THE PERFECT WINTER COAT

It’s officially winter coat season around these parts, and much like last year, I’m really enjoying anything that feels like a giant dressing gown but creates some shape at the waist. Picking up that new winter coat is very much a nostalgic feeling for many of us – it reminds me of starting a new season at school, and being very aware that whatever coat I picked would have to be worn all winter long. These days, I’m lucky enough to have a few different options, but I still take my coat shopping very seriously. After all, there’s only so much space in our overstuffed hallway cupboard…

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THE IMPORTANT STUFF

First of all, thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments on my recent Period Drama post – it means the world that these kinds of posts are so well received by you guys. I get floods of messages whenever I write something surrounding female/mental health – messages that make it feel important for me to always continue. I’ve decided that the new blog design will feature it’s very own female health category so that you can all locate these posts more easily, and it will be a little reminder to myself to keep sharing my journey… 

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PERIOD DRAMA

So this post has arrived off the back of an Instagram story I posted last week whilst taking my monthly visit to Boots (bare with me). I vented my frustration at the popular sanitary product brands always being stocked at eye level, whilst the organic brands were hidden on the bottom shelf as though they were some sort of dirty secret. I’m fully aware that these big brands pay top dollar for their prime spot on the sacred sanitary shelf – but as someone who has struggled considerably more with female health issues because of these very products, it makes me sad. Actually scrap that, it makes me mad

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A FEW STEPS IN A NEW DIRECTION

I thought it was a pretty good time to sit down and have a little catch up – you know, one of those posts where I just ramble a bit, and update you with what’s been happening around these parts. October was a crazy old month for me, I often find that this time of year is always full speed ahead, and this year is shaping up to be no different. The jewellery launch couldn’t have gone any better – we completely sold out the week it went live, so thank you again to everybody who supported us and sent kind messages. Don’t worry if you had your eye on a piece for Christmas, it’s now been fully restocked, and is available to get your hands on again…

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LESS ALONE IN MANCHESTER

I get quite a lot of messages (on a weekly basis) from those of you that are lovely enough to follow along and engage with me. I noticed that a large proportion of these messages were showing similar trends. People who were new to an area, people who wanted tips on how to make friends, people that had been living in an area for ages but still felt lonely – people who were just struggling to make friends. It seems strange in a world brimming with all different kinds of people, but making friends is hard – particularly ones that you will actively keep in touch with and see regularly. It only gets harder as you get older and busier too – our priorities change, and we live in a time where a lot of what we do revolves around work and being endlessly unavailable… 

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COATS & SUNGLASSES WEATHER

I treasure those days when the sky is a crisp blue colour, and the sun is warm enough to take the edge off the ever decreasing temperature drop. I like to call this heavenly combination coats and sunglasses weather – British winter at it’s finest. Still warm enough to feel chic in your outfit, but cool enough to wear that new winter coat you’ve been waiting on. There’s something very comforting about wearing an oversized coat with a big pair of sunglasses – almost as though you’re putting on a disguise for the day, and can be whoever you want…

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NIGHT & DAY

I often refer to my style as somewhere between night and day. It’s that contrast of looks (that usually fit into their own neat boxes) that keeps fashion interesting to me. Am I on the way to a bar? Am I going hiking? Who the hell knows. In theory, the idea of teaming such a delicate satin skirt with some tough looking winter boots seems like a mistake, but it’s often these experimental mistakes that end up being some of my favourite outfits…

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THE BEST ONLINE VINTAGE DESTINATIONS

Those of you have followed me for a while will know that a large proportion of my wardrobe consists of vintage and second hand items. Thrifting for once loved gems has been a passion of mine for years, and one that hasn’t slowed down since I started my blog. I’m lucky enough to get sent a lot of ‘new in’ pieces from various brands, but it’s always the vintage items that really make my outfits feel personal to me. With the recent release of the amazing Stacey Dooley’s documentary, Fashions Dirty Secret – fast fashion consumption has been the hot topic on everyones lips. With this in mind, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to sit down with you all, and guide you through my favourite vintage/secondhand online shopping destinations…

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THE MAGIC OF NEW YORK

I was lucky enough to spend a week in New York this month – it was my first time ever visiting The Big Apple, and it was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. I was feeling a bit uninspired before we went away, and have definitely returned with the inspiration that I was craving. The best way I can describe NYC would be magical chaos. It’s vibrant, loud, and always inviting you to explore more with every crossing you rush across, and every cosy little street you turn down…

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BEHIND THE SCENES | MIKAELA LYONS

As promised, I wanted to create a little behind the scenes style post with some further information on everything that went into The Prettiest Star collection. Just incase any of you were interested in the ethical practices, and some more details about how the collection was put together in general. This being my first design collaboration, a lot of this I learnt as we went along, and they are definitely practices that I want to adopt in other areas of my life. It’s so important to try and be more mindful about the way we consume and create, and little changes go a very long way…

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