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Friday, 30 January 2015

'Real Moments' with Simply Be

So I wanted to tell you a story about something that happened to me the other day - I think you'll like it.. it's not very long. Basically, the other day, I was getting 'camera ready' as per usual for an outfit post THIS ONE to be exact. So.. As you can imagine, I was applying my makeup, making sure my hair was 'just so'.. getting all the dog hairs off my jumper and generally making myself look better than I did previously whilst sitting in my pajamas with bed face and watching netflix.
 I strolled over to the large mirror in our living room and unwrapped my new choker, ready to add 'the final touch'. Everything was going perfectly until I accidentally managed to catch the clasp on a tighter loop than I had planned. 
Before I knew it I was strangling myself with my brand new sale purchase and I could swear that my neck was starting to swell up - probably preparing for the moment that my head was due to explode. Anyway, I dragged the necklace around on my neck so that the clasp was at the front of my neck - I'd like to add that this was probably the most difficult thing I've done in weeks - even more difficult than doing squats at the gym for the second day running. 
Y'see, to undo the choker I had to first make it even tighter, so that I could get my fingers involved to actually open the clasp. After even more struggling and a considerably more 'rose' face... I  eventually managed to break myself free and watched myself in the mirror as I continued to actually live and breathe. Success!
Anyway, the reason why I'm telling you this - other than to give you a laugh (and a warning! ) is because I was contacted on behalf of Simply Be as part of their #SimplyBeReal campaign to share a real moment, memory or fashion mishap. I was then to be paired up with an illustrator who would illustrate my story! (I know, how sick is this)
 I jumped at the chance because I feel like it's really important to share those moments that happen when you're not online.. the things you can't add a filter to or a hashtag. I guess what I'm trying to say is that everything you see online has been altered, staged or overly considered in some way. You're not seeing the whole deal - and I think it's important to think about that once in a while. I mean, to look at my outfit post you wouldn't have known that only minutes earlier I was concerned that I was taking my final breath - death by Topshop sale necklace. What an #ootd that would be.
We all do stupid things sometimes, we all have no- makeup days and fashion disasters, we all stuff ourselves with mars bars when we think no-ones looking and we all have those days where we cry for absolutely no reason at all. Next time you're reading someones blog or having a leisurely stalk of someones instagram or facebook... and you find yourself getting those pangs of jealousy, or desire for another's life - stop and think: The girl you're trying to be might very well have just choked herself half to death all in the name of a glorified selfie.

 If you're interested in seeing more of Jo's amazing work (yep.. it's all just as sick as the one above) then you can check out her website, or even catch her on twitter.. go on .. share a little love.

Let me know your 'real moments' in the comments, or tweet them using the hashtag #simplybereal - Don't forget to @ me! (@allyinblunder) It would be great to hear that I'm not the only one having regular fashion nightmares!




  1. This is so awesome that you got a moment illustrated! It sucks about you almost choking yourself, but that definitely sounds like something I would do. Its nice to hear about these moments, it easy to think that OOTDs are simple and that you never come across any problems haha! :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

    1. It's so cool isn't it! Haha, I'm glad you liked it, I'm always doing stupid things haha!

  2. I think it's moments like these that just remind us that we're all basically the same! My most recent real moment would be this morning when I was getting ready, had one my makeup and just before I was about to leave the house I realised I'd only put mascara on one eye, thank the lord that I actually looked in the mirror this morning before I left!

    Beka. xo

    1. Yessss exactly! That's what I was trying to say!

      Hahaahhah You can't even see my eyes without mascara so I can feel your pain!!


  3. Love this moment! haha! Let's keep you away from strangling chokers, hm! ;) My real moment has to be after my graduation party with my year and I'd literally fallen asleep on my bed. I had an interview the next day so was rushing around getting everything ready and was just out the door when I realized I'd forgotten to take my eye-makeup off and looked like a panda! XD

    Dee |

  4. Hahaha I love this! I think this literally ALL THE TIME. Whenever I'm taking my makeup or outfit photos there are far more where I'm laughing, having a dance, eyes closed, etc. than where I'm properly looking at the camera and I have to wonder if other people are the same or if everyone else has some extra ability to take themselves super seriously. Definitely is important to remember that everything online is a final product that took a bit of editing :) Also, I nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog xx

    Love and Marmalade

  5. Loooovely story Ally, although it did sound pretty scary.

  6. This is brilliant - although I'm glad you're ok now! A very poignant post x


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