23 August 2015

This Week // #32

double height glass windows beautiful living room
{Isn't this room a dream? This is my ultimate fantasy space- huge windows, wood floor, greenery and simple furniture. Where can I get mine please? Photo credit}

Doing: Sewing and outfit planning! The honeymoon is only a week away and I am so excited. We're heading to Brighton next Friday for a couple of days with friends and family before flying out to Sicily on the Monday. It is finally here! Anyway, I've been picking up bits and pieces from the local second hand shops, doing some alterations and browsing eBay like a demon! Does anyone else love buying clothes perfect for a particular location? I feel like going to Sicily is just asking for lots of white and stripes and a few glamorous dresses for the evenings. I've found some real gems and I cannot wait to wear them! This trip is going to be so amazing!

Loving: Manchester Coffee. Over the last few weeks we've taken to going for little coffee dates. Half an hour or so, catching up on life and planning out adventures, with a really delicious coffee. Yes, please! The Northern Quarter has a ridiculous number of places to choose from but our favourites right now are Foundation Coffee House, Common and Chapter One.

Wearing: Far too many autumnal choices for my liking. The other day involved knitwear... I am not ready for this!

Daydreaming: Of lots of plans and ideas and adventures.Things are in a bit of a transition phase right now so there are lots of what-ifs and maybes running around my mind. To be honest, I'd quite like to switch those thoughts off for a while. Counting chickens before they're hatched and all that...

Links of the week:

There are so many resources about blogging, what to do and how, but sometimes you come across a really great bit of advice. This post on How to Track the Success of your Content is so succinct and clear, it is definitely one to save and refer back to.

I have become totally, completely and utterly obsessed with Fran's YouTube channel. The videos are chatty and refreshingly normal and I am addicted. One of the things I love the most is this series of videos between her and her husband, whilst he was away on tour. What with Fran talking about the loneliness of being left behind, and Ed's thoughts on the bittersweet reality of going home to a place that is no longer home, this was truly one of the most touching things I've seen on the internet. Well worth a watch!

Thought this article had an interesting point, Do you think trends are over? I'm not so sure. I do think shopping habits are beginning to shift slightly towards finding your own style, but that doesn't have to deny the influence of trends. Are we becoming more conscious shoppers?

Goodness me, the blog world has been full of drama over the last week or so.. What with #BloggerBlackmail and all the surrounding hubbub, it can be hard to ignore the drama, But after reading all that jazz, it was lovely to see this post pop up in my feed. Positivity and kindness goes a long way people!

Catch up with Chambray and Curls

// Pink Duster // 5 Reasons to Shop Ethically // Bandana //

I hope you've all had a good week. Tell me your news! Any favourite discoveries?



19 August 2015

Style // Bandana

Do you know the best thing about paring down my wardrobe? Accessories. Now I have a pretty simple wardrobe, there are a lot of pieces I wear again and again. Take these jeans and t shirt- I can confirm I definitely wear both at least once a week (and let's be honest- often at the same time!). I am a total repeat offender. But it is always a little bit magic how accessories can transform it into a whole new outfit.
Trying out the bandana trend This week I'm feeling a little bit rockabilly, what with the cleated soles, bandana and cat eye sunglasses. After finding myself obsessing over bandanas from liking one too many instagram photos of girls looking really hot, all casually (marketing, it works, people), I couldn't resist trying out the trend. Now if only I could work out how to get that perfect knot around the neck, and the nonchalant attitude to go with it... A girl can dream! Anyone got any tips? 
white bandana headscarfhow to style a bandana headscarf ASOS cateye sunglasses and white bandana headscarf rockabilly style
Wearing- Tee and bandana: Charity shop; Jeans: Charity shop and DIYed by me; Cat Eye Sunglasses: ASOS (similar here); Cleated sole pointed flats: Office (made in spain, yay! On sale, yay!)

11 August 2015

Style Files // 5 Reasons to Shop Ethically

Who says ethical shopping has to be a chore? After shopping ethically for over a year (since my ethical fashion pledge), I can definitely say it has its major plus sides. So, I've pulled out a few reasons why it might be worth a try for you too!
5 reasons to buy ethical clothing
It makes you creative- could that dress work as a shirt? What about cuffing those trousers? How about taking the sleeves off that? You start thinking about how to style clothes in new ways, or give old favourites a second life.

Because nothing is more satisfying than replying to 'Where did you get that?' with 'This? It's vintage'

No more buyers regret! You know when you buy that top just because you were wandering around the shops, and then you NEVER wear it? If you're taking the time to research a brand, or find the right second hand item, you have time to think about what you're buying.

You find amazing new brands. Once you start looking outside the high street, there are so many amazing companies producing fricking gorgeous things. It doesn't all have to been the same old stuff.

Because you can enjoy your purchases without guilt. Knowing the things you love have been made without harming anyone makes an outfit extra sweet!

Have you got any more to add?