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

BURN YOUR BRA

I've been lucky enough to work with some brands that I really love recently, I'm so stoked to be able to create content with people and brands I adore. Making images and styling is my favourite thing to do, so being able to do this on the regular is quite special to me, you could say that I'm currently on cloud 9 about it. To celebrate this I've taken a trip down nostalgia lane and gone totally retro for a series of images I'll be sharing for the next couple of weeks,

and

as I'm quite proud of them I will undoubtedly be plastering them everywhere... To help with this I've teamed up with

Waiste Vintage

, who supplied me with all of the throw-back pieces I could dream of. The whole thing was a trip back to the seventies (

I obviously wasn't around in this era, but having a mother who lives for it and endless icons from said time, I think I know a little bit about it?

) and they might just be my favourite shoots to date, what with it being my all time favourite era I just had to take it to the extreme and go full on with it! Prepare for my blog to take a trip back to the time of psychedelic prints, statement accessories and of course a little bit of the '

burn the bra

' movement with this first post. Yeah, I'm embracing these phenomenal tan lines BTW...

When I think of the seventies I think of making statements and being loud and proud with everything from feminism to clothing, so I wanted to mix both with this outfit. I've nailed it with the

perfect slogan t-shirt

from

Nasty Gal

that was made to be worn with a seriously retro get-up. Of course, women did not actually burn their bra's in the late sixties and early seventies, but the myth of it all made for a powerful slogan for journalists and critic's, which later become great for printing onto clothing. Woman simply put their undies in the bin for a protest on the modern day beauty culture of valuing women for their looks, rather than their true being. It was a revolutionary act and put weight on unrealistic beauty expectations and standards. So to me, this piece needed to be worn for my throw-back shoot as it was a huge political movement from the era and one I stand with, it also makes for a pretty cute shirt too...

To help with making a statement I've got these beautiful flower power trousers from

Waiste Vintage

that have totally stolen my heart. They would be perfect for warm summers but also far too perfect to be kept away in winter. I braved it with these and forgot about sweet warmth for a while by embracing them for what they are, a pretty pair of kick flare linens -

my body is shivering just thinking about how freezing it was shooting these! 

The whole thing was worth the hours of goose-bumps afterwards, as I think me and my partner in creative crime (

that's you, Harry

) did good considering the zero degree temperatures and sudden down pours of rain. No matter what the weather I wanted these images to come across like they've been shot in the Californian sun.

The entire theme of these upcoming shoots means so much to me, I'm practically bursting I'm that excited to share them all with you.

So

, even though it's basically Baltic outside, I'm going to be sending us to warmer climes and chilled out scenes for the next few weeks,

enjoy!

WHAT I WORE

TOP -

NASTY GAL

TROUSERS - WAISTE VINTAGE*

HOUSE OF HEARTS BY SISTER JANE | PART TWO

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

Sister Jane

, and I think I may of

unintentionally

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

if I do say so myself!

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

last post for Ghospell

,

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

HELLO

, look at this beautiful frilly dress of dreams!

DRESS -

SISTER JANE*

| SOCKS - TOPSHOP | SHOES - PRIMARK

Let me introduce you to the

Sour Cherry Tiered Dress

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

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

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

socks and heels

. For my first post with Sister Jane I teamed the

House of Hearts

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

but then when am I not?

).

A NEW ERA OF SPORTSWEAR

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

and it's not just for the gym

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

so on trend!

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

making it stylish and street friendly!

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

guilty

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

See

, there are many perks to the trend already!

I've taken this

black

NICCE

womens hoodie

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

plain and simple.

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

HOODIE -

NICCE*

| TROUSERS -

TOPSHOP

| BOOTS - FOREVER 21

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

not

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

because my Black Friday purchase hasn't been delivered yet

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

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

trend

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

you heard it here first!

NICCE

has a wide variety of contemporary streetwear including some really

chic pastel sweatshirts

and

unisex hoodies

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

you're welcome

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

underwear sets and basics

that are just dying to be Instagrammed! Visit the

official website here

!

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!
 

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*

CJ SHOOTS | INDIA HANNAH PIXIE | PART ONE



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

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


FIELD DAY


I know, it's really hard to refrain from making a joke about Theresa May right now, but please do try like I did... I wanted to try something a little different for today's outfit post, so instead of using a quiet and 'edgy' street as my back drop, I went searching for the ideal field instead. I now live in the country, so luckily I'm surrounded by dozens of pretty fields and forests which are great for experimenting with new locations! So with that, me and Harry went on a bike ride and found this hidden gem, which just so happened to be a perfect field to frolic around in to take some summery shots.









I wanted to get a little girly for this shoot and take my dreamy Topshop dress for a spin. I adore this piece and it's made me want to grow my dress collection. I don't own many, not like I used to. There was a time when I'd always wear cute dresses, but I've become more of a tomboy since then, sticking to my roots and ditching ditsy florals for spray on skinnies. But I've realised now that just because I'm not the biggest of 'girlie girls' it doesn't mean I can't ever wear floaty or frilly pieces! It's easy to make it feel more comfortable, like choosing a pair of chucks over sandals and throwing on a leather jacket rather than a tailored blazer. It's the little things that it make less daunting and help suit your personal style more.

Since I've found a place in my heart for this pretty dress, I've been eyeing others up constantly. Florals are obviously groundbreaking for summer, so every high street store and brand are tossing them out like there is no tomorrow. Of course, Topshop are slaying with their summer collection, making dresses their go-to piece to wear. They've got everything from cute minis like this one, to floor length maxis with an array of quirky colours and patterns, florals obviously stealing the show.


I've been buying a couple of new items here and there in an attempt to mix up my wardrobe and find some classic pieces I can always keep, instead of buying things that are purely a trend - it is just a phase! I think we get stuck on the trend band waggon and end up buying throw away clothes that go out of style within a few months. So, although I've been spending some money recently, it's not on things I'll be hating this time next year. The most recent item being my latest and greatest purchase... My wannabe Lovers and Drifters cardigan, without the Lovers and Drifters price tag! It was only the other day that I tweeted about theirs going into sale, but still being far too pricey for my little bank balance to manage. The fashion gods were clearly looking down on me and helped me score this one from the Bershka sale instead. I would love to treat myself to an original, but for now I'm buzzed about this one! This is a jacket I've wanted forever, so I know I'll be keeping it in my wardrobe as an an essential for years to come, giving it doesn't fall apart by then. I can't wait to prance around in this fluffy delight all through summer and winter, I'm in love!

DRESS - TOPSHOP (sold out) | CARDIGAN - BERSHKA (sale) | SHOES - CONVERSE (similar) | EARRINGS - PRIMARK | RINGS AND NECKLACE - BLOODY MARY METAL 

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?


MY JEWELLERY COLLECTION | PART ONE


I for one, cannot live without my jewellery. If I go a day without it, I feel completely naked. I worry endlessly throughout the day about where I left my rings, or how bare my neck looks without my necklace. It's something that makes me feel whole and comfortable, also something I get asked frequently on. Having my chest exposed, thanks to low buttoned shirts, helps show off my silver I suppose.

I thought I'd update you on the latest pieces in my collection, as the last time I posted about it was years ago and I've mixed things up since then. I'll be posting in three parts, starting with my most loved piece - the Ziggy Stardust necklace. This was a gift from my Father who has spoilt me with many beautiful jewels in the recent years for Chrismas and birthdays. Having spent years helping fund my shopping habit with gift cards and a few notes, he decided to buy me sentimental items I could keep forever, now that I'm an adult it only seems right. With the help of my obvious hinting, he picked out this Ziggy Stardust silver from my favourite brand, Bloody Mary Metal - which is now his go-to for gifts. With Bowie being a huge part of my teenage years, it only seemed fitting to have a constant reminder hanging around my neck, as if my crap tattoo wasn't enough!












SHIRT - MARC JACOBS
NECKLACE - BLOODY MARY METAL




I own a few necklaces from Bloody Mary Metal, but the love I have for this one makes me not want to switch it up as often as I should. If I can face taking this one off, I'll be sure to show you the rest of charms...

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! 

EXTRA



It's hard not look like a 'basic bitch' what with all of the nineties trends hitting the high street at the moment. We've got fishnets coming out of our ears and sliders for days. This choice of outfit makes me look like I've just walked out of my studio flat in Hackney, on my way to drink Starbucks out of their Cold Brew. How extra of me - right? Who cares! I can think of worse things than looking part of London's trendy eastern borough. Can't a girl wear her vintage Harley Davidson tee in peace without someone calling me out for being 'totally extra'?! OK, that was a rather hip statement but it's true, give me a break!
 


As a trend I'm personally a fan, so call me names all you want. Being a huge lover of nineties fashion makes it difficult not to love those OTT accessories like huge sunglasses and platform shoes. Speaking of, can we bring back Buffalo trainers already?! We loved the Spice Girls style for that reason and I can think of many babes who could rock them in the modern day. I've gone for a more low-key look in terms of 'extraness' for this outfit though (I'm not quite confident enough for bulky platform trainers just yet) donning my new Pull & Bear zebra print skirt and vintage tops such as my Harley Davidson tee and my boyfriends old biker jacket.

Being a huge lover of vintage made all my dreams come true when I found a vintage kilo store on a recent vacation to Barcelona, where I happened to find this t-shirt. Barcelona has an array of cool stores that you just have to check out if you're in the city. I recommend Google mapping Flamingo Vintage and Holala to cure all of your second-hand needs. I conquered with this top and another being a Pink Floyd tour shirt from the 70's. If you're heading to Barcelona this summer then save up some pennies and hunt for the gold!



TOP - VINTAGE @ FLAMINGO VINTAGE BARCELONA | JACKET - VINTAGE | SKIRT - PULL & BEAR | FISHNETS - TOPSHOP | BOOTS - DR MARTENS | GLASSES - RAY-BAN | RINGS - BLOODY MARY METAL AND VINTAGE



Another newbie are these Ray-Ban Octagonal Flat Lenses in gold, that were gifted to me for my birthday. I need serious help when it comes to sunglasses, I'm obsessed! I have one face and wear the same four in rotation even though I own at least thirty pairs. These Ray-Bans have cured my need for more right now though, being the ultimate retro accessory that help finish that 1990's look perfectly.

So, I might look kind of extra but who says that's even a bad thing? Putting a stupid label on the way others choose to dress is beyond me. Whack out your old playboy crop tops and fake burberry bags while the trend is in full force - don't hide because of others judging your individuality. Be that extra bitch you want to be and wear your vintage with pride!
 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY HOLLY WHITE


A LETTER TO THE BABES OF ASOS


Dear all you fashionistas that work at the ASOS HQ, how do you do it?! How do you all look so perfectly cool and effortless every single day? Please, teach me your ways! I've been slowly stumbling upon every single ASOS styists' Instagram, granted, there are dozens! But, I've found a fair few and nearly every one has given me heaps of inspiration. Being an ASOS stylist would be a dream, one of my personal dreams in fact. Styling up their pieces and snapping it for a living sounds like my idea of a good time. I hear it's very hard and competitive to land a job with such a brand, so that's just another reason I have serious envy for these guys and gals over at the HQ!

The three mega babes that I find myself scrolling through up to four times a day - guilty - include Olivia Smith (@asos_olive), Felicity Hayward (@asos_felicity) and Sara Thomas (@asos_saralouise). All three have completely different styles but each hold a part of mine, so I adore them all. The chick I'm focusing on today though is Olivia Smith. Urban, chic and fucking cool...


I've seen Olivia frolicking around with pants similar to these over on her Instagram, both work and personal (@oliviafayesmith). It's clear these are serious 'it-girl' trousers, all they need are the Kappa logo gracing the sides of them or a large Adidas label on the front to be that extra bit cool. I can't pull off sportswear as well as others, I'm too conscious of the fact I can't wear an ounce of leather if I do, so I tend to leave that to the experts. I'd like to give it a whirl and experiment though, this outfit alone is a step out of my usual style so I'm not doing too bad already.

Since buying these trousers from Primark I've had a crazy amount of compliments which has warmed my heart and made me realise how boring jeans can be. I'm bored of wearing black skinny jeans every day of my life - so here's to me experimenting! Go me! I've also been told these wannabe Converse are pretty cool to, probably too cool for me to be wearing. I'm kidding, it's important to embrace what we wear and even if we don't know if we can pull it off, go for it anyway. If you like it, wear it - my favourite motto.

BODY - ASOS | TROUSERS - PRIMARK | CHUCKS - PULL & BEAR | JACKET - ZARA | GLASSES - ASOS | JEWELLERY - BLOODY MARY METAL & DEPOP 
 
As this OOTD is ASOS inspired, I thought I'd share some similar pieces with you that can be found on their website. Firstly, the killer trousers that are all over their website. My top pick are these Cheap Monday pair that are without the white stripe and more expensive, but absolutely stunning. They also have some coloured versions like pink and blue which are extremely tempting. As for my shoes, you can get the official Converse pair but good luck finding them, and for a decent price at that. If you have no luck, check out all the flamed pieces online. These Jeffrey Campbell sneakers are an expensive dream but totally worth the money and have even more flames to swoon over.

It's fun to experiment like I have with today's outfit, especially if you've got a wide and eclectic array of styles like myself. Although this outfit is different for me, It's still got an element of grunge with the chucks and leather jacket. If I stick to my usual clobber too much I find myself in a complete rut, so I've started being braver with my outfits and it's done me the world of good mixing things up. As cheese as it is to say, I feel free, I feel like I can wear anything and the care I have about it is extremely minimal. So a personal thank you is in order to the inspiring babes who don't give a single crap about what others think. Thank you, you rule!

A SIMPLE STATEMENT


I'm falling head over heels for out-there basics and accessories at the moment, I'm talking about colour tined shades (hence these amazing rose coloured aviators from Urban Outfitters) and simple tees with a cool slogan. I admit I'm a little fussy when it comes to anything with a word or phrase on though, I'm not about those tacky shirts with 'love life' written on the front, because that's just ruining a perfectly slick piece. I mean band logos or decent statement's like the tee I featured in my last OOTD post -  - a white tee with 'Feminist' slapped on the front.

As my last outfit post also featured a current favourite basic, I suggest you calmly bare with me while I swoon over anything remotely similar. This time though, I'm loving a new wardrobe addition which is my Led Zeppelin bomber, something I've never really ventured into before. I had a phase with the reversible oriental embroidered bomber that Topshop released many seasons ago, remember that? Just like every other gal, I was mad for it. I've moved on though and found a new one to adore. I found this gem hidden in the Forever 21 sale, the perfect place to find unique band merch - non official but still very cool. We all know my fondness for showcasing my favourite musical figures in the form of a t-shirt so I thought trying out a bomber could be the start of a new obsession, because I clearly need more of those.

T-SHIRT - H&M | BOMBER - FOREVER 21 | JEANS - TOPSHOP | BOOTS - PRIMARK | BAG - PRIMARK | GLASSES - URBAN OUTFITTERS | JEWELLERY - BLOODY MARY METAL & VINTAGE

I'm also shocked to find out that I have an new love for miniature handbags - what the fuck is that about?! This girl is wearing a handbag and a tiny one at that? Utter madness... The bag may look incredibly small, but it fits everything in including my stupidly huge iPhone 7+, so it's the ideal size really and beats a huge carrier that no matter how many times you reach for an item inside, you can never find it.

I've said to myself that this is the year I try out new things so who knows what could be next. Starting out with a handbag the size of a mobile phone is a good place to start though.

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!

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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THEIR STYLE WITH DYLAN ANDREWS | 9.11.16



Welcome my first instalment of my new series, 'Their Style'. I wrote a post a few weeks ago all about it, so you can get up to date here. I've decided to make my first post about a friend of mine that to me, is the perfect epitome of the nineteen-nineties style. That's Dylan, Dylan embodies the nineties from his second-hand garms to his boy next door face, which might I add was an absolute dream to shoot. I've wanted to take  his photograph for a while now as I adore the way he styles himself on the daily. He's always cool and casual without looking too put together, just like I imagine a kid from that era doing in their tight Levis and checkered shirt which is a basic combo, but on the right person can slay. I feel like being able to always look stylishly laid back is a natural trait, so lucky you Dylan, you master it perfectly. Let's see what he has to say about his own personal style...



C: Hey Dylan! So let's jump right in with some fashion talk. I'm currently having a moment for the skate culture around Bristol, I'm obsessed with how they all look so cool in too short trousers and 5 panels. I know that I could never pull it off of myself, but I'm still into it. I'm interested to know who or where is inspiring you at the moment?

D: Berlin is by far the most inspiring place I've been to, I've been debating moving there. The art scene is live and the nightlife is on another level. I'm also a fan of how diverse the fashion is there, I think they're a lot more creative and comfortable with experimenting with clothes than we are in the UK

C: I've never been to Berlin but I'm dying to go. On the subject of being inspired with fashion, who do you look to for style inspiration?

D: My dad, not that I would ever tell him! His clothes are unintentionally cool, I'm always rummaging through his old clothes whenever I go home

C: Other than your fathers closet, where do you tend to buy most of your clothes from? I'm really into vintage again, and I know you always have a vintage garm on you somewhere!

D: Yeah, mostly charity shops or eBay! My mums eBay addiction has rubbed off on me for sure, the only shop I ever really buy things from is Topman, partly because of my staff discount, plus their jeans are the best. Charity shops are where you find the sickest clothes, surprisingly the charity shops back in wales are where I find the best stuff!

C: You can find some amazing items hiding in those places! What do you think the most loved piece in your wardrobe is?

D: Probably my black suede jacket, it's covered in stains but I still can't stop wearing it! I just tell myself it adds to the character

C: You can't go wrong with suede! As nice as that jacket sounds, what's the one item you would long to own?

D: I've been looking for a Tommy Hilfiger denim jacket for so long, I've found some decent ones on Depop but they're always so overpriced

C: Tommy Hilfiger just makes me think of everything from the nineties, your style really takes on that era, wouldn't you agree?

D: I am a big fan of 90's fashion. I'm keen on how casual and thrown-together the outfits looked back then, nothing seemed to be overly thought out or planned and I think that's how I dress myself for sure. I'm not one for planning outfits the night before, I think that sometimes when you chuck together an outfit before you leave the house it could potentially be a massive fail but on the flipside you could stumble on a fresh new outfit that you wouldn't have otherwise put together! Plus for me it's a massive deal for my outfit to match my current mood so planning just doesn't work!

C: I couldn't agree more, I tend to plan for occasions but that's about it! I like to see where my mood takes me. I think we've nailed fashion down for now so let's talk music for a second. What's currently playing on your iPod?

D: I have Banks' new album 'the Altar' on repeat at the moment, 'Gemini Feed,' 'Train Wreck' and 'Mind Games' are stand outs. I'm also loving NAO - 'Inhale Exhale', Mura Masa and A$ap Rocky - 'Love$ick' and also James Blake and Bon Iver 'I Need a Forest Fire'

C: I've seen that Bon Ivers back on the scene but have heard mixed feelings towards his new album '22, A Million', I'm yet to give it a go, have you heard it yet?

D: I have, and I'm a big fan. I think the problem is that everyone compares anything he makes with his first album. Nothing could ever match 'for Emma, forever ago.' It's one of my favourite albums of all time for sure. But I think there's still something special in his new material, it just needs to be appreciated as a separate body of work

C: I'll have to give it a listen! With the music that you do love, does it influence the way you dress at all? I'm heavily influenced by the rock and roll culture from the past 60 years, it's a huge part of my life, and I feel like my style definitely reflects that.

D: I think it does in the sense that my music taste is quite varied and massively depends on my frame of mind, and I think my style is the same. I'm also keen on finding new unsigned or underground artists which I guess is similar to my love of finding weird things in charity shops!

C: Let's leave with a word of fashion advise shall we! If you could say one thing to someone who is struggling with their style at the moment, what would it be?

D: Don't over think it! Wear what you like and what you think you look good in, don't let other people's opinions overrule your own!


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BAND FOCUS | ZEPHER LIVE @ THE FLEECE BRISTOL | 2.11.16



On Sunday night I had the pleasure of shooting my favourite group of lads, Zepher. This is the second time I've gotten the chance to take their photos and this time I was put under pressure by taking my first ever set of gig photos. I was thrilled to have my first attempt with them though, as I adore each of them and will happily take their photo whenever they want, which I think will be often after how happy they were with these images. It was a huge weight off of my shoulders when they told me how much they loved them, I really didn't know if I would be any good at this type of photography but I have given myself a strong pat on the back after seeing these.




It was so much fun getting close and personal, capturing their performance in photo form. The gig itself was at one of Bristol most loved venues, The Fleece. Home to many clubnights and tribute bands like Guns 2 Roses, The Doors Alive and Novana, sounds like a laugh doesn't it? I'm yet to see a tribute band but I'm intrigued at the thought of it, as it's not like I'll be able to see Nirvana live, so why not enjoy a night of their music performed by a look-a-like band? Sounds like fun! The night I attended wasn't for a cheesy cover band though, it was for their Night Before Halloween event which hosted dozens of bands playing from 1.30pm till later that evening. I sadly missed the other bands though due to working all day, but made it just in time to see the boys.

You may of caught my last post on the band, where I shot some images for their Facebook page and took the opportunity to write about them and share some of their music with you, but if you missed it you can have a read here. It was a pleasure hearing them live once again, this time surprising me with some new material as well as my favourite track of theirs, She Trouble. I pestered Louis a few times to put it on the set list for me and he pulled through! It's my favourite and a definite crowd-pleaser.

If you're heading to Bristol or happen to be a local then keep your eye out for nights on at The Fleece, and definitely keep watch of Zepher and their social medias for upcoming events and new releases from them. The Bristol music scene is ecstatic so I highly recommend a night of seeing talented bands come together to support each other and play the music they are so passionate about.

Many thanks to the guys of Zepher for having faith in me and bringing me along, I had a blast!



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