WHAT’S IN A POST

It’s been a little while since I’ve sat down and written about something other than clothes. I guess I’d started to feel a bit exhausted on the whole, and very uninspired in general. I usually feel this way around this time of year when everything is transitioning – I find it hard to dress myself successfully, let alone to curate my thoughts into something mildly interesting. I don’t believe that everything I post on the internet has to be some sort of groundbreaking piece of writing, but I much prefer the process of putting a blog post together when I feel like it has some sort of purpose behind it…

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AN AUTUMNAL NIGHT OUT

I thought I would share something I don’t do all that often on here, and style up an outfit that I might wear for an autumnal night out. I don’t tend to have as many nights out as I used to (Grandma over here), but the love of dressing up and getting ready with friends is something that I’ll never tire of. I’m very much guilty of wearing ‘jeans and a nice top’ whenever I get asked to go out for drinks – I’m a child of the Nineties, and Manchester is pretty low maintenance when it comes to outfit expectations (praise be). I don’t tend to go anywhere that requires me to dress up real fancy, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t make an effort sometimes…

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FOR THE LOVE OF CHECK TROUSERS

At this time of year I tend to get myself stuck in a bit of a vintage jeans and a jumper shaped rut. There’s nothing wrong with having an autumn uniform that works, but I can’t imagine it’s very inspiring for you guys to keep seeing the same combination over and over again. Plus, I get bored of it too, and I end up just gravitating towards it out of comfort – a bad blogger habit indeed, and one that I’m forever trying to break. I find that the best way to cut back on the old denim addiction is to introduce a pair of statement trousers…

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A SUBTLE WAY TO DO SPORTS LUXE

I usually avoid anything ‘sporty looking’ at all costs – it doesn’t tend to suit me, and I tend to just feel like the living embodiment of the phrase ‘all the gear and no idea’. It takes me back to ill fitting gym attire, and basically bad memories of injuring myself in an attempt to be remotely active. That was until Finery sent me these dream navy trousers with a simple stripe down the sides – classic enough to tie in with the way I like to dress, with a slightly sports luxe edge that sort of makes me feel like a Spice GirlThe latter being a comparison that I can’t ever really be mad at?…

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UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN | VILLA LENA

The second (and final) stop of the week was the wonderfully unique Villa Lena. An incredible place that has well and truly left its mark on me, I can’t wait to go back with whoever’s willing to come along. Whether you’re a group of friends, with family, or a couple looking for a chilled time in Tuscany – Villa Lena has you coveredThe longer I spent there, the more I realised how therapeutic being in the rural countryside really is. It’s safe to say that I was very sad to leave, but I’ve definitely left with a new enthusiasm for the simple life… 

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UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN | BORGO PIGNANO

I was lucky enough to spend all of last week in Tuscany, some much needed catch up time with my mum, and a chance to tick another Italian destination off my bucket list. I got to partner with I-escape, which for transparency, means that we received a discount for both of the amazing hotels that we stayed at. It’s definitely the best perk of the job, I love travelling and meeting new people, and it’s something I want to continue doing for as long as I’m able to. Tuscany has been somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for years, so getting to have a last summer fling there was a dream come true…

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CASUAL NINETIES

At this time of year, I find myself reaching for those simple outfits that feel like an oversized hug. High waist denim, slouchy t-shirts, and the biggest jacket I can find to throw on top. It’s the transitional phase that still has most of us figuring out what we want our wardrobe to look like for the season ahead. So far, lots of cord, snake print, and brown tones all seem to be the theme when I glance at mine. Having shorter hair definitely makes me more adventurous with my outfits, and I’m finding that I have way more fun playing with different shapes and colours…

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OUT OF SORTS

Anyone else find themselves starting to feel a bit strange around this time of year? I always forget just how much the change in season can affect me physically, and just how important it is to keep on top of any negative feelings. For instance, the end of summer means ever decreasing daylight, less time spent outdoors, and sometimes even less socialising too. It can feel like quite a tough adjustment for the soul, and this can have a knock on affect when it comes to feeling energised and productive…

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MY RELATIONSHIP WITH OVERSIZED

I’ve gravitated towards oversized pieces for as long as I can remember. They are loose fitting, comfortable, and hey, probably fit my boyfriend too. I’ve never met an oversized shirt that I didn’t like, and there’s something very romantic about an oversized blazer thrown over a little dressIt’s that juxtaposition of looks that I refer to time and time again, and one that often creates the balance in an outfit that feels like home. Over the years, I’ve utilised oversized pieces for many different reasons – sometimes because of a favourite film character I’ve become obsessed with, and other times because of the relationship I have with my body…

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THIS TIME OF YEAR

Around this time every year I start to feel a little funny about the industry that I’ve found myself contributing to – fashion month comes around, and always seems to encourage the same feelings of inadequacy. Just a disclaimer, this won’t be one of those posts slagging of fashion week and those that choose to attend, but I thought it might be interesting to explore the way I feel, as I’m sure I won’t be alone. There’s something about fashion week that feels very elite and vacuous from the outside, but at the same time, I adore seeing glimpses of my favourite designers via the likes of Instagram stories. It’s this love/hate relationship with the fashion industry that always leaves me with the same internal conflict – why am I not making more effort to go to fashion week?…

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