Sunday, 26 July 2015

Guess who's back with a brand new blog

This blog is no longer going to be updated. I have officially moved on.

If you liked this blog or have ended up here, check out my new blog Article 23 instead. It still includes fashion, beauty, reviews and all that other good stuff.

Thanks to anyone who read or followed this blog and I hope A23 is the start of something bigger and better!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Writings: Hello Hiatus

My blog postings have become a little scarce these days. I love blogging but I find I have no motivation to do it anymore. I refuse to give up because I am extremely proud of what I've achieved so far, however, I am going to give myself a break. I need to decide what I want my blog to be. I love fashion but I massively enjoy putting together travel posts as well. I also want to feel like I'm writing something meaningful and that can be hard to do when it's all mirror selfies. I adore fashion and never want to stop posting about it in some form therefore I will continue to post regularly on my Instagram (@lyndseyemmarw) but for now, my blogging is on a break.

Thank you thank you thank you to everyone that has ever commented, liked or even glanced at my blog. I hope to see you soon.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Writings: The Eight Stages of Last Minute Work

I don't know about anyone else but I am shocking for leaving my work until the last minute. I've had three weeks off from university for the Easter holidays and I spent most of the days thinking about blogging and what I could wear next and where I could take my next photo, etc.

But these past few days it has finally dawned on me: I have four massive assignments to do and they're all due in this week. I am only at uni for the next week and then I'm finished for my first year. Hence why I haven't been blogging as much as I like and to stop myself I haven't even properly gotten dressed so I will avoid taking photos (no one wants to see them).

I finally finished an assignment I was really struggling with so I have rewarded myself by allowing myself to blog. I thought it would be fun to share the 'stages' I usually go through when I'm doing work. So here is another different kind of post and I hope you at least get a smile from it.

The Eight Stages of Last Minute Work

1. The Procrastinating 

You've been set the work and you've got aaaaaages before it's due. You don't need to think about it. So you don't. You don't even know what to do. You can't even remember what class it's for. And you do everything but start that work.

2. The Not Guilty-Guilt

There's something niggling in the back of your mind. You know you've got something important to do but you've just been asked to go out or the Kardashians/Made in Chelsea/insert-guilty-pleasure-of-a-TV-show-here has just come on! You'll do it another time.

3. The Panic 

Okay, so the deadline has crept up faster than you realised and you've either completely forgotten or just not realised how much you're expected to do. Your coursemates are now texting you asking if you've started/finished it and it's starting to sink in that you haven't even looked at it.

4. The Further Procrastinating 

Ah, but you've still got hours yet! You can still pluck your eyebrows or put on a facemask you never knew you had and look through old photos while snapchatting/tweeting about how bored you are of this work when really all you've done is open a Word document (yes, I am speaking from personal experience i.e. this is what I did yesterday instead of work).

5. The Self-Pity

Why does this always happen to you? You're a good person! You don't deserve all this stress! Uni is cruel, why do people want to see you suffer?

6. The Attitude 

Fuck it. Fuck it all. You've given up. You don't even care if you fail. You don't need to put up with this shit. You don't need a qualification.

7. The Dedication 

Okay, so you do need that qualification. You do care. You don't want to be a failure and it's finally hit you there's no way out. And even though friends you've not seen in the past week or so all seem to want to do something right this second you've decided to do work, you can't. You just can't. You're in the zone.

8. The Victory 


So there's my eight stages I went through just yesterday trying to finish a massive assignment. Let me know if there's something you think I've missed out!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Best Dressed: Coachella 2014

Sarah Hyland + Katharine McPhee + Kylie Jenner + Selena Gomez + Poppy Delevingne
Kendall Jenner + Sophia Richie + Kylie Jenner

It's that time of year again! The time when I'm full of jealousy and envy of all those in attendance of The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival. Held in California, this festival has every fashionista glued to their laptops waiting for the outfits to be photographed and uploaded! (Or is that just me...?) 

I just love festival season, it is the greatest of all seasons: the denim, the boho, the fringe, the crochet, the sunglasses! It's all too good.

Apologies about the crappy size of this photo, it does none of the outfits justice. However, the only one you need to pay attention to is Kylie Jenner. She is featured twice and is therefore my favourite and best dressed of the festival so far. Can you believe she's only 16?

But there's definitely still more to come and I cannot wait to look through all the photos to find them!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Inspo: Fictional Fashionistas

As most people know, inspiration comes from anywhere. Some of my style inspiration over the years has come from what I'm watching on my TV screen so I thought I'd put together a post about some of the characters - or as I've named them 'Fictional Fashionistas' - that have inspired me since I first found the remote control in my hand. In alphabetical order because that's just the best and most organised way.

"I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet."

It wouldn't be much of a fictional fashionista post without Carrie Bradshaw. The star of Sex and the City is in every post about fashion on TV and film, you literally cannot escape the name. But if you love fashion you can kind of see why. Honestly, I'm not a massive fan of Carrie's styling, but I love her attitude about fashion and that is why she is in my list. She is eccentric and bold and I love that the stylist, Patricia Field, does not let age get the in the way of style on the show and I think that is a huge and positive message. 

"Do you prefer 'fashion victim' or 'ensembly challenged'?

As if! Sorry, I had to. I only watched the film Clueless for the first time last year and discovered the gorgeous wardrobe of Cher Horowitz. It is seriously one of my favourite films purely for the fashion, it is so bang-on and even relatable now due to the 90s throwback we are having now. The layering works too well and she really owns plaid and knee-high socks. If I'm blonde by this Halloween, I'm going as Cher.

"You don't like my style? That's fine, but I'm not going to change who I am. So you're just gonna have to deal with it and respect it."

The gorgeous Zooey Deschanel's portrayal of New Girl Jessica Day comes in the form of full skirts, ballet flats, stripes and polka dots and she rocks them. But what I love is that this is similar to how Zooey dresses and she promotes the message saying to not underestimate her just because she may wear or like "cute" things. In Glamour magazine, Zooey was quoted saying, "We can't be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a fucking feminist and wear a fucking Peter Pan collar. So fucking what?" And that is why people should love her.

OMG, I loved watching Saved by the Bell way back in the 90s! Kelly Kapowski was just perfect, stunning and with such a good wardrobe which could easily still pass for fashionable today! Though Lisa was supposed to be the fashion-crazy one, it was always Kelly I wanted to dress like. The florals, the co-ords and the hair! How they got their hair like that still baffles me to this day.

Another 90s fave of mine was good ol' Lizzie McGuire. She made crimped hair and bubble backpacks cool and I remember wishing my parents would just buy a phone where I could have my own in my room and where three-way calls were possible! Alas, they would not allow it and by the time I got my iPhone with three-way calling, I was using Skype. Oh well.

Holiday in the Sun, So Little Time, It Takes Two
Getting There, When In Rome, Getting There
Two of a Kind, Holiday in the Sun, New York Minute

There was no way I could have picked only one film where these gals inspired me. So I chose them all. And one TV show. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were my ultimate inspiration growing-up, so much so, my younger sister and I would pretend to be twins and I would tell her we had to dress similar because we wanted to be them so bad. No matter what film they were in, I would take something from it and even make notes about the hairstyles they had with what outfit and we also had most of the items from their clothing range at Asda. Obsessed. But it was all worth it, because they are still amazing to this day.

"You are so in style right now. I don't suppose you've seen the cover of British Vogue, have you?"

Friends is probably my favourite sitcom ever and I'm not sure if people noticed this through all the hilarious jokes but season 1/season 2 Rachel Green was so stylish! She definitely lost it through the middle seasons, I'll admit, but her mid 90s wardrobe is full of checks and denim and, of course, that hairstyle! You have no idea how much I wish that hairstyle was still fashionable/didn't make me look middle-aged because it would probably be my dream 'do. Then again, Jennifer Aniston can do no wrong when it comes to hair.

"I fall asleep thinking about guys named Louboutin and Laurent."

Finally, we have a more modern fashionista in the form of Serena Van der Woodson. The Gossip Girl's wardrobe was the most glamorous and most unachievable of all my fashion icons with designer dress after designer dress debuted in each episode. As were the legs of the actress, Blake Lively, portraying the character. Her style was definitely a glamorised-boho look and her blonde locks are still enviable to this day.

And that's the lot! This post took a lot of effort and time but was so much fun to do as I loved looking back at outfits that used to inspire me and still do today. I look forward to all the new fictional - and real - fashionistas that I will find on my TV in the coming years and I look forward to the posts I'll probably do featuring them. I hope others look forward to them too!