My yearly blog makeovers seem to be getting earlier and earlier each year *blush* but I just couldn’t help it this time 😛 I hope you like it!
Here’s a rundown of the last six:
And this is how I feel- ‘Pure’ by Superchick:
So as usual on the caravan site where we live the owner’s (other residents and staff including the owner’s family) throw their weight around using our rented plot for their convenience. They know they have to ask permission but today’s excuse is “you don’t have a car so I can park here” (and put the engine on in front of you to leave running to annoy you and leave his property on our porch as well as a ton of arguing and aggression from him/staff & the owner herself hence we’re heavily outnumbered and outshouted) whilst admitting that he purposely ignored the designated parking spaces and his car is lovely in his opinion so it’s fine by him to park it right in front of us so we can look at it and despite agreeing that he wouldn’t expect or like others to park on his property (though he considers the entire park his family’s regardless of tenants). That gets us… Given (knocking via the side door not the front door for some reason, as if the porch isn’t ‘ours’ either) a vague memo on headed paper acting as an eviction notice. I read it, went to ask for his mother, who typed it, he shouts “I’m not allowed to talk to you, I’ve got four witnesses” (there was only one in eyeshot) “fine, I’ll look for her” I reply and as soon as I turn my back he yells after me “ok I can’t help myself” and pontificates about how they can evict whoever they want whenever they want, it’s their park and they’ve just done the same to the lady at No:1 who “didn’t have a leg to stand on” apparently and then blames us for this not being a residential park denying that the onus is on them for being open all year round like a private residential or part private residential/holiday park and letting to us for almost 3 years. They’d previously stated they’re open all year round and do long term lets because “we don’t care”. We do care and so pay council tax for this as our main/only and permanent residence and when we signed up ironically whilst there are other long term tenants and owners the council only had one address as paying.
Funnily enough the memo conveniently cites a different member of staff (not one of her sons), and not the owner who greeted us when we moved in. It’s not a solicitor’s letter properly served but they seem to believe that threatening behaviour “if you’re not out in 4 weeks the sheriff will get you” and successful eviction of another tenant recently allows them to do what they want e.g. the tenant who they forced out and replaced her caravan after she moved, and threatening that if we try to move to another park he’ll warn them about us. I told him that was a threat and he changed his mind “I’ll give you a glowing reference”. It’s also apparently our fault for not being given any terms and conditions when we moved in, and them not wanting to supply us with a retrospective contract (which they don’t have/didn’t provide); it was all verbal and informal which wasn’t a problem at the time but of course that means they feel and seemed to have gotten away with doing whatever they want even though we pay our rent and utilities.
What I find interesting is that today they’re removing the caravan next to us which was occupied and have just done the same to No:24, evicting or moving people to renovate/upgrade? Goodness knows our caravan needs it, extremely dilapidated from the start with furniture and fixings unsuitable for purpose and a lack of structural integrity (windows/doors). It’s not an accusation, just wondering.
I was honoured enough to receive this award twice, first from Camila of TheGeekChickBlog and then from HuiMin from HuiMinxoxo; I don’t usually do more than one post on the occasion I receive an award more than once but since I’m a ‘slow poke’ I hadn’t got round to writing the reciprocation post to Camila when HuiMin awarded me too. Funnily enough I was going to nominate HuiMin for the award when I received it from Camila but she beat me to it! So in this instance I’m writing a post in thanks to both of the lovely ladies for their generous gestures 🙂
Additionally I find this award to be quite unique in that the creator has a personal touch and likes to be informed as to whose been nominated and explains that this is a chain of recognition and thanks which I think is lovely. So I’ve duly left a comment on her post letting her know I was awarded and to my awardees, please feel free to do the same.
This is her link: http://thatchicfashionblog.wordpress.com/the-fashionista-award/ 🙂
Reference the blogger who nominated you
Answer 10 questions asked of you by the nominator
Link back to the award creator and nominate 10 others for the award
Inform the 10 nominees and ask them to comment on the creator’s page to enter to win the award
Give 10 questions for your nominees to answer
I’ve answered a mix from both of my nominator’s questions otherwise there’d be too many and some were duplicates 🙂
1) What motivated you to start blogging?
I started this blog at first as a help guide for the rules, nuances and community know how for other members of Chicstar.com and as somewhere to keep and showcase my fashion designs for the ongoing design contest there where they ‘accept’ designs to make prototypes for auction and if successful/’wins’ the design is produced and sold in their store. There’s also a weekly customer photo competition and a myriad of other contests/initiatives that come and go. Six years later, a few hundred designs, 89 photos submitted I was the only old member who had never been accepted or won. So I decided to call it quits except a few comments now and then. I was a member for a long time before I started this blog so I just started posting my designs here from that point. No one can say I was a quitter, I kept trying to improve, be innovative and creative/versatile yet keep the target audiences in mind etc but when something is so deeply and/or publicly humiliating and frustrating it’s best to cut the ties.
After that the blog obviously took a different direction and has continued to do so opening up into various sections which I like because I post in more subjects. That doesn’t mean one topic doesn’t have enough scope to blog about as many of the theme focused blogs demonstrate very well but I’m a bit like a tree, I have roots and branches 🙂 (maybe the odd woodpecker). It’s not a business blog either so I’m not looking for popularity, I like that I can keep a personal touch and post when I can/want instead of feel obligated or pressured.
I should have started blogging earlier really like a couple of people around me recommended, instead of nattering with them 😛
2) Favorite movies?
This is a handy question because I’ve already written my top five on my blog so I don’t have to think about it!
a. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone (2001),
Like many people I’ve seen a lot of films and so many are enthralling, moving, inspiring, visual treat/arty, intriguing, surreal etc but many of the ‘best’ or ‘most well made’ films are ones that I couldn’t/wouldn’t watch again or would have to feel ‘ready’ for usually because they’re overwhelming and/or harrowing; nowadays the ones that I like the best are heartfelt and if possible have a good laugh involved.
3) What is you’re dream career?
I really don’t have those kinds of aspirations anymore, I’d just like to retire!
4) How do you decide on your outfit every day?
I try to think about it the night before but it’s also a balance between my mood and how appropriate an outfit would be for whatever I’m doing, so I could end up in ‘rough’ pants (e.g. skater/hiking/combats) and a cute/smart top lol. How healthy/fit I feel also comes into it, don’t want a fitted top if I don’t feel I’ve digested properly for example. That said I think if you’ve got the right amount of flair for yourself the exact details of what you’re wearing don’t matter as much.
5) How much do you spend on shopping for fashion items each month?
Nothing, nil, nada – haven’t bought fashion items in I dunno two years now I think – oh wait I bought some socks a couple of months ago.
6) What kind of shoes do you prefer?
Comfortable, strong/durable, with at least an inch heel or all over sole as I can’t wear flats and with enough ‘give’/bounce to take the weight and not throw it back up through my bones as I’m walking. I’ve never been a stiletto person, though I can tolerate platforms and wedges but I really prefer curved soles on a good study shoe which is unlikely to buckle. I have four pairs of shoes, one pair of boots and one pair of slippers; all Black so versatile (not that I really care whether they clash a bit). Always been like that, had a pair of Gold wedges that I loved and wore to death but I find comfortable shoes in my size hard to find and I keep them well.
7) How would you revamp/spice up an outfit?
Accessories are the classic answer and rightly so but I tend to just change hairstyle and/or makeup which I guess are similar or extended versions of accessories, they fall into ‘adornment’ anyway :-). If I was feeling carefree… I’d give the item to Mum and it’d probably come back looking unrecognizable at first, She’s awesome at metamorphasizing/fixing things.
8) Describe you’re dream vacation?
Sailing as leisurely as possible down the Amazon on a small-ish/medium boat and hopefully don’t mess up and end ‘up the river without a paddle!’ That or cruise on a floating island. Then again there’s plenty of interesting places, the Hellhole in W.Virginia, the Great Blue Hole Belize, Bermuda triangle, the black forest… Ok I’ve got it – the natural hot spring baths that cover and overlap on the mountains in Turkey called Pamukkale
9) What are the goals for you’re blog?
I dunno, it pretty much does what it wants and goes its way, like my hair.
10) If you had the opportunity to interview a celebrity, who would it be?
None, I have an aversion to celebrities in general though not necessarily specifically and of those specifics there’s a few I’d like to get some bloody answers out of though it wouldn’t be a stereotypical interview.
This is a particularly difficult award to pass on because there are so many amazing, interesting and creative fashionists out there who put a lot of effort into their wardrobe and image. Though of course fashion blogs are also about personal style, tips as well as the presentation and weather/lighting permitting (and assuming we wake up with generally decent skin and hair functioning instead of looking like lightening struck us) good photography! I particularly appreciate fbloggers who keep, re-use, upcycle, recycle, donate and thrift clothing and those with an interest in ethical/fairtrade/eco fashion.
Taking fashion photography of oneself also takes an amount of confidence and self-acceptance which doesn’t come naturally to us all. I wasn’t originally into personal photography and absolutely shied away from the camera as well as disposed of pics I came across with me in them lol so the only ones I had were kiddy and annual school photos. Then I was forced into having to get used to taking pics due to a long distance relationship and learned a fair bit realizing I had to send the good with the bad, candid with posed, and different types from grainy webcam to clear daylight. This was before the days of selfies and it’s true to say I still only sent a bunch periodically rather than continuously but I do know how much work goes into taking photos especially ones that you want to keep. So without further ado here are the awarded fashionists for you:
Shaaz at MizShaazStyle – Super hawt and versatile, unusual style with great attention to detail.
Lovely lady at TheFashionHuntress – A nice, cool breath of air style wise – elegant/casual chic.
Mindy at TheGeekySeamstress – A creative and nimble fingered cosplayer, great costumes!
Leah at LeahPereyra – A lady who displays boho, wearable chic very well.
Lovely ladies at IWearMySariwithJeans – Their name says it all really; grand detail effortlessly mixed in, decadent photography.
Dapper dude at WellDressedGeek – He’s well dressed, dapper and puts mood into his photography.
Nadia at ListenGirlfriends – Hard hitting, on point with thought provoking fashion and ethical items in general.
Stephanie at SheisSoEco – Bringing attention to eco fashion and beauty brands and looks lovely doing it.
Katie at ThriftYourHeartOut – The lady loves thrifting, a pro showcasing and styling her finds for others.
Eliseba at DoodlesDoodads – A thrifter with dreams, interesting thoughts and of course style.
1) At what age did you know you were a fashionist, or knew you would be one day? (let alone blog about it!)
2) What’s the no:1 thing f-blogging has taught you about writing/presenting to an audience?
3) Do you machine wash items labeled ‘hand wash’ or ‘dry clean’ only? 😉
4) Do you consider yourself a savvy or impulse buyer, or a bit of both?
5) What is your favourite trend; e.g. neon, colour blocking, monochrome, pattern mixing, leggings, big accessories, socks with sandals!?
6) What is your least liked or just most disliked trend?
7) What are your pet peeves or no:1 pet peeve about fashion, be it the industry or how it impacts society? E.g. ever changing sizing, fast fashion, keeping up with the catwalk etc
8) What’s your favourite thing about your style?
9) What you’re least liked thing about your style that you’d like to change/improve?
10) If you could have helped come up with one of the major fashion innovations/trends in the past, which would it have been?
Some oldies but goodies.
Some of my worst styling:
This next outfit started out ok and then ETphonehome :-S see sometimes adding accessories and mixing patterns doesn’t work!
Not sure about:
I quite like the idea of wearing t-shirts under blazers but I’m not sure
On the flipside, unfortunately I don’t have pics of what I consider my best outfits but here are some of my faves since starting this blog:
Fashionists and non-fashionists alike we all make faux pas and then at other times it all comes together 🙂
Thanks for the award and for reading 🙂
Hmm it was quite some time ago that I was able to lean on my stomach and stretch my feet over my head to sit on my shoulders (a tad more than ‘Whole Wheel Pose’ in yoga) but I have been kindly awarded with The Versatile Blogger Award for still being somewhat supple as a blogger 🙂
I’m grateful to Lauren at LuceLuxeLifestyle for the honor and humbly apologize for taking so bloomin’ long in responding. She awarded me near the start of my recent illness which took a long time to dissipate and I just didn’t get round to it nor felt upbeat enough to participate. Plus I couldn’t think of anything interesting to say in the personal facts section of the award and have been so tired I haven’t been keeping up with blog reading so as to pass this on. However the good Goddess that is my Mother has been pestering me, I mean gently pushing, to simply get on with it. Again thank you very much Lauren for the award and I enjoyed reading your own acceptance post which can be read HERE It’s always interesting to learn more about bloggers and spread a little joy in the blogosphere 🙂
“The Versatile Blogger Award is an award given to you by your blogger peers, for writing quality posts that have somehow touched them, having good quality photographs, and the uniqueness of the subjects covered. The award is to honor the bloggers who bring something special to your life.”
If you wish to accept, the rules for the Versatile Blogger award are as follows.
– Display the award certificate.
– Announce your win and thank the blogger who nominated you.
– Present max. 13 deserving bloggers with the award.
– Link your nominees in this post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.
– Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
Seven facts eh, seven… Seven, seven! Seven dwarves? Seven days of the week, we’re in July the seventh month, seven colours in the rainbow? There’s a lot of interesting things about the number Seven that’s for sure and I just read an interesting article at the Daily Mail Online about the popularity of the number.
I’ll start and finish with the most interesting/fun stuff 🙂
1) I’ve been thinking about the cultural popularity of bears lately and the ones that stood out the most for me as depicted below. The Care Bears (and friends) are probably some of the most favourite though icons like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear still enjoy cultural grace and even The Wombles have made a comeback! (Which is great since they’re socially responsible, though we’re not entirely sure they’re bears, but bear-like anyway.)
My preference tends to be for those that aren’t as remembered anymore including Rupert the Bear, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin and something I remember finding funny but without any detailed recollection: Rainbow.
My favourite has to be these furry friends though, I just love the Paw Paws! (Listen to the theme tune at least 😉 )
2) I asked mum for a fact and she said “I Am the Fact“ (yes she speaks in Bold Italics, Underlined). Also “I’m always looking worldwide for answers and have never found any other fact.“
3) I was freegan for a year. I was already frugal and was brought up to only really spend on food and bills whereas everything else could be found and/or fixed, school meals were the bulk meals, and Mum would not accept gifts and would even get angry/upset if anything as spent on/for Her because it was a ‘waste’. I got lax in my mid-20’s when I got into buying second hand/vintage clothing from autions, fairs, charity shops etc but went back to losing more than gaining and have learned to be even more savvy. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone or think such experience is ever necessary/essential or should happen in this world let alone the situation we have with countless born into it. I’m not one to be thankful for making the best of things and thinking of them as a valuable learning experience, I’d rather address the issues/beings/causes and support those affected rather than be grateful for the ‘generosity’/’favour’ of unethical and unfair living aka survival. Just because some of us learn from experience doesn’t mean we should have had to or such a situation should exist in the first place.
4) I was pretty robust as a child, had all kinds of falls, tumbles, broken/burnt/bruised bits and just got up, walked away or tried again or sometimes had the wounds treated if necessary. Never cried as a baby either apparently.
5) Some people seem to think I’m well groomed and some kind of ‘it/snooty/popular girl’ that they dislike on pre-first impressions, I say pre-first to basically mean ‘on sight’ a quick glance/read. *Tch* I’ve been in a salon twice in my life, both times as a awkward looking, skinny kid waiting for my mum to get her roots done – the one thing She allowed for Herself as well as makeup (which she bought cheap in bulk and kept way longer than recommended) but then many can attest that looking the way you feel you need to is a massive driving force, helps to fill holes in the soul and a creative outlet. However in accordance with the waste not, want not style She never went back and instead realized we could do it ourselves cheaper, quicker and using gentler/less ingredients. I’m glad, it took ages sitting there waiting. Needless to say I was helping and then doing Her hair and later She started doing mine. I can be ‘sleek’ and ‘elegant’ but it’s not me nor do I want it to be so even though I may look like whatever negative image stereotype that springs to people’s minds sometimes – I put more effort into health and value and any looks I have are hard kept/won. There’s way better looking folk, more symmetrical, less flawed, generally in better condition peeps out there as well as the greater number of people who put the effort into faking it til they make it or obsessing over it – some with more time, resources, intent, entourage of stylists/yes-people or fashion mags/media. In regards to the ‘it/snooty’ or uppity bit – I’m serious, dead serious whilst appreciative of lighter things but I’m not mean and as for popularity – I really couldn’t be bothered trying to wrangle and successfully manage that fickle monster.
6) Mum, kitty, feathery folk and myself have our own language – ok mostly I just mm-hmm my way through conversations with Mum though I get my fair share or wry comments in there. We can wake up and get through whole mornings using various grunts, huffs and sounds understanding each other without needing English/obvious meows and squawks.
Other times it’s silly like this morning when Mum was too tired to get up and her and Kitty were doing their usual ‘I’ve got my eyes on you’ silent, staring/adoring, competition/conversing. Mum kept dropping hints at me to cook and said she was too tired to even go to the bathroom and if Kitty could go for her. “You can’t do that kind of thing by proxy!”, “Why not, it’s only fair, you would wouldn’t you Kitty?“, *Kitty looks at me*, *I scowl and go cook*.
7) I’ve often thought about going to a fancy dress party and even had costumes ready but never got round to it! Recently I read an awesome post from Vanessa about visiting a comic con HERE and got round to thinking again about what/who I’d dress up as.
My favourites have always been:
But I’ve really wanted to go as:
So I guess I’d be more like this:
As aforementioned I haven’t recently been keeping up to date the with the great many blogs out there let alone the ones on my reader so I can’t fill all 13 spaces for this particular award (though there’s another one in the works – the Fashionista Award for which I can add different bloggers to). That said there are many possible contenders with great blogs whether big, medium or small in size/following with a lot of interesting content and many who tend not to or do not wish to participate in blog awards as is their choice. 🙂
1) Allison at Long and Luxe – she has a thought provoking, inspirational blog.
2) Lady Kate at Into The Stratosphere – lovely boho style and interests/reviews.
3) Stephanie at Budget Friendly Too – a wonderfully informative eco-health blog.
4) Camila at The Geek Chick Blog – a fun lifestyle blog with pearls of wisdom.
5) John at Story Time with John – Stories from his life as a teacher and traveler in a laugh out loud or stomach churning way, not satire yet tongue in cheek but heck truth is stranger than fiction.
6) Vanessa at Ness Bow – beautiful and insightful lifestyle blog.
7) Healthy Life Pursuits – what this blogger can do with a few, simple, wholesome ingredients is so creative, love the recipes.
Thanks again Lauren, to my readers and to bloggers/blogs that help inform and inspire me! ⭐
In my last post I mentioned doing some designing, the design was my blog makeover. Traditionally I overhaul the blog in July but I suddenly felt like doing it now and since it takes a lot of time and effort to get to a point I’m happy with it was best to do it there and then with the inspiration.
I had originally intended to go with a Black and White background with bright Red and White banner – something bold and edgy, but I couldn’t get it right try as I might. Then Mum woke up, we worked on it together and ended up with something totally different, something actually much bolder in its simplicity than the mosaic I was working on before. As usual I was fussy over ‘balance’ of colours, positioning etc finding it difficult but managed to make Mum’s ideas come to life in balance with my own.
Then later I found out that Sunday 15th June 2014 is Trinity Day…
So I was going to post this on Sunday but I’m running ahead of schedule. Trinity Day is usually thought of as the father/son(sun/light)/holy ghost(spirit) which is based on older triads e.g. the incestuous and insidious Shiv/Brahma/Vishnu (Vishnu more commonly known as Ram or Krishna) and their consort triad Laksmi/Pavarti/Saraswati. Those and other patriarchal triads such as Al-Lat/Al-Uzza/Manat, Qudshu/Astarte/Anat, Isis, Hecate, Brigid, Morrigan, the Spinners/Werdes later to become the Fates/Norns/Wyrds (based on the matriarchal MahaVidyas/Fibonacci Goddesses – servants of the Mother) were based on the more primal matriarchal Maid/Mother/Crone which is based on the original Daughter/Mother/Dark Mother aka Bala/Lalita/Kali or 3 from 1 Dea later called Sophia.
Since my blog design is based on a trinity from 1 aka all me but in three forms and the banner shows left to right the Mother, Dark Mother and Daughter it’s perfect. Ah synchronicity even to the colours of the banner text which kept my original thought for the colour scheme which I was later reminded had links to the Daughter/Mother/Dark Mother.
I really liked the raspberry ripple 3rd version, it was ‘sharp, young, hip’ but I feel at home with this one, I don’t even need time to ‘get used to it’.
For the sake of record here’s a screenshot of the last incarnation:
And here’s the previous makeover post I wrote on July 13th 2013, I don’t think I’ll need to do another.
Today I just felt the urge to do a blog theme makeover and so I did it and then realized it’s been almost a year since I did the last one! Can you say synchronicity?
I thought I’d go for a sharper, young and hip look – something stylish for a fashion and beauty blog though still artistic.
For new readers and those that still like the last look here’s a screenshot:
And here’s the last ‘blogiversary’ post I made which has some good points for those thinking about updating:
So it’s been almost a year since I started this blog and I’d been thinking for a while “the blog needs a new look, how can I update it, what should I do?” It went on like that for a while, a veritable mental block of um-ing and ah-ing, and a little trial and error. As my long term subscribers will know I’ve given the blog a face lift and made it more functional but I wanted a total makeover.
Then finally, during a Mercury retrograde prompt computer meltdown, I finally had enough and decided “just do it!”
I could have gone through the whole process of Q&A in a quick checklist fashion, which would have gone something like this:
1) What do I want the blog/theme to look like?
2) What do I want it to express?
3) What would my readers like?
4) Do I need to change the WP theme?
5) How much detail do I want?
6) How long with the look last and will it stay relevant?
Blah blah blah etc etc
All very important questions and considerations, but I’d been thinking about those in bits and bobs over the aforementioned dawdling period and so pulled up my bootstraps, got my act together and just started drawing.
I knew what elements I wanted to keep and what I was generally going for, I just didn’t know how I was going to achieve it, but once I started, it naturally came together in one go. Usually I have a few options/variations of any design but strangely enough I like this the way it is and I think that in itself is auspicious, or so I hope. That’s how it was with the first theme too, it was a quick process yet adequately expressed where I was at that point as a first time blogger. It was individual, arty, abstract with lot’s a bight, harmonious colour in a vibrant display of enthusiasm – my blog was new and it felt new.
Anyway – this new look is a development on the old. A simpler, more polished look yet still arty/fun, but cleaner. More focused. That doesn’t mean I know lots about blogging, but like the proverbial tortoise I’m steadily moving along and give thanks to my mother for being a constant inspiration and helper (and constant ‘most likely to give me a heart attack or breakdown at a young age’… ahem) 🙂
Here’s how it looked before, though certain features such as the title and tag line were recently changed/added:
I probably haven’t finished the new look, as with anything it will need tweaking but I think that it’s basically good to go. Therefore welcome to my re-fashioned blog, I hope you like it.