OOTD | Cobalt Blue

15.1.15








Coat - Topshop (old)
Dress - Missguided
Boots- Topshop
Bag - Primark

I'm finally back! I know I promised to get back the old blogging lark a bit quicker but I have been super busy recently (without actually seeming to be doing much). Also my star photographer has had exams (u go gurl). 

In the winter I am, like most people, a big fan of a good coat. However I resent paying so much for them as I usually have one coat which I wear all the time (trusty parka) and then the others get an odd run out when I am going somewhere nice or need a splash of colour. This coat I picked up in the Topshop sale last year for the mere price of £30. Bargain, eh? That's what I love most about sales - picking up statement pieces for a fraction of the price. 

Paired with a gorgeous monochrome, tie-waist dress from Missguided which is fab for day-to-night wear and a new (yes, NEW) pair of black boots! I know, you can't believe it, I am finally wearing something other than my Primark Chelsea boots. 

Hopefully, I will try to arrange a regular blogging schedule very soon and keep you up to date with my life (I have very big news coming soon!!) 


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OOTD | A Walk in the Snow

2.1.15







Jumper - Missguided
Jeans - Primark
Coat - Urban Outfitters
Boots - Dr Martens
Scarf - Forever 21
Lipstick - Sephora Lip Cream 01

First of all, let me say a big Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to my lovely followers! I have been a bit absent on the blog lately as I wanted a bit of relaxing time but I am now back and very motivated to get the blog going. 

For Christmas, my mum very kindly got me a Canon 700D which is the new love of my life. After a bit of a snow spell up north, I decided to go for a walk and take it out for a spin. How lucky am I that this was a 20 minute drive from my house?! 

Obviously it was very cold so I had to wrap up. Enter my new favourite cosy jumper - this gorgeous monochrome grid number from Missguided - paired with a trusty parka and comfy Dr Martens to stomp through the snow, I was ready for the cold (and a few snowball fights... yes I am 22 years old). 

I am really looking forward to blogging this year, especially with my new camera (expect photography game to be upped) and I would love to find some new blogs to add to my blogroll! Let me know your blog and also your favourite blogs to read so I can have a nosey.
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OOTD | New Years Eve

1.1.15







Skirt - Topshop
Top - Primark
Jacket - Missguided
Bag - New Look
Necklace - Topshop
Shoes - Online Avenue*

I realise I'm a tad behind here but this was my outfit for New Years Eve! I didn't have plans to do anything up until the last minute so had no idea what to wear and this was pretty much thrown together. I ended up going to a friend's house party in Birmingham so I didn't want anything too dressy, but a bit of sparkle was definitely necessary!

Dressing in all black is very unusual for me, I love patterns and colours, so I had to mix the textures up a bit to keep it interesting! I may have gone overboard with glitter, velvet AND fur but hey, it was New Years Eve! The skirt, which I have fallen in love with, is my sole Christmas sale purchase and was an absolute bargain from Topshop (also the last one was in my size yasss). 

Again stepping out of my comfort zone, I decided to go for some Dolcis Stilleto Heels with a gorgeous bit of sparkle on them. As it was a house party, the heels may have been kicked off in favour for dancing to Beyonce... but it's the thought that counts!

Apologies for the poor photos today, they were taken in the dark (obviously) so I was struggling to get some nice ones with the flash. Good photos to resume shortly (fingers crossed)...

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BLOGGING | How to Make Your Blog Look Professional

22.12.14


One of the main things I have struggled with since starting my blog, is making it look clean and professional. This probably isn't the most important thing in the world considering blogging is mostly a hobby, but I'm always drawn to reading blogs which look a bit more 'put together' as they are usually a bit easier to read and enjoy. Of course, this is personal preference but these are a few things which I think give a blog a bit more of an edge.

Pick a Topic and Stick to it

Firstly, it is your blog and you can blog about whatever you like! But it definitely makes more sense to stick to related topics such as fashion and beauty (like mine) and maybe throw in a bit of lifestyle. But if you start blogging about topics which are wildly different from usual like politics or sports, it will look out of place and may deter people. As I said, it's your blog, you do what you like, I just think it looks a lot better if you stick to related topics. It also represents more of a brand for your blog which makes you more approachable for PR requests. 

Buy a Domain Name

I honestly think this is one of the most important things for your blog. Getting rid of the .blogspot.com can really give your blog a professional appearance and make it seem like your website and brand instead of just a blog. There are loads of places where you can buy a domain name and they are usually inexpensive (less than £10 a year). Stick to the name of your blog and remember if they don't have yourblogname.com try a .co.uk or one of the many other variations. If you are on Wordpress, I would also recommend going self-hosted, which gives you a lot more freedom and control over things like design...

Get Yourself a Blog Design

Speaking of designs, the best looking blogs usually have a great blog design. If you are not particularly code-savvy, there are many places you can go to pay someone to create a design for you, whether it's a premade design or completely custom for you. (Cue shameless self-promotion..) I recently started my own blog design service called Gatto which you may or may not have heard of and I create one off designs as well as some cheaper template options. I'd love for you to check it out!

Keep Your Photography Game Up

All of my favourite blogs are usually in my blogroll because they have great photos. Especially for a fashion/beauty blog, photography is so important and I could easily spend hours reading through a blog with fantastic pictures. You may not necessarily need a super expensive camera (although I'm sure it helps) but maybe try out a few different editing programs. PicMonkey is a great web photo editor which is totally free and you can do some great things on there. If you use your phone to take photos, try a few different apps to up your editing game. My favourites are Afterlight and VSCOcam.

I hope you enjoyed my tips and it gave you a few ideas. I can't express more than at the end of the day it is your blog and anything you want to do is perfect.

What makes you read a blog? And what keeps you going back for more? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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OOTD | Walk in the Park

6.12.14






Jumper - Urban Outfitters
Skirt - Urban Outfitters
Scarf - H&M
Bag - Primark
Boots - Primark
Watch - Urban Outfitters
Lipstick - Rimmel Kate 107

I'm sure I'm not the only one who absolutely adores Urban Outfitters. But sometimes their prices are a little out of my range which is why this is the first place I headed to check out the 'Black Friday' sales. The crowds were ridiculous and it took me 10 times as long to get anywhere in the centre of Manchester but boy, was it worth it! I picked up this gorgeous jumper (which I originally saw on the lovely Charlotte from Lurch Hound Loves) and this skirt which is perfect for winter - burgundy, corduroy and very warm!

I'll be honest I felt great wearing this outfit. The A-line shape of the skirt is so flattering and the pattern on the jumper is so me! Obviously I don't go anywhere without my Primark Chelsea boots (I'm sorry I will try to get more shoes) 

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OOTD | Daytime Party Look

4.12.14





Dress - Urban Outfitters
Jacket - Zara (old)
Fedora - Topshop
Bag - Primark
Boots - Primark
Necklace - Asda
Watch - ASOS
Lipstick - Rimmel Kate 107

This is the outfit I wore for the amazing Rock on Ruby Christmas event at Cane and Grain last Saturday. The event itself was fantastic and full of some fantastic bloggers (there will be a post about it shortly). I met the lovely Gail from The Equinox Fashion beforehand to shoot a few outfit photos.

For my outfit, I wanted something a bit dressy but also suitable for day time wear. I picked up this dress in the most beautiful Autumn floral pattern in the Urban Outfitters Black Friday sale and oh my goodness! I am in love. The shape is really flattering and also has a gorgeous mesh neckline which makes it great for a party. I paired it with my festive sequin biker jacket which I have worn to death for the past 5 years (sorry it's not available any more!) and my Primark boots which I live in at the moment. 

After the event, I had to do a bit of (very stressful) Christmas shopping so this outfit was great to transition from party look to everyday wear. Although I wish I brought a coat... 

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