Saturday, 31 December 2016

So, what a year it has been! I don't think I'm alone in saying that this has been a weird and not so wonderful year, from both the micro and macro perspective. From personal difficulties to the continually disheartening global situation, it's been one hell of a year of disappointments and drawbacks. A tough year, for sure. In any case, I think it's always worth reflecting on the year gone by, whatever the highs and lows, to help construct a 'plan of action' of sorts, to make the next year the best it can possibly be. 

The biggest achievement for me has, of course, been my blog. It's not even a year old, and I can't believe how far I've come in the few months I've been writing it. I spent the last couple of years spending so much of my free time reading blogs and longing to create one myself, never having the courage to. It was only this year, partly due to a yearning for a little escapism from my rigorous university course, and partly because, since leaving school and my A Level Art, I've had little opportunity to channel my creativity,  that I finally plucked up the courage to do so. And I am SO glad I did!

(To the left - Where it all started less than a year ago!
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It wasn't until I started getting into blogging that I realised just how much I had missed creating. Often, because of the chaos of everyday life; work, school, uni, and all the other daily tasks we have, we forget to take time out to do something we love.
Through blogging, I've tried to claim a bit of that time back, to do something for myself. Though this has been a difficult year for me, this is one thing I think I've started to do. From taking up the blog, to taking time to go to the gym, to taking time to sit and read a good book, I'm slowly starting to take time for myself, and it's something I intend to build on in 2017.  Never underestimate the power of 'me time', you're bound to feel refreshed, refocused, and re-insipired.
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So I thought in this post I'd take a little look back at all of my outfit posts this year. One thing that strikes me is how my photo editing has come along! My posts were a bit of a jumble of incohesive edits at the beginning, but slowly I think I'm getting better (well, hopefully!) at building a cohesive body of work. So, in 2017, I'd definitely like to work on improving my photography even more.

This post has turned out to be my most commented on post so far! Seems you guys all love the chunky knit and skinny jean combo as much as I do!

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And a slightly more personal (and slightly silly) milestone; this post is a bit of a fave for me, as it was the first time I wore my Chanel babies out! This year, I made my first ever high end purchase! These pretties didn't come off my feet for most of the late summer/early autumn period, and mark my words, they'll be glued to my feet again as soon as the weather starts to warm up again! #sorrynotsorry.

This was also my first taste of brand work, which was such a big deal for me! I had never started my blog with the intention of working with brands or with it being any more than a little hobby where I can warble on about all the fashion and beauty related things I love, but I must admit, it was very flattering being contacted!

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I don't think I need to go on yet again about how much I love red velvet, there's two whole posts devoted to it - the first one, here.

Perhaps my favourite post yet, this was my first 'think piece' type post, and I remember just sitting and writing non stop for the first time.

I was a little publishing a post that had the possibility of being a little controversial, but this ended up being my most read post! It just goes to show that people do still read blogs, and are interested in what you have to say. Though imagery is important, you're lacking something is that all you can provide.

I often feel that the written aspect of blogs is somewhat neglected, which I think is a damn shame, because my favourite blogs are always the ones which are well written. So,   writing engaging, original content was always going to be a priority for me. 

In 2017, I'd like to try to take more risks. To write more, not just about fashion and trends (although I love doing this), but also controversial topics, difficult to talk about topics, which can hopefully get a bit of a discussion going.

In all honesty, my absolute favourite thing to do when blogging, is read comments and chat with you all. I get so excited when I get an email notifying me that there's a new comment on a post. So thank you to every one of you who takes the time to write them!
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And then we reach the last outfit post of the year, and one of my favourites! (Full post here)

Uneventful is one thing this years has not been, that's for sure! But one thing I try never to lack is hope. So here's to hoping that next year will be a good one, not just for each of us personally, but for the world as a whole. More love, more tolerance, more empathy, more hope. 

One thing I'm definitely aiming to do is blog with far more consistency. 2017 I'm hoping will be a year of focus; I'm talking more content, more frequently and hopefully, to a much better standard!

Thank you to every single one of you that has taken the time to read and comment on my posts, engage with my content and various platforms, and for generally being so lovely! 
I never thought I would love blogging this much - I hope to see you all back here in the new year!

All that is left to say is that I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2017! 

Until next time, 
Bisous <3



Friday, 23 December 2016

So, it's now 2 sleeps 'til Christmas, how festive are we all feeling, folks? Here's a list of my 7 favourite things about Christmas!

1.) Soaking in the Christmas Spirit when going shopping on Oxford Street.
If there's one thing that gets me feeling festive, it's strolling down Oxford, Regent and Bond Street, taking in the beautiful decorations and mingling with the streams of hurried shoppers, doing the last of their Christmas shopping I suspect. There's just something about being amidst the hustle and bustle of all those people from so many different walks of life, all exuding this christmas spirit, that's completely uplifting and infectious!

2.) Watching Christmas Films.
Namely, 'Love Actually', a total classic, which admittedly, I love watching all year round. Other notable favourites include 'The Holiday' (another personal fave film; Jude Law, that's all I have to say, ladies!), 'Elf' (obviously), 'Bridget Jones' Diary' (another classic, of course), and 'Narnia - The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe', which, no matter how old I get, continues to be completely magical to me!

3.) A Christingle Service on Christmas Eve
This is without doubt my favourite event of the Christmas period. There's just something so heartwarming about lots of families gathered together in a candlelit church, belting out Carols the night before Christmas. It's a chance to catch up with so many of the familiar faces that you've somehow neglected to see throughout the year, it's a time to reflect on all the things you're grateful for, and it''s always super cosy; held in a little old church with beautiful stained glass windows where I live. Oh, and did I mention, I absolutely love Christmas Carols (''O Come All Ye Faithful' is my fave), I always attend a few each season, but the Christingle Service is just that bit more special. 

4.) Waking up to a full Santa's stocking..
Now Santa may not be real (I hope I haven't ruined that for anyone!), but I'll just never lose that little thrill of waking up to a stocking stuffed with presents hanging from my bedroom door.  Perhaps I'm still a big kid at heart, but the prospect of a visit from Santa still carries the magic of Christmas for me!

5.) Stuffing my face with Christmas Food.
A highlight of everyone's Christmas experience, I should think, (if not, then you're clearly eating the wrong food!) From the turkey, to the mince pies, to the pigs in blankets, ah, I'm salivating right now just thinking about it all, lol! It's that one time of year where it's completely socially acceptable for portion control and self control to go completely out of the window, and boy, do we go crazy with christmas food! A full English for breakfast, traditional Christmas dinner for lunch, and then leftover turkey sandwiches (which we usually end up eating all week) for dinner, along with lots of snacks like pringles, and homemade deserts like trifle. Uh, it truly is a feast!

6.) Playing card games with my Dad and Sister.
This is probably my favourite part of Christmas day. After we've all stuffed ourselves with copious amounts of food, and my mum has curled up in bed to watch lots of christmas tv trash, me, my sister and my Dad always play card games and continue to nibble on lots of the leftover christmas food. There's lots of laughter, bets, and someone always cheats; it's a time I always cherish as we always have a hoot, and christmas day is the only time we ever really get to spend this kind of quality time together.

7.) Seeing all my family on Boxing Day
One of my main family Christmas traditions is that on Boxing Day my family goes for dinner with my Nanna and Grandad, and my Auntie and Uncle. We've been doing this for as long as I can remember, and since Christmas is so completely about family for me, this is without doubt one of my favourite times.
A little note on the outfit - Here's a set of photos I took at Leadenhall Market, which always feels rather festive, but I think combined with this outfit, they perfectly capture the Christmas spirit with the prominent colours of red and green.

If you're struggling with festive partywear outfits, then hopefully this will serve as a little inspiration for you. To me, this is the perfect outfit for any Christmas or new years event, because it's comfortable (especially important if you've stuffed yourself silly with food over the past couple of days), it's smart, and it's, well, festive; the red velvet adding that perfect dose of festivity and trendiness in equal measure.
You can see how I styled this red velvet for the daytime here, but hopefully you'll agree with me that it's perfect for the evening also. Pair it with an all black ensemble underneath and the blazer becomes the centre piece, whilst the rest of your outfit is fairly simple to put together, yet still looks completely 'chic'. Let me know if this is the sort of outfit you would wear to a festive event, or alternatively, what your perfect outfit is for the events this season! 

All that's left to say is a very Merry Christmas to you all, lovelies!

Until next time,
Bisous <3



Cami: Zara
Jeans: Topshop
Jacket: c/o Dezzal*
Heels: Primark (Similar Here)

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Friday, 16 December 2016

I know, I know, could I BE anymore windswept? (kudos if you picked up that Joey from Friend's tone) We must have been shooting on the windiest day ever, my hair went absolutely crazy! Just wait until you see the outtakes, there's some real gems (yes, I'm doing outtakes, they're hilarious - so stay tuned!)

So let's chat all about the chunky knit. I've already warbled on all about my love of knitwear in this outfit post, but seeing as they're such a staple in my wardrobe, it can't hurt to have another little chat about them now.

Whilst I absolutely love autumn and autumn fashion, I get very lazy when it gets to winter. I'm really not very good with the cold, so I end up practically living in my massive pink fluffy onesie, which has me looking like an "overgrown easter bunny" (my Dad's words, not mine - though let's just keep that between you and I), cup of tea in hand, whilst watching teen dramas and trashy sitcoms on netflix. Ahh, I may hate the cold, but I certainly love my winter relaxation routine! Any time I do decide to venture out of the house, the only thing I'm concerned with is having an entirely fuss free, warm outfit.

See, when you live in a place like the UK, you're bound to live in some variation of the knitwear and skinny jean combo for at least 5 months of the year, and this can easily get boring and feel a little monotonous, especially if you like to have fun with your outfits.

How, then, do we combat this? Well, it's all about picking pieces with little unique twists that will keep your outfits interesting, especially on those extremely cold winter days when you would love to just roll out with a duvet wrapped around you if it were socially acceptable.

So, let's chat about the knit I'm wearing in this outfit. It's from Dezzal, and it immediately caught my eye on account of the detail around the neckline which I can only describe as a sort of 'flap'. This, combined with the oversized turtleneck adds that little something to the chunky knit that I think just makes it that bit more interesting. Well, that's my view, anyway, my Father, on the other hand, commented that it looked "bloody silly", to which I (mentally) retorted that it was a good thing us girls don't dress for the approval of men (I mean, I didn't want to be chastised for being cheeky lol!)

The best thing about this jumper though? It's so so warm. It's that perfect chunkiness that makes it feel substantial and not flimsy, without being heavy. 

For more elements of 'interest' I added these fishnet socks, which, to my annoyance, ripped on the third wear due to my clumsy heavy handedness. Yep, there were a bunch of photos that couldn't make the cut because you could spy a large portion of backfoot hanging out lol! Anyway, I digress, adding a detail like this allows you to nail one of this season's biggest trends, (which I chat all about here), and for only £3, you can't really go wrong!

What do you think of this outfit? How do you keep your wardrobe interesting in the winter months? Leave me your comments below!

P.s. I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who read and commented on my last blog post! I received so many lovely, insightful, thoughtful comments for you ladies, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading and replying to, and it was also my most viewed post yet! I was rather nervous uploading a more personal, opinion-led post, but I now feel so encouraged to write other think pieces on topics that interest me. So thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read it - you've put a huge smile on my face! (If you didn't catch it, you can read it here!)

Until next time, 
Bisous <3



Knit: c/o Dezzal
Jeans: Topshop
Fishnet Socks: Asos
Shoes: Topshop (in grey here, in pink here)
Clutch: Topshop (old, similar here, leopard print here, burgundy here)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (also here)

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Let's get real, I'm willing to bet that every woman has at least one of those pesky irrational insecurities that niggle on our self-confidence, and for many, there'll be a long list. So today I wanted to have a little chat about insecurities and how we deal with them.

See, looking at these blog photos here, would you believe that I almost returned this shirt (which I love) because I thought that it emphasised my supposed 'man shoulders?'

Ever seen that episode of friends where Ross wants to take Joan the assistant professor in the linguistics department (who's supposed to be wilddddd) to cousin Franny's wedding, and insists that she is tall, very beautiful, but most definitely not broad backed? And Joey retorts that in fact, 'dude, she's like a billboard'. (I know my episodes of friends very well, I know - my mastermind topic of choice, I think!) Well, let's just say that I could have given that Joan a run for her money - that's one thing this past summer's trend of bardot tops has taught me, that's for damn sure. There's only so many times you can buy a bardot top in your regular size and insist that it's been made small and that's why you can't lift your arms above your head before, you realise that it's your man build that's the problem lol! Yep, I often channel my inner Regina George in front of the mirror and complain about my very apparent 'man shoulders', how utterly pathetic, right?

See, I'm willing to concede that this is what I call a fairly 'irrational insecurity'. By this I mean one of those insecurities that only really bothers you - it could be the size of your nose, or your 'stumpy legs', or even your wonky hairline - something that someone else would never really notice and would think you were pretty ridiculous for having a hang up on. Now, if I've predicted this correctly, then as you peruse over these blog photos and then read this text, you'll exclaim, "no way would I have ever noticed anything unusual about her shoulders, they look completely fine to me!" On the other hand if you've been sitting here from the beginning thinking I have the build of a man, then the problem is a lot worse than I originally thought and I'm never plucking up the courage to wear a halter neck again. (lol)

And why do I tell you all this? Well when I saw this blouse, I instantly loved it, but as soon as I tried it on wailed in annoyance at the fact that it most definitely accentuated my supposed 'broadness'. I remember voicing my complaints to my sister (who I constantly bore with my various self-deprecating comments), who could do nothing but offer the routine sigh accompanied with 'you're so ridiculous I notice nothing', which of course, I was less that satisfied with. I proceeded to experimenting styling it unbuttoned, buttoned, rolled sleeves, sleeves pulled down, seeing what would accentuate them the least, but to no avail, as of course, the problem was with the fricking ruffles on the shoulders (surprise surprise). Now I resolved to return the blouse, even though I loved it, because of this. That was until I had a sudden surge of boldness and thought, nah, screw it! I love this shirt, I doubt anyone will notice what I notice, and you know what, I fricking love this outfit!

So I guess my point is this: we all have those little things we dislike about ourselves. But ask yourself how far you let these affect you, even in the littlest way. It is so important that we learn to accept them and don't let them stop you from doing what you want. Something I've realised is that often, something that bothered you to no end at one point in your life, becomes a complete non-issue the more you grown and come to a place of acceptance.

And I guess this is why I can't help but feel a pang of sadness when I see girls undergoing extensive cosmetic surgery, especially when they've barely outgrown teen-hood. I often wonder if our generation has been disadvantaged somewhat by the constant stream of social media and press, awash with unrealistic beauty expectations, whether it would ever have even crossed the minds of so many to alter aspects of themselves that they perceive as flawed without such.
It sometimes feels as though we live in a world that values beauty over intelligence or kindness in women (not that I'm saying these traits are mutually exclusive), and I'm sure every one of us has the mentality of this system ingrained in us in some way. During my teen years especially, if someone had asked me whether I would choose good looks over my intelligence, I would have said yes without hesitation (and I'm ashamed to say I sometimes still would), and I'm positive that a large proportion of teenage girls would do exactly the same.

Its interesting to consider whether women have always been this way or whether this mentality is especially prominent in millennials. Like, would the average woman of the 1930s or 40s have been consumed by self-deprecating thoughts concerning her 'non existent lips' or 'lack of thigh gap'. Would it even have crossed their minds? (I'm thinking they would have had wayyyy bigger problems, like rationing and trying to win a world war.) Or did the women of these time periods have the same insecurities and would have altered them if they could, they just didn't have the means to? I really don't know!

Of course, I'm willing to bet that body insecurity in women is an age old problem, but would it have been as prominent as it is now? We live in a society where eating disorders amongst girls are only increasing, and body insecurity is becoming an ever more prominent factor in depression amongst teens. Would this have been the case 50 years ago? Or do we just have the courage to speak about them now? I suspect it's a bit of both.

Take Kylie Jenner, for example. I feel so annoyed when I see the hate she gets for changing her appearance because in her I see the embodiment of all the harmful effects of being a product of the social media generation. Would she have ever changed her looks so drastically if she hadn't been exposed to such strong beauty standards and pressure from the media? Maybe nothing would be different, I don't know. But it's definitely food for thought, right?

So, in the spirit of discussing insecurity and self love, let me tell you all 1 thing I like about myself and another I dislike and am still learning to accept. (But I shan't tell you anymore that 1, otherwise you'll notice them all!) I'm willing to bet many of you would have woken up this morning and focussed only on the 'dislike'(s), so why don't you think of a 'like' too?

Like: Teeth. Now I don't mean to brag, but my dentist once said, and I promise, I quote, that "Bill Gates couldn't buy teeth like this". Now my dentist is rather eccentric and very over the top, but boy, did I take that comment and run with it. As in, if I could have that as the opening line on my CV, I would. So yeah, I like my teeth, basically! lol!

Dislike: My fricking huge bowling ball of a head!! There is most definitely a reason I never take photos head on, people. Yep, a slight side profile is all you'll be getting from me, folks. I have my father to thank for this. I just have this super ridiculous gripe that when I smile, especially, my face goes rounder than a bloody watermelon and it's at times like that that I think, principals be damned, let me just go and get my fricking chin shaved to get me one killer chiselled jawline. But, let me try this whole self acceptance thing first lol!

And an honourable mention to my height (another one I must thank my 6'5 father for!) Now I think this just proves that your attitudes to your insecurities change as you get older. It didn't matter how many times my mother would exclaim that my height was an asset, because 'it's what all the models have and I should be on a catwalk' (I simply retorted that I'd have to get a face transplant before that would be possible - she'd usually sigh in frustration at this point), I hated the fact that I was so much taller than the other girls in school. I never really appreciated the 'friendly banter' comments of 'tree' or 'BFG' - they seem so silly now, but we all know sometimes the smallest attention to something you're already conscious of, hurts. 4 years or so ago I would have given anything to be shorter. I would never dream of wearing heels, and I genuinely low key considered developing a hunch so I'd lose a couple inches. That is insane. In fact, if there had been some procedure I could have undergone to become shorter, I would have done it. Chopping off a section of your legs or a magic pill that could shrink you down? Whatever it be, I'd have been all "sign me up"!

But now aged 20, I'm completely at peace with my height. In fact, I really kinda love it. I happily refer to myself as the BFG! Never would my 14 year old self have predicted that. Yeah, there are times its a pain - buying jeans can be difficult af (#classictallgirlproblemz), but it's super handy when I'm standing at concerts (though I concede, my annoying short sightedness kind of counteracts this advantage), and I never pull an ab muscle when I'm reaching into the top kitchen cupboard shelves. So it's swings and roundabouts, really. I'd happily strut about in a 4inch heel, though I haven't built up the courage to parade around in these Gucci babies just yet! And to be honest, at 5'9.5, I've also come to realise that I'm really not that tall anyway, lol!

I realise now I've rambled for long enough, so I guess my point is this: You have complete autonomy over your own body and you should always do what makes you happy. If something you're insecure about bothers you that much that you feel your life or self-esteem will be so much better if you changed it, then of course, do what you want to, and don't feel guilt for doing it! But I guess I'd like to see cosmetic alteration of one's supposed flaws as a final resort, as opposed to the only option. So many things that constantly bug you when you're 14, or 18 or even 25 no longer seem even slightly significant when you're 30. Learning to love your 'flaws' is part of growing up, becoming comfortable in your own skin, and I think now more than ever, when we are bombarded with so much imagery concerning beauty, it's important to practice self love.

So that was my food for thought for today. Now I'm far from the most secure person to exist, so it's kinda hypocritical of me to preach about self love when I'm so bad at it myself, but it's a topic I'm very interested in. A kinda long post - pat yourself on the back if you got the end! What do you guys think? How do you try to overcome your insecurities? Do you think I've got it wrong about the whole cosmetic enhancement thing? Come chat with me in the comments as I'd love to hear your thoughts!

This is also my first 'think piece' type post, please let me know your thoughts! Do you enjoy these kind of topical posts or find my warbling utterly unbearable and would prefer me to stick to talking about outfits? All feedback welcome - after all, I want you guys to enjoy my content!

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Until next time,
Bisous <3



Shirt: H&M Trend (and Here)
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: Topshop (Similar HereHereHere and Here)


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