3.9.17
How To Alter Your Outlook on Life in a few Simple Steps // (Styling the Trench Coat with Jack Wills)

How To Alter Your Outlook on Life in a few Simple Steps // (Styling the Trench Coat with Jack Wills)

3.9.17
it's september. the season is changing. and so are the latest trends in fashion. 

(just in case you too got caught up in the rollercoaster whirlwind of life and aren't quite sure how we got here because i'm 99% sure it was only yesterday i hazily, a few gins down, was inwardly proclaiming that 2017 was gunna be my year ... i.e. that thing we all say at the start of every year to give ourselves hope and pretend like we can actually pull ourselves together instead of whining about how quickly life shits itself away)
16.8.17
I Overcame My Anxiety and Flew to Amsterdam On My Own // Bloomon Floral Festival

I Overcame My Anxiety and Flew to Amsterdam On My Own // Bloomon Floral Festival

16.8.17
first off, i want to say that i no longer feel embarrassed about the title of this blog post. no longer feel like i need to play it down by saying 'i know it sounds dumb but ...'. we're past that and i know i'm not alone. and whilst there's still a vast percentage of people that may not *yet* understand it; i know most of you reading this will ~ whether you experience anxiety first hand or have friends, family and loved ones who are going through it. i don't feel the need to isolate or patronise anyone by saying 'it may not be a big deal to you' because it's a big deal to so many of us and to be quite honest, i now know more people who suffer with mental health issues than those who don't. all because we're now less afraid to talk about it and share our experiences. it's not an embarrassment. it's not a flaw. oh lord is it a hindrance but there's also the most incredible sense of achievement when you take even the smallest steps to getting through it and actually feeling proud of yourself. in some ways, that's quite magic.
11.7.17
#FAMYWAY with Footasylum Womens

#FAMYWAY with Footasylum Womens

11.7.17
do you ever just receive those emails sometimes, where you're reading in bewilderment and are just a bit like "but why me ??" this was one of those moments. 

it was all well and good them first inviting us up to leeds for the exclusive opening of the brand new footasylum womens store (if you saw my stories a few weeks ago you'll know how bloody lovely ~ especially getting to be roomies with my best gals) but then, they only went and asked lil' moi to be one of their first, female blogger gals to celebrate its launching and style up some pretty rad pieces from the site. see their full article about it here.
27.6.17
Little Interior Pick-me-ups with Desenio

Little Interior Pick-me-ups with Desenio

27.6.17
with new flats, come new woes and lemme tell you, we sure weren't short of those with this one !! whilst what you see in these images may look pretty pinterest-worthy now, what they don't show are the almost two weeks we dealt with the bathroom fan on 24/7 destroying our peace, eardrums and sleeping patterns and racking up that utility bill at the end of the month; the boiler which did not work for the first few days, rendering us hot waterless and forcing us to trek back to our old abodes to be clean humans again; the nicely moulding shelf in the bathroom adding a touch of green to the all-white interior; the light fittings on their last legs as they hang loose from the ceiling, just waiting for one, innocent subject before they strike ... oh and we can't forget the broken fridge with parts hanging off left, right and centre they gave us that one for free.

i sound whiney and 'first world problems' an' all that, i know, it could be a million times worse. but really, we just find it all the more charming and hilarious, the more little defects we discover in this cute place we now call home. and whilst i can be quite a perfectionist when it comes to taking pretty pictures, i'd rather you know the real life sitch and me acknowledge that whilst these images do represent my actual life, they don't represent it in its entirety. i've spoken about that previously here.
9.6.17
Accessorising for Wedding Season with Pandora : Repeat Jewellery

Accessorising for Wedding Season with Pandora : Repeat Jewellery

9.6.17
there's a persistent dread which develops, following a pang or so of excitement, when anybody mentions the word wedding. and whilst in winter you can simply hide your entire life under one, magical coat; everyone not offering a care in the world as to what's underneath because they're too busy thinking about that free food at the reception, summer's a whole different story.
10.5.17
#iphoneonly // one : business casual

#iphoneonly // one : business casual

10.5.17
so, if you read my post chatting all things 'instagram algorithm' and the woes that come with it, you'll know exactly what i'm moaning about when it comes to the iphone vs digital camera; higher engagement vs refined content battle which has apparently frustrated me so much, i felt the need to compose an entire blog post about it (because, therapy) ...
17.4.17
Accepting Change + A New Direction?

Accepting Change + A New Direction?

17.4.17
i've always loved language.

i've always loved the idea of thoughts falling from your mind onto paper in a state of pure, expressive freedom.

but recently, my passion for language has fallen short of what it used to be. my longing to communicate and showcase myself with words has been replaced with a lust for something more ... visual. something which has always been there, but had perhaps, previously, become part of a more balanced approach to my work. trying to be inclusive of all of my skills, as opposed to perfecting and developing the one i began to appreciate the most.
3.3.17
Why I Don't Treat My Blog as a Business // V by Very SS17

Why I Don't Treat My Blog as a Business // V by Very SS17

3.3.17
It's no secret that the blogging industry has become a business. And an extremely lucrative one at that. Where the difficulty lies is that, yes, it may have been around for a good, few years now but that doesn't mean we're any closer to having a concrete set of standards or guidelines, for that matter.
26.2.17
Perfectionism : Help or Hindrance? // The Effect of the Instagram Algorithm

Perfectionism : Help or Hindrance? // The Effect of the Instagram Algorithm

26.2.17
The other week, I made an observation. One which I've made many a time before but never really spoken about on here. So now's, your time, kids!

See, for me and many others, Instagram is a portfolio. A sort of 'archive', if you will, of our lives and outfits; a body of work which has individually been curated and cared for, to collectively showcase our skills and passions to the world. I know what non-social media moguls are thinking - "it's just a pic-sharing platform, it's not that deep" and look, I'm not dismissing that fact; you're either immersed in it or you're not... I, however, am not ashamed to admit that I sometimes plan my outfits based on whether the colours will flow nicely next to my previous pic (alright, slightly ashamed)
10.2.17
My Feb Love // Valentine's Day Is What We Make Of It

My Feb Love // Valentine's Day Is What We Make Of It

10.2.17
If you're anything like me, I know what you're thinking. Somebody utters that dreaded 'V' word and those pesky, themed emails begin filling your mind with fear inbox with heart-themed, pink-and-red-coloured stress, and it's all over. 

Very cute and well-designed stress, may I add, which often pulls me in to a hole of 'HOW CUTE IS THIS, OMFG, LOOK AT THIS EMAIL', until the unwarranted panic and resentment finally creeps forward and I slowly close the mail app with an over-emphasised eye roll. *le sigh*
29.1.17
Realising Your Purpose

Realising Your Purpose

29.1.17
Life's a funny thing, really. And so are us human beings. We'll go from feeling like we own the world to feeling as though we're nothing. From feeling like 'life's got to change' in order to achieve happiness, to then only realising we're no better off; wishing things back to how they were.
18.1.17
It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It // Why Life's Not a One-Size-Fits-All Jobby

It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It // Why Life's Not a One-Size-Fits-All Jobby

18.1.17
There's an abundance of posts floating around the blogosphere titled 'how to (do this)' and 'how to (do that)' and in fact, according to a number of people I've spoken to - these are the posts known for performing best in terms of traffic. Now, I totally get it, I do; I love a little insight as much as anybody else and we humans are certainly an inquisitive bunch when it comes to it, but sometimes, I just can't help but feel they're governing my life and myself to be a certain way. As if that's the only way to be or the only way to achieve something and if I'm doing it differently, I'm doing it wrong.