Monday, July 6, 2015

What I Wore May 30th

This is my outfit from the day of Northwest Zine Fest but I thought I'd give it its own post to show it off properly.

I bought this dress off Debz as I missed out on it the first time round and just loved it. It's sleeveless so I would want to wear a cardigan with it, so I decided on this kelly green one from Peacocks which I also haven't worn before. Peacocks only go up to a size 22 but these cardigans are just great on me - in fact this is the most generous of the three I got (the others are pink and mint green)

Lemons! When life gives you lemons, make them into a dress! 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Northwest Zine Fest 30th May

So as you'll remember that I really like zines, I write my own and I've been to Sheffield Zine Fest three years in a row now as well as other fests. My friend Ingrid and some others organised a zine fest in Manchester called Northwest Zine Fest, and they should be really proud of themselves as it was an excellent day. It was held at the Star & Garter pub which was the only downside as the upstairs rooms were hard to access, but it was still a GREAT day.

I should also mention that Lee and I have started a zine distro - basically a shop where you can buy lots of different zines. It will be online soon but in the meantime this was our first outing with a table, and we did really well, selling lots of zines and trading some too!

We went across to Manchester with Bettie and Jen, who provided delicious bagels for lunch. We set up the table (Bettie and I were sharing one with our distros) and then people started arriving and it all went by in a flash! I saw loads of friends which was lovely - I wish we'd got more time to chat!

Selfie on the way to pick up Bettie and Jen

My spell-your-own necklace said Shy Punk

This is Jen and Bettie and Kerrie sitting at Bettie's table.

Our distro with my handmade sign and Lee updating his status about the event! I made the bunting too, it's crocheted.

And here are all my lovely zines! 

This is Bettie with zines in her back pockets ready for trades! 

And here's all the lovely zines I came home with :D

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lucy Wainwright Roche and Dar Williams gig

I love music made by women with guitars and sung sweetly, so I love both Dar Williams and Lucy Wainwright Roche. I got into Lucy about seven years ago - she's the sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, daughter of Loudon Wainwright. She's my favourite one, though, even though I love Martha a lot. I got into Dar about six years ago. Sam and I love them both and have seen them both separately a lot of times - I think I've seen Dar 5 times and Lucy 7 times now! So when we heard they were touring Britain together we knew we had to go!

The closest they were playing to us was Otley, which is north of Leeds, but also REALLY north of Leeds, it took us ages to get there. The gig was in a wine bar and we had delicious nachos first and then got a table in the back room where the gig was. Lucy was on first and not many in the crowd knew her, so I hope some were won over! She has such a clear voice, I could listen to it forever. She does a great cover version of Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart which she made us all sing along to.

Dar was on second and as usual she told stories about her songs along with singing them. I love this. She started off with one of my favourite songs The Babysitter's Here. She also played a couple of things from her new album, so afterwards Sam and I both bought the CD from her.

Lucy recognised us - when we saw her a couple of years ago she ended up singing Happy Birthday to Sam (who was NOT impressed with me!) - which was lovely, she's so adorable, and Dar told us that she's friends with author David Levithan. It was a great gig!



Both of them singing together in Dar's set

This is one of my favourite Dar songs, it's called Are You Out There

I also love her version of Wilder Than Her, which becomes really gay with a female singer

This is my favourite Lucy song and is about a date she went on where her date had a collapsed lung and ended up in hospital! It's called A&E

I also love this song by her, it's called Snare Drum

Monday, June 29, 2015

My new car

So at the beginning of May I banged my car pretty badly on something that shouldn't have been there and it put a huge gash in the passenger side of the car under the door. I could have claimed on my insurance but the prices we got for the repair were almost as much as the car is worth. I didn't like the car very much, either. I had to get it very quickly in 2011 when I managed to write off a car that I LOVED by driving sideways through a drystone wall, and I never gelled with it. Soooo new car it was!

The first two cars I had, including the one I wrote off, were Corsas, and I loved them. The most recent one was a Fiesta, but like I say I didn't like it. So I've gone back to a Corsa, it's silver. I like cars with five doors and this one also has the fitting where you can plug your phone or an mp3 player into the sound system.

So far I'm loving it!

Friday, June 26, 2015

10th Wedding Anniversary

By the time you read this, I'll be in France sunning myself on a sun lounger in Saumur, near Tours. Lee and I are having a couple of days there by ourselves, and then we're going to Vayrac, near Limoges, for a week, with my mum, stepdad, Lee's dad, stepmum, mum and stepdad (yes, they get on well).

So why the trip away? Well, it's mine and Lee's 10th wedding anniversary.

I KNOW. Ten years! TEN years! That also means that we've been together FIFTEEN years! (We got married five years to the day after we started going out!) I feel so old. I also feel very lucky, because Lee is a great partner and I love him very, very much.

I only have a couple of wedding photos saved digitally, so here they are.

Don't we both look so young? Lee especially. So babyfaced.

Our wedding party. So many bridesmaids! The girl in brown is Roslyn, who was my witness, then there's Ailsa, Gemma, Katie and Kate, David our best man, Lee's sister Victoria and my cousin Eleanor. The little girl on the table is our niece Leah. So cute! 

Marriage is amazing - I love it and firmly believe everyone should have the right to it. Here's to another ten for me and Lee. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What I Wore 26th May

I haven't been taking many outfit photos recently as I've been in a real low mood and also haven't been going out much, meaning that I haven't been wearing much to write about (my in-house clothing choices leave a LOT to be desired!)

However, at the end of May I had a really busy week seeing several friends and going to events meaning that I took photos of my outfits and what I was doing. All these posts are finally getting me caught up!

Anyway, on Tuesday 26th May I went to Leeds to see my friend Gillian. She is getting married very soon so we were talking about that. We went to Frankie and Benny's which was delicious as usual.

I wore this pink Lovedrobe dress that I bought from Evans in the New Year sales for just £12. I haven't worn it before. The lighting in the lift where I took the photo wasn't great, but it's a lovely bright pink in real life. I wore it with this black shrug from New Look.

It's a shift dress which I wouldn't usually go for, but I think it looked nice!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Photo An Hour 24th May

Since 23rd May was a very boring at home day for me, I decided to do the Sunday as photo an hour too, since I had Plans! I decided to treat myself to a night away in a hotel for completing my MA work, and I decided to go to the North East to visit my friend Kimmi, and I asked Sam to come too. We booked into the Hilton in Gateshead and set off early on the Sunday so that we'd have time to use the swimming pool at the hotel. I missed a couple of hours due to swimming, but here's a ton of photos anyway!

9am ish and I was packing my stuff as I hadn't done it the night before.

10 ish and I picked Sam up at my extremely local station. It has no ticket machine and only one platform

11 ish and I was driving, this is my old car. 

Noon and we were still driving.

1pm and here's the iconic Tyne Bridge! I'm standing in my hotel taking this so you can see how close we were. North East people can also tell that I'm over the river in Gateshead taking this, NOT in Newcastle! We walked up the street to have lunch with my friend Paul who lives in Gateshead and is one of Lee's friends from college (Lee's from Durham)

This swing bridge was just along from the Tyne Bridge and I liked it a lot. It was the main view from our room on the 2nd floor. 

3pm ish and we checked into our room. I love hotel beds! We then went down into the gym to swim

Post swimming hair!

6pm ish and Sam and I were ready to go down to meet Kim. We don't scrub up too badly do we?!

We had a drink in the bar first, so here's Sam and Kim looking lovely (I met both these girls through The Libertines fandom and I'm so glad I did!)

We had an excellent meal which ended with this salted caramel pudding with white chocolate ice cream - delicious! 

I'd definitely recommend the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead as it was very spacious, clean, had excellent facilities, nice staff, a lovely restaurant, and gorgeous views over the Tyne. We paid £91 for our twin room which didn't include breakfast but did include access to the gym and pool.