TRAVELLING SONGS | A PLAYLIST

I’m heading to beautiful France next week – Bordeaux to be precise. I used to go camping in France every year when I was younger, so it’s always somewhere that feels very nostalgic to me. I’m heading there with work which feels extra exciting – I have to pinch myself whenever I get invited somewhere new. It’s very much a perk of the job, and I’m so incredibly grateful to those of you who invest time in the content I create each week. I’ve kind of had travelling on the mind lately – the warmer weather seems to do that to me. I thought I’d make another playlist as you guys seem to love a curated list of songs as much as I love putting them together…

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SPRING BEAUTY | THE STAPLES

The recent mini heatwave has had me clearing out my empty beauty products, and making way for some new spring/summer beauty essentials to get my skin in tip top condition. It was a longgg winter of central heating induced scales, and a general lacklustre complexion. I’ve mentioned before that my skin always looks it’s best throughout the warmer months, I find that my routine can be a little less product heavy, and generally less high maintenance. I thought I’d run you through a few of the things that can be found on my messy bathroom shelf – the things that are keeping my face a little less winter bound, and a little more summer is just round the corner

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STYLE VALIDATION

This is something I have been thinking about a lot lately – I guess it has something to do with the fact that the change in season always highlights new trends. Trends that we have no doubt seen before, and will no doubt see again. Like everyone, I’ve also been watching a lot of Friends since it finally got added to Netflix for our viewing pleasure. I find myself appreciating the girls fashion more and more with the tenth rewatch of every episode – it somehow still manages to feel current, as though they could walk out of the screen and onto the street with some sort of seamless fashion synergy…

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GRANNY CHIC | VACATION MODE

There’s always been part of my style that’s been attracted to an element of Granny chic – lets just call it that for now. Floral tea dresses, chunky sandals, and ugly cardigans with oversized buttons galore. I used to wear a lot more floral than I do now – I’d seek as many vintage Liberty print and Laura Ashley pieces as I could find on Ebay, and style them with A-line skirts and ankle boots. There’s something about witnessing an older woman who dresses really well that gives me a strong sense of satisfaction – a woman who dresses for herself, and wears her clothing proudly for all to see…

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AVERAGE WORKING DAY: A MINI ACCOUNT

Freelancing can be tough when it comes down to creating a routine for yourself – especially when travel opportunities arise and disrupt any chance of you knowing what day it is, or what project you need to focus on next. I can almost hear the yeah, sounds real tough thoughts coming at me through the screen, but bare with me here. When you’re a one man band, it can be difficult to spread yourself across all different areas of your work, it can sometimes make you feel overwhelmed, or just down right bloody useless…

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DO YOU NEED A NICHE TO GET ALONG?

I got to thinking about how important having a niche is when it comes to blogging – I never really set out to be a one trick pony when it came to my blog, but I realised that my own vision for my blog, isn’t necessarily what everyone else might see. For instance, I’d love to make more travel content, and I love to discuss beauty too – but you wouldn’t really gage that from a quick scan through my content. I realised that it’s very easy to pigeon hole yourself when it comes to expressing yourself online, but that shouldn’t stop us from evolving and trying new things…

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WANDERING BACKWARDS…

Do you ever find your mind wandering backwards? It’s something most of us fall victim to at certain moments within our lives – those who deem themselves over-thinkers in particular. For the most part, we are told that overthinking is a negative thing, that offering something too much thought will only ever lead to unnecessary despairing. As a seasoned worrier/over thinker, I definitely think that it comes with it’s pros and cons. A lot of the time, I think it makes me a more thoughtful person – someone who is very in tune with their emotions. However, there are also times when my mind wanders back to a brief conversation I had in 2012, a text I sent, or a message I received that my brain now wants to interpret differently for some reason – these are the times I wish there was an emergency mute button… 

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OUT WITH THE NEW, IN WITH THE OLD…

It’s started to get a little bit warmer here in Manchester, and I’ve slowly been digging out more of my spring pieces and dusting them off. I love going through the spring/summer clothing I’ve stored away for winter and discovering them all over again – it’s important to reuse pieces, and not just buy a whole new wardrobe each season. It’s easier said than done in the fashion industry – temptation for newness is everywhere, but I’m making a conscious effort to enjoy what I already have…

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CREAM VINTAGE TROUSERS

I’ve been obsessed with neutrals for as long as I can remember – they just feel so timeless, and there’s something very vintage and classy about a women dressed head to toe in neutral tones. It’s a look that I like to adopt during the spring/summer months for a number of reasons: I feel that they flatter my hair/skin tone (especially with a fresh summer holiday tan), and they are a match made in heaven for any wicker/straw accessories. Think nineteen forties safari with a Françoise Hardy edge, and you’ll have a little insight into the way I’m piecing my wardrobe together for the warmer months that lie ahead…

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A PLAYLIST FOR APRIL

It’s been a while since I shared a playlist around these parts, so here’s a compilation of everything I’ve been humming along to over the past few months! We are heading to Primavera at the end of May and I couldn’t be more excited. One of the things on my bucket list for this year was to get out and listen to more live music whenever possible – Barcelona seems like a great place to start, and I can’t wait to explore a brand new city… 

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