NOTES TO MY YOUNGER SELF

I’ve witnessed this style of post flying around a lot this year – ever since reading the heartfelt letter that Victoria Beckham penned to her younger self, it’s something that I have wanted to explore for myself. Instead of writing a whole letter, I thought it might be nice to pick out a few keys things that I’ve learnt thanks to the power of retrospect. A few field notes that I’d offer my younger self if time travelling was a real thing…

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

How would you describe your personal style? A question I find myself greeted with more frequently than ever before. I often reply with the usual things that might spring to mind – Parisian inspired and vintage influenced often crop up, but the truth is my style is always changing. Trying to assign a label is difficult even for me – I am the owner of my wardrobe, I walk around in my clothes each day, you’d have thought I’d have it all figured out by now. In reality – trying to express what years of personal style evolution have left you with at this exact moment is very tricky indeed…

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THE PERFECT TROUSERS FOR RIGHT NOW

Finding the perfect trousers can be difficult, especially when they all seem to fit in the wrong places and look nothing like you imagined online. I mean, don’t even get me started on the tortures of jean shopping. I have come to realise that if it’s fitted at the waist and loose on the legs then I’ll take five. If not just for the sheer ease of avoiding the changing room induced frustration for another season. It’s safe to say that I have a wardrobe full of tops and blouses, but I lack when it comes to bottoms – unless it’s denim, it’s the category I tend to avoid until I absolutely have to face it head on…

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BLUE JEANS

Yep, you guessed it, another post entirely dedicated to my love affair with denim. I recently picked up another great pair of vintage Levi jeans, and realised that I have quite the obsession with finding the perfect pair of jeans. I have accepted that denim is a huge part of my personal style, and something that just generally makes me feel my best. It’s the first rail I check when entering a vintage shop, and the last thing I have to prise myself away from when it’s laundry day…

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LONDON

I recently travelled up to the big smoke (or London if you like), for a few work commitments, and to explore the city a little more. Since blogging full time, it’s a direction I find myself being pulled in more and more. I haven’t ever really thought as myself as either a ‘city girl’ or a ‘country girl’ – but rather somewhere floating in-between. Nothing stresses me out more than being in a huge unknown city with crowds of busy people and endless traffic – I like a happy-medium, and I can’t say that London has ever really offered me that. Paris for instance, appeals to me like nowhere I’ve ever been – I love the mix of big gardens, museums, and little side streets that make it feel intimate and homey. I don’t feel that Manchester often offers me everything that I look for in an ideal location, but it definitely has an atmosphere that makes me relieved to call it home…

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RUSSELL & BROMLEY | KEY PIECES A/W17

Russell And Bromley are most certainly one of those nostalgic brands for me – particularly around autumn/winter time. Recognised for their beautiful Italian made loafers and classically unique leather designs, they are a brand that has always been close to my heart. A brand that has always been present in my upbringing, and will continue to have a special place in my wardrobe. They started out as a family run store on London’s famous Bond street, and now run stores dotted all over the UK – offering that that luxury shopping experience that promises to elevate the most simple of outfits…

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SELF DOUBT

Welcome back to a brand new blog post – today marks world mental health day, so I thought I’d compose a slightly more personal piece of writing as it’s been a little while since I’ve written anything of that nature. I basically just wanted to type freely about something that’s been on my mind as of late – the pressure to keep up with the way the blogging industry is growing/changing, and how it can often trigger anxious times and make it feel like you’re treading water and way out of your comfort zone…

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HUGE CHATTY Q&A

Happy Sunday! I finally got round to doing a big old Q&A – probably best to pop your headphones on and listen to this on your commute etc as it’s a lengthy one! Let me know if you have any other questions in the comments below and I’ll get back to you…

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PALOMA WOOL

I have a lot to thank Instagram for in terms of the way I dress – I doubt that I would have discovered half the brands that hang in my wardrobe had it not been for my endless feed of inspiration. In a lot of ways, I feel that having that accessibility to independent brands and constant new in can be overwhelming. However, nothing compares to the feeling of getting it right – finding a brand that just feels like you, that designs the clothes you can only imagine and offer you that much needed wardrobe refresh…

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