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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)

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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
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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!






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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

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Out With The Old and In With The New: Converse One Star.


It's so easy to fall into habits in all aspects of life. What we wear, where we shop, what we eat and so many more things, and although this certainly isn't always a negative thing, change is also very welcoming. I have gone through many changes in my life recently both good and bad, but life is about learning and becoming stronger as a person. You'll probably all be happy to know that this blog post isn't another life lesson from Ellen, and the change of habit I am talking about is actually my shoes. I have been after a pair of Converse One Star's for months now. The choice of colours was holding me back as I am definitely not the best at making decisions (and they of course come in some amazing colours), but you can never go wrong with classic black and I finally have my hands on some from JD Sports.

I remember the first time I saw a pair of Converse All Stars when I was at primary school, and I didn't know anyone else who owned a pair but I loved them. I was never really one for following the crowd at school anyway, and my first pair were red high tops. I still have the same pair today and they are still going strong! For the past few years I have religiously worn my black Converse All Star high tops whether it be for work, instagram pictures, weekend shopping etc, i literally find any excuse I can to wear them. But is there a new classic trainer in the mix? Converse One Star's are the new "it" shoe, and I am a huge fan. I'm sorry to say, but my All Star's might be taking a back seat for a while!


Trainers and casual shoes can easily throw me off, so I have to style them in the right way to feel comfortable. Yes if i'm feeling lazy there is nothing better than throwing on some blue jeans, a white t-shirt and my classic converse, bur styling definitely does make all the difference. I got it into my head that trainers had to be casual, but they are a great tool for dressing down a smarter outfit for a happy medium. I'd actually planned to shoot this look with a pair of black heeled boots, but doesn't it look so much cooler with my One Star's?!

The whole wearing trainers with skirts and dresses look has really taken off over the past year, and I am a huge fan. Trainers are now more than accepted as a vital part of any fashion lovers wardrobe, and they give us the ability to wear our dressier items of clothing during the day. The contrast of feminine and masculine, and dressy and casual has really reinvented the way we think about our outfits and style ourselves on a daily basis, and there really are no limits! I can't say I overly thought outside of the box with this outfit, but I am always a fan of a classic look and my converse gave it the edge I was looking for.


This blog post is in collaboration with JD Sports.
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Summer Co-ord and Life Update.


So it's definitely been a while since i have taken the time to sit down and write a blog post, but once again life has been hectic and got in the way. Juggling blogging and a full time job can be difficult to say the least, and on top of that there has been moving into my new home which has been fun but not certainly not easy. Don't get me wrong I enjoy living a busy lifestyle, and socialising is also a key aspect of my life which i will without a doubt make time for as much as possible, but it would be nice to be able to relax a bit more than I do! My life is actually the best is has been in a long time and everything seems to be falling into place a bit more now I have my own space, so onwards and upwards to better things.



So let's start with talking about this co-ord of dreams from Topshop. I have felt so uninspired by clothes for a few months now which isn't great for a blogger, and however much i searched for items I truly loved I've been very unsuccessful. There's nothing better than seeing something you love and immediately having to buy it, and this co-ord went straight into my basket within seconds. Buying a new jacket wasn't on my agenda seeing as though the weather has been so amazing recently, but how could I resist? I'm also pretty proud of myself for buying something which isn't black, and it's getting me excited for adding more colour to my wardrobe for Summer!

Jacket - Topshop
Skirt - Topshop
Vest - Topshop
Bag - Zara
Boots - Old Topshop (similar here)


To be honest I don't have a huge update on my life in general apart from my house. I moved into my house just over a month ago and it is the best thing I have ever done. I did get a little bit of pre moving in anxiety as I've never experienced living on my own before but it was definitely the right time to do it. I'm single and I was in a position where I was able to buy a house, and I think everyone should experience living on their own if you get the chance. There is nothing better than being able to please yourself and do what you want.

As it was a new build I was moving in to there hasn't been a huge amount of things to do decorating wise. Unfortunately it was painted cream when i moved in (who the hell would want cream walls?!) so i've been on a mission to paint it all white. I didn't have any furniture so most of my evenings have been spend searching the internet for the perfect pieces for my home, but so far I am super proud of how it is looking. There is definitely still a long way to go but I can't wait to share it with you all when it's done!

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The Ultimate Spring Suit.


I remember the first time I tried on a suit. It was about 3 years ago when I worked in Topshop Personal Shopping, it was a gorgeous coral pink and I had never felt better. There is definitely a reason they call this power dressing. It is part of the job in Personal Shopping to take pictures in Topshop clothes and promote the brand as much as you can, and I was Topshop girl through and through (and probably always will be). Unfortunately the sensible side of my brain persuaded me not to buy it as let's be honest, how often would you really get chance to wear a pink suit? I tried it on, got a picture for the gram and put it back on the shop floor, but I can certainly say I have regretted this decision ever since.


I do feel like I've got to a point in my life and career that I can afford to comfortably buy things that I don't necessarily need. Ok so as a fashion blogger and influencer it is true that I don't actually have to spend a penny on clothes, but choosing clothes from the same brands every month does get tiring and it's nice to treat yourself from time to time. I had never come across a suit I loved as much as the pink one up until a few months ago just before LFW. Again, a suit is not something I would casually wear and it's very unlikely I would even wear one on a night out, but what better excuse than Fashion Week?! I saw another Fashion Blogger wearing an amazing monochrome suit from NA-KD fashion on Instragam stories, and I know I couldn't let the opportunity slip again.


Since buying my suit for London Fashion Week there has been no stopping me and I now have about 4 sitting in my wardrobe I will probably never wear, but a skirt suit is something I have never invested in! If you have followed me for a while or know me personally you will know I love any excuse to get my legs out - I even went out on a Saturday night with bare legs when it was snowing so a skirt suit is a dream come true for me! Although I did stick to the smart look for this outfit with a classic pair of black pointed boots, I can't wait to dress this down with a pair of converse or chunky trainers. Summer is definitely just around the corner now, so bring on the bare leg weather. Not only is the checked pattern on this suit to die for, but it is super affordable at just under £50 so who cares if you don't wear it much anyway?


Blazer - New Look
Skirt - New Look
Top - Missguided
Bag - Topshop (Sold out)
Boots - Ego

Photography by @d_watson

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The Truth About Blogging.


I've seen many influencers approach the topic of the truth behind blogging before, and whether you do it as a career or a hobby it certainly isn't easy. Yes, from the outside it appears we have amazing social lives going out on a daily basis and we just so happen to be wearing an amazing outfit whilst doing so, however (in my case anyway) this couldn't be further from the truth. Don't get me wrong I love doing it and there are many perks, but the world of blogging is very different behind the scenes and it is much harder than you think to get that perfect shot.

I guess if you make it to the stage where you can take the career path of blogging it might be slightly different. At the moment I still work a full time job so unfortunately I have a very limited amount of time to create content for both my blog and Instagram (hence why I very rarely post on here). Scheduled posts? Yes they're great for brands, but the unpredictable rainy Manchester weather makes it not so great for me...


I do sometimes still live in a dreamworld where I take a step back and think "why would brands want to send me clothes?". I can't say I have ever thought very highly of myself, so I do feel very privileged every time a brand I love contacts me but I am definitely a perfectionist when it comes to my feed and content so time is a killer. I work Monday - Friday, a lot of my evenings are spent planning outfits and ordering clothes, and then a big chunk of my weekends is taken up by shooting with photographers and creating my own content to ensure I have enough imagery to post throughout the week. Yes, it is stressful but hopefully well worth it in the end!

I am not one of those girls who is satisfied with a mirror selfie (even though the lighting in H&M's fitting rooms is perfection) so shooting at the weekend involves location planning, taking a million pictures of one outfit to get that perfect shot, and then finding a cafe or a secluded alley to get changed in. I have had to do many swift top changes in hidden doorways and back streets, but everyone has seen a girl in a bra before right?

A huge part of blogging and being an "influencer" for me is relying on other people. People often ask me who takes my pictures, and although there are a handful of amazing photographers I work with from time to time, my mum is an absolute saviour for getting the train 60 miles from Lancaster to Manchester to help me out. Yes it is great when you're out with friends who are willing to take pictures for you, but that certainly isn't very reliable when you have deadlines to meet and brands to please. I would say 80% of my Instagram feed is made up of pictures taken by my mum, and I can honestly say she does an amazing job and I am hugely grateful! (These pictures are a great example)


So if it is so stressful why do I choose to do it? Even though I haven't particular sounded very convincing in the first part of this blog post, I am hugely passionate about what I do. I studied Fashion Styling and Photography at University and unfortunately I didn't put the time and effort needed into making a career out of styling so I guess this is a great alternative. If someone asked me what I am most passionate about in life it would have to be Fashion and clothes. I know that will sound ridiculous to some people, but experimenting with styles and the feeling you get when you put the perfect outfit together is amazing! So why not share this with everyone?

It was never my intention to become an "influencer" and even though I started my blog years ago just after uni, I never thought in a million years I would get where I am today. Through working in Topshop Personal Shopping I built up a fairly decent following and brands started to contact me about promoting their clothes and I have continued to grow ever since. Hitting 20k on Instagram was a huge milestone for me and although there are some influencers who get to this point a lot quicker than I have, I am still so proud of where I have got to today!


And just a little note about my outfit - these wide leg jeans are definitely my new favourite fit. They hug your bum perfectly and make your legs look super long, what more could you ask for?! And I also love rediscovering old pieces in my wardrobe. I have had this vintage leather jacket for years and I will always love it as much as the day I bought it!

Leather Jacket - Vintage
Wide Leg Jeans - Miss Selfridge
Bag - Zara (Similar here)
Hat - Asos (Similar here)


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