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A BLOG BY BEC OAKES

Florida Loving


Friday, 31 July 2015

I returned from Florida almost two weeks ago and things have been crazy. I got thrown into work the day after I got back, been working on multiple articles for The Tab and have experienced my first ever heartbreak (something I think I'm going to explore in a future post). In all the unexpected madness, I have completely forgotten to write about the amazing time I had in Florida but it's better late than never.

Florida was so much fun! I spent a week in Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando and my inner child was freed. I dined at Be Our Guest, bought a wand at Ollivanders and made a new friend in the shape of a giant Stitch plushie. I then traversed east to Cocoa Beach for a few days where I saw a real rocket launch, saw the most beautiful sunrise and visited the biggest surf shop in the world.

It wasn't what I'd expected to be doing at the end of my first year of uni. I didn't get to go crazy celebrating the end of my exams and drinking to my heart's content (and liver's failure) would have been illegal but it was so nice spending time with my parents. I had no responsibilities, everything was paid for and, as an only child, it's safe to say I was just a little bit spoilt. Definitely a win!






Peace x





Inthefrow interview


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Hey beautiful people! As you're probably already aware, I want to be a writer and have been gaining experience within journalism by writing for The Tab Manchester. A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to interview the incredible Victoria Magrath of inthefrow.com. She's a Wigan native (we went to same college) and both alumni of and former lecturer at UoM. She's now living the dream as a full-time blogger down in London but somehow managed to take time out of her busy schedule to talk to little me. After the obvious issues that come with collab articles and a few technical difficulties, the piece was published while I was on holiday and I thought I'd share it with you guys.

Check it out here.

Peace x

'11 things you didn't know about me' Tag


Monday, 20 July 2015
Just a cas plane selfie...

I've recently been tagged by the beautiful Priya of priyasvnsn.com to do the '11 things you didn't know about me' tag. Basically, I answer the 11 questions she asked me then tag up to 10 people to answer 11 questions I ask them. Here we go…

What's your hobby?

I'm quite an active person and I love surfing, skiing and yoga. I've just ordered a new skateboard online and am going to start skating again after a 9 year break. I'm also a passionate writer and one day would love to have a book of my essays published.

Are you a coffee or tea addict?

I actually hate both. I have the tastebuds of a young child and am definitely a hot chocolate kinda gal!

What inspires you the most?

I'm a bit of a feminist so am incredibly inspired by the women who are paving their ways within typically male dominated industries. Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer are my ladies!

Your favourite quote…


What's your favourite song or most played song of the week?

My favourite song is Hockey Teeth by Bahamas and the song I've played the most this week is probably Game for Girls by Say Lou Lou & Lindstrøm. It's on my summer playlist that I listened to on repeat for on my flight back from Orlando.

Do you have any piercings?

I don't. Alongside seagulls, needles is probably my biggest fear. It's really irritating though because I'd love to get a tattoo.

What would your perfect holiday be?

Ah there's so many places I want to visit. I have serious wanderlust! I really want to do a road trip through California and visit all the iconic places along the way.

What's your favourite shop?

All of them aha! My absolute favourites are American Apparel, Topshop, Brandy Melville and the US Urban Outfitters website. Affleck's Palace in Manchester and The Vintage Scene on ASOS Marketplace are vintage dreams!

Do you speak any other languages? If not what language would you like to learn?

I speak very basic French but given the chance I'd love to be able to speak it fluently because it's such a beautiful language to listen to.

What's your favourite body spray or perfume? Why?



I'm not a huge fan of wearing perfume but while I was in Florida I bought Abercrombie and Fitch's new release. It's called '8' and has essences of peach, jasmine and warm sandalwood in it. It's subtle, pretty and a hell of a lot better than all the strong fragrances they attack you with in Selfridges.

2 pet peeves…

My biggest pet peeves are people who say "look it" (I'm sorry but that's not real English) and the social stigma that all women should wear bras.


Done! So, here's the beautiful ladies I'm tagging to answer my questions…

Magdalena of Lullaby for Pies
Nisha of HOW I WEAR
Emma of EMMA LOUISE
Laura of The Classic Cat

And my questions…

-  What three items in your wardrobe would you consider sum up your personal style the best?
-  Favourite Netflix show to binge watch?
-  Do you ever stalk people on Facebook? If yes, how often?
-  What's the best compliment you've ever received?
-  If you spend a day in the body of anybody in the world, who would you pick?
-  What's your favourite book?
-  What's your star sign? And do you believe it holds influence over your personality?
-  What's your guilty pleasure?
-  Love or money?
-  What beauty product could you not live without?
-  Imagine you're living the dream. What are you doing in five years?

Can't wait for your responses!

Peace x


OOTD: Mermaid & Braids


Saturday, 18 July 2015

So I got back from Florida this morning and I'm ridiculously jet lagged right now. Our flight was delayed by 2 hours and turbulence was awful but it was a great trip and over the next week or so I will be saturating my blog with posts about it. For now I thought I'd do a quick OOTD post because I somehow managed to look half-decent after the nine hour flight there and, not to blow my own horn or anything, pulled together a pretty cool outfit.

The simple look consists of a white high neck crop top from Topshop (which I can't get enough of and own in four colours) with my favourite Roxy beach pants. I bought them in the midseason sale and I'm not overreacting when I say they're the most comfortable pants I've ever worn. I paired the ensemble with leather flip flops because Florida is damn hot! This also explains my plaits, inspired by MØ in the Lean On video.

Alongside a plethora of Florida related posts, I'll also be responding to the '11 things you didn't know about me' tag and reviewing a selection of lip balms I've bought lately. 

Peace x

Summer 2015 Playlist


Monday, 6 July 2015
Okay, so I'm off on my travels tomorrow. I'm escaping rainy Lancashire and heading to the Sunshine State for ten days of tomfoolery. Cocoa Beach here I come! I obviously won't be blogging while I'm away but thought I'd leave you with a taster of what I've been working on today - a selection of songs from the playlist that's going to get me through my eight hour flight…

OMI - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)



The Salvadors - Eliza Jane



Say Lou Lou & Lindstrøm - Games for Girls



Jack Peñate - Tonight's Today



Major Lazer & DJ Snake - Lean On (feat. MØ)



N.B:- MØ's hair in the Lean On video is totally going to get ripped off this trip. I'll be saturating Instagram with pics of my travels so follow me and otherwise, I'll see you when I get back.

Peace x


Festival Fashion: How not to look like a complete wanker


Sunday, 5 July 2015
We're in the early stages of July and heading straight into the peak of festival season. The festival to end all festivals, Glastonbury, was last weekend and many more are due over the next couple of months. Aside from endless music, dancing and drinking, one of the major points of interest when it comes to festivals is the fashion. They have their own style entirely and in the pursuit of achieving the perfect festival look, it can be very easy to fall into the category I like to call a 'festival wanker'. They're the guys and gals that fall into every single stereotype associated with festival style and as a result end up looking like absolute pricks. Here's some things to avoid in order to not look like a prick this summer:

Flower Crowns



'If I see one more fucking flower crown, I'm going to kick someone's ass…' ~ Courtney Love

Flower crowns are dead! They should have never really been alive, except perhaps when made from real flowers and certainly not worn with a polyester kimono, denim hot pants and designer wellies…

Bindis



Unless worn for religious or cultural reasons this one is just offensive. Don't appropriate traditions you know nothing about to simply look cute. BTW you don't, especially if paired with patchy fake tan and too much makeup.

Native American Headdresses



Worse than the flower crown, this is once again cultural appropriation. But aside from that, anyone stood within a metre's radius will hate you every time you move and whack them in the face with your artificial feathers. You're not being bohemian, you're being a dick!

Bucket Hats



Unfortunately this one was huge at Parklife last month and both guys and gals fell into the trap. Made popular by rappers in the 80s, bucket hats are a trend I will never comprehend. I don't care if you're living your hazy fantasy watching Wu-Tang Clan, you look stupid.

Obviously this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty more offenders: crochet bralets, neon face paint, excessive fringe etc. Any that particularly rile you up?

N.B:- I take no credit for the pictures in this post. All were found on tumblr.com

Peace x



Pic Roundup


Sunday, 14 June 2015
Hey! So it's been a hell of a long time but I've been really busy as of late. To start I had my end of year exams (which I pretty much rocked if I say so myself) and spent my days revising in Starbucks and drinking way too much hot chocolate. Then, it was time to celebrate obvs. Two amazing nights out and PARKLIFE 2015 later and I was dead. Although I was on the front row for Disclosure so it was worth it! Check out my Instagram for a video of Latch. I've also started a new job in Manchester, which I love but is taking up a lot of time. And, to top it all off, I've managed to develop a killer chest infection and am now on a course of antibiotics. BOO!

I'm not going to lie - my creativity is lacking. I'm exhausted and so so sick and all I want to do is curl up in bed and watch Orange is the New Black* so I'm just gonna do a quick roundup of pictures from the past couple of weeks and will get back to writing as soon as I'm well again. Peace x

Disco Apocalypse at Pangaea

Drunk Bec





When in doubt, blue steel it!

* Question: Any other gals out there whose sexuality has become blurred since they first saw Samira Wiley (i.e. Poussey Washington) on OITNB?

Peace x