Double Tartan

In these transitional days, it’s key to layer, one minute it’s windy and cold then like a summers day. The wool Topshop coat from last winter is back out and I know that lots of you are in love with this coat like I am. It’s such a timeless shape with amazing blue and peach patterning. Paired with my favourite tartan trousers. What’s life without more tartan?

With more neutral pairings of a grey Cola jumper from a vintage store that Hayden and I both love and white leather Converse. Of course, my Yumi red bag to tie in with the cola logo.

Really lacking in jewellery inspiration at the moment. Jewellery is so such a summer thing to me that wearing anything in Winter seams off.

Coat – Topshop Amazing alternatives ( here here )| Trousers – New Look | Shoes – Converse *| Jumper – Vintage | Shirt – Topshop | Bag – Yumi | Bag charm – Stella McCartney

Taken While waiting for dinner

Shot by – Hayden

Pale Blue & Bright Red

I’ve explored so many castles and ruins in Dorset but never Durlston Castle in Swanage. Hayden and I went to have a walk with family and take in the castle. We set off from Swanage town, walking all the way up and over the cliffs to the Castle. Taking in the view of the Needles and Swanage Bay as we went. Do go see Durlston Castle because it is a beautiful place the views are amazing and get up to the top floor via the spiral staircase inside, the views up there are panoramic.

These photos are of a thoroughly windswept me trying to show

i off my outfit and not fall to pieces over hunger, messy hair and having walked up a steep hill.

I wore

jeans – Primark | Tank – Topshop | Bag – Yumi | Charm – Stella McCartney | Trainers – Converse* | Sunglasses – Romwe

*gifted.

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.

Comparing, Compromise and Confidence

A post in the parts

Compare – ‘to examine two objects in order to note similarities and differences’.
Is it natural to compare myself to others constantly? Noticing where my friends succeed in comparison to my failers? The continuous notion of feeling a lesser version of myself based on an outward portrayal of others. This is easily manifested in social media. Watching people I digitally admire galavant around the world through my phone screen. Does this enrich my life or more importantly my personal well being?
In so few a words. Yes.

Knowing where I sit in the world is comforting, comparing yourself, if done right, motivates me to achieve and succeed. Does it matter that my friends have finished university at 22 and I still have a year left at 24? No. It matters that I am at university doing what I love and we are in the same position of working out where we stand in the world together.
Comparing yourself to be like someone else is a waste of time. You will never be that person. So don’t waste your time trying to be. Be inspired or motivated by your comparisons, but be who you are. Find your interests and use them to your advantage. In primary school, I used to get bullied for wearing clothes I loved. I questioned my choices and actions and tried to fit in with the ‘popular people’. Even after these modifications, I was still me but in the wrong body. I wanted to wear my favourite clothes but wore what everyone else had, and was still picked this time for trying to fit in. I learnt from my mum that if you can’t join them beat them. I wore exactly what I wanted and stopped comparing myself to people who aren’t my peers.
I compare.

Compromise.
Compromise – ‘acceptance of standards that are lower than is desirable’.
I hold myself to the highest standards, on purpose because I know my capabilities. I’ve always known what I’ve wanted and stuck up for it. I don’t compromise, my personal feelings or my outward emotions. If I’m pissed off, you’ll know.
that saying ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’. Is total rubbish, if you’ve been hurt, pissed off, or mad as hell, let it be known. Shout from the roof tops. My voice won’t be quashed by being polite, I won’t compromise for the benefit of not hurting you when you have hurt me.
I won’t compromise.

Confidence
‘the feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something’.
Having confidence within in yourself comes with time, I’ve learnt that the hard way. I was never confident in my capabilities, knowledge, personality, any part of my life. I was a shell of who I was meant to be. That awkward teen stage hit me hard. I retreated within myself. I felt like everyone was so together and charming, yet I couldn’t string a sentence together in front of a stranger. Then I got my first job, working in a clothing shop and earning some pocket money gave me freedom and confidence to do things I’d have never done before. The unattainable was now within grasp. A Lulu Guinness bag I had wanted for months was my first purchase when I got paid, it cleared my account but it didn’t matter. I had this bag and nothing could stop me. The bag was symbolic of my arrival into myself. My confidence came from a purchase that meant something to me and it just went from there. I tried new things and sucked at most of them, then tried more, made friends had adventures. not I can crack jokes and be charming in front of strangers and not care.
I am confident.

I WORE

Dress- Miss Suki | Jeans – Primark | Shoes – Dr Martens | Bag – Stella McCartney | Earrings – ( old sorry) sunglasses – Forever21 (old)

Mini Skirts and Alice Bands

I am in of summer.

I feel like it’s been an eternal winter and can’t wait to be able to get my legs our even more. There was just the hint of sun recently and I got so excited, I dug out this denim skirt and felt very summery. I think everyone around me thought I was crazy because they were in gloves and scarves.

Anyone else in love with the hairband trend for SS/18? I’m so glad I kept this one from years ago to work into looks for this season. Versace, D&G and Elisabetta Franchi all showed gold head wear in their SS/18 shows.

I wore

Skirt – M&S | Jumper – Next | Boots – similar here, here | Bag – Stella McCartney | Hair Band Similar herehere

Feminine White Shirt

It’s almost spring and I’m so excited to wear cotton dresses and feel the sun on my skin. Fingers crossed for a few trips away in the sun. The sun finally came out for a few moments and I couldn’t wast the opportunity of wearing the best buy of 2018 so far. Broome Street peplum shirt from Kate Spade is heaven. I’ve been on the hunt for months for a crisp white shirt and found exactly what I was looking for at Bicester Village. If you’ve not been, really do go. The is a plethora of shops for you to take advantage of.

Jeans – Primark | Jacket – Vintage | Shoes – Next | Bag – Stella McCartney | Shirt – Broome Street Kate Spade | Earrings – Lovisa | Necklace – Lovisa | Sunglasses – Primark

Thank you

The Curly Haired Girl

Body Positivity

Aren’t smart trousers everywhere? I finally found a pair that are cropped and a little different to the pattern you see everywhere. I wore them all day and they were the comfiest pair of smart trousers that I think I’ve ever worn. Added a V neck jumper and some leopard print court shoes. SS/18 is all about interesting heels and the heel in these shoes are so chunky but with a tapered edge.

And yeah you can see my tummy in this jumper, so what. I felt great in this outfit and don’t really care that you can see my tummy. I think I look cute and sassy and that’s all that matters. Move on.

Shoes – Next | Jumper – Vera Moda | Trousers – Next | Bag – Stella McCartney | Earrings – Stella & Dot Rebecca Minkoff

Shout out to my mum for the photos.