Sunday, May 3, 2015

New Yours Clothing store in Huddersfield

On 17th April a new Yours Clothing store opened in Huddersfield. I saw it on Twitter and I was free, so I went along to the opening. I met my friend Gem there too - we've known each other online for about a year so it was nice to meet her and her daughter in person.

The first 50 people in the queue got a goodie bag with a Yours tote bag, a make up bag and some other bits in it, and one lucky person won £50 of vouchers to spend in store! There were lots of staff around on hand to answer questions and be of any help.

The store is in the Kingsgate centre next to River Island which is a prime location. It's bright and clean and spacious (much better than the Meadowhall store in that respect, although apparently that is getting a makeover this year) and I hope it does really well.

Here's some photos I quickly took. It was really busy and I'm glad!

Sometimes in Yours I feel like all they have on show is black, dark green, or purple clothes, so I was glad to see some bright colours on display here

I really like this dress and think it might have to come home with me soon!

Friday, May 1, 2015

April Photo An Hour - 19th April

Sunday 19th April was the last Photo An Hour day hosted by Louisa and Jane, and for me it was a good day because it was my grandma's 89th birthday! My aunt, uncle, one of my cousins, and his girlfriend came up to spend the weekend with us. On  the Saturday my uncle came to help me and Lee and my mum clear away our old kitchen from outside our house (more on the kitchen later - it's been a bit of a nightmare!). On the Sunday we went to my grandma's and had a big family dinner before my aunt and uncle had to leave.

I forgot it was Photo An Hour last month so I'm glad I remembered this time - I'd set a reminder! Here are my photos:

9am was much earlier than I wanted to be awake. I'm so beautiful.

10am, Lee was still asleep so I was reading on my tablet - a new book that I picked up on an Amazon deal, I'm pretty sure it was free.

11am and these are my grandma's presents. I bought her a Seaham seaglass necklace.

Noon and I was finally showered!

1pm at my grandma's house - this is her, then my cousin Rob, then Lee

2pm and dinner is served! My mum, my uncle, and Rob.

3pm and pudding - homemade apple and raspberry crumble, it was delicious!

4pm and I snapped this photo of my grandma's garden just as we were leaving

5pm and I was at my computer writing for my MA deadline. This is my plotting folder.

6pm - this crystal is new, I bought it to hang from the Velux window in my attic room.

7pm and these were the clouds from my attic window - just gorgeous

8pm and this was the part of my novel that I'm writing

9pm and I needed a glass of wine to lubricate the writing....

10pm was teeth brushing time

11pm found me in the same place that I started the day - in bed reading my book!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Swimathon 2015

I first heard of Swimathon when someone I know on Facebook signed up for it. I clicked across and saw that there are three levels for it - 1.5km, 2.5km, and 5km, and that the 1.5km and the 5km can be swum in teams. The 1.5km pool equated to 60 lengths of a 25 metre pool, so 20 each between me, my mum, and Lee. That seemed like an achievable goal.

My mum and I go swimming at our gym every week, but that's a 20 metre pool and to be honest I wasn't sure how many we usually swam. But I persuaded her we could do it and signed us all up. The website was fine for me to use but I have heard other people with complaints about it.

When my mum and I first went to our pool, we knew we had to do 25 of our lengths - and we did, easily. Since then, we've been each week and done at least 25, but up to 32 or 34. We were also doing it without resting or touching the bottom, even though by Swimathon's rules you're allowed to rest.

I was doing 25 lengths in 20 minutes by last week, so I decided that that was my aim for Swimathon itself - 20 lengths in the bigger pool, in 20 minutes. Lee was going first, then my mum, and then me.

We swam at Barnsley Metrodome and when we got there it was a bit of a shambles to be honest. I would definitely think Swimathon could do better with this - there was no one from the organisation there so all the Metrodome staff had to count lanes for us.

When it got to my turn I just got in and went for it. I smashed my target - I did 20 lengths in 15 minutes! I was so impressed! We did our 1.5km in an hour dead, which I think is great for us.

We each received medals and then we got changed and went out for something to eat - we were starving!

Here's some photos

My mum and her medal

Lee and I and ours

Isn't it great?!

Swimathon raises money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, and so far we have more than £700 for them, nearly doubling our target. If you would like to sponsor me too, you can do so here:

Next year I'm definitely going to do the 1.5km by myself. I think I could do 40 lengths easily, so with a bit of practice and maybe a rest or two, I'm sure I'll do fine!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Here's What I Would've Spent Challenge - Topshop

Here's what I would've spent in Topshop if they did my size. I've always liked Topshop's aesthetic, it closely matches mine. I've never really shopped there though; I think I got sized out of it before I was really old enough to go there. I sometimes pick up a pair of their shoes secondhand, because I just don't feel like endorsing them with my money since they won't cater to me. 

But, if I could, here's a few things that have caught my eye:

How amazing is this denim pinafore?

I LOVE the pattern of this dress, and the Bardot shoulders

I love the colour of this dress

I LOVE this skirt. I used to have a bag that looked like this. LOVE

I could browse Topshop all day. I so wish they'd make a plus size range. Get on it, Arcadia Group!

Here's the other lovelies joining in this challenge:

Friday, April 24, 2015

Recent nail polish I've been wearing

I've been trying to get into the habit of painting my nails all the time, and trying not to worry so much about putting a top coat on. I use Seche Vite and while I love it, it takes ages to dry and takes planning to do my nails. To this end, I've recently used a couple of matte polishes as they don't require a top coat.

This is a Zoya polish, it's called Phoebe. It's a gorgeous neon blue matte. I really love Zoya polishes

This is a Japanese brand called BK. I got a whole set all in neon colours. This is a fantastic highlighter pink colour.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What I Wore 11th April

I've been writing writing writing and I finally got to a good threshhold on Saturday 11th April. Our new kitchen was sitting in flat packs in the old kitchen which made cooking really difficult, so Lee and I decided to go out for tea. I wanted Mexican food but there's no Mexican restaurant in Barnsley. Lee remembered that there's a Las Iguanas in Meadowhall, so off we went.

I recently got these cardigans from Peacocks for £10 in the sale. I got a kelly green one, a mint green one, and this pale pink one. They're a size 22 but they fit me well enough.

The dress I got from the clothes swap in Sheffield, I believe it was originally Lolly's. It's a Lovedrobe one, I love the pattern on it.

My rose quartz necklace is from Pookledo.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A to Z of me - B

Here's another instalment of the A to Z of me. I missed last month because I'm an idiot, but here I am with B!

An author I love:
Judy Blume - I was obsessed with her books when I was younger, and I still think Forever is an excellent portrayal of a teenaged sexual relationship.
Simone de Beauvoir - I haven't read any of her stuff in ages but she was very formative in my early feminism. 

A band I love:
Babyshambles - I've loved the Libertines for a long time, and Peter's other band too. 
Blur - Blur was the first ever gig I saw, at Leeds Town & Country Club in February 1997. I don't listen to them much now but they meant a lot when I was a teenager.
The Beatles - yes it's obvious but my dad liked them. I'm not keen on much of their stuff but I do LOVE Sgt Pepper. I can listen to it from start to finish and feel comforted. 
Billie Holiday - I did a project on her song Strange Fruit at 6th form and still love to listen to her. 
Bob Dylan - I only got into Bob a few years ago but I especially love Desolation Row and Tangled Up in Blue.

Something I love:
Bees! Lovely black and yellow bees! 

Lee and a couple of my friends call me Bee, as a shortening of Rebecca, so I have lots of gifts from them with bees on them. 

A film I love:
Beautiful Thing - this film, about two boys falling in love during a heatwave in the mid 90s, is one of my favourite LGBTQ films. I love how gentle it is. I recommend it!

Somewhere I have been:
Brussels - Lee and I went the February after I turned 18 in 2002. I'd like to go back now we're older, but I was very proud of how we managed to get there on the Eurostar and get around. I had such confidence then!

Somewhere I would like to go:
Barcelona - I have actually been - we went to the 1992 Olympics when I was 8, but I don't remember much of it. I'd love to see it as an adult.
Someone I know:
My friend Bettie who did an excellent job organising Sheffield Zine Fest again!