Saturday, 12 August 2017

Welcome To My Jungle


Lets talk about all things green.. and by that I mean let's address my new found love for house plants. I am absolutely obsessed with plants at the minute and I love love love it!! I've always had a few plants dotted around my room but I've always struggled to keep plants alive and have therefore had to bin and re-buy plants so so many times. I mean I guess it's not really a new obsession but recently I've actually been succeeding in keeping all of my plants alive and healthy so I guess that's an achievement in itself and I thought I'd share with you some of my favourites and show you a few snippets around my room as they're literally my pride and joy at the moment.



Theres just something oh, so lovely about bringing a little bit of nature indoors and decorating your room with lots of different plants. So yeah my plant collection is growing vastly into an amazing little green haven and its so peaceful and calming, I LOVEEE it!

What I'm loving at the minute is finding quirky plants that are all completely different to each other. Obviously I have lots of cute lil cacti but I've recently brought the most amazing plant with bright pink leaves(pictured below) and I'm obsessed with it! One of my other all time favourites is my giant cactus, I can't express to you how much I love this one(also pictured below).

Its actually become my new favorite thing to go to garden centres to pick out some cute cacti and spider plants. I've also been having so much fun finding the most adorable plant pots to home my plants in and I've even been painting and jazzing up some of my old ones. My cactus that lives in an old beer can is definitely up there with my favourites; it's just so nice finding unusual homes for them all that are a little bit different from a plain old plant pot. As cultivating plants has become such a fave of mine, I thought I'd share with you a few of my newest additions to my lil jungle.












I'm hoping to grow my lil indoor jungle and maybe you'll even see a few more posts on my new plant purchases very soon! If any of you are like me and are loving this house plant craze at the moment please give me tips on how you all manage to keep your plants alive and if you have any recommendations of any plants you know of that are easy to maintain, that would be amazing!!

The Clueless Blogger

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Q&A




Ok so as it's been over two years since I began my little ol' blog, I felt like it's long overdue that you guys get to know me a little bit better than what you occasionally see from my ordinary lifestyle blog posts. I feel like to an extent I've changed a lot over these two years in some aspects and then not so much in others but in what aspect I feel like I have improved a lot with is blogging. When I first started my blog, I posted maybe  a couple of times in the first year 1. because I wasn't that confident in what I was posting and 2. because I had no clue about the blogging world at all! I mean I had no idea how to customise my blog, how to find my own style and run with it and I had no idea of how I was supposed to get people to take an interest in my blog(These are still things I struggle with but I'm getting there at least).Considering I haven't done a post that gives you all a little insight into who I am, since my first ever blog post back in 2015, I thought I'd answer a few questions that I feel help to sum me up and will let you learn a little bit more about the girl hiding behind her computer screen.

Q. What's your favourite thing to do in your spare time?

A. Listening to records with a good book in hand or out record shopping; if you ever find me doing either of these, I will for sure be a happy chappy.


Q. If you could only read one book and listen to one record for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

A. Wow, why have I set myself such difficult questions to answer? Erm, if I could only read one book, it would have to be The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath as this is my all time favourite novel by my all time favourite author. The record would probably have to be The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan obviously by one of my all time heroes, Bob Dylan.


Q. Who are your favourite artists/bands of all time?

A. Bob Dylan, The Smiths, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, The Cure, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, The Boomtown Rats, Nina Simone, The Doors.


Q. What do you do when you're not blogging?

A. When I'm not blogging, I'm currently studying at the University of Manchester doing a BSc in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response. Yes, I know perhaps the longest degree title out there. So yeah, I'll soon be going in to my second year but being at university is the focal point of what I do other than blogging at the minute. But I guess when I'm not at uni  or blogging, you'll typically find me sleeping, reading, record shopping or sitting in a cool pub in Manchester with a can of Red Stripe in hand, classy.


Q. Summer or Winter?

A. Winter. Winter. Winter. Without a doubt, I love everything about Winter. I'm really not a summer fan at all, I hate the hot weather and the bulk of my wardrobe consists of oversized grandad jumpers which really don't bode well in the sun. So yeah, the drizzly English winters are definitely my favourite.


Q. Who are your favourite bloggers at the moment?

A. My all time favourite bloggers have to be Poppy Deyes, Megan Ellaby and Sophia Rosemary. I absolutely adore their blogs and have done for such a long time, the dream is definitely to have a blog as beautiful as these guys eventually. Although, these are my favourite all time bloggers, I've recently stumbled across What Olivia Did and I have to say its one of my new favourite finds, Olivia's taste in music is so so similar to my own and she has a series of posts on her blog called girl crush, where she interviews successful and inspirational young females whether they're entrepreneurs, actors and even fellow bloggers! It's such an inspiring and heartwarming series of posts! I've also recently come across The Art of Being Holly and this is also a new favourite of mine! Holly has such a beautiful and natural blog that has such a lovely feel good vibe to it; shes so artsy and also has a great taste in music (As you guys probably guessed, I'm a sucker for finding people who appreciate great music). It's also so so lovely to see a fellow blogger from Shropshire too! Something I never thought that I would really stumble across as Shropshire is such a quaint and typically unknown part of England


Q.What is your go to outfit?

A. This definitely has to consist of my dungarees and most likely a band tshirt with some doc martens. I mean my wardrobe is pretty much made up of 40% band tshirts 40% doc martens and the other 20% of random garments that are neither of the above. I'm also never without a denim jacket or a scrunchie on my wrist.


Q. What is your favourite thing to blog about/take photos of?

A. For me when I blog, its all about the photos; the photos always come first and then its the content I struggle with. But my favourite thing to take photos of, is the sea which you've probably guessed from the copious amounts of posts that are sea related. But apart from the sea, I love blogging about music and books as this is where my passion really lies.


Q.What is the last song you listened to?

A. Nancy From Now On Father John Misty


Q. What is something that you're completely obsessed with at the moment?

A. Yellow eyeshadow. I cannot get enough of it!! *Pictured above*


Q.Name a few things that you struggle with and are trying to improve on?

A. Winged eyeliner, public speaking and writers block


Q. What is with the blog name?

A. Obviously when I first started my blog back in 2015, I was completely new to this blogging world and it is fair to say that I was completely clueless! I even remember buying a Blogging for Dummies book as I had no idea where to start. Although, I soon found out that this book didn't really help me and instead realised that the best way to start learning more about blogging was to just go for it and learn along the way. So I guess this is where I've ended up and in some aspects it is still fair to stay that the title of my blog basically sums up my state of my mind most of the time as I'm a rather clueless individual.


Anyway, I'm going to leave that there before I start rambling on as I'm always guilty of doing but if you have any more questions please let me know and maybe I'll get round to doing another Q&A soon. I'm also planning on doing a whole post about university in September just before I go back for my second year so I can give you all an insight into my experiences last year as a fresher and to also answer any questions that you may have about university life. So, let me know in the comments if this is something you would find useful and if there is anything you wish to know! 

The Clueless Blogger

Friday, 30 June 2017

Cocktails, Brunch and Bookshops


So the other day me and my family headed down to Bath for a cute little day trip out. From previous posts, you'll all know that I love going to Bath because its just so bloody lovely in so many ways! 

On our way down to Bath, we decided to take a detour to Hallatrow to a place where I've been dying to visit for some time now.. The Book Barn. Ok, so basically The Book Barn is honestly the biggest book store that I have ever stepped in and for a bookworm like myself, it was an absolute dream. As soon as I stepped through the doors, I was surrounded by books; bookshelves from floor to ceiling brimming with oh, so many books. What I loved though, is that they're all second hand, vintage books, you know them good ol' books with broken spines, that smell like moth balls, well..I love them!  For me as much as I love going into the likes of Waterstones to buy a new book, there is nothing I love more than purchasing ones that are previously owned. There is just something so lovely about flicking through the tea stained, worn, moth eaten pages of a second hand book; title pages scrawled with notes from previous owners; the musty aroma, I just love everything about them! It just feels so nostalgic and romantic to wonder about who this book in your hands used to belong to and what this meant to that particular person. I know, I know... you're probably thinking, it is just a book right? Well not to me!

Ok so as well as housing the most books I've ever laid my eyes upon, they also have the most charming little coffee shop in there which means you can sit down and have a cuppa whilst having a read of one of the many books that you're surrounded by. We ended up having coffee and brunch before we headed into Bath and it was just oh, such a lovely setting to sit and enjoy my cup of coffee.


We shortly headed into Bath to do a bit of shopping and later on ended up going to Turtle Bay for food and cocktails. But overall, it was just such a lovely little day out, full of book shopping, cocktails and Caribbean food and I forget to mention I also picked up some of my favouriteeee flowers (peonies) from the cutest little florist in Bath. I'm definitely a happy chappy now we're in peony season as it means that I can have lots of cute little jam jars full of them in my room!

On a final note, you should definitely check out Bath if you haven't done so before and if you have already, I'd love to hear about your favourite shops, restaurants and places to go there!


The Clueless Blogger

Thursday, 22 June 2017

A Must Have Book For Your Shelves



Just Kids Patti Smith

Ok, so this is a book that I've had sitting on my shelf for quite a while now amidst the hundreds of other books that I'm yet to read and it's been one of those books that has been staring at me begging me to read it since the day I picked it up from one of my favorite record stores a year or so ago. I mean I've been wanting to read this ever since I bought it but having so many books means that I'm always spoiled for choice and with my reading game being a little bit off recently, I've just not gotten round to sitting down and having a good read in such a long time thanks to university life being so hectic.

But anyway as I no longer have to suffer the traumas of university for three months, it means that I can happily get back to reading and oh am I so so pleased that I started off my summer with this absolute dream of a book!

Some of you may or may not have heard of Patti Smith so for those of you less familiar, I'll give you a quick run down of who she is, what she has done and why she wrote this book. Ok so basically Patti Smith is predominantly a singer-songwriter however as you'll find out from the book, in her earlier years her road into music led from her love of art and her incorporation of poetry within it. Without telling you too much as I don't wish to ruin it for you, what the book really reveals is the way in which her journey leads her from art to poetry to music, all with the help of her muse and soulmate Robert Mapplethorpe. It is a beautiful tale of love, friendship, identity and progression with the perfect backdrop of life in America in the 70's but also the harrowing and subliminal consequences of growing up around the very liberal, drugs, arts and rock and roll scene.


Anyway the reason I fell oh so in love with this absolute work of art is due to the pure poetic style that Patti Smith has in her narration of her odyssey both in terms of her journey towards her music career but also the ethereal and pure relationship that she held with her soulmate Robert Mapplethorpe. The book tells the harrowing story of how she left home, got wrapped up in art, how her and Robert helplessly battled with poverty and scraping by through the help of selling their art; the rock and roll scene and for me what absolutely made this book was the way Smith and Mapplethorpe lived in the centre of so many artists and musicians stomping ground so the likes of Andy Warhol and Jimi Hendrix. An absolute favourite scene of mine is when Patti Smith travels to Paris to pay her respects to one of her heroes Jim Morrison(Lead singer of the Doors) and the way in which she illustrates and captures the moment she visited his grave is captured in such a heartfelt and powerful way.


I absolutely fell head over heels in love with Patti Smith's elegy to Mapplethorpe and the beautifully sad tale of their intertwined lives. It is such a beautifully raw piece of Literature and Patti Smith's storytelling is unparalleled. Throughout the memoir, there are photographs of both Smith and Mapplethorpe but also of their art and photography which just adds to the beauty of the book. It is a book that is a perfect read for your Summer days and one you can completely obsess over. This is for sure a book that will be remaining on my shelves forever more, one that I will never be parting with!


The Clueless Blogger


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Escape to the Sea


As you all know by now, I absolutely adore Cornwall; this is something I feel goes without saying as you can tell by my copious amounts of blog posts on the place. Cornwall is honestly like a second home for me or well I guess a third home as I now live in Manchester also but anyway as I was saying I love the place and after spending so much time down there along the years, it is certainly a place that I resonate with completely and somewhere I feel completely at home. Anyway, me and my family decided to make an impromptu getaway down there at the weekend as its been such a long time since our last visit.


After a mad rush packing on friday evening, literally chucking everything into my bag not knowing whether I had remembered everything, we hopped in the car and began our four hour long journey down to one of my favourite places. Despite our journey being extended by two more hours due to rush hour traffic, it wasn't all that bad as it meant that I was able to spend the entire journey both there and back with my earphones in listening to my absolute favourites Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Doors, Nina Simone, Patti Smith.. I think you get the picture. It was absolute bliss, there's just something so ethereal about listening to Dylan playing his harmonica as you drive along the country roads. For me car journeys are the absolute perfect way to have a little thinking time but it also allows me to do loads of writing and reading, I love it!

Ok, so this post turned out to be slightly more rambly than precedented but ah well! We basically spent the whole weekend roaming around the shops, streets and alleyways of the town; taking photos of the sea; indulging in cake on the beach in the rain and admiring all the quirks that Cornwall has to offer. Although, the weather was pretty miserable on Saturday and it rained the whole time we were at the beach, this didnt bother me in the slightest as there is nothing I lve more than sitting on a drizzly beach, a conception that a lot of people probably find a bit strange ha ha. I also spent my days roaming aimlessly round all of the little boho shops that were full of crystals, dream catchers, incense and the most amazing quirky clothes, I was completely in my element!



















Overall it was a great little getaway! Cornwall is an absolute gem if you want to getaway but still stay in the UK and if you're like me and love Cornwall too, let me know some of your favourite places down there, I'd love to know for my next visit! Or if you're planning on going to visit, then feel free to ask if you'd like to know anymore of the best places to visit when you're down there, I'd love to help!


The Clueless Blogger

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Snippets of my Weekend



This weekend just gone, was my last weekend in Manchester before I go back to home to the oh, so lovely Shropshire(Can you sense the sarcasm?). As you can probably guess I'm so so sad to be leaving my favourite city for four whole months!! It's going to seem like forever until I'm going to be back walking the streets of the NQ; going to my favourite indie bar and spending copious amounts of money in Piccadilly Records; I'm genuinely holding back the tears as I write haahaha.  But besides the sadness of leaving until September, I can't get over the fact I move out of halls on Friday and mainly the fact that as of Friday I will no longer be a fresher and will soon be a second year moving into a house with some of my best pals. Its just all sooooo crazy! Its gone by so fast, it feels like it was only yesterday that I was just a little nobody arriving in such a big city all by myself.


 

Anyway, moving on from my bemusement.. as it was my last weekend in the city before Summer, I decided I wanted to spend it roaming around the NQ; having one last shop and mainly one last big crazy night before I have to move back home and become a recluse because I have no money*Sighh*. It was so lovely in the Northern Quarter on Sunday as the market was on so there were so many lovely little independent shops all selling such cute and delicious products. There were stalls selling so many amazing plants and cacti which satisfied my botanical obsession immensely; there was also copious amounts of cake and other baked goods including lots and lots of cheese(=happy Fran), along with some oh so lovely art prints; vintage clothes and collectibles and there was even a small band tent with live music and an kitsch little ice cream van. I mean, if I haven't sold it to you already, the photos definitely will. 




So as you can see by my photos, I roamed around the NQ; hit up the Arndale to brake the bank one last time in Urban Outfitters; grabbed a few smoothies from some of my favourite cafes and just had an overall lovely last weekend in Manchester which was certainly topped off by an amazing last night out on Monday night with some of my bestest pals. Result. 



The Clueless Blogger

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

But First... Coffee



I am currently living up to the stereotypes of a university student as i'm sat writing this blog post on about 4 hours sleeps, merely fuelled by coffee whilst eating my body weight in leftover Easter chocolate (the realities of a blogger aren't as glamorous as you think). I'm currently in the process of trying to get three 3,000 word essays written as well as finishing up a 4,500 word portfolio whilst also being aware that I haven't written a blog post in ages... as you've probably guessed I'm incredibly stressed at this overwhelming amount of work and I only have about three weeks to complete it all! *Laughing hysterically to hold back the tears because I've left it all til the last minute as per usual*. Funnily enough, you're probably wondering why I'm even writing a blog post right now instead of actually doing my work? Which is a very good question and one that I don't actually have an answer to as I dont even know myself, all I can say is that my ability to procrastinate never fails to amaze me.


As I'm incredibly stressed right now, I felt that the other day it was important that I need to just take a step back from all of my work for a minute just to take a second to sit back and breathe, to take in everything around me and to basically just remember that everything is ok. I mean despite being swamped in mass amounts of assignments, everything is still ok, life goes on and it's important to remember to chill as everything works itself out. On this note, as I've become a recluse recently, locking myself in my room in order to try and get all of my work finished, I decided that this wasn't good for me and was actually making me less productive so I decided that I would drag my flat mate out to go and grab some cake and coffee. I know that sounds really simple just going out for coffee but it turned out thats just what we needed; at the minute everyone at university is equally as stressed as exam season is fast approaching so we're all in the same hysteric mentality and so it was just really good to take a second out of our busy work schedules to just go and sit down in a coffee shop. This definitely worked in our favour as it then motivated us to get on with our work when we got back and definitely made us more productive.

Anyway, I thought that I'd put together a little playlist together that basically is a compilation of some of my all time favourite songs that I find are perfect if you're sitting in a coffee shop with your laptop trying to do assignment or sometimes in my case, some blogging. I mean even if you're not in a coffee shop, if you just need something to listen to, to get you through your revision in an attempt to keep you sane or even just as a reading accompaniment; give this playlist a listen:

Boys Don't Cry The Cure
Oh! You Pretty Things David Bowie
Passenger Iggy Pop
Hey Joe Jimi Hendrix
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 
Disco 2000 Pulp
Dreaming Of You The Coral
Movin' On Up Primal Scream
Just Like Heaven The Cure
Blackbird The Beatles
The Beautiful Ones Suede
Hand In Glove The Smiths
Rat Trap The Boomtown Rats






Anyway check out this playlist and enjoy these cute candid photographs of me  enjoying my carrot cake and coffee way more than a normal person. 


The Clueless Blogger