Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The colour clash of the season

*Please excuse the plasters on the back of my heels, I stupidly ran to the bank in new shoes with blisters already there resulting in them worsening and staining my shoes with blood... real classy*

Earth Day was last week, and that got me thinking about the ethics behind shopping and our tendency to see fashion as disposable in that, we throw away pieces a lot once they are no longer on trend. My research led to me discover that fashion is the second worst industry for the planet after oil, which made me feel really guilty. When I had my old job, I was really unhappy and made up for that a lot by 'treating myself' to clothes, to the point where I had very little of my wages left at the end of each month.

Now that I am unemployed, I've been doing a lot more charity, vintage and Depop shopping, and have found some ah-mazing pieces all for under £5 in my local charity shops, including the blouse in this post! I still love Topshop (bae) and adore so many of their new season pieces, but I've recently bought a few things from charity shops including a brand new pair of boots for £4.50 (!), a gorgeous Zara blouse for £5 and the most perfect ruffle blouse for £1.50, and am enjoying getting more for my money as well as helping a good cause.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017

You are not a diamond, you are not a shining star

"You are not a diamond, you are not a shining star

It doesn't mean that you're not perfect exactly as you are"

The first time I heard 'You are Not' by Young Guns, the lyrics really struck a chord with me. As someone who was bullied throughout most of high school, I've never had a huge amount of belief or confidence in myself, especially in my blog believe it or not. 

When I won the North East Blogger Award for 'Best Student Blog' in 2014, I was quick to tell my high school business teacher who had always supported me in my studies and been there for me when no one else really was. She was so lovely about it and nominated me for my school's enterprise award because of it, which I won during the leaver's assembly. I was genuinely happy to have won, especially since I knew my teacher had nominated me, but my happiness was soon turned to embarrassment as I went to collect my award. Having been bullied a lot during school, people in my year found it really funny that I wrote a blog and laughed and jeered as I went up to collect the trophy. I didn't even want to look up from the ground. 

Fast forward two and a half years and a girl who wouldn't even touch a piece of paper which belonged to me now follows my Instagram, people who spread rumours about me online and at school now want to meet up and tell me that they like my blog.

I'll have been blogging for three years come August, and I know that there are bloggers out there who've been blogging less time and have more 'success' in terms of followers and brand deals, which I let get me down for ages. In time, I've come to grow proud of my little corner of the internet, my social media following (which is definitely picking up this year) and, of course, the sponsored posts and collaborations which I have been lucky enough to do.

It's really only a year since I started focusing on fashion as my primary blog content, and only August since I did my first fashion collaboration with a brand but, since then, I've been so lucky to work with some incredible brands including Dahlia, which is a brand that I have loved for years and never thought I'd get to collaborate with.

My content may not always be perfect, and there are always posts which I know could be slightly better, my following may not be as huge as other blogger's but that doesn't mean I put any less effort or am any less happy with what I am doing. I may not be Zoella but, for the first time in a while, I feel like I'm doing pretty damn good at this whole blogging lark. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

You know you're the coolest

This past week has been a busy one, I had three looks to shoot for this post as well as a further three for a guest post I am doing with Barnados. My family are also off for Easter, which means I am hoping to get a lot of blog photos shot in advance so that I have lots of content ready to write about. We are also going to Huddersfield on Friday for the Easter weekend, so I am excited to see, and explore, where I will be living next year and to shoot blog photos in a different location.

Shooting so many photos this week has made me realise how far I've come in terms of self-confidence. When I started doing more fashion-based content, just over a year ago now, I would never have been brave enough to shoot in some of the locations where I have been recently, due to the number of people who walk past, but I don't have an issue with it now.

Over Summer I was really confident in my blog and style and adored taking outfit photos in really busy locations but, since, a couple of people and incidents within my old workplace had made me lose a lot of confidence. There were comments made to drag down my appearance, blog, style and hobbies; I freaked out more when I was shooting outfits in public and I think the discomfort is quite obvious on my face in some of my older posts.

In my old job, I was constantly comparing myself to others and didn't know how to make my workwear feel 'me' for ages so just felt weird and not like myself at work. (I later discovered that a PVC skirt and button up shirt is my fave workwear combo). Leaving that environment, after I handed in my notice, left me feeling quite lost and slightly panicked with what I'd do to fill in time before uni, but also left me feeling relieved. I now feel a lot happier with myself again, I think I can put together a good outfit and I also realised that I hate having my hair below chin length; longer hair weirdly makes me much less confident.

As you can imagine, since finding my confidence again, I was so excited to be doing a post styling three outfits from Shein, and spent a lot of time last week planning the looks, locations and shots that I wanted to go for. I've worked with Shein before to style a shirt and skirt so was excited to style three pieces by them, all of the items are also part of their Hot Sale Review, so are even better value!
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

I haven't got a stitch to wear

I think everyone has those days where they don't have 'anything' to wear. Usually, it is just due to being stuck in a rut with fashion or not feeling yourself quite as much and, to be honest, I have these days a lot! 

Most of the time when I am in this kind of mood, I opt for a similar outfit to the one in this post. An A-line denim skirt goes with everything and gives off super cool Alexa Chung-vibes, as well as being a nod to the 70s; it is my ultimate fail safe. Said style of skirt, such as this Topshop offering, is very versatile indeed and can be worn with any T-shirt, button-up shirt, jumper, cami.... the list is endless. A-line skirts are also something which I feel confident in, and know looks good on even when I am having a bit of a meh day, hence why I own a large collection of them.

The photos in this post were taken by the extremely lovely and talented Claire the other week, and we shot around the Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle. I love how the photos came out and have honestly been so desperate to put this post up to share them!