CHEAP AND CHEERFUL; FAST FASHION AND THE QUALITY CRISIS

Fashion addicts will claim in their personal statements how they have loved fashion since birth. Though bold, I’m going to claim that I’ve loved fashion since I came out the womb when my mum wrapped me in a Harrods of London prima cotton blanket, with matching bed linen that she brought to the hospital herself, and changed the sheets whilst in early stages of labour. She wouldn’t dare to lie down on synthetic bedding so why would she wrap her newborn daughter in it? As a fashion designer with her own clothing brand, she’s always instilled in me the importance of quality. However, in the last 20 years of a race to the bottom, the fashion industry is facing a quality crisis. We want too much, and we want it as fast as our food. So, what is the true cost of our appetite for fast fashion?

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MATERIAL INVESTMENTS; WHAT TO BUY AT WHAT PRICE

Doing things on the cheap is a field I have expertise in. I’m the Joanne the Scammer of the blogger world complete with my fur coat. Sometimes, however, you can’t always fake it. Here is a list I’ve compiled of things you should be willing to spend a bit more on, and things you can go cheap on in there for good measure.

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MY RESOLUTIONS OF 2017 THAT YOU SHOULD DO IN 2018

You might hear the phrase ‘can’t wait to see the back of this year’ every damn year and be sick to the back teeth of it like at midnight we get ‘2017’ in a box and throw it in the Mersey like it’s a concrete object? Things have been out of my control this year but has this stopped me making the most of what I can control? NO. Here are my four resolutions that I achieved this year.

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HOW TO TRAVEL CHEAP IF YOU’RE HIGH MAINTENANCE

At the start of the year, I promised myself I was going to find every excuse possible to travel and I think I’ve achieved that with 3 holidays and 4 mini breaks so far this year. I’m a student so splashing out on vacations isn’t an option, but that doesn’t mean travelling isn’t. This is a guide for girl, guy or non binary individual who wants to travel for cheap but the idea of a hostel FREAKS them out (I’m sorry but between sharing a room with complete strangers and hostel murders in the news, it’s a no from me). A guide for those wanting bougie pictures outside European palaces tryna blag it’s your hotel (What do you mean google said the Palace of Versailles doesn’t accept guests; did you just accuse my Instagram of LYING?!). A guide for those spending one night in a fancy restaurant and every other day living from the McDonalds saver menu. (I don’t care if you saw be eating snails last night, I’m only in maccies because I’m FUSSY!). Here are my top five commandments for all the Joanne the Scammers out there wanting to scheme as many vacations out of 2018.

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YOUR HAIR IS 90% OF YOUR SELFIE; VOODOU REVIEW

Finding the right hairdresser is just as important as finding your soul mate. Growing up, my mum subjected my to an arranged marriage with Toni&Guy where I spent the first 10 years of my life with a razor sharp bob. So escaping this marriage in my adolescence left me unaware of mine or my hairs worth. I spent years between box dyes and highlights from that woman who is your mum’s mate’s mate who did hairdressing at some point and owns a few bottles of peroxide? You know the one. And the time I went to salons I was usually greeted by snotty apprentices who would say OH MY GAWD R YE SURE YE WANNA GO DAT SHURT I WUDUNT IFIWERU but proceed to give me urine yellow highlights (cough, cough Boudoir Broadway cough). So when I decided my hair was something I had to invest in, that’s when I found the hairdresser for me: Ro at Voodou Button Street.

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SCOUSE BIRDS UNITE; SCOUSE BIRD SHOP LAUNCH

Scouse Bird Blogs has had scouse birds shouting *OH MY GOD THATS SOOO ME* for years now. Her tweets were bible pslams for school girls like me needing reminding how fab they where on break after being call slug brows for an hour by that lad at the back of your science class (honest to god, no photo of my eyebrows circa 2013 exists on social media). So when I was invited to the scouse bird blogs shop I was beyond excited to see the woman behind the tweets.

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