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Thursday, 24 July 2014


Sunday was a peaceful day - I spent the morning at Columbia Road flower market, the afternoon eating pineapple and watching documentaries for psychology, and the evening looking at holiday photos and barbecue-ing with family.  It's strange how into psychology work I've been. At first the idea of summer homework seemed like hell on earth, but the subject actually seems to be really interesting and has made me realise just how much I don't know about my own brain. My particular favourites have been the idea of attachment, and after watching the study of Curtiss and Genie I am fascinated by the whole idea that even things like chewing food, making eye contact, walking upright and talking are not things we inherit naturally and are born being able to do. I also loved the idea of 'Savants', people with incredible memory and intelligence (such as Kim Peek who inspired the film Rainman). To think that a tiny difference in our brains can give a person such an amazing skill and almost power is incredible. I've also started my art at last, and although I am still struggling for ideas (observation drawings based on the word 'good', anybody?) I have at least got a few pieces done. Who knows, this could be the first year I manage to do all my summer work on time...
(Also, I apologise for the awful photo spacing...for some reason it won't let me change it ugh)

I wore a slightly too-summery outfit for the slightly less-summery weather, but was typically happy as I got to wear my new American Apparel skirt and socks. The skirt was half price in the sale and is the colours I wear most, so of course I had to have it...and the fishnet socks had to happen too as I have been craving them ever since seeing an old photograph of my Aunt wearing a turquoise pair under her high-waisted, indigo denim Levi's, that matched the turquoise of her polo neck jumper. I seriously want a pair in every colour. The top is from H&M and the shoes from Office. 
Also, I finally got myself a sunhat! My crazily pale skin has finally got the better of me, and after burning my scalp (how?) I decided I really needed to just give in and protect my head a little more. I found this one in Beyond Retro and was so happy with it mainly because it's pretty big, and I've never been one for subtlety. 


Columbia Road was just as I'd remembered - bright, busy and beautiful in equal measure. The flowers smell amazing and bring such a vibrancy to the street, and the gorgeous independent shops offer perfect refuge from the crowds when they arrive. We managed to beat them this time, though, and the trick really is to get there early - you get the best pick of the flowers and no hot, compact throng of people to tackle. I bought a few more cacti and various other succulents to decorate my little workroom with, and found a cut-down vintage blue floral Laura Ashley smock dress in a £10 box in my favourite Jessie & Buddug which I just couldn't leave. I also bought one of their 'mystery packs', which contained a gorgeous vintage photo album that I can't wait to fill with cute little treasures.

Anyway, I better update you on the other bits and bobs going on in my life...I met up with the Shopcade team for dinner on Monday, and am so excited to be a part of their July Style Battle, which you can enter and find out more about here. I've also been watching Orange is the New Black obsessively, which is really unlike me as I'm not a huge series-watcher (I don't sit still for very long). Also, yesterday the lovely Amber Callender and I shot a series of cute photos in and around the Natural History Museum for Zeum Mag, and spent a very long time trying to get butterflies to land on me in the exhibition (I eventually got one, but they definitely preferred Amber's dungarees to my shoulder). 


I hope you are all having a good week...I'm planning on going on a central London crawl tomorrow to pick up the last few bits for my holiday, although it will probably result in me hiding from the sun in various shops (being pale is hard). Have a good weekend!

38 comments:

  1. These photos are perf I love your style xo
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  2. I completely understand your pale problems. I burn so easily. I've been a hermit for most of the summer! But I've also had a lot to do. If you're getting into psychology, you might want to check out Crash Course Psychology on YouTube. It's also probably really good if you plan on taking psychology in the fall as an introductory thing. I'm excited to hear about how the style battle goes!

    Theatricality by Mariah

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    1. really? I've never heard of crash course psychology but it sounds great! I'm a visual learner so a video really helps me, thankyou so much! <3
      also, my gosh the sun literally cooks me! x

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  3. You look amazing! Love that skirt and your hat!

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  4. For the good art thing, you could sketch things that make you feel good or things that are considered good, such as kind acts or something like that. I'm taking psychology too, any pointers for good documentaries or reading ? Thanks !!

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    1. oh my that is such a good idea, thankyou so much! <3
      and here are my two current favourites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEnkY2iaKis&list=PLD245040CE7165542 (curtiss and genie) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n_nlhV_aXk (savant Daniel Tammet) xx

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  5. I love this outfit, it feels a bit '70s (which is always good in my book!) I really love the print on the skirt, I never think to look at American Apparel.
    I love learning about psychology, it's so so fascinating. And those vague art projects based around a totally random word are the worst, everyone I went to college with basically did anything they wanted and then made something up as to how it related afterwards!

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    1. thankyou, and same I have started to love AA so much! <3

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  6. Oh my, love everything about this outfit! Perfect styling <3

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  7. I love the outfit. I'm really into watching psychology documentaries too, I'm a little too excited to be studying it at A level next year - I hope it's not too boring. x

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    1. same I am way too excited...and I think it will be good, fingers crossed! xx

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  8. You look beautiful! I am due to start my 2nd year of psychology and counselling at university and I love it, like you say it is incredible that we all have such a complex organ within our bodies that we barely understand.
    Hunter XOXO

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    1. That is so awesome, I bet that is so interesting to study! <3

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  9. You look gorgeous as per usual, I've been watching orange is the new black aswell, its so addictive! I had a week binge of it.

    Charlotte // The Goodowl
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    1. thankyou! and I know I can't stop watching it too!

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  10. Ohhh your shoes, what beauts! They compliment your hair beautifully.
    Have a lovely day :)

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  11. these photos look lovely ellie :) I did psychology for a little bit and did enjoy it (but i study geology know) but I agree it's mind blowing and almost scary how little we know about our own bodies and minds

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    1. thankyou so much! and ooh I bet geology is interesting!

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  12. love the hat!
    xx
    daniella
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  13. I love your skirt!
    xx Tessie
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  14. All of your posts and photographs are absolutely stunning!

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  15. One of my favorite outfits by you! Who takes your pictures?

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  16. Love those comforters and pillows! Ahh, so pretty!
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  17. Super into that skirt, and love the chunky heels. I've been trying to get into more hat-wearing. This post is uber inspirational in that field.

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