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!



Top - C/O Shein     Plisse Trousers- ASOS   Hat- Depop (alternative)   Bag- Hillhouse Vintage    Shoes- Debenhams (alternative)     Earrings- ASOS (SOLD OUT, alternative)
One of the key trends for S/S is deconstructed clothing, think the deconstructed jeans by Vetements, but I have also been seeing a lot of deconstructed shirts, so was keen to try out this trend for myself. The Shein offering for this trend is such a fun piece, I love the juxtapositioning of the traditionally male shirt, with the more feminine features including the knotted waist and off the shoulder cut. The overly long sleeves also work really well when rolled, or folded, up, and the stripes and navy makes for a slightly nautical look; overall this shirt is such a key trend piece for this season. 

Plisse trousers are something which I've had for a few months now and was initially unsure about, but am now head over heels with. Like pyjamas, they are so comfortable so perfect for days when I am sat at home working on my blog and want to look put together as well as be comfy, but equally fab for days when I want to get dressed 'properly'. The top is quite fitted, so I liked the contrast with this and the plisse trousers, which are flattering whilst being loose fitting. 

For accessories, I thought my baker boy cap pulled the whole look together and adds to the very navy oriented outfit. On my feet, I wore my glittery trainers, the thick sole makes them really comfy shoes to walk around all day in, and also lengthens my legs, which is a bonus. The bag is a firm favourite and is from Hillhouse Vintage on ASOS marketplace, it has definite YSL vibes about it, and I love it paired with the rest of the outfit. 




Sunglasses- Monki via ASOS   Shirt- C/O Shein    Skirt- Topshop via Depop     Badges- BowieLightning BoltPeanut Butter     Bag- Mango (SOLD OUT, alternative)    Shoes- Rocket Dog C/O Brantano 

Velvet was a key trend for A/W16, but I think pieces like this shirt transition perfectly for S/S too, the fabric and texture is a great way of revamping the humble t-shirt; a wardrobe staple. I felt like it was a little plain, so added some of my new pin badges onto the chest, just to add some more interest and quirk. The Bowie pin is my favourite and is from Pin Pricks, who do amazing band/ artist pins, I am definitely going to keep my eye on any of their new releases! The other two were bought from The Baltic gallery in Gateshead at the weekend, and I love how they all look together, it makes the basic shirt feel a lot more 'me'.

Obviously, I paired the look with one of my beloved A-line denim skirts, as well as fishnet tights, which I have now stocked up on seeing as I was down to my last pair! These photos were shot at Cragside, so wellies were definitely a necessity and I am still loving my wellies-which-look-like-boots from Rocket Dog, they are the comfiest (and coolest) wellies that I have ever owned. In terms of other accessories, I wanted to play on the pink trend for S/S. I love these Monki sunglasses, they make me look slightly like the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka with my haircut, but I love the retro shape they have to them, as well as the colour. My Chloe Faye dupe from Mango ties in perfectly with the colour of the sunglasses, and also adds a nice contrast in textures with the suede flap and metal accents when worn with the velvet shirt.




Top- C/O Shein    Skirt- Handmade (alternative)    Beret- Accessorize (alternative)     Earrings- ASOS (SOLD OUT, alternative)
This top was the first item I fell in love with on Shein's website, I love the fabric of it with the polka dots as well as the ruffles and embroidery on the sleeves; it is ticking multiple trends off in one piece. The fit of it is perfect, and the fabric is so lightweight and airy so it will be perfect for whenever the warmer weather decides to return to England.

I paired it with a velvet skirt, which I altered from a larger size to fit me, I love the contrast of textures between these two pieces, and the skirt is much more fitted so juxtaposes the more floaty fit of the top. I topped off the (quite black) look with some red accessories, to add a pop of colour, including my red beret, which I think goes oh so well with my hair, and my Poppy bag from the Cambridge Satchel Company, which is such a fab size and works so well to add interest to the look.

Let me know which outfit is your favourite!

Holly Olivia x 
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  1. Love your style absolutely gorgeous 💕😘
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