Cami Topshop | Jacket – Next |Bag – Yumi | Shoes – Converse* | Jeans – Primark
*Shoes gifted from Footway
A huge theme in my life is holding onto things that I should really let go. I hold onto things for far too long for some strange reason. There is no need for me to hold these things but I do. Does anyone else do that? I have recently unfollowed a few people that I have been holding onto and I feel freer. Social media does really get into your head if you allow it. Do we need to check up on that old friend through their social media posts? Holding onto something that is dead in the water is so pointless and a waste of time. I urge you to unfollow the people you watch from afar, check up on a little too often, those who you don’t actually talk to in real life anymore are enriching your life.
I’m still posting content from Paris even though I’ve been back far too long. The acceptable time period has well and truly passed. What can I say I can’t let go.
The sustainability conversation needs to be translated into action more than ever. There are plenty of clothes and accessories in the world to really take stock and use what we as fashion consumers already have. I’ve always thrifted. Or if you are British, go to charity shops. Even when it was super ‘uncool’ and I used to get bullied by the popular girls for doing it, but now they do it, so!!!! I’ve always loved the thrill of shopping, and will never stop. But I will make efforts to buy second hand, thrifted or vintage. There are more stories to clothes then sitting in a shopping centre and being worn once.
This whole look I’m wearing is thrifted, to some degree. The shoes are vintage Gucci from Florence that I bought on a university trip, a fraction of the price if they were new and they have sentimentality to them that wouldn’t have been the same had I bought them new. I had been looking at the Gucci slides for months and wanted them so much and it felt like fate to find them in my size in an aesthetic vintage store. The trousers are from a Dorset charity shop called Julia’s House. The shirt is from a vintage store in Southampton and is a men’s Ralph Lauren shirt. The bag is also from Julia’s House and costs only £2. Again a purchase I’ve been wanting to make. Straw bag season is my favourite. My mum and auntie have huge straw bags and I have the little blue one handed down to me. But I needed something big enough to fit my phone, purse, camera, chargers and wires, games and anything else in. I might customise it with some appliqued flowers.
It’s so easy to pull looks together with thrifted items. This look new would have cost roughly £835 but what I paid came to £136.99. It’s incredible to see how much things can cost and also how much you can save buying thrifted or vintage. p.s. Earrings are new.
Earrings – H&M | Trousers & Bag – Julia’s House | Shirt – Harper & Lewis | Shoes – vintage Gucci | Sunglasses – Oscar De La Renta
Double denim, the Canadian suit whatever you like to call this look. It’s an easy “made an effort without trying too hard” outfit. Any denim jacket matching your jeans or not. Keep your other detail simple and nuted and it’s all done. So simple, and my favourite outfit I’ve worn for a while. If like me your jumper is quite puffy in the sleeves pull them out of your denim jacket to add more interest to the over all simple look.
Denim Jacket – Next | Jeans – Primark | Jumper – & Other Stories | Boots – New Look | Straw Bag – thrifted (Julia’s House) | Sunglasses – TK-Maxx ( Oscar de la Renta) | Earrings – H&M
Photographer – Hayden
location – Bournemouth Arcade
although I’ve never travelled alone, I think I could quite easily. During this Parisian stay, I did find myself alone for a decent amount. Travelling around a city that you can’t really speak the language of, navigating the streets and cultural customs. I found it relaxing. If you’ve read my blog you will know that I’ve been to Paris a few times and felt comfortable being alone in the city, practising my French to waiters and strangers. Walking through the neighbourhood where Hayden and I used to live when we last visited made me happy. Seeing L’Escargot on Rue Montorgueil where I made Hayden try snails for the first time. It was strange to know a city that is in a different country, as though it was your own. I was out solo exploring while Hayden slept after his Marathon. I went to find him the best pastries in Paris. I chose the Patisserie Stohrer, which is considered the oldest in Paris. I returned home with Poisson de Massepain, Cafe Eclair and a Paris Brest. All were delicious and the kind of pastries we were looking for this whole trip. I organized a photo shoot while Hayden was running with a photographer that I had never met before and just went to the location, did the shoot and that was it. I wasn’t frightened, or unsure I just knew that I wanted to experience this city and to meet new people and explore is the best way to do so.
photographer – Camille Richez
location – Eiffel Tower
I’ve just arrived back home after an amazing five whirlwind days in Paris. After long discussions about Paris as a city, holiday destination, the capital of France. Hayden and I have concluded that Paris is really never ending, in the best way. This trip we went for a little break and for Hayden to run the marathon. I spend marathon day shooting with Camille and running around the marathon course trying to catch a sighting of Hayden running. I did manage to catch a kiss off him just before he crossed the finish. It just proves to me that Paris is endlessly exciting and magical. When shooting with Camille I wanted a new location for these photographs. The Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge is iconic and when shot from the right angle with the Eiffel Tower in the background is really is the perfect location for all the Parisian vibes.
Denim jacket – Next | Dress – Tu | Bag – Yumi | Sneakers – Converse* (gifted by footway)
Photography – Camille Richez
Since I was a teenager around 13 I think I’ve been on a mission to know my self-worth. I have come to understand that you, yourself define it. You aren’t defined by the choices you make. That guy you shouldn’t have dated, those bad late-night decisions. What you matter to people, it all means nothing. Within your mind, and body and soul is where your self-worth lies. Self-worth plays into imposter syndrome, especially in consumer/influencer culture. Not feeling worthy of attention, acclaim, opportunity etc, is a common theme in peoples lives. It’s possibly easier to think you don’t deserve a promotion, or the job you want, the house you dream of the significant other you long for. But, and here is the but, you do. You deserve anything and everything you desire if you work for it. If you put in the hours, you will gain the reward, and when the reward comes, TAKE IT!
I often don’t go for things because I feel like I’m not worthy ( insert Wayne’s World clip), don’t give myself up to the opportunity because there will be someone better, that can do better than me. But no one will be able to do what I do, do what you do. We are unique and will fulfil opportunities that are right for us. We will thrive in work, and in play. But it’s up to us to know that we can, to know our self-worth. I’ve finally understood that I’m “a catch”. No one can be a better version of me than me. You have to all really know that, that what you want is valid and it can be yours. Which I’m fully understand ing as a 25-year-old. The road isn’t quick or easy but it is a path to your goals and fulfilment.
Shirt – Zara | Earrings – H&M, Primark | Jeans and shoes – Primark | Bag – (family gift) | Leaf Alice Band – Claire’s Accessorise | Necklace (chain -Oliver Bonas) ( shell- souvenir)
Eyeshadow and lipstick – Clinique