DISCO SUCKS

This

sequin dress

is probably the most out-there piece I have in my wardrobe, and I'm not one to shy away from OTT things. Flamboyant patterns and bright coloured clothes are a heavy theme with me, but now it's time sequins made their way into my life. This number is a total disco dream, even being a firm believer that disco

does in fact suck

, I'll still be boogieing in this insane

The Ragged Priest

dress on Saturday night - with no Bee Gee's records in sight. It's the perfect party dress and I'll be milking it every weekend I have plans taking place in a bar surrounding.

I decided to make it less disco and more 90's pop by taking inspiration from The Spice Girls, because I know both Baby and Scary Spice would've worn this on stage. Keeping in theme I teamed it with the chunkiest pair of boots I own, looking back I should of took it that extra mile and sported some space buns...

I'm all kinds of in love with this dress, it's perfect for the upcoming festival season, general party occasions, OR day-to-day if you're really gonna go for it. That's one thing I love about The

Ragged Priest

, they make unique clothing for the bad-ass babes of the world who have a complete '

I don't give a fuck

' attitude about their style. So you wanna wear a sequin dress on hump day?

Go for it!

Want to tell the world how you're feeling with a naughty slogan tee?

Don't blame you!

Their new collection is something else, featuring pieces from the

classic striped tee

(with that cheeky slogan), to

leather motocross pants

. To me, they are one of the coolest brands going and always pull some seriously incredible pieces out of the bag.

My current favourites from their SS18 collection have to be the pieces featuring the python print. I'm a total sucker for animal print of any kind, so seeing that they've branched out into this for their new season product has my eyes turned to hearts. I'm also mad about the hints of yellow running through the entire collection, with their

mustard leather jacket

taking pride of place, and a pair of mega

yellow pants

to follow. The use of denim is strong in this collection too, taking boxy silhouettes and manly structures to create cool shirt dresses and over sized pants.

As I'm yet to get my hands on any of the new season drops, I wanted to share this sparkly number with you instead. I got this a while back, but hadn't had the time to shoot it. Now I've waited so long it's gone into the sale, so you can bag

this

for yourself at half the price over on The Ragged Priest. Go on,

unleash your inner Spice Girl!

DRESS-

THE RAGGED PRIEST

*

JACKET - TOPSHOP

BOOTS-WINDSOR SMITH

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

KAYE FORD

PINK IF I WANNA

All hail my favourite look to date! It might be the very Kurt Cobain vibe, it could be the stupidly cute and Clueless skirt or it could even be my new dream boots making their debut - OK so it's probably all of the above, who am I even kidding. When I chose this skirt, most of my colleges told me I was mad. Not everyone thought it was as cool as me, and they definitely didn't think it was something I'd choose to wear because

OH MY GOD, CJ WEARING PINK?!

It was a shock to everyone that I'd chosen something in this colour, but little did they know that I'd be styling it in a way that

was

me and I can totally wear pink if I want to, so screw you all.

It never sits right with me when people comment negatively on things you like because it '

wouldn't suit you

', or '

you've never worn anything like that before

'. Fashion is all about trying new trends and mixing up your style whenever you please. Hell no am I going to spend my days dressing the same and never try anything new. I mean,

yeah OK

one time I did buy a pair of fluffy sliders and it turns out they really weren't my thing. I tried them out because I thought they were sassy, and I know most of us have had many outfit fails in life, but we learn from that and will swear never place a flip-flop with grey faux fur on our feet again... Trends move on quick, and those gingham pants you wore last season might not be '

in fashion

' now, but I have the mind set of if you like it, wear it, no matter how last season it is or if no one else thinks it's your thing. If you love it,

then it is you

. Just because I spend a lot of my time in a monochrome pallete, doesn't mean I don't enjoy pieces like this skirt or these sunglasses. It's time to quit judging and let people wear whatever the hell they want!

Talking of sunglasses,

ASOS

are slaying the game with their summer accessories at the moment, they even have

these ones

I'm wearing in an array of different colours (

I have all of them, someone stop me

). I'm a complete hoarder when it comes to eye wear and I'm constantly refreshing the New In page to see if they've brought out more styles. This style of frame is my favourite, and the colour is perfect for adding fun to an outfit, not that the rest of the look isn't fun enough!

Other than my sunglasses, this entire look is from Topshop. I'd say half of my outgoings from the past two months have been spent in Topshop. It doesn't help that I spend thirty eight hours a week in one of their stores, of course. I can't help myself, their new season pieces are making my heart break and my bank account hurt!

I might of gone totally OTT with this look, it's definitely a case of fan girling as it's pretty obvious I enjoy Kurt Cobain, but I am honestly head-over-heels in love with every piece in this outfit, no matter how much I might look like a number one Nirvana fan. 

TOP - TOPSHOP

SKIRT -

TOPSHOP

BOOTS -TOPSHOP

SUNGLASSES -

ASOS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

KAYE FORD

MODERN ROMANCE | FAN CLUB CLOTHING

Last year I came across

Fan Club

, a brand that speaks to me on so many levels. As a brand they produce apparel for the '

muse makers and heart breakers

' of the world. Creating slogan jerseys with retro lyrics and feminist writings. Every time I wear one of my pieces from them, my Dad gets giddy and tells me all about the song related to it, like I didn't already know Bob Dylan sang '

Just Like a Woman

', or that '

Rumors

' is a very well known Fleetwood Mac song... I'm always here for a brand that uses music within their clothes, so Fan Club are slowly becoming my go-to for statement tops.

Not only are they acing their clothing, but they've been branching out into accessories which I'll be sharing with you all in the upcoming week - wait for it,

it's a knockout!

As a brand they are doing everything right, I'm waiting patiently for new product to be released and I can't wait to see how far they go. With all the cool girls of Instagram wearing their stuff, they are sure to go all the way to the top!

It only seemed fitting that I pair my

Modern Romance

sweat with a pair of leopard flares, because that's what anyone would do in the era of that band, at least that's what I would of done because

long live the 80's

. I don't necessarily think this sweat is a reference on the band, but I like to think it is. Either way it's a super cute piece and reminds me of something

Bella Freud

would create.

These

pants though, are the new loves of my life. It's not like I needed any more flares in my wardrobe, but when I see a beautiful pair of patterned trousers I have to snap them up right away, these ones were no exception. Leopard print and slogan tee's are the way to my heart, so this outfit could not be more me if it tried.

I've got so many radical pieces from

Fan Club

to share with you, and I know by the end of these blog posts you'll have bagged yourself at least one of their perfect tee's. What's even cooler about this brand (

not that it can actually get much cooler if it tried

) is that they are run and owned by women, something I always look out for when discovering new names on the block. You'll be hearing me chat a lot about them in my new content, so I'll leave some things undiscovered for now.

SWEATER -

FAN CLUB CLOTHING

*

FLARES -

PRETTY LITTLE THING

*

BOOTS - WINDSOR SMITH

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

KAYE FORD

ALMOST FAMOUS

Wearing rainbow stripes is a serious trend right now, and while I've always been into striped clothing, only in the recent years have I expressed my brighter side in the way that I dress. I always say that I only ever wore black, light black and sometimes grey (a very dark shade of grey might I add) and it's true, you'd never of seen me wearing an outfit this bright six years ago -

although

you'd definitely of seen me in these Dr Martens

. But, six years ago I was a different person who only ever cared about the grunge phase I was in, now I'm older and into the idea of actually wearing these colours. I've got to say that wearing an entire look made up of only the deepest shade of black doesn't quite thrill me the way it used to.

I've seen numerous versions of rainbow tops, but this one stood out for me the most. Maybe it's the '

Almost Famous

' text on the front that swung me? Is it a reference to iconic 00's film of that name, or is it a dig at the people who think they are something they're not? It's an up-in-the-air debate right now and either way I love it. 

The Ragged Priest

always pull through on unique pieces like this, pieces that no other brand is making, by creating items that are original and totally un-seen before. It's a brand I always look out for and have enjoyed for years. They really fit in to the '

cool, edgy girl on instagram

' vibe that is everywhere at the moment, and not a look I turn my nose up at (

because I wish I was that cool girl on Instagram

). Pairing it with my knee length

Dr Martens

was a good choice, wearing it with no tights in January was not. The sun setting just in time for taking these photographs makes it look far warmer than it was, and wearing these sunglasses helped a lot too. The trick is to think you're somewhere sunny and the goosebumps will eventually disappear, and it's totally worth the freezing cold temperature when you've got some killer garms to shoot in!

WHAT I'M WEARING

DRESS - THE RAGGED PREIST*

BOOTS - DR MARTENS

SUNGLASSES - ASOS

HOUSE OF HEARTS BY SISTER JANE | PART TWO

It's time for my last instalment of my collaboration with

Sister Jane

, and I think I may of

unintentionally

saved the best till last? It's up for debate as my last two posts we're both quite something,

if I do say so myself!

It might seem funny to see me in such a feminine dress, I don't think I've ever debuted anything like this on my blog before, but that's not to say I'm not into it. In fact, after wearing this frilly number I'm now on the hunt for dresses similar that I can add to my wardrobe. I've always loved a ruffle, I even went on about my love of them in my

last post for Ghospell

,

so I'll try not to go on too much in this post, but that might be difficult because

HELLO

, look at this beautiful frilly dress of dreams!

DRESS -

SISTER JANE*

| SOCKS - TOPSHOP | SHOES - PRIMARK

Let me introduce you to the

Sour Cherry Tiered Dress

. This piece may be considered a little kid's dream dolls dress, I can imagine a toddler wanting to play dress up and ram raid their mothers make-up draw, their is a child-like feel to it which makes it even more beautiful to me. It's not often someone would have the courage to wear a dress like this, which is the main reason why I love it. It has a couture feel to it, an almost fancy dress element that makes it all the more magical. It's rare you see garments like this, but when you do you remember your youth and how fun it is to get dressed up and have fun with fashion again. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone, and that's my favourite thing about styling, if something makes me feel daring and confident then it's a winner for me. Challenging our style is so important, and I'm so glad I challenged mine with this look!

There are two big reasons as to why I was drawn to this dress, the first being the colour. My favourite trend and colour combo this season is certainly red and pink, which is quite bizarre as these used to be two colours I wouldn't often wear, let alone together! I always told myself I looked terrible in red, classing it as my least favourite colour, I even longed to be able to look good in red lipstick but told myself I could never pull it off. Now I've gotten over myself and realised I can wear what I want and not actually give a damn about what other people think, or more to the point how I tell myself I think I look when I actually look OK. It's a daring combo and I've seen many people turn their noses up at it, but I'm obsessed and will be mixing these two colours all through winter to bring a little vibrancy to my life.

The second reason being the style, it takes huge reference on designers like Gucci and Miu Miu with the shape and of course the glorious frills. It's a very British design and throws back to the Victorian era or style, where sheer overlaying and ruffled detailing where huge. I wanted to keep with the inspiration of designers like these and pair it with my new thing,

socks and heels

. For my first post with Sister Jane I teamed the

House of Hearts

suit with glitter socks and chunky heels, and this dress just had to be worn with them too but this time I swapped the grey glitter with pink. If you're going to wear a dress like this you've got to go all the way and style it daringly. I'm so in love with the entirety of this look, and now I've embraced what it feels like to wear a dress of this calibre, I'll definitely be buying pieces like it more often. It's without a doubt a show stopper and perfect for dinner dates and evening events, or of course everyday wear if you're feeling confident. I guarantee the feeling of self love and confidence come included in this dress, trust me when I say you'll be spinning around and dancing your way through the day once you've got this on, I certainly was (

but then when am I not?

).

A NEW ERA OF SPORTSWEAR

It's 2017 and a new era of sportswear has arrived,

and it's not just for the gym

... This season we've got new trends like heritage checks, bold colours and winter florals to name a few, but one trend I've seen all through the year is sportswear, I'm talking fashion-basics with a sport luxe feel. To me this is less of a trend and more of a new era of fashion, with people who have always worn sports brands being given the tools to make it more street-style friendly. You don't need a gym membership to be entitled to wear a pair of leggings these days, just team them with heeled boots and a trench coat and you'll be

so on trend!

I wanted to put this to the test and style a piece so it fit in to my usual outfit of choice, as that's what this whole sports luxe trend is after all -

making it stylish and street friendly!

That's not to say that if you wear head-to-toe gym gear you're not fashionable, but I certainly wouldn't be dressed that way, I wouldn't even attend a gym (

guilty

)! It would be rather handy to already be dressed for the treadmill after you've spent the day shopping, it'd surely save on washing!

See

, there are many perks to the trend already!

I've taken this

black

NICCE

womens hoodie

for a spin, not a brand I have worn before but then again the entire concept of this outfit is new to me. The hoodie itself is the perfect item to help me on my way to nailing this trend, it's sleek, an easy colour to work with and comfy -

plain and simple.

I wanted something in black so I could layer it all through winter and match it with my many pairs of leather trousers, it's the most perfect colour to match my already dark wardrobe. Instead of doing the obvious and wearing it with jeans and trainers, I wanted to take it a couple of steps further and make it boarder on grunge, because that's my signature style and with this trend you don't have to change your look to make it work.

HOODIE -

NICCE*

| TROUSERS -

TOPSHOP

| BOOTS - FOREVER 21

I need to be honest though and tell you one of the main reasons I wanted to give this look a go, and it's

not

because I knew it would be the comfiest thing I have ever worn... Honestly, it's because I saw a photoset of Alexa Chung where she was wearing a PVC trench coat and a zip-up hoodie underneath. It was a serious look that I needed to re-create somehow. Instead of quite literally copying every aspect of it, I ditched the PVC coat (

because my Black Friday purchase hasn't been delivered yet

) and wore a pair of shiny trousers instead. Without blowing my own trumpet, it's an outfit I'm very much into, it holds an effortlessly cool vibe and all jokes a side, the comfort level is quite high.

All in all I'm now fully converted and will be purchasing sweatshirts from here on out. I believe this '

trend

' will be around for the long run, it's a model off duty vibe and will definitely be seen on the next run of Fashion Week,

you heard it here first!

NICCE

has a wide variety of contemporary streetwear including some really

chic pastel sweatshirts

and

unisex hoodies

, so you could buy your other half one for Christmas and then wear it yourself (

you're welcome

). Not only have they smashed the outwear, but they've got some very cool

underwear sets and basics

that are just dying to be Instagrammed! Visit the

official website here

!

WINTER PARADISE BY GHOSPELL

My

last post

featured

Sister Jane

, and this time it's all about their

sister

brand,

Ghospell

. When I went to the

Siser Jane

store I thought I'd only be greeted by rails of floaty dresses and patterned suits (

their staple product

), fact is I also got shown the new collection from

Ghospell

,

it was a total treat!

So, instead of picking a select handful of purely Sister Jane, I decided to try on some pieces from them as well. Turns out this one ended up coming home with me, or to the cabin shall I say. I'm a sucker for a frill, and this rusty orange shade is the most perfect colour for autumn, so I couldn't resist. A perfect piece to shoot in the warmth of our cabin we acquired of the night! So here it is, part two of my collaboration with the dream team that is Sister Jane and Ghospell...

SHIRT -

GHOSPELL

* | TROUSERS -

TOPSHOP

Ghospell

recently launched their latest collection,

Winter Paradise

, which is filled with rustic hues, winter florals and of course a ruffle or two. Ruffles are huge this season, and perfect for any man or woman wanting to feel a bit Bowie circa 1970's. As the bohemian ruffles made me feel like it was an ode to Bowie, I wanted to team it with some trousers that I know he would of enjoyed. Say hello to my sequin flares of dreams that were made to be worn with  girlie frill! 

This outfit borders on rock and roll with the sequins and flamboyant blouse, I could image rock stars like Alex Turner picking the shirt and Mick Jagger selecting the trousers, it's a bold mix and match outfit, but for me it totally works. If I was a front man this would be my stage outfit, but sadly every time I've picked up an instrument I've failed miserably, and boy have I tried! I'll stick to wearing this combo off stage and keep singing into my hairbrush in private, something I do all too often.

These flares are going to be my winter party piece. They're so easy to style because they do all the talking for you. Wear them with a basic t-shirt and your outfits pretty much made. I bought mine from

Topshop

, but since picking them up I've seen brands like

Missguided

and

Pretty Little Thing

jump on the hype. I think our Insta feeds will be filled with sequin OOTD's from here until January 1st and I'm excited about it! I can't wait to take these babies for a spin on the town, maybe I'll head to a karaoke bar and live my dream of wearing the ultimate front man attire on an actual stage with an actual real life microphone and not my Tangle Teaser. Maybe, but probably not...

Stay tuned for my next photo set which features even more

Sister Jane

and even more ruffle!

UN-LIKING INSTAGRAM



I've been having a bloody good moan about every single social media out there at the moment, it's like we were best buds and now we're sworn enemies - we just don't love each other anymore... On my Instagram I've been posting stories about this subject, I've even been tweeting about it, so it's probably time I actually wrote about it. Here goes nothing!

I've fallen out with social media, mostly Instagram, which feels strange because we've been attatched to the hip for a very long time. For a wannabe creator and picture-maker, an app where you can make pretty grids with your personal work on is the dream. Honestly, when I first came across it I knew it'd be love at first sight. Now, it's a whole different story.



So here's me about to sound low-key pathetic while I moan about engagement, tragic! As we all know, Instagram has changed a lot recently with it's algorithm and shadow-banning. Not sure what this all means? Let me break it down for you.

ALGORITHM -
noun
noun: algorithm; plural noun: algorithms
a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.


In Instagram terms, this means that images and users with high engagement such as likes, comments, shares and views will rank higher on your feed. Which is my terms mean MY POSTS DO CRAP. I'm only small, so my posts have never received a lot of likes, but recently it's dropped increasingly. When you've only got a small following you don't expect all of the likes, but you do expect something. Last week I posted a photo I really liked, but it flopped so hard I had to take it down and sulk about it. This is what upsets me most. I, as a photographer, enjoy images and the ones I take. I take pride in my content and when no one else sees it or feels the same, that's really quite sad. I don't expect to 'break the internet' but I do expect Instagram to not hide my content from my followers. I need all the help I can get to grow myself as a creative, and not having this platform to support me anymore is devastating. 


SHADOW BANNING -
Stealth banning (also called shadow banning, ghost banning or comment ghosting) is the act of blocking a user or their content from an online community such that the user does not realise that they have been banned.


Basically, our posts are starting to disappear and not become visible when using hashtags. Instagram responded to this by stating that
'When developing content, we recommend focusing on your business objective or goal rather than hashtags'. OK INSTGRAM let me try and build my business without the genuine help of a fucking hashtag. I personally don't see any issue with using this symbol, I often search for posts using it. To come back with that is a huge bite in the ass, and it's users didn't take it lightly. 

I'm not over exaggerating when I say that every single day I see at least three people talk about this ongoing issue. My problem is that I'm trying so hard to produce work that I love, enjoy and want to share with my online community, but I'm not having the support or platform I need to do so. 


I am not on a level where I have a huge following and this doesn't overly effect me, I'm attempting to grow myself and my personal brand at the moment, but I feel like it's not going anywhere. It does make me want to give up, but then I remember that yes it isn't about the likes and it is a little bit tragic to get emotional about it, but then I also remember that this is peoples careers and one day it could be mine. In reality, even these incredible creators are finding it a struggle because they're the ones being paid for their engagement, so actually they need the views more than me!




SHIRT - NASTY GAL | TROUSERS - H&M | RINGS - BLOODY MARY METAL

All in all, the whole thing is grinding on me. I never thought I'd be someone who cared about this, but all I want to do is succeed. On a recent programme titled 'Celebrity Hunted', Jamie Lang (Made in Chelsea) has a break down about not living his life to the full and caring too much about his Instagram likes, which completely shook me. It's so easy to feel self conscious online and I believe a lot of people related to this. Jamie, I'm with you!  We are the modern age, social media and an online presence is huge, so it's time our platforms had our backs again! 

I have a little solution for this, and I like to think it'll help a tiny bit. I use Instagrams one decent tool which is the notification button, which means I turn on notifications for my favourite accounts. When they upload a new photo, I get told! So, I can constantly see what they post (and it doesn't get lost on my time line thanks to algorithm) and like the image. Simple. I'm still seeing my favourite content and their still getting my love. 

I know I'm not the only one having a moment, so I wanted to write about it and almost get it off my chest. Also, if anyone wants to make a new platform I highly recommend it, hell if I had the brains to make an app I'd do it in a heart beat!
 

THE OLD VS THE NEW




It's a given that I don't spend big bucks on new clothes, as much as I would obviously love to. Being an independent twenty three year old that has NOT  got their shit together means I have to save my money for the future, instead of buying that pretty dress on Zara's A/W lookbook. This has meant that I've learnt some nifty tips and tricks on making an outfit current and 'on trend', so I thought I'd share a few pointers with you...

It's all about shopping second hand. I know I know, you've just rolled your eyes and sighed because I've painted myself as some trendy hipster. But seriously, don't knock it till you've tried it, I've found some of my favourite ever pieces in charity shops. I admit I have a rather love/hate relationship with them, as they can often be over priced and not genuine vintage (I think I rolled my eyes at myself then). I mean come on, don't stock last season Primark in the 'Vintage Finds' section of your charity shop, because that's just taking the piss and us savvy shoppers are not that bloody dumb. But, when I'm on cloud nine and striking lucky then I really enjoy finding those one-off items that are unique and cool. 





I wanted to show you how I style the old with the new, by teaming this new in Topshop dress with three vintage pieces. THREE VINTAGE PIECES you say?!  Yeah that's right, who'd have thought it?! This outfit is an autumnal dream that could of definitely been picked up from the high street for triple the amount I scored it for.

I knew this cute little check dress needed something underneath for layering, and a roll neck made for the ultimate sixties essential for this look - £2, Sue Ryder, yes please.

As my pins are on full display (because I'm an idiot) I needed some upper body warmth which is where my brown faux fur jacket came in handy. I purchased this from a charity shop in Slough of all places, for a nifty £5. What did I ever do to deserve such luck?

Lastly, this outfit is tied together with a very lovely mini handbag I got for 50p, that's probably cheap than a fucking freddo.

DRESS - TOPSHOP | ROLL NECK - VINTAGE | COAT - VINTAGE | BAG - VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES - RAY BAN | BOOTS - TOPSHOP BOUTIQUE




Have I changed your mind on shopping second hand yet? 

It's fun to mix and match items together, it makes the new look retro, and gives the old a new lease of life. It's also really fun to save money and spend more on food, that's the truth...

Honestly though, It's so hard to keep up to date with current trends when you're on a strict budget. I would love to just roll on into Zara and buy a shed load of A/W gear, but I can't allow myself to do that. What I can do though, is buy myself the odd new season item and wear it with something already hiding in my wardrobe. I can easily pop in to a couple of charity shops and buy a handful of clothes, and this outfit goes to show that it's totally do able and still fashionable. Roll necks and fluffy coats are always a winter must-have, so why not take a trip to your local high-street and swap H&M for Oxfam. Don't forget that you'll also be supporting your local charity while you're at it, and that's not a bad thing, is it?


WARRIOR NOT WORRIER


Last week I had the absolute please of meeting the brilliant George Hodgson, founder of Maison de Choup, a fashion label which supports mental health. The brand itself helps mental health sufferers find the support they need, by teaming up with Young Minds and raising money for the charity. This sits very well with me. I myself am surrounded by friends and loved ones that struggle with mental health issues, it's a common theme in this modern day and to find people out there who can help is just what we need. It's important to not feel alone with struggles like this, which is why I fully support and encourage you to at least click on THIS LINK and read more about what Maison de Choup and Young Minds can do for you. If you want support this cause then have browse at the fashion pieces they've got online, as 25% of the profits made from their new Warrior and Words Fail Me collections go to Young Minds - incredible!



BLAZER - MAISON DE CHOUP (CUSTOM) | JUMPER - M&S | SKIRT - TOPSHOP | TIGHTS - PRIMARK | SUNGLASSES - NASTY GAL

Before I met George I knew all about his brand and what he does, I've been a fan of his for a good while. I've read his story and am truly inspired by what he's created from turning the negativity of anxiety into a positive, by creating contemporary clothing for a good cause.

When we eventually decided to meet up and shoot, I knew we'd create some really cool images for his products. I obviously had to take some for myself, and it had to be in the Warrior Not Worrier blazer, a product I'd been lusting over for ages. I'm big on tartan and yellow is my go-to colour of the season, so I was all for this jacket and was over the moon when George said I could wear it. Not only is it a very cool, masculine jacket, but it has a lot of thought and meaning behind it (quite literally). Like a mullet, it's business at the front and party at the back. It's great when clothing can make a statement in more ways than just being 'out there', when it has a literal statement to make, that's a whole new level of cool.


Thank you, George, for letting me in on what you do at Maison de Choup. It was a huge honor to take your photograph and see your brand in person. I have huge respect for you on speaking out about your experiences with anxiety and personal mental health issues. It takes a lot of be so courageous and that's just what a company like this needs, a strong, passionate and inspirational individual. Keep on doing what you do, the world needs more people like you. I can't wait to see where this project ends up!

AN ODD KIND OF SORRY


I wanted to write about something that's been brewing in my brain for a while now, sort of an apology. I warn you in advance, this is a very strange apology letter, but it's one that needs to be written. So, to all the colours in the world, I AM SORRY. I am sorry for so many reasons, in fact, I'd like to list a few of my reasons below...


I'M SORRY FOR
  • All the times I bad-mouthed you
  • The things I said when I was shopping
  • That time when I didn't think any of you suited me
  • Not giving you a go
  • Being stubborn and not trying new things

But mostly, I'm sorry it's taken me so fucking long to appreciate you. My Grandad always told me I look beautiful when I wear something bright and cheery, but being a moody teenager I always shrugged it off and huffed at anyone telling me how to dress. I'll still tell you to do one if you come at me with your opinions on what I wear, but I hold my hands up and admit I've been wrong all along about this one.

I feel like when I turned 23, I turned a chapter in my life. Birthdays never really effect me, or changed the way I felt. People always ask, 'how does it feel to be one year older?', I usually reply with an eye roll and a stern 'I HAVE NO FEELINGS TOWARDS IT BUT PLEASE DON'T REMIND ME!'.  Classic birthday banter... But this year I did feel a little different, I felt like I grew up and learnt to accept myself more. I find myself challenging what I do and the choices I make, with a lot of things, but mainly my personal style. It helps that we're surrounded by so many amazingly dressed women, we have bloggers coming out of our ears and for me, that's constant inspiration to help me dress myself. This years really taught me to experiment and explore a wider colour palette.


JUMPER - MISSGUIDED | JEANS - ASOS | GLASSES - DEPOP

I'll always have my monochrome dress-code in the back of my head. Growing up with influences like Kurt Cobain and Ozzy Osbourne always made me feel safe in muted colours. I always thought, 'the day Ozzy rocks up in colour will be the day I make a change', because if he did it then I would too. I always trusted these icons to help me become who I am, they were my safety blanket and made me feel at ease if I saw them wearing anything similar to myself. Thinking about that, it's quite a silly thing, being so mad for someone that you'll count on them for style tips. It reminds me of when I first discovered Patti Smith, I read three of her books in the space of a week, I become obsessed. I decided I'd buy myself a pair of suspenders from the men's section in M&S and wear a plain white shirt from there on out. Obviously that didn't last long, I soon got attached to someone else. As you can imagine, my teenage years were a confusing time trying to discover who I was. But all in all the musicians and artists that surrounded me made me stick to black, grey and white. Damn you rock and roll!


I'm still guilty to being one of those people who adores their idols, I hold my hand up and say these individuals will forever inspire me. But, I've come to accept those with more of a more out-there take on style. I've always worn clothes that aren't that basic, glitter boots and extreme patterned shirts (Bowie helped me with that one), but it's time I took colour for a ride.

My wardrobe is becoming more eclectic, in fact, I wore an outfit the other day that didn't have a single black item in it - not even a leather jacket! I certainly did pat myself on the back for this.

I hope you accept my apology, red, yellow, green and the rest! I'm slowly learning to love you.



NOT GUCCI



I've been slacking with content for my own blog at the moment, as the majority of my spare time is being spent writing, editing and just generally contributing to The Girls Club. It's our new baby, so it's hard to stay away! But I've realised I've got to focus on my own work, but I'm not that good at balance. I thought I'd come back in style though and do a brief post on the best suit I've ever worn, and tell you all a little story to go along with it. So, let's begin...

Let's set the scene, imagine me sat at home watching Jeremy Kyle (yeah, it's my guilty pleasure) in my sloppy Joe's absolutely buzzing to be in bed, lying down after the shift from hell. Just casually texting my best friend and boyfriend, Harry, when he does his usual over dramatic thing of saying 'guess what', which usually ends with 'I just had breakfast' OR 'my hair looks really good today'. Classic Harry Morris move. So, as you can imagine when he says this phrase I usually just go ahead and roll with it, not getting my hopes up for some killer information or anything. Not this time though, this time he pulled through and smashed it right out of the park - sorry for not believing in you in the first place!

So there I am, being faced with the best news I've heard in ages, and I've got one lady to thank for that. If you're reading Charlotte, thank you, you beautiful, kind soul!

I know I'm keeping you all in suspense, but that's how writers keep you gripped in novels, so I'm playing the part, OK?! Anyway, turns out myself and Harry had been invited to the GQ Man of the Year awards after party - what?! That was huge for the two of us, and we feel very lucky to of had the opportunity to rock up.

As you can imagine (or if you saw the entertainment news next day) we touched elbows with many talented individuals, most of which I adore, which was truly magical. It's quite something being in a room with big names, they all have an un-real aura surrounding them which made the evening feel pretty exciting. I'm not one for gushing over 'celebrities', in fact celebrity culture doesn't excite me all that much, but I was happy that everyone was so willing to have a conversation and get to know us. I won't start spilling news on who as there and what was going on, but I will just say I spent an hour eating snacks with Jo Wood, which for me is quite a fab moment and one I won't forget anytime soon.

SUIT - TOPSHOP | TOP - VINTAGE | SHOES - TOPSHOP | GLASSES - FOREVER 21 (similar)

The reason I'm telling you all of this is because MY  suit was the talk of the party. MY  Topshop suit that apparently looks like a high-end designer! I got asked countless times if it was Gucci or Saint Laurent, only to get a little red in the face and admit it's high street. Nothing to be ashamed of, I just wish it was from Harvey Nichols, because that'd be fucking cool! I'm so smitten with this suit, for the amount of compliments it got me and how much of a conversation starter it was. I really think that if I hadn't of worn this little number, I wouldn't of been approached by the people who did come up and shower me with compliments. As you can imagine, I was gushing!


I thought I'd style it differently for you on here compared to how I wore it on said night, just to show it can be worn on a more day-to-day basis, not just mad parties. But, you can see how I styled it on the night over on my Instagram here! I am sad to say though, that it's currently out of stock. I searched high and low for it, only to find it in the Oxford Street Topshop. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they re-released it after so many were seen wearing it to LFW! I wouldn't even be shocked it other brands jumped on the hype and made one very similar. I know that The Kooples has trousers just like these, not quite as cheap but probably more worth the investment if you ask me!

I decided to wear the suit with my Gucci t-shirt - vintage and probably (definitely) not genuine; as sort of a homage to my wannabe Gucci suit. Obviously I wouldn't dream of wearing an outfit that's so Gucci without wearing a pair of loafers, duh! If your gonna do it you've got to go the whole hog, am I right?!

The moral of the story is, is that you don't have to wear high-end designer brands to get noticed or accepted, it's all about how you wear a piece and how amazing you feel in it. This suit didn't break my bank, but it certainly made me feel a million bucks!



CJ SHOOTS | INDIA HANNAH PIXIE | PART ONE



Have you ever seen a cooler babe than this? I haven't, and even she admits to looking very cool in these shots (sorry, I had to out you there kid). Seriously though, India is one of those girls that slay at styling themselves and doesn't give a single fuck who it offends, which just so happens to be my favourite trait in a person. Be yourself in every way shape and form, because you are a bad ass and the people who judge you aren't worth your time. We should all take notes from this out-there babe, who just so happens to own anything she wears including these £2 camo pants that my dad was rather fond of - you've got style points from Mr Carpenter, India!

I had the dream of meeting this queen and shooting some outfit pictures for her blog Trashed Vintage, as well and generally hanging out with her, drinking coffee and smoking far too many cigarettes - yep, I have found my soul sister! This is only the first photo set from our day of shooting, so you've got plenty more coming your way. Don't forget to head over to Indias blog and read the post featuring these images.