Monday, 29 April 2013

FebGirl's Closet: Fashion Week

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ 'Happy Together' - Misty Miller

I thought I would try something new for this post. I am obsessed with gifs, so here's one I made! This is the outfit I wore to a day at Aberdeenshire Fashion Week yesterday. I went with some uni friends to check out the local fashion design talents - I was impressed, but more about that in a future post.
I chose to come in cool High Street pieces that looked quite zany, but meshed well together as a unit. 
I have to admit that I got a few raised eyebrows and (even tuts) as I made my way to the event. Why? Well I am guessing t was because my Primark vest top is 100% sheer, my leather leggings were rather, err tight and the sound of my chunky necklace could be heard from space. I didn't care though - my style is my style. 
Oh, and I did wear a safety vest underneath my top, by the way! The cut-out detail at the top made my buy it last year, but I didn't want that to been seen too much, hence the chunky necklace...
My necklace is from RARE and I absolutely love it. It's a mega-chunky plastic statement necklace that weirdly goes well with a lot of outfit, not just monochrome ones.
My Primark leather leggings have been featured a few times on this blog already and I still love them for Springtime looks.
I have been using my brand new Zara Office City bag so much as it fits anything and everything in it! I am a bit paranoid that the should strap will break under the weight of all my junk though! 

A separate post about the show will follow after this post soon, so watch this space!

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Quote Of The Week

A note from Joelle...
source This photo has absolutely no relation to the quote, but I just like it!
"Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great." ~ Orison Swett Marden
Have a fabulous week!
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Thursday, 25 April 2013

FebGirl's Closet: Casual

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ - Wake up honey - steve APPLETON

Hi guys! I hope you are all well. I have realised that I rarely do outfit posts but promised that 2013 will be the year I post about my wardrobe more frequently. So here's what I wore for at university today. It's casual with some nice sparkle from my multi-spiked necklace. I was running around campus for my lectures and then helping out with costume design for a show tomorrow - so the flat pumps came in handy!

Necklace: Kukee
Denim Shirt - Republic
Black sleeveless Shirt - H&M
Stripy Skirt - H&M
Pumps - eBay (only £9.99!)

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

The 'Deen Scene: Filling Station

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ Hollaback Girl - gwen stefani

A while back, my older sister travelled over 700 miles to come and visit me at university and for my birthday week. I took her to one of my favourite hang-outs  on the High Street.
This is a great place to grab breastfeed in the morning in Aberdeen. it's tucked away on the busy High Street and can only really be described as a Tardis. Oh yes, the diner looks rather small on the outside, but it's large interior stretches out for ages. 
The seats are in small booths at the front of the diner and then there are regular tables at the back.
My sister and I both ordered tea (Earl Grey, of course) and then had a good catch up. This was her first time to Scotland and I had not seen her since the New Year. 
The tea and sides came very quickly and the staff are very friendly, with nice smiles (even in the mornings!). We were sat near the bar, so we could hear our food being made fresh in the pan, nothing better than that!
We had a nice, relaxed morning at the Filling Station and really enjoyed it. And guess what? Our breakfast cost us £5 each - brilliant! #SkintStudentsRUs

Filling Station Aberdeen

Filling Station Aberdeen
Before: I had never tried American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, so I thought I should give it a go!
After: Can you tell if I liked it? ;)
My sister went for a traditional Scottish cooked breakfast: Sausage, egg, tomato, black pudding (which she liked after I forced her to try it!), tomato , beans, bacon and 'tattie' cakes (potato cake things?)
Filling Station Aberdeen

Live in Scotland and fancy a great breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Filling Station? Check out their website HERE to find one near you! Or follow them on twitter HERE

Monday, 22 April 2013

Beauty Vs Brains Tag!

A note from Joelle...
This post was meant to be published in December. It was hidden away in my drafts folder (along with 147 other posts!) but I am glad I found it. I tag you all, so please have a go! Enjoy!
1. Favourite Book
I prefer to read plays, if I'm honest but without a doubt, 'Pride & Prejudice' or 'The Group'.  As cliché as it is, I really clicked with it (having loads of sisters) and I think that the issues and humour is still relevant in the 21st Century. Not many books are like that.
2. Favourite Quotation?
'Aspire to inspire before you expire!' - that really helps me to carry on doing my thing!

3. English or Maths?
Definitely MATHS!! I was better at English at school and I have written a few plays and two novellas. But the intensive revision for English exams destroyed me. Maths all the way!
4. Science or Art? 
Even though I am more scientifically minded, I would much rather study a work of art, compose a Baroque chorale and read fashion magazines than spend another second in a  chemistry lab.
6. Favourite and least favourite subject at school?
I HATED biology, so much. I just never enjoyed it at school and didn't get it. I LOVED maths, chemistry, geography and music though. Music and geography being my absolute favourites!!
7. Favourite celebrity with a brain?
All celebs have brains - they are human after all! I would say Eddie Redmayne, I think he did art at Cambridge - You can tell that he is so knowledgeable and looks at the bigger picture of things.
8. If you could study anything anywhere, what would it be?
Geology at uni, oh wait...
9. What is your ‘nerdy little secret’?
Everyone knows this, but a have a big rock and mineral collection. I spent a good ten years collecting, classifying and cleaning them! NERD!!
10. Favourite beauty gurus who you admire for more than their love for beauty/fashion?
I am not a beauty person at all, but I'm getting there slowly. I only wear make-up if I'm going to a formal event, so it's not a huge part of my life, if I'm honest. I am a big fan of Patricia from Britpopprincess and Andrea from Andreas Choice (both on YouTube).

12. Name some things that you’re obsessed with that other people would find strange.
1. I collect semiprecious stones and have done since I was really small. I just love it and in my early teen years, I was mocked because I collected them. I had an ambition to be a geologist from a young age, which immature children didn't understand!
2. London train tickets! You know, the white and orange ones that you get. I have collected about 300 and am going to make them into a dress. I also put some up on my old uni wall, which spelled out 'LDN' (London).

3. I also write plays and novels. I finished my first novel at 12, but withdrew it from publishers. I a such a perfectionist and think that the world was not prepared for my rather odd twelve-year-old mind back then. I am working on the sequel to that book and also a comedy play about four young women!
13. Name 5 people who inspire you (not friends or family)
I'll be here for ages talking about then all, but my biggest at the moment is Josephine Baker. She was a black American-French entertainer that became one of the greatest singers/dancers/actors of the 20th century. She was best friends with Grace Kelly and adopted children from all over the world and loved them like her own. 
Even though people hated on her because of her skin colour, it never bothered her and she just carried on with her work and family! Such an amazing woman!
14. Who is your intellectual soul-mate?
Probably Bill Nighy. I just want to play scrabble with him, okay?!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

The Great Gatsby Fashion: With Fashion Union, Topshop and Miss Selfridge

A note from Joelle... 
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I have waited so long for this film to come out. I never got round to reading the book, but I do remember watching the 60s (I think) version with my Mum on a Sunday afternoon when I was small. I don't want to ruin it for you if you don't know the plot, but I was really annoyed with the ending!
Daisy is my favourite character and she will be played by Carey Mulligan in the new film. Here are some pieces that I found that would totally fit the 1920s party scene. Click the links below to see the clothes in more detail. What do you think?
Dress     Dress  2     Dress 3  Dress 4   Dress 5     Shoes   Necklace


Saturday, 20 April 2013

What I Would Wear To Coachella

A note from Joelle...
I would do ANYTHING to be chilling at Coachella and listening to my favourite bands. I love festivals and have always wanted to travel abroad to this one. I have been virtually stalking people's instagrams and OOTDs at Coachella and the fashion has been on point! 
Here is just a just collage of what I would wear on my first day of Coachella. It's all from my new fave shop River Island and is very boho-slouchy-chic witch a  bus print baggy one-piece and then funky accessories. I do like to wear black in the Springtime (weirdo), so have chosen a black runny theme through the outfit. What do you think?
Playsuit   Sunglasses      Headband     Sandals            Rucksack

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Battle Of The Blogs: Why Blogging Is Like High School

A note (more like an essay this time!) from Joelle...
You might want to grab a cuppa or a slice of cake for this one - it's a very long post!
I am beginning to think that the world of (fashion, beauty ans lifestyle) blogging is turning into high school. Want to know what I mean by that? Well, I am referring to the dramas, the virtual bitchiness, the cliques (online and at events), the ones who rush into things too quickly, the ones who can't say anything nice about others, the completely insecure bloggers and the show-offs. Do any of these remind you of people from your school, college or uni? It does for me and that is why I am writing this post to address my concerns and I  honestly don't mean to offend y'all - promise!
Firstly, we all started our blogs in different ways. In case you didn't know, here's an intro into how/why I started mine... (you can skip this bit if you want)
I started my blog (not this one, but another one) at 15. I had just been on a trip to China and wanted the entire world to now how great it was and give people the names of the locations in case they were planning a trip there. I chose Blogger as my base because it was the first thing that popped up in the search engine and away I went. I wrote about the trip and then gave up as I had nothing else to talk about. I then started uploading poems and short stories onto my blog and loved getting the positive feedback from people I had never even met. Twitter was only just set up and I got an account. There were no #bbloggers or #fbloggers and my only followers were a few random companies and pals from school.
I then, gained an interest in fashion and blogged about once or twice about a necklace and jacket I bought from Camden market. Again, lots of readers liked my posts and I felt good. At this time, I had 30 loyal followers, which made me happy because I knew I wasn't just talking to myself. This did not mean that I  blogged for them though. Their comments were lovely, but my blog was still about me showcasing my passion - the way it should be!

I don't intend on this being a rant, but some things do have to be said (or typed) in order to highlight concerns and keep the peace in the bloggersphere. I am no blogger 'guru' (no one is!) or anything like that. All I want is a place where people can write about their passions without feeling the need to conform to a certain mainstream style or change themselves to make their blogs like other's.
Time and time again, I stumble upon girls (and some guys, but mostly girls) who are OBSESSED with getting their literally two-month-old blog 'recognized' online. They want so many followers/comments, PR contacts and freebies but often refuse advice/tips to help their blog grow organically. These impatient (and often jealous) souls stick to spamming twitter with their links on purpose and often ridicule 'big bloggers' for their success, instead of taking time to improve the quality of their own content. When did this start happening in the blogging world? And why aren't people doing something about it?
Sure, it's great to have followers as you probably spend a lot of your time taking pictures, compiling posts and coming up with ideas. But ridiculing bloggers with a larger following is pathetic and totally wrong in my opinion. I am sure that the majority of 'big bloggers' have been blogging for YEARS and have worked up relationships with readers and companies through lots and lots of hard work. That cannot be copied in just a few months - sorry to break that to you guys, but it is common sense. It is also common sense that they are approached my companies and get to attend events - why shouldn't they? Companies are there to make money and to gain exposure for their business/client, so obviously they would only choose to work with bloggers that have a large following. I get sooooo annoyed on Twitter when I see the same bitchy bloggers dissing companies for doing this. IT'S A BUSINESS after all, so it's only natural that they use a majority of well-known bloggers to front campaigns. Their blog brand reaches a wider audience and the blogger's ego inflates - so it's a win-win. 
With that said, It is not a rite of passage for bloggers to start a blog to get invites, freebies and invites to events or to get 'famous'. Sure, there can be perks, but you should not be blogging with only those things being your goal.
I do, however don't agree with these bloggers selling their souls (and blogs) to the commercial world - you know, those blog with irrelevant ads plastered all over the sides of their blog. But that's a whole other ball game, which I won't go into.
While we are touching on this 'big blogger'/ 'little blogger' thing, let me just clear things up...
Why does there need to be such an emphasis on this? And why does it matter if your blog is big or small? How do you even measure whether a blog is 'big' or not? Through GFC and twitter follower count? Nah, I don't think so. You may be thinking 'Joelle, you are an idiot, of course it's through follower count!' but it's really not. The truth is, there is no such thing as a 'big' or 'small' blog because it can't really be defined or measured. Your blog is only as big as you believe it is. This means that if you start to believe that you are a great blogger and a fabulous writer, others will too and your positivity will spread around the bloggershpere like wildfire. You may even get more readers/comments as a bonus. 
Don't think no one cares about your site just because you have under 1000 followers or don't get that many comments. Some readers may even be too shy to comment and sometimes it's hard to find the 'follow' button too! It takes time to built up a loyal  readership!
It should only really be a concern of your if you are wanting to turn your blog into a brand/business - then and only then should getting more readers and page-views be your prime goal. If you blog for a hobby, then just DO YOUR THING and in time, readers will come to you and love your writing style.

Secondly, I don't think there is such thing as a 'Superblogger'. It just reminds me of the lame labels like 'popular' and 'nerd' that were thrust upon us without our consent in school. This term was spread around the web like herpes after that awful Company Magazine issue where they used the term about a million times. It was not well received by most bloggers because they (and myself) thought that they did not inspire people to take up blogging and instead used the same boring bloggers that everyone had heard of and even made a crude 'Shit Blogz' article that poked fun at some blogging styles. I hoped that an entire issue about blogging would be about inspiring bloggers to keep at it and make friends with other like-minded bloggers, but I was wrong. It did piss me off at the time, thus making me write my alternative A-Z of Blogging, but then I also realised that it's just a word and should not be taken that seriously. The only people that really care about being 'Superbloggers' are the ones that were called it in the magazine issue. 

Saying that, I have a huge respect for Susie from Style Bubble, Zoe from Zoella, Tanya Burr and loads more. They keep it real and can tell are still humbled by the success of their sites. They (and loads more that I have not mentioned) are incredibly talented at what they do and deserve a lot of recognition.

Somehow, certain magazines and companies have tried to catch on to the blogging phenomenon but don't realise that they are not inspiring people to take up the hobby and are instead creating this unhelpful hierarchy. Some are just putting certain already well-known bloggers on virtual pedestals that we should all bow down to. This is creating a massive divide in the community, which is causing not only elitism, but inverted snobbery and a lot of unnecessary tension. 
These blogger labels such a 'guru' and 'superblogger' don't really mean anything outside of the virtual world, if I'm honest and I really hope that people aren't writing these words on CVs and stuff... Blogger popularity rankings, features and blog awards, do not actually determine your blog's real worth and/or value (not talking about money here!) although they might feel great at the time.
I know that there are so many people blogging these days, it's hard to find where you fit in or your niche. I have come to realise that writing about what you love IS your niche. No one in the entire world is the same as you, so why make your blog look/sound/feel like someone else's? I ask for people to send me their links on twitter so I can find new gems to follow and be inspired from. But I am finding it so incredibly hard to click the follow button these days as most blogs look the same, have the same 'unhealthy obsession with...' tag and pictures of bunting and French macarons everywhere. Is this really what blogging is all about these days?

Now onto the new bloggers thing: I know that starting a blog is exciting (wow, that sounded really patronising. Sorry about that!) but you have to make sure that you don't change your writing/fashion/beauty style just to get followers, comments and invites to events. Like I said earlier, you simply cannot judge the success and value of your blog by how many followers, comments and page-views you get! Please, please, please remember that, even though it's such a cringy thing to say. It really does take a lot of hard work and time to keep a blog going, but you can do it if you set just let it flow and do your own thing.
Also, have you noticed that I do not display my GFC followers on my blog? I just have a follow button as I like to keep things like that private. I can tell others judge others on how many followers they have and I don't want my blog to be about the numbers. I am very happy to have the number I do after four year of blogging, but I don't think it's anyone else's business.
Finally, if you are a blogger, all I can say is don't take it too seriously. Blog about what you want and don't believe the hype. Your site is yours and yours alone and that's a brilliant thing, everything will fall into place for you because readers will see how great/creative you are in time.
So to conclude, is blogging turning into high school (in terms of labels and copying? Yes, but only if we let it by accepting defeat before we actually do stuff! 
We are all individuals, but we are in one massive blogging community that is supportive of one another - the way it should and always be.
We all started at 0 followers, so follow count should not consume all your blogging thoughts! :)
Do you agree with any of the points I have raised, or am I going a bit loopy? I would love to know your views in the comments section! And if you are in any way offended by this post then... I'm sorry (just kidding, I'm not).

Sorry that this post isn't as light-hearted as normal. To make up for it, here's a picture of a dachshund puppy! Am I forgiven? ;)

If you have a further questions please tweet me at @joelle_o or email me at - would love to know your thoughts! 
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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Party Like It's 1999!

A note from Joelle...

♫ ♪ Brimful Of Asha - Cornershop <<< You WILL remember this song!

Okay, so I might have been about 5 or 6 in 1999, but I do remember the TV Shows and the fashion (influenced by the TV Shows). I saw teens in my school and neighboured inspired by shows like The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, Daria and Clueless. And me? Well it was all about the Spice Girls, Steps, 5ive, jelly shoes, crop-tops, bandannas and pedal pusher leggings and 'skorts' (a skirt with shorts sewn in underneath - google it the view how hideous they were!) . Oh, I was such a mini fashionista...right?
Casual-wear for young women were more androgynous, but still playful, whereas evening-wear consisted of tighter, plain cocktail dresses often in satin.
Click the links below to take you to each item!
Smile Face Dress - YAYER - Nothing says 90s like a cartoon-style emoticon dess.
 Dungarees - Nordic Poetry - We all saw 'Sister Act 2', right? #DungareeCentral
Trucker Cap - ASOS  - Went did these caps go out of style? I think everyone has one in a cupboard somewhere.
Flower Ring - Urban Outfitters - Okay, so flower power was in the 70s, but hey ho.
Pearl Beaded Top - EverOurs - For the 'Clueless' - inspired generation.
Stud Earring Assortment - Urban Outfitters - I had some similar to these. 
92 Crop Top - Topshop - Sports-inspired clothes were in all the US High school films!
Jelly Sandals - River Island - Yes, yes, YES!
Blazer - River Island - A denim hoodie? Completely the norm back then!

Blogger Bakesale

A note from Joelle...
On a glorious Saturday afternoon, my friend A and I headed down to South Kensington for a charity blogger bakesale hosted by Rosie 'The Londoner' and her buddies (and bloggers).
I intended to bring my Oreo and Nutella truffles, but my sisters devoured half of them, much to my anger! (love them really)
It was held upstairs at Bumpkin and the kind staff offered complimentary refreshments. There were so many cake, tarts and nibbles, A and I didn't know where to start! I was intrigued by  the burger cakes (see pic below!) and and got chatting with Rosie and her brother about how amazing they looked.
Instead of paying for each cake individually, 'honesty pots' were put out so that everyone can donate generously.
The two charities are Shelter and Save The Children. I hope we raised a good sum for them!

Bag - Zara
Scarf - Mum's
Dress - Forever 21
Ruffled socks - Forever 21
Bunting Necklace - EverOurs
Boots - Foot Factory
A wears:
Coat - Zara
Satchel - Zara
 Dress/Tunic - M&S
Leather Boots - Clarks
Oh South Ken, I do love you!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Company #RisingStars Party

A note from Joelle...
I was lucky enough to go to the Company and Rimmel London Rising Stars party at the Foundation bar in Covent Garden on Monday night.
I didn't really know what to expect, as I have never been to a Magazine music event... 
Sorry for the grainy pics!

I went down with my friend Hannah and we were so excited when we got there (I did lose the back of my brand new earring on the way in though. So sad!). The atmosphere was amazing and we were greeted with sparkling wine, an intimate stage for the performers and make-up/hair stations. 
The club's vibe was electric - vinyl records as menus and uber friendly staff, I didn't want to leave!
After getting a drink from the bar, Hannah and I headed into the performance room where we saw  Scottish songstress Nina Nesbitt and Camden-born Fake Club perform and Arlissa. All the acts were amazing and big things are coming their way in the near future.
Towards the end of the night, I got my make-up re-touched (makes no sense as I was leaving!). The make-up artist was so lovely and gave me a nice, vibrant red lip with a metallic smoky eye.
There were lots of celebs present and I did my best not to fan-girl too much: Ruth Crilly ('A Model Recommends') made an appearance as well as Gemma Cairney and Laura Whitmore! 
As we started to head off, we were given an amazing goodie bag filled with make-up, food and other goodies. It was so jam-packed, that I might need a whole new post on the cool things in there. They are such a generous bunch, eh? 
VERY generous goodie bag- thank you!
The amazing Nina Nesbitt
All-girl rock band Fake Club (My new faves!)
Hannah striking a pose!
Dress - H&M
(*)Necklace (which you can't really see, but it's beautiful so therefore deserves a mention)  - Henryka
Yes, I am posing with a packet of Popchips in my hand...
Myself and Gemma Cairney from Radio (and Company columnist!) 
With Nina Nesbitt!
Rimmel Glamour table (It had a light bulb mirror and everything!)
Giant mag!
Foundation Bar
Thanks so much to Company Magazine and Rimmel for hosting such an amazing night!

Sunday, 7 April 2013


A note from Joelle...
Like tea?
Like science?
I know the best place for you... Bubbleology! This sci-fi-esque tea shop only sells bubble tea. 'What the heck is bubble tea?' I hear you ask... It's a tea-based drink originating from Taiwan. They are either ice-blended with milk or syrup with tapioca pearls at the bottom. It's so refreshing and oh so tasty. 
The straws are really wide so the pearls can get up the straw easily (some are jelly-like and some pop in your mouth!).
My lovely twitter friends introduced me to the shop after I sent out a tweet about where to find Bubble tea in the city. 
A and I were in the area so we made it our mission to find it. We got lost and then realised we were 
I shared a Strawberries and Cream milk bubble tea  which was amazing! I recommend getting a regular sized instead of a large one if you are not a regular bubble tea drinker (they are not to everyone's taste!).
The staff are called 'Bubbleologists'! WOW
The jelly and pearls!
The décor in the Soho branch is amazing. Love the science tea 'equations' and method of making it.
The staff were friendly, the drinks were lovely and the atmosphere was great - can't wait to go back!
There are stores in South Kensington (The one we should have gone to because we were in the area!), Soho, Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge (5th Floor), Notting Hill and Westfield Stratford.
Website HERE



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