Where I haven't been blogging consistently recently, I have acquired a couple new things that I haven't properly shared with you, so I thought I'd do one big video sharing all the new bits. I'll be editing my wardrobe a bit more over the next month or so before my Spring Capsule Wardrobe so this a good half way point to also help me to see what I have and what I still want to add!
For a hot minute it almost felt like Spring was round the corner, then I woke up from that dream and realised it is still February and it is freezing again so I better not put away those chunky jumper just yet!
However, it hasn't stopped me from dipping my toe into some spring styling and outfits, one of which I am sharing with you today.
Through the likes of street style and the ultimate babe Monikh I have fallen in love with chunky boots and slip style dresses/skirts. I had a sudden lightbulb moment when looking through my wardrobe and suddenly put this dress and these boots together and just thought YES! I wanted to keep the whole outfit quite neutral so added my check trench and mini bag to finish off the look.
TRENCH: MANGO | DRESS: MANGO | BOOTS: H&M | BAG: DKNY
Following on from Thursday's post I wanted to share with you some bits that might come in handy if you also decide to go plastic free!
Reusable Water Bottle - I never drink enough water and sometimes your out for the day and are really thirsty so pop into a shop to pick up a bottle of water - a plastic bottle. Instead, buy a reusable one like this one from Stay Sixty. I specifically like this one because you can unscrew the bottom section of the bottle to give it a proper good clean, whereas other ones I always struggle to make sure it is properly clean.
Reusable Beeswax Wraps - Can you see a theme here with reusable products? Yeah me too and I had never heard of these before looking into to using less plastic! But they are so cool and everyone should have them in their lives. My plan is to take them with my when shopping and if I buy meet from the butchers etc I'll ask them to wrap it in these instead. I think it will definitely be easier to do at independent stores rather then larger stores but that just means I'll be helping the small businesses which is never a bad thing!
Paper Food Bags - I think these will definitely be handy to have incase you're using all your beeswax wraps and need to wrap up a sandwich for lunch or something. I just think they are so much better than plastic sandwich bags!
Reusable Coffee Cup - If like me you sometimes like getting a fancy cuppa coffee whilst out or love the seasonal drinks that come around each season but don't want a coffee cup that isn't recyclable because of the layer of plastic over the paper, then get yourself a reusable coffee cup, the one I've linked is also super cute so win win!
Metal Straws - I went out for a few cocktails the other night. Every cocktail I was given, I had two plastic straws, then afters went for some food...MacDonalds and I got a meal deal with a drink and oh yeah another straw! It's crazy how many plastic straws are being used! So I'm going to be buying these straws and popping one in my bag for future use!
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year or so, you will no doubt know the horrific plastic problem. Since becoming more conscious about my wardrobe and closing the loop in fashion, naturally I have delved deeper into the world of recycling more and wasting less. Of course, I am definitely not perfect and still fall into the fast fashion pit from time to time as well buying a flapjack wrapped in plastic for a snack on the way home from work.
But this year I wanted grow what I have already learned and make not only my wardrobe more sustainable but my lifestyle too. So me and my sister have joined up to see what changes we can make for a plastic free month. I'll be keeping a note of what I buy everyday and whether there is any one use waste or I buy anything that cannot be recycled which I'll put into a big blog post at the end of the month along with hopefully a few tips I have learned along the way as well as what I found most challenging.
In the meantime, I have linked a couple interesting reads on this topic below which I found quite insightful and helpful to know before starting this.
Also you can sign this petition here to UK Supermarkets to ask them to 'ditch throwaway plastic packaging'.
I have apologise because I have been terrible at blogging these past few months and it’s been down to a few things but mainly it’s been this huge style and creative block that I’ve been having recently.
y recent attempt and fail at the 10x10 showed me that I was trying to hard to be someone I’m not. So I’ve sat down and written a list of what and where I want to develop my blog and I thought I’d share that with you alongside some photos I really love
- e-design the blog into a slightly different format. I’m super into minimalistic layouts and blogs and I don’t feel like mine really represents me.
- Focus on my instagram feed and taking photos of things in the moment and sharing. I love taking photos and this year I want to really focus on film photography and also editing my photos to look grainy like film (like these ones in this post). I love the look and effect film photography has and want that to be part of my blog more.
- Share more than fashion. I’ve recently been looking into eco friendly sustainable beauty as well and I want to incorporate more posts on that on the blog too. Also I want to start a lifestyle section, I am welcoming a little four legged friend into my life in May and want to give him the best but also in a way that is not bad for the environment so I want to share my findings on that with you guys too. Plus other bits like small business homeware and recycled bits and pieces. s well as joining the war on plastic - more on this in Thursdays post.
I thought I’d use this post to brainstorm and share my ideas of where this blog is going just to let you know that things might be changing round here but hopefully for the better!
I recently listened to a podcast about Sustainable fashion and then ordered a book by Lucy Siegle because of it. I’m also currently reading a book about Yeonmi who was born in North Korea and escaped. These little snippets of my day to day discoveries and finding are something I want to share with you all but wasn't sure how.
Today I thought I would start a little section on my blog to share things like this and more it could range from an article about Sustainable fashion to a new app I’m loving. I was inspired by Liv from What Olivia Did and her weekly email of Sunday duvet reading. I feel like it is great to share stuff like this because you never know a book you recommend could really impact someones life in some or way or another. Right enough of me rambling, lets get into this...
The High Low - I have been listening to the fabulous Dolly and Pandora on their amazing podcast for a while now and always find they have interesting things to say! I float in and out of listening to podcasts, sometimes I can go for ages without listening to one. But I always come back to The High Low, which is essentially about the high brow and low brow news of the week, which means you can be laughing your arse off one minute and be listening to a serious conversion about feminism the next, which I think is the perfect balance. IF you haven't listened to the show before then I highly recommend!
Fashion No Filter - Created by Camille Charriere and Monica Ainley, a podcast that goes behind all things fashion. The one episode I wanted to specifically highlight to you was called Eco Warriors, and was one of the reasons I decided to right this post in the first place! In the episode, they talk to Lucy Siegle author of To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World, which I will discuss more below. As well as the VP of Operations and Sustainability at my favourite sustainable brand ever Reformation, Kathleen Talbot. It was such an interesting listen and I downloaded an app and bought a book straight after listening to it which is definitely a good sign! (Both are below as sharing is caring)
In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom - Written by Yeonmi Park, she tells the chilling, true story of how she and her family fled North Korea. This is the book we chose at a book club I recently joined. I am only 5 chapters in but I am already captivated by Yeonmi's description of what it is really like in North Korea and her story. I have never read anything like this and I am not usually one to read non-fiction, but this book is definitely changing my view!
To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World - So as I mentioned earlier, this book was recommended via Fashion No Filter and is written by Lucy Siegle. I have only had a flick through so far ( I am one of those people who can't read too books at the same time) but I definitely think it will be an interesting read. I wanted to add it to the list as I thought if any of you were interested in becoming more sustainable (which I hope you are as your reading my blog) then it would be a good piece to read.
Not my Style - One app to recommend this month and again I discovered it when listening to that episode from Fashion No Filter. It is basically an app that uses your location to share with you how much the clothes shops around you share about the women and men who make our clothes. It rates fashion brands on how transparent their supply chain is, including if they share information about their factories, how much they pay the staff who make the clothes, and what ways they are improving working conditions. The brands are rated ranging from a star being the best to red being the worst. Now that I work in Covent Garden it is actually so interesting and insightful to see which brands come out on top!
That's all I have to share with you guys this month, but I am hoping to make this a monthly section and include all of the above plus any new sustainable brands I discover or any interesting news pieces/blog posts that I have read.
Recently I have been in a serious style rut, and it has been so difficult to put an outfit together that I truly love. So I have turned to instagram and some of my current favourite bloggers for some style inspiration.
Looking at the images below it's pretty clear to see what kind of things I'm drawn to...
My plan now is to go through my wardrobe and see what I've already and what I want to add to my wardrobe so I can feel a bit more myself again!
I am a bit behind, the winter 10x10 challenge started on 19th Jan and finishes in 2 days, but I have seen them before as I follow the lovely Caroline Joy from Unfancy and Lee Vosburgh from Style Bee who are huge inspirations for me and make capsule wardrobe and have always wanted to give a 10x10 a go. I was going to have this blog post up last week in preparation so I could do a before/picking out my 10 pieces and the rules etc and then a post 10 days later to show the outfits I created and what I learnt from the experience. However I got the flu so I am now behind schedule and will be doing this but all a week later then planned!
My 10x10 challenge will start tomorrow and if you want to follow along I will be sharing my 10 pieces on my instagram tomorrow morning and there will be a daily outfit picture too. Then we’ll get down to the good bits in Sunday 4th Februarys video (omg how will it be February already?!) and talk through how I thought it went and all that jazz.
SO today I thought it would be best, especially if any of you haven't heard of the 10x10 challenge before, to share all the 'rules' (I use that term lightly), what to include and what not and also the links to Caroline and Lee's blogs because they are both amazing and if you haven't heard of them before, you seriously need to check them out!
The Basic 'Rules'
1. You can pick any 10 items from your wardrobe to wear
2. Create 10 different outfits using the items over 10 days
Super easy and simple to follow which I love, and it will be a good chance to really see what is and isn't working for you in your wardrobe (well that's my aim anyway).
Tops | Bottoms | Dresses | Shoes
Accessories | PJs | Gym clothes
Just a few things, which I shall be doing tonight, is to have a little look at the weather and your diary to make sure that you pick the appropriate clothing! There's no point picking out heels and summer dresses if it's going to rain all week and you have no need to wear heels!
I hoping some of you who haven't heard of the 10x10 challenge will join me tomorrow to have a little fun. And if any of you started the 10x10 on time unlike me, please let me know in the comments below how you've found it so far!
P.S here are the links to the wonder Caroline and Lee's blog who are total capsule wardrobe guru's and super cool so make sure you check them out!
Sorry I haven't been keeping up with the blog this month, I was hit hard by the flu and was pretty much out of action for the past 2 weeks, so I am a bit behind schedule, but it's better later than never to do a January detox I say!
And when I mean detox, I mean clearing out my wardrobe of anything I haven't worn so far so probably won't wear going forward this winter. Clearing out all the things that are weighing down my wardrobe as I start to feel that horrible I have nothing to wear feeling, why can't it be summer already! My winter uniform is the basic jeans, jumper and boots combination and after wearing it so many times, I tend to feel tired with my look and get a bit into a rut. I am sure all of us feel that way!
So today I thought I'd talk through some tips on how to declutter your winter wardrobe and put some life back into, because believe it or not it's not summer for a while yet!
1. Do you ever feel that because you love a certain style or colour you buy multiple of the same or a different item of clothing that is slightly different but basically the same. You justify it by saying that if you have something similar that you wear all the time then surely owning more than one of it would be good. But in reality it's just clogging up your wardrobe with more 'stuff' then is necessary. So dig through your wardrobe and pick out any pieces that are similar and choose just one. Also you may have one item that is looking a little worse for wear because you loved it so much, maybe it's time to replace that too.
2. Ask yourself if the pieces in your wardrobe are versatile. All the pieces in your wardrobe should be able to work in at least three ways with other existing items in your wardrobe. If a certain piece doesn't then maybe it's time for it to go as it clearly no longer works for your style.
3. Use the one in one out rule. I have not been following this rule recently, especially over Christmas, but I think it's an important one to help keep your wardrobe at a manageable size. I want to try and stick to this rule a bit more this year, so everytime I decide I want to add something new to my wardrobe, I'll do a mini clear out to decide what is and isn't working for me any more.
4. Try not to hold too much sentimentality to clothes, as at the end of the day they are just inanimate objects. If you haven't worn a piece in your wardrobe for the last few months and don't feel that same great feeling putting it on as you did when you bought then it is probably time to get rid. Also, as I get older I am becoming a creature of comfort and would much prefer a pair of trainers over a pair of heels any day. You are much more likely to wear something if it is more comfortable then painful, so sort through any pieces that are uncomfortable as you probably only have because they look good. But they only ever look good sitting in your wardrobe all the time and whats the point in that!
5. Finally, don't forget to get rid of your clothes that you no longer want in a sustainable way! If the pieces are still in good nick then put them on ebay or Depop and make some money (which I am sure all of us are in need of in January, pls let it be payday already) and if the pieces are a little worse for wear then recycle them.
Here’s to the first Outfit post of the year! Although these photos were actually taken last year, whilst we were at our little country inn. We had the most perfect cold, frosty, sunny day whilst we were there and I wore the perfect cosy outfit to go.
I have literally lived in these jeans recently, I’m sure many of you who follow me on Instagram would agree, but they are just so comfy so why would I want to wear anything else! I had to wear my favourite vagabond boots which are around 3 years old now, as they are so comfy and good for stomping around the countryside in! Finally the jumper, coat and bag are new additions to my wardrobe. The bag was a secret Santa present and I am just obsessed with it. I haven’t stopped wearing it since I got it! The jumper is from Uniqlo and I picked it up in the sale, I love the ribbed detailing and high neck. Finally the coat, which was not a Sustainable purchase! I have definitely been caught up in the moment and bought a couple bits that aren’t sustainable but I know this is a piece I will have for years as I just love it so much.
I’m hoping this year that every purchase I make has a small impact for good here possible and make even more changes to my wardrobe to be as Sustainable as possible!
COAT: MANGO | JUMPER: UNIQLO | JEANS: HM CONSCIOUS | BOOTS: VAGABOND
We are now officially in 2018 and I couldn’t be more excited for this year! But today I thought I’d start off with my reflections on the past year and the goals for this coming year.
2017 was one hell of a year, I really loved looking back at this past year. I recently did a reflection on my insta stories of all the amazing memories I’ve had over the past year which was great fun and I loved looking through other people’s. It also got me thinking about how everyone’s lives are so different and something I wanted to highlight, which Liv Purvis mentioned in her stories which I totally agree with, is that everyone’s successes are different and everyone is on a different path. In 2017 I really felt the pressure to be as ‘successful’ as the other people around me and the people I follow, but looking back over the year has shown me that actually I have made a few accomplishments of my own and that I’m on my own path and as long as I am happy and sticking to what I love then there’s nothing more to it. I especially struggled on the blog with the comparison to many other bloggers hence why I took a little break through December, which really helped me know what I want to do and where I want this blog to go. So with that in mind, here’s my goals for 2018...
1. Work more on photography for the blog - specifically film photography
2. Do more yoga and work at my fitness routine
3. Buy a puppy
4. Try and pass 3 exams from my ACCA (accounting qualifications - my full time job is an in house accountant)
5. Save money towards a home of my own
6. Spend even more time with family and friends having great memories
7. Do something that gives back - could be in relation to the blog, watch this space
8. Explore more sustainable beauty and other areas of my life that I could make more sustainable and share on the blog
9. Do something exciting that I have never done before - not sure exactly yet but something like sky diving would be cool
10. Make room for more me time (which I say every year but I think is so important to remind myself to do it!)
I know the above is just whats in my head and not fully detailed but thats all I have so far of things that I would like to accomplish this year and now I've written it down here I know I can always come back to it if I am ever feeling like I've lost track of what I am meant to be doing. Do you guys have any New Year Resolutions/goals, if so let me know in the comments below.
P.S. These photos were taken on our recent trip to The Trout at Tadpole Bridge near Oxford, which is the cutest inn in the countryside and a great little escape if you ever need it!
As I mentioned in Sunday's post, today I will be sharing with you a gift guide with tips of shopping for more sustainable gifts and some ideas for those who can sometimes be so difficult to buy for (I'm talking about you Dad!)
Buying ethically made and sustainable gifts is the best way to support your small, local businesses and share unique gifts with your loved ones. It's so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind that is Christmas and end up not knowing what to get anyone so below I've got a huge gift guide for you all to hopefully help!
For the Jewellery Lover
I know jewellery is such an obvious one for a present, but I still 100% think it's a good idea. Especially if it is personalised or unique. So instead of heading to Pandora or the likes head to independent stores online or boutiques that sell more unique pieces. I think it means so much more and is extra special when that person knows you've really hunted down this one of kind piece just for them.
As I mentioned in last weeks post, a close friend of my has her own jewellery line called Pina Jewels, of course I am going to give her a special shout out because every single piece she hand makes is beautiful and at a really great price with pieces your loved one can wear every day. This is the link to her Easy store here. Etsy in general is a really great place to hunt down unique jewellery from independent stores!
The Hostess with the Mostess
If you know anyone like me who is obsessed with homeware than this little section is for them! Since redecorating my room I have been on the hunt for really cool, unique pieces for my room. Again with the jewellery having that special piece in there home will not only look great but have a great story behind it too. Below I have linked some pieces that I think are great to buy anyone how has just moved or is a homeware obsessive like me from blankets to candles, those finishing pieces always make the difference.
Trio of rustic cactus pots | Gallery Frames | Quote Print | Large Lopez Vase | Monochrome basket | Copper Candlesticks | Set of 2 Ceramic 'Lan' Vase | Plant Print | Pottery Print | Personalised Apron | Recycled Wool Blanket
This is one of my favourite things ever. Creating your own hamper for a someone special with all their favourite things or little things to make their days better is just the best idea. For instance, if you know someone who gets stressed easily and doesn't take that all important time to relax and have some real me time ( I mean we all should do this more anyway) then why not create a pamper hamper which has their favourite candle, something cosy like socks or a hot water bottle, a good book they want, and maybe some premium chocolate to munch on so that they can use all these things to create their own little me time and it will be just that extra special because you put it all together for them! It could be anything from food to musical to mini homeware pieces!
Cashmere socks | Their favourite CD | Their favourite Candle | Bath Salts | Polariod Camera | Polariod Photo Frame
For those hard to buy Guys (this also be a great gift for girls too)
I always struggle when buying for my boyfriend, brother and dad. Instead of buying physical things that they will either not like, get bored of or end up throwing away, buy a gift to do an experience of some kind. It could be something they've always wanted to do or somewhere they've always wanted to go. There's an idea for every kind of budget and I've listed some of my favourites below!
I hope this has helped if any of you are stuck on what to get your loved ones! Let me know in the comments below if you have any more ideas for Christmas presents?
I have been so excited to share this all with you guys! Christmas is known for a time when we panic buy things other people don't really want and usually overspend! This year I wanted to a big post on how to do Christmas a little more money smart and sustainable. Along with what to buy, below I'm also sharing tips to have greener, more sustainable Christmas from the dinner to decorations. Because it just so much information I want to share with you guys I've split this post into two. Below I'm sharing some top tips on how to make Christmas more sustainable and in Wednesday's post there will be a huge gift guide!
1. If you do buy a Christmas tree, there is always a big debate over real vs. fake. For me we have always bought a real tree so I could never buy a fake one as it just doesn't seem right to me. However, there a few rules and options to follow when buying your Christmas tree. Firstly make sure that it is sourced close by so it hasn't travelled millions of miles to get here, secondly make sure it is grown ethically and the tree farm you buy from follows the soil Association rules. Alternatively you could purchase a potted Christmas tree like we did last year, so you can have it in the house and decorate during the festive season and move it out to the garden for the rest of the year.
2. When decorating your Christmas tree consider what lights you are using. Using battery powered lights (with rechargeable batteries) or LED lights are a lot more efficient as they use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent holiday lights. Andy don't forget to switch them off when they are not needed!
3. Make an effort to reduce food waste by planning meals carefully and shopping from a list. Freeze or give away leftovers or incorporate left-over ingredients into new dishes. We always use any left over turkey to make a turkey curry that will last a few days after Christmas or a turkey pie is also a good choice!
4. Speaking of food, I recently found out that a lot of our food that we have at Christmas travels a long way before it reaches to plates. So when you are planning your Christmas meal, think of all the seasonal vegetables that you could use and head to your local farmers market to pick up all the ingredients. This will not only reduce your carbon footprint but also the food will taste so much better because it's local!
5. Now you've bought all your presents and are just about to start the tedious task of wrapping them. It's crazy how much wrapping paper is not recycled every year and how much of it goes to waste! This year try using some brown or recycled paper and make it your own with festive stamps and foliage along with some string for that cute rustic look. Alternatively, you could make your own or buy a little Christmas sack for each person so that they can be reused every year, which I think is such a cute idea if you buy personalised ones! Not on the High Street do a great selection.
6. My final tip is related to present buying, which I will go into more detail in Wednesday's post. When purchasing presents make sure they are not wrapped in lots of plastic and consider shopping locally and at more independent stores. I think nothings better then a thoughtful gift that is unique and special to the person. It give's me that warm fuzzy feeling inside! Also don't go out and buy 10 billon things for one person who will no doubt end up throwing most of it away. Instead, if you're a big group, potentially do a secret Santa instead where each person puts down a couple of things they need. Or just restrict your family gifting to one present per person. So, for example, there are 7 of us in my family that buy each other presents, we are only allowed to buy each person one present from a list of things they need, that way the person only receives 7 presents in total. I also really like the introduction of the 4 gift idea - 'something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read'. I think this especially great for young kids, but more on this and what to actually buy coming your way soon!
This outfit was inspired by two of my favourite French icons, Jeans Damas and Anne-Laure Mais (Adenorah) with their simplistic outfits that always look so effortless.
So on a crisp, sunny day I put this combination together and fell in love with it. I always thought that a basket bag was strictly for summer but I love how it looks with my faux fur coat. These jeans from reformation work perfectly over my favourite boots. I love when you put together all of your current and old favourite pieces in a new way and end up with a perfect outfit.
I also want to highlight the stunning necklace I have on, which you can see in more detail below. My amazingly, talented friend has started her own jewellery brand and all the pieces are beautiful. They are great for every day and she does some perfect ones for layering. I will be doing a larger blog post in relation to all this, but just wanted to mention it now as we are getting closer to Christmas and I know that all her pieces would be perfect as presents for yourself or someone special.
What are your favourite wardrobe pieces?
T-SHIRT: COMME DES GARCONS | JACKET: TOPSHOP (old) | JEANS: REFORMATION (now in petite too) | BOOTS: NEXT (old) | BASKET BAG: VINTAGE
Sorry for the lack of posts this week! It's been a crazy couple of weeks, I'm currently redecorating my room so finding clothes has been a struggle recently, along with that I have been looking for a new job, so in-between working and decorating I've been heading to interviews so it has been pretty difficult to keep up with content for you guys. For the rest of this year my plan is to post at least twice every week, a video on Sunday and a blog post on Wednesday, just so that I can keep on top of things for a while, then in the new year it will back to the usual routine!
Anyway I have just accepted a job starting in the new year which is super exciting and feel like I am moving on to a new chapter of my life!
Today I am back with a video sharing with you my coat collection, I still have a couple coats which I want to add to my collection. I feel like a coat can completely change an outfit and love to have a variety in my wardrobe come winter to add over a typical basic outfit of jumper, jeans and boots.
Today I thought I would share with you 10 items of clothing that are essential when it comes to creating your autumn and winter capsule wardrobe. I always end up merging my autumn and winter wardrobes together because Autumn seems to be starting later and later every year (climate change is real people) and there are only ever a few days in December when its super cold. So I like to have a mix for those more random warm days and crazy cold winter nights. All the pieces I've selected below are ones that work well together for both situations as well for those christmas parties and work events that will be in everyones calendars over the next month.
My top 10 pieces:
Simple Jumper: &Other Stories | Blouse/Shirt: Urban Outfitters (old) | Rollneck: M&S (old) | Slip Dress: Organics by John Patrick | Leather Trouser: &Other Stories | Dark Denim: Reformation | Leather skirt: H&M | Cosy Coat: Asos via Ebay | Comfy Boots: H&M | Trainers: Adidas
In todays video I'm sharing with you my favourite Autumn/Winter looks will I will be wearing on repeat over the next couple months. All the looks use items of clothing which can be mixed and matched which I think is essential when building a capsule wardrobe.
Keeping it short and sweet today. I wore this look on Sunday when me and my sister went to our local farmers market, these photos were a last minute plan because I loved this look so much!
I’ve recently picked up a few new pieces to go towards my A/W 17 Capsule Wardrobe which includes this super cosy jumper from French brand Rouje - what I love most about this brand is that they only bring out around 40 pieces per season and are very set in their style and not trend led in any way. Also New are these leather trousers from &Other Stories. I’ve been wanting a pair of leather trousers for a while as I think they are such a staple to have in your autumn and winter wardrobe and it also gets me out of wearing jeans! I wanted a really good quality pair so headed for &Other Stories as I know that their quality is always of a high standard. I am so in love with these trousers so expect to be seeing a lot more of them on the blog soon!
In today's video I take you along with me to our local farmers market and show you how to make this super yummy pumpkin gnocchi.
I hope you enjoy and try the recipe yourself, here's the link to the full recipe.