Taking Risks

Taking risks in grunge fashion and life
Taking risks in grunge fashion and life
Taking risks in grunge fashion and life
Taking risks in grunge fashion and life
Taking risks in grunge fashion and life

Dress – CHEAP MONDAY via ASOS, Tights – SIMILAR, Boots – old ASOS, SIMILAR

Location: Redland Green, Bristol


Today’s post is all about taking risks, not playing by your rules and giving something else a go. Take these photos as an example – this is the first grungy outfit that I have worn in a long time; my hair is swept dramatically to one side; and I am standing in a park experimenting with sunlight to create beautiful imagery rather than just standing on a street.

I would not say that I have one particular style. I love the retro sixties and seventies; I like minimal, basic looks and, like in this outfit, I am into a bit of grunge. I think that is what fashion – and indeed life – is all about. It is fun to mix up personal style, try new things and take risks. Although today’s outfit does not seem super risky, it is different for me because I hardly ever wear figure hugging dresses and I am normally hiding behind my big floppy fringe. It is a funny story about the different hair here really – I was basically just so hot and flustered getting ready for this shoot that I shoved my hair to the side and actually really liked it (but don’t worry, I won’t be getting rid of the fringe just yet).

I guess I am thinking a lot about taking risks at the moment. Lewis and I are currently in Bristol, in limbo, trying to decide our next life move. Last March, we applied for Working Holiday Visas for Canada and after a long wait, we finally got them in October. I feel that it will be such a risk to move to Canada because we do not know what the job market is like over there and we do not know anyone. I also feel like I am getting on a bit – I know, 26 (and a half) is not old but as a woman, my body is a ticking bomb and I need to work out what I am doing with my life! On the other hand, what is life without risks and travel and experiences? If it doesn’t work out, then we can just come back. Nothing is permanent, nothing is wrong and everything can be positive if you have the right attitude.

Am I talking about a super random mix of things in this post? I apologise if you are confused – fashion, life, what?! Sometimes, it is good to get things out, written down and perhaps someone will understand my ramblings.

Taking risks in grunge fashion and life
Taking risks in grunge fashion and life
Taking risks in grunge fashion and life
Taking risks in grunge fashion and life
Taking risks in grunge fashion and life
Aujourd’hui, je vous parle de prendre des risques, de ne pas être réglo et d’essayer quelque chose de nouveau. Si on prend ces photos comme un exemple – ça fait longtemps que je n’ai pas porte un look « grunge » ; je suis sans frange et je porte mes cheveux sur une côté ; et on expérimente avec de la lumière pour créer des belles images au lieu d’être au milieu d’une rue.
Je vous avoue que je n’ai pas qu’un style. Je kiffe les années 60s et 70s ; j’aime bien porter des looks basics et minimalistes ; et comme dans ce look, j’adore un peu de grunge. Je pense que dans la mode – et dans la vie – c’est bien d’avoir plein de préférences. C’est marrant de changer son style personnel, d’essayer des nouvelles choses et de prendre des risques. Même si cette tenue du jour ne parait pas super « risque », pour moi elle est différente parce que je ne porte presque jamais des pièces serrées et normalement je me cache derrière ma frange. En fait, j’ai fait mes cheveux comme cela parce qu’en me préparant pour ce shoot, j’ai eu chaud. Du coup j’ai mis tous mes cheveux sur le côté et je les aime bien ! (Mais je ne vais pas pousser ma frange – vous ne vous inquiétez pas !)
Je pense beaucoup au sujet de prendre des risques en ce moment. Lewis et moi sommes à Bristol, dans le flou, et nous essayons de décider ce que nous faisons pour notre prochain chapitre de vie ! En mars 2015, nous avons applique pour les visas pour aller en Canada et après avoir attendu trop longtemps, nous avons reçu les visas en octobre. Je crois que nous prenons un risque d’aménager là-bas parce que nous ne connaissons pas son monde de travail et nous ne connaissons personne. Je me sens que je vieille – je sais que je n’ai que 26 ans (et demi) mais comme une femme, nos corps font tic-tac et il faut que je trouve ce que je veux faire dans la vie ! De l’autre côté, c’est quoi la vie sans prendre des risques, sans des voyages et sans des expériences ? Si notre aménagement a Canada ne marche pas, nous pouvons revenir ! Rien n’est permanent, rien n’est perdu et tous peut être positif si on a la bonne attitude.

Je ne sais pas si je vous parle d’un mélange bizarre de sujets dans ce poste ?! Je suis désolée si vous êtes confus – la mode, la vie, quoi ?! Des fois, c’est bien de dire ou écrire ce qu’on pense et j’espère que vous me comprenez ! 


Izzie x

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The Comfiest Bra I Have Ever Owned By Oysho

The comfiest bra I have ever owned by Oysho
The comfiest bra I have ever owned by Oysho

Bra – OYSHO, Briefs – OYSHO

Every girl reading this would agree, I’m sure, that boobs and what contains them – bras – are pretty damn important. Boobs can be the source stress, insecurity, pain but also freedom and pleasure depending on your attitude towards your own pair. A few years ago, I was obsessed with having larger boobs than I actually did – even though they were definitely bigger than they are now – and I would wear extremely padded push-up bras to boost my bust. However, since losing weight whilst living in Paris, I am finally happy with my moderately sized set and I have fully embraced being able to wear bras without under-wiring or padding.

The comfiest bra I have ever owned by Oysho
Triangle bras and bralettes are already more comfy than most bras, although I find that they can rise up because they have less structure to them, but this recent purchase from Oysho took comfort to a whole new level. After years and years of tugging at bras and readjusting them, it is an absolute joy to find a bra that sits perfectly on my body and hardly even feels like it is there. Of course it is just a bonus that this wonderfully comfy bra is this pretty. I normally buy black bras (and yes they do this bra in black too, I’ve checked) but I was completely drawn to this lovely blush pink one with cream lace detailing.

How has your boob and bra journey been? Have you finally accepted your pair? Have you found your perfect bra? I would love to hear any tips!

The comfiest bra I have ever owned by Oysho
The comfiest bra I have ever owned by Oysho

Chaque femme qui lit ce poste sera d’accord que des seins et ce qui les contiennent – des soutiens-gorge – sont super importants. Des seins peuvent nous créer du stress, du manque d’assurance et de la douleur mais aussi de la liberté et du plaisir selon comment votre attitude envers votre poitrine. Il y a quelques années, j’étais obsédé par l’idée d’avoir des seins beaucoup plus larges que j’avais. Même si mes seins étaient plus larges qu’ils sont maintenant, je portais des soutiens-gorge rembourre pour donner l’impression d’une buste plus grande. Cependant, après avoir perdu des poids quand j’habitais a Paris, enfin je suis contente avec mes seins d’une taille modéré et j’adopte complètement de pouvoir porter des soutiens-gorges sans rembourrage.

The comfiest bra I have ever owned by Oysho

Des soutiens-gorge triangle sont déjà beaucoup plus confortable que d’autres soutiens-gorges – même si je trouve qu’ils s’élèvent des fois parce qu’ils ont moins structure. Ce soutien-gorge que j’ai acheté récemment chez Oysho me donne du confort d’un autre niveau! Apres des années et des années de rajuster mes soutiens-gorges, ça me fait plaisir d’en trouver un qui va parfaitement sur mon corps. Bien sur que c’est un plus que ce soutien-gorge est vachement beau. Normalement, j’achète des soutiens-gorge noirs (et Oysho fait celui-ci en noir aussi, j’ai vérifié!) mais j’aime beaucoup sa couleur rose et les détails de dentelle de celui-ci

C’était comment votre histoire de seins? Vous acceptez votre poitrine? Vous avez trouve votre soutien-gorge parfait? Ce serait un plaisir de lire vos conseils!

Izzie x

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I Love Bristol | Bulrush Restaurant Review

Bulrush restaurant review Bristol
Bulrush restaurant review Bristol
Bulrush restaurant review Bristol

Bristol is a city full of really really good places to eat and I am so excited to share with you some old favourites and new discoveries while I am back in my hometown for an extended stay. We are starting this culinary tour at BULRUSH, a relatively new restaurant located in Kingsdown, which serves deliciously exotic and experimental food.

We kicked off with some Kir Royals – always – followed by some complimentary white onion soup with stout vinegar reduction, chargrilled onion dusting served with some beautifully soft bread. Free food is always such a bonus and a real sign that a restaurant wants to treat their customers and show them a good time. I would not normally order onion soup from a menu but I would certainly order this again and pay for it! It was super silky and flavoursome whilst not being too “oniony”.

Bulrush restaurant review Bristol
When it came to ordering food, it was seriously hard to choose a starter as so many of them sounded right up my street. After much deliberation, I went for the scallop rose ceviche with watercress puree, black sesame and rock samphire. Sounds fancy doesn’t it? Well it certainly was. For my first mouthful I was not so sure that I liked it because I could taste some vinegar which, as I do more and more of these food posts you’ll get to know that I hate, but after a couple more tries, I was completely sold. The dish was fresh with lots of different textures and flavours and just look how beautifully it is presented! Anything with flower petals gets a thumbs up from me!
Bulrush restaurant review Bristol
My main course was another taste explosive in the form of pan fried hake with sweetcorn, cavolo nero, mussels and pickled girolles (don’t worry, I was assured that they were not too “vinegary”). The hake was beautifully cooked and being not too strong, was the perfect fish to sit on a bed of such contrasting flavours and textures. The sweetcorn and grains were crunchy, the mussels were soft, the girolles were rubbery (if that is the best way to describe mushrooms!) and the hake just melted in the mouth. 
Bulrush restaurant review Bristol
Bulrush restaurant review Bristol
Right so we all got the same dessert – chocolate delice with parsnip sponge, parsnip mousse, honeycomb pieces topped with yogurt sorbet. Hang on, did I say parsnip? Twice? That’s right and although you could taste the parsnip, thanks to the vegetable’s natural sweetness it was the perfect partner to a gooey chocolate dessert. The yogurt sorbet brought the tangy and less sweet element while the honeycomb pieces were a welcome crunch to this otherwise soft dessert.
Bulrush restaurant review Bristol
Bulrush restaurant review Bristol
We finished off the meal with coffees, mint tea for me and some complimentary homemade peanut fudge and blackcurrant fruit pastilles – another lovely touch!
I would highly recommend Bulrush restaurant for any special occasion, birthday or celebration you have coming up – any excuse eh? I would say that it is slightly pricey but it is always nice to treat yourself once in a while and the food is so worth it!
Bulrush restaurant review Bristol
BULRUSH RESTAURANT | 21 Cotham Road, Bristol, BS6 5TZ

Izzie x

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Glastonbury Festival 2016 Photo Diary

Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
Glastonbury Festival 2016 photo diary
What a crazy week it has been. At least I was able to live through the initial pain of the referendum result in a little bubble in best place on earth, Glastonbury Festival. I had absolutely great time, despite the mud and tired feet because it is always worth it. I have a vlog coming on Sunday which goes into more detail about who I saw and what I did so without giving too much away, here is a little photo diary. 
Highlights included doing power ballad yoga; doing real yoga; the food and the cider; the fireworks at Stone Circle on Wednesday night; exploring the Greenpeace field and going on its drop slide; catching up with old friends; spending time with Lewis; and watching Ronnie Spector, Sigur Ros, The Last Shadow Puppets, Will Young and of course Adele and Coldplay. 

Izzie x

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