Sunday, 17 July 2016

Quarry Bank Mill and having the blues

Hello everybody, despite the last few day's having been quite difficult with the savage Nice incident and Turkey having circumvented a potential coup, I'm back! I rarely communicate the pain, frustration and sadness I feel towards current issues on my social media however lately it's gotten me very down. Having vented on Instagram about my fury, I'm determined to keep this blog reserved for our common love for vintage inspired style and maintain an all round positive I won't go on about it, but I just felt the need to address the elephant in the room.   
 Today we visited one of my all time favourite places, being the Quarry Bank Mill! It's a museum that used to play a pivotal role in the cotton industry. The museum walks us through the history of textiles, the treatment of the workers, apprentices and slaves that laboured under the harsh conditions of the mill. The mill has maintained much of it's integrity in the sense that the National Trust has tried to replicate the atmosphere as much as possible with the smells, sounds and visual displays of the working engines. The mill has authentically portrayed exhibitions in which you are guided through each milestone in the industrialisation of textiles starting from a simple spinning wheel to a gigantic steam powered engine. Although, if you're not particularly interested in the museum section, they have the most picturesque gardens, waterfall and meadows in which you can enjoy a picnic whilst beholding the beauty of the surroundings..which floats everyone's boat! I wasn't dressed for an outfit post as you can probably tell from how monochrome my outfit is. However my brother was kind enough to offer his service and I being one of those people who's always up for a photograph, happily accepted. I'm dressed in head to toe from Primark today; it's one of those shops that's a real hit and miss but when you do spot a treasure, it's worth picking up because you can't go wrong with some cute, affordable clothing. The popcorn bag is from my latest visit to Primark, since I've been trying to amass a novelty bag collection and with this having reduced to a fiver... it had to be!     

Outfit Details: Head to toe in Primark! (well.. neck to toe)

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Resurfacing to say Eid Mubarak y'all!

Eid Mubarak Everybody! I have an apology to make for having vanished from this blog for just over a month without having kept my promises to post Ramadan recipes. In honest truth I underestimated the toll that fasting for an entire month takes, Ramadan in the UK was particularly difficult because there was only a 3 hour interval between sunset and sunrise which meant that I trudged around lifeless throughout the day. There is also of course the complication that arises when your designated photographer is 6000 miles away meaning that your blogging schedule has to coincide with your friends' free time!
Nevertheless I have returned with a new outfit and a bit of banter. Despite the past month having been lethargic and extremely unproductive I’ve drawn out a plan to make the most of this summer and to remain as active as I possibly can. From next week onwards I will hopefully be commencing with my internship at a laboratory that specialises in proteins (I won’t elaborate as I fear my enthusiasm may result in me droning on about it and bore you guys to death), I have purchased a tonne of books to compensate for having put my bookworm habits on snooze mode; currently reading ‘We are our brains: From the womb to Alzheimer’s’ by Dick Swaab - highly highly recommend this to fellow bookworms who want a bitesized amount of information on everything that constitutes us as humans from a physiological point of view. I may also be guilty of having gone on a feverent shopping spree; my arrival having been welcomed with all the shops announcing their sales (or so I’d like to have myself believe) so there will be an abundance of outfit posts! I may also have a couple of other projects up my sleeve this summer but I won’t discuss those just yet in case they don’t materialise! What will you guys be up to this summer?!

Yesterday was Eid, which marks the end of a months’ worth of fasting in the month of Ramadan! With Papa Soydemir not being with us to share the joy, we decided to do something a little different for Eid…. We all pulled on a dozen layers, comfy shoes, hopped into the car and drove to Alton Towers! Alton Towers, for those of you who are clueless, is a ginormous theme park right in the heart of Staffordshire. We forced my mum to board the children’s roller-coaster, got absolutely drenched on the river rapids ride and my brother lost a tonne of his Eid money to the deceptive game stalls (a fool and his money are easily parted). All in all it was a memory we will all cherish and look back on fondly. 

Outfit details: Tiffany pastel yellow skirt (old), blue and white striped blouse (old), Primark cardigan (old), Accessorize bag and Primark shoes