I’ve seen what you’ve been through these past 10 years and had write you a letter of love. Where do we begin? 2010, roughly two years after your meningococcal Septicaemia saga and you are finishing school. Starting your blog The Curly Haired Girl, working out what career you want. You are so motivated it fills me with pride. You are tired all the time, but you don’t let it stop you, same as the scars on your legs from the Septicaemia.
During the next 10 years you’ve passed your driving test, hallelujah! Completed you A-Levels and found that academia wasn’t for you. But you made it happen. Went into the working world and found your love for fashion again. Seeing you get excited when your uniform allowance would come through, a delight to see. When you cut your long hair into a bob! Working on your days off on your blog, getting mum and dad to take your photos or using your webcam to get a photo. You realised that you actually did want to expand your learning and worked towards getting back into education. Hello, college. Working on making friends and meeting your Hayden must have been a stroke of some sort of higher power. I love how you two laugh and talk for hours, going on adventures, travelling. Stop going to Paris already there are so many other places to visit. Going to university. what !!! bloody well done. Getting a degree in Fashion Promotion and Communication (Ba Hons) Becoming a blonde, apparently they really do have more fun.
It’s clear to see that in these 10 years you’ve really worked your butt off to get to where you are. The next ten years are going to blow your mind! and you’ll be 35 by then too.
P.S. Here is a little something for you to say I’m proud of what you’ve achieved and can’t wait to see who you become.
Possibly the most nervous I’ve been in a while. Went to Hayden’s work Christmas party and met all the people he talks about me to for the first time. It was so warming to have people be excited to meet you and to get to hear how wonderful my boy friend is, it makes me warm inside. We took a moment away from the party to snap a few outfit photos on the stairs on the Hallmark hotel in Bournemouth.
Dress – H&M (old) sequin option, red floral option, black option, | Boots – New Look (old) similar, similar, similar, | Earrings – Camila Carril “Eugenie ” Huggies| Lip Colour YSL – Fuchsia
The party season is upon us. Decembers calendar is filling fast with work parties, family gatherings, friend nights out. I’ve felt, as I’m sure we all have. The need to buy a few outfit for every occasion to get into the festive spirit. But you really don’t need to. Working with a few elements in your already existing wardrobe to create festive work party looks.
My works party this year is “smart casual” the bane of many peoples lives. I am always the one to over dress and make a statement. But there are a few ways around this “smart casual” conundrum.
A good pair of black jeans, high waisted if possible. They will make your legs look longer instantly. A “smart top” anything that isn’t a t-shirt, collared shirt or overly sporty. Anything embellished or patterned, think sumptuous fabrics. Here is a high necked top from Monsoon that’s been in my wardrobe since the boxing day sales, last year.
Footwear stick with something comfortable, but not trainers. Anything really goes for footwear. If you want to wear heels wear them if not, boots or flats are perfect.
Jackets and Coats. It best way to say you are “smart casual” a formal coat can work with a more casual look and visa versa. This little swing jacket is one colour no flamboyant detail but the cut makes it more premium. I’d suggest to not wear the coat you call run to the corner shop in at 10 minutes to close to get chocolate and crisps (you know the one)
Finally the best part.
Accessories – My favourite way to have fun with an outfit. If you are wearing head to toe black, add a bright bag for a statement. Add your sparkle to your headband or bag. Slip a broach over your lapel on your coat or wear something in your hair.
Jeans – New Look | Boots – Seven7 Footwear | Velvet top – Monsoon | Bag – Stella McCartney | Headband – Nalí Shop
The fear of missing out is a huge part of what blogging has become over the last few years. If you aren’t at this event or party or working with that brand EVERYONE is working with. Your fear of missing out becomes a fear of not being relevant or worthy of your space on the internet. I know I’ve felt this in the past, not being invited to events other bloggers did. Watching all the stories and reading all the blog posts about how darling the event was, just tastes like sour grapes. Recently I’ve shifted my thinking pattern over from FOMO ( fear of missing out) to JOMO (joy of missing out)
Being able to carve out your own piece on the internet for you. You soon forget about that party everyone and their dog went to because you are having the best time doing your own thing. When you do get invited to events you are more appreciative and not bloody thirsty about the exposure or amount of content you need to create. You spend time talking to your fellow bloggers and make new internet friends. You move away from being stuck in the corner not talking to everyone, worrying if you are having a good time or not.
You begin to understand that you validate yourself and your decisions, not anyone else.
Hayden and I took a trip over to Lyme Regis and spent time walking around the sea walls, eating pasties and fudge. Knowing that I didn’t have to present myself and sell myself, for want of a better word was relaxing. I was able to appreciate where I was. It didn’t matter that other bloggers were doing this or that. I was with Hayden having a little day date.
I encourage you to step away from the FOMO ethos of blogging and relax in the moment. Appreciate the life you live away from the internet, take a few photos for the gram (obviously) but don’t make it the reason for the trip. Celebrate the pleasure of your JOMO.
Who’s been all over Fashion Month? I have, I’ve lived through everyone’s Instagram feeds and lusted after so many pieces my eyes could water. I’ve seen a running theme creep though the runways this September. The scaling of print sizes. Small intricate polka dots against huge polka dots, delicate pinstripes against ribbon sized paneling. I’ve chosen the style these old Primark bag waist trousers with my new H&M jacket to play with the scaling of the checked patterning. Popping in colourful statements to elevate the look. A watermelon coloured velvet headband and a turquoise bucket bag.
Rewearing this Monsoon number for date night with Hayden and Hotel du Vin. This dress makes me feel so put together. The length is perfect for a more formal look with buttons down the front you can create a little split for a more sexy look. Long buttoned sleeves, delicate flowers.
Whole look is created from pieces I’ve had for a long time. Similar items here ( dress, dress, dress, )
The Mousetrap – Bournemouth Pavilion 5th August – 10th August
There are lots of things I loved about this play and one of them was the set design. The lounge/sitting room/ entryway of the country home was perfectly created. Nothing looked out of place. As the audience member, you could quite easily guess the date the play was set. I did a little digging and found that the clock on the mantelpiece was used in the very first production of The Mousetrap.
You can’t really go to a play or performance without talking about the acting. But as someone who hasn’t been on a stage in about 8 years and the highest level of education I have is an A-level. That said, it was convincing, flawless and I got exactly what I wanted out of every performance. Special attention has to be made to Christopher Wren played by Lewis Chandler. Do you remember watching the old Agatha Christie films on day time TV from the ’90s? I way purely nostalgic about them and Kenneth Williams. The comedic timing them ease of performance. By far my favourite character.
Please, if you have the chance to go and see The Mousetrap it’s a really good watch. You will be trying to guess the murderer all the way through. What is truly great about this play is that you are trying to figure out the murderer. My choice changed twice. Tell me in the comments if you’ve seen The Mousetrap and if you guessed right the first time.
Dress – Zara | Shoes – Primark | Bag- Yumi
Tickets were gifted from BH Live Tickets and Bournemouth Bloggers.