I recently shared a reflection of my 2018 over on my Instagram stories, but it’s been a pretty exciting year for me so I thought I would expand on it over on my blog, too. I even managed to tick a couple of things off my 30 Before 30 Bucket List, which you can read here, which I was not expecting to be able to do so soon!
I’ve got to admit, I was never one of those people who invested in classic pieces. I’ve been a student for the majority of my life so far so it’s only been in the last year or so that I’ve been able to do so. To be clear, I by no means have the money to spend hundreds of pounds on a piece of clothing, but with a bit of budgeting I can occasionally fork out that little bit more on pieces that I know will stand the test of time.
Whenever I go out to take pictures for my blog, I tend to get a bit self conscious when there are people walking past and looking at me. Naturally, my thoughts are along the lines of ‘I bet they think I look like a right idiot’ or ‘I hope they don’t say something to me’, because a surprising amount of people feel comfortable with throwing a little remark or two out there, especially when they’ve got some friends with them for that moral support! Luckily this hasn’t happened to me so far whilst taking blog pictures, but I do expect some negativity because after all I am literally just striking a few poses to my boyfriend who is taking photos on my iPhone. I don’t even have a proper camera at the moment so I can appreciate the fact that it’s definitely obvious I’m an amateur!
Recently though I’ve become so much more comfortable with who I am and what I’m doing, and today I realised that I couldn’t care less if people are looking and thinking I look stupid. I appreciate that I almost definitely do look a bit stupid and awkward standing in front of a camera/ iPhone, and similarly frivolous and vain for taking picture of what I’m wearing. But I really, really love doing it. Granted, getting my picture taken is my least favourite part, but I really like writing about clothes, and also having somewhere I can write about literally anything I want, even if only a few people end up reading it! I think this is a good mentality to have about life in general, not just taking pictures! Obviously, there’s a difference between not caring about what your boss or employer thinks about you, and someone who just loves a good gossip, because of course the former is important! And of course it’s not an excuse to go around being horrible either!
Caring what people think of you is only natural, and can be a hard habit to break out of, but it’s also so damaging if it stops you from doing what you want to do, especially because the majority of people have their own things to deal with rather than worry about what you’re doing! I think this fear of other people’s opinions comes a lot from not knowing people’s genuine thoughts. So many people say one thing about someone, and act completely differently to their face, which I think is what resonates with a lot of people, including myself. A lot of the time I’d find myself thinking, ‘if they can say horrible things about so and so, but be their absolute best friend to their face, what are they saying about me?’ and thoughts like these can stop a lot of people doing the things that they’re really passionate about.
I didn’t actually intend to ramble on this much, or dedicate a post to something #deep but I thought I’d just write about something that’s been on my mind, which is what I want this blog to incorporate away!
What I’m basically trying to say in a nutshell is, care less and embrace looking stupid more.
SKIRT | TOPSHOP (sold out, similar here)
JUMPER | PRIMARK (in store, similar here)
SHOES | PRIMARK (in store, similar here)
SHIRT | MARKS AND SPENCER (sold out, similar here)
FISHNETS | PRIMARK (in store, similar here)
BAG | TULA (similar here)
TGIF. I feel like I don’t have the right to say that since my structured days ended with my course last week, but this week has been incredibly busy and I’m beyond happy that this evening will be filled with friends, wine and board games. I swear I’ve never heard of a better combination than those three things, and my 2017 will quite possibly be made tonight as my friend has told me he has Friends Scene It – OH EM GEE.
It’s not been the easiest weather to take pictures in this week, I must say, because the wind will just not die down for more than a few seconds at a time. Does it not know that some people are trying to keep a consistent blog going over here? So inconsiderate. Thankfully we managed to find some shelter from the gales in a very glamourous car park so not all is lost, but unfortunately my windswept hair could not be saved. You win some you lose some.
I opted for a very sensible, weather appropriate outfit today (minus the bare ankles – one can only be so sensible.) This jumper has been an absolute life saver for me this winter, so you can imagine my panic when I couldn’t find it last week. Thankfully it had just managed to make its way into the chaos that is the bottom of my wardrobe (I can’t be the only one). It’s from H&M, who have been killing it with knitwear recently in my opinion. My jeans have featured on my blog before, and it’s no surprise that I’m including them again because they’ve hardly been off me since I bought them – I’d had my eye out for the perfect pair of light wash, cropped straight leg jeans, and I definitely struck gold with these. They’re the FAYE jeans from the Miss Selfridge sales, which means that unfortunately they may not be available in store anymore but you can find similar pairs pretty much everywhere on the highstreet at the moment if anyone is interested.
The shoes are my favourite aspect of this outfit, and tie everything together quite nicely I think. They’re covered in some kind of reptilian print (possibly snake? possibly some type of lizard? I don’t know but I like them) and have a wooden block heel. They’re from Topshop, and yes, I’ve done it again and included something that is no longer available – SORRY. I’ve included something similar down below though.
Anyhoo, time to crack open the rosè and brush up on my Friends trivia (like I need to brush up pfft).
JUMPER| H&M (similar here)
JEANS | MISS SELFRIDGE (similar here)
BOOTS | TOPSHOP (similar here)
BAG | LIPSY (similar here)
Hello all, I’ve had a bit of a break from the old blogging this week which was by no means intentional. I was struck down with a sickness bug right on the day of my first exam this week, which then nicely transitioned into flu like symptoms for the rest of the week. I’ll tell you now, it’s not the most glamourous situation to be sat at home surrounded by revision notes, a sick bucket, tissues and lemsip, but unfortunately that was my life this week. I’ll stop painting a picture now as the flashbacks are still making me nauseous! Anyway, now that I’ve finished this course I’ll hopefully have more time to focus on blogging whilst I’m job hunting and getting some experience – I’m still struggling to accept that I’m back in the real world after almost 4 years of student life!
I’ve been dying to dig my white jeans out from the back of my wardrobe since I said a teary goodbye to them at the end of summer, (I’m not melodramatic, I promise) and I really didn’t expect to wear them until at least May. But… *drum roll please* they are back out and here to stay! Was that not the most exciting announcement you’ve ever heard? Definitely worthy of a drum roll in my opinion. Recently I’ve let my hair down, thrown caution to the wind if you will, and decided that I’m not going to wait until something is ‘seasonally appropriate’ to wear it (within reason obviously – I’m not going to start whipping my sandals and shorts out just yet). I would like to point out that this is not the most adventurous thing I have ever done in my life, I am slightly more interesting believe it or not.
So – the breakdown of the outfit. The white jeans are the Topshop Joni style, which I have had for a couple of years now and they’re still going strong. The zip once completely broke and then managed to fix itself, so you could say these are miracle jeans. On top we have this AMAZINGLY soft jumper from Zara (honestly, just go into store and feel it), which has these hugely impractical but incredible statement sleeves which is a trend I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. I really like the simplicity of the colour palette of this outfit, and a solid black and white is a look I don’t really do that often. Finally, pulling together the alternate colour block are my simple black chelsea boots from Jones Bookmaker.
Right, I’m off to appreciate my newly returned health.
TOP | ZARA (in store – similar here)
JEANS | TOPSHOP
BOOTS | JONES BOOKMAKER (similar here)
BRACELETS | SWAROVSKI & LINKS OF LONDON