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Let's talk denim!
I have thoroughly enjoyed building my denim collection over the years and there are so many amazing styles and fits out there nowadays. I remember 10 years ago when it was only cool to wear skinny jeans, but now you can really express your personal style and build staple outfits with the jeans you choose to add to your wardrobe.
Monki have been one of my favourite brands for denim for a while now, and they have very kindly sponsored this blog post. Not only this, but they currently have 20% off all denim jeans in store and online from Friday 21st February until Sunday 1st March. Happy shopping!

Below are three outfits I have pulled together with some of my favourite style jeans from Monki.

Taiki off-white jeans (click to shop)
Having a cream or white pair of jeans in your wardrobe is a must! They are perfect for taking into Spring and Summer, however you don't have to restrict yourself to wearing them in the warmer months. I do find myself wearing a lot of black and darker colours throughout winter, however it can actually be a big mood lifter wearing lighter colours (definitely needed the majority of the time in rainy Manchester) and I have been wearing a lot of neutral tones over the last few months.

Cream/white jeans are just as easy to wear as black apart from giving you major anxiety about spilling your lunch on them if you're anything like me. If you're someone who wears a lot of colour a lighter jean makes colours pop, but if you wear a lot of black like me they add a bit more interested to your outfit without stepping outside of your comfort zone.

Kimomo Black Jeans (click to shop)
These are definitely the most wearable pair of the three, and the perfect black jeans which will literally go with anything in your wardrobe. These jeans tick two boxes for me - the perfect black wash and the perfect fit. I never reach for a skinny jean nowadays but it is nice to own a tighter fit, and these are somewhere between a skinny jean and a mom jean which is very hard to find!

I'm not going to lie, I wear black jeans 90% of the time as they are so easy to style. I tend to focus more on my outerwear as the statement piece in my looks, however these are a pair of jeans which deserve some attention too as they are such a classic. Finding the perfect every day jeans for your size and body shape is so important and I have definitely found mine.

Taiki jeans light blue (click to shop)
So I loved the Taiki style so much I got them in two colours. Admittedly I used to hate wearing blue jeans as I always feel very causal when I wear them, but learning to style them the right way can really make a statement. I have a lot of classic cuts and staple pieces in my wardrobe which are great for mixing and matching, and these jeans look great with so many pieces I own so they were a welcome addition to my wardrobe.

As I'm not someone who wears a huge amount of colour I would always wear whites, greys and blacks with blue jeans keeping the look very minimal. Again these are the perfect jeans for taking into the Spring/Summer months too!

Hello Autumn.

I have to say I was sad to say bye to our very short and not so sunny summer, but you really can't beat  autumn fashion so my wardrobe and Instagram feed (not my bank account) were very happy when October arrived. I am a major jacket fiend and that is the reason I never have any space in my wardrobe, but I persistently buy more to add to the unnecessarily large collection. Embarrassingly I'd say I've already purchased around 5 new jackets this season already along with having approximately another 10 filling my online baskets, but it would be rude not to share my best finds with you guys. Welcome the autumn jacket blog post (and my first blog post in about 8 months, sorry!).

This weekend was the first weekend of the season we experienced that crisp cold air, so I decided to take my new H&M coat for an outing. I kept the outfit pretty casual with a black tee and some premium looking knitted joggers from Zara along with my Dr Marten Jadon boots, and it truly did feel like autumn (or maybe more like winter?)! This coat is perfectly oversized and is a very wearable but unusual neutral colour which was a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I can't say my wardrobe has the most colourful palette, but this neutral tone adds something extra on those all black outfit days. It's that easy to throw on over anything but still looks great coat everyone needs in their wardrobe.

I usually tend to stick to more classic styles when it comes to coats so I can reintroduce them into my wardrobe year after year (although its inevitable I will continue to buy more than I need next year). I've seen a huge increase in people re-wearing old pieces on Instagram lately and being sustainable with our fashion is more important than ever, so choosing things wisely we will love for years to come is so important! There are a few staple go to's for outerwear for me I will always have in my wardrobe - a leather biker jacket, classic mac, black blazer, black tailored coat, neutral coloured coat and a shearling jacket.

Although I do have all of these in my wardrobe, it took me years to build the perfect outerwear collection as they don't all come cheap. I invested in expensive pieces opting for quality over quantity and spending that extra bit of money meant I still have and love all of these pieces now. However great outerwear doesn't have to be pricey and there are some great pieces on the high street at the moment including the coat I'm wearing in this blog post!

As mentioned earlier I've put together a selection of some of my favourite coats from this season below. I only ever shop on the high street and online, so they are all very affordable and with Black Friday just around the corner you'll be able to get some great deals on outerwear then! I will hopefully put together an edit of my favourite discounted pieces for Black Friday, so keep your eyes peeled nearer the time.

Coat - H&M
Joggers - Zara
T-shirt - COS
Boots - Dr Martens
Bag - Topshop (sold out)


December Sale Picks.

So I might be a bit late to the party, but today I have FINALLY got round to shopping the Boxing Day sales (online of course because I am still living in jogger heaven at my mums house until tomorrow). In all honesty I haven't had a lot of success this time around with sale shopping, but I've got to the stage in life where I've realised I don't need to buy things in the sale just for the sake of it. I have however found a select list of discounted items which have gone straight into my basket, and although some of them may still not be the cheapest, they are well and truly investment pieces I can't wait to add to my wardrobe.

With a selection of blazers, leather, statement shoes, leopard print and a few added extras, below are my favourite sale picks and I hope you love them just as much as I do.


The Perfect Drink For The Festive Season With Boë Gin

| Post sponsored by Boë Gin |

There are so many reasons to love the festive and party season, but my two favourites? The outfits and the amazing drinks! My social life seems to be the most exciting around this time of year (as it most likely is for everyone) and finding the perfect drink to share with your friends and family is just as exciting as going out itself. I've teamed up with Boë Gin to tell you why their Violet Gin is my drink of choice this season, and why you should add a bit of colour to your wardrobe at this time of year!

I don't think I know a single person who doesn't love Gin, and flavoured Gins are becoming more and more popular with Gin lovers everywhere. There are the usual raspberry and rhubarb flavours, but I have to say Violet gin isn't one I have tried or even heard of before until I discovered Boë Gin. I can confirm that it is without a doubt my new favourite! I am usually a simple Gin and Tonic girl because the classics are always best, and adding a splash of tonic to Boë's violet gin creates the perfect easy to make drink. Garnished with a cocktail stick of blackberries and not only does it taste great but it is also the perfect girly night out accessory.

If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, the world is your oyster when it comes to making drinks with your Boë Gin and it is such a great flavour to experiment with. The addition of violets creates a stylish gin with a light, delicate taste and beautiful colour and aroma which goes hand in hand with many different flavours. Why not try adding Prosecco for a fizzier more celebratory drink for Christmas Day and New Years eve, or mix with mint, lime and sugar topping with Soda water for a modern take on the Mojito (my favourite cocktail)!

When I think of Gin, it reminds me of good times with friends, dancing, and having a bit too much fun, and that's also what Christmas is for right?! So what better drink to accompany making memories this festive season. Not only does it taste great, but everyone will wonder what your drinking from it's amazing purple hue. I'm definitely not the only girl who thinks the girlier looking the drink the better!

But when it comes to dressing for party season, why not match your outfit to your favourite drink? I can't say I am usually one for wearing pinks and purples, or even colour at all for a matter of fact, but what better time of year to mix things up a little bit and the beautiful colour of the gin itself definitely inspired me to experiment with a bolder colour palette. A bright block colour dress is a bold statement, and who doesn't want to be the centre of attention at all the parties around festive season? I toned my look down with the addition of a black metallic blazer which also added some subtle sparkle, and my headband and rhinestone bag finished off the look nicely with a feminine touch.

If you're looking for the perfect Gin to kick off your Christmas, or even to give as the perfect present visit the website to order yours!

The Best High Street Winter Coats.

Even though just weeks ago I was complaining about how I didn't want Summer to end, coat shopping is without a doubt one of my favourite (but most expensive) times of the year. I am one of those idiots who thinks they need a brand spanking new outfit for every occasion under the sun, however I am definitely trying my best to change this since watching Stacey Dooley's "Fashion's Dirty Secrets"! I 100% recommend watching this if you haven't already! Although coat's aren't particularly pieces for "events" as such, it is the most dominant part of your outfit throughout winter, so having a million options is essential if you want to keep your fashion reputation going. I mean... who wants to be seen wearing the same thing 2 days in a row?!

I say this, however having a classic coat in your collection which goes with everything is a must. There is nothing worse than buying a brand new outfit and then getting home to realise your favourite coat looks terrible over the top, so in comes the classic coat - a staple for any sensible persons wardrobe. Apparently I wasn't sensible until this year as I don't think I have actually owned a smart black coat since High School! But it was definitely a worthwhile investment and I have worn it time and time again since adding it to the collection. Investment I say, however it was actually a bargain at under £55! So if you are in need of adding the perfect staple coat to your wardrobe look no further because I have found the best on the high street for you.

You're welcome xxx

My Outfit:

Coat - New Look
Trousers - Primark
Top - Loavies
Boots - Office


New Season Pieces - The Checked Trousers

There is something so exciting about being able to update your wardrobe when the season changes. Rekindling your love for old classics is refreshing along with finding new wears to wear them, but finding new pieces which are easy to style and perfect for the weather is just as (or even more) appealing. Welcome the checked trousers! I’m not going to lie, I bought these in Zara when I was in a rush without trying them and didn’t think much of them when I first tried them on, however after having an experiment with styling I can see them being one of my most worn pieces in Autumn/Winter.

Prints have been huge throughout the past few months particularly animal prints which all of you know I am obsessed with! Checks are my new thing and you might have started to notice a few different checks making their way onto my Instagram feed. Firstly with my Bershka check overshirt, then my Zara trousers in these pictures, and in one of my most recent posts I wore a Nasty Gal checked blazer dress. I am ALL about buying pieces you can dress up or down, and although checks initially scream casual, I think those three outfits on my feed really did give a good representation of how you can wear them in different ways.

Trousers seem to be my go-to item whenever I’m wanting to look and feel nice or stand out from the crowd a little bit - wide leg trousers in particular. They are my Friday “want to look nice for work as I could potentially be going for drinks later” item I reach for in the morning, and it’s safe to say I have an impressive collection. Stripes were my thing last year and I still wear many of them now, but these checked trousers could be kicking them off their top spot!

This outfit was a pretty thrown together last minute outfit which was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest (one of my favourite places for inspiration) but I actually think it has worked really well! Denim jackets add an effortlessly casual vibe to any outfit and I throw a pair of white boots on instead of black when I’m wanting to go for something a bit different. My favourite way of staying these trousers so far is fairly predictable but SO me at the same time - checked trousers, a white tee, leather jacket and black boots. An unbeatable combination which looks edgy, effortless and smart.

Trousers - Zara
Denim Jacket - Topshop
Boots - Mango (sold out)

All photos taken by the super talented photographer and blogger Liam Heeley. Go and check him out here on Instagram and his Blog.

Is Instagram Making Us Depressed?

If you haven’t been living with your eyes closed recently, the topic of social media and mental health issues has been everywhere. Bloggers and influencers have been speaking out about their own experiences, books have been released and I have read article after article in magazines covering the subject on everyone’s lips. Why it has come to light at this particular moment in 2018 I will never know, however it is refreshing to see that a huge amount of individuals with a large presence on social media all feel the same way. I have certainly had my own battles with Mental Health and Social Media, so I thought what better time to talk about my own experiences than now. It is a breath of fresh air to see that people are being so honest about the topic, and helping each other through is crucial. Just like girls should support girls, influencers need to support influencers.

To put it bluntly we live in a shitty world full of shitty people doing shitty things, however this doesn’t seem to be the problem within Social Media (or for me anyway). I’ve never received a bad comment or message through my blog or Instagram and I feel pretty lucky to have never experienced that, so what is actually the problem and why does it affect me? I have never had a huge amount of self confidence. I was also unbearably shy in school and when I was younger, and there have always been things I would change about my looks (I would love to have lip fillers but the thought of a needle coming near my face makes me want to vom), so the biggest part of this battle for me is comparing myself to other people.

When you take a step back and think about what Social Media has become, it is weird. It’s everything we were told not to do when we were younger and we build our lives and expectations around thousands of strangers we feel the need to idolise. Personally I spend over half the day on Social Media (probably a lot more) as I actually work full time Monday - Friday in an influencer marketing roll. It is my job to scout the best and upcoming influencers for certain brand campaigns, however once I leave work and get home I don’t switch off. I can find myself sitting on my bed with my jacket still on for hours when I’ve just walked through the door sitting and scrolling through my Instagram feed. A few weeks ago I realised I have absolutely no balance when it comes to work, pleasure and also doing things which need doing (cleaning, tidying etc). Instagram has taken over my life and it is an unhealthy obsession.

It all got too much for me a few weeks ago. I was constantly comparing myself and my content to other people, and with Instagram’s algorithm all over the place my engagement was the lowest it’s been for a long time. I was also looking at my life as a whole seeing the people I follow out having fun whilst I sat in on a Saturday night and I felt pretty shitty about it all. When I actually spoke out loud about my feelings, it made me take a step back and realise how ridiculous this all way. I’m not unhappy in any way but Instagram was making me feel like I was and that I didn’t have enough. That weekend I deleted the app from my phone for a few days to take a quick break, and it was certainly refreshing. I kept picking my phone up every 5 minutes to check my engagement and to see who’d posted, but I managed to stay strong and take some time to myself.

Since doing this I have tried to make a conscious effort not to use Social Media when I don’t need to. Although I do spend a lot of my time at weekends creating content for my blog and Instagram, I have been trying to avoid spending hours scrolling through my Instagram feed at night. I’ve been regularly going to the gym, watching tv without my phone in my hand and going to bed early so I can read and it’s made me feel a whole lot better about myself! I can’t remember the last time I picked up a book or even a magazine and read before a few weeks ago, but it is inspiring me to write more and getting the creative side of my mind going again.

It has come to the time where we don’t idolise people in a way which just influences and inspires us. Unlike when we were young and loved the Spice Girls or Britney Spears, we now want to change ourselves to be someone we’re not. It is far easier said than done, but adding little routines into your lifestyle to give you a break from social media is one of the best things you can do and keeps our minds healthy. I praise everyone who has spoken out about this affecting them recently but also understand why people keep it to themselves, and I know hearing other people's opinions has really helped me to try and change the way I use Social Media. It should be used as a positive tool for inspiration and for sharing content we are proud of. Instagram and Social Media has given me the ability to do something I love and to share it with other people, so we need to start being proud of where we have all got to whatever stage that may be!

T-shirt - New Look (similar here)
Skirt - River Island
Trainers - Acne Studios
Bag - Topshop (similar here)