26-09-18 – Confidence

There is nothing like almost dying to make you love your body.

I don’t beat myself up over being heavier than my friends. Or eating ALOT of cake and then more cake. I’m excited to be alive.
Nothing more poignant then went my friends and I went to a water park. My gorgeous slender babes all in swimming costumes and me not giving an F in a bikini that made my tits look fantastic. If I do say so myself. note, it’s not to say my friends aren’t confident I just really don’t care what people think of me. So I wear what makes me happy.
Even though I was ill 10 years ago I’m still feeling grateful for all the Drs and nurses and powerful that my body (and their medicine) kept me alive.

Recently when trying on clothes I realised it wasn’t my shortcomings in the body department that was wrong it was the fashion industry that was. I see my body as beautiful and that clothes not fitting right was the fashion worlds problem, not mine. I will choose to shop in stores that understand that bodies are for living in and that what I’m doing with mine. I’ll leave behind stores that are unrealistic and don’t understand the form of the female body.
I’m wearing two pieces from high street stores that I love, They have really started to become my favourite places to shop.
This H&M dress is my favourite thing in my wardrobe. You’ve seen me talk about it in a recent post and still love it. Paired with New Look tartan trousers because it is winter. For years these two stores have been the places that I’ve never shopped in. I dreaded them, to be honest. Their sizing didn’t fit into my ideals, so I stayed away. To my delight, they’ve earned serious points for this season.
And these boots are heaven.hard to walk in because I’ve broken too many toes in my time but, Oh my I love that they make me about 6ft3.

Jacket – Vintage – Trousers – New Look | Dress – H&M (instore) | Boots – Just Fab ( OLD, Just Fab have loads of similar styles)

What Not to Pack For an Adventure Holiday.

Anyone find packing for a holiday the worst? I know I do, how will I know what I want to wear 3 days from now. I’m not an outfit planner. It could be colder holiday them planned and I’d hate to be in the same jumper for 6 days. Or not bring the right bikini, or the one I took with me isn’t dry to wear again.

Dress – H&M | Earrings – H&M (old) so many similar ones in store and online

Jumper – H&M | Coat – Cotton Traders (mens) | Jeans – Primark

I fully realised my packing faults while packing for my friend holiday to Centre Parcs. I packed 1 pair of shoes, 1 t-shirt,1 long sleeve, 3 pairs of trousers and two dresses. Throw in a few jumpers and that was it. For a wilderness holiday (we stayed in an executive lodge, there was no dirt, we had a dishwasher for god’s sake) I should have been packing tracksuit bottoms, thick jumpers and running trainers. A swimsuit would have been better too. I wore a new bikini that, thank god held it’s own in the water rapids and wave pool.

T-Shirt – here | Trousers – New Look | Trainers – Converse* | Bag – Yumi | Jumper – Zara

However, I do think I managed to save myself and pull together some outfits that are a little more interesting for a wilderness holiday amongst redwoods. Bright trousers mixed with bright jumpers. short dresses and big jumpers.

This is about as extensive as the fashion posts will get from my holiday to centre Parcs. It was incredibly cold, in our Lodge and around the Park. Of course it’s a holiday in England so it rained, not much but it did.

Mini Dress and Wool Coat

I’m always on the lookout for dresses that show off my legs. I’m hella tall 5ft10, an actual giant against most of the women in my family. That won’t stop me wearing short dresses to lengthen my legs further and to show them off. This H&M number (which is under £20 *high five*) is a transitional piece. Can be worn at the end of Summer all the way into Winter. The cuffed sleeves get the piece so much interest, the tied collar and ruffle allow for a little cleavage around the boobs. The loose fit makes the dress a more feminine style. It also has pockets ( angels singing in the background) Can’t believe how much I’m loving in H&M right now. The new seasonal pieces have really knocked me out of the park.
Teamed with a huge Topshop wool coat to get the balance between masculine and feminine that I try and create with every outfit.

Dress – H&M | Coat – Topshop | Trainers – Converse* | Bag – Yumi

 

Location – Frome

by Hayden

In June

A round up of the looks from June. Enjoying the memories of each day in June, it was such a jam packed month, spending time with family and friends, creating content and going to events. I hope July is just the same.

testing small shades here

dressing smart casual to a gin tasting event at Ginjams here

Getting Mexican food here

casual evening here

Beach styling here

Working around new pieces to create a look here

One of my favourite shoots in June taken by my nephew and his mum. Summer party dressing here

Styling mens clothes here

Full Gap post here

 

What have been your favourite looks on TCHG in June? I can’t wait to explore more with my style and bring you guys new looks for inspiration.

Khaki and Blue

Khaki colouring is such a 90’s early 2000’s staple. Those baggy cargo trousers that I loved so much just looked vile in them. I wore a pink pair for a dance show once and felt so cool, but looked rubbish. The 2018 khaki twist in a mens shirt from H&M. Slightly oversized in shape for more of a jacket feel. Mixed in with a more feminine top piece from Topshop.

Location Poole – Old town

shot by – Hayden

Office Hours

Taken after 5 plus G&T’s and a burger and fries.

Probably the happiest I’ll ever looking having my look photos taken. It helps having had a few gins when you have an audience watching H take photos of you.

I wore

Turtle neck – H&M | Trousers – Next | Sneakers – Converse* | Bag – Calvin Klein | Earrings – H&M | socks – Topshop

Pom Pom Jumper & Palm Dress

Squint and I’m at some cool garden party networking brunch, but in reality i’m in my grandma’s garden. She’s got such green fingers her garden looks amazing all year round.

I’m feeling this look so much, worn for my mums birthday to just communicate that she means more to me then me wearing my usual boring uniform. When your mum has a birthday, you pull the stops out you make an effort. Show your appreciation through your outfit choice. If you saw in my Insta stores I wore this look to Stewarts Garden Centre then Networking (it’s the outfit for every occasion) It’s the versatile outfit of the season, you saw it here first ( kidding).

This look was such a talking point at the networking even i went to,  that someone said I made their day by wearing it. When you are self employed you can wear what you like, you can break the mould of suits and corporate wear.

I wore

jumper – H&M || dress – Kaliko similar  || shoes* Converse || bag – Lulu Guinness || charm -Lulu Guinness

Converse from Footway

Do you guys know about footway yet?

I am so excited to talk about these Converse with you. Footway contacted me and asked if I wanted to be sent a pair of shoes to review. Of course I said yes. I had never heard of Footway before but I can see myself shopping on their site again.

Footway present the different types of shoes you can pick in a visual table. Black silhouetted shoes are lined in rows for ease of navigating to the shoes of your dreams.

I knew right away that I wanted trainers and looked through so many options. These mesh leather parchment Converse are a god send. It snowed the day before these photos were taken and I was worried my feet would get cold, but my feet wear toasty warm.

 

https://www.footway.co.uk/shoes/converse

 I wore

shoes – *Converse | Jeans – Primark | Bag – Mi-Pac | Shirt – Topshop | Jacket – Next | Socks – Topshop

Any products market with an * are gifted to me by brands in collaboration. All views and creative direction are my own.

 

Star Print in Victoria Street | Edinburgh

Victoria street is one of the places in Edinburgh we kept going back to. There are thousands of streets but this one was a little more magical and vibrant and had so many things to see. Apparently it’s the street that inspired Diagon Alley. How flipping cool, we also went to The Elephant House cafe where J K Rowling started to write Harry Potter. We didn’t pick Edinburgh for it’s connection to Harry Potter but loved seeing all the inspirations.Maison Bleue  at night.

We stopped into Maison Bleue in the evening for mulled wine and a mince pie.

 We stopped into The Red Door Gallery and picked some prints to hang when we move in together. I really loved that shop, there were so many prints that I wanted. We chose from Mr Peebles and And Smile and a little Edinburgh postcard to go with our Cornwall one.

At the bottom of Victoria Street you’ll find Hula. A perfectly decorated cafe with a huge healthy menu with lost of GF, vegan and veggie options. We never went past when we were in need of food but went in for a smoothie and a cold brew.

The Chia Fields smoothie for me and a cold brew for him.

I wore

Star shirt – TK-Maxx

Turtle neck – H&M

Jeans – Primark

Coat – Long Tall Sally

Gloves – Accessorize

Bag – Carara Designs on Etsy

Boots – Deichmann

Monkey Print Shirt

Celine debuted a pair of silk trousers with a monkey pattern on them at their AW/17 runway show. They are total heaven and couldn’t get the print out if my head. H&M have reinterpreted the pattern and created a shirt dress ( pictured) and a skirt. H&M added adorable crowns to some of the monkeys. They remind me of Hanuman. Anyone else a real R.E buff at school?

It’s really starting to feel like Autumn, which means I can wear more earthy warm tones. My tan vintage leather jacket paired with my dark brown Osprey are perfect tones to work with the pattern of the blouse ( dress). The pussy bow collar is usually such a frumpy look but paired with a denim mini skirt makes the whole look a little less granny chic and more 70’s hun.

i wore

jacket – vintage ( alternatives here), dress (worn as blouse) – H&M, skirt -Next, boots – Just Fab, Hand bag – Osprey, earrings – H&M

and the trousers that sparked my obsession Celine