Amy Louise. 21. British.
The life of a University student as she tumbles down the rabbit hole, while living in the Wonderland of Oxford.
I’ve always been in love with the film, so imagine my excitement when I discovered that there was a perfume! Don’t worry, I didn’t realise it existed until last summer either, when I frantically bought more than one, due to the fact that it appeared as though it was old stock Boots had dragged out at a discounted price. The perfume is copyrighted 1985, and trademarked by ‘Radio Days’, but produced by FB Beauty London - confused?
Who wouldn’t be confused when Boots seem to be the only one stocking it… except for Argos. Considering the female attraction towards anything remotely Audrey Hepburn adjacent, someone is definitely not making the most of this product, in terms of production value, and marketing! It’s only just beginning to appear on the Boots website. Nonetheless, my first purchase of this product was a mere £9 for a 100ml perfume, so I couldn’t complain when the RRP is about £18.50.
However, once again Boots didn’t advertise the fact that within their Christmas 3 for 2 gift section was a Breakfast at Tiffany’s set, which included the 100ml perfume, AND a 150ml Body Lotion. Something else that didn’t appear on the website, or within stores during the Christmas period! It was only after Christmas when I took a gander around the 50% off stock to see what bargains I could find that I discovered this set for just £7.50! It’s like taking candy from a baby.
“Only yesterday I was no different than them, yet I was saved. I am explaining to you the way of life of a people who say every sort of wicked thing about me because I sacrificed their friendship to gain my own soul. I left the dark paths of their duplicity and turned my eyes toward the light where there is salvation, truth, and justice. They have exiled me now from their society, yet I am content. Mankind only exiles the one whose large spirit rebels against injustice and tyranny. He who does not prefer exile to servility is not free in the true and necessary sense of freedom.”
- Kahlil Gibran
Over the past year I’ve been trying to build a decent collection of coats. In the past my parents always picked out my coats, with practicality being the ultimate priority - which ultimately led me to loathe this particular item of clothing! However, throughout the duration of the past five or so years, although I have gained control over my outerwear wardrobe, this still hasn’t stopped me from gravitating towards ‘pink panther’ monstrosities for a good while (what was I thinking?). Hence the need for new purchases.
I now own two decent winter duffel style coats, in navy and dark maroon, as well as two beige trench/mac coats in a peplum style, and a smarter frilly style. Leading to me ditching all of my previous coats. However, a black coat/jacket is what I have been lacking! I’m quite drawn to the ‘waterfall’ finish in the shops at the moment, as well as the current faux fur trend - not to mention the fact that I’ve never owned a (faux) leather jacket. All this meant that this Black Faux Fur Collar Leather-Look Waterfall Jacket was the perfect addition to my current project!
"I used to think I was tough, but then I realized I wasn’t. I was fragile and I wore thick f****** armor. And I hurt people so they couldn’t hurt me. And I thought that was what being tough was, but it isn’t.”
- James Frey
Christmas Day is spent with the parents, and Boxing Day is spent with the family. Yet, when I say family, I mean the adults sit in one room, while the cousins act like kids in the other. So, this is just us cousins doing what cousins do (in 1920s attire of course):
“In general, people are not drawn to perfection in others. People are drawn to shared interests, shared problems, and an individual’s life energy. Humans connect with humans. Hiding one’s humanity and trying to project an image of perfection makes a person vague, slippery, lifeless, and uninteresting.”
- Robert Glover
A third-year publishing student, still at University, but already has a job in the industry? Unheard of. Not quite! Last night I had the pleasure of attending my very first Christmas Work Party, and it happened to be at the Kassam Stadium, in Oxford. It was Alice in Wonderland themed, of course, and the props were rather impressive. First came the invite in the form of a playing card, which was soon followed by a very decorated stadium.
Once we had arrived, there were actors dressed as the characters, crazy golf, a sweet stall, bars, fairground games, and jenga! The hall for the three course meal was fully fledged in Mad Hatter Tea Party glamour, and there was a balloon competition that Team Brian (my team) came 2nd place in! There was plenty of wine, a bottle of presecco for the runners up, everyone was dressed in their finest black-tie attire, and the evening really was quite wonderful!
“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here.”
- Eve Ensler
If I were to say that balancing a job at Taylor & Francis, and completing my third year of University was ‘a bit manic’ - it would be quite the understatement. Nonetheless, even if I haven’t had too much time to keep up-to-date with this blog, I did manage to celebrate my 21st successfully this November! I now hold an abundance of happy memories, and lovely gifts to forever remind me of such a special birthday. The first was off my parents, a week or two early while I was at home:
My parents treated me to a box full of ‘21 things’ and ‘21 messages’, this included: champagne, truffles, flowers, after eights, marbles, cake, candles, party poppers, crayons, celebrations, a keyring, a mirror, a bouncy ball, a candy watch, starburst, chocolate wishes, a smiley face badge, money, highlighters - and many more. The flowers were a bunch of beautifully handcrafted paper roses, made from book, and sheet music.
I really didn’t expect any of this after my parents had already spoilt me with a trip to London in the summer, in order to purchase a Tiffany & Co. necklace for my birthday. The celebrations didn’t stop there though, as on the day itself I went for an intimate meal with my closest and dearest, at the Italian restaurant Zizzi. The food was great, and so was the company. Additionally, the day after, a flat party transpired which was also a lot of fun!
However, this all happened after my colleagues had sweetly surprised me at work the day before my birthday! When I arrived at the office, I was greeted with a signed card, a 21st Birthday balloon, banners, streamers, and hobnobs! Not to mention, everyone wondering, who on earth was still 21 in the office?!? And if this wasn’t enough, my flatmates also surprised me on the day itself by pimping out our kitchen with further balloons and streamers. I was definitely a lucky girl!