A HEALTHY DOSE OF THE INTERNET

It’s safe to say that over the Christmas period, I was pretty exhausted with the online world – I was ready for a break, and boy did it help to completely reset my mind. It’s not healthy to live all of our time online, playing the numbers game, and getting neck deep in comparison. We all need real human interaction, and to feel less pressure to document every little thing that we do and see – it’s not the way for us to thrive. Admittedly, I owe a lot to my little corner of the internet – it’s helped me develop my own business, and meet some of the most wonderful people whilst doing so. However, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with creating a safe online space for yourself – one that doesn’t involve a constant stream of triggers and unsettling behaviour…

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BROWN GINGHAM BLAZER

January is a time when I like to try and get the creativity flowing for the year ahead – it’s not always easy to get back into the swing of things, especially when you’re feeling sleepy and bloated after the old December snooze. I had quite the wardrobe clear out before Christmas, so I’m definitely ready to introduce some new pieces into my life, and generally just refresh what I wear on a day to day basis. With this in mind, I’ve been doing my fair share of vintage shopping over the last couple of weeks… 

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SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW

I though I’d put together a random list of facts about myself so that maybe you can all get to know me a little better. I always like reading these kind of posts, it’s interesting to me to hear about what people like and dislike – what makes them tick. I guess I’m just nosy, but it’s nice to delve into peoples lives a little deeper, and learn more about things that stand out to them, and ultimately, shape the person that they are… 

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WINTER BEAUTY CABINET

It’s been a little while since I’ve done anything beauty related – so I thought the start of a brand new year might be the perfect excuse! My skincare routine doesn’t tend to change that much – I pretty much stick to around ten different products in alteration with each other, depending on what my skin is crying out for each week. For those of you that follow my Instagram stories/beauty blog posts, you’ll know that I own way more than ten products, but most of them are just variations of pretty much the same thing…

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AT HOME

We just got the news that our new flat is secured, and it got me thinking about how much of a homebody I am. I love nothing more than spending hours organising and redesigning spaces – which I guess is just as well considering I have a mountain of clothing to constantly keep on top of. We have lived in our current flat together for around three years now, it’s very much a humble one bedroom abode with nothing fancy to shout about. It’s on a really busy street in Manchester, and right across the road from a rowdy student club. It’s safe to say we have had plenty of adventures whilst living here, but both of us are more than ready to make a new place home…

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STYLING STATEMENT BOOTS

Typically, I’d say that a pair of reddy/brown snakeskin boots wouldn’t be first choice of footwear, but I spied these over on Instagram recently, and instantly feel hook, line, and sinker! They are by a brand that I constantly find myself checking up on – MiistaMiista are a Spanish independent brand that create shoes like nothing I have seen before – a serious breath of fresh air when it comes to finding the perfect investment boots. I wanted something that felt a little more exciting, a pair of boots that jazzed up some denim jeans like nothing else…

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BACK IN TIME

I recently had the pleasure of shooting at The Principal hotel in Manchester, and left feeling completely smitten with the whole place. I have always had a strong admiration for all things old – whether it’s a historical building, or a dusty vintage shop, there’s just something satisfying about being surrounded by old things. It’s the same sort of romantic feeling that I might get when I put on a pair of vintage boots, or faux fur jacket that’s got someone else’s name written in the label – it’s that little connection to times gone by that encourages me to imagine I’m playing out some sort of character for the day… 

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HOPES AND DREAMS

I hope you all had the best Christmas, and a well deserved break! I thought I’d ease myself back into blogging in the form of a mini ramble – I did manage to switch off over the festive period, and didn’t find myself reaching for my laptop each morning as usual. This has allowed me the much needed refresh that I was craving! However, It’s also pretty difficult to turn off completely when you not only work for yourself, but happen to enjoy the work as a hobby regardless. Blogging is an outlet that allows me to just switch off from whatever is happening around me, and just write freely whenever the feeling strikes… 

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THE MAGIC OF NYE

I have always had a slightly bittersweet relationship with New Years Eve – a lot of pressure seems to ride on being in the right dress, at the right party, stood in the right place, with the right person, and the right drink in hand as soon as the clock strikes midnight. I’ve had some wonderful times (and some I’d rather forget) but no matter how the night ends, it always seems to start off the same sense of hope and optimism for the year ahead…

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BROWN TONES

I don’t think I’ve ever worn an outfit that was plucked entirely from the same colour palette – it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but I happen to really like how this one turned out. I seem to have accumulated quite a few brown pieces over the past couple of months, so I thought it might be fun to throw a few of them together, and step outside of my colour related comfort zone…

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