GIRLS SUPPORT GIRLS #5 | AN IMPORTANT CONVERSATION

Welcome back to another instalment of Girls Support Girls – sorry it’s been a while! In all honesty, the last few weeks have been pretty hectic, and I never want this series to be something rushed or poorly thought out. I guess I was waiting to be inspired by a new topic or train of thought, and it finally feels like the right time to just sit down and type. I’m sure that anyone who keeps up with the news or online affairs will be well aware of the media coverage surrounding sexual assault in Hollywood and beyond. Suddenly one horrific high profile string of cases has opened the gates to many more women and men speaking out against acts of inexcusable behaviour…

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FASHION IS FUN & CARING LESS

I feel like the older I get, the more confident I’m becoming in my choices – whether it’s listening to my intuition when it comes to my work, or picking out my outfits each week. I have always had quite a strong sense of what my likes and dislikes are – I’ve never really been someone who has found themselves being particularly indecisive. Unless it’s a huge life-altering decision that I have to make – I generally try to trust that I’ll lead myself in the right direction. That doesn’t mean that reaching this point has happened overnight, and I definitely still have days when I ponder over my future and get lost in my own cloud of thoughts – it’s more to do with a new found confidence in the notion that I’ll always find a way to be okay, no matter what that might be…

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TWO STRIPES ARE BETTER THAN ONE

As I’ve gotten older, I have come to appreciate the advice of others and how lucky I am to have such consistent and grounded people around me. I have always been someone that’s great at dishing out pearls of wisdom to others – but terrible at absorbing any of it myself. Particularly when I was younger, I would often make impulsive decisions and worry about the consequences later – not always the most advisable way to get through your teenage years, but a vital learning curve that many of us experience…

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MOON RIVER JUMPER

It’s safe to say that wherever there’s a chunky/cable knit jumper – you’re likely to find me either pining for it, or frantically adding it to my shopping basket. As I’ve gotten older, I find myself considering my purchases a lot more, and I often wait a few weeks before investing a new item. I like to investigate what it will match with in my wardrobe rather than impulse buying pieces that I probably already own five variations of. I guess you could say I’m trying to be a little more mindful of how I’m spending my money on the whole – but there are some exceptions to my new found self control. When it comes to knitwear, none of the afore mentioned things seem to come into consideration – I am a crazy knitwear fanatic and will probably end up in a house padded to the brim with fisherman knits and turtlenecks…

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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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