#2015BestNine on Instagram

So here we are, just about at the end of another year. Social media is fast filling up with posts of the best/popular/most liked/fave images of the year so I thought I'd take a look at mine and share the website I used to find them! 

So on Missy Vintage the most popular 9 unsurprisingly include hair, shoes, the new house and pictures about charity shop fashion finds. 

Over on my other account @kerrycurl, which is my photographer account and so isn't about my own hair, shoes or fashion it's a little different

If you'd like to find out your best nine instagram images of 2015 you can visit producthunt.com. Just enter your instagram name, it will do some crunching and then produce your grid of 9 images which you can share/save. There are probably other websites and this one is a little a slow but it worked and so I thought I'd share it with you. 

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The Weekend

So it's Tuesday and this is the post I was supposed to write up yesterday. Sometimes I feel consumed by the fact that since starting uni I have become a terrible blogger, not terrible perhaps but guilty of going AWOL. Then I have to remind myself that there are 'no rules' to blogging. Each blog (should be) a unique space - that's why I began blogging 5 years ago but like anything that becomes mass produced or main stream it transforms and blogging in my opinion has become less about sharing and embracing individuality and can sometimes feel somewhat cookie-cutter in the sense that if you don't blog x amount of times a week, or you don't wear xyz or go shopping and call it a haul then are you a 'real blogger'? 

The truth is of course I have changed so much in the last five years, uni has 100% enriched my love for art - the underlying reason for me to go to uni was to develop as an artist. If I'd been using a paint brush for years instead of a camera I may well have decided to pursue fine art with that medium. 

I've been working on lots of new work and spent the weekend (amongst other things) pondering how this fits in to the Missy Vintage side of things only to conclude that of course it does because it is me, this is my blog, my little space to use a diary to record not everything that happens in life but to curate this little part of the internet in my own way. 

So before this post becomes all deep and meaningful here's a little bit of what I got up to this weekend when not drinking wine and feeling curious about what the next 5 years with bring....

Saturday started out with plans to sort out Christmas Gifts, we got as far as Clutter City, a local craft fair which is packed with lots of creative wares followed by Jane Richards (an AMAZING interior design store in Norwich) purchased a few bits for the new house and also a a Nov & Dec Copy of The Norwich Resident magazine then we went to the pub! So not the most successful shopping adventure! ummmmmm..... 

One dinner later we were at a gig to watch No Holy Men. Only their second gig but so good! Keep an eye on their FB page. I photographed their debut gig and have realised that I still haven't posted about it sol here's a belated pic! 

No Holy Men - The debut gig
and here's us after Saturdays gig in the bar. Note how I am almost pouring beer over Alex. I'm just so cool.......... fortunately I know Alex and I also know that she would have been very understanding. The basic rule me is that if you are near me and I spill a drink on you, please be understanding, I have the clumsy gene......

photo courtesy of Alex via Ant (taking the picture) - I think....
And so Sunday got off to a slow start.........
Clashing it up just because you can. Who said leopard print & cowboys boots don't together? The boots are from Ebay and the coat is Biba at House of Fraser

We bought a Christmas tree. This is the first Christmas tree I've had in about 6 years. Christmas is an odd time of year for me and so getting a tree up is a big part of moving forward. I haven't had a real tree for absolutely years. I'm sure shops which sell them and have cameras in the car parks must have so much comedy footage as people load the tree in! 

Of course no tree for several years also meant not baubles so we had to stock up on those. The charity shops have lots at the moment and I'm on the lookout for a barbie who will then be strapped to the top. Much better than a star. 

Despite the fact we were all loaded up and my seat was as far forward as it could possible go, we made a spontaneous decision to hit the coast instead of going home so we hit the road and went to Sheringham for some fish and chips (of which there are no pictures of because we ate the evidence before even putting it on instagram. I know right? We're crazy kids)

But I did instagram a rainy night picture from Sheringham. Hopefully we'll go back a gain over Christmas for more fish and chips and a long walk on the beach (of course!)

So that was the weekend and the good news is it's now only 3 more days until the next one. Hurrah.
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Bath Time Reading & Resolutions

I don’t know about you but I constantly find managing my time a real struggle. Between doing a full time degree, working on our new house and basically juggling blogging, styling, non uni photography work and working on Norwich Fashion Week I feel like I am constantly on the go.

But I'm realising that sometimes you just have to stop for the day and try and grab some time for yourself.  Even if it’s just an hour in the evening where you can flop in a chair or a bath WITHOUT technology and just read for fun or listen to music etc.

I can’t be the only one who normally takes their phone (and often my iPad!) in the bath? Firstly it is obviously a disaster waiting to happen (if you’re clumsy like me…) and secondly do you actually relax? I know I don’t.

So this is my new mission – I’ve promised myself that if I’m home in the evenings I’ll schedule an hour (at least) to take a nice long bath armed with some delicious smelling products such as bath oils, face packs and hair treatments along with a scented candle and  magazine or a book. I love bath bombs from Lush and am hoping for the gift of a couple of bath bombs for Christmas.

This new ‘me time’ master plan was partly driven by a copy of Vogue, kindly sent to me by  magazine.co.uk, which I'd left totally and utterly neglected on my desk for well over a week, despite all my good intentions to read it.

In this busy world I think it’s easy to put yourself at the bottom of a long list of priorities but I think we can all benefit from taking a little bit of ‘me time’.  Although I do read digital articles, for me there’s nothing like wallowing in nice hot bubble bath and taking time out with a printed issue of a magazine.  In fact I can almost feel myself relaxing just at the thought!  

Perhaps if you’re pondering gift ideas then a magazine subscription and a few pampering treats could be just the thing to encourage someone to relax and indulge in some reading time, that a good bottle of vino! Are you starting any resolutions before the New Year arrives? 
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Hello Sunday

I'm sorry the blog's been a bit quite the last week or so. It's not because I haven't been up to much, in fact it's the total opposite! 

There's been several photoshoots, uni work and a few adventures in between and I've made a long list to blog about these things. 

I hope you have a restful Sunday and this is really just a quick post to share a documentary on Studio 54 I watched recently.

 I'm really loving seventies style at the moment and Studio 54 despite its short existence (77-81) has iconic status - of course for more than the fashion and style but it's notoriety and hedonistic outrageousness makes this documentary an interesting watch.


***WARNING this does video does contain references to sex which at at times quite graphic so be aware!***

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