Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Moulin Rouge

jumper - New Look
trousers - Primark
shoes - Lightinthebox

top - eBay
trousers - Primark
coat - Gamiss

bodysuit - eBay
trousers - Primark
blazer - Next
shoes - Lightinthebox

The above outfits go some way towards reflecting my recent love of the colour red.

Which would you wear?



Sunday, 25 February 2018

Lessons in being yourself

Who are you? I mean really. I feel like that question is posed to me almost daily, though not in as many words - hence the lack of quotation marks.Instead, it's the way life presents itself, and in the you react to it. In those small moments, often tiny intracies which are between the lines of our existence does the way we really are become exposed.

These things, of course, are nearly impossible to change, often only visible in sparks of emotion which are instant and finite; which, whilst slightly worrying, is quite comforting. We're constantly told to be ourselves, that the only people worth knowing would be the ones who love us the way we are.

So why is it that I try so hard to please everyone I meet?

Whether it's at work, waiting for the bus or hastily vacating a booked train seat following apprehensive glares, I am desperate for people to like me. Something which I know, of course, is an impossible task, not to mention exhausting. Going beyond the regular 'just trying to be a genuinely nice person' to 'shit, did my smile look fake when I passed them in the corridor? Must talk to them at lunch to make sure we're ok'

So how do we become comfortable in ourselves? Is it purely based on what everyone else thinks?
For me, no. I think once you stop doubting yourself so much and start to trust the choices you make, you can begin to really be yourself. Whilst I'm lucky enough to be at that stage with the people closest to me, I need to understand that to reaching that point with everyone would be an impossible task. And one that I don't need to undertake.

I really need to take a lesson from the Georgia in the photos above. Effortless, carefree and not feeling like I need to be someone I'm not. Something which is harder than we'd like to think.

Photos c/o the amazing will.fm


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Back to basics

top - Primark
dress - Shein
boots - Primark
bag - Gamiss

co-ord - Shein
trainers - K Swiss

 dress - Shein
boots - Primark
bag- New Look

This post is an ode to basics, namely from Shein.

You know the ones.
The go to black t shirt, the jeans that fit oh so well or the jacket that goes with eveeeeerything.

Try as I might to veer off the beaten track when it comes to wardrobe choices, I tend to stick with the familiar; the ones that are easy to wear and require minimal effort. In other words, the one's you've worn time and time again without being let down by a slipping strap or digging waistband.

Would you go back to basics?



Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Out of bodysuit experience

bodysuit - Shein
jeans - H&M
boots - Next
bag - Zara

bodysuit - Shein
jeans - H&M
boots - Primark

I was late to get into the bodysuit game.

Whilst I love a good leather trouser or tailored leg, the top half would always be a silk shirt or crop - I never saw what was allegedly so great about the humble bodysuit.

However, obsessively browsing depop one day, I took the plunge. A plunge Boohoo number had caught my eye and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. 

And that was it - sold. 

Striking the perfect balance between 'making a real effort' and 'keeping it cas', the bodysuit is the updated equivalent of the classic, jeans and a nice top. Shoutout to Missguided for spot on reactive marketing.

Anyway, they have become a night-out go-to, and these two from Shein are sure to become firm staples in the overflowing catalogue that is my wardrobe.

(Maybe I need to ease up on the metaphors.)

What item of clothing have you changed your mind on?



Thursday, 11 January 2018

New year, not so new me

Writing about feelings is difficult, especially when they're your own.

I remember when I was younger and I tried to start a diary. Whilst writing the day's events was easy, writing about how I felt just wasn't; instead of noting down my inner most thoughts, I'd write how I thought I should feel and embellish the page with sparkly stickers and gel pen doodles. 

Somehow, in diarised form, I'd created this person that I wanted to be, and that person was most definitely not myself.

Even though I would (presumably) be the only person to read my diarised thoughts, I just couldn't bear to spill my real feelings on to the page. Feelings that were messy and uneven and unable to fit into boxes, certainly not something that would look pretty in my brand new diary. 

Now I'm slightly older, being honest to myself comes a little easier, but it's definitely not natural to me. As with everything in my online and offline life, I'll try and portray the best version of myself, even though I'm not sure who she really is.

This is mainly because my feelings still are messy and uneven and unable to fit into boxes - if in doubt, just smile and wave, right?

But I think now, whilst being honest with myself is something I'm still trying to get my head around, I no longer feel that I need to change. 

Wishing you the best of new year's.


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