SOMETHING I WROTE AT 2AM

I’ve been thinking about body image and confidence quite a lot lately – what it means to me, and how social media/the media in general can often distort the way we view our bodies and value others around us. As someone who has struggled with themselves relentlessly, I feel that this is a topic I could discuss forever! I also thought it might be interesting to just pen down my thoughts and feelings so that I can reflect back on this, and perhaps make it a regular topic of discussion. I apologise in advance if this is a bit of a ramble lacking in direction, sometimes my mind lights up at 2am and I find myself frantically scribbling things down…

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A FEW PLACES I’M HAPPY | MANCHESTER EDIT

I have lived in a city centre for over two whole years now, which has meant I’ve had plenty of time to track down my favourite places and make them feel like home. I get asked so often about where I like to eat/drink/hang out on the weekends, so I thought I’d curate a little list of places in Manchester that make me happy, and that I’d recommend visiting if you find yourself in the area…

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BRANDS TO INSPIRE

I thought I’d put together a round up of all the brands that are inspiring me, and have done so for a good while now! Usually this is because of the obvious reasons – the clothing designs are amazing, and their branding is executed in a way that appeals directly to my personal style. I admire the following brands not just because they make beautiful clothing, but for how they conduct their whole branding in general. From their photography, to the models they use, to general website layout and aesthetic. These are the brands that are keeping me inspired both on and off Instagram, and have me lusting over their collections like no other…

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ONE STEP AHEAD

For me, this time of year can be a bit tricky in terms of ‘getting it right’. It’s often jumper weather when you leave for the morning coffee run, but by 2pm you find yourself wishing you’d worn a t-shirt – and of course you left your sunglasses on the bedside table. Absolute typical British problems, and often one that makes getting dressed each morning so god damn confusing. As a result, I’m found sticking my arm out the window to try and get a feel of what I should wear based of temperature (please tell me I’m not the only weirdo that does that), or obsessively checking the weather app in hope that, just once, it might tell the truth…

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IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO

There’s often a stigma about being an emotional person – just as there’s a stigma attached to mental illness. One that often makes me extremely sad, an ignorance that still seems to linger despite the growing number of people that experience it. That’s why I have always vowed to be honest and open on here – it’s primarily a fashion blog where I like to discuss my outfits and inspirations, but it’s also a platform that I want to connect with and encourage people. To share my experiences in the hope that something resonates with someone else, or even just helps them escape for a little while – that’s what blogging means to me. I thought I’d put together a few things that help me when I’m feeling bad – these points don’t just have to relate to mental illness either, but rather just health and well being in general…

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GRATEFUL

Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend so far! It’s been a pretty crazy couple of weeks for me – I’ve been feeling particularly reflective, and thought it might be nice to channel the thoughts that have been floating around my head into one place. I might make this a regular thing, as I feel it would be fun to look back on as the months continue – without further adieu, here’s a bunch of things I’ve been feeling grateful for lately…

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SMART FOR SPRING

The new season often brings a lot of new occasions along with it – weddings, christenings, or just any old excuse to throw a get together in the sunshine! I thought I’d do something I don’t do all that often, and show you how I’d dress for a slightly ‘smarter’ event – can you tell I’m rinsing the Spring themed blog posts yet? I’m not great at dressing up – if you’ve been following my outfits for a while, then you know I’m most at home in some high waist jeans, and I’ll never invest in a pair of shoes if they aren’t comfortable (grandma over here). I’m the person who freaks out if they get a wedding invitation (*throws everything out of wardrobe and proceeds to have a meltdown buried amongst casual attire*), however as I’m well on my way to my mid twenties, I feel like this will be more of a regular occurrence, and that one should always be prepared/have a few tricks up their sleeve just in case. I want to explore these kinds of outfits a little more this year, and figure out what works best for me…

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MEET THE LOU BAG

There’s something about a special new addition in your wardrobe that makes you feel a little nicer, talk with more confidence, and walk a little taller than before. We can all fall victims to fast fashion at times (ASOS ‘new in’ section –  I’m blaming you), but there’s nothing better than investing in timeless pieces that offer you that feeling of self refreshment. Something as simple as a new bag can totally transform a look – I’ve always thought that bags, shoes, and jackets are worth investing in. They are the backbone of your personal style, and if chosen well, will serve you for years to come…

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FRENCH-GIRL STYLE | CAPSULE WARDROBE

It’s no secret that I’m heavily inspired by the French-girl style of dressing, I’m forever admiring images of Jane Birkin swinging around her basket bag and wishing that I was strolling along the French Riviera with my own in hand. There’s something very unique and mysterious about being so effortlessly stylish and put together, they make it look so darn easy! The magical unicorns of the fashion world. With this in mind, I thought I’d put together, perhaps the first in a mini series of posts, a weather appropriate ‘French girl capsule wardrobe’. All the pieces I’ve been reaching for lately on my never ending quest to touch into my French girl roots – my dad’s side are French-Canadian, so this has to mean I’m half way there right…?

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FRANCOISE HARDY STYLE | SS17

I don’t know about you, but I’m fully over Winter clothing and ready to start embracing the warmer weather! We recently had a full weekend of sunshine in Manchester, which is a very rare occurrence indeed – it got me really excited for the months ahead, and got me brainstorming some of the key pieces I want in my wardrobe for the new season. My style doesn’t really change much during Spring/Summer – I tend to just introduce some floatier items, my gingham obsession is fully revealed, and my Birkenstock collection is out in full force. I thought I’d share with you some of the items/looks that I’ll be looking forward to in the form of an inspirational post – an ode to one of my favourite french ladies, Francoise Hardy. Described once as Mick Jagger’s ‘ideal woman’, she epitomises effortlessly cool tomboy meets French-girl chic…

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