Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Silk Cami

JACKET: TOPSHOP | CAMI: H&M | JEANS: TOPSHOP | BELT: H&M (old) | BAKER BOY: H&M | BAG: ZARA (old) | BOOTS: OFFICE

I am the worst blogger, I had all intentions of this going up last weekend, but I never got round to writing it up and by the time I remembered it was way past acceptable to post a post on a Sunday, so it's been scheduled for now. This week has been an exciting one for me. I've had a few brands get in contact to work with me which is amazing because it shows people are liking my content and I won a competition for kiehl's products which I am so totally over the moon with as I've been wanting to try their products forever! So I will keep you lovely lot updated with how I get on with everything

I also went iceskating yesterday, which has kicked of Christmas for definite for me now so I am in full Christmas mode, Christmas songs and Christmas cheer galore until January 1st, if not longer. There is nothing better than ice skating with friends and then getting a few nibbles and drinks after it's just such a great activity and so festive! Now I just need to start that Christmas present shopping!

Now on to the outfit. Yes it has been freezing and yes my arms are out and yes that is a blogger cliche starbucks christmas cup in my hand as a prop (it was a delicious toffee nut latte may I add) But nonetheless I love this outfit. I am your average tee, jeans, jacket, boot/trainer kinda a gal with a skirt or dress thrown in when I want be extra jazzy, but that's nothing new I'm sure I mention that every time I write an outfit post. But what I wanted more than anything recently was to add more tops that aren't just stripes or plain to my wardrobe, so I can go out feeling a little put together and 'special' now and again. 

So along came this cami -  well ok my sisters cami - because whats the point in having a sister if you can't share her clothes?! Firstly let me apologise for the fact it may have been lying on my floor for a while and so there is a lovely line right now the middle of it. But if we look past that we can see it's a gorgeous cream colour, the material is gorgeous and it has a little lace detail. Although my hair has hidden that detail well. I just love this. I can wear it casually like I have done here or I could dress it up with a skirt and maybe even a red lip for the evening. It's a win win really and so simple.

Aww the baker boy. Who hasn't seen these circling the blogosphere? I just really feel they are perfect for this season though! They may not keep your ears warm but they sure do keep your hair under wraps with the wind. Not to mention perfect for a bad hair day and you still look good! I love the plaited detail, buttons and leather like cap detail on this one and it was such a bargain! You really can pick up some gems in H&M.

Lastly boots, the winter staple of all winter staples. I think I get a new black pair every season. But that is because I can never find the right pair. Until now! (call me up on this if I buy a new pair next year and say the exact same thing) But they have the perfect sized heel and they are the sock style and they do actually fit my ankles perfectly! There is no bag or anything, I love them! The best thing is, they don't hurt your feet after wearing them for hours! Can you get any better than that??

What's your winter staple??

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Is Blogging Dead?

Recently I've noted a big change in instagram. Remember the days when instagram really was instant? We could snap a photo of our us and our friends or our food, whether that just be a McDonalds, we'd post photos of us holding nail varnish with our newly painted nails, we'd snap our feet with the latest magazine a bag of sweets and we wasn't planned at all. Plus no one really questioned liking a photo all your friends or followers would just like your photo whether they quickly just scrolled or actually took the time to stop and look at it. Also captions were spars, it would be something a little as just an emoji a little sentence or nothing at all. Of course this isn't the change I'm talking about as this hasn't actually happened for a good few years now.

No, instead everyones posts are planned, posed and usually not instant at all. Days are used to get those shots for the grid, professional cameras are used and we agonise over what to write as a caption and remember to include those hashtags as practically no one will see your post other wise. The precision of all of this intensifies as the years go on. Some people follow strict themes, some have a style they put with their captions. People have really upped their game and I'm not moaning about it at all I love seeing all the beautiful photos, I take the time to read the captions no matter how long, I am in awe of the themes that people have created on their grids. It make's me want to work so hard to fill up the 3x3 grid with new photos daily and go out to snap my outfits and think about those captions as well as watch my numbers and engagement grow. But it got me thinking about blogging as a whole.
I realised that I work a lot harder on my content for instagram then I do my blog, one it's easier to keep up with as we can upload a photo, write a caption whether it's related to the outfit or not and then add those all important hashtags. Notifications instantly appear on my phone when someone likes, comments and follows me so I can quickly interact back and can easily do it anywhere. However, enjoy writing blog posts, in fact I find it super therapeutic to get down my thoughts and feelings plus it's a bigger space to get everything down in one place and I still write ideas down and try and plan as much as possible. But although a lot of people are still clearly blogging on their blogs I feel for interaction it's beginning to take a back seat.

I feel brands are approaching people purely based on their instagram now days, people interact way more through that platform than a blog and even as a very very small blog I've noticed the difference, I care more about my engagement on instagram then I do my blog, the blog groups on facebook if they say you can post any social media platform to help gain followers or just likes I tend to put my instagram down before my blog. People have begun to write larger, more personal captions so their followers can get to know them through that platform and so I ask, do you think blogging is dead? Do you think it's more about the one photo and the sometimes large caption, is instagram taking over?
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Casual Floral Layering


JACKET: TOPSHOP | TEE: URBAN OUTFITTERS | SHEER TOP: PRETTY LITTLE THING (dress worn as top) | JEANS: TOPSHOP | TRAINERS: CONVERSE | BAG: ZARA (old) | BELT H&M (old) | NECKLACE: POSH TOTTY

So in my last outfit post I spoke about changing my photo editing style and I am thoroughly enjoying it, it just feels so autumnal. Alongside that though I have also been focusing on my style and trying not worry about what everyone is doing and wearing so much although that's not to say that I don't have blogger inspiration as I am massively crushing on Isabella at the moment, she really is my style, interior style and life goals (talk about girl crush) When I saw she'd style a sheer floral embroidery top I just knew I had to have one. At the time of seeing this style I had also been invited to a PrettyLittleThing event and I wanted to rock one of their pieces as well so I went online and found this for a bargain price of £20! Although it is a dress I would not wear it that way and instead styled it as a top, I have just found out that the dress I purchased is out of stock, however I have linked another and they are everywhere at the moment, plus urban outfitters have plenty of top styles too. But whether it's underneath a tee like this or by itself (post to come when I can photograph it) I just love it and constantly grab for it, it is a firm favourite at the moment.

Another thing I've been loving again are slogan tees. I love the white tee with red writing as I think that looks awesome but I also like a slight rock chic vibe. When I saw this in Urban I instantly fell in love. The colour was amazing as I feel it's quite a distressed black and the floral pattern isn't too girly at all, plus the white writing just stood out and I knew I could style it with the sheer top and also it would look good with a few pairs of jeans.

Tie it all together with a kick ass leather jacket and I dream of going to gigs and dancing till my socks full off and I just feel cool. That's what I love about dressing, for me I feel I change ever so slightly depending on how I dress and I think that's why finding your style is so important. This outfit makes me feel a little daring and quite confident. If I were to wear a dress or something girly I'd feel sexy and in sense a little cutesy too. It really is amazing what clothes can do.

Lastly the converse. I will apologise now as I think you will see a lot of these around. Yes it's risky having white in autumn/winter and yes they have a fair few marks on them already but I LOVE them. They go with everything, they're super comfy and I just can't help but grab them everyday even if I know it's risky wearing them when working with small people. (so far so good, no real stains or accidents)

And that is the outfit summed up. I feel this outfit will be totally marmite-y but I love it. 
Do you ever feel fashion and wearing certain things changes you a little?

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