Wednesday, 12 July 2017

one of my favourite places are closing down :// + other stuff

(drama queen much) because it isn't actually closing down - just relocating. But yeah, you read right. The East End Thrift Store that I've often banged on about on this blog is moving from its original store in Whitechapel to some other place. (I don't even know where yet but I know it is not worthy of this beautiful warehouse down a much beloved cobble street alley-way.)


It was the first time I had been in a while - the last few sales I didn't find much to thrift and it deterred me from going to their other ones what with exam stress and the general business of life. Nevertheless, sifting through piles of old clothes while listening to tunes, trying on dungarees five sizes too big and trying to kid yourself that you don't have enough over-sized shirts is always a fun experience. Again, I didn't find bags and bags of clothes, but I did pick up some khaki trousers and the  most amaZING LONG FUR/SUEDE COAT. (see much failed/kind of amazing animated picture below.)

i made this amazingly shit on purpose :) COMIC SANS for life
I have always known the East End Thrift Store to be famous for their collection of beautiful fur, leather or suede coats that are usually too big to the extent that I pretty much get lost in there. But by chance I tried this baby on, not expecting much, and ya know what, it actually looked alright! The store was closing down so I thought why not. When am I next going to find a timeless, glamorous coat like this for (drum roll) £5??? Good times. Sad times too. I've loved coming to this thrift store! May there be many more in the future at their new one! To commemorate, here are the times the EETS has made it onto this blog: 1 + 2 <33


IN OTHER NEWS, I went to my first ever zine fair on the 8th of July! As you know I have recently created an arts + literary zine that celebrates work by black women and GRRRL ZINE FAIR got in touch with me about having a table at their zine fair at the Village Green Festival!!! Of - frikin - course I said yes, and I  had the best time of my life. I met so many other amazing self-publishers and bands and the whole entire event was MAGICAL!









A highlight for me was a band called 'BIG JOANIE' - a Black feminist punk band creating a continuum of black punk by representing strong black womanhood in all its forms. Watching them perform was such a delight, especially hearing their BANGING cover of 'No Scrubs' by TLC which had me shaking my shoulders and laughing-out-loud at how fucking amazing it was. And real talk it was beautiful and empowering seeing a black feminist punk band in its rarity and importance. Big up Big Joanie, man.





It was zine heaven. Here are two zines that I bought!!!


'Banshee' is a magazine centred around the "women's internal self", striving to empower and inspire young girls by offering a perspective of feminism that isn't easily accessible in mainstream media and culture. It's full of beautiful artwork, articles and interviews about/of young women around the world and it is GORGEOUS.


'FLAPS' is a zine that focuses on the complexity, intelligence and creativity of girls. Their first issue is full of straight-talk about the feelings and experiences of young women with an honest representation of them too! I had to scan in this page - the A TO Z OF SHIT SEX. It literally had me laughing-out-loud. It was clever, hilarious and unapologetic. This is the kind of content that I admire tbh. Def def def buy their first issue! Support us self-publishers!!!


That's about it really. I'm just sailing through life at the moment. Just taking things in my stride! Exciting things are happening so yeh! It's been good! In a post I made a while ago about turning 18, I gave myself a list of advice to take during my 18th year, and I guess I've been following a few of them? Defo "Talk less, do more." Speaking of being 18, here are a couple photos from my birthday party + the aftermath. Disposables are a always a risk, and loads didn't come out which is annoying, but some cuties came out!!! Soz for the shitty quality. 









hope you enjoyed this post! ~ peace out ~ and see ya in the next one! Zoe xo