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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Inspired By Mustard









When I say "inspired by Mustard" I don't mean the condiment, I mean Jenny Mustard the minimalist vegan food blogger. We have followed each other on Instagram for a long time now and we started chatting recently when I became vegan. She gave me loads of helpful tips and places to shop, I also look to her blog for food inspiration too! Our styles, in a way, are very similar. Mainly focusing on bright white backgrounds, white hair and lack of eyebrows... We both decided to do a little challenge for ourselves and create a look inspired by the other person. I've taken inspiration from a lot of aspects of Jenny, her outfits, makeup, hair, settings and even tried some of her poses. One of my favourite things that she wears is her fishnet top with a black bra underneath. It's really simple but daring. I matched that with a skirt that I've had for a long time and always wanted to show off! I had never found the right time until now. Jenny is often seen wearing her winged eyeliner and dark red lipstick so this is what I chose for the look although I added the dots under my eyes from one of my fave photos of her! When I look at Jenny Mustard's photos of herself I see an elegance in her arms and hands. She holds them in a way that a ballerina or doll would, I think this is one of the best things about Jenny, although it's such a small detail. I think the hardest part of this photoshoot was the hair! My hair is obviously a lot longer than Jenny's but I managed to clip it up to look shorter (after many attempts may I add). And after trying short hair I think I might incorporate it into more of my own pictures. If you are vegan or want to try vegan recipes I really recommend taking a look at her blog.

You can find Jenny Mustard's social media pages here:

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Grow A Pair!







I am a big, fluffy, purple monster in my new coat that Ben (my boyfriend) got me for Christmas. This raggedy wonder is the result of me complaining about how I'm always cold; not due to my dislike of wearing multiple layers but my bad circulation may I add; and it works a treat! When I described it as a "coat" I'd say it's probably more of a cardigan, but it's definitely warm enough to wear in freezing weather which I have already quite a few times, and let's face it... you're not going to be able to fit an actual coat over the top of it. The top I'm wearing is fab! It says Grow A Pair with a picture of the female reproductive system on it which makes much more sense than what that saying usually means! I've matched these with just black jeans and my favourite new shoes which are the faux snake skin Doc Martens my momma bought me for my birthday.

 Shag Jacket - Lovers and Drifters
Grow A Pair Top - Valfré
Black Jeans -  TopShop
Faux Snake Skin Doc Martens - Office

Friday, 1 January 2016

NEW YEAR 2016













Hi guys! Obviously it is New Years Day and I hope you all had a great night last night but this post is about thinking of New Year resolutions and how you can start the year in a more positive way. I didn't know what photos would be relevant to this post so I just put together my favourite selfies from 2015. This is my way of looking back at how much I changed over the year and also some of the photos have a lot of good memories for me personally. Just putting together these photos has already made me feel more positive about myself and what is yet to come so I'm sharing some ideas that I have with you so you can feel more positive too. You've all seen people post about how their New Year resolution is to lose weight or to save more money or to drink less; all very good ideas to improve your lifestyle. However I always feel that people say these things from a negative point of view. I think there are better ways to think of your resolutions and to make them more approachable and doable. For example instead of saying "I need to lose weight this year because I got too fat in 2015" it's a lot better to say "I'm going to love and look after my body this year by eating healthier and exercising more." This is just an example of a New Year resolution by the way and obviously everyone has their own ideas of what they want to achieve this year. If you haven't I have got a few ideas that are self-improving, achievable and fun (and aren't based around losing weight or drinking less)! But before looking at the two sections I'm going to write down for you I thought it would be a really great idea if you wrote down a list of 10 positive things you did in 2015. This can be absolutely anything from getting a promotion at work to just helping an elderly lady across the road. It can be something big or something small, just something you're proud of is what you should write down and take a moment to think about. Of course there are always things that you could have done better, just like anyone else, but the focus should be on the positives! I've split my ideas into two categories. One is Self Improvement and the other is Helping Yourself By Helping Others.

Self Improvement


1. Start a journal/blog
Whenever I see someone with a journal full of things they've done or ideas they've come up with I always feel like they've got their life together. Being able to write down your thoughts and feelings every day is truly cleansing. It's like leaving all your troubles on the paper and it means that the next day you can start afresh without anything on your mind. Alternatively, you could start a blog which is similar! Writing about what you spend your days doing and why.

2. Read 50 books in 2016
I've seen a lot of people doing a challenge of 100 books a year but I thought that 100 might be too much for people with busier lives. Of course if you hit the 50 mark you can always read more, but at least you have a starting number to aim for! This is self improvement as it helps activate your imagination and adds new words to your vocabulary (and surprisingly more fun than scrolling through Facebook for an hour)

3. Start a new hobby and dedicate one day a week to it
Starting a new hobby of something you really enjoy makes you feel wonderful about yourself. Not only do you get to have fun but you also get to learn new skills and achieve small milestones that boost your self confidence each time you cross one off your list. A few ideas are playing a sport, learning how to cook new meals, learning a new instrument (or picking up the one you never got the hang of when you were little) and learning a new language! The sports will keep you active, the cooking and instrument will keep you creative and learning a new language will open the pathway to new people, jobs and cultures!

4. Write a list every morning of 5 things you love about yourself A lot of people struggle with self confidence and it's a lot easier for bullies to target people on the internet these days, but in the end your opinion of yourself is most important (after all you have to live with yourself every day). Everyone has good points and everyone is attractive and smart in their own way; that's the beauty of being an individual! However, some people get caught up on what others say and forget their good points which is why it's important to remind yourself each day. Doing this will boost your self confidence and create an invisible shield against any negative comments throughout the day. Think of your favourite facial feature, your best skills and the nicest parts of your personality and write them down!

Helping Yourself By Helping Others

1. Donate to a charity each month

This can be any charity in the world (and there are plenty out there). Whether it's a charity for a certain disease or a charity for animals, there are thousands of organisations out there who need the money to help others. There are charities for just about anything and even by donating a small amount of money each month you can make a massive impact to someone else's life. If you really have a passion for a specific issue but don't know how to help this is the perfect way to begin.

2. Compliment at least 1 person every day
As a blogger I've had my fair share of mean comments and although I've got tough skin, it's not pleasant to know that there are people out there who take the time to make someone feel worse about themselves. You as an individual have a choice every time you speak to someone or open the comment box on a photo to say something nice or point out everything that you find unappealing. I can assure you that writing a horrible comment isn't going to make yourself any more important, wealthy, popular or beautiful than the person you are putting down. Nothing is better than seeing the smile on someone's face or the happy comment back to a compliment you've given them!

3. Become vegetarian or vegan (or just cut down on meat)
What's better than saving lives and being healthier?? Not much in my opinion! I've been a vegetarian since I was 11 and it was one of the best decisions of my life. Not only has eating less meat been proven to be healthier but you also save cute little fluffy animals! If you feel that there is some reason why you can't become vegan or vegetarian (some people can't for health reasons) then you can simply try cutting down your meat intake every week. It makes you feel better in body and mind!

4. Get in touch with a family member or friend that you have lost contact with

Family and friends are things to be cherished but unfortunately a small fall out can lead to big consequences such as cutting out all contact from one another. A lot of people regret situations like these but are too stubborn to be the first to say "sorry" or "i miss you". If you have someone in mind while reading this then send them a quick text to see how they're doing. It might even be the best decision of 2016!

This has been a long read but I hope it's helped some of you find a better New Year resolution than "Lose Weight" or "Stop Drinking". Love yourself and others this year and may it be a happy and successful 2016!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Velvet Dreams






Whenever it gets near Christmas I bring out all the velvet! I think it's such a nice material to wear in winter because of the dark, rich colours and the warm thickness of it, that's why I'm wearing it double in these photos! This top and skirt are from Rokit Vintage. I love the top because of the shape of the neckline and because it reminds me of the dresses from the 1600/1700s. I usually tuck tops into high waisted skirts but this time I thought the top was too nice to cover up and it made quite a smooth silhouette too. The skirt is black velvet with a small slit in each side. With the skirt added it makes me think of an ice skating dress which is appropriate for this time of year! I added sparkly tights, a padlock choker and some chunky boots as always. I actually wore this outfit to the Marilyn Manson concert I went to in November which was the best ever!

 Because the top and skirt are from Rokit Vintage they are one of a kind, however I did see the same top on there in slightly different colours so head over there if you like it! It's also great if you need a last minute Christmas present for a vintage loving friend!

Velvet Top - Rokit Vintage (similar)
Velvet Skirt - Rokit Vintage
Sparkly Fishnets - We Love Colors
Chunky Boots - Public Desire

Saturday, 12 December 2015

The Ragged Priest Girl Of The Month







What a great present for my birthday; a feature on The Ragged Priest website for Girl Of The Month! I was so happy when I was approached to be December's girl because I've always been a big fan of their clothing as you can probably tell by my Instagram. What's even better is that I got to wear the new Christmas collection for the photos! All the clothes are perfect for a Christmas or New Year party because there's lots of sparkly sequins and fancy details like the gold clasp that holds together the straps on the black velvet dress. My favourite piece from the collection is the dress in the first photo because it made me feel cute like a doll. I first intended to take photos of me decorating the Christmas tree I ordered but it still hasn't arrived so I just improvised with some Christmas decor instead. I really loved taking these photographs because it's put me in a festive mood and now I'm so ready for the 25th! Press >HERE< to take a look at my interview with The Ragged Priest and the links to the clothes are below too! I hope you all have a fab Christmas!

Also it is my Granddad's 100th birthday today so I'm dedicating this little blog post to him! Happy Birthday Gdad!

Photographer - Ben Siviter

Genie Cami
Vamped Dress
Underground Sweat
Never Been Kissed Prom Dress (similar)

Monday, 19 October 2015

PASTEL








The lovely ladies at Dolls Kill sent me this dress in the post saying that it reminded them of me and that they thought I would like it. They were absolutely right! Not only is it straight up my alley with the colour and the word PASTEL written across it but the material feels so smooth and I just love the neckline and the slit details. The neckline really reflects what a lot of people are wearing at the minute, I've been seeing lace up details on shoes, skirts, tops and now on a dress too! For those who are a bit more dark, there's a black version of this dress with GOTH written across it so you won't miss out. I really enjoyed taking photos in this dress although it was so risky whenever the wind blew as I couldn't wear pants underneath (major VPL alert!). Apart from that I felt really girly and cute because of the frilly socks and the fluffy bag I matched the dress with.

Pastel dress - Dolls Kill
Fluffy bag - The Ragged Priest
Fishnet tights - We Love Colors
Frilly socks - Primark
Lace up cleated heels - Public Desire

Monday, 5 October 2015

Pebble Collector







It's a surprise that any of these photos actually got taken because I was so distracted trying to find the prettiest pebble that I could. I'm glad they did though because these are probably my favourite photos that I've posted on my blog so far. I love how the background and my outfit all synchronize with blues and whites. I'm wearing one of my favourite bras on top of a cute white tshirt because I've always wanted to post photos of it but it's a bit see-through! (compulsory #freethenipple hashtag) I tried to find it on the website to add in the link and found myself ogling all of the pretty lingerie for about 40 minutes. I had to pull myself away before I did something drastic e.g bought everything on the website. They don't sell it anymore because I bought it so long ago but they still have loads of cagey bras in different colours that are similar! I think a bra like this can really make an outfit a lot more interesting and it means you don't have to bother with a necklace because of the detail at the top (although I like adding a cute choker with it sometimes!) When I originally bought this skirt it was a size 20 and was down to my ankles. I loved the material so much though and altered it to my size, a plus is that I've never seen another of this skirt anywhere! I have always been in love with these shoes but the moment that I had to walk across a rocky beach wearing them I felt like our relationship was over. No other shoes would have completed this outfit though, especially with the white fishnet socks. The last part of my outfit is the sunglasses which will always have a place in my heart because they are the first sunglasses that actually looked ok on me!

Sunglasses - Poppy Lissiman
Top - Charity Shop
Bra - Topshop (similar)
Skirt - Charity Shop
Socks - Primark
Shoes - Public Desire