TAKING THE PRESSURE OFF

I was recently thinking about social media and how much pressure it comes with (average Monday morning) – particularly for people that find themselves building a career from it. I see lots of people I admire question their ability and their creativity, and it’s really made me take a step back over the last couple of months and revaluate what I wanted out of my blog/online presence. For instance, when I started YouTube, I naively vowed to post at least one video a week. I didn’t realise how much work it would be, or how difficult it would be to capture a video that reflects who I am as a real person…

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THE KINDEST GIFT

Ahh Valentines day – whatever your thoughts on the occasion, it seems to have many people feeling divided. As someone who has been in a relationship for over seven years now, I can safely say that Valentines day doesn’t really make a difference to me. It’s also safe to say that relationships don’t correlate with happiness, and that’s something I’ve learnt as I’ve got older and more independent – we have to be able to make ourselves happy, or nobody else will truly be able to…

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RECOGNISING IMPROVEMENTS

First of all, I just want to address the elephant in the room here, and apologise for how creased this blazer is – I didn’t realise until I looked back at the photos, but it seems a shame to waste them based off my poor ironing skills alone. Anyway, hopefully you can look past it and enjoy this post regardless! I wanted to talk a bit about social anxiety – it’s something I’ve addressed a few times on here, and definitely something I’ve struggled with for as long as I can remember. I think it’s always something that I’ll carry with me to a certain extent, but recently I realised that I hadn’t stopped to notice how much I’ve improved over the years…

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THE EIGHTIES CALLED…

The Eighties often gets mentioned in a negative tone when it comes to the world of fashion – if an outfit looks a little too vibrant, or the shoulder pads come up a little too large, we often feel in danger of emulating fancy dress attire. I’m sure many of us have looked back at old family photos of our parents who fell victim to a bad perm, or a questionable case of acid wash denim. Whatever your opinion on Eighties fashion – it definitely wasn’t an era that fell short of self expression, iconic dance moves, and polka dot hair bows…

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FRIENDSHIP IN YOUR TWENTIES

This is a topic I have wanted to discuss for a long while now – I’m a solid five years into my twenties, and I’m sure anyone who’s part of the twenty something club will agree with me when I say a lot changes in your twenties. People tend to focus on puberty when they discuss life changes – as though puberty is when you really start to grow up and become a full human. For me personally, my twenties have felt way more like memorable stages of development than anything else I’ve ever experienced…

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MATISSE T-SHIRT

I was looking around my little flat recently after a visit to an antique warehouse – we are moving in March, and I wanted to get a bit of interior design inspiration. I suddenly started thinking about how people have such vastly different ideas about what’s attractive – in all senses of the word. In people, in homeware, in fashion – everyone has certain things they are more in favour of. For me, fashion has always had something to do with balance – an outfit always has to feel like it’s balanced in order for me to start getting excited about it. I can’t quite articulate what that really means – I guess a combination of pieces that feel like they fit together. Like a jigsaw puzzle of clothing that I can wear…

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KEEPING THE BLOGGING RUT AT BAY

A large proportion of the messages I receive on Instagram are to do with blogging – everything from how I started this little online space of mine, to how I keep to a routine and come up with new ideas. My blog isn’t even two years old yet, so I don’t always feel the most qualified to offer advice – I’ve even been asked to sit on a few panels over the past few months, but I always shy away from it because I’m very much still learning myself. Blogging is vastly different to the online world I experienced growing up – it’s a huge industry, and I can definitely see why it might intimidate people, and in some cases, prevent them from even starting a blog of their own…

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TRUTH BE TOLD

Last year I bit the bullet and wrote pretty frankly about a health issue that I’d been suffering in silence with for years. I wasn’t prepared for the response – so many of you got in touch, and opened up to me about your own stories. It was truly heartwarming, and made me (and a lot of others) feel way less alone. I thought I’d catch up with you in terms of my health, and make this post a little more informative than the last one. I feel as though my last post only really touched the surface, and I just wanted to leave some useful information here for anyone who might need it…

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A HEALTHY DOSE OF THE INTERNET

It’s safe to say that over the Christmas period, I was pretty exhausted with the online world – I was ready for a break, and boy did it help to completely reset my mind. It’s not healthy to live all of our time online, playing the numbers game, and getting neck deep in comparison. We all need real human interaction, and to feel less pressure to document every little thing that we do and see – it’s not the way for us to thrive. Admittedly, I owe a lot to my little corner of the internet – it’s helped me develop my own business, and meet some of the most wonderful people whilst doing so. However, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with creating a safe online space for yourself – one that doesn’t involve a constant stream of triggers and unsettling behaviour…

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HOPES AND DREAMS

I hope you all had the best Christmas, and a well deserved break! I thought I’d ease myself back into blogging in the form of a mini ramble – I did manage to switch off over the festive period, and didn’t find myself reaching for my laptop each morning as usual. This has allowed me the much needed refresh that I was craving! However, It’s also pretty difficult to turn off completely when you not only work for yourself, but happen to enjoy the work as a hobby regardless. Blogging is an outlet that allows me to just switch off from whatever is happening around me, and just write freely whenever the feeling strikes… 

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