I've literally just find out my blog has been shortlisted as part of the Company Style Blogger Awards under the 'Best Thrifty Blog' category (section 9)!  I'm up again some pretty good competition and It would honestly mean the world if you could vote for my little blog. I would also like to thank those of you who actually voted for me to be on the shortlist too because, without those votes I wouldn't be writing this post. 

To vote for my blog www.fortheloveof-thrift.blogspot.co.uk click HERE 

You could also vote for these lovely ladies on the way:
Best Teen Fashion Blog (under 18):  www.elliesfavouritethings.com
Best Crafting Blog: www.trendswb.blogspot.co.uk
Best Personal Style Blog: www.natbeesfashion.blogspot.co.uk

Thank you once again and keep voting!

I Made it to the Shortlist!

It hit me a few months back that I knew I was born in the wrong era and here are fifteen reasons why I think so.

1. I am a lover of charity shops and vintage fairs. 
2. I'd rather be swanning off with some rich bloke that remotely resembles a 19th century Ryan Gosling (is that too much to ask?).
3. I am massive poetry nerd and love a bit of Keats and Shelley. 
4. Society today has been taken over by hipsters who wear barely anything except Disco Pants and Vans. I just don't get it and I wouldn't be seen dead parading round with a birds nest on my head either.  
5. When I am older I want to live in a tiny village and pretend I live in the 19th century (curse you Jane Austen and Charlotte BrontĂ«!). 
6. I listen to classical music (queue the laughter from my peers).  I especially love OSTs from films such as Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre.
7. On a day to day basis I go all au-natural. (That's right, not even filling in my eyebrows!) - Just a bit of moisturiser et voilĂ  my 19th century Jane Eyre-esque look is complete. 
8. I have worn my hair in Victory Rolls for the past week. 
9. Sometimes, on a morning I love to get up early and watch the sun rise. I feel like the opening scenes of Pride & Prejudice is actually happening. 
10. I love to watch old black and white films. My favourite film is 'A Brief Encounter'.
11. I have this craving to write letters to people sometimes - even if it's just to a friend who I saw that day. 
12.  I am fascinated by Architecture and just love gazing at old Churches and having a look in  Museums and stately homes etc. 
13. My motto in life is "I prefer the cheaper things in life". So, you won't ever find me in TopShop spending a ridiculous amount of money on an item of clothing which I will never wear.  
14. I am a seventy year old woman at heart - I'm particularly slow, I wear clothes appropriate for the elderly and I want to live in small cottage. Plus I am the perfect height (5" exactly). 
15. I always think that the past is more exciting. I think the 1920s were spectacular: the music, the fashion and there were some incredible writers such as the likes of F.Scott Fitzgerald and T.S.Eliot.

Do you ever think you were born in the wrong era?

The Fifteen Reasons Why I Was Born in the Wrong Era

Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The book itself is set between 1992 and 1993 and is a series of letters written by a fifteen/sixteen year old American teenager Charlie who is starting school as a freshman. In the beginning of the book, Charlie comes across as a very quiet person and in honestly is a bit of a loser at first because, he has no friends apart from his English teacher.

He has a pretty normal family: Both his parents are still married and he is the younger child out of the three children in his family. However, he does mention that his sister has never kissed him or hugged him ever and that his father can be very 'stern' sometimes.

Charlie mentions throughout the book, two deaths he has overcome. One of which was his Aunt Helen who died in a car crash which he thinks is his fault. Secondly is that of his middle school friend Michael who took his own life because of what Charlie calls 'family problems' (neither Charlie, nor the reader knows what the 'problems' are).

Later on, his letters become more exciting as he finally meets two friends Sam (who is a girl) and Patrick who is also known as 'Nothing' in some duration of the book. Charlie becomes more daring in the book and has a pretty good social life. He attends house parties with 'popular' football players, watches his friends perform The Rocky Horror Show every Friday night and becomes high from Brownies.

Throughout the book, Charlie mentions many novels that he has received from his English teacher Bill and that he has to write essay upon essay about them. He mentions books such as To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby and Naked Lunch (I could continue, but the list is so long!). Charlie also mentions a lot about mix tapes and how he makes some himself for Patrick and Sam as well as finding his great taste in music from a mix tape his Sister's boyfriend makes for her which has one of Charlie's favourite song on it - Asleep by The Smiths (The Smiths are also a favourite of mine as well).

Charlie cries a lot in the book and I think it's because the only friend he ever had was Michael but then he passed away and he essentially had no one until he met Sam, Patrick and the others. He becomes very emotionally attached to everyone but near the end of the book he becomes quite lonely again and upset very easily.

I like that this novel is set out in letters which I think makes it a bit quirkier than other books I've read and each letter starts with 'Dear Friend' so he isn't writing it to a specific person (such as one of his friends or a specific name) which I think makes it more personal for the reader - well it did for me.

I really liked this book, and I thought was a pretty good coming-of-age story and I will definitely recommend to others to read. It was light-hearted with a few serious and upsetting points in between but all in all I enjoyed it and I was completely hooked. The only thing I will criticise is the ending but I don't wish to spoil it for you but I will say that I wish it could have been written a bit better. Nevertheless, It was still pretty good.

Have you ever read 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I fell in love with Keats and his poetry after watching the film 'Bright Star' about the last three years of his life. I cried like an absolute whimp and have watched it five times since the first encounter. I also have a whole collection of his poems and I have even tabbed my favourites and I read a poem every night before I go to sleep. 

The only thing I find disheartening about Keats is that he died thinking he was a failure which upsets me because I most certainly don't he was a failure at all and there is a quote he said himself about a wish he had which was to "be among the English poets after my death" and he certainly has achieved his goal.I was so close to visiting the place where he died in Rome two years ago on holiday however, I think the museum was shut so I only have imagination and few photos. 

Next year I will be lucky enough to study more of Keats' poetry at AS Level in English Literature which I am really looking forward to! 

Poetry: John Keats

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