2019 Met Gala review

Officially THE fashion event of the year, the Met Gala is the time for celebrities to really show off their creativity and break boundaries. Although nothing could ever beat last year’s theme (we all know I’m a sucker for Renaissance art), the Camp theme this year was fun and broad enough to get a wide variety of lewks. It is a shame that Queen of the Met Rihanna did not make an appearance, as well as Blake Lively and Lana Del Ray who also slayed last year.

In this post, I will just be going through a few of my favourite looks, as well as a few that did not land for me.

Best dressed (in no particular order):

Lily Collins

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Who gave her permission to slay so hard? Lily Collins gave me life in this outfit. I love love love the 60s hair and makeup (similar to Dua Lipa’s look this year) paired with this frilly Renaissance dream. The whole look gave me very Lana Del Ray vibes, and I am glad she wore white as it was not a common colour this year. 10/10 would wear.

Ezra Miller

This look (or looks) is one part creepy, one part glamorous, and one part surreal. Miller has always been an advocate for gender-bending (lest we forget his iconic Playboy shoot) and so when he came out in a tailored suit with a diamond corset, silver train, and that bizarre optical-illusion make up look I was soooo happy. The cloak with his face as a mask gave me the Phantom of the Opera realness, and I have to say THAT is how you do the Met Gala.

Lupita Nygong’o

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Lupita can do no wrong for me. She is not afraid to take risks, and this one certainly payed off! The surplus of golden combs in her hair, the obnoxiously large rainbow shoulder pads and matching bag, you can tell that this Versace dress was custom made just for her. Do I love the makeup? No, it’s a bit sloppy. But the overall look screams “CAMP” to me so I adore it!

Lady Gaga

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Was I absolutely in LOVE with Gaga’s looks? Maybe not. But her presentation won it over for me. She brought performance to her fashion, and slowly undressed into four different looks. It was fun, it was Gaga, and it was CAMP. She understood and executed the assignment. That is how a Met Gala co-host makes an entrance! (let’s not speak of Harry Styles’ look…)

Lucy Boynton

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I actually had no idea who Lucy Boynton was, but I certainly do now after this look. I love that it is feminine, pastel, and feathery. The colours are amazing (I especially love the grey/duck-egg blue of her hair and lower-dress) and the white drop-lash detail makes her look like a fairy. Love it.

Cardi B

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Love her or hate her, you can’t deny that she served the Met last night. It’s over-the-top, it’s loud, it’s couture. The ribbed dress, the feathers. Cardi heard Rihanna was not going to come and took the opportunity to steal the Met Gala crown!

Honorary mentions also go to Martha West, Jared Leto, Michael Urie, Janelle Monae, Serena Williams, and Naomi Campbell.

 

Looks I did not live for:

All of the Kardashians

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What is this trainwreck? Don’t get me wrong, I usually adore the Kardashians, but giiiiirls. Kris’ look was basic, we’ve seen Kim do her’s before, and the Jenner girls just aren’t doing anything particularly ground-breaking. If Zendaya came as Cinderella, then the Jenners are the ugly step-sisters in this scenario. And do not even get me started on the men. Ezra Miller, Michael Urie, Jared Leto, and Billy Porter PROVED that men can- and should- steal the show! The Met Gala is not a time to play it safe.

RuPaul Charles

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I know I am going to receive some sh*t for this, so let me just remind y’all that I absolutely stan RuPaul and all he’s done for the LGBTQ+ community. That being said… girl… this made me so sad! The theme is Camp and you are Ru-mutherfuking-Paul! You better work! I get that this is campy, and I am not saying that you HAVE to be in drag, but give me some gender-bend! Give me something to remember! This theme was made for you and anything you usually wear as a judge on your show would have been a million times better!

Priyanka Chopra-Jonas

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My laptop was so grossed-out by this look that it wouldn’t let me download any pictures of her. I adored Priyanka’s look last year as it was super elegant and high-fashion, but this year… I felt she tried TOO hard. Too many ideas, no main concept, and I would just toned it down a little. Yes, the Met is about taking risks and having fun, but it is still a fashion event and so you have to display the slightest hint of fashion sense (also the rhinestone tights finished at the ankle which made me so mad).

Other dishonourable mentions include Kristen Stewart, Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Amber Valletta, Benedict Cumberbatch, Remi Malek, and Taron Egerton.

 

Prize for best entrance has to go to Billy Porter, which Vogue is calling “the Most Fabulous Entrance in Met Gala History”. Covered in Gold and being carried in Cleopatra-style by six gold-clad muscular men? That’s how I will make an entrance at my wedding.

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I’d love to hear what you guys thought about this year’s looks! Do you agree with me, do you not? Let me know down in the comments below!

 

Love from Evie x

The Life-Changing Art of Respecting Yourself

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, found out what it means to me” – Aretha Franklin

First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who has read, liked, and shared my little blog. I have had a sudden spike in readers, and I appreciate you all supporting me and my little corner of the internet!

Secondly, I know you read the title and thought “umm… okay?” but this is an epiphany I have recently had and I want to share it all with you. I also find that writing things down helps me to make sense of things, and so we can go through this little journey of a post together.

I very recently got my first job as a paid writer (yay!) for three online University-themed websites; whatALUMNIsay, WhyStudyHere, and iStudent Global. My very first article for them can be viewed here. So why am I sharing this? Well, somewhat just because I am super proud of myself, but mainly because I accepted this job only after rejecting countless others.

The reason I rejected all the other job offers is because of one thing: I was not going to be paid for my time. I know there is a stereotype that millennials think the world owes them a living and blah blah blah, but the amount of unpaid full-time internships out there is disgusting. I very nearly accepted some of those jobs, as they tried to sell the job to me as “gaining writing experience”.

However, I took a step back and realised that I deserved better. I have this blog I have created nearly a whole year ago which has nearly 100 posts all written, edited, and researched by moi. I have already served my time as an unpaid-worker, and I know have real personal experience of the writing world. I did not need to work Mon-Fri 9-5 completely unpaid in a job that did not respect me, my time, nor my skillset. I felt like I had put in the hours to practise and hone my craft, and I was ready to do it for money.

Fortunately, I came across the job I am in now, and my boss seemed to be a real fan of my work. It feels great to be able to write in a professional environment, have responsibility, be entrusted to utilise my creativity how I see fit, and to learn more skills in editing and SEO. Being in an environment where I am the key writer, and everyone trusts my opinion, is a massive confidence boost and has really helped me to believe in myself. A belief in yourself, and knowing what you deserve, are all parts of respecting yourself.

One last thing I vow to do as an act of self-respect is to ensure that my blog has quality content. At the end of the day, this is my mark on the world and is my portfolio. Sometimes I feel pressured to write a post for the sake of having content, but now I will take time to write posts that really matter to me. People always as me what genre/theme my blog is, and now I will confidently reply that the theme is me.

I would love to hear what you have done recently as an act of respect or self-love, and what tips do you have for realising your full potential?

Lots of love, Evie x

It goes Pom and Pom and Pom…

Just a random little post for you guys today but I wanted to share with you my new hobby: making pom poms!

One of my close friends was going through a bit of a hard time. She’s super girly and loves anything pink and fluffy so I had a sudden brain wave and thought it would be cute to make her a pom pom garland. I don’t really know where the idea came from,  but I am glad I had it as I have found a real joy in making these cute bundles of yarn!

I popped down to my local hobbycraft, and having never bought wool before I was pleasantly surprised with how cheap it is! Hobbycraft were doing a deal so I grabbed 4 colours: pink, yellow, blue and white. Classic cute colours. I got to work making my friend’s garland and had a nice time in doing so! The result came out like this:

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I had such a good time making those that ever since then I have not been able to stop! I have made so many pom poms in a variety of colours and sizes that I decided to start selling them for cheap on depop, so that I could fund to buy more wool and make even more! If you are interested, then why not check out my store (I am taking commissions!): https://www.depop.com/eviejrichards/

I enjoy making pom poms as it is a cute and relaxing task. I like the repetition of it and the outcome of lovely pom poms at the end! I have started making them while listening to my audiobooks for class, and it is a nice way to have some me time.

 

I think the point of this little post was to remind you guys (as well as myself) that it is important to try new things, as you will never know if something makes you happy. Be it a new hobby, food, or even a new podcast! I think I am going to challenge myself to broaden my horizons and try new things, and I think you should too!

I’d adore to know in the comments below what new hobbies you guys have stumbled across, and if you have any arts&crafts ideas for me!

Lots of love, Evie x

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Update: Prozac, Conzac – Spilling the Anxie-Tea

I was put onto Fluoxetine (Prozac, 40mg x 1 a day) about two months ago now and I thought it was about time to give you guys an update. You can view my original post here. I was prescribed Prozac to help my mild depression and moderate anxiety disorder, as in the months leading up to my prescription I had massively regressed. My attendance to Uni dropped, I stopped being social and I found it hard to find any energy at all. I cancelled my gym membership, ate a load of crap and gained hella fat. I was having regular panic attacks and could barely leave my bed some days.

Prozac takes around 6-8 weeks to fully kick in which is why I waited so long to give you guys an update. Basically- I am feeling a heck of a lot better! I have had only one mini panic attack during this time, my attendance is back up again and I have started going to the gym again (not as frequently as I like but certainly more than before). I feel generally happier and like a weight has been lifted off of me. I have been a lot more social, and have started being healthier. I don’t feel the need to binge on junk as much, and I find it easier to sleep!

Some cons are that ever since the day I started taking Prozac I have found that I have been rather drowsy 24/7. This does make sense I suppose as it is stopping my anxiety. I mentioned it to my GP and they said it was nothing to worry about and hopefully should pass. It is not as intense as the first month I was on Prozac, but I would say I am certainly feeling drowsy. Additionally, I had my first ever migraine. I am not sure if this is due to the Prozac, but I had never had one before and suddenly 2 weeks into taking Prozac I was awoken at 5am to the sensation that someone what gouging my eyes out and burning the sockets. I couldn’t open my eyes and despite having the curtains closed, lights off, under my covers with sunglasses on everything was still too bright for me. It eventually subsided and after a quick google search I found that this was fairly commonplace for people who have just started Prozac, and I have not had a migraine since.

Overall, I would say that being on Prozac has been a largely positive experience for me. My anxiety and depression have subsided (although they are of course not totally eradicated), and I am finding everyday life more manageable and enjoyable. Of course, this is my experience, and it may be different for everyone, so I would suggest talking to your doctor to see what path they think is best for you. It took me years to be prescribed Prozac, and I am so happy to now be nearly back to normal. I will give another update in a few months (or sooner if anything major happens!)

And now I give the conversation to you guys. Have any of you been put on Prozac, and if so then how was your experience? What non-medicinal methods/treatments do your recommend to me or anyone else suffering with chronic Anxiety and Depression? Let me know your thoughts down below in the comments!

 

Love from Evie x

‘Spark Joy’ – Book of the Week

Note: Sorry I haven’t written in so long! My new term at Uni has started and it is 50 Shades of Cray. I have a whole list of blog post ideas to do though so if you haven’t already then please follow this blog so you never miss a new post!

I’m sure you have heard of the hit cleaning sensation of Marie Kondo. If you haven’t, I implore you to go check out her new Netflix show ‘Tidying-Up with Marie Kondo’. It is such a feel-good show and absolutely inspired me to change my life (as well as this book!) This show and book are not just aimed at slobs or hoarders, they are even aimed at the most “clean freak” amongst us. The KonMarie method is not only about tidying, but also changes your perception of how you treat your possessions and house.

Marie tells us that it is of paramount importance to go through every single item that you own, hold it to your heart and ask yourself “Does This Spark Joy?” (with few exceptions for 100% necessary items such as passports and birth certificates, etc.) If this item does not spark joy for you, then respectfully thank it and give it away/throw it away. By every single item I mean every piece of cutlery, book, sock and shoe. This way, by the end of the process, you are absolutely surrounded by things that make you genuinely happy. I did this method and did give away a massive deal of my items (I would estimate around 70%) but now my space is way less cluttered, and I feel happy everywhere I turn.

Marie also teaches us how to fold clothes in a way that saves space and also that helps us see exactly how many of each clothing item we have. She teaches us how to organise, display and take pride in our items. Ever since picking up this book, I have become obsessed with organising, reorganising, tidying and cleaning. I have a great deal more appreciation for my belongings.

I would absolutely recommend this book and the KonMarie method of tidying to anyone with some patience and a real desire to feel more joy and comfort in their home. This book has genuinely changed my life and I can’t stop telling people about it! If you would like me to make a post about how I personally approached the KonMarie method, or perhaps what changes I have seen in my life as a result, then let me know in the comments below!

Here is the link to purchase the book on Amazon (where it is cheapest at only £7.87!) click the picture below:

 

Thank you very much for reading,

Love from Evie x

Opening up about my obsession…

“Evie, you haven’t posted in over a week despite promising to be more active on your blog! Why do you hurt us with your lies?”

“Well, reader, I beg you to be less dramatic! I have been busy working hard. I have been trying to save up money for when I leave my summer job and return to university. I hope you do not mind. In my absence I have created a list of new blog-post ideas as I am aware I have been in a lull of ‘Book of the Week’ posts. This is just a short post about my new-found obsession.”

The colour green (forest green, to be exact) has always been my favourite as it brings me a sense of peace and down-to-Earthliness. Fortunately I live in the suburbs in Kent, which means I am surrounded by enough fields to make Theresa May jealous. I used to despise the outdoors as every Sunday growing up my parents would drag my brothers and I around a sad nature trail in the rain an insist that the “fresh air is good for you!” 12-year-old me did not agree. Wifi was good for me. However, when I got older and the stresses of anxiety and also general adulting gave me a new-found appreciation for nature.

The first year of university planted the seeds (pardon the pun) of my love of green. My University is situated more or less in the middle of the South Downs- an area of England known for beautiful rolling hills and wildlife. When essays got me down, I would just walk right up the hill and look at the horses that resided nearby. This gave me a sense of relief and it made assessment season easier to cope with.

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The way I see it, Humans are not designed to spend their lives inside looking at a screen; man was made to hunt and scavenge outside. I think this is why Humans are prone to anxiety (comme moi) and stress. I believe that being around nature reminds us that we are only animals and that the stresses of capitalism and everyday life do not really matter in the long run.

It started out with a succulent, how did it en up like this?

Like every 18-year-old -white-girl-studying-an-Arts-degree nowadays, it is trendy to keep succulents. They are easy to look after, pretty to look at, and give the impression that the owner cares about the environment. I am now 20 and proud to say that my first plant is still alive and well.

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I expanded my succulent collection and adopted some cacti (or ‘prickly-boiis) as well. I am sad to report that one succulent (or ‘succy-boii’ to my friends and I) did not make it, however this was due to a possible insect in my opinion.

Prickly-Boiis and Succy-Boiis are cute and all, but they are also small and thus do not quite bring enough of the outside inside. So recently, I have adopted a few new plants. I did careful research before going to Coolings Gardening Centre and purchasing them. I selected 3 for now (however I am looking to expand my collection) to come join me in my new house. This includes two kinds of Pilea (one is called a Chinese Money Plant) as I like the roundness of the leaves and the way they grow and stick out in a somewhat sporadic nature. The other is called a ‘String of Pearls’ and I like it for its odd design. I intend for the latter plant to grow and cascade down my bookshelf, and am intending on purchasing perhaps a Golden Pothos to join it. I will also be building a ‘Kitchen Garden’ where I will grow herbs on the windowsill, so if you would like a DIY post on that then just let me know.

Below I have attached a family portrait:

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(“Evie, did you take this photo on an actual potato in what appears to be around 1999?” “Yes, reader, I did.”)

Let me know in the comments below if you have any recommendations for indoor plants as I am always looking to expand my collection! I am also intending upon uploading a kind of ‘Virtual Tour’ of my new bedroom in Brighton when I move in next week (sounds fancy but in reality I will upload a few pictures of my room and write some commentary) so let me know if that sounds interesting! Leading on from plants, I am intending on writing a blog post about my experience recently and attaching some pictures I took there, so let me know if that is of any interest to you guys as well!

Lots of love, Evie x