Monday, 27 February 2012

My Week At Home In Pictures

L-R: Happenings of the week; Essay writing; Cooking chilli with Mum; Spoons with friends; New shoes; Piggy buys at farm; Outing at farm; Me and Joss on night out; Chicken nuggets and chips at the end of the night.

It's safe to say that I've had a fantastic nine days at home! I'm not looking forward to the next five weeks of work work work but after that it is the easter hols!
It'll be good to see all my Roey girls and be back at the bar earning money too.

faye xoxo

Friday, 24 February 2012


Just a short, random post with these 3 images that I've come across.
Love them all, especially the 2nd and 3rd. They're just really artistic!

There's some really exciting journalism aspects coming up that I will post more about when everything is published!
Other than that, I tried on tomorrow nights outfit with new shoes that I received today. Everything looks well so unless I put on a stone over night (touch wood!) then it will go swimmingly tomorrow night.

faye xoxo

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

What I Bought Today

I'm writing this on the actual day of which I have done my shopping! For a change!!
As I am at home, me and my mum went shopping as a kind of tradition aka we always shop when I'm home. I bought lots as usual! Mum treated me too!! So all in all, below are the things that I got today.

God knows how much all this cost altogether but some things were in the sale for really cheap!

I went to see The Vow tonight with my friend which was a really good film. I didn't cry when I definitely through I would! It was nice to have Maccy's, and a lot of it, in the car before the cinema and then sitting down in a dark room to watch a film on the big screen. I don't really go to the pictures anymore because it's so expensive, especially in London. £9.50? Er, no thanks.

The last bracelet is a friendship bracelet between me and my five year old niece who I surprised today after school. I was so excited to see her because I haven't seen her in six or seven weeks! I seriously start to get withdrawal symptons I miss her so much!

The black top and new skirt is Saturday nights outfit with a black blazer and some nude patent shoes (that I have still not bought yet) and a bag (that I also need to buy)! I'm really excited for a good girls night out!

Generally loving being home!

faye xoxo

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Train Travels

This post was originally supposed to be uploaded on Friday night but I didn't because my boyfriend came round for tea and I needed to get ready for a night out.
Back to the post. Yesterday I returned up North and I will be here for ten days! I was on the train for over two hours and even though I didn't follow my own advice, I created this post for you people who travel home from university, or travel anywhere else on the train.

Wear comfy clothes for travelling on the train (and if you live in London, travelling through the city).
Take snacks to keep you going through the journey.
Listen to music to drown out the train noises around such as babies screaming and parents telling their kinds off.
Read a good book be it for leisure or for work. Usually mines for work as an English Literature student.
Carry a holdall for all your clothes/shoes/work etc. And DON'T leave your packing to the morning of with a massive hangover like I did yesterday morning.
Finally, a big bag for your purse, phone, essentials and those important tickets!

This post was inspired by La Petite Fashionista and her post on travelling on planes.

faye xoxo

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Ink up!

Just a quick post.
These are the tattoos that I want to get done next. I don't want to get them done any time soon because I want to wait until after my year in Murcia.
The first image is taken from 5inchandup. It is her sisters tattoo. It represents the circle of life, and life carrying on over and over which is something that I would gladly have inked on me. The only problem is, although I have long hair, I'm not sure whether I'd be comfortable getting it done on the back of my neck. It's a mother thing as well as a wedding day thing (yes, I am thinking ahead) and I just don't know whether I'd want it done there. The only other place I would think of it going is on my wrist but I do not want any tattoos on my arms or legs.
The one below is one that I have wanted for quite a while now and if you've read this blog, you'll know where and when and why etc. For those who don't know, I wouldn't be getting it done on my spine for reasons 1) it would kill way too much and I don't fancy going through that type of pain (saying that I want it dont on my ribs) and 2) I have a tattoo down the side of my back; it would look far too crowded for my liking.

The blog was looking a bit bare lately so I thought a nice quick post would do it justice. I've been writing an essay about Victorian femininity for the past 3-4 hours and I' have 1000 words to go. I'm officially giving up for the night even though I want to do another draft after this one by Friday. Yes, that is a short amount of time but I don't want the stress of an essay hanging over my head when I return up North.

Much love at 02:38am!

faye xoxo

Monday, 13 February 2012

What I Bought Today

Again, this is a VERY delayed what i bought today post. Apologies! Uni life is pretty hectic at the moment with all the deadlines/work/sitting on my arse all day and watching csi...

This dress was supposed to be for a HerUni event which I never even went to after the stress of dragging my boyfriend around Kingston in search for a white (I know it's not white) dress in less than two hours for a White Party at Pacha that night. The PR for Hed Kandi never got back to my editor so I ended up staying in and watch csi.
The dress is from the Bentalls centre in Kingston. It is by Joanna London, supposed to be £89, got it in the sale for £39! Good bargain!
I have a family wedding coming up in April that I might wear it too, with some glitter shoes where you can find my addiction to in a post here and a nice new glitter clutch that will probably be bought from Schuh also.

In other news of the life of moi, I have changed my room around. I was getting pretty bored of the old way it looked and decided to try and make my tiny box room a little bit bigger.



It looks and feels so much better than before!

I am going home this Saturday which is very exciting and I have a travel style post lined up for just before I go too. I haven't been home since the Christmas holidays so it will be nice to see my family and the friends that will be up north for 10 days. The only thing is, I have an essay due on the 24th. That means I have to do it by this Friday so I don't have to come back for one day to hand it in. Now, this is where the panic sets in as I have 273 pages left to read of the book I am setting my essay on. I need to plan it, and ideally I want to write a draft to be sent in and given feedback on, and then sumit the second draft. This plus working in the Union and other uni work, plus it's Valentines Day tomorrow which I will be spending the evening with my other half (after working in the day). Phew! Suffice to say, I'm going to be tearing my hair out of my head at the end of the week. By the way, my Valentine's special post here for those perfect accessories/outfits to wear on the day of lurrve.

Have a good week!

faye xoxo

P.S. You probably noticed that I did a bit of redecorating on the blog. Hope you like!

Monday, 6 February 2012

HerUni: Fairy Tales of the 21st Century

Fairy tales have been told in the English languages for centuries. We have seen them in many forms: word of mouth, picture books, stories, Disney. Now there is a whole new wave of cinema that has the fairy tale at the heart of the storyline.

It is true that Disney is a form of cinema, a huge form in fact with an enormous fan base all over the world and merchandise worth billions. This was the cinema of our childhood. As we’ve grown older, the typical fairy tale has changed. Back then we needed a prince and a princess to kill the evil witch, fall in love, marry and live ‘happily ever after’. Now, we want action, we want murder, we still want love, but not the too optimistic ‘happily ever after part’ at the age of sixteen.

This is where the 21st century steps in with its high technology that can turn a human into a wolf in an instant, or make an evil queen break into three dozen black crows. With today’s technology anything can happen. Also, in this day and age the actors are of our generation. Therefore, they tend to be a bit more independent, especially the women which is why we have more heroines now in cinema than the typical ‘princess’ character. Actresses such as Amanda Seyfried and Kristen Stewart are perfect examples for their roles in fairy tale cinema.

These actresses are beautiful yet they hold a sense of mystery around them which is why they bring a new element to the fairy tale. They bring individuality, and these women play characters who do not want to be rescued like a damsel in distress. These young actresses have aspirations which could be the reason why young girls look up to them, and would prefer watching these versions of fairy tales instead of the classic Disney version. It is unconventional in a fairy tale for the lead female character to have some kind of evil in her system, which is what I believe in Red Riding Hood. Also, if the female protagonist physically fights in a battle against the villain, they would be subverting from the classical perception that women play the role of the ‘princess’ (according to Propp’s characters).

Three new films that have been adapted from classic fairy tales are Red Riding Hood from Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty from the original, and Snow White and the Huntsman from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. So, how are these films different from the original stories that we used to read as children?

You all know the story of Little Red Riding Hood. A little girl takes a basket of fruit and cake through the woods to her grandmother while being followed by a wolf, who ends up impersonating the grandmother as he has eaten the real one. There are various endings to this story, including the wolf being cut open by a woodcutter, and Little Red being gobbled up by the wolf too. In the 2011 interpretation of the story, Valerie (Red Riding Hood) lives in a small village in the middle of the woods where at every full moon, a werewolf haunts it, taking lives of innocents. Valerie is not the perfect little angel depicted in the fairy tale; she kills a rabbit as a young child right at the beginning of the film, goes against her parents’ wishes and falls in love with the woodcutter’s son, and there is definite sexual tension throughout the film. Spoiler Alert. There is a connection between Valerie and the werewolf as she can hear its thoughts which tell her to come away with it. I will not state what kind of connection but it is a close one which will keep you guessing right until the very end. It is a mystery story which is what makes it a good film, as well as the love triangle between Valerie, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), and Henry (Max Irons). As a result, there are distinct changes between the original and this twenty first century film which is what makes it enjoyable for older people.

Sleeping for one hundred years and being awoken by true loves first kiss is a bit of a leap for the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty, yet as kids, we all believe that this can happen: we can live for one hundred years with our horses and not look a day over sixteen. If only this happened. I have not yet seen Julia Leigh’s 2011 adaptation of Sleeping Beauty but from the trailer and the synopsis, it is a definite stretch from the Disney version we watched as a child. Nevertheless, it could be that this recent version is a little closer to the original Grimm story. This indie film shows Lucy (Emily Browning) as a student who has many jobs in order to keep herself safely under a roof. She meets Clara (Rachael Blake) who offers her a job in silver service while wearing lingerie. Lucy is then asked to do a more intimate job for a client, who gives her tea which makes her fall into a deep sleep. The client then caresses her whilst she is sedated. This is what is close to the original story, as the ‘beauty’ is raped whilst she is sleeping. This is an alarming film which illustrates the lengths that young people will go to in order to get money to live. Furthermore, it provides a unique view which differs from mainstream Hollywood cinema. As a result, this could make it reflect the lives of real girls who are struggling in this economy.

Finally, a film that has been hugely anticipated this coming year is Snow White and the Huntsman. The seven dwarves have been dropped in favour of Thor’s Chris Hemsworth who plays the Huntsman. Kristen Stewart stars as Snow White, while Charlize Theron plays the villain, Queen Ravenna. This is an all starring cast for a huge motion picture. The aspect of the film is still the same: Queen Ravenna wants to be the fairest of them all, but is told by her mirror on the wall that there is another with hair as black as night, skin white as snow, and lips red as the rose. Being the evil witch, she employs the huntsman to kill fair Snow White in order to become the one true beauty. However, it seems that there will be a team change. I predict that the huntsman will go into battle against Queen Ravenna, on the side of Snow White, and I also predict that they will fall in love instead of Snow White falling in love with Prince William (Sam Claflin). This version is full of battle, evil, traitors and more which is greater than the original fairy story. The special effects also play a huge role in this film as I stated earlier especially with regards to the crows which are an important symbol throughout the movie.

So, why do we all love fairy tales? Why are fairy tales amazing bases for up and coming movies of the twenty first century? Why can’t we get enough of them? I believe that creating new fairy tales takes us back to the originals we listened to at bedtime. I believe that fairy tales will never grow old because of the characters we have met in our early childhood, who we will always love. I believe that fairy tales make good cinema as the basis of the story is still there. The basic story in a fairy tale will always be good against evil and good triumphing over evil, which is something that we all want in our lives.


faye xoxo

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Latest Lust: Glitter Shoes

It may be snowing outside, and your feet would probably end up as a block of ice if you wore them out, but these shoes are something that I have been lusting after for about two years now. I still haven't bought them yet.

I'm loving the glitter boots with the wooden heel! They are fabulous shoes which you could wear even in the day to add a bit of sparkle to a casual outfit.
Also, I am so very jealous of the model in that last image with all the Miu Miu shoes! Lucky girl!

faye xoxo

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Be My Valentine

Valentines Day is coming up fast. The card shops are thick with red and pink envelopes, there are cuddly toys, fake roses, photo frames everywhere. Personally, I don't see the point of spending a stupid amount of money on trinket presents for your other half that you will never use. Instead, I would rather go for a meal, somewhere nice, with food that we would both enjoy (also somewhere that hasn't put their price up just because it's Valentines because that is just ridiculous).
Here's a little bit of inspiration for the 14th February (and some treats for us girls that you can either buy yourself or hint at your other half for!)

Enjoy your Valentine's whatever you're doing.

faye xoxo