Saturday, 19 January 2019

When in Doubt, go to the Library

Hi there,
Remember me? It's been an age since I've visited this little cornet of the internet. Between university and work, I seldom have time to wind down and write blog posts unfortunately. I assure you however, that I'm exactly as you left me; thriftaholic, bookworm, aspiring scientist and vintage aficionado. I'm back with another episode of my Manchester gallivanting chronicles; on this occasion it's a library!
I've always wished to take blog pictures in a library location and when my trusty amateur photographer and good friend Selma, who always rises to the occasion, agreed to accompany me, we ventured out on a little excursion to The John Rylands Library. John Rylands is one of those places I'd heard briefly mentioned in conversation or used as a landmark to reach a destination, yet despite having resided in Manchester for two decades, this was the first time I had set foot in it. This is one of the countless reasons I love this city so much; every day you observe another detail in passing, whether it be a dated building on a street you took a wrong turn into or an unusual gargoyle you walked past hurriedly everyday and only just noticed. I also love the seamless blend of dated and contemporary buildings and how these historical buildings aren't just there for appearance but have been incorporated into the cities daily functions, like universities, banks, local shops etc.  The John Rylands Library itself is a prime example of this, it came into being in 1900 and is the home to a vast collection of rare books and ancient manuscripts.  The interior with it's Hogwarts-esque grandeur, concentric arches, spiralling staircases, rows and rows of dated books and little nooks where students actually work in peace, is a treasure to behold.  The library has a magnificent, gothic period inspired appearance to it and the library threshold is like a portal to Hogwarts as I walked the halls and corridors of the library that Hermione Granger would undoubtedly approve of.

For all those who live in the proximity of Manchester, there is currently an ongoing exhibition at The John Rylands Library, called 'The Women Who Shaped Manchester', celebrating female pioneers such as the fierce Emmeline Pankhurst who with many others paved the way for generations of female votes with their tenacity and unwavering will. The exhibition is on until the 10th of March this year!

Skirt:  H&M
Turtleneck: Vintage
Bag: Zara
Brogues: Clarks

Monday, 11 June 2018

Channeling My Inner March Sister

Hello there my dear readers, 

The weather in Manchester has been truly magnificent over the past week, with my exams being long over it would be a crime to remain cooped up at home knowing how transient this sunny spell can be. I decided to go on excursion to one of favourite places to acquire affordable vintage clothing; the 'Vintage Kilo Sale' in the Northern Quarter. It attracts a number of students who are low on funds (exhibit A) or those who are simply seeking vintage steals, and is the source of some of my greatest finds ever.  I've never purchased a kilo's worth of clothing as the name suggests yet I always find a single, one of a kind item that utterly sweeps me off my feet. My outfit on this occasion is actually comprised of this dreamy number that I found last year whilst sifting through the rails at the kilo sale and I feel as though I've stepped out of the novel 'Little Women', especially when I have to hitch up my skirts!  The dress is admittedly several sizes too large and being the master procrastinator that I am I never got around to altering according to my fit, especially since I discovered that I could easily employ that useful little hack of cinching with a belt.
 I've paired the dress with my country-esque Topshop basket bag which I must admit I was initially dubious as to whether I'd get much wear out of as it isn't the most practical of bags however I've found myself reaching for it more and more as it establishes the March sisters vibe I've been going for lately. Once again I've incorporated my trusty Clarks t-bar shoes and finally adorned with a beautifully embroidered pendant, courtesy of my talented friend Selma who has the most delightful little Etsy shop called The Embroidery Shop. I've always coveted a little embroidered pendant, they are in my humble opinion the perfect little accessory to have at hand as it instantly infuses character to an otherwise simple white blouse.

Do you guys have a thrifted item that makes you swell with pride whenever you see it in your wardrobe?

Thrifted vintage dress 
Thrifted shirt
Clarks t-bar shoes
Topshop basket
Embroidered necklace c/o The Embroidery Shop ( Instagram )

Sunday, 27 May 2018

50 Facts about Me and Outfit Post!

Dear readers,

I recently featured an Instagram story poll to see whether people would be interested in seeing a 50 facts about me blog post and I received favourable responses .. so without further ado here goes:

1) My father is Turkish and my mother is Irish

2) I was born in Munich, Germany

3) I study Biomedical Science

4) My zodiac is Cancer, although the only traits I identify with are my tendency to be emotional and sensitive to any criticism thrown my way

5) I am a muslim

6) I'm a July baby, my birthday is Bastille day

7) I'm 5ft 1 and a half- the half really matters folks

8) I'm engaged to Zeki, whom I met through mutual friends 5 years ago whilst living in Turkey and we've been inseparable ever since.

9) He was the force behind this blog, I don't think I would have ever mustered up the courage to start a blog if it weren't for him

10) I'm bilingual; I speak German and Turkish fluently, though I cannot write well in either. Growing up I would forever lament about being different from all the other kids because I was exposed to German and Turkish TV and rarely had anything to contribute to playground conversations about British TV.  Several years down the line I'm so glad my parents didn't bow down to my tantrums

11) My life ambition is to learn Russian, I'm was captivated by modern Russian history at school and have been determined ever since

12) I have an insatiable sweet tooth and cannot physically resist chocolate (especially Cadburys whole nut and Yogurette)

13) If I could reside in one place for the rest of my life, it'd have to be Munich

14) I'm fascinated by East German history of the then German Democratic Republic and it would be a dream come true to visit the remnants of East Berlin

15) My favourite series is hands down Harry Potter

16) I'm a Ravenclaw

17) When I was younger, dad and I would embark on voyages to Turkey together. We'd travel throughout Europe and I must say I was a very well travelled ten year old.

17) I lived in Turkey for three years

18) The first film I ever watched in the cinema was Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone, I was five and it had been my turn to bring the year 1 teddy bear mascot home with me for the weekend and fill in the teddy bear's diary. The plan was for my mum to accompany me to the cinema however that plan fell through. I was utterly devastated as I had nothing noteworthy to write in the teddy's diary so my Turkish grandma despite her very little English at the time saved the day and took me in the end.

19) My favourite classics read is Little Women

20) I'm petrified of creepy crawlies regardless of what they are and how small they are. My personal living nightmare was when the bug man would make his annual visit to our school and make us pet his insects. I conveniently was always desperate for the toilet when it was almost my turn.

21) I have a phobia of bare feet touching

22) Under no condition will I ever watch horror movies...never have, never will. It's the ideal form of torture if you ask me

23) My music taste is fairly eclectic, it ranges from Arctic Monkeys to Selena Gomez

24) I can't whistle

25) I can't blow bubbles with chewing gum

26) I'm a skirts and dresses kinda girl

27) My guilt pleasure is to read a thesaurus. There I said it

28) I can be found in my pjs eating my weights worth in chocolate whilst reading Harry Potter

29) My all time favourite shows include Handmaids Tale, Friends and The Office

30) I can proficiently sew my own skirts and I'm still in process of learning to make dresses

31) My hamartia is that I brood over things. A lot

32) I am the emotional powerhouse of any friendship group...I literally generate enough emotion for everyone

33) I'm a very pick eater, I have a repertoire of foods that work for me and I don't stray from them

34) I personally take offence when people don't enjoy reading

35) I'm instinctually drawn to anything with a peter pan collar or has a check pattern

36) My ultimate style inspiration is my maternal grandmother, she was forever put-together and chic

37) I am easily distracted, I must have the concentration span of a five year old

38)  I couldn't be a minimalist even if my life depended on it

39) I was first introduced to the concept of vintage inspired clothing through the Modcloth style gallery when I was 16

40) I could eat pizza all day everyday

41) My diet is horrendous, I just don't care for fruit and vegetables

42) I'm truly terrible at sport. So much so that much to the relief of everyone, I used to always offer to be the defender for the losing netball team and observe the entirety of the game take place at the other end of the court.

43) Saying that though I'm fairly fast runner and would only be incorporated into teams for my speed ... lacking any kind of hand-eye coordination and game strategy, I was pretty much the Forest Gump of any team.

44) When I was younger my favourite night time read were the DK encyclopaedias; I used to own the general one, history,  plants and space.

45) No one can pinpoint my accent and the most farfetched suggestions have been Scottish, Irish or American

46) I am Sumeyye and I'm am thrift shopaholic, I live for the thrill of not knowing what I might stumble across on one of my thrift adventures.

47) Even though I consider myself a creature of habit, I'm surprisingly very adaptable and don't suffer severe culture shock or homesickness.

48) I value personal space and often like to embrace solitude so will often venture out on walks, go shopping, visit museums or go to the movies by myself. I have no shame in admitting I am my own best friend

49) I desperately need to go on a phone detox one of these days

50) I spent the last 20 minutes trying to think of another fact

Tell me something interesting about yourself!

Miss Patina Space Walking Jumpsuit/Playsuit
Thrifted Navy turtleneck
Clarks t-bar shoes
Ebay Chiffon hijab

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Six Things I've Learnt From Long Distance!

Dear readers,

It's been a while however I've returned after yet another lengthy hiatus with this blogpost which is a collaboration between my Zeki and I. I don't think i've ever gotten so personal before on a blog post so I am admittedly hesitant. If you follow me on Instagram you may be aware that my now fiancé and I embarked on a long distance relationship as of January last year. There's no way about it, long distance sucks and it's easy to wallow in melancholy at the trials and tribulations of it. However if you can look passed the obvious adversities, there are some things to be learned and gained from the experience. I'd just emphasise that each relationship is of course unique therefore our experiences aren't necessarily ubiquitous but I do nonetheless want to impart what we personally acquired from long distance. Ultimately, this post focuses on the silver linings of long distance, so without further ado...

Having a joint vision
One principle point that has guided our relationship through the distance is our joint vision and our trust in it as well as each other. When you and your partner have a joint vision with an end goal in sight whether that be seeing each other more frequently in the long run, moving in together or even getting married; you work as a team in striving towards making that goal a reality. There will be periods where there will be a paucity of time, where you won't be able to overcome the conflicting schedules and time zones. One thing that helped us cope was knowing that you as a couple, as farfetched as it may be, having paths that will eventually intersect and that your endeavours aren't in vain. This vision aided us in being able to empathise with each other, especially when we haven't been able to connect emotionally or mentally in a while. For us, that vision is marriage and God willing to spend the rest of our lives together.

Realising you've taken each other for granted
As cliche as it may sound, not having the liberty and luxury of seeing one another on a daily basis adds an element of appreciation to how you perceive each other. Especially since your main source of contact is dependent on frail internet connection. When even video-calls are difficult to arrange and meetings become scarce, you find yourself missing their company, their smell or voice, you picture how they would have responded to something you've seen or heard that day. It's those small simple things one longs for the most. You begin to appreciate every moment you spend together on the rare occasions you do actually see each other. I find that we exert more effort into making memories together than we did prior to long distance. Recently, I traveled to Turkey for my friend's wedding as well as to see Zeki's face for a week... you know, two birds with the one stone. During that week we utterly refused to be cooped up indoors and seized every opportunity to complete a pilgrimage of our favourite haunts as well as explore uncharted places.

Closing the distance 
Showing affection and making sure the other person knows how much they mean to you can be manifested in a plethora of ways whether that be vocally or as a gesture. To state the obvious, residing thousands of miles away from one another reduces your means of communication as they aren't compatible with the distance. Thus, to reduce the both literal and figurative distance between you, you have to be more expressive and invest more effort. Staying up an extra hour, reminding them how much they mean to you, sending care packages of their favourite treats when they least expect it speaks volumes and can really nurture a relationship, as schmalzy as it sounds. There's nothing more heartwarming than facing the daily grind by waking up to a heartfelt message or an adorable 'vlog' of what your other half has been up to!

'Save your arguments for the big ones'
Something my mother will time and time again reiterate  is to 'save your arguments for the big ones'. I admit I didn't fully appreciate this until I returned to Manchester. I am a hyper-sensitive, high strung and occasionally capricious person, with the inclination to become irked by matters and not address them in an effective manner which often results in matters blowing completely out of proportion. Long distance communication can be rife with misapprehensions and hurt if you aren't open about something that is troubling you. Disputes can't always be avoided however can often be resolved when two people sit down together and talk it through.  In long distance with the physical component being missing it really depends on you to communicate if something is on your mind, otherwise the other person remains oblivious and over time these things can accumulate leading to you either imploding or exploding. The aftermath of it can be even messier and difficult to salvage when meeting up to discuss matter and smooth things over isn't an option.  I've noticed that over the past year I've become increasingly selective and discerning about my arguments and will often immediately tell my other half if something isn't sitting right with me and in turn he has become much more responsive and in tune with my feelings. With time, the more this was practiced the more it was incorporated into our routine.

Successfully overcoming and combatting the hurdles within our relationship due to the distance, in turn has made our relationship as well as us more resilient to strain, failures and life events in general over the past year and a half. I find that I'm less discouraged when things don't go as anticipated and I'm more willing to dust myself off and start over which is something I wouldn't have been able to muster the courage to do beforehand. Long distance has also emboldened mfiancé in becoming even more determined to succeed in applying for his masters in the UK, regardless of the hindrances he faces.

Personal growth
In the absence of your significant other, you unsurprisingly have an abundance of time on your hands and an opportunity to improve qualities and skills you may already posses or you can broaden your repertoire by acquiring more. This doesn't mean that nothing gets done with your partner around, however in order not to brood over things which I have the tendency of doing when left entirely on my own, it's best to put that superfluous time to good use. This could be as simple as improving your photography skills, to taking up a hobby, to recommencing education. With the amount of time I've spent on my own in the past year and a half I've managed to immerse myself into a diverse number of self improvement projects; I've started university again, I've learnt how to sew (there's a blogpost dedicated to that), I've opened up an Etsy shop and I've become an active reader once more.

Outfit details

Dress: Marks and Spencer Constellation dress:
Velvet mary jane shoes: Mango
Chain clutch bag: Accessorize
Chiffon hijab: Ebay
Arm candy: Zeki

Friday, 2 February 2018

Outfit Post: Where I Acquire My Clothes featuring My Classic Novel Tote Bag!

Hello there my dear readers,

I come to you today with some of my a curated list of where I acquire my clothes. I think it's safe to say that I have a passion for shopping (euphemism for problem more like) and will happily ramble on fervently about style and decades to anyone who will listen. Therefore it should come as no surprise that I'm fairly eclectic about the sources of my most worn and cherished items.
The shops that I find myself again and again gravitating towards and which cater for my style and budget are:

Zara: Where to begin, I discovered Zara when I was 18, I happened to be passing by and curiosity got the better of me as I'd heard of it often but associated the store to beyond my student budget. It was towards the end of the January sales and I emerged from the shop, proudly clutching a bag containing 3 midi skirts costing me a total of £20. Thus began my love affair with Zara and its sales which perpetuates until this very day.

Mango: Admittedly I'm not drawn to multiple items at a time in Mango however each season there will always be the one item that captures my attention entirely! 

H&M: I rely heavily on H&M for my affordable basics, more specifically for my opaque chiffon shirts which have proven to be so versatile that I've amassed one in every colour they supply!

Charity Shops: They're a hit and miss, but I love the uncertainty and element of surprise to rummaging through the masses of frogs and squealing with delight when I encounter a beautifully made vintage skirt or cosy jumper!

Depop: I discovered Depop properly last September and it has been an absolute game changer! It's an app for buying and selling clothes that have been previously owned. Via Depop I can access items that have seasonally discontinued or even current items that are beyond my budget range for a much much discounted affordable price. For instance I have recently acquired the adorable Miss Patina Space Walker Jumpsuit in pristine condition for £17 from a seller who had second thoughts, similarly I was miraculously able to snag the Miss Patina Cat Collar Shirt that I've coveted for the longest time for £14 (yes I'm very pleased with myself)! Feel free to follow my Depop @vintagonista!

Dressmaking: Over the past year I have become increasingly more self reliant when it comes to my clothing and accessories. Unless it works out to be more costly than the retailing version of an item, I will proceed to fashioning my own! There's something so satisfying about being able to wear something that you have created and are the sole owner of. I have also recently started catering to a larger audience with my dressmaking which brings us on to my final source of obtaining clothes...

Etsy: Etsy is the home to all things quirky and made with love! I've currently begun selling reversible tote bags in an array of themes; if you're a literature/classics aficionado, a mathlete, a photography enthusiast or just an appreciator of quirky tote bags, then I highly recommend you give my Etsy shop a browse! Depending on demand more bags will follow with themes such as music, cacti and rabbits! As a means of giving back, 10% of proceeds go to Amnesty in the hopes to make with world a more humane and just place! Feel free to follow my shop and remain updated on new arrivals!

My classic novel bag is featured in today's outfit post for you guys to behold in all it's glory!


Outfit details: Handmade Etsy bag, Zara coat, plaid wool skirt made by me, Zara embroidered peter pan collar bluse and Clarks brogues!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Handmade Novelty Tote Bags!

Hi there folks! So I've returned from the woodworks to announce that I've set up an Etsy shop selling handmade novelty tote bags, makeup bags and pencil cases! Should my venture be successful I hope to branch out to custom dressmaking orders!

My first listing is this beautifully crafted, applique, classic literature novel librarian tote bag! I'd also like to state that 10% of all proceeds will go to Amnesty!

My second bag for sale is this quirky vintage camera print  and gingham reversible tote bag!

Thirdly, this math calculation print tote bag for all the mathletes out there!