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Me and My Clothes 2.0

About two and a half years ago, I did a post inspired by Nia at The Cardiff Cwtch, titled Me and My Clothes, where I discussed my wardrobes, my attitudes to it and my favourite pieces. I thought that seeing as my relationship to my clothes has changed quite a lot since then, it might be quite interesting to look back and see how my answers have changed.
What’s your go-to “I don’t have anything to wear!” outfit?
My favourite pair of trousers which I bought from Beyond Retro early last year and one of my turtleneck jumpers (either red or black) with one of my favourite necklaces and earrings. 

What’s the newest item hanging in your wardrobe?

A pair of black trousers from M&S (they're made out of TENCEL!! That makes me very excited okay) and two bikinis, one also from M&S and the other from Fatface (the second made out of recycled materials). After those, the two tops I bought for when I went to Disneyland Paris a couple of weeks ago. The red crop top I wore as Minnie Mouse and the white buttoned shirt I wore as Peggy Carter. I bought both on Depop and plan to wear them loads in the future. I love them both A LOT.

What do you do with the clothes you don’t wear anymore?

My answer to this is quite similar to my last one. I rarely properly wear clothes out, so I’ll tend to donate them , sell them on Depop or give them to a friend who wants them. I’ll always do my best to ensure they’re used again. 

What’s your “Netflix and Chill” outfit?

Again, taking this in the innocent meaning of the phrase (as I did last time) and I’m going to go with my pyjamas. But honestly, I’ll chill in whatever, just because I’m lazy and often can’t be bothered to get changed. 

What’s your favourite item of clothing?

I think probably the vintage trousers I mentioned earlier. I wear them constantly! It’d either be them or my dungarees. I just freaking love dungarees. Can you tell my style icon is Donna Sheridan?

What do you wear to bed?

Old t-shirts, leggings, pyjamas (they’re all really old, I haven’t bought new ones in absolutely ages), sometimes less depending on the temperature. 

Where are your favourite places to buy clothes?

My love, Depop, of course, I love having a look through charity shops, and clothes swaps or being given clothes by friends or family (I have inherited 2 of my brother’s Marvel t-shirts after he's grown out of them. Here’s to teenage growth spurts!). If I’m buying anything first-hand I always try to find it from an ethical source, but that happens rarely as at the moment buying second-hand is much more suitable for my budget. I love looking at mew sustainable brands though, it’s so exciting. 

How often do you buy clothes?

Very rarely nowadays. Now, I’ll only buy clothes if I absolutely need them or am desperately in love with a specific item. I try to ensure that everything in my wardrobe is loved and well used, so will often donate or pass something on if I buy a new item.

What specific items of clothing do you hate shopping for?

I don’t mind it so much now, but I’m still going to stick to the answer I gave last time: bras. Admittedly, I do enjoy bra-shopping much more now, even though I don’t do it much, but boy it can get frustrating when you just can’t find something that fits properly. Currently, I don’t any bras I would consider to be ethical, so next time I’m going to have a proper dive into the world of ethical and sustainable underwear!

Are there any clothes or styles that you avoid?

Nothing majorly, other than maxi dresses, as I said last time. They just don’t work for me. 

Comfort or Style?

I like to think that both can easily go together. Why not?

Is there anything you’ve bought that friends and family turned their noses up at?

Oh probably. It tends to be more some outfit combinations I try out. I know I can always count on my mum for an honest opinion on a new outfit choice!

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June 2019 | Monthly Wrap Up

So much has happened in June, it feels like it’s been two months.
Favourite part?

This bit is going to be looong. Having finished my exams at the end of May, I have had all of June to do whatever I want, which takes some effort! First, I went to Disneyland Paris for 3 days with my friend Amy – you can check out her Disney Instagram page here. I took a Megabus down overnight, grabbed breakfast in London in the morning (the Starbucks breakfast burrito is lush by the way) and then met her at St. Pancras (I got there just in time to give Trump the middle finger as his helicopters flew over) before taking the Eurostar over there. We had a great time, albeit exhausting. The highlights for me were definitely meeting Minnie Mouse (my icon since I was about 3), our meal at Chez Remy and going on Space Mountain (now Hyperspace Mountain) several times dressed as Princess Leia. 

After Disney, I came back to Newcastle for a few days. I had a little time to relax after spending three days constantly on the move, and then moved out of my uni flat into my house for next year. It felt odd to move out of my uni flat, and I won’t lie, I actually felt a little emotional. My room there was the first place which was properly my own space, and I will always feel attached to it. It’s also going to be weird not seeing my flatmates and uni friends for so long. But hey, I’m sure it’ll feel like no time until I’m back up in Newcastle!

I was then back home for a day before heading off to Europe for a week with two of my best pals. You can read a First, we headed to Prague for two days. The heat there was such a contrast from the dreary England we’d just left, it was a bit of a shock to the system, and I won’t lie we did struggle a bit. 

We then got the bus to Berlin for a couple of days. Our planned night out there didn’t quite go to plan due to the events of the previous night, but we still had a great time, and spent a lot of the next day exploring parts of the city we hadn’t seen before. 

After Berlin, we went to Amsterdam for a couple of days. It’s absolutely stunning there and we had a great time just wandering around the city and finding new places to sit and chill. We went to a couple of museums and art galleries, including the Anne Frank Museum, which was definitely a highlight. I’d love to go back and spend more time in Amsterdam in particular, as I feel like it’s one of those places you have to explore in a more slow-paced way and see what you find. When the blog post for this goes up, you can click here to read it (that'll probably be in about two weeks).

Since being back from my trip, I have seen a couple of friends, including meeting some of my friends’ uni friends, started a new job, had some uni friends visit me (my uni parents met my actual parents and two worlds collided) and seen my brother go off to his Year 11 prom and turn 16.

Best read?

First, I read Heartburn by Nora Ephron – a semi-autobiographical novella about the experiences of a woman who finds out that her husband is in love with someone else whilst she’s 8 months pregnant. I love Ephron’s screenwriting (When Harry Met Sally is one of my favourite films), and I got similar vibes when reading this, which was lovely. There were even some When Harry Met Sally quotes included – or maybe I should say When Harry Met Sally quotes this as it pre-dates the film by about 6 years. 

I then read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, mostly whilst on holiday. Having seen many recommendations and raving reviews about this book, I borrowed my friend Ali’s copy and absolutely loved it. The characters were interesting, it was well paced and the storyline seemed incredibly realistic (obviously, as a middle class white woman from the UK, I can’t know), and was really heartbreaking.

I then read Greta Thunberg’s collection of speeches, No One is Too Small to Make a Difference, on a bus ride back from central Amsterdam to our Airbnb. Some of the facts were scary but I’m glad I read it (if anyone who knows me wants to borrow it, just let me know and I’d be glad to share). 

At the end of my Europe holiday, I started reading The Bloody Chamber (and other stories) by Angela Carter. I haven’t finish reading it yet, but I only have few pages left and should have finished it by the time this post goes up. I have also kept reading Bananas, Beaches and Bases by Cynthia Enloe which I’d started in May, and love. 

Favourite tunes?

Obviously Disney songs. I’ve been listening to them a lot more before and after my trip. The Disney hype will never end. The Easy Summer playlist on Spotify is also a favourite of mine. It has some bangers on there. 

Favourite watch?

LOVE ISLAND IS BACK!! Should I just leave it at that? Having been away for just over a week (and a few days at the beginning), I have spent most of my time watching catching up, but I have still managed to see everything so far, including Unseen Bits and Aftersun. 

I’ve also LOVED Years and Years – although I am a little bit too scared to watch the last couple of episodes as I know I will cry my eyes out. The tension can get a little too much but I genuinely think everyone should watch this show, especially MPs, some more than others.

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I’ve been keeping up to date with the latest episodes of Jane the Virgin, but I won’t lie I haven’t been gripped by this series in the same way that I have been with others. 

What did I learn?

Properly check the weather forecast before going on holiday somewhere. Absinth is not to be trusted. If you want to sing at a karaoke bar, make sure you put your song choice in early otherwise it’s not going to happen. I get super jealous about European public transport (oh for state subsidies!!). Cycling for functionality isn’t actually that bad, even if it does make me ache in random places. 

What’s happening next month?

A trip with my family and working are the main parts to be honest. And of course, I’ll try and see as much of my friends as possible.

What’s been on my mind?

Just trying to figure out where I am to be honest! Stressing about what the hell is happening with the current state of UK politics.

Favourite blogger/vlogger?

I’ve loved watching Daniel J. Layton’s VEDJ this year, and, of course as always, Leena Norms’ videos. 

Favourite post?

Either one of my Disney posts! I loved bounding, so it was fun to share my outfits. I like to think that my What I Eat in a Day has been (and will be) useful to other vegans going to Disneyland. I know I relied a lot on blog posts and YouTube videos to help plan my food, but so I hope my experiences can help inform others. Plus, I just love talking about food so…

Biggest inspiration?

Seeing some of my closest friends again. They make me a better person and challenge me on things and I will be forever grateful for that. I just love seeing my friends doing amazing things, in whatever way. Proud of y’all.

Any other favourites?

Can I include all the food I ate on holiday here? It was honestly so good. All of it. Ugh! Highlights for me were the doughnuts, stroopwafels, Dutch Apple Cake and waffles. Basically all the sugary stuff – can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

I’d also like to give a shoutout to Quorn’s Vegan Chicken and Ham Slices, you guys have my back.

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My 2019 Goals: Revisited

Seeing as it’s roughly half way through the year, I thought it was about time I did a little reflection on the goals I set myself for the year.
Read 70 books

At the time of writing, I have read 30 books. That’s not including a couple of books which I have mostly read and are going to come back to at some point soon. It also means that I’m 2 behind where I should be at right now (thanks GoodReads for telling me that). However, I know that that is down to exam season and not being able to finish the books previously mentioned. I’m still relatively confident that I’ll read 70.

Publish a What I Read in 2018 blog post at the end of the year

This one’s still very much a work in progress. I’ve written a few entries, but need to make sure I ensure my ongoing document is up to date, as it very much isn’t at the moment. That’s definitely a job for the summer holidays…

Stop touching my face

I’m trying. I still do occasionally, but I genuinely think I’m gradually getting better at leaving my skin alone. I’m more aware of what triggers its reactions and its general patterns of behaviour (I say general, because they’re random af but still have some commonalities). I do find that I tend to touch my face more when it’s already having a bad bout or if I’m stressed, anxious, etc., but I think as long as I’m aware of it, I can help stop myself. 

Make sure to do at least 10 minutes of yoga every day

This one has gone quite well. I’ve been doing a lot more yoga lately, and I love it. There have been days when I haven’t done any (holidays, times when I’m at home from uni, when I’ve been ill, etc.), but whenever I’ve missed a day or two, I’ve tried to make up for that with longer sessions elsewhere.

Pass my first year of uni with at least a 2:1

First year finished for me at the end of May, and I’ve passed! I don’t know all my exact grades yet, but I think I may have managed a 2:1. This year doesn’t count towards my final degree grade, but I’ll still be bloody pleased with myself anyway.

Reduce my plastic use as much as possible

I think I’ve managed this pretty well so far. I am now much more aware of waste in whatever form it may come in plastic or otherwise, and make an effort in everything I consume to keep that waste to a minimum. Being low-waste is particularly hard on holiday, but is becoming much easier for me to figure out during my daily life. 

Perfect a vegan cake

So I haven’t made a single cake at all this year. I have made a couple of batches of vegan sausage rolls with my friend Jude, made several batches of Jack Monroe’s Marmite bread and made some Welsh cakes, however, no actual proper spongey cake has been attempted. I freakin love the stuff I’ve made otherwise, but they’re not cake. Give me some time and I’ll try and find some more recipes. I particularly want to find a perfect chocolate, but let’s be real, it’s going to take some time and baking for that to happen I think. Another job for the summer!

Diversify my reading

This has been a little harder than I’d thought it might be, simply because I have to dedicate significant amount of time to my uni reading, which has been quite white and male for a fair bit. However, I’ve still tried, and summer is going to be my time to rectify that. Out of the 30 books I’ve read so far (not including the ones I’ve partly read), 12 have been by women, one has been translated and only 2 have been by BAME people. I’m definitely going to focus on trying to read more books by BAME and LGBT people, as looking out how white (I can’t know for sure how straight) my reading so far has been this year makes me feel very uncomfortable. 

How are your goals going so far this year?

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Being Vegan in Disneyland Paris | What I Eat in a Day

Eating vegan can be a challenge at the best of times, but is especially difficult in Disneyland. It took a lot of planning and, although some mistakes were made, I did my best and learned from my experiences. Here’s what I ate:
We arrived in the mid-afternoon on Monday, so only really had one meal there. We had been travelling for most of the day however (myself in particular, as I was coming from Newcastle rather than Southampton), so we’d already eaten a fair bit that day. The day before we had both stocked up on snacks, and I had made a risotto which I brought with me to have for lunch on the train over. Having travelled down to London the night before, I got myself the vegan breakfast burrito from a Starbucks as I made my way over to St. Pancras. I do my best not to buy from Starbucks normal (if they paid their taxes it might be a different story), but I also want to show support for their new vegan range and this burrito was almost too good to be true!

After an evening in the park, we then headed over to Vapiano in the Disney Village - a European restaurant chain which we’d heard had some good vegan Italian food. Sure enough, they had some vegan pasta options, but I ended up having one of their veggie pizzas without cheese. It was honestly so tasty, and much more than I was expecting to get – you could watch them making them, which is always fun. The system was a little confusing, as we had to scan a card at each food station as we ordered and then scanned it at the end to pay, but we managed it in the end. I’m easily confused. 

When we returned to the hotel after a bit more time spent in the park, we had some of the Tesco Dark Chocolate Digestives I had brought with me.

As we didn’t have breakfast included at our hotel (it didn’t look like it would be very vegan friendly so we decided against it), we had some energy bars on our way into the park for the day. They did the job well enough. 

That day we had booked ourselves a table at Chez Remy in the Studios, and it was lovely. The restaurant is Ratatouille themed and was so cute. All around us were massive pieces of crockery, cutlery, plants, and even a copy of Gusteau’s Anyone Can Cook which was about twice my height. We had a great time just walking through to our table!

For the starter, we had the soup of the day, which was carrot, as well as the bits of bread that came beforehand. The soup normally came with a splodge of cream cheese in, but I obviously had mine without that. 

Then for the main, I had a vegetable and tofu navarin, basically vegetables and tofu cooked in some kind of sweet oily sauce. As I ate it I wondered whether or not there was butter in there, and I still have no clue and wish I’d asked before I’d ordered. I decided not to make a big deal of it however, as my body isn’t intolerant to lactose yet so I wouldn’t have a reaction later, and I did my best and would know to be more vigilant in the future. I guess I’ll never know exactly. It was delicious though, even with its price (I paid 38 for the meal and a drink, and, after the accommodation and travel, it was the main expense of the trip by itself). 

We stayed in the Studios and then the Disney Park for the rest of the day in order to make the most of the rides and see the fireworks, so had to get some food there. We ended up getting a portion of chips for about 3.50 I think. I won’t lie, they were kind of small and kind of cold but they were food and we didn’t have many options at that point. We also shared the pack of salted pistachio nuts I’d brought along with me from the UK as a snack. Snacks from home are such a necessity going to Disneyland and if you’re going soon and will be eating vegan there, make sure you bring plenty. 

After eating our chips and people watching around the castle, we then headed over to Victoria’s for and iced tea. They had four different flavours and were so tasty. I can’t remember the price right now, but I think they were somewhere between €5-7.50. They were so tasty and I will definitely get another if I go back anytime soon.

Whilst waiting for the fireworks to start, we bought ourselves a bucket of candyfloss to share – as always, fabulous (although we didn’t finish it all, we were too busy crying at lights). 

Our breakfast on our last day was similar to before – cereal and energy bars, and a stop off at the Starbucks at our hotel (I didn’t get anything but I did notice that they had options for non-dairy drinks – only soya milk, but it’s still an option). 

We left around 2ish, so had enough time for lunch before we got our train. We went to Fuente del Oro, a Mexican Restaurant in the Disney Park, not too far from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We’d seen a vegetable chilli on their menu when we walked past it on our first day, and made a mental note to come back before we left. I ordered the chilli and Amy ordered loaded fries. Despite not stating on the menu, mine came with some cheese melted on top along with what seemed like cheesy nachos. I did my best to scrape as much of it as I could onto Amy’s plate (please take note of the before and after images down below), but I must have consumed some bits of cheese accidentally. Despite this, it was absolutely lush and really filling. I would definitely recommend, just make sure you ask for no cheese even if it doesn’t say anything cheese-related on the menu!

how it came originally

after I'd removed as much cheese and nachos as possible

After lunch, we had a little more time left to go on Space Mountain a few more times, and then got our train back to London, where we made use of the combo of a discount and Green Wednesdays to get a cheap Yo! Sushi meal at St. Pancras before properly heading home. 

I hope this has been useful. For me, whilst planning this trip, blogs and blogs were my main source of information and advice when figuring out how I was going to survive as a vegan in Disneyland – a task which can seem a little impossible when you don’t know your facts. My main pieces of advice would be:

1) To always ask about ingredients, even when the menu doesn’t mention animal products, they sneak in everywhere.

2) Bring plenty of your own snacks. You know what’s vegan and you may need a little boost every now and again. I brought lots and I’m glad I did, even if I didn’t finish my biscuits entirely. 

3) Do your research but don’t get too caught up in sticking to the plan. Know where to go as a backup, but also keep an eye out for any options which may have vegan potential – you never know where they may pop up.

4) Don’t stress. It’s okay to make mistakes – hell, I made loads of slip-ups on this trip but I tried my best and that’s all I can do. It’s all a learning curve, take the mistakes you make into your stride and use them to do better next time. Disneyland is also a place where it becomes very difficult to avoid waste. I had my trusty reusable water bottle (and definitely made the most of it) and it did my best elsewhere, but it was generally more difficult to reduce waste. We were given paper straws with our drinks at Victoria’s, which made me very happy, and had less waste when we ate in at Chez Remy’s, but apart from that most places had disposable wrapping. Again, it’s about doing your best where you can. 

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OOTD // 3 Days of Disney Bounding

This time last week, I was on my way to Disneyland Paris for a brief trip with my friend Amy. We had a great time, and part of the fun in particular was our attempts at Disney bounding. For those of you who don't know, bounding is attending a Disney park dressed as a character, just as long as you're  more subtle than the actual characters themselves. We were there for 3 days, so here are my three outfits. 

Day 1: Minnie Mouse

Top – Depop, bought just over a month ago
Skirt – 6-year-old fast fashion
Minnie Ears – ones I wore from when I last went to Disneyland Paris when I was about 5 (I’m turning 20 in a few months for context)
Shoes – Converse I have had for so long they are literally falling to pieces and I should probably get rid of them (unfortunately not vegan due to the glue)
Bag – Mi Pack I’ve had for years (I can’t remember when I first got it)
Cardigan - fast fashion I've had for about 2 and a half years

Day 2: Agent Peggy Carter

Top – Depop, bought just over a month ago
Trousers – Beyond Retro in Brighton, bought nearly a year and a half ago
Minnie Ears – the same pair
Shoes – the same Converse
Bag – the same Mi Pack

Day 3: General/Princess Leia Organa

Top – fast fashion bought with an old gift card, had for about 6 months
Skirt – fast fashion I’ve owned for several years (I’m not sure of exactly how long I’ve had it)
Necklace - fast fashion at least 2 years old
Shoes – the same Converse
Bag – the same Mi Pack

I hope you enjoyed this post - keep an eye out for another Disney post next week!

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