WHY IT'S TAKEN TIME TO DEVELOP MY PERSONAL STYLE

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

WHY IT'S TAKEN TIME TO DEVELOP MY PERSONAL STYLE

To say I love fashion, is simply an understatement. I live and breath for it. However this often isn't quite reflected through my own personal style. Although I avidly follow the latest trends I still find that sometimes I haven't quite developed yet my own unique sense of fashion. Sometimes I stare at my clothes rails, frustration bubbling up inside of me at the mix match of clothes that lay out before my eyes. However, though perhaps my collection of clothes does not have the qualities of a capsule wardrobe it does however speak volumes about who I am and what I like. 

I am specific about the clothes I buy. I don't tend to buy clothes on a whim. I often don't buy items the moment I see it. If I am in a shop I will often wander around for an absolute age with an item in my hand until I decide I definitely want it. If I'm online shopping, an item will often end up in and out of my shopping basket more times than you've had a cooked breakfast. 

However through all my toing and froing over the past year or so I have managed to really home in on creating a wardrobe full of pieces that I love.  It may not be a fully cohesive statement wardrobe, but it is one that is filled with treasured pieces. For years I would often just buy things I liked at first sight purely because I wanted it or it looked nice at the time. And though of course that shouldn't stop you buying something, most of the time I ended up getting no wear out of these items because it didn't quite go with other pieces or I perhaps didn't love it as much as I first thought.

This is why I believe developing your personal style really takes time. Good old fashioned time. 
It took me time to realise that when I buy items I should consider things like, what can I wear this with? How versatile is it? Will I wear it more than once? These things have helped me now develop a wardrobe that is filled with items I not only love but get plenty of use out of. 

Being so particular about defining my personal style is something which held me back from owning a watch for so long. In fact the last time I owned a watch was back in my school days where I proudly donned a Harry Potter watch each day. Wish I still had it now tbh. 

I felt like a watch really needed to be an investment and something that is true to your personal taste. Often I would see a watch and think yes that is so nice (like this Rose Gold watch I was obsessed with for about a week) but then I would think about wearing it day to day and realise it didn't quite reflect my style. I wanted something delicate and quite feminine without being too girly. I wanted a leather strap which could cohere with my everyday outfits. I wanted a plain watch face which was also still quite appealing. 

Finally this year I managed to find a brand which reflected my taste very easily and I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work with them too. I am writing this from an open honest opinion too and not just saying this because we are working together. I have been approached by watch brands in the past but had to politely decline because the watches did not suit my style in my opinion. For me Adexe watches completely encapsulates the minimalistic yet perfectly stylish type of style that I adore. Plus not only do they produce some beautiful watches but the items are all very reasonably priced which is very important to me as I am a budget friendly blogger.

Not only has the watch arrived exactly to my taste but the genuine leather strap is comfortable to wear and has suppled nicely to fit the shape of my wrist (which are weirdly tiny btw). The face seems nice and sturdy albeit looking a little delicate at first. At initial glance I did wonder if the watch would be slightly flimsy with the face being so delicate but after wearing it for nearly two weeks now I can safely say that is not the case. I am really pleased with this watch and think it's the ideal reflection of my style and has made a great asset to my wardrobe!


*This post was kindly gifted by Adexe Watches London (all opinions are my own)

So as they always say, everything gets better with time (truthfully though that is a bit of a half true saying - what about age? That doesn't really get better with time). Before I ramble on though, playing on the concept of time I do believe that my sense of style improves year by year and I have been able to whittle down my selections to become classic pieces I know I will use time and time again (How many times can I say time in this post).

Does anyone else believe their personal style has improved with time?


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FESTIVAL BEAUTY ESSENTIALS WHICH GOT ME THROUGH GLASTONBURY

Sunday, 13 August 2017

FESTIVAL BEAUTY ESSENTIALS WHICH GOT ME THROUGH GLASTONBURY

Hello my beauties...

Today we are chatting about Beauty essentials perfect for taking to a festival. With the season well and truly in full swing with the likes of Glastonbury and The Isle of White already behind us - yet ones like Reading, V and Bestival still to go it's safe to say we are in the midst of one of the most fun times in the summer. 

During your time at a festival, to be honest you don't want to be worrying about any time consuming beauty routines as you'll be too busy shimmying down with a can of rekordalig in hand. So I've compiled together a lil old list of the top essentials to take to a festival.

1. STAPLE MAKEUP ITEMS

When it comes to festival packing I tend to try and minimise my makeup bag as much as possible because (1) it's good to save space and (2) I tend to try not to wear too much makeup and go all out with glitter instead. My staple items tend to be long wearing foundation & mascara, a neutral shaded bronzer, concealer with good coverage and an easy to use eyebrow pomade. All the little odds and ends like five different blush shades are definitely better left behind because of space.  For Glastonbury I took a L'Oreal BB cream as I didn't want a heavy base and liked the idea of a glowy, dewy natural look. Mascara wise I took my favourite YSL as it's a great build-able mascara for volume and definition which I can use just by itself. 

2. RELIABLE SKINCARE

As I like to wear minimal makeup as much as possible at a Festival it meant that having a good skincare routine whilst there is still important for me. I don't mean going all out and taking toners ect but one good cleanser, a moisturiser and an eye gel were my essentials. Therefore it meant I could tackle any breakouts and dark circles and try and keep to wearing less makeup and more glitter! My favourite item I took was this Peachy Fox London Collagen gel as it really works wonders for my under eyes, allowing me to look a little more fresh faced in the morning (you can read more about it here). 

3. SKIN KIND RAZORS

At a festival I like to get my legs out no matter the weather - wind, rain...snow. Okay maybe not snow. Not because I want to show off my pins or anything but simply because I find I get SO HOT at festivals. Even if it's pouring with rain because your either trekking a mile across a field to get to the next stage or else dancing around like a loon you end up finding yourself sweating buckets. So I counteract this by wearing layers on my top half and then allowing my legs to be out in the cool air to balance it out. Weird logic maybe, but it works for me. It means however that I want to keep my legs looking smoooooooth. So my Dorco eve razors are another essential for me as the movable razor head makes it so easy to use when you're somewhere that's not the comfort of your own shower.

4. EFFECTIVE DEODORANTS

Last up for me is a good effective deodorant. This really is a must. With queues to showers often being about an hour long most days, sometimes you end up going days without showering and just having a Mexican spray down instead (Deodorant and dry shampoo yourself so heavily that your left in a cloud of fumes). An absolute favourite brand of mine for years has been Dove and it's sweet fresh smelling scents. As previously mentioned in my blog before, I do a lot of physical exercise and tend to need a good long wearing deodorant and for me, Dove is the one. It leaves me feeling fresh all day without having to worry about body odours and this is exactly what you're after for a Festival too. Plus the new formula means it's extra nourishing for your skin too.




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POSTCARDS FROM GLASTONBURY - FIVE THINGS I LEARNT DURING MY FIRST TIME THERE

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

POSTCARDS FROM GLASTONBURY - FIVE THINGS I LEARNT DURING MY FIRST TIME THERE


Morning Honey Bees 🐝

Another list style blog post, I am on a roll!

So as many of you know (because I wrote about five thousand blog posts, tweets and instagrams on it) I went to Glastonbury this year. Yes. I broke my G fest V plates! What a time to be alive hey - it really did feel like that as I slid down the grassy banks towards to the Festival entrance that sunny morning late June. I had so much to look forward to in those five days of music and drinking and dancing in fields.

What I did not anticipate in those five days however is how much I would learn about me, my friends, and life in general. HEHE. Sounds like a deep meaningful thing to say, but here are five things I learnt at my time at Glastonbury.

1. ALL DAY DRINKING IS EASIER THAN IT SOUNDS

Yes that's right. Before going to Glastonbury I was terrified my Liver might depart from my body and make a run for it in the fear of drinking for 5 days on the trot. I mean, I haven't drank every day since University. And that was a long time ago. So beforehand I definitely envisaged dying of hangovers most mornings and potentially having to take it easy some days. However once you are there the atmosphere of the place completely takes over you. Drinking on a hangover suddenly doesn't seem that bad and the thousands of people around you having fun will completely lift those hangover blues. Basically what I am saying is your body will definitely surprise you and you will develop an alcoholic stamina you never even knew you had.

2. FRIENDSHIPS GET SO MUCH CLOSER

When you have to camp alongside each other for five days, help each other put up tents, do each others glitter makeup every night and of course do occasional armpit whiff checks for each other. It's inevitable that friendships will become even closer. Especially when a lot of drinking and dancing is also involved. Aka a lot of drunken declarations of love for each other happened. 

3. YOU'LL DISCOVER NEW MUSICAL LOVES

The beauty of music festivals is that they are so diverse in genres and of course everyone has different tastes in music so at one point you'll probably find yourself in a tent with your mate listening to a band you've never heard of BUT next thing you know you're bobbing along and planning on buying their album on iTunes when you get home. Aka when I took my mates to see London Grammar and they loved it. Or when I cried during the entire set of Barry Gibb because I didn't realise it was possible to love one man so much. 

4. YOU'LL NEVER SEE THE ENTIRETY OF GLASTONBURY DURING YOUR FIRST TIME

Glastonbury is huge. No seriously...it's absolutely bloody massive. I remember the morning we arrived we walked over the crest of the hill and seeing it all laid out in front of me was mind boggling - it literally went on for miles and miles. Huge big top tents and scattered across dozens of fields. It looked incredible (someone get me a tissue I am welling up just reminiscing now). So due to how big it is you literally don't have enough time to see it all. What with trying to squeeze in all your favourite bands whilst taking in as many day activities as possible there's going to be so many areas you miss. For example we missed out on the Unfairground (a warped subversive place filled with art installations), The Rabbit Hole (a hidden underground bar which can only be accessed by solving a riddle plus rumour has it there's a hot tub somewhere in there) and Temple (a huge Gladiator style arena dance floor).

5. FESTIVAL BLUES ARE A VERY REAL THING 

So you have heard of Holiday blues. Well Festival blues are also a thing, honestly. After slumming it in a field for five nights and waking up in the morning gasping like a fish because firstly the hangover thirst for water is real and secondly it's HOTTER THAN THE SUN because your tent has become a greenhouse. You would surely think therefore that you can't wait to get home and have a nice hot shower and comfy bed. However instead you will quite possibly find yourself crying into your Macdonald's on the way home because you just don't want to leave. Exiting the festival means leaving behind a world where strangers pass each other exchanging smiles and laughs, making new drunk friends is a given and going to bed at sunrise is totally acceptable because you don't have work the next day. Basically Glastonbury is a little world of happiness in it's own right where people are there to just have a good time with one another. Leaving that to go into the real world definitely sucks - queue post festival blues. 





I would love to hear about your favourite festival experiences. Drop me a comment below! 



TURNING TWENTY-SIX AND MY PLANS FOR THIS YEAR

Thursday, 3 August 2017

TURNING TWENTY-SIX AND MY PLANS FOR THIS YEAR
 

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So here I am writing to you from the new ripe old age of twenty-six. That's right. I've aged another year.

I want to keep this post short and sweet really so I won't delve too much into things. Every year goes by quicker and it makes you realise how precious time can be. I spend my Monday's at work wishing the weekend would come & before I know it Saturday is here and then it's over again way to quick. It's a vicious cycle of time just flying by.

So I am really keen to buckle down and start making the most of life. Such a cliche thing to write post turning twenty six but hey - it's true! Life is way to short to spend it wishing you did this and that. And that is something I am very guilty of. So here's to doing more things I love and definitely spending a lot less time procrastinating in life. In light of this I have compiled  a list of things I am planning/want to do this year:

TAKE A TRIP TO THAILAND

So this is something I have actually done twice before BUT it's because if you haven't guessed it. I am half Thai. My mum recently moved back out there last year which means that if I want to see my Mumma I have to take a 12 hour flight. It doesn't happen often this girl aint made of money -the times I have been before have been on family holidays. Now though I am saving up to visit there this October so I can see my lovely mother and also take Ollie there too for his first trip to Thailand. We plan to stay in Bangkok for a few nights then up to Chang Mai and then finally end the trip in Phuket. Fingers crossed the rainy season has come to near end by then! Has anyone else been to Thailand? I would be up for some recommendations for must places to visit.

SEE MORE CONCERTS

This year I am definitely embracing seeing more concerts and this is starting with Neil Diamond. Some people are probably like whaaaat who's that lol but I am not even ashamed of my love of ND. He is a true legend and has many many amazing songs. Plus I have a deep sentimental attachment to Neil as I grew up listening to him thanks to my Dad.
My Dad and I always wanted to go see Neil live in concert together however very suddenly my wonderful best friend of a father passed away a few years back and I never got this chance. So I am definitely making this year about seeing a lot of people I adore live - starting with Neil Diamond! Hoping Lana Del Ray might make it on to the list this year too. She's a must!

THE CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN PRAGUE

About a year or so ago my best friend moved to Prague. We hadn't seen much of each other before she left as I had moved to Ipswich and she lived in London. However once we then began living in two different countries, I realised how important it was to make sure I could see her when I can. So this year I am aiming to visit Prague as I've never been but am desperate to anyway as it looks really beautiful! Plus going at Christmas time I imagine would be lovely as they have Christmas markets there and I am loving the idea of wrapping up warm and drinking plenty of mulled wine. 

DO MORE CITY BREAKS

Speaking of visiting Prague this year, there are also lots more cities I would love to visit. A couple of months back Ollie and I went to Dublin for the first time which was amazing and pretty budget friendly too. In fact with most European countries being quite cheap to fly to (cheers Ryanair) I have realised I really don't have an excuse to not visit more places. Plus I personally don't insist on 5 star accommodation and would much rather stay in a budget hotel and use my money to do/see lots of things instead - so city breaks would be quite affordable all in all (hopefully). On the list would definitely have to be Barcelona, Lisbon and Rome.

HANG OUT WITH BLOGGER PALS MORE

Over the past year I have made some really lovely friends in the blogging community. 
However being friends over the internet can be so limiting to how far your relationship can really go. So I am definitely going to make more effort to meet up with people I have formed lovely blogging relationships with. Plus how nice is it to be able to hang out with people who have the same passions as you. My first hang out is actually going to be at the end of this month and we are planning on going to Peggy Porschen's. YES to all the cakes and cute pics!

EXPLORE MORE OF WHERE I LIVE

I started a little side part to my blog called 'discovering Suffolk' a little while ago however being the useless sod that I am - I have only managed to write one post. It's been a busy time recently and the one week we managed to call our British summer went by way to fast to fit in visiting many places. However I think it's always nice to try and explore as much of where you live as you can. There are always hidden gems to be discovered and more often than none it doesn't cost too much to take a drive somewhere and walk around. Definitely better than sitting and doing nothing ay. 



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