The Radical Notion...

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I've been meaning to do this post for a while but I've been putting it off. And after writing a few lines it'll probably remain in my drafts for a little while longer.* But this is something that is really important to me, more important than clothes or makeup or even tea(!!!)

I am a feminist. I have been a feminist since I was about 14, when Tumblr started getting bombarded with text posts about inequality between women and men and all those in between. I bought Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti, and read it over a weekend. And that's when the ranting started, every single time a family member says anything sexist then there will be a frantically escalating debate probably resulting in me crying tears of rage (I will develop decent argumentative skills one day).

Nobody can deny that feminism right now is a bit on-trend. People are becoming feminists because people they are friends with and people they admire are becoming feminists. And so what? I would not have realised the importance for feminism if it weren't for the popularity of feminist Tumblr posts, but it doesn't make me any less of one today. People are welcomed in by the fad but are most likely going to stay forever feminist.

Since I started writing this post, Emma Watson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and probably a mass of other celebrities I don't follow so closely have been contributing to feminism. And Sam Pepper has contributed to the ever-existing patriarchy. Groan. I probably should have written and posted it while it was most relevant, but it's kind of always going to be relevant. Relevant to me, relevant to you, relevant to all women and all men and all people.

Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.

I left this post kinda open, but I hope to do a follow up soon. How would you feel about seeing a regular (weekly, bi weekly..?) feminist post on this here blog? It's a subject that means the world to me and I'd love to get other people involved and on board.

Deep breaths.
-Deenie xoxo

*It has been 7 weeks since writing that sentence!

Rimmel Apocalips Matte

Picked this up from work, wore it the next day to a party. Wore it the day after to college, wore it yesterday for my sister's birthday meal. This stuff is amazing! I have it in 307 Meteoric Matte. As you can see, it looks a bit pink in the photo and more purple in the bottle, but in person it's more between the two, red in good lighting but a wine colour mostly. 

Basically, this stays on for ages (and I am a constant lip-nibbler) and is only slightly on the drying side. It's super thick to apply so really messy people like me might need to be careful! Although this sticks to your lips like superglue, it makes marks wherever possible, it somehow ended up marking the letter N on the keyboard in the Media Suite at college, whoops!
I'm totally going to go buy this up in as many different colours as possible. 

See you!
-Deenie xoxo


Jumper - H&M, Skirt - New Look (last year), Bag - Forever 21
I didn't realise how dull this outfit was until I was editing these photos and saw that the only colour comes from the Autumn leaves, oops. 

This is all basically to showcase my new bag from Forever 21! After I moaned a little about my wearing old college bag in this post, I decided it truly was time to invest in a big old tote for the next year or so. I made Sam sign up for the newsletters to slash a fiver off the price #bargain.

It smelt kind of fishy when it arrived? But that wore off after a day or so and I am really loving how roomy this bag is! It's got three compartments (one zipped up) and it will fit practically everything in it. I could probably sneak my dog into college with this Mary Poppins bag.

And as for the outfit, this is the third time I've worn this jumper on the blog, and I'm wearing it as I type, it's simple but I love it. And the skirt I bought last Christmas with a gift card, it's about two sizes two big for me and this is the first time I've worn it, not half bad with the belt cinched in tight enough!

-Deenie xoxo

How Do You Take Your Tea?

One perk to being a close friend of mine is that I'll always remember how to make your perfect cuppa. It used to be called my specialtea (cringe). 

Tea is always such a big part of my life, in the colder months I refuse to crawl out of my duvet without the promise of a wake-me-up cuppa and instantly flick the kettle on the second I'm back from college, there's nothing nicer than sitting by the window doing some coursework or tapping away at a blog post with a little rain patting down on the windows, steam rising from your mug. And then comes the Summer, where tea is still my favourite drink, only iced and packed full of sugar and fruit flavours. And then there's a lunchtime green tea to go with a healthy salad and a post-yoga camomile and honey in the evenings, black white and green teas with fruit infusions when I'm feeling adventurous but my favourite is simple english breakfast. Tetley or PG tips only.

I guess this is just a little love letter to tea. Mine's with milk and two sugars.

-Deenie xoxo

Colourful Leaves!

Coat - Red Herring (old), Jumper/Shirt - Primark, Necklace - Gift

I got rained on a little but I wouldn't let it dampen the mood and I stepped out into the garden in the pouring rain just to show off my new top that I wanted to get in my last post! £12 well spent, I say! I'm also still loving my Kate Moss lipstick and failed to do my new full fringe justice in these pictures (another time).

I don't really mind the rain all that much, it just means that I can tuck myself into my duvet with less guilt! I'm really getting into this Autumn, look how pretty all the leaves are ~~~ I've been making multiple cups of tea each afternoon and even cracked open the Whittards Creme Brulee hot chocolate just for Sam - with squirty cream and marshmallows galore. How have you been getting seasonal this October?

Happy Autumning!
-Deenie xoxo

Autumn Wishlistin'

Well sophis
Coat - Matalan, Scarf - River Island, Jumper/Shirt - French Connection (although I intend to buy this one from Primark), Jeans - New Look, Boots - ASOS, Tote - ASOS

Casual cosy
Jumper- H&M, Mom Jeans - River Island, Loafers - New Look, Tote - H&M

I cannot wait until I can next go shopping because I'm yearning for a whole new Autumn wardrobe. The two key looks I want are summarised above- a classy fashionista type that you can imagine with a Costa in one hand and a phone to the ear, strutting down the high street looking all business. Then there's the 'omg pumpkin spice latte' one that's all cosy and is all huddled up in a coffee shop reading a book with a messy topknot. Ah these unrealistic versions of myself...

On another note, yes I have just fallen in love with Polyvore. You can check out all the miscellaneous items in these posts over here!

Happy October!
-Deenie xoxo

What's In My Bag

I wanted to do one of these posts for ages but I change around my bags on such a regular basis I didn't know which to capture. So this is a general big college bag vs small work/going out bag thing. And when I say going out I mean going to a friend's house to watch a movie or going to Costa, not out-out. I'm not that cool :(
My red satchel bag* is the bag I'll take to work with my and shove in the locker or chuck my purse and keys in if I'm out for the day. As you can see, the contents are pretty basic. I have a teeny tiny hair brush, because my hair cannot survive a single gust of wind. I sometimes take a magazine with me to work during my breaks and this is sadly the last print issue of Company, my favourite magazine. I am heartbroken. I have a 17 Pressed Powder Compact and a BodyShop Strawberry Lipbalm which smells and even tastes so strongly of strawberry laces it's to die for. A couple of pens, my awful, awful Nokia phone and an old Primark purse (I'm saving up to get a beautiful one, it'll do for now).

In my big fat college bag (that is wearing away at the straps from the weight that's put on it) I have, well, quite a lot. My glasses are essential if I want to read a powerpoint. I have a notebook and a huge file that I got on sale from WH Smiths. In the bottom right you might be able to make out a Nivea Lip Balm Stick and a Topshop Lipstick, because I am a high maintenance beauty queen. A litre of water, an umbrella for emergencies, a pencil case, hairbrush, aforementioned bits and bobs and The Great Gatsby which we have to do for Lit but I loveed before anyway! Then I sometimes take in my laptop which I love but my achey shoulders do not after a day of lugging all this around.

Not quite so glamorous as the other What's In My Bag posts I've seen (even less so with the thick layer of old receipts and cereal bar wrappers at the bottom of the bag) but it's practical.

Bye bye!
-Deenie xoxo

*I know I just linked you to a random bag but my grandma got me this as a gift and I have no idea where it's from but I love it!