//What I’m wearing in Marseille//

So a few posts ago, I mentioned I’ll be heading off to the Côte d’Azur in a few weeks (eek!), more specifically to Marseille. Since it’s going to be between 25-30°C – temperatures that we never really get in British summers (apart from last week when it was 28°C for two days then we had a huge thunder storm) – I found myself in need of lightweight, summer-y clothes to wear and hence went on a little shopping sprees! 

Disclaimer: I’m not great at photographing clothing and only had a small desk to use as a white background, hence why I couldn’t fit the whole items of clothing in the pictures, so do bear with!

Tops:

Stripey and plain white t-shirts with lace detail

I actually bought these t-shirts last year from Primark for £4 each, but they’re fairly thin and light-coloured so they look more summery than the majority of my t-shirts. I also bought another white t-shirt similar to the one pictured above from Sainsbury’s, but this one is made of cotton so hopefully will be cooler on the hotter days. 

Pale blue tunic top with white embroidery

This blue tunic-type top also came from Sainsbury’s. I fell in love with it when I first saw it, and it’s the perfect top to take with me as it’s soooo lightweight but because it’s blue, it’s can’t see through it either. Also I love how it’s a bit different from the generic t-shirts that I usually wear. It did cost me £13, but it was reduced from £18, and it’s something I could wear all year round.

Dark green zip hoodie

I got this zip hoodie in New Look at Christmas in a sale for £7. I know it seems a bit odd to take a hoodie to the Mediterranean, but my teacher suggested it just incase it gets cold in the evening or the weather isn’t as nice as it usually is. I probably won’t wear it, but it’s best to be prepared!
Bottoms:

Monochrome shorts with lace hems

So I got these shorts a few months ago when I went up to Primark – for £4 I think – and thought they’d be perfect to wear on the beach. My teacher told us that it’s fine to wear more “revealing” clothing on the beach, but when walking around the city we need to cover up a bit, so I won’t be wearing these accept when we go to the beach in the evenings to cool off as they are quite short on me (struggles of being tall). I’m still on the look out for a suitable pair of shorts to wear that are knee-length and lightweight, so if you know anywhere I could look let me know! I am going down to Primark again next week so I can have e another look in there as well and see if I can find anything.

Dress:

White dress with orange, yellow and blue paisley pattern.

So I also bought this dress last year, from a shop called Store Twenty One which is a sort of budget clothing chain in the UK. The dress is fairly long – it comes down to just above my knees – but is the perfect length to wear in Marseille as it’s quite dignified. Also, it’s a very lightweight, floaty material again which helps to keep me cool. I think it probably cost me around £8-£10, but I can’t remember since it was a year ago!

Nightwear:

Green pyjama set with cacti print and

Okay so I didn’t *necessarily* need to get new pyjamas, as I already have a few sets of summer pyjamas, but when I saw this cute cacti vest and shorts set in Sainsbury’s, I couldn’t resist. Plus they had a pretty good sale on for bank holiday weekend, meaning I picked up this set for just £7.50 which I think is pretty good value!

Swimwear:

Black and white polkadot tankini

Due to the heat, we’ll be going down to the beach that’s 5 minutes walk from the youth hostel to see and cool off in the evenings. Therefore I dug out my black and white polkadot tankini (I’m not a bikini person) I bought a few years ago from Store Twenty One and luckily it still fits! 
Accessories:

Polyester fedora hat from Deichman

As it will be very hot and sunny in Marseille, I decided to invest in a new hat. Usually I wear baseball caps on holiday, but I find they make my head really hot, and I saw this in Deichmann for £7 and thought it was the perfect alternative! It’s a little bit big for my head, meaning that my head doesn’t overheat and it’s very comfortable. However I will have to make sure I hold onto it when we go on a boat trip to the Chateau d’If!

Tortoiseshell sunglasses

These sunglasses are prescription sunglasses from Specsavers which I got for free with a buy one get one free voucher last year (my m bought a normal pair of glasses for herself then gave me the voucher). They’re actually a really nice tortoiseshell pattern, but it’s hard to see in the photo! 

Navy kimono with pink and lilac floral pattern

(This was so hard to take a photo of as it kept sliding off the desk I was using as a background 😂 so here’s a better photo of me wearing the kimono + dress + hat)

I picked up this floral kimono from Store Twenty One as well for £4, and I’m really pleased with it! Again, it’s a very lightweight, sheer material and the pattern means it goes with just about any top. It’ll be great to throw on over my dress (so I don’t get burnt due to it’s thin straps) or a t-shirt in the event that I get a bit cold or just want something thin to take the sun off me. It’s very summery and I love it!

Pink and white floral canvas handbag

This handbag also came from Store Twenty One. I think it cost me £12, but there was a buy one get one half price offer, meaning I got the kimono for half price (it was originally £8). I got this because my current handbags would be too small to carry around the bottle of water, suncream, sunglasses, camera, phone and purse I’ll need to take around with me whilst I’m there, and again I find rucksacks can make you really hot and I’d prefer to have my valuables to hand for safety and practicality reasons. This bag has loads of sapce and pockets inside, which I’m really pleased about, and because it’s canvas I’ll be able to easily fit it in my suitcase to take on the plane (hooray for only being able to take hand luggage!).

Footwear:

Blue pineapple flip flops

These pineapple flip flops will be perfect for going down to the beach in the evenings, and will be easy to fit in the nooks and crannies of my suitcase. I got them from Store Twenty One a couple of years ago.

Navy blue lightweight trainers with white sole

Navy blue lightweight trainers with white sole

I got these lightweight trainers a few months ago in another sale from Sainsbury’s for £8. They’re really comfy and practical and I basically wear them all the time at the moment. I’m not sure if they’ll be too hot to take to Marseille, but we’re going to be doing a lot of walking so I’ll need comfy shoes even if it means having hot feet. 
So, that’s what I’ll be taking with me clothes/accessories-wise! I’m so excited about going, I may even do another post nearer the time of other things I’m taking. I don’t go abroad often, I’m fact this will only be the third time, so it’s all pretty exciting for me. The last time I went abroad was to Berlin in 2015, a couple of days after I started my previous (and first) blog, so it’ll be exciting to be able to write about my adventure when I get back, and show you all photos of the beautiful scenery of course! I’m a little nervous about having to speak French to ACTUAL French people whilst I’m over there, but I think it’ll be a really great experience for me and my class mates. 🙂 

I hope you enjoyed and good bye for now! I have four exams next week, and oke the week after, but then after that I am exam free and I’ll have much more time to blog again! See you on the other side amigos!

//GCSE French: promoting equality in fashion//

Today I sat my GCSE French reading and listening exams and I have to say I am very impressed with the topics covered by the exams. Although there were the usual questions on relationships and jobs, there were also a few more interesting, current topics such as a UN summit on global warming, selfies, e-cigarettes, the mysterious ‘orange badge’ (which I think may be the French version of the blue disabled sticker for cars in the UK) and Skirt Day – journée de la jupe.

Although I love French, I have to say the course content does seem a bit random and I do feel like I haven’t really developed my conversational French much since I started the course three years ago. However, the relevancy and up-to-dateness (is this a word? Well if not it is now) of the topics included in todays exams really surprised me and made me feel like I am actually applying my French in a useful way and learning more about the world around me – which is why I chose to learn a language in the first place.

The thing that impressed me most about the exam though was the part on equality and fashion where we listened to a girl talking about ‘la journée de la jupe’ (national skirt day). I don’t know if Skirt Day is an ACTUAL thing – I’ve done a bit of research but only came across a French film called ‘La Journée de la Jupe’ in which a French teacher discovers a gun in one of her students bags, accidentally shoots one of the students in the leg then holds the class hostage and one of the terms for letting the students go is having a Skirt Day to allow her to wear a skirt without being criticised by people with conservative attitudes about how women should dress. Apparently one part of the film actually came true – it was requested that La Journée de la Jupe become a nationally accepted day but this was sanctioned by the French Ministry of Education. However, in 2014 27 colleges did take part in a Skirt Day and boys and girls wore skirts to fight against sexism as part of the #JourneeDeLaJupe campaign.

Although the French exam itself didn’t explain this to me, I kind of got the general idea that Skirt Day was about allowing girls and women to wear what they want without being sexualised and criticised. The girl speaking about Skirt Day in the exam herself said things along the lines of: ‘Skirt Day had happened last year and had been a great success’, ‘the idea is for girls to be able to wear what they want’, ‘the headteacher didn’t like the idea of it at first as he thought students would insult each other but changed his mind after seeing that it was a great success’, ‘boys were allowed to wear skirts in support too’ and ‘her boyfriend wore makeup to show his support’.

The whole idea of Skirt Day seems really good to me. Although I don’t exactly live in a very multicultural area so have never experienced a clash of cultures where I may be criticised for wearing ‘revealing’ clothes such as skirts, I have certainly experienced being sexualised because of what I choose to wear and have seen many other girls experiencing the same treatment.

Ultimately, I think Skirt Day represents the fact that everyone should be allowed to wear what they want and what they deem is appropriate without fear of being judged and criticised. Not only does this sort of tension arise between different cultures and religions, it occurs between different sexes too and the stereotypical ways men and women should dress. The fact the this girl who was speaking in the French exam said that some of the boys even wore skirts and makeup to support and that many boys did do just this back in 2014, really interested me because all around us we are exposed to the media which portrays – or dictates – the way we should dress and behave, yet boys were still willing to defy this to support Skirt Day (yes I know the French exam was all fiction, but I have a point, trust me). Perhaps it is because something such as Skirt Day would represent something much more than just allowing women and girls to wear skirts without having to face criticism from people with conservative attitudes. Perhaps it would represent equality in the fashion world – or the need for equality.

It’s not just about women being able to wear skirts, it’s about everyone being able to wear whatever they want without judgement. The fact that the item of clothing in question is a skirt is irrelevant – skirts are just one example of clothing which causes tension within society and Skirt Day would, in my opinion, be a step towards reducing this tension, uniting society and providing greater equality in the fashion world.

Whether you are a female who has faced criticism and sexualisation for wearing skirts and other such clothing or just someone who doesn’t want to conform to the ‘expectations’ of the fashion world and just wants to be able to wear whatever clothes you want – whether they are deemed to be ‘male’ clothes or ‘female’ clothes – freely, Skirt Day would be beneficial to you.

I think Skirt Day should definitely become an accepted day in order to help fight sexism and tension between cultures and religions withing our society. And why not make it International Skirt Day?

I’m really interested to find about more about the #JourneeDeLaJupe campaign now, so merci to the AQA exam board for making my French exams so interesting and inspiring!

//Lace, heels and sparkles//

Okay, so this is my SECOND blog post today! You must all feel like the luckiest people alive (aha…jk). Now, if you read my post earlier (which you can find here if you haven’t), you’ll know that I’m not a very ‘girly’ girl. You’ll also know how much I hate stereotypes so will understand how much it pains me to have to write the words: ‘girly girl’ but…it’s the easiest way to explain it I guess. Basically, I am not the type of girl who likes dressing up in, well, dresses or likes to wear a lot of make-up and make myself look ‘pretty’.

BUT – and this is a big but – I have decided that I want to go to my end of school prom in June. Yeah, i know right? ME wearing A DRESS? As you can tell, this is something totally new to me so I’m feeling a little nervous but also very excited. I thought, considering prom will be the last time I will see most of my school friends, (*insert hysterical weeping here*…I won’t miss ALL of my classmates though, just the decent ones) AND there will be food and music and food and dancing and food, it would be good fun to try it out.

I know, I know, prom is ages away (23rd June to be exact – also the day of the UKs EU referendum if you are wondering) but I couldn’t resist! I guess I just love to be organised so I kinda, maybe, already bought everything…like two months ago.

Actually, I started looking for dresses back in June last year (according to Facebook messenger because I sent my friend a picture of the exact dress I ended up buying in June sometime…oops).

Anyway, I ordered the dress online from Amazon for only £41.99 which I though was pretty decent. AND it had free delivery and returns. The dress only took like 3-4 days to come and it had this online tracking thingy so you could see where it was and guess what? It came from BERLIN a.k.a my absolute-favourite-city-in-the-whole-world-which-I-am-completely-in-love-with. So now I am even more in love with the dress!

Here is the dress on as pictured on Amazon (that’s not me by the way) and you can click here to go to the Amazon page if you too have fallen in love with this dress (and no, I have NOT been paid or asked by the company to advertise them, I am just a customer reviewing one of their dresses but I do recommend the company as they have a large range of beautiful prom dresses that are fairly cheap):

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And then here are my rather terrible photos of the dress (I found out when I did a Primark haul on my old blog that I am absolutely awful at photographing clothing, so bare with me):

 

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Yes, this IS me. Excuse all the stuff in the background.

 

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Close-up of the lace detailing.

Going along with the navy-theme, I also purchased some heels (I know, another surprise, right?) my friends are going to be so surprised when they find out I am actually wearing heels to prom! The heels were £24.99 I think which is a little more than I wanted to pay (considering they are over half the price of the dress) but they are good quality, comfortable and just what I was looking for. Plus they only have like a  2-inch heel which is perfect for me as I would undoubtedly twist my ankle or trip over wearing heels that were any taller:

To go with the dress and the shoes, I also have a small white clutch bag (is that what you call them?) that belongs to my grandma which I really like because it brings out the silver/white silk backing to the lace bodice (oooh technical dress terms which I will never use again in my life and admittedly had to google):

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See? It goes with the shoes too! 🙂
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Obviously I will take ANY opportunity to practice my photography skills.

The only things I haven’t bought yet is jewellery and make-up but I have found the jewellery I would like online, I just need to go in to town sometime and hope they have it in store:

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Bracelet – £9.00, earrings – £7.00.

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As far as make-up goes, I was thinking of just buying some mascara and go for a ‘neutral’ look, maybe some lipstick/gloss too. I’m not very good with make-up though, I mean, I can do winged-eyeliner occasionally but aside from that I don’t wear any other make-up.

The thing I am struggling with is hair at the moment. I just don’t know what to do with it. I’m going to do my own hair so i need to find something fairly simple but effective,  just have no idea! My hair is just passed shoulder-length and is unpredictably wavy. I also have a temperamental fringe and random layers so it’s hard to do anything other than braiding it. I was thinking about curling it so I had proper curls for once but then I’d have to go out and buy curling tongs/iron/wand/whatever the hell I’m supposed to call it. Then I thought about doing an up-do and found some simple-ish tutorials online but I haven’t had time to practice any yet.

This is one of the hairstyles I was thinking about:

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Also this one as it’s pretty similar to the other one and might be easier to do:

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Also this one but I don’t like it as much:

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So as you can tell I’ve been trawling Pinterest for hair tutorials but I’ll have to wait until I try them out to see if I will actually wear my hair like that to prom. I’ll try to upload some pictures when I try them out later on I might just put them up on Twitter (@em_is_lost99) so I don’t have to write THREE posts in one day just to show you guys, so keep an eye out on Twitter!

So, my total amount of money spent on my outfit is/will be…….£82.98!!!

+ £50.00 for the prom ticket and about £10.00 for any make-up/hair accessories I might buy = £142.98

And this, everybody, is how to prom on a budget! I think that’s a fairly decent price compared to some people who have spent over £200.00 just on their dress!!!

Thanks for reading – hope you enjoyed something a bit different! Is anyone else going to prom this year? If so PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one getting prepared so early on! 🙂