Sunday, 3 June 2018

A Pretty Little Thing Holiday Haul

England is actually hot and has been for a good couple of weeks. It's quite a big rarity here in the UK so I've been making the most of my summer wardrobe and wearing it as much as possible as well as adding to it. The more summer clothing I add the longer it will stay hot and sunny right? So with that idea in mind I went full blown over on PrettyLittleThing and ran to the Holiday Shop because nothing screams summer like a bit of summer holiday shopping and pretending to plan that Santorini or Italian holiday in your head. But in reality I'll just be swanning around Brighton Beach in these gorgeous pieces.

PrettyLittleThing very kindly allowed me to pick some pieces that would help me create my summer wardrobe for the season and honestly I took so long scrolling through, mostly because their was just too much choice and I wanted it all. However the pieces I decided on I am in love with!

The first outfit I went for was this gorgeous striped two piece. Now I have recently decided to change my whole look on instagram as I want something a little more sophisticated and what better way to start than by picking a clothing colour palette. As I was searching through I stumbled through this and ticked three of the colours all in one outfit, Jackpot!

 With a cute tie front top and a simple mini pencil skirt you can really create a summer vibe with all the gorgeous neutral tones. There is just something about this top that has me feeling quite outgoing and I love how I can continue to get that bikini tan as I wonder around or sip a few drinks or even just forget a bikini and head to the beach. I also was kindly sent these sliders which have actually received lots of compliments. I feel western vibes are making a return and these simple sliders with a western buckle are a perfect way to incorporate that trend, plus still hitting the colour palette. One thing I do recommend is sizing up for the top if you are a little larger in the breast area and just staying your normal size for the skirt, which FYI wear nude underwear with because it is a little see through, but who really minds when an outfit is this cute?

 The next holiday outfit is this gorgeous bardot. Blue being another colour I want in my wardrobe I opted for this colour although they do so many colours. I paired it with a white denim skirt and a black bag and sandal as well as adding this gorgeous layered necklace, I am all about gold jewellery for summer especially if you have that golden tan I just love it! But this blue bardot is stunning. With two tie up details (be careful of a little too much nip) and a cute off the shoulder detail which again before for the summer. I just think it's perfect and something nice about it if you're not all for showing your arms.

Now this two piece and I semi turned into a dress. I got a size too big and perhaps it's because you can tie the two shoulders so could just do with a tightening but because it felt so baggy I styled it with a belt to pull it all in and give me a little shape so if you want to wear it as proper separates I suggest buying down a size from your usual. But again in keeping with the colour palette I want hints of reds and things in my wardrobe too. Again I styled it with black accessories and the sliders just to pull all together and the western vibes with my belt and sliders. Nailing that trend I feel.

Lastly is this outfit. The most simple of them all, but nonetheless no less cute. Just a simple stone colour crop top and some black denim shorts. I ordered this crop top in a size medium and thank god as I don't think it would have covered much if I had got it in my size. I probably would have sized up again if I had known how cropped it was just because I'm not a huge fan of my tummy as you can tell. (signing up for the gym this evening) and with the shorts I would have sized down because they really are MOM style and I have turned them up to make them a little shorter. However if I can get that toned tummy I will definitely be wearing this to a festival we have planned in August because I know I can do silly things and not worry about flashing. Plus it's uber comfortable with that knitted vest.

Also this is a quick introduction to my new hair! As you can see in my first ones, my hair is a different colour and I've gone for a blonde balayage! Which I am still getting used to but beginning to love!

That's it for my holiday and the beginnings of a strict wardrobe colour palette which is fine by me. I'm so glad that the weather is still warm enough for these pieces. But to be fair you could wear the tops with jeans if the weather is cooler. But regardless I will be wearing these pieces throughout the summer and continue that whole holiday vibe.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Get Ready For The Wedding Of The Year With The Amazon Fire TV Stick

Guys, it's fast approaching! We only have 2 days left until the Royal Wedding and I heard it's going to be bigger than William and Kate's! I remember during their wedding I was still at school so we were given that day off and I remember the sun shining and all sitting down as a family to watch it, it was so exciting and such a lovely atmosphere so I can't wait for that to all happen again. 

One reason I love a big event like this is - well I have to put my hands up. I am just super nosey. I absolutely love a wedding and I am constantly scrolling through pinterest looking at ideas and themes for my own that I hope to have one day. So for me, I love having a nosey at what colour scheme they chose, the flowers chosen, what the guests will be wearing and most importantly the wedding dress. I can't begin to imagine the slight stress Meghan may of had thinking about the dress, after all let's be honest it's going to be one of the biggest spoken about things. I've already seen polls on taking guesses on who the designer of the dress is! Also how could I not forget that a lot of us are probably wanting to see Harry in his military attire and also he may be without that beard and who doesn't have a little crush on Harry?

Do I need to sound anymore excited?  There are so many aspects that I want to nosey in on and thanks to Amazon who kindly gifted me the Amazon Fire Tv Stick I can now watch the wedding live thanks to this stick. It's sitting plugged and waiting for Saturday. However, it's not the only time I've been using it to gear myself up to this day. My friend has been asking me to watch The Crown on Netflix for absolutely ages and I have finally caved. I mean what better time to get into such a program than on the run up. Especially when it's got the Queen Elizabeth and Philip starring in it (not actually them, but their story) and with the first episode having the two's wedding it couldn't be more appropriate. I am totally hooked and can't stop watching.

So with all the anticipation of wanting to be nosey and gearing myself up with a bit of The Crown every evening I think you could say I am one excited little bean and will definitely be bringing out the champagne, popcorn, posh chocolates and totally getting one of those crowns on my head ( a girl can dream of being a princess) as I watch the wedding unfold on Saturday 19th May using my trusty Amazon Fire TV Stick to watch live coverage.

What will you be doing? Will you be watching and if so where will you be?

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Putting The Pressure On Yourself

 Most Evenings Sam and I plan to sit down and watch a tv series together. We make sure we're already for the next day, make the bed all cosy and then jump on in to get watching. However, most of the time we're not 100% sure what is going on in the series because we are glued to our phones. Both avid scrollers of instagram and we just can't seem to get off them. Even when we say no phone we some how find ourselves on them. Yes I know that's REALLY bad when you know you can't stay off them. I mean people upload on Instagram all the time so I have to keep up to date right?

But with the feeling of having to keep up to date comes pressure. As someone who isn't shy to say they are working to make this into something to pay the bills it can be hard not to look at numbers and keep an eye on what others are doing. I feel there can be quite a taboo in saying that someone is working on this so that one day it can be their job. But to be fair it's something I enjoy and who doesn't want a job they love? But it can get hard when you watch your likes and followers a lot. It can be disheartening when you don't get those likes you wanted or if your followers don't go up as quick as you like. Recently I've been stuck in the 1.8K region for quite some time and it does get to me. Am I posting the right stuff? Is my content getting boring? What do people want? It's draining. I think when I get like this it's important for me to take a step back. Even if its just for a night I put it away and leave it alone. Sometimes I meditate and focus on my affirmations. Other times I just have a night with Sam. That way I can come back the next day feeling refreshed. Then I really focus on not looking on my profile. I post content as usual. But don't touch the photo or click my profile after. I just engage and leave meaningful comments on others content.

I have actually seen the benefits of doing this as I recently did gain 40+ followers after not caring. So it's true what they say. If you don't care in your numbers they actually go up. And although I anticipating this taking off I need to remember it's not about numbers in the first place and I do it because I love style. I love making friends through blogging. And I love taking and editing my photos the whole process brings me so much joy. This week also a friend from work said how she could see the aura around me glow when I talk about blogging and working hard on it and that's enough for me. For someone to notice my aura with the whole concept of blogging.
Another thing that I feel pressured by is creating and getting content noticed. With thousands. If not millions of gorgeous girls all working on their brand and trying to get noticed it can be very difficult. Trying to keep up with the trends and posting the most up to date outfits is hard. If they're not up to date then you lose out on chances to be reposted by that brand, which can organically help your own brand grow. Another thing I feel pressured about is my look. Now I would never alter anything about my body to grow an audience. But you see all these girls doing amazing and I can't help but notice the constant gorgeous tans, stunning nails and the golden hair that many seem to have. And for me, I have stubby nails because I have a bad habit of picking them, and I only let my skin tan when it's summer. I have to be honest though. Without the pressure of feeling like I have to change I have started fake tanning and actually feeling the benefits of feeling more confidence when having that tan. I have also considered nails. Not because they would look better for the gram, although I do envy the look when people take photos holding things as I always attempt to hard my awful fingers. Lastly the idea of getting balayage. I have been thinking about trying the idea of a blonde balayage for summer I can't help but thinking all of these things I have started doing or want to do is it because subconsciously it's because I've been seeing it online all the time? Am I going to fall into the instagram cliche? It also makes me feel a little bit like a hypocrite considering the things I see working and could be seen as feeling pressured to do is also something I'm doing because I 100% want to.

The last reason. Although also going back to the idea of turning this into a career is the guilt of not knowing really what to do with my evenings. Weekends are spent getting content and as much of it as possible. Most weekends I shoot between 5-7 outfits and that will last me about 2 weeks worth of content. But during the working week I come home and the main thing and probably only thing I do is interact with people on instagram and occasionally through their blogs. Although I know that is very important and I very much enjoy doing it I feel their is more I could be doing. However I don't know what that is. So I always feel pressure in the fact that I could be doing more. I could be getting my brand noticed further and yet apart from interacting I don't really know how. So I pressure myself to try and figure this out and still getting nowhere. It's a very tricky world.

It's tricky indeed. But it is something that I absolutely enjoy. I love creating content. I love working hard to create new and better things and getting to know people who share the same interest. I love feeling inspired enough to want to try things I wouldn't necessarily do before - i.e. change my hair or try out nails to not only look good but help my own grow.  I think when you're feeling the pressure it's important to take a step back and remember why you do it and what you enjoy about it. No matter whether its a hobby, your career or a career path your starting to embark on.