Monday, 29 May 2017

Opinionated: The Manchester Attack

A week after the tragedy that took place during the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, I want to share with you another edition of the recurring column: Opinionated. In the first edition, I took on a slightly lighthearted topic of our digital age and the many gadgets. 




Today, I want to share a much more important message: 

What happened in Manchester can only be described as a cruel, murderous crime that targeted innocent, young people that were supposed to have a great time. No culture, no religion, no God or Greater Good can ever justify this violence. It is the act of radicalised individuals that have lost all perspective of reality, targeting at random, while wrongfully using the name of a faith.

Concerts are supposed to be one of the most beautiful experiences in your life, the joy of being close to like-minded people and your idol(s), the purity of live music and the rush of adrenaline as soon as the lights go out and the artists come on stage are all unforgettable experiences. Especially a crowd like Ariana's, so young, most of whom were most likely attending their first concert ever, did not deserve to have their experience taken away from them like this. 

As a frequent concert-goer, this attack hit me personally. I, myself, was at one of Ariana's concerts only a year ago. Therefore this attack scared and upset me more than others, I felt vulnerable, to the point where I considered giving up going to concerts altogether. Then I realised that fear is not going to keep me safe. I am not sacrificing one of my favourite things to do, simply because some idiot decided to tap into people's fears.

Don't let fear take control over your life 

Instead, I have decided to continue living my life. For the victims of the Manchester attack, and to show the monsters behind the attack that they cannot and will not ever stop us. If attending a concert will one day also be the end of my life, then so be it. At least I didn't spend my time living in fear of the unknown, while granting monsters the satisfaction of thinking they have succeeded in their mission. 

The language in this post might be a bit strong, but understand that I am referring to the radicals, the terrorist sympathisers, behind the attack. We must keep it clear, always, that these terrorists are using Islam as a excuse. The faith does not encourage violence. Think of the many terrorist attacks that have happened in majority Muslim countries, long before Europe has become a target of this violence. Many Muslims have lost their lives to these terrorists, yet they are often blamed for the attacks. 

Hence the key message of this post, keep your heart open. It is easy to point a finger towards people, accusing them of things, blaming them for the actions of others. But in reality life does not work like this, one cannot be blamed for the actions of another. It is wrong to blame an entire group for the actions of only some. 

Do not let fear overcome you, together we will stand strong against this violence. 


Lots of Love,

Savannah 




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Friday, 26 May 2017

What I'll be wearing this summer*

Did you hear that? It’s the sound of summer slowly but surely arriving! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week, the temperatures were up, and the sun was out, as were the legs and toes. These few days just made me long for the beach and I could already picture myself lying there in one of the many gorgeous yellow bathing suits from Zaful.comBeing able to go out the door without wondering if you will need an umbrella/scarf/warmer jacket feels so liberating.


Don't be shy, wear colour!

Whether you will be going to a beach resort or are waiting for the occasional summer day at home, now is the time to start looking for your new summer additions. There are plenty trends this season worth trying, but one of my personal favourites must be the bright colours. Colours are having a big moment, so much so that even I am willing to divert from my usual darker shades. Even if the sun isn’t shining, a bright colour will instantly light up your day ├índ accentuate your tan!

When it comes to swimwear, I am usually a lover of interesting prints and designs, as mylatest addition in the picture above. With this being the first time I placed an order with Zaful.com, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the items. The swimsuit is lined, meaning that it won’t be showing any private parts when wet. Although, I was completely mistaken in how much skin is exposed with this particular model, as this is a back-less model with a low side-cut. I am not sure I will be comfortable enough wearing this, which is a shame! Finding the right swimsuit, one that you will feel comfortable in, is quite the task isn’t it? Particularly because I only recently discovered what styles suit my body type best, and make me feel most comfortable, I will try to purchase my swimwear in-store as much as I can, in order to prevent purchases like this one.

Different season different style


During the colder days, my style is leaning slightly towards that Scandinavian no-nonsense look, as I am more likely to go for dainty and minimal accessories. Come summertime, however, my inner Californian bohemian comes out and I am all about statement items with a tribal touch. Thischoker will be among my most worn items this summer, the print is gorgeous and will add just the right amount of colour to a more monochrome outfit, because we all know that even in summer I will still be wearing a lot of black…


Colours aren’t the only things that are having a moment this season, wrap tops are most likely the most popular items around and I am in love with thisred gingham top. Does it remind you of a picnic cloth? Well that’s too bad! It is the type of picnic cloth I’ll happily wear. The fit is simply perfect; I normally wear a size EU 38 and got this in a large. Initially I was worried that with the low cut this top could be a little too revealing, but the height is just right. I’ll be wearing this a lot too!

Lots of Love,


Savannah

*This post was written as part of a collaboration with Zaful.com, in which I was kindly sponsored the items mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own. 
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Monday, 22 May 2017

Stepping out of your comfort zone

Life is funny sometimes, you might be taking a step out of your comfort zone only to find yourself more comfortable and confident than you could have imaged. 


Scepticism turned into a positive surprise 

This is what happened to me when I purchased this Miss Selfridge jumpsuit (sold out but this is a similar style) but also in life. When I first laid eyes on this one-piece I instantly fell in love, but convinced myself that I would not spend a lot of money on something I would hardly every wear. I had this full on internal battle, when I tried to make a compromise by trying the jumpsuit on. From experience I know that one-pieces tend to look a bit weird on me, or they are an absolute pain in the behind to put on/take off. So, by trying the jumpsuit on I thought my love would be replaced by acceptance that this piece was just not worth the money/effort. 


Oh, was I wrong about that! Slowly, and carefully I tried on the jumpsuit and the decision was made in a split second. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't mean to sound arrogant, but if you know what one-pieces usually look like on me you'd understand when I say that this one fits like a glove. When I looked in the mirror I couldn't believe that something could be so outside my comfort zone, yet so comfortable! I will definitely wear this jumpsuit a lot! 

Taking risks in fashion and life 

A similar thing happened to me in life. For some years now I knew that a 9-5 job was not what I wanted, but it was always a distant thought in the back of my mind. Having experienced now what it is actually like with my current internship,  although I absolutely love the things that I am doing, I know that in 5 years time I will not be as happy as I should be in life. 

That is why I am taking a risk, I am stepping out of my comfort zone, or rather avoiding it completely as I have yet to land my first actual full-time job, and am jumping in at the deep end. 


Blogging is something that I have been doing on and off for nearly 7 years now, and it is what I want to continue doing. This is my (nearly) lifelong project, that I want to turn into my full-time job. Am I taking a risk? Yes. But now is the time. I am graduating uni this summer, and was planning a gap year anyhow. My plans were mainly to relax and take time for myself, but blogging is that for me. If I don't take this risk now, I will keep avoiding it, especially when my comfort zone starts to grow, when I will have a steady income and bills to pay it might not seem worth the risk. And I will end up always wondering, what if?


On that note, you will be seeing some changes on the blog in the coming year! 

THE LOOK
JUMPSUIT - MISS SELFRIDGE (similar here, here and here)
TURTLENECK - ZARA (similar here)
FISHNET SOCKS - NEW LOOK (similar here)
LOAFERS - BERSHKA (similar here, here and here)

         
       

Lots of Love,

Savannah

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Friday, 19 May 2017

My favourite corner

This has been quite a bookish week on the blog hasn't it? With The Sun is Also a Star review and now this... Funnily enough it has been nearly two weeks since I read a book! Now don't get me wrong, I am always reading a book, it's just been a bit crazy lately and I haven't actually picked my current read up in a while. 


Anyhow, I thought I'd share one of my favourite corners in my London room with you. Naturally it is the corner that has all my books and a soothing candle. I should probably explain myself when it comes to the amount of books that I currently posses here in my temporary home... 

I went to London with 4 books in my luggage, which I thought was a fairly reasonable number. As you can see, there are many more books on my shelf and there were even more! But when my mother visited my in April she, thankfully, took the four books I finished back home. 


I think it will be a wise decision to hold back on the book purchases for a while... Before I end up having to carry and entire suitcase full of books back home! 

UPDATE: I moved house and shared a sneak peak of my new room! 


Do you have a favourite corner in your room? 


Lots of Love,

Savannah

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Wardrobe Update: Summer Edition

My self imposed shopping ban went downhill quickly after I moved to London. How can I resist the endless collections of high street stores, most of which have at least one of their biggest stores located in the heart of the centre and offer plenty exclusive designs to the London customers.

Earrings: Hoops & Bars both & Other Stories 

The addiction (yes, it is really an addiction) came creeping back when I spotted the many head-turning outfits that made London famous for its street style. Inspiration is literally everywhere in this city, be it lunch break visits to Topshop and Zara or the many stylish outfits I see during my commute to the office. Hence, only  a couple of weeks after my outrageous Spring haul, I present you the Summer edition:


Dress: H&M, scarf: Bershka, earrings: & Other Stories

Transitional items are a must

Of course, we must take the phrase 'summer' very lightly as this side of the world is not particularly known for its reliable sunshine and tropical temperatures. Bearing in mind all possible weather scenarios, the safest option is usually to go for either long sleeves and bare legs or short sleeves and covered legs. Do always carry an umbrella/scarf, as all four seasons tend to say hello in one day. 

Skirt: H&M, top: Zara, earrings: & Other Stories

Statement tops are having a moment

There were two trends I fought long and hard not to follow, in order to avoid the risk of becoming mainstream. However I couldn't deny my love of gingham, which is a pattern that luckily tends to return to the high street quite regularly. But these puffy sleeves, whether they come with ruffles, layers or any other creative addition, I am a big fan! Combine them with a cinched waist and you've got my endless love and appreciation. I want them all, in every colour and pattern! 

Never in my life have I been this into top halves, if you've been following me for a while you'll know that i am a sucker for the statement trousers/skirts and dresses, but tops? Nope. This is one of the main reasons why I often struggle to put together an outfit btw, as I have an abundance of bottoms, but nothing to cover my top half... 

Bag: New Look, bralet; Primark, earrings: hoops and bars both & Other Stories, kimono: Bershka

The we have the lovely blush pinks and floral embroidery, which I simply cannot resist. Somehow, my style turns a lot softer and more colourful during the warmer months. Where I love my neutral colours in winter, summer is the time to take out the bright hues. I won't hold back on mixing and matching different patterns either! Maybe I am secretly a summer bohemian at heart? 

Anyhow, I was so glad when I noticed the latest kimono trend upgraded to silk, pyjama-like flowy coats that I just adore. The timing was great as well, since my beloved kimono was in desperate need of an update. 


Lately, I have been playing a bit with photography, trying different things and playing with my camera settings more. I hope that you like this different format of a shopping post, let me know what you think in the comments below! 

         

        


Lots of Love,

Savannah
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Friday, 12 May 2017

Why Everyone Should Read The Sun is Also a Star


Diversity is having a momentum; whether it is because more people are starting to realise that we can no longer live in a world that only represents a single group, or because current politics have inspired en encouraged (more) people to speak up and act, it doesn't matter. What matters is that the world is finally starting to acknowledge the need for a more diverse everything. 




Luckily, the literary world is not staying behind. More and more diverse authors or works are being published and make it on the best-seller list. One of these authors is Nicola Yoon, who grabbed almost everyone's attention with her debut novel Everything, Everything that will debut in cinemas very shortly. Her second novel, The Sun is Also a Star, was highly praised as well and tells a story that is extremely important in our society today. 



The Sun is Also a Star follows Natasha, an illegal Jamaican immigrant in the United States facing deportation, and Daniel, an American-born Korean struggling to meet his parent's high expectations, throughout one extremely eventful day. I will try my best to avoid giving you any spoilers, as I highly encourage you to read this book yourself. However I will share with you why I think this story is so important. 


1. There is a great emphasis on the struggles of immigrants

Both main characters' parents lived the majority of their lives in different countries, before moving to the United States. The two families had very different motives to leave their country of birth behind and also their adaptation to life in the United States is very different. It gives readers a great insight into the mindset, motives and goals behind immigration.

2. There is also a great emphasis on the struggles of immigrant children

Natasha and Daniel, both (mainly) American raised but with different cultural backgrounds. The book does such an amazing job in explaining/demonstrating what it is like to be torn between two cultures, never truly fitting in and to constantly feel the need to justify or explain yourself. Again, the two main characters both have very different experiences, which demonstrates the complexity of immigration and its effects.

3. The book focuses on judgement

Never judge people, is a phrase that came to mind plenty times when I was reading The Sun is Also a Star. The story is told from many perspectives, giving an insight into other characters' mind and explaining certain types of behaviour. It truly shows that judgement is toxic, as everyone has a story that led to their actions, which is not always as obvious after seeing or talking to someone.

4. Intercultural/racial relations still need a lot of improvement

The story of Natasha and Daniel demonstrates judgement, racism and ignorance both from white people as from people of colour. The fact that Nicola Yoon included this behaviour into her novel is so important. The battle against racism is mostly focused on white people versus people of colour, but this is not the only form of racism that exists. Even in multicultural societies, people of colour discriminate against each other and this needs to stop just as quickly as the more mainstream racism.

5. Another central theme in the book was one of faith versus coincidence

There were many interesting dialogues between the characters about life, its meaning and the choices people make.

The Sun is Also a Star is a book that made me angry, laugh, cry and determined. I am determined to continue fighting for diversity, simply because it is the right thing to do.

Lots of Love,

Savannah 


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Monday, 8 May 2017

A Day in Cardiff

As promised in my article about Oxford I will tell you all about the solo trip I took the day after that one to Cardiff. Yes, I had quite a busy weekend didn't I! 


I talked to you about travelling alone, even if it's just for a day, but funnily enough my solo experience in Oxford didn't make me more confident for the second trip. Nevertheless, after slight hesitations and the usual struggle to get out of bed before 10 am (I'm just really not a morning person), I made my journey to Cardiff. 


This journey was about 4 hours by coach (it felt a lot longer), but luckily by the time my behind couldn't take the slightly uncomfortable seat anymore, we arrived in a sunny Cardiff. As soon as I laid eyes on the city I fell in love with its beauty, greenery and friendly atmosphere. I didn't really know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised.



Unfortunately I arrived too late to participate in the free walking tours around the city, however I quite enjoyed walking around by myself. Nearly all the sights in Cardiff are in the city centre, making it incredibly easy to navigate your way around. 


After walking around for a bit, it was lunchtime and again I decided to find a bench at the park to enjoy my lunch. It was really nice to just observe all the activities around me, as there was a football match about to start (the stadium is right in front of the park) and lots of people were heading towards the match or just enjoying their Saturday at the park. 


What is a trip without some shopping?

After lunch I headed back to the city centre to do some more of my favourite hobby: shopping! Alright, it was more window shopping than actual shopping but I did pick up a few accessories that I shared with you in this post. 

I had such a lovely day in Cardiff and I hope to be able to go back soon to do some more exploring! 

Lots of Love,

Savannah
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Friday, 5 May 2017

Appreciate your body


As I am writing you this blog entry, I am recovering from a horrible cold, maybe it was even the flu. All I know is that I felt absolutely helpless, my entire body just shut down and all I could do was sleep. During these days I constantly thought of a part written by Nicola Yoon in her debut novel, Everything Everything, which will appear in the cinemas very shortly (let me know if you would like me to write a book review). In this part, the main character Maddy looks at herself in the mirror while wearing a bathing suit, thinking about all the horrible ways normal teenage girls (in reality almost everyone despite their sex or age) would criticise their bodies, but she could only think of one thing; that she wished her body would function properly.



Photography by Anuschka Giersthove

Focus on the positive

Obviously this comparison is a tad dramatic as I was only having a couple of bad days, but it is true that in these moments, I just wanted my body to heal so I could be healthy again. Too often we forget the true purpose of our bodies, we forget to appreciate all the hard work that is done from the moment that we open our eyes, all because we are too focused on having an ideal shape and the perfect skin etc. I see too many of my friends obsessed over diets, weight loss snd exercise. Although neither are necessarily bad, when focused on too much it can completely take over your life. 

Lets all just try to take a step back and instead of focusing on what is wrong, try to focus on what is right. Although I am not quite well yet, I am already feeling so much better and I can feel my body continuing to fight in order to fully recover. I am grateful for the body that I have and I will continue working on learning how to love it even more. 

WHAT I WORE
BLAZER - STRADIVARIUS
TOP - H&M
T-SHIRT - ZARA (SIMILAR)
TROUSERS - MONKI
SHOES - MARKS & SPENCERS (SIMILAR)

         
        

Lots of Love,
Savannah




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