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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IMAGINARY OFFICE ATTIRE

Working for myself means that I no longer experience the usual office environment that I was once accustomed to – my office is now a compilation of various coffee shops and home surfaces. Whatever it is that I have going on from what week to the next, I’m lucky enough to be able to carry my work around with me. It’s this flexible nature of the freelance world that I will never take for granted. Even just the simple things like being able to book a dentist appointment for whenever suits me best – it can make everyday life a lot less stressful when you’re in charge of your own routine. However, one thing I do miss is getting dressed for work every morning – the majority of the time I work from home, which means I have a bad habit of gravitating towards sweat pants. I’m particularly guilty of this during the winter months, and sometimes it’s nice to throw on an outfit that inspires me to get down to business (my to-do list that is) …

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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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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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JANUARY FAVOURITES | THE BELTED BLAZER

January has very much been a month of poor health – I’ve had enough coughs, colds, and sore throats to last me a lifetime. It’s very much been a month of poor weather too (it’s not all doom and gloom, stick with me here) – scattered snow storms, and very little daylight, has meant a lot more days hiding under the duvet than usual. I’m not entirely sure why my immune system has had a breakdown this month, I’ve been eating better than ever, and really trying to get back on the health wagon after Christmas. I’ve even bought myself some fancy new gym trainers in an attempt to woo me back on the treadmill, and awayyyy from the festive chocolate stash… 

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THE ART OF BEING BUSY

Over the festive period, I thought a lot about how difficult we often find it to just switch off and not feel guilty that others might not necessarily be taking a break at the same time. We are a society obsessed with being busy and burning ourselves out – we love telling people about it, using it as an excuse, and tweeting about it until our hearts content. Gosh, I’m so busy this week – it’s become something to be proud of, and we often forget the balance is the key to happiness. Over Christmas, I didn’t really know what to do with myself, and for the first few days, I found myself feeling incredibly exhausted, and almost a little glazed over. I put this down to having a couple of none stops months before hand – the constant hustle and bustle of everything had finally died down, and now my body and brain were experiencing some sort of come down… 

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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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THE PERFECT BLACK OVERALLS & VISITING L’APPARTEMENT SÉZANE

Sézane are one of those brands that remain close to my heart – they were one of the first to recognise my photography and work as a blogger, and have remained both generous and supportive ever since. They keep in touch throughout the year, and let me pick out pieces each time a new collection drops, I then feature them organically – basically just as and when I wear them. They are one of those brands that aren’t motivated by financial gain, and instead, have empowering women at the forefront of everything they create. I guess it’s safe to say I’m a huge fan of they way they conduct their online empire, and I was super excited to finally visit their Paris based store…

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