Saying my last goodbye to summer

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Last week, when I was doing my usual morning post office trip, I could literally see my breath as soon as I walked out my door. I had to come back inside, put down my huge never ending pile of parcels and grab my sheepskin from the back of my spare room! It was a pretty sad moment for me as a lot of you know I’m a little summer child. The feeling of the warm sun on my face is one of the things that make me feel the happiest in life. I love going for walks in the sun, I love eating my breakfast in the garden, I love little summer dresses and most of all I love sitting in a field listening to my favourite bands with a pint in my hand.

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Rekindling my love for vintage with Beara Beara

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I want to start off this post by thanking Beara Beara for two reasons. 1. For sending me one of the most beautiful bags I’ve ever received throughout my blogging career and 2. For rekindling my love for vintage. Beara Beara are a brand based in London who design beautiful vintage inspired leather bags, they are then handcrafted by an ever so talented craftsmen in Bolivia! The bags are made by using robust natural leather and you can see that a lot of time, dedication and passion has gone into creating these unique bags. 

You guys know I’m a sucker for backpacks so when I saw the Beara Beara Alex backpack I knew it just had to be mine. The bag is so spacious but still looks incredibly stylish, it will definitely come in handy for university when I need to carry my books around! Everything about the backpack I love! the shape, the colour, the smell of the leather, the lined tartan inside and the cutest little key that comes with it so you can lock and unlock the backpack! and if that isn’t enough, it’s even embedded with my initials, it really is a special little bag. I can’t wait to see this bag get better with age and I can already see that it’s going to last me a life time! P.s you can get 15% one week discount using my code ‘stylewithstarr’

Take time yourself

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A few days ago I had a bit of a crazy moment. I shut down my laptop, turned off my phone and cried. I couldn’t even watch the TV! Social media had got too much for me and on top of everything else it really took it’s toll on my anxiety. I had forgotten the last time I had took some time out for myself to just go for a walk or read a book, I was constantly on my phone replying to emails, catching up on Instagram, over working on my laptop as well as trying to reply to every single message right away. Now that’s not healthy. I began to miss deadlines for collaborations and for us bloggers this means missing out on money and having to explain yourself too, ANOTHER thing I had to worry about. I was getting very little sleep because I would stay up working until the early hours and then because I was looking at blue light for so long my brain was tricked into thinking it was day time. I would then put something on Netflix until I eventually would fall asleep to waking up feeling like I had been on a 5 day bender in Ibiza!! (maybe a little exaggeration but I sure felt that way haha) 

3 DAYS | 3 LOOKS | TRAMLINES FESTIVAL

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Hey hey! I’ve been trying to find a wifi that works all day as my internet is down at home.. I’ve had everything from a KFC Krushem, Greggs tea, McDonalds Frappe and now currently sipping on a cup of tea in Ezra &Gil ahhhh! So, I’m kindly being sent away to Tramlines Festival as a #FesticketInsider this weekend, a festival I haven’t been to yet but a festival that always has a great line up! To be honest, I’ve got the best line up this year because Libertines!! oh and Primal Scream! And we can’t forget the This Feeling line up, a line up of the best up and coming bands. Also Sheffield is pretty great and our air bnb has a cat so I’m pretty much in for the best weekend. I thought I would take you along with me starting with some festival outfit ideas. They are three very different looks but ideal for rain or shine!

Look 1.

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The boho chic is a popular festival look and is continuously seen on the likes of Sienna Miller and Kate Moss. The white crochet dress is perfect for festivals, it’s lightweight, summery and what’s better than crochet to wear at a festival?! Feeling a little chilly? Throw on a biker jacket or a suede tassel jacket . Tassels immediately scream FESTIVAL in my face. You and your tassels will be dancing in the field like a free spirit. Throw on some jewellery, a fedora and some biker/western boots and you’re ready to go flower child!

The Fear Of Missing Out

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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 is the new extrovert – Being successful in your job when you’re not good at speaking up

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introvert: noun –a shy, reticent person.

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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! 

How to stay inspired

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Hey hey! I thought I would write-up a quick post for you today on how I stay inspired and hopefully it may help you to stay inspired too. A few weeks ago I was ill, I couldn’t go out the house much so I was basically either in a hospital bed or in my own bed/couch. I started to feel really shitty about myself and my blog. I wasn’t able to get any posts written up because I couldn’t go out and get photo shoots done and I was surrounded by either my own home or nurses and other people who were ill. Don’t get me wrong I’m always truly inspired and amazed by nurses and doctors and what they do for us but I couldn’t help but stare down at my snot green hospital socks whilst hooked to a drip and think ‘I NEED SOME INSPIRATION, I AM GOING INSANE!’

“What is your personal style?”

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32219181733What is your personal style? A question I get asked a lot in interviews and a question I can never fully answer. When I think about this question, something comes to mind that I don’t actually have a personal style and to be honest I’ve never had one. Ever since I got into fashion I never wanted to dress the exact same as someone else, I never had a fixed style. Don’t get me wrong I’ve always had my style icons, Debbie Harry, Anna Karina, Alexa Chung etc.. but they’re just celebs that I look to for outfit inspo if I’m feeling uninspired. I would pick parts of Debbie Harry’s style but then I would also pick parts of somebody elses style and then put my own twist on it. I still do that today, but now I’m dressing more for me, rather than dressing to just look ‘cool’ or ‘ vintage’. I dress in clothes that flatter my figure and that make me look like the best ME. I know what doesn’t look good on me and what does, I think that’s the most important thing when it come to fashion. I’m a teeny 5’2 and a half (haha I had to add that half in) which means I know to wear skirts and dresses that come above the knee to elongate my legs. I can’t wear those dreamy bohemian maxi dresses because I literally look like I’m wearing a potato sack that is trailing along the floor collecting up dust. I don’t do too well with some cropped jeans because I feel they cut my legs off even more. However kick flares are a god send!! and booties above the ankle are an absolute no go for me! #cankle probs.

The effects of social media

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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.

Clarks Original Dessert Boots

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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!