Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Tweetie Pie

Why does my face look so judgemental?
Photograph taken last Summer, mid-hippy stage. 
"I tawt I taw a puddy tat!"
A tenuous link to the title indeed, but I joined Twitter! I have a private account but I thought it was about time I created @sarawears. 
It would be lovely to gain any followers at all from the Blogosphere seen as this is a community, and communities are supposed to communicate! Right? 
I know my current, solitary tweet is a tad half-hearted, but have faith! I will be updating you all on upcoming posts and chatting away in my usual style. 
I have the Twitter application in my right sidebar, if you avert your eyes to that side of your screen, so follow the link to my profile! 
I will, of course, follow back. 
Feel free to leave your username in the comments below.


Monday, 25 June 2012

Meet Quincy, my kitten

What urged me to write this post? I don't know myself. But nevertheless, here is my beautiful (pain in the arse) kitten - Quincy. This was just after one of my awkward garden OOTDs. She rolls around on her back when she wants attention and usually ends up falling off the kitchen table. 

Updates: My Lush reviews are in the pipeline - I was hoping to have them up by yesterday but I cannot explain how difficult I find reviews. I want to be concise yet thorough which seems near impossible. But there is hope! Gimme a couple more days. 

Are there any particular posts you would like to see? Please comment below. 


Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Burning House

Something a little different. 
I stumbled across a while ago. Instead of trying to explain rather inarticulately in my usual style, here's what the page states:
"If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question."
The typical responses are beautifully laid out, processed in high quality but just seem a little insincere. I'm probably just being my judgemental self, but would you really take incense, a dream catcher and your most obscure vinyl when fleeing from a burning house? I'd probably grab some alcohol, my gameboy advance and forget my cat. With all due respect, the whole idea is a little contradictory, because I don't see how you would have the time to formulate such a hipster collection of items whilst trying to escape death by fire.
I take things too literally.
So, yada yada, I have basically been equally pretentious in my choices, but all the same I shall try and incoherently justify myself.

1. Purse: gotta try and be practical.
2. Map of New York: The seven best days of my life so far were spent here (cliché in all its glory).
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: The copy I stole from high school and have loved ever since.
4. Biro: See #1.
5. A card from my Granny: For memory's sake, and her handwriting is so nostalgic. 
6. Reading glasses.
7. Key: My friend has the same key and we both wear them wherever we go.
8. iPod: Who am I kidding? I even forgot headphones.
9. My Grandmother's necklace: Heirloom with engravings of my Grandparent's initials on.
10. My favourite photograph.
11. Moleskine journal, which without I would be clinically insane. 

Which items would you take from a burning house? Let me know in the comments below.


Questions Galore

The Liebster Blog Award
The Liebster Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. 
Plus it's a nice opportunity to ramble.

The Rules
1. Each person must post eleven things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you.
3. Create eleven questions for the people you have tagged to answer.
4. Choose eleven people and link them in your post.
5. Go to their page and tell them.
6. No tag backs.

11 (interesting?) Things About Me
1. My name is spelt Sara, but pronounced Sarah, and everyone gets it wrong.
2. I want to study philosophy.
3. I am obsessed with serial killers. There is no way of making that sound less weird.
4. My favourite film is American Beauty.
5. I am an only child. Hence the dysfunctional personality. 
6. I am a perfectionist. It bothers me that there are eleven questions instead of ten.
7. I write my thoughts down in a black Moleskine journal because I'm so damn mysterious. 
8. I aspire to become the next Man V Food/a cat hoarder. 
9. I went to New York city last August and it is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
10. Rain in my favourite kind of weather.
11. I have bitten my nails ever since I grew teeth. 

Nicola's Questions
1. Why did you start blogging?
I was twelve and (initially) felt the need to write my life story on Myspace. 
2. What is your holy grail make-up item?
Any form of eyebrow pencil/powder/pen because without it I doubt my freakishly blonde eyebrows would help my wavering social life.
3. If you were given £1000 to spend in one shop only, what shop would it be?
I would honestly have to say charity shops in general - it's a win win. 
4. Any piercings or tattoos? If not, are you thinking of getting any?
I had a cartilage ear piercing a few years ago as well as second lobe piercings which I let heal up. Now it's just my little old nose piercing and lobes. I have no intention of getting a tattoo.
5. Favourite song at the moment?
Anything Francoise Hardy/Frank Sinatra.
6. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Back to New York. 
7. Any exciting/different/interesting plans for the summer?
I go to Prague in July, northern France in August followed by a festival. Plus, I'm going to a theme park and I finally turn seventeen. I like life. 
8. Do you have a beauty secret? Care to share it? ;)
All my secrets are courtesy of the Youtube/Blogger community, sorry folks.
9. Favourite quote?
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." - to name one.
10. If you could meet anyone famous, who would it be?
Most of my genuine heroes are dead, so I'll go for George Clooney. Mmm...
11. What beauty/fashion item is on your wishlist?
On my beauty wishlist is the famous Touche éclat, and I would love  a killer pair of high waisted shorts. Mine just aren't cutting it. 

My Questions
1. I am your genie and I'm giving you one wish, (tight or what?) go.
2. Who is your hero/role model/icon?
3. Do you have a unique talent?
4. If you could speak any language, which would you choose?
5. What is your best quality?
6. What is your worst?
7. Books, films or television? (That's a tough one, admittedly)
8. Which era or decade would you most liked to have lived through?
9. What is your most embarrassing moment?
10. Share your favourite childhood TV show.
11. Where do you hope to be in ten years time?

I tag (a rather measly) four wonderful bloggers:

For my first ever Tag, this has been a pretty enjoyable experience. Thank you Nicola!


Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Pennies Well Spent

Belt: Charity shop (£2) / Floral Bomber Jacket: Zara (£34.99) / 
Disco Pants: Ark (£34.99) / Vogue: WHSmith (£2[!]) / Lush products

See above some snaps of my recent purchases, from both my hometown and Manchester.
I seized the opportunity to get my hands on a few Lush products with a voucher that has been burning a hole in my pocket since December.
Vogue was on sale for a measly two pounds in Smiths and the current issue includes a bonus magazine focused on the latest Topshop collection. It's a bit of a luxury to actually own the latest glossy, despite my Mother nabbing it at every given opportunity...
I can say nothing more about the clothing pieces than hallelujah.

Would anyone like a separate Lush review? Let me know in the comments. 


Monday, 18 June 2012

The Affordable Disco Pant: What Sara Wore

 Disco pants: Ark / Top: Second Hand / Jacket: Vintage / 
Necklace: Second Hand / Patent Loafers: Topshop Sale

Let's get straight onto the real focus here - the disco pants. American Apparel's disco pants have been raved to death about and spotted on virtually every fashion blog going. Now I can, at times, be a bit of a sheep and find myself obsessing over the same item as the majority of tumblr addicted teens. Disco pants have never been an exception to this, but the rational part of my brain has always, thankfully, reminded me of my unemployed and generally penniless situation. 

The AA pair are priced at an extortionate £70 - now I'll get my controversial (?) views on the brand out of the way. Anyone with half a brain can work out that you're investing the majority of your money into the style, the look and the idea that AA so casually radiates. The borderline pornographic advertising campaigns and 'I don't give a fuck' attitude is, apparently, worth a lot of money - money I am not willing to spend.

The Ark disco pants are a very affordable alternative; half the price (still a little steep for a pair of... treggings) at £34.99 but also a satisfying dupe for the original, and like no other I have come across. 
The signature disco pant back pockets are included in the Ark pair, but my attempts to get a non perverted shot of the ol' derrière failed miserably. You'll just have to take my word for it because I draw the line at awkward arse photos. The face-on shots are uncomfortable enough...
To summarise: the Ark disco pants are comfortable, opaque and fitted.
The only other part of my outfit worth commenting on is my beloved bomber, or 'Granny's carpet' as I like to call it. 
Check out the disco pants here

The adorable Albertine from featured my style in a recent post, so please head on over to her blog and take a look.

P.s. Disclaimer: I am not a tumblr addicted teen.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Northern Soul

The beautiful Zoe
Lomography Gallery Store, Northern Quarter
Admiring the vintage shops
One of many fun places to eat 
The Pop Boutique
Downstairs, such a retro interior
Street art, snapped in the torrential rain
Floral on floral: the new double denim
"Uh Zo, that's my Zara jacket"
On Friday I hopped on a train down to Manchester and was greeted by buckets (and buckets) of rain. I was visiting a dear friend, pictured above, who moved to the city a year or so ago. My first afternoon was spent perusing the vintage shops in the Northern Quarter, rummaging through the gigantic Urban Outfitters sale and  catching up on old times. Need I mention watching Camp Rock with a hearty supply of tea in the evening? 
Day two began with a leisurely lunch at Frankie's & Benny's, followed by a trip to Chester, then back to Manc - only to be greeted by an abundance of pizza and other deliciously saturated fat. A 7 o'clock screening of Fast Girls at the local cinema was a welcome surprise, and need I mention watching Camp Rock 2 with another hearty supply of tea in the evening?
This morning was ever so slightly less enjoyable. After lounging in bed for an hour or so watching 2 Broke Girls (which is, may I add, my favourite television show of the moment) we realised that there was a train to be caught, power-walked to the tram line, endured a nail-biting tram journey, sprinted into Manchester Picadilly Station and I had no choice but to launch myself into the crowd of passengers squashed inside the carriage entrance. After a shaky forty minutes of standing... I then proceeded to, well - throw up. In the toilet. But all the same, I'm that girl. To the passengers of Carriage B, I'm forever the lass who vomited on the Transpenine Express from Manchester. I'm so Bridget Jones, it hurts.
Minus the slightly grim journey home, my extended weekend to a once unfamiliar city will be a cherished memory from my year so far.


Thursday, 14 June 2012

The Peasant Dress: What Sara Wore

If I look despondent it's because I was despondent. But a girl's gotta blog.

Jacket: Topman Sale / Dress: Topshop Sale / Tights: Primark
Chelsea Boots: Faith at Debenhams / Bag: Second Hand
The weather is crap, I was having a shit hair day and I wanted a low maintenance look.
I love this dress because it's like androgyny meets flapper girl. Plus it makes me feel like a peasant sailor, which is cool.
I hate that the grey English skies are forcing me to dress in such Autumnal pieces.
Summer is supposed to be all legs and no coats.


Monday, 11 June 2012

Fresh-faced and Floral: What Sara Wore

1. Raindrops not dandruff, people / 2. My signature 'I'll avoid the lens by staring at my feet' shot

Collection 2000 Cream Puff in Fairy Cake
L'Oreal Paris Superliner
Benefit They're Real Mascara

Polo neck: ASOS
Floral Waistcoat: Vintage
High-waisted Levi's Denim skirt: eBay
Skinny belt: ASOS
Earrings: Topshop

My very first face/outfit combo, how efficient.
Don't get used to the fancy pants HD photo quality as these were taken by my dear friend and fellow blogger Nicola, on her fancy pants camera. There were plenty (around three dozen) full length shots but I shied away from including any because my face was quite literally terrifying. I mean it's the sort of content that comes with a parental guidance warning. Me thinks a future of modelling is not on the cards.

I know posts have been scarce, despite my post-exam promises, and my only explanation is laziness, owning the Bones boxset from Series 1-5 and a disheartening incident which led to a bout of writer's block. But at least for now, I am inspired and available.

Expect to see a book review and more outfits.

P.s. Thoughts on the 2in1 style post?
P.p.s. What would you like to see from SaraWears?