GROWING UP WITH YOU

I recently read Chloe Plumstead’s post about her relationship, and it echoed so many of my own thoughts and feelings. Like queen Chloe (I mean, please go and read her blog if you don’t already because it’s a breath of real fresh air), I’ve also been in a relationship since I was eighteen. Sam and I met at freshers week whilst studying in Leeds – perhaps the worst possible time to bump into the love of your life, but looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way…

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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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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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THE POWER OF MAKE UP

I shot these images for a recent collaboration with Rimmel London (a dream come true), and really loved how they turned out. It’s amazing how different a rusty red elevator can look once camera flash and a slick of lipstick is applied. Anyway, I couldn’t bare to see them go to waste on Instagram and get lost in the feed forever – I wanted to pop them on my blog so that I could look back and remember how they made me feel…

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DIGITAL FOOTPRINTS

Having an online presence in two thousand and eighteen carries a lot of weight on it’s digital shoulders – whatever you choose to put out into the world, the internet will always demand more of you. Creating for the internet is tough, and you can bet your bottom dollar that there are people out there just waiting for you to slip up. That tends to be the way that the world works – you can be the juiciest peach of them all, and there will always be someone who doesn’t like peaches. My Twitter feed is a place that often has me dwelling over my generations digital footprint. Will we all look back and cringe at how self involved we were? Are the Kardashians to blame for all of our social media woes?

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READING, WATCHING, & LOVING

It’s been a while since I’ve done a little roundup of favourites, or rather, just a collection of random things that have been making me happy recently. There’s been lots of exciting stuff happening behind the scenes, so it’s been a bit more difficult to sit down and keep on top of writing regular blog posts. Amongst travelling, planning for upcoming trips, and preparing everything for the launch my collaboration with Mikaela Lyons, lets just say it’s been busy….

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SOCIAL MEDIA VS PERSONAL STYLE

I wanted to sit down and just type freely about my thoughts on personal style today – particularly the impact that social media has on the way we all like to dress. Admittedly, this topic was inspired by the very Realisation Par skirt that I’m wearing throughout this post, a highly coveted ‘cool girl’ brand that creates silk pieces that Instagram goes crazy for. I remember this particular skirt coming into stock and it reminding me of a leopard blouse that I used to sport back when I was at university – should I?  I thought to myself, letting my mind wander back to all the bad leopard print I’d worn before… 

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WORDS FOR WOMEN | FEMALE HEALTH

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and given you guys a health update – I know it’s not something that I have to do, but since I’ve shared so much already, it only seems right to keep you updated on my progress. I guess there’s still part of me that holds resentment towards my own body, that feels embarrassed and ashamed – awkward and unsexy. These are all important reasons to keep the conversation open surrounding female health. If I can make just one person feel less isolated and hopeless then it’s worth it. As many of you have messaged me saying, there just isn’t enough candid information out there when it comes to our vaginas – we often quietly whisper to friends,  we google symptoms incognito, we bend awkwardly to try and look in the mirror, and often even then, we still don’t know what the hell we are looking at…

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AUGUST PLAYLIST

It’s that time of month where I post the music I’ve been listening to over the last few weeks, along with a few self portraits from this month (that admittedly, have nothing to do with said playlist). It’s been a funny old month of ups and downs (and everything in between), so those moments when I’ve been able to switch off and listen to music have been a blessing. I’ve also been getting back into reading on a more regular basis again (the key is to just pick up another book right after you’ve finished your current one), so let me know if you’d like a reading list style post sometime soon…

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