My first ever post on this blog covered the decoration of my university room in halls, and it’s become kind of a tradition since to let you in and give a little online tour of the space I call my own – and my third and final year here in Nottingham is no exception. My taste has developed immensely from my freshers’ room, which I loved but was far more cluttered and densely decorated than now. Last year I toned it down a lot (which now I consider maybe too minimal for my taste) and although I also adored that room, I am super happy and impressed with the way my new one has turned out! I think my experiences so far have prepped me with the knowledge of what works and what doesn’t and definitely taught me how to make the most of a certain space. Granted, I’ve been lucky this year to have a slightly bigger room than previously, which has given me so many more furnishing opportunities (and means I can finally practice yoga in my own space!!) and a gigantic wardrobe helping me keep unsightly things tucked away and actually accommodate my ridiculous amount of clothes.
I have just returned to Nottingham for my third (and final) round of uni life, which is super scary but also crazy exciting at the same time (sorry for missing a post last week, I’ve been busy working until the last minute at home and packing)! I’ve had the most incred two years here and met some of the most important people to me during my experience in Nottingham Trent, and I’m hoping this year will be as fun-filled and special as the others (let’s forget about the huuuuge work load and dissertation for a min). Although I’ll be trying my best academically and taking all opportunities that come my way, I want to hang on to the magical world that is university and therefore embrace the night life, ease of socialising and, of course, the cool and quirky city of Nottingham. On that note, I’d like to dedicate this post to third year, in a kind of ‘cheers’ to everything that’s brought me here so far and everything to come in the future! Here are some bits I’m lusting over this autumn that would really help coax me out of bed on those ugly hangover days…
My love of autumn most probably stems from the fact that it’s officially time to hunt for new coats. Those dreamy, rich seasonal colours and amazing textures and styles are everywhere and it gets me so excited to layer coats over jackets and jackets over jumpers!
If I had to choose one outfit style to wear for the rest of my life – a daily uniform if you will – it would have to be dungarees and a stripy tee. I usually have them on rotation anyway, and love how such a classic look has become the staple of my wardrobe. The simple style is so perenially chic, always hitting the nail on the head with relaxed Parisian vibes while simultaneously making a silent statement.
Social media has its good and bad points, but at the end of the day it affects us all in some way and the majority of us use it for some reason or another. These days it’s difficult to ignore the importance of apps and the internet to our society, especially for businesses and consumers, even if we wish times were simpler and our generation wasn’t so social media obsessed. It can often be easy to judge others via Instagram or Facebook – maybe even more so than in real life, because individuals are exposing vulnerability and opening themselves up for discussion by posting a photo or status about themselves.
I’ve recently been sucked into 90s TV series Twin Peaks, and not just for the cheesy romances, hilariously repetitive soundtrack and mild horror (about the only horror I can handle) surrounding the cosy little town. While the mystery of Laura Palmer and the dark secrets hidden in the storyline are gripping, the retro interiors and vintage outfits are what really have me hooked. I’ve been getting some seeeerious autumn / winter inspo just from watching it, and it’s making me want to stock up on all of the oversized, chunky knitwear and tartan that I can get my hands on. The colour scheme is dreamy for setting the tone for my autumnal wardrobe; showering me with all the browns, reds, golds and greens I could wish for.
In the spot / stripe debate I’ve usually been firmly over the line on the stripe side. However, they’re both classic prints and I’m starting to realise that there is room for both in my wardrobe. Over the years my Mum’s love of all things spotty has slowly but surely been trickling down to me (her excitement at discovering a new polka-dot garment is only rivalled by my finding a chunky Breton top) and, after coming across a couple of specific items that suit my personal style, I’ve decided I’m now a lover of both spots and stripes (but maybe stripes a little bit more).