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I never used to like having my photo taken

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My mom found out some old photos last month and there were loads of a young me posing with a cheesy grin.

I don’t remember being that camera happy child, but it made me smile.

From as far back as I can remember, I always hated having my photo taken. The majority of my secondary school life was spent avoiding the camera, and always offering to be the photographer for my friends.

Now I think about it, I know when my opinion on pictures changed. When I was little, I didn’t care about what I looked like. I wasn’t one of those childs who would always try out their mom’s makeup and what not. I just plodded on with life, having a whale of a time.

But of course when you get to secondary school, things are completely different. I still never wore makeup apart from mascara until I was 17. That was out of choice, but I never felt as pretty as the other girls. My self confidence in general was at the lowest it’s ever been. I wasn’t my biggest fan. So I didn’t want any evidence of my current, now past, self.

never used to like having my photo taken

Now I’m 20, I think it’s a bit of a shame that I don’t really have any photos of the majority of my teenage years. Apart from the old school photo my parents bought. I mean, those forced ones are probably the worst of them all!! I’m sure I’d prefer one of the silly selfies I took with my friends.

On the other hand, like I said, it wasn’t a time in my life where I felt the best about myself. So maybe I’d feel worse if I kept seeing my younger teenage self everywhere, reminding me of those days. But we’ll never know now.

I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise when I say, I don’t hate having my picture taken anymore.

People don’t believe me when I tell them I used to hate having my photo taken. I mean, you’d only have to take one look at my instagram to think I was lying.

Even I find it funny that me, a girl who was incredibly shy with zero self confidence, now has a fashion and lifestyle blog and a YouTube channel. Of course I had gained a lot more confidence before starting this blog, mainly because I had begun to find my personal style and found a job I enjoyed.

photo taken blog post

But ever since starting this website, I’ve really started to believe in myself. Having my little space on the internet has made me grow as a person and inspired me to keep doing the things I want to do.

I’m much happier with the way I look and myself in general now, and it’s the best feeling ever.

From a girl who despised being on camera, to now having a hobby where being on camera is the main focus.

I feel like a different person to that girl with zero confidence now. I still have days where I don’t feel too good about myself and there’s not a day where I don’t think about how I used to feel.

It’s taken a while to get to this point, but it’s so refreshing to now love having my photo taken. Or shall I say, taking my own photo. I never thought I’d have a camera roll with one selfie, let alone many.

Self love is a feeling I hope everyone can experience at some point in their life! We all deserve it.

Do you like having your photo taken?

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Tassels

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vintage tasseled jacket
the sun was a tad bright

After not being clothes shopping for a while, I’ve been doing a lot of catching up!!

You may have seen my recent video about the pretty big shop I did in Cow. Well, I went back again last weekend and luckily I didn’t spend as much, but I did find a few more amazing pieces.

One of those things was this insane vintage tasselled jacket.

It’s black and cropped in a funky way. There’s tassels around the front, back and down the sleeves. It’s honestly the jacket of my dreams, ahhh!!

tassels

tassels

The tag says it’s a size 16 so I was a bit worried it would be too big. I tried it on in the shop just to make sure and it’s not a bad fit at all!! I’d say it fits me like a size 12 jacket would, so I’m guessing it’s just how the sizes have changed over the years. And also the fact that I think it’s American so of course the sizing is different to the UK’s.

Anyway, yeah it has a pretty good fit and gives me such 70s vibes!! It’s helped me rediscover my tan flares that I haven’t been able to wear for a while, because when i got my new coat, the colours were too similar and i just felt beige when I wore them together. Which isn’t how I like to feel, hah.

If it hadn’t of been so cold these last few months I could’ve thrown on another jacket, or not worn one at all, but that was never going to happen. So they’ve just been hanging in my wardrobe looking sad.

Buuuuuuut as soon as i got this jacket home I just knew it would look great paired with these trousers, and what do you know, of course I was right (joking, i’m not that in love with myself haha).

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So I’m over the moon about that!! But obviously I’m not wearing those this time. I thought I’d try the tassels with this silver metallic dress.

If I may say so myself, it’s a look! I always struggle with this dress because I’m never sure how I feel about how it hugs my body. This jacket gives it a really nice edge though so it takes the focus away from that.

It’s one of those things that I didn’t know I needed until now.

Strangely the tassels makes me feel fierce. I actually want to wear this jacket every day. If I could, I would. I’m just not sure it’d be suitable for work. Plus, my dog has tried to bite the tassels a few times already so i’ve definitely got to be wise about when i choose to throw it on, hah!

 

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I just can’t wait for it to be Spring

spring floral dress

Please say you sang the title in the tune of “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” from The Lion King, because other than my ramblings, my awful puns are all you’ll get out of this post.

I just really want it to be Spring. Like properly Spring. With blossom trees and blue skies. Not just saying it’s technically spring, while the central heating is still nearly on full.

I know how much we’re all fed up of the British weather. After dealing with the -14 temperatures in Prague, I never thought I’d be cold again. But wind and snow is a little different to a sunny day with a cold chill.

Also, I can’t be the only one who’s reaction to the weather is completely different when I’m on holiday?? Like being freezing at home sucks, but put me in a different city and I’m loving it.

But now I’m so ready for Spring.

Winter is too cold and summer is too hot. Spring and autumn are the good middle ground seasons.

Everything feels fresher when we hit spring. I think it’s the sudden jump in brightness. From short days to long and from few flowers to hundreds. The days are so much lighter and colourful.

Spring is definitely my favourite, but I feel the same about autumn. The natural colours all around are what I adore. It’s the transition seasons that I have a soft spot for.

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spring, vintage dress

I feel like I can be the freest with my style in these months. Big coats all zipped up aren’t needed. Layer after layer is a no no. Colourful tees, midi skirts and pretty dresses can come out and I feel like I can dress exactly how I want. Without having to worry about being too cold or too hot.

There’s some pieces in my wardrobe that I miss wearing so much. I’ve been feeling a little bored with my style lately, so when I can finally get out all my favourite warmer clothes, I’ll be buzzing.

I only bought this vintage dress last weekend but I’m soooo excited to wear it. I wasn’t sure about it at first because of the shape of it – v necks aren’t usually that flattering on me. And the pattern made me a little nervous, but I was so pleasantly surprised once I’d tried it on!!

It’s a bit big but I think that adds some weird edge to it. I can’t wait to try out different looks with it. It’s gonna be a challenge but one I’m welcoming with open arms because agh, it’s so pretty! And just perfect for spring.

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The outfit that was made for me

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outfit

Do you ever put on an outfit and instantly feel amazing? Even though it’s vain, you can’t stop looking at yourself, because you just feel that good?

Well, that happened to me recently. I went onto ASOS looking for things I needed, one of them being a new pair of jeans after this happenedBut somehow I ended up on ASOS Marketplace with 3 things I didn’t need in my basket.

I say I didn’t need them, but I was getting bored of my wardrobe. I’m in love with everything I ordered so much that now I wouldn’t be without them, so let’s say I just didn’t know I needed them.

My favourite purchase is undoubtedly this co ord. As soon as I first put it on, I was in love.

It’s 3 of my favourite things.

Green, velvet and covered in flowers. Of course that’s what drew me to order the set in the first place, but I didn’t think I’d be so happy with it. It’s elegant yet fierce.

As if the style of it alone wasn’t enough, it fits perfectly. I selected the medium size because that’s usually my go to, but I can’t remember the exact measurements that were on the website. It must have been very close to, maybe even the same, as my size because WOW.

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outfit

I’ve never had anything fit so good, especially not a co ord. They’re usually so difficult to get in the right size because I’m different sizes on top and bottom. So I usually end up with a shirt a bit too small or something too loose around my waist.

But this one is magical. It hugs in all the right places and is so damn comfy. I could wear it forever.

I feel like it was made for me.

Whenever I usually shoot photos for my blog, I often spend a while deleting the majority of them because I hate my face hah, a shirt isn’t sitting right or something dumb like that. But I loved so many of the pics from this shoot that I’ve included a lot more than I normally would. Oops!

I’m pretty sure that’s because of this co ord. Every time I put it on I feel like it was meant to be. My confidence goes through the roof! Maybe it’s my soulmate. That’s a thing, right?

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outfit

Well, it’s a thing now. I’ve found my soulmate outfit.

Do you have one outfit that you feel utterly amazing in?