Saturday, 18 October 2014

Going In A New Blog Direction

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You may or may not have noticed, but I've been a little quiet on the whole blogging front recently. Partially down to personal reasons (as my younger brother took seriously ill recently), but mainly down to losing my way. Don't get me wrong, I love to blog and everything it's brought me, however, something's felt off with my blog the past few weeks and I couldn't really put my finger on it. It hit a brick wall, and I felt like it wasn't translating how I'd like it to. It's been something that's been bugging me for a little while now, and a few weeks ago I discovered I hadn't been shortlisted for something I really wanted. Something I worked my butt off for, even if that meant planning blog posts at someone's hospital bed side or when traveling to and from university. Any chance I could get, I'd be planning the best quality content I could. Photography is something that means an awful lot to me, and it definitely felt like a kick to the teeth not feeling like I was getting the recognition for the hard work I've put into things. I cried a bit (a lot), took a few days out and decided to give things a re-think. And here I am, back and ready and raring to blog. There's going to be a few changes around here, and I thought I'd go through them with you guys!

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- Whilst this blog is going to remain primarily a style blog (I am a fashion student after all), I want to incorporate more variation into my blog posts. With the colder months kicking in, I've been panicking an awful lot lately how I was going to maintain regular outfit posts, as lets face it, the weather in North East England can give us a good battering over Winter. However, on my blog, I'm now hoping to post more lifestyle type posts, whether that be chatty features, recipes, DIYs or something along those lines. I've already got plenty of ideas up my sleeve and I can't wait to see how they go. 

- I'm also hoping to branch into beauty blogging a little. I do often worry that beauty blogs can become awfully repetitive, but it's a trap I'm hoping not to fall into. Beauty posts are some of my favourite to read (in fact, it's where I get the majority of my recommendations and advice from) and I want to give it a go myself. Plus I own enough make-up to supply the 5,000 so there's plenty I can get writing about.

- Unfortunately, due to the personal problems I've had in my family over the last month or so, there's a big chance right now that I'll be pulling out of university for now (I find out in the next week or so for sure) and returning to do my third year next September. A tough choice to make, but ultimately my family and my own well-being (aka I was terrified I'd not get a good grade) comes first. Because of this, I'll hopefully be spending my year knuckling down with my blog, trying to get as much relevant work experience at possible and getting my mojo back. I'm going to have a whole lot more time to concentrate on putting together posts of the highest quality, both writing and photography wise and I really can't wait.

- I'm so hoping to give my layout a little spruce. At the moment I'm counting the pennies so there won't be any new layout anytime soon but I'm hoping to clean things up a little. A tweak here and there. I'm a big fan of design (although you wouldn't guess, the only HTML I know are from my Myspace days) and I'd really love to be able to teach myself the basics and use those skills on my blog! 

- Not necessarily a change, but please be patient with new blog posts. I have a challenging few weeks ahead and whilst I'll be spending as much time as possible tweaking my blog and piling together new posts - it takes time! Hopefully in a few weeks I'll have a new schedule up and running.

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What are your favourite blog posts to read? I'd love to know!
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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Turtle Neck

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(Outfit Details: Top - Primark, Skirt - ℅ Missguided, Shoes - Topshop, Bag - Primark, Hat - Primark)

Another 60s inspired outfit of mine, can you tell that I'm seriously loving how it's currently on trend at the minute? All of my favourite high-street stores are filled with 60s-esque pieces and I've been in my element - much to my bank account's distress, but these things just need to happen sometimes.

Taking full advantage of the last few summer days (well, it was sunny at least) I decided to wear a cropped long-sleeve turtle neck I bought in Primark's sale last year. It was one of those didn't-realise-it-was-that-cropped-until-I-tried-it-on purchase's and I've always felt quite reluctant to wear it. However, upon spotting this A-Line skirt, I knew it would be the perfect fit. High-waisted enough to make this top not-so-scary to wear, I love this combo and how flattering it actually is, win win! Autumn/Winter always screams dark coloured clothing, but after receiving this wool skirt I'm definitely coming to realise that pastels in the winter need to happen. I chose to wear my black fedora from Primark, which hasn't really seen the light of day in a while, despite how much I love wearing it. And following on with Primark, this bag which I picked up a number of weeks ago has rarely left my arm since. I love integrating leopard print into my outfits (just as I typed this, I rushed onto the Topshop site in the hopes that leopard print skirt would be back in stock… and it was, only one in my size - fate!) and it's structured shape is wonderful.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Beamish

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(Outfit Details: Dress - ℅ Little Mistress, Jacket - Dorothy Perkins, Shoes - Topshop, Bag - Primark)

 Today's outfit photographs come from one of my favourite places near where I live, Beamish. Described as a living museum, these photos were shot in 'The Town' area of the site, which is a high-street based off a typical North East town before the First World War. There's everything from a old-fashioned sweet shop (which do the best sweets ever in paper bags) to a newspaper office and a pub, all authentic to fit the era, with every member of staff wearing appropriate costumes. Whilst we were visiting, an old woman was crying on the street, and we later found out she actually lived in one of houses in the street (all of the buildings in the street were moved from previous, lived-in locations), which I think is pretty cool. There's also plenty of other things on offer, such as working railway, a tram  and bus system which takes you around the site, a traditional fairground and much more. The perfect location to shoot at, right? Well lets just say I'll be taking full advantage of the year-long pass… ; )

Despite the fact there's no area of the park yet set in the 1960s (although a little bird told me they're currently building a 1950s area featuring diner, cinema and hotel - swoon) I couldn't help but wear my go-to hairstyle at the minute, the beehive. With the sixties in mind, this shift dress from Little Mistress has quickly become one of my favourites. Not entirely the most flattering shape for my body type (in a whole load of the photographs I was sporting a serious food baby, uh oh) it's frilled sleeves had me at hello. Trying to step aside from my monochrome habits, I chose to go for the navy and pink option, which is a colour combination I'd never think to pair together, but alas it works, don't you think?

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What's your favourite era? Any that inspire your personal style?

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