Saturday, 27 December 2014

BACK TO BASICS


As the onset of the new year is quickly approaching, I have been thinking a lot about what goals I want to achieve for 2015. I have always been a planner- perhaps not an organised one- but I set myself goals. Most of the time I admit these goals are unrealistic and verging on unachievable, but I hope by planning for the New Year will help motivate me to -to put if frankly- get shit done.

One thing I’ve been thinking a lot about lately, is where my blog is going. Blogging is something I really enjoy; perhaps a love without sounding too cheesy. No matter how time consuming it can be, I find the thought of being able to shoot, edit and write a blogpost a calming concept after trying to get assessments done for uni. I love the thought of having something that I have built myself and that is my own as well as being able to connect with other bloggers that share a similar passion to myself. Fashion blogging is such a supportive community to be apart of. I never want to stop, I just want to keep on adding to my content. This is not because I have the aim of becoming ‘the most successful fashion blogger ever’ but because I have finally, in my life, found something I genuinely enjoy and feel I can get/ want to get better at.

Throughout my fashion blogging experience (which is not vast- about a year) I have become almost obsessed with following other bloggers. I am continually inspired by what they are wearing and what they are doing. I WISH I could afford the clothes my favourite fashion bloggers have stored in their vast amount of wardrobes they probably have, but in all honesty, I can’t. I’m at the peak of poorness being a full time student *sigh*. Before you are thinking “get the violins out”, hear me out. This isn’t what I’m writing my blogpost on. I’m poor and happy don’t get me wrong, I just hope my fashion blog doesn’t make me come across like I have loads of money and can afford all the nice clothes I want, cause this isn't the case. I don’t want to give any of my readers the impression that I’m always buying new clothes.

I'm continually asked by friends: 'do you feel like you're always having to buy new clothes for your blog?' My answer to this is: no. I don't think fashion blogging is about continuously buying new clothes to update your blog with. When it comes to my blog, I like to have reoccurring garments that I love (and hope that you do too) and show you how I can make them versatile to fit in with differently styled outfits. There is nothing that I love more than investing in one piece that I’m head over heels with and wearing on many occasions, but still showing you how I can make the outfit look different. I’m a huge believer that your wardrobe doesn’t have to be big nor expensive to look like you’re worth a million dollars. I think I have been complimented more times on my charity shop coat worth £12 than any clothing item I have paid more than £50 for. It’s like what my mum says, it’s not about what you wear, its about how you wear it. 

If I could give my blog a tagline, I would probably say it was 'reducing my wardrobe down to the basics and staple pieces'. I’m a sale/ charity shop/ bargain hunting loving girl and always will be. I’m hoping my blog will express this more so in 2015 and still show you new fresh content in every post.

Bring on 2015!




Tuesday, 23 December 2014

CHRISTMAS COMFORTS


One thing I love about coming home for the holidays is the day trips I take with my mum and sister. As you can tell by most of my blog posts, I'm a big foodie and love finding the best cafes and restaurants a quaint little town can offer. When I found out that a Bill's had just opened in Bury St Edmunds, I was frantically counting down the minutes until the clock hit 12.00pm and it was socially acceptable to go for lunch.

Last time I went to Bill's I had these UH-mazing chocolate cookies and I was telling my sister (who was a Bill's virgin until today) that she hadn't LIVED until she had tried them. Much to my disappointment, I bought the packet version from the shop because they didn't have them on display and they just didn't compare *sad face*. So please, just for me, next time you head into Bill's PLEASE try a chocolate cookie from the counter. It will change your LIFE.

Merry christmas one and all!




Monday, 22 December 2014

NEW YORK


If you follow me on Instagram and read my last post, you'll be aware that I've just come back from the city of DREAMS; New York. As I am still very much wallowing in my NYC holiday blues, I wanted to write a post on what I got up too as well perhaps give those who are visiting for the first time an idea of what to do whilst you're there.

Like most big cities, there is a LOT to do to in New York; so much it's kind of overwhelming. I tried to do some pre-research on some hidden gems to cram into our short visit so we could cover a vast amount of ground in a short amount of time, however, most articles/ blogs cover the generic, tourist things to do. Don't get me wrong, this is a must if you're visiting New York for the first like I was, but the city offers so much more than this. Nonetheless, you should definitely:

  • Go to the Top of the Rock- for insane views of New York
  • Central park- just because it's Central Park
  • Ice skating at Rockefeller/ or Central Park
  • Visit Ground Zero
  • Empire State Building
  • Times Square
  • FAO Schwarz Toy Store (although the big piano is massively underwhelming, but the sweet selection is NOT)
  • MOMA Museum

One of the best things about New York is how easy it is to navigate yourself around because the city is made up of blocks. Because of this, you can find your own merry way around the nooks and crannys of the city. Heres a few things (mostly food related) Fe and I found that made my trip as special as it was (no particular order of course) :

  • Bubbys Diner - For a proper, all american diner, Bubby's is the place to go. The breakfast menu has everything from huge (never small) plates of sour dough pancakes to scrapple (fried pork butter which surprisingly taste heavenly). 
  • The High Line- a public park, elevated above the streets of Manhattan; truly stunning. I suggest going at sunset.
  • Visiting Electric Lady Studios- This tour was something special which we were very lucky to get the opportunity. The studio was built by Jimmy Hendrix in 1968 and has an incredible amount of history. Artists such as Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones have recorded there, and more recently Lana Del Ray's album "Ultraviolence". This was a surreal experience I will cherish forever.
  • Mercer Kitchen in Soho- It captures the cool vibe of soho whilst dining.
  • Frankies Restaurant- We came by this little gem of a restaurant on the last night after being recommended to go there after turning up at a fully booked restaurant. The atmosphere was so friendly and the food was also fab. 
  • Soho Shopping- For the best shopping experience of your life. My favourite part of New York.
  • Dominique Ansel Bakery- For the best cronut experience. 

Also, one more thing, if you are looking for somewhere to stay in New York, I think Airbnb is a great suggestion. More often than not you're getting a great deal for your money and you're staying somewhere that has the personality and soul of a New York local.








Saturday, 20 December 2014

GAZELLES


I have officially come back from the city of my dreams: New York. It had everything I love about a city and more; the unapologetic ignorance of locals, the consistent smell of something in the air that you can never put your finger (praying its food and nothing foul) and of course the fact that no one ever sleeps....like EVER. Although this is a list of everything that would make you want to live a wholesome, quiet life in the countryside if you're above the age of 30, for me, there is just something about New York that even London cannot rival.

I'm going to stop rambling on about New York so I don't ruin my next post. Yes, you've guessed it, it's going to be about my trip!

I thought I would give my trusty Zara boots a break as they have walked many miles in the last few weeks. These Adidas Gazelles are a treat.