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!
 

FOUR LADIES WHO KILLED IT AT FASHION WEEK


Images from Instagram | Shea Marie @peaceloveshea | Caroline Vreeland @carolinevreeland

I usually keep quiet around this time of year, with Fashion Week gracing all of our socials it's hard to get a word in edge ways. I'm also too busy scrolling the web researching shows and finding out what my favourite influencers are wearing, which led me to doing this post.

I'm yet to attend Fashion Week, the thought of it makes me feel anxious and honestly, not quite worthy. I am in awe of what goes on and would love to attend, but then I also feel maybe it's not my scene. It all looks very glamorous, but then I remember how cruel the fashion world can be. Some people were quick to slate the going-ons and behind the scenes drama, even New Look decided to jump on the hype and tweet a string of comments they overheard at Fashion Week - brutal!


Instead of discussing a topic I have no idea about, and quite frankly don't deserve an opinion on because oh yeah, I'VE NEVER BEEN! I wanted to share my favourite moments from the streets of London, where the amazingly dressed humans strutted their stuff for the world to admire.

Firstly, I'd like to mention my favourite fashion duo - Shea Marie and Caroline Vreeland; both magically beautiful and dress to impress at all costs. I adore Shea and the way she styles herself, but the pair of them together are completely bad ass! If I was to have one woman's wardrobe, it would undoubtedly be hers. Then I'd make complete use of BFF Carolines, because if I'm in with Shea, I'm making damn sure I'm in with the best pal too! My favourite look had got to be brown and pink fur coat teamed with the Fendi sock boots, absolute dream combo!




Images from Instagram | Emma Breschi @emmabreschi

Next up is probably my favourite person on the Internet, Emma Breschi. If you don't already follower her, please do! She's a beautiful and hilarious model that seems stupidly down to earth and definitely someone I'd love to hang out with. Her outfits are always cool, with the sort of 'give a fuck?' attitude that I envy. She slayed at LFW, matching outfits with Cassyette for the Ashish show, and a one colour pallet for the rest.

Lastly, I'd like to talk about the complete love I have towards Lucy Williams and her effortless, city girl style. It's a style I admire, and one I wish to purse at a later date. Her style is edgy and classic, like Alexa Chung raided Lou Doillons wardrobe. She didn't fail to impress me during this weeks antics, by wearing killer looks from designers like Joseph. I now need even more blazers in my life, thanks Lucy!

Of course, there were so many looks that absolutely smashed it this Fashion Week, it's hard to narrow it down to just four. But these inspiring women are constantly looking good, no matter what they attend. I have a soft spot for you all!

Images from Instagram | Lucy Williams @lucywilliams02

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!



PHOTODIARY | NORWAY


It's been nearly two weeks since being back from a holiday I won't be forgetting anytime soon, a cruise around the Fjord Islands in Norway. If you're geographically challenged like me, then you might not know what that is, so let me help you out. 'A Fjord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion' - thanks wikipedia. Basically, we went on a beautiful scenic cruise of towns within Norway such as Flam, Geiranger and Stavanger which are surrounded by mountains, trees and glaciers. It was honestly one of the most amazing places I've ever been! So, with that I give you my camera-roll of photographs taken on my trusty iPhone 7+. See them on Instagram here!




Did you see my last Photodiary post featuring images from my travels to Barcelona?


ROCKER JEWELS | 23.8.16



I recently did some shooting with my pal Chloe Upton who works for a dreamy company called Jewel Street, also known as 'the uk's no.1 designer jewellery website', super fancy! Jewel Street are a company that withhold a complete range of jewellery from across the globe in locations like Brazil, Hong Kong and Australia to name a few, pretty impressive don't you think? Their site is a portal of beautiful accessories that I long to own, I often have dozens of necklaces and rings that hang about on my body but nothing quite as exquisite as these. I've always said that jewellery is personal and the fact I've come across True Rocks excites me to no end. A lot of the time it's hard to walk into a shop and find a piece that isn't covered in diamonds in the shape of a butterfly (yeah, not my thing!), so finding a brand that creates the ultimate rocker pendants is music to my ears.





Shirt - Topman (similar)
Shorts - Depop unbranded
Hat - H&M
Belt - Primark
Large Deep Purple Enamel and Rose Gold Pill Pendant - True Rocks via Jewel Street
Large Yellow Gold Safety Pin Pendant - True Rocks via Jewel Street (similar)
Portobello Yellow Gold Rose Cut Diamond Star Starry Night Earrings - London Road Jewellery via Jewel Street




Photography by Chloe Upton - Visual Stylist and Photographer - Instagram

I look at their collection and envision inspiration taken from ladies like Alison Mosshart and Kelly Osborne. I could picture Alison swooshing her hair back and forth while the safety pin pendant swings carelessly from her neck, or Kelly making her all black outfits look even edgier with a gold guitar pick. It's a brand that I'm on board with and am dying to get a collection going, starting with the two necklaces I'm wearing. The first being my deep purple and rose gold pill pendant, which comes in various other colours like a beautiful emerald green or even solid metals. It's hard to decide which I like best so I'll take them all, cheers! Secondly, we have the large safety pin in yellow gold that you can buy in smaller sizes and also colours. These two pieces make a statement on their own and even more so together, if I lived in a pit of money I would have at least four dangling from my neck at all times.

As well as being spoilt rotten by being able to wear some of True Rocks unique pieces, I also had the pleasure of making my ear lobes look pretty with a pair of London Road earrings. It makes me feel dizzy when I think of having 9 carat gold and diamond encrusted stars in my ears but it was a magical experience that makes me want to start earning big time money so I can spend it all on pricey jewels. I agree when people say it's worth spending a great deal of money on your jewellery, I own a hefty amount of Bloody Mary Metal so I definitely need to expand my horizons with some other great brands that we have at our fingertips on websites like Jewel Street.



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THREE DAYS IN LONDON | 6.6.16


It was about time I had a break from the norm and have a little get away if only for a few days. It was a joint decision from me and my best(and boy)friend, who was also massively up for some time off. London isn't quite as adventurous as New York or as warm as a beach in Greece but it's something. I'll go anywhere and no matter now many times I've been to London i'll always enjoy it, even more so in good company.




We were lucky enough to stay in Stockwell which was the perfect location to relax in after a hectic day in the centre of all the madness. Suprisingly, on the journey there you can actually enjoy a quiet tube ride after the Victoria stop had past, what a luxury! Thanks to Kierans brother we got to rest out heads in his lovely home just a few shorts minutes from the tube. He left out breakfast for us in the morning and gave us great recommendations for coffee and breakfast spots in Brixton, which was handy as the pair of us can't function without a cup in the morning. It felt like our own Airbnb and if their home was listed I'd be giving you all a link and them a great review with many stars, thank you for the stay!

On our first day we did the real mainstream thing and took ourselves to Oxford Street for some high street shopping. Being two Topshop and Topman workers we had to see what the flagship had to offer, it's sort of our duty. Before getting too wrapped up in shopping we headed to The Diner on Carnaby Street which is where I usually go to stock up on carbs for a big day ahead as they do a mean plate of pancakes which is surprisingly hard to find back in Bristol. We just shopped, shopped and shopped some more until all of the viscose shirts had been browsed then headed back to our tempery home for a plate of home cooked food and a decent nights sleep.



Day two was sure to be a good one as we were finally about to feast our eyes on The Rolling Stones exhibition, Exhibitionism. Without sounding like too much of an obsessed fan, I have honestly never been so excited for anything else, ever. You don't have to be a genius to know that The Stones are one of my greatest passions in life, it's pretty fucking obvious. I've planned a post about the exhibition in full which should be posted in the upcoming week so I won't go on any further, but if you are a mega fan then head to the Saatchi Gallery pronto!

After an emotional hour and a half of gallery viewing we headed in the direction of Southbank for a stroll along the riverside and a quick pop into Tate Modern, and by that I mean quick enough for me to use the bathroom and to walk around a couple of rooms. It didn't quite hit the spot the same way Exhibitionism did, sorry modern art. We did end up in yet another Topshop though where I scored some amazing flared dungarees, which I was very much feeling after seeing Keith's tour wardrobe earlier that day, swings and roundabouts!

Another day with a crazy amount of walking done and all we could think about was food, which to be fair is what we think about 80% of the time anyway. Kev (Kierans brother) recommended a pizza joint in Brixton called Franco Manca which sounded amazing and definitely met our expectations. It was located within a market in the heart of the ever cool Brixton and despite being in London it had a real authentic feel to it, if you didn't look at your surroundings too much it genuinely felt like being back in Rome. The Pizza, more importantly, was unreal. So unreal that Kieran stated it was the 'best he'd ever eaten' and that's coming from a man whose had plenty in his lifetime. For me, it was up there and that's coming from a girl whose tasted real Italian baked circles of doughy goodness straight from the heart of Italy. Basically, we highly recommend it. We ended the night having a drink in some trendy new bar in Brixton that I didn't catch the name of but Kieran had a Ziggy Stardust cocktail that impressed us a great deal despite it should of being called Aladdin Sane...



Our final day in London featured a trip to the eastern side of town where we ended up wondering around Shoreditch for most of the day. Like complete 'hipsters', we went to all of the vintage stores that are plonked in the Brick Lane area. They didn't have much to offer other than a motorcycle print shirt for yours truly, I'm also still dreaming about a pair of Led Zeppelin shorts I saw that had been crafted from an old tour t-shirt, I really regret not slipping my butt into those babies.

Day three came to an end and it was time to get head back home in style via Megabus, hoorah! It was a glorious few days away from our busy lives and it gave us time to be in a romantic holiday bubble for short while. Time to plan our next adventure and this time make it longer and hotter!



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TAME IMPALA @ ALEXANDRA PALACE | 21.2.16



This time last week I was sat on my couch reminiscing from the night before, letting all of the feelings and vibes sink in and that's because last Saturday I spent the night with one of my bestest pals in the beautiful palace of Alexandra, I'm talking about Alexandra Palace which by the way is the most incredible venue for a gig. We were overwhelmed with the beauty of the place and it seemed like the perfect location to lose ourselves in glory that is Tame Impala. If you've been living under a rock for the past 9 years they've been active (don't worry I haven't known them for the whole decade either) then let me fill you in a little bit. Tame Impala features a group of Australian dudes that produce incredibly psychedelic sounds of which Kevin Parker, the main man of the touring five piece wrote and made in his garage in a 'home-recording project' by himself, which sounds a little lonely but pretty artsy and impressive too.



Once we settled into Ally Pally with our £5 cider we were soon faced with drunken hipsters who thought they were at Glastonbury, the boy next to me insisted on sharing his shoulders with all of his friends before realising it's not impressive or kind it's just bloody annoying. That's nothing a good elbowing can't fix though and it wasn't going to ruin the euphoric state we were about to endure. We spent a couple of hours witnessing the group in all of it's glory while they showcased their latest hits with a sideshow of light displays and confetti.

It was a great time to be alive and the night itself was pretty magical. Knowing what went into the production of the tracks made it all the more impressive, thinking of Parker on his lonesome banging out his sixties inspired tunes made me appreciate the piece of art it really is.

If you're new to the band then I suggest taking a time out and listening to their latest album, Currents which is what they played for the hundreds of us at Ally Pally. It features simple yet catchy guitar riffs and drum beats teamed with the soulfully raw voice of Parker himself. Seriously, if you're into psychedelic rock or wondering what the heck that even is - listen to The 13th Floor Elevators as they were one of the first psychedelic bands in rock 'n' roll, a fact told to me by my friend Lewis. Thanks for your knowledge Lewis - then do check them out because you don't know what you're missing.

TIGERLILY x

SELF LOVE | 16.02.16



Firstly, happy valentine's day for Sunday one and all, not a phrase a lot of people enjoy hearing as it's become more of a day of hate than a day of love. For me though I believe you should spend everyday loving who you have chosen to spend your time with and if you haven't chosen (not that always a choice) to be with anyone at all, that's more than OK too. Don't feel lonely on the day of love, enjoy yourself and embrace your beautiful friends and family around you. I was kind enough leave this topic I'm about to discuss for a couple of days rather than pile my thoughts onto you when a lot of you are were a cloud of romance, so I hope you did enjoy your Sunday of pleasure (sounds naughty, maybe it even was) but now it's time stop putting it off and talk about self love - Righteous!



On that day in particular we see a lot of self hate in the way of status updates and retweets from a comedic genius who's made a great meme about being single for eternity, and as much as its all fun and games I know some people do genuinely feel down about it. My feed was a terrible sight on the morning of as I saw more miserable posts than happy ones. I say let's dedicate all future valentine's days to loving ourselves and our bodies and leave the downward spiral of misery for another day - or never. Just because you don't have someone showering you in cheese like how beautiful they think you are doesn't mean you aren't in fact that. It's not always about dedicating your love to another human being it's also about leaving some of it for yourself, remember that.



On the subject of this I've got something else to say... I don't know if you saw the disgust that was Kylie Jenners recent Instagram post condoning 'butt and breast' enhancing cream but I did and I was sick in my mouth, to be frank with you. Firstly, how she thinks it's a good idea to promote something that claims to do such a thing to her audience of which start from the early age of 13 maybe even younger is beyond me. It's disgusting to share these things with such influential young girls when they haven't even developed fully yet anyway, give it a few years and your breasts could look like that with no help at all! Not only was it shameful of her to share the post for that reason but also the fact she had the audacity to say 'what a perfect gift for Valentine's' it would be... No, no it would not. If your other half gifts you a product to make your already beautiful body 'better' then please hand him back the goods and do not give him your goods either. You do not need a jar of cream to look like a Jenner, the gym and a balanced diet would help if you really wanted it too. Don't let a somehow famous teenager make you feel bad about your body because your body is lovely and natural without a jar of butt boosting cream. As depressing as my Facebook feed was that morning, the comments I saw over and over again on that post made me feel even more down. The amount of self-hatred in this world is a scary thought so I won't go on about this any longer as I feel myself slowly boiling up inside. What I will say is this - spend some time appreciating yourself and the people around you, maybe go ahead don your best undies and enjoy your own company for once OR if you do have that special person then share the love with them.

TIGERLILY x

MY BLOODY MARY METAL COLLECTION | 07.01.16



I'm jewellery obsessed, if you didn't know. If I leave my home forgetting to put my rings on I will feel completely naked, my fingers will feel bare and uncomfortable which sets me up for a pretty bad day. It's like a comfort blanket considering most of the ones I wear were bought for me and mean a little something. They all have a place in my heart and leaving my fingers or neck bare feels like I'm missing something. There's a company that's been high on my list of desirable jewels for a long time now and that's Bloody Mary Metal. I bet most of you know of the company by now considering a lot of well known bloggers don a part of their collection on the daily. But my love goes way back, way back when they had minimal Instagram followers and they hadn't had an article written about the in the paper, nicely done by the way guys! It might be that I adore the fact their situated in Cornwall, close (sort of) to were I used to live and where my mother still does live. Seeing something come from a little town I have distant but fond memories of feels strangely homely.



I'm so happy my collection is coming on strong with the help of my loved ones. For Christmas my father surprised me with one of their beautiful trademark black and gold box which made me giddy, it was so lovely that he remembered how much I loved their products that he chose one to give me as a gift with no help at all. It was the perfect surprise and adds so much to the meaning of it. Inside the box was the most beautiful half moon necklace titled Altair named after the brightest star in the constellation Aquila, and the 12th brightest star in the entire universe - apparently. When I saw it I thought of a necklace that Miley Cyrus used to wear in her boho days which was similar to this although flipped the other way. You can see it hanging off of her neck in this Lilac Wine cover she did four years back. Take a peek at the necklace and the glory that is this cover!

My Lone Feather necklace was also a gift from my father which is one of three he gifted me for my 21st birthday - spoilt rotten! I love how delicate this piece is, it sits perfectly on the chest and looks beautiful layered up with other chains too.

Let's move onto fingers as my favourite type of jewellery has to be rings. I often wear four of five at a time which might seem like a lot to some people but of me it's the more the merrier. I like the look of mixed metals and textures along with different coloured stones and jewels, there's so much variety out there which is good if you're fussy when it comes to buying jewellery. Anything from BMM will do for me though! The first ring I'll mention is one I actually purchased myself and that's the classic Crossbones which I bought from The Cove Boutique, a little store from my hometown that stocks independent brands, which is always important. This may be their most popular pieces but I still love it no matter how many times I see it.

Onto one of the only glitzy pieces I own and that's the beautiful Drusy Crown ring in midnight black. Future husband if you're reading, please note I would like my wedding ring to be a black gem stone, OK? None of that white diamond nonsense I'm all about the black, slightly Gothic jewels. Have you seen Shenae Grimes wedding ring? Picture that. For now this ring will do just fine, it doesn't come with a marriage after all...

There is a theme to all of these BMM products if you haven't noticed and that's the fact they have a native theme. I love anything of that kind and all of my jewellery shows it which is the main reason why I'm so in love with the company, it's like it was made for me. It's also quite funny that they match my tattoos all too well. I have cross over arrows just like the Textures Arrow ring as well as a native American portrait which reminds me of the Kika head piece ring. Obviously that isn't intentional so like I said, it was made for me!

If you have a love for wearable metal then you need to browse their products and make a purchase. Not only are you buying a life long piece of incredible jewellery but you're also supporting a independent business, a good one at that. Next on my wish list is a personalised stack ring but I need to think of something decent to get written on it, I've seen some pretty quirky ones on their Instagram feed. We'll see but for now my own personal collection will do nicely.

TIGERLILY x

TOPSHOP HAUL | 15.11.15


It feels good to get up more content on my channel and whats better than a haul, a Topshop haul at that! I've always said I've wanted to try new things over on my YouTube channel but I'm yet to adventure out and do so. I have recently started the Monthly Mixtape section but that's just the start of all my never-ending ideas. Maybe I'll be brave enough to give it all again soon. For now though here's my latest video and while I'm at it I should apologise about the lack of outfit posts recently.

I dropped my camera down a flight of concrete stairs, it was horrendous. But, I have ordered myself a new lens and should be back on the regular styling posts soon. A little life lesson for you all - always wear your camera strap...

TINY TEA TEATOX

19TH APRIL 2015
REVIEW

So the lovely people over at Your Tea sent me some tea (duhh) to try! They sent me the Tiny Tea 28 day TEAtox, you can also buy one that's only 14 day if you'd rather have a trial run before spending a little more money on the longer one. This is supposed to help with bloating, cellulite, problematic skin and increasing energy. There are a couple more things it will assist you on but these are the problems that really stick out for me, and if something may help those then I'm willing to give it a try!

I 've also made a video on my YouTube channel reviewing the tea, but I thought I'd write a bit more about it over here as well.

First off I really did enjoy giving this tea a go, I'm a bit of a tea snob and have at least 5 cups a day, so I was pretty stocked to try something new in the tea region and mix it up for a change. I was slightly worried before trying it because I'm a standard British tea kind of gal, I do love myself a green tea every now and then but most of the time I need a strong cup of plain ol' English tea! I did wonder if it would be a floral or fruity taste, two things I hate in a tea, BUT all was well and it tasted lovely. It was a lot like green tea as it felt fresh drinking it and didn't leave me feeling bloated at any point, something that regular tea tends to do to me. Over all the taste was joyus and pleasant to drink.

I talked about this a fair bit in the video, and that's the fact that I found it hard at first to fit in the time to consume my tea. I'm a bit of a forgetful person anyway so that probably didn't help in the slightest, but at the time I received this lovely box of tea, I was working non-stop at my retail job and that takes up 8 hours of a day. I usually work from 11am to 7pm, which between that time is when lunch and dinner is usually had. On the leaflet it tells you to drink your tea half an hour before any meal three times a day and that's where I struggled, I couldn't pop out the back thirty minutes before my lunch break and sit and have a cup of tea, then go back again thirty minutes later and eat, that's just not happening! So I couldn't have any tea for 80% of my day, which defeats the object really doesn't it?
I ended up saving it for a couple of months until the busy winter season at work was over and I wasn't working as much, I'm really glad I did because it gave me a chance to actually enjoy it.

From January I decided I wanted to stop eating meat, this is because I suffer badly with bloating. I would eat a meal with meat in and instantly feel the size of a house, I'd sometimes even get bad stomach pains. Weather that was because of the meat or not, ever since quitting it I've felt so much better. There are a few other thing's I've cut out because of my bad tummy, such as bread, and I now feel like a much healthier person. As this tea suggests it helps with bloating so I was eager to give it a go and although it had reduced significantly already it helped just that little bit more in making me feel less full. If you also struggle with bloating then I highly suggest giving this TEAtox a go because I know just how bad it can make you feel and it helped me greatly!

Also, because I've stopped eating meat (I still eat fish, I know, rubbish vegetarian and all that) my energy levels aren't all that great. I suffer greatly from that especially when it's warm, I tend to loose all will to do anything that requires effort and that's not something I enjoy. This was an issue before I stopped eating meat, but has became worse since. I noticed mostly that the tea would help me a lot in the mornings, I would have it thirty minutes before breakfast and already feel energized and I'm not a morning person so I found this pretty surprising.

As for my skin my pimples did reduce on my forehead, which I like to call my 'bad area'. I suffer a fair bit with spots appearing at awful times in places highly visible to other people and it's the worst. I know most of us suffer with spots and bad skin so I'm sure you can all feel my pain with this one! Watching my skin appear less covered was a pretty good feeling, although since stopping the tea I have now got the mother of all spots right on the center of my forehead - typical. Given, it's not something that will last forever but it was good while it lasted.

I wouldn't say I was the most unhealthy person in the world, I definitely watch what I eat but I of course enjoy eating bad foods occasionally too! As if I can resist chocolate or cake or crisps... But I did feel like a healthier person during my time on my TEAtox, knowing you're drinking something so good for you makes you feel a lot better about yourself, and my stomach didn't look too bad either!

If you want to see more about Your Tea then check out their Instagram page @yourtea , or @yourtinytea for the teaTOX I did! If you've tried this tea for yourself I would love to hear what you thought, if you like you can leave a comment on my video review here!

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DOUBLED UP

2ND APRIL 2015
OUTFITS
LISTENING TOO: ONE NIGHT ONLY - PLASTICINE ♫ Top - Newlook, leather jacket - Primark, duster jacket - Urban Outfitters, jeans - Primark, trainers - Nike, sunglasses - Topman, cross necklace - Topman, rings - Bloody Mary Metal


A casual day out getting some lunch calls for an excuse to wear my new trainers. On Instagram I posted a picture of two big red Nike shoe boxes and one of them contained this pair I recently got from one of the outlet stores for nearly 70% off and was very happy with myself about finding such a gem! I've been eyeing up all black trainers for some time now and these ones fit the bill pretty perfectly. Nike always come up trumps with their trainers, weather you're looking for a seriously snazzy pair that stick out like a sore thumb a-la Kanye West, or if you're into the more minimalist sort then they definitely cater for you too. I always think it's worth checking eBay if you want a more rare pair or if you don't have a Nike store near you, as they can have some really unique ones at a decent price - if the seller isn't too stupid - and it's better then heading to your local Office or Schuh where it's all the same sort of thing.

These ones are perfectly suited for me, they're simple, easy to style and look that little bit retro. When I bought them the shop assistant gave them to me in a different shoe box to it's original so I'm not completely sure on the model of them, but I'm almost certain they're the Nike Pegasus, what number comes after them I do not know. What I do know, though, is that Amazon have a huge variety online so check them out!

As well as wearing a new pair of trainers, I tried out something else new today, a doubled up jacket. I really wanted to wear my duster coat for a bit of a Stockholm street-style vibe but new I would completely freeze so I had an a-ha moment and layered my leather jacket under it. I liked the look of the doubled lapels and mixed texture so this was another moment I was happy with myself for! Don't worry though I soon got knocked down a peg or two when I noticed I had rolled one of my trouser legs up and the other one down which made me look totally lopsided, thankfully this moment wasn't captured but it did leave me a little red-faced afterwards. I'm not all that wonderful!

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HOLIDAY SNAPS

30TH MARCH 2015
LIFESTYLE

Hello again! I'm back from my holiday in Lanzarote, in fact I've been back for a week now but as soon as we got back home at 5am, (due to being delayed) I then had to sleep for 2 hours and get back up again and get on a train to Bristol. From then on it's been work, work, work and I feel like I still haven't recovered from my lack of sleep last week. Boo!

Anyway, I'm back to blogging after a lovely week away with my mother and sister. A much needed and from what I feel, deserved break! We enjoyed ourselves and although it wasn't always good weather we still had a great time with each other.

I thought I'd share some pictures I took while there, there's a tone of pictures of palm trees and cactus so I tried to whittle them down to only a few. If you follow me on my Instagram (@tigerlilyblog) then you may have already seen a couple of these snaps, but there are a few here I'm yet to share.

So, back to reality and loathing the rubbish weather of Britain, fab!

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