I noticed my subscribers went UP on google reader and bloglovin’ for this blog and I wanted to say – GO TO MY NEW BLOG! Add it to your google reader! Put it on your bloglovin’! Go on, it’s nice there. Nothing happens in this one anymore. See you over there?
I don’t live here anymore! Go to missbeliver.com instead.
See you over there…….
That’s right, I have my own little bit of the web now! Go there, enjoy, point out all the bits I’ve got wrong so far and so on!
This means I now have a new email address: email@example.com. Send me nice things!
Many, many thanks to my lovely boyfriend for his help and vague attempt at patience when his web knowledge is so much greater than mine (read: none. It’s a miracle I managed any of this at all)
I’ve been lucky enough to find some amazing people since I’ve been in Canterbury, and one of them is the incredibly talented illustrator Kathryn. I found her blog on a bit of a blogspot hunt for people in Canterbury (I needed friends) and fell in love with her art, then noticed that she also had a blog dedicated to the transition town Canterbury allotment that she was part of. I’d just got into the idea of growing vegetables in Nottingham, but in my little appartment in Kent am sadly without a garden. So I fired off an e-mail asking if I could possible help out and got a very enthusiastic response back. I met up with Kathryn (and her beautiful sausage dog!) and after a bit of a busy first month or so in the city, I finally went along one sunny Sunday morning. The allotment site is only a short walk from my apartment, and it’s the most beautiful, serene place I can think of. I’ve been twice now and I still don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m happy to pull up weeds, talk to the frog in the pond and just sit and enjoy the surroundings. And there’s really nothing like pulling stuff out of the ground/off a branch and taking it home to cook straight away. I left the allotment on such a high and was like that for the rest of the day :it’s the biggest cliche ever, but gardening and outdoor time really is good for the soul! I’ve been twice now (had to miss last Sunday due to Ellie’s birthday party in London) and I’m really looking forward to going this Sunday & just pottering around, breathing in the scent of the herb bushes and enjoying the peace. One day I might even know what I’m doing….I’m not all about fashion, y’know.
(bit of a delayed Mid-Week round-up this week, but rest assured it’ll be with you tonight!)
Fashion does not mean changing the entire way you look every 6 months (although we’ve all seen the girls in head to toe Topshop who seem to think it does). Nor does it mean spending a fortune, or giving up your own personal sense of style but rather supplementing and evolving your look with your interpretations of the seasons looks. As I’ve stated in a previous post, to me the way we dress is an extension of my personality and the way I want to present that to the world, so there’s always going to be key looks I keep to. Mostly, black dresses, opaque tights, headbands and a lot of vintage and if I wake up one morning and decide I want to dress like a goth ballerina (as a friend described a recent outfit) I will, whether this has anything to do with current trends or not. And for everyone who smugly tells me they have nothing to do with trends or fashion (see this for starters), they all tend to look remarkably similar to everyone else in whatever social group they’ve decided to fit in with. The point is, everyone has their look, whether they think they do or not. Insert Monty Python reference WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUAL etc. But you can ‘follow’ trends and still retain an individual look – there’s not really such a thing as trends anyway (as this post neatly demonstrates) and two people could wear two designers for a whole season and look completely different to each other. It’s about taking what you like & making it your own, not blindly going ‘Oh I will now wear this for 6 months and then get rid of it’.
There’s very little point wearing something you don’t like; you’re just going to look uncomfortable and vaguely ridiculous. Which is why I’ll be avoiding all the aviator jackets (am I the only person who doesn’t like them?), kitten heels and return of the boot flare (why. WHY) this season. However, I love the full skirts, capes (dahling, I’ve been wearing mine for seasons), maxi dresses and wedge heels and so will be adding them into my wardrobe whilst keeping hold of all the usual suspects that mostly make up my style. Of course, being a massive cheapskate (and getting my kicks out of this sort of thing) I will be mostly scouring charity shops, e-bay and my sewing pile to create these new looks. (It’s also considerably more ethical to re-use, and I’m trying to get rid of my reliance on the shoddy quality and ethics of the high street) So, over the next few weeks I’m going to produce a series of posts detailing each of my interpretations of the ‘key items’ for a/w 10, and where I managed to source them from. To me, seeing something in a magazine and going out and buying it is a bit boring. Where’s the fun in that? Oh my God, I’ve become my mother….
In the next month or so I will be overhauling my blog (keeping my lovely header by Katie of course!), adding new links, and generally trying to set it up to be a little better run than it currently is! As I’m sure those of you for whom blogging is merely a hobby are fully aware, finding the time to implement such changes is always an issue. But I remain hopeful!
I will of course continue blogging in the meantime, and I’d like to draw your attention to:
I’ve set up a twitter account for the blog here. My current twitter account (which was called missbeliever, but is no longer) was closed due to my tendancy to rant on about issues and then got lots of spammy tweets (and for privacy reasons!) and so now I have a public one, and a private one. Excessive? Probably. But I like whining and ranting my inner most thoughts too much to just have an open account :) Add me!
I now have a contact address for the blog (pretty obvious, huh?) so if you need/want to get in touch, you can do so via this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I love to get mail!
Hope you are all enjoying the various fashion weeks & autumny sunshine x