How to be stylish AND comfortable

How to be stylish AND comfortable

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

So, todays post is all about a fashion balance that I personally find very difficult to master. I have been brought up in a family where we all adore fashion, putting different outfits together and enjoying exploring what is new in the industry. However, I feel like my generation is the first in my family where fashion has changed and transformed into a much more practical task in the morning rather than something, we all enjoy. Therefore, to try and fit into society a little more, I have very much had to learn how to mix my style to be comfortable as well as stylish like my grandma. When I say this to her, she thinks it is ridiculous that I don’t just wear what I want, but most of the time I would just much rather not stand out too much with pearls and heels on!

It amazes me how fashion has transformed in the last 100 years. In 1919 women would leave their home in a dress, heeled shoes and a hat! That was the norm! Oh, how I wish we could go back to then.

 

Since 1919, I would personally say that the English fashion trends have become very Americanised, with comfort at the forefront of our minds. We seem to be living in a time where people simply don’t care in general about the clothes they choose to put on their back and would just rather go out knowing they are going to be comfy. I am all for being comfortable and feeling happy in your clothes, however, I do think there is nothing wrong with putting a little more effort into your style choices. I love being able to wear chic looking clothes, generally from the high street, that are both practical and pretty. So how do we get this balance right?

Jewellery

So, my biggest secret weapon on two occasions is always jewellery. The first occasion is when I am wearing something that is much more comfortable than stylish, and the second when I am wearing an outfit that is extremely neutral in colour. Jewellery has the power to completely transform any outfit into something glamorise, chic and exciting. It is something that has transitioned through the years, in terms of style, but the principle of it has never changed. My grandma and I share jewellery, we always choose the same and we always pair it with the same sort of outfit. It is a timeless collection to have in your wardrobe and is always something that you can keep and cherish for years to come.

Blazers or Structured Jackets

One of my favourite outfits, and something that I could wear everyday if it didn’t become boring is jeans, a white top and a good quality blazer. Blazers have always been a staple piece in my wardrobe, through each season, and I love how much they turn any old outfit into something sophisticated and beautiful. However, if you are going to use this tactic, my biggest piece of advice would be to ensure you are spending a bit of money and shopping in the right place. A blazer is very much something that you do get what you pay for, therefore if you buy something very cheap, it will not give the same effect. My favourite places to shop for blazers on the high street include Zara and Topshop.

Accessories / Statement Belts

As with jewellery, accessories are a great way of making an outfit more stylish, in particular a statement belt. Since the release of the ‘it’ belt from Gucci, the classic gold double G, the belt world seems to have been taken over by giant in your face shiny styles. We all seem to be wearing a statement belt with every outfit, and I am absolutely loving it. In fact, over the last two years I have collected quite the collection. I just adore how they can make a boring outfit more interesting, how they flatter your figure by pulling your waist/ hips in and how they always seem to add the perfect amount of textures.

Choose where you shop wisely

In terms of buying stylish clothes, that are comfortable, I would also say that where you choose to buy them from is very important. Ultimately, when it comes to fashion, you do get what you pay for. My favourite brand at the moment who have nailed the balance of comfortable and stylish is Mint Velvet. Everything they seem to be releasing is beautifully made, individual in design and most importantly, extremely comfortable. I have bought quite a few things now from them, across all areas, such as dresses, knitwear and shoes. They are also a great place for jewellery! Essentially, I just think that in order to create a wardrobe that you love that always has the balance right, you need to have some great go to brands on your radar that you know can work for you.

 

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Jumper – New Look

Jeans – H&M

Shoes – Dune London

Bag – Ted Baker

Jacket – Miss Selfridge

 

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

 

Finding the perfect mini break

Finding the perfect mini break

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

Is there anything more perfect than the feeling on a Friday, when you know you get to escape for the weekend, enjoying time away from home? I love a good mini break, whatever days of the week or wherever we choose to go. Last year I was really lucky to travel a lot, and a lot of the trips were very much short and sweet. But sometimes that really is all you need. You need a chance to get away from the stress of being at home, an opportunity to switch off and recharge, boosting yourself through life when you get back again. Mini breaks have become a very easy option for  a lot of us, with amazing deals all year round and a huge variety of places to go and things to do.

A mini break for me has to include a lot of food, beautiful scenery and very good company. It is not all about romantic breaks anymore, sometimes it is just about spending time with a loved one, whether that be your mum, grandma or best friend.

Last year my favourite mini break was in December, for a little Christmas trip with my grandparents to Palma. It was a short and sweet three nights in a beautiful hotel, with lots of food, lots of festive fun and just a really good rest. It was everything a mini break should be, and inspired me to write this post. In 2019 I really want to focus a lot more on travel, tips and the places I go, as last year I went away a lot without actually talking about it. I thought I would just put together a quick little mini break guide, with all my tips and tricks and some of my recommended destinations.

Search for packages in the sales (EasyJet sales & Booking.com)

So when booking a mini break, my first suggestion would always be to take a little time and search around to see what is on offer. I do think it is amazing sometimes the deals you can get, especially for a trip abroad. EasyJet always have some great offers, especially last minute, as well as Booking.com. I personally have used TUI a few times too, and have found it to be a really pleasant and easy experience. There are so many websites you can use to find a reasonably priced mini break, wherever you want to go. To book accommodation I personally always use Booking.com as I love the fact that you can cancel up until the day before for free.

The Best UK Destinations

I love a good UK mini break, and do think a lot of the time we underestimate how many beautiful places there are in this country. Dartmouth has to be one of my favourite, however only out of season. It is such an easy and relaxing place to visit, with an abundance of restaurants, cute shops and picturesque places to walk around. My next favourite would be Edinburgh. From Bristol we can get there with a  cheap plane fare in under 50 minutes and it is such an amazing city to spend a night or two. There are endless shops and restaurants, a big theatre and cinema, as well as lots of things going on each and every day. There are also lots of other destinations that I see people sharing online, that I often can’t believe are here in the UK. Have ever spent some time in the Welsh countryside, down south in Ilfracombe, or even beautiful Chester where I love to spend time with my bestie who goes to uni there.

 

My Top Five Abroad Destinations

So, I thought I would make this point quick and just based on where I have been, and enjoyed a mini break with someone I love. Obviously, as previously mentioned, Palma is one of my favourites for a quick and enjoyable trip, and definitely a must on your bucket list if you have never been. My second favourite, but by far probably the most expensive is Paris. For the ultimate foodie, fun and cultured trip, Paris is a definite must. I absolutely adore this city and think it could possibly be my favourite place in the world.

Other destinations for a mini break for me would also include Madrid, for a beautiful shopping trip, Bilbao for the best tapas and Copenhagen for a fresh and beautiful trip. Copenhagen was one of mine and Finns first trips together and we both still rave about the time we spent there whenever we are trying to decide on where we want to visit next.

Spa Breaks

So one of my other favourite mini breaks is a spa night. Spa breaks is always my go to when I am looking for a very quick, relaxing trip, somewhere that is easy to drive to and has an amazing spa to indulge in. What I love about Spa Breaks is how you can decide on the region, and there are different tiers for the trip that you can choose. They also have some amazing sales and discounts, which are perfect for when you want a last minute, spa trip away.

 

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T-Shirt – New Look

Blazer – New Look

Jeans – Zara

 

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

Advice I’m Glad I Didn’t Take

Advice I’m Glad I Didn’t Take

Images by Hana Dallimore Photography

How many pieces of advice in your lifetime have you had and chosen not to take? I’m thinking everything from boyfriends and career paths to dinner options on the menu and a new dress your best friend tells you to definitely take back. We all get a lot of advice nowadays, and in fact we are all very good at giving it out. Social media seems to have very much turned into a place where everyone has an opinion on everything and there is a lot of pressure to always do things in a very specific way. I feel like I have been given so much advice in life, and often it has been for the benefit of someone else, which I am luckily always very quick to pick up on. It becomes apparent easily who you can trust and who you can take advice from, for example, my family I always a definite listen to, but someone you have known five minutes probably isn’t. It isn’t just about who has experiences similar stages in life, but also those who have you true best interests at heart.

Each stage in our life is an obstacle that we must overcome, as each experience is something new that we all have to learn to deal with on our own. It doesn’t matter how many people advise you on how to get through something, ultimately we all have to make our own choices and go with our gut instinct.

I don’t want to write this to tell others how to live their lives, but I want to write it to possible help people who may be going through similar experiences and need something to turn to in order to inspire their decisions on how to handle something. I thought I would simple separate it into the major experiences I have had in my life, so it can be picked apart in order to help others. I don’t claim to be amazing at everything in life, but I have definitely overcome some big obstacles and come out of everything a much stronger and wiser person.

Education, University & Career Paths

Honestly for me, my education and decision not to go to university is one of the biggest challenges I have ever had to get through in order to make sure I was doing the right thing for me. Through school I felt like I was always being pushed to do things that weren’t necessarily right for me, such as choosing subjects or extra activities. I always felt like teachers had more of their own interest at heart rather than mine, choosing me to do things just because I was organised and had pretty handwriting. So that was school – constantly feeling pushed into doing things that were never going to benefit me.

The next was university. My two years of sixth form were very much a battle with teachers pushing me to go to university when I had said 100 times that I didn’t want to go. I personally think university is great if you are very passionate about one subject and have a clear path in mind of where you want to get to. However, I don’t agree with going if you are just going for the life with no actual idea of where you want to be at the end. I had no idea at that stage in my life what I wanted to do, and I also had no interest whatsoever in the party/ student lifestyle. I had countless arguments in the end with people in school telling me I should be going, even on the very last day when getting my results. Instead of congratulating me on getting my A-levels, they still wanted to sit me down and discuss the next step and what I was going to do. As you can imagine, I was pretty angry at that point, and just walked out. Walking out, and choosing to ignore them all through those two years, was the best decision I made. University would have been an awful choice for me and I would be probably really unhappy in life. I chose in the end to work, recover properly from my surgery, and live a life I know I have enjoyed a lot more.

When it comes to education and work I honestly do believe that the most important thing in life is for us all to wake up every day and go to work knowing that  we love what we do. I want to live a life looking forward to waking up on a Monday morning and feeling excited about what I get to do every day.

Health Problems & Surgery

So, this part of my life is pretty much in the past now, however I learnt a lot from my previous health experiences and when I look back I am so grateful that I chose to do everything my way. So, if you didn’t know, when I was 15 I got told that I had a half functioning heart and that I needed open heart surgery to sort of fix the problem. As you can imagine, at a very young age with everything else going on in life, this was hard news to process. I got through it and I did it all my way. I decided that I wasn’t going to press pause on my education, and wanted to finish sixth form and my last two years of school with my friends at the same age as everyone else. So that is exactly what I did. Yes, it may not have been ideal having such a big thing hanging over me, but it was without a doubt the best decision. I also decided that I wanted a year off from everything after finishing sixth form, as I had spent quite a few years studying and doing exams. I just wanted to work, travel a little and spend lots of time with everyone I love.

So, I landed up having the operation almost four years after finding out, which was not the ideal situation in the eyes of my doctors, however was very doable. Something like this, that affects you a lot mentally, is something we all have to do in our own way. I wanted to wait, so I did, but I imagine some people would rather just get it all done and over with straight away.

Being Online & Social Media

So I remember when I first started my blogging journey I was still only 16 and felt quite vulnerable putting so much of myself online. In fact, not just me, but a lot of people were worried about the fact that I was going to be sharing personal parts of myself online with people I don’t know. This totally makes sense. However, in the last five years, I have gained so many opportunities from blogging and my Instagram. I have always worked hard trying to keep a lot of my life private and off the internet, whilst also remaining personal and open with my experiences. I definitely took peoples advice on this one, however I didn’t listen to those who told me not to do it at all. For that, I am extremely grateful. From the blog I have found a career path that I am loving, I have had so many great collaborations and opportunities, and I have got to meet and make friends with so many people that I otherwise would never have spoken to. Yes, it may have had its ups and downs, but blogging is an experience I would never change for the world and I am so glad that I listened to myself and went ahead and did it anyway.

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Coat – Zara

Belt – Gucci

Shoes – New Look

Jeans – Zara

Bag – Mulberry

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

21 Baby

21 Baby

Images by Hana Dallimore Photography

So yesterday was a big day for me as I turned 21. There was a big build up to my birthday, as I have been looking forward to turning 21 for years, but the whole thing just completely rushed by and came around so quickly. I didn’t really get a chance to talk about it anywhere, or mention how excited I was as life has just been manic in 2019 so far. But, it was amazing, and really did seem like a big milestone in life. As a child/ teenager, I always used to think of people in their early 20s as being really grown up with all their sh*t together. I mean, now I am there it is definitely not like that in the real world, but I did see it as a chance to get really excited about the future. I feel like I am now taking life a little more seriously and really want to focus on my goals that I have dreamt of since I was little.

I am a big thinker, which is probably obvious as I write every thought I ever have down in this blog, which I guess is the reason I started it in the first place. I want this to continue to be a space where I share my experiences, highs and lows in life, and want to use this milestone in life to use it as a place where I can be much more personal with my readers. I have always been a very private person, and know that I can definitely start to open up a little more on here with all the memories I know  I will be making through my 20s.

So let’s start with a roundup of my birthday celebrations and I what I have planned for the next few days.

My birthday officially started on Thursday, with my grandma. We both took the day off and headed to London for a glamorous girls day. To celebrate the occasion, we started with a  trip to The Ritz for lunch, where I have never been before. It was absolutely beautiful and the perfect way to enjoy celebrating a very special occasion. We then visited two special birthday shops – Tiffany & Co, and Gucci. You can see what I had bought for me, and a roundup of all my gifts on my IGTV this week!

Friday, I had to work as I knew I was having this week off, so got as much done as possible. This meant that my birthday weekend could be thoroughly enjoyed. The Saturday started with my bestie and I heading to The Barn in Somerset for an ultimate relaxing massage. You may have seen my review on The Barn here a few months ago – if not read it here. Also, if you are based in the South West, you HAVE to visit! The rest of the day was spent chilling, packing and drinking lots of Prosecco… obviously.

Sunday came around pretty quickly, and I just had the best day ever. It all started with breakfast in bed, gifts and cards, as well as my obligatory 21 balloons. Are you even a real blogger if these balloons are not in your life? Anyway, cake was on the menu for breakfast and a chilled morning was just what I needed with Finn and Nelson the kitten. I obviously also needed enough time to get ready as I had put a lot of thought into my 21stlunch birthday outfit! Opting for a suit rather than a dress, I searched for weeks and finally found the perfect one on Asos, paired with a white tee and kitten heels, it was perfect as a lunch option as I wanted something a little more sophisticated than previous birthday dress options. I mean, I wanted to call it my ‘birthday suit’ but my grandma certainly did not approve of that one.

Lunch was at The Ivy in Clifton as I wanted to go somewhere a bit special, where we also knew we would get yummy food and good cocktails! We then had presents and cake at my grandparents’ house, as honestly, I can’t think of anything worse than a cake and candles in the middle of a restaurant. The day went by in a blink of an eye, like every birthday and Christmas day, just the way it should do when you’re having a good time with the ones you love.

Today Finn and I are off to Palma, one of my favourite cities, for a little romantic Birthday break. It is no secret that Palma is one of my favourite places, however Finn has never been, so I am incredibly excited to show him everything and just have a really relaxed time. A bike trip along the coast, shopping and lots of eating are definitely on the itinerary.

So, here’s to being 21, growing up and sharing a lot more fun times here on the blog!

 

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Suit – Asos

Top (Love Wins) – Primark

Shoes – Valentino

Watch – Olivia Burton 

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

 

Being Personal & Private Online

Being Personal & Private Online

Images by Hana Dallimore Photography

So today I wanted to discuss something that has been a big battle in my mind recently. I absolutely love this online world and social media; however, I do seem to have taken a natural step back in the last three months. I have spent the last five years building up my social media channels and being very present online, but I have always made an active effort to keep my personal life off this platform. When I am feeling stressed in life, a little dull, or even very busy, social media for me is the first thing that goes without so much as a thought. Which, I guess, really is the way it should be.

We all spend hours a day now online, browsing the Internet, sharing our lives on social media and snooping into everyone else’s. So much so that a lot of us have become completely consumed by it. I am all for sharing pretty pictures and good experiences in life, however I do think we all need to get better at knowing when to stop.

Obviously, this is all just very much a personal opinion, but this is my space to be honest so I am going to seize it. I do very much think that it is each to their own when it comes to social media – I mean we live in a free country after all. I love getting the chance to see a little more into people’s lives, and I love how Facebook especially connects us with those we have lost contact with our family who live far away. So how do we get this balance right of sharing our lives, whilst also keeping a lot of ourselves private.

You don’t need to share everything

I think the first thing to think if you are concerned about what you choose to share online, is to ask yourself do you really need to share what you are about to post before pressing publish? Social media is a great place to have a nosy into other people’s lives and we all seem to love consuming this content, however it can very much have a negative effect on our mental health. So many precious moments in our lives are much too important to share with the rest of the world and I do think that sometimes the importance of them can be ruined if published online. I love sharing experiences online, all my passions in life and the things I love to write about, but for me that is it. I don’t have much interest in sharing much about my personal life, my loved ones and my intimate experiences.

Keep your content varied

In terms of blogging and being an influencer, I think the best way of keeping your private life private is by being organised and keeping all your content varied. I tend to find that when I don’t have any images to share from photographers, events or blog posts, that is when I start taking images on my own just of day to day activities. These images are always much more personal, in my home, generally with the ones I love. Looking back, I sometimes regret posting these and am ashamed to say that sometimes it is just to keep my engagement levels up. I rarely delete these, but they tend not to fit in with my regular theme.

Attention seeking vs helping others

Okay, possible unpopular opinion here, but a big thing I find a lot being on social media is that sometimes it is hard to differentiate people between reaching out and trying to help others, and then just plain attention seeking. This may be a very bold statement, but it is just what I think to myself with a few people online when they share very personal information about themselves. I just personally think that if you want to help people based on your experiences that is fine, but there is a way to do that. Your content needs to be informative and helpful, rather than just talking about you. I just personally think some things are best sorted out behind closed doors.

Social media isn’t the be all and end all

Obviously, I love social media and the powerful effect it can have, but I do think it also comes with a lot of negatives. I have found that I have experiences a lot of emotions from who I follow online, in many different ways. The first being insecurity and incompetence compared to those who just seem to have a picture perfect life at all times. I follow a lot of people who seem to have a lovely home, nice handbags and what looks like a lot of money in their bank accounts. Whether this is the case or not, that is what it looks like, and I have found it can really get to me as my life isn’t like that. Secondly, people sharing about mental illness and depression. This was much more when I was younger, but I followed people who spent all their time sharing about their anxiety and depression. So much so, that I genuinely started to believe that I had it too. I most certainly didn’t. I just think everything needs to be in moderation, and we all need to remember that the images and words we choose to share really can impact someone else’s life, not always for the better.

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Cream Jumper – Barbour

Black Cardigan – Zara

Jeans – Zara

Boots – New Look

 

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

How To Wear Yellow

How To Wear Yellow

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

Yellow seems to be the in colour at the moment, well I guess in theory it is actually mustard that is in but you know what I mean. I am loving this trend, however have found that adding it to my wardrobe has been quite the challenge. How do we make the trickiest colour in the industry work for us? I have a very light skin tone, and bleach blonde hair, which in my mind has always been the most difficult combination with yellow. A few years ago on a Summer holiday in Spain, I spotted a very tanned, beautiful Spanish lady with picture perfect brown hair rocking some yellow linen trousers and a black top. I thought she looked gorgeous and I have always wanted to be able to pull off the look ever since. Obviously, I am never going to look like her as she was very different to me, but I would like to one day master the yellow look.

Yellow is without a doubt the most difficult colour to make work in the fashion industry, however, by following the right trends and catwalk looks, the perfect outfit can be achieved.

Shade of Yellow

So first things first, what shade of yellow are you choosing to wear? I have been a firm lover of mustard since it came on trend in 2018, however am starting to warm to the idea of wearing a much brighter yellow. The key thing to remember is that the shade of yellow does determine the rest of the outfit. For example, I think black and mustard look amazing together, but think white is a better companion for a brighter yellow. Obviously, this is just my personal preference. So, step one would be to decide on the yellow you are trying to style and then figure out the rest.

Skin Tone & Body Type

A big thing with yellow is, by what I have found by doing a little research online, is that a lot of people are quick to say that you need to have a  certain body shape and skin type to be able to pull of yellow. Personally, I think this is rubbish. As with everything, as long as it is styled in a way that suits you, yellow can work for everyone. So let this go and just enjoy exploring how to wear this vibrant colour.

2 Colour Look (Primary Colours)

With yellow, the main thing I noticed when researching looks was that most outfits consisted of two colours. The ones that featured more just didn’t quite look right, hence why the majority was two. This follows my general outfit rule anyway of never really wearing more than 3 colours in one outfit. Anyway, I think yellow looks amazing paired with prime colours such as red or blue. In fact, the night my grandma met my grandad years and years ago, she was wearing red jeans and yellow clogs! The trend must have come back in! The pairing of the primary colour with the yellow adds a really retro vibe to the look, and something that in my eyes will always be iconic.

Smart vs Casual

What I love about playing with yellow in my wardrobe so far is how it can be varied between day and evening looks. Yellow paired with black and a good accessory is perfect for the evening, or a yellow top with jeans and some pumps is an elegant day look. Don’t limit what yellow can do for you in your wardrobe, as it really is a day to night colour, as well as season through season.

Unlikely Matches

When it comes to styling yellow, I think the best thing to do is let loose and try out unlikely combinations. Whether that be a grey jumper with yellow trousers, red jeans with yellow shoes or even a yellow top with a green skirt. Whatever it is, it should be a look that you love and feel comfortable with, whatever the colour combination. Whenever I have studied how people are wearing yellow, it is often looks that I would never have thought of creating, therefore this really is a colour where you need to think outside the box.

One Accessory

When it comes to accessorising your outfit, my best advice would be to keep it simple. Have one accessory that is a staple piece of the outfit after the yellow, in order not to over-power it and keep in subtle. This could be a statement belt, bold necklace or dropped earrings. I also think that the shade of the accessory can have a big impact on the look. I would suggest nothing too heavy, as again it will have the same impact as too many accessories.

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Coat – Zara

Jumper – Barbour

Jeans – Zara

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.