baby steps


So, I live in London. The past few months have been a fabulous whirlwind of house hunting, starting my new job, exploring and adventures, trying new things and getting extremely, exceptionally lost. Moving to London as a grad is one of the scariest, but most exciting things i've done so far, but it's something i've known I wanted to do for a very long time. If there's one thing it's made me realise though, it's that i'll always be a northern girl at heart. I don't think i'll ever get my head around the tea/dinner argument. 

I always thought i'd go into something fashion driven. I think the older i've got, and the more experience i've had in non-fashiony jobs, i've realised that's actually not where my passion lies. If anything, going into luxury travel PR has given me a major travel bug, i'm itching to explore the world, absolutely itching. I guess that'll come in a few years though. One thing at a time, right? Everything that's happened in the past couple of months still doesn't feel like reality, but as it does, i'm planning on writing about it on this little corner of the internet. I know when i was planning on making the move down south, trying to find a job and a house etc. there wasn't a whole lot of useful help online, so I guess it'd be great to help other eager beavers find their feet in the big smoke.


Pardon the extremely stereotypical photos, but I thought they were pretty apt giving i'm still a massive tourist, and take photos of EVERYTHING. I've made a little London bucket list, well, I say little, it's restaurant after restaurant, shop after shop, event after event - there's so much to do (and only a grad wage to do it on), and so much to see, but i'm slowly working through it. I'm determined to conquer london on a (teeny tiny) budget, but with my track record, i think that's going to be easier said than done. saying that, i'm also on a mission to get fit, eat healthily (not easy when i have 7564836 bags of crisps stuffed into my desk drawers) and still save steps, baby steps.


flowers in the window

happy sunday! it's bank holiday weekend, which for most, means an extra long weekend off work. fellow bar staff will know that's unfortunately, most definitely, not true. Yesterday, a drizzly saturday in newcastle, I slithered out of bed at eight and made my way to the library. Yesterday also saw the first day of Shindig, a festival in newcastle. naturally, i decided to avoid snapchat, twitter and facebook and ignore the fun everyone else was having. ah, the joys of a dissertation.

My morning was most certainly brightened, however, by the delivery of this beautiful bouquet by Debenhams, from their flower delivery service. Lilies are my favourite flowers ever ever ever. They look amazing and smell beautiful, so this 'Radiance' bouquet instantly made me happy. The roses are delicate, smell incredible and were already at their finest when the flowers arrived. I'd absolutely love to treat my mamma to one of these, and Debenhams were generous enough to drop me, and the lovely people who read my blog, 25% off with the code DFBLOG25. enjoy!


library blues


so, i have a few job interviews lined up and my library blues have led me to spend (far too many) hours scrolling the pages of Toppers, drooling over the posh garms which my, already non-existent, loan won't quite cover. i have this mental image of myself, strutting into the interview completely calm and collected, looking like i've leapt from the pages of Vogue. in reality, i'll probably have lipstick on my teeth, shake the interviewers hand for that moment too long or have several shirt buttons undone without realising. these things tend to happen to me.

i absolutely adore the wide leg trousers that seem to be everywhere at the moment. i say everywhere, but i've never seen them on anyone in real life; only ever on bloggers and in magazines. this leads me to think they look horrendous on 'ordinary' folk like me. i think i'm going to go for a tailored cigarette pant with a crisp, white shirt. the patterned trouser will hopefully allow a bit of personality to come through, yet the white shirt keeps it formal and interview appropriate. really, this post is a bit of a plea for advice - help me please, fashionistas.


this (hopefully) isn't a joke

okay, so it's 2015, and this is probably the 2015th time i've tried to write this post over the past year. I miss this little corner of the internet, my space to rant, chat about things that i'm sure nobody else is interested in and have an outlet when things all get a little bit too much. and that's exactly what's happened this past year, things all got a little bit too much. I've gotten my life in order recently though, and i think i've even got a little more mature these past few months. well, maybe.

i won't bore you with why i've been so busy, but i will bore you with what i want to achieve this year. I graduate in June, and that is a very, very scary thought. there's countless times i've been working in the library (my new home), and the overwhelming thought of, 'what the hell am i going to do with my life' washes over me again. anyone else in the same boat? so i'm frightened, but also extremely excited for the adventure, the leap into the real world.

one of the main reasons i'm so keen to invest time into this blog again, apart from how hilarious it is to look back on old posts (hiya eighteen year old bracey amy), is the support system it provides, how encouraging and inspiring it is to read other peoples blogs, smile at the comments others leave on here and how amazing it is to look back on your old posts and see what you've achieved. so in other words, i'm going to try and blog more often, whether it be an outfit post or just a little update, i'll post. it's a promise, both to you and myself.


#NE1nfw blogger's preview event

With Newcastle Fashion Week fast approaching, Saturday saw DDCA hosting the blogger's preview event in Bonbar, a beautiful venue nestled in the centre of Newcastle. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco and took a seat in the most elegant bar, where the (rather tasty) bartender shook up the official cocktail of Newcastle Fashion Week, a fragrant mixture of rhubarb voddy, pink lemonade and nettle cordial. Yes, it tasted just as good as it sounds (and no, you're definitely not supposed to eat the floating potpourri).

After Sandra Tang, the marketing and events manager of NE1, and Danielle Dunn from DDCA gave us an exclusive look into and got us all excited for this years Newcastle's Fashion Week, we were free to mingle, which for me naturally involved consuming a copious amount of cocktails, throwing cake into my mouth at 100mph and attempting to remain classy. A couple of challenges ran throughout the event; name the official cocktail and snap a selfie for the chance to win a Fashion Week tee (which are amazing this year, believe me). Naturally, my selfie is too hideous for words, but you can have a giggle and take a peek here.


This fabulous creature taking his selfie is Dan from The Galmour Sutie who happened to share my love for prosecco and cake. In fact, I got the chance to meet some of the loveliest ladies which only makes me more excited for Fashion Week to commence. After some networking and gaining a few pounds from cake consumption, we were treated to false lash application from the wonderful ND Makeup. I usually don't wear false lashes; glue runs into my eyes, lashes end up stuck to my cheeks, it's just a disaster. However, I felt completely safe in the hands of the MUA who applied them with complete ease. I wore them for work after the event, and it's safe to say I've never earned so many tips. 

For more information on Newcastle Fashion Week, click on over to their Facebook page and keep your peepers peeled for exciting events happening in the run up to week, including Most Stylish (trot to Northumberland street in your best clobber for the chance to be snapped). It's safe to say, an event full of amazing bloggers, cocktails, cake and inspirational women is a winner in my eyes, and I'm all the more excited for Fashion Week to get under way.
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hello stranger

1. it's been too long. I don't even know what I've been doing thats meant I've been too busy to even write an update, or a wishlist (it's currently miles long as i'm super skint) or a sly outfit post. I guess i have been up to quite a bit, mainly my Courier work, uni and just generally having fun. these past few months i've started my driving lessons too; it's safe to say i'm horrendous. I can't steer, i can't change gear and I keep grabbing my instructors legs instead of the gear stick. oh, and i've managed to somehow bag myself an internship with an amazing charity working in their PR department. actually, looking back, it's been a pretty hectic couple of months - hopefully, easter is going to be a chance to chill and get things a little bit more ordered.

2. Last weekend Capital FM gave me the oppertunity to trot down to Metro Radio Arena and scream 'WE OWN THE NIGHT' at the top of my lungs. The Wanted are honestly someone I would never pop on my playlist, but they have some pretty catchy songs so I took the chance to see them live. I have to say, they definitely changed my opinion of boybands. The first half of their set was 'album songs' I'd never heard, but the second was filled with heart vacancy, glad you came, you know, all the classics. Such a fun night (despite the £5.50 pint) and The Wanted have officially become my go-to shower sing-alongs.

Hopefully this won't be the last you hear of me for three months and I'll get back on top of posting again - until then, feel free to follow me on Twitter which admitedly is full of my hungover whinging and attempts to be funny. oo, or you could check out my section of the uni paper, something we update weekly. thanks so much for continuing to follow me - my spell of being a hopeless human won't last too much longer x

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hello twenty fourteen

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a few snippets of my twenty thirteen

I really don't know where to begin with this post. I could ramble and ramble, but I'll keep it short and sweet. I've had one of the most insane years of my life; I got a taste for travelling, a (dangerous) taste for spending too much money, visited some of my favourite places, saw some of my favourite bands live, had my heart broken and then mended again, worked harder and played a little too hard, bought a house with my best friends and got my braces off, wahoo! 

The start of the year was a pretty relaxed - i was in my second semester of my first year of uni, and the only thing on my mind was having fun. I think I definitely achieved that. I also went to visit a friend in London and explored one of my favourite cities, but other than that, the first half of the year is one big blur, full of drunken nights, hungover mornings, working and attempting to blog inbetween. I turned nineteen at the start of May, which is where the year went on a bit of a downward spiral. I found out what it felt like to have my heart broken, and although it seemed like the end of the world at the time, i've learnt so so much about myself, i'm actually quite thankful for it now. 

Travelling europe was definitely the highlight of my year and apart from time, was the key to making me feel like myself again after a pretty massive low. We did so much exploring (even if somedays we were too hungover to see) met  amazing people and never stopped laughing. It's given me some sort of travelling bug, and I can't wait to see what summer 2014 brings. After the summer, I went a tad crazy and ended up driving my finances into the ground. so, for me, twenty fourteen is about putting twenty thirteen behind me (the bad bits, anyway), but bringing everything I learned with me to make this year my best yet. 

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