A LIFE UPDATE

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I’ve been a little quiet on the ol’ blog recently, and this isn’t me giving excuses – but I thought it would be nice to give an update and some insight into what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.
2015 didn’t start off in the most ideal way, but things are changing and I’m in a happy place right now.   Instead of wallowing in self pity and anxiety, I decided to get a grip and start fighting back at the negative thoughts – doing things that scared me, but more on that in a later post. Now I’m not saying I’m cured or anything, but I’ve started travelling alone again and regaining my independence and generally feeling a lot better about things. It’s only been a few weeks, but I’ve already had some incredible opportunities come my way and it really feels like things are starting to fall into place.
On Monday I’ll be doing a work placement for 3(ish) weeks, helping out with a local fashion magazine, attending shoots and even helping host their very own bloggers event. I’m a little bundle of nerves and excitement, but I’m ready to learn as many new things as I possibly can and tackle any challenges that get in my way. Obviously this will be taking up a lot of my time, although I’ll be updating via Twitter and Instagram, so posts may be a little over the place for the next few weeks. I’m trying to get as many posts ready and scheduled as I can, but please bear me!
I’ve also started to knuckle down with my university work, as some of you may know, I’m currently studying my third (and final – eek!) year from home. I’d originally planned on creating a fashion magazine as part of my dissertation, but I’m currently in the midst of a little crisis of indecision and may be launching a website instead. I’ll be looking for a team of writers and any creatives (MUAs, photographers, stylists, illustrators etc) so feel free to get in touch if you’d like to get involved – I’d love to have you on board!
And this is where I need your help. I’m currently needing to reach another 50 responses on this super short survey about web usage for creatives, blogging etc. – so if you could fill this in, I’d really appreciate it. It’s for my dissertation and it’s pretty important, and will certainly help with my final decision.
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INJECTING 1970S COLOURS INTO YOUR WARDROBE

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I was recently, rather excitedly, asked if I’d like to do a guest blog post for Intu Metrocentre, a large shopping centre that’s just down the road from where I live. I practically grew up there, so to be asked to work with them was lovely and a real achievement for myself; never did I imagine my blog getting me working with such places. There’ll be a guest post each week from a different fashion blogger, so it’s well worth a read!
Anyways, they’re currently running Fashion Month with a strong focus on colour, so I thought it would be fun to write an article all about how to inject some 70s inspired colours into your wardrobe.
If there’s one era that has taken over the high-street this season, then it’s definitely the 70s. A era based very much on fabrics, ranging from denim to suede, it makes it the perfect blank canvas to inject some colour into your wardrobe. If you’re a little scared to embrace the flared jeans and bell-sleeves, then fear not – it’s easy to give a little nod to the seventies by changing up your colour palette.
Whilst every spring/summer the high-street fills with florals and nautical inspired pieces, this year things are a little different and there’s a focus on a primary colour palette. Red, blue and yellow are the big colours for this season, but they’re not as difficult to wear as they sound. Go back to the basics, it could be as simple as pairing a varsity inspired t-shirt with contrasting trim with a denim jacket, or a coloured roll-neck jumper with a suede skirt. Think simple shapes mixed with 70s fabrics and colours and you’re good to go – this era is all about that relaxed vibe that suits everyone. Trust me, flares are possibly the most flattering jean cut there is!
And if you’re still feeling a little hesitant to inject some 70s into your wardrobe this season, then you can easily do so just by carefully picking your accessories. Shoes-wise, there is large amount of platforms in the stores right now, as to be expected. They may look like a health hazard on the shelves, but they’re surprisingly comfortable to spend all day in and perfect to wear with jeans. And if you’re more of a flats kind of girl, coloured suede is the way to go – Zara have the most amazing pair of light blue suede boots in store at the moment.
Now I may be biased, but hats are also a great way of adding that colour into your wardrobe – and the stores are filled with fedoras, in Miss Selfridge and Topshop especially. Easy to pair with a casual outfit, they’ll add that laid-back look into your wardrobe whilst also providing a must-have piece on those bad hair days, which can never be a bad thing, right?!
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What are your favourite colours to wear?
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DENIM AND LEATHER

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Outfit Details: Dress – Miss Selfridge, Boots – Next, Duster Coat – H&M, Jacket – Dorothy Perkins, Bag – Primark, Sunglasses – Primark, Hat – Primark

(Photographs by The Lovecats Inc)
Now there’s no denying that Alexa Chung is my queen, my ultimate style icon; even if our body shapes couldn’t be any different. So of course, her latest collaboration with AG Jeans had me at hello, a denim range which was completely up my street… but unfortunately completely out of my budget. With denim being a forefront fabric in my wardrobe this season, the hunt was on to find the person denim dress and denim skirt. I’m yet to get my hands on a skirt of my dreams yet, however, when I saw this Miss Selfridge dress hitting up the blogosphere, I knew it just had to be mine. Sold out online, it only made me want it more, and lo and behold, I finally tracked one down and practically ran to the cash desk. Last one left, and in my size. Fate.

I think I was a little ambitious when shooting these outfits, thinking a duster coat would suffice, but a few minutes into it I soon realised I was wrong (and very very cold) so decided to layer under a leather jacket, because everyone carries around two coats, right?! I’d seen a few of my favourites layering up coats, and I was always a little hesitant, but I needn’t be – I absolutely love how it looks! As the outfit was very focussed on mixing fabrics rather than colour, I couldn’t resist giving these leopard print boots an outing that wasn’t involving them hiding under jeans. I definitely see these being my all-time favourite boot this year, you know you’re on a winner when you’re excited to wear them as much as you can (that is, when it’s not raining). They’re already taking pride of place in my bedroom!

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Who are your style icons? I’d love to find out!

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