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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.
So, the other week I took a little break from social media as some of you may know. I did my best to try stay off Facebook,Twitter and Instagram and limited myself to just reading emails and the odd catch up on the bloggers group chat because those girls are the most supportive and wonderful gals ever, I salute you! I didn’t go full on cold turkey from social media but I definitely wasn’t on my phone for most of the day and I felt so much better for it. I somehow forgot there was a real world out there, I was constantly on my phone, not taking time to just sit down and enjoy a chat with my dad and I wasn’t putting my full concentration into anything. Soon as I woke up I would reach for my phone straight away and spend ages on it scrolling through Instagram and replying to comments. Being a blogger means you do need to be pretty much on the go with social media and posting regularly but I got a little too caught up in it all and started to feel very negative. I also found myself stressing and comparing myself to other bloggers a lot. I was questioning myself, why am I putting all my hard work into nothing and working for free? Why do I not have as many followers and engagement as this blogger when I’m working just as hard? Why does it feel like I’m getting nowhere? Why are all these other bloggers getting to do fun things and travel etc? These may seem like ridiculous questions to some but this was how I was feeling when I was spending too much time on Instagram comparing myself to other bloggers. Obviously, after my little social media break my brain was feeling refreshed and the reality is, is that everything is not how it seems on Instagram. No matter how many followers you have, how many times you go on holiday and all those pictures of us smiling and having fun, it’s not reality! Everything on Instagram is sugar-coated, no one has the perfect life, the perfect job or the perfect face, so next time you find yourself comparing, take a step back and realise it’s not all what it seems. We are all human.
Good Morning you lot! I thought I would write-up a little morning blog post for you whilst I’m chilling with a cuppa. So, we all know the second Alexa Chung collection came out not so long ago and I thought I would treat myself this time around. I bought two lovely pieces from the collection, one being this shirt and The Lovell Blouse which I’ll be doing a post on also! The Albion shirt was the one that caught my eye first. The Oriental print is seen everywhere this season and I can’t resist those satin blossom prints, oh so dreamy. I really like the classiness of Oriental prints and I think they can look very elegant when worn correctly.
Ello! hope ye all good! Today i’m welcoming back the knit! because no matter how much a lot of us don’t like the cold, you would be lying if you said you don’t miss that cosy jumper stuck in the back of your wardrobe!
On the day of this shoot the weather was still pretty warm so I opted for a knit dress to stay on the cooler side. However, on chillier days I would pair it with some boots and a long mac coat. The dress is originally from Daisy Street but I actually found it in a charity shop.. new with tags.. for £2.99!! Bloody bargain eh!
Dress – Daisy Street | Choker – Ebay | Bag – The White Pepper | Shoes – New Look | Hat – Primark
I kept it simple and paired it with some white sneaks, tote bag and corduroy cap (which literally everything sticks to) for some sporty vibezzzzz. Then I threw in a suede choker so it didn’t lose it’s feminine touch.
Summer is over and I definitely have the blues! Although Manchester is being kind and gifting us with that extra little bit of sunshine lately! I’m definitely a summer gal at heart but I can say I’m excited for big coats and layers. I’ll miss the pale denims, florals, flowing dresses and the occasional ugly sandal but it’s time to say goodbye and put them to the back of my wardrobe for next year. This summer has been a good’n! Festival season is always a winner because you get to sit in a field drinking beers and watching your favourite bands with your favourite people. I have also had amazing opportunities collaborating with brands and to watch my blog and followers grow so much in a short amount of time means a lot to me.
So, this is probably the last summery outfit you will see on my blog until the sunshine greets us with it’s presence again. Let’s start with the culottes. Culottes were massive this summer and they came in a variety of different styles from metallic pleats to light wash denim. These babies are originally from Zara but I found them on Everythingfivepounds.com for well, 5 pounds! I was so happy with this bargain as they are a good quality denim and they fit like a glove (I clearly haven’t used an iron again lolol) Pale denim goes very well with floral prints so I decided to pair them with a yellow floral high neck top which will also look cute under a mustard or brown Pinafore for Autumn/Winter!
Jacket – Boohoo | Top – Primark | Culottes – Zara | Bag – Primark | Shoes – New Look
The rust suede tassel jacket goes so well against the yellow florals. However, I have had the jacket for a while now and it’s definitely been worn to death. The tassels are a little tangled and matted so I think it’s time to ditch it and upgrade for a much warmer one for the winter. The bag I absolutely love! The suede patchwork gives you them 70’s feels and the colours will take me right through to Autumn too (p.s it’s a Primark bargain so grab it before it’s gone!). To finish off my look I wore a pair of white pumps because white shoes go with any summer outfit right?
Iyaaaaaa. Hope y’all good. Last Sunday I went to Leeds Fezzie so I thought I would show you some little snaps I took. Some pretty some not so pretty!! Oh my god, the mud. I’ve never seen anything like it! These pictures are definitely sugar coated. It was past my ankles at one point and me being me didn’t even put wellies on! My poor little Dr Martens are currently still in my back garden caked in mud! Anyhow, this didn’t stop us from having a good time! and how pretty do the flares look! We had a great time getting stuck in the mud, eating cheesy chips and watching our favourite bands even if it did feel like we were on a army training course at times haha! The Jack Rocks This Feeling tent was definitely the highlight of the festival and I said the same thing about it at YNOT Festival. It has new and upcoming bands playing right through the day into the night, the friendliest vibe and you can treat yourself to a cheeky JD and coke or 10 (JD honey and lemonade for me, cheers!)
HOW I ONLY SPENT £25 ON MY OUTFIT
Ello ello ello! Hope y’all good. I just want to mention that I’ll be getting my domain name in the next couple of weeks, yay! (something that I should have done a while ago) but I wanted to see if the blogging life was for me before I put any money into anything. Someone actually stole my blog name which is really really really really annoying 😦 so that means my blog name will be changing but only slightly. BUY YOUR DOMAIN NAME KIDS BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL STEAL YOUR NAME – Life quote by Starr Clare 2016
Today I’m talking about budget outfits. I don’t like spending too much money when it comes to buying clothes and for those who have had me on Instagram for a while know i’m a sucker for charity shops. Don’t get me wrong there are some absolute gems out in the big wide world that you get what you pay for and it will last you forever but personally I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that i’m only going to wear a couple of times and then probably sell it on my Depop. Plus why would you when there are some amazing vintage and charity shops were you can shop bargains for very little money AND the money goes to a good cause.
The sunglasses, earings, bag and sandals are all from Primark and are all really good bargains! The sunnies just £3 and the earings only £1! A lot of Primark earings can look cheap, tacky and turn your ears green! why do they do that!? but I think these ones look and feel pretty decent. The bag, which I have already featured in an older post, is just the cutest little thing and as I have mentioned before I feel like Suzy Bishop from Moonrise Kingdom every time I wear it! By the way that’s a class film and you deffo should watch it! The sandals are such a basic sandal. Nothing to say about them really apart from they are super comfy and go with literally anything. They are still going strong after almost 3 years of having them! Go on Primark!
The top is a Whistles top which I found in a little charity shop in Stockport. We all know Whistles is a little pricey so when I saw this baby for just £4 I had to get it. Its a really lovely yellow colour, with polka dots, frills and pussy bow! whats not to like! The shorts are also a charity shop find (£2) that were originally a pair of jeans which I cut into cropped jeans and then cut into shorts! so I’ve definitely had a lot of life outta them!
What are your opinions on thrift shopping and spending little money on clothes?
See you on the next,
Sunglasses – Primark (similar) | Earings – Primark | Top – Whistles | Shorts – Charity Shop | Bag – Primark | Sandals – Primark (similar)