LESS ALONE IN MANCHESTER

I get quite a lot of messages (on a weekly basis) from those of you that are lovely enough to follow along and engage with me. I noticed that a large proportion of these messages were showing similar trends. People who were new to an area, people who wanted tips on how to make friends, people that had been living in an area for ages but still felt lonely – people who were just struggling to make friends. It seems strange in a world brimming with all different kinds of people, but making friends is hard – particularly ones that you will actively keep in touch with and see regularly. It only gets harder as you get older and busier too – our priorities change, and we live in a time where a lot of what we do revolves around work and being endlessly unavailable… 

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THE MAGIC OF NEW YORK

I was lucky enough to spend a week in New York this month – it was my first time ever visiting The Big Apple, and it was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. I was feeling a bit uninspired before we went away, and have definitely returned with the inspiration that I was craving. The best way I can describe NYC would be magical chaos. It’s vibrant, loud, and always inviting you to explore more with every crossing you rush across, and every cosy little street you turn down…

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BEHIND THE SCENES | MIKAELA LYONS

As promised, I wanted to create a little behind the scenes style post with some further information on everything that went into The Prettiest Star collection. Just incase any of you were interested in the ethical practices, and some more details about how the collection was put together in general. This being my first design collaboration, a lot of this I learnt as we went along, and they are definitely practices that I want to adopt in other areas of my life. It’s so important to try and be more mindful about the way we consume and create, and little changes go a very long way…

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A JEWELLERY COLLECTION | MIKAELA LYONS

This post has been a long time coming, and I’m so so excited that I finally get to share what I’ve been working on with Mikaela Lyons behind the blogging scenes. As many of you will be aware, I have a huge admiration for gold jewellery, and most of the pieces that I own, I wear on daily repeat. Good quality gold jewellery has become a huge part of my personal style, and an aspect that I can’t ever see fading. My love for chunky gold accessories very much came from my Grandparents on my mums side – they would wear these amazing antique pieces that I would be memorised by, and I loved that my Gran wore bold pieces, rather than the usual delicate jewellery that seemed to be available for most women…

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GROWING UP WITH YOU

I recently read Chloe Plumstead’s post about her relationship, and it echoed so many of my own thoughts and feelings. Like queen Chloe (I mean, please go and read her blog if you don’t already because it’s a breath of real fresh air), I’ve also been in a relationship since I was eighteen. Sam and I met at freshers week whilst studying in Leeds – perhaps the worst possible time to bump into the love of your life, but looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way…

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WHAT’S IN A POST

It’s been a little while since I’ve sat down and written about something other than clothes. I guess I’d started to feel a bit exhausted on the whole, and very uninspired in general. I usually feel this way around this time of year when everything is transitioning – I find it hard to dress myself successfully, let alone to curate my thoughts into something mildly interesting. I don’t believe that everything I post on the internet has to be some sort of groundbreaking piece of writing, but I much prefer the process of putting a blog post together when I feel like it has some sort of purpose behind it…

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UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN | VILLA LENA

The second (and final) stop of the week was the wonderfully unique Villa Lena. An incredible place that has well and truly left its mark on me, I can’t wait to go back with whoever’s willing to come along. Whether you’re a group of friends, with family, or a couple looking for a chilled time in Tuscany – Villa Lena has you coveredThe longer I spent there, the more I realised how therapeutic being in the rural countryside really is. It’s safe to say that I was very sad to leave, but I’ve definitely left with a new enthusiasm for the simple life… 

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UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN | BORGO PIGNANO

I was lucky enough to spend all of last week in Tuscany, some much needed catch up time with my mum, and a chance to tick another Italian destination off my bucket list. I got to partner with I-escape, which for transparency, means that we received a discount for both of the amazing hotels that we stayed at. It’s definitely the best perk of the job, I love travelling and meeting new people, and it’s something I want to continue doing for as long as I’m able to. Tuscany has been somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for years, so getting to have a last summer fling there was a dream come true…

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OUT OF SORTS

Anyone else find themselves starting to feel a bit strange around this time of year? I always forget just how much the change in season can affect me physically, and just how important it is to keep on top of any negative feelings. For instance, the end of summer means ever decreasing daylight, less time spent outdoors, and sometimes even less socialising too. It can feel like quite a tough adjustment for the soul, and this can have a knock on affect when it comes to feeling energised and productive…

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THIS TIME OF YEAR

Around this time every year I start to feel a little funny about the industry that I’ve found myself contributing to – fashion month comes around, and always seems to encourage the same feelings of inadequacy. Just a disclaimer, this won’t be one of those posts slagging of fashion week and those that choose to attend, but I thought it might be interesting to explore the way I feel, as I’m sure I won’t be alone. There’s something about fashion week that feels very elite and vacuous from the outside, but at the same time, I adore seeing glimpses of my favourite designers via the likes of Instagram stories. It’s this love/hate relationship with the fashion industry that always leaves me with the same internal conflict – why am I not making more effort to go to fashion week?…

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