We’ve been very lucky in the UK this bank holiday weekend, the sun has been shining for the past four days and temperatures have been north of 20 degrees Celsius which has been a dream. I decided to take the days off, for the most part anyway, to spend as much time as possible soaking up some good old Vitamin D whilst we still have this weather.
Social media and I have a love-hate relationship. In fact, I would definitely place us under the ‘it’s complicated’ category on Facebook. If you didn’t know, my full-time job heavily revolves around social media so a lot of my time is spent online, posting on and monitoring Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and various other platforms. I then finish work at 5pm and spend chunks of my evenings scrolling social media, both in a personal capacity and for my blog.
There’s no doubt about it – these trousers are manrepelling. In fact, to quote my boyfriend, they’re “horrible”. I’ll admit, a few months ago wearing cords would have been completely out of the question – but here I am, sporting a pink pair nonetheless. When you hear the word ‘cords’ the chances are your mind automatically goes to your Grandad – at least mine tends to. It’s typically the clothing of choice for ‘older’ generation, but thanks to the 70s trend cords are pretty much everywhere at the moment. Here I am, jumping on the bandwagon!
Today is quite literally a SUN-day, and understandably I couldn’t contain my excitement when I opened my curtains this morning and saw blue skies. Three of our resident seagulls (which we now have 4 of) are enjoying sunning themselves on the roof opposite, whilst one is seemingly having none of it and has been sleeping in the shade all day. Oh to be a seagull. Obviously I needed to take full advantage of this rare weather and sport something summer appropriate, even though it is only 13 degrees outside. Enter this red dress. Recently on instagram, I’ve been seeing a lot of people posting pictures of clothes they’ve bought from Matalan, all which have been lovely. So, with that in mind I nipped into town last week with the aim of having a little snoop around their clothing section. Now, Matalan and I go way back to my school days. I remember when I first started sixth form (in my school we had to wear formal clothes), and my mum took me to Matalan to stock up on workwear attire and we left a trolley full of stuff. So from these fond memories I knew that they have a pretty strong workwear selection, and of course I’ve drooled over their homewear for as long as I can remember. For some reason though, I’d never ventured in for day to day clothes. But boy I will be doing so from now often.
After narrowing it down to about 8 items to take into the changing room, I finally settled on this red dress. Trust me, I would have bought more, but I’m on a budget so I restricted myself to one item only – that’s discipline for you. I’m pretty sure every girl has owned a dress like this at some point in their lives, most likely when they were about 5 years old. But that’s why I love it so much, it’s so reminiscent of my childhood, but obviously a bit more sophisticated! The dress is perfect for the coming summer months, and I also have a wedding coming up next month and I think it will be ideal for that too. Definitely one of my favourite purchases in a long while, and the price tag of only £25 makes it even more appealing!
I’ve linked my top 10 picks from Matalan at the bottom of this post, but for now I’m going to soak up some vitamin D whilst I still can.
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SUNGLASSES | PRIMARK
My top 10 picks from Matalan
Women should be paid less ‘because they are weaker, smaller, and less intelligent’. That was a comment made by an actual EU LAW MAKER (!!!), Janusz Korwin-Mikke, this week. He’s also been an advocate for making child pornography legal in the past, so it’s pretty apparent that he’s not a very nice man. I’ve never planned on getting political on my blog, but this is something that’s been playing on my mind for the last few days. I’m well aware that sexists, racists, prejudicial people do exist, and in worryingly big numbers, but it’s shocking that someone with such a warped and dated view is in such a powerful position in this day and age. I shouldn’t be surprised really, seeing as Donald Trump has one of the world’s most powerful jobs, which still never fails to amaze me.
I’m well aware of sexism and the idea of ‘a man’s world’, but it’s not often that I see it laid out so clearly. A lot of sexism I come across tends to be subconscious, or in the form of someone who doesn’t really understand the implications of their actions, which obviously is still something that needs to be overcome. But for someone to outright voice their beliefs that women are inferior was pretty shocking for me. I may just be naive, but I’ve never heard anyone actually say that before. As it was International Women’s Day this week, there was a lot of info about feminism and gender floating around on social media. One thing that stuck with me was that women are often described as fierce and independent, but men are never depicted that way. I’d never even thought of it like that before, but it’s so true.
Seeing people with such views in powerful positions is worrying, but there are so many empowered, strong and successful women out there, and together there is no way that women will ever let people forget that we can kick ass.
I promise my next post will be less political!
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SKIRT | RIVER ISLAND
TOP | MARKS & SPENCER (similar here)
BOOTS | ZARA (similar here)