Thursday

101 in 1001 III

Ok, so I haven't done a 101 in 1001 update in forever. That means that this will be a super long post filled with all the things I've achieved in the past 6 months or so. From now on, though, I'll be posting a monthly update to stop things piling up. 

#2 Pass induction
Induction is the first year of teaching. You need to pass this in order to teach in state schools. At the end of December, I passed and with flying colours too. I'm very, very proud of myself and I can't wait to continue developing my career. 

#4 Start an after school club
Once upon a time, I mentioned my love of the English language. I'm passionate about it and, when presented with the opportunity to start an after school grammar club, I pounced on it. It's been a great amount of fun!

#10 Get business cards printed
In September, I finally designed and printed my business cards in time for London Fashion Week. I've taken great delight in handing them out to anyone and everyone. Yes, my family members have cards too!

#11 Post a vlog
After getting a few requests to explain how I created my beehive, I recorded the process and posted up my tutorial on Youtube. It was certainly a different experience and I'm sure I'll be posting some more in the future.

#16 Visit Warner Bros Studio Tour
As a huge Harry Potter fan, this was at the top of my to-do list. I was certainly not disappointed. It was incredible and I already have plans to go back again soon. If you are a Harry Potter fan, make sure you visit!

#19 Attend London Fashion Week
I achieved this goal a lot sooner than I suspected. It was terrifying. In fact, that's an understatement. It was such a fantastic experience though and I feel so much more prepared for February's LFW!

#24 Visit platform 9 3/4 on September 1st
After years of planning this, we did it at long last! It was a lot more fun than we expected. There were hordes of Harry Potter fans all dressed up in costume. Of course, some "cool" people were giving us dirty looks but, if anything, that just made it even funnier. Muggles! 

#25 Buy a collection of art books
This is one of my ongoing goals that will never be fully achieved. However, I've bought three exhibition books since my last update- Damien Hirst, Ballgowns and Hollywood Costume. My collection is growing nicely.

#29 Learn to play the ukulele
Ok, I'm cheating a little here. I'm nowhere near where I want to be with it. I can play a couple of songs relatively well though. That counts, right?

#30 Learn to use my DSLR properly
I suppose you never really finish learning with something like this. Nevertheless, I feel like I have mastered the basics and I'm able to get my images somewhat towards how I intend them to look. Of course, I'll keep improving with practise, but this is a good start. 

#35 See all the exhibitions on my list
Another ongoing one. I've seen a whole load of exhibitions since my last update- Grayson Perry, Damien Hirst, Ballgowns, Hollywood Costume, Tim Walker, Valentino... The list goes on!  

#44 Collect my perfume wishlist
My wishlist keeps developing. I can't even remember what the remaining two perfumes were! However, I have got a whole load more and there's only a couple more I want at the moment, so I'll assume I got the two I originally intended.

#52 Buy a chair for the dressing room
I didn't actually need to do this in the end- My grandma moved house and gave me her dressing table stool. It's the perfect fit!

#62 Perfect the beehive
Well, I'd certainly say I've achieved that, seeing as I wear my beehive all the time. 

My goodness, that was a looong post! It's so encouraging to see everything that I have achieved. 

Wednesday

A-Z of Becky: T

T is for Teaching
For obvious reasons, I don't have any photos of me actually teaching so instead, have a photo of me at my graduation.

My grandma was a teacher so I've always been around schools. Even as a baby, she was taking me into school to show the staff and, as I got older, she would sometimes need to take me to school. I was content to sit in her office and colour.

It was a no-brainer that I would go into teaching too. I had my first work experience at 15 and I took to it straight away. As I reached uni and had annual school placements, I lived for being in the classroom. I was so passionate about teaching- it made me feel alive.

Then, in January, I finally got my first teaching placement and became a fully-fledged teacher. Now I've passed my induction year so I'm a Real Teacher now. I love it. It's the most exciting, interesting, fun job in the world. I'm never bored at work. In fact, most of the time I forget I'm even working. I basically get paid for having the most fun ever. There's nothing else I would rather do. 

Tuesday

January in 120mm

Since I got my first film camera for Christmas, I've been shooting photos in 120mm. I plan to do a review of each month to show the things I've been getting up to. Needless to say, my first roll was pretty rubbish. Nevertheless, here are my favourites. 






Monday

5 mistakes I made as a new blogger

As some of you will know, I recently celebrated my first blog birthday. Over the past year, I have learned an unbelievable amount about what it takes to be am effective blogger. Looking over everything I've learned in the past 12 months, I thought it would be interesting to write a list of the 5 mistakes I made way back at the end of 2011 and explain how I've addressed these. 


28th January 2013

 Coat: Topshop

Yesterday was such a lovely day! After having so much snow and ice lately, it was incredible to have such a gloriously sunny (and almost warm) day. We went for a little walk around the area just to bask in the springness!
I also got to debut my Lolita-inspired plaits. My hair needs to be a little longer to really pull it off properly but I think it's pretty good for a first attempt. 

Sunday

52 Shoes IV

 Even if you don't live in the UK, you've probably heard all about the snow we've been having over the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately, as I pointed out last week, my wellies have got a hole in them. Another pair is a tad too small, another pair were left at work and my final pair are still hiding in the very cold shed. 

To solve my wellie dilemma, I decided to crack out my Doc Martens. Rich bought these for me as a graduation present back in 2011, and I'd only worn them a couple of times since. They were perfect for the ice- hardy, warm and completely anti-slip. Plus, they're bright red and shiny. I couldn't work out for the life of me why I didn't wear them more often.

Then, as I approached the train station after my 30 minute walk, I suddenly remembered. They are Boots of Death. I had to wear them at work all day and, by the time I got home, I was fully expecting to have to pour blood out of them. 

Luckily for me, there were no puddles of blood but, unfortunately, I barely had any heels left. I love my Docs, but I think I'd better put them away for another couple of years. 


26th January 2013

Jumper: Sainsbury's
Skirt: New Look

Since yesterday was Australia Day, I thought it would be fun to wear yellow and green. (As an aside, does anybody know why those are the Australian colours although the flag is red, white and blue?)

I don't wear yellow- ever- so I struggled to dig something out. Eventually I found this skirt which I bought years ago in New Look, massively discounted due to a missing zip. I always planned to sew a zip in but never quite got round to it.

The jumper is a new purchase from Sainsbury's, of all places. It was in the sale and I just couldn't resist it. I love stripes. I love knitwear. It was made for me. They had red and blue versions too but, since I don't own a lot of green (and because my wardrobe is 75% red and blue), I plumped for this one. It has the most gorgeous subtle puffed sleeves. 

Saturday

Call to Sponsors: February


Aaw, February. The month of love and romance. Well, I want to show you some love and what better way to do this than give you all the benefits of my sponsorship packages?

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Prices start from just $6/ £3.70 so there is an option to suit all budgets!

Full details can be found on my sponsorship page. I'm also happy to host giveaways and review products, so get in touch if this is something you're interested in. I look forward to having you on board! 

Pigs and fish eyes

Yesterday, we popped into town to pick up a parcel. It was my new fish eye lens for my Diana F+. Very exciting stuff! We also picked up my first roll of processed film, but more on that next week. Rich discovered that if you put the fish eye viewfinder in front of his phone camera, some pretty interesting results occur. 
Unfortunately, I cannot resist fluffy things. Or teddies. Or pigs. So when we walked into Sainsbury's and saw a huge pile of massive, super fluffy pig teddies, I knew I had to have one! We've called him Mega Pig and he is seriously huge. I looked so ridiculous walking around town with his big piggy face sticking out of the bag.
It looked even more ridiculous from the side!
Turban: Crown and Glory
Coat: Topshop
Skirt: Vintage
Mega Pig: Sainsbury's

Friday

FF XXV: Australia Special

For those who don't know, tomorrow is Australia Day. I mostly know this because Rich's birthday is the same day but I thought it would be cool to give this week's Friday Favourites an Australian theme for the occasion. 
I love this vintage 1935 map of Australia. In fact, I'd like a UK one of these for myself. I'm going to see if I can find one. 
What an amazing swimsuit from Australian label, Black Milk. They come in 7 different colours. I have to admit I'm quite a fan of the pink! 


I love Globees. I have a London night light globe, which I absolutely adore. This Sydney version is super cute! 


Jessica Singh is an absolutely astounding Australian illustrator that I recently stumbled upon. Her use of colour and pattern is stunning. 
These camera earrings, from Australian jewellery brand Rare Indeed, are super cute. I love the hand drawn quality to them. 
Annika at The Pineneedle Collective is one of my favourite bloggers and definitely my favourite Aussie blogger! This Alice-inspired outfit is so cute: The tights are covered in Wonderland-themed illustrations. Adorable!
For those of you who don't know, I love fancy dress. However, my adoration for donning a costume has nothing on Sydney blogger Saba from Theme Me. She is dressing up to a different theme every single day for a year. Oh, how I wish I could pull off something like that! 

I hope all my Aussie readers have a lovely Australia Day. Eat a Cherry Ripe for me! 

Wednesday

A-Z of Becky: S

S is for Shopping
I know it's superficial but I can't help it. I just love shopping! I love the thrill of seeing something I love and knowing that it's all mine...forever! I never ever throw anything away so it just ends up cluttering the house. Nevertheless, I buy more. In my defence, though, I do buy a lot of vintage and I frequent charity shops, so it's all for a good cause, right?

Tuesday

25 things fat people shouldn't do #4

"25 Things Fat People Shouldn't Do is an unabashed middle finger to the preposterous idea that any human who weighs more than the status quo does not deserve to live a full and well rounded (ahem) life. The list of 25 is composed word for word from direct lists of sheer assholery found on the internet. These range from the absurd to the profoundly shameful, and I will be disproving this offensive notion with style. May the Chub Club live long and prosper!"-The Militant Baker

Drive
Ok, I know I don't drive (Although I do have a car). Jes hypothesised that the reason why fat people shouldn't drive is because they should be walking instead. In that case, I will replace this with "use public transport".

Well, for one thing, I couldn't do my job without the train. I work 28 miles away from home and I don't fancy spending 9 hours walking to work, thank you very much. 
I do walk 25 minutes to the station in the morning though, then another 15 at the other end. Multiply that by 2 and I walk for 80 minutes a day just to get to work and back. That's good enough for me, thanks. 

Monday

A day in the life of Becky: January

I posted a Day in the Life post way back in July. It was fun to show you what I get up to and I thought it would be pretty cool to do one each month. This month is a special snowed-in edition! 

10am Wakey wakey, Sunshine!
11am Watching The Sooty Show with my Sweep puppet. I know how to live! 
12pm Ben and Jerry's for breakfast. Yum yum! 
1pm Checking out the latest H&M catalogue. Is it just me or do they seem to turn up every other week?
2pm Time for a little bit of work. No rest for the wicked! 
3pm A late lunch of chicken pasta bake á la Rich. 
 4pm Nap time!
5pm Definitely a slippers-and-onesie kind of day!
6pm A quick spritz of my newest perfume: Givenchy Dahlia Noir.
7pm Saturday evening wouldn't be the same without some Diet Pepsi! 
8pm A little walk in the remaining snow.
9pm Bathy time! 
10pm Some bed time reading. Night night! 

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