SAFETY BLANKET

A lot of us rely on little safety blankets in life – even if we don’t always realise it. Some of us are more in tune with what makes us feel more confident, whereas others don’t notice until it’s taken away. For me, I tend to become reliant on the familiar – I’m naturally drawn to what feels comfortable, and not necessarily someone who chasers danger. On the flip side of that, I can be incredibly impulsive when it comes to making decisions that are either stressing me out – or that just feel exciting. Sometimes it’s my downfall, and other times I sit and wonder why I hadn’t made the change sooner…

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JULY | SOME THINGS TO SMILE ABOUT

I shot these images on a very hot Sunday afternoon, right before I cut my hair off into a little bob a few days later. You can see how light the sun makes my hair go in these images – it’s the bane of my life. I’m forever looking for products that stop it going brassy in the sunshine, so feel free to send recommendations my way! You might have caught my new hair cut over on Instagram – I’d been edging shorter and shorter with every salon visit, and I’m so glad we decided to just go for a full on bob

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A CLOSER LOOK AT MASCULINE & FEMININE

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved a ‘masculine’ shirt worn tied up with some variation of high waist bottoms – equally, I love a pair of strappy (some might say feminine shoes). It’s this act of dressing in opposites that really makes me feel at home. That’s why I find it so hard to pin point my personal style and explain it to other people – just like me, it’s always evolving, and always surprising me. Whenever I get asked about my style, I often say something along the lines of ‘masculine meets feminine’, and each time it leaves me feeling a little uneasy. These are labels that the fashion industry (and beyond) still utilises, but when will clothing stop being labelled in terms of who it’s intended for, and start being more gender inclusive…

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A SUMMER SUIT | WHITE LINEN

White outfits aren’t for everyone, and they certainly aren’t practical when you’re as accident prone as I am. However, there’s just something effortlessly chic about them that nobody can deny – an all white outfit can look very expensive when you find pieces that fit together perfectly. That tends to be the tricky part when prioritising one colour in your wardrobe, but once you figure out what works for you, it’s usually a look that you can rely on again and again…

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A DAY IN MANCHESTER | THE BEST SPOTS

I’ve had quite an influx of messages over on Instagram lately, all asking where I’d recommend to head to when visiting Manchester for a couple of days. I realised that I haven’t given you that much insight into the wonderful city I call home – so it was well and truly time for an updated roundup of the places I like to spend most of my time. I just got this film developed from a recent day strolling around Manchester so I thought I’d put them to good use. I was heading for brunch with a friend and she kindly helped me take some snaps along the way. I love how they turned out, and I’m actually preferring much more imperfect blog imagery at the moment…

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A CATCH UP | LIFE & NEW PROJECTS

I thought it was the perfect opportunity to sit down and have a little life catch up with you all today – the last month has been pretty crazy to say the least, there’s been lots of good times, and a few not so good times. I’m sitting down to type all of this out with a much calmer outlook on life than I’ve had in a long while, and it feels really good to have a head full of creative ideas again. The rubbish times always pass eventually, we just have to ride them out, and know that better things are just around the corner. I’m learning to let go of things that aren’t meant for me, and fill that vacant space with positivity… 

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THE WHITE SUMMER DRESS

The white summer dress is something I’ve been gravitating towards every summer since the beginning of time (or just 1992). It feels light and airy, and there’s a little white dress out there for everyone. It’s rare that I do these kind of round up posts – but sometimes I find these really useful when I’m feeling overwhelmed by the high street, and just really need to find that perfect LWD that fits like a glove. This one is by Pixie Market, and I couldn’t recommend them enough if you’re looking for pieces that have a designer feel to them but without the intimidating price tag…

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NOSTALGIC SUMMER PLAYLIST

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week in the sunshine, no matter how you’re spending it! I made a summer playlist recently, so thought I’d share it with you guys on here as always. I really love putting these together, and getting messages saying you’re enjoying them – whether it’s revising, secretly listening in the office, or just enjoying from your bedroom. It makes me very happy indeed, and hopefully you love this one just as much as I do. It’s a mix of artists/songs that always make me feel nostalgic in some way – whether it’s fond memories of old summer holidays, past heartbreak, or dancing badly around my flat… 

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SOME HOME UPDATES

It’s been a few months since we moved into our new place now, and it’s really starting to take shape and feel like home. I’ve had quite a few weekends away from the flat over the last couple of months, so I’d fallen a bit out of love with getting it finished, and decorating had started to feel like a little bit of a chore. Fear not, the last week resting up at home has been a bit of a god send. Having an operation might seem like a bit of a downer, but it’s actually kick started the home organisation fanatic in me, and I’ve been reaping the benefits…

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KITRI SUMMER DRESSES

I recently discovered KITRI – a brand that has been increasingly present on my radar thanks to the joys of Instagram. I still get really excited whenever I discover a new brand that gives me the feeling. The feeling of which I can only describe as ‘omg, so I guess I need everything’. Of course, I never buy everything – no one person needs that amount of clothes, but it’s nice for a girl to have options. All too often, I feel as though the high street becomes a bit stagnant and I fall out of love with my once favourite shopping destinations, so it’s nice that there are still so many new brands cropping up with a new way of doing things…

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