A NEW SERIES | 26.9.16

Sometimes you have to take a deep breath, focus, get yourself into a positive mindset and say 'hey, I can do this'. Recently, that's what I've been trying to do more of. I want to achieve so much in life but I have no energy or inspiration to do so, which is no ones fault but my own. I'm looking at the Internet and waiting for something to inspire me when I should be inspiring myself, not sitting about waiting for it to happen by scrolling through Instagram at someone else's dreamy lifestyle. I decided it was time to do something and inspire myself to start getting out there and create, and what do you know, it worked! I've kicked myself up the arse and given in to feeling deafeted and like it's not worth the time.

Photography by Chloe Upton - Visual Stylist and Photographer | Instagram

One of the first steps I made was to finally start creating a series I've wanted to put out on my blog for as long as I can remember. My idea was to create a regular series of images and interviews from stylish individuals to get a taste of their unique style, personality and music taste. I love writing about my own outfits and interests, but hearing about other people is far more influencing for me, and a lot of you also.

This isn't the first time I've included other people on my blog, but it is the first time I've sat down and thought about it properly, and decided to put more effort in by curating it better and making it all the more interesting. I'm excited to have the confidence to get out my camera and shoot street-style portraits of some of the incredible people that influence my appearance, and soon yours.

I hope to post my first instalment in the upcoming week and I'm beyond happy. I can't express how good it feels to get snapping again and creating decent content for my site, as well as including other people and having a great time with it. Watch this space!

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Twas the weekend after Christmas and everyone was miserable... Twitter and Facebook have been flooded with comments about eating too many roast potatoes and drinking too many Pinots. It's Christmas, it happens, the festivity hits and no one cares about what they put in their mouths until the morning after a night of no sleep thanks to a rather big food baby. It's quite comforting to know most of us went through the pain of that this weekend. Oh, you had no sleep? Me neither! Curse those caramel barrels! As we've all been through such a hard weekend full of food (boo, how horrible for us) I thought I should address something we should all think about this time of year - and all year really. Body confidence. I know, those two words freak me out too.

Top - Topshop (and finally), bracelet - Etsy, rings - vintage.

I want to talk body confidence and the lack of it. Yeah you may of consumed your daily amount of calories in a matter of hours but those pigs in blankets wont be heading straight to your thighs, will they? And do you really care if they do? It's incredibly sad to hear people saying how they'd rather scrimp on the 25th rather then enjoy that delicious pack of truffles that their grandmother brought them. Even more so when your family are having a discussion about diets around the dinner table. People always say if you can't treat yourself on Christmas then when can you? A phrase I think we all muttered on Friday. It's about trying to have confidence all year round and the amount of negativity we see online is enough to last an entire 365 days.

Christmas is high on the list of days to feel bad about yourself but there are many more where we feel self hate creep in. I often wake up and think of how I'm going to cover up my tired eyes and pimple covered forehead but I've learn to embrace it after all there's only a certain amount of face wash you can try before giving in to imperfection.

I've read some incredibly inspiring posts on the subject recently and it's inspired me to not give a crap about myself so much. The likes of Megs from Wonderful You and Katie Snooks have embraced their bodies in a rather endearing way that's made me think twice about my face and my body - girl power at it's finest!

There's something about taking photographs in your undies with minimal effort made that makes you say fuck it, I may not be perfect but I am me. Yeah, I have a head full of messy, odd coloured hair and legs covered in lumps and bumps but I'm content. If you're unhappy then change it, if not - embrace it!