TWEED JACKET & COWBOY BOOTS

The colder months are where I thrive the most. Autumn, Halloween, Christmas, my birthday all happen in the colder months which means I’m the most busy out of the year. Which makes me excited. As parties and events aren’t happening this year I’ve found that I’m making more of an effort to glam up. Putting together more polished looks for everyday tasks. Coming home from work and putting on a nice dress, not just my tracksuit like usual. Some might say it’s extra, but you gotta do what you gotta do to live your life on your own level. 

Wearing cut off cowboy boots, velvet and pearl earrings to pick pumpkins. Heavily influenced by Ko Moon-Young’s aesthetic from It’s Ok Not to be Ok. The looks she pulls in that show are everything. I’ve been influenced for sure to try out new looks and styles and wear more together outfits. Going through everyday life dressed in a different mindset.

JACKET – thrifted  | JEANS – NEW LOOK | EARRINGS – H&M | BAG – CALVIN KLEIN | VELVET TOP – MONSOON – BOOTS – SEVEN7 FOOTWEAR

Monochrome Pumpkin Patch

Spooky scary skeletons.

October wouldn’t be complete without a little pumpkin patch trip. We returned for another year to Sopley P.Y.O. This year there were so many pumpkins and a festive display. Hayden and I went on an hours hunt for the perfect pumpkin for our lounge window. I wanted a ghost pumpkin ( a white one ) and Hayden wanted a perfect traditional orange one. We found lots of photo opportunities this year. I wanted to sit on the pile of pumpkins but ended up just perching as to not knock over the display.

Pattern clashing in the same colour family creates a more put together look. This whole look is monochrome but it doesn’t look boring or plain as the patterns are creating the moment. Sticking to the same colours pulls any look together.

DRESS – H&M | JUMPER – ZARA | BOOTS – DR MARTENS  | BAG – COACH

spot the photo of me looking mad that I got mud all up my jumper.

Autumnal Sky

Waking up to see the sunrise on the last day of summer is something I want to make a tradition. It was magical to arrive at the beach with just a few fitness fanatics and dog walkers for company. Standing in the crisp air waiting for the sun to mark Autumn.

THE MELLOW YELLOW DRESS

The best purchases are sometimes the ones you make on a whim. This dress is one of those purchases. Spotted it on the Zara website for £29.99 and added to my basket within seconds. I saved this dress to wear while we were away in Somerset. I’m so glad I did that as I wanted to make our days together on holiday a little more special the just my usualy jeans and t-shirt uniform. I knew this dress would be a statement as The yellow is so bright, But I wasn’t prepared for the looks I got all day. Hey, I’m not one to complain about looks when I have a killer outfit on. Hayden and I must have been filmed for the Influencers in the Wild Instagram as we were working really hard in this location to get these shots and all the locals and toursists did like a little look over at us.

Back to the dress. Super comfortable and the shoulder pads are a nice piece of detail to the dress. The belt is attached at one side which stopped it slipping around and moving. I’m thinking of unpicking it so that I can wear it without a belt.Which is how the model on the Zara website wore it and It does look very chic that way. Oh, and did I mention it has pockets?!

Worn with a pair of carrot earrings, also from Zara. A chunky pair of DM’s, a little cardi from Sainsburys and my hero purchase my nude Coach bag.

BUCKET HAT

Did you wear bucket hats as a kid? I did and thought I looked ok in them. Since the trend came back around I’ve tried to get onboard with them again, but I just can’t do it. This hat from Amazon is the hat I bought right as the trend was starting again, and i’ve only just started to wear it out. I’m on the hunt for another bucket hat to add to the collection to see if I can make it work.

DRESS – old | JACKET – H&M | TIGHTS – H! HENRY HOLLAND | BAG – ZARA | BAG STRAP -JW-PEI | BOOTS -DR MARTENS | BUCKET HAT – AMAZON

New Skincare and Hair

A new hair look. My hair needed a break from the bleaching and sunlight. Curly hair is dryer than most then adding bleach making it even dryer. So I went darker, giving my hair a little love. to hopefully become more healthy and grow a little bit. I used a hope dye kit from Loreal.

A botanical face oil from Sind, that’s vegan and cruelty-free. Created by the Danish Sissel produced in Germany. Sind is the Danish word for Mind. The founder Sissel focuses on skin health and the benefits of a healthy mind. I’ve used the face oil for a few days and can already see the benefits of taking more care of my skin. The face oil has a sweet plant-based smell that’s refreshing. The delicate notes in the oil that I can smell are Evening Primrose, Cedarwood and Geranium.

The packaging is minimal reflects the brand the pippet style dispenser makes you focus and be present when applying the oil as it’s a delicate process.

For someone with quite oily skin I felt that oils were a no no. But after listening to Sissel talk about her oil and believing her skin wisdom I bought it. My skin is much more vibrant, and is drinking in the oil. I was worried that I’d be left a shiny mess. But my skin is benefiting from the botanicals. I can’t wait to see my skin clear up.

Sind – Botalical facial oil

Dress – Old ( tesco)

LAYERING DRESSES

Having a dress that is too short is easily fixed with an open dress over the top or a longer jacket overlayed. This shirt dress from the William Morris collection with H&M is super short on me. I have however worn it without a jacket and with a pair of fishnet tights. My style has changed a little and I prefer to wear it this way. Some kneehigh boots and a short-sleeved denim dress worn as a jacket creates different proportions and a level of interest. The cream denim dress is from Marks and Spencer, thrifted from Oxfam online.

The whole colour palette of this look is all in the same tone.  From boots to highlight to threads of the denim dress and the notes of the shirt dress, The gold of the bracelets match the zip and earrings. A contrasting colour pop on the lips from Clinique. My warmer toned roots that I did myself for a little lockdown fun. Using the L’Oreal preference home dye kit on Stockholm.

CURTAIN CREATIONS

Last time I wore a curtain it had been sewn into a princess dress. I think I was about two and it was a pinky red curtain, I wore it all the time. I use to sing “princess” all the time while wearing it. My mum would phone her friends and hold to phone out to me and I’d sing  “Princess” down the phone. Endless amount of laughs from my mum and her pals. Fast forward 24ish years and here I an still playing around with curtains, keeping myself entertained during these strange times. And yes I’m still and princess.

CURTAIN – DKNY | T SHIRT – ZARA | BLACK JEANS – NEW LOOK (TALL) | LIPSTICK -BURBERRY

Shots taken with self timer at golden hour.

Party Season

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

Knowing Your Self Worth

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