Monday, 5 January 2015

London Victoria

khaki dress topshop (link) | houndstooth coat dorothy perkins (similar) | scarf h&m (similar) | boots topshop (very similar) | silver midi rings h&m | bag dorothy perkins

If this post goes up when I'd like it to and I've scheduled it successfully, right now I'm back at sixth form for the first time since Christmas break and probably hiding in the library with the fattest Geography textbook you could ever possibly imagine. Ah, A-Levels. Can't say I've missed ya. Can't say I'm not excited to be done with you as of Friday 19th June at around midday....not that I'm counting. Talking of sixth form, unless my weather app lied to me  (as it tends to do) and we've had a downpour, I'll be wearing this exact dress right about now. This dress is one of those essentials I've fallen in love with and have already planned to purchase in other colours come pay day. Comfortable and clean with a lil' edge on the back is what I like to see in a dress. Without coming across as too sales person-y I would massively recommend you all grab one when they're still available...yet to my despair they seem to be going quickly on the website. Situations like this tend to arise when I'm not winning on the money front because, y'know, life of a seventeen-year-old student. Alas, with higher spirits and a pinch of confidence, I'm going to leave you with this:

I will rock this year. I have faith in myself. Likewise, so will you. I have faith in whoever happens to be reading this. Not reading this from the UK? Hiya! I love seeing the list of countries my daily/weekly/monthly readers are viewing the blog from. You international peoples are fabulous. And as for my Brits/adopted Brits, I adore you, as always.

I hope you have a fabulous week,

Thalia
xxx

P.S - a massive cheers to one of my best blogger friends Sophie for taking these photos for me! As I mentioned on here one or two posts ago, she and I had a catch up in Covent Garden a few days ago and it was lovely. Anyway, my beloved Canon 600D isn't in tip-top shape at the moment and is seeking a visit to the repairs centre so until then I am without it. Here comes Sophie, equipped with her camera and ready to go. Thank you, Sophie. I appreciate your existence a hella lot.

P.P.S - for the umpteenth time I made a tumblr yet this time I think I might stick to it. Got tumblr? Leave me your links :)

P.P.P.S - as for the title, these outfit photos happened to be taken outside of London Victoria station, whilst receiving questionable stares from a man who was evidently unsure what Sophie and I were doing photographing each other. I couldn't think of anything else tot title this post...sorry not sorry

Thursday, 1 January 2015

third blog birthday & happy new year!

First and foremost - HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

3 years ago today on the first of January 2012, I wrote my first blog post on here having decided to attempt this blogging thing for a fourth/fifth? time. 314 blog posts later, I'm here celebrating my blog birthday for the third year running. [2013/2014 celebration posts]. It's a bit mad but I'm so happy I stuck to it. I know loads of people say this, but blogging really has opened doors for me, given me so much more confidence (which quite frankly, I was lacking at 14) and has provided me space to do my thangggg and practice my hopefully-future profession (journalism) on a regular basis.

image c/o weheartit [source]

I wrote in last year's NYD blog post that I saw 2014 as being a filler year in my life and despite that, it turned out pretty awesome. As I mentioned in my 2014 highlights post, 2014 saw me meet my idol, Alex Crawford, zip wire through a jungle in Thailand, pass all of my AS exams, become a contributor for Live Mag UK and become an Australian citizen. So not much then. It was a memorable year and I'm determined to make sure 2015 is too.

This year I will turn 18 and start my adult life, despite unfortunately still looking 13/14ish. On the condition that I pass my A-Level exams this summer (something I am working really hard to do), I'm finishing secondary education forever. Finishing school after being there for a 15 years is going to be weird and scary but I am so excited for it. I've loved the past eighteen months of sixth form and I well and truly hope the next six months there continues positively.

image c/o weheartit [source]

I couldn't have a new year's post without a few resolutions/goals, so here they are:
- get ABB at A-Level, and as a result, get into university.
- relaunch my blog successfully, which is something I'm really excited about. This space is changing so do look out for that!
- start learning how to drive, which is something I'm nervous about yet I know I have to do.
- pass my driving theory test, as I can at least work to get the first step of driving done and dusted.
- travel somewhere I've never been before, a goal of mine every year.
- exercise more frequently: I'm not making any promises about specific quotas per week but I am going to try and commit to exercise more than I did last year. Which quite frankly, wasn't a lot.

In terms of how I succeeded with last year's goals:
- I didn't read nearly as much as I should have...I think I read 6/7 books, which is shocking. I still need to work on that.
- I didn't blog more consistently, something I'm disappointed about, however I've been putting more effort into individual posts so I've improved in that way. Quality over quantity, as they say...
- I have become way less critical of myself over the past year, there's no doubt about it. I'm well on the way to fully accepting myself so I'm chuffed about that.
- My photography skills have improved thanks to a camera upgrade, but I still don't know what half of the buttons do. I'm determined to know more rather than just the basics to get me by.

What are your resolutions and goals for 2015?

Thalia
xxx

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 HIGHLIGHTS

my oh my was 2014 a good year or what?! // grab a cuppa and let's reminisce about the past year...

2014 was a bit of a slow burner for me but once things picked up around March-ish it started becoming one of the most exciting and eventful years of my life. 

In January I dragged my brother out to Madame Tussauds, somewhere we'd both never been to despite spending most of our lives in London. Keir was apprehensive to visit at first (I know for a fact he'd rather spend his spare time Minecrafting) but once I'd convinced him to join me we thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not everyday you can say you had photos taken with the Queen, Beyonce and Barack Obama, is it?

The month of February was seriously cold yet exciting nonetheless as through my lovely blogger friend Sophie I went to London Fashion Week. I managed to get a seriously decent seat at Zeynep Tosun's AW14 show in the beautiful Freemason's Hall and also explore around the area with Mum (who then joined me as we ate spaghetti bolognese at Bella Italia, which obviously was a highlight of the month).

In March I celebrated my 17th birthday, surrounded by the three people that mean the most to me - my parents and my younger brother, as well as copious amounts of Mexican food. I couldn't really complain. I also hosted my 4th annual house birthday party which has turned into a bit of a tradition and I liked to think it went well. This month also saw my friends and I travel to Snowdonia in North Wales for a Geography fieldtrip. The five days away involved me using dry shampoo as a form of self-defence (I wish I was joking about that), almost being blown off the top of some seriously steep mountains and an absolute tonne of laughs.

birthday lunch at Las Iguanas // 22nd March 2014

April was a month of highs and lows: I adored seeing The 1975 at Royal Albert Hall with eight of my best friends. It was an absolute nightmare to organise: the logistics of getting nine people to be in the same place at the same time was a pain in the arse but it worked brilliantly in the end, even if our viewing spot was about as far away from the stage as one could get. Simultaneously we successfully conquered the District line and sung our hearts away with Matty Healy. The same month included the death of my Grandad, something that still makes me sad when I think about it, however I know he's in a safe place now, and is no longer ill/in pain. 

May was a hard month academically as I had 9/10 of my AS exams, all of which I somehow passed. It also included one of my favourite days of the entire year, when I dragged the family out to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. The weather was a glorious 23 degrees - any Brit will understand the glorious feeling of it starting to get warm in the summer months - and all four of us had a wonderful time.
family day at the Olympic Park // 17th May 2014

The not overly eventful month of June involved me having an unimpressive 5 days off school post-exams, something that to this day I feel was...insufficient. On a brighter note, June was also the month I attended a Journalism course at City University London and truly realised why I want to study the subject. Later that day I took the tube across the city (and almost melted from heat exhaustion - 29 degrees + the Central line is a mix I wouldn't advise) and took blog photos in Hyde Park with Dad. 

July was the month I'd waited so long for. After 25 months (and many years before that) finally I had decent teeth after getting my braces removed. This month my wonderful best friend Rhea visited London, and that was amazing too - I don't get to see my favourite Indian girl nearly enough. July was also the month that I returned back to my favourite place and second home, Perth, Western Australia, after having not been back for five years. Now anybody that knows me in real life knows how much I care about Aus - I talk about it all the time and adore the country so much. Having become an Australian citizen (!!!) Only a couple months previously, this month was also the first time I flew using my fresh Aussie passport. I was a very happy girl! Now I did numerous posts when in Australia so I won't yap on too much about the trip in itself, however I will remember one memory in particular - going to my first AFL match: Fremantle Dockers vs. Carlton. I didn't think I'd connect with the sport as much as I did and I can say, hands down, it is one of my all-time favourite Aussie memories.

I continued my travels in August, when I flew from Perth to Bangkok with my Mum and brother and not-so-coincidentally bumped into Dad in Suvarnabhumi airport. This commenced our 12-day Thailand trip: 2 days in the capital, Bangkok, 3 days in the gorgeous city of Chiang Mai and a week in Koh Samui, which is probably the nicest place I've ever been to. It was a seriously hectic trip: we zip wired through the jungle, rode on elephants and sunbathed on Bophut beach - all in all, it was an incredible experience. 

catching up with my Yugoslav family in Perth // 7th August 2014

I began my last year of school in September and remembered the serious workload involved in A-Levels. This month also included round 2 of London Fashion Week, which I managed to attend courtesy of my awesome blogger friend Mia. We went backstage to see all of the hair magic happen at Toni & Guy and saw some gorgeous makeup looks using products by The Body Shop. This visit to LFW was a lot of fun, probably because it had late-summer London vibes in full force (probably my favourite time of the year in the city) and Mia and I bumped into a number of our favourite bloggers - notably, Arabella, Becca, Shirley, Shope and Shore. This month I also got to catch up with another bloggy friend, Sarah, when attending the #bloggersfestival, hosted by the awesome Scarlett.

October was one of the most jam-packed months of 2014 for me. I (legit) dressed up as a tie rack for something-beginning-with-the-first-letter-of-your-name day during the annual fundraising week at sixth form, took part in a photoshoot and interview with Cagecity and completed work experience at Live Mag UK. One of the most rewarding things I've done this year hands down is becoming a contributor at Live Mag UK - the people there are all absolute babes and having my article published (and therefore go on the front page of their website) was unreal. Unreal.

photoshoot and interview with CAGECITY // 11th October 2014

In November I got the chance to meet my idol Alex Crawford and naturally, took the chance with both hands. She was so lovely in real life and to this day I'm still shocked that I even got to witness such an incredible woman in person. I know lots of people fangirl over celebrities/singers etc (and I'm not saying that's a bad thing or that I wouldn't) but this was one of those times when I actively had to put effort in to keep my cool. I learnt so much from her in only an hour and she even signed my book. (!!) Later that day I walked from Shoreditch to Tower Bridge and visited the beautiful installment of the poppies at the Tower of London - something I doubt I'll ever forget. 

To conclude the year, December was on the quiet side however I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Sixth form at Christmas time is a 70:30 combination of huge, stressful deadlines and serious festive fever, and I wouldn't expect it to be any other way. In December I absolutely loved going to see all of the Christmas lights and window displays with Mum, and catching up with Sophie in Covent Garden was awesome too.

What were your 2014 highlights? I'd absolutely love to know what your favourite memories were from this past year.

Happy New Year - I'll see you in 2015!

Thalia
xxx

Saturday, 27 December 2014

bottle green tartan

black blouse (worn underneath) asos | bottle green frill jumper topshop (link - on sale for £15) | grey studded jeggings pull & bear | black shearling coat mango | black army boots topshop (link - on sale for £20) | scarf james pringle weavers/the edinburgh woollen mill | bag dorothy perkins

There's just that something about dark green in Winter. The festive colour of choice for those like myself who shy away from red. So naturally, upon discovering this jumper in the Topshop sale not too long ago, I quickly snapped it up and paired it with one of my three tartan scarves I bought in Scotland last year (and blogged about, of course). Contrasting the feminine frill with some biker boots sounds a bit clever and thought-through but I promise you my mind isn't quite that fashion-forward and the whole girly meets biker vibe didn't even occur to me at the time. But let's just pretend I didn't admit that and that every fashion-oriented move I make is intentional, okay?

Right now I'm enduring that post-Christmas stage that pretty much everyone faces when half of me is unsure of what day of the week it is and the other feels sad at the amount of school work I have to do (yet I choose to ignore for the time being). It's weird because although 2014 has been a year of ups and downs, it has been overwhelmingly positive and probably the best year of my life. Definitely think this is turning into a life rant so I'll draw this to a finish now but alas, I'm going to miss this year because it was a good'un.

How was 2014 for you?

Thalia
xxx

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas in London


I'm a firm believer that there's no place in the world like London when it comes to Christmas. Whilst some lucky ones may be spending the festive season skiing (or sunbathing in the blazing heat if you're one of my family members over in Straya), I'm spending Christmas at home this year. And quite frankly, I couldn't be happier.

I'm fortunate to have spent 3 Christmasses abroad - two in India, and one in Argentina/Uruguay and I can say that there's no place like home. You can have the adventure of exploring a new place, something I enjoy thoroughly, but the comfort of home at Christmas is unbeatable. 

London's got a great reputation when it comes to the decorations, lights and numerous window displays in the likes of Harrods and Selfridges, so Mum and I thought we'd better 'av a look. It would be silly not to, right?
Harrods, Knightsbridge
Burberry, Knightsbridge
Selfridges, Oxford Street
New Bond Street
Liberty, Great Marlborough Street
Carnaby Street
St Christopher's Passage | South Molton Street
There really is no place at home, and at Christmas time I remember how grateful I am to come from such an awesome city. 

How does your hometown celebrate Christmas spirit?

Thalia
xxx