I whined to my friends and family for the final months I lived in London for, that it was a money pit (expensive rent, expensive travel, expensive food & drink) and I couldn't wait to move away.
With that being said, I didn't live exactly in the centre. For six months I lived in suburbia on the city outskirts near my university in North London. Forget heading to the local pub or going for a nice jog, I was surrounded by concrete walkways and fast roads which led to the motorway.
I worked in this suburbia land in a huge shopping centre, part-time in a fashion retail shop, selling expensive clothes to rich people.
The feeling of having nothing in a rich land (London) was, without a doubt, challenging. The problem with living in a city is that it makes you want everything, but you can't afford anything.
Standing behind a till selling clothes to successful, rich women, left me feeling frustrated with my own life and empty inside.
I'm a single lady and this outskirts, student lifestyle wasn't helping any romance bloom either.
Guys I dated were already in full-time professions and weirdly this made a divide between us, firstly in how often I could afford to go out and do nice things together in the evening, and secondly when they would have the weekends off, I would be working until 8.30 at night in the shop! By the time I got to them, it would be 9:30pm and I was knackered. How about that for a romance killer?
So my house contract ends early and I feel thrilled to move back to my parents house.
I quit the retail job and prepared myself for commuting once a week into the city for a fashion tutorial at University.
Pre-moving, I was damn excited to move back home and felt sure that it was a good move which would make me a much happier person without the stress of paying high rent and living in an anti-social area.
However, a week into moving away and I already have mixed feelings on moving back to the South Coast.
I love this place for the beaches, the grassy fields and the fresh air. I love the people that make me feel at home in the workplace.
However, I feel the pace of life has completely slowed down, and I'm missing that drive to succeed and the pace of the busy city which I felt pushed me to find my dreams.
So I guess I've figured out already that I truly love and suit the cosmopolitan city lifestyle, and it's only when you're away from it something you feel like you truly miss it.
I don't miss the concrete jungle on the outskirts of London that I called home, but I miss the city centre. I miss the fabric markets, Camden lock and I miss the tube. I miss being able to jump on the tube and visit vintage markets, and I miss being drunk and lost in Soho.
I'll be returning to London on Monday for my lesson.
Feel free to let me know your thoughts on quiet/cosmopolitan lifestyles in the comments below!
Hi guys! Today I'm just working on my magazine, Jitterbox. Sorting out the content and working on getting some clothes in from brands to use in a menswear shoot.
It's pretty grey here today but I'm brightening things up in a pastel set around the house!
Top - Part of the pomp & power set by Heyday! Vintage Style
'Fabienne' Capri Trousers - Collectif
Hi everyone! I made the transition from moving out of my London pad back to the family home in Somerset on Thursday (financial reasons - planning on using these few months of no rent to save up for trips abroad so far!).
I don't have to travel back to London for my lessons at uni this week because it's Easter. Hope you all had a great Easter Sunday. As for the chocolate egg tradition, usually I would get loads of easter eggs but people must have realised I'm watching my weight as i only received one this year! One is enough really, I am the biggest "chocoholic" ever.
Hope you enjoy todays outfit! Underneath my roll neck jumper I wore this little Strappy Seam Crop Top from Topshop, totally gone braless today. Slight mess up in London, half the stuff I had to leave at my sisters place and pick up later consisted of most of my black/strapless bras so whatever I'm au natural ;).
Everything else I'm wearing is from Whistles, apart from my Rocket Originals shoes.
Because I worked for Whistles recently, I really accumulated a wardrobe full of Whistles clothing, which I'm not moaning about because the brand is great and they really nail chic for the modern city woman.
Unfortunately my skirt is AW/13 and came out just before the Christmas break so you might have a hard time finding it in store as they have very limited stock. The good news is, there are similar styles of skirts like this they keep bringing out, and you can find it for around £95.00.
My silk roll neck, you will be pleased to know has gone down in the sale to £45.00.
My metallic bag/cluch is also Whistles, but the rose/gold is sold out. However, the Rivington Chain Clutch can be found in multiple different colours in store, for example this lovely bright orange.
It's a beautiful day in London today. The sun is actually rather blinding. I took the camera outside for some snaps earlier of my outfit because I'm really summery today and it's the first time I've worn my dogtooth coordinate set from Missguided, because it's finally warm enough to warrant getting some skin out.
I got these metallic heeled 'Sharna' sandals from Clarks S/S14 range. I am highly impressed at how on trend they are. I have also worked for Clarks, many years ago, and the styles used to be much more old-fashioned than this!
They have cushioned soles so they were perfect for finishing my last few weeks at Whistles off at, stomping around a showroom all day.
I finished working at Whistles on Friday, and I'm moving back to Somerset for a couple of months on Thursday, so my life is changing rapidly and quite frankly I'm looking forward to it.
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My earrings are from an amazing mid-century design enthusiast brand, Luxulite. So thrilled to wear these with summer clothes!
Today I went to Bethan's (Bettina Scarlett's) mid-century market at the Hammersmith Club with my friend and burlesque dancer Isabelle L'Amour.
The stalls were really awesome and I bought a few things from You're naked without one and Bow & Crossbones which I might do a haul on. I saw a great original 1950's lurex two piece suit from a vintage stall which I nearly bought but I had to stop myself because I've already purchased too many clothes this month, and I'm about to move house, so got to look after those pennies (and pack everything).
This was my outfit today, taken when I came home so the lighting is a bit off I'm afraid there wasn't much time to do it this morning.
My top is from vintage reproduction brand Freddies of Pinewood
My trousers are actually Primark (blushes), they are more or less a copy of the Topshop Joni jeans and have so much stretch. They hold me in the right places and are a great high waisted everyday jean, for half the price of Topshop! I love a good bargain.
My shoes are a copy of a 50's sandal. You can find them at Rocket Originals.
My jacket and bag are both vintage, both found in charity shops! I believe the jacket to be late 50's or early 60's as the buttons are very atomic styled, of the era, there are no labels and most of the interior looks hand-stitched. It looks to be a one off. I am not sure how old the bag is, it's a typical granny-style bag and I wear it to death!
My earrings are Topshop a few months back so not sure if they are still around!
Hope you are all well!
Hi guys! Tonight I'm going to a Lebanese restaurant with friends and it's kind of a leaving do too because we move out of our wonderful house soon due to the landlord deciding to do the place up and sell it on (we think).
I'm going to wear this V neck strappy seam bralet from Topshop and this blue faux leather tube skirt from Zara,which doesn't feel faux at all. It is lovely and soft against my skin, and I really like it. This colour has got to be my favourite for this season. It's cute, feminine and fresh!