'll have my driving test ready and I am so excited to be driving.

 Some other goals that are less of a priority are to keep learning Italian, this is something I’ve done off and on for years. The last time I went out to Italy I practised on a few apps loads beforehand and it was the best it’s been however like everything I slip in and out of practice with it and I need to get back into it. I spend more than enough time on my phone every day so I’m trying to put 5 minutes of my screen time towards my Italian apps. 

I’d also like to learn to enjoy exercise, I’ve always hated any form of exercise and the day I had my last compulsory P.E lesson in year 9 was the best day however I do feel unfit sometimes and I can tell it will keep getting worse. 5 months ago I was working 8 hours shifts in retail, working in the warehouse pacing across a huge store countless times in those 8 hours so while I’ve never exercised I’ve had dips of being more active day today. Now I am sat at my desk for 8 hours then I go home to sit on the sofa or my bed for the rest of the time so this is another thing I need to work on. Hopefully I can find a form of exercise I really enjoy as I get fitter but for now, I am just trying to take more walks, maybe I can give up having big hot lunches in the staff room at work and go on a walk at lunchtime instead. 

The final thing I want to touch on is my friendships, something I’ve always heard people struggle with is making new friendships as an adult any time after uni. 
I really was lucky enough to make the best friends at uni and I met my partner so I felt like I was sorted and somewhat set up. 
However, all of my friends now live at least 5 hours away on the train so I can’t just meet them for a drink after work to vent about the perils of living with your boyfriend for example. 
So this goal is to just continue keeping those mentioned friendships as strong as they were while trying my best to build new friendships at work and through other ways here in Cornwall! 




Top - ASOS 
Jeans - H&M 
Necklace- Topshop 

I hope enjoyed this post, its a weird time for goals not being the new year or a new term but its always a good time to sit down look at what you’ve achieved and what other goals or ‘improvements’ you can work towards. 


Love Charlotte
xxx