StephLeaMead

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Snakey Outfit of The Day ft. Primark, River Island and ASOS

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Snakey Outfit of The Day ft. Primark, River Island and ASOS

Lime Green Midi Snake Print Skirt with Split - Primark - Similar from New Look here http://tidd.ly/305ab5ff
Black Chain Patterned Tights - ASOS - Similar here http://tidd.ly/7922ead9 
Patent Black Platform Flat Boots - ASOS - Similar here http://tidd.ly/ece5c527
Black Bardot Off the Shoulder Long Sleeved Top - River Island - Similar here http://tidd.ly/4aa85e59
Black Thick Choker Necklace - Primark - Similar here http://tidd.ly/61e156e4
Belt with Silver Hoop in Black - PrettyLittleThing - Similar here http://tidd.ly/3cb33aaf
Mandala Dot Work Shoulder Tattoo - by Sophie Jess at Fat Fugu in Northampton


Hello lovely people,
  I'm wearing a colour, and a bright one at that, what is going on?! It's normally all black everything most of the time, and to wear something pretty neon is weird for me haha. I love this trend though, animal print is my favourite and I love the contrast of the bright greeny yellow on black, uber cool.
I got this skirt in Primark, and they actually had this in a top and a dress as well. I got it in the skirt as I thought it'd be easier to style and more versatile. I love Primark at the minute. Well, all of the time to be honest, but they're so on point currently. Have you guys seen the biggest Primark that's just opened in Birmingham? I think the Barbers and beauty station is a bit random, but I hope the Disney cafe has vegan options because that is so cute and I need to visit!

I visited a Salon in Northampton that I'm going to be getting my hair dyed at called Identity hair & beauty salon, and I'm so excited to have a new look on my hair. I'm staying pink, but with a twist. Watch this space! If you want to get your hair done there, I'll have a discount code for you to use soon, I'll let you guys know what it is when I get it. I'll be getting treatment from the lovely stylist Amy who is actually vegan as well, and has the coolest hair ever! Here's a link to her Instagram if you want to check it out https://www.instagram.com/amy.smith.stylist/

So, let's talk Game of Thrones... Did you watch the first new episode of the last ever series of GoT? What an introduction, seriously. I won't put any spoilers in here either because that is the worst thing, but I got so emotional. I was so happy to see Arya and Jon reunited, and cannot wait to see what they both get up to throughout this season. Also, Sansa is such a sassy bitch, and I feel like I've only just realised this but she has been the whole time... And I'm starting to feel off about Khaleeesi, though she has been a firm favourite of mine since the beginning. Let's see what happens!

See you next time, thanks for reading,
Love StephLeaMead X

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Outfit of the Day, Mental Health and Northampton FAMFest

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Outfit of the Day, Mental Health and Northampton FAMFest


Hey beautiful people, how are you?
   So this Primark dress is actually a night dress, because f**k the rules, am I right?
I absolutely adore all animal prints, I don't know if you can tell from this zebra print dress and the yellow and black snake skin bag haha, but I saw this dress on Instagram and I fell in love and literally searched a lot of Primarks for it. I finally found it in the London Oxford Street store and grabbed it so quick!

These photos were taken in Northampton town centre in the underpass that used to lead up to the old bus station there. It used to be an eerie, dark place that you'd try to avoid but some amazingly talented artists have adorned the walls with their gorgeous art work and it looks incredible!
There was festival there to showcase the graffiti from artists such as Uncle Stubble and bring the Northampton community together. They had henna and glitter tattoo stands, food business selling pizza, bubble waffles and a local company called BoxFood who do amazing vegan food. I've had their quesadilla at a vegan festival once and it was gorgeous. They also had DJs and singers doing spoken words which sounded so inspiring and moved me.
It was all set up by Norfamton which you can check out here, especially if you're local to me! - https://www.facebook.com/norfamton/

Focusing more on Uncle Stubble's latest art installation there; It's a beautiful tribute to Keith Flint who recently tragically committed suicide. He was only 49 years of age, and had suffered from mental health for a long time. Depression doesn't care how successful you are, how much money you make, how loved you are or anything along these lines. Depression doesn't let you think of yourself as worthy, won't let you see that family and friends love you dearly, or anything else logical. As a mental health sufferer myself, I understand this way too much than I'd like to admit sometimes.
If you're having thoughts of suicide or self harm please, please seek help. From your family, friends, GP, Samaritans, CALM, Papyrus, even me. If you want to drop me a message just to relate to someone, take your mind off of things, anything; I'm here.
More people are there than you think, trust me. You. Are. Loved.

Thank you Uncle Stuble for raising awareness in Northampton about this important issue - Check his work out here. https://www.facebook.com/Uncle-Stubble

Lots of love to you all,
Thank you for reading, it's very much appreciated.
StephLeaMead X
https://instagram.com/stephleamead

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Lush 30th Birthday Party - New Bath Bombs!

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Lush 30th Birthday Party - New Bath Bombs!

Hello, lovelies!
   Hope you're all well, and are enjoying the lovely weather we are having at the moment. Summer is most definitely coming!
So, let's go on to LUSH... On Friday the 29th of March my local Northampton store invited me down to have a tour of all of their new products which were released especially for Lush celebrating their 30th Birthday. They have over 50, and each store could pick their own which they feel that their customers would enjoy the most, though don't worry, you can get them to order in any one you want and also order on their online store, too! https://uk.lush.com/products/bath-bombs

All of their new ones are actually cruelty free and vegan (Which a vast majority of their products are vegan anyway, and all are cruelty free) so I'm absolutely over the moon with this.


My favourite new bath bomb was definitely this one called Lucky Cat, it's bright pink though fizzes out to a cute peach colour, it has shimmers in and is shaped like an adorable cat. The scent of this one is mainly jasmine and ylang ylang, with little biodegradable stars inside that burst out.
I was told that they have started 3D printing their bath bomb moulds so they're expecting to do more complicated and creative design shapes like this one, and like Royalty, shown below, another new one!


This one is called Kitsunu, it has an earthy Patchouli scent with hints of mandarin and a cedarwood oil which is meant to calm and balance your thoughts, so an ideal choice after a long stressful day. This one is shaped like a foxes head, and is made of nine fox tails. How adorable is that?


Another favourite of mine as it is mermaid themed (See Mol who works at the Northampton store in the background, dressed as Melusine, which is the bombs name!) is ideal for people who, like myself, have anxiety. It has scents of avocado, lemon and bergamot oil in aid to lift your senses. The colours and the shape which is supposed to be the mermaids scales is so beautiful!


Here the lovely Mol, who is the one who toured is around the store and talked us through each new bath bomb, thank you Mol! is holding the Black Rose, which is actually hand painted on the top with Cocoa butter and gives the water a deep black shimmer. It smells of turkish delight, and leaves your skin feeling super soft. Black is my favourite colour so I feel like this will become a Lush staple for me...
See the Black Rose in action below, the hints of pink on top of the black looks incredible!


Next up, we have the Ginger Ninja! As you can see it's shaped like a Ninjas head, and it is covered in a gold glitter. This one is a fast fizzer, and it puts on a grand show for you! Once placed in the bath water, it puffs out smoke as if the Ninja has just appeared and the glitter fizzes out rapidly, with popping candy stars which are meant to indicate their throwing stars, burst out. This little fella is such a cutie.


A Lush favourite as I'm sure all you Lushies will know, Karma Santra! It is much like the Karma bubble bath, the Karma Santra is meant to, as the website also states 'Soothe your bohemian soul'! The symbol on top is apparently used a lot in meditation, and I'm sure the lemongrass, orange and spicey Elemi oil will help you feel like you have just meditated.


Last but not at all least, the Blackberry! This is one of the first bath bombs Lush ever brought to its stores, and with it being a firm favourite amongst its customers, they have decided to bring it back for their 30th Birthday. This one fizzes out into a lovely lilac colour, with a smell of blackberry but more earthy than you'd expect. It is packed with essential oils like lemongrass and neroli, it will leave your skin feeling amazing! Now I wasn't even born when this would have first hit the shelves, but I'm sure this will be an awesome blast from the past for those loyal Lush fans.


Here's a picture board of all of the new bath bombs that are now out in the UK, which my Northampton Lush store had in their window. Now like I mentioned before, you won't be able to find every one of this in your local store, but you can get them ordered in for you, or you can order it online, and pretty soon you should be able to vote for which one you want to see in the store!


I was lucky enough to be able to make one of their new bath bombs in store as well, here is the gorgeous Evie who works there, teaching me how to make Geode. It has amethyst looking crystals on the top of this, and smells like citrus perfume. I cannot wait to use this soon! Seeing the pretty purple crystals on top is making me hope they bring out an Amethyst bath bomb which smells of Twilight, fingers crossed!


Here's the beautiful Jemima who also works in the Northampton store. I always love how the Lush employees dress in their own personal style (how lovely is the black lace body on the white tee? Love!) and they are always SO lovely. A massive thank you to each of the staff members in there who weren't only fantastic on the day, but are always so super nice. Keep on being awesome humans, guys x


See my vlog of the day on my YouTube Channel here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/StephLeaMead  to see what we got up to, how our bath bomb making went, what presents we got from Lush, and to meet my new adopted three legged cat, Murphy!

Hope you enjoyed this post, see you next time,
StephLeaMead X

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Floral Velvet Primark Jumpsuit OOTD - Ft. My Plans - March 2019

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Floral Velvet Primark Jumpsuit OOTD - Ft. My Plans - March 2019

Yellow and Black snake print circle bag from Primark

Outfit of the day - Primark 2019 - Black velvet floral jumpsuit, with purple faux fur coat, yellow and black snake skin bag, and black platform shoes.
Black and Red Floral Velvet Jumpsuit - Primark - Similar here: http://tidd.ly/569c4c98 And here: http://tidd.ly/b13c3d0c
Black Spotty Mesh Under Top - H&M - Similar here: http://tidd.ly/2fb4b4cd And here: http://tidd.ly/a24f97bd
Yellow and Black Snake Skin Print Bag - Primark - Similar here: http://tidd.ly/6b0d39c3 And here: http://tidd.ly/d3ca7ca9
Chunky Black Patent Platform Boots -ASOS - The ones I'm wearing here: http://tidd.ly/27bbc7d5  Also similar here: http://tidd.ly/bcfdf798
Faux Glasses with Circle Gold Frames - Claires via Amazon (Though I'll be getting this with real lenses soon for work, eek!)
Black Baker Boy Hat - Primark - Similar here: http://tidd.ly/e4120df7 and here: http://tidd.ly/da227dc4
Purple Faux Fur Fluffy Coat - MissGuided via Depop - Similar here: http://tidd.ly/12f57460 and here: http://tidd.ly/fab4b98

Hello, lovelies!
  How is it March already? This year is literally flying by, Christmas does not feel like it was months ago at all, how crazy. Are you feeling this too? I'd like to say time flies when you're having fun, but I've not done a hell of a lot this year yet, apart from going to London and seeing Wicked in west end with my partner, and random nights out with my friends... I'm planning on doing more fun things this year, let's run through my plans so far...
I'm hoping to be going to a theme park with my little sister soon, if I can get the time off of my office job anyway, and I'm so excited as it'll be the first time she'll be going to a 'big' one. We've been to local ones such as Gullivers Land and Wicksteed park, also Drayton Manor, but now she's taller she'll be able to ride the massive roller coasters. She's such an adrenaline junkie she'll adore it, bless her.

Also, once my housemate gets her car, we'll also be visiting the Warner Bros Studios in London to look at the making of Harry Potter! This will be my forth time going, but my friend who is obsessed with Harry Potter has never been, so I told her I'll pay for her ticket when we go for her birthday. I'll be taking my mum to Black Country Museum soon too, as that was one of her Christmas presents from me last year. She's never been there either, but loves doing things like that. I really want to dress up from that era, like Polly from Peaky Blinders, and get some cool photos there too. If only I'd bump into Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy there... Haha.

I'll be going on a weekend away with my friends to Skegness for one of their parents army reunion events, where we'll be hitting up the bars and I'll be sure to visit the cute crystal shop and visit the seal sanctuary again. Then I'll be going on my family holiday to Caister and Great Yarmouth, which will be so nostalgic as we used to go there every year when I was really little, so I cannot wait to show my partner around the Haven site. I'm a little bit gutted though, as apparently Haven don't use Rory the Tiger anymore. Hashtag childhood ruined.

In September, I'll be going up north to Scotland visiting the beautiful Edinburgh and more again. Hoot the Redeemer is one bar I cannot miss out on, if you're visiting there or live near, you should definitely go! Fortune teller themed bar with cocktails and alcoholic ice cream, need I say more?
(If you do go, try and find my polaroid picture on the wall!)

I've got plenty of weddings to shoot also, with my photography business Revive Photographic, which is always exciting, and lots of collaborations for my blog and YouTube. I definitely want to do more videos, so check out my YouTube channel if you haven't seen it already - https://www.youtube.com/channel/StephLeaMead

Along with all of this, I want to go to a lot more local gigs and comedy nights to support small start ups. My friend Hana Brooks is doing a gig soon at a place in Daventry which will be awesome! You should watch out for her, as I know she'll be big soon. I'll share her music with you when she releases her EP, you'll love it.

Although I want to do all of this, and a lot more spontaneous things, I also want to save a lot of money as I'm going to America on holiday, visiting Disney World and Universal Studios at Halloween next year. Literally a rock in a hard place, I want to live my life and have fun all of the time, but I need to save for amazing expensive things like that. Can I just be given lots of money, please? Is this how it works? Sugar daddy, where are you? Eek, haha.
Until then, I'll just continue to spend money and panic and let my partner sort out finances. Me, running away from responsibilities? No, never...

Hope you liked this post and outfit of the day!
See you next time,
StephLeaMead X



Sunday, 10 February 2019

My Current Playlist! - Spotify ft. Ariana Grande, Dax, & The Libertines

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My Current Playlist! - Spotify ft. Ariana Grande, Dax, & The Libertines

So lets talk music! I don't think I've ever spoke about what songs or bands I'm into on here, apart from the obvious Amy Winehouse which I guess is quite a given considering I've got her face permanently marked on my body for eternity...
My taste is a bit of everything, depending on what I'm feeling, what I'm doing. Different genres fit different vibes, you know? Here's the main people and songs I'm listening to at the minute, in a blog post, just in case you were interested, or wanted to listen to different things.
I've created a Spotify playlist with all my current favourites on there, so if you have that and want to follow, or give my playlist a listen, here's the link and the widget to use on here!
https://open.spotify.com/user/1133337299/playlist/3DKeGsHaNzP5D3oALnRYTU?si=cfGTDsT3RIeJhhuz3Z5BiA



There's been two new albums which I've been absolutely loving recently as well, which is Ariana Grandes new one which she literally banged out in no time at all, called 'thank u, next' which is literally an album that I will listen to every track and not have to skip on any, which is somewhat unusual for me. 7 rings is such a sassy, girly song that I adore, and I've actually wrote my own version of this which I'm hoping to record for you guys soon, which will be fun!
thank u, next is another one that's amazing, which I'm sure you've all heard. The music video is just iconic, truly. Hearing her talk about this song in interviews is pretty raw too, especially the podcast she did with Zach Sang - seeing her get emotional was a bit heartbreaking. You all know the line about Mac Miller, yeah... Enough said, really... 

Another new album is one from an old favourite Bring Me The Horizon. The album is called Amo and medicine is probably the one I've listened to the most. Lyrically, it's just very relatable for me. Now apparently a lot of BMTH fans haven't loved this release, and I can understand why, it's not too similiar to their other albums. It does feel more pop, maybe even has a slight indie feel to it, but as a band and it's members grow, their music is bound to do the same. If you haven't heard it, give it a listen, even if you're not a fan of their older stuff you might feel this one.


Dax is a new rapper I've been into recently. I got introduced to him by my boyfriend who found him through KSI and Deji / Comedy Shorts Gamers bit of beef they had on YouTube (If you missed it, don't worry it wasn't that interesting haha, I'm sure it was just a play on media, which is smart tbh). Anyway, his story is quite interesting. He used to be a basketball player and it all went wrong somewhere down the line to no fault of his own, and now he raps and is killing it. He has this one song called Your Worth It or YourWorthIt.Org and it's an inspiring song for sure. I'm glad I've started listening to him!

Queen. Freddie Mercury, I don't even need to introduce anyone to him or them, they're Godly. I've always loved Queen, and I have my parents to thank for that, and the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody just properly cemented that in there for me. They were so ahead of their time, and I'm glad their sound continues to live on today. Love of my life is my all time favourite track, it has me weeping sometimes as I'm literally mourning him. The fact that I'll never see him live hurts my soul. Freddie will forever be in my top playlist, so if I do more of these blog posts, I'm sure this won't be their first and only mention!

In this playlist, I also have old but gold classics like Fleetwood Mac, The Animals, The Beatles, and The Clash. Because of Stranger Things, my little 13 year old sister loves The Clash, specifically Should I Stay or Should I Go, obviously. Proud big sister here! I love when popular TV shows like that introduce iconic music pieces to younger audiences, more of that please!
There's a few others in the playlist which you should check out up top, also if you know of any songs or bands that I should listen to, let me know! Always open to trying new things out.

I've also got a good friend who's releasing her music soon, so I'll be sure to share this with you guys, she's awesome!

See you in my next video and post, thanks for reading.
Have a lovely week!
StephLeaMead X


Tuesday, 29 January 2019

5 Facts You Might Not Know About Me - Tag

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5 Facts You Might Not Know About Me - Tag

Hey guys,
   Different type of blog post today, and it's a tag blog post (Hello era of MySpace, remember the Questions you'd do and tag people? I love it, I want to do YouTube tag videos now too!) and I got nominated to do this post by the gorgeous blogger Rachael from Style My Magpie. Click her name to read her post! She's an amazing jewellery blogger, and her pictures on Instagram are beautiful, she gives me ring and necklace envy whenever she shows us what she got from Regal Rose and Boho Dreamers, aesthetic on point.

So, here goes; Five things you may not know about me...

1. Both of my parents are disabled, and I was a Young Carer. 

I was my mum and dads first child, born in 1995, to John and Sharon. My mum has been blind and deaf since birth, also having no sense of smell. She's been through a number of heart and eye surgeries, looked after my dad and took care of me and my two younger siblings and tried to give us the best childhood even though she didn't have a good one. She's a strong woman, and I appreciate her so much.
My dad has brain damage epilepsy and dementia, and currently lives in a care home due to these illness'. He didn't have these disabilities from birth though, he unfortunately attempted suicide and due to this got brain damaged, and has deteriorated ever since.
By the way, this definitely isn't a negative thing; when I was a kid I didn't think anything of it, I was more than happy to help my parents anyway they needed me, whether that be helping mum read things, helping my dad off of the floor after an epileptic fit, changing my sisters nappies... I just assumed everyone did this sort of thing!

I joined Young Carers when I was 6 years old, which are a fantastic organisation who help Young Carers not feel alone in their situation. You get to meet other children like you, and go out on day trips to places your parents may not be able to take you due to their disabilities. They're a charitable organisation, and rely on donations and help. If you'd like to read about Northamptonshire Carers, click this link, you can also donate here: https://www.northamptonshire-carers.org/about-young-carers


2. I love playing video games, and Overwatch is my favourite...

So I used to be really into gaming when I was younger, and I adored Pokémon, Crash Bandicoot, Mario Kart and Sonic the best. Oh an not forgetting Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas, but I wasn't old enough to play, shh... I grew out of playing video consoles as I got older and my style changed, but got back into it when I got with my partner. I mainly play on the computer, but also have PlayStations, Nintendo DS and Switch and Game Boys.
I want to start playing more games that are similar to Overwatch, so if you have any suggestions I'd love to know them! Also if you play, it'd be fun to group up and play together - My Blizzard name is StephLea if you want to add me, let me know!
If, like me, you fell out of love with gaming but want to get back into it, it's worth looking on the website Latest Deals - they do what it says on the tin, finds you the latest deals, and there's great ones for consoles at the moment, especially PlayStation 4s. Click this link to see - https://www.latestdeals.co.uk/tags/ps4-pro
(It's not affiliate, I don't earn anything by you looking or buying, just sharing the knowledge)



3. I used to be a Christian, and was part of a cult?

If you live in Northamptonshire like me, or even other areas of the UK like Coventry or Sheffield, I'm sure you've heard of the Jesus Army. Now, they have a bit of a reputation, which I didn't fully believe until I was too far into it. I won't go too much into my experience of them here, that's a whole other blog post and/or video! But I will say it definitely tainted my perception of Christianity and religions on a whole.
At the time though, I classed myself as a God loving Christian, always reading my bible, praying and going to all of the churches meetings. I tried to abide by the ways, changing the way I dressed and not wearing make up as it was considered a sin to want to make yourself look 'nice' as it must be to attract boys and their wondering eyes, right?
Well, after what I experienced I am no longer religious. I'd put myself in the agnostic category, maybe spiritual? I'm into crystals, though I don't have solid beliefs on anything, I'm open minded...
I don't know if I would have stayed Christian if I was to have joined a different church, who knows, although I can safely say I'll never join a religious organisation with a front of community housing and 'love' again, that's for sure...

4. I've been a vegan for four years now...

Most of you probably know that I'm vegan, I'm not shy about it on Instagram anyway haha. I'm vegan primarily for the animals, and the health benefits and effect it has on the world is just an added bonus! I first went vegetarian, as I saw a video on Facebook of people watching a slaughterhouse video, and the look on their faces and the tears spoke volumes to me and I knew I could no longer eat murdered animals. Maybe if I had actually seen the video they were watching I would have gone vegan straight away? (or had a mental breakdown, hey hey)  I didn't even know what a vegan was until I noticed a lot of vegetarians gave up eggs and cheese as well and wondered why... Then I researched it and was so shocked, I gave it up... Not long after, my boyfriend, mum, and sister went vegetarian and vegan with me! I was so happy to have taught them and adore that they chose to do this for the animals too.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not the stereotypical vegan you hear about who always tells you they're vegan and 'forces' everyone around them to adopt the same lifestyle, I have plenty of friends who eat meat, but I will gladly help anyone who wants to look into it more!
A good place to start is by watching the documentary 'Earthlings' (the movie that turned my boyfriend vegan) or watching 'What The Health' on Netflix. 



5. I'm a wedding photographer and videographer!

Yep, I'm a photographer and videographer shooting mainly weddings, and I adore it! I love photographing all the little details of peoples big days, capturing the moment the groom sees the bride for the first time, and getting the crazy shots of the evening guests partying hard afterwards. Its definitely a tiring job, as you can be on your feet for more than 12 hours, constantly taking photos or filming, and sometimes dealing with Bridezillas! (I've not had many of them though, I'll admit, thankfully!) I'm really lucky that I get to do this alongside my best friend, my boyfriend. He owns the business, called Revive Photographic and if you want to check out our portfolio, or even contact us to do your wedding, party or even a portrait session, I'd love to hear from you!
See our Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/RevivePhotographic/


And that's it, five facts about me that you might not have known... Do you feel like you know me a bit better now?
Id love to do individual blog posts on some of these points, especially ones focused on my Christian life experiences, and what it was like to be a Young Carer... Let me know if you'd like to see these in a blog post or a YouTube video...

I'm going to tag a few bloggers to do this post as well, if they want...
First tag is to Jade at http://bowlerhatsandredlipstick.blogspot.com/
Check out her Instagram too - https://www.instagram.com/jadeypops88/

And then my beautiful Sharon at https://misscrazyworld.com/
See her Instagram at - https://www.instagram.com/shazza_young/

Also, I tag Jessica at http://www.heartshapedbones.com/
See her Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/heartshapedbonesx/

And lastly - Laura at https://its-character-building.com
See her Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/itscharacterbuilding/

Looking forward to seeing your posts, lovelies!
Thanks for reading,
StephLeaMead X

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Black Dress and Jumper OOTD with Mini Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen Film) Review

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Black Dress and Jumper OOTD with Mini Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen Film) Review

What I'm Wearing:
Black Chunky Buckled Heels - http://tidd.ly/c65c1453
Bershka Black Maxi Dress with Split - http://tidd.ly/e03a8b3a
ASOS Design Chain Pattern Tights - Similar here: http://tidd.ly/df6864d
Black Cable Knit Jumper - Similar here: http://tidd.ly/fd447a14
Striped Turtle Neck Top - Similar here: http://tidd.ly/6fe9ca7f
Black Faux Leather Belt with Ring Hoop - http://tidd.ly/44d122e3
Stackable Rings - Similar Here: http://tidd.ly/33b19aee

Here's my first outfit of the day of 2019! How's your year going so far?
Mines been pretty good, and it's my birthday next week (27th of January!) and I'll be the grand old age of 24 years. Feels very odd, but I feel like this year will truly be amazing. I'm happy. My mental health is improving so much, and I'm motivated. Feels weird to admit as I've had a lot of ups and downs in my little life, but that's a whole other blog post that I may write, or even film, soon...
Onwards and upwards, though! My amazing partner is taking me to see my favourite musical Wicked in the West End theatre in London, and I've wanted to do this since I was around ten years old, ever since being in a theatre show that did a homage to Wicked. We're also staying in a hotel in Camden, and we'll be eating all the tasty vegan food we can find. Temple of Seitan is the place we're most excited to try; if you haven't heard of it, it's like a vegan version of KFC. We're such junk food lovers, if you think vegans are 100% healthy me and Karl are living proof that this isn't always the case, haha.

SO, onto the fim / biopic of Freddie Mercury. My Bohemian Rhapsody review...
*Major spoiler alerts in this, so if you don't want it spoiled, go and see it. You'll love it!

First off, it's honestly incredible. I saw this film when it first came out in the UK in cinemas with my beautiful mum for her birthday, and not a single day has passed where I have not thought about this film. It was filmed and cast so very well, Rami Malek is just Godly. I may be biased as I love him as a person and actor anyway (Have you seen him in the Amazon show Mr. Robot? So so good) but he has an uncanny resemblance to Freddie, obviously after hair and makeup. He wore fake teeth to show off his overbite, and he method acted with these and wore them consistently throughout the filming period, even off of the set. Malek had Freddie's mannerisms down to an absolute T, the little facial expressions and sassy stances were on point. 

The film runs from just before he joined Queen, formerly the band was called Smile and Freddie was still called Farrokh Bulsara, and runs right through to the point the played Live Aid together on the 13th of July, 1985. You get to experience the moment he met the beautiful Mary Austin and where they broke up after realising he was gay, which was the scene that literally broke my heart and the first point in the movie I cried. It also shows the arguments between the band, and how they walked out on their record company when they didn't like the song Bohemian Rhapsody, stating nobody would 'get it' and radio stations wouldn't play it, which is funny to see as we obviously now know how bloody successful that was. Also the last key thing you see is Freddie telling Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor that he has Aids and won't live much longer right before they are due to perform their 20 minute set on Live Aid, and that is the part that absolutely broke me, the tears were fully flowing from then until the end, where they show actual photographs of Freddie and his then partner Jim Hutton with their cats. 

Honestly, whether you are a fan of Queen or not, I reckon you'll enjoy this film. I adore Queen and Freddie so I could be wrong as I'm definitely biased there, but it's such a beautiful story of love, homosexuality, fame, and music in itself. The film is still running in cinemas in some places, proving just how popular this is as it's been out for months, but I cannot wait until the film is released so I can watch again and again at home. I'm not the type of person who normally re-watches films at all, I rarely see the same film twice, but I feel like it's so legendary and iconic it will never ever get boring. 
I've not got one bad thing to say about this movie, the only negative thing I can say is that I wish there was more.

Let me know if you've seen it, and what you think!
Oh and if you haven't seen it already, I filmed a January Sales Haul and LookBook on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quxUKUQoMCQ
It's got the dress and boots from this post in it, along with other outfits!

Thanks so much for reading,
StephLeaMead X