WINTER PLAYLIST

There’s no Christmas playlist this year as I honestly think my Christmas playlist skills well and truly peaked last year, so you’re very welcome to go and check that one out if you so please. What I do have is a winter playlist for you to feast your ears on. Sounds fancy, but in reality I just couldn’t think of a better title, and it’s just a curation of songs that have been keeping me content over the last few weeks…

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THE WORDS WE USE

I shot these images a couple of weeks back for a collaboration with the Ralph Lauren Manchester store – they have been sitting on my desktop without any words to accompany them, so I thought I’d put them to good use. Winter can be pretty miserable when it comes to shooting for the blog – you have to be prepared for all the elements to hit you throughout the duration of the shoot, and sometimes the whole thing ends up being a wasted effort. You find yourself flicking through eighty photos of yourself battling high winds and wondering where it all went horribly wrong… 

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WORKING FROM HOME

I thought I’d share something I wrote about working from home. I definitely want to start sharing a different side to my writing on here – shorter posts that I write and never really do anything with. Posts that capture a feeling rather than share an outfit or an idea…  

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A FESTIVE GIFT GUIDE

I thought I’d put together a little gift guide this year – partly to inspire you guys, and partly to inspire my own Christmas shopping list! Every year it can feel a bit daunting, so I thought I’d curate some of my favourite stocking fillers to get us all off on the right foot (no pun intended). There’s nothing ground groundbreaking here in terms of unique ideas, but I just wanted share some of the things I’d personally love to receive, along with plenty of pieces I know those close to me would love to receive too… 

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PLANS AND PREPARATION

Hope you’re all well and having a wonderful week so far! It’s that time of year when everything seems full speed ahead until the Christmas break – it’s easy to get swept up in last minute shopping and loose ends, then before you know it the festive period has passed you by. I’m trying my best to be organised this year, i the hope that I can enjoy the month of December a little more than I did last year…

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TIPS TO AVOID IMPULSE BUYING

I’m guilty of being quite an impulsive person – I pretty much know right away when I like/want something, but it’s not always a positive trait. Especially when it comes to my bank balance, I’ve really had to teach myself to curb my spending habits over the years and consider my purchases more carefully. At Twenty Six, I feel like I’m much more in control of my finances and generally behaving like a responsible adult (most of the time) – I budget, I save, and I try to avoid impulse buying as much as possible. With this in mind, I thought I’d share some of my top tips to help you over the Christmas period and beyond…

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WHAT’S UNDERNEATH

I often write about insecurities and things that make me feel anxious – today I felt like writing something different. I decided to type up all the things that make me feel strong in some way. The things that make me proud, the moments that feel important to me… 

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THE IMPORTANT STUFF

First of all, thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments on my recent Period Drama post – it means the world that these kinds of posts are so well received by you guys. I get floods of messages whenever I write something surrounding female/mental health – messages that make it feel important for me to always continue. I’ve decided that the new blog design will feature it’s very own female health category so that you can all locate these posts more easily, and it will be a little reminder to myself to keep sharing my journey… 

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PERIOD DRAMA

So this post has arrived off the back of an Instagram story I posted last week whilst taking my monthly visit to Boots (bare with me). I vented my frustration at the popular sanitary product brands always being stocked at eye level, whilst the organic brands were hidden on the bottom shelf as though they were some sort of dirty secret. I’m fully aware that these big brands pay top dollar for their prime spot on the sacred sanitary shelf – but as someone who has struggled considerably more with female health issues because of these very products, it makes me sad. Actually scrap that, it makes me mad

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A FEW STEPS IN A NEW DIRECTION

I thought it was a pretty good time to sit down and have a little catch up – you know, one of those posts where I just ramble a bit, and update you with what’s been happening around these parts. October was a crazy old month for me, I often find that this time of year is always full speed ahead, and this year is shaping up to be no different. The jewellery launch couldn’t have gone any better – we completely sold out the week it went live, so thank you again to everybody who supported us and sent kind messages. Don’t worry if you had your eye on a piece for Christmas, it’s now been fully restocked, and is available to get your hands on again…

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