ONE FOR THE LADIES IN MY LIFE

This ones for my Mum, and all of the special women in my life. Today is Mothers Day, and this week we also welcomed back International Women's Day with open arms. This past week has been all about sharing our appreciation for incredible females, and even though I spend a lot of my time spreading the love in their general direction, I've certainly been feeling the love back recently. It doesn't take much to pay someone a compliment, and it will only cost five minutes of your time to send a nice text to a loved one, so there Is no reason we can't all take the time to share the thoughts we have in our hearts on any day of the year,

not just these dedicated days

.

As I've grown older, I've learnt that saying a few nice words to a person can give a lot of joy to both parties. I adore sending positive vibes and making everyone feel warm and fuzzy, and getting it in return can be just as nice. I know not a lot of us enjoy being given a compliment, it certainly makes me blush and go from 0-100 on the social awkwardness scale. But I've learnt to embrace it and take it all on board by appreciating myself more.

On IWD, I had so many beautiful messages from females I know both in real life, and through the internet. I was feeling warm inside all day, and to be honest I have never in my life felt more great about myself as a person. Knowing a few people enjoy what I do and embrace my personality is honestly incredible and I couldn't be more grateful for it.

Blogging is a difficult community to get my head around sometimes, there's a lot of negativity surrounding it and I struggle to handle those bad vibes. I hate the competitiveness and pettiness, and honestly I have felt that in my own life recently. I am a teeny,

tiny

blogger on the big scale of things, I'm barely even a blogger if you think about the other amazing people that put their heart and souls into it, working full time to produce their content.

But

, I am still a creative and I have suffered with the online struggles that come along with it. I have turned a leaf and realised that it's not about the hate and the conflict, the people that bring you down are not the ones you need to keep in your life. I had my moment of realisation when I received these direct messages, and I thank you to those who sent them, because you have honestly changed my view on myself and the life I lead.

So with that I want to say a big personal thank you. Thank you to everyone who supports me and has made me the way I am today. I love and appreciate so many of you, the ones I have met since the start of my blogging journey, and the ones that I've known since the beginning of my young adult life. And of course,

my Mother

.

Happy Mothers day, you rock my world. I decided to share these images with this post because we're taking a trip to see The Rolling Stones this year, and there is no one else I'd rather go with. I'm seeing my dream band with my best friend, and I am completely grateful for that. For those of you who aren't spending this day with your parent for one of many reasons, then spend your day fulfilling other people with all of the love you have to give, because it's not just Mothers who need it on a day like today.

I also want to say thank you to

Kaye

, who shot these images and all of my new content for me. She is incredibly talented and someone I want to give my appreciation to this week. Thank you for slaying these photos, I am so over the moon with them and all of the work you create! I ended up spending IWD with her and a few of my other favourite ladies which brought so much joy to my day.

I LOVE YOU ALL!

TOP - THE ROLLING STONES 

DRESS -

TOPSHOP

BOOTS -

DR MARTENS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

KAYE FORD

POWER TO PLAYBOY

When some people think of

Playboy

they think of pornography, cheap, dirty pornography. But, I'm a firm believer it's a magazine that embraces woman and their bodies. Granted, it's risque and can be seedy at times but whats wrong with the way we decide capture the naked body anyway?! Whether it's full nude or not - it's art, it's daring and it's cool. Some of my favorite ladies have graced the covers of their magazine, looking flawless and doing it for girl power. It gets a lot of stick but for me it's a powerful publication that I stand by. We need to forget about the men behind it and look at all of the amazing work and imagery these woman have created by showcasing their powerful bodies and not giving a fuck. I've looked up to these ladies for years and always adored their courage and confidence, these include models like

Ashley Smith

,

Zippora Seven

and

Taylor LaShae

to name a few. I aspire to be like these powerful individuals and seeing them achieve a goal like this is inspiring and great for my personal self confidence. Another strong reason to enjoy Playboy is the care free mentality towards models and their size, by using incredible '

plus size

' women like the unreal

Molly Constable

. We read fashion magazines and view the photo spreads within them, but nudity isn't there, females are covered and the chance of seeing a plus size model is unlikely. Times are changing and we need to move with it, freeing a nipple or exploring peoples unique beauty needs to become the norm and not something we turn our noses up at.

Playboy is that publication for me

.

People spend their lives being shocked and disgusted about the way we choose to display our bodies, whether it's through the power of social media or even the way we dress. Wearing a crop top or a pair of shorts just that bit too short can make people tut and sigh, but why do we care so much about what others think? I use my platforms as a way to embrace my body and I spend most of my time on these sites commenting with love about these images that showcase the beauty of these people. I'm pro nudity in any form, be it through art or through lifestyle. I don't turn my nose at a photo on Instagram that shows too much boob, or feel ashamed when I see a nipple. We need to take away the blur and not care about those who find our bodies so damn offencive.

You know what the sad thing is? This outfit might be deemed as '

too sexy

' because I'm broadcasting Playboy and I choose to wear a pair of tight leather trousers. But my care level is at zero and I'm expressing myself and my opinions though the power of fashion. We have these tools around us and the clothing to help us become the people we are. I'll often wear a motif tee with a powerful expression on, and I'm forever wearing the same leather jacket that is covered in badges that promote LGBT and peace. This is who I am and I want to share it with the world, not hide it because I'm afraid of what others might think of me.

If you are passionate about something and want to shout about it, then do it! We have a voice that is made to be expressive, so don't hide and think about all these things you could do but won't because of the fear of judgement. Your opinions might be different to mine, and

that's OK too

. The beauty of the human race is our difference in personalities so express it with true pride!

WHAT I WORE 

TOP - PLAYBOY

TROUSERS - MISSGUIDED

BOOTS - DR MARTENS

GLASSES - FOREVER 21

LEARNING TO LET GO

I've had many friends in life, those who I still consider to be close to, and those who have slipped right through the net of life. The ones you think about when you see a Facebook post telling the world they're newly engaged or moved in with their partner, to which you make the effort to congratulate them by having a light catch-up - don't roll your eyes at me,

I KNOW

you've done this before! It sounds savage, being so honest about it, but I think I've finally become a person that doesn't want to hold on to old '

friendships

', because what's the point when you've moved on and so have they? I think you get to a certain age and it suddenly hits you, '

who are my true friends?

', you start to eliminate the people you no longer want to spend your free time with and focus on the ones you do. When you become an adult you don't have a lot of time for socializing like you did in school, it's a whole different ball game now.

In school you'd spend five days a week with 20 or more pupils, learning everything about them and who they are, then forming special connections with a selected handful. You were able to hang out after school, walk home together and play GTA non-stop until mum said it was dinner time. Now, I find it hard to switch on my XBOX for anything but catch-up TV in the background of a working situation,

on my own

. You'd be able to have fun

all day

on the weekends and be nothing but totally free, I'd head to the beach with a few of my friends, sitting in the sand dunes for hours listening to The Killers on repeat until it was finally time to get fish and chips, drag that on for a bit and wait for a call from my mum to tell me dinners at 7pm, not what I wanted after stuffing my gullet full on fried goods. But that was my early teenage years, nearly total freedom and no adult responsibilities. Friendship isn't an adult job, it's something we cherish and adore, but when you out grow your teens you start to wonder if you'll ever keep in touch with the people you had these memories with, or if they'd forget all about you once they'd moved off to new places. This was me, picture the scene... Just out of college, not wanting to spend another minute of my time studying, but watching all of my friends apply for University, getting in and leaving me on my own. It was a lonely time but one that certainly grew me as a person.

What else was there to do but think?

My parents tell me it gets harder, your best friends form new lives, get married, have a baby and then you only ever see them for the celebration of a new life in

their

life, another person to take them away from you. It all sounds incredibly selfish and very doom and gloom, but it's the cold hard truth. You grow up, learn to let go and live your life as is, with a close knit group of friends while the rest is history. It's funny how we think our school friends will be best friends forever, we look towards the future and imagine living together, holidaying in a hot country and being each others Maid of Honor. That was all I wanted when I was fifteen, but now it's a very distant memory. We all grow up and most importantly,

we change

, more often then we think. I've grown to love change and enjoy new possibilities when they arrive, this included friendship. The past year I've made some great new friends, and I hope these stick. I'm 24 this year and I want to make all the time in the world for the best friends I have today, and learn to say goodbye the ones that have left my life for good. I'm embracing the new and not spending too much time thinking about the old, as I think reflecting on the past can be dangerous. That's not to say I regret or don't miss my old pals, I very much do. But it's also nice to remember those times for what they are and leave it at that.

I'm a dreamer

, I often go into a world of my own and think about my life all those years ago, while looking forward to new beginnings. New friends come and they go, but I'll be embracing every one that comes my way and treasuring it for what it is, whether it's here for the long run or the short. I think it's good to enjoy it and if it loses it spark, that's OK too, it's still a memory.

I've said farewell to 'BFF'S' and made new ones, and I don't regret anything because some people just aren't for me. Life throws obstacles at you and situations don't work out the way you think they will. Over the New Year period a lot of people were talking about making a conscious effort to get rid of toxic people, the ones that put you down and don't make your life enjoyable. This is a good way of thinking, who need's a bad friend in their life when they have others anyway? And if not, will be sure to make some a long the way. It's best not to get caught up in these things and think about yourself, because if there is one thing I've learnt in my (

almost

) 24 years of life, it's that we need to focus on ourselves more often. We don't need negativity surrounding us when life is hard as is, it's all about making it  as much as a positive experience as humanly possible.

I love everyone in my life right now, and I'm so excited to meet new people and see what the rest of my young adult life has in store for me. Now's the time when I'll be meeting the most inspiring and incredible people, and I couldn't be more ready for it. I've released my sadness about losing touch with old friends and keep reminding myself that the best is still yet to come...

WHAT I WORE

SHIRT -

WASITE VINTAGE*

FLARES -

TOPSHOP

HAT - H&M 

JEWELERY -

BLOODY MARY METAL

& VINTAGE

I'M WITH THE BAND

The main idea of this weeks post was to bring you images from the beach and the beauty of nature, but like I mentioned in my

previous post

, it was utterly freezing and couldn't bare shooting every single piece in these climates. That being said though it seemed to be for the best, and a couple of the vintage pieces hand picked by

Sarah

from

Waiste Vintage

were made to be worn indoors surrounded by retro furnishings and a guitar or two. I decided to get warm and get back to it by shooting a few more photo sets in my boyfriends family home, which happens to be swimming with old school items that made for the perfect backdrop.

I've always enjoyed the idea of a sweater vest but never found one I'd commit to wearing, as sometimes they can be a little dorky and a bit

too

grandpa influenced.

Waiste Vintage

have pulled through with this one having sourced the most glorious rainbow stripe knit which makes it a very cool version of the not so cool sleeveless jumper. This ones also got a sister, so just you wait till you see the other colour way. It's a vintage dead stock item so they're one of a kind, and certainly not something you'll find these days.

You've got to love vintage!

You can't dress like a retro babe and not wear a pair of flares,

agreed?

My boyfriend decided to tell me I look mumsy in this specific pair, but that wont stop me from donning my favourite jeans whenever I please. Let's just say he doesn't appreciate retro things as much as me,

bummer

, I've finally found a fault in my perfect other half...

Anyway, I'm a total sucker for a pair of extra flared jeans no matter how much I look like my mother (

I would want to look liker her any day, to be honest

). These ones were bought vintage too, not from

Waiste

but from a little charity shop in Bristol. There's something unique about wearing an outfit that's nearly all been bought second hand, and I'm yet to find a pair of flares that fit me as good as these do -

my flat arse actually looks peachy!

I've done my favourite double denim trick with my jeans and baker boy, which by the way is the ultimate accessory to nail the seventies trend! I've also clashed some pattern with my snake print boots to really top off the outfit. I was going for a '

I'm With the Band

' look, a look you'd think I'd of nailed by now considering I'm surrounded by musicians fairly often.

This photo set was inspired by the back stage shots of musicians and their friends on tour by

Neal Preston

, a man whose work I have adored since I was a teenager. His back stage shots of Jimmy Page and Stevie Nicks are photographs that have stayed with me for years, so I took a little inspiration from him and made my own by using more colour and less musicians.

WHAT I WORE

VEST -

WAISTE VINTAGE*

JEANS - VINTAGE 

BOOTS - TOPSHOP 

HAT - TK MAXX 

NECKLACE -

JULY CHILD*

HOUSE OF HEARTS BY SISTER JANE | PART ONE

If there was ever a suit to give Harry Styles a run for his money, this would be it! Styles, move over, there's a new suit in town and it's

NOT

Gucci...

I got the glorious opportunity to shoot a select few items to celebrate the launch of new collection '

House of Hearts

' by

Sister Jane

. I was allowed a sneak peek at the lookbook before heading into their beautiful boutique store on Notting Hill's famous Portobello Road, so I knew before I even entered the building that I'd try and snap up this two-piece. Being a lover of all things tailoring (

and Harry Styles

), I knew I had to do a shoot in this suit. I'm all about bold prints and making a statement, and this outfit certainly turned a lot of heads when I took it for a ride at a party that was swimming with big fashion names. Safe to say it did it's job and a lot of people left with

Sister Jane

at the back of their minds, which apart from saying

hello

to Noel Gallagher (

we've got a name dropper over here!

), was my aim of the evening.

SUIT -

SISTER JANE

* | ROLL NECK - PRIMARK | HEELS - PRIMARK | SOCKS -

TOPSHOP

As well as wearing this suit to an event, I also took it with me on a short trip away. Harry spoilt me with a surprise visit to a beautiful cabin to celebrate our anniversary, and with me always having photo opportunities in my head, I obviously thought of all the great places to snap a pic or two. Our cabin was the perfect place to create my own little lookbook for

Sister Jane

. Their collection needed a vintage vibe with muted scenery to really make the pieces pop.

Sister Jane

as a brand hold a real sense of retro within what they create, so keeping with that theme was easy once settled into our cosy cabin for the evening. There were hints of seventies with the Marshall radio and kitch furniture, I really couldn't of found a better place to shoot! It was a photographers dream location.

I wanted to team the outfit with something I hadn't done for a good year or two, and that's socks and sandals. Ewe, socks and sandals? I know, it sounds like something your father would do on a beach holiday to Devon, but it can actually be done in a more ~

fashion

~ way. I wanted to ditch the boots and wear a heel, but wearing them as they were wasn't doing much for me. Adding a pair of glitter ankle socks just worked, and made the look more editorial and took it back a few eras. This has definitely sparked the urge for me to wear socks with any open-toe shoe I own, so prepare to see me in this combo all through the up and coming party season.

Honestly, this might just be the best outfit I have ever worn. I'm head over heels for the entire combo! There is also nothing quite like wearing the outfit of your dreams while being surrounded by woodlands, listening to Roxette and having pure love around you. I've never felt so special then I did this day. Thank you to Harry for taking me away for a much needed retreat, and thank you to Sister Jane for letting me look my best while there. I think I've hit my peak with this one, I don't think it gets much better than this...

This suit isn't all I managed to get my hands on though, I've got two more photosets coming up that I just cannot wait to share. If you're yet to visit the

Sister Jane

store, I highly suggest you take a trip. It's ideally located next to blogger fav café,

Farm Girl

, which means you can Instagram your brunch and then head in store and try on some dreamy garms.

'

House of Hearts

' has just launched online so you can browse from the comforts of your own home also!

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!
 

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!

DON'T BE AFFRAID TO UNFOLLOW


Approximately two days ago I wrote this tweet (try to ignore my low battery, I did place it on charge after this don't worry). It ended up being a thought that a lot of other people agreed with, which actually shocked me. The reason I wrote this tweet was because of some activity on my time line that same day. This particular activity was actually someone saying how rude and unsupportive they thought it was that a woman they followed, had unfollowed them on all of their socials. This tweet said person wrote got a lot of people replying, saying they agreed it was rude and totally uncalled for. Sorry? It’s not OK to unfollow someone? This really didn’t sit right to me.


Life’s all about change, it changes more often than we think. So what’s wrong with us wanting to change what we see on our feeds? It almost comes hand in hand with our every day life. I started to ponder about this and think of ways I could describe why this is OK. So, here’s what I thought of... Think of it as a trend, let’s use gingham as an example here. Gingham has been around for a while and has become something I’ve fallen out of love with, I don’t enjoy still seeing it in the shops or on the runway, I’m over it. Here's another example, remember when your mother got wind that you like that dinner she cooked up that one time, so she constantly made it until you couldn't stand it anymore (we’d still eat it though because food is food, am I right?). Stupid examples aside, we don’t always enjoy the things we did previously.

I’ve followed YouTubers in the past that I absolutely adored, but then I got bored of their content (especially those who started click-baiting) so I unsubscribed with no guilt at all. I’ve even gone too and from creators, enjoying them one month and going off them the next. I’m sure influencers know this is the pattern of their followers. I mean, how many people who watched Zoella six years ago, still watch her today? I grew out of her content because it’s aimed to a younger audience, and I’ve grown up. I still enjoy the idea of her as a person because she does seem like a total cutie, but that’s besides the point, I won’t sit and watch her vlogs every week because it just doesn’t appeal to me anymore.

People’s style changes too, we are in a world where new trends and brands appear constantly, and we change along with them. If someone’s personal style evolves, who’s to say we’ll still enjoy seeing their content anymore? We change, you change, and that’s OK.





Whether blogging is a job or a hobby, I think we need to look at it as a business. I rarely follow a personal friend outside of the blogging world on Instagram or Twitter, because I feel like I don’t need to see their content. I use these platforms for my blog and getting reach of other like-minded creatives, not to know what my friends been up to, because more often than not I spoke to them thirty minutes prior anyway, but mostly because it doesn’t matter to me in a blogging/business sense.

If we followed every person we ever met outside or inside of the blogging circle, we wouldn’t be keeping true to ourselves. Let’s be real, we’re not going to like everyone we meet (and if you do you’re a far nicer individual than me) so why bother following them? I think it’s more rude to follow people we’re not even fond of, because that’s two-faced, and why on earth would you even want to see their content anyway?!

This has sparked me to do a big unfollow on twitter which felt pretty good, and it's almost made me enjoy it more as a platform. I've made it a place I now like to go and really see what the people I adore most are creating. I may come across as cruel, and not everyone will agree with my words here, but I’m being real and so should you. It is OK to use that unfollow button if and when we please. It’s your life and your time line and we have the luxury of choosing what we see.

Of course there is always the mute button, which might seem less harsh. But wouldn't it be really awkward if you get asked wether you've seen their latest tweet?! I couldn't handle that, I'd rather the grown swallow me whole. It's an option though, and if this suits you better than I say go for it, but hopfully whoever it may be would understand. Let's face it, I'm sure you wouldn't be unfollowing people who you do conversate with all the time anyway, right? 

Whatever the case may be, we as bloggers don’t have a oath to fulfil, it’s not our rite of passage to support everyone we find on the internet. Remember - life is forever changing, and so is our time lines.

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

CARTER GORE | TATTOO CANDY


I'm always swooning over the incredible jewellery brands that surround me, I follow far too many Instagram accounts posting beautifully layered pieces on incredibly gorgeous models, which makes me want to buy more and more necklaces', but to tell you the truth, I really don't need any. I've found something that's certainly filled the shiny necklace shaped hole I had in my life, because although I own so many already, I can always make room for a new one...


One thing I love is finding new brands, it's so exciting having new places to shop instead of relying on the usual suspects to pull through in a desperate time of need.

So, I wanted to share my latest piece with you and talk about a brand thats currently on my radar. That brand is Carter Gore, a sleek, totally unique and edgy brand. They very kindly sent me something from their new Tattoo Candy collection, which suits me down to the ground. Not just because I have a few tattoos here and there, but because I'm a sucker for a cool looking pendent, which is what the Tattoo Candy collection is all about. 

It's safe to say that this collection is like nothing I've seen before, the pendants are quirky yet intricate and display a lot of personality. I got asked to pick the design I wanted, but I couldn't decide between three different ones so I asked them to pick for me, I was grateful to be sent anything. The funny thing is they chose the one that probably suit me most, the Texas Longhorn Pendant. Maybe thats because my Clint Eastwood tattoo gives away my love for anything located in a south western state... 

I'm yet to take it off as it goes so beautifully with my silver cross. I'm totally in love the two of them together that I might of even mastered the art of the layered look that only 'cool girls' seem to get right. I've not mastered it quite as successfully as the babes on Vanessa Mooneys socials, but I'm getting there!

The necklaces' come in an option of two different lengths, so if you're into more of a longer look then no fear, you can pick what's best for you. They've got a wide range of pendants for all sorts of interests, for example, if you're a fan of a prickly friend then you should probably have a look at the very cute varieties of succulents. There's even the choice of your preferred breed of dog (dachshund obviously). 

There's probably something perfect for you on Carter Gore. If you're after something new, or even looking for a gift then check out their collections as I'm sure you'll find something you'll fall in love with!

DRESS - PRETTY LITTLE THING | TEXAS LONG HORN PENDANT - CARTER GORE*

LET'S SUPPORT EACHOTHER


Today's post is simple, I won't be talking about my outfit and where I got my clothes from. Instead, I'm going to talk about something a little more interesting, and something that needs to be talked about far more often in the 'blogosphere'. It could be a touchy subject for some, but I don't see why, it's vital that we be open and honest when we put ourselves out there online. We are constantly being judged on our sites, on our social media feeds and through our gram. I think it's time we stepped back, took a look at whats surrounding us and hold fire on the negativity. So, take a seat with me and let's get talking about a subject that needs to be touched on...



BODY - ASOS | BLAZER - TOPSHOP | JEANS - PULL & BEAR | BOOTS - DR MARTENS | HAT - TOPSHOP | SUNGLASSES - DEPOP | BELT - PRIMARK | NECKLACE AND RINGS - BLOODY MARY METAL



I'm talking about kindness, simple, easy, kindness - or so you'd think. I've been viewing my twitter feed for the last week and in all honestly, it's left me feeling completely negative towards the online world. It's known that it can be a place where bullying and 'troll's exist, but in the small part that I see? I'm shocked. Every fourth tweet was a moan about a big blogger doing something wrong, or a judgmental comment on anothers appearance, or someone shitting on what another believes in. It's all a mess, quite honestly. Of course there are people who don't involve themselves in the drama, who stay well out of the way and just enjoy the content their influencers produce, which to me is how it should be. Unless someone you adore has done something brutally wrong, then I say don't join in on the crowd that constantly bring others down.

I'm not painting myself out to be some saint that never has a bad word to say about anyone, I'm not by any means. But, I value myself in being genuine and loyal to my friends in the small community I'm involved with. If I don't like something, I'll say it to them personally, not make a sly comment for everyone to see and reply to on social media. I feel we all get carried away with the hype and feel like we have to step in and join the hoards of people who are talking about a trending subject. I especially feel this way when it comes to those of a high calibre, huge influencers are throwing shade left, right and centre and that's just not acceptable. I'm fed up of this draining vibe across all platforms right now, which brings me on to my next topic of conversation, something that could be totally positive and supportive for a lot of you.

It's time to talk about The Girls Club, a new project I've started with my two friends Georgie and India, that will hold zero negativity, just pure and real creativeness! You've probably seen me go on about this for a few weeks now, but it's something I'm passionate about so it wont be stopping anytime soon! The great thing about The Girls Club is that it's going to be a place where you and so many others can get involved with. We aim to make it a website where we hold all forms of creativity, be it photoshoots, videos, creative writings - literally anything! All we hope is that we can work together and create some bad ass content with help from us all.

We at The Girls Club have already been working hard with brands to create some super cool content, and are planning so much more for the future. If it all sounds like something you'd like to get involved with, then we would love to have you! Read more about it on The Girls Club website, where our first post was a talk through of it all, so you can get the gist of it over there. We've been blown away by the messages and support already and we can't wait to get you guys involved too. We want to empower you all of you creative females and give you a place to be your true self, and make something you can be proud of for the world to see. Make sure to follow us on our socials @thegirlsclub__ to keep up to date with new opportunities and posts, and again, we cannot thank you enough for the support already!

With that, I leave you with this... It's so important to keep the online blogging world as kind as we can, I know people fuck up and it's not always fun and games. But if we try our hardest to keep it a safe environment, I think it can go back to the old school ways it once was, where it was support after support and purely amazing posts about all things lifestyle and fashion. I find it incredible that influencers are taking a step back and writing about everything in life, it's inspiring and motivating that they are using their voice for the greater good, not the bad.

Before I sign off, I also want to say a massive congrats to all the babes that got shortlisted for the Bloggers Blog Awards, you are all so deserving of this achievement. I look up to you all and hope you smash it in the future!

THE PARISIAN CLASSIC


If you're a really hip blogger, then you would of read How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are  many moons ago. Literally, everyone who is anyone was Instagraming this book (it is very beautiful and certainly worthy of a pic on the grid - guilty!). This book has a big place in my heart, although being a lover of Caroline De Maigret makes that easy. Since purchasing over three years ago, I still go to this hardback for constant inspiration. It's obvious Parisian style is one of the most influential, what with IT girls taking bits from their everyday, easy to wear outfits on the daily. We see everyone wearing a stripe, rocking a blazer and these hats, well they're everywhere! You might not realise it, but you take more from the incredible French girls and their laid-back, edgy style than you think! I know I do...












I've gone for the absolute classic that is a stripe, also known as a Breton stripe. Did you know that traditionally this came from the French navy? Clearly a nautical pattern, but can be worn in so many different ways. I myself DO  NOT opt for a sea-like attire, you'll wont see an anchor in sight here! If you're looking for ways to dress at the beach, you've come to the wrong place. I've styled it to fit my usual, 90's grunge style instead.

I've donned the laid-back vibe keeping thoughts of the French in mind. I recently purchased these skater jeans from Asos, expecting them to be hideous on. Baggy jeans rarely fit my shape, but these are THE perfect style for me. They are the a mix between baggy but still feminine, being tighter on my (flat) bum than my legs. I've certainly become obsessed with these jeans, so much so that I've ordered more pairs... Skater jeans, you are my new love!

My usual accessories have come out to play. I wear my Raybans and baker boy hat nearly everyday, knowing I will never be as cool as Clémence Poésy, but a girl can try...

SWEATER - BERSHKA (sale) | JEANS - LIQUOR & POKER VIA ASOS | BOOTS - DR MARTENS | SOCKS - TOPSHOP | HAT - ASOS (similar) | SUNGLASSES - RAY BAN

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?


CJ SHOOTS | VICKY GALLAGHER & GEMMA EDWARDS



Hello to Instagram babes Vicky Gallagher and Gemma Edwards! I met these two mega beautiful and seriously cool girls through the wonders of social media, honestly, I've met some of the best people through Instagram I feel I should personally thank it somehow...

We spent a sunny Sunday in Camden and Primrose Hill shooting numerous outfits including some of their own retro garms and some hand-picked pieces from vintage store E.R. Saloon run by the equally beautiful Eliza Moore. I was jealous of the pair of them all day in their ultra seventies looks that where made to be worn by them both. I'm especially in love with the pin-stripe jeans, can we find me a pair and wear them together in the hopes of looking just as bad ass as you two?



To see the whole shoot head to the portfolio section of my site.

Looking back at this shoot reminds me of how much I adore vintage clothing (not that I ever forget), it's rare you look this cool in high street clobber. So, huge thank you to E.R. Saloon for letting us style your dreamy vintage pieces and thank you to Vicky and Gemma for shooting with me, it was an absolute pleasure!

PHOTODIARY | BARCELONA



If you follow me on Instagram I apologise now for the spam of photographs that you've already seen! But, I wanted to share all of my images from my camera roll with you over here as well. Instead of using my camera (that I lugged all the way from my home in Bristol, all the way to London then to Barcelona for no reason) I decided to shoot purely using my new iPhone 7+, which is now my go-to accessory. I would be lost without this phone, not just because of contact with the world, but because of the amazing little camera inside. All of these images were shot on portrait mode, the only mode I use for shooting now. I'm stunned at the result and now only take my digital when I really need it, instead of carrying it around every single time I leave the house.

Instead of writing about my recent trip to Barcelona, I though I'd share it in photo-form. If you were wondering what we got up to on our five day vacation I'll summarise it for you. We walked, drank (a lot), ate, shopped endlessly, and sun bathed for a total of three hours. What more could you want from a city break?! We had a glorious time and didn't let the three day raining period stop us from having a good time. I was still happy to wear my super sexy one-piece even if it was for a few short hours. So, enjoy some snaps from my trip! I'm heading to Norway on Friday so if you want to see what I get up to you can follow me around on Instagram here.



PS - Thank you Harry for taking me away for a much needed break! 

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY


First off, happy International Women's Day! We don't need a day purely to celebrate our women's rights, we should be celebrating it on the daily. But neither the less, it's amazing seeing men and women across the globe shouting about it constantly for a glorious 24 hours. Let's keep it going!

My heart goes out to my mother today, the woman who helped me become the person I am. She taught me how important it is to love yourself, support your rights and fight for equality. Not only does my beautiful mother give me the courage I need, but the dozens of inspiring gals in the world of blogging give me light and a huge breath of fresh air in this sometimes cruel world.

Everyday I struggle to see people on social media fighting for our rights as women, fighting those who are against us. So today, I wanted to mention my favourite blogger babes who inspire me in both their writing and their selves as bad ass feminists!

Firstly, a personal thank you to Megan Gilbrade who I have the pleasure of knowing just a little. Your writing is the most powerful I've read in a very, very long time. You write about personal challenges and it gives me a whole lot of strength when I need it most. Knowing you're not alone in life is so important, and Megan reminds me of that when she gets real with us on her beautiful blog. You're doing so well, please never stop being you!

TOP - TEE & CAKE | SKIRT - TOPSHOP | BOOTS - TOPSHOP | TIGHTS - PRIMARK | SUNGLASSES - MATALAN

Secondly I'm saying cheers to my gal pal Chloe Plumstead, a loud and proud feminist who I absolutely adore. Chloe wrote a big something last year titled, 'Feminism: Can We Blog About it More Please', a piece of writing that has stuck with me for nearly a year now. It stuck with me because of the truth told within the post, and the sheer amount women commenting and sharing their thoughts and stories with us all. Coming together as a community is unreal to see and like Chloe says, we need to shout about it more. Whether it's sex, equality or other taboos - we need to use our voices! She has surely helped me gain confidence to be my extroverted self and with that, keep on being the sassy little feminist you are!



I dont want to take away from the importance of this post, so I'll briefly mention about my outfit. I'm in nearly head-to-toe Topshop, no shock there! Topshop are owning the high street with their range of 'girl power' pieces. I paired my skirt with the sassiest metallic pink mini skirt, which is my favourite piece in my wardrobe at the moment. I've had so many compliments on it, the only thing is when I say mini I fucking mean it, I'm pretty sure you can see my butt cheeks - still cute though!

I'll leave on a thank you, a thank you to every single person out there who credits themself on being a feminist. We have the power to overcome the vast negitivity that still surrounds this strong and powerful word, so let's do this!

MONDAY MIXTAPE | FAMILY JOOLS | 23.1.17



My latest music obsession comes from the Bristol based four piece indie/rock and roll band Family Jools, who give off some serious vintage vibes. In a recent review from Rebel Noise (read the full article here) premiering their latest single 'Get Off', the band got related to The Beatles which was a huge deal to the band. Who wouldn't want to be related to the most influential rock band of all time?! For most musicians that's an achievement in it's self, and the first of many for the boys.



Their latest single really is special, I haven't heard anything to this calibre for a long time. It's a throw back to simpler times where bands would sit in their home-grown studio bashing out melodies with rough sound recordings and raw, dreamy vocals. Front man George has a unique voice that fits perfectly with the style of music they want to create. I've been to a few gigs they've headlined and it's even better in person which is an impressive skill to acquire, especially when creating these sorts of tracks that you'd think would only sound good on tape. George gets so involved screaming his raspy tones to the crowd and it's truly mesmerising, infact, It's so good I can picture Lennon smiling to himself peacefully, smitten over his rock and roll legacy still living on in up and coming, modern bands like Family Jools.

The boys are heading for good things in the future, having played a tone of recent gigs in places like Camden, and even scoring a Sofar Sounds session. Not only that but Fred Perry Subculture picked them as the ones to watch for 2017, which is highly impressive. You can see what all my hype is about by finding their tracks on Spofity, Apple Music, or iTunes. I've also added them to my Monthly Mix tape playlist on the left side of this page if you want a quick listen here and now!



I'll leave you with their latest video for their track 'Get Off'. Be prepared for a piano-riddled tune with laid-back North Soul attributes. It's a pleasure knowing these boys personally and can't wait to see it all unfold for them. Hopefully I'll have the complete joy of shooting them soon, so there will be plenty more coming up from me and these lads in the future!



  GIG LIST:
30th Nov - LONDON - Fiddlers Elbow
15th Dec - LONDON - The Monarch
7th Jan - STAG + HOUNDS, Bristol

11th Jan - THE MONARCH , London
19th Jan - SOFAR SOUNDS - London
3rd Feb - THIS FEELING, Bristol
3rd Feb - St James Wine Vaults - Bath
26th Feb - Louisiana - Bristol


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THE BLUES | 18.1.17



It's come to my attention that the January Blues is real and not some made up bull people go through after the Christmas season is over because there's no more delicious food or presents to be had. I and the majority around me are struggling with a serious case of sadness and low energy, so I'm blaming it on the month, sounds logical? Probably not, but I find it bizarre that so many of us are feeling down with ourselves and our lives at the moment. For me, it's a struggle to get up for work in the morning and always end up thinking 'what am I even doing with my life?'. I could feel like everyone surrounding me is also feeling this because of our age. For young twenty somethings it's hard to be motivated when you're in a job you don't want as a career and spend most of our time there instead of out having a blast. Sadly, we've got to head to our sluggish jobs and make money to pay the landlords, and we can't reach for our dream jobs because it's not deemed realistic. Paying bills is more important than packing it all in and heading for the dream, which is bound to make you feel down.




Top - Topshop by And Finally...
Overalls - Topshop (similar)
Chocker - Primark
Necklace - Bloody Mary Metal
Rings - Bloody Mary Metal and Brandy Melville





I've been thinking over and over about what I want to do in my life and to be honest, I have no clue. Having no fucking idea on where I want to be in five years time is mighty worrying and makes me feel like I'm wasting away somewhere I really don't want to be. But, what else can I do when I don't know what I even want to do? It's all so confusing and has my head in a black cloud of self judgement and hatred. Why haven't I got any serious goals? Why haven't I done anything to be really proud of yet? I'm twenty two years old and still plodding along waiting for something to magically happen to make it all OK.

It's hard to feel 100% happy every hour of everyday, I get that. But it's not ideal when you go through these rough patches of doubt and sadness. I'm hoping once these dreaded January Blues are over I'll be feeling much more motivated and confident about myself and my life because in reality, my life is nothing to complain about.

I've written a few posts like this in the past, about how the daily struggles are a lot to battle with but it's good to have ramble and remember it isn't all that bad. We may not be as successful as the people we aspire to be, but we have so much to give and we will get there. I'm replaying that in my mind to keep me going through this horrible, horrible month of misery. I hope you're all feeling positive for this new year, but if you've been hit by the curse then trust me, it'll be over soon! We'll come out the other side and absolutely smash it!

On a lighter note, I've got my flared overalls back out of the wardrobe as I just had to pair them with my new denim choker. This is double denim done in a whole new, subtler way. As subtle as a piece of denim around your neck can be that is. I may be feeling tad blue but at least my outfits making me feel sassy, there's nothing quite like a killer ensemble to cheer you up a bit!


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ZEPHER FT. THE SHANTICS CO HEADLINE GIG @ THE FLEECE BRISTOL | 10.1.17



On Friday the boys of The Shantics came to visit, not only to see me (joking) but to play at Bristols finest gig venue, The Fleece. They co-headlined with Zepher, who I've written and photographed many times before - have a read! I was pretty excited when they got the gig as I've only seen them practise in their very cool and cosy band room, so this was a right treat for me. You could say I'm a fan girl of the band, being friends with the boys in general helps I suppose. Friendship aside though, these boys are next level songwriters and performers. So, me and Louis of Zepher got together a big group of our nearest and dearest to watch the magic happen. It ended up being a fun night full of tipsy antics and brilliant music.


 
THE SHANTICS |  YouTube | Spotify | Instagram | Facebook | Official Website
 


ZEPHER | Youtube | Facebook | Instagram

The night started off with a couple of local bands, but sadly we missed them play due to taking far too long to get ready, typical of us girls. We managed to get there half an hour before The Shantics were due to go on so we ordered in the drinks, took our positions and waited for start of Colour Wheel to kick in. They played a set list of songs that are yet to be released which sadly means I can't share them with you. You can keep updated on their social media like me though, I'm waiting patiently for their next release so I can add it to my Spotify and listen at my leisure. There isn't a single track I'm not a fan of so I'm buzzing to see what these boys get up to in the future, It's going to be one hell of a ride! Their first self produced single, Maybe I... is available to listen to on both YouTube and Spotify so you should add it to your play list right away. To give it a quick listen it's available on my music player to the left of this page, or watch the official lyric video below.


After a glorious half and hour set from The Shantics, Zepher made their mark on stage, obviously killing it. Louis has started to include a tambourine in his performance which I'm super keen on, his rock and roll persona when throwing it off the stage is brilliant and certainly gets me going! They added a song or two I hadn't heard of before which was a pleasant surprise, and after spending the night before in Manchester I think they were still on a buzz that certainly rubbed off on us all. Being the entertainer he is, Louis dedicated a song to the city itself in a Mancunian accent, trying to be a Gallagher of course. All in all it was a perfect night for me, sirrounded by people the I adore most while being entertained by the boys and their ridiculous talents.

Thank you to both bands for making it a night to rememeber, let's do it all again soon!
 




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SEVENTIES STYLING WITH GOLA | 22.11.16



Time to share some things that I'm currently love with you, such as my new The Beach Boys tee, these retro Golas and the smile on my face. Life is good when you've got 12 Gold Bars playing and a pair of old school trainers on your feet, so what's not to smile about? Trainers may not be my go-to shoe of choice but they make a comfy change from a boot, these ones in particular add a seventies flare that I seriously adore. Add a pair of tube socks and a band tee and you're away, styling it up like the high-schoolers in Dazed and Confused.




 
Top - Urban Outfitters
Shorts - Levis (vintage)
Socks - American Apparel
Trainers - Gola*




Photographs by Harry Morris

These Gola Classics add a unique touch with their tobacco and dark brown exterior, you don't often see trainers in this colour way which is what I love about them most. That, and the classic two stripe design that Gola are known for. Gola are a traditional brand that create unique trainers for the modern sneaker fanatic, but also keep it retro for those of us stuck in the past. I don't often pay attention to the latest trainer trends, so I plan to stick to what I know with the Gola classic that can never fail to look cool.

I've paired my Golas with some denim shorts and my new beloved The Beach Boys tee, which brings me on to the next current love of mine. The Beach Boys are a band of the sixties but will always take me to the seventies, as some of my favourite albums they made were from that era. Take Surf's Up and L.A, my personal favourite studio albums by the band which were released a decade on from the beginning of their careers. The seventies produced some incredible music, as well as the laid-back style that has inspired me with this outfit of choice. I wish I was strolling down Venice Beach forty years prior to now in this OOTD because I know Gola would have my back even then, having made some of their greatest trainers back in that time.

Gola were the brand of the seventies, having made their iconic messenger bags which took the world by storm, making them the brand to be seen in. So, what better way to wear one of their classics and take it back to where it belongs with some retro vibes!




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