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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BABY PINK MOHAIR & LEOPARD PRINT

A cosy knit and a midi skirt are always a fail safe for me at this time of year – especially when teamed with chunky ankle boots. I think one of my greatest investments this year has to be these Grenson boots – they are doing quite the rounds over on Instagram, and I can definitely see why. They make any outfit extra warming on those bitterly cold days, and they keep my feet toasty and dry during the all too often Manchester downpour. I’ve been wearing them with everything and anything, and they haven’t given me blisters once… 

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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 PERFECT WINTER COAT

It’s officially winter coat season around these parts, and much like last year, I’m really enjoying anything that feels like a giant dressing gown but creates some shape at the waist. Picking up that new winter coat is very much a nostalgic feeling for many of us – it reminds me of starting a new season at school, and being very aware that whatever coat I picked would have to be worn all winter long. These days, I’m lucky enough to have a few different options, but I still take my coat shopping very seriously. After all, there’s only so much space in our overstuffed hallway cupboard…

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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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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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COATS & SUNGLASSES WEATHER

I treasure those days when the sky is a crisp blue colour, and the sun is warm enough to take the edge off the ever decreasing temperature drop. I like to call this heavenly combination coats and sunglasses weather – British winter at it’s finest. Still warm enough to feel chic in your outfit, but cool enough to wear that new winter coat you’ve been waiting on. There’s something very comforting about wearing an oversized coat with a big pair of sunglasses – almost as though you’re putting on a disguise for the day, and can be whoever you want…

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NIGHT & DAY

I often refer to my style as somewhere between night and day. It’s that contrast of looks (that usually fit into their own neat boxes) that keeps fashion interesting to me. Am I on the way to a bar? Am I going hiking? Who the hell knows. In theory, the idea of teaming such a delicate satin skirt with some tough looking winter boots seems like a mistake, but it’s often these experimental mistakes that end up being some of my favourite outfits…

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