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Thursday, 9 June 2016

DIY: Free printable week planner



If anyone of my readers met me in real life, you'd be surprised by how much of a train wreck I am; I regularly forget important things to do, make myself late, and double book myself constantly. I've got better over the years, but a lot of the classic organisational methods don't work for me; planners sit unused, and you can't make me remember to fill out calendars regularly.

The method I've had most success with over the past year is making an editable combined day schedule/to do list in the notes on my phone, which seems to work purely because how little effort goes into it. I decided however that it's maybe time to take this into the real world, and sat down one afternoon to whip up a week time planner that suited me - and given I know (hope) I'm not the only disorganized mess out there, decided to share it with everyone else.


In it, I've included the working days of the week, two 'to-do' lists (urgent and normal), and a space for doodling - because what's a planner that doesn't encourage creativity? The layout is minimal enough that you can make of it what you will, and not feel to constrained.

Like to download? You can find it in this drop box folder by clicking the image below - just make sure to credit me if you want to recommend it to others!



Does anyone else struggle with forcing themselves to stay organized? What methods do you use? Let me know in the comments below!



     


Thursday, 19 May 2016

STYLE: Work to Play







My time whilst at uni can grossly be split into two main areas - working, and dancing. As a medical student with the expectation of dressing professionally several days a week, I've never really fallen into the classic student trap of t-shirts and jogging bottoms - which is unfortunate sometimes, but does mean I put more effort into what I wear.

I usually don't have the time to change from smarter day wear into dance appropriate clothes, but it's never really been an issue; there's a lot of common ground between my vintage inspired work wardrobe and my 1940s swing looks, so changing up the accessories is all it takes. I've worn this look several times already to the new summer job I've just started (usually with a full vest underneath), and it's been a staple for dancing for ages now. Both the shoes and the shorts were found totally by chance in two separate sales, and the whole thing definitely nods towards my interests in the early 20th century without being too much for for the work environment.

Apologies for the slight lateness of this post - what with the post-dissertation crash and fresh employment, if I'm honest I'm feeling pretty wiped out right now. As great as it is to post weekly, I think a two week schedule is more reasonable for me - therefore, An Honest Drug will now be posting fortnightly.

How do you guys deal with work to play transitions? Have you found anything in the sales recently? Let me know below!




     


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

CONSUMERISM: Backpacks




Sorry for the brief hiatus, followers - I was working on a dissertation, which I'm really proud to say is now finished! It was a joy to write (except for the bits where I wanted to pull my hair out), but I really needed time off once it was completed; we should be back to normal now.

It wasn't until February when I was dragging a heavy tote across Edinburgh that I realized how much difference backpacks make; asymmetrical weight distribution, such as when you're carrying a handbag, is a nightmare for generating shoulder and back tension - the last thing I want when I'm heading to a three day dance workshop.

There's still a perception that rucksacks don't look good, to which I say - bullshit. There's plenty dedicated minds in fashion out there designing things that made me totally renounce the satchel cause. From cheap as chips drawstring bags like this hologram one - an easy DIY if you're in the mood - to the premium but absolutely stunning Solid Gray architectural pack, there's something for every style and budget.

Breezing around hands-free looks far better than uncomfortably wedging a tote under my armpit anyway.



Hologram drawstring bag - [x]  |  Asos Clean Boxy Backpack - [x]
Asos Leather Backpack - [x]  |  Solid Gray Backpack - [x]



Do you have any favourite bag style? Any recent style revelations? Let me know below!


     


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

REQUIRED READING: April



Hey all! This week has been a really busy one, so I'll keep this short. Even with impromptu dance events and the home stretch on my dissertation, I've been reading a lot of interesting pieces on the web, which you can see below -


  • Though I'm really quite new to the world of corsetry, I found this piece of research on Foundations Revealed illuminating about how personalized the perfect corset is. Get properly fitted!
  • The title of this article immediately made me react, but on further reading I actually absolutely agreed with Liz Kessler's argument in Why I don’t believe in “self care” (and how to make it obsolete). Too often consumerism is conflated with self care in a really damaging way, and relying on one another is a far more valuable tool than mainstream culture wants us to acknowledge. 
  • On a similar intersection of politics and health, this article on why therapists should talk politics really hit home for me. As a doctor, I'm going to be seeing the effects of capitalism first hand, and I think it's important to take that into my own practice. 


Just in case you missed it, I posted an outfit featuring my spring favourites last week, and announced that I'll now be putting up a new post every Wednesday! For some reason this inspired decision came three weeks before my dissertation is due, but now I've announced it it's going to happen (imminent deadline or not).


What has everyone else been reading? Has anyone been doing anything cool this April? Let me know below!



     


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

STYLE: Spring Favourites





A quick note: as you may have noticed, I'm posting a lot more regularly now; I'm happy to announce that An Honest Drug will feature a new post every Wednesday! I'm not certain how this is going to go, but I'm enjoying writing again, so let's continue in the spirit of Miss Addams herself.

My kingdom for a pussybow blouse. I've become obsessed with accumulating as many of these as possible, as they're the only sleeved tops I actually like wearing (90% of my wardrobe is vests and tank tops) - everything else just irritates the hell out of me. I was actually going to put a waist belt over the top of the whole thing, but nothing ended up looking right? Draped silhouette it is!

This outfit is full of things I've been totally unable to stop wearing; the blouse, my wife brimmed hat and these DIY Quartz hoops. I've had awful luck with earrings over the past year; I lost half of my favourite pair of vintage clip ons at a party, one of a pair of moon earrings I made on the way to coffee with a friend, and one of these. Thankfully, though I haven't found the right materials (yet) to remake the moon earrings, I managed to whip up a new set of these, and I've been wearing them constantly since spring started - apparently Spring really makes me want to wear pink? I think it's the cherry blossom.


My daily outfits feature a lot of similar looks to this, and it's nice to have a uniform. I feel like the Internet is grossly oversaturated with the witch aesthetic now, which I partially blame on brands trying to cash in... But I still like it. It's a more grown up and refreshing take on goth, and the occult is an area I really enjoy researching - so those elements appeal to me. Plus, there's a lot of variability in the silhouettes and looks within it; I don't get bored.


How do you feel about the popularity of witchy styles? Is there anything you're really enjoying wearing right now? Comment and let me know below!



     


Friday, 1 April 2016

LIFE: February/March Instagram Round Up

Welcome back, readers! It's so great getting to post more on here - I haven't regularly blogged for the past year due to a mixing pot of stress, a busy life, and frustration, but it's like a mental block has been removed and all I want to do is write. I hope I can keep it up!

Today marks April 1st, aka the day the internet becomes totally unusable. As ever this month is a fresh challenge, as I enter the final countdown to dissertation submission; whilst I'm proud of what I've achieved so far, this is going to be totally different.

With that in mind, it's worth looking back at what's been happening in February and March. I feel like I've been bouncing around Scotland for the past two months, and it's been a eclectic mix of new experiences. I always enjoy reading Instagram round ups, and I'm pretty active on there, so let's take a look back at what I've been posting.




Top Left Taking a Voigt Kampff test, aka Helping my flatmate out with his psychology research.

Top Right February was really tough work wise, as due to ethics bureaucracy my research was delayed and had to be tweaked (not my fault!). I triumphed nonetheless, in time for the first signs of Spring!

Bottom Left I was also down in Edinburgh for the national student psychiatry conference, and in a spare hour completed my first room escape game. I got to pretend to be a Russian femme fatale spy master, so overall 5/5.

Bottom Right Dundee ran its second swing dance workshop of the academic year, Valentine's Swing, so naturally I went with some vintage inspired styling.





Top Left Volunteering at a creative arts group for chronic pain in Perth. This was watercolours week!

Top Right I was back home in Glasgow for a impromptu blues workshop (dance has been the main reason I've been flitting about Scotland so much), which in contrast to the last minute nature of my attendance was revolutionary in how it impacted my dance. If anyone gets a chance, I highly recommend learning blues from Justin Riley!

Bottom Left A look I wore for shopping recently. I've had a bad spot break out recently, so I've not been feeling like posting selfies, but look forward to seeing more in future.

Bottom Right Spending easter with my parents in the highlands; it really is witch country up there.


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You can find more on my instagram, username @anhonestdrug. How has everyone else been finding the start of the year? Do you like this type of round up post? I quite like reflecting back on what's been happening, but I always like finding out how readers feel. Let me know below!






Fiona C.