TRUTH BE TOLD

Last year I bit the bullet and wrote pretty frankly about a health issue that I’d been suffering in silence with for years. I wasn’t prepared for the response – so many of you got in touch, and opened up to me about your own stories. It was truly heartwarming, and made me (and a lot of others) feel way less alone. I thought I’d catch up with you in terms of my health, and make this post a little more informative than the last one. I feel as though my last post only really touched the surface, and I just wanted to leave some useful information here for anyone who might need it…

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STYLING THE OVERSIZED SCARF

My current outfit inspiration has basically been anything that makes me feel like I’m still in bed – pieces that are oversized, but still manage to make me look like a functioning human. With this in mind, you can imagine how happy I was when I stumbled across this oversized scarf – it basically doubles up as an actual blanket, and covers a multitude of sins (toothpaste stains). I’ve seen a lot of these kind of scarfs around lately, and I couldn’t be more thankful for it’s arrival in my life. It means I can pretty much wear whatever I want underneath my coat/jacket, and still have the option of an extra layer when wandering from place to place…

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WARM IN WINTER | CAFÉ DE FLORE

I recently got the chance to visit Café De Flore whilst in Paris – I have to blame Tumblr and Pinterest for making me want to go, and spending a ridiculous amount on coffee. However, it’s definitely worth it as a little luxurious treat, sometimes we all need a little of that in our lives – particularly in January. I don’t know what it is about this time of the month that turns me into a sluggish, unmotivated, sloth creature. I just haven’t been hit with that new year get up and go just yet, so a little getaway provided the perfect distraction…

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THE PERFECT BLACK OVERALLS & VISITING L’APPARTEMENT SÉZANE

Sézane are one of those brands that remain close to my heart – they were one of the first to recognise my photography and work as a blogger, and have remained both generous and supportive ever since. They keep in touch throughout the year, and let me pick out pieces each time a new collection drops, I then feature them organically – basically just as and when I wear them. They are one of those brands that aren’t motivated by financial gain, and instead, have empowering women at the forefront of everything they create. I guess it’s safe to say I’m a huge fan of they way they conduct their online empire, and I was super excited to finally visit their Paris based store…

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PRACTICAL AND PERSONAL

I hate that feeling of leaving the house, and not fully feeling like the best version of yourself – it tends to happen a lot around this time of year, and we all seem to get a bit complacent in our winter layers. We tend to lean towards pieces that are practical, and leave what we wish we could wear hanging in the wardrobe back home. January and February can be tricky months in terms of styling – it’s often cold or raining in Manchester, and my personal style awaits that much needed Spring reboot that lays ahead. That promise of a new season refresh, and to hopefully rediscover clothing that doesn’t make me resemble a snowman… 

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WHITE SHOES IN WINTER

After a few wonderful and relatively stress free days in Paris, it feels good to be home and getting my teeth sunk into some new blog posts. We managed to shoot quite a few outfits during our stay, so you can expect lots of Paris themed content coming your way over the next couple of weeks! It was quite a chilled trip in all honesty – half of it was spent picture taking, and the other half exploring some of the places on my wish list. Paris is definitely one of those places that gets better with each visit – especially once you’ve ticked off all the usual tourist spots. It’s only then that you can really wander around without the inevitable tourist guilt that presents itself when visiting a new city…

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A HEALTHY DOSE OF THE INTERNET

It’s safe to say that over the Christmas period, I was pretty exhausted with the online world – I was ready for a break, and boy did it help to completely reset my mind. It’s not healthy to live all of our time online, playing the numbers game, and getting neck deep in comparison. We all need real human interaction, and to feel less pressure to document every little thing that we do and see – it’s not the way for us to thrive. Admittedly, I owe a lot to my little corner of the internet – it’s helped me develop my own business, and meet some of the most wonderful people whilst doing so. However, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with creating a safe online space for yourself – one that doesn’t involve a constant stream of triggers and unsettling behaviour…

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BROWN GINGHAM BLAZER

January is a time when I like to try and get the creativity flowing for the year ahead – it’s not always easy to get back into the swing of things, especially when you’re feeling sleepy and bloated after the old December snooze. I had quite the wardrobe clear out before Christmas, so I’m definitely ready to introduce some new pieces into my life, and generally just refresh what I wear on a day to day basis. With this in mind, I’ve been doing my fair share of vintage shopping over the last couple of weeks… 

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SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW

I though I’d put together a random list of facts about myself so that maybe you can all get to know me a little better. I always like reading these kind of posts, it’s interesting to me to hear about what people like and dislike – what makes them tick. I guess I’m just nosy, but it’s nice to delve into peoples lives a little deeper, and learn more about things that stand out to them, and ultimately, shape the person that they are… 

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WINTER BEAUTY CABINET

It’s been a little while since I’ve done anything beauty related – so I thought the start of a brand new year might be the perfect excuse! My skincare routine doesn’t tend to change that much – I pretty much stick to around ten different products in alteration with each other, depending on what my skin is crying out for each week. For those of you that follow my Instagram stories/beauty blog posts, you’ll know that I own way more than ten products, but most of them are just variations of pretty much the same thing…

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