DECONSTRUCTING AN OUFIT

When it comes to fashion, this time of year is all about layers – and lots of them! Layering can be tricky to get right sometimes – often an outfit can feel destroyed as soon as you add a winter coat, and other times it can really complete the look. Most winters, I’ve been guilty of steering away from outfits that I really like, just because I’ve convinced myself that they make me look massively bulky. Think Joey from Friends when he puts on everything Chandler owns – sometimes you just end up feeling frumpy, and pining for the summer months to hurry up… 

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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… 

Continue Reading

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… 

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

STYLING THE OVERSIZED SCARF

My current outfit inspiration has basically been anything that makes me feel like I’m still in bed – pieces that are oversized, but still manage to make me look like a functioning human. With this in mind, you can imagine how happy I was when I stumbled across this oversized scarf – it basically doubles up as an actual blanket, and covers a multitude of sins (toothpaste stains). I’ve seen a lot of these kind of scarfs around lately, and I couldn’t be more thankful for it’s arrival in my life. It means I can pretty much wear whatever I want underneath my coat/jacket, and still have the option of an extra layer when wandering from place to place…

Continue Reading

WARM IN WINTER | CAFÉ DE FLORE

I recently got the chance to visit Café De Flore whilst in Paris – I have to blame Tumblr and Pinterest for making me want to go, and spending a ridiculous amount on coffee. However, it’s definitely worth it as a little luxurious treat, sometimes we all need a little of that in our lives – particularly in January. I don’t know what it is about this time of the month that turns me into a sluggish, unmotivated, sloth creature. I just haven’t been hit with that new year get up and go just yet, so a little getaway provided the perfect distraction…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

PRACTICAL AND PERSONAL

I hate that feeling of leaving the house, and not fully feeling like the best version of yourself – it tends to happen a lot around this time of year, and we all seem to get a bit complacent in our winter layers. We tend to lean towards pieces that are practical, and leave what we wish we could wear hanging in the wardrobe back home. January and February can be tricky months in terms of styling – it’s often cold or raining in Manchester, and my personal style awaits that much needed Spring reboot that lays ahead. That promise of a new season refresh, and to hopefully rediscover clothing that doesn’t make me resemble a snowman… 

Continue Reading

WHITE SHOES IN WINTER

After a few wonderful and relatively stress free days in Paris, it feels good to be home and getting my teeth sunk into some new blog posts. We managed to shoot quite a few outfits during our stay, so you can expect lots of Paris themed content coming your way over the next couple of weeks! It was quite a chilled trip in all honesty – half of it was spent picture taking, and the other half exploring some of the places on my wish list. Paris is definitely one of those places that gets better with each visit – especially once you’ve ticked off all the usual tourist spots. It’s only then that you can really wander around without the inevitable tourist guilt that presents itself when visiting a new city…

Continue Reading