EARNING MY STRIPES

I’ve been feeling generally quite overwhelmed lately – my life took a drastic change in direction over the course of what felt like a mere heartbeat. When you suffer with anxiety, great opportunities can often feel daunting, even frightening, and this sometimes overrides the positive feelings of self accomplishment and excitement. I mentioned recently that I’ve just started to give blogging a shot full time – this wasn’t something that I ever imagined happening so soon, and I still don’t really feel like I’ve digested this new life change…

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Q&A | PART ONE

I recently asked you guys if you’d be interested in a Q&A style post and was overwhelmed with all the lovely/insightful questions! Lots of them were very similar in terms of theme, so I’ve whittled them down to the most popular, and have tried my best to answer them without things getting too wordy! Anyway, I hope this isn’t too much of a snooze fest and thank you to everyone who got in touch…

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LA REDOUTE LOOKBOOK | CITY STYLE

I recently had the opportunity to work with La Redoute, and instantly knew that it would be a project I’d love working on. A French founded brand that makes French style accessible and affordable – what’s not to love? Everything from fulfilling your French-girl wardrobe needs, to the perfect homeware pieces you’ve been lusting after – La Redoute really has everything I want all in one place. I thought I’d style two weather appropriate looks based around unpredictable city life…

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A LITTLE FAVOURITES UPDATE

I’ve invested in a few new products lately that have made it into my everyday routine – I thought it only right to curate my thoughts on why they are working for me, and share my mini reviews with you. In my opinion, these are all products that have been totally worthy of the price tag, and ones that are fast becoming firm favourites! My skin has really cleared up lately and looks so much smoother/healthier, meaning less time spent faffing with concealer, and more make up free days and just embracing the natural look…

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HIGH STREET SS17 | TOP PICKS

After my recent ‘brands to inspire’ post, I got lots of messages asking about other brands that I admire, particularly on the high street. As many of you will know by now, I love my vintage clothing and my outfits are usually a mix of high street, vintage, and the odd higher end piece. I don’t like spending a crazy amount on my outfits, but I do like to invest in those luxury items now and then, usually the pieces that I know I’ll wear and love forever. With that in mind, I thought I’d give you a little insight into the high street brands I’m loving at the moment, and the pieces that have been catching my eye…

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THE STATEMENT MIDI

Throughout my early teenage years, I used to avoid midi skirts at all costs. I thought they were frumpy and unflattering, and that there was no possible way I could feel good in one. However, in recent years you can’t keep me away from a great midi skirt – I loved the pleated trend during Winter and wore my black pleated one endlessly with jumpers tucked in and pointed boots. Now that SS17 trends are well and truly underway, I thought it was time to update my little collection with a slightly more vibrant version….

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SOMETHING I WROTE AT 2AM

I’ve been thinking about body image and confidence quite a lot lately – what it means to me, and how social media/the media in general can often distort the way we view our bodies and value others around us. As someone who has struggled with themselves relentlessly, I feel that this is a topic I could discuss forever! I also thought it might be interesting to just pen down my thoughts and feelings so that I can reflect back on this, and perhaps make it a regular topic of discussion. I apologise in advance if this is a bit of a ramble lacking in direction, sometimes my mind lights up at 2am and I find myself frantically scribbling things down…

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A FEW PLACES I’M HAPPY | MANCHESTER EDIT

I have lived in a city centre for over two whole years now, which has meant I’ve had plenty of time to track down my favourite places and make them feel like home. I get asked so often about where I like to eat/drink/hang out on the weekends, so I thought I’d curate a little list of places in Manchester that make me happy, and that I’d recommend visiting if you find yourself in the area…

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BRANDS TO INSPIRE

I thought I’d put together a round up of all the brands that are inspiring me, and have done so for a good while now! Usually this is because of the obvious reasons – the clothing designs are amazing, and their branding is executed in a way that appeals directly to my personal style. I admire the following brands not just because they make beautiful clothing, but for how they conduct their whole branding in general. From their photography, to the models they use, to general website layout and aesthetic. These are the brands that are keeping me inspired both on and off Instagram, and have me lusting over their collections like no other…

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ONE STEP AHEAD

For me, this time of year can be a bit tricky in terms of ‘getting it right’. It’s often jumper weather when you leave for the morning coffee run, but by 2pm you find yourself wishing you’d worn a t-shirt – and of course you left your sunglasses on the bedside table. Absolute typical British problems, and often one that makes getting dressed each morning so god damn confusing. As a result, I’m found sticking my arm out the window to try and get a feel of what I should wear based of temperature (please tell me I’m not the only weirdo that does that), or obsessively checking the weather app in hope that, just once, it might tell the truth…

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