Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

More Yellow Love

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Remember Leni? She drew me a beautiful yellow portrait :)

(I think I love her)

Topshop Thinks You’re A Dick

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The quest for the perfect winter coat is one which stresses me out every year. I want something warm but not too warm, bright but not crazy, easy to undo but not something the wind is going to whip open and something with pockets. PLEASE GOD LET ME HAVE POCKETS. Every year I search and every year I end up buying a £30 duffle coat from Tesco or Asda because I just can’t be bothered anymore, there are too many bad coats.

Today I was idly looking at the Topshop website after Sarah wrote a post calling for her ‘perfect coat’ (nice to know I’m not the only one with such high coat standards, maybe it’s something in the name?) It started off innocently enough. I quite liked some of the styles:


Nice, plain, unconfirmed pocket status tho. Then it started getting a bit too “fashion” for me…


Aztec prints and Dalmatian print sleeves. Right. Aztec I might be able to get on board with, but you’d have to strap me down and drug me up before you get me in this piece of weirdness below.dal

And then they decide you’d look good as a £325 gorilla, because that’s everyone’s dream – right? I’d buy it of course, but I seem to have misplaced my drumsticks and bar of Dairy Milk…


Then it started getting really weird.


Is that… do you…I don’t…No. No matter how I look at it, I can’t understand this. If I wore it I’d end up looking like a mackerel. Is that the intention? Are all the coats going with an animal theme this year?



By the time I ended up at this I realised that Topshop? Topshop thinks you’re an idiot. I can imagine them sitting in their ergonomically designed chairs, sipping some crazy coffee concoction and deciding to have a bet on what the ugliest piece of clothing people would genuinely buy is.


It’s this, guys. They’re mocking you, and charging you £450 for the privilege.

Next year I’m just going to hibernate over winter and avoid all the ugly coats once and for all because I know some misguided idiot will buy this and I just can’t take this kind of abuse walking down the high street.

Things I Did That You Might Not Know About

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I made a magazine, once. Actually, I made a magazine twice. Then I burnt myself out trying to do it all too quickly, took a year off and didn’t think I’d ever do it again.

Issue 1 – Télégramme Magazine

Issue 2 – Télégramme Magazine

I’m in the midst of working on issue 3. It’s mostly together, there are a few bits and loose ends to tie up but it’s getting there. Probably most of the readers of this blog have come in the last 12 months or so, so maybe you weren’t aware that before I was a bit of a wreck I used to be the editor of something really worth looking at. Who knew?

I’d love it if Issue 3 could generate the same type of excitement that the first two did, so if you want to know more about it just add it on Twitter or follow it on Facebook. At the very least it’s giving me something to do, right?

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30 Day BC – Day 30 : The Book By Your Bed Right Now

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I bet you didn’t think I’d finish this, did you? (Confession: I didn’t either.) But here we are, finally, day 30 and thankfully for me it’s a nice easy one. By my bed at the moment are:

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar – borrowed from Hayley, I’ve actually finished this one and yes, I enjoyed it. Guilty pleasures by damned, I enjoy slightly trashy books, okay?

Zero History by William Gibson – I read one of his books and really loved it but I haven’t been able to get into this one. Eek.

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov – this is a bookgroup book. I’ve barely started it and have never read a Russian novel before, hopefully it won’t be too hard.

My Kindle also has 173 ‘to read’ books on it. Er, oops?


101 in 1001: Update

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This is it, kids. The last few days of my 101 in 1001 challenge. So, what have I got left to do? Will I manage to tick any more off before the 29th of September rolls around? I’ve managed to do a couple more, thankfully, but I know they’ll be some left by the end of it. Luckily for me, I can just shove the ones I want to keep on my Life List – it’s my life, my list and my damn rules. (Phew.)

Completed Goals:

24. Send a postcard to www.postsecret.com
I didn’t actually create a physical postcard and send it in, but I did make one on the postsecret app and  upload it, so I’m going to tick this one off. No, I’m not going to tell you what it was but I will say it wasn’t directly related to me. Ooh, mystery!

78. Use all of something before buying anything new
I am much, much better at this than I was so I’m going to mark it off as done. I gave away a lot of things that actually didn’t suit me to the Give and Make Up charity recently, and I’ve been trying to use up things that I’ve have lingering for a while. Of course, now I’m unemployed I actually can’t buy anything new, heh, which will presumably help in the long run.

This project has been fun, but hard work. I think I’m going to enjoy my Life List a lot more since it doesn’t really have a deadline and is more about joy. Yay for joy!


Autumn Lunch

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I’ve been playing around on Polyvore again, after Liz did a guest post for Lou about the Closet range by Dorothy Perkins and I feel in love with (of course) a yellow dress. Sigh. Luckily, I already own shoes and a hat similar, so now I just need to get the rest to be all set. Right?

  Autumn Lunch

Autumn Lunch by sarahmia featuring clutch handbags

Dorothy Perkins yellow cocktail dress
50 – dorothyperkins.com

Grey cardigan
$36 – topshop.com

Joe brown
£20 – debenhams.com

Forever21 opaque tight
$5.80 – forever21.com

Mar Y Sol clutch handbag
£75 – fashion-conscience.com

Anna Bee gold necklace
$125 – pinkmascara.com

Eugenia Kim fedora hat
£120 – black.co.uk

30 Day BC – Day 29 : Your Favourite Series Of Books

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Asides from the groups that I’ve mentioned already? I really enjoyed things like Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club when I was younger. Francine Pascal wrote some amazing books, although she seems to have gone off the boil with the latest SV update which is a bit of a shame.

Jasper Fforde and Janet Evanovich both write incredible funny books that you could read as standalone but also work well in their respective series’. Patrick Ness and Phillip Pullman have both written great trilogies for young adults as well – definitely worth a read if you’ve not already discovered them.

I tend to consume authors in one go if I find a new one I like, but there aren’t many series’ that I enjoy that are still going, unfortunately, so I guess I’ll have to just read the ones I love again. Such a hardship ;)


30 Day BC – Day 28 : Your Favourite Autobiographical Book

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Did you forget I was doing this? Because I totally did.

I don’t tend to read non-fiction books but an ex boyfriend was quite into biographies so I did read a couple out of sheer desperation. I think my favourite was probably Rolf Harris, weirdly. One other one that I enjoyed was the story of Starbucks, but I’m not sure if that really counts as autobiographical or not?



I think it’s safe to say that I’m more into fiction than non fiction – if you’ve got any books you think will change my mind feel free to suggest them!


Polyvore Love: Yellow Edition

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I’ve been messing around on Polyvore a bit. I forgot I even had an account until Heather started posting her outfit posts and it jogged my memory. I love yellow (obviously) so I thought I’d create a fantasy outfit for a smart casual night out. How cute are those shoes?!

Yellow Night Out

Miss Selfridge army t shirt
£28 – missselfridge.com

Vila short shorts
£20 – mylabel.co.uk

Falke tight
$69 – net-a-porter.com

High heels
£68 – schuh.co.uk

H M leather shoulder bag
£9.99 – hm.com

Miss Selfridge hair bow accessory
£8.50 – missselfridge.com

Gold Baby Cat Ring
£6.50 – missselfridge.com