The effects of social media

FASHION, LIFESTYLE

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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.

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Clarks Original Dessert Boots

FASHION

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Ello! How are ya? I’m still hibernating from the cold, waiting for the summer…. PLS HURRY! These images were taken back in December by the lavely Lydia Maycock but I never really got round to sharing them with you (Translation: I completely forgot I had them and they were sitting in a dusty folder all alone). But hey ho, they are now out and open to the whole wild world. Back in October, some of you Instagramers may know I went to the AllSole Live event. To those who don’t know, AllSole is an online shop with a huge range of branded shoes from Dr Martens to Michael Kors. They held an event at Red Door in Manchester for Bloggers to explore some of their favourite shoes from the AW16 collection. The event all together was so much fun with lots of prosecco, live music, nibbles and goody bags involved. I know it was a while back but I’m thinking of doing a little throw back post on the event as I have some pictures I would love to share with ya!

Faux Fur Galore

FASHION, LIFESTYLE

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Hello you, hope you’re braving this cold weather! I hate the cold. It gives my skin and lips so much grief that I’m literally slapping moisturiser and lip balm on all day. I’m not enjoying photo shoots in this weather either, a Rudolf runny nose is not a good look and not being able to move my fingers is a pain in the backside too. Anyway, rant about the cold over… I’ve had a really good week this week! I’ve been really productive, got everything that I’ve been putting off for ages done and applied for uni. Yep, I’ve decided that I’m going back but to study a different course and this time I’m staying in my home town Manchester, BECAUSE IT’S THE BEST. Everything about Manchester I love! the people, the cafes, the music scene and even sometimes, just sometimes I love the weather. Manchester wouldn’t be Manchester without the rain and when the tiniest bit of sun comes out we really appreciate it by taking our tops off and wearing little dresses to soak up as much sun as we can before it disappears again.

New Year, just a little different me.

FASHION, LIFESTYLE

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Hello strangers! sorry that I disappeared for a while. Today’s post is going to be a pretty delayed new years post and a pretty long one so grab a cuppa! I started the new year with a nasty cold and on top of that a hangover (new year, same old me lol). I’ve also been building my own website for something exciting which I’ll talk about later. So yeah, they are some of the reasons to why I’ve been missing lately. Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely new year and well done to those who are sticking to new years resolutions, even if it is only the 8th of January. To those who are having the January blues and don’t really have any resolutions, not to worry!! It’s quite normal for some people to feel down in the dumps and hopeless when it comes to a new year. 

Geek Chic

FASHION

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Hello little Christmas sprouts! Hope you all enjoyed the last couple of days spent with the family and boozing a lil too much. If your tummies aren’t looking like a pregnant women’s, did you even celebrate Christmas? I’m currently eating the last bit of ice cream left over from Christmas, I just can’t stop! 

I can’t tell if I was trying to resemble a bit of Harry Potter here with the mustard and purple combo and those round glasses or if I was embracing my inner geek? Definitely the geek. I’m gonna let you in on a little secret here… YES I DO SOMETIMES STAY IN ON A WEEKEND TO SIT AND PLAY ON MY NINTENDO DS GAMES WITH MY CAT BESIDE ME AND YES I DO LOVE TO DO CROSSWORDS! Phew, glad to get that off my chest. We can’t always make the effort to look cool and spend money on gigs, cigarettes and booze! At 21 years of age, I’m pretty content with searching Ebay for new DS games and I’m really not sorry if I’ve let you down.

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If you’re a trend follower of Gucci, you will know that they brought back the geek chic trend. Huge pussy bows, vibrant colours, big framed glasses and prints that your grandma would have probably had on her curtains back in the 70’s. What I love about the geek trend is that you can express your personality with it as much as you want. You can wear your favourite hat, dress, shoes, blouse, and socks all at once! Plus in the end, youre going to end up watching that popular girl you hate fall to her knees in tears because her boyfriend (the fittest boy in college) has chosen to take you to the prom instead. GO GEEKS!

Archive by Alexa | The Lovell Blouse

FASHION

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Elllooooo, I can’t believe its Christmas next week arhhhhhh! It goes by so quick. Before we know it, it will be festival season again! *impatiently waits* Don’t get me wrong I love the whole festive spirit malarkey, Christmas markets, and all cosy fairy lights but I feel like I should try to appreciate this time of the year more. A lot of our family don’t get in contact as much since my Mum and Nanna passed, they were the only women who kept the family together!! Christmas to me just seems like another day in the life of Starr Clare and just another (but tastier) Sunday dinner with my Dad, Brother and Sister. Christmas is about spending time with all our loved ones and celebrating so I think maybe next year I need to step up my game and invite the whole Clare clan round to my house!

A modern 60’s attire

FASHION

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Hey hey hey, In the festive spirit yet? It’s bloody freezing outside and to be honest I’m not happy about it, bah humbug! I am however, happy I get to eat a chocolate from my advent calendar for breakfast every morning (nothing new lol lol). Winter means big coats! and big coats I love. I know that it can be annoying when we are wearing a cute lil outfit and then we have to go and cover it up with a mahooosive winter coat ughhhh BUT it’s not the end of the world ladies and gents because when your coat is sass af, you can let it do all the talking…

Happy Birthday Style With Starr!

FASHION, LIFESTYLE

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I can’t believe my blog is one year old already, where did that go!? I am so pleased with how far my blog has come within a year and I’m shocked people still actually read my blog. It took me almost a year to actually get one started up as I had lots of anxieties about nobody ever reading my posts or people judging on how I write because writing isn’t my strongest point. But with a few push and shoves and some encouragement from a little someone (he will know who he is if he is reading this, THANKYOU!) I finally built up the courage to start my own blog. My blog has been a space where I share my outfit of the day, where I get them from, my inspirations and a little bit lifestyle and beauty. 

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Fashion has always been something I’ve been interested in, even from a very young age, looking at every detail in fashion magazine pictures. I’ve always loved finding a bargain and putting an outfit together so this blog made it easier for me to share my outfits. It all kind of started on Instagram when I went through a stage of being in love (obsessed) with vintage clothes. People would post lovely comments about my outfits and often ask me where to find them. My friends and boyfriend at the time would tell me I should start a blog which I never gave a second thought about until last year. Trying something new is always scary but a positive. I remember publishing my first post and absolutely cringing my head off thinking nobody is going to read it or think its a piece of poo. But from that post on wards and many more I have watched my stats and followers grow a lot in such a short space of time. I reached 10k on Instagram this year and I know that’s not a lot to some but I never even dreamed of reaching that amount of followers.

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I know i’m still a baby in this big wide blogging world and it’s all still kinda new to me but having someone come up to me when i’m about and about to tell me they love and read my blog! Now that makes me happy. I love having this space to write and blab on to you guys whenever I feel the need to and I’ve always had lovely feedback.

So I’d like to say thankyou to whoever reads my blog, follows me on insta, and supports me in any way.

Here’s to many more blog posts!

Love Starr 

xx

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Pink Velvet

FASHION

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Ello, guess what!? I got my domain finally! It’s changed slightly because Style By Starr was sadly stolen as mentioned in a previous post (still not over that) but hey ho. I wanted to buy my domain name because I had a big think about my blog and realised it’s something I definitely want to focus on whilst I take a year out from uni. Yes, another thing that’s happened in the week of Starr Clare. I started my first year at uni in September but got ill with tonsillitis AGAIN which has been coming back until this date! I will eventually be having those bad boys out. So yeah, I had missed out on so much work already and couldn’t afford to miss out on anymore. I had missed freshers week and moved into my flat a month late so I didn’t find it as easy to settle in as others. Another reason that made me think twice about uni is that I felt like I needed to go just because I thought that’s what everybody does in life, go to school, college, university and then work. But I’ve realised that people can be successful without going to uni. So hopefully this year will give me the time to focus on my blog, get myself better and think about whether I want to start fresh at uni again next September.

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Enough with the rambling! Lets talk about the outfit. As we all know, it’s now festive season and it only feels like last week when I was dancing around at festivals with my little sun burnt nose. I’m not mad on Christmas and I’m one of those people who get really annoyed at seeing Christmas decorations early November. However, I do love the trends that come with this time of the year, that being metallics and velvet! Velvet is a favourite all year round for me, even if it’s just a delicate choker. Metallics are a must have for the festive season because I think it brings us that comfort christmassy party feel.

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Top – Nobodys Child | Jeans – Primark | Choker – Depop | Boots – Primark

Today I’ve paired velvet and metallic together but still kept it subtle by breaking them up with a pair of baby blue cropped jeans which i’ve featured in a previous post (still can’t believe they are Primark). Speaking of Primark… these silver dreamboats were only £12!! I repeat £12!! and the quality of them are so good. If I saw someone wearing them I’d never of thought that they were from Primark. I’m well happy with Primark’s game at the minute and for those who have me on Instagram can probably tell ha! For those who have me on instagram will have also noticed I’ve not had this pink velvet peplum cami off! Apart from this top making me look like I have funny nips at times it’s definitely one of my favourite pieces I own. The colour, texture and style of it is just a dream. The top is so easy to style, you can throw it on top of a plain T or wear it on its own with a mini skirt or flares. The top is from Nobodys Child, a lovely brand I spoke about in my last post (you can find it here) and be sure to check out the rest of their website for festive dreaminess.

S x

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Saying goodbye to Summer

FASHION, Uncategorized

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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.

 

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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!

 

 

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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?

S x

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