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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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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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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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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SPEAKING UP

I’m fast approaching my 25th birthday, and I’ve found myself mulling over some things that I have learnt in the past few years. Retrospect is a fine thing in life – especially when you’re able to look back and analyse your own behavior objectively. It’s a damn good feeling to look back and (hopefully) see how far you’ve progressed, and more importantly, how you’d do things differently if you found yourself in the same situation. One thing that stood out to me the most was learning to stand up for myself – or rather, speaking up for myself. I thought I’d curate my thoughts on this in a little more detail, oh, and I wore my loudest cardigan for the occasion…

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SPRING PLAYLIST

I got to thinking recently that I haven’t shared much of my musical tastes on here – something which is a big part of my life, and has also inspired my outfit choices over the years (good,, bad and the ugly). The warmer weather always has an affect on the music I like to listen to, so I thought it might be nice to share a little Spring playlist with you guys. A word of warning, I’m pretty stuck in my ways when it comes to music, pretty much like my personal style, I tend to look back over the years rather than forward (there’s a few newish). Most of these are songs that are special to me in some way, and that I listen to over and over again at this time of year…

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THINGS JANE BIRKIN TAUGHT ME

I have invested a lot of time in Jane Birkin over the years – I have numerous framed images of her around my flat and countless outfit ideas banked away in my head as a result of constantly googling her/watching her films. If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll probably have figured out that she’s one of my most treasured sources of inspiration. I admire that her style is truly her own, and she nails the perfect contrast between masculine and feminine so well. Again, a strong aspect of my personal style relays this ethos and it’s a theme I constantly gravitate towards when outfit building. I recently visited the Serge Maison whilst in Paris, and it was hard not to imagine their life together, their matching outfits, and all the wonderful adventures they shared. She’s a woman after my own heart, and I thought it only right to dedicate a whole post to her magical essence – I figured it would be fun to put together a light hearted post of all the things Jane has taught me…

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A GIRL IS A GUN

Hello you wonderful lot and happy International Women’s Day! In the spirit of the occasion, I thought I’d put together a little post in dedication to some female icons that I admire, and do something a little different. I thought it might be cool to share some of my favourite ladies with you, along with some quotes that have always stuck with me. Each of the women below are dear to me in one way or another, either because of their personal style, strong voice, or beautiful words that they left behind…

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