The everyday edition of the midi skirt

The everyday edition of the midi skirt

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography.

I think if I had to describe my style in few words, it would be a midi skirt and top/ jumper. I just absolutely adore them. I love how feminine they are, comfortable to wear, transition from season to season and how much of a variety there are on the market. I have always loved to wear them, particularly in recent years when I haven’t felt particularly comfortable in my body. I personally find them very flattering when worn in the correct way, and always feel comfortable with the look I have chosen. On the market, I think my favourite stores for midi skirts would have to be Zara, Mango and H&M. They all boast amazing patterns and colour combinations as well as a variety of materials and textures to help you choose the right look for you. With all this being said, I think midi skirts are great, however there are definitely different ones to suit different people. Hence why I wanted to discuss them today.

My favourite thing about the midi skirt: they work for every, single, occasion; throughout every, single, season.

Texture: Cotton, Sheer, Pleats

First things first, let’s discuss the different types of midi skirts out there. Remember, this is just the rules and guidelines that work for me and my body shape. So, I have a very hourglass figure, with a lot of shape to my hips. Therefore, I cannot wear any midi skirt with pleats or a straight cut skirt such as the latest silk trend, as they do not leave room for the curve in my figure. However, if your hips do go straight down, these styles will work for you, and look amazing! So, for me, I am much more of a cotton-based midi skirt lover, or the cheaper mesh material that you get often from high street stores. For me they allow for the shape of my hips and legs, and therefore look great with anything it is paired with. I also find that the opaque style that is really in now, where you have an underskirt and beautiful lace or mesh over the top also looks beautiful. It is such a feminine finish and look perfectly elegant at any time of day.

Patterns & Florals

 

My biggest piece of advice with regard to midi skirts is very much to just focus on what works for you and your body shape, rather than what is in style and everyone is wearing on Instagram. I have bought and given away many midi skirts now because they looked good on someone else and looked horrendous on me, the biggest reason being the design didn’t suit me. There are so many different prints and floral combinations on offer now, however that doesn’t mean that they all suit everyone. For me, I stay very much away from abstract patterns and stripes, as well as coral toned florals as they all wash me out and come across as very unflattering.

The Denim Look

I think one of my best versions of the midi skirt, for me and in general, has to be the denim midi. It is a completely timeless piece, that can be worn all year around, in many different ways, and amazingly through generations. All the women in my family have a midi denim skirt in their wardrobe, and we all absolutely love them. They are an effortless way of looking chic in the morning, paired with a t-shirt or camisole, sandals or boots, perfect for any occasion.

Shoes & Accessories

Obviously, this point is very dependent on the time of year and the occasion, but in general I find it very easy to create an outfit with a midi skirt. In fact, it excites me. I find that every look created is feminine and stylish, whilst remaining comfortable and appropriate for the occasion. So, the rules are simple really.

Casual evening look: midi skirt, t-shirt, over shoulder bag & heeled sandals.

Dress up evening look: midi skirt, camisole, clutch bag, pointed heels.

Casual day time: midi skirt, t-shirt, denim/ leather jacket, large tote, trainers/ flats.

Dressy day time: midi skirt, camisole, heeled sandals & oversized clutch/ bag.

 

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Skirt – Mango

Jumper – H&M

Shoes – Dune

Bag – Mulberry

Belt – Gucci

 

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I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

How to Nail a Job Interview

How to Nail a Job Interview

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

I have had this urge recently to really start introducing a work section to my blog. Not in terms of a job itself, but in terms of career choices, personal and work balance in life and changing your path. So today I thought I would start with how to nail a job interview. This isn’t so much going to be aimed at a specific career, but just the simple tricks I have learnt to help you feel less anxious about an interview and give yourself the best possible opportunity of being considered for the job. Most of the advice I am giving is based on what I learnt during my business A-level, as well as the interview process. Subsequently, I have also been on a few interviews and luckily managed to get the jobs. However, I think a lot of my advice also stems from running my own business and what I would look for if I decided to interview and take someone on.

I like to think of an interview that can be broken up into sections by your potential employer, giving you the opportunity to prepare for the questions and give the best possible answers.

A positive attitude

The most important part of helping your nerves or anxiety with regard to an interview is by simply pushing yourself to have a positive attitude. If you go in expecting the worst and generally feeling negative about the situation, the likelihood is that this will be picked up by your interviewer. Start by taking a deep breath every time you think about the interview and ensure that you prepare as much as possible. If you are prepared you will feel a lot more at ease about the situation, and it will be much easier to feel happy and positive.

Dress Code

First things first, your appearance really does matter. I am not saying that you cannot be yourself and let your clothes reflect your personality, but you do have to be the most professional version of yourself. Wear the smartest look in your wardrobe, obviously dependant on the job you are applying for. Keep your face makeup and hair clean and fresh looking, as well as your nails trim. Remember, that you don’t want to look overdone, but at the same time you need to look respectful. For example, if you are applying for a job in hospitality or retail, you are more likely to adopt the smart casual look, whereas a job in marketing or medicine, you would probably be more prone to wear a smart dress or suit.

Being Yourself/ Being Professional

The biggest thing about impressing during an interview is by being able to hold the conversation and keep your interviewer engaged with you. It isn’t just about having the grades for the job, nor the experience. It is also about showing that you are a friendly fun person, and someone that can fit into a team swiftly in order to make the transition easy for you and the rest of your potential colleagues. Don’t be afraid to share details about yourself and be very open minded when answering questions, whilst also keeping it professional. For example, relate an answer to when you chose to help a friend move to a new house, but never discuss getting drunk with said friend.

Asking Question

The biggest thing I like to do during an interview is ask questions myself. Ultimately, the interview isn’t just for the interviewer to see if you are right for the job, but also for you to see if the job is really right for you. Never forget to ask the essentials such as hours, pay, holiday, sick pay, place of work etc… as well as anything else you think is relevant. Also, I like to ask the interviewer questions too, such as how long they have worked for the company etc… Usually, this person is going to be your boss or someone you look up to within the role, so it is important to make sure you have a good relationship with them from the get-go. As many of us are aware, there is nothing worse than working a job where you cannot get on with your superior.

Honesty

My last biggest point is to always be honest in an interview, as if you lie or exaggerate the truth, it is going to catch up with you eventually. If they ask if you are good with a computer, and you say you are when you struggle, it is only going to make your life hard when it comes to working the job.

 

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Jumper – Lipsy

Skirt – Topshop

Boots – New Look

Bag – Gucci

 

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I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

2 + 9 =

Get the London look

Get the London look

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

When in London I feel totally inspired by the style. It really is like nowhere else in the UK. Everywhere you turn there is another beautiful outfit to admire, as well as a designer handbag catching my eye. In my eyes, it is very much on par with Paris, Palma and pretty much everywhere in Italy. I don’t necessarily like London, I am just very much a country girl who loves living in a slightly small town in my flat with the cat. I am definitely not one for that big city life, however I can very much appreciate that it is a magical place, and as I said, I will go for the day just to admire what people are wearing. Small doses! So today I wanted to talk about what makes up this style and why it is so different to pretty much everywhere else in the UK.

Ironically, ‘Made in Chelsea’ for me is the show that totally pin points the London style. The show is very true to what the city is actually like, in the richer parts obviously, but the fashion can be seen throughout the city. In the show you can see the style transformed from day to night, following the stars fashion looks throughout different occasions and places in the world.

Firstly, the biggest point to make is that I personally feel that the London style has completely transformed in the last five years, with a much more relaxed and casual vibe being adopted. However, obviously it isn’t quite as simple as a matching tracksuit being sported through Covent Garden. Trainers have really started to come into play now, as there are now so many different options available. Paired with jeans, a structured top and a trench, this for me is a statement day time London look. Cool and chic, whilst also giving off a very effortlessly put together effect. Even more so with a Louis Vuitton Neverfull flung over the shoulder. This is a look I have seen time and time again when wondering the streets of the big smoke, and naturally it is a look that I have very much started to implement myself.

The designer handbag has always been a staple piece of many Londoners looks, but in recent years they seem to have been worn in a very different way. When I think of a designer handbag look in London, I instantly think 90’s glamourous granny with pearls, wearing a straight cut dress and a very bold handbag on the crease of her arm. This for me is what I aspire to be like when I hit my 80s. Now, designer handbags seem to be bought and worn by a much younger generation, worn in a more relaxed way than before. You may see someone with a causal-jeans look with the Gucci Marmot over their shoulder, then you can see someone in their Sweaty Betty gym wear, leaving yoga, holding a smoothie and a Classic Flap Chanel on their arm. They are no longer a special occasion accessory or ‘to match an outfit’ item, they are a staple piece with any look worn on a day to day basis.

Lastly, the evening look. What I love about London is that you can really dress up in the evening. Wherever you go, it is normal to dress exactly how you want and be as glam as you desire. Here in Bristol, that just really isn’t the case. I love the simple looks worn in the evening in London, most of which seem to come from our trusty friend, Zara. Silk and lace are very much the new texture of 2019, with sexy camisoles, midi skirts and rock stud heels to complete the look. All put together with an oversized coat, or soft leather biker jacket. I absolutely adore this style and really enjoy how individual pieces from an evening look are then transformed into a wearable day piece. The style in my words would be described simply as ‘effortless’ and ‘chic’. A few of my favourite Londoners for their looks include Millie Macintosh, Vogue Matthews and Victoria McGrath.

 

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Coat – Zara

Jeans – H&M

Trainers – Mint Velvet

Bag – Gucci

 

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I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

The new way to wear denim.

The new way to wear denim.

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

So today I wanted to get my fashion voice on, discussing one of the newest trends, which is denim. Denim has been around and loved for many years now, however in the most recent SS19 campaigns, it is apparent that denim has been taken to a new level. Not just what is on the high street, but also how we choose to wear it. For me, this first became apparent when I visited M&S to view the latest range from Holly’s Must Haves which was all focused-on denim, hence why it was named the ‘denim edit’. Subsequently, I purchased one of the pieces from that collection (full price FYI), and I have had the opportunity to really explore how I like to wear denim, particularly from this one piece.

“I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” – Yves Saint Laurent.

Denim now goes so much further than just blue jeans, but don’t get me wrong, I am still a sucker for blue jeans. In fact, I don’t think I ever really leave the house on a casual day not wearing jeans, unless I am in my gym kit. Denim just oozes style, whilst also remaining casual and comfortable. My go to is always a pair of jeans with a jumper on a casual day, as well as jeans, a t-shirt and a blazer when I want something a little more chic. They are so versatile, and the texture and material itself can be changed up incredibly well depending on the look you are going for. So how best to we achieve these looks?

My biggest rule of denim… match your look to your colour tone.

Nowadays there are so many different variations of denim, and I feel like me all very much have our own style and colours that we prefer to wear that suit us and the other clothes in our wardrobe. For me, the three colours in my denim collection are very light blue denim, dark navy denim or black. However, this season I have branched out a little and bought myself a brighter blue denim dress. In general, I find that most tones of denim suit me, and it is more the style that don’t. All my jeans are either skinny or boot cut, simply as they are the only ones that work. I would love to be able to pull off a mom jean look, but quite frankly they just make my legs look short and stumpy! Therefore, I use what does suit me. It is all about experimenting with the different colours and styles, mixing it up with other pieces, just to see what works.

How to nail the all-denim outfit.

Who saw Kendall Jenner pulling off an all-denim outfit with kitten heels, playing basketball in LA last summer? She looked effortlessly chic and it was very much a lot of the inspiration behind this blog post. So how do us more down to earth souls pull off such an outfit? Well, firstly, you must commit to the correct colour tone for you and stick with it. Each item should be the same in order to pull off that look. Secondly, everything in the outfit must follow the same vibe. For example, denim jeans and a baggy denim shirt is very casual, so you could wear it with a casual black crop underneath, hippy belt and some backless mules to create that relaxed effect. If you are going for a double denim suit style co-ord, you would then wear a heel, more structured top underneath and heaver jewellery to again match with the more formal look.

Embroidered Denim.

For years I refused to catch on to this trend, however last year I caved in and filled my wardrobe with it. I absolutely love the looks you can create with these styles, as well as the huge variety there is now on offer on the high street. My favourite last year was New Look. They had such an amazing range of embroidered denim jeans and skirts, as well as branching into denim effect tops/ shirts. Last year, my go to look was a pair of blue skinny jeans with red floral embroidery, with a striped blue shirt and tan sandals. The best advice for pulling off these looks is to ensure that the pattern doesn’t clash with anything else you are wearing, which as we probably all know, is very easy to do.

Jackets – Trench, Bomber, Crop or Puff.

The biggest part of nailing a denim look is the outwear you choose to pair with it. For me, jeans always look amazing with a jacket that sits on the hip line, particularly something that adds a bit of texture to the outfit. This rule applies for me to light coloured denim. Then, for darker denim and black, I always choose a longer coat, usually a tan or a brighter colour such as red. This look always works for me. Obviously, this is very dependent on my style, but the principle could be applied to anyone’s.

Best places to buy denim.

When it comes to buying denim, I think the main thing to remember is that we are all different, and the types of denim we all enjoy wearing is different. Hence why we all shop in different places to buy denim. My three favourites include Marks and Spencer, Stradivarius and Fat Face. I have been shopping from these brands for years and love the three of them for the different types of denim they have on offer. Fat Face for me has been my longest standing favourite, where I buy my everyday jeans. The style and the fit are always perfect, and the colour tones are perfect with my colouring. Stradivarius is one of my newer favourites, particularly for light wash skinny jeans. They are so stretchy and comfy! Marks and Spencer are also one of my favourites, purely because the fit on all of them is perfect.

 

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Dress – Marks and Spencer

Belt – Gucci

Trainers – Mint Velvet

Bag – Mulberry England

 

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I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

 

10 + 12 =

How to cope with change

How to cope with change

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

It is no secret that the majority of us here in the UK are not good with change. I think BREXIT alone has been major proof of this – the fear of the unknown, completely blown up by the media. Whatever your view, there is no denying that a lot of us don’t like it when things change, whatever the reason may be. I personally have always gone through change from an early age, so seem to be much more capable of adapting and embracing the new. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean that I am happy when everything in my life changes. If someone moves something in my home, I freak out! In general, though, for me it is much smaller changes that I don’t like. However, as an adult and someone who is trying to grow as a person, there comes a point where you do have to realise that change is inevitable, and you just have to deal with it.

I think a big problem we have in this country is that we struggle with change mainly when we are not getting our own way. We are all very good at having a strop and throwing all our toys out the pram, and it definitely acts as a ripple effect, with others joining in as we express our feelings regarding the change.

I find it a challenge every day to get up and get on with it, however I do, as if I don’t the only person who is going to be affected negatively is myself. I may be young, but I have a real sense of direction and I know exactly where I want to be in 10, 20 year’s time. Having goals like this and working towards them every day definitely has a big impact on your ability to cope and most importantly, embrace change. I feel that this is something I want to talk about now, because a country we are about to go through a big change, and in general we all go through things day to day that will eventually lead to change. Whether you have a set plan for life or are more of a free spirit taking each day as it comes, we all go through stages in life. From being fun and care free in our 20s, to married with children, holding down a secure job, or even supporting others through their times of need, these are all changes that we must go through.

My first piece of advice when it comes to embracing change is to train your frame of mind into seeing it as much more of a positive experience, rather than something you fear. No, this cannot happen overnight, and usually you have to go through the experience a number of times before you get to the point you want to be at. However, it is more than doable. In my teen years, I changed schools a lot, as well as homes. I think it total, by the time I was 13, I had been to 5 schools and lived in 7 homes. As you can imagine, this was tough as a child. Although, when I look back, I don’t view it as something really bad that happened to me. I learnt a lot from this, such as how to develop friendships and succeed in new social environments, how to get on with things in a new place and most importantly, how vital it is to cherish each moment of your life. Okay, if I could wish for it to have been more ‘normal’ I probably would, but there are plenty of other things I would wish for more. Whether you go through experiences or not, you can train your mind to be happy about the idea of change, by simply trying to see the benefits of it and making sure they always outweigh what you perceive to be the bad parts.

The second stage of coping with change for me is having the ability to make the change happen yourself. I have been through experiences in very recent years where I have had to take control of a situation for my own happiness and growth. This is very much in terms of my work, not a personal situation. Being self-employed, this is probably much easier for me to do, however not impossible if you are employed. I have had clients in the past, where I have been very comfortable with the work and in a good place, but I have forced myself to change the situation in order to grow and see the bigger picture. So, for me, a definite big part of coping with change is forcing myself to always change something for myself if I feel that it is necessary, no matter how hard it is. Simply, you have to be brave. If you are unhappy with your job, find a new one and hand in your notice. Life is way too short to stay in a comfortable position.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

I think another thing that we here in the UK struggle with is understanding the scale of change. Changing something, especially something very significant such as a new job, doesn’t happen instantly. It isn’t the same as in the movies, like when Elle Woods decided she was going to be an amazing lawyer and got there in the space of five minutes. There are stages within changing something in life, and each one is significant in its own right. I think we all get very scared of the final situation, because we get ahead of ourselves. We all need to see changes as something that is more that doable and that is done in very small chunks. All we have to do is take it one step at a time, to see the change evolve over a period of time. For example, if you want to change your job, you don’t just hand your notice in straight away and then find a new one the next day. Once you have decided that is what you want to do, you start researching what other job you would enjoy, you look into in detail, you then apply and interview. Once you have the job you want, you can then leave the one you don’t enjoy. This in itself can be a lengthy process, so as well as being able to cope with change, a big part of it is also learning to be patient.

At the end of the day, the only way we are ever going to be a nation that is good with change is by working on ourselves and realising that change is not a bad thing. Everything in life happens for a reason, and you never know what is going to happen just around the corner. Being open minded is always the key.

 

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Skirt – New Look

Top – New Look

Coat – Topshop

Boots – New Look

Bag – Michael Kors

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I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

Building your blogging brand

Building your blogging brand

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography.

Blogging in 2019 is difficult. Whatever reason you blog for and whatever result you want to get out of it, it is a difficult road to get anything out of it. However, it is more than doable. The biggest challenge is finding your niche in this very saturated market. The starting point is always to figure out the ethos of your brand, what you stand for and how you are going to run your very own online bubble. We hear so often nowadays of celebrities and social media influencers working to build their brand, entrepreneurs making a name for themselves by the brands they create and now bloggers too, growing themselves through the brands they create using these wonderful online platforms. It is the way you grow, and nowadays, it is impossible to grow without having a structured and solid brand.

My brand has chopped and changed over the last five years. As I have grown, my brand has grown, and therefore the way I blog has matured with time. One thing to remember when developing a brand is that there is always room for change and improvement – you never have to stick to what you agreed with in the beginning.

When I first started this blog, five years ago in May, I had no idea what I wanted to get out of it and what I wanted it to be like. I just wanted to write. I had so many ideas building up in my mind and so many projects that I couldn’t wait to get started on. I joined Google blogger, used on of their basic templates and off I went. I didn’t have a logo nor colour scheme, and nothing at all was constant. At the time, that didn’t bother me, and it certainly didn’t affect me. I do think a lot of people can be too focused on what everything is going to look like and the aesthetics, forgetting the true meaning of what a blog should be about. So, I thought I would quickly talk through what I think is the best way to build a blogging brand, once you are off and going with your blog posts, as well as social media accounts.

Branding

Once you have decided on the kind of brand you want to build, it is then the point that you can begin to put it into play. From a blogging point of view, once you know what you want, you have to get it everywhere. This includes your logo, cover pictures, highlights on Instagram as well as the general them of all your content. I would say your first base has to be the design of your website. After using my blogger template for a few years, I then invested in a custom-made design, which transformed the look and my overall brand. From this I was then able to create the branding for everywhere else. A logo is always the best way to decide on what you want, as everything else very swiftly follows.

Usernames & Blog Name

A name for a blog is a very big part of its brand. In fact, a lot of us now laugh at blogging events how we think of each other by our blog/ Instagram usernames rather than our actual names. I constantly looking at someone and go to refer to them as what they use online! It is silly really – but I guess if that is what we know them as then they probably are doing something right. Choosing a blog name can be very difficult, so my biggest piece of advice is to choose something as simple as possible, that reflects you, is punchy and memorable.

Email

Having a proper email for your blog is essential. I started mine up less than a year ago, and wow do I wish I had done it sooner. It isn’t better in terms of efficiency, as you can just as easily get your emails from a random internet account, however it is a lot more professional. Each brand that wants to work with you will see it as soon as they get in contact and it does make a big difference, especially where you keep your contact details.

Professional at all times

This is something that I have really learnt in the last year – not so much from a blogger point of view, but more from my marketing work. I have worked with other bloggers on behalf of clients and have really noticed a different between them. It is always obvious instantly who treats their blog more as a business than a hobby, and it becomes apparent very quickly whether or not I would want to recommend them to said clients. As a blogger, you are your selling point, so always remain professional. You can be kind and show good manners, whilst also getting to the point.

 

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Skirt – H&M

Jumper – New Look

Shoes – Valentino

Belt – Gucci

 

 

I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.