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Goals, milestones and me

Monday, 9 March 2020
Shirt: Vintage, Jeans: Thrift flipped levis Dino Socks: Tesco

Hi, my name is Julia and I am at the start of an existential crisis. Currently I am studying a masters in history, a nice extension of my undergraduate degree since I enjoyed studying so much. Less contact hours, but still fulfilled by the same mind set I have had for the past 10 or so years I’ve spent in education. Work towards goals and particular milestones either in life or the school year; there is always something to do or look forward to in the academic year. A point to strive towards. The loss of this idea genuinely terrifies me.

My Journey To A Sustainable Period

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Disclaimer: The period product props in these I already had
and didn't buy just for the post

Hello and welcome back to the blog, today I’m gonna be chatting about something we all are well accustomed with, or rather should know more about owing to the pitfalls of the PSCHE classes offered in schools… That’s right periods! I know this topic was ignored as much as sex education was growing up, but I distinctly remember the boys being allowed to go out and play football when as girls we had to sit in the classroom to learn about our menstrual cycles. As a disgruntled 10 year old all I wanted to do was go out and play football, on the other hand as a disgruntled 21 year old I feel that boys should be included in all sex education lessons so there is a greater awareness of periods. Not shading all men, but some are downright clueless when it comes to periods.

Valentines: Sh*t I am loving at the moment

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Okay so this post wasn’t really a planned one, though for once I have a list of pre-planned posts I just need to write out. (Shocking for anyone that knows me, you know I’m chaotic and as disorganised as they come). Today’s post was just a spur of the moment decision to share about some of the random things I’ve been loving recently. There’s not really any reason or categorisation to these things, just the idea that they spark joy. None of them will be getting the boot at this time if I ever decide to Marie Kondo sort my mind and life. I’m hoping this comes across as a nice chat with coffee or wine with how it reads but who knows if I will actually succeed in this aim. Plus I thought sharing it today had the added bonus of appealing to all you lovers out there since tomorrow is the big V-day. Enjoy your dates and hopefully this post of what I've been enjoying lately. As always I’m starting to ramble so here are some of the things that I have been enjoying recently. 

Sustainable fashion and me

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Apologies for the short intermission in scheduled posting, but last week I didn’t have a post pre-written and had very little motivation due to a little mental health slump. The only day I had a small semblance of energy was Friday, and I really was not in the mood to post on the same day as leaving the EU. Instead on Friday I chose to watch Miss Americana on Netflix, which of course made me cry as I cry an nearly anything, but I really recommend it. It’s great to see a documentary that shows the story behind the manicured concerts and tours, especially one about such a high profile celebrity.

Anyway, once again I have gotten off topic in the opening paragraph and the entire above section has almost nothing to do with the actual post.. I could easily delete it from the content since unlike youtube, it won’t make everything look a little choppy but I’m going with it. Today I’m going back to the goals post, specifically how I’m trying to be more sustainable in regards to fashion and purchases. Recently I read a really good post over at Jenny’s blog about a year of sustainablefashion, and it got me thinking over how I could achieve my ‘environmental’ goals through clothes.

Review: The Five (Hallie Rubenhold)

Thursday, 23 January 2020

‘Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become more famous than any of these women’ -Hallie Rubenhold

The Five: The untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper
Author: Hallie Rubenhold
Genre: Non-fiction
Length: 348 Pages (not including the notes, index or bibliography)

The Victims of Jack the Ripper were never “just prostitutes”; they were women. They were human beings.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales.
They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888.

I heard about this book whilst I was at university last year, ever since it had been on my to read list but I never got around to purchasing it. Fastforward a few months to me opening it on Christmas day. I knew it had to be my first book to read of 2020.

Rubenhold does not dwell on their murders as most do, Ripperologist accounts focus only on the night of their demise and nothing more. These accounts are so caught up in the hunt for the still masked killer that the women are forgotten, this isn’t the case for the five though. The central premise of her account rests upon this, that disproportionately research is still based around the notorious killer rather than the women he killed.

Even now it is assumed that all 5 victims were prostitutes, anonymous and victims to the London east end. Rubenhold dispels this myth, revealing that only 2 of the 5 women murdered were actually part of the sex trade. Her in-depth research instead shows what really tied the women together is the double standard of the era in which they lived, as at some point in their lives all 5 women suffered at the hand of a man.

The research into these women’s lives is drawn from censuses amongst a vast number of other sources to retrace the lives of these women up until the night of their deaths. What I loved about this was that is all we do as a reader, you walk with the woman until she goes to bed and that is it. By walking the women to the last point of wakefulness we take the power away from the actions of the killer, the focus is no longer on how or why, but rather who he killed. Where sources are thin, Rubinhold draws sensible conclusions, leaving the reader with a continual but deeply moving narrative.

Overall Verdict:

The book is split into different sections for each woman killed so I found myself reading it over a few days rather than racing through it. I just had to stop and think for a little bit after each story, just thinking of how their lives may have been different if the world had been just a little kinder or easier. I loved this book though, finally the women who fell victim to Jack the Ripper have been given a voice.

The tales are never sentimental, but deeply empathetic with how Rubenhold has framed the lives of each woman. I found this book incredibly gripping and easy to read, making it feel much more like a piece of fiction rather than non-fiction. The conclusion she draws sat with me, I finished the book yesterday but am still reeling from everything she said. This is a book I think everyone should read, deeply moving and a story that needs to be heard especially now.

If I were to give it a star rating which I did on my goodreads, it is an instant 5 for me.

Have you read the five? What did you think of it?

My Goals Going into 2020

Wednesday, 15 January 2020
It’s probably a little late in the year to start one of these posts, but as we are still in January I thought I would give it a shot. As someone who doesn’t and never has kept a diary, I thought I would maybe take a chance to write some of my goals for the year down here instead. I’m hoping that by writing them down they are more likely to come into fruition, in that I will actually stick with them. Not that I am one to give up easily, just someone who dwells on a hell of a lot of what ifs. A bad habit I know, one that I should probably try and break. So anyway, the goals. I was thinking about splitting them into categories as a way of rationalising them to myself and not just setting goals that feed into each other to only really achieve one thing.

Five Feminist Musicals To See

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Musicals aren’t something we all love, but they are something I love. Ask any of my friends and they can tell you that there is always at least one musical track in my spotify discover weekly every week. I don’t have a full-on obsession with them as I did with anything on tumblr back in 2013, they are just a constant love of mine. So today, I thought what’s better than my love of musicals? Combining it with another cause dear to me. Feminism. There are some great shows that showcase female talent and bring themes more into a modern era than before and I thought I’d share them today. 

4 Things You Don't Know About Me

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

This is probably the most cliché first post to publish on here but we are going with it since I think an introductory moment is always a good way to go. After all, the whole idea of a blog is sharing your interests and opinions. What I want is this to be a space where I can share pieces of writing that aren’t written with an academic audience in mind. Since this is my first post you know literally nothing about me, but as this is my second attempt at blogging some of you may have read some of my pieces from there. Even with that information, I don’t think my blog revealed a lot about me. This the blog post no one asked for, but you can (hopefully) enjoy anyway since it’s the first one. I promise content will get more original and better as I go, but for now here’s the four facts.