STYLE VALIDATION

This is something I have been thinking about a lot lately – I guess it has something to do with the fact that the change in season always highlights new trends. Trends that we have no doubt seen before, and will no doubt see again. Like everyone, I’ve also been watching a lot of Friends since it finally got added to Netflix for our viewing pleasure. I find myself appreciating the girls fashion more and more with the tenth rewatch of every episode – it somehow still manages to feel current, as though they could walk out of the screen and onto the street with some sort of seamless fashion synergy…

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GRANNY CHIC | VACATION MODE

There’s always been part of my style that’s been attracted to an element of Granny chic – lets just call it that for now. Floral tea dresses, chunky sandals, and ugly cardigans with oversized buttons galore. I used to wear a lot more floral than I do now – I’d seek as many vintage Liberty print and Laura Ashley pieces as I could find on Ebay, and style them with A-line skirts and ankle boots. There’s something about witnessing an older woman who dresses really well that gives me a strong sense of satisfaction – a woman who dresses for herself, and wears her clothing proudly for all to see…

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DO YOU NEED A NICHE TO GET ALONG?

I got to thinking about how important having a niche is when it comes to blogging – I never really set out to be a one trick pony when it came to my blog, but I realised that my own vision for my blog, isn’t necessarily what everyone else might see. For instance, I’d love to make more travel content, and I love to discuss beauty too – but you wouldn’t really gage that from a quick scan through my content. I realised that it’s very easy to pigeon hole yourself when it comes to expressing yourself online, but that shouldn’t stop us from evolving and trying new things…

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WANDERING BACKWARDS…

Do you ever find your mind wandering backwards? It’s something most of us fall victim to at certain moments within our lives – those who deem themselves over-thinkers in particular. For the most part, we are told that overthinking is a negative thing, that offering something too much thought will only ever lead to unnecessary despairing. As a seasoned worrier/over thinker, I definitely think that it comes with it’s pros and cons. A lot of the time, I think it makes me a more thoughtful person – someone who is very in tune with their emotions. However, there are also times when my mind wanders back to a brief conversation I had in 2012, a text I sent, or a message I received that my brain now wants to interpret differently for some reason – these are the times I wish there was an emergency mute button… 

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OUT WITH THE NEW, IN WITH THE OLD…

It’s started to get a little bit warmer here in Manchester, and I’ve slowly been digging out more of my spring pieces and dusting them off. I love going through the spring/summer clothing I’ve stored away for winter and discovering them all over again – it’s important to reuse pieces, and not just buy a whole new wardrobe each season. It’s easier said than done in the fashion industry – temptation for newness is everywhere, but I’m making a conscious effort to enjoy what I already have…

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BUISNESS VS CREATIVITY

For a long time, I struggled to understand where I fit in the career world – I’ve never really been motivated by money, and was always driven by the fact that I didn’t want to sit in the same office space all day long. I bagged myself numerous retail jobs when I graduated, and remember being endlessly frustrated that it was all about convincing customers to by pieces they probably didn’t need, endless sales figures, and copious amounts of stress over the festive period…

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DENIM FOR DATE NIGHT: A VIDEO

Two ‘date night’ looks for spring, both with vintage denim in mind. If you’re anything like me and you never have enough time to get ready/basically live in high waisted jeans, then you might like this one. Whether it’s a date with someone else, or just taking yourself out for pancakes…

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THE INSTAGRAM EFFECT

Truth is, people rarely look as polished as they do on Instagram, photos are usually captured when we are feeling the best version of ourselves. When our make up is done, when we are having a good hair day, when we feel a little less bloated than the week before. Instagram is basically like constantly looking at someones best side, their best life, all shot in their best lightIt has the power to make people look like they have all their shit together before the age of twenty five, it can make couples appear happier than they actually are, and it can generally just make life look a little sweeter than it probably is behind the scenes… 

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SIZE UP, SUIT UP…

I recently stumbled across this check bag in a vintage shop and it was love at first sight – I’m obsessed with checked print accessories at the moment, so finding this gem for under thirty pounds was a very welcome surprise. Vintage shopping is one of my most favourite past times – I just love treasure hunting, and then walking away with something that not everyone is likely to have. It really makes my outfits feel more personal to me, and I can spend hours looking if uninterrupted…

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CHARACTER DRESSING

Whenever people ask me about where I get my inspiration from, I always find myself referring to various films or TV series. Characters have inspired me since I was very little – whether it was influencing the way I was acting, certain words I’d become obsessed with, or eventually, the way I decided to dress myself each morning…

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