MEET THE LOU BAG

There’s something about a special new addition in your wardrobe that makes you feel a little nicer, talk with more confidence, and walk a little taller than before. We can all fall victims to fast fashion at times (ASOS ‘new in’ section –  I’m blaming you), but there’s nothing better than investing in timeless pieces that offer you that feeling of self refreshment. Something as simple as a new bag can totally transform a look – I’ve always thought that bags, shoes, and jackets are worth investing in. They are the backbone of your personal style, and if chosen well, will serve you for years to come…

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FRENCH-GIRL STYLE | CAPSULE WARDROBE

It’s no secret that I’m heavily inspired by the French-girl style of dressing, I’m forever admiring images of Jane Birkin swinging around her basket bag and wishing that I was strolling along the French Riviera with my own in hand. There’s something very unique and mysterious about being so effortlessly stylish and put together, they make it look so darn easy! The magical unicorns of the fashion world. With this in mind, I thought I’d put together, perhaps the first in a mini series of posts, a weather appropriate ‘French girl capsule wardrobe’. All the pieces I’ve been reaching for lately on my never ending quest to touch into my French girl roots – my dad’s side are French-Canadian, so this has to mean I’m half way there right…?

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FRANCOISE HARDY STYLE | SS17

I don’t know about you, but I’m fully over Winter clothing and ready to start embracing the warmer weather! We recently had a full weekend of sunshine in Manchester, which is a very rare occurrence indeed – it got me really excited for the months ahead, and got me brainstorming some of the key pieces I want in my wardrobe for the new season. My style doesn’t really change much during Spring/Summer – I tend to just introduce some floatier items, my gingham obsession is fully revealed, and my Birkenstock collection is out in full force. I thought I’d share with you some of the items/looks that I’ll be looking forward to in the form of an inspirational post – an ode to one of my favourite french ladies, Francoise Hardy. Described once as Mick Jagger’s ‘ideal woman’, she epitomises effortlessly cool tomboy meets French-girl chic…

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SPEAKING UP

I’m fast approaching my 25th birthday, and I’ve found myself mulling over some things that I have learnt in the past few years. Retrospect is a fine thing in life – especially when you’re able to look back and analyse your own behavior objectively. It’s a damn good feeling to look back and (hopefully) see how far you’ve progressed, and more importantly, how you’d do things differently if you found yourself in the same situation. One thing that stood out to me the most was learning to stand up for myself – or rather, speaking up for myself. I thought I’d curate my thoughts on this in a little more detail, oh, and I wore my loudest cardigan for the occasion…

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SPRING PLAYLIST

I got to thinking recently that I haven’t shared much of my musical tastes on here – something which is a big part of my life, and has also inspired my outfit choices over the years (good,, bad and the ugly). The warmer weather always has an affect on the music I like to listen to, so I thought it might be nice to share a little Spring playlist with you guys. A word of warning, I’m pretty stuck in my ways when it comes to music, pretty much like my personal style, I tend to look back over the years rather than forward (there’s a few newish). Most of these are songs that are special to me in some way, and that I listen to over and over again at this time of year…

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SPRING FAVOURITES | MY TOP TEN

It’s that time of year when our routines start to switch up again, and we want to say goodbye to Winter skin and welcome an array of fresh glowy faces and perfectly exfoliated limbs. I thought I’d share my top ten Spring inspired beauty products that I’ve been reaching for religiously over the last month…

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MAKING IT WORK | BLOGGING 101

I often get messages asking for advice on everything from how I started up my blog, to editing my Instagram feed, and everything in between that brings my little corner of the internet to life. I thought it might be interesting, or perhaps just useful for you guys if I curated all this information and stuck it in one place. So here goes, everything you need to know about how I edit my pictures, stay inspired, and come up with fresh content ideas whilst juggling life at the same time…

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VINTAGE SHOPPING | A MINI GUIDE

I’ve mentioned my love for vintage clothing quite a lot on this blog, I know some people can’t stand the smell of a vintage shop and would just rather buy something new (which is fine), but for me, there’s just something magical about finding a piece that has a bit of history behind it. Personally, I love it when a jacket looks a little bit rough around the edges, or I find an amazing blouse and it just has the top button missing. It all adds to the charm, and I think it’s fun to be resourceful and inventive with clothing – I’m constantly cutting up my jeans or turning silk scarfs into neck ties. Admittedly, I’m pretty amateur at this, and it doesn’t always go to plan, but it does add that personal touch to my wardrobe…

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THE ART OF BEING ALONE

There seems to be a certain stigma attached to doing things alone – why is it that we are sometimes made to feel ashamed for just being independent and, in simple terms, enjoying our own damn company? Especially so during my teenage years, I found that it was widely considered ‘uncool’ to sit at home with a book on a Friday night, or buy a cinema ticket for one because you actually don’t mind just being at one with the popcorn and a great film. At the ripe old age of 24, I take pride in the fact that I enjoy doing certain things by myself  – I’m surrounded by amazing people but that doesn’t mean that I have to feel strange about enjoying things on my own. I’ve learnt that there is a huge difference between being lonely and being alone…

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THINGS JANE BIRKIN TAUGHT ME

I have invested a lot of time in Jane Birkin over the years – I have numerous framed images of her around my flat and countless outfit ideas banked away in my head as a result of constantly googling her/watching her films. If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll probably have figured out that she’s one of my most treasured sources of inspiration. I admire that her style is truly her own, and she nails the perfect contrast between masculine and feminine so well. Again, a strong aspect of my personal style relays this ethos and it’s a theme I constantly gravitate towards when outfit building. I recently visited the Serge Maison whilst in Paris, and it was hard not to imagine their life together, their matching outfits, and all the wonderful adventures they shared. She’s a woman after my own heart, and I thought it only right to dedicate a whole post to her magical essence – I figured it would be fun to put together a light hearted post of all the things Jane has taught me…

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