A New Direction

Last week I finished my exams, thank goodness! I have still been active on Instagram, trying to keep online in the midst of stress and all the inevitable feelings exams bring. I had been on and off with my blog since last September until I re-created it over Christmas – during exam revision (slight procrastination?) But I’m back now in full swing and looking forward to getting into a routine. Before I get into the details of when I will be posting, I would like to explain my plans for the moment about where I would like to see this blog going.

With the inauguration of Trump and the Women’s March, I have realised that I have been trying to fit the role of a style blogger and forgetting that my writing needs to reflect more of myself and therefore the passions who make me who I am. Now of course I love styling and fashion photography, it’s why I created this blog. However, my passion for feminism and my interest in culture and society needs to become a part of it. I posted this on Instagram last Wednesday;

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‘I believe in equal rights for men and women. I believe this is a human right. I am a feminist. I am 20 years old, in the middle of my degree with the realisation that I will leave university next year and face a world on my own, where women are seen by some as lesser than men; Incapable because they are women – not measured by ability but by gender. I want to be treated as an equal. I want gender equality.’

I had been trying to keep up with the news about the Women’s March whilst revising for my literature exam. During my first evening of exam freedom (which was a lifetime coming), I started to properly read the signs people were carrying in the march such as a sign which said ‘I can’t believe I still have to carry a sign!’

Furthermore, a group of 26 women learnt the song ‘can’t keep quiet’ through Skype and had never met before the day of the march. In addition, young children, both boys and girls were fighting for gender equality; showing that generations to come are concerned for their future.

I was feeling very low thinking about what society is becoming, why we still have a misogynistic attitude, why the political world appears to be crumbling around us. I admit I am very naive when it comes to discussing politics, but I do know that change needs to be made and I want to, as a young person, make myself more informed about the issues which are going to affect our future.

So my blog will now include an opinions section whereby I will be sharing what I am learning about feminism and spreading awareness of issues that I believe are important. However I don’t want to overload page with lots of different types of issues. For now I will limit it to feminism, the fashion industry and certain campaigns I want to spread awareness about. For example, last week a campaign was launched by MQ: Transforming Mental Health about spreading awareness of mental illness in young people. They are a new charity supporting research in mental health. I shared this on Instagram last Thursday;

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‘When I was 7 my mum had to hold my hands by my side so that I would stop obsessively washing them before I ate. When I was 13 it became more apparent that I had mild OCD. I would constantly repeat things such as walking in and out of a room because I felt I hadn’t done it ‘right’. I started to isolate myself from my friends and family. When I was 14 I saw a doctor because I was underweight from restricting my food. I was obsessed with how food looked and whether it was healthy enough. My habits were becoming physically noticeable and I couldn’t see it because I tried to normalise them. It feels like no one truly understands the ‘thoughts’ that tell you to repeat things. Fortunately I had extremely supportive family and friends but this isn’t the case for everyone. The anxiety and stress it causes is damaging. ¾ people don’t get the help they need. Let’s help spread awareness. Let’s fight mental illness. #WeSwear @mqmentalheath’

Mental illness is therefore something I suffered from and something that will always be a part of me. It’s something I have to control. The ¾ figure is astounding. I shared this on Instagram as I believe my experience during my early teenage years is one which I need not hide from. It is one which I want to share to help people know they are not alone and it is very common.

Last Thursday I also shared this on Instagram;

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‘So excited to read these books! Inspired by Emma Watson’s book club @oursharedself, and the millions of inspirational women who participated in the women’s march, I am starting to build a personal reading list of books centred around feminism. As a fashion and culture writer and someone who is passionate about gender equality, I feel this is really important for me to do and to translate the importance of feminism in modern society through my writing. Due to having a mum who is passionate about women leadership in her career, the importance of a woman’s independence has been something I have been constantly aware of growing up. This has translated into my love for literature and now as I am creating my own small space on the internet, I hope to be one of the millions of voices to spread the importance of feminism in a way which is personal to me.’

Consequently the last few days have been very challenging in terms of making me re-think what I want this blog to be about. The main features of the blog will therefore be:

News and Opinions – Feminism and spreading awareness of campaigns whether these be issues such as mental illness or within the fashion industry.

Culture – passion of independent coffee shops and bars.

Fashion – style, fashion photography, what is happening within the fashion industry including articles that have inspired me.

I hope you enjoy reading this blog and I would love to hear from you.

Georgia x

take a chance

take a chance

As you may have seen in my review of Laynes Espresso, an independent coffee shop in Leeds, I included some photos which were taken by a kind gentleman who was a cameraman. I was close by and overheard them mentioning camera angles and shooting something – this caught my attention. I was writing a review of Laynes and wanted some photos of my outfit. For about 20 minutes I was debating whether to ask them to take a photo of me. I got up the courage and asked and they kindly accepted, taking photos at different angles and giving me a range of shots to choose from. As this website is in its early stages I am still figuring out how to be creative and take the best shots I can. The passion I have for photography and journalism was in part what gave me the courage to ask that favour. Sometimes all it takes is a moment to push those nerves aside and remember what you are passionate about and eventually your self-confidence will build.

‘Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be obtained.’

– Marie Curie

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Review of Laynes Espresso

Review of Laynes Espresso

Whenever I go to Leeds I always stop by Laynes Espresso for a coffee. Today I went to Laynes to do some studying and (excitedly) visit the new extension. The exposed brick creates an urban vibe and the lighting is low which adds a relaxed yet sophisticated feel. The furniture is minimal which I absolutely love. Everything is dark brown and black; the perfect colours to play with the low lighting and exposed brick.

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Now of course I need to mention the coffee. Laynes use different blends but I always find that the coffee is quite strong. I like it but my mum finds it quite bitter. Then again I do have strong taste. My mum finds that soya milk or cow’s milk cuts through the sharpness.

Every few minutes one of the baristas would come downstairs with people who seemed to be friends coming to visit the new extension. I can’t count how many times I heard the exclamation ‘Wow!’ (couldn’t agree more!). I really liked this as it makes the business feel friendly and passionate about what they do. Independent coffee shops are clearly on the rise, popping up every two minutes. But Laynes Espresso have something extra as they not only look independent but they bring the family-like atmosphere amongst the customers.

The baristas wear grey aprons and one guy wore a white shirt with it and the apron was worn across the whole body, giving a chic and elegant look. However most of the baristas wear the apron folded on the bottom half of the body, creating a casual (and I also might add very trendy) look which I love because it gives a relaxed and urban feel to the coffee shop, in line with current trends.

The staff here are lovely and welcoming. I am always greeted with a warm ‘hello!’ (just heard a happy, perky one now whilst writing this (kudos to the barista – 10.30 in the morning). The staff are a huge part of why I come back here.

The menu is always very sophisticated and sticking to its Yorkshire roots with the dish ‘Yorkshire Rarebit’ (I quite fancy the Toasted Banana Bread though to be honest; served with orange mascarpone, candied walnut and honey – sounds delicious!). Before I became gluten intolerant I used to have the sourdough – you’ve got to try it! (I may have some today though 😉 it’s hard to resist). They will also be extending this menu.

For the dairy and gluten free sufferers like me (and I do mean sufferers, who wouldn’t want a great slab of chocolate brownie!) , Laynes Espresso are perfect. They do vegan and gluten free options, including cake! They taste just like they are packed with dairy goodness.

Whilst I was there I bumped into two camera men and one of them kindly took some photos of me. I wore a tunic from h&m as well as some old jeans, probably from Next, and my Jones the Bootmaker boots.

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So if you are in Leeds now, or visiting soon, pop over to Laynes, trust me it’s AMAZING.

Georgia x

p.s I got the sourdough 😉

 

 

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Fashion is a big passion of mine. I love reading about current fashion news from trends to designers. I would say my daily style is minimal and classic; you’ll often find me in jeans, knits, and boots, all in neutral colours. However I try to experiment with different styles and turn my classic minimal look into something representing a different style or era such as pairing a vintage wrangler jacket with a pair of tailored trousers, thin knit jumper and Chelsea boots, giving a ’90s edge to a soft, elegant look.

This blog is a place for me to express my interest in the fashion industry and comment on current trends and designers as well as writing art reviews and creating editorials on my own personal style.

Fashion photography is a significant inspiration for me. I find the way in which fashion photography has developed over the decades really interesting as it shows how perception of style and beauty has changed along with cultural influences. It allows us to document changing trends and when and why they reoccur. Therefore cultural topics will also feed into this blog in terms of how they are influencing fashion.

I also write for the Fashion and Beauty section at The Sphinx Paper which is a student paper. I have provided a link to my archive in the menu section.

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