I haven’t published a fashion related post since before Christmas based on the obvious weather conditions, and my bank balance being far too close to zero. Although I do want to briefly discuss my outfit, I also wanted to bring some lifestyle into this post too, as I’m using this as a platform to be creative, but also have a place to talk openly.
It’s been a tough month (not only for my bank account) for my mind and soul. I think we all suffer with the dreaded January Blues, but this year it has hit me like a tone of bricks. I don’t often suffer with mental health issues, I’m lucky in the respect that I’m a fairly positive person who doesn’t take much shit, not even from my own mind. But recently I’ve let myself down and let the bad times over shadow me. Like I say, I know we all suffer this time of year and it is hard to stay a sunny, bubbly person when it’s minus temperatures and you can’t even afford a treat when you really need one. Hell, we could all probably use a break!
Last week, I felt surrounded by people who were also suffering. At work, we all felt drained of energy and couldn’t wait for the weekend to show it’s pretty little face. I felt so deflated that I decided to take a four day weekend, to help my mental health. It’s been a good three years since I’ve felt like utter crap. The past three years I have become a completely different person and changed my outlook on life. I went through some serous carnage at the young age of 21, including heart-break, betrayal and theft. As much as that ruined me at the time, it was a growing experiance and a time I look back on and think, ‘it really can’t ever be that bad again’. That was when my mental health was at it’s worst, my head was all over the place, but I turned out alright in the end. Now, in this current state of glumness, I remember I can get through just about anything. You yourself might be on a total low, but hey - it’s feburary now and we can kiss Januarys sorry ass goodbye and look forward to a new year ahead.
With that being said, this is supposed to be a fashion post so let’s actually talk about this look a little. The sparing jacket seemed fitting, what with ‘fighter’ plastered on the back of it. This was a vintage find from my favourite store here in Manchester, Thrift Shop. I’ve found some incredible pieces hidden inside, the prices are always fair and they cater for all styles and sizes. You can find it located on Piccadilly Gardens!
I’m sticking to a theme at the moment with statement jackets. It’s baltic outside and layering is 100% necessary, but hiding your multiple layers with one bad-ass jacket is a way to still look cool while being warm all at the same time. Winter does nothing for my style, all I think about in the morning is how to get warm and stay warm till I return home 9 hours later, which again doesn’t help with trying to feel like your best self - screw you, winter!
I paired the jacket with double denim, making the whole thing look incredibly nineties. Somehow whenever stars and stripes are in play, I have to get my best denims out, to me they go hand in hand. I’ve also teamed it with my white cowboy boots, making the whole thing a ninties, rodeo and almost motorcycle chic dream!
Posting over here on my blog really does help my mind recover from the negatives, it’s a place to let off steam and focus on what I love and what will always make me feel good, no matter how low I’m feeling. I’m lucky that I have this outlet and know that fashion is my way of dealing with things. Creating this simple post has already made my head clearer than it was. Wearing my best outfits and expressing myself through my looks while writing is hugely healthy for me. I’m going to remind myself that this is here whenever I need it, and I can always count on creating content to make me feel positive again.