Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Bath Fashion Museum

You may recall that way back in September my auntie and I went on a trip to Bath to attend the Jane Austen Festival (if you missed it, you can read the post here). On that day we decided to have a look around the Fashion Museum. I am pleased that we did because it was amazing seeing all the really old dresses as well as some more recent ones - including, to my amazement, some dresses that Princess Diana wore accompanied by the letter she wrote to the designer.
We were given a little audio tour thing which looked like a phone out of Clueless which told us all the info about each dress or collection of dresses within the exhibition. We also got to see how the dresses were stored and found an almighty collection of shoes and bags - large enough to rival even my collection of bags.
Also, because I love to mess around, I was thrilled to find there was a dressing up section. Unfortunately some other people were trying on the dresses but I had a lot of fun with the hats.
All in all, it was a great exhibition and something I would advise everyone to go and see. The also have a great gift shop - just saying.
Caution: photo heavy

Love these yellow Georgian gowns. When will it be back in style to wear these, may I ask?

Who could turn down a gentleman wearing so fine a coat?

Love this print. It's so nice. Let's just hope Primark are taking their inspiration for the S/S collection from Georgian day gowns..

A mini little doll mantua dress. How cute!

Proper mantua dresses. Have the utmost respect for any woman who wore one of these back in days of yore. It must have bliming well hurt.

A Miss Bennet dress.

Lydia, Kitty and Wickham, perhaps?

Victorian dresses. Loving the detail on the hem of the middle one.

Looking suave.
Worst picture of me ever but it's not everyday that you get to wear a funky hat.
Also the cocoon things behind me are underskirts - I think (and hope!).

The underground shoe collection. A necessity for every modern woman.

These creep me out but I thought I would include them in case we have any mid to late 20th century fashion fanatics with us today.

Danny and Sandy. Taking time out of their busy schedule of drinking milkshake and hanging around aqueducts to stop and say hi.

The Diana outfits...

Now onto the sparkly dresses (yay!)

You guys, do you think they would let me borrow this to get married in?! I'm not getting married or anything but you never know. Gotta plan early...
Also, isn't it the most gorgeous dress ever?!

Planning to embrace something similar to that green outfit soon.

Love the detail on this.

Gatsby suits for the win.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear which piece was your favourite?
Mine was the sparkly wedding dress. Or maybe the mantua - they are so unusual.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Making Changes

Recently my life has been a bit messy. Nothing bad has happened but I have been all over the place and acting in a way which I never normally would. I have been made to feel like a bad person and I have fallen into unhealthy habits - mostly surrounding my university work.
Therefore I have put together a list (because we all love lists) of things that I really want to try to do from now on. Think of it like a set of New Year's resolutions but in October and I am actually planning to carry them out - not just half-heartedly suggest that I am going to do these out of guilt at not actually wanting to bother to do anything.

Eat Proper Meals
This isn't really a 'biggie' but I think it makes all the difference. Since starting uni I have lost some weight - which has concerned my family but, to be honest, it wouldn't have hurt to lose some anyway - but this was only because I just wasn't eating. I had no appetite and could not be bothered to eat. Since then I have started eating a bit more but the only set meal I have is the evening one that the uni provides - in the day I just snack. So, I am going to try to have set meals - including breakfast which I never have - and hopefully this will do me the world of good.

Eat More Fruit & Veg
Why didn't anyone tell me that fruit and veg is so expensive and goes off really quickly?! I struggle to eat one portion of fruit and veg a day. My new aim is to eat one apple/orange/whatever every day and get veg at the evening meal too.

Spend Less Time Online
I have been spending way too much time on my phone lately. I need to procrastinate less and set certain times when I allow myself to use my phone.

Blog More
Although this seems to contradict above point, I have been seriously neglecting my blog lately. So, the time I do spend online, I want to be used productively rather than just scrolling through Facebook or Twitter.

Go For a Walk Every Day
I have got into the bad habit lately of staying in way too much for my own good. I want to try to go for a walk every day - be it to the park or wherever and have some time away from my phone and just think and look at things.

Read The Necessary Books & Do My Uni Work
I am paying £9000 a year for the privilege of coming to university so I really do need to knuckle down and make it worth it. I need to spend more time doing my work and actually do the reading that I am set. This is probably the most important one.

I hope that this rather unconventional post was enjoyable to read and I haven't bored you too much.
I have a much more fun lifestyle post coming up and maybe a haul too, so be warned!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Uni Room Tour

I feel as though this post may come as something of an anti-climax. I do love my room but, in all honesty, it isn't much to look at. And *looks around room horrified* is usually very messy with things piled high on the desk and bags and shoes discarded on the floor. However for these pictures I did manage to do a bit of tidying for this post - i.e. move the clutter out of shot whilst I took the photo.
Also, whilst I am rambling, I would like to quickly apologise for the lack of posts lately. I have had so much reading - and thus procrastinating - to do as for English Lit we are doing a novel, a Shakespeare play and an extract of Chaucer each week. And I have all the work for German and the reading for the German History module to do on top of that. So, of an evening I find myself slumped in my bed watching EastEnders rather than trying to put together a blog post that actually makes any sense because after a day of discussing the metafictional and the subversion of the genre of bildungsroman, I just want to sit there in a semi-conscious state.
Finally, and I promise this is the final bit of admin stuff, I want to say thanks to everyone who commented on my post where I ranted about being single (you can read it here). You guys are all super and - I completely forgot - there are now 400 of you! Snuck that extra admin point in. I feel like I should do something to celebrate. Maybe a giveaway will be on the cards soon? I'm not sure because I am a poor, simpering student but I could rustle something up. Maybe a lecture hand-out on the Volksgemeinschaft and the Master Signifier? Not your kinda thing? Well, I'll think of something...

I took this picture stood upon a mound of clutter that I had moved to create the illusion of a tidy room.
I don't tend to open the blinds as I'm not 100% sure we are allowed and it's not hugely safe to anyway. So all these pictures are taken in harsh artificial lighting - any photographers might want to look away now lest the poor quality pictures cause pain to you.

This corkboard is one of my favourite part of the room. I was given the ladybird pins as a leaving gift from my uncle and I sourced the postcards from all over - some from the postcard swap too. Unfortunately I ran out of pins to put the rest of the postcards up too.
I got the poster, which depicts a range of covers of Pride and Prejudice books, at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath.

These hang on my wardrobe doors. I got the lavender heart from a flea market and the bird from an 'odds and ends' shop.

Are you guys proud of my bed making skills? Only took me a whole summer working at a holiday lodge to learn how to make it...
The duvet cover is from Primark and the pillowcase is from Joules - it was in the sale and I couldn't resist it. The cushions are both from antique fairs.

One of the first things I said on arriving in this room was 'oh, it's bigger than I thought. Dang, I could have brought more books!'. But those above are the ones which avoided the pre-uni cull. Well, not so much a cull in that I still own them but they are being stored and unloved at my parent's house.

This is the other favourite part of my room for me. I have a few of my antique books - including a little book of Schiller's poems in German which I found in a bookshop in Rochester. I have a lot more at home which couldn't come with me. Soon they can be reunited though!
I also have my framed vintage theatre thing - yknow what I mean - which I dared to bring despite the possibility of it being smashed. Has survived so far so here's hoping it will be safe for the rest of the year.
And I have my - now empty - money tin which looks like a jukebox and plays funky tunes. It did have some change in there which I brought for laundry but it has all been used now.

My two beloved coasters. You know my love for vintage advertising!

The reading pile. I have added more to it since then.


The shelf of odds and ends. I have my makeup bag on here - with the adorable sausage dogs, perfume, a vintage playhouse bicycle toy, an engraved stone, a vintage Westward Ho! badge, the carving I got in Rudesheim, a card from a lovely blogging friend, Primark reed diffuser, my Coca Cola vintage style nail varnish tin and a manicure/eyebrow set.

 Then on this shelf I keep all my other random things alongside a massive German dictionary.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear your opinions of my uni room. And I am always eager to read room tours so if you have recently posted one, let me know!
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