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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


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)


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


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...

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!


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


London Fashion Week.

I have had the intention of writing this blog post for the past week since I arrived back in Manchester after London Fashion Week, however my life seems to be all go at the moment and there is rarely a night I have the opportunity to sit down and write blog content. Saying this, I don't know how many of you actually take the time to read blogs anymore but sometimes it is nice to give you all a little life update. I have seen a few other bloggers publishing post fashion week blog posts, and to be honest it seems as though everyone has the same opinion - is it really worth attending anymore? It completely depends on your intentions of going, and if you take everything with a pinch of salt you will probably have an amazing time.

This is the second Fashion Week I have attended, and for me the main reason I take the time to go is for the inspiration. I find myself going through periods where I feel extremely uninspired by what is sold on the high street and also what I see on social media, so I guess you could say LFW is a bit of a creative re-boot for me. I am hugely into street style and take a lot of inspiration from this, so to see these amazing outfits in the flesh really does get my mind working and creativity flowing again. The majority of outfits I find myself lusting after are high-end designer pieces, however taking inspiration from how different pieces styled together is really refreshing.

So what was my overall experience of LFW like? To be honest I was pretty anxious about this fashion week as I booked to go by myself, so the world was definitely my oyster and anything could have happened. I have never particularly done anything like that before as the fear of being lonely usually takes over, but I was pleasantly surprised by my experience of doing this and it felt liberating. One of my best friends Jack lives in London, however although we hadn't really pre-planned doing anything I ended up seeing him every day I was there. I genuinely couldn't have asked for better company! We had a cute little date night which involved reduced sausage rolls from Tesco, a very long walk along the river and of course alcohol.

My first day (Friday) was definitely the busiest and probably my favourite day. I had a fashion film shoot with accessorize in the morning (click here to watch the video), and a shoot with New Look in the afternoon followed by coffee with some of the other New Look influencers. This was another favourite part of my experience, it was amazing to meet some of the girls I speak to on Instagram on a regular basis and they were all as lovely as I thought they would be. Over the space of the next few days I attended a few shows (Ashish was hands down my favourite), met up with more influencers, got drunk, visited the showrooms, went shopping and generally just had an amazing time.

If I'm being completely honest attending shows can get a little bit boring and repetitive. I know this is the whole point of Fashion Week, however for anyone thinking about going I would advise keeping the shows to a minimal. Attend the shows of the designers you are genuinely passionate about if you are lucky enough to get an invite, however overdoing it can take away the magic from something which is supposed to be an amazing experience. This is one of the reasons I broke my weekend up and keeping a balance of work and socialising was really important to me.

Choosing what to wear for Fashion Week is genuinely one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. There is SO much pressure to look amazing every day and you are competing with thousands of other bloggers and fashion professionals to steal the spotlight. I know people say (including me) that you should stay true to yourself and wear whatever the fuck you want to wear, however this is much easier said than done around this time of year. There are days at Fashion Week where you will leave the house feeling amazing, however the moment you see someone wearing an outfit which is better than yours and street style photographers don't want to photograph you it all goes downhill and all you can think about is what you could have worn instead. This is why I usually end up coming back with double the amount of clothes I arrived with, it is a lifesaver that Oxford Street is just a short tube ride away!

I have mainly read negative things from bloggers about LFW over the last week and a lot of people I spoke to beforehand decided not to go at all this season. Like I mentioned earlier, not taking on too much whilst you are there means you can sit back and enjoy the experience for what it is. There were negative parts to my week such as my feet being in pain from wearing heeled boots, not having anyone to take my pictures as I went on my own and it can just be very tiring in general, but overall I had just as much of an amazing time as last year and I will definitely be going back next season.