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Monday, 1 September 2014

Camden Town Giveaway

full blue dress
bow tie
crystal skater dress 2
September always feels like the beginning of a new year to me - I guess it's because of all those years spent at school and uni, then I went straight into a job teaching that began in September. So this is only the second September that I haven't been starting a new term back somewhere, I'm just carrying on, and it still feels strange! So, I thought I might start September with something different, so I've got a giveaway for you to say hello again!
You may or may not have noticed a little button has appeared over in my sidebar for Camden Town with the slogan "Unique items by independent designers". As I keep mentioning, I'm constantly on the look out for independent brands and designers rather than giving all my money to the high street, and this site seemed the perfect match for me at this time. I'm going to have a review up soon featuring something from their site, but I wanted to kick off to give you all a chance to win a £20 voucher to their shop. The site is inspired by London's infamous Camden Town; it serves to showcase creative talent for designers from the UK and worldwide. I've picked out a few of my favourite pieces to show you here, but enter the giveaway and you could be in with a chance of getting one of your own. There are plenty of fashion items for women and men (which are what I've shown most of, this being a style blog after all!) as well as accessories and homeware including art (like the little penguins below), furniture and lights. Everything definitely has a unique and quirky feel to it, and I'm very excited to be introducing it to you!
So, enter the giveaway below with the Rafflecopter widget - it only requires you to follow Camden Town on Twitter and Facebook, but there are other options too for you to get more entries. Good luck!
lotus skirt
penguin huddle
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Green Dress

Green ASOS pencil dress
I talked a bit in my last post about how I was having problems with blogging lately - not feeling good enough with my pictures and forgetting why I blog in the first place. This set of outfit photos is one of the ones that I looked at and didn't want to post, despite actually really liking the outfit in real life. It was a combination of most of the pictures being unflattering because the dress had ridden up and was bunched around my waist, as well as being slightly creased after a day at work wearing it, plus being in the boring location of my back garden with a horrible fence in the background. But I've decided to post them anyway - okay, I did pick the better ones that were more flattering, but I wanted to bear in mind why I do this. I like writing (even if it is always about myself and just what I'm wearing, however shallow that might seem!) and I like having a documentation of what I wore and what I did. If I'm trying to remember what happened at a certain point in my life in the last few years, I can always look back on my blog and see that, so I want to be able to get back to that again. Plus I want my blog to be real - in the past, my pictures weren't always flattering (please don't look too far back - some are awful!!) but they were always real, right back to the time they were taken, uncropped and unedited, in the kitchen of my Newcastle flat, with the bin in the corner - classy! In reality, it doesn't matter if my dress is slightly creased - I've sat in an office all day and travelled to and from work by the time I'm taking pictures - and it doesn't matter really matter if other people will like them or not, because it's my blog.
Green pencil dress & heels
Workwear green dress
Okay, done now with all that I think! I suppose I should probably move onto the outfit part of this post now! A very ASOS outfit (again!), and it was even more so during the day at work as I was wearing a cropped cardigan from ASOS over the top too! I bought the dress a few months ago and kept it hidden in the wardrobe for a while thinking it was more of an evening/going out dress, but decided it the end it was no good just leaving it there, so pulled it out for work. I like the pencil shape, although it is pretty clingy, and the neckline is unusual. They had several different colours, and since I don't usually go for green, I thought it would be something different in my wardrobe.
I went shopping with my sister at the weekend - I've been sticking quite well to the resolution I made to buy more classic pieces from independent brands, and I've cut back quite a lot on impulse buying from high street stores. But I'm never going to give up on that completely! I'm on the look out at the moment for a good autumn/winter coat - I know it's early, but it can't hurt to start looking! In reality, my ideal one would be this Miss Selfridge one from last year with it's full skirt and fur cuffs and collar, but I also really like simplicity like this one from Esprit. I didn't find anything similar in any of the shops we looked at over the weekend, so I'm maybe still a bit early for a winter coat. I did buy a cardigan from Dorothy Perkins and pair of sparkly heeled jelly shoes from New Look that were on sale for only £5! Okay, that was a bit of a crazy impulse buy, but at £5 I couldn't say no, could I?!
In other news, I've just come back from a long weekend trip to the Peak District with Charley, Frankie and Ben which included vintage shopping, eating original Bakewell Puddings, a trip to Chatsworth and our own Come Dine With Me competition! I think I'm going to do a couple of separate posts on the trip actually because I want to show off Chatsworth, which was amazing, and the cute vintage shop in Bakewell, so that's to come soon!
Hope you've all had a great weekend!
Green dress with ASOS heels

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Old Wives Tail: Argan & Rosemary Organic Oil Treatment Review

A quick note before I get going today: I realise I've only posted once during August, and really I haven't got that much of an excuse aside from the fact that we've opened up a new department at work that we've been working really hard on. It means I'm spending a lot of time looking at blogs, thinking about blogs, emailing bloggers, and at the end of the day, I just want a break from blogs and looking at a little computer screen! As I said though, it's not that much of an excuse, I'm just lazy. I've also had a bit of a blog identity crisis that I think a lot of us are going through at the moment. I've had this blog for more than 4 years now, it's been through uni, graduation and 2 jobs with me, and it's evolved and changed with me. I read this post Charlotte wrote the other day about becoming more self conscious in blogging, and I've definitely done that. My posts are now only ever written when they have a good set of outfit photos to go with them - I've even got a few sets of outfit photos that in the past I wouldn't have thought twice about posting, but now I'm reluctant to put them up because I'm not sure they're "good enough".
So, I think there might be a little bit of a change around here from now on - I'm going to try not to be a super perfectionist, I'll post what I want to, when I want to, and it won't necessarily be outfit posts all the time. I've never thought of myself as a "fashion blogger", more of a "lifestyle" and "personal style" blogger, but outfit posts became my most popular at some point, so I stuck with those. They're not always what I want to do though, but I feel a bit stuck in them. My posts don't have to have perfect pictures, and hopefully they won't have so much rambling because I'll be posting more frequently!
Old Wives Tale Rosemary & Argan Treatment
Right, onto this post now! I was contacted by an independent organic hair care company called Old Wives Tail recently to try out their products. I'm not that big on beauty, but Old Wives Tail sounded like the type of thing I'd go for, so I decided to have a look around, and I liked what I saw. You might remember back in January I decided I wanted to try to support more independent and British brands; at the time, I was referring to clothing, but I've come across a few beauty brands (including one on a market stall in York where I bought a lot of presents and a lip balm for myself) that are independent and made more locally to me than half way round the world.
Old Wives Tail drew me in when I read that they donate 10% of their profits to charities against animal testing and that their products are chemical free and environmentally friendly. I don't pretend to I know a lot about these topics, but I do know that a lot of work and passion must be put into a company to hold these high standards. I also loved that the About page has a proper back story - you really get a feeling of why the brand was set up and how much it means to the owner, using an old family recipe for the hair care products that's been tried and tested through the generations.
Old Wives Tail Oil
The company has several different types of hair treatment, and searching through the product page I made my decision based on the ingredients (what I thought would smell nice!) and what the product does. In the end I settled on the Argan & Rosemary Organic Oil Treatment which promises to nourish, condition and protect thick and unruly hair. The other treatments include ones for hair loss and to promote hair growth, which I decided I definitely don't need - I think my hair has grown at least 8 inches over the past year, so I don't need help with that! My hair is crazily thick though, even though it might not look it, I'm always subject to cries of terror from hairdressers when they realise just how much of it they have to get through - a hair appointment for me will generally take double the amount of time it does for anyone else! But keeping my hair in good condition is important to me, even if it is usually messy because I haven't had the time to sort it out!
The treatment came in a little tub (100ml) which costs £13.99. It may seem expensive on first glance, but remember that this is an organic treatment, made to a specific recipe and is high quality. Most of the other oil treatments on the site appear to be liquid and "oily" (if that makes sense!), whereas this one is more of a solid consistency and is opaque. The smell in the tub is lovely - it's natural and fresh, and you can definitely smell the rosemary. This will sound silly, but I have to tell you anyway - when I was younger I had a horse called Bertie, and we used to put an oil treatment on his hooves to keep them in good condition - essentially this smelled like that to me! And I promise, this isn't a bad thing because I liked the smell of that - it was interesting to be reminded of it in this way though!
You apply the treatment to damp hair, then leave for at least an hour. I ended up wrapping my oiled up hair in a carrier bag on my head while I had my tea, because that's just the way I work. I then washed it out with shampoo and conditioned the ends as usual.
hair
So, how did it do? In the past I've used cheap oil treatments (ie. the one you pick up at the tills in Primark for £1) that haven't made the tiniest difference to my hair. I've also tried coconut oil, but I used far too much and didn't have long enough to wash it all out, so ended up having to go to choir with an greasy mess on my head. So I wasn't really expecting groundbreaking results on the first use with this, but I'm pleasantly surprised with the effects I did have. Okay, it didn't turn my hair into glamorous supermodel locks, but it definitely did have a bit more shine and was softer the next morning, staying less frizzy and knotty during the day too. It was easier to brush, especially since my hair gets tangled so easily, and had more of a sheen. I was worried that the smell of rosemary might stick too much and be overpowering, but it actually at first seemed to disappear when I washed it out, and there was a faint aroma left on my hair, but nothing too much and I like it. Above are pictures from the evening after I'd used the treatment after a day at work - you can see kind of how crazy thick my hair is there, but also that it turned out shiny and smooth.
I'm planning to use the treatment again (obviously, I still have plenty left!), and I imagine the results will only get better with use. You can also use very small amounts to make your hair more manageable after blow drying, or you can leave it on overnight wrapped in a warm towel for hair in bad condition. To be honest, I probably wouldn't sleep if I did that, but I may try leaving it on for a few hours before rinsing sometime too since I've recently bleached my ends. Overall, better than all the hair oil treatments I've used in the past, in terms of smell and results, and I definitely like the feel of the company as a whole - I'd recommend them to anyone looking for organic hair treatments, and I'd definitely try out their other products in future too - think I've found a new favourite!
Old Wives Tail Oil Treatment

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Book Reviews: July 2014

July Book Reviews
Another sorry state of books to review this month since I seem to be stuck in a rut of books that I get "stuck" on (like last month) - I can report that I only really enjoyed reading one out of these three which was very disappointing, especially as the two I couldn't get into seemed to have very interesting storylines and good reviews - must just be me!
In real life, I've been pretty busy recently and my spare time has either been spent on my new sewing hobby, which takes longer than expected due to cats who like to eat fabric. I'm pleased to report that the dress I talked about in that post is finally finished as of last weekend! Only....4 months later! I sort of put it off because of the bad memory of Belle ingesting my lining, made a few more skirts and half a playsuit (this is becoming a theme...) in the meantime, then thought I should probably just get on with it and finish it. I stocked up on about a thousand zips since Jaycotts had a sale on them, plus a few bits and pieces such as seam rippers that were necessary (and another pattern, which was not...), so I had a zip ready to go for it, and finished the dress within the day. Although that seam ripper certainly did come in handy when I attached the skirt inside out to start with, but we won't talk about that right now.
Work life is also busy in that my role has changed slightly, meaning a very busy start of the month for me, and so home time has generally meant down time not spent in front of a computer screen. I promise, I am still wearing clothes though (obviously...just not photographing them!), and I'm also reading, although getting "stuck" on certain ones, as we are about to find out...

One of Us by Tawni O'Dell - 5/10 (Kindle version)
As with many of the books I read and review, this one came from NetGalley where I was promised it was a "masterfully told thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl". As you know, anything described that way is usually a winner for me (I reviewed it here), and have chosen other books in the past due to their parallels to it (such as Dear Daughter which I reviewed and loved here). This, however, did not live up to the claims at all for me. Sheridan "Danny" Doyle, a famous forensic psychologist, returns to his hometown, a mining town, where many years ago a band of rebellious Irish miners, the Nellies, were executed, as his grandfather is ill. He arrives to the scene of a murder at the infamous gallows where the Nellies were killed, and is drawn into solving the mystery. I did almost understand where the parallel was being drawn to Gone Girl, with the back end of nowhere town feel and some twisted creepy characters, but to me it wasn't the same. I occasionally felt a bit like scenes and details were unnecessary to the overall plot, and I'd figured everything out by the time I reached the end which was annoying as I like a surprise. It was the type of book I ended up having to push through to reach the end of, sort of enjoyed the ending, then promptly forgot about. The mystery itself might have been good had there not been too much unnecessary stuff going on (more than just red herrings). Not a bad storyline, and there was some well executed writing in it, but not for me in the end.

A Song For Ella Grey by David Almond - 9/10 (available 2nd October)
From the moment I read that this was a story based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, I knew I was going to like this book (if you don't remember, Classicist over here!). It's a tale I know well, with my dissertation based around Persephone, Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries, so I'm well versed in everything Persephone. Then I realised it was set in the North East, and I was sold. The story follows Claire and her best friend Ella Grey in their final years of school in Newcastle. Their friendship group heads to the sands of Northumberland to camp for a few nights where they meet Orpheus, a strange boy who seems to wander the countryside with his music. They are all enthralled, but none so deeply as Ella, who, unable to be there, hears his voice over the phone, and falls in love. Yes, a cheesy love story of teenagers, but told so beautifully. We know from the start, not just from the well known tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, that something tragic will happen, so all the reader needs to do is wait until Ella is taken away from him, and he makes the treacherous journey to the Underworld to find her.
While this is sold as a book for children, I would definitely go more towards YA and would definitely recommend it to adults too. I've read criticisms of the writing, but I feel like it fitted perfectly with the dreamy quality the story had and was reminiscent of the writing style of my familiar Greek myths. Of course, I loved reading about familiar places of the North East, even names of places a couple of minutes walk from where I lived in Newcastle, and the group camping on the sands below Bamburgh Castle. The descriptions were fitting and beautiful; one especially that stuck with me was "the transfigured North" as they wish the North to become the Greece of their dreams. The book flits the line between real and mythical, which is a combination I'm never going to say no to. Basically, I really enjoyed this book - the writing, the story, the setting all came together perfectly to give me what I'm looking for in a book.

Dead Men's Bones by James Oswald - 4.5/10 (Kindle version)
I was promised great things again with this book, and thought it would be a good quick read, as I tend to get through detective and mystery thrillers quite quickly, but I found this to be fairly disappointing in the end. This is part of the Inspector McLean series (#4 to be precise), but reading reviews, I was ensured I wouldn't feel lost by not having read the others. I didn't exactly feel lost, but I felt I would have had a bit of a deeper connection with the characters had I read the other novels first.
Inspector Tony McLean, returning to work after an injury, is put onto two cases - that of a prominent MSP (Scottish MP - took me a while to figure that one out!) who has murdered his wife and two little girls before turning the gun on himself, and that of the naked body of a man, covered head to toe in recently done tattoos. The pressure on him to reveal the truth behind both cases becomes heavier as the book goes on, but unfortunately I found there were an excess of unnecessary things going on, conversations, for example, that just made me forget what exactly was happening before they started talking. It took me ages to get to a part of the book that started to interest me, but still, there was a lot of back and forth going on. In the end, I never even got the answers I really wanted, and felt a disappointed that not everything was properly explained - there were a lot of factors that could have been explored in a lot more depth rather than focusing on trivial things.
This book had excellent reviews on Goodreads, and I definitely feel in the minority that it didn't speak to me. The storyline had promise, but didn't resolve well enough for my liking or for the style of the book which was along the lines of one which usually gives a good explanation at the end. There were some good characters, but I have to say, the most interesting bit of the mysteries going on in the book that I wanted to find out about was the mystery illness that had struck McLean's colleague. I probably wouldn't recommend this on, but I would be interested in trying another James Oswald book in future to see why the reviews were so positive.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Date Night Much?

Hell Bunny Cordelia Poppy Dress
Menswear - Hawes & Curtis shirt
Ben and I aren't the best at doing "Date Nights" - to be honest, we'd probably rather stay in with one of the Finest meal deals from Tesco or cook something ourselves like steak and chips. There's also the fact that Ben doesn't like films, so the cinema is out of the question - he just can't sit still for that long, if we watch a film at home, he'll wander off to clean the kitchen or start brewing some beer or something half way through. Occasionally though, usually when I decide that I no longer want to eat what we've decided to have for tea because I'm fussy like that, we'll go out for a meal. And sometimes, it's your 6 year anniversary and you decide that since you haven't got each other presents, you should probably do something to mark the occasion and go out for a meal.
So a couple of weeks ago, it was our 6 year anniversary, as Facebook so kindly reminded me with a veritable feast of photos of us together in various places, and we decided to go out for tea, and of course, I had to dress up. Strangely enough though, you may notice in these photos that the background looks a bit different in Ben's photos to mine, despite the outfits being what we wore that night - it's like Spot the Difference, have fun! That's actually due to the fact that my outfit was, ahem, reworn but with these heeled sandals about a week later, actually for another night at the same pub (#oops). As you might remember, my last "real time" outfit post (as opposed to one I'd forgotten to post for weeks) explained about my sprained ankles - hence the lack of heels the first time, and the fact that we were running late so we didn't bother to do pictures of my outfit. But anyway, onto the outfits before I go into a little more detail about why I disappeared again for a couple of weeks, and Ben is up first...
Menswear - Hawes & Curtis shirt
Menswear - Hawes & Curtis shirt
Chinos: Clothing at Tesco
Canvas Shoes: Clothing at Tesco
Ben likes nothing better than to make fun of the amount of parcels I receive and turn up from work hauling - sometimes these are things that I've ordered, sometimes they're things I've been sent to review here and there, sometimes they're even for him, but he thinks it's hilarious. But recently, a box shaped parcel arrived and, as usual, I wondered what I'd managed to order and forget about. In fact, this one turned out to be for him! A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Hawes & Curtis who offered me a shirt to review on the blog. At first I scrolled through the women's section, having a look at whatever caught my eye. But then I realised, I don't exactly wear shirts, and I haven't done since the traumatic experience of having to wear button up shirts every day at school and having to deal with either huge gaping gaps in between buttons over the bust or a ginormous shirt draping the rest of my body to keep everything else covered (okay, not quite "traumatic", but it wasn't nice). Generally, I don't wear shirts because, well, I have a pretty awkward bra size and body shape (which I think is pretty normal actually, but apparently clothes designers don't!), so squeezing these ever expanding 28Gs into shirts doesn't usually go down well with me. 
Right, enough about my body shape, and onto the rest of the story. So I decided that with the range of fabulous men's shirts Hawes & Curtis stocked, surely I'd be able to find something Ben liked instead, and the lovely people at the company agreed that they'd like to see him in one of their shirts too. So that's how Ben ended up with a very smart shirt for free and was very pleased with himself. 
As I said, it arrived in a fancy box looking very expensive, and Ben thought I was amazing, being able to get him such an awesome shirt. The quality of the shirt is really outstanding too, being a nice soft cotton but at the same time is pretty sturdy. We were also impressed with the little thingies that go in the collar (what are these called?!) to keep it stiff. I picked him a short sleeved one as it was slightly more casual, but it can also be worn with a tie (not that Ben would...) to smarten it up a little. And as it turned out, the shirt wasn't anywhere near as expensive as the quality suggested, only priced at £25 at the moment! He's now deciding which one he should buy next off the site!
Hell Bunny Cordelia Poppy Dress
Hell Bunny Cordelia Poppy Dress
So, onto my outfit! As I said, these were taken on a separate day to Ben's photos but the only difference was the shoes I wore - I'd worn flats the time before because of the sprained ankles. So, a little more on that is below the last set of photos, because I ramble, and you might not be bothered to read it all! 
I'm so pleased with this dress - I saw Modcloth had one of their sales on, so decided to take a look and came across this dress, which I discovered is by Hell Bunny even though it's not clear on the site. In the sale, it was reduced to the same price in $ as you can buy it in £, as in, it was $43.99 but is still £43.99 on all the UK sites (which is nearly $75 for reference), so I decided to go for it! Then I remembered that I had a $50 from last time I'd shopped with Modcloth - they'd had an issue, taken my money, then realised the order hadn't gone through and everything was out of stock. As an apology I'd got the voucher, so I basically got the dress for free, since I had to pay shipping. I'm so pleased because it's gorgeous. I've even gone a bit over the top and worn it to work, and got told by two people, Ben and a guy at work, that I looked Spanish in it - definitely can't be a bad thing!
Oh and final thing, I've changed my hair a bit, can you tell?! I ombred the ends again; last time I was at uni! Last time I had darker and shorter hair - I guess I must have had some dye on it to get it that colour as it's mostly about its natural colour (aside from the ombre) now. I used a L'Oreal Preference Ombre Kit which seemed a lot better. It came with a little brush for spreading the bleach evenly through my hair, and this time I left it on solidly for the maximum recommended time of 45 minutes rather than washing it out to see the colour then reapplying a bazillion times every 20 minutes. You can still tell my hair is impervious to bleach as it hasn't made a huge amount of difference, even though it was on the max recommended time, but I think it looks a lot more natural and I really like it. I'd also curled my hair this evening, but the curls had already dropped out mostly at this point, but it looks nicer than my usual scruffy but straight hair (it's just scruffy but slightly wavy/curled instead!)
Hell Bunny Poppy Dress
Hell Bunny Cordelia Poppy Dress
Onto the ankle story then! As you know, I sprained both my ankles running somehow - one wasn't too bad, the other was pretty bad. Due to the fact that both were injured, I ended up going round in circles a little bit, trying to use one more than the other and hurting it more so swapping to the other. I ended up having to work at home for a while because I simply couldn't use the clutch in the car - the first time I attempted it, I ended up stalling multiple times before I'd even left our lane because my ankle was so sore and weak. Anyway, one got better more quickly than the other, but I've still got a bit of pain and swelling in the left, even a month later. I sat around with my feet elevated, ice packs and tubigrips on for a long time. But finally I'm able to wear my heels again (even if they are only low heels!) as long as I'm not really moving anywhere, which is fine for a meal out! I had a pretty rubbish experience in A&E with my ankles - my doctor told me to get seen in the hospital to make sure there was no serious damage and to have an X ray just in case. I knew they weren't broken as I could move, but there was a certain point of excruciating pain (which according the doctor was the point of the high ankle sprain), but they wanted me to go nevertheless.
So Ben and I went down after he got back from work one evening, and turned up to an empty waiting room. Considering the amount of hours I've spent sat in A&E before (for a variety of sprained ankles, broken bones and stomach pains - hi, Gallbladder!), we were pretty pleased. It took a while for the lady behind the desk to pay any attention to us, while I attempted to balance on my poorly ankles, but she finally signed us in and we sat down. We waited about half an hour before we were taken into the triage room where a rather sour faced nurse asked what I'd done. When I explained that I knew I'd hurt myself while running then my feet had gone numb, she demanded: "But what did you do? Was there an incident?", to which I responded no, but I'd stumbled several times then continued running, clearly not realising there was an injury. She gave a shrug and told me to take my shoes off. She then felt down my leg over the lesser injured ankle, I pointed out where it hurt (pretty badly) when she pressed, then moved to the other leg, the more injured one, where she felt below my knee then touched my toes, asking if that hurt. I tried to explain that, no, it didn't, because it's my ankle that hurts. But she again shrugged and sent me out of the room. I had a quick X ray, oddly enough on the wrong side of both ankles (but then again, I'm not sure whether this is a normal thing), then was called back into the triage nurse's office. I was surprised because in the past I've always been seen by a doctor or actual nurse rather than just the initial one. She literally waited for me to hobble in and sit in the chair before saying, "They're not broken, must be a sprain, you can go now." Ben even noticed that she had this awfully smug look on her face, and since I was so shocked with her manner, he had to ask a few questions for me including, "Can she drive then?" to which we got "No, of course she can't", "So should she put ice on them?", "Yes, that's what you do with a sprain", "Elevate them?", impatiently: "Yes, of course." So we ended up having to draw any relevant information out of her before I was sent out of the room.
There were a few things that really bothered me about this hospital visit. I was only seen by a triage nurse who did nothing more than touch my leg, not even at the site of the injury, or even ask me to rotate the ankle (I've sprained my ankles several times, and have always had to do this for the diagnosis and to tell how bad they are - this time I was in far worse pain in one ankle than I ever had been with previous sprains and had pain in a different area, so wanted to know why). When I was led by her to the X ray room, she disappeared down the corridor, not waiting for me despite the fact I could barely walk. On this hobble, I passed a group of three doctors (nurses maybe? They were male and wearing medical uniforms at least) who turned to watch me walk by in silence - definitely felt very uncomfortable, and possibly felt some leering stares on my chest. Not being seen by a doctor or nurse after the X ray was also very strange, and I wasn't even given any medical advice until we drew it out of her. And finally, not related to me, but the waiting room filled up as we waited, and I observed one poor woman come in sobbing having been bitten by dog, with blood dripping down her leg, who was left to wait while others were seen, not even offered any consolation for the traumatic experience - I think she should have been pushed to the front of the list, I wouldn't have been bothered had she been seen before me as I wasn't an emergency and she was. We also saw a girl waiting at the reception desk for more than 25 minutes to be signed in, literally just stood there in the doorway when the woman was inside, even though she'd rung the bell. It turned out she had hit her head badly and had concussion, but was left standing there all that time.
So, overall, not impressed. The NHS can be fantastic, and we'd actually had a positive experience at that hospital before, but this was a disaster. The woman who dealt with me was pretty rude and extremely smug, and I felt ridiculous for having gone. She did at one point question why I was there, despite the fact I'd been referred by my GP. None of my questions were answered about why this injury was different - I wanted to know about whether it was the way I'd run to do something to my ankles, but all I got was an uncaring woman who didn't explain anything to me or even examine me correctly. I got better answers from my GP over the phone than I did from her, so ended up leaving very upset, and in pain at being rushed out without any consideration for the injuries I had. So, rant over, but sometimes the NHS can be so disappointing.
Hell Bunny Cordelia Poppy Dress

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