Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

This is my first ever blog focused nomination, I have been kindly nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by this angel Scripturient Blogger – have a look at her nomination over here !

So, What Is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

The blogging world is massive which some might think means it is lonley, not the case. Everyone is so supportive of eachother it’s actually eye opening and people can learn a lot from bloggers about teamwork, support and friendship. The Sunshine Blogger Award reconigses those in the community who post regular content and explore creativity, it is a reward for thier hard work, blogging isn’t as easy as it sounds.

The Rules

1. Make sure you thank who nominated you and provide a link to thier website/blog.
2. Answer their 11 questions.
3. Nominate 11 different bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
4. Tag the nominees via your blog/social media or both so they know they have been chosen!
5. Introduce the award, list the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Questions I Was Asked

Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year?

This is a tough one really, when I started this I didn’t really have a lot of goals I just wanted it to grow and work on my writing skills. I guess now the goal is to continue to grow on social media, 2k followers on Instagram & 1k followers on Twitter

Have you ever done any volunteering?

Well this is just going to make me sound like a bad person :(. I did some in the army cadets when I was say 15? I have been wanting to do bits in recent times but always found myself working constantly and never finding the time, perhaps that needs to change.

How do you relax after a hard day of work?

Relax? What’s that? I only really relax at weekends and even then that’s only on Sundays! I guess a long shower or bath and pamper session, you can forget the world for a short while in the shower.

If you could live forever would you?

It’s funny you should, ask you get older someone of do start to fear death more frequently and if you’re like me you panic you arent spending enough time doing the important things. But I think living forever would be tough, you would always be watching the people you love aound you die and the potential shit hole the world will be when A.I rises and takes over the planet…I like Terminator, okay?

Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

It is currently just my hobby.

What fad or trend do you hope comes back?

Blue hair mascara! Just kidding, I was apart of the the ‘Scene Kid’ scene back in the day and reliving some of those memories would be fun, although I doubt anyone would want to razor thier fringe in anymore!

What is your most prized possession? 

This one is easy and a little lame but my bottle of Coco Chanel Madaomoiselle, It cost nearly £100 and is only sprayed on special occasions, It also has sentimental value. My degree is cool though too, I guess…

What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you could experience for the first time again?

Okay there’s a few:

  • Enter Shikari Take to the Skies 10 year anniversary show at Slam Dunk in Leeds 2017 – fucking incredible.
  • Skrillex at WHP in 2012.
  • Watching the final Harry Potter movie at the midnight showing in 2011.
  • Watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle on the hour for the first time.

What quirks do you have?

I own like 15 scrunchies all in different colours and I wear a different one pretty much every day, I doubt it’s something anyone notices however.

What state or country do you never want to go back to?

I liked all the countires I’ve been too and I guess in the UK it would be a county or a city? My answer is a town called Aylesbury. Nothing wrong with it in itself but if you know me you know why, I have bad memories attached to that place.

What would you say to someone who wants to start their blog?

Blogging is so freeing, even if people don’t read it (which they will eventually) you feel like you can really expressive yourself which is great and can be so uplifitng. I would bare in mind how much time it actually takes however, you will be managing your social media and website all at the same time!

The Questions I Ask You

  1. You get the oppurtunity to learn a new skill tomorrow, no strings attached, what is it?
  2. If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. What’s your favourite genre of music, yes you have to pick one!
  4. What is an unpopular opinion that you stick by?
  5. What is your dream job?
  6. Your favourite internet meme?
  7. Cats or Dogs? It’s go time!
  8. Who is your favourite celebrity and why?
  9. Name three things you want out of 2020?
  10. Tell me your favourite quote of all time?
  11. What is one top tip you would give to someone who is on the fence about blogging?

I Nominate

Fadima Mooneira at – fadimamooneira.blogspot.com

Jenni at – ionimage.nl/blog/

Jazmin at – jazminsauca.com

Mori Ganna at – moriganna.com

Lizzie at – lizziesargent.com

Amy at – thecurvaceousvegan.com

Karalee at – talesofbelle.com

Teresa at – outlandishblog.com

Rhiannon at – mrssleejones.com

Amy Eliza at – bababouttown.blog

Janine at – janinesghoststories.wordpress.com

I hope you have soooo much fun answering these questions! I’m so excited to read them all and I want to thank Emily again for the nomination.

If you enjoyed this post do make sure to check out my others over here and follow me on my socials! Let’s support eachother x

Autumn Styling

Quick Coffee Read

I haven’t done a fashion post in a while so I thought I would put a little piece together, which has a look at what I’m wearing this Autumn. Let’s get right into it shall we…

Browns & Burnt Oranges

A classic palette right here, it’s not Autumn without burnt oranges & browns. One of these tops is from a charity shop and the other I’ve literally had for about 3 years. Autumn is my favourite time of the year, I only ever really buy new clothes for it, but also hang onto pieces that I’ve had years gone by (if they still fit!)

Shout out to Megan Hess for one of my favourite books, I’ve shown it some love on Twitter before & highly recommend this for some serious inspo!

Deep Green & Pisatchio

Green is literally a colour that suits everyone from epic brights to muted olive, I love having it in my wardrobe. I think it’s such a versatile colour that has a bit of a stigma. I’ve been wearing my green jumper over a brown leopard print turtle neck a lot recently, which not only keeps me warm but looks fab. Pisatchio is also one of the colour trends for Autumn so get stocking up!

Nudes & Browns

Nude is a colour I’ve started wearing more of recently and I’ve found it quite easy to tranisition into. When it comes to what I want to wear, I take trends into account but also like to make my outfits a little bit different in some way.

Introducing the scarf I have been obsessed with this past month, mainly on a nude base with pops of bright colour and a mix of pattern, which shouldn’t work but they do!

White & Pale Blue

This is more of a winter based palette yes, but we are heading in that direction guys & galz. I am all over my favourite pair of trousers, a high waist, wide leg check print with that light blue weaved in there. I love pairing a fun pair of bottoms with a simpler top, I bought this Tommy Hilfiger from eBay about a year ago. Because the design isn’t complicated, it compliments the patterned trousers well.

I don’t think ripped jeans are gonna go away anytime soon but they will not be wearable for winter without freezing your legs off, but don’t you fret. I’m not quite ready to put them on the back burner yet so keep yourself warm by putting a pair of tights on underneath.

The magic of denim is that it’s just such a perfect base to build on, keep it simple with a black pair or add some jazz with patterns or glitter for that special occasion.

Make sure when doing this to consider the top half of you, fashion is always changing as more and more people start to break the ‘rules with clashing pattern being acceptable for example, but it has to be done right. For example, because there is so much going on with that jumper I would stick to just black tights here.

Another shout to Victoria Harrison (she recently got married, you will know her as @inthefrow) the author of the book here ‘The New Fashion Rules’. One of my favourite influencers and inspirations as she is from Manchester and started out doing a fashion degree!

Thanks for reading, let me know what you’re wearing this Autumn in the comments!🍁

London Cocktail Week Review

Quick Coffee Read

We had bought tickets before we realised we could have got them for free for this event, but hey ho! We arrived around 3pm and it was quite quiet, naturally, so we thought it best to get a little bit of food before we started. There was a selection of food stalls so we grabbed something before we hit up the first bar for a drink!

As we are heading back to the stands, we go past Aviation American Gin stall, which happens to be partnering up with Revolution Bars Group. Me and my boyfriend worked for the company for the best part of 7/8 years, he still does but I left earlier his year. We know two of the bartenders as one of them used to work with Josh in Manchester and the other was on what the company calls ‘The Openings Team’ who go around all the new bars before opening and train the staff before the launch night.

It was sooo lovely to see familiar faces, so after a hug and quick catch up, they made us two of the cocktails on their menu. Aviation American Gin is by Ryan Reynolds, there was a large cardboard cut out of him there, one of multiple reasons this cocktail/stand was one of my favourites.

I chose the ‘Rosie & Gin’, a mix of Aviation American Gin, Hibiscus Syrup, Fresh Raspberries, Pineapple, Strawberry Puree, Pineapple Juice & Elderflower Tonic. Refreshing, fruity and strong on the gin, that can only be a good thing!

Next, we made our way around to the Monkey Shoulder Whiskey stand, we had seen it on the way in and it looked like great fun.

I chose the ‘Ginger Monkey’ with ginger ale and an orange wedge, whilst Josh had ‘Show Me The Monkey’ with Drambuie, apple juice and mint, another great couple of drinks! Whilst we are sipping away, I’m trying to take a picture of Josh and the Bathtub Gin rep decides to come across and take one of us…of course he talks us into going over to their stand!

At this point, we’ve had a couple and because I clearly can’t handle drink like I used too (could I ever?) I’ve decided to tell him I used to be a bartender (rookie mistake, even when I bartended I was hardly the best, lol). So I’ve been tasked with making my own drink, at least he let me measure, Josh had to free pour! It turned out pretty good If I do say so myself, I can still shake a cocktail so that’s a plus.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t tell you what was in it or what I made apart from it had Bathtub Gin, I think there was some lime in there…

After a really fun expeience at Bathtub Gin, we made our way to Makers Mark, so far so good sticking with whiskey & gin…we think. I chose the blueberry old fashioned (unreal) and I can’t remember what Josh had, as you can imagine by this point we’ve had like 4/5 cocktails in an hour so not exactly taking it easy. This isn’t a profesional review, so I’m allowed to be a little drunk…

Fast forward maybe another hour and we’ve jumped to the Coke Cola mixers and their ‘Enter The Dark’ interactive hut. We’re pretty drunk by this point and in this little intimate tasting session with like 12 other drunk people, those poor Coke reps.

Two really cool points which made this the best bit, even though I don’t really like Coke, they branded their own orange peel garnish (so cool) AND we got free bar blades, winner.

It deffo got really blurry after this guys I’m sorry to say. I remember I got Josh a bottle of gin for his birthday distilled from Rye, Bumbu had a stand with VR in which you could pretend you were on a beach in Barbados (could of stayed there ALL night) and they had straws made from pasta, genius.

All in all a really fun night, we 100% hit London Cocktail Week HARD and I still had beer fear on Sunday! Next time it’s about, get yourself involved it was a really friendly atmosphere and we had a great evening.

My Favourite Looks From Paris Fashion Week – Monday

Quick Coffee Read

Easily the most important of the four, Paris Fashion Week kicked off yesterday evening with three shows dedicated to independant talent. NOW before I start, I wonder if you’re thinking, “didn’t she make a post last week about sustainable fashion? Fashion Week REALLY?”

I am a sustainable fashion supporter all day. The people who target fashion week because they think they are the MAIN cause behind fashions impact on the planet, are misinformed. Yes, some luxury houses have come under fire in the past for bad practice but they make a hell of a lot less mess than fast fashion and high street brands.

Nearly all Luxury brands have in house artisans crafting their pieces, fabric sources are in most cases from small or family run businesses that are nearly always local and they don’t churn out £3 t-shirts that last two minutes and end up in the bin. For example, Chanel’s trademark tweed is woven in-house each collection, each piece is uniquely made with a variety of weaving techniques by a small team overseen by one person. The take away here is that luxury brands prefer quality, over quantity.

This subject is just dying to be discussed in more depth, but for now I just wanted to give a little background, so you can read this guilt free. SO let’s get straight into this, shall we?

Maiko Kurogouchi

Japanese designer Maiko Kurogouchi kicked things off with her S/S’20 collection from her label ‘Mame’, which showed us that shades of green (especially pistachio) are still in for Spring 2020, fabuloussss!

Mame S/S’20 by Kurogouchi

I LOVE the print on that tailored jacket, I am also a huge fan of the structure in her pieces. Japanese designers happen to be my favourite and when I did a little research and found out she used to roll with Issey Miyake, I wasn’t surprised. Maiko is relatively new to PFW, she is only just making some impressions on the mainstream, keep an eye out!

Kiminte Kimhekim

Korean born, Paris based designer Kiminte Kimhekim, started his fashion journey at Balenciaga. He made his Paris debut yesterday with a playfully named collection “buy it if you can” and it brought the ‘wow’ factor. Combining influences from both of his roots, the pieces are designed to empower women and make them feel elegant, yet sexy.

As I was looking through, that amazing butter yellow sheer shirt caught my attention immediately, just look how perfect that form is and that fitted sleeve is a dream! We all love a high waist two piece and this one is giving me big Chanel vibes with that white text on black fabric.

Telfar

New-York-based Liberian-American designer Telfar Clemens created the brand back in 2005. Described as ‘unisex, universal & democratic’ Telfar is committed to producing high quality products at affordable prices. ‘The World Isn’t Everything’ collection was crafted with his social and political views at the heart, blurring gender lines with brand logos atop of military and urban print. Longer break? Read more about it here.

I love the red wine two piece with it’s soft lines and a slight casual vibe, it’s unlike the rest of the collection which represents a of the street style we can see throughout the collection. My favourite has got to be the knit dress, not only does it fall beautifully but the colours are so bold and strong. I am actually surprised at how well they pair with the print trousers, but I shouldn’t of had my doubts!

Rokh

‘Rokh’ is the London based label of Korean born designer Rok Hwang. A Central St Martins Graduate who recently won the 2019 LVMH Prize Special Prize, he learnt his craft at Celine & Chloé before launching his own label in 2016. His ready to wear collection from yesterday evening embodies style, form and an incredible colour palette, with something for every occasion.

Because this is my favourite, there is a few more pictures. I couldn’t just pick three and soon you will see why…

Choosing from all of these incredible pieces was soooo hard, but it wouldn’t be a quick read if I didn’t! I could sit and stare at these all day, the pops of colour mixed with navy & beige base, the impeccable lines & construction and effortless style they portray. Some of these on trend 90’s looks can be so easily replicated with a good dig around a charity shop or scrawl through Depop. Unless you can splurge on the price tag, what I would give for that orange and blue print spaghetti strap cami…did I mention it’s my birthday soon?

I hope you enjoyed this quick fashion fix guys, please make sure to click the links below the images for original shots. Have an inspired day x