Friday, September 14, 2018

💛Yellow Explosion 💛

Hi folks! You may or may not know this about me, but I am slightly obsessed with a certain colour. Yellow!! 



For some, yellow is a seasonal colour. It such a beautifully vibrant colour to wear especially in the summer. When the sun is glistening, the colour reflects in such a way and it adds a fun pop to any outfit. It also works extremely well in the Autumn months, especially if it is a deeper yellow, almost burnt. Yellow is a beautiful colour which comes in so many different shades. It adds serious flair to any outfit that can be otherwise bland and boring. 

For me, yellow has become a lifestyle! If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, you will see yellow scattered across there all the time. I have slowly but surely garnered a collection of yellow clothing. So since we're at the end of summer now, at least in the UK it's gone back to rain, I thought why not show off my growing collection whilst showing how I choose to style the vibrant colour. Apologies in advance for the difference in quality with these pictures. I've just gathered pictures I've taken whilst wearing these pieces which means some were taken by my baby brother, mum or maybe even a random stranger haha. Hope you all don't mind too much!


Let's start with my favourite piece (though let's be honest, they're all my favourites). The jogger look is one of my favourites because of the comfort clearly. But these ones are special in the way that they are comfortable yet look very put together. I love styling them extremely casually with a classic light wash denim jacket and sandals for the warmer days but during the autumn months, these look amazing with a pair of white trainers and a faux fur coat too. 
Jogger trousers - New Look
T-shirt - H&M
Denim Jacket - Thrifted
Sandals - Primark

Next, we have another pair of trousers which are culottes. These wide leg pants have been extremely popular for a while but especially so this past summer. And after buying this pair I can see why. So soft and comfy! I love the 'ribbed' texture on these ones. I'm not definite but I think it is ribbed. It feels and looks like it up close. I wore this to a charity dinner early in the summer so I tried to make it slightly more formal with a classic white button up blouse but also kept it casual with my favourite denim jacket and a pair of comfy black sandals. I've only worn these a handful of times so I seriously need to wear them more often because they are so nice. 
 Culottes - Urban Outfitters
White Shirt - Primark
Denim Jacket - Thrifted
Sandals - Primark



Moving on to tops, this one is pretty basic as T-shirts come. However, I didn't have anything like this in my wardrobe until I bought this (and a few more in other colours oops!) so for me, it's an exciting yet versatile piece. It's a striped yellow, black and white tee with a rounded crew? neckline. This was one I wore in the first outfit too so I wear it a lot. Fun fact, I'm wearing it right now as I write this post! It really is your basic tee but it's so soft and I use it for all kinds of looks from casual to more business-casual too. It worked perfectly for a trip to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in the picture below. 
T-shirt - H&M
Jogger trousers - New Look
Cardigan/jacket - Small local shop
Sandals - Primark

I'm always a fan of a pretty blouse but weirdly enough, I don't have a lot. I really need to start building my blouse and 'nice shirt' collection. Now that I'm no longer a student, I'm sure I'll find them helpful.

This blouse is a pretty burnt yellow one with ruffling on the front and on the collar area. It has a slightly high collar too. Not really turtleneck or mock neck but somewhere in between? It gives me Edwardian royalty vibes haha. I love wearing this casual with a pair of black skinny jeans and trainers but of course, it works in smart or business-casual look too with a pair of slacks and heels. 

Shirt - Primark

Another blouse! This one is a sleeveless one that I've had for a few years since I thrifted it at my local charity shop. Once again, a beautiful yellow shade and it has a cute tie ribbon thing towards the neckline which I usually tie into a bow. It was featured once in a fashion video over on my YouTube channel but I never wore it again. Not too sure why? But maybe because it's sleeveless? I don't like to expose much skin but when the weather was a lot warmer, I couldn't deal any longer and caved. I wore it alongside a long lightweight cardi which helped with covering my arms. Since the day this picture was taken, I've decided I really like this blouse. Just need to find more outfits to wear it with where I feel comfortable and still look stylish. 
Sleeveless blouse - Thrifted but H&M
Cardigan - random Asian shop
Trousers - random Asian shop again lol
Fluffy sliders - Primark


I know these aren't exactly 'summer friendly' but let's be honest, the nice weather is pretty much a rarity when you live in the UK. We rarely ever get such a long period of actual summer weather. And it's already gone back to the great rainy, cold Britain we know and love (debatable!). But jumpers/sweaters and hoodies are my favourite things to wear. So them being yellow is a plus!

This is an extremely lightweight jumper that I love using for layering. I actually quite love this outfit, now that I look back at it. It's simple but it's really me. Black skinnies, black turtleneck, layered with a thin yellow jumper, statement necklace, trusty denim jacket and black & white Nike trainers. I always love a thin jumper. Definitely need to buy more!

Jumper - H&M
Turtleneck - H&M
Jeans - New Look
Denim Jacket - Thrifted
Trainers - Nike Kids Tavas I think?
Necklace - Primark

I've had this one particular jumper for a few years now and it has been serving me well. It's not too thick or too thin. It's great to wear alone but also works so well layered with turtlenecks etc like I did in the picture. It's kind of just your standard jumper but the colour gives it that extra oomph. It's comfortable worn alone too but most of the time, I layer either a t-shirt, long sleeved top or a turtleneck. Just my preference but it's soft enough to be worn alone too! If I'm wearing a turtleneck like in the picture, I usually accessorise with a longer chain simple necklace otherwise, a basic choker is my go to if my neck is exposed. 

Jumper - H&M
Turtleneck - H&M
Necklace - Primark

Always love a good hoodie, me. Especially when you're a tired student. They prove to be very handy during those early 9am lectures. But instead of sticking to your basic neutral coloured ones, I like this yellow one. This one served me well for my 3 years at uni. I can't even count the number of times I'd roll into a lecture wearing this, a pair of leggings and basic trainers or boots when raining. Such a simple and easy outfit. I'm sure you all are seeing a trend. I live for simple and comfort! It is also from the men section which means it's bigger, baggier and better! Because we all know, baggier hoodies that drown you always feel better. Almost comforting in a weird way right?

Hoodie - New Look Men
Turtleneck - H&M



I don't own many dresses standard. Not too sure why? I love dresses but I guess because I don't wear them often, I don't own a lot of them. This is a newer one I bought when it was my baby sister's birthday a few months ago. All three of us sisters decided to buy new dresses and of course, your girl had to choose a yellow one. It's a pretty basic dress but I like that it's a wrap dress. I feel like it adds something extra to the dress. It's a midi dress too so I had the choice of either tights or leggings to wear underneath but on this particular night, it was colder so leggings were the one for me but I think I pulled it off fairly well, right? Since it's a wrap dress, the neckline was a lot deeper than I expected. And little itty bitty chested me couldn't fill it out well but I've found a squared-neckline tank works well underneath. I would've probably preferred a yellow one to match a bit better but I think it still looks cute. Apologies for the really LQ picture. My sister took it for me in a real rush, it's the best I got that evening. We all know family gatherings, birthday parties etc can get hectic, especially if you're Asian. Those Asian family gatherings are crazy!

Dress - Boohoo
Under top - New Look
Leggings - Primark
Choker - Primark
Scarf - a random Asian shop?

Another dress I got during summer is this cute dropped waistline one from ASOS. I didn't realise what great dresses this website had. I've never actually shopped on there before. I've only ever done the causal 'window' shopping through my laptop. I ended up wearing it on a trip to Barry Island Pleasure Park beach in Wales. It was such a warm day and although the material seems thick at first, I was surprisingly fairly cooled. I'm not very experimental as you may be able to tell by this post and don't like showing much skin, so I paired it with leggings once again and just your basic flip flops since I didn't want to ruin my nicer sandals. 

Dress - ASOS Boohoo
Leggings - Primark
Basic flip flops - Matalan



I don't know why I put this as a separate category than hoodies and jumpers but they are kind of different since cardigans can be worn as jackets almost, at least in the summer. I do love a nice cardi and this specific one is so cute. It's got slightly puffy sleeves which I think are so adorable and it's definitely a shorter cardi. I use it mainly for fashion purposes lol can't lie. Just to add a nice finishing touch to an outfit but the inside has fleece so it can keep you warm on slightly chilly days. The only downside of this specific cardi is that it doesn't have pockets which is pretty much essential for me. But for the cuteness, I ignore that fact and keep wearing it. In the outfit below, I added it to a basic t-shirt and jeans outfit for extra warmth and to finish up the look. 

Cardigan - Yesstyle
T-shirt - H&M
Jeans - New Look
Choker - Primark

I'm not really sure if it can be classed as a cardigan, but hey ho, I'm putting it under here. I bought this early summer and it's such a lightweight material. It works perfectly for me as I don't like exposing skin on my arms often but it's not too heavy or thick in terms of the material. It adds a nice touch to outfits especially if it's a bit more of a tight fitted one. It balances out the tight fitted clothing by being flowy. I'm not sure how that works. I'm not a fashion expert! But it works for me. I don't think I'll get much wear of it in the winter now but maybe for a special indoor event? 

Cardigan - A random Asian shop lol
T-shirt - H&M
Joggers - New Look
Sandals - Primark



To finish, I thought why not throw in an accessory. And since it's got pretty cold in the UK again, what's better than a great scarf? I do love a chunky scarf to keep you warm during the colder months. I pretty much lived in the scarf all of the winter last year and I feel like I will most likely be doing the same again this year. I love that it's in a bright colour. I feel like I can be found fairly easily in a crowd at Christmas markets. Also a fun tip: use it as a face mask during flu season, especially if you use public transport like me. Or if you are ill yourself, be that considerate passenger who doesn't cough and sneeze everywhere! I pretty much always catch a cold around Nov/Dec time. It's inevitable! So this is my go to tip if you don't own any surgical masks or anything of that kind.

Scarf - H&M
Hat - Etsy

I feel like that it is all for now. I'm always adding (and removing) from my wardrobe so I sense my collection of yellow coloured clothing will only grow. I've really grown to like the colour. My mother always dressed me in bright yellow and green when I was a toddler and I eventually started hating the colour. But I truly love it once again! I feel like the more deeper tones of yellow like mustard suits my deeper complexion but I'm sure it works on most skin tones. It was a major colour this past summer and it is again in the Autumn/Fall now. If you've never tried it, just go for it! Just buy a small accessory to start you off and you might just find yourself falling in love with a colour you once thought wouldn't work for you, just like me.

Thank you for reading! What do you think of this colour? Are you feeling it or not? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I'd love to chat with you! I'll catch up with you real soon in another post xoxo

Friday, July 20, 2018

Recent Reads #1

Hi folks! Welcome back! It's been a long time, hasn't it? I'm sorry for being awol for so long. But I'm done with my three years at university and I'm finally trying to fit blogging back into my schedule. I was doing a Creative Writing degree so a lot of free time was spent reading and writing short stories and poems. But now that I'm done, I can finally come back to the first thing that made me love writing, to begin with. Blogging! I might upload a blog post about my overall university experience at some point but we'll see. For now, let's get into this post!


We are starting a new little series here. A book review series! If you didn't know this already, I love books. I have since a really young age. I was that one kid on the side, reading instead of playing with others. So it's been a huge part of my life for years. But over the years in education, I found less and less time to read for pleasure. Especially whilst doing an English degree, I had other reading that I needed to prioritise. But in the last few months, I have been reading more. It's mainly because for Creative Writing assignments, I had to read widely in the genre of choice for that specific assignment. And now with it being summer, I'm planning to read a lot more.

I decided why not review my most recent reads? This will be a combination of paperback books, audiobooks and ebooks. Now with it being summer, I'm planning to read a lot more. I still don't read as often as I used to so these won't be monthly reviews, but I thought it would be nice to share new books with you guys. I probably won't do extremely detailed reviews. It's just not my thing. I'm not that great at giving those full detailed reviews you might see on Goodreads or BookTube. But I'll share my opinions and thoughts with you all so hope you enjoy reading. Let's start!

The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi 



Rating:


Review:

If you have ever heard of the genre Chick Lit and enjoy it as much as I do, this is the kind of book you might just like. Although it's listed as Cultural Fiction on Goodreads, this book is what I like to call South Asian Chick Lit just because of the similar themes to standard Chick Lit. Through 'The Mango Season' we follow Priya Rao and her journey to rediscovering her home country, India. She has spent many years in the USA, first studying and now working. But after seven years, she is going back, leaving behind a fiance in the states, who is nowhere near the perfect Indian boy she is supposed to marry. When she arrives back in India, she finds so many things she once loved and missed but at the same time, she looks at her country and culture with a fresh pair of objective eyes.

This book was the first of it's kind that I'd ever read. I've been reading Chick Lit for so many years but I always stumbled upon books with white, middle class or upper-class characters. I never saw or even thought to read books with characters like myself, South Asian. Although I'm not Indian like Priya, I am Pakistani and sometimes, cultural elements clash so I found this book relatable so often which is something I never experienced when I was reading the genre as a teenager. The portrayal of the cultural norms like marriage and caste mixing, age-old traditions (that are seriously outdated!), the occasional evil women of the family (we all have them!), gossiping aunties and of course, the clash between Priya's Indian upbringing and new Western way of life all came together so well.

I really felt fully immersed in the story. There were so many times that I couldn't put the book down. I feel asleep whilst reading in bed late at night and on my bus journeys to uni, I honestly sometimes wished they were longer so I could read one more chapter. There were times that the story annoyed me, namely, Priya's outbursts. Sometimes it was a bit childish/immature but I could easily overlook those since the plot was ace and the characters were well-rounded and relatable. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was the first time I'd read Malladi's work so I can't wait to read more of her stories!

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman



Rating:
Review:

So I don't know if this actually counts since I didn't read the book. Instead, I listened to the audiobook but I had bought the book beforehand and hadn't got around to reading it, so moved onto the audiobook. I'm still going to class it as a 'recent 'read' though, even though I 'listened' to it!

Eleanor lives a secluded life. She lived an ordinary life, working an ordinary job. From the original description I read of the book, I wasn't too sure. I didn't know if I'd like it. But I decided to read it since my Creative Writing lecturer recommended it to me. I strangely found myself relating to Eleanor so much. The whole idea of her being a bit to herself, not interacting with many people etc. but then we were slowly introduced to her troubling past. And this is where the book became incredibly gripping. 

At first, I was confused on how this book could be classed as regular ol' contemporary fiction and something like I don't know, Bridget Jones couldn't because Eleanor seemed oddly fascinated with this guy who was in a band. But as the book went on, I realized why this book wasn't just standard Chick Lit. The more we learned about Eleanor and her past, the more I sympathized. How Eleanor went through a lot of tough times but she came out of still somewhat okay baffled me but it was inspiring to say the least. I don't want to give any spoilers so I won't share what exactly happens but damn, her past story is riveting and moving. I cried a lot towards the ending chapters when things were being revealed which says a lot because I'm generally not very sensitive, nor do I cry easily with books, movies etc. 

This might be because I read the book alongside listening to the audiobook, but Eleanor's voice was incredibly fascinating too. If and when I read the book myself again, I'm not sure how her voice will sound to me. The one I loved the way she noticed the little things. She was incredibly observant of her surroundings in a way that reminded me of myself really. She also had such a straightforward attitude which I loved. The writer did a brilliant job at exploring themes of grief, loss and mental illness through the unique voice of Eleanor Oliphant. I really liked the writer's style and voice so I can't wait to read Honeyman's next book whenever she releases something new.

New Found Love For Audiobooks!



Before rounding up this post, I just wanted to talk about how I listened to the last book. I used an app called BookBeat. I couldn't afford to pay for Audible when I could only listen to 1 book a month. I actually found BookBeat randomly just by googling audiobook apps. 

The app was great because you paid once a month (£12.90) and could listen to an unlimited amount of books and you also had a 2-week free trial. It was in that free trial that I listened to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and after hearing it, I decided I wanted to carry on paying monthly. The selection of books was not a lot compared to Audible but it was more than enough for me to find books that were interesting to me, both fiction and non-fiction.

I also like that I can pretty much cancel it anytime I want to but at the moment, I think I'm going to keep using it. I'm currently listening to 2 books at once; one is a non-fiction book on introversion and the other is the YA fantasy series by Cecelia Ahern called Flawed and Perfect. 

I think that is all for this post! I seriously loved both of these books a lot and they really got me excited to start reading for fun again. It has been an awfully long time since I've read just for the fun of reading. I really want to reread the entire Harry Potter series since the first (and maybe even the last?) time I did that was when I was like 9 or 10 years old in primary school. But for now, that is all for the 'recent reads' on this blog. I'm so happy to be back to blogging but be patient with me whilst I conjure up new ideas and try to get back into it. 

Thank you so much for reading! Are you a bookworm? What was the last book you read and what did you think? Please don't hesitate to talk to me in the comments. I'll talk to you guys in the next post real soon xoxo