Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014...

I’m an extremely nostalgic person so the end of a year is always very bittersweet for me. But especially this year, 2014 has been a roller coaster of a year, managing to be both the best and the worst year of my life but definitely the most exciting.

Looking back a lot has happened in 2014. Especially academically- I finally managed to buckle down and work hard, then do my exams and actually do well. One of the highlights of my year was definitely opening my results on results day and feeling pride radiate from me and everyone around me. And now I'm in college working towards my next set of exams. Obviously I'm super proud of myself for those achievements.

But it’s not all about school and work. 2014 was the year I fell in love for the first time (cringe) and for 8 months of the year I was easily the happiest I’ve ever been. And sadly it didn’t work out and in the same year that I experienced love, I also experienced heartbreak. Having your heartbroken and slowly watching something ,that once made you so ridiculously happy, just crumble really isn't easy. Truthfully I felt like I'd lost myself and really struggled to pick myself back up. But looking back I realise that its all a part of growing.

Falling in and out of love in 2014 taught me-

  • Being in love is pretty damn amazing
  • Its possible to be with someone and be happy and its possible to be happy without all the distractions (being in a relationship for almost 8 months and never asking for the wifi password shows ultimate commitment)
  • Always change, always do something new. Falling into a constant unexciting routine, although comforting, is boring.
  • Always remember that you’re more, you’re more than just a girlfriend, or an ex-girlfriend. First and foremost you’re a person and sometimes you need to look after yourself rather that just worrying about protecting whatever label you have. (sometimes you need to go into “self-preservation mode” and be unapologetic about it as my mum told me)
  • No matter what happens you’ll be ok. The people that truly care about you will be there, and you’ll always find your way back to yourself, but a version of yourself that’s now wiser and stronger.
Leaving school, saying goodbye the friends I no longer see everyday, going through a breakup and losing friends- 2014 taught me that things come and go but that’s what keeps life exciting and at the end of the day sometimes you need to lose things to rid of toxic energy and see what good things you actually have going for you
 (This is getting reaaaal sentimental and deep)

2014 was a weird year as some of the things I’d been looking forward to since being a young girl happened. I finally got to live out my childhood dream of going dress shopping and attending my prom (link to prom post HERE) . It was a good night and I just loved the whole process of getting all dressed up super fancy. But some of my best moments in 2014 were just the little events.

My summer was one long chain of good times-

  • Quiet days out during study leave when everyone else was still in school such as when I and my friends went to a theme park that was practically deserted.
  • Spontaneous get togethers with my friend Chloe
  • My trip to Nottingham and harry potter studios
  • Little parties with friends
  • Even playing hide and seek in the woods with friends when the weather was nice

 There was so so so so many good times in 2014 the list would be so long and I hope you feel the same about your year.


Even though the last months of 2014 were some of the worst of my life, 2014 was still a damn good year and I'm full of hope for 2015.

 My goals for the New Year include-

  • Finish at least one project whether it is a novel or a short film.
  • Start working towards my dreams more actively e.g. compiling all my writing and maybe start putting together a poetry collection?
  • Spend more time with people that make me feel positive and less time locking myself away.
  • Obviously do well in exams and make good choices about university
  • Spend less time pretending to be ok and more time actually working towards actually being ok.
  • Be less afraid to walk away from bad situations.
  • Read, write and draw more.
  • Blog more consistently!
  • Keep a diary.
  • Visit more places.
  • Be more active- physically and mentally.
  • Unapologetically take every step possible towards creating and preserving true happiness.
  • Make friends.
In conclusion, 2014 was full of extreme highs and extreme lows but overall I'm happy about it. I'm so excited to see what 2015 brings.

How was your year? I hope it was full with an overriding happiness, but if not I hope that 2015 brings you comfort and a fresh start and I hope it’s your happiest year.

Happy New Year and thank you for seeing this year through with me, I hope you’ll stick around x

Monday, 29 December 2014

My Latest Film Watches...

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas, I personally ate myself into a two day long food coma. But I hope you got everything you wanted, ate loads and spent some quality time with your loved one and really just had a nice chill out.

Since it's the Christmas holidays and since I am a true Netflix addict I've been watching a LOT of films. One thing you may not know about me is that I hope to write and make a movie one day! one of my many bad habits is that I cannot finish a project but at the same time I cant stop starting new projects so my computer is littered with part finished film scripts.

Part of my goals for this lil blog in 2015 is to expand from just fashion/beauty and talk more about my passions so I thought no time like the present! So I'm gonna share with you some of the films I've watched and a brief little review! pleaaaase tell me some of your favourite films as I'm always on the hunt for new stuff to watch!


 


 I've seen long way down three times now and I still love it so much. I haven't actually read the book (I'm a bad person I know) but the film is just beautiful. Its about four people that meet on a roof as they all plan to commit suicide, then join together and make a pact to stay alive but then their story gets out and they end up famous and it all kicks off! Some how the film manages to be really funny in spite of the sad theme, I think this is mainly down to Imogen Poots who plays Jess and is both hilarious and beautiful.


Its such a lovely film, happy ending, nice message. So if you're looking for a nice chilled movie to watch on an evening this is perfect.


 

I bloody love Wes Anderson films so finding one I'd never managed to see on Netflix. The thing I love about Wes Anderson is that his films are all super weird but you still get hooked into them. The life aquatic with Steve zissou is about a revenge plan to kill a "jaguar shark" that ate Steve Zissou's partner. And there's relationship issues and other stuff going on. TRUST ME IT'S MORE EXCITING THAN I MAKE IT SOUND! if you've never seen a Wes Anderson film, you need to!





I do love a good film about misfit teenagers falling in love! The art of getting by is about teenage boy George (played by Freddie Highmore who is very very attractive ladies!) a talented artist who struggles to see the point in school and in life really, and he meets Sally (played by my one true love Emma Roberts). And the films follows the pair as they struggle to express their feelings an find their path.

I loved loved loved this film. The acting was amazing, and it was just beautiful. I absolutely adore Emma Roberts, she's incredible in everything. I have such a massive girl crush on her and her performance in this film is flawless.

 
This was one of those films that haunted me for a couple days after and instantly became one of my favourites.
 
 
 
Like I said, I think Emma Roberts is incredible in everything and this was no exception. Its kind of a funny story is based on a novel (which I have not read, I'm so sorry). Its about a teenage boy called Craig who checks himself into a mental hospital after feeling suicidal. It sounds dark, but the film is actually very light hearted and funny as Craig makes friends and falls for another patient, Noelle, played by Emma Roberts who again I fell in love with.
 
I'm literally obsessed with her sorry not sorry
Has anyone read the book of this? Let me know!
 
 
 
 
A more "grown-up" thought-provoking watch was Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind. I'm not a massive Jim Carrey fan but he was incredible. The film is about a man who takes part in a medical procedure to erase all memories of his ex-girlfriend but immediately regrets it and the feel sees him fight to keep her memory.
 
This was easily one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. Both humorous and totally heart breaking. It does require your full attention to totally understand the plot, but seriously it's worth it. Kate Winslet delivers so many killer lines, she blew my mind to be totally honest. Her character was so beautifully developed and complex.
 

If you're looking for a film that will take you on an emotional roller coaster, this one is for you!

 

This film has totally and completely attached to my soul. Its about two people who are telepathically connected and develop such a deep relationship and inevitably fall in love. Its all the little details that make this film so beautiful. Yeah the plot is gripping, but there's something about the acting and the production of this film that just pull you in and you find yourself really rooting for the characters to get together. The lead girl is played by Zoe Kazan who I loved in What If (that film with Daniel Radcliffe) and she plays the part perfectly with just the right level of vulnerability.

I massively recommend this one, so so good!

What films have you been loving lately?
Hope you're doing well

Sunday, 21 December 2014

A Weekend In My Wardrobe...

My life is pretty dull 99% of the time as all I really do is go to college and watch Netflix. However every now and then I actually go out, and last weekend I did just last so I thought I'd show you what I wore!


Coat-H&M
Jeans-Topshop 'mom' jeans
Top-unknown
Boots-garage shoes (basically fake vagabonds)
Fridays are my busy days in college as I have a full day of lessons, so I tend to wear something more comfy. I treated myself to these topshop mom jeans after wanting them for aaaggeesss and oh my gosh they're comfy and its so rare for me to find jeans that fit this well so it is obviously meant to be! I like to style them with a tighter top like this one or just a black crop top and these boots to elongate my legs a little more. The whole outfit just gives me 90s vibes and I love it!

So on this particular Friday-The 12th December- I went to college and then rushed home, had a latte then had to quickly get changed, touch up my make up then go out again as I had to head to Newcastle with my friend megan for a concert!

 
Shirt-DEEP
sleeveless top -Primark
Shorts-H&M
Boots-Topshop
Coat-Tesco (legit)
This is easily one of my favourite looks. Its so simple yet super grungy. I love wearing a black bra under this sleeveless top as I think it just gives the outfit a little extra edgy. This is an ideal outfit for a concert as there's layers to keep me warm in the queue, and then in the actual venue its floaty and light enough that I wont overheat (I put my coat in the cloakroom, its just easier!) My trusty topshop boots are so so comfy so I could dance throughout the whole thing, which I did (which may or may not have led to me passing out in the queue to get my coat back but hey ho it was worth it!)

Check out my instagram (@lucyintheskywith_) to see videos from the gig and other photos from my daily life
 
After being a fan for years and years I finally got to see Bombay Bicycle Club live and wowzas they were incredible, easily the best gig I've ever been to purely because of the atmosphere. The whole crowd was just so into it, so much fun! I also got to see Peace as they were the support act! Two of my fave bands in one night, does it get any better? I went home on such a high, really really cheered me up! So if you're going through a hard time, there's nothing like a gig to help pick you back up!


 

Crop Top-H&M
Skirt-H&M
Heels-Primark
Earrings-Topshop
 The next day I slobbed around the house all day but on the evening I went out to a Christmas party/gig thing thrown by my ex-boyfriends band the rivets who I've mentioned a million times and if you haven't checked them out you really should. Obviously it was a hard night for me, but I thought it important to push myself out of my safe place (aka home), get dressed up all fancy and just go and spend the night with my friends.



For my makeup I went a bit fancier than I usually would. Really I just wanted my makeup look to be very classic and chic to go along outfit. I kept my face makeup the same- concealer, powder, contour and highlighter. But I defined my brows, making them bigger and bushier. Then paired winged eyeliner with a wine red lip (Topshop's 'Beguiled') to add some colour to the monochrome look. Im going to do a whole post on my eyeliner routine so look out for that as I've been loving me some liner recently!

I think when going into a difficult situation, feeling confident in your outfit/makeup helps so much. As vain as it may seem, doing your hair and makeup all nice and putting on whatever makes you feel good (for me its my heels) is just an instant boost. Whenever im having a down day I force myself to put on an outfit I love and get all ready and it normally helps me feel at least a little better.

What've you been wearing? What've you been up to?

I'm finally on Christmas break so hopefully I'll be more active! Apologise for being away lately, I needed some time but im back baby!

Hope you're all doing well, remember to follow me elsewhere!


PS. super sorry for the rubbish lighting in these photos, it gets dark too early #bloggerproblems xo

Monday, 15 December 2014

A change...

After being stuck in the same routine and the same patterns for so long, sometimes you just need a change.

My long hair, although a total inconvenience, was kinda my safety blanket. After not cutting my hair for over a year it had reached the longest it had ever been, but also the least healthy it had ever been.



Having bleached the ends, my hair was just dead and so limp. Sure I could curl it and make it look all tousled and lovely, but it was just becoming a total pain, a change was needed.

Also after coming out of a relationship, I think its the perfect time for re-invention. Being stuck in a situation where I felt I couldn't make any changes to myself, constantly being told that he liked my hair and that I should cut it, I needed to be able to see my 'freedom' everyday when I look in the mirror as a reminder that good things can come out of heartbreak. (Im going to do a full post on whats been going on in my life at some point, if you'd like to hear?)

 
And so I woke up one day, booked an appointment at my favourite salon, and armed with pictures of mega babes like Alexa Chung, Suki Waterhouse and Patti Boyd, I said bye bye to my safety blanket.

I was shocked how unaffected I was! normally hairdressers fill me with fear, always scared they'll cut my hair too short, but really this time I didn't care, truthfully I didn't even care if it looked good or not I just needed a change, DESPERATELY!



However I was lucky as I love it! It does take a little more maintenance to keep volume and body to my hair, but Im so glad I took the leap. It makes me feel super Parisian and fabulous *flicks hair*

All im trying to say it, when something comes to an end take that as a cue to reinvent yourself and make some positive changes, even if it is just a haircut.

small changes are key on the road to recovery!

Hope everyone is doing well, and if you're ever struggling feel free to tweet or email me!