Sunday, September 30, 2012

sunday portrait week 136

001. It's been a while since I've done one of these huh? I don't know why they've stopped. I post my face on this blog constantly so it felt like it was a bit silly doing this because I started it when I didn't show my face so much but hey. It's Sunday and I'm currently sitting at my laptop trying to plan the week ahead and try and get some solid thoughts and posts ready to post on my blog!

002. This week I've been to and from London once again. I went to a TresSemme event for the launch of their new Texture range on Tuesday night at the Heron Tower and we ate at Duck and Waffle which was actually incredible. The food was never ending and the wine was flowing. I'm sure a few of us a bloggers were nursing a sore head the next morning! I stayed at Emma's with Kate and then the next day we popped to a Clarisonic event. Then this weekend I went down again for some freelance work and to sort a few things regarding my new house (see point three!). I also ate a lot of food and was very very lazy, The best kind of weekend (:

003. Other awesome news from the weekend has to be the fact I have a new house! It's all signed and will be paid for tomorrow so all I'm waiting for is a move in date. Hopefully it will be about two weeks, but considering this week has flown by I'm hoping it will come around sooner rather than later! No more dreaming about storage or sleeping on floors! I literally can't wait to have all my nice things around me and access to all my stuff. I'm really struggling without my usual skincare, hair care, makeup collection and most importantly my lack of shoes! One pair is simply not enough.

004. Blogging burnout seems to have subsided a bit over the last week and I'm getting inklings about getting back to it. It's probably been a month now since I went a bit missing in action from the blogging world- and honestly I'm so happy I've taken a step back. It's refreshing in some ways to not worry about things like what time of day to take photos, if I'll have time to post before I go out, replying to PR enquires, making sure I have enough content for the week. I've been blogging pretty much daily for three years now and been doing it "full time" for the past year. It got to the point where I felt stale and although not forced I just didn't really wanna sit down and do it. I think it's so easy to get burnt out, uninspired and feel like you're not relevant anymore in such an over saturated and constantly changing "game". Honestly I can't say how inspired and refreshed I feel after taking a little leave and planning what's next for my two blogs and what I want to do next. What excites me most is that my new room has absolutely perfect lighting so I can't wait to set my tripod up and snap some images. I never really wanted to be a "full time blogger", it was just something that happened after I finished university. While I do a lot of freelance projects with various brands, I don't know if it is time for me to get a "real" job and stop living the blogger dream!

Monday, September 24, 2012

where are you?

image 1: primark jacket, ebay ring
image 2: monki dress
image 5: with zoe & topshop dress
image 7: primark dress, asos high tops*, zara bag, vintage coat

So, What's going on right? Basically I've been trying to move house for the past three weeks or so but it completely fell through last weekend and Im currently back at my Mum's in Ludlow. Unfortunately we had one of the most nutcase and unhinged landlords (his names Karl Evans and properties in the Clapham/Balham area, ooh name and shame!) left us in the lurch by literally treating us like children and storming out of our contract signing. It's not the end of the world as I do have somewhere to stay at the moment. But the major downside is because I work from home I couldn't really stay with friends in London as I really don't wanna be a huge burden. So I've moved home for a bit. I've seen places I like over the past few days and hopefully I can keep looking while I'm away so my flatmate can go check them out. Everything goes so quickly in London and in the area we want to live it's a real struggle getting a 3-4 bed at the moment.

Obviously my blogging schedule is completely out of the window and I really haven't had any time to blog let alone trying to think about what to post about. All my stuff is in storage now and I can't lug my tripod and tons of clothes or makeup around with me so it's going to be a bit tricky for a while. So I'm going on hiatus for a bit. I'll be back for sure just whenever I actually have a proper roof over my head in London again! I'll post some sporadic updates when I can, but I think instagram outfits might be all I can muster up for the time being!

I know most people understand where I'm at and why I can't blog at the moment, and I really appreciate your patience and understanding while I'm away. I just thought I'd do a official post on it as I know not everyone follows me on every social media platform under the sun!

Monday, September 17, 2012

london fashion week ss13 day three

(photo by Jaime from Boy Meets Fashion)
bralet: new look
skirt: H&M
jacket: boohoo
hat: asos
scarf: river island
shoes: swedish hasbeens via sarenza*
bag: zara

The wonderful and ever so talented Jaime from Boy Meets Fashion kindly took some outfit snaps for me on Sunday Afternoon and sent them over to me today. I spent Sunday at LFW doing street style for some get the look features I'm planning on doing at some point. I also wore Xen Tan Absolute Luxe Fake Tan if anyone is wondering about my brownness. I didn't like it at first and the hefty price tag really puts me off the idea of repurchasing it but the colour is stunning. Tanned without being too orange as this is the colour I naturally go in the sun!

Sorry I'm all over the place at the moment and the blog is really, really suffering as a result of it all! I'll update you all tomorrow on my personal goings on. Things have messed up a bit in my life but I shall get things up to speed tomorrow and what's going to be happening with the blog going forward!  Anyone who met me over the weekend can see how stressed out I was about work, blogging and home so it might be nice to get it all out in a blog post! Dear Diary, Mood Apathetic.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

LFW Snaps

Just some snaps from Felder Felder and one from Moschino. I have more shows tomorrow so hopefully some more snaps! I had an amazing seat at Felder Felder so was able to snap away happily and actually get a fair few good shots! And then last night at Moschino Cheap and Chic I was able to admire the FROW. Alexa Chung (wearing a JW Anderson x Topshop jumper!) Daisy Low and Kelly Brook were across from me and Gemma it was amazing!

Friday, September 14, 2012

london fashion week ss13: day one

(photos by Lily from What I Heart Today)

jacket: beyond retro
dress: asos
necklace: primark
bracelets: black tied* and topshop
bag: zara
shoes: topshop
nails: models own bubblegum* & topcoat i'll reveal soon!

I'm absolutely physically and mentally drained and it's only day one. There is something about the air during London Fashion Week that positively kills me. I had to dip home for a few hours to recover between shows, take a disco nap and blog. I've been to Zoe Jordan and Bora Aksu so far and then off to Felder and Felder (my fave!) and PPQ tonight. Possibly off to the PPQ Afterparty but I don't think my body can take it! I've been going to LFW enough now to know I'm never going to get street snapped like Rumi or Susie. So I just went with comfort in an easy and stylish way. I wore my favourite ASOS oversized dress and my "transformer" Primark necklace with my Topshop boots and a little jacket I got from Beyond Retro. I actually really like my outfit today because I felt comfortable, simple and stylish without being over the top. I've found basically one of the only reasons some people go to Fashion week is to look outrageous! I just think London Fashion Week is so weird as everyone really pulls out all the stops and then there are some people that literally look so effortless stylish all I want to do is bottle that bit of coolness and live that look myself! Le sigh, Sorry if this doesn't make sense. My brain is broken. I'll have coverage to show you all tomorrow though (:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

leather sleeved jacket

vest: asos
skirt: topshop
jacket: river island
boots: topshop
hat: topshop
bracelet: black tied*, claires accessories*, regal rose*
nails: essie cute as a button

I think I might be obsessed with leather (or faux leather) sleeves! This is a recent addition to my jacket collection from River Island. I tried this little beauty on a few weeks ago in Westfields and then had to ask the Internet if they thought I should buy it. Obviously the answer was a resounding yes and I swiftly went to check out. I bought it home and my two housemates ending up getting it as well. It's completely sold out online now and I have a feeling it might be sold out in store but don't hold me to it! Debuting my new collarbone piecing today as well as I feel they have healed suitably well considering they were a mess when I first had them done. I'm really happy with them and love how they have turned out! I got the first set done back in April on my Birthday but my plan was always to get two lots on each side so I went back and got the second set done earlier last month!

Monday, September 10, 2012

sweet cheeks

dress: asos
jacket: river island
necklace: topshop
boots: topshop
socks: primark
bag: zara
bracelet: claires accessories*
nails: essie cute as a button

Today I had a few meetings about London Fashion Week so I wanted something easy and something I could just throw on. I've been eyeing up this midi on ASOS for a while now and thought it was about time I bought it. It has a really low back which means finding a bra is quite difficult so I will need to look into that. I know you can get those low back ones though so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Midi is a new length for me but I actually really like it on me, I think I've ever so slightly outgrown the mini and I actually find it really odd wearing short skirts! I always thought midi's wouldn't flatter my short legs but it doesn't actually look all that bad! I have to admit I've really got my moneys worth with this khaki and leather jacket, It's perfect to throw on over anything for a more grungy look! I highly recommend investing in something like this, even though everyone and their mother seems to have a coat like this!

I had my phone stolen this weekend and Im moving house this week so everything is a bit messed up and Im super stressed out. Things seem to have fallen back into place today thankfully, so it's not too bad! Trying to relax a bit and calm down! Tonight I think Im gonna chill and watch a soppy film or something!

Friday, September 07, 2012

feeling this

top: asos*
jacket: missguided*
bracelets: claries accessories*, topshop & black tied*
ring: topshop
necklace: regal rose
nails: maybelline ceramic blue* and urban outfits twinkle

Gosh I feel like this is definitely one of those ~"courtesy of"~ blog posts which I personally really dislike. I'm all for a bit of product placement within the blogging industry, I get why it happens and how it benefits brands and bloggers. But If I'm honest, I personally really don't really enjoy blogs where almost every item is gifted. I feel it takes away from the personal element a tiny bit and I can't put my finger on why it rubs me the wrong way so much. Even from a blogger point of view who regularly gets offered stuff I find it tedious seeing it, so I have no idea how it looks to people who just read blogs. Mini ranty blogger rant over. The outfit.

I kept it simple with a huuuugeeeee massssiiiiveee overrrriszedd tee from ASOS, my ol' faithful american Apparel leggings and a recent addition to my wardrobe this pleather and denim jacket from Misguided. The ever so lovely Sara said I could pick a few items to style and this was one of them I knew I just had to get my grubby hands on. I think the mixture of denim and pleather sits really well together and gives it a bit of an edge to a pretty boring outfit! Also pulled out my River Island Flatforms today, I haven't worn them in a while in favour of my beloved Alvin's but I forgot how nice they look on. I think they really flatter my figure and my legs!

Thought I'd include the video I filmed earlier as well as it's the same outfit so you can kinda see it moving a bit! I added the necklace later as it felt a bit plain without it!

video: metallics @ westfields

To follow up on my post about A/W Metallics heres the video that goes alongside the post. I'm so happy with the outcome of the video as I'm always so nervous when someone else films me! I wish I could do more stuff like this in the future on my Youtube Channel! Will have to see if I can look in to getting someone to film me! Hope you enjoyed watching as much as I enjoyed being a part of it!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

video: asos military haul

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jumper: asos*
shirt: asos
collar brooch: asos
skirt: asos*
hat: asos
boots: tophop
bracelets: claires accessories & black tied*
rings: H&M and topshop

Recently ASOS asked me to make a haul video based around the theme of Military. I'm big on Military inspired pieces at the moment so of course I jumped at the chance to do so. I've been asked loads on Youtube to do some styling videos based on the trend but I'd already planned to just pull all the bits into outfit posts on here. I shall link them all in the bottom bar of the video as I go along though.

One of the items I picked, this oversized green Aran jumper is something I've wanted for years. My friend Sophie wore one once and I was literally green (punny) with envy when she told me it was vintage. Flash forward a few years and it's one of those items that I've always wanted but just haven't found the right one. I got this in size 12 which is actually a touch too big for what I wanted but it will do just fine. It's a oversized cut so if you're looking to buy I'd say stick with your usual size rather than size up or down. I paired it with this leather mini skirt which is just perfect. It has the right ammount of stretch and looseness so you can wear it comfortably without having to worry about sitting down and it ripping at the bum or something!

Tonight I'm popping off to Fashions Night Out. I was supposed to be at a Topshop x JW Anderson event but Im desperately trying to find somewhere to live at the moment as I'm being kicked out on the 19th September! Im really sad I had to miss that as it was my first time being involved with Topshop events wise, but I have to be a adult about it and find somewhere to live first!

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