#shelfie

For a bibliophile – just a fancy word for someone that loves and collects books – a bookshelf can be an unmitigated disaster. Perhaps the most difficult part is finding one large enough to accommodate all of ones books!

But how to properly organise is also a hotly-debated topic. So, I thought that I would put my two cents in and tell you all how do it. Or, I suppose, how it is right now because I regularly change it!

I have three main ways that I organise my bookshelf depending on how I am feeling when I do it. I have the artistic way, the easy way and the traditional way. But one thing that is never affected is my top shelf which is home to my classics.

The top shelf remains the home of the classics regardless of anything else. Novels on one side, poetry and plays on the other. Novels are organised by time, beginning with Homer’s The Odyssey and ending with Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye. I decided to organise them like this because I like the way it looks and I like the simplicity of it. The poetry, on the other hand is organised in a blend of time and size because books of poetry vary drastically in size and that has to be taken into account.

But! The three ways I organise the bulk of my bookcase are as follows:

  1. the artistic way
    • this means that the books are arranged in colour order, spreading from white through to yellow, through to orange, to red, to pink, to blue, through to grey and finishing with black
    • I like the way this looks on the bookshelf so I regularly organise it like this however, there are a few downsides
    • it makes it remarkably difficult to find anything unless I can remember what colour it is (and that doesn’t happen often!)
    • so, my bookshelf is organised like this regularly but never for very long at a time
  2. the easy way
    • the easy way is organising it by how often I read a book, ones that get read more go at the top and ones that I don’t read very often go at the bottom
    • not particularly inspired or even very nice-looking
    • often comes after the artistic way because it’s the least effort and the quickest to sort
    • extremely dull though so I get bored of it very quickly and then it’s onto way three…
  3. the traditional way
    • this is where I try to make my bookshelf look as much like a shelf in a library as possible
    • it is organised by genre with each genre being divided into sub-sections and each sub-section is organised by the author’s last name
    • if I decide to go all out, there are dividers to show each section and the genre of each, with the sub-sections written on each one
    • unfortunately, whilst this is organised and perfect… it doesn’t make it very easy to add in new books and thus, back to the artistic way we go

My favourite is probably the artistic way because it looks gorgeous without being too much extra effort!

Let me know how you organise your books in the comments? By colour? By author’s name? Do you organise your books at all or do you just put them anywhere? I want to know!

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vintage on a shoestring

This weekend I was lucky enough to get to attend a truly remarkable event in the south east of England called the Goodwood Revival. It is a show that celebrates all things vintage from the cars to clothes to the cooking!

Everybody dresses up and I saw everything from a 1920s America gangster to a 1960s hippy. It really gives you a chance to just go all out, and go all out I did!

 

20170909_081846.jpgThis is a close-up photo of my outfit with focus on my make up and the accessories. (please ignore the awful background, I’m new to this!)

 

20170909_115839.jpgThis is a second photo of me at the event itself, stood next to a beautiful Cadillac with more of a general look at the entire ensemble.

My outfit and make up of choice was inspired by the glamour of the 1950s film stars like the wonderful Grace Kelly and most notably by the fabulous looks of the irreplaceable Audrey Hepburn.

I paired my 1950s inspired Lindy Bop dress with its lively print of hand mirrors with a few choice elegant accessories such as a pair of white gloves from a vintage shop called The Real McCoy’s, a string of costume pearls that I borrowed from my grandma and a white hat that I picked up from a charity shop for an absolute steal!

The makeup was heavily inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s early looks and featured light eyeshadow with dark eyeliner and a large cat eye flick (I think it looks rather good for my first real attempt!) and slightly overdrawn pale pink lips.

Overall the outfit was a classic and elegant look that fitted in perfectly with the people around me at this amazing event! But even better than that because nothing cost me over £30 and the most expensive part was the dress itself! I call it ‘vintage on a shoestring’!

But this post was mostly to show off my gorgeous outfit and also to tell you all that I am rolling this blog out to incorporate a few other things that I love, this will still be books but with an added element of vintage fashion and possibly some of my own original work!

Let me know what you think of my outfit in the comments and tell me about any amazing vintage finds you’ve found on a budget!

just a quick life update!

I – like many other people – got my A-Level results on Thursday and I am happy to say that all the hard work paid off and I achieved more than I needed to get a place at my first choice university.

So this is just a very quick one to say congratulations to everyone who picked up their results and I hope that you all did brilliantly!

But this is also to say that if you didn’t do as well as you hoped, then it is not the end of the world. Exams and grades don’t mean everything and you can still achieve anything you want to. Good luck in the future and seriously, don’t worry too much!

As they say, whatever will be will be!

 

 

 

 

 

 

as of today

As of today, I have had this blog for a year. It has changed since I first started it but then, so have I. This blog has grown with me as I have and I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has read of my posts, and an even bigger thank you to the people that have stuck with it from the beginning.

This year has been a really big and exciting year for me and it’s been wonderful to share even parts of that with you all! Here is a short list of some of the best bits about this year.

  • I finished college and I got accepted into my first choice university, I’m going to study Creative Writing and English Literature in September.
  • I went to Rome and it reminded me why I love city breaks, I went to so many amazing places and saw so many amazing things.
  • I actually starting writing properly again, and writing something that I’m actually going to finish!
  • I got even more into slam poetry and actually managed to write my own, it’s not perfect but it is mine and I love it.
  • I got given a camera as a birthday present and have since got into photography, again, I’m not brilliant but I’m having fun! Maybe I’ll put some up in the future and you can all see how not great I am!

But no, this year has been amazing and I just wanted to say thank you! Here’s to many more years!

 

 

 

something a little bit different

This is something a little bit different because I’m not writing about books. But I am going to write about something else that is incredibly important to me.

I re-watched a film recently that I love, I had forgotten quite how much I loved it. Made in Dagenham is an amazing film with a wonderful cast. It’s set in the late 1960s in Britain and follows the story of the women’s strikes at Ford regarding pay equality.

It is a story of strong, real women who fought for gender equality long after Emmeline Pankhurst and her Suffragettes. This is not to say that the work that the Suffragettes did wasn’t crucial because it was, without it women may never have fought for other things like equal pay. But it does show that women’s fights are not over. They weren’t then and they aren’t now. The battle may be different but the war is still the same.

But after watching this film again, I started thinking more about feminism and I decided that I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you.

People laugh at third-wave feminism, saying that it’s ‘man-hating’ and ‘militant’, many people – particularly celebrities – refuse to identify with the label of ‘feminist’ because of these implications. But this just isn’t the case. This may be the case for a tiny minority but the majority of people who fight under the title of feminism want exactly what everyone else wants. Equality. What about that is militant?

The ideas encompassed in third-wave feminism are in fact, the most accepting and diverse. True third-wave feminism is about intersectionality, the inclusion of all women instead of the vile, prevalent ‘white feminism’ of the second wave. Third-wave feminism was designed to include women of colour and LGBTQ+ women. It is also incredibly important for men and non-binary people as one of the main focuses of third-wave feminism is about battling gender roles and expectations which affect everyone, not just straight, white women.

As with any group, there are a few who have taken it to the extremes, those who have taken an almost misandrist approach and those who having been oh-so-lovingly branded TERFs – to stand for trans-exclusionary radical feminists – but these are not the majority and thus, third-wave feminism is still the most accepting and open of all strands of feminism. That doesn’t mean there aren’t still massive issues that need to be fixed, as a white woman I am unable to speak on behalf of women of colour but I am aware that there are still issues surrounding their inclusion and issues of white women speaking over them about problems that only affect them. There are also issues within the community regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ+ women, mostly issues surrounding gender rather than sexuality but that is not to say that there are none.

So, no, I am not going to stand here and tell you that it’s perfect. Because it’s not. But then, nothing is so how about, instead of writing it off because of this, we work together to make it as close to perfect as possible.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this something a little bit different. Let me know what you think and maybe I’ll write more like it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April

Despite the fact that three months have already passed, April always feels like a beginning to me. Perhaps it is because it is the real beginning of spring, the flowers are blooming, the lambs are out and the sun is actually shining! Or perhaps it’s because my birthday falls at the end of March and so April feels like something special. byu

I don’t know why but I do that the first days of April always feel like a new beginning and this year I am embracing that even more fully than I have before. I have started on a new writing project, I have picked my journal back up and I am even looking into eating more healthily… let’s see how long that lasts!

But the main point of this post is to say that people often want to make a change in their lives but they feel like they have to wait until they have a reason to do so, be it Lent or the new year, yet I am here to say that if you want to make a change then just make it! Don’t decide that you have to leave it until you have a ‘reason’ to do it because by then you might not want to!

Make April your month to start something new, or May, or June, or simply tomorrow. Because every day is the first day of the rest of your life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

always my favourite series

I have always loved Harry Potter, I read the first three with my parents at a very young age and then aged eleven, I read them for myself again. Slightly later than a lot of people but clearly the perfect time to do so. I read them all in less than month and then two months later, read them all again. I then devoured anything linked to it, reading the Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch through the Ages. I bought the Cursed Child on the day of release and read it in a day. Harry Potter was – and is – a massive part of my life and a major reason for that is because of the messages they hold.

You could simply dismiss them as children’s books and leave it at that but in doing that, you miss out on some crucial lessons and an incredible world. The Wizarding world is widespread and encompasses more than simply Hogwarts and Diagon Alley. If the new Fantastic Beasts film has taught us anything, it is that the Wizarding world stretches across time and cultures, each being slightly different but all as wonderful as each other.

It was watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that inspired my to write about Harry Potter. I felt that because they can be easily dismissed as children’s books that they weren’t books that I could write about but I was so wrong and watching Fantastic Beasts reminded me why.

Fantastic Beasts reminded me of the wonderful world that JK Rowling created and all of the parts that sit in the background and make it all work. The way that she can develop and add to it so easily because she made a world that blends so seamlessly with our own. The plot of the main storyline were the perfect basis for the events in Fantastic Beasts and the events of Fantastic Beasts are the perfect complement to unanswered questions in the original novels. The American Wizarding World appeared so effortless, as if it just had to be different in the exact ways that it was and illustrated how in-tune Rowling still is with the world she created.

And don’t even get me started on the characters! Newt was the exact scatter-brained, animal-loving guy that I feel came across so brilliantly in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book that Rowling released for Comic Relief and Tina and Queenie were honestly incredible. I love strong female characters and Tina fits into that idea, she’s not perfect but she is amazing, she fights for what she believes, damn the consequences (even if to start with this only seems to get herself and Newt in trouble!) and Queenie is sweet but strong, the ultimate combination. Jacob was a sweetheart and I fell completely in love with him from the very beginning.

I also loved the way that it left the storyline so open and ready for the next four films, I was a bit uncertain about that to begin with. Five films based on Fantastic Beasts? Sounded impossible but then I saw more information about what the films were going to cover and I came around to the idea more. Credence was amazing, the obscurial idea was amazing and Grindelwald was so much more than amazing!

This all shows that JK Rowling isn’t done yet and neither is the Wizarding World and I, for one, can’t wait!

I loved the film and can’t wait until I can read the screenplay! (hopefully I’ll have it by the New Year! Fingers crossed for Christmas)