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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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Adding Colour To My Wardrobe.


We all know that colour is pretty much none existent when it comes to my wardrobe. It's not that I don't like colour, I see other people wearing colour and become envious of how good it looks on them but it has never really been something which appeals to me when shopping. Maybe secretly I am too scared of attracting attention as I have never been the most outgoing person, but the majority of the time I just don't really think I suit it. I delved into wearing a few pops of red last year and have recently discovered a love for the colour green, however colour is still a rare appearance both on my Instagram and in day to day life. It has been a new goal for me to try and start adding more colour to my wardrobe, and I certainly went all out with the colour for my first piece.




In an ideal world it should be the time to start packing our knitwear into storage for the year and transitioning into our Spring wardrobe, however as we all know from the unpredictable British Weather and the horrendous snow this weekend that isn't the case. Luckily we managed to miss the worst of the snow when we did this shoot on Saturday, however I was feeling grateful I was wearing this jumper from & Other Stories. They are without a doubt one of my favourite high street stores and are quickly becoming my go-to destination for new pieces. The prices may be slightly higher than your average high street shop, however the quality certainly reflects this and it is well worth spending that little bit extra. I didn't buy a lot of new knitwear this year - it is something I am really fussy about for some reason and it has to be perfect in order for me to buy it, so I guess I made up for that when I chose this amazing Coral toned oversized jumper.




I took a look at the whole aesthetic of my Instagram the other day and yes, the main thing it is lacking is colour but is that such a bad thing? I have built my own aesthetic of greys and neutral tones and I am proud of the way my Instagram looks, but for some reason whenever I post a bit of colour the engagement hits the roof. There are a few trends I love but the thought of trying them scares the hell out of me. Mixing prints and also mixing colour are two of them, but for now I will stick to my single pops of colour as it is so easy to mix into my mainly black, grey and white wardrobe. Worn with my trusty PVC trousers, leather biker and classic baker boy hat to keep the jumper the statement piece, it was the perfect Saturday day time outfit.




Jumper - & Other Stories
PVC trousers - Topshop
Boots - Mango
Leather Jacket - All Saints


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Spring Wish List.

After the horrendously cold weather last week I can well and truly say I am ready for Spring. I never will be a Winter person, and although I do love coat shopping I hate the restrictions you have to make in your wardrobe in order to not freeze. Light jackets and layering are a big favourite of mine, so I'm ready to make those exciting changes to my wardrobe and pack away the winters warmers. Like usual I have a wish list longer than my arm, however here are a few trends I will be welcoming with open arms throughout Spring.

Ugly Trainers
So it is undeniable that ugly trainers are in the spotlight in a big way at the moment, and I unashamedly love them. Balenciaga Triple S's are without a doubt at the top of my will-never-be-able-to-afford wish list, however the high street has finally caught on and there are some amazing dupes available for us girls who aren't super rich to get their hands on. I took the plunge and bought some Fila Disruptors and I have never looked back since. The chunkier the better I say!




Trench Coats/Macs
The trench coat trend is one which never truly goes out of fashion, however it is one I have never actually delved into before. I constantly see fashion bloggers, girls on Instagram and just cool girls in the street wearing trench coats and Macs but I always had the image in my head that they wouldn't suit me. My leather jacket is my staple go to piece in my wardrobe so a trench coat always seemed a bit too "mumsy" for my liking, however I actually bought one from New Look recently and I am well and truly sold. There are some great ones on the high street at the moment especially in & other stories, and I think there might be another trench coat shaped hole or two in my wardrobe waiting to be filled...



Suits
You may have all seen a few killer suits posted on my Instagram over the last few weeks and I can't get enough of them. I bought the suit above from NA-KD fashion for London Fashion Week and it is one of my favourite outfits I have ever posted. I was slightly unsure when it first arrived, however layering is key and my leather jacket completely transformed the outfit into something a bit more head-turning. My initial thought was to pair it with my Fila Disruptors (I still plan to do this), however LFW called for something a little more classy. I have since bought another black suit from Missguided and I might have a few more in the pipeline!




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Always Stay True To Yourself.


Staying true to yourself whether it be your style, your career, your friends or any aspect of your life is the most important thing you can do. As a blogger and influencer it isn't always easy to remember to be yourself when you are surrounded by competition and constantly see other girls/pictures which make you envious. I find myself being inspired by other people's content and imagery on a daily basis, however being aware of who you are and want to be as a person is crucial. Yes you might buy that outfit because you saw someone else wearing it, but making it your own is key. You don't climb to the top by copying or being someone you're not as it will soon get boring. I have learnt some very valuable lessons recently by putting myself in situations I wouldn't usually, but sometimes you have to do this in order to realise who the real you actually is.



So a few things have happened recently which really got me thinking about who I want to be and who I am as a person. I recently went to an event and I was surrounded by a room full of people I have absolutely nothing in common with. In this situation I would usually want the ground to swallow me whole and for me to just disappear, however this time I just embraced the fact I was different, spoke to whoever had time for me and enjoyed the evening the best I could knowing I wouldn't have to do it again. Yes I felt extremely uncomfortable for the majority of the night but as I mentioned it taught me a valuable lesson. I have made a point of saying yes to more opportunities this year and I have seen my confidence grow in leaps and bounds because of it, however there is definitely a line between embracing opportunities and doing things which aren't you. The big lesson learnt was that I don't have to say yes to everything and I am so happy that I went because of this.




Staying true to my style has also been a big thing I have started to focus on this year which I think I touched on in a previous blog post. A few months ago I started to feel very uninspired by fashion and the trends at the time and maybe that's just because I was going through a busy period in my life, however I found myself dressing really boring and not wearing things because I wanted to. There was no effort put into the way I dressed and I found myself taking Instagram and blog pictured because I felt like I had to. Luckily I got out of this phase pretty quickly and I am feeling more motivated than ever to create inspiring outfits and content. I've got to a stage where I feel proud of my Instagram aesthetic, I get to work with some amazing people and brands and the vision I have is really shining through. If only I had more time to put into my blogging and photography as I have some real visions of what I want to create and how to continue from here.




Unfortunately nowadays we all get sucked into the world of social media and Instagram and we are never really truly happy with who we are as a person. We always take notice of our flaws which other people probably don't realise are there, we judge and compare ourselves to other people and we constantly want to be better. I am definitely someone who is guilty of constantly refreshing their Instagram to check how many likes I have on my most recent picture and it is a horrible world we have become obsessed with. If you are trying to be a blogger or an influencer for the fame, money or to impress other people then you are doing it for the wrong reasons. Although I do work with certain brands on a regular basis and this can become restricting when choosing items which go with your own personal style, I have come to a point where I don't take on collaborations with brands I don't like because it is a waste of time and neither me or them will benefit from it. My Instagram has become a place which is a true reflection of me and my style.




This skirt has got to be one of my favourite new additions to my wardrobe. I bought this to wear for a shoot I did with Accessorize at LFW and can you believe it was only £25.99?! It is very rare that I use a piece twice when I am shooting especially if it is such a statement piece like this, however I loved it so much it needed to make another appearance. This was a bit of a last minute shoot so I hadn't particularly planned an outfit in advance anyway, but sometimes it is nice to shoot things for your own personal benefit that isn't classed as "work". I have to say these are definitely one of my favourite sets of pictures I have ever had taken!

Skirt - Zara
Jumper - New Look
Leather Jacket - All Saints
Boots -  Mango

Photography by @d_watso

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