Sunday, 26 November 2017

A CATCH UP

Wow, it's been a while! Please forgive me for my absence, I've been pretty busy recently. I thought I'd just chat through what's been going on in my life during the past two/three months, before I *attempt* to get back into the routine of posting here every week or so.

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

EMBROIDERED GINGHAM DRESS

HIII, here's the final outfit from my three wonderful days in sunny Brighton. I'm working on the post of everything we did so hold tight for that. Hopefully I'll get it up in the next week or so! Now on to the dress.
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Saturday, 29 July 2017

BEACH HUTS AND BAND STANDS


Now, as outfits go, this is definitely out there for me. BRIGHT yellow CROPPED t-shirt and PATTERNED culottes. What?! It does look like I've upped the saturation on the photos because the yellow is almost fluorescent, but I can assure you the t-shirt really is that yellow. I think (hope) it'll look nice with some mom jeans too.
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Friday, 28 July 2017

A LITTLE UPDATE FROM BRIGHTON PIER

Hi, hello, it's been a while hasn't it?! I feel like since I've been gone a while, and with posts before my break being intermittent, I'd write a quick little update. I'm not exaggerating when I say that a lot's happened, because seriously, a lot has happened!


So first off, I finished college in June! I won't lie, I thought going back to college for the HNC year would be a fab idea. It's had it's ups and downs but it's fair to say it was a bit of a waste of time. I won't go as far as saying I regret it because I'm aware it's lead me to exactly where I am right now, but I'll probably go into in more detail at a later date.


So, finishing college, I still work for my Mum's business and now the extra time I have is going to be spent on/is being spent on working on my shop. I'm so inspired and motivated to make this work and I can't wait to start doing my shop update blog posts again. I started them last year when I starting working hard on my shop but college made it a bit difficult to continue designing new products. So, now I'm hoping to do monthly updates again! And there's something super exciting happening with regards to my shop next month so look out for the next update for that.
Ok, now on to the outfit details part of this post. Enjoy!


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Saturday, 3 June 2017

GINGHAM | STYLING THE TREND

Today's post is dedicated to a trend that I've been loving recently. I fear it's set to replace my stripe obsession (I can't work out if that's a good or a bad thing!) Anyway, I thought I'd style up three gingham pieces into outfits today. I hope you like this kind of post, all items are linked if you're interested. Let me know if there are any other trends you'd like to see a post dedicated to in the comments.





For the first outfit I thought I'd keep it pretty simple and casual, integrating the gingham in a subtle way with a simple, summer appropriate, outfit.

T-shirt - ASOS
A white T-shirt is great for the summer, and a bold graphics adds a more casual vibe. I love this one from Levi's.

Shorts - ASOS
A pair of denim shorts are essential for a summer wardrobe. I did purchase this pair and can vouch for the fact they're super comfy, high waisted and a nice 'my bum is covered but they're not too long' kinda length.
I haven't owned a pair of denim shorts in years but have a feeling I might grab a pair of these in a different shade too.

Bag - Zara
Bucket bags are great for adding a boho feel to an outfit. They're also super cute and perfect if you don't have a huge amount to carry. The price of this one from Zara is amazing too!

Shoes - Newlook
The main article, this pop of gingham will bring you on the trend in a subtle way without having to change your wardrobe around. A simple sandal is grey to throw on with so many different outfits too.



A slightly more 'out there' gingham piece up next. And yup, those culottes made their way into my ASOS basket. This monochrome outfit could be styled up with a pair of heels but I plan to wear it with a pair of Vans for a casual everyday outfit.

A combination of two of my favourite trends, gingham and culottes. Culottes are so flattering on different figures and are a great alternative to trousers of dresses.

Another boho inspired piece. I picked this cute crochet top as it's slightly cropped so would sit above the waist of the culottes and also I love the mixture of pattern and texture. This adds a bit more interest to the black and white outfit.

I've worn my black Old Skools to death since getting them last year and I intend to wear them until they fall apart. Not the comfiest for walking long distances but they add a cool grungy vibe to any outfit.

I opted for this Whistles chain bag for this outfit to keep the smart elements of the outfit. I love mixing trainers with a smart outfit and I think this bag ties it all together really nicely.

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

COTON MANOR | BLUEBELL WOODS

Hi, hello, it’s been a little while hasn’t it? I’ve had loads of ideas for post but none of them have particularly inspired me to write or take photos, hence the 2 months?! of no posts. Anywho, today my family and I wanted to explore a bluebell wood near us so we hopped in the car and the outcome was loads of beautiful photos and a sense of peace and tranquility. So, that’s what this is. A little hello I’m (hopefully) back and a post full of beautiful sunny countryside and a little outfit shot or two as well. Enjoy!

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

BARCELONA - 06.02.2017 - 10.02.2017 | PHOTO DIARY

Last week I spent a few days in Barcelona on a Uni trip, we spent the week exploring the city and taking hundreds of photos. The sun was shining everyday and I took full advantage by taking loads of photos. I don't have much to say about the photos so I'll let them do the talking. I hope you like them.
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Friday, 13 January 2017

TRAVEL PLANS




I recently visited Paris, and visiting a new country properly for the first time, (Tenerife when I was 4 years old and France for a day in year 7 doesn't really count) it confirmed to me what I already know. I NEED TO TRAVEL, REGULARLY. The world is so huge and there are vast lands that people have never stepped food on before. There are languages you'll never hear and cultures you'll never have the privilege of experiencing. I am well aware that it's not physically possible to travel everywhere in one lifetime. But my god I'm planning to give it my best shot. For me, it's not about getting away from anything, more taking a breather and slowing time down a little bit in a new place. I do want to travel all around the world but to me it's also important to experience everything that the UK has to offer too.
More often than not, people assume that to 'get away' you need to fly for a couple of hours at least. I've realised that just an hour on a train can take to you somewhere amazing. I'm learning more and more, the further that I travel, that you should never let your fears stop you. Even 30 minutes on your own on a train can do your mind the world of good and at the end you've arrived in a new town. All new, all scary but all helping you grow and experience the world. Here are some places I'd love to visit in 2017, enjoy.

MY TRAVEL GOALS FOR 2017
LONDON
I love London so much, I want to visit for a few days days at a time this year. A day trip is lovely but there's nothing better than waking up in the city and experiencing it at every hour of the day.

BRIGHTON
I visited Brighton very briefly a couple of years ago. It was in wet and windy February so I'd love to go back in the Spring/Summer months. I've found so many lovely Air BnB's there so hopefully I'll get to go back sometime this year.

BARCELONA
I'm so excited to be visiting Barcelona as part of my college work. We're going next month and pretty much, I feel like I need a little change of scenery so this trip can't come around fast enough if I'm honest.
NORTHERN IRELAND
My favourite family members live in Ireland and I really hope we visit a couple of times this year. They live in the middle of nowhere so it's so quiet and calm. LOVE LOVE LOVE

CORNWALL
My parents and sisters have visited for the last three years. I never go but I'd love to go for a week or so in the Summer (hopefully I'll be driving by then!)

EDINBURGH
SO excited at the thought of visiting Edinburgh. This is probably one of the top places on my list for 2017. I really really want to go (soon please)

SOMEWHERE HOT
I've never been to a hot country on holiday, maybe this year a proper Summer holiday will be on the cards?
So, there's my *slightly delayed* travel post. I hope you enjoyed finding out where I'd love to visit this year. Is there anywhere you're desperate to visit in 2017?
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Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 GOALS & 2016 GOALS REVIEW

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Happy 2017! I hope you all had an amazing New Years Eve. So, in true 'New Year, New Me' style, I thought I'd set myself some goals for the coming year. I love setting myself goals and I did set myself quite a lot last year but I didn't achieve all of them. I'm never hard on myself about achieving my New Year goals, it's just nice to have something to aim for, yano?

LEARN TO DRIVE
(*learning). So, I may not have had my driving test yet but in 2016 I started driving lessons after putting it off for 3 years! I know it won't be long until I'm on the road with my own car. yay!

FINISH COLLEGE WITH A GOOD GRADE
Distinction* Distinction * Distinction - Not too shabby if I do say so myself (*insert sass emoji). But for real, I'm super proud of myself.

HAVE A JOB I LOVE
I'm currently still working for my Mum's business and I still really enjoy it. We had very busy lead up to Christmas but all this experience is helping me gain experience with running a business.
I also started my own little business in the Summer and I'm super proud of it. It's taken longer than I anticipated to get it started but I'm excited for the future.

WEAR MAKEUP MORE
Probably a strange one, but last year I decided that I wanted to wear makeup more regularly. I started being a bit more experimental with my makeup and will continue to be in this new year.
TRAVEL
I visited a few different places this year. I love travelling around the UK a lot. I visited Northern Ireland to see my family. Me and my family spent a day at the beach, my Mum and I went to London to meet our family from Ireland for a few days. In the Summer holidays we took the dogs to the Cotswolds for a week AND my sister and I went to Paris in October to meet a couple of our friends and family for Ireland for a few days

ATTEND SOME BLOGGING EVENTS
I attended 3 blogger events in the second half of the year and has the best time at all of them. As someone who's blogged since 2012 I really felt out of the loop in terms of events etc. I think the events just made me realise so much more that I love blogging. I met so many lovely bloggers and to also be invited by companies is amazing. In turn it made me take my blog a bit more seriously.

MAKE BLOG FRIENDS
This goes hand in hand with the last point but I DID IT. I got the train to the East Midlands Meet up and met up with people I didn't know in the 'real world'. I met so many lovely local bloggers and became so inspired by lots of them.
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2016

Every year I like to look back at my year month by month, pick my favourite blogpost of the month and highlight anything significant that's happened in my year. So, prepare for a rambly post and I hope you like reading.
YEAR SUMMARY
JANUARY
January is usually quite a relaxed one for me, nothing too exciting happens and doesn't everyone wallow in self pity a little now the festivities are over?

FEBRUARY
Went on a little photo adventure with Lori, fell a little bit in love with my local town again (not loads but a little bit). I made a stop motion video after being inspired by a college project.

MARCH
Not many posts this month. But, the weather improves and I start feeling positive about life again. (Thank you sunshine for helping me put the world to rights!)

APRIL
Lori and I shot an outfit post at the start of the month which I LOVE. I visited London for the day with my Mum to attend the Pick Me Up Exhibition at Somerset House, I'll be going again next year for sure. I also started the #100dayproject where I aimed to post my progress on Instagram in the build up to starting my business, I did fail that but the business starting was not a total fail.

MAY
I did a few things in May. My family and I visited Northern Ireland to see our family, it's so relaxing there. It's nice to have a bit of time to just sit and do nothing at all. We also had a family wedding this month and can I just say, I LOVED MY OUTFIT. Then my college class took a trip to Oxford, it was a big of a grey day but fun none-the-less.
Lori headed to America to take part in Camp America and MY GOD I blooming missed her!

JUNE
I broke up from college at some point in June (can't remember exactly when). So, I started working on my little business idea. I also went to Birmingham for a day with my sisters to do some shopping at The Bullring.

JULY
At the end of June I ordered some phone cases with one of my hand drawn designs on it. That didn't work out at all, the quality was just nowhere near where I hoped it would be so after a bit of back and forth with the company I decided to just return the third lot they'd sent out to me. I felt like I was pretty much back at square one and further away from my goal once again.
We spent a day at Walton-on-the-Naze in a beach hut that we rented for the day from Millie's Beach Huts. Even though I got awful sunburn we had such a lovely day and it was so nice to have somewhere to get out of the sun for a while.
I ended up giving up the search for a different printed phone case supplier and said cheerio to quite a lot of money to buy the equipment I'd need to print them myself.

AUGUST
August was really exciting, I attended my first ever meet up that was organised in Leicester. This was my first ever blogger event and I seriously had the best time. I met SO many lovely bloggers from my area and I felt so motivated and inspired.
I turned 20. Finally feeling like I'm an adult and that my goals and aspirations might be taken a little more seriously. I spent the day shopping in Milton Keynes (and eating Italian nachos at Jamie's Italian).
My family all visited the Cotswolds for a week. All 5 of us (my brother stayed at home) and the 3 dogs hopped in the car and drove to the Cotswolds where we stayed in super cute accommodation. Again, a much needed relaxing break for all of us.
I also listed my first few items on my Etsy shop and began typing up my journey of becoming a small business owner.

SEPTEMBER
I spent the majority of September working on more phone case designs for my shop and getting ready to go back to college at the end of September. At this time I also got invited to attend the Lush Leicester Christmas Event where we got to see the products in store before they were for sale in the shops.
This month Lori returned and I booked to start driving lessons. They started off really well and I felt quite confident.

OCTOBER
October was fun filled, I attended the Intu Derby Christmas Fashion Event which definitely fits my blog theme so well. I had such a lovely time with Emmie and lots of other lovely bloggers. We had such a laugh before and after the event too. Highlights include running, soaked to Primark (many lols).
Then, in the middle of the month I hopped on a plane with my little sister to Paris! A city I've always wanted to visit and we met a couple of family and friends over there. I love taking a few days out to just explore somewhere new and Paris certainly didn't disappoint. I'd love to head there again in 2017.
Lori and I headed to a really cool Garden at the end of the month where we shot my all time favourite outfit post ever. I'm so happy with the photos and I'm so excited to get out in the New Year to shoot many more.

NOVEMBER
Following on from my driving lessons starting in September, I started feeling so nervous before and during my lessons and it was clear that my instructors style of teaching jus was not working for me and made me petrified to get behind the wheel. I tried to stick it out but decided it was best to stop lessons for the time being until I found another instructor.
I spent AGES sorting through my Paris photos and posting my blog post with my favourite few photos. I'm also in the process of editing the little video that I filmed while I was there, a little vlog to capture the memories.

DECEMBER
I started December with the intention of taking part in Blogmas, where you post every day of December in the build up to Christmas. I didn't end up posting once. I was busy working and I had two Uni deadlines as well so I just prioritised, at least it means I've got 20+ Christmas post ideas for next year (every cloud ay!).
I found a new driving instructor and I'm getting on so much better with her. It's a miracle, I no longer feel worried when I'm driving and I'm exciting to continue lessons in the New Year.
Finally, I've been spending the last few days relaxing to the max. Nothing like some time off to become reinspired and take some time for yourself. All refreshed ready for another year of hard work.

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