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skater girl

Is this the hideous but amazing ice skater girl dress for me?

For an ebay photo it's quite clear but at £26 is it worth the horrible tackiness in favour of white tights and platforms heaven? This kind of thing only comes round once in a while...

I'm not sure whether Manchester type people appreciate brash vintage. I'm having problems with my accommodation anyway and now fear I'll have to live in the nearest jail cell or nun convent or pet sanctuary, anywhere non-catered!

Speaking of tacky, I went round the shops with my mom today like I said before but her face had swollen about 3 times the size for some reason so it mainly consisted of me hiding her behind clothes rails and suggesting a burka. Anyway we went to the market and I bought the cheapest earrings ever. I can't wear them without being accused of a Lily Allen wannabe but they appealed to my magpie state.

Also I got some crazy 80's sunglasses that are really wide but have really short arms? I'll never wear them either, I just like to hoard 50p items and one day reveal them to the world.

The only thing I bought from any high street store was a huge heart hair clip which is so fat and heavy it falls down my hair, and mine is really thick so I don't know how the average emo H&M shopper with hold out?

So all in all my infamous winter list wasn't really punctured due to rubbish clothes and over-jewelled accessories in every shop. The search for the perfect first day outfit continues...

the big mac

I am desperately hankering for any kind of meat due to almost two years as a strict vege, so the title  seemed fairly appropriate for this massive, chunky post compiling EVERYTHING I need to buy for the new term/fashseason so I can sort it all out in my brain. I may be putting all my posts in one basket but hey, it's almost a military operation plan to enter the shopping jungle and avoid spending my whole loan at once. I have ze plan though. Thanks to the lovely people I don't need to buy a laptop, therefore can spend the £400-£500 I would have spent on clothes instead!! Genius I believe.

So new layout, new season. Clothes wise, I'm trying to avoid expensive items so am searching for accessories to bulk up the winter wardrobe. But something ombre (or tie dye in my eyes) has to happen. Topshop help me out? Because it's not the kind of thing you'd find in a midnight ebay hunt or random charity shop, I'll scour Mango and Zara for more adventurous euro fashion. Shoes could be an easy way out though.

I'll try to hold off and get some ugly, block ankle boots as the staple winter shoe because they seem sturdy enough to last the months and stomp down the corridors. I'm not sure how flattering they'd be calf-wise but they're probably more so than flat brogues that cut off at the ankle?

Due to vege-ness and in general grossness too, fur always seems a bit risky. I've got a few fur coats from charity shops that I've never actually worn because there's never an appropriate time in my dinner party lacking life but maybe a fur tail á la Mr Style Bytes or draping shawl á la hot facehunter guy could be a bonus to a Monday morning hangover outfit. Faux of course. I'll just cut a big chunk out of an old coat!

It's probably not practical to spend £50 on socks but what are you without those Prada stockings?! Selfridges is calling...

I saved these to pictures because the colours are exactly what I'm planning on buying things in, minus the pink lipstick in the second photo as it's seriously not my colour. Kind of swampy mixed with space cadet.

Somehow wearing leggings as trousers has really caught on. It's the kind of thing that if you told random indie girl a few months ago she'd be wearing just leggings like her mom in the 90's on a biking holiday she's reel in horror and throw her frapp in the air. But people think it's ok. Even with perfect legs/butt it's really not! I don't want to see that! Now leather leggings are blowing my mind because they're not thin like tights but they are super figure hugging. Maybe for a club they could be minorly appropriate. No what am I saying, they're not! Random cool face hunter and sss girls may look amazing but we all know that in our dull towns style hunter blog people don't really exist!!!! Well the moral of this story was I need to dig out my latex leggings again as we did have the minor fling in February until all the bondage comments started around college. Well no more sad chav college kids! University people will understand my seemingly crazy fashion choices (errrr I hope) Well at any rate they probably won't call things out?

Few people know how amazing lacy tights are... when you get a hole you can't tell!! I have a black pair that have lasted for aaaages because a little stretch in the right direction and that hole blends into the pattern! Also they have great hypnotising powers over boys. I'm on the hunt for a white pair.

Melissa works at H&M so whenever I'm in there with her the 25% discount seems extra special and I buy it all. This green jumpsuit was an impulse in a too-big size but I'm attempting to bring it back for autumn with a fat leather belt or bright platforms.

I've never bought anything from American Apparel. I can see they've hit the jackpot with the soft porn/trampy photos but £30 for a cardigan and £15 for a tshirt doesn't win me over. The ice skater dress in the face hunter pic below is rather tempting though. I've been scouring ebay for real sequined ice skater/gymnast costumes to wear over glittery tights and super high platforms for AGES! There never are any though. So the lycra AA dress with a few sequins sewn on could do the job quite nicely.

I put it down to have red and curly hair that I can't do chic minimalist very well. I've studied the satorialist but I can't wear a plain vest and skirt and look so great. Hmmmm. I still want a high waisted statement skirt though.

I really loved my high waisted jeans until I saw myself in a H&M two way mirror and hello Mexico from behind!!!! I sewed the legs into a spray-on like fashion so it took 2 hours to get them off anyway, so I stopped wearing them during the mildly hot summer. Mine are super high rather than the average ones that I sometimes see now on alot of girls that just look like strange shaped skinnys from behind. Girls from Swedish blogs like elinkan, which I don't understand but just look at their pretty photos, have started wearing them with white pumps which I never did as I felt stumpy... but with a long Stella McCartney style cardigan covering my Mexico ass I'll try bringing my jeans back!

American Apparel would probably call these muffs due to their porn loving attitude, but we'll just call them hand warmers shall we?! Hermes had leathery/furry ones which tickle my pickle (hahaha), so I'll search ebay for childlike ones which act like a necklace too!

I've made loads of posts about the hats and hair pieces I've bought but I haven't really worn them very much at all. It sounds like I've been naked all summer or something but really I've been holding out until autumn to wear most of my stuff! I vow to wear them now to all their glory.

I've seen leather gloves popping up on the high street and am about to invest in the ultimate pair. I have some olive green ones from last winter which I can alternate. I might go overboard and buy loads of opera gloves to wear with dresses to clubs too.

I severely regret not wearing a forehead-band to Reading but I PROMISE myself I will at the end of September! A sequin band for a club is really tempting. Off to the market ribbon shop I must go!!

The indie crew in my old college suddenly formed last year by a few pretentious girls who wore the predictable berets and flat leather boots. Fat gold jewellery was an ironic chav statement commonly donned so I avoided it with great caution. But it's haunting me and I find myself hankering for some kind of chunky gold. Not necessarily a chain but some kind of jewellery collection. Confusing for even myself.

I'm not sure whether a clutch would be great to hold your money and phone in a club without having a bag constantly knocking you, or whether I'd put it down in the first moment and loose everything? They do look pretty handy though. How do Prada come up with these life changing items?!

Black and cream. Simple pimple. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Why do cream dresses look so effortlessly great with black tights? An option for the perfect first day university outfit I'm thinking.

The bin bag is my new best friend. Where is the perfect bin bag dress???? It's out there somewhere and I'll probably wear it constantly all season. The hunt is on.

Failing the bin bag dress (which I WILL find!!!) I'll get a big fatty belt to wrap around everything and scare off small children. And maybe dogs too.

Are you still reading? This list could quite possibly be endless. I'm totally not going to afford everything but it's essential I find a GIGANTIC scarf! In winter when you walk around your outfit is hiding under a coat anyway so a big scarf can stun people constantly! Maybe if I buy five of the same scarfs I could achieve the look?

Baggy man trousers- I love you! I so want a great pair but they look weird on and I chicken out and give them back to a smirking sales assistant. I feel like little Oliver singing in the funeral parlour for his mother, but in my case tapered cropped trousers must fall from skys above!

Now finally for something I can't buy. I can't buy another coat. For one thing I love my Zara coat from last year, and another its HELL to hunt for the perfect coat every year! It's much nicer than on the boring model in this picture...

Phew, I feel way more organised. Student loans will arrive in a few weeks and my debit cards are waiting in agony. I may try to persuade my mom to buy me some new stuff as my brothers and sister get new school uniform and uni is kind of like school? Feel free to steal this list!

reading- the aftermath


I'm in my cosy bed writing this, not some crazy cold half blown up bed covered in mud and cous cous!!! Reading fest was amazing to the extreme and this time I paid much more attention...

The fashion- from day one it was clear that every other girl followed the strict festival uniform; denim hotpants, vintage smock top, black stockings under green wellies, lots of gold jewellery, straight, tousled dirty blonde hair with a hippy head band and big sunglasses. It was Topshop overload. I didn't understand how people managed to accessorise but there were vintage scarfs at every turn and the queues for showers in the mornings were crazy; the girls definitely didn't go with the dirty flow!

This may look like I'm a pervert in disguise but these girls were often seen roaming around in TEENY tiny clothes with perfect hair and tans. The one girl in the middle of the right picture wore pvc knickers which rode up her butt as she walked and the others didn't seem to mind a little flashing either!

Speaking of the people, the festival is 99.9% 16-21 year olds so everyone is full of drink, drugs and are generally maniacs. On the first night a man wiped his nose on my friend, then came and begged us for food before STEALING our quorn chicken off our bbq and running off! Our bbq got abused, it was a sad, sad moment. Also some SUPER hot Norwegian guys camped near us, yum you gotta love an accent! This video's of the bollocks to poverty tent who plastered everyone in stick-on tattoos which never came off!





Due to mental people there were loads of naked wrestles and parties and way too many of these Borat mankinis! Not for delicate eyes...

We were determined to get into the silent disco, where everyone wears wireless headphones and there are two djs so you can flick between the two. You're all dancing to a different dj so some people are raving like crazy and others are moshing, but you take off your headphones and it's 1000 people dancing in silence or singing along! There were thousands of people queuing and we had to rush to the gates and get crushed for about an hour but we got in and danced all night!

Last night we all wore glowsticks and covered ourselved in glow-in-the-dark neon nu rave paint in yellow and pink, writing 'i h8 nu rave' over our chests and stomachs with hearts and lightning all over our faces! Then we charged into the Klaxons crowd in the radio one tent which was RAMMED and chanted 'we hate nu rave!!!' at all the sad kids. Mandy and me seriously needed the loo and were about to crouch in the middle of the crowd with urinelles (funnels for girls!!!) and this guy started trying to take photos of us! The mosh got thicker and rougher and he started clinging onto us to 'protect us,' then tried to put his hand down the back of my sailor romper and got stuck in the tag so he was attatched to me for half the first song! Everyone went MENTAL, pushing and shoving and falling on the floor and hitting each other. We got BATTERED and we hit back at the nu rave kids to fend for space and be able to breathe. Then we heard the 'DJ' of Atlantis to Interzone and everyone crushed harder and I accidently punched a nu rave girl and had to push away and Melissa lost a shoe!!

We made loads of friends by ordering everyone who walked through our camp to 'dance! dance! dance!'

Also WE SAW TONY FROM SKINS!!! In yellow campsite!

Now as you know I have to find ginger manz to procreate for the ginger race before we die out. Well we found a GORGEOUS mixed race boy who had a NATURAL ginger afro and freckles!!!! Marry me! I never aaaactually spoke to him because he was too hot but I did manage to get a sneaky photo while pretending to snap Melissa...

Look at those cheekbones!

Onto the bands for a moment... the Pipettes opened the SUPER SUNNY weekend in polka dot glory. We all got sunburned and while it was freezing at night it was stifling in the 26 degree heat! Also I paid tribute to my ex-favourite band Be Your Own Pet because last year at Reading I met the bassist Nathan after their set and he remembered me from when we'd met before (swoon) and so I watched Jonas's other band called Turbo Fruits with the new drummer who were too hot!

Just about the whole of Reading went to see Beth Ditto of the Gossip wear her 'skinny friend's dress' so it rode up above her huge black pants for the whole set, then she stripped off anyway! For someone who's 4"11 she's massive in the flesh too but she sure can dance! I made a video of her stripping but it's more than 100mb so how can I upload it??

Some really horrible posh boys camped near us and started terrorising some girls by burning their shoes, pissing on their tent and throwing eggs at them for some reason. They got thrown out the fest but they snuck back in. Anyone heard of their school called Berko in London?

Speaking of London, this wimpy boy kept hanging round us who we kept forgetting the name of so we just called him London because of where he lives. Everyday he came to our camp and tried to cling on and hang out. Then on the last night he came over with a bit of red pepper and said 'I saw you at the Red Hot Chili Peppers last night and you looked amazing,' and I was like 'Ummmm, what?!' He walked over Jenny and held a bit of cheese up and said 'I know this is cheesy but you are very beautiful.' We all looked in horror at his mental chat up lines and ordered him out of our camp. He hung around the near path for about an hour before we told some boys looking for cocaine that he was a drug dealer and they distracted him!

We all sat in the incredible heat on Saturday until someone suggested we just walked out and went to an air conditioned pub... with cold drinks... with ice! So we all became festival traitors and went to an amazing carvery and ate and ate until we popped. Then we went in the sprinklers on the roadside and laughed at the paddling pools marked '£1 a dip'

We watched loads of bands but camera battery was short so not all are snapped. Bloc Party picked up from a slow set with Kele running into the crowd and the Chili Peppers jammed all night and my hardcore fan friend Louise was crying from happiness. Kate Nash created a tent too packed to even go near!

On Sunday the emo/rock bands came. Fall Out Boy covered Beat It and brought a Gym Class Hero onto the stage and Lost Prophets created a huuuuuge circle pit.

It wasn't all great. Laura got really bad sunburn and was so sick she had to be carried out over the crowd during the Klaxons. Ryan and Sam went looking for her to the medical centre and a fire truck RAN OVER his foot, then up his leg and dragged him under! He had to hobble to the centre too so we had one friend passing out on a drip and one with a broken foot who had to go to hospital!

Today as everyone left people started burning tents and chairs. There was rubbish EVERYWHERE and hardly anyone bothered to take their tents home. We stole loads of forgotten beer and marvelled at the damage to the park.

So now I'm home after 6 days of camping in a field that never sleeps!

Sadly the HORROR of ALL horrors greeted me. I applied for all my 3 student accommodation options for a room with a shower, but they've only offered me one where I have to share a bathroom with TWELVE PEOPLE?!?!?!?! Twelve scummy students, one shower and toilet- nooooooo!

i hate myself

Dear Reading Festival Goer,

It has been a very difficult month.  When we got on site on July 25th, Green Camps ABC and D were waist high in water from the floods, yellow camp FGH and I were over 3’ deep in water, all of brown was over my knees, purple I couldn’t get to and White was just part of the river.  We have recovered to a large extent but not fully and a fair amount of the site is still not campable today.

I think it will change and get better but I need to put a plan in today on the basis of it not getting better so this is the update so you can plan with your friends where to camp.

Does this guy really know what the hell he's talking about?! I'm the most tired I've ever been, I have no lungs left because everyone in the campsite were smokers and I have to go to Reading tomorrow. Please someone take my ticket. Please!!!!!

So I won't be back until Monday. Monday! I need FASHION! I don't need tent! I don't know what's so hard about this year, but I am dead.

As Reading is the hipster fest I will be armed with outfit pictures, clothes spying and crazy cool band updates. I miss you all and may have to print out blogs to get a fix of the real world and cry. Have a fab week! xxx


First I have to say sorry for disappearing off the planet as it really scares me when other bloggers do and never return! I've spent the past 3 days in a field. Seriously. I went to V festival. It wasn't pretty but it was FUN!

After collecting results and getting over the shock I didn't go home and pack like a sensible person but went to the pub to celebrate with everyone! Then I hurried around Tesco buying more sensible things such as er pro plus and crackers. My suitcase wasn't actually so big but Ben's car ended up RAMMED! We arrived to an amazingly sunny day and it took us 5 HOURS to get all the stuff to our campsite and set up our huuuuuge 8 man tent! I've made a video of everything but it doesn't highlight points such as...

*+* We broke into the staff campsite to see our working friends and also snuck in Tom for the night (which he really regretted when he was made to carry the tent)

*+* I made a GREAT cocktail which for some reason everyone hated, probably because it was just vodka. We met a guy who lives on my road (what are the chances?!) and grooved in the massive jjb arena.

*+* I woke up on Saturday by someone shouting 'Hehehehehehehe I have a massive erection!' and realised I'd painfully got the middle bit of my ear pierced and didn't even remember. I made the fatal mistake of trying to twist it and so trekked up to the medical tent 5875976 miles away at 8am. The rather hot nurse guy totally judged me for being too drunk to realise I let someone make a hole in my body at a festival and it went icky. Hello, it's a festival, these things happen ok!?!?!

*+* It rained and rained and rained and RAINED!

*+* I'm not on the video once because I looked AWFUL! Tent hair is so not a good look.

Sorry the video isn't such great quality and only has sound on the videos! I've had about 3 hours sleep and just about died when I saw the white marble of my beautiful bath and toilet!!!! The crazy thing is I'm going to do it all over again at Reading on Wednesday!?!?!?! That so wasn't a good idea!

edit: still trying to sort out the video!!!

AND: katie-lilga, you ask a good question. What did I wear? Well I decided to be in COMPLETE denial about the forcast heavy rain and packed dresses galore with 2 cardigans. Yes just two cardigans?!?! What the hell was I thinking!!!! I FROZE to death and spent the weekend in a plastic mac like everyone. Plus I saw no one in anything amazing, everyone was in jeans. Everyone. I have nothing to say. In conclusion I am stupid.


flying saucer is at a big crossroads. Tomorrow I get my results and it will either mean I move cities, live in halls, start uni for 4 years and earn a degree to get a good job or it will mean I'm seriously fucked. Then I'll go into clearing to try and get into a different uni if I can find another course that suits me but what with going to the festivals for two weeks I don't think I have time to rearrange accomodation and fees and applications. I feel so sick.

just kill me now

Seriously. The trailer for Gossip Girl couldn't actually be worse. Where's Vanessa? Isn't Dan meant to be emo? What is Jenny without her continuously mentioned big boobs? What's with the obvious multicultural casting of an asian girl and a black girl as Kati and Isobel, some of the smallest parts, and even then why not in a main part? Why do Chuck and Nate look the same? Why is Serena's wardrobe straight out an Asda catalogue, and why is that gold sequin dress totally the one from Primark? Why have they squeezed a whole book into one episode? WHY does gossip girl have the voice of a 30 year old pageant queen, and why do people refer directly to her? I hate it when this happens!!! This isn't a patch on the books; the integrated plots, the constant guessing (and then revelation) of who gossip girl actually is. And now we know who it will be messed up due to the woman's voice! I dread it coming over here. And I bet the Georgia Nicholson adaptation will be just as bad!

Somebody on youtube has made a video of who the cast should be...