Shani Coles

Sunday, 9 September 2018


On the 18th of August I turned 22! I was supposed to head to Norfolk for the weekend, but my car decided to breakdown so I had to pass on the long weekend by the sea :(. However, Alex Monroe announced a special event at their INSERT STORE NAME store, and it turned out to be on the 18th! So my sisters and I hopped on the train to London to pop to the store and also have a day of exploring in London.

I went for a super comfy outfit and trainers as I knew we'd be on our feet all day.
Sunglasses - RayBan
Cropped Mustard Tee - Primark
Paperbag Waist Culottes - H&M
Polka Dot Trainers - Adidas

So of course, the Alex Monroe store was the first on my list. It's a tiny little boutique, designed perfectly with a workshop above! It's so beautiful inside, with so many gorgeous pieces on show!
One thing I ADORE about London is how you can stumble upon so many gems. This abstract piece appeared after we'd crossed London Bridge on our way to Oxford Street. How amazing is this! I'm gutted that I've not been able to find the artist.
Speaking of artists; we had to take a trip to the fabulous 'We Built This City' on Carnaby Street. It's full of prints, souvenirs and so much more, all by artists from London and the UK. It's hard to leave without feeling so inspired to make cool shit and dream of showcasing your own work in such an exciting store.
Some of these artists get the opportunity to promote their work by painting the entire shop front, which changes every several weeks.

 On our way to We Built This City we hopped into Joe & the Juice for a much needed drink and a sit down. The sports juice was so refreshing, just what we needed to revitalise us for the next few hours.
And for food, we opted to find some dinner at St Pancras Intl. Prime Burger did not disappoint! Such a cute little restaurant with incredible fries and juicy burgers (I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.)
I'll end this post with this super cool neon quote sign that we saw at the train station before we made our way home. It's funny that we didn't see it in the morning, I guess we just didn't appreciate it's beauty on the way into the city!

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Sunday Summary 9

Blogposts have been few and far between over the last couple of months, even my weekly 'Sunday Summary' fell by the wayside. So in an attempt to keep an account of what I've been up to over the last couple of months, here's a Sunday Summary or July and August.

1. Some very tasty freak shakes for a photoshoot at work at the beginning of July.

2. A little bit of hand embroidery for a work related project too!

3. Doing the odd bit of Shani Coles Designs work.

4. I started to do a little bit of hand embroidery on T-shirts as a potential product for Shani Coles Designs.

5. More tasty bakes at work! I need to start working out ha.

6. Some more hand embroidery, it's so relaxing!

7. A 'Sunday Summary' wouldn't be complete without at least one cute dog photo, we played dog buckaroo with max and some teddies.

8. It was my early work birthday, we had pizza, scotch eggs and sausage rolls.

9. Finally, a card for one of my colleagues birthdays!

I'm really enjoying creating little bits and bobs when I feel like it, rather than putting so much pressure on making new products to try and sell all the time. So there's a general summary of the last couple of months. As I start feeling a little more myself I'm hoping I can start doing these posts weekly again!

Thursday, 16 August 2018


I've noticed a change in me recently, and it's not one that I'm happy with. I sat with my Mum and sister a couple of nights ago (after my car broke for the second time AND ruined my plans for a birthday weekend in Norfolk:(). I opened up about everything that's been on my mind and just how I've been feeling as of late. It's sparked my want and need to make some changes to turn me back into my usual happy, chirpy self.

1. Stop putting so much pressure on myself
A huge goal of mine is to have my own creative business full-time. I;m nowhere near there yet, but I'm always trying to do a little bit each week to get there. But it's grating on me because I feel tired all the time, and my ideas don't work out how I want them to a lot of the time either.
I have to remember that I don't need to put so much pressure on it. I do believe that it will happen at the right time for me. I'm currently in a position where I'm earning enough money to pay my bills (and buy nice things once in a while), so I don't NEED this extra money, even though it would be nice.

2. Create because I love it
My blog has suffered due to my lack of energy and desire to do just about anything. So I;m hoping to direct my creativity back into this. I've been writing on a blog for 6 years, which shows to me that it's something I love doing. Instead of putting so much pressure and energy on my shop, I need to take a step back from that and just spend some time writing and taking photos for my blog instead. The love of designing things for my shop will come back when it's the right time for me.

3. Eat less and move more.
Since getting into my current mindset, I've been eating EVERYTHING. I never feel full, so I just eat and eat and eat. Working at the biscuit bakery means that there are sweet treats pretty much on tap. So it's been even worse at work compare to at home. I'm noticing weight gain, mainly by the way some of my clothes are fitting me. I'm really not happy about it, so i'm hoping to join a gym when I'm feeling a bit better in myself. It'll be good for the endorphins, but also for how I feel about my body.

4. Do more at the weekends
I've turned down a couple of fun get togethers with friends over the last few weeks, just through feeling like I don't have enough energy to be around loads of people. I've always found that kind of environment quite exhausting.
But it's meaning I'm sitting in the house every evening and weekend, this in turn means I'm not going out, which means I'm not wearing outfits that I love and also not shooting anything to put up on mere too. I need to start planning weekend activities so that I'm not only leaving the house for work (and food shopping).

So yeah, there's a huge brain vomit for you... There's a lot on my mind, it's meaning I'm sleeping for 8+ hours and night, sometimes sleeping through my alarms and being late for work which isn't the best.

To summarise;
I'm stepping back from my little shop for now. Apart from potentially ordering and playing with a new little gadget. I just need to ride the wave, create when I feel inspired and hopefully I can pick it up again nearer Christmas time.

Do more fun things outside of work. I get twi WHOLE days off but end up doing nothing with it. So I'm planning to put on a nice outfit, go somewhere photo worthy, get fresh air and snap some photos for my blog.

Moving more and eating less in pretty self explanatory. I need to find a gym or start running (something I have wanted to do for years).

It's hard to figure out which of these things are the signs and which are the symptoms of how I'm feeling. They might all be factors of my current state of mind. I think each are contributing to my current mood, and although none of them are huge problems in the grand scheme of things, the fact it's all come at once makes it feel like I've hit a brick wall.

I'm glad to get all of this off my chest, it'll be a constant reminder of how I plan to get through this little bump in the road. Back to regular proceedings soon :)

Sunday, 1 July 2018


As usual, it's been a while! But it's been longer than it usually is when I say that! So, I just thought I'd sit down and write down how I'm feeling at the moment. Maybe it will motivate me to do more, maybe it'll just clear a bit of space in my brain! Let's see.

Something that has affected me a huge amount in the last month is the unfortunate passing of my next door neighbour, who was only a couple of years older than me. My family grew up next door to him and his lovely family, but tragically he suffered with mental illness and it took his life in May. At first it didn't seem real and on my drive to work the next day it pretty much hit me like a tonne of bricks. Thinking about his wonderful family and how they will have to move forward, his daughter and her future. I got to work and cried my eyes out, suicide is something that I'm so aware of but until it happens to someone you know it doesn't seem real.

This event has triggered something in me. I didn't post blogposts because I had no passion for the ideas I was coming up with and it all felt so ridiculous in the grand scheme of things. I had no motivation or oomf to just crack on and make what I want to make. I guess I just needed some time to reevaluate everything. I want to be proud of what I put out into the world, even if only one person stumbles across it.

We had his funeral last week, I knew instantly that I wanted to go to say my final goodbye to him, and to be there to support his family at their time of need. It warmed my heart see so many people who's lives he had touch, come and show their love and support. I really hope he could see it too!

On another note, I've been thinking about the future a lot. Wondering where I see my life heading. I've got such a lovely job with a great team of people around me, but I know I want to carry on with my own online shop too and do this in the evenings and at the weekends. It's been difficult to feel inspired, and I rarely feel like my ideas will materialise into something as great as I'd hoped they could be. It's just difficult when you work 40 hours a week because I'm pooped when I get home and the weekends fly in the blink of an eye :(

Aside from this, I've also been thinking about where I'd like to be in a few years time and I think I vaguely know where that place is. Maybe I'll have a house of my own, a dog, and hopefully I'll be working full time for myself at that point too. There are so many things that I want to achieve, and ideas I want to bring to life.

I just hope that I keep pushing myself to work harder for a little longer, it'll all pay off in the end.

Saturday, 26 May 2018


My favourite seasons to dress for are without a doubt Spring and Autumn. So, I take full advantage of the weather that allows some jeans and a lightweight top. Here's a perfect example of a typical outfit you'll catch me in at the moment.

Thursday, 24 May 2018


14th May - 20th May

So, starting with the week just gone, I don't really have a HUGE amount to report.
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