Tulle you, Love from me x

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To Single Lady,

     I am writing this late love letter to you because I was so busy yesterday, spending my Valentine’s Day in lovely restaurants and then I was whisked away to a castle to stay in overnight LOL JKE. I was too busy celebrating an early Easter, watching Pretty Woman in my own company with a crisp butty. Yep, Easter eggs and crisp butties. But that’s ok, right!? Yes, of course! Not everybody has a partner to celebrate the day of love and not everybody will have a lucky someone to whisk them away to a princess castle. Valentine’s Day can make us feel a bit down in the dumps for us single ladies and maybe have us questioning ‘Why am I single?’ ‘Why have I not met the one yet?’ and this is completely normal. This is my second year in row without a Valentine and this year I took it a lot better than I did last year. Last year, I was still moping around over an ex boyfriend who I thought was the ”ONE” but who obviously wasn’t the one because I would have been celebrating Valentine’s with him this year. But I’ve realised there is no point rushing into relationships and wasting time with people you don’t love just because you want to feel loved or wanted, this is a bad move. I repeat, this is a bad move. As cliché as this sounds, there is someone for everyone out there and you probably just haven’t met them yet. So gurrrrrrrrrrrrls pls try to keep up that girl power and appreciate your love for yourself at a time like this.

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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. 

Festive On Film

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Eeeelaaar! Hope you’re all well. I’m trying keep up with doing at least 2 blog posts a week from now on as I’ve got a lot of free time at the minute and like I had mentioned in a previous post, my blog is something I really want to focus on whilst I take a year out from uni. If I’m honest, I started my blog halfheartedly but it’s become something much more meaningful to me and I love having this space to write and share my outfits with you. One of my favourite parts of blogging is collaborating with other photographers. I love the whole concept of finding new locations, meeting new people and trying new things out, shooting on film for example! 

Dermalogica | #MyFaceMyStory

BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE

EVERY FACE TELLS A STORY

Good Morning! Last week I had the amazing opportunity to team up with Preen.Me and Dermalogica to experience face mapping, exciting! My skin sure does go through a lot for someone who struggles with anxiety, has the diet of a fussy 3-year-old (I’m not joking here haha), doesn’t always take off my make up before bed and for someone who has never really had a proper skin care routine due to products either making my sensitive skin worse or not working at all! So what a time it was to be alive when Preen.Me and Dermalogica asked me to collaborate with them! This post will take you through my journey of having my skin analysis and also product reviews.

Ok so, as you can see in the image above face mapping involves dividing the face into 14 zones which is carefully examined. The zones relate to different parts of our body for example, zones 1 and two are related to the bladder! 

Each zone on my face was carefully examined and then I was recommended products for each area that needed working on. My T zone, (areas 1,2 &3) are pretty oily. I always knew I had oily skin but I never  knew it was because of dehydration! We think that when we are dehydrated are skin would be dry right? Wrong! When our skin is dehydrated our body goes into panic mode and starts to produce more oils to try rehydrate our skin. Dehydration can be caused by many things such as not drinking enough water (I’m definitely guilty of this), not eating enough whole foods and it can be even down to those lovely radiators in our home that keep us warm this time of the year.

Areas 5&9 are related to the lungs and this is my sensitive area, so that probably explains the chesty cough I’ve just got over! This is the area that is mostly affected when I have a reaction to something also.

Areas 7&12 is where I tend to get condones (blackheads) which is pretty common in everyone!

Now areas 11,12 & 13 is where I usually break out as you can see in some of the images above. This area can indicate hormonal imbalance and stress. As I mentioned, I do sometimes struggle with anxiety and when my anxiety levels are high this is when my skin starts to break out. Area 12 also relates to the small intestine and with me eating foods that only seem to be the colour beige, my breakouts are finally starting to make sense haha! New Years resolution = eat healthier!!

Archive by Alexa | The Albion Shirt

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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.

Saying goodbye to Summer

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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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Take a break

LIFESTYLE, Uncategorized

WHY TAKING A BREAK IS IMPORTANT

Processed with VSCO with g3 presetTaking a break is something we should all do! whether it’s a week away or a couple of minutes of relaxation. Relaxing helps us to unwind our minds, improve our moods, improve disturbed sleep and helps us to have a clearer mind. It’s that time of the year again when exams and deadlines are taking place and the stress is real. I’m definitely feeling the stress and it’s hitting me hard for sure and for those who struggle with anxiety like me it sure as hell aint easy to be dealing with all the pressure. So TODAY I want you to take a little break from the stresses of the world and just let YOU be YOU. I’ve made a list of things that I find help me wind down and relax when I’m feeling stressed or anxious.

Spend time with pets: 

I have put this one first because its my favourite! There is nothing more therapeutic than spending time with an animal. When I’m feeling shitty I always turn to my cat for a big snuggle (depending what mood he is in, with cats being that sassy independent woman malarkey)

Listening to a guided meditation:

This is a tricky one to do, I’m still trying to get the hang of it after practicing for 2 years. You have to get into a daily routine to feel the full benefits of mindfulness/meditation and its pretty damn hard! However, listening to a few minutes of meditation is proven to make you feel a little better. If meditation isn’t for you maybe try to do some breathing exercises.

Write down 5 things that you like about yourself:

Yes, It’s difficult but you can do it. I know it’s really easy to write things down that you don’t like about yourself but take a few minutes to just think about the things you like. Whether it’s something you like about your personality or a feature on your face. DO IT.

Enjoy your own company:

This is another favourite of mine. Disconnect yourself and enjoy your own company. Read a book, go for a walk, go to a cafe or restaurant on your own, turn off your phone for a while, take a bath, take a nap, write something….. the list goes on. Spending time with yourself does not make you lonely or boring! If you can’t enjoy your own company then who will?

Excerise:

This is a really hard one for me. I never have the motivation to excerise and when I do push myself to do so, I don’t even enjoy it. But I sure do feel a lot better after it. I like to do a bit of yoga now and then because it’s not as intense and it also helps you to relax. I have been doing some sit ups every morning for the past few weeks and I can defintely see a diffierence in my stomach which makes me feel more body confident. Body confident = Happy

Watch something funny:

If your easily amused like me then this is a really easy one. After a stressful day I like to get in bed and watch some Karl Pilkington (or Cian Twomey vines) with a cup of tea. Speaking of tea, there’s many different types of tea out there that help you to relax such as camomile tea.

Listen to music:

Listen to music and dance!! shake that ass, twerk, slut drop, JUST DANCE! music is another thing I turn to when feeling meh, sometimes just sticking my earphones in and putting my Spotify on shuffle instantly makes me feel better.

Spend time with friends and family:

I know you feel like shying away from people when stressed or down, believe me I’m terrible for it. However, spending time with the people you love instantly gives you comfort. It doesn’t have to be in person, pick up the phone and call a friend or family member you havent spoken to in a while!

Treat yo’ self!

Yes! do it! buy yourself some flowers, buy a new outfit, take a hot bath or go get a facial.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY…………

SMILE 🙂

Forcing a smile is proven to decrease stress. Yep, it’s true. I know a lot of us have problems with natural resting bitch faces but try smiling next time you walk past a stranger in the street! (unless you live in Manc or London, they might think you’re a nutter ha)

Starr x

Alesha Dixon for Little Black Dress

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TEAM LBD

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Hey guys! How are ya? Today I’m sharing a collaboration with  Alesha Dixon | Little black dress (even though it’s not actually a dress) but you know what I mean. Follow their Twitter and Instagram page @teamlbd for a chance to win a dress from the Little Black Dress collection!

It’s a lovely little piece! It has a cut out arm detail which I really like about the jumpsuit because it gives you that subtle detail and it doesn’t give away too much. The low neck line is also very flattering (maybe not as much on my little size A’s). The jumpsuit can be easily dressed up or down. You could wear it to the office with a flat shoe and subtle belt, sneakers if it’s coffee and catch up day or some heels and a clutch for a date night/night on the town with the girls!

Unfortunately they didn’t have my size so I had to improvise! Which meant rolling up the the bottom of the leg five times, Yep. FIVE Times!! #smallpeopleprobs and then using a small belt of mine as the original belt didn’t fit my teeny waist! I hope it doesn’t look too bad as I did tried my best to tweak the outfit.

I styled the jumpsuit with a western style belt, a pointed shoe and a delicate choker. I think the way I have styled it gives it that kind of 90s grunge twist but with a pinch of feminin still in there. The shoes I absolutely adore! I had a magpie moment when I was walking through Primark… I could see their beautiful shine in the corner of my eye and for just £12 I couldn’t resist!

Hope you enjoyed today’s post!

Starr x

Jumpsuit – Alesha Dixon LBD | Belt – Boohoo | Shoes – Primark (similar here) | Choker – Depop