Wednesday, 20 September 2017

OUTFIT: Bringing Back My Childhood Style

Speak to my Mum about my style as a child and she'll tell you of the times where I practically lived in dungarees and would scream at the thought of wearing a dress. Dresses weren't practical for tree climbing and back then I much preferred the company of boys and that definitely influenced the clothes that I wanted to wear. Since then though I've never even considered wearing dungarees again, despite my Mum believing that I could still rock them just as well at 20 years old. They've been back in style for a while now and it's taken me ages to give in and try them again, much to my Mum's delight and she was right; I can definitely still rock them.

I spotted these on ASOS as I was browsing for some style inspiration for my shoot with Kaye, I never intended to buy anything but these caught my eye and I couldn't forget about them. The way they were styled on the website, with white converse and a plain t-shirt really called to me, it was simple but something different than what I'm used to. I knew I would love them as soon as they arrived and I had visions of pairing it with white converse style shoes and a stripy t-shirt, similar to how ASOS had styled them, and my vision has finally come alive. I'm pretty rubbish at putting together outfits, I just don't have the eye for seeing what goes together like some people do so I really surprised myself when I put this look together, it might be simple but I'm so used to just grabbing a pair of jeans and a baggy t-shirt from my wardrobe. These dungarees are from the Tall range on ASOS but they do these same ones, and so many more colours and styles in the other ranges too!

The shoes were a Primark bargain at just £7, I refuse to pay converse prices when I don't walk in my shoes so cheap Primark ones are perfect for me! The top is from New Look and altogether this look really represents the brands that make up my wardrobe: ASOS, New Look and Primark.

I think this outfit has definitely shown me that sometimes stepping out of my comfort zone can often pay off, oh and that I should probably listen to my Mum's fashion advice more.

Dunagrees: ASOS Tall | Top: New Look | Shoes: Primark

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Harry Potter and How It's Shaped My Life

Just a few months before I was born the first Harry Potter book came out, I didn't know it at the time but it would be a book and film series that I would come to love, a comfort during the dark days and an escape from real life. I remember seeing my Mum's HP books on her bookshelf as I was growing up, seeing another book added to the collection every now and then and I just really wanted to know what all the fuss was about. The first film came out in 2001 so I've grown up more with the films, rather than the books but my collection sits proudly on my bookshelf and I remember reading them, and then re-reading them, as my love for books grew. I immediately connected with Hermione, especially during the times at school where I was bullied for spending my lunchtimes in the library reading, so I haven't just loved reading the books and watching the films, they have also really helped me during the bad times. As J.K. Rowling said 'Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home'.

When it comes to the films I definitely have my favourites, Prisoner Of Azkaban being one, and they are films that deserve a fitting screen to watch them on. The Panasonic Ultra HD 4K TV is the perfect screen to capture the masterpieces that are the Harry Potter films, I imagine the Battle of Hogwarts scene in the final film would look particularly spectacular on the high definition screen. When I was living with my family we had a HD TV and I honestly thought that it wouldn't make much difference, I was so wrong though, you can definitely see the difference if you flick between a HD channel and a normal channel, the bright display and sleek design really doesn't compare to a standard TV. Even the thinnest of TV's can still look bulky but this one looks stunning, it's designed well and would add to an environment, rather than taking away from it.

I feel like Autumn is the perfect time to snuggle up under some blankets and watch the Harry Potter films, there's something about them that just reaches out to me on cold and dull evenings. Perhaps it's their ability to always put a smile on my face, as long as you don't pick one of the films with a ton of deaths in. I think it really takes me back to my childhood though, watching my Mum add to her book collection as every new book came out, seeing the queues of people wrapping around book stores as they wait in anticipation. There is such a buzz and a spirit surrounding Harry Potter, and an instant connection with fans as well. Recently HP fans gathered at Kings Cross station in celebration of The Hogwarts Express once again leaving platform 9 and 3/4, with Harry's son Albus on board. From the outside it might seem silly to celebrate something like this but I love that everyone is keeping the story alive, as it would be a real shame for the generations to come to not experience the magic of Harry Potter. I certainly couldn't imagine my childhood without the books and films.

I was 14 when the final Harry Potter film came out and seeing how Hermione, a character I connected with so strongly, had bloomed into this confident and intelligent young woman gave me such hope that things would improve for me. I was sad when the series ended, and I cried very ugly tears during the final film, but I always knew that the books and films would be there whenever I needed them.

How has the Harry Potter series shaped your life?

*This post is in collaboration with Panasonic.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

10 Items You Need in Your Autumn Wardrobe

I am by no means a fashion blogger, far from it in fact, but I am really enjoying doing more fashion and style posts every now and then. Today I thought I'd take it back to my early blogging days and do a wishlist style post, mainly because it's been too dark all week to take photos for beauty posts! Also though, I do have a wishlist as long as my arm full of gorgeous Autumn pieces that I'd love to have in my wardrobe. I've been trying to step out of my comfort zone more, picking bolder and more statement pieces and for me now is definitely the right time to do this as I'm really loving some of the Autumn trends that are filling the highstreet right now and this is just a small selection of some of my favourites.

New Look Mink Layered Collar Belted Coat | New Look Black Suedette Embroidered Block Hell Boots | Next Berry Colourblock Cardigan | Stradivarius Faux Leather Biker Jacket | New Look Yellow Faux Fur Pom Pom Scarf | Vila Frill Sleeve Jumper | New Look Rust Flower Tassel Drop Earrings | Topshop Floral Cross Body Bag | Primark Colour Block Jumper | Topshop MOTO Slim Leg Dungarees 

There are 3 colours that I can see myself wearing a lot this Autumn, and Winter: mustard yellow, light pink and deep purple. Up until a few weeks ago I didn't think I could pull off mustard yellow and pink has always been a colour I've disregarded which really goes to show just how much my style has evolved in the space of a year. I'm also still really loving the embroidery trend, as well as anything with some simple frills on. I'm starting to warm to all of the tassel earrings that have been filling the highstreet as well now, although I can't wear them yet until I get one of my ears re-pierced as the hole closed up last year! I'm going to keep stepping out my comfort zone though, trying new things and experimenting with different prints and patterns in particular.

What trends will you be embracing over the coming months?

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