Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Nothing sadder than ignorant tweets

I totally hadn't planned to post today. My ability level has taken a big nose dive & I'm struggling to get used to the new status quo, but there are some things that take precedent & this is one of those things.
I saw this on twitter & I just lost it. I really did, I went mental. Everything about this tweet is degrading from the word hot, to the word 'nothing' all the way through to the sentiment. If I was writing an essay I would tear this apart, it is such a loaded tweet! I think the only thing that could have made this worse is if they had used the phrase 'wheelchair bound'. And I am aware that this is supposed to be a joke but it is so much the attitude that society has towards wheelchair users that there is no way that this could ever be funny, you know?
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Friday, 19 September 2014

North Yorkshire Moor Heather Photos

I've been seriously struggling with getting outfit photos to look good recently, I always look really ill (which isn't really very surprising I guess, I've not been very well & I've been having to really push myself to do anything) so I don't actually have many for this post. I did take loads but the only one that worked is, this one...

And I'm not at all happy with it....the boots are wrong (which I should have realised, I normally do) & the top & belt are not sitting right so I end up looking a really odd shape....

Anyway, however unhappy I am with the outfit photos the moors were really beautiful on the day we went up; the heather just passing it's purple best, the sky radiantly blue but not too hot & the sun at just the right intensity that it was possible to take good photos even during the day.
So to make up for the fact that I don't have an ootd post, I have a post full of moor pictures which are way better anyway.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Edge of Autumn Wheelchair Fashion (+ Bird of Prey Centre)

This was supposed to be a wheelchair fashion post the week I posted the 'how to make your mobile phone photos look fancy' post but I was obviously too out of it then.
That Wednesday was such a fun day :) I had been trying to fit in a trip to a bird of prey centre all summer & I finally pushed my family into doing it that Wednesday ^^
I am totally a bird of prey person, if it was even a tiny bit realistic I would have a Harris Hawk as a pet :) I live in the inner city however so, apart from the Red Kites that I sometimes see hunting ariund Leeds & the Sparrow Hawk who hunts our garden during hard winters, bird of prey centres are the closest I get ^^
It was also very much the cusp of Autumn (Or Fall) so I thought I'd do an autumn ootd, something that I've been looking forward to for a while. Once I see the first leaves turning brown & you get the first few puffs of autumn-y wind I get an unbelivable need to pull out all my knitwear, warm toned clothing & boots. Not that autumn clothes are my favourites or anything :)

Friday, 12 September 2014

Wheelchair Fashion: Spots & Stripes

I don't know why but all my brain can think of now that I've named his post 'spots & stripes' is something from the George of the Jungle movie....I'm totally going to have to watch that again soon ^^
Anyway here is my new hair, what do you guys think? I'm totally in love with it (although it took me a couple of days, I was a little shocked to start with.....^^)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Invisible Illness Week 2014: Just One

Another year, another invisible illness week & another invisible illness week post. Invisible illness week is one of my favourite awareness weeks, probably because it is so inclusive. This year's theme is all about that. I may be only one invisibly ill person but I am one of millions, 10s of millions, hundreds of millions even.
It seems insane when you think about it in the abstract, but that's the problem with invisible illnesses; they are invisible. But when I think about the people who live in my house we basically all have invisible illnesses; my mum has migraines, my brother has asthma & dermographia & my foster brother has all kinds of psychological developmental issues & seems to be developing Anorexia athletica. And I have M.E. which would be invisible if I didn't have to use a wheelchair.

Anyway, I thought I'd do the invisible illness week tag '30 things about my invisible illness you may not know' this year as I'm not really sure I'm up to doing an emotional post that I would have to put a lot of work into. I'm still recovering from being out of commission, but if you're interested in seeing a post like that here is the link to last years post.

Anyway on with the tag......

1. The illness I live with is:

Monday, 8 September 2014

Makeup with Purple Hair

Hi guys, I am so happy to be back to blogging! I thought I'd open with a makeup post & there have been some changes in my go to makeup.
Whilst I have been away from blogging I dyed my hair purple, a kind of burgundy meets violet purple, & as such the colours I use in my makeup routine have changed a little. My usual makeup was warm toned - peaches, gold toned neutrals, warm red browns - with pops of colour. Now my hair is slightly more on the cool, purple side those colours are clashing a little. Not so much that I have to replace all my makeup but just enough that I needed to make a few changes.

Friday, 29 August 2014

IFB Links à la Mode Roundup

Hi guys, I'm so sorry I'm not posting much at the moment, things are super overwhelming at the moment so I'm taking a short break from blogging, just for a couple of weeks.
However my last blog post was picked for the international fashion bloggers link round up & the rules are that you have to post the roundup on your blog inside of a week if you ever want to join in again so I guess this is my last post for a week or so.
The other posts in the link up are really good & well worth reading. I particularly loved the post about Australian fashion.


Last Weekend

Labor Day marks the last day of "Summer" even if it's actually September 21st... but who's counting? Oh yeah, EVERYONE! Fashion Month kicks off next week, so everyone get your rest. Get everything you need to be done for regular life done this weekend if you can, because we'll all be glued to the runways for the next month. So now is the time to muse about life and style, to stock up on your Fall wardrobe, and catch up on your magazines... don't know where to start? These links will help!

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Making Mobile Phone Photography Look Like You Have a DSLR

This post should probably be called 'making your photos look as good as if you had a fancy pants expensive camera' but you know, I've made the image & doesn't it sound way more catchy this way?

Okay so in my opinion the most important step in making your photos look like you're using a fancy pants camera is the editing but I would like to say a word for background & composition. I feel sometimes that people who take their photos on their cameras forget that however good or bad your camera is, the photo is only as good as the subject :)

Monday, 18 August 2014

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Misty Rock Dupe

I'm sure you have all heard the news, By Terry Ombre Blackstar is THE thing in cream eyeshadow sticks. Apparently they are creamier than any other stick, longer lasting than any other stick & generally the most amazing thing ever.
They are also quite ludicrously expensive, £28 for 1.64g of product! I feel totally justified, therefore, in searching for something else that does the job at a fraction of the cost & I may have found it in the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Post: Bake Off Fever

I am the kind of baking nutter who watches the bake off like it's a competitive sport. I have literally been known to shout at the screen when I think someone's making a huge mistake. I actually thought about applying for this season.
I'm so glad I didn't though, there's no way I could have managed it if I'd got through ^^

Anyway, having watched them make Swiss rolls all I could think of is was kind of roll to make. It's pathetic, I do this every year but this year I'm really hoping I'll actually make the things I'm planning ^^
I have thought of every possible flavour combination for a swiss roll: lemon poppy seed, chocolate with a macerated berry cream, green tea & lavender, grapefruit with homemade grapefruit curd & maple bourbon & pecan roll.
I actually made the last two, swiss rolls are surprisingly easy to make & are really quick to cook (about 8-10 minutes in the oven). But my favourite (& the one my family finished quickest) was the maple bourbon one so I thought I'd share the recipe.