This week I started watching (for the fourth or fifth time) one of my all time favourite shows right from the pilot episode. With its sarcasm, wit and spot on life advice – 'Gilmore Girls' is guaranteed to make me smile no matter what else I have going on in my life.
I watch a lot of TV, ranging from Game of Thrones and 24 to Greys Anatomy. My taste varies, but there are some shows that you can watch on repeat and never tire of. I’ve also decided when I have a kid, that they will be named Lorelai (if it’s a girl), that’s how much of an impression it has left on me.
You've been Gilmored
The show (for those of you who don’t know) focuses on Lorelai Gilmore, a privileged girl who grew up with overbearing parents. At 16 she falls pregnant, moves out, refusing to marry her boyfriend just to please her parents. The show begins years later with her daughter, known as Rory starting private school.
Lorelai is an independent woman, smart and kickass, whose relationship with her daughter is heart-warming. We explore Stars Hollow (there home), the complicated relationships with family, as well as dealing with her daughter growing up. My favourite thing about this show is the quirky commentary mainly given by Lorelai. Here are some of the quotes from the show that I can only benefit your life.
There's a few extra illustrations thrown in this post, with sayings that aren't necessarily advice or helpful in any way, but they certainly made me smile.
Do you like coffee? Only with my oxygen.
Anyone who knows me I love coffee, I’d take it in an IV. I connect with Lorelai on this level, first I drink the coffee then I do the things. It’s the stuff that makes me a functioning human being.
I wanna be good, life’s just not letting me.
Sometimes bad things happen or you get stuck in a rut. A bad day doesn’t make you a bad person. If you make a poor decision or are mean to someone, it doesn’t define you and it’ll get better.
I’m afraid when your heart is involved, it all comes out moron.
Never have I heard anything so accurate. Relationships can be awkward and you don’t always say the right thing but that’s love. If you love someone it’s inevitable you’ll say something stupid.
If you’re going to throw your life away, he’s better have a motorcycle.
Everyone loves a bad boy. This is more of a sarcastic comment aimed at Rory, she considers not going to Private School because the guy she likes is at her old High School. It’s an important thing to remember that you shouldn’t throw your life away for a guy. Don’t put what you want on hold, if it’s meant to be it’ll work out. If you are going to then a motorcycle would be nice.
People can live a hundred years without really living for a minute.
Rory is quite a safe girl; she goes to school, studies hard and does what she’s supposed to. Logan brings her out of that shell and this line from him is perfect. It’s something I believe in whole-heartedly, a lot of people’s ideas of living are very different. If you never step outside your comfort zone or chase after what you want, are you really living?
I smell snow.
Lorelai can literally feel the snow before it falls and it’s kinda amazing. She says it’s her gift and that everything is magical and pretty when it snows. It’s important to find something little in life that makes you feel that way, like anything is possible.
This thing we’re doing here, you, me. I’m in. I am all in.
Lorelai and Luke are the couple you route for throughout the show, they belong together but life gets in the way. If you really want to be with someone, you have to be all in. Don’t just tell them how you feel, show them and don’t get embarrassed or scared. You’ll only regret it if you don’t say how you feel.
What she tackles, she conquers.
You can do anything, don’t let anyone make you feel like you can’t.
The pop tart tasted like freedom and rebellion and independence
Lorelai grew up in a household where she wasn’t allowed to have or do a lot of things. That first pop tart was her first taste of freedom. Everyone can understand that experience of asserting your independence. Plus food can be pretty orgasmic, I’m sure we’ve all got that one treat that makes us feel this way.
If you haven't watched it, go binge! What are you even still doing on here, get onto Netflix right now.
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It's official Autumn is here! I've had my first pumpkin spice of the season (basic I know) and I am ready for the halloween movies, fluffy jumpers, log fires and festive fun to begin! This also means a change in fashion. In the last month I have picked up a few key pieces (in the SALE of course) that are going to see me through the winter months and all the wonders that await. As well as a few party pieces that I want to share. It does however mean putting away my rather impressive collection of sunglasses, I've been adding too all throughout summer. Before that happens though, here are my favourites from August.
First up, I've seen the blogging community going crazy for big earrings, especially tassels. In Topshop's SALE I managed to pick up these ornate gold and rose coloured long earrings for just £3! These beauties are perfect for the coming months and will add a bit of glamour to an understated outfit, like a pair of ripped jeans and oversized jumper combination.
Sunglasses have been a massive thing for me this summer (they weren't something I ever really invested in before). I've been drawn to the more bold and creative shade styles (pictured below), my favourites being: Rose gold aviators with pink lenses from Primark (£3), my catwoman-esque black patterned shades from Topshop SALE (£5), and finally a pair of gun metal grey aviators (£3) from Urban Outfitters SALE. As I like to mix up my style often, its important to me that I have lots of pairs to choose from.
This last month has seen me getting into denim in a big way. I've always been a skinny jean, ripped knee denim lover. However, the past few weeks I've been living in my distressed mom jeans paired with a chunky statement belt and crop top, they give off a perfect 90s vibe. Next on my 'to buy' list is this ripped denim jacket, shown above (I tried this on in Topshop but sadly I couldn't convince myself to spend the £49). Double distressed denim is certainly a look for me, I will be investing shortly when payday next rolls back around. I love the idea of collecting patches for the back too when on my travels, to give it a little more personality.
I've been a lot bolder in my style choices last month, throwing out the usual choices of little black dresses and fitted tees (I've enough of these already). Introducing a bardot style, or a bit of embroidery can go a long way in brightening up your fall wardrobe.
I love a shirt but crisp white ones remind me of high school uniforms. Then I found this safari inspired shirt (Topshop SALE) with it's bold embroidery across the chest, decorated with palm trees and giraffes. It's a fun item to pair with plain black jeans or tuck into a leather a-line skirt. The second shirt added to my collection is this oversized red check classic print (more of a dress on me). This stood out because of its off the shoulder, bardot style tops and just screams autumn time. Paired with tights and chunky black boots or converse it's going to be a staple item in my wardrobe for the next few months. The green lace dress (made me instantly think of Tinkerbell) is for a birthday this month, I bought it because I don't usually wear pastels but the cut and colour are unlike anything I already own. Plus it was only £7 in Topshop SALE, it really does pay off to be patient.
I also updated my everyday bag, usually I stick with black (it does go with everything), but I decided to invest in this little red babe, it'll add a pop of colour to every outfit. Finally, I've been obsessed with my Olivia Burton Rose Gold watch again, it's understated and sophisticated. I lost it a while back but was lucky enough to be reunited, so it's never off my wrist now. Think it may be time for a new model though.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Through August I've also been investing in some gear for my Trek America adventure. This includes my Cobra Adventure Camera (£80 from Very), as well as all the accessories and attachments. I have been playing non stop with it and it's been the best thing I've bought this month. For anyone interested in creating content (but wanting to experiment before investing in anything too expensive) I would recommend one, especially if you do a lot of travelling (around the UK or abroad). Capturing adventures on film is very different to photography, the results are more individual and I think it's good to be able to replay those memories.
Now I have walking boots I plan to take already but rather than packing my normal running trainers, I wanted something a bit sturdier for the hiking. I found these outdoor Timberland ones for just £31 reduced from £105 (or something around that) on SCHUH. I've currently got an order coming with my sleeping bag, power bank, memory cards and polaroid film all on its way, so I think that a packing blog is on it's way (because I have no idea how I'm fitting it all in my case).
I can't lie, the idea of digging out all my scarfs, bobble hats and jumpers makes me very happy indeed. Experimenting with layers and adding chunky jewellery to my chunky knit jumpers. I'm going to try and create some seasonal look book content for next month. Maybe even documenting my outfits and placing myself into quirky backgrounds around nearby cities. Just thinking of all the Halloween and christmassy content I will be able to shoot soon, theres going to be lots of market mayhem coming up.
I always say this is a work in progress, and I'm slowly finding my footing so feedback is appreciated. My videos aren't pristine they're fun and rough round the edges. My posts don't have the most staged shots in them but I'm working on it. In the next 12 months I'm hoping I will be a lot more skilled at producing this stuff. There are a few goals I'm setting myself that I hope to share here soon.
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Here's a little video I put together from my weekend trip to Blue Planet Aquarium, still getting to grips with the adventure camera and taking every opportunity to get it out. I didn't take any pictures on this one so it's video footage only. Diving in at the deep end, hope you enjoy it.
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It's a lazy Sunday afternoon and I'm finally getting chance to write this post after editing all morning. On Friday, I took a 5am train down South with Danny to start our weekend. It's no secret that I absolutely adore London and miss it often, but trips like this make me appreciate it's uniqueness so much more. The day began with a 4am wake up call and all of the coffee (can't say Danny was too impressed by this), before heading to the station to catch a 2 hour train ride into Euston. We arrived just after 8am and we'd certainly picked the perfect weekend, the sun was shining and I was buzzing to start the day.
What About Second Breakfast?
First stop Farm Girl Cafe, we jumped on the underground heading to Tottenham Court Road and then towards Marble Arch. I'd heard a lot about this place and seen some interesting Instagram posts, rainbow lattes and healthy brunch options that made me excited to check it out myself.
The walk there consisted of multiple balamory-esque houses I'd dream about, wondering what the insides must look like and deciding which I'd buy (if only I could afford one). Finally we reached the cafe after walking straight past it once. You go through a little white doorway and enter a small courtyard area which could be set abroad, the white walls stand tall on all sides decorated with ornate windows. We decided it was such a stunning morning that it only seemed fair to be seated outside, I opted for the Butterfly Matcha (Organic blue matcha powder with almond milk) it was a difficult decision as I was drawn to the Charcoal Latte but the black colour I found even more bizarre than my blue beverage. Danny had a lemonade and wasn't hungry (he had eaten on the train), but I couldn't resist the Berry Pancakes a buckwheat mix with amber maple syrup, peppermint, fresh strawberries and sprinkling of coconut.
After our second breakfast we had planned to walk to the Natural History Museum, just 30 mins away. This gave me the chance to have a little photoshoot along the way in Kensington (outside of more dreamy apartments, I'm pretty certain I couldn't afford without a lottery win). I'd worn tights which turned out to be a mistake, but the temperature had been a lot lower at 5am. Pairing my black converse with a red corduroy skirt I bought in the Topshop SALE last year and a River Island bardot style oversized red check shirt, I picked up with a gift card a few weeks ago. The windows were dressed with beautiful blooming flower boxes and the more we travelled around London (30,000 steps approximately) the more stunning bouquets we came across.
Time for a History Lesson
Eventually we found our way into the museum (there were some works going on so we there was a little confusion on how exactly you got inside) the building itself was breathtaking. It's funny I've been around Kensington and Knightsbridge before exploring Harrods and the V&A, but somehow missed the museum. I didn't take many pictures inside because it's something you should really see for yourself, ENTRY is free (apart from some special exhibitions). We went for the dinosaurs (nerdy I know) but theres a lot of other cool exhibits and cafes, you could easily lose yourself in here for a couple of hours, I'd recommend you do.
Next we decided as time was getting on and our phones had died, we should probably go grab coffee and lunch (also giving us some time to recharge). I decided to take Danny (a pizza lover) to my favourite pizzeria, Pizza Pilgrims in Kingly Court on Carnaby Street. My name is Aby and so it's quite fitting that I love Carn-Aby so much. The colourful courtyard, festival of food on offer and vibrant window displays never disappoint. It's a beautiful little escape from Oxford Street which I personally find a bit too busy, the atmosphere here is more creative and unique. After refuelling with some delicious carbs we headed off.
Whilst we were here, I figured shooting a time lapse on the river Thames could be cool (my little adventure camera certainly got a lot of use), so we strolled down to the bridge to test it out. The footage came out pretty great actually and I'll be linking the video below. The walking certainly helped to burn off the several coffees, pizza and pancakes from the day so far.
Now I never head down to London without walking through Covent Garden, there's always some beautiful display, artwork or street performers on. There were some vintage shops I wanted to check out nearby so I figured why not. I am so happy that we did because they had the most gorgeous floral swing seats set up all around, with huge flower carts and bouquets dotted throughout the market place. Naturally, I took this as an opportunity to get a new profile picture (who wouldn't, if only the people in the background had been a bit more camera shy).
We didn't have much planned for the rest of the Friday afternoon and so wandered, which is usually best because I always find myself in parts of the city I have never explored before. I've walked around the Soho area before but this time I found a little vintage shop called Rockit and an insanely good Gelato place! I opted for a hazelnut double scoop and Danny had strawberry perfect in the summer sun. After a bit of window shopping (saving at the moment so I was kind of on a budget) in some more stores I'd never heard of, we decided to end our day in Hyde Park. Off we strolled down towards Marble Arch.
With a cup more of ice cream (mint chocolate chip this time) we parked ourselves in some deck chairs (until we were asked to move, turns out they weren't free) put our feet up and watched the sun begin to set. Families, friends and couples all celebrating the end of their working week with a kick about or a cold one, it was a perfect evening.
Every time I take a trip down South I discover something new in London, it's a city that never gets boring. I have my favourite stops, as I'm sure everyone does but I always try and check out at least one new cafe, shop or bar. It's a good idea to walk as well, not just jump on the underground for every stop because this is how I find myself stumbling onto the cities hidden gems. (I'd highly recommend a weekday visit or for a weekend going on the Friday because it can be pretty chaotic on the Saturday or Sunday so I try and avoid the very centre of the city).
I've had such a beautiful weekend and got some pretty picture perfect moments (especially thanks to my instax mini 8 camera, the polaroids are always a great little souvenir). I can't wait to plan my next trip but until then I'll be staying in the North, Winter is Coming after all.
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Aby, 24. Northerner.