My Autumn Style

Autumn is when Fashion is at its best in my opinion. We have more opportunities to wear more creative things because we aren’t compromised by scorching heat or humidity- things I am not a fan of.

I love the colours of autumn, the burgundies, the beige, the magnolia. It’s oddly comforting and nostalgic that I can wear those colours on my body, but this autumn I am exploring with slightly more bright colours and darker tones. I am really enjoying pairing jumpers with colour with patterned skirts. These are a couple of my favourite looks to wear for a casual look on a weekday:

The top image: Jumper from Matalan, Skirt from George at Asda.

The bottom image: Jumper from Primark, Skirt from a Charity Shop.

I have been wearing these outfits on a day where I need to feel more together. I love the way the jumpers flow into the patterns of the skirts, it feels really effortless yet feminine and reminds me of the fifties where the women wore the adorable flowey skirts.

Also on skirts, I have fallen in love with this Skirt from Primark. I love how body hugging it is and the plaid black and red pattern. It is really comfortable, easy to wear and you can pair it with anything. On this day I paired it with my New Look T Shirt and my Boohoo Dolly Shoes (my favourite shoes ever). This outfit is just super easy to wear and feels sophisticated.

I’ve been enjoying these ripped jeans lately which I picked up from Primark for £16. I adore how they fit comfortably around my hips and they are so warm in the slightly colder weather- I’ve paired them with jumpers and hoodies for a quick ‘get to lectures’ look, but when I go out for drinks I like to pair them with this cropped top from New Look. If you’re curvy/chubby like me, don’t let adverts put you off from experimenting with crop tops. They can be very flattering for smaller waists and hourglass figures, but also to create the sense of a smaller waist to create a silhouette.

This has been my favourite look of Autumn for casual day to day. The tops were from New Look in their summer sale, the leggings are H&M, Boohoo Shoes and then the Cardigan was delicately made by my Nan. It’s really comfortable, looks fab and I really like the pairing of the lace underneath the knitwear.

This has been my favourite going out look so far- this wrap around dress was from New Look and I honestly adore it. The Vest underneath was from JD Williams and is a really soft, cotton material which I just love. This time last year I wouldn’t of had the confidence to wear a dress like this one, but as I start to have more body confidence I’m loving experimenting with clothes and feeling great within myself.

So that is my Autumn Style, I hope you enjoyed it! For any queries please email me at maisie.e.hancox@hotmail.com or comment below.

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My Saturday Morning Routine

We all look forward to the Weekend, but more so I look forward to the lazy mornings. I’m not much of a sleep in girl, but I do enjoy lazing around and taking the time for myself. This post is a list of things that I do on a Saturday Morning to chill.

The Gym: 

The first thing I do when I wake up on a Saturday is go to the gym, I do it to get it out of the way and it’s usually quite quiet, so it’s the perfect time to go as there is more access to the machines. I usually do high intensity cardio for half an hour, followed by a warm down and then I will do squats, sit ups and crunches. I find it’s a good way to get into a good mind set, feel more positive and treat my body. Even when I can’t get motivated, I have to remember that my body needs this.

Leisurely Breakfast: 

When I get back, after I’ve showered, I like to go and make myself a special weekend breakfast. It feels like such a treat, but as a student, I can’t afford to go and buy one from restaurant outlets such as Bills. So I tend to make my own from home, which can be just as delicious. On this morning, I made Garlic and Parsley Mushrooms, which I enjoyed with a pink lady apple. To make them, just chop up some closed up mushrooms however you like, and just saute them in a pan with a little olive oil, garlic pepper, parsley and italian herbs. They are ready when they are soft and are producing a little liquid.

Catching up on TV: 

After I’ve ate, I like to lay in bed and catch up on TV I’ve wanted to watch throughout the week. I do this on my MACbook Pro, which I got free with my University Course. It’s really nice to just lay around, not really have to think about anything and just chill out watching something that is lighthearted and entertaining.

Planning my Blogposts: 

I also like to sit down and plan my Blogposts, even though my posts are less regular now than before because of University, I do plan them in advance every Saturday so I know what I’m writing for the week. This relaxes me as it keeps me organised doing something I love around my studies and keeps me optimistic that I can keep doing it.

Get Dressed ready for the Day: 

I like to wear lots of jumpers in autumn, so today my outfit is a blue sweater, ripped skinny jeans and my dolly shoes. This is just a really casual, cute, confident look I can wear out whenever no matter what the occasion in autumn, so I really enjoy this outfit.

So that is my basic Saturday morning routine, comment below and let me know what you like to do on a Saturday morning!

World Mental Health Day

Today was World Mental Health Day, and another year has passed since the last one. In a year, I would definitely say that there’s been more awareness spread of certain mental health issues, but not all. Anxiety and Depression seem to be the ones people are more accepting of, but even so, those are still misunderstood.

We also have to think about the gender inequality reflected in mental health, if a man comes forward and talks about his issues, society strips him of his masculinity so very rarely men talk about their mental health and it simmers into something worse than it was at the beginning.

Suicide Rates are common in middle aged men, particularly from the age of 40-51. Yet this isn’t spoken about as much as it should be and this is something I would like to see improve in the next year, as mental health needs to be tackled just as aptly as physical health. Both can leave you bed ridden and unable.

We also need to remember that mental health can effect children just as much as teenagers and adults. Children can get depressed and anxious, but this is completely overlooked by the Education System who would rather put it down to Laziness or Unwillingness. There’s so much that needs to be spoken about and addressed, I only hope that it comes forward this time next year and that some changes are made and encouraged.

*image provided by mental health foundation.*

Neck Deep defend fans at Nottingham ‘Rock City’ Concert

Pop Punk band Neck Deep were set to perform a decent set list tonight from their new album, “The Peace and the Panic”. But things later changed when two songs into the concert, things got heated.

An anonymous eye witness report claims that the concert started out how any music concert would- full of excitement and brilliant vibes. “Everybody was so excited to see them. They are a band that you just can’t help but love with everything you have, so seeing them to some people was such an incredible thing. A big moment for some as this kind of music changes lives.”

So what happened in that venue?

They started playing their set and it was amazing. Everybody was dancing and jumping up and down, some people have been waiting for this for so long so to finally be in the moment is such a big deal. Then after the second song, there was a pause and it seemed like Neck Deep just walked out mid set after muttering something through the microphone.

Was it clear to you what was going on?

I couldn’t really see much from where I was, but when they walked off I thought it was part of a comedy sketch or something like how Alex and Jack from ‘All Time Low’ do. But then everyone in the crowd started getting worked up and then I realised that the concert was basically over. I was so disappointed.

Can you go over what actually happened now you know the facts?

When I got out of the venue, there was a bunch of people standing outside talking about it. Another girl told me that a guy had been crowd surfing and was taken aside, only to be slammed down by security in front of the crowd. People from the crowd were getting restless seeing it and then Neck Deep intervened.

How do you feel about Neck Deep after this event?

I love them of course, but I’m so grateful that they stood up for their fans. That could of been me or my mate. If those guards were somebody in the street, they would be arrested for GBH. So why are they allowed to get away with it? I hope rock city does the right thing and fires them.

Social Media site Twitter is blowing up under #NeckDeep where videos of what happened has been posted to YouTube. Click this link here:

Neck Deep in Nottingham

Everybody is tweeting about how grateful they are for the band and how glad they are that they care for their fans. No information has been posted yet about whether the concert attendees will be reimbursed, but one thing is for sure, Neck Deep will always be remembered for this.

My First Week at Coventry University

University was something I had always dreamt of, something I thought I wouldn’t be able to achieve. Coming from a working class background, I never imagined that I would end up at University. After a gap year of working, saving and counting pennies, I was finally here- Coventry University.

Move in Day felt like Christmas as we drove up right next to my accommodation. To my surprise, my flat looked like an Ikea Showroom but I was most excited about my desk. I was used to writing in libraries, so the fact I had the privacy to work was incredibly useful and a massive bonus to me. The thing I was most daunted by was meeting my flatmates. A few tips about meeting your flat mates:

  • Be yourself. You are going to be spending a lot of time with these people so don’t be afraid to be who you naturally are.
  • Talk about your course/major. Get an idea of what you are all passionate about, that way throughout the academic year you can ask how it’s all going and you can encourage and support each other.
  • Set side a cleaning rotor from the get go- this may seem extreme but this will diffuse any tension surrounding domestic duties which may build in the future.

I found with my flatmates that everybody can get along if you are straight forward and willing to be civil even if they aren’t your favourite type of person or your best friend. At the end of the day, everybody is in the same boat. It’s not going to be easy or simple at first, but once you get yourself into a routine it should be a walk in the park.

I don’t think I was prepared for how rowdy Freshers was going to be. I feel like I was taken from a peaceful town and sucked into a rowdy party portal. Normally a dedicated introvert, I was shocked by how much I actually participated and enjoyed freshers. You will end up meeting a vast number of people from all different accomodations and it will make this new big, exciting city seem a lot smaller. I particularly enjoyed getting to know people during move in weekend, purely because everyone was so nervous that instantly you became  a friend to all. And it’s important to note because it’s a main fear when starting Uni, that you do make friends. You will be asked about a hundred times where you’re from, what your hobbies are and what your course is and it will feel like a job interview- but it will be worth it.

I was most excited for my lectures to start- after all, that was the whole point of Uni and even though it was only induction week, I bounced out of bed on that Monday morning excited for what was to come. My journey with applying to Coventry felt like it lasted years, so I was ready to get into the swing of things and see what I can achieve. Walking into the lecture hall for the first time was so daunting- I was so nervous, but looking around and viewing everybody’s nervous faces, it was clear we were all afraid together.

Exploring Coventry was something I really enjoyed. I didn’t realise how beautiful it was in places, especially around the cathedral. If you go there at the right time, you will find birds, squirrels and dogs being walked all along the cobbles. Being from a small town, it’s comforting for me that there’s places I can go and relax. The squirrels are particularly friendly in Coventry, but they always look at you, offended that you’re not an acorn.

There’s so many parts of my first week that I enjoyed, the little facts about my new City all came to play and it’s interesting to move into a new place and learn the history- it’s fascinating.

For example, Coventry was a city of destruction during World War 2, so occasionally bombs from under the ground have to go through a controlled detonation. My new building Ellen Terry is named after the actress and the building is renovated from an old 1920’s cinema. There is also a significance of elephants around the city, which myself and a small group of journo’s found out as we made our way around the city on an elephant hunt. From the Herbert Museum to St Mary’s Guildhall to the Transport Museum, it was a kooky induction event that I’m not likely to forget.

I made sure I got involved, a signed up to Societies and spoke to as many people as possible. I joined Rock Society, the welcome event was incredible and I would highly recommend it to anybody if you are into a spectrum of music from classic rock to metal core. What I love about Coventry, is the fact everybody will talk to you and you get to meet a variety of personalities. Nobody is afraid or too shy, and it made me feel a little bit more welcome. Especially in those moments where I’d felt homesick.

My first week at Coventry flew by- and I assume that the next three years will too. But I will remember this week for the rest of my life. It’s such a huge adjustment, whereas it’s exciting you don’t realise how much of a difference it is going to make on you. But it’s such a positive influence and change and I don’t think I would have had such a happy adjustment week if I hadn’t of chosen Coventry.

My Autumn Evening Routine

When I finish a long day at work, the first thing I want to do is immediately face plant my bed. This is a regular occurrence, but then I have to go and find the energy to do something else so I can get settled for the evening.

The first thing I like to do is take a bath to unwind and take all the dirt and dust off me from the day I’ve had. I like to occasionally treat myself to a bath bomb and I will almost always use a selection from Bomb Cosmetics. I like to keep the lighting minimal, take my book and a cup of tea and relax in the bath enjoying the serenity and peace for an hour or so.

After I’ve got out the bath, I like to moisturise and put on clean pyjamas.

These pyjamas are from Boohoo and are a god send. They are the softest material, really warm and cosy even though they are short style ones- the cute pattern is also incredible.

I will then go and make myself some dinner. I rarely eat in the day so I try to have a substantial evening meal to make sure I’ve had enough calories for the day. A few of my favourite meals to make are Pasta Bakes, Curries and Pot Roasts. But tonight I decided to make a honey and mustard Chicken Salad, as it was a humid, muggy day and salads are always a winner.

After dinner if I have nothing to do, I like to lie down and listen to some music. My music taste varies from genre to genre but at the minute I am loving the album ‘Science Fiction’ by Brand New. My favourite song on there is ‘Can’t get it out’ and I relate to it so much.

In autumn, I really enjoy making and drinking hot drinks. My favourite is the spiced latte, but on this occasion I have made a fudge hot chocolate which I enjoyed in my new favourite Mug from New Look.

After I’ve been downstairs to catch up with family and drank my drink, I will return upstairs to take off my makeup. When I’ve done a full shift at work, I will be lazy and just take it off with a cleansing wipe as I will be exhausted. But usually I use Makeup Remover and a cotton pad. I will then moisturise with my serum and my skin will be bed ready.

Candles are my favourites, especially in the Autumn time and Primark have an excellent range of £1.50 candles which I love. This one is gorgeous and berry scented and I’ll always light one when I’m settling down so the lighting is perfect and sleepy so I fall straight to sleep.

That is my evening routine for Autumn, let me know what you do differently in the comments.