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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)


Transitional Dressing - Hello Beret Season!

Happy Sunday evening everyone (or as happy as it can be)! Yes, it's that time of the weekend when everyone wishes weekends were three days long, but what better way to end it than watching shitty rom coms on Netflix and eating my own bodyweight in pasta. I think it's safe to say that Noah Centineo is everyone's biggest crush at the moment, and with his new film "Sarah Burgess is a Loser" on Netflix, I definitely knew what my plans were going to be this evening! My weekends rarely feel long enough nowadays, but this weekend was the beginning of transitional dressing and although I am longing for Summer to stick around a little longer, it was nice to finally do a bit of layering and dig out my trusted beret from the back of my wardrobe.

I can't quite bring myself to get my coats out of my storage cupboard yet, but there are many things I love about Autumn:

- I can comfortably wear my leather jacket again without breaking a sweat. My leather jacket is the signature piece in my wardrobe, and I'm sure if you asked my friends what piece of clothing they would associate me with it would definitely be that.

- Not having to bother with tanning as much. The process of putting on your tan, taking if off and immediately putting another layer on again definitely gets tiresome throughout the summer months, so not having to worry about having perfectly bronzed pins every day is going to be a breath of fresh air.

- Feeling cozy. Not quite as cosy as Winter, but the knitwear shopping can begin! Cosy knits with midi skirts and boots is going to be my go-to look throughout Autumn, and I'm on the hunt for the perfect pieces.

Prints have definitely taken over my wardrobe recently, and I may have acquired a slight unhealthy obsession with animal print. Zebra print, Snake print and leopard print in the form of shirts, skirts and accessories have made it to the top of my most worn pieces. However, for once the print I was wearing today was slightly different. I've seen this blazer pop up on my Instagram a few times over the last few months but I was never successful in finding it until the other day when H&M launched their new Studio collection. It is hands down the most unusual print I have ever seen used on a blazer, and I couldn't have clicked the checkout button any faster. I did however sneak some snake print into the mix with my new Zara boots (seen in my last post).

This is the first piece I have bought which has really felt autumnal, and once again it is a piece I can style in so many ways. Denim shorts, a black vest and heeled boots made the perfect night outfit on Saturday night, however paired with a cream denim skirt and my snakeskin boots gave a more casual autumnal feel. Pernille Tiesbaek styled hers perfectly with a simply pair of black tailored trousers and court shoes, and I can't wait to try this look out myself! It is my Birthday coming up this week, so it would be rude not to wear it again!

Blazer - H&M
Skirt - Zara
Top - Bershka
Boots - Zara

Autumn Boot Wish List.

I think it is obvious to anyone who is familiar with my blog and Instagram that i have a not so small and very expensive obsession with boots. I have tried many times to wear different footwear, however most of the time i'm unsuccessful and another pair of boots come along which i fall in love with. It has come round to that annoying transitional period where everyone is in a style rut not knowing what weather to dress for, however sunshine or rain it is likely i will have a pair of boots glued to my feet. Many of you will have seen these (unfortunately sold out) snakeskin boots on my Instagram stories, however I have put together a selection of my favourite styles for you which are available on the high street at the moment. I may or may not have bought a lot of them already. Outfit posts pending...

Animal Print
There are two styles of boots on my mind this season - western boots and animal print boots. Animal print is probably the biggest trend around at the moment with every fashion brand imaginable selling every kind of animal print imaginable. I have to admit I have been fully sucked into this trend with snake print and leopard print being my guilty pleasure, and i'm keeping my fingers crossed that this trend is going to be around for a while. My new Zara babies are my pride and joy, and i plan to wear them with skinnies and band tees throughout Autumn.

Western Boots
My love for western boots hasn't started recently. I bought a pair of cowboy boots on eBay a few years ago to wear to a festival and the obsession has continued to grow since. Topshop sold some amazing metal toe western boots last year, and their selection hasn't disappointed this year either. Floral dresses paired perfectly with western boots in Summer, but now we're transitioning into autumn I will be dressing them down with straight leg jeans, and holding onto the days where i can just about wear bear legs with animal print and silk midi skirts.

Here are a selection of my favourite western and animal print boots below. Happy shopping!


Cargo Shorts - Day To Night.

2018 is a time where clothes are extremely accessible, and it is actually unbelievable how cheap you can pick up items from fast fashion sites. It is certainly a "throw away" society which we live in, but clothes are becoming uninspiring and losing meaning. Yes, I am a victim of buying items and wearing them once (sometimes just to shoot in), but if I'm being completely honest I find it very hard to find pieces I am truly happy with and want to keep in my wardrobe for a long time. Being able to buy a whole new outfit for £30 for a night out is great, but feeling connected to what you are wearing and wanting to wear something time and time again is important.

This week I have found myself spending hundreds of pounds on clothes, and I feel like I have absolutely nothing to show for it. The feeling of excitement when you buy something new is amazing, but there is nothing from the pile of clothes laid on the end of my bed that I'm itching to wear. Yes they might look good on Instagram, but in reality are they going to end up just sitting in my wardrobe? Quality really is important for me, and as a blogger and influencer who naturally buys a lot of clothes I am slowly learning that quality is definitely better than quantity.

I have spoken about this many times before, but investing in pieces you can wear in many different ways is so important for your wardrobe. My top three essentials would be a black blazer, blue straight leg jeans and a white t-shirt, but pieces you can wear on different occasions don't have to be basic. Cargo shorts have been huge this summer, and admittedly I am jumping on the bandwagon a bit late but they are definitely a piece I have enjoyed styling. I got these from I.AM.GIA which is one of my favourite Australian brands, and I have styled them in two different ways (day to night).

I do still find it hard to feel comfortable in trainers, especially in my Instagram and blog pictures, but the Adidas Yung 1's are a great alternative if you can't afford designer trainers. They look expensive but they don't carry the ridiculous price tag, and the colours go perfectly with my shorts. I did originally style this outfit with my Dr. Martens, however there was definitely the risk of looking like Lara Croft's doppelgänger so I opted for a cooler, more statement option to add a pop of colour.

Shorts - I.AM.GIA
T-shirt - Vintage (Similar here)
Trainers - Adidas

I went through a stage in my life where I would choose style over comfort, however you don't have to compromise either especially now trainers are around in such a big way.

Night time/going out dressing is always a bit of a difficult one for me. It's pretty rare for me to get super dressed up so I have to find that happy medium of not feeling underdressed but also sticking to my own style. Blazers are always my go to when going out, but to be honest they are perfect for any occasion. I have had this Missguided blazer for around a year now and I have worn it so much that nearly all of the buttons have fallen off (yes, i think its time to invest in a new one). I wear it to work with a white tee, blue jeans and converse, and my usual going out go-to look is denim shorts, a bodysuit, strappy heels and my trustworthy blazer. It's great to mix things up a bit sometimes, and although I am still wearing shorts the cargo style is a completely different look I've never tried before.

The black blazer ties in perfectly with the belt and the boots, and the high necked bodysuit keeps all the attention on my legs which is what I want from a night out outfit! This is a great look for an evening dinner or drinks, however I would probably swap the boots for a strappy heel for a night out. I have noticed a lot recently that the life span of my clothes is very short as I get bored of things far too quickly, but taking the time to really delve into your wardrobe and style things with items you forgot you had is a breath of fresh air and can help you see things in a different perspective. Admittedly I don't leave enough time in the mornings to do this as my bed is always a priority, however a bit of planning in advance could actually save you a lot of money.

Shorts - I.AM.GIA
Blazer - Missguided (Similar here)
Boots - Mango (old)
Bag - Asos