FIGHT JANUARY BLUES WITH SPARKLE

FIGHT JANUARY BLUES WITH SPARKLE

Here it is, again. The dreaded January. Christmas has been and gone, we are now back in work and everything seems a little bit gloomy at the moment. I’m not quite where I thought I would be when I set my New Year’s resolutions and the miserable weather makes me want to stay in bed for the foreseeable future.

As I currently write this, it is Blue Monday, which I am aware is complete and utter rubbish but I am definitely feeling the gloominess today. I don’t think anybody likes this time of year. There doesn’t seem to be as much to look forward to now that Christmas has passed and the majority of us are still recovering from our festive spending. A lot of people are also beginning a healthy diet after gorging on way too much chocolate and cheese over the past few weeks. This is something I definitely need to start doing but I find it impossible to diet in January because there is still so much Christmas chocolate around the house.. and I don’t want my body to go into shock after having so many treats in December.

Since getting back into the routine of working full-time and saying goodbye to the excitement of Christmas I have been feeling quite blue. When I am in a slump like this I find it hard to get out of it. During this time of year it is soooooo easy to fall into the trap of wearing just about anything that will keep you warm and cosy no matter how unfashionable it may be. This is something I discussed at the beginning of winter in this post here, as it is something that I always struggle with. I am often having to go back to this post myself so I can get inspired again as I know that wearing an outfit I love always lifts my spirits. But, I do understand it can be very difficult to make that effort when that daunting alarm goes off and it is still dark and pouring with rain outside but… we can fight it!!

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Metallics, glitter, sparkle and lots of colour is typically associated with the festive period but I think it is a great idea to bring these items with you into the New Year to help fight the January blues… and it means you can also get your money’s worth of the items you invested in over Christmas. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to be uncomfortable or cold, there are certainly ways you can bring these items into your every day looks.

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I decided to start with these fabulous ombre style plisse trousers that go from black to silver, these can either be styled up or down to suit whatever occasion you are wearing them for. These trousers are super-duper comfy and they give you a bit of wiggle room for any holiday weight you might have gained as they are practically pyjamas (which is always a plus during this time of year). I paired them with the above black shirt which has an amazing space design on the back, which adds something a little bit special to this look. However, this outfit would also look great with a roll neck jumper, in case you wanted a bit of extra warmth.

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JACKET – BOOHOO, TROUSERS, SHIRT, SOCKS, EARRINGS – TOPSHOP, BAG – SKINNYDIP @ ASOS

As the weather is still BITTERLY cold I wore this gorgeous vinyl aviator jacket which has a faux fur lining that keeps you soooo toasty. However, a full on faux fur coat is also a great choice for an outfit like this if you want to be super cosy.

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I decided to also whip out this fantastic rainbow stripe bag as it is so fun and definitely brightens up any outfit. Another thing that I know will cheer me up is shopping. I have been trying to go on a shopping ban recently to save a little extra cash but when this bad boy came online I just knew I had to have it. I completed this look with some sassy chunky burgundy heels, fishnet socks and some electric blue tassel earrings.

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I think this outfit has a lot of elements that will definitely inject a lot of fun into any look and I always feel like my mood reflects my style choices.. but maybe that’s just me haha. However, I do believe that everyone feels a whole lot better about themselves when they wear something that makes them feel their best on the outside…. so let’s try and fight the dreaded January blues!!

THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

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I have been nominated for The Sunshine Award which is a huge honour, it is amazing to know that people enjoy reading my blog because I love writing it!

I would like to thank Becca at Missing In Sight for nominating me. She writes about mental health and offers hope and inspiration to others. I am so touched that she would take the time out to nominate me for this fab award. I haven’t been part of the blogging community for long but I have found it to be extremely supportive. Make sure you go and give her blog a read as well as following her on social media.

The rules of The Sunshine Award are as follows:

– Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
– Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
– Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
– List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to blogging?
I think one of my strengths when it comes to blogging is my pictures and outfit choices. I spend a lot of time choosing items of clothing and accessories that will work with a specific topic that I want to discuss. I also spend a decent amount of time getting a selection of photographs with a nice background.
I think my weakness is only writing a blog post once a week, I would love to write more but unfortunately I don’t have the time right now to do that.

What is at the top of your bucket list?
The main thing on my bucket list is to travel. There are soooooo many places I want to go and explore such as Canada, Thailand, Cuba, Italy, France… the list goes on and on.. and on!

What is the one item you can’t leave home without? Why? Cell phones excluded.
Nail file, I haaaaate it when my nail brakes and catches on everything. Bleurgh!

What is your biggest fear?
I would say I have a pretty big fear of drowning. I have never really been a strong swimmer because I was always afraid of going underwater. However… when I was 19 I plucked up the courage to learn how to swim properly.. as I had been sporting the doggy paddle for the majority of my existence haha. I can swim properly now and even jump in if I have to, but I still don’t like it.

Whom was the best teacher you ever had? What quality did you like? Why? (I cheated. 3 questions in one. )
My college English teacher was great because he was funny, which always makes learning a bit more interesting!

How would you describe yourself in one complete sentence?
I am a creative person who spends way too much time shopping and I am a bit of a dreamer, which can be a good and a bad thing.

Which app do you use most? Why?
Probably Instagram, I just love posting my pictures and having a nosy at everyone elses.

What is your favorite piece of clothing that you own? Share why and describe it.
My green faux fur coat. I have an obsession with faux fur coats and I hope to expand my collection very soon. It keeps me so warm and cosy and instantly makes any simple outfit super sassy.

What is one of your bad habits?
Eating chocolate… and shopping way too much! (Sorry that’s two)

What job would you be terrible at?
I think I would be a pretty terrible doctor. I don’t think I could handle seeing people in so much pain… and working those super long days!

What do you wish you knew more about?
Politics. I got into politics late so I am slowly getting there but there is a lotttt to understand. I think it is important that everyone knows at least a little bit about it so they are well informed about who to vote for in elections.

Thank you to all those who have read my answers.

My nominations are:

Sophie sopharsogood.com

Charlie Dawns TheBreakofDawns.com

Katie Middleton katie-middleton.co.uk

Eleanor Graceful eleanorgraceful.com

Jessica http://www.iamfoxxtailz.co.uk/ 

Alix allladya.com

Laura Jacques laurajacquesaimh.com

Caroline littlewritingworld.wordpress.com

Sophie Sierra soinspo.com

Lena Dee lenadeexo.com

Stephanie Vivienne stephanievivienne.com

My questions are:

What is the most surprising thing you have learnt about blogging?
What is your favourite topic to write about?
What would be your dream job?
If you could meet any famous person, who would it be, and why?
Why did you decide to start a blog?
What is the hardest part about blogging?
What item in your wardrobe could you not live without?
What is your go-to film of choice that will always make you feel better?
What inspires you the most?
Are you a Harry Potter kind of gal, or Lord of the Rings?

Thanks again Becca for nominating me, it was such a lovely surprise. I would definitely recommend visiting her blog you won’t regret it!

I can’t wait to read everyone elses posts, leave a link to them in my comments. x

ALWAYS BEE YOURSELF

ALWAYS BEE YOURSELF

Being yourself isn’t always something that comes easy. In my own personal experience it can take me a long time to truly relax so that I can be myself around others. I can only be the complete weirdo that I truly am around a select few people. (I know, lucky them right?) A lot of this comes down to worrying about what others think. Not everyone struggles with this but I have found that the majority of us do to some extent. I always tell people to STOP caring about what others think but it really is easier said than done.

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However, one way that I am confident enough to express myself is through fashion. I love clothes and I love experimenting with them and creating different looks. I have often heard people questioning how anyone can be confident enough to wear whatever they want but for me.. this is when I feel my most confident. When I am wearing something bold and wacky, I know that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I feel bloody fab in it.. and for me that is all that matters. For this blog post I decided to throw together lots of bold colours, prints and textures.

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SHOES – ASOS, BAG – LAZY OAF, TIGHTS, EARRINGS, SKIRT – TOPSHOP, T-SHIRT – MISS SELFRIDGE, COAT – JAYLEY @ ASOS

I know that for some it isn’t that easy to wear something ‘bold’ without feeling self-conscious and like others are judging you. But one thing to remember is that no matter what you wear, you will never be able to please everyone so try to be proud of how smokin’ hot you look with your one-of-a-kind style. Also, the outfits that get people’s attention are usually the best, regardless of whether it is for the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ reasons.

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If you still need a bit of convincing I would start out by just bringing in one or two daring choices, whether it is a sneaky colourful/patterned pair of socks or bright statement earrings. If you start out small you will be able to rock a full outfit mixed with a variety of textures, colours, patterns and accessories in no time without giving a damn about what the world thinks.

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This outfit all started with this beautiful t-shirt that I was gifted for Christmas, it sends the message of being yourself perfectly.. while bringing in the bee, which like any Mancunian I am a sucker for! I decided to pair it with this blue skirt for a girly touch and as it is still bloody freezing I also wore this pink faux fur coat which has blue stars on the elbows for some added fun.

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This blue bag is just wacky, random, and fabulous enough for my liking and goes perfectly with this coat by matching the blue stars! I completed the look with some red fishnet tights and some turquoise circular statement earrings.

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There are a lot of elements to this outfit that a lot of people would think is weird, ugly, crazy or too much but I love it and I think that is all that matters. I felt great in this outfit, it gave me the confidence to be my best self. Everybody is unique in their own way and this definitely applies to fashion, nobody can ever style an outfit quite like you because they aren’t you (I know, cheesy, sorry haha). I have said this before and I will say it maaaany more times but for those that love fashion it is because it is fun, so let’s have some bloody fun with it! Experiment to find out what you like to wear, what looks good on you and what gives you that extra bit of sass!!

Always bee yourself x