Friday, 19 December 2014

Wheelchair Fashion: Walk in the Park

It is getting so cold out now that there is no way to take an outfit photo outdoors without thermals & a lot of layers so this is that kind of outfit. I kind of wanted to call it 'Walk in the Park Realness', the way outfits on RuPaul's drag race are 'evil hench woman realness' or 'dog park realness' but then that normally means that there is no realness involved lol ^^
I have been getting into RuPaul's drag race in a big way better late than never & have been going more drag with my makeup. You probably can't tell I these pictures but I have contoured like CRAZY. I had to answer the door part way through my contouring & I had stripes of grey & super pale concealer all over my face....the postman was majorly confused ^^
Blogger Tricks

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Photography Tips: How to pose in a wheelchair

One of the trickiest parts of taking a good ootd photo is posing. Add being plus size (ish) & in a wheelchair to that & it becomes a fine art. It's also something I have searched for advice on & have found absolutely I thought I should probably share what little I've managed to work out ^^ Hopefully it'll be helpful to a few of you ^^

Okay so the basic premise of posing is to make your body look as good as possible, a.k.a. well proportioned, slim & without too many chins ^^ The best post I read on 'normal' posing is this one from wear & where &, honestly, it's where I learnt all the theory behind my tips.

Wheelchair Positioning

Friday, 12 December 2014

Wheelchair Fashion: Festive Marsala

I don't know if you've heard but apparently Pantone Colour of the year 2015 is Marsala. Normally I think Panatone's colour of the year thing is over hyped & a total waste of time but this year the colour is so pretty I thought I should at least mention it. My favourite accent colour is this kind of burgundy, cranberry, neutrally, red purple colour & if Pantone manage to make it available all year round rather than just in Autumn-Winter I'm happy to pretend that the whole colour of the year thing isn't a joke. (Btw Dulux's colour of the year is copper blush just in case you were interested).

Friday, 5 December 2014

Wheelchair Fashion: Biker Ballerina (or glitter monochrome)

I love my tulle skirts but when it gets to winter I start to feel like they're not a realistic choice. On pinterest I'll see image after image of women in jumpers, a tulle skirt & heels looking like as soon as they finish taking pictures they'll be running home to escape frost bite & that's all very well & good...if you live in a fashion magazine. But I'm here to tell you that winter is cold & I need tights to keep me warm, and boots....and preferably a coat.
Anyway, this was what I came up with as one way to wear my tulle skirt without getting freezing cold & I think it looks pretty cute.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Tattoo Mini Series: My first tattoo - meaning & experience

Hi guys. A lot of you have been asking about my tattoo & I had been putting off writing about it because I'm getting my next one on the 18th & I had planned to do a HUGE post after that with everything in it but honestly, I knew even I wouldn't read a huge post & I would be the one writing it ^^
So I'm splitting that huge post up into a mini series including this post, a post about my next tattoo & then a final post some time in the new year about my experience getting tattoos as a moderate-severe M.E. sufferer. As I get more tattoos I will add to the series with their meanings & updates on how they effected my health & how my health effected the healing process.


The story for this tattoo starts about 3 years ago. I was ill but still at a point where I believed that my total recovery was inevitable (which I no longer believe). Dolly Parton came out with the Better Day album & on it there was the song 'Shine like the Sun'. Something about the song really spoke to me & it was my motivational mantra at a point when I was really struggling.

I had this idea that when I got better I would get a sun tattoo with the words 'Shine like the Sun' written under it. Over time I realised that I was only getting worse (and also that I don't like sun tattoos) but I still had this idea in my head of this tattoo I would have gotten had I recovered.
In tattoo meanings balloons without anyone holding the string often mean letting go. The balloon is my 'Shine like the Sun' tattoo. I am letting go of waiting till I've 'recovered', I am letting go of waiting, I am living right now & I am going to shine like a sun regardless of being ill.
It's a kind of personal meaning that I hope didn't offend anyone, this is just how I see my M.E. & my personal situation & why I got my tattoo. I may yet recover, crazier things have happened, but I don't want to put what life I can have on hold waiting for some 'if' time in the future.
Onto my experience...

Friday, 28 November 2014

Wheelchair Fashion: Autumn Textures

I couldn't remember if I'd done this outfit for the blog before but I know I haven't done it with this belt so it counts as a new outfit anyway ^^
This is one of my favourite shirt-jumper combos, which is weird for me because usually I hate orange but for some reason this jumper manages to make it look cute. It's actually one I got last year from H&M (so it won't be available anymore) & I just recently found it hiding underneath all of my other jumpers ^^

Friday, 21 November 2014

Wheelchair Fashion: Vintage Camera & New Tattoo

So, I'm showing off my 3 cool new things in one post: my film slr, my tattoo & this camera print scarf ^^

I'm not 100% happy with how the pictures turned out but it's difficult to take any ootd pictures in winter so I posted these anyway....

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Review: No7 Christmas Palettes

I realised a few months ago that I have been buying makeup WAY faster than I've been using it & that - however much I love buying makeup - something had to change. There was no way I was going to be able to use my makeup any faster so I probably had to stop buying.
You would be really proud of me, I had managed more than a month, almost two!.....and then the Christmas collections came out & I lost all sense.

I think the problem is that Christmas is when all the best palettes & sets come out & they are my true weakness. I have probably 20 palettes or gift sets that I keep looking at as if my staring at them will suddenly make them appear in my makeup collection...and yes I know that is crazy ^^
But in reality I don't know what I would do with all that makeup so I limited myself to one palette...and somehow ended up with two.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Wheelchair Fashion: Autumn Purples

My natural brown hair started to really show at the roots & bleaching them really wasn't going to happen (too fiddly) so I dyed over the lot with a brown & it ended up this kind of conker purple colour. LOVING IT almost more than the bright purple.
This entire outfit was kind of inspired by the purple colour my hair has gone ^^

Monday, 3 November 2014

What I've been upto...

I'm sorry I've been such a bad blogger but things, they are a changing. Mostly inside my body lol....

My brain is struggling a lot more than it was before & however much I rest it doesn't seem to be going back to the way it was. Words, language, rational thinking, coherency & attention span are the areas where I am struggling the most which is obviously going to kick back to the blogging. What I'm thinking may end up happening is that I will start posting a word heavy post like this once every two weeks & an almost exclusively photos ootd post every week. But you guys let me know what you'd rather I did.

Anyway onto more fun things ^^

With my attention span being so poor I've been playing a lot of computer games (I know that sounds counter intuitive but computer games keep moving you along...) & I have re-discovered point and click games! If you struggle with the controls in games (which I do) &/or want story rich games where the script & characters are more important than the graphics....point & click games are 100% worth trying out. Indie games companies are bringing out point & click games all the time & steam has LOADS of them!

Of the ones I've played so far I have to recommend the Blackwell series, the Book of Unwritten Tales series & a Quest for Infamy.

The Blackwell series consists of 5 games (the final one came out in April) based around a young lady who's family legacy consists of a sarcastic 1930's ghost & the ability to see the dead. The games are very short & the graphics are super retro but none of that matters. None of the puzzles seem forced, the talking is funny & interesting & when you finish the game you would be hard pressed to care that the graphics weren't as good as they were in 'The Last of Us'.

The Book of Unwritten tales series has all the elements of the classic fantasy click & point games from my childhood: humour, magic gone wrong, anachronisms, endless in jokes for nerds & that kind of puzzle where you need to collect a whole bunch of stuff to start collecting the other bunch of stuff that you need to actually do the thing that you were wanting to do in the first place (you know what I mean). It really adds to that though with updated graphics, multiple playable characters & the kind of complexity in a story you don't see a lot in modern games.

Back to 8-bit graphics, 'Quest for Infamy' is a very silly point & click, RPG! Although it seems to have just 1 ending you do have a lot of options all the way through the game & being able to play as a Brigand, Sorcerer or Thief not only increases the games re-play-ability, it also detracts from the feeling of playing a linear game. It's seriously silly & a lot of fun.

Other than that I got my first tattoo & a vintage film SLR (the Olympus OM-1) - photos of both on instagram.

There's this building in Leeds, the Corn Exchange, which used to be the centre of alternative fashion & culture. It had all the coloured jeans & black t-shirt stores, the Games Workshop store was in there, Ark was in there...all the funky stores were in the Corn Exchange. Then the council decided to close it, they refurbished & kicked everyone out & for ages it was mostly empty & no-one really went there. I guess over time they realised they made a mistake & the Corn Exchange now is a slightly cleaner, slightly posh-er version of exactly the same thing it was. There are a bunch of vintage fashion boutiques, Culture Vulture (an off-the-wall jewellery store), a few other cool, unusual stores & (best of all) there is an amazing tattoo parlour & a super vintage camera shop on the balcony.
Can you guess where my two cool new things are from? Lol
It's a really old building so the wheelchair access isn't great, honestly it's not even good but if you're in Leeds it's worth checking it out.

Anyway that's what I've been doing....