Thursday, 29 May 2014

Liverpool RocknRoll Half Marathon.

Last Sunday, I woke up super early, made myself a coffee, porridge with banana, got a shower and ready to do the Liverpool RocknRoll Half Marathon.

I was fairly nervous and very aware of the fact that the furthest distance I'd done in my training (using that word lightly) was a 15k about four weeks previously. A half marathon is 21, so I was pretty far away from hitting that full distance.

I've said it a million times before; I'm a slow runner. I realised when I did We Own The Night, that I don't like pushing myself too much and getting too tired, out of breath etc so I think I need to change this. I took this approach during this race and just had it in mind that I wanted to actually finish.

The idea behind this particular race being called RocknRoll was to celebrate Liverpool's (and other city's it takes place in) music history, so we started out by the Albert Dock, then ran through the Cavern Quarter and from then in at every mile there was a music stage. It was pretty cool, but didn't quite have the effect it intended to have, on the bands and stages I saw. But it was nice to see live music while running and even getting cheered on by the musicians was pretty cool.

I started out by running in my Flyknit Lunar 1s, which were what got me through Hood 2 Coast last year, but about 6K in, blisters started to kick in on my heels. I asked my mum to bring me my Flyknit Racers to the point she was meeting me at about 13K, at around Jericho Lane and they were an absolute godsend (plus the plasters my dad bought me before.)

My legs and knees were absolutely done in at the end of the race and honestly it took me about two days to fully recover.

I realise now that I have to start doing some more long distance training, because for some ridiculous reason I've signed up to do the Hackney Half Marathon. Why? I don't know.

So I'm off out for a run now to see how my knees are gonna hold up. Wish me luck.



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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Interview with Jade from The Jade Aesthetic





Firstly, tell me a bit about yourself!
21, Chinese and proudly born and bred in Liverpool. I've just moved back home after studying a journalism degree in London but don't ask me what I'm going to do next because I have no idea!



Tell me a bit about your blog.
I prefer to call it a 'personal style' blog, rather than a fashion blog because I'll be the first to say that I don't actually know squat about ~real fashun~. I post about my outfits and stuff I buy (it's all very superficial) with little snippets of what's currently going on in my life. The name 'The Jade Aesthetic' actually came from a comment someone left on one of my outfit posts about what I was wearing. I was like, that's got a great ring to it and I definitely try to go for a certain 'look' with what I wear, so I bumped the phrase to blog name status.


What made you start blogging?
Funnily enough, Ironic Fashion!! My friend pointed me in the direction of this blog because she knew I was a regular blog reader and seeing Ironic Fashion was the first time seeing someone "real" blogging and how true it was that anyone can pick it up as a hobby. It was around the beginning of sixth form when we all had to start putting career paths into motion and since I knew I wanted to do something creative at uni, my friend persuaded me to start a blog (thanks Alex!). NOTE FROM LAUREN: ERM OMFGZ.

What's your favourite thing about fashion blogging?
I can truly indulge in being materialistic with people who understand it (told you I was superficial). In my 'real life', friends say I shop too much and most likely roll their eyes at my composed Instagram pics but in the fashion blogging world, everyone is like "yes, buy the top!" or gets equally as excited as me over my new purchases.


What's the best thing to have come from writing your blog?
In the grand scheme of things my blog is still massively small fry, so I can't say much about big opportunities (although I do think it helped me get an internship last year, so don't underestimate your blog, even if it doesn't have 1000s following!). I suppose I'm a lot more confident because of writing my blog. Putting yourself out there online needs confidence anyway but I'm now a lot more open about my blog and I'll write whatever, whereas in the past I'd be worried about what people might think if they found it. Thankfully, all of my friends are supportive of it and it's a nice little confidence boost to be known as 'the creative one'!
How would you describe your own style?
Hmmmm... I try to look put together all the time. My motto is "You never know who you're going to bump into!" so I never like to go casual, even if I'm just going to ASDA. Although, to me, casual is skinny jeans, a shirt and a blazer. I think it's nice if your casual is someone else's dressy! You'll never see me without my false lashes, for example. I'm all for muted colours, a lot of white and minimal pieces (I avoid print and frills). Basically a Zara mannequin. Actually, I think my style is what it is so that I make people *think* I'm put together, that I have my life in check!
TL;DR - I wear a lot of white.


Top 5 essentials?
iPhone - I queued for my current one more times than I should be proud of and ended up buying it under a bus shelter from a shady Carphone Warehouse guy for way more than it's worth! It holds my life on it.
False lashes - I have Asian eyes and eyelashes, so... enough said. Although can I cheat and group a full face of makeup with this answer too? I live in Liverpool so it'd be a sin to not have my brows meticulously done and while I'm doing that, I may as well conceal and contour!
White blazer - I throw this on like some people might throw on a hoodie! It instantly smartens any outfit and is appropriate for any occasion.
ASOS Premier account - Yes, this definitely qualifies as an essential. £10 for unlimited next day delivery for a year has been a godsend for me! I recommend every ASOS lover to get it; it's SO worth it.
Giddyupnetwork.info - This website has a 24/7 stream of Friends episodes!! I watch it everyday and there's really nothing better than having it on in the background and online shopping from the iPad.



What are you most looking forward to wearing in summer?
Lightweight, white sundresses. I've yet to buy a nice little collection of these but I'm envisioning a cute white dress with crochet cutouts or something, slipped over tanned skin with my OTT flower crown on my head.

Most fashion forward city you've visited?
I have to be loyal and say Liverpool! London is typically seen as the fashion capital but I honestly thought some people were either too try-hard or just didn't seem to care about making an effort at all!



What's the difference between fashion in Liverpool and London?
People in Liverpool really make an effort and I love that. Like you'll see a girl in a full face of makeup with a curly blow before it's even midday whereas in London, people don't even wear heels on a night out. London fashion is a lot more diverse, though. Being on a media campus for the past three years, these eyes have seen a lot of "wtf" outfits from both girls and boys!



What role do you think fashion bloggers have in the fashion industry?
:o this question is like my dissertation all over again. I think the importance of fashion bloggers will only grow. Bloggers are seen as relatable and accessible for readers and so really have influence in spreading the word about products already (I know I've bought plenty of clothes and beauty products just off seeing them on a blog). I wouldn't be surprised if we saw more 'Blogger X Brand' clothing or accessory collections.



What are your top 5 fashion blogs?
If we're talking exclusively fashion and this is by no means my definitive top 5 because I have too many favourites! - Song of Style, Into The Fold, See Want Shop, Man Repeller and IAMGALLA (he's very easy on the eyes). (As a sneaky sixth pick, I obviously love Ironic Fashion because I bum Nike to no end.)



Follow Jade on IG (You wont regret it)
Check out The Jade Aesthetic here


p.s sorry about the formatting :(

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at home.

I'm in Liverpool!

Yay.

This is very exciting for me. Living away from my family and friends can be tough sometimes so it's nice to be back here just to be here. My mum asks me 10 times a day, "do you fancy doing something?"

8 times out of 10, the answer is "No, not really." I just like being at home. As if this is my regular day-to-day life. Just playing with the dogs, watching six episodes on the run of the OC, and spending all-day Thursday in my pajamas.

I do have a slight ulterior motive to being here, I'm running the Rock n Roll half marathon on Sunday and it's started to kick in I most definitely haven't trained enough for it. I know of a few people on Twitter who are doing it (one person in particular who challenged me to do it and I took him up on it.) Are you doing it or know anybody doing it?

It's good to be home. Already I've done quite a bit of shopping. We went to Speke Retail Park yesterday and I bought some new Nike slides, a vest which I'll probably wear for the race (if the weather holds out) and also bought some nice bits of make up which are a lot more expensive in Amsterdam and super cheap here. It makes me happy. Is it sad such things cheer me up?

Tomorrow I'm going to a dress-fitting with my friend Michaela who is getting married next year and I'm a bridesmaid (yay) and then I'm going to watch Bird play at the Kazimier in the evening with my mum and my bruddah.

Tonight after my tea (my mum is currently making Boston Pork; nom nom nom) I might go for a run and try and find some hills to practice for the Upper Parliament Street part of the race. (Bleurgh)

I'll do a more in-depth post of the race after I'm done, but for now, here's a photo of me and Coco just before we did some gardening on the flat roof.


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Monday, 19 May 2014

ootd: air force 1 autoclave

Last year, I was interviewed for The Social, which is a feature on FootAsylum.com. One of the questions was "have you ever bought a pair of shoes just to put on ice" and my response was "Never; I buy shoes on my lunch break and wear them home that day."

Today was no different day.

I've been after a slimmer silhouetted, for a better word, pump, for a while. I recently brought back my Tennis Classic from 2010 into regular rotation but wanted an alternative and contemplated about going for a pair of new Converse but they've altered the tab on the tongue and the back of the shoe which I'm not crazy about so I decided against them. Small details I know, but it's important you like what you're buying.

Anyway, when I saw on Nike they had the Air Force 1 Auto Clave I realised this was the answer to all my slim-shoe questions.

They came today and I'm pretty happy with them. I've got no idea what Auto Clave means, so if you fancy being a Smart Alec, then please let me know. They're basically a canvas Air Force 1, a lot slimmer, a lot lighter and a lot more suitable for summer than regular Air Force 1s.

Me gusta.

Mucho.

Vest - Weekday
Jeans - Asda


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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

pon de run

Distance?
It varies, usually about 5, 7 or 10k. Depends on le mood. I'm training for a half marathon, so it should be a lot further. But it usually isn't. I'm defo going to regret not going harder in my training. I'm a bit worried about it, but I've done one before, with the same route and I think I'm a better runner now. So I hope that'll work in my favour. 



Time?
Evening, after work. I usually run around 8pm. I come in, put my leggings and trainers on, have a banana and then head out so I've got no excuse to chill out and jib off the run.



Where?
Mainly in Amsterdam. If I'm travelling for the weekend, I'll try to run in the city, like in Paris or Berlin, to explore the area and to say "fuck yeh I've ran in Paris." I run in Liverpool when I'm at home too. It's a lot different, quite hilly and no canals.  




Music?
Yeah, always. It varies on my mood on what kind of music I listen to. If I want to run far, but go at an easy pace I will listen to something chilled like Drake or Frank Ocean. If I want to run fast I'll listen to something heavier like The White Stripes, Marilyn Manson or Yeezus. Or the Spice Girls apparently. 






Thoughts?
How long left til I finish this kilometer? I'm starving. Where's the next water fountain? Him. Get out my way. I'm running, I have dominance of the pavement. 




Weather?
Mild. Cold-ish almost. Not warm. I like to run early evening when it's cooler, especially during the summer. I like getting caught in the rain at the end of a run. It's nice. 




Why?
Essentially, to exercise. I don't run to lose weight though; I think I eat more calories post-run to cancel out any good I've done. It gives me time on my own and time to think about things. I don't really like the gym, so never work out. Running is the only exercise I really do. 




Shoe?
At the moment, Flyknit Racers. I know they're not a long distance shoe, but I find that I can run quicker in them than Flyknit Lunars or Vomeros. For my half marathon, I think I'm going to change my shoes half way through. Start off in my Racers and get my Mum to bring my Lunars for a bit more cushioning for the end of the race. Dumb idea? I think so. 


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Monday, 12 May 2014

OOTD - coralje racers.





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We Own The Night!

This weekend I went to London to take part in We Own The Night, which is a 10k run organised by Nike and held in different cities across Europe once a year.

It's only my third "proper" run I've done; I did a half mazza in Liverpool in 2012, Hood to Coast in Portland last year and then this.

I've said it a million times before but I'm a slow runner; I completed the course in 1:05:03 but I think technically this was the fastest I've ran 10k before. I'm not sure how reliable my GPS is when I record my runs usually and I think it's slightly out of sync by about 250metres per kilometre if you get me. I looked back at previous 10k's I'd run before and I was running them at like 1 hour 15 and that was with the out-of-syncness, so I'm pretty happy to have an official time.

I didn't take pictures when I was running because I didn't want anybody to see me on my phone and think I was slacking *insert monkey covering eyes emoticon*

Big ups to everybody who came down who I saw and didn't see, for that matter.



We also got this lovely little Alex Monroe necklace in place of a medal. Je suis tres proud to wear it.

Well done to all the team who organised and of course the girls that ran it! 

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Monday, 5 May 2014

Nike x Riccardo Tisci AF1 "Black Collection"

If you follow the world of sneakers, you know that this post isn't exactly hot off the press. The Nike x AF1 RT collection was first announced at the beginning of 2014, maybe even at the back-end of 2013, so I'm not bringing new news here. 

I wasn't sure how to take the collaboration to begin with; it wasn't something that I knew right away I wanted to buy into. I couldn't make my mind up. Kind of how I feel about Dunk Sky Highs or Lunar Elite's; I'm just not sure yet. I'm happy to make my mind up while I'm sitting here in a pair of Thea's or even Converse. 
The Black Collection's launch date hasn't been officially announced yet, but I've been thinking more and more about possibly buying the Mid or the High. I think they're a bit more, not to sound cheesy, but fashion-forward than the white
I think the people who buy these aren't your regular Air Force 1 consumer; they're your fashion chick or dude who gets invited to fashion week and wants to make a statement. I think the tribal-inspired colourways definitely make a statement, especially against an all black outfit. 

The Mid's, right the way up to the full boot all have a pretty powerful military vibe about them and I kinda like it. I could never wear the full boot, in fact I could probably never actually wear the High (I don't think my calves would allow me to,) but I've seen a few girls wearing the full White boot and they make it work. 

What do you think about the Black Collection? Yay or nay? As I said, I'm not sure if I'm gonna get a pair when they drop, but I'll be sure to let you all know if I do.


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Thursday, 1 May 2014

this week > last week

This week I set myself a challenge.

Let me start off by giving you the background to it.

Last month, I went HAM with my credit card; I went to a wonderful wedding and had to spend a lil bitta money on hotel, flights, outfit etc (not begrudgingly at all, it was all defo worth it) so I knew when it came out of my bank this month, plus everything else I gotta pay, I'd be broke as sh't for May.

I knew I spent a lot of money on my day to day spendings but when I added it up, I was unpleasantly surprised.

I buy a coffee and a croissant at the station for breakfast, we have a Starbucks in work, I buy my lunch in work and my role involves a lot of sitting and snacking. Snacks need to be bought. I spend a lot of money on snacks. I didn't realise it, but I was spending like 15 euros a day on food.

15 euros. That's horrible. That's like, 75 quid a week! A WEEK!

So this week, I decided to do, what millions of normal people do.

Bring my own food into work.

Doesn't seem like a big deal, I know, but it involves a lot of preparation. I've also been bringing in and very meticulously planning my snacks. It's been tough to decline when people ask if I want to go to Starbucks with them, or if I'm gonna pick up brekkie before I go to my desk, but I haven't spent any money on food outside of the 40 euros I spent for this week's breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It's so simple and I know people live on far far less but I'm pretty proud I've kept it up for four days. I know I sound so lame, but I think I've worked out I can save about 160 quid a month doing this.

Like I said, May's gonna be a tough one but I'm feeling pretty positive about this and would love to see how long I can last doing this.

I'm still waiting for somebody to treat me to a Freshly Brewed though.

Hint hint to any coworkers who read the blog.



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