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Almost two years ago, my creativity and motivation had diminished into thin air. I had finished college, I was jobless and I was in the early stages of a breakup. I had all the time in the world in my tiny little hands with nothing to put that time into. I then worked in retail and then in a night club for (approx 3 weeks lol) but standing outside in the freezing cold handing out flyers and being chatted up by drunk teens DEFINITELY WASN’T FOR ME. I wanted to do something that excites and motivates me, I wanted to do something that makes it worth getting up in the morning rather than dossing about all day and that’s what finally drove me to create this page which pretty much now holds my whole life.
TROUSERS – THE WHITE PEPPER (SIMILAR)
It started off with me blabbing on about vintage clothes and how I liked to style them but then It kind of gradually progressed into more of a diary/lifestyle blog. I think I was trying to turn my negative energy into something positive whilst trying to help others too. I would sit down and write how I was feeling/what I was thinking on that day and it would instantly take the weight off my shoulders. I kind of saw my blog as time out or some kind of therapy I guess. Then to watch my blog and Instagram grow rapidly over the next year was crazy. My life went from staying at home most of the time to being busy pretty much everyday and meeting so may fabulous people who I can call my friends today.
BOOTS – MANGO (SIMILAR) // SUNGLASSES – ASOS
I remember writing the posts about Living And Growing Up on A Council Estate and Relationships, Anxieties, Heartbreaks And Finally Becoming Content By Myself which definitely gave my blog a boost of visitors over night! I remember my phone going off every two minutes with tweets, emails and messages from people all around the world, messaging me to say how my post had brought them to tears or that I helped them through a difficult time and that’s when I knew blogging was something I wanted to do.
But blogging hasn’t just changed my life it’s changed my wardrobe and the way I look at fashion too. I’ve experimented with colour and style and I now have the confidence to wear things I would of never even dared wearing out of the house two years ago! Who cares if I got my colour palette inspiration from Bella in The Tweenies for this outfit, I think it looks pretty good and I feel confident wearing it. I don’t like to be put into one style category, I love experimenting with styles, shapes and colours and blogging has definitely gave me the confidence to do that.
Hey hey! I wanted to create a quick and fun post so I decided to do a post on things I (wouldn’t) want to live without. I put ‘wouldn’t’ in brackets because I’ve seen posts before on ‘Things I couldn’t live without’ and when I was planning this post, which was originally going to be ’10 things I couldn’t live without’ I realised that most of my answers, realistically, I could 100% live without. Lets be honest, It’s clear that I won’t survive without water but I definitely could survive without pizza (even though that would be a miserable life) So, here’s my 10!
Pen and paper – There’s something so old school about pen and paper! In a world focused around phones and technology, there’s something that excites me about pen and paper. It takes seconds to send a text to a friend/loved one but a hand written letter is the best gift you could ever receive. Postcards, hand written to do lists, paper diary’s and calendars! (pls never get rid of these precious things)
My Cat – An absolute obvious one! you know how much I love my cats. Cats are the best company (when they want to be haha) and they are just the cutest little fur babies!! I could write some more about cats but it’s probably best that I don’t, because once I start I wont stop…
My gold cat necklace – I told you I wouldn’t stop! My best friend bought me a cat necklace for my 21st birthday and I’ve had it on ever since. If I forget to put it on I feel completely naked!! like I may as well not be wearing any knickers.
Q: What is your favourite item of clothing ever?
A: It would have to be my vintage velvet floral 1950’s dress! Someone who was a big part of my life at the time bought it for me on my birthday and it’s the most gorgeous dress ever! It’s something I would only wear on special occasions.
Q: What is your ideal writing environment?
A: In bed pls. haha no, let’s be realistic here! Either at my home desk with a brew or in a quiet cafe somewhere.
Q: What is your skin care routine?
A: For a very long time I didn’t have a proper skin care routine but now I feel like I’ve got my shit together and my skin is thanking me for it. I make sure I always take my make up off before bed, cleanse, tone and moisturise. I only exfoliate once a week as my skin is on the sensitive and I use glycolic acid products which I highly recommend! Glycolic acid helps with acne, fine lines, sun damage, uneven texture, oiliness and gets rid of dead skin cells to reveal brighter and smoother skin.
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: This is always a hard question for me because I don’t have a personal style, my style can change from day-to-day. I actually written a post all about not having a personal style, you can read it here.
Hey guys, It’s been a while! there is a reason for that. I’ve been ill, yep! AGAIN. I thought I would talk about how I’ve been feeling lately because I know you lot like reading and relating to my lifestyle posts. It seems that I’m ill more than I am well lately and it’s getting me pretty down. It’s getting me down because I’m missing out on things. Things I enjoy doing the most. Remember that one kid who was always ill at school and had to be always taken out of lesson? Well yeah, I’m now kinda like that kid but in my 20s haha. Having a weakend immune system means I’m at home a lot and yes one of the advantages of blogging is that you can work and make money from home and that’s all fine and dandy until you’re home for too long. There’s only so much you can do.
introvert: noun –a shy, reticent person.
So last week I read an article in Glamour magazine which really hit home for me. It was all about introverts and how we are becoming more popular. I was always the quiet one at school who hated sitting in the dinner hall because it was too noisy and over crowded! I never really enjoyed big social events and found them really exhausting and I hated being put on the spot which was a common thing in school because teachers seem to like picking on the quiet ones… like if I wanted to give my opinion I would have put my hand up right? Most of the time I get my energy from being on my own and doing my own thing, Sometimes I like to go to a cafe for a brew on my own, which is now being accepted when it was once frowned upon with the whole ‘loner’ thing. I’ll hang out with friends when I feel like I want to, rather than force myself out into every social gathering there is. In social situations I like to sit and listen to the other person rather than have quick pointless chit-chat and there is something I kinda like about awkward silences, they make us human!
Last week was mental health awareness week so I decided to write up a post about something I’ve struggled with and that is relationships. I’ve written this post hoping that people will be able to relate and not feel alone. It’s so important that we start speaking up about mental health instead of sweeping it under the mat. This blog has always been a space where I’ve spoken about my experiences and it’s the best feeling to get feedback and other people sharing their stories or relating to mine. A while ago I wrote a post about living and growing up on a council estate (read here) and the feedback was just amazing. It inspired me to write more about my personal experiences and how I’ve dealt with them.
So, we’ve all experienced heartbreak at some point in our life or even some of you may be going through it right now. The type of heartbreak that shatters you into 15427648274 pieces and you’re trying your best to put yourself back together but none of the pieces seem to fit. The type of heartbreak that leaves you crying for weeks, months, years! The type of heartbreak that makes you feel so many emotions you feel numb. The type of heartbreak that makes you feel like it’s the end of the world and that you will never find love again. I know this is starting to sound like the start of a rom com film but we’ve all been there! I’m glad to say I’m not in that misery anymore and this is why I’m wanting to share my whole experience with it (but pls feel free to still send chocolates, ice cream and flowers my way pls).